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:


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.

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.


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.


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.


The summer is steadily fading out in New Zealand. Some would ask, “Did we have a summer at all in 2017?  Although this summer was shorter and more rough than we like, we definitely had good summer rides this year.


The most memorable, at least for me, was our Port Waikato Rally, and I can announce the winners of the lucky draw now.

Anton, Herman and Matthew won a one of a kind KLR Ramblers t-shirt. I am sending an email to you guys to ask for the size and delivery address.