I was looking a long time for a new commuter, maybe a scooter, but then RedBarron had a special on the XTZ125 with a Ventura topbox @ $3200+ orc
right off the bat, what a fantastic bike for tall riders (i'm 184cm / 90kg) and the Knee/seat position is very relaxed and comfortable, the handlebar height and grip is comfy, all better than my last 3 DRZs that I had raised bars and filed down pegs to lower the footing etc
The lead up to the 2017 Paeroa Battle of the Streets was frantic, with lots of work being done on the bike.
On the 10th February I did a track day with MotoTT to test out a couple of things. I finally had a steering damper mounted on the bike and Iíd also gotten hold of a gyroscopic mount for the camera, a couple of things Iíd been wanting to get sorted for quite a while.
The steering damper had been quite a challenge.
Recently fitted a windshield on a cruiser, now bike shakes like crazy at all speeds. Any suggestions.
great riding this time of year
After getting back from Hamilton I had to drop the bike in for its 96,000 Km service ...even if it was a little late at 97,500 Km. That was an easy way to blow $600+ with a new air-cleaner, plugs etc, etc and although I'd bought a new front, expecting to fit it, that's still got a couple of thousand Km in it and the relatively new rear (5,000 Km) is looking worse ...but only on the sides thanks to some hard cornering on great roads.
With that done and a nice
Itís been an odd year. I donít feel like Iíve done much riding due to weather and work, but the reality is that Iíve done few rides but a reasonable amount of Km.
The year started with a 1,000 miler (1600 Km with Gray - https://www.kiwibiker.co.nz/forums/e...th-of-a-Legend! )
Followed up with the biggest ride of my life in March, ( https://www.kiwibiker.co.nz/forums/e...-Hobbit-s-Tail
Shows the risk to motorcyclists of fatal or serious crashes on New Zealandís roadsI haven't seen this resource being referred to anywhere, so I made this "blog" to post a link to it for future reference.
This year saw the 90th Anniversary of the Maori Tennis Tournament Öwhich didnít mean a lot to me, but it did mean that I had to ride to Hamilton, then go riding around the Waikato for a couple of days, then ride back Öso, as usual, I was really excited that Ann had to go to the Maori tennis tournament!
Our adventure commenced on Boxing Day with a short hop to Hawera, Ann taking the car because she was hitching a ride from there, then bringing some Mokoís
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