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    I suspect like me the magic 300k can be elusive.

    I currently don't have the riding time (bike and area) experience to tell if I can make it that far on one tank.
    I don't like leaving to chance 'if' a fuel stop is open.
    Been there on the Northern Odyssey last year. Didn't know the roads, wasn't sure about fuel.
    Glad I carried a little bit of oil.

    From my dim and distant past I travelled the East Cape in a car.

    I remember spectacular views and lots of slow corners esp nearer Opotiki/Whakatane end.

    As I will learn about the bike and the different areas I ride I will begin to figure out how far etc.

    I hate stopping for fuel, but will stop for photos and people tailgating me.

    I get worried when there's lots of slow corners and time & fuel slip away.... hey I am not fast.

    But I need to experience this so I can get confident in my and the bikes capabilities.

    Awa if you don't mind a cautious rider tagging along behind - you don't need to worry about me - I will be riding my own ride.
    I just need to plan course, fuel stops etc myself.


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    Quote Originally Posted by awa355 View Post
    Will be a spare bed at our place for the Fri/Sat nights.

    Taxi driver Google shows pumps at Waihau bay, 100k from Opotiki. Waihau bay to Gisborne, 225k.
    All up Opotiki to Gisborne approx 326k.
    Possibly the most expensive fuel in NZ but when you need it you'll pay for it.
    There use to be fuel at Te Puia springs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maha View Post
    Possibly the most expensive fuel in NZ but when you need it you'll pay for it.
    There use to be be fuel at Te Puia springs.
    love it 'used'
    like 'should', 'could' and 'just'

    all words I don't like.

    yep, need it - pay for it. - felt that way when I was almost stranded at Mangakino

    Sorry Maha, I didn't mean any disrespect, any help/suggestions - I am grateful.

    Today surrounded by grown adults who are too scared to ask.
    Last edited by eldog; 31st August 2015 at 10:05. Reason: didnt mean to demean Mahas suggestion.


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    Quote Originally Posted by eldog View Post
    love it 'used'
    like 'should', 'could' and 'just'

    all words I don't like.

    yep, need it - pay for it. - felt that way when I was almost stranded at Mangakino

    Sorry Maha, I didn't mean any disrespect, any help/suggestions - I am grateful.

    Today surrounded by grown adults who are too scared to ask.
    There was a G.A.S. servo there in 08' but being on a CB1300, and we filled up in Gisborne, we didn't need to stop there.

    Still there....http://www.gasolinealley.co.nz/

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    Quote Originally Posted by eldog View Post
    I suspect like me the magic 300k can be elusive.

    I currently don't have the riding time (bike and area) experience to tell if I can make it that far on one tank.
    I don't like leaving to chance 'if' a fuel stop is open.


    But I need to experience this so I can get confident in my and the bikes capabilities.

    Awa if you don't mind a cautious rider tagging along behind - you don't need to worry about me - I will be riding my own ride.
    I just need to plan course, fuel stops etc myself.
    eldog, It would be neat if you could do the ride. I would love to have another small bike for company. A regular riding mate, Phill will also be riding with me. I have not done a 1,000k day ride in one hit, although I have done 890k around this same route many years ago. That was Putaruru-Matamata-Tauranga-East coast-Opotiki-Rotorua-Putaruru on a 400cc with my 13 yr son on the back. Funny thing is, we never looked at it as a 'big' ride, just a long day.

    Have just phoned the Te Puia Springs store, they are open 7 days. This stop is about 224k out from Opotiki. I will likely fill at Opotiki, top up at Waihau Bay, Te Puia Springs.

    By all means carry extra fuel if it gives peace of mind. My bike does about 220 before reserve and yesterday I had a look at tying a 4L can onto the bike. As Insommnia01 says, it is the east coast and there are no certainties. I think part of the mind games is that the East Coast is one of the few stretches of 300+k's in the North Island without any usual size towns and that creates a sense of riding off into the back of beyond.
    " Rule books are for the Guidance of the Wise, and the Obedience of Fools"

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    Quote Originally Posted by awa355 View Post
    By all means carry extra fuel if it gives peace of mind. My bike does about 220 before reserve and yesterday I had a look at tying a 4L can onto the bike. As Insommnia01 says, it is the east coast and there are no certainties. I think part of the mind games is that the East Coast is one of the few stretches of 300+k's in the North Island without any usual size towns and that creates a sense of riding off into the back of beyond.
    total agreement. We dont have a fuel tanker ala Gremlin, maybe he could wait half way round and give us a fill

    I have a mate at work who regularily visits that area, I will ask about conditions. But last time I asked him about an area he visits his story was that it was fully sealed - reality was 20-30 k of gravel.


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    Quote Originally Posted by insomnia01 View Post
    Arthurs famous last words .......... one thing I've learnt on these rides is don't under estimate your fuel mileage particularly heading around the East coast, she's a long way pushing your bike & Waihau Bay, Te Araroa can't be reliable at the times you need it the most looks like a cool day ride
    Yes I could see this ending with a push. If i do it i will carry 5L in the panniers. That way I have nothing to worry about.

    But then you start to think about how much more fuel you will use carrying extra fuel....
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    Quote Originally Posted by nzspokes View Post
    Yes I could see this ending with a push. If i do it i will carry 5L in the panniers. That way I have nothing to worry about.

    But then you start to think about how much more fuel you will use carrying extra fuel....
    best to have it & not need it than the opposite I'll most likely fill up everything in Opotiki & throw the spare 5ltr in around Tokomaru or Tolaga Bay for a re-fill in Gisborne, On a clear day the coast is great for a thrash
    I Used to jog but the ice cubes kept falling out of my glass

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    eldog makes it to Gizzy!!




    Now, to walk back to Tolaga Bay and push the next bloody bike in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by awa355 View Post
    eldog makes it to Gizzy!!
    Now, to walk back to Tolaga Bay and push the next bloody bike in.
    notice that you are pushing me is that because you got everyone lost again?
    how did you manage that on the east coast?

    I will pack a tow rope to haul your arse to the next fuel stop.


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    Opotiki, Gisborne, Putaruru for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by insomnia01 View Post
    Registered & paid Bring it on
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    started conditioning rides last night woohoo


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    My aim is to finish the ride this year, got to Wgtn checkpoint last year to have stator/regulator & battery fail on me first DNF for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by KoroJ View Post
    We usually get route maps posted up from the info given, but oddly enough, I've yet to see anyone get it right.
    Route is ≈1,015km via: (* denotes digital pic required)
    Hamilton - Tauranga Kiwi360* - Whakatane - Te Araroa - Tokomaru Bay* - Gisborne - Ormond* - Opotiki - Tane Atua - Lake Rotoehu* - Putararu - Te Kawa - Otorohanga* - Commerce Club

    TANEATUA 1 word just saying John
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