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Berm Busting

 Oops, it\'s Friday and I still haven\'t posted about last weekends shenanigans!Last Friday I knocked off at lunchtime and loaded the RMX onto the ute...
18-09-2020 21:52

Hall hunting"

 I needed a ride today and had already decided that I wanted to take the Mouse out for a wee play on the gravel but I didn\'t really have any particul...
06-09-2020 21:49

Shifting sand

I definitely needed to go for a ride this weekend and perhaps should have chosen Saturday as the weather ended up being a little nicer.  On Sunday mor...
30-08-2020 22:30

Playing with seals

 Bork, bork...So, some time ago (during the Dusty Butt) the RHS fork seal on the WR started leaking.  I attempted to fix it my cleaning it out with a ...
23-08-2020 21:51

Conquering Clay

Thanks to a mongrel cold I\'ve lost three weekends worth of riding and having a new bike in the shed has made this even worse.  This past weekend, by ...
10-08-2020 21:50

Yella farkles

So as Geoff predicted, with a new bike there are always farkles and so it has begun...But, I\'m fairly certain that things shouldn\'t get too out of h...
22-07-2020 21:52

Yella Terra

Oops, I did it again...Yep, spent too much time on Trademe and ended up buying something that is just a little bit scary....After a couple of trail ri...
13-07-2020 21:46

2020 Snow ride

I\'d been waiting for this one all winter - a good snow dump to go and explore on Mighty Mouse.  My first two snow rides on the V-Strom and then the T...
06-07-2020 21:52

Its been a while...

Maybe not since I\'ve been for a ride but definitely its been a while since the poor old Connie got out for a pootle.  What with our Covid lockdown an...
29-06-2020 21:54

Ice Ride"

Another pretty nice day today (although there\'s some weather on its way) so I was co-opted into a wee ride with Colin...Last night we made plans for ...
25-06-2020 21:48

Captivity Day 40

40 Days! Holy crap, no wonder I\'m going crazy! The gloss has well and truly worn off this enforced isolation and it\'s safe to say it wears you dow...
25-06-2020 21:48

Captivity Day 46

The virus that keeps on giving... But the internet came to my aid (along with a lot of complaints about multiple Sony models having this problem) ...
25-06-2020 21:48

Freedom ride

Man this was a long time coming...Being denied access to simply the best stress release engineered by man for nigh on two months is simply cruelty to ...
25-06-2020 21:48

Mouse Charging

We had a pretty stunning weekend weather-wise and while Saturday was taken up with some work around the house, on Sunday I was ready for a wee ride.Wi...
25-06-2020 21:48

Captivity Day 38

It seems that I\'ve got plenty of time at the moment for farting around on computers, so, I decided to try and grab some data from my TT2000 rides and...
25-06-2020 21:48

Captivity Day 43

Not a lot to report.  How about some music" For Geoff (I know he likes this sort of music): For Colin: For Chillertek:...
25-06-2020 21:48

Captivity Day 50

So the first day where I could have cut loose but nope, working from home still.  But, serious plans are afoot...I did sneak out in the ute and visit ...
25-06-2020 21:48

Stopping Stoppers from not

A while ago I had a whoopsie when replacing the front brake pads on the WR.  One fell out when I was carrying out my road test and the poor wee piston...
25-06-2020 21:48

Captivity Day 36

Spent some petrol money the other day.  Unfortunately, still not on petrol... On a lark, and courtesy of some Adv Rider posts on phones as GPS device...
25-06-2020 21:48

Captivity Day 41

Missing the little mouse... It didn\'t help that Colin and I had a chat on the phone last night and relived a few Dusty (and TT) moments......
25-06-2020 21:48

Captivity Day 47

So today didn\'t quite suck as bad.  I even went into work for a little while - and rode the Ten!Parking was at a premium...And then got a little lost...
25-06-2020 21:48

Release the Mouse!

So after Saturday\'s reintroduction to the worlds favourite pastime I was back to being a happy chappy.  But then, things got even better - I managed ...
25-06-2020 21:48

Raetihi Ramble

This past weekend Sunday was the day we decided should be set aside for a pootle and after a wee bit of time in the shed on Saturday I was keen to che...
25-06-2020 21:48

Captivity Day 39

I had to got for a little essential trip today.  Unfortunately I got a little lost... I had my co-pilot with me so I forced to take the ute, but i...
25-06-2020 21:48

Captivity Day 45

So it appears that a battery has died :(There was some life left in it which produced an interesting display (frozen once power died):Of course one of...
25-06-2020 21:48

Captivity Day 51

Sick of these posts yet"  I know I am... Well, while we\'re not quite back to normal and I\'ll still be mostly working from home: Tomorrow we Rid...
25-06-2020 21:48

More Muddy Maneuvers

Last weekend was a 3-day affair and it would have been rude not to have got out and enjoyed the time off on one of the bikes.  With the weather lookin...
25-06-2020 21:48

Captivity Day 37

Last day of the working from home week and some welcome mail arrived. That badge on the right is the one I\'ve really been waiting on.  Only 20...
25-06-2020 21:48

Captivity Day 42

So my fuel bill arrived... So disappointment comes with some savings... But, all three bikes have required some rego becuase it\'s dangerous to me...
25-06-2020 21:48

Captivity Day 48

Thanks to the Tenere I confirmed that the Concours battery is definitely toast!Apologies for holding the phone the wrong way......
25-06-2020 21:48

Captivity Day 9

This video Colin found is worth a watch.  Looks like they had a sleep in most mornings - we were away earlier and never got rain ? Lots of my favouri...
03-04-2020 21:46

Captivity Day 4

Best show the cursed battery tender setup... For the Tenere I used the "pig-tail" that came with the tender and hooked it up to the battery, you migh...
29-03-2020 21:49

Captivity Day 3

Yay, it\'s the weekend! Visited the bikes.  Fired up the Connie and Tenere to see how their batteries were doing - both were fine.  Plenty of fuel in...
28-03-2020 21:49

Captivity Day 1

How\'s about a favourite picture" Port Jackson - Coromandel This one seems to scream freedom...the first big trip on the Tenere.  The 2016 Four Po...
26-03-2020 21:49

Hunkering down

Well sort of... Thanks to modern technology I\'m able to do as much work as I like from home!  Gee, the interweb is a wonderful thing! Anyway, I was...
25-03-2020 21:51

Fishers and the 42

Not a moment too soon and just before the whole country goes into lock-down three WR\'s went on a little ride... Ever since I bought the WR I\'d want...
24-03-2020 21:47

When Willie S rode a WR...

You have some weird conversations on facebook sometimes... Shall I ride the WR this fine summer?s day" For it is small and its horsepower merely ad...
15-03-2020 21:48

Saving seals

Nope, I haven\'t joined Greenpeace (although I do like the aquatic blubber bags)... When mucking around loading the WR\'s up on the Dusty Butt (and y...
14-03-2020 21:49

Sight seeing

Today was a cracker of a day and as I hadn\'t ridden a motorcycle since Monday I needed to fix that.  I also had a hankering to check out North Range ...
07-03-2020 21:56

Ahem...

2020 TT2000Countdown (function(d, s, id) { var js, pjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.i...
27-02-2020 21:48

DIY ear-plugs

So a couple of weeks ago I dropped my custom ear-plugs in the shed while moving the Tenere (they were resting on the topbox).  I found one but the oth...
25-02-2020 21:54

Dusty Butt Chronicles Part 6

Wednesday With the weather curtailing the trip to the Denniston we had plenty of time for a quiet cruise through to Richmond for the night and our la...
23-02-2020 21:50

Dusty Butt Chronicles Part 5

So, the Dusty Butt was over, but we had 5 days to get home.  And we had a few plans... Monday With the perfect weather about to change and us kinda ...
21-02-2020 21:50

Dusty Butt Chronicles Part 4

For us the last day of the Dusty Butt started early again and as you can see from the video, we snuck out of town while it was still dark.  It was a g...
17-02-2020 21:51

Dusty Butt Chronicles Part 3

Day Two of the Dusty Butt started a little later than the first day as the planned distance for the day was a bit shorter than both days 1 and 3. Col...
15-02-2020 21:49

A break

...from the Dusty Chronicles as there is another wee event coming up soon and the Tenere needs some love before the off. First up, spot the differenc...
13-02-2020 21:49

Dusty Butt Chronicles Part 2

Day One of the big event and the alarms went off at 5am for an early start but lying in bed the wind was nearly drowning them out.  Wandering around o...
12-02-2020 21:48

Dusty Butt Chronicles Part 1

Ok, so I\'ve been home for a while and even back at work for a day so it\'s time to start my write-ups of our trip away to tackle the Dusty Butt - 1,4...
10-02-2020 21:53

Quick Update

Just a very quick update from the road.  The two WR\'s ate the Dusty Butt for brekkie with no issues.  We did skip some sections (which I\'ll explain ...
03-02-2020 21:53

Shake down

After all the fettling (and spending) it was time to give the WR a run and checkout the new gearing and tyres.  A message from Oldbeer on Adventure Ri...
28-01-2020 21:52

Mouse Maintenance

With the Dusty Butt not very far away at all, the WR has been getting a fair bit of care and attention - first all those farkles and now some actual m...
27-01-2020 21:50

Just another KTM rider"

On Friday night Colin rang to tell me that he had a visitor.  And he wasn\'t just some mate or random off the street but a bloke from Austria spending...
13-01-2020 21:51

Farkle Season Part 5

Or should that be: the continued evolution of a long-distance, mile-munching, high performance endurance weapon" With the prospect of shortly spendin...
08-01-2020 21:50

Excitement builds...

2020 Dusty ButtCountdown (function(d, s, id) { var js, pjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); ...
07-01-2020 21:52

2019 Highlights

Wow, we\'re 6 days into the New Year as I write this and I\'ve only been on two rides so far.  Perhaps I should have made some sort of New Years resol...
06-01-2020 21:51

Out East again

With the return to work rapidly approaching Colin and I thought that we\'d better get in another quick ride.  This time around we substituted the extr...
05-01-2020 21:52

Starting the year on the right foot

Just prior to New Years, Colin had decided that we needed to get out on the little bikes - something about a conditioning ride for the Dusty Butt... ...
03-01-2020 21:49

The last adventure for the year

I was just back from Xmas in the ?naki with all the rellies when my phone goes off and it?s some bloke called Colin inviting me on a two-day ride.  He...
31-12-2019 21:49

Happy New Year Tenere

Not sure if it really needed it... But I did it anyway... Too clean"  Best do something about that......
31-12-2019 21:49

The ride before Christmas

Well, Merry Christmas...this blog has been a long time coming.  Over a week ago Colin and I snuck in a little pre-Christmas ride and I got more than h...
30-12-2019 21:50

Xmas - done and dusted

Yep, she\'s all over... This year our tribe had Christmas at my sister\'s in the \'naki.  I took the ute and dog up and somehow managed to find room ...
30-12-2019 21:50

2019 Coast to Coast

Saturday was this year\'s running of the Coast to Coast ride which raises money for our local rescue helicopter. The one photo I took this year... ...
16-12-2019 21:49

Shake down tag

So after all the farkles were fitted, on Sunday I had to take the little WR for a short ride to test them out. I didn\'t bother strapping the bags on...
05-12-2019 21:48

Farkle Season Part 4

Yeah, I decided to spin this one out a little ;) Now for that smaller box... Well, now that I had another endurance ride capable, long distance t...
04-12-2019 21:48

Farkle Season Part 3

When will it end" Box collecting expert... So the WR was supposed to be some cheap fun.  But unfortunately they even make farkles for little bikes...
03-12-2019 21:49

An Entertaining Eastern Excursion

On Saturday I was once again persuaded that I needed more riding practice and after initially being a little discouraged by this comment on my abiliti...
25-11-2019 21:48

2019 1KC

Early November always heralds the running of the NZDR 1KC - it\'s a 1,000km cruise that also happens to raise a little cash for Muscular Dystrophy - a...
11-11-2019 21:52

Eating dust, flipping stones...

...and grinning like an idjit! Yesterday was the day to park the farkling and get out on the Ten to enjoy Day 2 of summer. Naturally, the motivating...
04-11-2019 21:49

Farkle Season Part 2

Yes, the farkling continues... I actually started this install before fitting the tail tidy but there were hold-ups... This farkle was all about erg...
02-11-2019 21:50

Farkle season"

So apparently winter is supposed to be when the farkling happens.  Well, I guess I\'m running late.  Better get started in earnest... So this thing s...
01-11-2019 21:48

Sunshine

It\'s a long weekend here but so far it\'s actually been a little grey and cool.  After a day of pottering around home on Saturday I decided that I at...
27-10-2019 21:48

A wee loop

On Saturday morning I received an important phone call.  It went something like: "you need to go for a ride tomorrow to keep your hand in, can\'t go r...
14-10-2019 21:49

Some prep...

With the Connie recently celebrating her twelfth birthday and the distance riding season about to kick off with a vengeance, it was time for a little ...
30-09-2019 21:50

FRDC MC Ride #2

Yesterday was our second FRDC MC ride - just under 2 months since our first one, but somehow I managed to plan even better weather! We met up in town...
23-09-2019 21:45

Fordell Trail Ride

A few months ago I sniffed out an upcoming Trail Ride and after Colin and I had so much fun on our last one, I set to inviting all and sundry who I kn...
18-09-2019 21:51

About time!

A well deserved World Championship after a few very unlucky years.  Go Courtney! ...
11-09-2019 21:47

Checking things out...

Last week I finally got the fork seals done on the Tenere and on Thursday someone suggested that they\'d need to be tested properly... Look Ma, no ...
02-09-2019 21:45

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
 



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