Monday, November 23, 2009

Pahiatua Track Sunday

The weather on Sunday morning was iffy with showers predicted to clear later in the day.  At midday I planned a ride to take in  Martinborough, some back roads with a run home down the other coast.

The first stop was Martinborough for a coffee where I met up with a few other bikers.  Then I headed to Gladstone via Ponatahi Road and around the Westmere Road to the Servo on the outskirts of Masterton.  A stretch of the legs there and then off to Eketahuna via Mauriceville.  The bike was refuelled there with 200kms and 11 Litres since the last fill. 

From Eketahuna I took the Mangamaire turnoff and then over the track.  The run home was down SH57 to Levin and then SH1 home.  

I left home at 12.37 and got back at 5.43pm having travelled 385kms.  This ride was a good test for the new leathers made for me by Sam at Celtic Leathers.  The leathers fit well and were warm and comfortable.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


The Wednesday night ride is not quite as cruisy as it has been. Just a few of us and mainly Triumphs headed to Paikok hill and then back to Mana for refreshments.  Good ride and good company.  I got home at 8.45pm.

TAG chase Monday

No riding over the weekend but managed to fit in a quiet run on Monday to check out some Tags and visit MC shops.

I viewed the BMW products in Motomart.  Nice bikes and am somewhat taken by the Adventure 650GS - 800cc motor.  A brief stop then at WMC and home.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Woodville loop for leathers

My leathers were ready to be picked up and the weather report was okay for a ride to Woodville.   I left home at 9.20am and stopped for fuel at Rimutex.   Arrived at Celtic Leathers at 12.03pm.  I did  a short ride down the road to try the leathers for fit and then returned to finalise the transaction.

I left at 1.20pm and headed to Woodville.  It was a slow trip through the Manuwatu Gorge following a truck with yellow no passing lanes to frustrate further.  Next stop was at Shannon for food and coffee.  A nature stop was made at Paikokariki and then was trapped there as the rail crossing barriers came down and stayed there for about 20 mins.  The bike was fuelled at Mana with 15.22L at 298kms.

I arrived home at 4.16pm having traveled 349kms. 

Odo: 8310.  Economy for trip 5.07L/100kms

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Sunday ride

This afternoon included a BBQ at Kari's followed by a short ride with Alan to Paikakariki.   The Hayabusa has now travelled 7935kms.

Thursday, November 05, 2009


This was not really a ride.  Taking the bike into the city to view the Guy Fawkes firework display meant a park and no problem getting home through the traffic.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Ulysses short ride

The ride today was to Martinborough.  A short ride but with a diversion on the way out East of Carterton. 

Lunch was at Martinborough and on my ride home I met up with Alan at the summit and we did a circuit to the Harley Cafe for coffee.  A nice days ride and the gps log is saved as a record.