Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Tonight was a ride across to the Royal Hotel in Featherston.

A small group did a ride around the lake while a few of us stayed at the hotel. I meet Steve from who is the organiser of the Wellington RAT group. He mentioned a raid to Tauranga that I could be interested in.

Alan, John and I headed back just after 8pm and we had a leisurely ride over the hill and down the motorway.

I filled up the bike before getting home to check the onboard fuel computer. It indicated an average of 4.3L/100ks. After filling the bike I calculated the fuel use for this and the previous trip
and the fuel consumption is 5.4L/100ks. That is a 20% error. I have reset the computer and will check next fill as a previous check indicated the computer was accurate.

Photo is from the hotel.

Stats from MC computer: 124.1kms, 2.0hrs, 4.3L/100km, 62kph ave, xxxkph max.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

e-Riders Motorcycle Group

A year ago I received an invite to ride with this group but never got around to it. Today I had the option of three rides, Ulysses, TCSMR KB or join the e-Riders. e-Riders start their rides from Rimutex at 8.30am and this time suits me better than the others which have 10.00am and 10.30am starts and the result is a full day out.

I left home at 8.00am and arrived at Rimutex at 8.30am. There was a minor diversion at Petone while a pedestrian over bridge was being replaced. It was a quiet ride up SH2. I was the second to arrive and by the time we left there were 6 of us. I had meet the last rider (Paul) to arrive a few years ago and it was good to catch up again.

These rides are usually to Carterton for breakfast and then a ride from there. Only a few minutes after we left it started to rain and we were in cloud and rain at the summit. The decision was made to head back to Plimmerton and fine weather. Breakfast in Plimmerton was in a cafe at the garden center. A very popular spot providing full breakfasts and a range of other food.

After breakfast I headed home down SH1 arriving at 11.30am. The bike computer indicated my economy at 4.7L/100Kms. This seems too low and I will do a manual check next time I fill the bike. Past checks have indicated the computer is accurate.

Stats from MC computer: 118.6kms, 1.49hrs, 4.7L/100km, 64kph ave, xxxkph max.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

TCWNR No1 for 2008

This is my first Wednesday night ride for 2008. It was a different ride this time ending up at the Raumati Beach Cafe.

The ride left the usual spot and we went over Haywards and then did an anticlockwise run around the inlet before heading up the Paikakariki Hill Road with a stop at the lookout. From there the run was done to SH1 and Raumati.

On the way home Alan and I stayed on SH1 - didn't feel like the more interesting ride back over the hill.

Stats from MC computer: 116.7kms, 1.5hrs, 4.5L/100km, 63kph ave, xxxkph max.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Second ride for the day

4.40pm and weather wise it was still a great day. A quick run prior to dinner seemed a good idea.

The run I did was up SH1, through Mana and around Grays Road to the Paekakariki Hill Road. From there a slightly leisurely run over the hill and back up SH1 to the park for a u turn and back up the hill. I stopped at the lookout for a few minutes and then down the hill and around the southern side of the inlet to SH1.

Arrival home just after 6.00pm.

Stats from MC computer: 87.1kms, 1.27hrs, 7.5L/100km, 59kph ave, xxxkph max.

First ride for 2008

At 8.00am I headed for Alan's with a plan to do coffee in Martinborough and be back home around midday. I got to Alan's place at 8.30am and we headed up the highway with a fuel stop for the HD at Rimutex.

A leisurely coffee followed in Martinborough as we watched other bikes and the place begin to wake up. Hitcher and Mrs H arrived as we were leaving.

Our trip back involved a diversion along Ponatahi Road and Francis Line into Carterton and a stop in Greytown for Alan to buy some special chocolates. The weather was deteriorating and getting noticeably cooler as we went up the hill. A short stop at the summit and a chat to 2 KBs and then down to Upper Hutt to view the new Motormart shop.

I got home at 12.20pm. It is good to be back and get a ride in.

Stats from MC computer: 199.9kms, 2.53hrs, 5.5L/100km, 68kph ave, xxxkph max.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Back home and ready for a ride

I have been away from Wellington visiting family and in Brisbane since prior to christmas. After the last ride the bike was cleaned and covered up. Last night I got home and today got the bike out and took it down to the Service Station for some air in the tyres.

Tomorrow will be the first ride in a month.