Saturday, February 17, 2018

Googling

I was mucking around looking at some of my pictures online and when I right-clicking in Google Photos I decided to check out the highlighted option below:


Google didn't find another copy of the picture (that's good I 'spose) but worked out that there was a dirt road in the pic.


But then when I clicked further down the page on "Visually similar images" it did indeed find a lot of similar images.

And the first one was even one of George's, with his Tenere front and centre...


Pretty cool!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Me leaving work tonight...

True story...


Picture pinched from an Advrider post that had pinched it from http://www.wilkinsonphotography.com.au/  Some cool pics there too...

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Waitangi Tag

Yes, today was a public holiday so no excuse not to go for a ride eh?  Well, I left it a bit late...

I mucked around all day doing other things and kinda ran out of time to go for a decent blast.  But then I got a notification that there had been a post in the Manawatu Tagorama thread - worth investigating...

Sure enough Phil had been out and about and the tag was only about ten minutes from my place...

Little Yammy

Rather than dragging the Connie out, the Tenere got the job and I also sort of got to try out the new suspension settings I'd been playing with.  Only sort-of as I've hardened things up a bit for a wee trip down South and I couldn't really be bothered loading her up with the kitchen sink and everything else I'll be packing just to test things out...

Bigger Yammy
Tag nabbed I then just had to go in search of a new one, somewhere...What must have been hours (perhaps) later I found a likely candidate and made my way home to see if Owl had beaten me to the punch.

Somewhere near someplace...
He hadn't so now it's time to see who goes out after my tag...

Monday, February 05, 2018

Blast from the past

A little bored tonight.  Then I realised I didn't ride either bike in the weekend (sob), so didn't blog either.  I did however, play around with the Tenere in the shed and I may have been browsing farkle-oriented websites...

Anyway, just so I've got something to blather about - I was looking through a folder o'pics on my laptop and spotted this photo.


I'm not even the photographer but someone else (manning a Grand Challenge checkpoint) nabbed it and I really like it.  You'll notice that the sun wasn't quite up yet so I'd done a reasonable time considering we'd had to ride around East Cape...

It was on my last Grand Challenge (no more Rusty Nuts MC, and yes, I'm still missing a year bar and 10 year mug) and was about 1,500km into the ride.  I picked up the lost ZX-14 pilot just out of Feilding and he followed me up through Taihape and let me chase the rabbits off Fields Track for him on the way to the final checkpoint.  Leaving the checkpoint he knew where he had to go and did a disappearing act - like ZX-14's are capable of...and I hadn't been mucking around either...

Anyway, enough of the reminiscing, tomorrow is a public holiday...

Monday, January 22, 2018

Time for a change...

...eventually.  And I'm not complaining...

On Friday night I finally replaced the rear E-07 Dakar on the Tenere.  To say that the Dakar version has impressed me is a bit of an understatement.


This tyre has done just under 10,700km.  The previous E-07 (not the Dakar version) did just under 9,000km and the one I replaced on the Vee made it to nearly 8,500km.  6,500km of this tyre's life was on last year's TT2000 trip where the bike was loaded up to the gunnels and hammered around the South Island on coarse chip and hard packed gravel roads.


You can see how the centre has gone but there is still a bit of meat left on the sides.  I don't think that this is because I'm afraid to crank the old girl over - it is possible to scrape the pegs on these tyres...

That remaining meat has meant that it's only just lately (in deep gravel) that the tyre has struggled.  I had no problems on the Waikaremoana Road where things were a bit damp and sloppy in places.  It was even still behaving on wet tar - perhaps traction control helps a little there.


Anyway, fresh is best so after the usual wrestle, the new one is on and the bike is road legal with a WOF and everything!



But hang on, what about the front you say?


Well, it's still hanging in pretty damn well.



I have a new one sitting waiting in the shed but I reckon this tyre is going to easily do its second TT in about a months time.  Maybe it'll be worn out by the time I get back, maybe...

Gotta be happy with these puppies, now I wonder if I can get them in Connie sizes...