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A star is born (05/11/2011)

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Some may have noticed Toto becoming a star in print, around August, in an issue of KiwiRider (thread here: http://www.kiwibiker.co.nz/forums/sh...o-in-KIWIRIDER), as one of those regular NZ riders, and featuring his profile. Of course, heís far from normal, but I digress.

Apparently people talk about me, and my name came up several times as a candidate for being profiled, due to the long distance riding I enjoy doing. Hanne makes contact with me back in September ish, asking if I would mind being interviewed, some photos taken etc. I say, the chance to be a star? Of course!

There are some clear technical glitches though. Naturally, she would like a photo of me and my bike, except it wasnít anywhere near Auckland, let alone NZ, still on the boat from the USA. Fast forward to this month, she messages me again on Monday, asking if it was still possible to do the interview. Iíd had the bike back about a week, and had just returned from Turangi, after completing the Rusty Nuts Grand Challenge (yes yes, Iím in the process of writing those blogs).

We set a date for today (not the romantic sort gazing longingly into each otherís eyes etc etc blah blah Ė just talking shit about bikes). I had planned to get the final drive seal replaced on Friday, due to it leaking, but the part hadnít arrived and Sebastian at Experience advised me to ride only for essential purposes. So just round the block then? Hence, I shoot off to the office in the early afternoon, after checking something in Penrose (even saw Hanne in Sylvia Park Ė oh the irony) and collect the BMW.

I arrive at Musick Point slightly late, due to idiots thinking they are on a Sunday drive, and make my humblest apologies to Hanne. Fashionably late perhaps, but I donít say anything like that to Hanne. It turns out itís good timing. Sheís off to Christchurch next weekend, then Antarctica the following for several weeks. Iím in the midst of a 6000km month, riding last weekend, and then the following 2 after this weekend. With the final drive seal also needing replacing, itís the best time, even though I had to decline an offer from GiJoe to ride through Waipoua Forest today.

She starts with the usual questions, name for the bike, model, then why I enjoy doing it, longest ride, best ride etc. Iím sure my demi-god illusion some think I have was quickly discovered as a lie, and instead I was simply a raving lunatic that rode far too much Still, weíll see what magic she can spin out of my ramblings when the interview appears in a forthcoming edition of KiwiRider.

As we made to move to a suitable picture snapping location an ex-pat British gent canít help but cast an eye or two over the GS and we start talking. He has a Kawasaki cruiser, also loves riding and will head to Europe early in the new year to do some riding. He wants to ride from Cape Reinga to Bluff, so just last week rode the northern section between Cape Reinga and Auckland. Iím not quite sure why I imagined he meant to do it all in one ride (what, a week should be sufficient), but evidently not. Still, heís a rider, getting out there riding. Thatís what itís all about

Hanne takes a few snaps, amazingly enough the camera doesnít break at my ugliness, and then itís time to turn the tables on her (like the interview was ever going to go according to her plan with a Gremlin around huh?). She knows I have a blog and has read some of itÖ and what better than to blog the start of my immense fame? OkÖ so the interview is probably the longest part of my free-fall dive called fame, but I sit anxiously watching my phone for the sponsorship calls to come flooding in. I also take a few pictures of her loan scooter with Jessica, making sure Jessica didnít eat the poor wee thing.

An enjoyable afternoon, then back into chores at home, finding and cataloguing the loose/missing bolts and preparing my gear for another weekend of riding.
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Comments

  1. KoroJ's Avatar
    Ahh, a Legend in your own mind......good stuff!!
  2. gijoe1313's Avatar
    Once again, I am always amazed something awry did not occur during these precedings! You must have been on your best behaviour!

    I guess it wasn't too long before you ended up in print, heaven knows you should really have a file thick as a directory with the popo!

    Will wait to see what words made it to print and if anything was taken out of context!
  3. TOTO's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by gijoe1313
    Once again, I am always amazed something awry did not occur during these precedings! You must have been on your best behaviour!

    I guess it wasn't too long before you ended up in print, heaven knows you should really have a file thick as a directory with the popo!

    Will wait to see what words made it to print and if anything was taken out of context!
    Hanne is a good writer, no doubt she will find a way to present him in a positive light - cant wait to read
  4. wanpo's Avatar
    When did you paint Jessica red?
  5. gale_wolf's Avatar
    I still think Jessica sounds a lot like GSXR. Just sayin'.
  6. Gremlin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by gale_wolf
    I still think Jessica sounds a lot like GSXR. Just sayin'.
    Well... it's fortunate you don't know anything then