The next KLR Ramblers ride is on…

…21 April 2018. The details of the ride are coming soon.

Until then, you can find rides and like-minded people in the Adventure Riding NZ forums.


What would you like?

We would like to make the KLR Ramblers rides more fitting for everyone. I put together the below questionnaire to try to find out your preference.

We will keep the rides on the third Saturday of every month, but the time, location and length of the ride can be changed. Please fill out the form below and if you have more to say, please do not shy away from using our contact form to let us know your thoughts.

A new kind of motorcycle race

In 2018 we are looking forward to a new multi-discipline, motorcycle championship.


It is named as World Enduro Super Series (WESS for short) and brings together Hard Enduro, Classic Enduro, Cross-Country and Beach Racing style events. Sounds like an adventure. Beside combining different enduro events, I like the approach to let mix the pro and amateur riders. Unfortunately many enduro and motocross events are strictly separating professionals from amateur riders by rules or the technical/financial means.

Personally I am really looking forward the first event on 11-13 May 2018, the Extreme XL Lagares, Extreme Enduro race in Portugal.

The WESS website is here.

KLR Ramblers ride – March


The details of the ride

  • Date: 17 March 2018
  • Time: 9 am
  • Meeting point: Puhoi Domain Carpark
  • Where are we going? See the details below.
  • How are we going to ride? We are expecting you to be able to navigate through the ride on your own by using a map or with a GPS if you have one. (Files and information for both means of navigation are provided below.)
  • The whole ride will take approximately 4-4.5 hours and will cover roughly 213 km gravel and sealed road.

There will be one auxiliary rider. He or she will leave the start last and will be the last in the pack. You can also contact the auxiliary rider on mobile-phone if need. We will select this rider later and share the phone number with you at the start.

Be prepared to ride on gravel (in various conditions) and sealed public roads. There are no plans to ride off-road. All kinds of bikes are welcome not just KLR650.

Save the date on your calendar and download all the information what you need.


GPX file

Click here for the GPX file.

See my earlier post on how to download the file if you need some help.

If you are riding with us, we will assume, you have read, understood and accepted our “Legal disclaimer”. Click here to read the legal stuff.


Tire talk

We often talk or argue about tires, based on our experience on different roads, with different riding habits, in different conditions and no question, all of us are right. Does not happen often when you have the chance to test different tires in the same conditions. The February KLR Ramblers ride unintentionally turned out to be a very good opportunity to do that.

Three of us set out for that ride on three different set of tires. Myself had a CST rear tire with a couple of thousands of km wear on it. It was not really a choice of mine, but when my Shinko got completely worn out, there was nothing else I could find and get fitted on my KLR 650 in Wanganui.

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The very imaginatively named Chinese made C6559 was OK on the gravel roads, I did not dare to stress it on the tarmac, but turned out to be next to useless on dirt roads. Long as it is hard packed dirt road with light dust on it, you can get along with it, but in the moment you touch some mud, it clogs up and loose traction. You also cannot expect traction on grass. After the beginners track I did not risk getting on the more advanced tracks, which turned out to be a wise decision. The CST tire presented the lowest performance in this group. Seems, that the Chinese engineers did browse the Internet to see how adventure motorcycle tires looks like and did something based on what they saw, but I felt the real product development and testing have been completely left out from the process. I could recommend the CST C6559 only for a maximum 250cc motorcycle with 90% road use.

The Second set of tire was Michelin Sirac. According to Anton, this is the best 30/70 tire he had so far. It definitely did well on the tarmac, gravel and mild dirt riding.  In shallow mud it still could get some grip and the tread was clearing up quickly. Anton could complete the more technical “B” track with some difficulties but it was done.


The real bad ass tires of the day were the set of Shinko 244 on Herman’s KLR. I had a very good experience with these tires before and when the CST will be a bit more worn out I will get a set of Shinko 244 again. The Shinko 244 took the KLR everywhere where the rider wanted to go. The tread pattern always did clear up very quickly, thanks to the generous spacing of the blocks and the pattern. It provided maximum performance all the time. The only complain I can make about the 244 is the higher tire noise on the motorway, but it is still within the OK range. I felt the Shinko tires being the only true 50/50 tires among the sets I have used so far.



February – Ride report

The KLR Ramblers Ride was held off-road in February. Our visit to the Thundercross Valley Bike Park was both fun and a learning experience for three of us. I always knew the KLR is a mule. It can do almost anything on its own pace and it was proven again.

We started on the beginners’ loop since none of us had real off-road experience. It was a very good introduction and helped us to put into practice what we already read somewhere or others told us and figured out a few other things, literally, on the go.

That rounds on the beginners’ loop also helped us realize the limitations of our motorcycles. For me, the biggest realization was the importance of the tires. My rear tire turned out to be completely rubbish in muddy sections, so I did not follow Anton and Herman on the more advanced tracks. I will write about the tires in a separate post.

I think we will return to Thundercross for more fun and to keep our off-road skills relevant in the future.

Here are a few pictures about our ride. Click on the thumbnail images for the full-size pictures.

A.R.G.O Project

A.R.G.O. is the abbreviation of Adventure Riding Gravel Overjoy and an adventure motorcycle trail is hiding behind this cheeky name. The trail is traveling through the North Island on New Zealand, from Cape Reinga to Wellington, and using much as possible scenic gravel roads and even if it is not possible, the route is staying on the countryside far away from highways and heavy traffic much as possible.


The trail is a result of ideas and suggestions from people gathered on the Adventure Riding NZ forums, and the work of a handful of enthusiast who did put together the pieces and did ride the trail in sections.

Click here for more details, maps and GPX files.


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