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Well I'll be bashed!

Some time ago (around 85 days actually) and after scouring the internet for options, I pulled the trigger on a bash pad/skid plate for Mighty Mouse.  ...
18-08-2019 21:45

FRDC MC actually riding...

A little ago I put out a note at work to see if I could drum up some interest from the bike riders at work at getting together for the odd pootle.  I ...
28-07-2019 21:49

A long time ago...

Or perhaps it was last weekend...I went for a ride, and have only now gotten around to blogging it... Anyway... Last Sunday Colin came up on Judas l...
14-07-2019 21:47

IBA Awesomeness

So, a few days ago the 2019 Iron Butt Rally finished and it\'s been really neat to watch all the posts on their Facebook page.  There are also daily r...
03-07-2019 21:48

Quiet weekend

This past weekend I pretty much stayed around home doing chores and wasting time on the internet... The Tenere sorely needs a run but it also needs a...
02-07-2019 21:48

Solstice Ride

So, as mentioned in the last blog, Chris was at it again, riding yet another Saddlesore 1000 for charity.  This time around he had his wife Stella on ...
24-06-2019 21:50

What the"

I don\'t usually post up too much about my planned rides (ok, maybe planning stuff for distance events) but tomorrow I am planning on going for a litt...
21-06-2019 21:46

Two WR's Tackle a Trail ride

This post has been a while coming - I\'ve had some trouble with video quality after uploading to Youtube.  If you look at the two videos you\'ll notic...
19-06-2019 21:47

Gotta be blue...

...farkles that is. Yep, another package from China arrived.  That Mighty Mouse is getting pretty spoilt lately... This time around it was some chea...
11-06-2019 21:52

Kidnapped!

On Saturday I missed a call from Colin.  Turns out he was having some bluetooth issues... Three quarters of an hour later I heard a boxer coming up t...
10-06-2019 21:54

Graveliciousness!

On Monday the Queen was much more useful than usual, as she is still with us we were able to take the day off work to celebrate her birthday which jus...
05-06-2019 21:56

Mouse lube

Well, one of the inconsiderate things that Yamaha did when designing the WR was to forget to add a shaft drive.  This means that poor old Mighty Mouse...
02-06-2019 21:49

That valley again...

So this bloke I know was keen to get some more miles on his new KTM and this time around he\'d already decided that he wanted to go up the Whangaehu V...
26-05-2019 21:47

Mighty Mouse in the Maungatuks

Yesterday I finally had the chance to ride the little WR in the mighty Maungatuks - a place that Colin had been promising would be fun and challenging...
19-05-2019 21:45

Glutton for punishment

Every time I change a tyre I run into some little issue and end up saying "never again." The easy bit... But, the WR is only a little bike, how ha...
15-05-2019 21:50

Figure of 8"

During the week a chap I know and do the odd ride with done gone and traded a bike in so had a new stead that needed blooding.  And he\'d decided that...
12-05-2019 21:50

Out with the old...

So, on getting home from the TT2000 the rear E-07+ on the Tenere was looking reasonably second hand and just prior to meeting the Aussie Invasion it d...
05-05-2019 21:51

Getting dirty

I was up early on Anzac day so I could attend the Dawn Parade.  This meant that by about 9am brekkie was a memory, the dog had been walked and I still...
27-04-2019 21:49

The Zumo returns...

So the new 595 lives on either the Tenere or the Connie, but the old 550 still goes - what to do with it" Well, while it does get used in the car (pr...
15-04-2019 21:57

Zig Zagging

Only a short ride of around 90km this weekend.  I\'d done a little maintenance job on the WR and thought that like a little like a Gurkha\'s kukri, th...
07-04-2019 21:49

Bling!

Oh yeah baby! Been waiting for this!  Cheap at only a couple of grand eh" Bring on next year!...
03-04-2019 21:51

Aussie Invasion

What again! For a while Glitch from AusTouring.com had been planning yet another trip over to The Land of the Long White Cloud and while I and a few ...
01-04-2019 21:51

'leccy cool

So this was parked at work today: Very practical little bike for farmers and around town.  And built here in NZ! It\'s...
28-03-2019 21:51

A small celebration

Today, our local Spitfire (yes, we have one!) celebrated ten years of flying since her restoration and luckily I spotted the post on Facebook.  As you...
18-03-2019 21:51

Coming Home - Thursday

Thursday was the day that had seemed so far away a week ago and the day that we dreaded.  Yep, it was the day we had to say goodbye to the South islan...
14-03-2019 21:47

Coming Home - Wednesday

On Wednesday we stayed based in the Nelson/Tasman area with plans to do some exploring over the hill in Golden Bay. Around nineish I road across to M...
13-03-2019 21:49

Coming Home - Tuesday

After our rest day (only around 385km) we had slightly bigger plans for Tuesday.  We had to be in Richmond/Motueka by the end of the day but we couldn...
12-03-2019 21:51

Coming home - Monday

After our big weekend of riding a decent sleep (in a cold motel) followed by a later start was in order.  We got away from the motel at around 10am an...
11-03-2019 21:50

Takapari Road

While we were away down South, Colin and I had plenty of time to hatch plans for future rides.  I was dead keen to get my first WR adventure done befo...
04-03-2019 21:49

Meet Mighty Mouse

Ok, so before I disappeared off to take part in the TT2000 I did something foolish and bought another bike.  Except it wasn\'t foolish - I needed anot...
03-03-2019 21:46

#9 done and dusted

Yep, Colin and I have managed to wobble our way around the South Island and complete the required 2,000km and 100,000 points to qualify (subject to fi...
24-02-2019 21:47

Water

Somebody told me I shouldn\'t wash the Tenere - it might shrink... So yeah, Chillertek, I\'m working on the N + 1 thing... And now there\'s...
20-02-2019 21:49

Warming up

On Saturday I got a phone call with orders that I was riding on Sunday.  Colin had a hankering for a trip up the Turakina Valley and had already told ...
12-02-2019 21:47

Fresh ergs

So at just under 54,000km (that\'s 83,000km sooner than on the Connie), I\'ve been forced to invest in a new battery for the Tenere.  I blame the prev...
08-02-2019 21:47

Blog Comments V2

All righty then, I seem to have worked out my problem and can now comment from my new laptop... It appears to be a Chrome extension called Ghostery (...
08-02-2019 21:47

Blog Comments

Hi all Yet again I seem to be having issues with Google/Blogger and blog comments.  I\'ve yet to check on my other computer but on my new laptop I ca...
05-02-2019 21:49

Hot on the Ridge

I didn\'t get a ride in on Saturday, so yesterday was the day and the Tenere was the bike.  Leaving home I had great plans of a decent pootle to try o...
04-02-2019 21:49

Blog Challenge

Fellow blogger Sonja has issued a challenge to post 10 photos taken in 2018 on specific topics.  Geoff has already answered the challenge so now it\'...
29-01-2019 21:47

Tar surfing

Last weekend Colin and I had a little TT planning session and he mentioned that we had better go riding this weekend.  So, on Friday night he contacte...
27-01-2019 21:51

Dogs generally have good taste

This little story is currently doing the rounds of Concours FB pages and......
19-01-2019 21:49

That little stone...

The blighter in question You may remember the little trouble maker above from my Four Points excursion.  It successfully stopped the LHS radiator fan...
19-01-2019 21:49

Tyre Wrangling

Man, how I hate it...wrestling Adv tyres on and off is a serious wrestle when done in my shed... Anyway, got a wee ride coming up next months and the...
12-01-2019 21:47

Zumo install #3

Yeah, that\'s right #3... Except it\'s more like: the continued work of Heath Robinson. I needed to get the GPS up higher on the Tenere as it was bl...
06-01-2019 21:47

Chasing Chooks...

Gee, this holiday thing takes some getting used to...but I like it! With Friday being my last official day of annual leave it would have been rude to...
05-01-2019 21:49

2018 Highlights

Ok, so we\'re well into the New Year now (well, 3 days in) so it\'s time to take my yearly look back on the previous years riding. Mileage-wise I bet...
03-01-2019 21:45

Four Points

...and finally the write-up:  And I think that can be the last post of the year...Happy New Ye...
31-12-2018 21:50

Chasing Bunnies

Yesterday, instead of watching bikes racing, I decided to ride one instead.  I also decided to give the new GPS a tryout by loading up a route and fol...
28-12-2018 21:46

Suzuki Series Round 3

Oh yes, the Cemetery Circuit! It\'s been a few years since I last went across to Whanganui but this year I was dead keen.  Christmas Day had absolute...
26-12-2018 21:45

Zumo install #2

Thanks to E-Bay (cheaper), a second cradle for the Zumo turned up just before Xmas.  So Xmas Eve seemed like the right day to install it on the Connie...
25-12-2018 21:46

Zumo install #1

Right, time to get my hands dirty... Annoyingly, though unsurprisingly, the Zumo only came with one motorcycle mount/cradle so that has meant buying ...
24-12-2018 21:44

Merry Xmas to me...

Well, the box actually arrived a few weeks ago and yes, it\'s a farkle and I\'ve only just got around to blogging about it as the farkling process is ...
24-12-2018 21:44

Suzuki series Round 2

Yesterday was round two of the Suzuki summer racing series, run at Manfield just a week after round one in Taupo.  It was a pearler of a day and a goo...
17-12-2018 21:56

Quick tag

And not much of a pootle so just a quick post... Very warm out there and the wind sucked! Old tag on Old West Road New tag somewhere else......
02-12-2018 21:49

GPS woes

Ok, so the poor old Zumo has been having a few issues of late and I now fear that she is fading fast and may have to be retired ? While the route wor...
13-11-2018 21:51

2018 1KC

This Saturday there was a pretty decent excuse for a wee ride - the NZDR\'s 1KC.  That\'s a quick 1,000km jaunt around the North Island that John runs...
12-11-2018 21:50

Friday night ride

Last night was the first Friday night ride of the year and while I don\'t normally manage to get to many of them the weather forecast for the weekend ...
03-11-2018 21:46

Bad influence"

Maybe... Two years ago I ran into Steve at the Houhora checkpoint on the Four Points.  He was riding his V-Strom and I was on the Tenere.  After havi...
12-10-2018 21:47

It begins...

Might just add a few more to that number... Nicer the further North I went today. Somewhere... Not freezing today either... And finally, ...
05-10-2018 21:44

Anti-clockwise

A wee while ago Colin F and I went on a little trip taking in the Napier-Taihape road and on Saturday another Colin got in touch suggesting another ri...
11-09-2018 21:44

Wandering around Whanganui

This weekend was another Adv ride planned by Phreaky Phil and it was nice to see that after a week of rain (nice for a change) he had included a fine ...
27-08-2018 21:49

Finishing it off

On Saturday a chap posted on Facebook asking if there was anyone keen for a gravel ride on Sunday.  Pretty short notice but I decided that I could rea...
20-08-2018 21:44

How could I forget...

...the Forgotten Highway. This last weekend the weather decided to sort itself out and gave us two perfect days - coolish but sunny, calm and not wet...
13-08-2018 21:46

Comments"

Yeah, I love \'em but some idiot did something to make them stop publishing - wasn\'t even getting email reminders about them.  No idea what but I\'ve...
12-08-2018 21:44

Eleven years ago...

This happened... And now... Only 29 years to go until my registration costs drop - by then she should have rolled over the 1/2 a million km ma...
07-08-2018 21:52

Man Grips

So Saturday\'s ride was a bit chilly at times and my poor old hot grips were given the workout of their (long) life.  I\'ve talked before of my undyin...
18-07-2018 21:48

Chilly Mountain ride

Saturday was a fantastic day in Palmy and with Sunday supposed to be bringing a change in the weather then I needed to use Saturday for my important b...
15-07-2018 21:44

Surveying...

Once again there has been a bit of rain falling around the place and though we weren\'t hit as bad as the East Coast and some other places we did have...
17-06-2018 21:48

No, I hadn't forgotten...

...that this was in my shed... It\'s a long weekend here and yesterday was supposed to be the best day of the weekend weather-wise (forecast is ho...
03-06-2018 21:45

LNI Winter Adv Ride

Perhaps putting "Winter" in the title of this ride wasn\'t the best idea - it perhaps encouraged Mother Nature to get involved and supply some dampnes...
21-05-2018 21:47

Cardboard boxes...

...are great things.  They occasionally magically appear on the doorstep and contain farkles... Maybe it\'s bikkies" To kill the suspense that mus...
06-05-2018 21:48

Buns of steel

The other night I ended my post with the below picture:The bloke in the picture is Chris and Chris has an Iron Butt - he even has the paperwork to pro...
27-04-2018 21:45

Anzac Day

Yesterday was Anzac Day, the day Kiwis and Ozzies remember our veterans and war casualties.  It is a public holiday but a greater and greater number ...
26-04-2018 21:44

Taranaki Tunnel Tour - Part 2

So where was I"  Oh, that\'s right, we\'d just popped out of tunnel 2 or 4 and it was time to head for Whangamomona for a late lunch.  But first the...
17-04-2018 21:44

Taranaki Tunnel Tour - Part 1

Over the past month or so I\'d been closely watching a ...
16-04-2018 21:45

Re-rubbering

Unfortunately no matter how good tyres are they still tend to wear out after a while and it\'s a bit of an inconvenience to this particular motorbicyc...
08-04-2018 21:48

Inspiration for Brandy...

You can do eeit!...
03-04-2018 21:48

Playing in the mud

Long weekends rock!  Especially when you get some nice weather to go out and play in.On Sunday it was the Connies turn to get some loving and after g...
02-04-2018 21:54

A trip to Feilding

So after thunderstorms on Saturday, yesterday turned out to be an absolutely cracker.  I ended up abandoning some of my plans and riding over to the ...
26-03-2018 21:50

Staying off the main drag

On Sunday, fresh from finishing his first TT, Colin invited me along on a road ride and with my sore butt pretty well recovered, how could I say no"On...
14-03-2018 21:50

Oops!

...
13-03-2018 21:49

Yeeha!

Bling has arrived!...
12-03-2018 21:49

2018 TT2000 - Day 9

Day 9"  What happened to Day 8"Well...My plans had included a trip over to Golden Bay to explore a bit more gravel.  But that friendly little cyclon...
08-03-2018 21:49

2018 TT2000 - Day 7

Day 7 was another decent sized run of about 600km from Christchurch to my sister\'s place in Richmond via a few little deteours here and there.I left ...
07-03-2018 21:49

2018 TT2000 - Day 6

The weather in Christchurch on Monday morning wasn\'t particularly inviting (wet and a little chilly) and after by little 2,300km ride over the weeken...
06-03-2018 21:46

2018 TT2000 - Day 2

Day two of my trip was to get me down to Christchurch where the TT was starting.  I had deliberately crossed the straits the day before to give me th...
04-03-2018 21:46

2018 TT2000 - Day 1

Ok, so now that I\'m home I better get a bit more serious with my posts...Day one of this year\'s  TT assault was a short ride to the ferry, across t...
03-03-2018 21:46

Home!

Yep, I got home last night and have been reunited with my little brown dog and a decent computer.  But, I have a lot of editing to do before any dece...
02-03-2018 21:45

Making my way North

Today I had to ignore my sore butt and start heading Northwards by first heading West...Somewhere near Arthur PassFurther up the road I stopped by a g...
27-02-2018 21:46

Puddling about

Today the weather was a little bit average (rain and a brisk, cold wind) so I didn\'t quite do all the riding I had planned.  I still managed to do j...
26-02-2018 21:48

2018 TT2000 done!

Yep, back in Christchurch after 2,300+km of tickee-touring a chunk of the Southern end of the South Island.  No rain, no tickets and only a few GPS i...
25-02-2018 21:46

Proper fun

Another quick blog from the road...Today I met up with Al in Blenheim to tackle the Molesworth again.  He must have been a little keen as he was earl...
22-02-2018 21:45

Charging up

It had been a while since the Connie had a decent run and with her going to be ignored for a few more days I decided to take her for a quick run on Sa...
18-02-2018 21:44

Googling

I was mucking around looking at some of my pictures online and when I right-clicking in Google Photos I decided to check out the highlighted option be...
17-02-2018 21:45

Me leaving work tonight...

True story...Picture pinched from an Advrider post that had pinched it from ...
16-02-2018 21:47

Waitangi Tag

Yes, today was a public holiday so no excuse not to go for a ride eh"  Well, I left it a bit late...I mucked around all day doing other things and ki...
06-02-2018 21:47

Time for a change...

...eventually.  And I\'m not complaining...On Friday night I finally replaced the rear E-07 Dakar on the Tenere.  To say that the Dakar version has ...
22-01-2018 21:50

2018 Ride for Kids

Today I\'d decided to support a local charity ride benefiting kids with Down Syndrome - a nice idea and I was happy to give them my $20.  But things ...
21-01-2018 21:55

Another blimmin camera!

Yep, I slipped on the left mouse button while browsing Trade Me...There had been a number of emails from GoPro offering deals on cameras and I got a l...
16-01-2018 21:50
15-01-2018 21:50

Popping out for some greasies

On Saturday morning I got a phone call from Colin F who asked me if I was keen for a little ride over in Hawkes Bay on Sunday.  I\'m not good at comi...
08-01-2018 21:51
 



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