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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Picture project

Thank you for all the pictures and support, we have the big picture, and the map is “fully loaded” now.

You can see the real thing at the AdventureRidingNZ stand, at the Motorcycle Show.

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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.

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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.

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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”.  :-)

 

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.

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Why did I think the flash on my camera will be enough???
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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.

Group ride on a bigger scale

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.

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.

Shopping

If the weather is not suitable for a ride on the weekend, you are welcome to visit the KLR Ramblers online apparel store. Grab something for your loved ones or for yourself, and show to the world your affection towards your ride. :-)

Click here for the online shop.

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Before you would ask, what is happening with the profit, the store is non-profit. Any gain on sales (if there will be any) goes towards operational costs or recycled into the KLR Ramblers rides.