Sunday Rambling

After the first “floating above the road” video, I did try to make a more lively video about the ride today. I hope it can make people excited about “adventure motorcycle riding”.

I know it isn’t a project which can compete with around the world documentaries, but I don’t want to do that at all.

It can still tickle the adventurer in everyone because all these, what you can see on the video is just at our door step. If you can spare 2-3 hours once in a month and put aside $3000-$4000 for a second hand motorcycle (it can be even cheaper if you are not afraid of doing some fixing and maintenance by yourself), you can ride the very same roads and much more.

I really hope you will enjoy the video.

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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. Everyone will arrive back to Riverhead about 4pm on Monday. If you still have the energy and time, we will end the ride at The Riverhead – Portage Bar.
    If you cannot make it to even to the “One Day Ride”, you are welcome to join us at the Portage Bar after 4pm and celebrate adventure riding, comradery and life together. Oh, and most importantly, we can make big plans for the next multi day ride!
  4. If you are coming to any of the rides, please book in yourself on the Adventure Riding NZ event page. It isn’t compulsory, it doesn’t cost a dime, just we will know how many riders we can expect.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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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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!

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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.

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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. :-)

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1930’s – Robert Fulton Jr

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

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

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

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A ride in the 1950’s

The 1960’s brought us specialized adventure machines.

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It started to look familiar in the 1960’s

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

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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.

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1980 Paris – Dakar race

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

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1990 Suzuki DR with adventure gear

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

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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.