The two earthquakes over the last couple of days was a timely reminder that you never know whats around the next corner and that if you have the opportunity to to go out for a ride; take it! The fact that it was bloody cold but sunny meant one had to dress for the occasion. The positive thing about the cool air temperature is that air cooled engines love it. (especially two strokes!) I fired up the KH250 and headed up Kelvin Grove road where we meet up with the Manawatu Classic Motorcycle Club guys at their new venue at the Vintage Car Club rooms.
We were meet with a very eclectic mix of motorcycles that ranged from the forties through to 2000s. Still a great bike from the Instructions were bellowed out by our road captain, Dave Griffiths and soon we were on our way. The ride was out to Ashhurst and we then followed the Tararua ranges through to Aokautere with our fist stop at the top of the Pahiatua Track. With everyone accounted for we then headed down the other side to our next stop at Ballance Bridge. Along the way we lost Richard who wanted to go to Ballance via Pahiatua. He was quickly rounded up and we then made our way over the now very dilapidated Saddle road. The sooner the Manawatu Gorge is reopened, the better! Our last stop was the Ashhurst tavern where we enjoyed some warmth, beer, chips and some great conversation. On our way back into town we popped into Richards Cave. He had quite a few projects on the go from a Suzuki T20, to a Honda Sl l25, Honda 250 and 350 Motorsports, Kawasaki ER5, Suzuki T350s and hidden away a Honda CB 750 he has owned from new.
It was a great way to spend a winter Sunday and the long range forecast is looking pretty good for next weekend. Fingers crossed!