Labour Weekend Rally

You can find all the details and updates here.

Update – 23/09/2017
The name of the event is “Northland Rally 2017”
We have a t-shirt designed for the event. You can buy it here.

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The next KLR Ramblers ride is on…

…21-22-23 October 2017. Yes, it is part of the Adventure Riding NZ – Northland Rally 2017. You can find the details here. We hope you will find a ride which is suitable for your skills and the time you can spare for a ride.

Get in touch with like-minded people and team up with them for the ride on the Adventure Riding NZ forum dedicated to this event.

Tank bag

We haven’t done a product review for a long time and this is right because we spent the time with organizing rides and riding together.I was eyeing with tank bags for a long time but didn’t take the effort to get to a higher energy level which results in action. Durin the motorcycle show, I could visit the few accessory resellers and find out, there is nothing available there what would please me.

I was eyeing with tank bags for a long time but didn’t take the effort to get to a higher energy level which results in action. Durin the motorcycle show, I could visit the few accessory resellers on the showground and find out, there is nothing available what would please me.

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Since I wanted to stuff only some small things into the tank bag, like wallet, phone, camera, etc. I was looking for a small one. After doing some “research” on the Internet, I wanted the Kriega OS 6 with a tank adapter. Since all the nearby or accessible stores in NZ had only the old Kriega US 5 bags, I decided to order mine from Australia (MX Store). The Kriega OS 6 was designed to correct some design flaw of the Kriega US 5 bags, and funny enough, I could get it cheaper (including shipping) than walking into a shop in NZ and buy the old design.

So get down to the bag. I think the original design idea is following the MOLLE design line which was developed for the army and stands for “Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment”.

Since I was housebound for the weekend, I took my time to get things done properly.

The first thing what you need to do is secure two straps under your seat. It just did not go easy, the KLR presented a good mind-bending puzzle, to find not just a way to get this done, but get it done in the perfect way.

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Finally, I got the two little plastic tabs sticking out from under the seat. Just in case, I put a bit of duct tape between the plastic tabs and the tank to prevent the paint being rubbed off.

Next item is to attach the tank adapter to it and drive two straps around the headstock of the KLR to secure it over the tank.

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Yes, you see it correctly, it is covering the tank cap, and will need to be detached when I am filling up the motorcycle with petrol. I will find out later, how much trouble it is.

The Kriega OS 6 bag is neat and all the materials and the way of construction is convincing. It looks like something that will last, and this feeling is supported by the 10 years warranty coming with the bag.

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After some wiggling and trial and error, I found the perfect place for the bag on the adapter and everything isn’t just ready for adventure now, but also looks good.

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The summary of my experience is so far positive. Good materials, quality workmanship, and relatively easy installation. Let see how it will perform on the Northland Rally.

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The future of adventure motorcycle riding

On the 2017 NZ Motorcycle Show we saw the future of adventure motorcycle riding. I am not talking about technical advancements, new motorcycle models or brand new gadgets. All these does not really matter. We saw the new generation, who can become adventure motorcycle riders. We need to make sure, these little guys will remain interested in adventure riding and we are organizing events and rides which will includes them. I definitely would not mind (I would be happy actually) to step aside in a few years and let the young ones carry on with organizing events, rides, and re-discover the world.

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KLR Ramblers ride – September

The details of the September ride as follow:

  • Date: 23 September 2017
  • Time: 10am
  • Meeting point: Puhoi Domain Carpark (See map)
  • 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 191 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.

Map:

The GPX file:

Click here for the GPX file.

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.

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Adventure Riding NZ – Northland Rally 2017

Adventure Riding NZ and KLR Ramblers present the “Adventure Riding NZ – Northland Rally 2017”

You really need to keep reading on to avoid any misunderstanding!

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When: Labour Day’s Weekend
Start time: Anytime, as you feel comfortable according to the selected division and your riding skills. We would like to encourage you to team-up with your friends and total strangers from the “Adventure Riding NZ” forums and ride in groups, but if you are a lone wolf, that is also fine.
Starting point: Z Petrol station at Riverhead. (See the map below)
Where are we going: The different divisions have different destinations, but the plan is to do the last stage together on Monday afternoon. Check out the details below.
How are we going to ride: We are going to ride in rally style. All the required information, maps and GPX files are available below. We are expecting you to be able to navigate through the route on your own, based on the information, maps, and GPX files presented below.

We have split the ride into three divisions. You can pick the one which best suits your riding skills and the time you have at hand.

So, here are all the options and details for that weekend.

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Advanced Endurance Riders division (AER)

This division is for those who are comfortable to cover the route from Auckland to Cape Reinga (558 km), mostly on gravel roads, in one day on Saturday. This division is getting back to Auckland in two easy days.

The owner/contact for this division is: Joao (he can be contacted through the Adventure Riding NZ forum) or use the dedicated Adventure Riding NZ forum topic to ask questions. As a last resort, you can use the KLR Ramblers contact form to ask questions.
When: Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, 21-22-23 October 2017 (Labour Day Weekend)
Location to start: Z Petrol station at Riverhead. (See the map below) You can fill-up with petrol, grab some snacks or water here and adjust your tire pressure for the gravel roads. The proposed starting time is 6:30 am for those who willing to ride in a pack.
Where is the AER division going: Your route as follows. (See the map and the links to download the GPX files at the end of the post)

Saturday

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  1. Stage1 – 182 km (Stage1_Sat-AER_Sun-IAR_Mon-ODR.gpx)
  2. Stage2 – 197 km (Stage2_Sat-AER_Sun-IAR.gpx)
  3. Stage3 – 179 km (Stage3_Sat-AER.gpx)

We would like to encourage you, if the riding conditions and your skills/experience allow, to ride on 90 Miles Beach instead of SH1F for Stage3. You will need to look for permitted and suitable entry and exit points for to and from the beach. Do some mapping/routing works before you set out on this adventure stage.

Sunday

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  1. Stage4 – 224 km (Stage4_Sun-AER.gpx)

Monday

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  1. Stage5 – 214 km (Stage5_Mon-AER_Mon-IAR.gpx)
  2. Stage1 – 182 km (Stage1_Sat-AER_Sun-IAR_Mon-ODR.gpx)

The second half of Monday will take Stage1 again in reverse direction!

Accommodation and meals: Although we can recommend places to say (see the map below), the accommodation is optional and absolutely up to you. Not Adventure Riding NZ nor the KLR Ramblers will do booking or arrange meals for you. You will need to take care of the booking of sleeping places and your meals.

We would like to encourage you to team up with friends and total strangers from the “Adventure Riding NZ” forums to stay at the same place or close to each other and have meals together. It will be definitely a fun time this way.

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Intermediate Adventure Riders division (IAR)

This division is for those who are not comfortable with long-distance riding or can get away only on Sunday and Monday.

The owner/contact for this division is: Enduro0627 (Andrew) or use the dedicated Adventure Riding NZ forum topic to ask questions. As a last resort, you can use the KLR Ramblers contact form to ask questions.
When: Sunday and Monday, 22-23 October 2017 (Labour Day Weekend)
Location to start: Z Petrol station at Riverhead. (See the map below) You can fill-up with petrol, grab some snacks or water here and adjust your tire pressure for the gravel roads. The proposed starting time is 8:00 am for those who willing to ride in a pack.
Where is the IAR division going: Your route as follows. (See the map and the links to download the GPX files at the end of the post)

Sunday

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  1. Stage1 – 182 km (Stage1_Sat-AER_Sun-IAR_Mon-ODR.gpx)
  2. Stage2 – 197 km (Stage2_Sat-AER_Sun-IAR.gpx)

Please note, you need to map your own route between Rawene and Kerikeri.

Monday

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  1. Stage5  – 214 km (Stage5_Mon-AER_Mon-IAR.gpx)
  2. Stage1 – 182 km (Stage1_Sat-AER_Sun-IAR_Mon-ODR.gpx)

The second half of Monday will take Stage1 again in reverse direction!

Accommodation and meals: Although we can recommend places to say (see the map below), the accommodation is optional and absolutely up to you. Not Adventure Riding NZ nor the KLR Ramblers will do booking or arrange meals for you. You will need to take care of the booking of sleeping places and your meals.

We would like to encourage you to team up with friends and total strangers from the “Adventure Riding NZ” forums to stay at the same place or close to each other and have meals together. It will be definitely a fun time this way.

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One Day Riders division (ODR)

If you have only one day to ride, make it Monday and join us on the way back to Auckland.

The owner/contact for this division is: Enduro0627 (Andrew) or use the dedicated Adventure Riding NZ forum topic to ask questions. As a last resort, you can use the KLR Ramblers contact form to ask questions.
When: Monday, 23 October 2017 (Labour Day)

Location to start: Wherever it is convenient for you. You will need to make your way up to the GAS petrol station at Maungaturoto, where all three divisions will meet and we are riding back to Auckland together. The proposed meeting time at the GAS petrol station at Maungaturoto is 12 pm on Monday.
Where are the ODR division going: Your route as follows.

Monday

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  1. You will need to do some routing/mapping work to get to the GAS petrol station at Maungaturoto. There are loads of options. If you want to get there just quickly from Auckland, take SH1. SH16 is more scenic and definitely more fun. If you don’t mind, you can ride the stage there and back as well. We know, you are creative, you will work it out.
  2. Stage1  – 182 km (Stage1_Sat-AER_Sun-IAR_Mon-ODR.gpx)

This stage for you is the reverse route of Stage1! Don’t forget to do your routing work on it or just keep it in mind.

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Miscellaneous stuff

  1. The most important thing is, to read and accept our Legal Disclaimer. If you are turning up for the ride, we will assume, you have read, understood and accepted it! Click here for the legal stuff.
  2. The second very important thing is, this is not a race! You must obey all rules and regulations all the time, and you must ride safely according to the road and weather conditions, and as your skills make you comfortable.
  3. This is an all weather event. A bit of rain will not hold us back, but if doomsday will be upon us, we will cancel the ride.
  4. There will be no prize and lucky draw, but we have a t-shirt designed for the event what you can buy. Click here for the shop.
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    There is a white and a gray color option. Let us know if you would like to buy long sleeve t-shirt or hoodie, we can get those done too.
  5. We did some work with the planning, but if you would prefer different routes for whatever reason (like sealed roads because you have a road bike), you are welcome to join us at the end of the day to have meals and fun together.
  6. Ride safely all the time!

The map

GPX files to download

Stage1 – 182 km (Stage1_Sat-AER_Sun-IAR_Mon-ODR.gpx)
Stage2 – 197 km (Stage2_Sat-AER_Sun-IAR.gpx)
Stage3 – 179 km (Stage3_Sat-AER.gpx)
Stage4 – 224 km (Stage4_Sun-AER.gpx)
Stage5  – 214 km (Stage5_Mon-AER_Mon-IAR.gpx)
Miscellaneous waypoints (Accommodation, petrol stations, etc)

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