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    1,000km challenge on DR 200.

    Just wondering if anyone else has done this on a small Dirt Bike with knobblies ??? (whoops forgot I now have XRJ's Adv tire on rear)
    Took off last Sunday, the 28th at 5.45 am (was up at 3.45am, road over to Napier) met XRJohnny, who was riding his XR650. Woollies on our seats , back packs, spare 21 inch tubes each & Johnny with his trusty but heavy tool kit heading up the East Coast to see if we could have a fun day with some gravel and clock up some Ks.
    Coffee at Wairoa, breakfast/petrol at Gizzy, photo at Tolaga Bay, petrol/ice cream at Tokomaru Bay and Johnny took some of the local kids for a ride on my “Mean looking bike lady” ( its black LOL). They loved his bike better!!.
    Pushed on to Whangaparoa Bay along State Highway 35 for a much needed lay on the grass and recovery NB Johnny had been losing knobs off his back knobbly all the way from Gisborne((see photo taken of tire at Tolaga Bay). Opotiki for gas and an hour or so lunch stop around 3:30ish. Then on to the Motu for a bit of gravel and standing up on foot pegs to avoid that "monkey butt" that was starting to set in on dirt bike seats.
    Back to Opotiki AGAIN along state Highway 2, a cool gorge ride along the Motu River. (Can anyone tell me the name of the gorge ?) but as time pressing couldn’t stop for photos. Gassed up again and headed to Whakatane.
    We weren’t anal or should I call it ORGANISED and hadn’t worked out our route in relation to Ks so called into Whakatane to make sure we wouldn’t be doing loops around Napier to make the 1000Ks. . . . Just a bit of the “she’ll be right” attitude.
    Wet road and dark all the way to Taupo via Kawerau.
    Arrived at Bernard’s (bikeflite) at 11:45pm. Told him to expect us for tea at 7:00-8:00ish LOL. Bernard, the best host ever had a cooked meal, dessert and coffee waiting for us. Left for Napier 1:30ish, heavy fog, wet road but opened up to a beautiful half moon & a fab fast ride home. By fast we mean 110 kph on my 200 LOL with 14 tooth sprocket on the front. Gives the bike great pull on the hills & keeps revs up. NB 15 = std & use 13 for the dirt.
    Quite fearful Johnnys rear would puncture on the Taupo Rd as his XR650 chews through knobblies on the road. We stopped several times to check & celebrate the 1000 k MARK.
    Back in Napier 3.30 am. Back to Havelock & into my bed by 5.00am
    In all 1064 ks (or 649.8 miles as it is on 2hundy) clocked up in 23.25 hrs. Took morning off work & we both thoroughly enjoyed the whole 24 hour experience. Love to hear from any other riders who have done the same. With less photo stops, a larger bike, bigger tank, all fast roads, no gravel etc I could have done far more ks in the 24 hrs but this was far more FUN.

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    Good on 'ya.


    The last Dusty Butt 1000km had a Small Bike Challenge which was for 125cc bikes and smaller.

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    you are nuts

    very impressive

    the east cape certainly is on a a different planet than the rest of NZ

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    Ahh the mighty east cape........

    visited a few places same as your self...

    this be the bridge you stopped on..


    was a bugger riding around this part as every corner you rode around there was a great view and photo op in front of you.....

    i will ride it same direction as you did one day soon...

    great effort to ride that far on a small bike....

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    Good on ya. Quite an achievement.

    It's about time I tried to crank out a 1000km day, but it might be dangerous for me as my attention span is too.....err.......umm......what was I talking about?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DR Girl View Post
    (Can anyone tell me the name of the gorge ?)
    Hi there - cool trip. It's the Waioeka Gorge and follows the Waioeka River.

    My grandfather was the foreman of the road gang that laid the original road through the gorge. One of his gang must have been into bikes . As a kid I absolutely hated being taken through to Opotiki from Gisborne to visit him and my grandmother - I'd be car sick before we even reached Matawai normally. Quite different on two wheels though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NordieBoy View Post
    Good on 'ya.


    The last Dusty Butt 1000km had a Small Bike Challenge which was for 125cc bikes and smaller.
    Thanks, great to hear re those little bikes also doing it, especially for them pulling up the hills. So glad I had the 14 on the front. Had a new knobbly on. . . well a slightly worn mx bike discard I scrounged from the Honda Shop. Learn this from XRJohnny, they are free & make great Adv tires. It don't matter if they dont last as with the 650 as you just go back & get another. Maybe not best for WOF day tho.

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    [QUOTE=junkmanjoe;1129924417]



    Thank you. A great photo. Yes it looks like the same bridge. Not sure what river. . .do you know JMJ ? Wanted to stop so many times dammm it!!!! At my slower 90 - 110 k speed gave Jny for the first time the chance to take in some views of the East Cape LOL. So wanted to take photos in the Waioeka Gorge & narrow parts of the Motu Track but encountered 4 vehicles & thought better not! The roads are AWESUM for bikes as you know.

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    heading to havelock north in the morning.....sunday morn....
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    thats the motu river.

    still heaps to see up there..

    im hanging to get up to fletcher bay up the coromandel..

    camp trip...

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    Great Ride...

    I rode back with you and XR Johnny on that last organized ride

    Too Cool
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    Quote Originally Posted by nothingflash View Post
    Hi there - cool trip. It's the Waioeka Gorge and follows the Waioeka River.

    My grandfather was the foreman of the road gang that laid the original road through the gorge. One of his gang must have been into bikes . As a kid I absolutely hated being taken through to Opotiki from Gisborne to visit him and my grandmother - I'd be car sick before we even reached Matawai normally. Quite different on two wheels though!
    Thanks for that. I read the name of the gorge at one point & thought. . . . as Bridget Jones would have said ' must note in diary' & then forgot! Sure made fantastic riding on a bike. Head a bit too often to the left looking at the river & not the road. LOL Your grandad sure did a great job

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    Quote Originally Posted by GPS MAN View Post
    Great Ride...

    I rode back with you and XR Johnny on that last organized ride

    Too Cool
    Hi Wade ,how are you doing? What riding have you been up? XRJ & I both had a great day. So lucky to have him as my Wing Man. . . . happy to go at my 200's pace, carry all the tools & fix a puncture in record time if need be. Must get a final photo of his knobbly & post as amazed he got home on it !!!
    You have done some huge rides back in the States & here. Would be keen to hear more about them ?

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