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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 »

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 »

1KC Hamilton 2018 – A nice day out

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Time for the 2018 addition of the 1KC ride Hamilton start. 1000 kms in 12 hours (or so). This years was around the mountains sort of. Around the Coromandel loop anti-clockwise then down around the 3 big mountains in the middle of the island. A week out the weather forecast did not look too hot and the best outcome was… Read more »

NI800 2018 Ride Report

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NI1600 Sorry, that’s NI800 The NI1600/NI800 came around again and I could not decide which one to do. Last year’s NI1600 was a bust for me due to a bruised rib from coming off my Jetski at 60kph and the constant rain. I was sore and very uncomfortable. I was planning to do the NI1600 but have had a bad cough… Read more »

1KC Hamilton 2017 – Is it Raining?

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Checkpoint 5 - Skyline

1KC Hamilton Start 2017 It has been just on three weeks since my failed attempt at the North Island 1600 ride due to weather and a sore rib. In that time the rib is a lot better but still giving the odd twinge when I pull stuff towards me, so I am hoping that it will not hinder this ride…. Read more »

North Island 1600 2017 (NI1600)

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NI1600 2017 Route

North Island 1600 – 2017 Saturday 7th of October was the day for the 4th running of the NI1600 (North Island 1600km  in 24 hours) motorbike ride. However, the week leading up to this wasn’t good for me. The Saturday before this I went on a Jetski ride down the Patea river to the dam. It was a good ride… Read more »

North Island 800 (NI800) – Better late than never

NI800 – Better Late than Never I decided that I wanted to do the NI800. I could not do it at the time due to doing the NI1600 which ran at the same time. I asked for the route just to buzz it off at my leisure. John sent me the route, the briefing, and an offer of a pin… Read more »

1KC 2016 – 12 hours of riding

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Hamilton 1KC (1000km ride) The Hamilton 1KC ride happened on the 5th November 2016 and was eagerly awaited. The rough route was put out shortly after it was announced so I put it into Basecamp to see what it looked like. Not bad with mostly main roads although a big stretch down SH2 at 80km was not too hot. Might… Read more »