Monday, January 30, 2017
End-of-month January '17
First EOM ride for 2017 and what an interesting turnout! Not a 2-stroke in sight and not a glint of chrome to be seen (well a little bit on the Bonnie & Wing). Oh how times are changing.
10 riders enjoyed dry roads and some sunshine to cover 200 km of rural Manawatu roads. Included were two new faces, which is great to see; Phil on an immaculate Suzuki SV1000 complete with Yoshi pipes making great sounds, and Greg on a first year fuel-injected Yamaha R1. Also on the ride were Ian on his striking GSX-R1100, Bruce S ZX10R mounted, Graham on a Triumph Bonnie 1200, Bruce A VFR750, Alan VFR800, Russell adventuring forth on his BMW GS, Dave with his one-owner CB750 Four, and Guy on the mother-ship (Goldwing 1800). 6 bikes of 1000cc or larger, and the smallest bike in the group being the 650 chook chaser. We had a single cylinder, parallel twin, V-twins, inline 4s, V-4s, and a flat 6.
Our plotted course went out around Pohangina Valley East and then North around the Dress Circle to Te Parapara Road, and left through Rangiwahia heading back toward Kimbolton. We turned right at Pemberton’s Corner onto Mangamako Road which provides a great ride through to Ohingaiti. Then SH1 to Hunterville to refill bikes and riders. These are some of the best motorcycling roads in the Manawatu if you have a penchant for corners, with the Dress Circle and the road out to Ohingaiti an excellent variation on the Kimbolton – Rangiwahia - Mangaweka route.
The kai was a bit scarce at our regular Hunterville eatery. To be fair there were very long lines of tin-tops on SH1 (miserable faces pressed against windows as we passed on by) and perhaps the hoards had beat us to it. Still, no one left the joint starving.
After refreshments and a bit of a natter, Dave and Graham headed off to Wanganui and Guy followed SH1 back to PN. The rest of us took our usual suite of back roads making our way to Halcome, Mt Stewart and home. The only casualty of the day was the GSX-R which lost pressure to the clutch cylinder just out of Hunterville unbeknown to most of us, and Ian skilfully navigated his way home without having to make a stop.
If that was summer we certainly enjoyed it!