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  • #36425
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    Good on you for posting this, dont hear enough stories of great service, and the food looked good too.
    Hope your V Strom is back in business.

    #36334
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    I rode Jacks Pass in February and I can confirm its way easier than Jollies. Take Jollies if you want a bit of excitement after the relative calm of a Molesworth transit!

    #35943
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    I would try to team up with someone before doing that. My strom had 50 50 tyres and a bash plate. Im not a very good gravel rider, so i found it quite challenging. Its quite a bit different to Molesworth. I had always assumed that they are more or less the same but they’re not.

    I dont know whether the current condition is normal or whether it will inprove. The locals would know better.

    It is a stunning bit of road though.

    #35876
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    Rode through over Feb 5 and 6. From Hanmer to Lake Tennyson is fine if a tad rougher than Molesworth. After that there are many slips, over which you need to ride in 4wd tracks. There were lots of bikes and 4wders on the road including a few 2 up on big bikes.

    For me it was a handful with a fully loaded vstrom. I stuffed up the last water crossing and dumped the bike but i had a few somewhat out of control moments on the loose rocky downhills.

    Quite a ride. Im very glad i was not doing it on my own.

    #35820
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    The majority of all injuries in a motorcycle accident occurs to the lower body.

    Wouldnt it be great is someone somewhere collated and checked all the motorcycle accident statistics available so we could determine whether this statement is true or not.

    Ryan F9 recently did a video where his statistics implied that you dont need to worry so much about your jacket and pants, its all about helmet gloves and boots. Worth a watch

    Edit – he does agree most injuries happen to lower body

    #35819
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    <cite> @peter_longley said:</cite>
    I have a query re “Old Beer”s post re which pass to take down into Hanmer from the Molesworth road. He says Jack’s Pass is the easiest and that it is a right turn when heading off the Molesworth Rd. I have been advised the opposite!!! That the right turn is Jollies Pass. Also there is a UTube video that shows 2 riders taking the right turn and footage of the descent. There is no stream crossing and the trail does not look that gnarly at all. Appreciate if someone could clarify that intersection for me.

    Thinking about this a bit more, you would turn left off the road to Jacks Pass as well so that might be where the confusion arises. But you will have already passed the left turn to Jollies and its Tophouse Road after the Jollies turnoff. If still unsure just have a look at the topo map.

    #35806
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    Its 201kms from the Hanmer Fuel stop, through Molesworth over Taylors Pass and to the BP in Bleinheim. (google maps) So you should be fine.
    If you’re getting tight, instead of Taylors Pass go to the end of the road and hang a right into Southfuel in Seddon , thats only 187kms
    You leave Molesworth station well before the end of the road and as you say you are in the wine belt for quite a while so I think you are right about finding some gas if you got stuck. Good excuse for a tasting perhaps??

    Or carry a one litre fuel bottle for peace of mind.
    Its a gravel road. Not that challenging really but epically scenic especially with a bit of snow about.

    #35804
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    We definitely turned left, heading to Hanmer from Molesworth. Its all signposted so you cannot really go wrong. It makes sense that the video shows an easier descent, if they turned right, as that is not the way we went. If its dry then Jollies is not that bad. In the wet it would be a handful.

    #35802
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    Depends what you call the end. If you are thinking about it then you need to take some…otherwise you will worry about it and it will spoil your day.

    #35791
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    <cite> @DougieNZ said:</cite>
    Road in mostly excellent condition. One tip – don’t take the first turnoff to hanmer. More of a 4wd road than a motorcycling road. If you have a lighter bike no issue, but not for the bigger bikes IMHO.

    To clarify if I may…. when you get to the end of the Molesworth/Acheron Road there’s a sign at a left turn to Jollies Pass. Turn right for Jacks Pass. Its less distance using Jollies by a few kms but its is pretty rugged. There’s a little ford not far from the intersection with steepish in and out, then the pass and then a very steep downhill with (when I was there) a couple of big diagonal ruts where water has eroded the base. Our four wheel drive had two wheels off the ground at one point. If its wet it would be a handful up or down.

    If in doubt use Jacks Pass.

    #35628
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    Hey Stephen

    I use the ATLogis NZ Maps app on my Samsung. I don’t use the tracks much but when I do this works a treat. Its easy to set up and not difficult to use. I’ve even managed to record a few roads with it, if I can do it anyone can. Works without your mobile data on too which means your battery will last longer, assuming you are not plugged into the bike.

    Have recently joined the GS universe myself. Where about’s in Auckland are you based?

    #35565
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    1 December 2020. A nice easy ride and good gravel all through as Eddie says. You can see and access Lake Coleridge from this road. Cuts out a lot of boring road if you want to go from South Canterbury over Arthurs, and vice versa.

    #35517
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    Did this today with a friend and can confirm the stream still runs down the road. The water isnt deep but the rocks are slippery and i made a meal of the ford on the GS. The drz250 fiew through.
    Otherwise the track was great and a lot of the gates were open.

    Great day

    #35515
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    Did this trip to Walter Peak and back on 25 Nov 2020. 1200GS and DRZ250.

    After the 35kms of gravel to the Lakes turn off its another 50kms to the end of the road at Walter Peak Station. There were 2 fords both about up to the hubs or more. Not very wide. We rode through a couple of times for fun. There are also a couple of fords beside narrow bridges which you can do too. It took us 3 hours from the Lakes turn off to get there and back including a leg stretch and quick bite at the Lake and mucking about in the fords

    Theres a pretty steep section with some epic drop offs just before Mt Nicholas Station which you pass through to get to Wakter Peak Statipn. Sorry Eddie i didnt gps it.

    We didnt take the boat so it was a long day from Bannockburn at around 550 kms. Te Anau would be a better base so this would be a natural trip to add to a ride to Milford Sound. If youre coming in from Mossburn end you take Centre Hill Rd which joins up with Mavora Lakes Rd a few kms in.

    The Von and Mavora Lakes roads are both excellent and well worth riding in and out. The views are stunning and for a day on gravel its up there with Molesworth i think. No power lines to spoil the view here.

    Very very dusty though.

    #35466
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    just came over Jollies from the Molesworth ina 4wd. more than interesting. back wheel of the car was a foot off the ground going over one big rut. Would be a real handful in the wet.

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