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    Out Riverhead ways. And a WW2 tank trap by Hamilton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonez View Post
    Somewhere in the Wirerapper.....
    Nah that can't be the Wairarapa. There's not a vineyard or Cafe in sight?
    Happiness is a means of travel, not a destination

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    Yea ha we've booked our sailings for the Molesworth & Rainbow valley trip and going to explore as far as the roads will take us at the top of the South around Collingwood. So looking forward to this summer escape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MD View Post
    Nah that can't be the Wairarapa. There's not a vineyard or Cafe in sight?
    That's the posh half. The other half has better roads and no vine yards.

    Just saying...

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    I've never ridden on gravel, but intend to. I imagine that it feels a little bit floaty? any advice?

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    Wear a life jacket!
    For when it stops floating!
    The thing about owning a big traily, you can go pretty much anywhere you want, as long as the skill set is sharpish.
    Treat gravel with respect, don't fear it, ride calmly and feel what's happening, it'll come.
    Every day above ground is a good day!:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danger Mouse View Post
    I've never ridden on gravel, but intend to. I imagine that it feels a little bit floaty? any advice?
    The key difference is crashing on gravel usually hurts less.

    And bugger all chance of a speeding ticket
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danger Mouse View Post
    I've never ridden on gravel, but intend to. I imagine that it feels a little bit floaty? any advice?
    Step by step. The bike will move around on gravel, don't fight it, but work with it. Let it move in some bits, try to anticipate when it isn't a good time.
    On narrow winding roads, expect the local traffic to not expect you, so ride with caution (and quickly get out of the way of B trains, tractors etc).

    The road surface will vary from slimy mud to well worn/compacted gravel to freshly graded gravel (urgh) to meeting the grader etc. Tyre choice is more tricky than road tyres, do you go groove based or block based, do you use different tyres on front and rear for different pros and cons. Ultimately, the best 2/3 of NZ are off the sealed roads, so get out and start exploring
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gremlin View Post
    Step by step. The bike will move around on gravel, don't fight it, but work with it. Let it move in some bits, try to anticipate when it isn't a good time.
    On narrow winding roads, expect the local traffic to not expect you, so ride with caution (and quickly get out of the way of B trains, tractors etc).

    The road surface will vary from slimy mud to well worn/compacted gravel to freshly graded gravel (urgh) to meeting the grader etc. Tyre choice is more tricky than road tyres, do you go groove based or block based, do you use different tyres on front and rear for different pros and cons. Ultimately, the best 2/3 of NZ are off the sealed roads, so get out and start exploring

    All that plus dont hold the bars too tight - and put a bit of trust in the three gyroscopes (wheels and crankshaft) that assist in keeping the bike upright
    it's not a bad thing till you throw a KLR into the mix.
    those cheap ass bitches can do anything with ductape.
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    Do your absolute best to stay in the least gravelled part of the road.If you have to cross a thicker gravel "ridge" then a slight application of the throttle seems to help the front wheel float up over it,but keep looking ahead,you dont want to be applying throttle as you approach a gravelled corner.Your stopping distances on gravel will be much longer than on the seal.Clean dry dirt how ever has a lot of grip.And keep as far left as possible approaching blind corners!

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