Dying breed

Are “real dual-sport” riders are disappearing and the big bore, single cylinder motorcycles, like the KLR 650, a dying breed?

Everide put together a short, but very informative video on this topic. I would be very interested what do you think. If you feel so, you can send your thoughts to us through our contact page.

Here is the video.

June – Ride report

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.

OsmAnd tutorial

In connection with our March ride, one of the recommended GPS mapping applications was OsmAnd. On the May ride, I have been asked if we can get it working instantly on a phone for the ride. Since I am using a Garmin 62s for a long time now, I am out of touch with the changes of OsmAnd and embarrassingly, I could not get the downloaded GPX file loaded in the map on the spot.

Finally I had the time and could put together a quick tutorial on how to use OsmAnd on our ride. So here we go….

  1. First step is to download and install OsmAnd from Google Play or Apple App Store. After starting the application, you need to download the country specific map to the phone. The map is about 170-200MB, so better to get it done when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network.
    010.pngI like OsmAnd because it is a good quality software, free to use (including the maps)  and can work off-line, without phone or data coverage, relaying only on the built in GPS in the phone. You even can switch the phone to flight mode to save battery power by disabling cellular and data connection.
  2. Once you have OsmAnd running and you have the map, go to the KLR Ramblers website and download the GPX file for the ride.
  3. Start OsmAnd, touch the menu sign.
  4. In the menu, select My Places.
  5. In  “My Tracks” select the “+” sign and find the GPX file you just downloaded.
  6. When the GPX file is loaded, it will be found in the My Tracks list and you are good to jump to the next step.
    Go back to the main screen and touch the “Navigation” symbol.
  7. In the navigation option, select the “Settings” sign.
  8. Roll down to the “GPX Route” option.
  9. Touch the “Select GPX” option and you will see the list of GPX routes you have uploaded.
  10. Select the route which you would like to follow, and on the next screen immediately un-select the “Calculate route between points” option.
    Even the most expensive GPS is still unable to read our mind (fortunately), and will take you to places with auto-routing where you did not want to go.
    In my opinion, better to do the research and put your route together by yourself than making extra miles on crowded, boring highways, wasting time and petrol instead of riding on the pleasant tiny gravel roads of the country side.
  11. Going back to the main screen, you will see the route displayed on the map. Remember, a route in a GPS means a series of way-points connected with straight lines to indicate the order you are planning to pass through those points. Here is a post about way-points, routes and tracks and how these are working. You still need to find the way between those points, but all this laid down over a map, it is rather easy.

On the June ride we have a GPX file with the route only. I made this tutorial for that ride. On other rides we provided the track as well. If you are loading a GPX track into OsmAnd, you will get a couple of different options when you lay it over the map, but I am sure If you got through this tutorial without trouble, you will deal with that successfully as well.

Take care on the road, and see you on out next KLR Ramblers ride.


KLR Ramblers ride – June

The details of the June ride as follow:

  • 24 June 2017
  • Time: 10am
  • Meeting point: Puhoi Domain car park, as usual.
  • 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 3.5 hours and will cover roughly 142 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 map:

The GPX file:

Click here for the GPX file.

You must read and accept our “Legal Disclaimer” before joining to the ride.

Click here for the legal stuff.

May ride report

Despite the unstable weather eight of us gathered at the Puhoi Domain car park Saturday morning.

We had everything during the ride. Wet road, dusty road, drizzling, medium rain, heavy rain, sunshine and wind in all sorts of strength. We even run into a convoy of the New Zealand Military Vehicle Club on Kaipara Hills Rd.

I can say all of us had both fun and challenges on this ride, it was a really an adventure.

Thank you for all of you to coming along on this ride.


Ps.: Mr Bond did not turn up finally. I guess he could not find a helmet in Q’s gadget storage….