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  1. Kiwiscoot

    When all is said and done there comes the cleaning.....

    A great trip out to Lake Sumner yesterday. 100 kms in and out of the mountains with rough roads to keep thing interesting.:LOL: But oh the cleaning.....
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    17000 km review and list of mods/upgrades.

    I have done 17600 kms on my 2018 carburettor non-ABS model. In this time I've done river crossings (& dropped it in the water), mud, 35+ to -5 C days, torrential rain, rough roads and tarmac. I'm 6'4.5" 200lbs so not the smallest of rider. This has been done with no issues at all, just minor...
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    Come ride with me around Christchurch.

    We've had some lovely warm weather lately and those magical evenings. The smoke from the Australian fires blows over to us and gives us lovely sun sets. Can't resist jumping on the bike and savouring the magical moments. Short slide show of last week ends rides. Christchurch Banks Peninsula New...
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    Dodgy rev counter

    My rev counter will start to wave around at 6000 rpm, waving around to 5000 & 7000. Anybody else had that & a fix?
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    Great Facebook video of Himalayan Fun

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    Emission stuff and stock exhaust

    I disconnected the PAV (Pulse Air Valve exhaust air injection) on my 2018 Himma, however now I'm getting second thoughts. Here are my conscerns..... The header pipe and the muffler each have a catalytic converter in and they need oxygen to burn off the accumulated soot which the PAV supplies...
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    Come ride to Lands End, NZ with me.

    Well the weather man said there was rain in the air and the chance of getting wet, but Basly just would not have it to stay in the garage. Especially since I was away for work most of the week and it was confined to the garage. So I relented and let him loose on Banks Peninsula. Yes we got a bit...
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    Installing Happy Trails bash/skid plate

    At US$95 the bashplate is really cheap. Very sturdy 4mm aluminium plate and comes in two parts. A mounting plate that covers the bottom of the engine and a bash plate. All fitted up the engine has a double layer of protection (8mm/ 1/3" thick). Everything has really close tolerances, so I'd...
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    Useful motorcycle Hacks - tip & tricks

    Thought a thread like this would be useful to collect all the practical experience out there. Thought I'll kick it off with the cheap&cheerful handbrake for a motorcycle. Ever been in the situation where the bike faces down and you're worried it will run of the side-stand or stopped on a gravel...
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    10 000km service coming up.

    My 10 000 km service is booked for Friday. Anybody with input of what to request to be checked? Any hidden issues? I have honestly no issues that I know of.
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    Come ride the NZ Canterbury back country.

    Well the suspension was researched and studied and adjusted and debated. So the final proof of the pudding is in the eating, so in biking terms the proof is in a ride. Now not just a gentle glide along the tarmac, what would that prove, no it has to be a ride that tests machine and rider. So...
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    Checking suspension sag and preload settings.

    My bike rear suspension preload is still at factory settings. I could not find any references to what rider weight the factory set it to. Now before I start this I have to state that I am no expert on this, however the more I researched it the more I realised how important it is. It affects the...
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    Another great resource for planning trips in New Zealand.

    https://www.remotemoto.com/ I'll be exploring some of the trails.
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    Come ride back country Otago New Zealand with me...

    Thought I'll share some slideshows of my trip last December, my first adventure bike adventure Was a pretty steep learning curve for me. This was all in the South Island of New Zealand. Route was Christchurch to Fairlie to Ranfurly via Hakataramea Pass and Danseys Pass. Then St Bathins over the...
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    Bash/skid plate design and features

    Now I think the current bash plate does a really good job for what it is as it is just a bit of thin tin really. Mine is bent and one tab is sheared off at the back. I have made contact with a chap who designs and makes robust bash plates out of 4mm marine grade alloy. From what I understand the...
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    Come ride with me the NZ Southern Alps....

    So the drill of the day is....Head north from Christchurch...over the Southern Alps via Lewis Pass to Westport via Buller Gorge, then south down the coast to Greymouth...then over the Southern Alps home via Arthur's Pass...a lovely 700 kms for the day. Buller Gorge Buller Gorge, one of the...
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    The moral of this story is.....

    Don't get to over confident and think you can get the bike to jump out of a rut. Especially when the back wheel is following it own rut!! It all turns into a rather painful come down.🥺 Bust shoulder the result but had to finish the next 20kms of this as it was in the middle of no where. 3 more...
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    Great resource for exploring back country NZ

    https://www.adventureridingnz.co.nz/ A great source of info.
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    Kiwiscoot says Hi from NZ

    Hi, I'm from Christchurch, New Zealand. My 2018 Himalayan is my first adventure bike in my 25 years of riding. A great gravel bike and not bad in the rough too. Pity the rider can't match the Himma's capabilities, but he's learning.:LOL:
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