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The Brass Monkey. 700 miles on a 66 TR6 #546397
06/02/14 4:34 am
06/02/14 4:34 am
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That time of year again. Gave the bike a tickle and got it sorted for the trip down south. You can read about the Monkey here.

http://www.brassmonkeyrally.org.nz/

Now, most of the bikes at this rally are modern so I have very few bike pics. However I do have a few random snaps that show what you can expect from this wonderful land.

First was the ride down to Oamaru. Lovely Victorian town built from local stone always reminds me of Bath. They have an event based around the Steam Punk umm thing. It's great fun.

Steam Punk HQ







So we enjoyed a few libations in the local bar before crashing in a bunk room at the camp ground.

Bit of a nip over night



Then packed up the old girl to carry on south



We like to take an un sealed rout through Danseys Pass. Due to a bridge being washed out we had to make our way on Tarmac. Bit of a detour involved but lots of nice roads and shaved a little more rubber from the foot pegs.

This little lake at the site is used for Curling, you can see the ice forming.



A wee bonfire is set up to keep everyone warm while the band plays into the night.





I am told the temp dropped to -3 over night. Did feel it in my sleeping, think I need better insulation next year. Woke up to a nice looking sky and a good frost.



Headed back through the Lindis pass. This is the view from the top.





Then parked up over night in Twizel, a few pints of Guinness and a steak meal. Bit more frost in the morning about -5 over night.



Then headed home via the lakes stopping at Mount John observatory, Tekapo for a coffee and bite to eat.

The road up and some random snaps from the top. I find this place more breathtaking every time.







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So thats my favourite trip of the year. Gives the bike chance to stretch her legs.

Rod


So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure,
How amazingly unlikely is your birth;
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere out in space,
'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth!
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Re: The Brass Monkey. 700 miles on a 66 TR6 [Re: R Moulding] #546405
06/02/14 7:38 am
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Have you rebuilt the saddle? I ask because it looks like the one on my bike, on which, after a fraction of the miles you rode, I began to feel like I was sitting on a brick. I cannot imagine 700 miles on that saddle.


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Re: The Brass Monkey. 700 miles on a 66 TR6 [Re: R Moulding] #546430
06/02/14 9:44 am
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Looks like a great trip, and a part of the world that most of us may never get to see.

Thanks!!

Lannis


I stopped believing for a little while this morning. Journey is really going to be upset.
Re: The Brass Monkey. 700 miles on a 66 TR6 [Re: R Moulding] #546452
06/02/14 10:34 am
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Awesome pix and the song Turning Again rocks. Is THAT the band that played?
If so, right-o! clap

BTW I keep forgetting it's turning all fall>winter down there.
After the winter we had this year, cold is pretty forgettable.
Thanks for posting, ReMog.

PS
I (heart) steampunk bigt

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"It is no measure of health, to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."

Re: The Brass Monkey. 700 miles on a 66 TR6 [Re: R Moulding] #546457
06/02/14 10:44 am
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Thanks for the great post and photos! Beautiful country, a nice bike, and from your tale, a trip to remember with no breakdowns! It doesn't get any better!


Down to 1 BSA, 2 Triumphs, 1 '56 Chevy
Oops,.. add 1 Sporty
Re: The Brass Monkey. 700 miles on a 66 TR6 [Re: R Moulding] #546486
06/02/14 1:27 pm
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Beautiful!!!!!

Thank you for taking us along.....Gordon (aka Opie)

Re: The Brass Monkey. 700 miles on a 66 TR6 [Re: R Moulding] #546595
06/03/14 2:39 am
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Stubbi, the seat is a complete reproduction I picked up from TMS. It's comfy enough that I rode the bike to work this morning. The wife has done 300 miles on the back and reckoned it was as comfy as the late model Sprint we used to have.

The bike had no serious problems, rear chain was on it's last legs and is now worn out, the exhaust rocker box is misted with a little oil and I had to lube the twist grip. That said it really did not like starting in the mornings, I think the fresh 20-60 is just a little to viscous! We kept to a steady speed of around 65-70 mph with the odd burst to overtake from time to time.

The Easy Hearts are a local Christchurch band and played an awesome set that wound up around 1am. There currently getting some radio play with their own stuff but did lots of covers to please the reprobates in the crowd!

Rod

Last edited by Redmoggy; 06/03/14 2:40 am.

So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure,
How amazingly unlikely is your birth;
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere out in space,
'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth!
Re: The Brass Monkey. 700 miles on a 66 TR6 [Re: R Moulding] #546618
06/03/14 7:37 am
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Thanks Red. Yours is an inspiration for me to go on a fairly long weekend ride with the BMAC and others end of month thru Wyoming and northern Colorado.


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Re: The Brass Monkey. 700 miles on a 66 TR6 [Re: stubbicatt R.I.P.] #546772
06/03/14 11:09 pm
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Great pictures, Rod. It's always good to see your TR6 out being enjoyed.

Ray


'64 TR6R Plus some Twins from other countries (U.S., Germany, Japan)
Re: The Brass Monkey. 700 miles on a 66 TR6 [Re: R Moulding] #547088
06/05/14 5:25 pm
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Rod, "good frost" lol! An eternal optimist me thinks. Such a bike and great pics! smile dave


66 TR6R Trophy
67 T120R Bonneville
68 BMW R60/US
69 T100R Daytona

Re: The Brass Monkey. 700 miles on a 66 TR6 [Re: stubbicatt R.I.P.] #547107
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Originally Posted By: stubbicatt
Thanks Red. Yours is an inspiration for me to go on a fairly long weekend ride with the BMAC and others end of month thru Wyoming and northern Colorado.


Oh DO post pix of THAT run!


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