Bandit Rider: First Service

 …and a pootle

In some way it took me practically two weeks to get the T7 close to it is first service however on Saturday I used to be booked in to get the deed finished.

Desirous to be there by 9am, I left house at about 6:45 and obtained to check out the 4 LED’s protruding the entrance of the bike – sure, they work simply superb!

After a fairly potter right down to Waikanae, I finished in to choose up a KTM rider and off we went, pointing the bikes to the just lately opened Transmission Gully to check out the brand new street.  Effectively, after a heap of delays it was good to see that it is a pretty first rate strip of tar that may save motorists a good bit of time stepping into Wellington.  There have been just a few others out making an attempt the street, together with some boys in blue and an inexpensive line up of Ferrari’s, Porsches, Audi’s, Maclaren’s and the like – all zipping alongside on the ridiculous tempo of 100km/h.

Ditching the brand new street, we turned off onto the Haywards to make our means over to the Hutt.  Alongside the way in which we rode previous an enormous gaggle of T7’s turning out of Moonshine Valley the place some fool went path driving as soon as.  Colin and I believe that they have been all a part of the orgainised Tenere tour on over the few days prior.  Ross was in all probability in there someplace.

Ten minutes or so later we have been on the bike store and the bike was quickly being seen too.

Whereas we have been ready we spent the time chatting to Mac and trying out the store.  We additionally met one other bloke with good style – his T7 nonetheless has just a few ok’s to go earlier than it is first service – hope he types that out pronto 😉

As soon as the bike was completed, we zoomed off to get some gas after which popped over the hill to Featherston in the hunt for brekkie.  This proved futile and I even found a bakery that did not deserve the identify – no pies!  Again onto the bikes we went.

Ultimately we stopped in Masterton the place we discovered a restaurant we hadn’t been to shortly and truly obtained a pleasant breakfast lunch.

After lunch we took off Route 52 and made our solution to Tiraumea by way of the quick little bit of gravel on Bartons Street which after a little bit of drying out throughout the week was a barely completely different ball recreation than simply 6 days in the past – it wasn’t as laborious packed and the bikes moved round a bit extra on the marbles.

North of Tiraumea, we turned East to make our means by means of the Waihoki Valley – certainly one of our common stretches of enjoyable gravel.  The street right here positively had had some climate with even the primary part by means of to Huia Street exhibiting the odd damp and slippery patch.  Stopping on the turn-off, we each agreed that Spur Street would possibly find yourself being “fascinating”.

And sure, it was…

After stopping on the typical spot, we dropped again down the opposite facet and made our means by means of some extra slippery stuff and out to the Coast Street turn-off.

There we stopped briefly and traded bikes in order that Colin may pattern a top quality machine 😉 and I may see what the orange attraction was all about.  Really, we each loved evaluating the bikes and it gave us one thing to speak about after we stopped in Pongaroa for a drink and a snack.

Ultimately we needed to make our means house so we took the seal so far as Millers Street the place we obtained to style a tiny little bit of gravel earlier than making our means by means of Hopelands to Woodville after which again over the Saddle to my place for an additional espresso at my place.

One other nice little trip on the brand new bike and sure, I am actually having fun with it – it’s so simple to trip pretty shortly on gravel and has fairly good manners on the seal as effectively 👍

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