Everything looks good, the ride is on.
Updated 13/07/2017 22:00
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We are at the middle of the winter here in New Zealand and many of us, apart from the occasional weekend day trips, are preparing for the spring and summer time multi day tours.
It takes time to learn from our own mistakes, or from other other people’s mistakes, and plan and prepare more or less perfectly for the “big” summer trip.
I have collected a few ideas what worked for me. I hope these can help you as well.
By know I don’t really need to think much about packing. Most scenarios were played over a few times and packing is brought down to the essential. You can ask, why I am not sharing my list? Simply because everyone are different. What works for me, maybe doesn’t work for you. I am sure, you will figure out things quickly on your own.
Many of us are having one motorcycle only and we don’t want or can’t change it frequently. I am certainly belonging to this group, and I rather plan my own trips to suit me and my ride than follow others’ path.
What works for me is a textile jacket with removable lining or a thermal jacket, MX body armor, long sleeve t-shirt or turtle-neck, t-shirt and a rain jacket what I can pull over all of this. These layers can be combined and changed easily even at the middle of a trip.
You are supposed to be busy with riding and at the end of the day enjoying the location and/or nature and not doing business, editing videos and photos. For me a smartphone is enough. Anyway, very likely on the country side you have no phone coverage and Internet connection on most places. On the other hand, if you can’t leave work behind for a few days or even for a couple of weeks, don’t go. Your mind will be constantly occupied with thoughts around your work, and can take away not just the pleasure of riding, but also present a safety concern if you are not turning 100% of your attention to the betweenbetweenriding on the road.
One deep pan with a lid and a metal mug always served me perfectly. Be critical of your gear. There are very few things what is a must to carry. The rest will be maybe missed, but you can go on without it. Since you have your packing list, you can add the dearly missed stuff to the packing list of the next trip.
(1) If I want to be honest, the NZ weather is going around an early spring – summer – late autumn, early spring again cycle, at most of the North Island.
Here are the details of the KLR Ramblers ride for the Sync the planet 2017.
When: Meeting at 05/08/2017 9:30 pm. Starting the ride 10:00 pm sharp, because everyone all around the word start at that time. Would be silly not be in sync…
Where: We are meeting at the G.A.S. petrol station on Dairy Flat Rd near the Coastville-Riverhead Hwy intersection. See the map or the GPX file for the details.
Where are we going: Practically it is a ride around the Riverhead Forest, clockwise.
Here is how are we going around:
The GPX file:
Download the GPX file from here.
The ride will take approximately 58 km on sealed road, and need 1 hour to complete it.
Since we are going to ride in the dark, you must be sure, all your lights are working and highly recommended to wear a hi-viz safety vest if you have one. Even I will wear one.
This time we will ride as a group.
Obviously, if raining cats and dogs we will cancel the ride, but a light drizzle will not stop us. I will keep checking the weather and put a “no go” sign on the site if the ride is cancelled not later than 8pm. Check the website before you leave home for the ride.
I have seen the Sync The Planet promo video off from Tyler’s (Everide) YouTube channel (or got there from his channel somehow). As we are enjoying our KLR Ramblers rides a lot, I was thinking, would be nice to ride virtually together with motorcycle riders from all around the world.
Sync The Planet is an annual synchronized motorcycle ride where riders
from all across the world unite to ride together at exactly the same time. All in support of each other as motorcyclist and Global unity.
This ride is on the first Saturday of August in every year. Since the ride is starting at Saturday, 12 pm (GMT+2) Paris time, it would mean a Saturday, 10 pm start in New Zealand on the 5th of August.
If you are interested, let us know through our contact page, and we can bring together a one hour ride in the Auckland area. For more detail about Sync The Planet, check out the website of the event and/or watch the video below.
The details of the July ride as follow:
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. All kinds of bikes are welcome not just KLR650.
Save the date in your calendar and download all the information what you need.
The GPX file:
You must read and accept our “Legal Disclaimer” before joining to the ride.
Are “real dual-sport” riders are disappearing and the big bore, single cylinder motorcycles, like the KLR 650, a dying breed?
Here is the video.
We have got good weather, as it can be good at winter time. Started in a light drizzle, then some “proper” rain, some wind, sunshine and finally a drizzle again. The road conditions were just as “colorful” as the weather. We rode through on roads which were just enough wet to keep the dust on the ground, roads with pools of water, muddy roads and even some dry and dusty roads.
Finally, when we arrived to the coffee shop at the end of the ride, all motorcycles were covered with a healthy layer of mud, dirt and dust, and all five of us had an ear to ear smile.
We need to say thank you to John to recommending this route and being the road captain at this time.
If you missed out on this ride, you can join us on the next KLR Ramblers ride (15 July).
Here are a few pictures I snapped on the ride.
Click on the thumbnail images for the full size pictures.