Wednesday, April 7, 2010

2010 Suzuki Boulevard Rally Napier

The eagerly awaited sequel to last years Boulevard Rally in Hanmer, this year we had the rally in the North Island, in the world renown wine growing Hawkes Bay region - in the city of Napier. And the weather turned out to be excellent with warm clear days for riding the slightly more than 400 kms to our destination. The plan was to meet up in Te Rapa - assembling at Boyd Motorcycles and from there through Kihikihi, Mangakino and Whakamaru to Taupo for lunch. We took some roads past Mangakino that I hadn't been on before - beautiful country-side. Probably in the region of 120 bikes. The reported total in Napier was 152.

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A little drama after our second stop when one rider dropped his bike on a corner while running a bit wide - that sobered the team up a bit but heading towards Taupo on that great Pohipi Rd across the top of lake Taupo I relaxed a little and let the bike have its head. I had stopped for breakfast at Bombay, where I gassed up - so I ran with the petrol warning light flashing for the final 30 kms into Taupo. Taupo ;lunch was put on at the Suncourt Hotel and Conference Centre - and well... I guess bikers aren't meant to be vegetarians so not much for me ;-( however I made do by pulling out the ham and eating more cake ;-)

The ride through to Napier had a little more spirit with some of the nicest sweepers around delivered on the Napier-Taupo Highway.

The gathering at East Pier was drinks, dinner and drinks with old friends and new friends - prizes and a bit of showing off - all good fun. Also a chance to catch up with buddies from the Cruiser Group.

Sunday morning I'm guessing there would have been a few sore heads, but by 10:00 AM with 152 Boulevard cruisers in Napier the cafe's were full of bikers eating breakfast and gulping coffee - getting ready for the ride home. I did a few circuits of town and having planned to go home to Auckland via Gisborne ended up retracing my steps (wheel ruts?) from the day before. However, once in Kihikihi (near Te Awamutu) I remembered the road across to Cambridge and headed off that way.

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I used to go that way back to Auckland from New Plymouth - you hook up with Highway 27 through Tahuna... anyway a great ride on top of a great weekend.

Next time hoping for a pillion.

1 comment:

JohnHS said...

The Kiwibiker pic of me waving appears in the May 2010 edition of Kiwibiker - albeit difficult to tell as it is in the centre fold of the magazine.