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    Quote Originally Posted by jellywrestler View Post
    papa is grey
    brownish tinge on the road surface imho, but it is slippery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWST? View Post
    brownish tinge on the road surface imho, but it is slippery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jellywrestler View Post
    papa is grey, easy to spot, if you've got your eyes peeled, harder if you're more interested in playing keep up with another as your priority, that's not the roads fault
    sure as hell is and when wet its slippery as hell and its an arse to dig post holes in or plant poplar poles. tungsten tip on the post hole borer and hold on tight was the answer.
    on a more fun not though, it was a lot of fun on the trikes when it was wet and the boss was no where to be seen

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    In case anyone cares,
    I ended up taking SH1 from Auckland to Hamilton, I didnt take the bypass because the bike came with some spares, and while they did fit in the small backpack I bought, they were a bit of extra weight and uncomfortable so for $20 I swung into a post shop in Hamilton, chucked the spare parts into a box and posted it to myself.

    I then went through Te Awamutu to Te Kuiti, then SH4 to Taumaranui. Where I fueled up, charged my phone and had a snack at the petrol station.had a brief yarn with a few riders who were passing through,- there were quite a few, presumably doing the forgotten highway. I really enjoyed the last 100km or so into taumaranui.

    I then went through national park to Whanganui and had another rest, stopping at a cafe for dinner and getting gas again, keeping track of fuel going in vs km travelled to get an idea on economy and range for future reference.

    Then it was through Bulls and Levin to wellington for more fuel, then to the ferry where I only had to wait about 5 minutes before riding on.

    Upon departing the ferry, about 8km south of picton theres so.e long straights. I was cruising along, and in the distance I saw some tail lights that looked out of place.took me a minute to realise it was because they were on the wrong side of the road.

    I hot the has to catch up, with the horn on full blast (full squeak really, sports bike horns are a bit flaccid) and gesticulating like a spastic having an epileptic fit once i was beside them to get the fuck on to the left side of the road. Got just ahead and was waving wildly at them, looking ahead and waving at them - by now we were going through some corners.

    Between the waving honking and swearing they finally got the point and pulled over thankfully. Pure luck as had there been a car going north I'd have arrived at a horrific fatal head-on.

    Apart from that it was a great trip with some lovely roads, what a great way to see some parts of NZ ive never seen before.

    South island tomorrow morning

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigertim20 View Post
    In case anyone cares,
    I ended up taking SH1 from Auckland to Hamilton, I didnt take the bypass because the bike came with some spares, and while they did fit in the small backpack I bought, they were a bit of extra weight and uncomfortable so for $20 I swung into a post shop in Hamilton, chucked the spare parts into a box and posted it to myself.

    I then went through Te Awamutu to Te Kuiti, then SH4 to Taumaranui. Where I fueled up, charged my phone and had a snack at the petrol station.had a brief yarn with a few riders who were passing through,- there were quite a few, presumably doing the forgotten highway. I really enjoyed the last 100km or so into taumaranui.

    I then went through national park to Whanganui and had another rest, stopping at a cafe for dinner and getting gas again, keeping track of fuel going in vs km travelled to get an idea on economy and range for future reference.

    Then it was through Bulls and Levin to wellington for more fuel, then to the ferry where I only had to wait about 5 minutes before riding on.

    Upon departing the ferry, about 8km south of picton theres so.e long straights. I was cruising along, and in the distance I saw some tail lights that looked out of place.took me a minute to realise it was because they were on the wrong side of the road.

    I hot the has to catch up, with the horn on full blast (full squeak really, sports bike horns are a bit flaccid) and gesticulating like a spastic having an epileptic fit once i was beside them to get the fuck on to the left side of the road. Got just ahead and was waving wildly at them, looking ahead and waving at them - by now we were going through some corners.

    Between the waving honking and swearing they finally got the point and pulled over thankfully. Pure luck as had there been a car going north I'd have arrived at a horrific fatal head-on.

    Apart from that it was a great trip with some lovely roads, what a great way to see some parts of NZ ive never seen before.

    South island tomorrow morning
    Good route with some nice riding. You did well to avoid SH1....boring as shit. Enjoy the new bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigertim20 View Post
    (full squeak really, sports bike horns are a bit flaccid)
    Buy yourself a Stebel. That'll fix the problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWST? View Post
    They obviously didnt see the brown tinge to the surface.
    Don't eat the brown papa?
    There is a grey blur, and a green blur. I try to stay on the grey one. - Joey Dunlop

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    Quote Originally Posted by pritch View Post
    Don't eat the brown papa?
    you got it

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigertim20 View Post

    I then went through national park to Whanganui and had another rest,
    the second half was the parapara, this is incredible, according to some you must be one of the very few riders ever to survive this road, well done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jellywrestler View Post
    the second half was the parapara, this is incredible, according to some you must be one of the very few riders ever to survive this road, well done.
    Its sketchy at 6am during a frost. But even then I stayed upright.
    Polemic....look it up

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    Quote Originally Posted by jellywrestler View Post
    the second half was the parapara, this is incredible, according to some you must be one of the very few riders ever to survive this road, well done.
    that would be the section that has had quite a few slips, and a few sections with barriers around slips etc?

    It was a tad greasy in parts, I was cruising at a nice pace, but not 'going hard'. lots of 35, 45, 55km/hr corners one after the other - I like that.

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    It hasn't improved then from last time I road it.

    Similar to the roadworks on SH1 Desert road "improvements"
    Dont try to stop on the shoulder


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    Quote Originally Posted by jellywrestler View Post
    the second half was the parapara, this is incredible, according to some you must be one of the very few riders ever to survive this road, well done.
    You have selective memory.I said that if it was wet i would consider not going over on a new to me bike.

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