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    east cape roads

    hey... ok unfamiliar with the area right, but will be hicks bay direction for a national rally... i'm looking at alternative routs eg whats the road like between waipaoa to Frasertown... including Hangaora and Ruakituri? no more than 200k between fuel stops?
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    If the weather is better than what's been thrown at us over the last week, I'm looking to do a circuit of the North Island south of Auckland next week. The Tiniroto Road between Wairoa (Frasertown) and Gisborne is on my radar. Apparently a brilliant road. Only 100km, so fuel won't be an issue. Hangaroa and Ruakituri are up side roads and don't plan to go there.
    Plan to continue around East Cape, Coromandel, Awakino, and down the west coast back home to Kapiti.
    Provided the weather is okay. My last 7 day trip around the South Island in November, I had 6 days of rain and used my tent just once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frodo View Post
    If the weather is better than what's been thrown at us over the last week, I'm looking to do a circuit of the North Island south of Auckland next week. The Tiniroto Road between Wairoa (Frasertown) and Gisborne is on my radar. Apparently a brilliant road. Only 100km, so fuel won't be an issue. Hangaroa and Ruakituri are up side roads and don't plan to go there.
    Plan to continue around East Cape, Coromandel, Awakino, and down the west coast back home to Kapiti.
    Provided the weather is okay. My last 7 day trip around the South Island in November, I had 6 days of rain and used my tent just once.
    Tiniroto Road is superb as long as there hasn't been recent rain as it can get small slips which are slippery as hell because they're made of papa. We came through there in February and one part was like a skating rink. You just need to watch the weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frodo View Post
    If the weather is better than what's been thrown at us over the last week, I'm looking to do a circuit of the North Island south of Auckland next week. The Tiniroto Road between Wairoa (Frasertown) and Gisborne is on my radar. Apparently a brilliant road. Only 100km, so fuel won't be an issue. Hangaroa and Ruakituri are up side roads and don't plan to go there.
    Plan to continue around East Cape, Coromandel, Awakino, and down the west coast back home to Kapiti.
    Provided the weather is okay. My last 7 day trip around the South Island in November, I had 6 days of rain and used my tent just once.
    My old home weekend thrash rides, as Blackbird says, also watch out for stock, goats in particular, but on a nice day Awsome ride mate.

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    looks very tight n windy... how long does it usually take on a good day?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dangerous View Post
    looks very tight n windy... how long does it usually take on a good day?
    Think it's about 330km from Opotiki to Gisborne? No more than 4 hours with minimal stops.
    One thing about the East Cape. If you see signs saying uneven surface, they really mean it. This isn't like the rest of the country where it means an overly sensitive OSH fella spilt his milk going over a small difference. This is both wheels in the air sort of stuff if you don't ease off
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    im talking about Tiniroto rd how long does it take from one end to the other...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dangerous View Post
    hey... ok unfamiliar with the area right, but will be hicks bay direction for a national rally... i'm looking at alternative routs eg whats the road like between waipaoa to Frasertown... including Hangaora and Ruakituri? no more than 200k between fuel stops?
    Google tells me it's all sealed. That's a good start anyway.

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    mr google says 91 ks takes 1 hr 27 along said route.

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    This is the link to a video that one of my riding partners took on Tiniroto Rd in February and encountering one of the slips I mentioned: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7_w...ature=emb_logo . That's me in the distance in hi viz cleaning out the tyre grooves. The other riders are a bunch of Australians and you'll see one of them drop the bike at the far side of the slip. It wasn't actually the slip itself that was the issue, it was the thin slurry at the far side. Almost impossible to stand up and a 16 wheel truck slid off onto the grass and got stuck. It's a fantastic road though. I did it around midnight 10 years ago as part of one of the 1600 km in under 24 hours organised rides. It wasn't so pleasant in the dark! The first 3 1/2 minutes are Tiniroto Road. The rest is the main highway up towards Te Araroa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dangerous View Post
    im talking about Tiniroto rd how long does it take from one end to the other...
    I Did Tiniroto Road over Labour weekend weather was superb, road was great but keep an eye out for wild life & locals. I rode my Connie through there no worry's enjoy it for what it is & it is a great ride on a great day Took me just over a hour @92K from Frasertown to round about south of Makaraka where there is food & gas
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    I ticked this off the bucket list at the start of the year. 90-ish kms, and about 1.5-ish hours. Great piece of road and well worth the time. Watch out for critters. The day I did it, the temps were in the mid to high 30's, according to the on-board thermometer - and no wind. The bike temp gauge didn't shift from normal, but mine did. I'd travelled from Ruatahuna and fueled up in Wairoa, before carrying on to Gisborne.

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    Good road gone bad

    After a fabulous ride from north of Napier to Wairoa, I was looking forward to Tiniroto Rd. However the road is badly cut up by logging trucks, even south of Tiniroto. One pothole was about a foot deep and a yard acrooss, so had to stand on my pegs! In other places, the tar from recent repairs is soft, leaving lots of pea gravel on the road.
    Would otherwise be a great road, but this morning the road to Wairoa was much more enjoyable

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    Photo from this morning.
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    Thanks man, was going to ask what ya thought... Yeah, naaaa then?
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