Author Archives: John Veldthuis

Belated TT2000 2021 and New Bike

It is mid-August 2020 and the latest TT2000 for 2021 details are out. Again, this is in the South Island but this time the start/finish is in Oamaru. That put a bit of a kink in the plan straight away as it was obvious, I could not do my usual of sleeping on the ferry on the way over and… Read more »

Out with the Old…. & TT2000

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For the TT2000 2021 edition I planned on having a new bike. I ordered my BMW K1600GT in November 2020 with all the options and sat back to wait for it to arrive late January, early February. Details of the TT2000 came in and I made the plan for that and was set to go. Then all the plans went… Read more »

Hamilton 1KC 2020 ride

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Time once again for another ride. This time the Distance Riders 1KC Hamilton start. This is a 1,000km ride starting and finishing at Hamilton. This ride will most likely be the last big ride for my trusty BMW R1200RT. It has been a good machine but pushing 140,000km it is time for a new machine but more on that at… Read more »

North Island 800 (NI800)

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Covid tried to put a dent in the 2020 running of the NI800 and while it may have put a damper on things the ride went ahead. This was going to another sore ride with a bad case of tennis elbow on my left arm. Luckily the BMW has a shift assist so doesn’t need the use of the clutch… Read more »

TT2000 2020 – An uncomfortable ride but a good one

TT2000 time again and this one is in the North Island. Again, four mystery checkpoints, three of which I knew straight away having seen them all many times and in fact one I pass at least twice a day. The forth one, a church, was a little harder to find but find it I did. Planning began as soon as… Read more »

Hamilton 1KC 2019

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So it is the 9th November 2019 and time for the 1KC ride again. I took the Hamilton option and was all planned up. GPS loaded, New battery for my Hero 7 camera, Spot batteries changed (3 good and 1 low so put one in). Was going to get up at 1am and finish loading and munching and be away… Read more »

Time for a New PC

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This is not the usual motorbike stuff, but I have not been out lately. I need to save the tires for the TT2000, which is only a few weeks away now. Anyway, my first hobby has always been computers since I was very young. Started with a TRX80 and then a Commodore 64 before going to the Amiga 1000. Made… Read more »