Saturday, August 6, 2016

A Bit Cold and a Bit Windy but.....

Just got in from our end of month ride and as the title for the post suggests it was certainly a bit cold and a bit windy. The forecast indicated that rain should have been in the mix as well so having to put up with two out three challenging weather conditions turns the whole thing into a positive! In fact we enjoyed sunshine for our entire time and when we arrived at our favourite destination in Hunterville our positivity was reinforced further with a raging fire in our favourite cafe! What a treat. How cold was it? One of the locals arrived in town with his 4WD tray full of snow, and plenty more on the bumpers. Although the roads were certainly a bit damp on the outward part of the ride caution ensured that sphincter tightening moments were few and far between. By the time we had thawed out the wind had dried out the roads and so we took one of our backroad routes south through the wonderful Rangitikei countryside. The turnoff to Halcombe from State Highway 1 had us heading towards the Tararuas and home through the avenues of Cabbage trees. Mount Biggs was our last stop for a quick chat and farewells and then on to the warmth of home.

Bruce Sager had a great time on his re suspensioned TZR 250 which did a remarkable job in the windy conditions. Those power valves really do work. Bruce Andrews enjoyed all the work he has done on his re suspensioned VFR and was rather pleased it didn't rain. This meant he didn't have to go through the trauma of putting on his rain suit. (Watching him trying to put it on before we left had me regretting that I didn't video the procedure. I am sure it would win New Zealands Funniest Home Videos! He decided to give up in the end and chance it!) Sir Al had the H2 out for its first ride after  'surgery' on its internals and it seemed to pass its first test with flying colours. Ian rode his gleaming VX800 and was testing his new Givi box. Sir Al was questioning how well it was secured to the rack, but Ian very quickly revealed one way to use 1000 cable ties! As for myself on the XJ, it was another reliable run around our great motorcycling district and already looking forward to the next ride. It was another great ride to add to the memory banks with its mixture of mates, machines and countryside. Doing this on a motorcycle certainly makes the journey a more memorable one and makes one appreciate and enjoy some of the more important things in life!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Summer Days .......


Now that we are over the solstice hump and heading towards those summer days I thought I might put together a couple of posts with material I haven't used in the last few months. In fact it goes back to earlier in the year and reflects those golden months of the year when we have our 'true summer'. that is from February through to April. I thought I would start off with a couple of rides with the Manawatu Classic Motorcycle Club who are a very active group with a growing variety of bikes. It is great to see but it comes with its own problems with relative speed between older and newer bikes becoming greater. Not really a big deal but one to be aware of. Mind you it was great to see the likes of Dave Griffiths usual ride transform from a 1962 Norton Electra 350 to a Kawasaki ZX636R. They are a great bunch of guys with an amazing knowledge base about all sorts of things. Motorcycling and otherwise! One can't help but be impressed with the dedication to the cause and when you sit down with the likes of Phil Pearce who is well into his eighties one can't help but be inspired!
The first ride was in February and followed the Apiti loop with Clive leading the way. Plenty of stops saw the group keep together and at one of these Paul McQuilken appeared on his "regraphiced" KTM 690. He was out doing a reconnaissance for the Backroad Riders group who spend there time exploring the less traveled roads in the region. Paul has a well earned reputation as a great rider due to his road racing career that included best newcomer at the Isle of Man back in the eighties. He really enjoys this style of metal road riding and I am sure he gets to keep his bike skills well honed! The Kimbolton Hotel provided us with a great refreshment spot and a chance to sit around and have a good yarn. One memorable conversation revolved around  the ideal home and the consensus was a very very large garage with a small flat in one corner sleeping and eating activities. The names of those around the table will remain anonymous for obvious reasons!

The second ride was in April and the route for this ride was in a more westerly direction. The ride took us out through Colyton, the back of Feilding with the first stop being at the Stanway Hall. It was here that the discovery was made that we were missing a few of the crew. this was resolved with the decision to head on over to Feilding to our predetermined food and watering hole at Murrays. A great lunch and yarn was had by all!