As previously mentioned, it’s the 30 Year Anniversary of the BMW GS model and I thought it would be a good idea to do something about it, so a spur of the moment idea was to ride the length of the country.

Having had a number of comments e-mailed to me and watching the comments on this blog it seems there is some interest, maybe more will happen once a plan is outlined so here are my initial thoughts…

  • The people who help the most have the greatest say in what happens.
  • The emphasis of the ride will be Adventure and Fun rather than something too structured.  By Adventure I mean we have a planned destination but stay flexible enough to change the actual route as conditions dictate.
  • It will be a ‘self-sufficient’ ride, you carry everything you need as there will be no support vehicle.
  • It will take in as many off-road sections as possible.
  • Some days will be short and difficult, some will be long and fast.
  • Camping may be the order of the day but each person can make their own mind up.  No accommodation will be pre-booked (apart from Glenfalloch Station) as we don’t want to ‘have to get anywhere’.
  • A GPS transmitter will be used so people can watch, and join us wherever they wish.
  • It is a GS Anniversary so we would prefer you are on a GS bike but the new Yamaha Super Tenere will be fine (as its heavier than the 1200 GS).
  • My preference is to start in Bluff and finish in Cape Reinga, only because I have cycled it the other way and would like to do it in reverse.
  • My idea would be to start mid November.

A possible South Island route could be as follows.

Start in Bluff and ride to the Velodrome in Invercargil.  Complete one lap of the Velodrome on a bicycle without falling off wearing full motorcycle gear.

Carry on up the road to Garston and head over the Nevis.  Drop down to the Bannockburn Cafe for coffee, then head over the top to Clyde.  From Clyde proceed to Roxborough and head inland to Lake Onslow.  At Patearoa head along the Old Dunstan Trail to Poolburn and then up and over Danseys Pass.  From Duntroon we head to either The Black Forest or Hakataramea, through the McKenzie Pass and onto Geraldine.  If they are open we should stop at Chequers Cafe for a drink etc as it’s a great bikey stop (on weekends ony).

From there we head to Mt Somers and into Lake Heron to spend a scheduled night at Glenfalloch Station.  Then onto Oxford (hot chocolates for all at Seagers Cafe), through the Lees Valley then onto Hanmer.  From there (and depending upon permissions etc) we either take Molesworth through to Blenheim or The Rainbow to Nelson.  From Nelson there is a back road to Pelorous and from there to Picton.

I have no idea what is on offer in the North Island so open to anyone up there with suggestions.  The above ride could be changed at anytime due to weather conditions and tracks not been open so flexibility to chop and change will be expected.

So there you have it, please post all your comments against this article so we can keep track of everything or Register your Interest by completing this short Survey so we can see how many are keen and what their riding preference is.  Click HERE to complete the survey.

  1. Colin says:

    November may be difficult for me but if I can I am in!!! North Island, I would look at Heading up through the Wairarapa staying close to the coast, cut across the Gentle Annie, Wind the way over to Ohura, out to the West Coast then North to Port Waikato. North of Auckland not sure of whats up there, its the place of legends (it dont really exist)

  2. BlogMaster says:

    Thanks Colin, the route sounds great but I know nothing of the area myself. Hopefully there are a few more people up North who could suggest a way to link them all up.

    I have mad a new suggestion on the blog, that is go North to South and finish at the Burt Munro Challenge on Nov 25th to 28th.

  3. Colin says:

    A number of years ago a bunch of guys called themselves “The Super Maori Fellas”. They wanted to ride Harleys (not accounting for bad taste I guess) from North to South. So they whipped out and found a charity to support, approached the media and a few other places. They ended getting a doco made about them and recieved enough in funding etc to buy the bikes and give a bit to the charity. They also attended a number of public functions and spoke about the Charity and why they supported it.
    I remember sitting and listening to one of them talking about it what they were going to do and how and thinking what a croc!!! However some good came of it.
    My point is, we already have the bikes, can we follow the lead of the best parts of their system. Gain some positive publicity for bikers (esp BMW riders and bikes). As the need to offset costs (buy Harleys) is not an issue for us a lot of good can be done.
    May be a bit of a big ask but I thought I would chuck it in the mix

  4. gsnut says:

    What a great idea, I’m keen on this ride (and the charity side of things too) my suggestion on the North Island route would be 1: North Range road, from Pahiatua Track summit, Hall Block road and Ballance Gorge road and out to Manawatu Gorge (all gravel), then up to Turakina via SH3 and up Turakina Valley road (mostly gravel) which goes all the way to SH 49, between Waiuru and Raetehi, round the mountain to do 42nd traverse (all gravel/track) from SH47 to Owhango, and I’m sure there others have suggestions from there.

  5. sam says:

    The ride sounds like a great idea.
    If it of any help, I have planned a ride from Ranfurly to Picton with over 90% of the route off road for another group of riders.
    All the best Sam

  6. Rosco Pennell says:

    Hi Guys, I live North of Kaitaia, so it makes a lot of sense for the ride to start up here mid November and ride South to end a the Burt Munro Rally at the end of November.
    I would be more than happy to organize the far North section of the ride from North Cape to at least Auckland.
    I will be away in the USA riding the Trans America Trail during August and September on my 1200GS.
    I can organize some good off pavement sections up here. We could group here at our place prior to departure.

    • BlogMaster says:

      Hi Rosco, that would be awesome. I spoke today with a John Nicholson who is going to help out as well, if you know him maybe you could sort something out between you. How far North of Kaitaia are you? North American trip sounds great as well.

  7. Rosco Pennell says:

    Hi, here I am back in Godzone, after an absolutely awesome ride through America, loosely following the Trans America Trail route 15,520 km’s, but I am now donkey deep in organizing our next High Andes Adventure in to South America in March 2011
    We live at Waiharara, which is about 28km North of Kaitaia.
    John Nick and I are acquainted, so I will wait to hear from him.
    I am looking forward to this ride.
    Cheers, Rosco

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