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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Just 'cos

Yesterday I did something strange and slightly unbelievable - I gave both horses a bath!  I know, crazy, they probably didn't know what hit 'em!



Anyway, today I decided that they were looking just a little bit clean (although I did of course, notice some bits I missed) and they both got to have a little exercise.

First up, there was a tag to get and I decided that the Connie was the weapon to get it.  About ten minutes after I left home the tag was in the bag.


And then it was off to find something suitable for the new tag.  An idea came to me and after a short ride I took the pic below at secret location X.


A short while later I was back home uploading the pics and then getting the S10 ready for her little outing.

After gassing up I pointed the bike towards Ashhurst and then on to Pohangina very keen to see how the new E-07's would hold up.  Pohangina Road was in superb condition and I daren't mention how well the tyres worked on the really hard packed gravel - we'll just say "well" for now...



Pohangina Road eventually dumped me out onto Makoura Road where I turned left to make for Apiti.  Once again the gravel was nice and hard packed and the Tenere got a chance to use top gear quite a few times...


In Apiti the local MX-5 club had taken over the pub so rather than stop there for lunch with a bunch of hair-dressers (eh Geoff?) I decided to make for Feilding and a late lunch.  I good squirt on tarmac from Apiti to Kimbolton was fun even on wet and gritted roads was followed by a slow cruise into Feilding and a hot lunch.  Then it was home after a couple of nice little rides - just over 200km all up.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Got grip

Well, I hope so after all the effort!

Today was tyre changing day on the Tenere - after slithering around all over the place the other day it was time to ditch the Tourances and slap on more familiar (and grippy) E-07's.

First up was the front.

Front wheel removal was a piece of cake
After the wheel was off it was time to grapple with tyres.  Plenty of soapy water and my bead braking axe soon had the old tyre off and then it was time to put the new rubber on.


Lots more soapy water and plenty of grunting, hammering and levering eventually got the tyre on.


Next came main event - the other end.  Funnily enough, I'd never taken the rear wheel off so this was a learning exercise.  It turned out to be pretty easy although would have been easier if the cush drive hadn't decided to fall out and reduce the clearance for removing the wheel.


No chain to get in the way eh - just this thing.
Once again the mighty bead braking axe was pressed into service and the tyre came off pretty easily.  Getting the new one on was a bit trickier.  One side went over the rim easily but at about 75%  on I struck difficulties.  Lots of soapy water, hammering and levering was put in practice but it wasn't until Mark popped in and was able to loan me those extra arms that I don't have that I finally got the sod on.  Mark did agree that it was a little tricky...

With Mark there the wheel install also went fairly easily although I was a little worried about the clearance you see between the swingarm and the washer in the below picture but it is apparently sweet as - I should have taken a before picture...



So, that's that done and I reckon for the last time in my shed...although I do have a set of PR4's laying around that need to find a home...

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Whoops....

Bought this by mistake...




It even works...



Yes, my back lawn is wet - even traction control can't help much...


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Mid-week farkling

On Monday I was most impressed when a package arrived in the mail...


Nice box, what's in it?

Some sort of jig-saw puzzle...
I've been waiting for this for a while and very keen to get the Zumo mounted up on the Tenere so that I could go and get lost and then hopefully find my way home again...

Last night it was time to do the install in my cold and dark garage.  First up I had to pull bits off...

Even the dash had to be unbolted
Lucky this was the easy part.  The hard bit came next, mounting it up...

My issue was that I have the Yamaha wind deflectors fitted and they aren't really compatible with the SW-Motech bracket...Well, I was having none of that.  What I had to do was drill out the front mounting holes on the deflectors to accept the larger bolt that would go right through into the GPS bracket - scary stuff!  But, you know what?  It worked.

The next little issue was the crappy plastic (!) bolts used to screw the deflectors on.  Due to the front bolt on the deflectors being very solid it was a little hard to line up the other bolts and the stupid plastic screws got a hiding.  I lucked out and found 4 similar sized allen head bolts in my "spares".  These went in sweet as.  The plastic ones ended up somewhere else...

Bracket in place with the Garmin cradle screwed onto it
The next job was to find a route for the GPS power supply and tidy up the extra cable that wasn't required.  Then it was time to button everything up by sticking all other bits back on the bike and adjust the position of the GPS to suit my sitting position on the bike.


probably should tidy the bench up one day...
While the mount is a pretty good design, you can see from the next pictures that it is not ideal for use with the Zumo 550.  The cradle just hangs down too much.  A more modern widescreen GPS would sit a lot nicer.  This is about as good as I could get.

It's alive!


It is not quite as bad as that last photo shows.  In my normal sitting position it is just the very top line of the Tenere's screen which is a little hard to read.  The GPS is also not quite at the best angle for viewing.

However, it will do for now and I have an idea on how to get it sitting in a better position - watch this space...

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Splish, splash, slither...

What's wrong with these two pictures?



Just in case it was too difficult to work out, the bottom pic shows the current tyre on the Tenere - a worn out Tourance.  The top picture shows a spanking new set of E-07's just waiting to be installed...

Enter a couple of devious BRR riders with a plan and I'm in trouble...it's not like I could pass on a ride is it?

Yep, yesterday an email arrived from Ross suggesting a wee gravel ride today and I jumped at it as I feel like I've hardly done any riding lately...Oh, and did I mention that its been raining on and off for well over a week now?

I left Palmy in fairly nice weather and arrived early in Bulls to meet the others.  Gas and a coffee purchased I parked up to wait.  First to arrive was Russell, followed a while later by Ross, Colin and John.  Oh, and by now it was raining...

Check out the knobblies on 4/5 of the bikes...
After the lads had dealt to their own coffee's we took off and made for Fordell.  From there we cut back across Kauangaroa Road before turning off up Mangamahu Road.  Funnily enough the roads were fairly damp through here and fairly slippery - I took things pretty easy and allowed the DR boys to clear out for a bit.

Eventually we ran out of tarmac and hit the gravel.  Did I mention its been raining a bit lately?  Well, yeah, it has - even up the Whangaehu Valley.  Where there wasn't gravel there was either mud or slippery clay type stuff.

The boys with tyres on soon left me to it as I took things quietly and tried to stay on the road.  The greasy bits were definitely a bit challenging with the front end just going where it felt like.  Out the back though the traction control did a pretty good job of keeping things under control - as long as the front was pointing in the right place and there was no mud I could just point and squirt.

Here's a bit of the excitement and if I do say so myself - some of the best video I've ever captured...


After a short break to help Colin eat some of his jet airplanes we were back into it and once again I was definitely tail end Charlie.

The next exciting bit for me was Burma Hill.  This is a pretty steep climb in places and yes, there were some boggy places that had me sweating a bit.  Once again, I think that the traction control and 1,200cc of torque got me up the hill and back onto some better gravel at the bottom.  There were a couple of butt clenching moments I have to say.

Next up was a short stretch of Fields Track in reasonably wet conditions before once again turning off onto the gravel of Owhakura Road.  This was much more my style with an awesome climb up a hill on good gravel - the big blue bike liked it and we got to let loose a few more ponies.  The others still cleared out on me...

A short section of tar then got us back to SH1 where I said goodbye to the troops and made for home, leaving the others to tackle Turakina Valley Road by themselves.  A quiet pootle down the main road got me back into Feilding in time to catch up with my Blister and family (who were visiting the olds) before heading how to get out of wet gear.

The ride was plenty of fun but I get this feeling that some tyre changing will be happening pretty shortly...

BTW: the rain washed a lot of the mud off the bike...




Pretty happy with that economy...