November – Ride report

Here are a brief account and a few photos of the KLR Ramblers ride from November.

Ten riders gathered at the Pokeno Fuel Stop on Saturday. The weather was good and everything else did look promising. The first quarter of the ride was just as good as the pre-ride. The conditions on  Klondyke Rd were on the challenging side slightly because the damage by the logging trucks and the not too fine repair works by the forestry company. Later at Port Waikato, we run into a road closure because of a car rally event further up on the road. Thanks to Adrian’s knowledge on the local roads we did find our way back to Onewhero, Wiramarama Rd, Baker Rd and finally we ended up at our pit-stop at Nikau Cave Coffe.

Because the first leg of the route was longer and took more time than we anticipated, after a good coffee and some food we broke-up and some of us headed back to Pokeno, but most of the group set out to finish the unridden part of the ride as it was planned.

I would like to thank Adrian to help us out with his local road knowledge, and Herman and Anton to take part in the pre-ride and leading this ride.

I believe we got the best what Waikato could offer on this Saturday.

This ride was the last in 2017 and we can meet again on 20 January 2018 for the first ride of 2018. We wish a very relaxing Christmas holiday to all of you with loads of fun time with loved ones, friends and on the motorcycle.

Here are a few pictures from the ride.

 

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Taking fuel and adjusting the tire pressure before the ride
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At the Pokeno Fuel Stop
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At Nikau Cave Coffe
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The weather was perfect for the ride
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The best what Waikato could offer

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October – Ride report

The KLR Ramblers ride for October was the Northland Rally on Labour Weekend. It was a long and definitely a fun ride. Unfortunately, Joao needed to turn back, because of a nasty electric fault on his motorcycle on Saturday morning.

Anton was the only rider who made it from Auckland to Cape Reinga on Saturday at the end.

Sunday morning three of us started the ride to Kerikeri and there two more riders joined the pack on the way back on Monday.

We were happy to see Mark joining the first leg of the ride on Monday and the last part on Monday.

Thank you for all of you (in alphabetical order: Adrian, Anton, Herman, Joao, Mark and both Rob) to joining the ride. I am looking forward to riding together again sometime.

Here are a few pictures from the ride.
(Click on the pictures for the full-size image.)

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Starting the Saturday ride
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Starting the Sunday ride
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On the road
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Leaving Kerikeri
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Re-fueling at the beginning of the “One Day Ride”
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Happy bunch :-)

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September – Ride report

Just got an email with a few pictures from the September ride.

11 rider and one pillion rider turned up at the starting point. The weather was brilliant and according to the feedback I have got, everyone had a good time on Saturday. Here are a few pictures from Herman.

Click on the thumbnails for the full-size 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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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