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    Handsome bike in ALL BLACK! (-sorry Frodo, couldn't resist)

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    Haven't been doing a lot of big trips recently, but went out for a quick blast through the Wairarapa (over the hill from Wellington) as part of a test of Mana_NZ's new Shvier 900.

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    We had not had decent rain for two months, but I encountered a little drizzle on the ride west and at Pauatahanui there was a great rainbow.

    The skies blackened as I headed towards the Rimutaka Range and I was thinking, "You've gotta be kiddin' me!". No photos, because at the summit it was 10 degrees (50 degrees in imperial currency) and really heavy rain. So heavy that the spray formed a fog a foot high above the road. So heavy that I had to let two cars pass me on what is normally motorcycle heaven. (But the Shiver never missed a beat).

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    John lent me his new Shiver 900 and he rode his old Shiver 750 to give it a shakedown before selling it. We dropped into the Gladstone Tavern, a popular bikers lunch and drink stop. The good folks even provide some spray to clean your visor.

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    We then rode back to Masterton, from where I took my bike back through the Wairarapa back to the Kapiti Coast.
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    So here are some photos of the ride through the Wairarapa countryside on my way back home.

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    I managed to avoid any major showers, so it was a great ride home.
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    Hi Frodo, I'm curious as to whether the low fuel light comes on with the 900 around the same mileage as the 750? I agree it looks a little porkier, does it have the appetite to match? Great pics!

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    Sorry for the delay - just back from a hiking trip. I didn't run the bike far enough to find out
    PM nz_mana.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee_750 View Post
    Handsome bike in ALL BLACK! (-sorry Frodo, couldn't resist)
    Well Yankee, not black on this trip!

    I had a family wedding up at Muriwai, west of Auckland, last weekend where I was also the photographer. My wife suggested I fly with her, but I preferred a couple of days away with my other girlfriend April. So I rode north via Lake Waikaremoana (460 kms) camping by the lake (in theory) then to Muriwai (430 kms). First the boring motorway north and turn east. Already I could see clouds on the hills and I had a brisk easterly headwind. What would the day bring?

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    The road over the Pahiatua Track used to be a dream biking road, but slips in the Manawatu Gorge have closed the main road, so a lot of trucks are forced to use the Track. As a result the road surface has suffered and care is needed with trucks over the centreline on the narrow road. Still a great road, albeit with hazards. Later I encountered several horses and two turkeys on the road.

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    From about Dannevirke it started to rain.

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    And then it got colder 14 degrees C (where has the summer gone?) so I changed into my warmer layers. I thought alpacas lived in the dry Andes!

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    The rain stopped by the time I got to Napier...

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    But ahead, the clouds looked dark and foreboding.

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    The road north from Napier to Wairoa is absolutely brilliant and luckily there was no rain. But damp roads meant some caution.
    This photo is at Lake Tutira.

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    A bite for lunch at Wairoa - don't ask me about the lighthouse in a town several miles from the coast!

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    From Wairoa I headed north towards Lake Waikaremoana. This is the start of about 95km of gravel. At this point, there was only a little rain.

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    However, the rain soon returned. This obscured the wonderful views as you ride along the southeastern shores of the lake (I couldn't see anything). And the road turned into a mudbath. This is actually not the worst bits, which were 3 inches deep in mud, because the "road" would not support by side or centre stand.

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    This is what the bike looked like at this point. I was pleased with the decision to fit new tyres - the Michelin Road 5 was brilliant for a road tyre in the mud and gravel, but knobbies would have been better! I was less positive about the idea of fitting a new chain...

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    By this point I had given up on an idyllic camping point beside the lake and a refreshing swim. The campground was not far away, but I still had another 60km of gravel tomorrow.

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    The campground manager told me that the booking for the last cabin (lucky number 13) had just been cancelled, so I was in luck. The thought of tenting in the rain did not appeal.

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    View from my window.

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    It was colder (9 degrees C) and only light rain the next morning when I set forth. Just north of the campground are the Aniwaniwa Falls.

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    The approaches to bridges are usually sealed, leading to many false hopes of reaching the end of the mud...
    Actually I felt comfortable riding the Shiver - I just felt the mud and grit getting into the chain, suspension and brakes....

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    Mokau Falls.

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    A fleeting view of the lake (without rain).

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    Later the rain largely stopped and the mud was replaced by severe corrugations. This section through forest was gloriously smooth.

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    Portrait of my "adventure" bike!

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    Maori culture is very alive in the this part of New Zealand. As part of a Treaty settlement, the Government gave the Urewera National Park back to the local people.

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    Further along the road.

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    At last the gravel ends and I could lube my chain and rinse some of the grit out of my brakes.

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    A decent wash would have to wait until I got home. At this point I had not heard about the torrential rain forecast for my return trip!

    Well apparently I've reached the limit of the number of photos I can post in one session. I'll update in 10 days when I return from a hiking holiday in the South Island.
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    Well, from one storm to another. I've been delayed by "ex-tropical cyclone Gita". Was holidaying with my family in Golden Bay, in the northern part of the South Island and came back (I thought briefly) to Wellington for work. The road was washed out badly and a date for my family's return is unclear.

    Anyway, a photo of the rear of the bike:

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    Lunch at Tirau on Highway 1.

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    Arrival at Muriwai!

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    I had rain for most of the 650km ride back home and so didn't take any photos. The rain was that heavy that a truck in front of me slid on a downhill corner and landed on its side in the middle of the road. Later I saw a car in a ditch. I am seriously impressed with the Michelin Road 5 as a wet weather tyre and it does pretty good in gravel too. Like most sports touring tyres, its good in the dry.
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    Geeeeeeeeeeeeeezzzzz... you know how to pick 'em Frodo.
    We're going away camping in the North East for a bit, and our forecast is looking similar. You gotta do what you gotta do. Plan, schedule, book and then... the weather. &^(%^*#!!!!
    Glad to hear the Road5 is all good. That's what I'm up for next...
    Nice photos, as always.

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    For what its worth:
    - 1536 km, 76.1 litres
    - Overall average: 20.2 km/l (47.5 US mpg, 57 UK mpg).
    - During gravel/mud part: about 15km/l (subtracting sealed section between Wairoa and Murupara).

    The roads were mostly damp and often wet (sometimes standing water) so I rode conservatively.
    Had Aprilia OEM pannier bags and Givi topbox so this may have increased windage.
    Did not notice any difference in fuel consumption between 91, 95 and 98 Octane (RON). Bike seems to run smoothest with 98. In that past I remember getting slightly better mileage on 98, enough to offset increased cost, but this time there were too many variables for me to notice a difference.
    I was impressed with fuel consumption in the gravel / mud section, granted that this was only about 95km. But this was mostly in 3rd gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frodo View Post
    I had rain for most of the 650km ride back home and so didn't take any photos. The rain was that heavy that a truck in front of me slid on a downhill corner and landed on its side in the middle of the road.
    Jeez m8 that would have me checkin my shorts as soon as I had a chance.....lol. Glad you got home safe n sound (if a bit dirty ...lol)
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    It would be a crime to leave the Shiver in the garage with such a gorgeous mid-winters day.

    I left home at 8 degrees C. Here is a view looking along the Kapiti Coast.

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    Then down to the Hutt Valley at a cool 2 degrees C (really appreciated the R&G heated grips). Then it warmed up over the Remutaka Range. Here is a photo of the WWI memorial at the summit.

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    A coffee at Martinborough - I wasn't the only one to have a brilliant idea to go for a ride.

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    Nice to see a couple of Aprilias across the road: old and new Tuonos on either side of a Monster.

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    As I stopped to take this overview photo, a bike rode past (I think a Daytona 675) - waaap-waaap-waaap!

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