So what's been happening? Unfortunately the bike trip to NZ last Christmas didn't happen. 1) because I'm slack an didn't get organised 2) The dates to ship the bike over didn't quite fit with the family commitments anyway.
However I did manage to catch up with my good mate Cliffy and babysit his KLR while he was away. Naughty boy though, I found that the handlebars were bent and out of alignment (after an off), his front tyre was bald on one side and he had a small oil leak from the main engine casing. I nearly came off on the first corner. How the hell he rode it like that I'll never know but apparently he just got used to it. Mmmm. Needless to say when he got it back a week later it had a new set handlebars, a set of bar risers and was topped up full of oil. Not much I could do about the front tyre on short notice though.
Anyway it was a pleasure blatting around the Wellington region again on a bike. I had to learn to learn corner sharply, at speed, up/down hills, on badly cambered roads in the wet.....very quickly. Lots of heart pumping fun.
Anyway I've been home for a few months now and I'm looking forward to this end of year trip. The family is travelling to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland for Christmas with the in-laws. As soon as the festivities are over I'm planning to ride the eastern/southern coastline all the way from Brisbane to Perth. I've always wanted to travel through this area but so far I've only managed Brisbane to Sydney and there's so much more to see.
So the next Crisis is going to be 99% on the bitumen. Originally I had planned to save up and upgrade to >1000cc adventure tourer (not that I would sell the KLR!). My potential wish list included:
- Kawasaki Verseys 1000 (tried to test ride this one but the dealer was being a pain, no demo at all but still wanted me to buy one!)
- Yamaha Super Tenere
- Triumph Tiger Explorer (I actually gave this one a test ride - nice but heavy and the ride by wire is a bit weird)
- New BMW R1200
- Acerbis universal supermoto fender
- Polisport universal supermoto fender
- UFO fender (not to sure which one)
- KTM supermoto fender (apparently it fits)