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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.

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GS BMW 30 Year Anniversary

Posted: February 17, 2010 by BlogMaster in Events
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Believe it or not but the BMW GS model has been in production for 30 years now so maybe we should celebrate it….

How about a 10 day ride from Bluff to Cape Reinga whereby at least 50% of the trip is done off road, and at least 50% of the nights are spent outdoors, in true adventure style.

Perhaps we can get each Area Rep to sort out a route through their respective districts, riders can come and go as they please.

Let me know what you think?????