Sunday, October 24, 2010

Labour Weekend Sunday

342Km ride today.  I met Alan at his place and we headed to the Wairarapa.  The traffic was very heavy, it is Labour weekend, up SH2 and  over the hill.   Once over the hill we headed around the western side of the lake on the way to Lake Ferry for lunch.  When we arrived the line for lunch put us off so we headed to Martinborough.  We arrived in Martinborough at 2.00pm had lunch and then headed north to take in Gladstone and the water towers loop. 

On the way home we fuelled at 280km in Greytown (the low fuel light had yet to come on)  with 14.2 Litres.  (5.1L/100kms).  I got home a bit after 5.00pm.  The odo is just over 100kms short of 18,000kms and a service Thursday.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


No wind, but cold.   I left home at 5.50pm and headed to Avalon (Duck Pond) meeting point.  The ride went over to Featherston at a good pace.   I arrived in Featherston at 7.09 and left at 7.39.  Got home at 8.25pm.  The round trip was 125kms and the odo shows under 500kms till the 18000k service which will be done next week.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


This was the 2nd ride for the session.  A good group met at the park and some new bikes were on display,  2 Ducati 1198 and 1098 treet Fighter $37k, Honda VFR1200, White Hayabusa. 

We went to Featherston to the pub. There was light rain on the hill and it was cold so when I arrived I turned around and headed back. Got home just after 8.00pm.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pink Ribbon Ride

A pink ribbon ride was organised in support of breast cancer awareness. The ride started from Wellington Motorcycles and went to the Sandbar in Mana via SH2 and Haywards. I was late arriving and didn't even need to get off the bike as they were moving off as I came up to the intersection at WMC. There were a lot of bikes and many riders had dressed for the occasion with a lot of pink and womens clothing on display.

The ride regrouped at Motukaraka Point and we then rode into Mana. From there I went home.

Parked the bike next to an interesting machine as shown in this photo.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010


The first ride of the season.  I joined them to the top of the Rimutakas where I stopped and talked to 3 others bikers for a while and then headed home.

Photo of group before the ride.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Coin Toss Ride

Ulysses had a new theme to this Sunday ride - toss a coin at significant intersections to decide which way to go.  For this ride I set up the helmet camera and am reviewing some of the clips while posting this blog.  It will take a few days to process the video so I will post this now and come back later to add pics and video.
Photo is where some of us stopped for lunch in Eketahuna.

5 videos are on YouTube of this ride.  The first ones are more about the coin toss while the last 2 show a bit more pace on road out the back of Masterton and Eketahuana.

Video 2 - Featherston and onwards
Video 3 - coin tossing and riding
Video 4 - a bit faster
Video 5  - a bit of speed and arrival in Eketahuna

The ride home to home was 321kms and the odo is now reading 17033.  I fueled up with 17.3L - 5.39L/100Kms.

Friday and Saturday around Wellington

Friday was a nice day for the bike.  I went into the city for lunch and then a bit of a run around.  Saturday afternoon a short run into the Hutt and then fueled the bike for the Sunday Ulysses ride. 

The bike has now done 16705kms.