Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Tuki Tuki and Clifton Loop 30 Dec 13

7.25am left home for a ride.  First it was a fueling stop at Mobil Havelock North. 

The ride was via TeMata Road, Waimarama Road to over the bridge and then left East on Tuki Tuki Road,  Turned right onto Raymond Road and to the end of Clifton Road.  The return was via Lawn Road and Napier Road.

Arrived home at 8.22am having covered 50km.  The ride was recorded in GPS.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Early morning ride

Sunday morning.

I left home just before 7.00am for a ride around the Elsthorpe loop.   I decided to anticlockwise but a few kms down Middle road and came up to heavy fog.   That prompted me to turn around and do the ride the other way. 

The ride was TeMata Road, Waimarama Road, Kahuranaki Road, Elsthorpe Road, Middle Road.  Very nice roads and no traffic.

I was home at 8am.  

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Hawkes Bay Toy Run

The Toy Run was a benefit ride for Birthright.  

I headed into the start point in Plunket Road Hastings just after 1000hrs.  There were some 400 bikes, many HDs and a few old bikes.  

The ride departed the start just after 1100hrs and we headed for Anderson Park in Napier via Havelock North and Ahurihi.   Lunch was BBQ sausage in bread.   It was a warm day and a good ride. 

I left early and headed home.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

2 weeks ago

Have not had many rides.  Two weeks ago did a little ride from Havelock North to Napier and back via a few back roads.  Only a short time on the bike of less than an hour.  It was good and I saw parts of HB had'nt seen.

Tomorrow a Toy Run with HB Ulysses is a real possibility.

Monday, August 26, 2013

First Ride from Havelock North

The Hayabusa was moved to Havelock North when we shifted home and first ride was Sunday 25/08/2013.   I only had time for a short ride and did a loop from Havelock North around the back of Te Mata Peak, over the Tuki Tuki bridge and along the Eastern side of the river to Haumoana.  This side of the river is a nice road with some interesting corners, marked with 35 and 25km advisory speeds.   I finished the loop back to Te Mata road into the village and back home.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Sunday Ride

Alan had a ride planned to Martinborough for Sunday.   I joined him at his place around 10:30am and we headed straight to Martinborough.  We stopped for lunch at at cafe on the road into the square and then headed to Greytown, Carterton, back roads to Martinborough and then back over the hill.  At Mayborn we took the back roads to the Short Straw Cafe in Whitemans valley, for another coffee and then home.

The weather was mixed - rain on the hill, some spits in the rapa and it got cold.  It was warmer in the valley and at home.

Arrived home at 4.30pm.   252Kms.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

TCWNR 20 Feb

There were 27 bikes at the Duck Pond.  I left early and a few minutes behind Guy to go as far as Kaitoke.   We watched as they went past in 3 groups and then headed home.

Sunday, February 17, 2013


 Friday I visited WMC to see what was new.

Today was a Ulysses long ride, or it was meant to be, but not so long for me.

Left home: 0905hrs
Arrived Brown Owl  0935
Headed over hill  1014
Paihatua for fuel 1152
On road 1205  - a long stop
Stopped at Windfarm  1226   S40 18.061 E175 49.316
Lunch in Ashhurst 1247 to 1406 - to long
Headed home via the gorge and Mangamarie.
Arrived home 1648hrs

This could have been a better ride with less time stopped.  Lunch took so much time I didn't have time to fit in Vinegar hill and the long ride back,

388Kms  Ave Speed 49km/hr.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Waitangi Day Ride

Being a Wednesday I make an early afternoon start to meet up at the Duck Pond.  My ride was up SH1 to Mana and then across and up Haywards.   To fill in time I road around the Hutt hills and then up to Silverstream.  At 6.15pm I arrived at the Duck Pond to meet the group.  At 6.40pm we left and while they headed over the hill I turned off at Haywards and took to SH1 route to home.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thursday Night Ride

I missed the ride last night and there was a large turnout.  So I went to meeting of the Thursday night riders.   They went over the hill and I then went home.  There were some very nice bikes there.

Sunday, January 27, 2013


The weather today was almost perfect for a decent ride - only problem was that it got too hot.   I left home at 10.28 and dropped by to meet up with Alan.   We had a fuel stop at Featherston for the HD and then went straight to Ngawhi.   A stop for food and a look around and then we headed to Martinborough.  This was a coffee stop and chat to an English rider who had just purchased a new 675 Daytona.  

From there it was home and I finished the ride at 4.00pm.  276kms.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


18 bikes at the meeting point.  At 6.45pm they headed off to Featherston.  I was last to leave and stayed in that position all the way.  It was a semi sedate group ride with no heroics.  At Featherston I turned around and came straight back, arriving at home at around 8.10pm.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Anniversary Day loop

Today is Wellington Anniversary Day.  We were in cloud all morning and it was a toss up to ride or not.   However, once I got to Petone the sky changed from cloud to blue.   I then decided to just ride the Haywards loop and return home via SH1.  In addition I rode around the inlet and back.

A short but enjoyable ride.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013


A very windy day with wind peaks of 140kph predicted. I arrived at the Duckpond at 5.55pm, shorty after Alan arrived and then a few others. The group went over the hill. Alan and I turned around at the Caltex station and came back. We stopped in Lower Hutt for a coffee and I was home just after 8.00pm

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Saturday ride around

Early yesterday I did a ride up SH2 and then across Haywards. I visited the new housing development above Haywards hill and the headed around the inlet and up SH1 to Pukerua Bay. On the way home diverted to Plimmerton but no coffee stop as no places to even park a bike. Came home via SH1. Very nice weather.

Friday, January 04, 2013

Yesterday - WOF and rides

Yesterday I went into WMC early to obtain a WOF. I got there when they opened and was the first customer. The WOF took near to an hour and during the wait had a coffee and contacted Alan who was also to get a WOF. That exercise took most of the morning. Early afternoon Alan called by and we headed to Makara beach and then Plimmerton for a coffee. Then it was home via SH1.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Last Ride for 2012

My last ride was on 31 December. It was into Wellington and a visit to WMC and Motorad. The hayabusa has 36770 on the odo which means I only did 6770kms last year; a very quiet motorcycling year. Building a house in Havelock North and commuting between there and Wellington from around April will mean few kms on the bike and a lot in the car.