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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 05-01-2012, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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NZ coldest bike rally

Have been invited many years to go to the brass monkey rally but have always been to chicken as this area has recorded some of NZ's coldest temps at minis 25 Celcius/ -13 F but the temp will be more like 0 to -10 or 32F to 14 F.

Will fire up my very faithful versys for this trip and the ninja 1000 will be staying warm in the garage.

This rally will take place 1st to 3rd of june and remember 21st of june is our shortest day so it will be chilly, if the weather is good when we leave rally on sunday and a couple of us may carry on as monday is a public holiday so will end up who knows where, it is Queens birthday weekend and that is not a gay parade but that day we all send presents to Queen of England.

Have got a good sleeping bag that is good down to -17 c or 1.4 F but going to buy a inner liner and a outer waterproof liner just in case my wifes cheap arse tent leaks.

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sounds like it'll cold enough to freeze the balls of a brass monkey
I've got the parrot and funny walk now I just need a sword & ship to go pirating
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No heated grips, no heated gear but my gear is good enough for a cold ride and barkbusters do keep the cold wind off my hands. Do not really take the bike out for long rides at that time of year so going to buy some winter gloves for the trip. Its a bit like owning a HD going on the brass monkey as its all about getting the badge
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NZ..Its like a whole other country!...lolol...Man kiwi,That would be like riding through Alaska with only a thong on and 1 sock!!!!!....your the man kiwi!
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NZ..Its like a whole other country!...lolol...Man kiwi,That would be like riding through Alaska with only a thong on and 1 sock!!!!!....your the man kiwi!
I'm not the man until i have completed the weekend lol. Just brought a thermal inner for my sleeping bag from kathmandu shop and order some winter gloves from a online bike gear shop.
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That sounds like a great rally! Cold but awesome!

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My coldest tent camp was in the 20 deg f range
My coldest dive was -10 deg f
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http://www.brassmonkeyrally.org.nz/

Brought a real flash outer for my sleeping bag, colour goes with my versys $10.00

The inner from kathmandu, on sale $90 bucks off so cost $70.00

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It's much better to stay warm than try to catch up later
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It's much better to stay warm than try to catch up later
To right, i remember freezing my you not whats off dug in snow on a army basic with nothing but a half sheet over medigging into rock. This happened same time Chernobyl went up.
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Heated jacket liners are terrific for cold weather riding!
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Heated jacket liners are terrific for cold weather riding!
The cold weather riding is fine as i do have good thermal clothes but its the camping as the temps drop overnight.
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Two weeks today i ride off into the winter to go to brass monkey.

The plan is to ride down from my home town of Timaru on friday where we have a room at hotel in a place called ranfurly then on the sat morn we ride the 35 km to the brass monkey camp site and set our tents up and freeze the night on sat night then a friend of mine are going to leave sunday morning for a 600 km ride over the southern alps to a place called hokitiki on the west coast and stay at a hotel there then ride the 350 km home on the monday. Not real big distances but it is the middle of winter and there is always risk of snow on roads and being cut off but life is all about having an aventure.

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The cold weather riding is fine as i do have good thermal clothes but its the camping as the temps drop overnight.
A little thing like changing your socks & underwear before you jump into the sleeping bag makes a suprising difference in comfort (a little tip from some eagle scouts I terrify on occasion).
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A little thing like changing your socks & underwear before you jump into the sleeping bag makes a suprising difference in comfort (a little tip from some eagle scouts I terrify on occasion).
Thanks for the tip, My main concern is making sure we pitch the tents out of traffic path of the drunkin fools as at these bike events there are plenty of the great hairy un washed walking around haha.
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I'll be on the opposite side of the world soaking up the sun and maybe a beer
I represent SOME of that statement, no more than two beers for the last 30 years
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My winter gloves arrived, feel pretty warm and think they will keep any rain out, will also take my normal gloves as they have kevlar and better knuckle protection.
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Bike all packed in garage now and even took the wifes chair.


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I weighted the bins before putting them on the bike.

Left pannier 8.4 kg's
right pannier 6.5kg's
top box 14.9 kg's with tent on top and 12 kg's without tent.
Me 83 kg's
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Why don't you strap the tent to the seat?
No need to put weight up high when you have alternative.
Also put the heaviest stuff in the bottom of the side cases and the light stuff like sleeping bag, clothes etc. in the top box.

Don't worry about the weight. You won't know it's there.
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