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Re: Touring NZ.

Postby dave#22 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:06 am

Well, back home now and the bike should be leaving Christchurch any day soon.
Had a fine time touring NZ South Island, the bike ran well, the only downside being a broken headlight glass. We complain about our roads, but over there, they remove the damaged surface, fill it with gravel, let the cars and trucks flatten it for a few days, then put a tar seal over it :tdown: not so good on a bike.
When we first arrived, they were in a heatwave, but they carried on with sealing the road and the hot tar didn't set in 35+deg heat, leaving semi fluid tar with vehicles still running on it, so when it set it left two slick strips of tar :tdown: not too bad in a dry Summer, but wet or icy Winter would be a different matter....and they don't use salt on the roads, but one benefit is that cars don't rust and you see lots of rust free old cars...lovely.
Saw lots of bikes too, mainly Harleys, a few Adventure bikes, quite a few DR 650's, but no BIG's.
Put it on your bucket list. :tup:
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Re: Touring NZ.

Postby BigBob » Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:37 pm

Sounds wonderful. I wish I could afford it.
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Re: Touring NZ.

Postby H_Lime » Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:35 pm

dave#22 wrote:Well, back home now and the bike should be leaving Christchurch any day soon.
Had a fine time touring NZ South Island, the bike ran well, the only downside being a broken headlight glass. We complain about our roads, but over there, they remove the damaged surface, fill it with gravel, let the cars and trucks flatten it for a few days, then put a tar seal over it :tdown: not so good on a bike.
When we first arrived, they were in a heatwave, but they carried on with sealing the road and the hot tar didn't set in 35+deg heat, leaving semi fluid tar with vehicles still running on it, so when it set it left two slick strips of tar :tdown: not too bad in a dry Summer, but wet or icy Winter would be a different matter....and they don't use salt on the roads, but one benefit is that cars don't rust and you see lots of rust free old cars...lovely.
Saw lots of bikes too, mainly Harleys, a few Adventure bikes, quite a few DR 650's, but no BIG's.
Put it on your bucket list. :tup:
Dave.

Fair fecks Dave n Pat! How long were you gone for? How many miles done? Highlights?
Make with all the pics :clap:
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Re: Touring NZ.

Postby dave#22 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:08 am

Pat takes most of the photos, I write the notes and between us we made a photobook.
Here's the link..... :tup:

https://editor.bonusprint.co.uk/Preview ... ue#page/16
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Re: Touring NZ.

Postby nug » Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:29 pm

Looks like you had a wonderful time out there. Beautiful place :tup:
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