Posts Tagged ‘The Brass Monkey’

This was the headline in the ODT the Monday following The Brass Monkey and one must wonder about the intelligence of some riders.  It seems they ignored road closed signs and locked gates and in doing so put their lives at risk and the lives of the locals who had to go to their rescue…..dumb, real dumb.

However, for the rest of the 2,500 who attended they had a great time and all most managed to get away safely.  It seems a Goldwing fell over on a riders leg as he was leaving and instead of riding away he was carted away in the Ambulance with a broken leg.

We got down to a snow covered Oturehua on the Thursday and awoke to a beautiful sunny Friday the next day…

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A number of bikes turned up on the Friday which was a smart move as they had the pick of the site.  The locals put together an impressive pile of timber all prepped by the addition of some burnt oil.

Saturday morning saw bikes arriving in mass but alas the day was not so great with it overcast and we had a -6 degree frost that night as well.  From about noon the bikes really started turning up and it was great to see so many bikes, whereas for the summer it had been all bicycles.

Julia was given the job of starting the fire for the 30th Anniversary of the Brass Monkey Rally, what an honour..

Some of the entertainment included a bike show, bike jousting and some high flying bikers.

Sunday was a bit cold and overcast again but it had only got down to -1 during the night.  The first bikes hit the road as early as 0800 and most had left by about 1500, which was lucky as the next day, Monday, we woke to about 200 mm of fresh snow….

It was great been able to attend the Brass Monkey.  I spoke with everyone who had a GS about the GS Anniversary Ride and many sounded keen, even Gareth Morgan thought it sounded like a great idea.  So if you have a GS, then register your interest  HERE!

Great views at Dusk

Snow in Oturehua for The Brass Monkey

Posted: June 4, 2010 by BlogMaster in Events
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Julia and I headed down to Oturehua yesterday as we have to get the Crowsnest ready for those coming to The Brass Monkey who don’t want to camp. The road South was all fine but there was snow on the top of The Pig Route, Ranfurly was clear but Oturehua is covered in about 100 mm of hard packed snow.

This morning we headed up to the site of The Brass Monkey to see how it was and it will be interesting to see how everyone copes as the ground is frozen solid so no way of using tent pegs.  There were a couple of bikes already there at 0900, a Honda Transalp and a 1965 BMW R60.  Both riders had ice caked to their jackets and pants and were desperately trying to get warm.  The temperature last night dropped to -7 so good on all those hardy souls who are camping.

We have a couple of people here tonight but totally full tomorrow.  The Oturehua Tavern and General Store have a huge supply of bread and pies all stacked up ready to go as they are expecting about 2,500 riders.

It also dawned on me last night that The Brass Monkey and the first BMW GS occurred in the same year so maybe a celebration can be tied in when they both hit 50 years.