Monday, September 8, 2014

Last Winter Ride 2014

Spring already! This year is going way to fast. After we gathered together at Manawatu Motorcycles we decided to celebrate the last day of winter with a ride up into the hills to find some snow. Along for the run for the first time was Alan from Levin on his Yamaha RZ350. Bruce was accompanying him on his tricked out RZ with Kim and Alan on there H2s and myself on the XJ. Our route choice was around the Apiti loop with a coffee stop in Feilding. It was a great run through the valley with the sun shinning and as we climbed up towards Apiti the snow covered peaks formed a beautiful backdrop countryside. We had an extended stop at Apiti where it was a shame to see the hotel closed and up for sale. An unfortunate sign of the times. The run down into Feilding was great until we hit Kimbolton where we got into economy mode withal those lovely long straights. A great cuppa and chips at the Essence Cafe had us on our way home with another head full of wonderful motorcycling memories and a reminder of why we keep these old Japanese motorcycles on the road.
Last Wednesday saw some of us out providing a funeral escort for Richard Kerrs son Patrick. We accompanied him from his home in Kelvin Grove to St Marys Church along with four hot rods. A big thank you to the Blue Haze lads, but also to the Kruzin Kustom guys and Warren. Warren came along thanks to Angela Wells (thanks Angela). Richard and Gail says a big thanks to you all. It not easy when your children go before you and this gesture has provided some great memories for the family.  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

2014 Manawatu Classic Motorcycle Show

It doesn't seem like its been four years since the last show! But it has. The Manawatu Blue Haze was well represented alongside fellow VJMC members from Wellington. It was good to see Bruce arrive with his K and L Waterbuses. (We hear a J and and M are on the way as well!). Barry turned up with his treasured MVX250 (check out this bloggers reaction to seeing it) and Kenny Roberts RZ350 with Ross bringing his immaculate Blue H2 to round off the southern contribution. The local contribution consisted of Paul De Lautours H1c, Kim De Lautours RE5, Dions NS400R and KH400, Sir Als A7, Richs mighty T500, Daves CB750, Michaels GSX750 and Ross Andersons GPZ750 Turbo also joined the line up. In the room next door it was good to see Murray Cross had dug out his McIntosh and  GT750R and John McGegg had a really nice Honda XR500. It was great to see the Japanese bikes well represented amongst the VMX and Trials sections of the show. The many other British, American and Italian bikes of all ages made for a wonderful show. Amongst them was Ross Charltons  recently restored Triumph TR6 and he won the best 60s trophy with it. Congratulations Ross. Another congratulation needs to go to Michael for best Japanese at the show with his Suzuki GSX750. It really is better than factory new! Some of us had a second look on Sunday morning after the boot sale and then wandered off for a Track and Saddle ride to round off a great weekend. Our informal get together after the setting up on Friday at the Speights Ale House was short lived as our group was to big for the restaurant. Ian suggested Breakers just up the road and after some scepticism we headed up and were pleasantly surprised.  A good night was had by all. All and all a great show and a big thanks to the Manawatu Classic Motorcycle Club for running such a great show.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ians GSX600

I would like to congratulate Ian on the presentation of his really tidy GSX600. As can be seen from this photo we now know how he does it. He has a very special friend who helps him rub and polish it before and after every ride.
PS If you want to buy the bike, Ian has it for sale on Trademe at the moment. Will be interesting to see how many 'hits' he gets with this approach.
PPS. Feel free to add your thoughts/caption in the comments section below.

Friday, July 25, 2014

2014 Auckland Speedshow

Colin Macdonald from Auckland has just sent through some photos from there latest effort at the Speed Show.
"Hi Guys
Some photos attached of the 2014 Speedshow in Auckland. We had 12 bikes on
display in the main show itself and 4 in a Classic competition. Scored two
prizes for a recently restored Kawasaki KZ900 and a Suzuki GT750L. 
Another excellent show ... heaps of interest from "gentlemen of a certain
age" ... lots of us reliving our misspent youth?
Cheers, Colin"
Another great effort and doing the cause proud! 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Winter Solstice Ride

Matariki is a time of year in the Maori calendar that one looks back on the year that has been and looks forward to a new year. We had a good turnout on Sunday for our end of month ride with 11 bikes and riders lining up outside Manawatu Motorcycles. The sunny weather  probably encouraged a few to wheel out the bikes from the garage and they were rewarded with a great morning+ out in our wonderful motorcycle friendly countryside. This bodes well for the new year with a healthy number of fellow enthusiasts wanting to share and enjoy these older bikes. We decided on an easterly direction for our run with the Rongomai loop chosen as our route. We certainly good a good taste of the rural lifestyle not only following a herd of cows for many kays, but also being confronted by a rather grumpy bull who must have escaped his paddock to get in amongst the 'ladies'. He seemed to take a particular dislike to Dion. Not sure why. Maybe he didn't like Yamaha TZRs, or maybe it was Dions new leathers? they might have been a relative? Our stop in Pahiatua was sprinkled with stories of daring and bravery about all the slippery cow 'poo' and facing down a bull in the middle of the road. I wonder what sort of title we could give such a story? Our next stop for a cuppa was greeted with a full house at the Bridge Cafe, so headed through the gorge to the Ashhurst Inn for a very late morning tea which we later called lunch! (Recommended)