Watch “KLR Ramblers Ride at Thundercross Valley Dirt Bike Park” on YouTube

Great video from Anton. Thank you.


February – Ride report

The KLR Ramblers Ride was held off-road in February. Our visit to the Thundercross Valley Bike Park was both fun and a learning experience for three of us. I always knew the KLR is a mule. It can do almost anything on its own pace and it was proven again.

We started on the beginners’ loop since none of us had real off-road experience. It was a very good introduction and helped us to put into practice what we already read somewhere or others told us and figured out a few other things, literally, on the go.

That rounds on the beginners’ loop also helped us realize the limitations of our motorcycles. For me, the biggest realization was the importance of the tires. My rear tire turned out to be completely rubbish in muddy sections, so I did not follow Anton and Herman on the more advanced tracks. I will write about the tires in a separate post.

I think we will return to Thundercross for more fun and to keep our off-road skills relevant in the future.

Here are a few pictures about our ride. Click on the thumbnail images for the full-size pictures.

Ride from Auckland to Wanganui

I had four days on my own to spend it on the motorcycle. I used this opportunity to ride from Auckland down to Wanganui.

Since I have ridden the Port Waikato area many times and posted a lot of pictures about it, I started to take photographs just at Raglan.



Sometimes I needed to stop to admire the glorious gravel roads waiting for me to ride.


Glorious gravel roads

Meet the grader machine. It turns the gravel roads to dirt roads for you. :-)


Meet the grader

Obviously, later it will be covered with fresh gravel and compacted.


Freshly graded road

Exciting landscape ahead.


The gravel road begins here (again)

I have found important to have regular stops to refresh myself.


Rest stop

The route cut through a very diverse landscape. My personal favorites were the ones traveling through forests.


Forest route

On long rides in remote areas, you need to have a good plan to refuel from time to time. Gas stations are scarce in some areas.


Morning fuel stop

Traffic jams are common everywhere in New Zealand, but I don’t mind this kind of traffic jam.


Morning traffic jam

I did travel some rarely used farm roads, no need to say these leads through the most beautiful or interesting sections.


Rarely used road

Taumaranui did look like a ghost town.



One of the rest stops to refresh myself and snap a couple of pictures.


Afternoon rest stop

The first glance of the Ruapehu.



Fishers Track was one of the highlights of this trip, but don’t do it alone.


Fishers Track

Close to halfway. The Wanganui River.


Wanganui River

The Wanganui River Road is a sealed road but there are enough roadworks on it to keep it interesting.


Wanganui River Road

King Country with its restless hills.


Restless hills

The Forgotten World Highway (SH34) is one very common element of motorcycle tours. Mostly sealed road with a short gravel section.



An almost empty town, Ohura. with only 120 or so residents.



A lovely spot to stop. Looks like a 17th or 18th-century romantic landscape painting.


Landscape with waterfall

There is no road trip in New Zealand without rain. Here is one which just passed by.



And finally back to the Waikato area.


Waikato area

Here is the route I did from Auckland down to Wanganui.




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.



Taking fuel and adjusting the tire pressure before the ride


At the Pokeno Fuel Stop


At Nikau Cave Coffe


The weather was perfect for the ride


The best what Waikato could offer



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.)


Starting the Saturday ride


Starting the Sunday ride


On the road


Leaving Kerikeri


Re-fueling at the beginning of the “One Day Ride”


Happy bunch :-)