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Cutting loose

It's safe to say that we've had some fairly unfriendly weather the last few weekends and I've been too much of a wuss to head out and possibly drown.  But, on Saturday I threw caution to the wind and disappeared mid morning to get in a quick ride on the Mightiest of Mouses...After pumping 9L of go-juice into the WR I raced a Harley up Tremaine Ave (well, not really, but I'm sure he was worried) [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Videos, Motorcycles, Rides, Andrew Thomson, Dirty fun, Mighty Mouse, Tremaine Ave

Murupara Meanderings Part 2

So after a chilly night in our chilly motel (perhaps we should have left the lights on for the extra heat) we topped up the tanks on the bikes and made for the Forgotten Highway.  This was another change to our plans and was due to the accommodation shortage taking us a bit further away from our planned Sunday jump-off point.  Never mind, the FH is always a great ride...Overnight there'd [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Videos, Motorcycles, Rides, Andrew Thomson, Dirty fun

Murupara Meanderings Part 1

Last weekend was a long weekend and those are purpose designed for getting out for a decent ride.  And so, we had to and now I'd better waffle on about it...Initially we had big plans for eating up all three days and covering some serious ground but in the end we dialed it back to two days so that we could leave some excitement for another day.An early start planned for Saturday morning meant [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Videos, Motorcycles, Rides, Andrew Thomson, Dirty fun

Four months later...

 And 6,200km mean the Tenere needs a new rear tyre.  This time around something different showed up.Shinko E705Looks a wee bit different to even the worn E-07 eh?Definitely not as knobbly as the E-07 and it's supposed to be a 70/30 tyre versus the 50/50 that they claim for the E-07.  I figure it might be a good one to have on over winter when the seal is slipperier and the gravel grippier...Not [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Maintenance, Motorcycles, Tyres, Andrew Thomson, Shinko, Super Tenere

Suzuki Extreme 4WD Challenge

 A fair bit off topic but hey it's got Suzuki in the title...A couple of weekends ago Colin and I popped over to Turakina to check out the Suzuki Extreme 4WD Challenge - any excuse to see some V8's being gouged on eh?I last went to something like this as a teenager and back then the vehicles were generally modified Suzuki's, Land Rovers and Land Cruisers.  Yeah, some of them might have had a bit [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Videos, Motorcycles, Colin, Suzuki, Andrew Thomson, Off Topic, Turakina

Operation Claw-out

 So, in the last blog we had been forced to leave a feral feline fending for itself somewhere in the wilds of Makairo Track.  Well, we couldn't leave it there forever so last Saturday another expedition was undertaken to track down the wayward Tiger.Plenty of planning took place during the week, equipment was prepared and a team of volunteers organised.  Colin came up from Waikanae in his work [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Motorcycles, Colin, Andrew Thomson, Off Topic, Dirty fun

Expedition Makairo Road

Probably around a month ago there was some discussion on Adventure Rider about an old road that starts near Mangatainoka and spits you out on Coonoor Road.  Apparently the road was pretty much abandoned in the 70's or 80's (depending on which website you check or who you believe) and has become very overgrown and damaged.  It features on the Adventure Riding NZ website here and the advice there [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Motorcycles, Andrew Thomson, Dirty fun, Mangatainoka, Makairo Road


 Woohoo!Now the wait for next years check points begins... [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: TT2000, Andrew Thomson

More blimmin rubber!

 Yeah, as it turns out even the Mouse eats tyres.  The Motoz Tractionator Desert H/T that I put on for last year's Dusty Butt has turned up it's toes after about 4,300km.Yes, that's right 4.300km!  Some R1 riders get more than that out of a rear!As usual it's been the boring road miles that have done the damage as the centre of the tyre is the bit that's worn out with plenty of the grippy stuff [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Maintenance, Motorcycles, Andrew Thomson, Mighty Mouse, WR250R

Peaking from the Peak

Saturday was ride day this past weekend and Colin's general plan was "somewhere out East with grub at Porangahau".  This appeared to be enough to entice Brett and John along too - although I think that John wanted to put some miles on his 120km old 1290...Anyway the plan was to meet in Pahiatua before heading out towards Pongaroa.  I got underway a bit early at just after 8 so got in my only [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Videos, Motorcycles, John, Rides, Colin, Brett, Pahiatua, Andrew Thomson, Pongaroa

Bush Riders Trail Ride

On Sunday the Bush Riders had arranged another trail ride just out of Pahiatua and as I'd missed another ride the weekend before I had to be there.We had a bit of rain the night before so I was a wondering what the day would be like and perhaps of more concern, how slippery things would be.  In the end the forecast mentioned showers but they didn't happen.It was actually a very nice day on a [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Videos, Motorcycles, Bush, Pahiatua, Andrew Thomson, Dirty fun, Trail Rides, Yella Terra

Anzac Antics

Three years ago I first met Chris as he was completing a special Anzac SS1600k on his R1 and this year he was at it again on Connie #2 while his wife Stella was tackling it on the R1.  And with their route once again coming through Ashhurst, I really couldn't come up with a decent enough excuse not to go out and say hi.Colin and I both kept an eye on their Spotwalla tracks throughout the day and [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Videos, Motorcycles, Stella, Chris, Rides, Colin, Iba, Andrew Thomson, Spotwalla, Anzac Antics

Mad tracks

Just a very quick TT related blog.  No, not our next day's ride but a link to an animation showing various riders (including Colin & I) tracks across the countryside.It's created from our Spotwalla tracks that we use to track our rides.  These aren't really required for the TT200 (although they let Wayne keep an eye on us) but definitely are really useful for getting any IBA rides certified.Click [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Motorcycles, Colin, Wayne, Andrew Thomson, TT2000, Spotwalla

2021 TT2000 - Coming Home Part 2

So following a great meal at the Cardrona Pub and a night at Kelly's cool little cottage we were ready to tackle a new adventure.Kelly runs The Cardrona, a horse trekking and quad bike tour operation and she was good enough to organise a ride up into the hills for us.  I doubt you'll need much help in deciding what form of transport we were going to use...Check out our awesome (and most trendy) [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Videos, Motorcycles, Cardrona, Kelly, Andrew Thomson, TT2000, Quad riding, Cardrona Pub

I have a problem...

 Yeah, I shouldn't be let near the internet with a credit card...Over Easter my finger slipped when browsing on the GoPro online shop and a Hero 9 somehow ended up being dispatched to NZ.So today I went out for a little play.  I didn't fiddle too much at all and just shot some video at 1080p. 60fps and then experimented with the Hyperlapse setting too.  There's plenty more to play with yet...Not [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Videos, Motorcycles, Nz, Farkles, Andrew Thomson

2021 TT2000 - Coming home Part 1

Whenever the TT is in the South Island (my preferred option), it is always a spectacular excuse to do a bit more poking around the mainland.  This year, one of our missions was to pop over to Cardrona and stay with Colin's step daughter and have some fun while there.  But first we had to get there.There are a few different routes to Cardrona from Oamaru but checking GoogleMaps shows that the [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Videos, Motorcycles, Cardrona, South Island, Rides, Colin, TT, Oamaru, Andrew Thomson, Dirty fun, TT2000


 During the TT2000 we managed to discover some really neat gravel roads courtesy of the Adv checkpoints and I've just shared one with Eddie of Adventure Riding NZ.Moonlight Road was an absolute highlight of our early morning run on the last day of the ride.  Yeah, it was a little chilly but not only did we get to ride Butter and Egg Road (such a cool name), we got to ride across a staggeringly [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Videos, Motorcycles, Pictures, Eddie, Andrew Thomson, Dirty fun, TT2000, Egg Road

Easter Mousecapade

 So, the last time that I went for a decent ride on the little bike was on that little jaunt across the 42 and on that ride the most unspeakable and unexpected happened - there was a failure!Hard as it is to imagine but the little WR decided that it did not want to start on with the electric leg and with it not having a manual jobbie, things got very manual with me having to crash start it in [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Motorcycles, Andrew Thomson, Dirty fun, Mighty Mouse

TT2000 write-up

 Yeah, it seems like a long time ago but finally here is the write-up: [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Videos, Motorcycles, Rides, Andrew Thomson, Dirty fun, TT2000

Grading Gravel

 No, I'm not talking earth moving - settle down Colin - but on Saturday we had our first gravel ride since the TT2000 and the chance to compare our local gravel to the autobahns of the South Island.I met up with Colin at Sanson and from there the plan was to ride Turakina Valley Road and that was pretty much all the planning we did.  But leaving Sanson I had an idea...Rather than ride all the way [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Motorcycles, South Island, Rides, Colin, Sanson, Andrew Thomson, Dirty fun, Turakina Valley Road

Tenere Boogie

 Not me...I'm picking he was in Touring mode for a bit smoother throttle response but he's good.  First is pretty tall on the S10.Extra points for running with the bags on... [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Videos, Motorcycles, Andrew Thomson, Super Tenere

Big water pumps

 So, no ride this weekend but yesterday Colin, Dad and I shot across to Whanganui to watch some jetsprints.  Awesome day out listening to some great music - mostly angry V8's but there was a solitary nissan 6 there howling away and going very well.Only a few boats ended up out of the water (all right side up) and it was pretty amazing to see how close the three classes were and how much faster [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Motorcycles, Whanganui, Andrew Thomson, Off Topic, Colin Dad

Long distance RMX...

 If there's one thing about the RMX it is that it likes fuel.  And it has a itty-bitty 6.2L fuel tank.I'm probably being a bit hard on it when I say it likes fuel but on a purely km/l it has the worst economy of any of the bikes in the shed.  But km/l doesn't really tell the whole story, with the sort of riding you do on it you don't cover a huge amount of ground but it takes a long time - and [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Maintenance, Motorcycles, Farkles, Andrew Thomson, RMX450Z, Yella Terra

Moonshine Trail ride

 As mentioned in the last blog, my Sunday ride last weekend was another outing for the RMX on the Moonshine Trail ride somewhere up the Moonshine Valley near Wellington.  And it was quite the outing...It started, of course, with a ute ride down to Wellington and a snaking ride up a very narrow road to the Kapi-Mana motocross track.Once parked up I unloaded the bike and wandered off to get [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Dirty fun, Trail Rides, Yella Terra, Andrew Thomson

Not a TT report...

 Yeah, still haven't got around to my TT write-up.  Excuses are work and more riding...Last weekend I went for a pretty short 170km squirt with Colin.  We had a bit of fun on our way to Hunterville but apart from that and a good dousing, the ride was really blog-worthy.  But this past weekend both the Connie and the RMX got some exercise.Let's start with Saturday's ride...I'd been informed that [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Motorcycles, Rides, Andrew Thomson, Hunterville

2021 TT2000 - Getting there

 This years TT2000 both started and finished in Oamaru which is just over 700km and a ferry ride across the straits from Palmy.  So, with the ride start at Friday midday it seemed sensible to take a couple of days and make the trip a bit easy on ourselves.  Well, that was our plan and and we ended up being very lucky.  A combination of a Covid lock-down in Auckland and some pretty shocking [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Motorcycles, Auckland, Oamaru, Andrew Thomson, TT2000

Another one done!

 Well, it was actually done a week ago...Last Sunday I finished my 11th TT2000.  We had perfect weather and apart from missing a couple of planned checkpoints we had a perfect run wracking up 2,250km and 217,000 points in just over 47 hours (including a couple of reasonable sleeps).Colin and I also had a fair bit of fun on the bikes and off both before the event and after - so there is plenty to [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Videos, Motorcycles, Andrew Thomson, TT2000

Fun on the 42

Recently I missed out on a trip through the 42nd Traverse and when I saw a post on Advrider advertising another group ride through the 42, I couldn't miss it.The ride was being organised for the long Waitangi weekend with most of the riders coming out of Auckland on big bikes.  There was much chit-chat about hoping for good weather and dry conditions.  As for me,  I've been through once on a big [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Videos, Motorcycles, Auckland, Andrew Thomson, Dirty fun, Mighty Mouse


So leaving the Levin Trail ride after actually needing help to get the bike up on the ute (it sucks not having an engine) was a bit sad but I had to turn my attention to sorting the bike out - and sorting it out quickly.At the ride I'd got advice from two bike mechanics (and I had the old man on speed dial too) and they stressed that I needed to get onto it straight away.  So on the way home [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Maintenance, Motorcycles, Andrew Thomson, RMX450Z, Levin Trail