Picture project

The New Zealand’s Adventure Riding community will set up a stand on “The New Zealand Motorcycle Show” on the weekend of 16th and 17th of September 2017.

Just like last year, we will try to make the stand interesting and informative as possible.

This was the 2016 display.


This year, beside the motorcycles, banners, displays and many of the good fellas who will turn up to attend the stand for a longer or shorter period of time, we would like to launch a “picture project”.

The goal would be to show off the diversity and popularity of adventure motorcycle riding.

The plan is to have pictures from adventure motorcycle riders from all over the country and paste these over a large size New Zealand map.

Something similar to the image below.


Obviously the final arrangement will depend on the number of pictures we got.

I already got a large size laminated New Zealand map.


What we need from you:

  • Email us a picture.
  • The picture is need to be shot by you (to avoid copyright issues).
  • Have one or more motorcycle and/or adventure motorcycle riders on it. If the picture has been taken on a ride is perfect, if it was taken in your backyard/garage also perfect.
  • Motorcycle make, model, size or cc doesn’t matter, just make sure the picture is reflecting on the spirit of adventure motorcycle riding.
  • The picture need to be close to 1500x2100pixel  (roughly 3 megapixel) in size, so it will look good either in 5×7 or 4×6 prints (depends on the number of pictures we will put on the map).
  • Do not send more than 2 pictures. We would like to display the diversity and popularity of adventure motorcycle riding, not someone’s photo album.

The pictures need to land in our “Inbox” before the 11 September 2017, so we will have enough time to print the photos and prepare the display.

I really hope the map will be “fully loaded”.  :-)

The email address to send the pictures:


The next KLR Ramblers ride is on…

…16 September 2017. The date of the September ride is coinciding with the NZ Motorcycle Show. Very likely I will be busy with the Adventure Riding NZ stand there, therefore we need someone who can be the owner of this ride. If you have the call for this or you have any question, suggestion or comment, do not hesitate to let us know through our contact page.

The details of the ride is coming soon.

Adventure in history

…or the history of adventure riding.

It all started with riding giant badgers in 1910’s. It was quiet an adventure for sure. Some people still doing it with the same spirit, just changed the slow and difficult to handle giant badger to a BMW R1200GS. :-) Just joking, don’t be offended!

It started with riding giant badgers in 1910

Back in 1920’s practically it was an adventure or off road ride everywhere, due to the lack of paved roads.

Douglas motorcycles in Esztergom, Hungary, 1920’s

Then around the world trips started. Do you know what is that awful big box on the front of the motorcycle? Motion picture camera. :-)

1930’s – Robert Fulton Jr

The 1940’s brought a very different kind of motorcycle adventure.

German soldiers on motorcycle somewhere in Europe in 1940’s.

In the 1950’s, whatever you had, you rode it everywhere.

A ride in the 1950’s

The 1960’s brought us specialized adventure machines.

It started to look familiar in the 1960’s

In the 1970’s our dads and grandfathers took us on motorcycle adventures.

Father and son in the 1970’s

The 1980’s is the rise of the Paris – Dakar, and we started to dream about going to Africa for a tour.

1980 Paris – Dakar race

We already lived and done these adventures in the 1990’s.

1990 Suzuki DR with adventure gear

Since 2000’s we still ride these bikes and doing those rides again and again.

This is our age since 2000

And we will not stop.

Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.

… and so, Joni Bar Team with KLR Ramblers are cooking something in the adventure kitchen. Soon we can reveal if we could produce something “delicious”.003

And as this quote is credited to Abraham Lincoln.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

We are taking our sweet time with the planning.


KLR Ramblers ride – August

The details of the August ride as follow:

  • Date: 19 August 2017
  • Time: 10am
  • Meeting point: Wellsford, Caltex petrol station. (Where SH16 merge into SH1)
  • 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 2.5 – 3 hours and will cover roughly 140 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. 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:

Click here for the GPX file.

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

Sync the Planet 2017 ride report

While on the northern hemisphere the timing is perfect for this ride (The middle of of a summer weekend), until here in New Zealand we are “battling” with a winter night. :-)

Putting the bitching aside, the ride was awesome! All of us were wearing enough layers to keep us warm and proper safety gear to stay visible.

We were also very lucky, because the weather was dry and clear and the almost full waxing moon was casting a thin silver layer over the scenery, and made it appear almost unreal at some spots.

We could take a few pictures only at the meeting point.

Why did I think the flash on my camera will be enough???
Long exposure made it better…

It was truly a memorable ride and we will do it again in 2018.

You can also expect an article about the experience of riding at night in the next few days.