Monday, October 24, 2016

Tuki Tuki Loop

Filled in an hour with a clockwise run over the circuit.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Ulysses Lunch Ride

This was to be a short cruise to lunch.   244 Km later and I am home.

Left home at 9.20am and headed to the start point BP Bayview with a tyre pressure check at Clive. There were about 20 bikes and we left Bayview at 10.10. The route was up the Taupo Road and turn into Glengarry Road.  A few kms up the road a bike went off the road and the ride stopped for close to 30 minutes.  On the way to the lunch stop we took in a loop up Taihape Road and the Ohiti Road loop.  Arrived at The Chook and Filly on SH50 at 12.01.  A steak sandwich was good and with renewed energy I headed home the long way;  Tikokino, Waipawa, Middle Road.   Got home at 2.16pm having traveled 244kms on some really good roads.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Napier and Puketapu 30 July

The roads out back of Taradale can be confusing.  Did the loop past Puketapu twice and didn't work out what happened until I reviewed google maps.

The gps tracker is very useful in review.

Out 1600 and In at 1615,  80kms

Shopping 23 July

I seldom take the motorcycle on shopping trips but did today.  A short run into Hastings and return via Longlands.

Tuki Loop 21 July

While just another short ride of 46kms on this ride I gave a bit more throttle and let the revs rise.  It is an impressive bike.   Ride from 1326 to 1423hrs.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Ulysses Rural Ride

This was a long weekend (Monday Queens BD) so a big turn out wasn't expected.  There were some 10 bikes.

The ride was from Bay View BP, planned from 10 - 12 with lunch in Bay View Pub.   I arrived an hour early and had quite a wait for others to arrive.   It was an excellent ride on some roads I was not away of.  
Route:  SH5 to Glengary Road to Puketitiri Road - Glengary twisty
Apley Road to Dartmoor Road to Vicarage Road to Swamp Road to  SH50
Short stop at Bridge Pa to Raukawa Road - great road
Onepu Road to SH2 and TeAute Trust Road to Middle Road and Havelock North BP.
It was just after noon so I went home.

177Kms - a great ride and road to do again.

Tuki Tuki Loop

Saturday 4 June.
A reverse ride involving a view of Clifton Park for planned camping next day.   My observation:  this road is very different this direction.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

TukiTuki loop

After the loop and diversion to Hamoana freedom camp on the beach the mc has traveled 573km.

Today I finished the installation of  a relay for accessories; including heated grips and heated vest.  The GPS tracker is direct wired.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

First decent ride GSX S

This ride was special as up to now I have concentrated on rides to bed the motor in.  The motor and brakes can now handle a bit of work.  The ride was down SH50 to Tikokino, Tikokino road to Waipawa and home via Patangata and Middle Road.

This is a wonderful motorcycle - what more can I say.

Route: 128Kms.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Only chance for a ride

Saturday an overcast day and forecast for showers.  Thinking I could ride around the showers I headed to the Waimarama Road and at the back of Te Mata Peak saw a rain squall ahead.  I turned around and went to the top of Te Mata Peak. A very murky day - took photo.  On the trip home got wet.
Ride of 27km.  Odo total 308kms.

Before this ride softened front compression 1 click  ie 1 out from standard setting of 8 = 9.   Bike seems to handle rough surfaces better.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Tuki Tuki and Bayview

Another ride to get more Kms on the bike.  Left home at 2.25pm and arrived home at 4.00pm with exactly 100kms traveled.  First fill of fuel and couldn't figure out how to set to trip meter - got that sorted when I got home.

Average speed was only 60km/hour including the fuel stop.  Bike is running well.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Luggage and other prep

I spent most of yesterday sorting out how to install and set up luggage and fitted R&G frame sliders and front axle sliders.

Kriega luggage is my choice for this bike.  I have had Ventura pack frames on previous bikes but don't consider a good choice for this sports bike.  The Kriega gear is the US10, US20 and Tank.   The Tank item should protect the petrol tank from scratches and provide a platform to fit an existing magnetic tank bag to as well as the US10. 

I used double sided velcro tape with washers glued on as a means of connecting the magnetic tank bag to the Kriega Tank.   I may only use the magnetic bag when both the US10 and US20 are full and on the pillion set.  If I carry a pillion I have the choice of the US10 or magnetic bag on the Tank.

I traveling light (in sports mode) 30L of luggage is ample for a few days away.
Kriega Tank fitted

Kriega US10 - 50% full
Metal washers glued to Velcro

Magnetic tank bag

Very neat Kriega tabs for luggage

Kriega US20

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Charity Ride - Salvation Army

I went to the ride start point but didn't do the ride.  A number of reasons but 2 main ones:  the bike is being run in and 90mins of doodling along in a group would not be good for the motor and secondly I find these rides are risky as too many unknown riders.

Video and pics taken for upload later.

On the way home I made a minor diversion to take in a good bit of Middle Road.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

GSXS Day 2

Not much to blog about.  Photos taken and a 49Km ride on a loop to Napier.

This is the bike at home.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Took delivery today

I collected the new GSX S1000FA today at 9.45am.  It was raining so on my first ride the bike got wet and dirty.

The ride home was a via rural roads so I could work the engine.  The bike had 11Km on it at delivery and I added another 14Km and was home at 10.05.  Track log taken.

The rain cleared by 2.50pm when I went for the second ride and put another 55Km on the odometer.

Initial impression:  a wonderful machine that I should enjoy riding.  It is very different to the Hayabusa and reminds me a bit of the Speed Triple;  except the GSX is much better.   The seat is comfy, handling light and precise, and the sound is superb.  This will be great once run in.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016


The Hayabusa has gone to a new owner in Wellington.  My days as Hayabusa Rider on a busa are over.

New bike on order for delivery next month.