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Re: What to bring on your motorcycle tour of New Zealand
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2018, 05:37:23 AM »
That does fail to mention that we drive on the left.
And that you WILL get wet.  It rains in NZ.  A lot.
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Re: What to bring on your motorcycle tour of New Zealand
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2018, 08:30:50 AM »
That does fail to mention that we drive on the left.
And that you WILL get wet.  It rains in NZ.  A lot.

Haha, so true, on both accounts! Though not a Nighthawk, I enjoyed the sweet, kickstart, Honda GL145 I owned, while residing there for a year, with my wife. I’ll have to do some digging to see if I can track down a pic of it sometime.
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Re: What to bring on your motorcycle tour of New Zealand
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2018, 08:50:14 AM »
Ah yes, one of the standards that almost everyone rode at some point -- the others being a Suzuki GN250 or a Honda Super Cub.
I grew up in Hamilton.  Not quite so wet as Nelson but still pretty soggy.  Lived in Auckland for six years.  Only been to the South Island a couple of times, and never to the northwest or the west coast.
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Re: What to bring on your motorcycle tour of New Zealand
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2018, 10:57:13 AM »
If I can get to New Zealand and ride, heck, I'd go on a moped.

Seriously, I very much hope that one day I have a real use for that list....

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Re: What to bring on your motorcycle tour of New Zealand
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2018, 01:50:45 PM »
I have relatives with spare bedrooms and/or couches if anyone's heading that way...  Just let me know so I can tag along chaperone.


Speed limits are very, VERY strictly enforced.  Open road is 100km/h, almost always undivided and only a single lane in each direction.  There are a lot of places where you won't want to get near that speed.  And depending on where you're heading, there's a high likelihood of encountering gravel roads.  And one-lane bridges.  And tractors.  And herds of sheep.  And logging trucks.
(But at least it's not Australia!)
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Re: What to bring on your motorcycle tour of New Zealand
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2018, 09:02:07 PM »
Ah yes, one of the standards that almost everyone rode at some point -- the others being a Suzuki GN250 or a Honda Super Cub.
I grew up in Hamilton.  Not quite so wet as Nelson but still pretty soggy.  Lived in Auckland for six years.  Only been to the South Island a couple of times, and never to the northwest or the west coast.

Nice. I was throughout much of the North Island, South Island, Rarotonga, Fiji (Beachcomber), along with Eastern and Western Australia, but only resided in Nelson, NZ. I never did get to hit center AUS or Tazmania...and only rode motorbike on the South Island (and moped in Cook Islands). Good times.
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Re: What to bring on your motorcycle tour of New Zealand
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2018, 09:05:28 PM »
If I can get to New Zealand and ride, heck, I'd go on a moped.

Seriously, I very much hope that one day I have a real use for that list....

Roger that. I tell folks if they can get there, stay as long as you possibly can, as it’ll fly by. Such a beautiful country, incredible people and cuisine. Everything is photogenic and nothing is poisonous. Probably the closest thing remaining to the garden of eden, in this life.
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