Getting ready for the Senior Butt Rally, Sept 2022 – Allen, TX, USA

It's been a very busy few months. When we entered the Iron Butt Rally (2023) kicking off in June next year, we thought we had a pretty decent amount of time to prepare for it. Being based outside of the USA comes with a fair number of additional challenges above and...

Making a Shoei pinlock fit properly

I’ve had two friends struggle to get their Shoei pinlock anti-fog visors to fit properly. When they don’t fit snugly they can be dangerous as they’ll trap moisture droplets or just condensation between the layers and it’s almost impossible to get it to clear when that...

Further progress with the tank riser.

Further progress: A 7mm brass pipe fitting created with a bent 6mm insert, soldered then inserted through the latest riser design. Measuring how long the brass tubes need to be before they start to interfere with tank bag flange. ~23mm 1/4 inch fuel hose fitted onto...

Concours 1400 fuel cap innards. – Disassembly

To provide a cleaner, better inward pathway for fuel to be sent into the tank via the primary breather tube, and to avoid having to drill the tank, I disassembled the tank's cap and removed the extra bits which normally provide resistance and a valve type of mechanism...

Success! – Fuel pump test into the Concours 1400 tank, without drilling it!

For the Senior Butt Rally 2022 and the IBR 2023, I want to fit an Aux Tank to my Concours 1400, and aim for a fuel range of around 400+ miles ~650km. I have some wider plans in terms of what tank, how to mount it etc, and all of these are contained by not wanting to...

TT2000 2022 – a brief report.

Having not had much spare time since we returned from the TT, I’ve been remiss and haven’t written a report yet. In brief summary: we had a fantastic time, enjoyed ourselves thoroughly, nailed our goals to the letter. We also used a Garmin Zumo XT GPS and had no...

Hydration system… (2 Up).

Jug: $29 https://www.bunnings.co.nz/esky-blue-5l-hybrid-soft-cooler-jug_p0138505 Cap: Chris 3D printed Elbow: $11 https://www.repco.co.nz/en/safety-workshop-consumables/valves-fittings-hoses/fuel-oil-hoses/champion-vacuum-hose-90deg-elbow-6mm-cvc8/p/A1013147 Tee:...

IBR Planning – notes (brain dump)

This will be edited and added to as we get further prepared. Policies and provisions absolutely make sure we've got sorted out before we go: Insurances, especially the MedJet equiv options. Canada Insurance card SpotTracker National Park Pass AAA coverage GPS map...

Our entry for the IBR-2023 has been accepted!

It's been a fairly busy and full on start to the year so far; work was busy through Jan and Feb for both Stella and myself, leading up to leaving for the South Island on the 16th Feb for 2.5 weeks to attend the TT2000 Long Distance Motorcycle...

Introducing ‘IBA-Ride Bonus-Bombing’

You may never had heard of this, and you'd be forgiven because it's new, we just made it up. Here's what it's all about: Last weekend I was following a friend's (Doug Vance's) IBA Ride on his SpotWalla track as he rode a BBG - Spring Equinox ride in the USA. Having...

Icons which you can use in your GeoJSON files (for SpotWalla)

Credit - the featured image is Ross Calder's recent work for one of his SpotWalla Trips...  Within your GeoJSON file, a point can carry an icon attribute: "icon": "https://www.gstatic.com/mapspro/images/stock/503-wht-blank_maps.png" Brief list -...

Thoughts on the Garmin Zumo XT (Jan 2022)

The first comment I’d have about this is aimed towards people who are already used to operating Garmin GPS units. This unit does not work in exactly the same way which you will be used to, and there will be a number of changes which you’ll need to be willing to get...

Adding in a bug-filter to my upper air-vent on my Shoei Neotec II helmet

I'm sick of bugs getting into my helmet through the upper air-vents on my Neotec II helmet, so it's time to take the vent apart and to fit a screen filter to the air-intakes. This Youtube video shows the process and how I've managed to do it. - It was a success and...

Garmin Zumo XT – Theme file: showing route and tracks overlaid

This theme file can be added to your Zumo XT, and will make your active route line thinner than any track which you might also choose to have actively shown, in this way, the route will be over-laid, and you'll also still be able to see your pre-defined track...

2021 NZDR NI1600 IBA Certification Process.

Thank you for your interest in obtaining IBA certification for your NI1600 ride. This year, 2021 - with the various riding options, either in-person on the day, or as a virtual event there are two pathways to get your certificate. In-person, on the day. If you...

Content to email for an IBA NI1600 certificate

PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THIS INTO AN EMAIL, COMPLETE IT AND THEN SEND TO: support@ibapremier.zohodesk.com Subject: NI1600 Ride Application (**your name**, NZ - SS1600K) For what ride are you applying: SaddleSore 1600K - New Zealand NI1600 Date of ride start: 9-Oct-2021...

Auckland – Super-City Gold – 29 Oct 2021

Planning / Background The IBA have an In-State series, and as a sub-part of that, they also list an 'In-City' series too. These tend to be one-offs done by special nut-jobs who are happy to ride around a single city for 24 hours, riding the minimum certifiable...

Getting setup with SpotWalla for the NZDR North Island events (2021)

SCREEN SHOTS IN THIS PAGE SHOW OLD VERSIONS OF APPS, WE HAVE NOT HAD TIME TO GRAB NEW VERSIONS - SORRY! Firstly, it should be pointed out that this is not compulsory in any way. This is entirely optional for most, but also strongly requested for the NI1600...

Flicker lights – C14 – The making of…

Prompted by earlier night-fall as we go into winter, and the prospect of travelling home in the dark for the next 4 or more months, I felt the need to become more visible on the motorway at dusk. Particularly in the heavy traffic heading north from Albany up to...

IBA ANZAC Day Ride – 2021

So, Stella said she'd like to ride an ANZAC Day Ride - So planning has been made simpler by her being happy to re-do the 2018 ANZAC ride, which was my last IBA ride on the R1... The ANZAC Day Ride is a special IBA ride which can only be done in Australia or New...

New SpotWalla site – should I switch now?

What’s this all about? If you already have a SpotWalla account and if you’ve had it for a while then there’s a solid chance that it was setup using their existing website and used tracking apps which were built to interface with that. Recently at the beginning of 2021...

Register of Top / Bottom Paddock Ride Attempts

To keep track of the efforts made to achieve the Top and Bottom Paddock certificates, we thought we'd maintain a list of known attempts, along with an indication of whether they were successfully verified as finishers or not. Top Paddock (2/6) 05/01/2021 - Chris...

Julian’s Ride Around the Top Paddock – Attempt #1

By guest writer: Julian Boyd (15th March 2021) Track link: https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=25b3f604436e67d30b&hoursPast=0&showAll=yes   After a good night's sleep in Wellington, I set off just after 10am from the downtown BP and picked up my first...

Getting setup with SpotWalla for the TT2000 event (2021).

Firstly, it should be pointed out that this is not compulsory in any way. This is entirely optional. What are we talking about? SpotWalla is a location tracking and sharing service for individuals. It is widely used within the long distance riding community...

My Ride Around the Top Paddock…

Background / Prep There have been other posts about this ride, the thinking behind it and the job of getting the ride approved by the IBA. - I'll not cover that same ground again here, this is intended to be a ride report and to go a little into the preparation...

Riding the Bottom Paddock

By guest writer: Julian Boyd This is my first attempt at writing a ride report so bear with me. I have only been distance riding for about 2 years. My first attempt at an event was the 2019 TT2000 and it was at the Kaikoura checkpoint where I met Chris and Stella...

Ride Around the Top and Bottom Paddocks – They’re official! 🙂

I would like to start by thanking both Howard Entman, and Mike Kneebone of the IBA for their support through this process and their virtually unending patience with me. 🙂 - Also to Julian Boyd for his amazing die hard efforts in helping us to get these rides proven....

Getting Tracks to show in SpotWalla with new geoJSON format requirements

When planning a TRIP in SpotWalla to share with people as you ride around your planned route, it's often really nice to be able to show people where your planned route is expected to take you. To do this, you need to be able to put a Track into your Trip page. There's...

Test of links to Google…

http://www.google.com/search?q=solstice http://www.google.com/search?q=equinox  

Photos from the iPhone 12 Pro

Here are the full sized photos recently shared on Facebook. Click through to see original photos.      

NZDR 1KC – 2020 – Forgotten Highway section.

Each year, the NZDR organising group put on two main events, the NI1600 / NI800 event, and their 1KC rides. The 1KC stands for the '1-K Cruise' - It's 1000km long and is intended to be a social event, allowing people to perhaps ride in groups and take a more relaxed...

Lane splitting in NZ

So often in the Facebook groups I subscribe to, there are questions about lane splitting in NZ. So often there are incorrect answers provided in response. Here is a summary booklet provided by RideForever and ACC on the topic. - Read it if you're interested in the...

Julian Boyd’s back-to-back double badger and BB1500 at the NZDR NI1600/NI800 event.

We had 27 starters on the NI1600 this weekend, 2 withdrew, so we had 25, NI1600 finishers. I think there were about 11 who had pre-expressed interest for an IBA cert, I will be working through getting them to apply etc in the next few days... -----------------Julian...

Helping to verify Iron Butt Association rides using SpotWalla.

I have helped to develop a system which takes SpotWalla tracks, analyses them, and turns them back into routed, summarised distances. SpotWalla is a fantastic tracking system, it's live, real time, secure, and easy enough (I believe) to tell if a track has been...

Getting setup with SpotWalla for the NZDR North Island events (2020)

Firstly, it should be pointed out that this is not compulsory in any way. This is entirely optional, but also strongly requested for the NI1600 riders. What are we talking about? SpotWalla is a location tracking and sharing service for individuals. It is widely...

Unique IBA opportunity for NZ1600 riders this year (2020).

If you're one of the few NI1600 entered riders (3rd-4th October), then you have a pretty unique opportunity within this year's ride. The IBA's 'Memorial Ride' period falls within the same period as the ride, with their window closing on the 4th October. This comes...

Interesting chat with Kawasaki NZ about a 2021 Concours 14

Me: I'm hoping to be able to get a new Concours 14 here in NZ. K-NZ: While we do not stock this model we are able to indent order a Concours 14 from the factory. The next 2021 model year production is scheduled for November for January delivery into New Zealand. You...

TT2000 – 2021 events details are up, and we’re entered.

Whoop whoop! - It's a good day. Wayne has posted all of the TT2000 checkpoint and events details up on his site today, and so we're entered and have started planning our route! 🙂 So far so good, but I've got too many checkpoints and too many kms for this to be a...

Covid-19 daily briefing catch-phrase bingo. 13-Aug-2020

Today's daily briefing's newly introduced catch phrase(s): 'It grows before it slows'. Previous specials: 'Going hard and early'. 'Team of 4 million', quickly modified to 'Team of 5 million', then modified to 'Team of 6 million'. 'Be Calm, be kind, continue to stay...

Feeling lost and a little aimless…

I'm sure I'm not alone right now in feeling a little lost and aimless...? Given the COVID-19 stuff which is going on and the associated inability to lay down any solid plans right now, it feels hard to have anything in the pipeline to look forward to, to enjoy...

Our failed attempt at a Twisty Butt – SaddleSore 1600K

Our fundraising ride for Aran Animal Rescue Luke and I had set out to complete a planned, 1600km ride in 24hours as a fund-raiser for Aran Animal Rescue. This would have been the 10th of these rides which I would have completed, and Luke's 3rd. We'd like to start this...

Local – Twisty Butt in the making…

This weekend we're planning to ride our 'Local-TwistyButt 1600K' - a SaddleSore 1600K on local, twisty roads.. This is a little insane, but, I'm planning on doing a 1000 mile ride, using our local road: West Coast Rd: From the SH16 and West Coast Rd junction on the...

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Autumnal SaddleSore 1600K and NI1600 (Double Badger) ride – 20 Mar 2020

Planning Our Ride We hatched a plan back in October 2019, to use the opportunity created by the NI1600's double badger ride, to do another IBA certified ride. Stella and I have been making good progress through the IBA four season's certificates and knew that we...

Custom building our own NZ based OSM maps…

Download links for the finished windows basecamp file, and garmin map files are at the bottom of this post - you don't need to work through what I had to... By custom building our own, routable OSM based maps for NZ, we can do things like set speed adjustments for...

Getting prep’d to use SpotWalla during the TT.

If you're reading this, then there's a good chance that you're already setup with your SpotWalla account, and that you've managed to join the Location Page for the TT event, if that's the case, well done and thank you for being part of this. If not, then you may need...

Playing with Garmin Tracks – GPX files, counting corners on a SaddleSore.

So today I posted this post up into the NZ Distance Riders Facebook page, and to the Iron Butt Riders group: I was chatting with someone about Twisty SaddleSores, and being in New Zealand, I know that we always have to do a LOT of corners when we go on our LD rides....

Informal use of SpotWalla as a tracking tool for event organisers – a post-mortem.

Following on from the NZ Distance rider's NI1600 event, held in October 2019, it's worth a bit of a review of the use of SpotWalla during the event, as a tool for the organisers and riders. - I've felt this is necessary as there were a number of things learnt from...

Unboxing and adjusting new Penske 8987 rear shock on the C14

Unboxing: https://youtu.be/imBAba1oXTQ Initial test ride(s)... https://youtu.be/xJjJQF9CPH4

Spring Equinox – 2Up Saddlesore 1600K ride

On the 23rd Sept, Stella and I set out to complete our 3rd, 2-up Saddlesore, as part of our four seasons collection. We now have only our Autumn Equinox ride remaining. This one had been in the planning since we successfully completed our Winter Solstice ride. Having...

Recent comms from Spark Sport

Spring Equinox – Saddlesore 1600k – Planning

Our third, IBA 'four seasons'  2-up ride is about to happen... For this, we have to be riding on the day of the Spring Equinox, which according to Google is: Countdown to ride departure: So we have the time booked off work, and Stella and I have planned a route which...

Spark Sport – ad-hoc IT support.

So, this just happened:

IBA ride verification processes (updated)…

This is an updated version of the original post which is retained for reference here. - Updated Sept, 2019 Let me start by saying that I appreciate what the IBA do, and how they are run. They are a volunteer based organisation who charge the absolute bare minimum to...

SpotWalla tips and tricks – Creating a SpotWalla tracking history, and showing it using a SpotWalla Trip.

I've chosen my wording and terminology in the title of this post quite carefully. The word 'Track' can mean different things to different people and in the world of GPS users, a Track is often the trail of breadcrumbs which a GPS creates. That's certainly the case...

RWC 2019 – Rugby game is back online!

Good news if you're a Rugby fan, and if you've enjoyed our RWC game in the past! - It is back! Head on over to http://rugby.wiltshire.net/rugby to join in the fun! 🙂 Time until kick off:

Getting setup with SpotWalla for the NZDR North Island events.

Firstly, it should be pointed out that this is not compulsory in any way. This is entirely optional. What are we talking about? SpotWalla is a location tracking and sharing service for individuals. It is widely used within the long distance riding community...

Garmin Custom POI file for NZ speed cameras (x81).

The following Garmin POI file (zipped) was created on 9th Sept, from a fresh download of speed camera data contained within the Zenbu POI listings on 9/9/2019. Click here to download... Download, unzip then copy the '.gpi' file to the /garmin/poi/ folder on your gps....

Garmin Route Planning – Hints and Tips – (2) Bulk Waypoint import from CSV.

Have you ever found yourself needing to import a heap of waypoints, say, while you're in a rush, in a noisy environment, with time pressure etc etc..? If you need an easy way to get this done, then don't fret! - There is a way... Rather than add waypoints one by one...

TT2000 – 2019, Yaldhurst Tavern, Christchurch

The TT2000 is a very well-established long-distance riding event held in New Zealand in February each year. The event takes the form of a scavenger-hunt rally with details of checkpoints being released before the start of the event. Riders have plenty of time to...

Renaming multiple video files from Dashcam footage

My new dashcam on my bike creates a heap of 5-minute video files as it records. Depending on whether or not I have hit the 'Save' button on the handlebars, the filename will start with a different pre-fix. Embedded within the middle of the filename is the date-time...

Garmin Route Planning – Hints and Tips – (1) Updating with (free) OSM maps.

These tips and hints are for those who want to get the most out of their Garmin GPS for routing their motorcycle trips on highways. The first thing to do is to make sure that you have an autorouting Garmin GPS, and then make sure that your maps are up to date, from a...

Winter Solstice Saddlesore 2019 – Ride report.

Our 2-Up+1 Winter Solstice, Saddlesore 1600K ride for the puppies. Some of you will be aware of the fundraising efforts which we had been putting in alongside the preparation for this ride: another blog post was written about all of that, along with various...

Preparation and links for our SaddleSore fundraiser, 2019

We're at it again... We're hoping to raise a thousand dollars or so for ARAN Animal Rescue, this time Stella will be joining me on the bike as we do a Saddle Sore 1600km endurance ride on the year's shortest day: 22nd Jun 2019. We'll also have our very good friend,...

TT2000- 2019 final prep and links

It's Tuesday morning, we leave tomorrow morning for the South Island trip (~6,000km all up) which includes the much anticipated TT2000 event. Recent days have been spent doing final preparations on both bikes (Stella is riding the R1 down for the main part of the...

Chris’ Pizza Dough

For 6-8 medium sized pizzas: 800g strong white bread flour 200g fine ground semolina flour / strong white bread flour 1 level tbsp fine sea salt 2 x 7g sachets dried yeast 1 tbsp golden caster sugar 650ml lukewarm water - Add yeast and sugar to water, mix and leave...

Suspension settings on the C14, rear.

I'm nearing the end of my set of Michelin Pilot Road 4s which I put onto the C14 after the NI1600. This was my second set of PR4s and I'm still very happy with them. Since we're nearing the end of their life it's a great time to check the wear pattern to see what they...

Saddlemen’s Stealth seat has arrived for the Concours 14

Revzilla stock Saddlemen's seats and so I was able to order one from them in the hope that it might arrive here in New Zealand within my short timeframe before the TT2000 event which I'll be leaving for on the 20th Feb. The seat arrived in NZ on Monday morning last...

This bike is a pain in the arse.

I'm assuming that I've not developed a medical issue over the past 6 months and that the discomfort I regularly feel from my tailbone has more to do with the long distances which I've regularly ridden. I've never suffered tailbone discomfort in the past on any other...

Summer Solstice Saddle Sore – two up.

Summer Solstice IBA ride, 2019 (Southern Hemisphere).The IBA have a 'Four Seasons' collection of rides, made up of two solstice rides and two equinox rides, the scientific mid-points of the four seasons. Here in NZ, it's summer during December, and so our Dec 22nd...

Hamilton 1KC – 2018, the ride.

There's already been a post about the planning for this ride: Hamilton 1KC - planning. This was quite an intricate route again, with some specific expectations listed in the ride instructions which were missed the very first time I simply threw the check-point...

Fun with haProxy, SSL and CF web services.

Background: We're shifting from an environment which used to use ldirectord for our load balancing to haProxy, predominantly because it can perform SSL termination, layer 7 filtering etc. It's far more flexible in terms of how it can cater for multiple SSL sites...

Hamilton 1KC – planning.

The NZ LD riders group have released their 1KC rider's pack, including briefing, checkpoint details etc. The checkpoint list is a series of named locations and photos which we'll have to replicate when we ride around in order to prove our ride. - So next step was to...

NI1600 2018 – The main event.

NI1600 2018 - The main event. We had a great time joining in with the other Long-Distance riders on our first ever NI1600 ride. This ride has been going for some 8 or so years and now hosts the NI800 during the same timeframe. This year there were some ~x50+ NI800...

NI1600 -2018 planning and links

Had a great ride down to Turangi yesterday. I met up with Luke in Auckland who needed to go to Hamilton for work and we rode down that far together. Since we had a little spare time we chose to go down the very scenic and twisty SH22. 🙂 We got down there about an...

North Island 1600 – 5th Oct 2018

It feels like it's been a long time in coming but it's almost finally here. The NI1600 event is kicking off this next Friday. My last LD ride was my ANZAC Day ride which qualified me for my third IBA Saddle Sore 1600k certificate. It was a tough solo ride which had me...

LD Riding Checklist

IBA SS1600k Start / Checkpoint / End checklist. BEFORE START: - Ready GPS Fresh batteries Clear current track (Track Manager Save, then clear) Load Track of route (Track Manager, choose, Show on Map) Where To? First Waypoint. - Ready phone Close unwanted additional...

Carbon (vinyl) wrapping mirror covers.

It's been another weekend of farkling the Concours some more. I'll split the posts out and cover each thing off separately. Phil's farkle's rear luggage rack. Saddle Bag Inners. Carbon Wrapping the mirror covers. With the wider than normal width of the Concours 14,...

Saddle Bag (pannier) inners.

It's been another weekend of farkling the Concours some more. I'll split the posts out and cover each thing off separately. Phil's farkle's rear luggage rack. Saddle Bag Inners. Carbon Wrapping the mirror covers. Stella and I spent some time looking on the internet to...

Phil’s farkles – rear luggage rack (strong)

It's been another weekend of farkling the Concours some more. I'll split the posts out and cover each thing off separately. Phil's farkle's rear luggage rack. Saddle Bag Inners. Carbon Wrapping the mirror covers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7o3IGG7AAo The video...

Farkles, farkles, farkles – Philips X-tremeUltinon LED bulbs

I swapped out my cheap Chinese LED bulbs today, the old ones were bright but the cut off between dipped and full beam bulbs was poor. These are out of this world! https://youtu.be/1mq6UHFm2GA

Playing with the front facing camera mount.

I've tried various mounting positions for my front facing camera so far. Most have been around the handlebar areas and have looked through the screen, which is often dirty. Thinking about where it would be best placed, I 3D printed a ram mount bobble which sits under...

Just a few more pieces of fake carbon fibre. 🙂

Well I've been meaning to protect my tank a little better from wear for a while now. So today I finally got round to it. 🙂

Securing my side bags

Weekend project: securing my side bags with some stainless steel pins made from a welding rod. Apparently a number of Concours riders have turned up at their destination only to find that they're missing one of their side bags. Determined not to become a...

Luke’s Farkles…

This page is devoted to the planning, and fitting of Farkles to Luke's new mistress (the one which he's about to go on a first date with, then run away with for a dirty weekend). Here she is   A 'farkle' is a mixture of two words: 'function' and 'sparkle'. In...

The joys of bcrypt

I had the joy of coming across Bcrypt the other week, a pretty neat way of storing individually hashed passwords within a single table, each with a differing salt. The salt, algorithm and number of hashing iterations is stored, written within the outputted hash, so...

More farkles for the Concours – LED headlight bulbs

I've been waiting almost two months for this package to arrive from an AliExpress vendor. They turned up this weekend. These LED bulbs are apparently 4000 lumen bulbs EACH and together draw 75W for the pair. You get heaps more light for your current draw off LED bulbs...

TT2000 – 2019, planning has begun.

So, Friday 22nd Feb, 2019 is the date of the next TT2000 event, details were released online tonight. I got my entry in immediately. Downloaded the waypoints, read this years rules, then set out planning my route. 🙂 Chch to Chch, clockwise. Green stops are mandatory...

2 inch handlebar risers added to the Concours

Today one of my Birthday presents arrived from the USA. Some 2 inch handlebar risers for the Concours. Fitting them was a pretty straight forward job for me and Dad to do took us about 15 mins to do. Here's some photos of the fitting and the before and after shots. 🙂

Fitting dual air-horns to the Concours 14

When I came to try to fit these, I asked for advice from the Concours owners group on Facebook. I got a mixed reaction from the members with little solid information coming back in terms of fitting guidance, so thought I'd just get started and see what I...

Initial thoughts on the Concours 1400

For those of you who don’t know, I bought another bike. It’s not intended to replace the R1, it’s to go along side it. For now, anyway. This isn’t something I needed, it’s something I wanted to do. You’ll likely know that one of my current hobbies and focuses is Long...

Anzac Day ride – SS1600 2018

The ANZAC Day Ride Thanks to the very friendly fellas in the IBA Australia, I was given an opportunity to attempt one of the themed IBA rides which is only available to those of us who live in either Australia or New Zealand - the ANZAC Day Ride. The rules for...

IBA ride verification processes…

This post has been updated (Sept 2019) with a revised version being posted here. Let me start by saying that I appreciate what the IBA do, and how they are run. They are a volunteer based organisation who charge the absolute bear minimum to cover their fixed operating...

Chris and Nigel’s attempt at far too much

2018, TT2000 North Island, Chris WiltshireOur initial planI have learned a lot from this, about myself, about my resolve, about trying to do too much.Last year we did an IBA SS1600, and combined it with fundraising for Aran Animal Rescue. I wanted to do the same this...

Final days of prep before the TT and a weather update.

Update on the NZ weather: Cyclone Gita is now considered a severe low depression now and is still carrying a lot of rain and high winds with it, but it's cleared the North Island right now, and is heading through the South Island....

TT2000 progress – planning and bike mods.

Donate via Givealittle Planning A number of times I've thought that my route planning was finished. So much so that I've ended up laminating the last two versions of the route, #'s 8 and 9. ... But it didn't stop there. After the recce ride on Monday this week...

Nano tips – a solution for your touch screen devices while wearing bike gloves.

https://www.amazon.com/Nanotips-Texting-Gloves-Leather-Formula/dp/B00R1OSZM8 The Nano Tips solution is like a nail varnish which you can paint onto the outside of your leather gloves to form a capacitive touch pad. This means you can use your glove covered hands with...

TT2000 route planning completed

I can’t help think that I’m tempting fate by laminating it. There’s bound to be further changes. It took me 8 10 revisions to be happy with the planned route. Here are the highlights: 1633km in the first 22:48hrs, 2508km in the first 34:49hrs, 2600km overall back to...

2018 long distance motorcycle riding.

Our 2017 efforts were successful, the bike prep, fundraising, and ride all went very well. It was a lot of fun. I seriously enjoyed what Jon and I achieved, so much so that we decided we'd do something similar in 2018. In August 2017, there was...

 

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