Touring NZ on my F3
Time for another touring thread. Last week was my annual round the South Island of New Zealand bike trip. Ten Riders, no route planned, no room bookings, that's the fun factor. We just check the days weather, pick the best riding roads and go until sunset, with the general aim to get to the bottom of the island and back while crossing as many East-West passes as we can. Then find a town with a hotel/motel. Never missed out on a place to kip..so far.
We are blessed down under with our Sth Island. It is remote, which means sparse population, which means empty roads, which means very few cops, which means ..FUN. Previous trips have ended in some serious speeding tickets but this year we all got home with a clean slate.
Down the West Coast has the best twisty roads, following the curves of the coastline and the tight never ending esses through the mountain passes.
I should have heaps of awesome photos but I don't. When the pace is up no one ever takes time to stop and smell the roses through the best bits.
First time I've ridden in kevlar jeans and I'm a convert. The temperatures were pleasantly warm. Might not look warm in the pics because most were taken late afternoon/evening when cloud cover comes in.
The throw over bags worked well. I had a long blat on the Ducati 1198S. As expected it had so much power it was silly. Surprising similar riding position to the F3. Same mirror manufacturer, a blind man.
1800km and I never got sore shoulders or any aches and the bike never missed a beat. Of course it also was the best looking and sounding bike in the group.
ps- we never spotted a single Hobbit
Happiness is a means of travel. Not a destination
Last edited by MV in NZ; 12-08-2012 at 03:13 PM.