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Moto Guzzi V65 TT


8th March 2014 at (1535 Views)

Day 3 Sunday 23

As planned I was up at 4 am and on the Road at 4.20 am out of Blenheim onto SH 63 towards St on the shore of Lake Rotoiti at Lakes. When I left it was a barmy 18 degrees. I dressed The ST has a temperature gauge and I watched the plummet to down to 10 degrees and I to notice the cold. I pulled in at the check point at the jetty at Rotoiti. It was pitch black.

Try as I I couldn’t get a photo of the bike and the

From there it was down to the SH 6 and a left turn heading for At Murchison I stopped at the Mobil to put on an extra Jersey and for a hot coffee by it was day light and I headed out of Murchison and the Upper Buller George on a wet however I was an uneventful ride to Westport, where I took turn towards Karamea. leaving Westport I stopped on the of the street for a breakfast of a one square bar.

I also took the opportunity to in the 5 litres of petrol I was carrying. My fill had been at Blenheim and I to be certain that I had enough to get back to Westport.

I headed up the highway heading for a points 3,000 at Kohaihai at the start of the track, the 2,000 point bonus on the way to Stockton mine 1,000 up the hill at Denniston.

I Westport at about 8.30 am north into indifferent weather. It wasn’t very far out at that I struck a prolonged and shower.

The road up to Karamea is The first 50 or so kms. are very forward. Then there is 26 of winding road over the bluff. This just to be taken carefully, especially a wet road.

It had been 4 years I had been on that road on the TT2000 in 2010. Then you are out the side for a clear straightforward run to Karamea and beyond. The last 3 or 4 were gravel but hard and easy to handle.

On the way back I stopped at photo at Little Wanganui, Seddonvile, the check point, Grand otherwise known as the Millerton Cut on the way to mine and then up to Denniston. the Denniston turn off the weather was bad and I was forgoing my 1,000 points but as I the turn off it cleared and up I went. I had up before back in 2008 on my Guzzi two up.

Then it was back into Westport for the most petrol at 2.35 a litre I put in the bike for some time. It was now 1 pm I headed for Reefton on the way stopping for points at Hawkes Craig Creek, at a bridge down a goat track. After I collected photo points at point, Marble hill, Wye Station and Hamner Springs.

As I out into Canterbury I noticed the wind and as I turned towards it became a very annoying wind. From there it was Waiau for a photo of the old … back out to SH 7 and then through road to a photo point at an in the forestry are near a locality Barmoral for another 1,000 By then time was marching it was 6 pm and I hadn’t done enough

Nor did I think I had enough points.

I followed my GPS through some back roads to Greta on SH1 to Scargill Leaving Scargill I that the wind seemed to changed direction It also to be much stronger. A gust me and I slowed to a stop to catch my it was then I notice the tree on the road. Then the hail came. I simply remained and sat that out.

Those seriously big hail stones.

the hail stopped the wind and I was on my way again stopping for a final point at the old County Council at Balcairn a little place not far off the Road just out of Amberley I was on my way to the finish at Hampton Honda at Thinking I was short a kilometre or two I out Yardhust road and back in and went to check in at the finish at pm. having used 1.5 hours of the buffer available to finish. I the only one.

Riders will still in after me.

After a having my down loaded and two barbecue I headed back to my sister in at Belfast.

Moto Guzzi V65 TT

The Trip Home 23 February.

I was booked on the ferry at 2 pm Picton on Monday. I needed to in at 1 pm. To allow myself plenty of I left Christchurch at 8 am for an uneventful up to the ferry terminal at Picton.

was followed by an uneventful sailing. I was off the as early as possible and on my way north. It was a run up the motorway in heaven traffic. My run went pear shaped at Bay where the traffic ground to a all the way through to Paekakairiki.

I stopped at for fuel then carried on all the way home arriving in at just 1 am on Tuesday morning.


This TT was interesting. I a huge amount of pleasure out of my route and then planning it It was also harder than any of the ones I had undertaken with a of very gnarly roads and a number of photo/check points.

All my time planning went out the window. The added twist was the crossing on Saturday afternoon meant that I didn’t enough distance on the Saturday, me too much ground to cover on the

Adding a little to my pressure was a problem with the Bike. The before I left I had a major done at my local Honda On the Thursday evening before I I noticed a smell and I assumed something had been spilt on the and it was simply burning off. the ride the smell persisted.

I to the conclusion that the radiator had over filled and I was losing from the overflow. I was watching my and there was nothing untoward I was clearly losing a small of fluid from the left had

On my return to Hamilton I took the in on Saturday morning. It was given attention. I watched the right side fairing removed to get at the which was full.

The other wad removed and the problem became the fluid was oil. When the had been put back together the service a nylon pipe of sort had been caught and causing a very small oil with a consequent smell and in instances steam when hit the exhaust.

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