Saturday, May 23, 2015

More BRR video

More video from last Sunday.  First up a couple from Neil:

And finally, some video from Nick, including his little adventure off the road.  Hopefully he's on the road to recovery and will back on the bike soon.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Neil was that excited to get back onto the gravel that he didn't get around to making up a funny name for this month's BRR Adv ride...but never mind it was a doesey!

With I think it was about 8 bikes expected on the ride it was a little bit of a surprise to end up with about a dozen of us at the starting point in Halcombe.  One keen rider must have begged, borrowed or more than likely stolen a bike to come on the ride - it was only a KTM so the owner probably wasn't that bothered...

More bikes showed up after these pics...

Our first little squirt took us over to Beaconsfield via a couple of really neat and fast little gravel roads.  It was a lot of fun and gave me a bit of confidence in my new front tyre that I had been wondering how well it would handle the helped that the gravel was in perfect condition.

After some more great gravel and a short stop (see above) we got onto one of our favourite roads - Peep-O-Day Road.  Once again the gravel was in great nick and I had a blast trying to keep up with Ross.

Unfortunately, when we nearly were back out onto the tar, Neil got a phone call telling him that someone had gone down and hurt themselves.  We all doubled back and were soon at the scene where a F650 was lying down and Nick the rider in a bit of grief.  Emergency services were soon on their way (although we were officially in the middle of nowhere) and we righted the bike and got Nick vertical.  Surprisingly we were soon joined by several (3!) fire service vehicles and a cop with an ambulance still to come.

Nick's corner.  Bike already parked in a farmer's shed.
Not a bad spot to stop - just for the wrong reason

Nick holding fence up and practising his swearing
Colin looking like he wants to make a fast getaway...
Seeing the Emergency Services guys (thanks heaps) had things under control most of us got underway again and were soon out on the tar to Pemberton where we turned left to point for Ohingaiti.  But no, as I had suspected we turned off onto more gravel to eventually take us through to Pakihikura and then the last bit of Vinegar Hill and into Hunterville for lunch.  Through here the gravel was a bit more of a challenge for me as it was freshly laid and fairly deep so the tended to float around a bit...

After lunch it was time take in another favourite - Watershed Road.  My new tyre handled this bit a bit better than the deep stuff before lunch but as you can see I did get left behind a bit.

A couple of stretches of seal then took us to our last bit of gravel of the day - Pohonui Road.  We've also done this one a few times and it's a great ride - not only is the ride fun but the views are really nice as you cruise down the valley.  The Road eventually spits you out at Turakina Valley Road and this is where we stopped and said goodbye to Neil who got to ride home via Turakina Valley Road - lucky sod!

The rest of the ride was all seal - from the quick squirt back into Hunterville (where the Welly riders turned South) and then home via Vinegar Hill with a KTM in tow.

The first BRR Adv ride in a while was a blast and we're not too sure when the next one will be but there's bound to be a keen bunch of blokes keen for more gravel action...

Monday, May 11, 2015

Extreme gear test

I rode to work today and it was fantastic!  It's been a while as the Vee was unwarranted for a spell while I was organising a tyre for it.

I usually only ride when the weather is nice because I'm a sook now and own a car.  No sense getting all geared up for a short little ride to work.  Besides, this guy said it'd be sweet...Man, has my opinion of him gone down hill!

It was a nice dry ride in but while in a meeting this afternoon there was a thunderous noise above me which kinda sounded like heavy rain...hmmm...

It didn't last long but there were a few more heavy showers and there was a very light rain as I walked out to the bike.  I decided that today was a good day to break out my cheap Warehouse yellow leggings...My work shoes would have to do...

Leaving work it started to rain heavier and the road was slippery as I nailed it out the gate.  A bit of wheelspin and a bit of sideways action and I was into the traffic and heading homeward.  Then it really started to rain...

Like this, but wetter
The traffic was pretty slow which was great for those in cars but I would have preferred to keep moving - and it would have been nice to have seen third gear a bit more often...

Initially my gear was holding out well but the rain had better ideas.  The closer I got to home the harder it rained, there was more surface water and even the traffic was splashing me as it went past.  It was great fun but chinks were starting to appear in the waterproofedness of my gear.

The yellow pants were fantastic but sitting on the bike drew them up enough to expose the bottom of my trouser legs and of course my socks and shoes.  I was starting to become aware of how wet the rain was.

By the time I got home (about 15 minutes after leaving work) the rain had penetrated through my jacket (I was wearing an ancient Spidi jacket that hasn't been waterproof for some time) and jersey and my gloves were soaked through.  The dog heard me arrive so he joined in on the fun standing out in the pouring rain while I opened the gate and parked the bike in front of the shed.

Getting inside it was a toss up who was wettest and my jacket is hanging up dripping onto the old towel that I used to dry off the dog.  The rest of the gear is either hanging up to dry or in the hot water cupboard.

I still say, it was a fun ride!