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I have finally registered after looking at this site for 2 years.I have an 09 650Versys with 20000km on the clock.My first bike in 35 years and im loving it.Done 10000km in 2 years and really enjoy riding again.Its set up for touring with givi panniers,large screen,heated grips,hand protectors,lowering kit etc.I did a 400km ride in pouring rain on the weekend got soaked and loved it.Ill keep you posted on more stuff later.
 

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Welcome from Texas, USA. Four hundred km in the pouring rain and loving it? I might imagine you schedule root canals just for the fun of it! And registering after only two years? Don't understand your rush?! 0:):grin2::wink2:
 

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Im at the other end of the country,good bike roads up here in the Waikato.Imdoing the Coromandel loop next week, one of the must do roads here.Then a week around Taranaki and out through Whangamona and back home.Keep in touch and ill help with an itinery.
 

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Welcome. Where in New Zealand are you? My son works in Christchurch. I am hoping to make a trip there and will be looking to rent a bike for a tour of the countryside.
Christchurch is sited on the plains so the good riding is after 60-80 kms of flat. I recommend the Arthurs Pass road, Hwy 73, and a stop at Greymouth for Fish'N'Chips. Straight off the fishing boats and a very generous feed. And check out the Greymouth harbour entrance during bad weather. The South Island has a spine of mountains running down it and crossing the Island gets you into the best riding around with the roads mostly based on rock and sealed with crushed rock - the absolute best - even better than up North AND with little traffic once out of Christchurch. Take a day trip to Akaroa - it was a French settlement and still has it's French street names with unique signs, and quite isolated.
You can return via Reefton or if you really want to cover the miles head south past the glaciers and return via Haast Pass. Great riding.

And Gday from Australia, Craig.
 
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