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  1. yea thats always gunna be the way, you could do any grade 5 trail in NZ on a CT110. You cant rag on big adventure bikes for having a hard time of technical trails, its not what they are designed to do. 200KG+ adventure bikes are designed to eat tarmac miles easily and effortlessly, be fine on travel roads and occasionally do some grade 3-4 type trails, albeit slowly and difficulty, they are not made for technical terrain. I think people see Chris Birch sending his 1290 on grade 5 tracks and think its possible, but we are not chris birch. The the moped riders had come across people on lightweight adv bikes (KTM 500EXC, 501, DRZ400 etc) they would have been showered in stones and seen how much fun the riders were having. All bikes are a compromise, a CT110 can easily do offroad yes but its doesnt give you the adrenaline rush of something with power, it will also suck if you want to do long road sections linking trails. TL:DR - not one bike does everything well, so you need to be like me a fill your shed with 8+ bikes so you have a range to choose from. A freinds howty towty mum recently asked my why on earth i have so many motorcycles when you can only ride one at a time. I replied with "why do you have a closet full of shoes Cheryl, you only have 2 feet"
  2. I wouldn't call a 390 a big heavy bike, its about as small as "adventure" bikes go but it does make me lol with the popularity of adv riding these days the amount of people starting off on bikes not really suited for newby's to the world of motorcycling. Back in amazing days of the 70s/80s/90s a 250cc was a typical sized adv bike for getting offroad as well as touring, that seems to have at least doubled now. I'm all about big bikes, but i didn't learn to ride on them. I was watching a video on the NZAR page about some dudes on a new T7 with all the trendy gear and another on a DR650 riding oldlins rd and making it sound super knarly with "rock walls" and shit. I've been in there plenty during mancamp and its a piece of piss, people in stock rav4s doing it and shit, old boys on R80 bmws. We have had guys that have never ridden a bike before ride it on CTX200s etc. There seems to be so much keeping up with the jones' in the bike world now where you need to have the flashest bike, these 390s are case and point. She should be riding a $2500 Yamaha XT250 super sherper, would learn so much more skills and not be almost dead because of one single rock that she locked on to.
  3. Porika track takes you to a cool lookout point over the entire lake then winds down to the lakefront. Braeburn track is less of a track and actually just a gravel road. If short of time we may just turn around at the lake.
  4. Ah dumb yea that’s a highlight of the ride, ferry team might need to leave Nelson at sparrows fart
  5. We are on the 7pm ferry on Sunday so checkin will likely be 6, so will be trying to get back a bit earlier. Might split off with you chris. What part of the ride are we missing if we do that?
  6. looking at that UC student card in the guard post we must have been at UC at the same time!
  7. I’m used to being in the road at 5:30-6 on rides. I could sleep in takaka and still get back to you catching zyz in ya maggot sack Bartholomew
  8. I think he means $40 for the tent site at top ten jim soz, posted this before I saw other replies
  9. pretty high tech system. we stripping i bag and tag then in small lots in zip lock bags. then before planting i separate all the bags laid out over a couple of workbenches with a bit of masking tape naming what bag they are out of and a ruler nex to them for scale. once i photograph all of them they go in a bucket for planting. once back the jigsaw puzzle commences of separating them all back into their little bags. actually way easier than it sounds. He changes more for seperate bags but not a heap, on a big bike i might give him two lots, one for frame and one for engine etc.
  10. A few things, I’ve done it a few times before I wouldn’t want it on this frame - it’s only well protective if there is zinc powder primer underneath, this makes it even more thick - it hides frame numbers - on a bike I that’s not as special it would be fine, this thing is very rare and quite valuable now, so for originality paint is best. - powder is difficult to remove and any chips can get moisture under them and can’t be touched up as easily - powder doesn’t flex well, and these featherbed style frames are notorious for flexing - becuase powder is so thick it cracks when you torque nuts against it like cheap spray can paint can. they are the main points anyway. It’s also just a bit of a bitch to blank off all the threads and any bits with a tight fit wind up with issues
  11. So the africa twin got finished, XR250 finished, Z50 finished and its now just about 12 months since I last posted an update on this. It has been up hogging the bike stand for that time, which i'm getting sick of, so it's time for some action. Just dropped a couple of grand on parts on sibenrock in germany to get it to a restored rolling frame. some bigger ticket items like new fork stanchions and repro front brake rotor made a smallish purchase seem like a big one. Have already got some stainless spokes on hand and a big box of alloy bits ready to drop at the vapor blasters. Over the next month i should get the wheels restored and continue to strip, tag and box all the bits down to a bare frame. Currently having an internal fight in my head as to whether i powdercoat the frame or paint it. would prefer paint from an originality perspective and for touch ups, but nothing i've sprayed or had sprayed before seems to be as good as factory paint finishes. Any recommendations here?
  12. Porika is fine, if old mate is crying about it in a CT he must be a pretty new rider. The first time I did it Blinky bill did it on a CB350four, hayhole on a gn250 with road tyres. Mitch did it on a BMW r80 road bike on our brass monkey trip in winter and it was a walk in the park on my 200kg africa twin with 40kg of luggage. My father in law rides it both ways with the cook on the back of his africa twin. Mangatapu is far more technical than porika
  13. Sweeeet, ferry’s booked for Markku, Steve and myself. Ended up bringing the ute down to blen as it was a lot cheaper than riding on 3 individual bikes, and saves stashing the ute in Wellington. opted for fully refundable fares in case omicron decides to fuck with our shit
  14. shit yes glenis!, there was a 400cc on this ride last year. get it and join in! will be plenty of trailer room coming up from chch
  15. To keep in mind for breakages my father in law has a workshop in havelock which is pretty central for the whole ride. Marrku and I will be staying there before the start and at end of day 1
  16. And yea in terms of difficulty the only spicy bit is the mangatapu. Braeburn is just a causal AF gravel ride, porika is easy going down hill, it’s just a pylon track that you could take a stock 4wd over so nothing technical. Coming up will be easier on small bikes than big bikes, assuming we turn around at the bottom and come back the same way. it’s a shame we don’t push to Murchison and do the maruia saddle afterwards, I’ve ridden that on my xr250 and xrv750 and it’s hands down the coolest track I have hooned in NZ
  17. Think ima jump into this on the CT and markku will join too. That first day is a pretty hectic amount of riding for small bikes. I suggest leaving very, very early from blen. Even the port underwood road will take a while and it’s corrugated to fuck.
  18. Dude that owned it has had it for 16 years. Road it all around the north island commuting for work. it was lightly dropped prior to his ownership hence the repaint of the fairings. it has been painted very well though and has stood up perfectly to 16 years of his ownership. 5 years ago it "developed a carb issue" so he took it to the stealership who cleaned the carb and gave it back and it was no better, being non mechanically minded and strapped for crash he parked it in a shed. 5 years later I know own it. It popped up on the tard for a super cheap asking price and i must have caught it right after listing as i just emailed saying ill take it and then the popped through a bank account, cash transferred i went to waipawa the next morning to collect. Luckily these things have a colt like following especially in europe where they sold in pretty big numbers, there is heaps of bits available and a plethora of information available. i soon found out that they are notorious for poor solder joins in the CDI which crack and give weird "carb like" intermittent spark issues. They don't typically die, just run like crap. I figured this was enough of a lead to bust out the craft knife and open up the CDI. after spending an hour peeling off all the silicone then using my sons kathmandu explorers kit magnifying glass i noticed 3 joins with cracked solder. I gave the CDI to Winny who is good with such electrical things and he reflowed it for me. i then slathered it in black RTV and gooed the cover back on. before trying to start it i thought id clean the carb as it was sitting for so long. Ive pulled apart a lot of carbs over the last few years, and this is hands down the dankest of dank. why the hell is it green! a good soak in degreaser cleaned everything up. I will run it through @Flauskis ultrasonic cleaner to make sure. I have ordered a new carb kit off wemoto and will do some common airbox / jetting mods for more hunu's while im at it. Fingers crossed the kit arrives soon and it will purr like a kitten. While apart i did some other boring jobs such as new battery, reset tappets and other general maintenance. keen as to get it re-vinned and hoon. Also, check out the old main jet after it was cleaned, were they running this thing on acid? Bliz
  19. Then, resided to being down to only one project in the shed, a great deal on a bike ive always wanted to scratch the itch of owning popping up. A 1989 Honda NX650 dominator. The dominator was a faired, more street / city traily type bike made in the late 80's and 90's. the engine was an XR600 donk bored and stroked out to 650cc. Kinda a poverty back single cylinder, lighter version of the africa twin. Did I need it? no, did i buy it? hell yes. What its supposed to look like:
  20. no wrapping paper sorry @HighLUXbut it did get a pretty bow. Cheers to doozi for sorting the decals last minute. Wee man was super cheesed and has done lots of putting around on it with me on the back getting used to the throttle. Seems to find it a lot harder to balance than a push bike, most likely cos it just weighs more than him. More practice and he will get there.
  21. And now, bar the stickers which hopefully arrive in time for Christmas from doozi its all finished. runs mint. Santa can piss off if he thinks he's taking credit for this, this is a chrissy present from Mum and Dad.
  22. When my boy pete, not @V8Pete, my actual son Pete was 1ish @UTERUS had a z50R for sale. i actually tried to buy it but he pipped me at the post, then sold it to me once he got bored. I Grabbed it and stashed it away thinking it would be awesome to do up when Pete was older. not long after getting it i stripped it right down and stashed it in boxes so pete wouldn't accidentally see it. i kind of forgot about it for a while and decided i would wait until he got quite good on a push bike before giving it to him. Bike when i first got it - The bike didnt run too good, was lacking in compression and just all round love. it had been rattle canned an incorrect shade of red and was pretty tatty. its an 1982 Z50R. There must have been a big shipment of Z50s into the country in 82, as it seems most of the ones floating around these days are '82s. The first bits i had done was have the rims and hubs blasted and powdercoated as i was going another bike at the time, might have been the XR in the background of that pic. Then it sat stagnant for like 3 years + During the first lockdown I stripped the engine completely so i could have the cases and ally bits vapour blasted. Discovered the gear shift shaft was bent so got a NOS one from Malcolm at Anaconda along with a new set of Valves as the ones in it were pretty worn and sharp. i love vapour blasting it just comes up so good. I gave the head to Mike at B&H engine services and he cut the seats for the new valves and did a bit of port work for the lols, refaced the gasket surfaces. I grabbed a new cylinder and rings and reused the stock piston as it was fine. Biffed the engine back together a few weeks ago The OG side cover had chunks missing out of it and was tatty. i CBF restoring it so grabbed a genuine one off ebay for $100 The seat base needed some rust repairs and had a local upholstery do a patch up job on the buggered foam, will get a new foam for it at some stage as its still not quite right but i knew that was going to be the case. I sent off all the hardware and had it re zinc coated which makes a huge difference and is super cheap. $40 for the entire bike worth, then sent off all the parts for sandblasting included a new aliexpress fuel tank. Once these came back from blasting I dropped everything off at elite powdercoating here in palmy. The factory honda color is "Blaze red" which is an orangey red. The guys at Elite are awesome and matched it to a red that the use a lot on Go karts as it was apparently the color Ayrton Senna had on his Karts or something, anyway it was a perfect match. Then came the hard bit a couple of weeks ago of assembling it without the wee fella noticing. i had it on a bench in the shed and would work on it in the evenings. stored with a blanked over it for the rest of the time. The mrs would deadbolt me in the garage while I was working on it so Pete wouldnt come wandering in.
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