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Hi Guys,

Thought you might want to take a look at some photo's from last weekends ride on the Clarence Reserve, NZ. It is a stretch of consevation land that runs south of the Kaikoura Ranges on the South Island NZ.

http://www.google.co.nz/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBoQFjAA&url=http://www.doc.govt.nz/upload/documents/parks-and-recreation/places-to-visit/nelson-marlborough/clarence-reserve-conservation-area.pdf&rct=j&q=clarence reserve nz&ei=6NEuTYmyPIPSsAO2_sjXCQ&usg=AFQjCNG1lPAROfQPQIo0xHm3f_CAu_KX6w&sig2=u3WP5ol4saIwFDNAeTeJnA&cad=rja

The ride was nearly abanded due to heavy rain the previous week, though thankfully the heavens closed and the ride progressed:

The ride was organised by a Kawasaki KLR riders club, they are pretty loose on who comes on a ride, as long as it's got two wheels and you bring your on beers!!! We stoped over night at an old Muster Station Hut, you could see large gaps between the wooden panels and there were plenty of holes in the corrugated sheet roofing, thank god it never rained. We managed to get a good fire going on the night, allowing us to "chew on the fat" on a great days riding.

So how did the Versys manage the ride? I must admit I think I pushed the bike to its limits, especially on the one section which progresively got more rugged on a down hill section. In hind sight I should have stopped and turned around, this was easier said than done when the bike starts picking up momentum with the breaks on! Anyway I have managed to stay on, though not before denting the front wheel on the way down. The bike is in for repairs having the wheel straightened at a cost of some $300+ (NZ $) The tyre still stayed inflated throughout the trip and it got me home.

On reflection it would have been better to do the trip on a KLR or alike, though through the 100Km + ride, I never fell off something not all the riders managed to achieve
 

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Great photos Gary, hope you get that wheel back by the time i get there saturday. Check your DOC link you added as its saying page can't be found.
 

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Hi Guys,

Thought you might want to take a look at some photo's from last weekends ride on the Clarence Reserve, NZ. It is a stretch of consevation land that runs south of the Kaikoura Ranges on the South Island NZ.

www.doc.govt.nz/...and.../clarence-reserve-conservation-area.pdf

The ride was nearly abanded due to heavy rain the previous week, though thankfully the heavens closed and the ride progressed:

The ride was organised by a Kawasaki KLR riders club, they are pretty loose on who comes on a ride, as long as it's got two wheels and you bring your on beers!!! We stoped over night at an old Muster Station Hut, you could see large gaps between the wooden panels and there were plenty of holes in the corrugated sheet roofing, thank god it never rained. We managed to get a good fire going on the night, allowing us to "chew on the fat" on a great days riding.

So how did the Versys manage the ride? I must admit I think I pushed the bike to its limits, especially on the one section which progresively got more rugged on a down hill section. In hind sight I should have stopped and turned around, this was easier said than done when the bike starts picking up momentum with the breaks on! Anyway I have managed to stay on, though not before denting the front wheel on the way down. The bike is in for repairs having the wheel straightened at a cost of some $300+ (NZ $) The tyre still stayed inflated throughout the trip and it got me home.

On reflection it would have been better to do the trip on a KLR or alike, though through the 100Km + ride, I never fell off something not all the riders managed to achieve
Great photos Gary, hope you get that wheel back by the time i get there saturday. Check your DOC link you added as its saying page can't be found.
Thanks for sharing Gary and hope you get your wheel in time for the ride.

Safe ride guys.

:cheers:
 

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Thanks Phill,
Doc link has been updated, as I said earlier today, I will be pushing to get that wheel back for a ride with you on the weekend! You can see why they call NZ "The God Zone"
 

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Have I mentioned at all that I'm ready to move to New Zealand?


You are showing pictures like that, and meanwhile it's been below zero Fahrenheit around here! :cool:
 

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Gary, are you SURE that's New Zealand? I don't see a single sheep! ;)

Seriously, that looks like some great country to ride through. Thanks for sharing.
 

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It is beautiful there, the island of all terrains.
Thanks for the photos and the ride report.

I have to agree, if the riding gets that rough, a 19" wheel will allow you to install taller tires, which prevent letting a rock hit get to the rim.
 

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Great photos Gary
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Thanks for sharing Gary
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Damn that island of yours is pretty.
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Beautiful!
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You might consider raising the front fender and running a rear tire on the front

Have I mentioned at all that I'm ready to move to New Zealand?
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...that looks like some great country to ride through. Thanks for sharing.
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Those are really nice shots
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It is beautiful there, the island of all terrains.
Thanks for the photos and the ride report..
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You may want to think about running a rear tire on the front.
 

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Those are really nice shots; and cool to see a Versys in the KLR pack, even if outmatched on the trail. At least you could blow their doors off on the tarmac! Have you considered replacing the front wheel with a 19"?
Hi Element,

I have been looking for a 19" V Strom front wheel for some 12 months, to no avail. Things are very limited over here as far as parts go, especially when you consider our population is only 4.5 million, so to find a V Strom front wheel thats not been in some sort of collision is doubtful. It would be really great to expand the true potential of the V on and off the road, I know JDRocks has had some great adventures on his bike, and it has held up pretty well over all sorts of terrain. Would a 19" wheel have faired any better after going over the same terrain as the standard wheel, who knows? I think I might be asking a little too much of the bike, especially after denting the front rim this time.
The problem I have is only been able to afford one bike, I like twisty roads and the mild off tracks, which New Zealand is full of. It might mean a change of bike might be the sensible solution, hmm KTM 690 Enduro perhaps?
 

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Hi Element,

I have been looking for a 19" V Strom front wheel for some 12 months, to no avail. Things are very limited over here as far as parts go, especially when you consider our population is only 4.5 million, so to find a V Strom front wheel thats not been in some sort of collision is doubtful. It would be really great to expand the true potential of the V on and off the road, I know JDRocks has had some great adventures on his bike, and it has held up pretty well over all sorts of terrain. Would a 19" wheel have faired any better after going over the same terrain as the standard wheel, who knows? I think I might be asking a little too much of the bike, especially after denting the front rim this time.
The problem I have is only been able to afford one bike, I like twisty roads and the mild off tracks, which New Zealand is full of. It might mean a change of bike might be the sensible solution, hmm KTM 690 Enduro perhaps?
Could not agree more, I have the same concerns. The V is too heavy and I just don't like riding a dirty, dinged up motorcycle most of the time! I'm seriously considering a Suzuki DRZ 400 E for sale here, 2008 with 120 miles(that is what the ad says) for $3300.00. Lighter, more suited to offroad than on. I think it would be fantastic for the trails in the Ozarks. I don't want a KLR, they're too heavy.
 

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Could not agree more, I have the same concerns. The V is too heavy and I just don't like riding a dirty, dinged up motorcycle most of the time! I'm seriously considering a Suzuki DRZ 400 E for sale here, 2008 with 120 miles(that is what the ad says) for $3300.00. Lighter, more suited to offroad than on. I think it would be fantastic for the trails in the Ozarks. I don't want a KLR, they're too heavy.
I had a DRZ & loved it. Wish I could've held on to it got the Versys too. Maybe one of these days....
 

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Could not agree more, I have the same concerns. The V is too heavy and I just don't like riding a dirty, dinged up motorcycle most of the time! I'm seriously considering a Suzuki DRZ 400 E for sale here, 2008 with 120 miles(that is what the ad says) for $3300.00. Lighter, more suited to offroad than on. I think it would be fantastic for the trails in the Ozarks. I don't want a KLR, they're too heavy.
Suzuki DRZ 400 E is second on my list of bikes, just in negotiations with a guy who's selling a KTM 690 Enduro, along with an extra set of SM 17" wheels, might be my best solution to the "Best of both worlds" bike, though I must say, I still love my faithful Stead Versys, just hate to see it beaten up.
 
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