Monday, October 18, 2021

More rubber wrangling

 It seems like I'm doing tyres every other weekend - and there's a set waiting to go onto the Connie...

But, with a few decent rides coming up the old E-07 (standard version) was starting to look a little sad.

Maybe another 1,000km or so in it but...

So, after a trip to secure a Dakar front from my not quite so local tyre supplier (Glen), I was in a bit of a rush to get the new hoop on before the weekend.  So into it then...

I almost hate to say it, but I might actually be starting to get the hang of it.  I managed to get the old tyre off (even multi-tasking by yapping on the phone at the same time) and new one on pretty quickly.  The only trouble I had was getting the new tyre back onto the bead.

After trying a few times with a tank full of air and the compressor working overtime, I ended up putting straight detergent around the bead and giving it another shot.  All the slipperyness finally did the trick and we were back in business.

The new tyre definitely looks a bit better than the old one...

Oh, and if you're interested in what the difference is between the standard E-07 and the Dakar version is:

If only the idiot importer would bring in the Dakar version of the rear...

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Riversdale Loop

 Ok, so this has been a while coming due to laziness...and a wee bit of riding...

About three weeks ago Colin and I joined a led ride down in the wilds of Wairarapa.  Far too early in the morning, I set off over the Track and down through Mangamire towards the ride (well, for me anyway) start at Carterton.

Tooling into Eketahuna, I realised I was around an hour early so took a we detour up Mangaoranga Road before turning left onto Mangamahoe Central Road.  These mint bits of gravel eventually got me back onto seal just North of Mauriceville.

Missing the turn-off to bypass Masterton, I had to find another way to get around the township before the final haul to Carterton.

In Carterton, I gassed up and parked next to a guy on a BMW to ask if he was on the same ride as me.  He initially said yes but then worked out that no, he was on a different ride with some of Geoff's IAM mates.  I didn't want to go riding with that sort of dodgy crowd so pottered on up the road to find the proper meeting point.

It seems like the Manawatu riders get up a bit earlier as there were two other bikes (I'd passed them earlier at the bottom of the track) from around here already parked up.  I had plenty of time to take a layer off as the sun had also managed to get out of bed for once.  Some time later a familiar bloke rocked up on an unfamiliar bike.

Still orange

Shiny new 890

Yeah, a 890 had followed Colin home earlier in the week...

And look at all the other motorbicycles!  Chevvy is even in there somewhere on his DR too.

Getting underway, we made our way East out through Gladstone and towards the coast.  Our first bit of gravel was on Kaiwhata Road.  Through here I tucked in behind Colin and we had a bit of fun on some of the deeper gravel before dropping down through the pines and onto the fast Homewood Road into Riversdale.

Just before arriving at Riversdale, Colin had to do cornerman duty, so I beat him there and managed to beat the masses to the pies 😁

After lunch we were led back away from the coast and then off into some forestry tracks which apparently had only just been reopened for public access.  

These were a real hoot but pine needles plus what was probably a clay surface underneath make for some interesting riding at times.  That 80/20 Shinko broke loose quite a few times when on the gas scrambling up the odd wee rise - I really should have had a camera pointed out the back.

At the end of the gravel, Colin and I said cheerio to the other guys and turned North towards Eketahuna.  Of course, I had to show Colin those roads I'd done in the morning...

In Eketahuna, it was time for afternoon tea so the local cafe got invaded again and some caffeine liberated.

Not quite having had enough of a gravel fix, we needed to take in our favourite route to Managamire and the track.  The gravel was indeed good and we fair flew up there with just the odd gust of wind making things a little exciting.

A quick squirt over the track got us back to Palmy where the orange bike turned South and the blue one pottered home for a wee rest.  A nice day out and a warm hello to spring finally...

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Monday, September 13, 2021

Busting out

Well, sort of...

Unlike Geoff and his Jaffa mates, most of the country has been let of jail and can now do more important things like ride motorbicycles.  So how to celebrate this?  A decent hoon on the Connie, covering as much as the free North Island as possible?  Flipping stones far and wide on the Tenere.  Or, rarking it up on a trail ride on the 450?

Yeah, there's one option missing there - puttering around the valley on the mightiest of mouses.

I dunno why, but on Sunday I wasn't really hankering for a big ride and really missed the little bike, so after a quick visit to the olds and a top up with some ridiculously expensive fuel (you should not be able to fit $27 worth of fuel in a 250!), I went for a little meander out behind Colyton.

After nearly heading up Finnis Road, I did a quick U-turn to go and explore the top end of Taonui Road and then onto Pollock Road.  Pollock Road was nice and fast (well, I was on the WR) gravel which ran up a valley before climbing out of the valley and ending up on Ridge Road.

Turning right, I followed Ridge Road until it actually became Finnis Road and rode a wee bit of Finnis until it became Zig Zag Road.  And then I needed a rest.  Warning mega WR250 porn below:

After a short section of seal on Valley Road the next gravel was Midlands Road.  The fast climb up the small rise was a lot of fun before dropping down a little into some more windier stuff on Watershed Road.  And then it was all over...probably just under 100km for the whole ride...

About 75km of very expensive fuel missing from the tank.

So, an itch was scratched but that itch ain't going away...