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  1. #16
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    Day 5

    It was time to head home. I left Auckland around 7:00am, headed west to Taranaki via SH3. The weather was perfect low 20s and reaching mid 20s at some parts of the country. Under baking sunny weather I had fun through the twisties in Awakino gorge. I wasn't thrashing or going crazy, just fun using every inch of the tyre available





    After having a brief rest in New Plymouth I went right around the west coast of Taranaki to Wanganui. I didn't particularly liked that part of the road. Chipseal needed a bit of TLC.
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    If you can make it on Kiwibiker you can make it anywhere.

  2. #17
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    Day 6
    On my way down from Wanganui to Wellington I stopped by in Otaki for breakfast. Here on Kiwibiker I recall seeing a cafe owned by a KBer, who had his Porsche diecast collection displayed inside the cafe (link here). I didn't meet the person but had a gaze over the Porsche collection while having breakfast.













    What a great place! Would visit often if there was a cafe like this in Christchurch.
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  3. #18
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    Day 6 cont.

    Weather was absolutely stunning hot in Wellington that day. So I rode upto Mt Victoria lookout to check out the scenery (I'm a tourist too).



    One benefit of touring on a BMW superbike is you get A LOT of attention from tourists. Most of them own, or have owned a motorcycle in the past.



    At the summit I met a Dutch couple. They came over to me saying "iz dat ure motubiek?". We shared stories such as where we have been, where we are headed and what we do. Aparently they also owns a BMW too (2014 R Nine T), and is currently traveling NZ top to bottom.

    It seems encounters like this makes motorbike travel tad more special
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  4. #19
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    Day 7

    At 7:30am in the morning I took the ferry to get to Picton. Initially I was planning to ride straight down the SH1 back to Christchurch but the weather was too good to miss more riding. Also I've never done Lewis Pass before so it was a good excuse to take the scenic route through Nelson

    Riding between Picton and Nelson was fantastic, but from Murchison to Lewis Pass was frikkn incredible! Would love to do that road again sometime!

    After all this awesome roads, ride to Akaroa seems dull now



    So after about 3,000kms I got home just in time for Christmas dinner. What next, South Island?



    Note:
    I had put new pair of Metzeler M5s a couple of weeks before the trip. With about 4,000kms on it the tyre looks healthy. Guess I don't ride hard enough!
    With all this kms done during the trip, the big 30,000km service is already due soon
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  5. #20
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    Damn, looks like I owe you 2 bux, that'll be 0.1% of your service bill.
    These aren't the bikes we're looking for....

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