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  1. Reid and Twiname would be a good local option
  2. Somewhere, there's some 68 year olds having the same yarns about spinning Imps around on a whim during their misspent youth....
  3. Cheers! I'm not much of a motorcyclist TBF, seriously lacking in skills with a bike that is probably still too much for me but I do my best to sound like I know what I'm doing!
  4. So, as I left off on the last post - I'd signed up for my first crack at a multi-day adv ride. Basically it was a run from Napier to Masterton via tar seal, gravel roads, farm tracks, paper roads and the like. I didn't have much of a tool kit (and a less than enviable record of getting punctures) so I figured it might be a plan to piece something comprehensive together. Maybe overkill, but this is what I ended up with and it's not too crazy heavy. The pump I handily already had, it's a double-action jobby so makes relatively light work of smashing air back into a tube. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (55) by Richard Opie, on Flickr 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (56) by Richard Opie, on Flickr And so off we trekked, I elected to trailer the bike over to Hawkes Bay as the expected return time on the Sunday was going to be around 3-4pm to Napier and I reckoned I'd be pretty much a solid CBF riding home after the mandatory beer and a snack - not to mention the 1100km plus of riding we were scheduled to do over the three days! 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (90) by Richard Opie, on Flickr I was pretty apprehensive. Essentially, Blake and I were meant to be doing this but his unfortunate mishap (while mapping part of this ride) and subsequent injury meant he wasn't able to make it, so here I was flying blind into a group of folks I'd never met, with a repertoire of riding skills that - well - are VERY loosely worth describing as "skills" should we say. Not to mention a little bike compared to the parallel twin behemoths and fast-as-fuck KTMs etc. Was I gonna be left behind? Would I be a burden to everyone else? Overthinking was real, and I nearly didn't go. I also had no GPS, so it was going to be essential that I had a riding buddy, lest I get lost. Turning up for registration the night before, a chat with the organisers sort of put me a bit more at ease - I could ride with the sweep guys at the back if I really needed to. But here's how it sort of went. At 7am on the Friday morning, we set off from the Westshore Beach Inn in Napier in groups, and wound our way South via Hawkes Bay farmland and ended up on Kairakau Beach. I rode with Scotty (from MotoSR who did my suspension for me) and maintained a reasonable pace through a bit of slippery-ish farmland, so it was a bit of a confidence booster for sure! 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (91) by Richard Opie, on Flickr 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (93) by Richard Opie, on Flickr 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (95) by Richard Opie, on Flickr From here it was back inland, then doubling back onto the coast for a bit and a hoon down the beach, which was a good time, on hard-packed East Coast sand, and hitting the bit undulations tapped out in 5th was exciting to say the least. Hang on and keep up it was the order of the day, despite it feeling less than comfortable for me. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (97) by Richard Opie, on Flickr 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (99) by Richard Opie, on Flickr We'd end up at Porangahau for a ripper coffee, and a quick fuel top up for anyone who needed it - I elected to take on some fuel at this point, and we'd all filter off in groups, back into the Hawkes Bay high country for some killer vistas from some of the coastal stations we'd been able to access thanks to the organisers. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (100) by Richard Opie, on Flickr 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (107) by Richard Opie, on Flickr This would see us descend into Pongaroa for lunch at the pub - pizzas and cold beers were the order of the day. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (109) by Richard Opie, on Flickr The rest of Day One entailed mainly gravel roads - albeit enjoyable, especially Spur Rd near Pongaroa which I'll absolutely have to remember for posterity, and have a go at again. But I failed at pics for this bit, mainly because I was having a ripper time I guess. We got into Dannevirke about 5:30pm that evening, dusty, a bit tired but pretty chuffed and had a wee feed at the Black Stump Cafe, which wasn't too bad! 397km all said and done for that day. Day Two was a trek from Dannevirke to Masterton, and it was a chilly 1-degree when we set off from the Main Street of Dannevirke, en route to Makairo Track via ALL of the gravel roads. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (113) by Richard Opie, on Flickr At our arrival to the entrance of the Makairo Track, at the Western end, my fingers were cold enough they were painful - however, the track is a relatively technical, slower going situation so after a few minutes of wrestling the bike through quad bike/4wd ruts I was warm enough! Followed a fairly accomplished bloke through on a CRF300L, which helped a bit in terms of watching how I needed to weight the pegs and generally manouevre the bike through some of the tighter stuff and ruts etc. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (114) by Richard Opie, on Flickr It used to be an actual maintained road I believe - the collapsed (collapsing?) bridge put paid to that however and rendered it as a "hiking" track that's sometimes accessed by hunters and lunatics on bikes. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (115) by Richard Opie, on Flickr From there it was more farmland. Some steep, slippery climbs made it fun, although the steep, slippery descents felt dicey on occasion when following a liiiitttle bit too close to the dude in front, we'd end up descending into a limestone quarry on one section. Back to Pongaroa for a quick coffee and fuel stop, before setting off again to go to Puketoi Rd - you've all seen me write about that before. I must've been keeping up a decent pace, as this time I was encouraged to ride with the front guys. This turned out to be a decent choice, as it pushed me a long a bit. It wasn't especially muddy or slippery either, so I managed to keep up a pretty good pace and maintain sight with the front guys, Glen on his T7, Mark on his Husky 701 and Aaron on his WR450F. Fast bikes and experienced riders (all motorcrossers/enduro dudes). Tick for the confidence, then. This is us at the end of Puketoi Rd, so proof I managed to hang with them! 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (118) by Richard Opie, on Flickr 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (119) by Richard Opie, on Flickr It was on to Castlepoint from here - via Pori Rd and a plethora of gravel. The poor little 400 struggled to keep the big bikes in sight, I would've been sitting on 110km/h on the fast stretches and they were just disappearing in a cloud of dust. Nevertheless, we ended up at Castlepoint, for - you guessed it - a pub feed and a couple of cold ones, cider in this instance. Aaron and I took and obligatory shot of the lighthouse in the background, and we also met a pair of blokes on nearly new KLR650s which were far too clean. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (120) by Richard Opie, on Flickr 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (125) by Richard Opie, on Flickr These were the last shots I managed before we took off for the afternoon's run to Masterton. But what a ride. From Castlepoint, we rode directly into Castlepoint Station, which presented A - epic vistas across the coast and B - the most wildly well maintained gravel farm tracks in the world, surely. These things were immaculate, fast, and although we were told not to be too hooligan-ish while we were on the station, you could just maintain such a great pace. It made me feel like a rockstar, that's for sure. From there it was gravel and a few forestry tracks and we'd end up in Masterton, where I checked into the motel and walked down to the Copthorne for that evenings dinner, briefing and bullshitting about the day we'd just had. Total km, 387 on day two. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (127) by Richard Opie, on Flickr 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (128) by Richard Opie, on Flickr 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (129) by Richard Opie, on Flickr Another cold morning beckoned, with a frost to boot! From Masterton we set off North, taking in some of the gravel routes around Eketahuna and Pahiatua before popping out on North Range Road at the top of the Tararua Ranges. This is where I flipped the XT in the mud some time ago. It starts as a nicely maintained gravel access for for the windfarms, but deteriorates into a 4WD track that's been pretty badly cut up by meatheads. No shots, but everything went pretty well, until I saw a camera filming from the top an imminent climb, so go on the gas through a grassy section to um, make it look more impressive or something. Instead of sailing up the hill, no worries at all, what happened instead was the discovery of a mystery rut, hidden in the grass. The front tucked under and I went flailing, much to everyone's mirth. The guy filming didn't even get it! Still, I got off a little more lightly than the chap on the CRF300 Rally a few bikes ahead of me. Tackling some of the gnarlier, muddier ruts he ended up whiskey-throttling off the edge of the road, and while it wasn't a sheer drop, it was steep enough that we needed to mount a bit of a multi-person recovery effort! From here though, it was on to Dannevirke for lunch, and then onwards via yet more Central Hawkes Bay gravel until we got to one of the most fun bits yet. A solid 20km of riverbed with an alleged 33 river crossings (I didn't count but I reckon it was in the high 20s) which presented a new challenge. The riverbed was less of the large sort of rocks, and more of that deep shale sort of stuff. This meant pace was key, sort of like riding in sand, with weight back and maintaining the gas. I must've ridden through like 15 of the (admittedly relatively small) river crossings and I was feeling pretty good about it. The rocks in the river were slippery but not too sketchy, and I managed thus far to rip through them all standing on the pegs. Alas! You got cocky, Richy! For some reason, I decided I wouldn't get on the pegs through a particular crossing, and in the middle of said body of water was an abnormally large rock. Yeah, I looked at the rock. Then I hit the rock. Then I gave it a big wristful of throttle and ended up lying in the water. And I'd kept my boots pretty dry this whole time, too.... whamp whaa. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (130) by Richard Opie, on Flickr Nevertheless, we'd soon ride up the riverbanks and onto some farmland, the section where Blake had unfortunately had his accident getting a bit sendy over an (unknown to him) dried up creek bed. This is "Blizzos Drop" and while it might not look super huge that drop is over 3m tall. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (131) by Richard Opie, on Flickr Another 45 minutes or so of riding through this farm saw us back on the seal and return to Napier. Yawn. Cold beer awaited again, as did a plethora of bar snacks and an even more elevated level of bullshit talking to finish off a successful weekend. Glad I did it in the end, I very nearly didn't, and I think I came out of it a better rider. Day three saw us complete 376km, for a total of 1160km. My takeaways from the ride - You feel a bit povo showing up on a DRZ400, however it's definitely capable of getting places just maybe not as quickly as a late model KTM or Husky etc - the Kriega OS luggage system is boss - the Kriega OS system has also RINSED my nice shiny sidecovers cosmetically. So naturally I have spares for vanity reasons - I think I enjoy the tighter more technical stuff a bit more than just straight out gravel riding - I get over 300km on a tank - STAND ON THE BLOODY PEGS (I still don't abide by this though) - Spending money on suspension is never, ever a waste - Spending money on a Seat Concepts comfort seat is EVEN LESS of a waste, absolute Godsend of a thing - I shouldn't listen to my brain and just have a crack at things (confidently) more often - Get a GPS More to come.
  5. Anywhoo, how about these DRZ4hundeez eh? In between where we left off, (losing and retrieving a phone and generally getting all wet) and now, I've been doing a bit to this and also using it quite a bit when I can. So after our intrepid journey to Puketoi Rd (and back again) I'd committed to upgrading the suspension on this thing. Stock spring rates weren't up to my fat middle-aged heft, and I was finding the bump stops frequently. So apart it came. First the back bit came out. Relatively straightforward, just a bit of jiggery pokery required to get to the top shock bolt. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (23) by Richard Opie, on Flickr Then the front. Piece of piss, this bit. Hover bike chic. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (25) by Richard Opie, on Flickr And we end up with all the gear out, and as is customary to my habits, it all got a thorough clean before dispatching to Scotty at MotoSR for a revalve and respring. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (26) by Richard Opie, on Flickr 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (27) by Richard Opie, on Flickr In the interim, I thought I could better clean stuff up. So I got busy with the brakeclean, APC, prepsol and detailing brushes and really gave it a once over. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (31) by Richard Opie, on Flickr 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (32) by Richard Opie, on Flickr 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (33) by Richard Opie, on Flickr At this point I figured, since the thing was partially stripped I'd do the carb breather mod to help with the wading depth. Basically, it's just re-routing 3 of the 5 breather tubes up high on the bike, instead of all exiting low and well below the waterline. In theory, less likely to drown it on a deep crossing. This is the before pic, you can see all 5 breather tubes xiting low (for some reason someones cut some of them short) 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (35) by Richard Opie, on Flickr Here it is with new nitrile hose fitted. You can see the difference in routing. There's like 800mm of hose from those top ports. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (55)-2 by Richard Opie, on Flickr 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (57) by Richard Opie, on Flickr When installed on the bike, the 3 long hoses now exit near the steering head, if shit gets this deep I have bigger problems I expect. Bonus was a thorough carb clean and cable adjustments whilst I did this. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (37) by Richard Opie, on Flickr It also occured to me I should check and grease the suspension bearings and pivots, as these things have a reputation for having the bare minimum of grease applied off the factory floor. Cue more pulling apart. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (39) by Richard Opie, on Flickr Now, even though they have grease nipples, legend has it that it's still a wise move to remove and manually grease everything to the max with waterproof/marine grease not only for lubrication but as a safeguard against moisture from both river crossings and pressure washing. The main swingarm pivot was pretty dry, although not too tricky to remove in the end with a big punch and a hammer. The remainder of bearings and bushes weren't too bad, but I cleaned them anyway and repacked with plenty of grease. Naturally, I cleaned the shit out of it all. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (38) by Richard Opie, on Flickr Another "ok while I'm at it" task was a seat re-trim. The original seat cover was torn near the rear and had a super nice and totally conversant with my OCD electrical tape repair. I got this off the shelf cover from Strike Seats and slapped it over the original foam. It wouldn't last long, not for quality reasons... but, you'll see. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (40) by Richard Opie, on Flickr Next thing you know, the NZCouriers bloke is rapping on the front door and lo and behold, a suspension shaped box is sitting there. The heavier rear spring is visible, and some nice stickers let everyone know I paid a wad of cash for nicer suspension. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (42) by Richard Opie, on Flickr Naturally, I had to install it all straight away that night. I only made one cock up, and installed the thrust washer things on the wrong side of one of the linkage arms (it was late, OK) but spotted it before I'd had the opportunity to ride it. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (43) by Richard Opie, on Flickr Anyway, it's all put back together and I even took the opportunity to slap a new FMF sticker on the pipe (which I polished BTW) as the old one was all mussed up. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (44) by Richard Opie, on Flickr So, you need to go and test the suspension, right? Max and I headed up Odlins Rd with the intention of getting past the hut at the top, however our day was cut short by a 4x4 that was dangling perilously over the edge of the track, lashed to some trees on the opposite side to stop it from toppling right off. I did get a few pics of this but for some reason haven't uploaded, so you'll have to deal with pics of 2 bikes instead. We actually over took the rescue party heading in to get this truck out - the owner (a South African bloke out hunting) was super lucky a couple of very eager young lads in a Hilux and 70 series Cruiser were headed in for a bit of a drive too, and they had some decent recovery gear and loads of enthusiasm to help. We hung around for the recovery effort, and were thankful to see a VERY relieved Saffa bloke get his Daihatsu Rocky back on the track and I assume out of the bush - the light was failing so we belted out of there quickly. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (45) by Richard Opie, on Flickr This is where we stopped just before the stranded 4x4 - we'll be back to tackle this again soon. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (46) by Richard Opie, on Flickr The good news though? Suspension was MEAN. I found I could tackle the bigger obstacles with significantly more confidence and pace, it was easier to pop the front up when needed and also, on the looser gravel it steered so much better, especially on the front brake. The next weekend I took it for a 300km odd ride to see Sean in Ohakune, taking in the excellent flowing form that is Turakina Valley Rd. Way faster on the DRZ than I ever was on the XT. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (49) by Richard Opie, on Flickr More riding happened. Some Santoft hoons, again with Max, figuring it out in soft, deep sand and getting a puncture on the road while en route (and close) to home. A quick sprint up to the Mangahao dams with Bliz and a group who'd come from Wanganui, on a variety of pretty ripper machines. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (51) by Richard Opie, on Flickr 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (52) by Richard Opie, on Flickr I'd signed up to a 3 day, 1180km ride from Napier to Masterton and back via seal, gravel, farm tracks, forestry and beaches. Originally I was set to run this one with Bliz, but unfortunately he had a bit of a major whoopsie while helping map a section of this actual ride - more on that later - so I had to hit it solo, albeit with MUCH apprehension. Was I going to be able to keep up? Were my abilities up to it? Nevertheless, a few small bits of prep were required, namely a new rear tyre, a screen and fitting up the Kriega bags I'd kept from the XT. Parabellum rally screen and ABA headlight guard fitted here. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (3) by Richard Opie, on Flickr Big chonk Dunlop D606 out the back for traction on slippery surfaces. The old MotoZ Tractionator was pretty cooked. You can also see that I'd changed the seat out, for a Seat Concepts comfort seat. This wasn't cheap. But as I was about to find out, it's worth EVERY cent. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (53) by Richard Opie, on Flickr And finally, Kriega OS base fitted up with the 12l bags fitted. These, along with the small tank bag and a 9l pack with a hydration bladder would suffice for 3 days easily. 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 400E Phone (80) by Richard Opie, on Flickr That'll do for now - next instalment I'll have a yarn about the impending adventures! Albeit with not enough photos.
  6. Jeez that Telstar on the hoist looks all right.
  7. BMW B58 with a ZF 8HP box and live happily ever after/fix oil leaks forever. It's the modern 2JZ really.
  8. You're gonna have your upholstery skills down pat when it comes to kitting out your upcoming roof tent.
  9. No one's building any flash engines for this car, it's perfect the way it is.
  10. Haha nah nah this car's destiny is to remain fairly close to stock with a suite of period-spec bolt on bits. More concours than racecourse.
  11. Uses a little oil, and occasional smoke but nothing serious (for a B series anyway). Just keen on getting everything as close as I can to minty spec/I'm bored and currently have no car projects as such.
  12. I've put some brand new Tein Mono Sport dampers in, tweaked the ride height and it's back on my fav set of wheels for now. Waiting in the ceiling is a lip, wing and carbon mirrors from Mode Parfume/Exceed that I just need to sack up and get painted/attach to the car. I note I also have a small oil leak from somewhere that I'll need to find, but I am getting a little keen on pulling the engine out for a rings and bearings refresh/clean everything up all spiffy like.
  13. Oh sick bring some more Northern dwellers would ya.
  14. I'd be inclined to find some stock cams and chuck em in. Maybe the cheapest and easiest way you'll get cruising.
  15. You would've put pumpkin in your minninchees anyway.
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