A boring post like so many before

This post is just like many of my other posts, same ride, same route, just a different day and a funny set of challenges to get on the road. But I hope you will enjoy sharing my day with me, it was brisk, even outright cold at times, but mostly decent weather and great riding conditions

We all have those days when you have decided ‘bugger it I am off for a ride’ and you make that call and you get ya gear on and ya walk out to the bike…to discover its dead! NOOOOOOOO!!!!

Hooked up charger, battery expired light lit up instantly. Shit! First real cold morning of the year and the bikes battery has winged its way to battery heaven, to soak in hot acid pools for eternity…. or wherever good batteries go when they die.

Initiate plan; Charger Pack Run, jump in the cage and hit Supercheap for a jumper pack. Cunning plan… get it started and not stop till bike shop…. easy…right?

Home with the pre charged ready to go jumper pack, I get the bike running, sweet as, let it warm right up. Idles for ten minutes while I pack up tools, fit seat, crawl back into full winter kit, helmet, lock up…. Hop on bike, engage first she dies. NOOOOOO… (stand down fool!!!!!) the stand cut-off  ‘saved my life’ but pissed me off no end. Is there enough charge stored to start her yet..???? That most dreaded sound…. “Clickk..clickeddy click click…tttttkkkkkkkkk’ … nope! No guts.

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Instant start technology.

Back inside, unlock shed, get charger pack…tools… take seat off, start bike. Reverse order of process, get on bike, kick stand UP…. Now… yay I am off.

To TSS Red Baron, grab a battery. Day not going to plan….. sigh.

Installing battery in car park, total stranger asks me ‘that’s not for sale is it?’ …my GSX he meant.

Now….. I am studying at the moment, between roles and looking at a new career but funds are very tight. I named a price he could get me interested… and we had a decent chat about the GSX, other bikes, real estate and IT.  It’s a funny old world and non-surprising to anyone that frequents motorcycle shops and showrooms I would guess.

So at last, I am on my way and rolling toward the ‘Rapa’ to blow some webs out. Yay! Had to remind myself to behave, saw lots of five-oh about as well to keep me in line… (almost anyway)

Hit Featherston after a boring hill run with loads of heavy traffic  obstacles, and stop for a break at one of my favourite spots with a  facebook a shot of the bike in the sun.  Stretch, scratch, adjust, and continue!

Peace Garden

Memorial Peace Garden

 

Stopping later for another photo op get a call from a good mate saying he’s  in Featherston  but I am now north of Masterton so give him directions and wait.

Mountains

Waiting

KTM Arrives

Yay a friend….

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rest of the day was boss, lunch at Tui HQ, a fun run through the Pahiatua Track with a madman in a 4×4 Ute on our tails the whole way, towing a trailer at speeds I will not admit to publicly but man he was a determined driver…..
Stopped for comfort break at the usual spot, mine and Kely’s old church and discussed our homeward route, agreeing to part ways after the Paekak Hill Road.

Bio Break

Bio break

I will say this about yesterday, I found out I truly LOVE my heated grips (oh yeah they were not working after the battery swap, investigation at rest stop one resolved the issue, missed connection at terminals)

Sorry for such a boring entry. But… I had a great day. How was yours?

StoneY

2016, random musings

Where has this year gone so quickly?

So, update on my world.

Ducati’s rooted, sent it to a workshop that was recommended to me, as I needed some work done on it ‘urgently’….67 days later got it back with more issues than it went in with! Suffice to say this is going to the disputes tribunal at the District Court and the bikes now in another workshop of someone I truly trust.

So I bought a new (second hand) bike, a 2007 GSX 1400 Special Edition with low miles and in great nick.  Awesome bike, a little point and shoot but I wont complain. (Emoticon BIG GRIN needed here) she pulls like a 14 year old at band camp.

two up

Our Suzuki two up

Been on a major charity ride, but missed the second one of the season due to a bank error stripping our wekeend’s budget…sad, had to stay at home and missed the fun with my brothers club  Wainui MC (sorry bro) so will have to ensure we show up on Vinyl Night if I get home in time from the track day at Manfeild.

facing some decisions regarding career direction, wont bore anyone with these, but decisions, decisions, decisions… have got these wrong before, need to tread carefully this time.

leading out the crowd

Leading out the crowd

So yeah 2016’s disappearing fast. track day next weekend, first time in years, keen to see what the BIG BUS can do, I know I have the back straight sussed, but can I get a knee down? Last time I had a knee down was to give Kelly a sparkly ring…. 😉

Onward, upwards and ever positive, 2016, you are MY year and we are going to make it a great one.

StoneY

 

 

Why Taken for a Ride Again?

Why are we doing this documentary? Why are we asking you to help pay for it? Well read on and I will tell you why.

Softening up:

ACC are suggesting to the NZ Public that we Bikers, are, effectively bludgers getting a free ride. For my non Anzac audience a ‘bludger’ is a sponge, a moocher, a freeloader…. You get the drift.

ACC have initiated a campaign proactively smearing us as citizens, playing the numbers and stats game to make us look bad and get public opinion onside to hit us a MASSIVE levy increase in the future.

Easy Targets

Proof we are a unique consideration to ACC’s strategic plans

This disinformation is a clever tool, they are only telling the truth, but in a selective and accusatory manner.

They have released information showing that if we paid for our own costs, across every biker, we would have to pay 2,114$ for big bikes. They have never targeted any other ‘customer’ group so directly, ever! Not even when they stripped support for victims of sexual abuse or sexual crimes did they so specifically release any specific figure per head as a weapon. That they have done this must be regarded with the utmost suspicion as to motive

In 2009 we all rode on a massive national ride to stop this level of increase the last time it came up. We were being threatened with 500$-800$ hikes, because we cost so much. Even then they never stated a figure. Our protest by about 9-10,000 of us had a massive effect. A double edged sword. We got a lower hike, but we also have been seen as ‘blown their wad’. Its perceived we will never repeat such an effort, and the end of this Governments uncontrolled greed is coming to an end. So they are ready to take the last pint of blood.

I explain now why they feel its time they can do this.

They have pushed the very limits on their credibility as a Government. The last jewel in the crown to sell before they are pushed is ACC. They want to sell it as a running insurance agency. A very profitable one…which it is, and should not be by its design.

This year EVERY road user except Motorcyclists got a substantial discount because the fund was now over funded. If this is true, all contributors deserve a fair price cut. Us as well.

ACC works on the basis of all users supporting and cross subsidizing each other. Be it from PAYE account contributions, fuel levy, workplace levy’s…they have been overcharging for years and giving back massive dividends to the Government. To lay financial blame on us is inconsistent with the constitution of ACC. It is not supposed to be a profit driven company, but a fiscally stable socialist support tool. FACT!

Discrimination:

To have singled out one set of a group of contributors (road fund) is despicable. Whatever the costs per head are there are many other examples of high cost customers, that pay no specific contribution to their massive annual claims. 28 Million and change for cyclists. 91+ for Rugby (both codes) As best I can research none of these activities have any structured levy contribution specific to their costs, or risks. And I will say nor should they, to be fair, I am not writing as a hater of our sporting and cycling Kiwi’s. I am making a comparison to prove a point.

free riders

Not hating honest just comparing

But…wait screams the cycling lobby…. we pay ACC on our cars… wait says the rugby clubs, we pay on our PAYE….. so my friends, do us Bikers, and far more than any of you do.

I pay ACC on my earnings, on my car, on both our bikes. It’s a poor and inequitable model, and it’s exacerbated by the fact we are being targeted specifically for another hike judging by the language related to the motorcycle levy’s.  We pay, and pay, and now they soften us up with a tiny small discount of less than 10$, but mark my words a BIG ones coming in this Governments last year in office.

Good ole rugger

Rugby claims

Don’t start me on how much gear I have or never having had a brass cent in claims for any motorcycle incident ever…..
Stats Tool go have a play

We met the challenge Nick Smith placed on us back in 2011.Letting the government engineer another massive hike of our levy’s when we have met the goals set by the previous minister Nick Smith, would be criminally apathetic.

http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/new-council-targets-motorbike-road-toll-2011012117#axzz3pveYt47t

TV3 recorded Nicks promise here

Story here from 2011

And how to help:

The only tool we have to fight back with at this time, is this documentary. Please get onside. Help us find partners in the MC affected industry arms, small businesses needing some publicity, but most of all… hit the givealittle and tell every biker you know to do so as well.

StoneY

PS: This is my last blog on this one topic until the production is compete.
Below here I have a few links to relevant resources.

Our Facebook
The Givealittle
The Website

Enemy Territory

Taken For A Ride Again (Project Chapter 2)

That’s the name we have ended up at for the title of our documentary.

You were

Our old battle cry

Here are a few wee clips from our trailer.

Shaun Teaser

And………

StoneY

Not to mention…..

Web

Facebook

This is happening, hopefully all NZ Bikers get behind us and make an effort with a few gold coin level donations to our givealittle.

The details on that will be published on our FB and Webpages, it is going live as soon as the verification process is done.

Thanks for reading and clicking the links.

StoneY

9000 views and counting

The new project

Ever accidentally discovered you are good at something?

For me it was project management.  Not in the IT Project management side of the coin (although I am good in my roles I play in those at work) but just outright bare bones management of a big project involving lots of people.

Well I discovered I am quite gifted in this area back on 09.  Now the next project starts.

Checklist so far:

  • Ask the two or 3 main groups of contributors are they keen?  Yes. CHECK
  • Find SME’s (Subject Matter Experts) and a Production Expert. CHECK
  • Plan financial resourcing. CHECK
  • Poll financial pool via social media ‘will this fly?’ ‘Yes’ CHECK
  • Get project name sorted (Facebook post, name selected from comments). CHECK
  • Arrange webs resources. CHECK
  • Get web builder for just reputation reference and passion for the cause. CHECK
  • Arrange short film clip with important talking heads and historic clips as a trailer. CHECK
  • Get the kickstarter scheme under way. IN PROGRESS
  • SPAM social media with this project and gain groundswell of support for fundraising IN PROGRESS

I must say…. I am getting pretty good t this mass public project gig….

Watch this space and the Facebook page for updates on ‘Taken for a Ride’ the story of ACC vs NZ BIkers.

Coming to you as soon as we have made it, will be a short trailer. This will be a taste of whats to come, and proof we will not waste your money you are going to happily donate to our cause.

So yeah, watch this space or the Facebook page and remember…pretty soon I will have the kickstarter in place and I want your small donation for the cause, especially if you are a New Zealand biker, scooter rider, motorcycle commuter, racer, friend of any of the aforementioned, family, casual acquaintance, lover, GF/BF …dog…cat….name it.

We…have a story to tell.

StoneY

BIKOI

BIKOI crowd

Just another blog entry

Recently, I read a bit of a rant by an American Tourist who received a traffic ticket in New Zealand for speeding.

Arrogance and self promotion

She made a few comments that had me puzzled as to why this individual would:

  1. Think her version of civil rights as per her citizenship in the USA’ would have any standing in a foreign country, and;
  2. Call herself a ‘political commentator’ based on the fact she has a blog … that’s it… a blog!

One of her comments in the blogs comment section was ‘Not sure why this has not been picked up by more people, would have thought it would get more follows’. But a blog is hardly a column in the Washington post is it. To call herself a political commentator is tragically vain! Huffington post published her blog entry…maybe that’s a claim to being a journalist???

dreamer!

How arrogant to assume your rights in the USA follow you to our country

So point A

You are in another country, that country has a Police policy that anyone speeding, stopped after dark, stopped for things like running a stop light etc get breathalyzed as a standard practice. She was incensed and utterly rabid about there was no reason to breathalyze  her, she was only speeding, and had her kids in the car like she was going to drive drunk with her kids…. Made a big song and dance about how New Zealand is lacking any civil rights because of this action by a Police officer.

Well lady, welcome to OUR country. Our Police have the right to randomly stop anyone, anytime, and breathalyze them, just because…they CAN!

Gizza ride geezer!

Drive sober

She went on to say that she is refusing to pay the speeding fine as she is now home in the USA and its not like we will extradite her… arrogant cow. Stay there…we don’t want you back here again if that’s the ‘respect’ you have for our sovereign laws. If I got a ticket in the States I would have to pay it on the spot or go to jail as a foreigner, so she has abused our countries goodwill and bragged about it.

Point B (the real reason for this blog entry)

I have held official positions as the national spokesperson for a political lobbying group. I have been published on STUFF nation as both a contributor and just as a commentator. I have had my letter to the editor of a morning news show read out ion live TV and been in front of TV camera’s a few times over ACC vs Motorcycle Community issues… yet would I claim I am a political commentator? Never! The few people who do follow me would fall off their bikes laughing!!!!

So, where is the line between blogger and correspondent? When does the followers of a blog reach the point that the writer now should expect any sort of celebrity status?

Can anyone have a whinge online and expect to be called a columnist, political commentator, reporter, journalist, social media celebrity????? Like this fat whale who gets his information direct form the Prime Minister via back channels, then hides behind his blog like he is some sort of investigative journo, or that his opinion matters….

Finally he was shut up

Big mouth blogger

Recently a so called ‘social commentator’ who’s claim to fame is Mummy has a well-known fashion label, stuck her head above the parapet and got solidly nailed by the snipers of the internet, and well bloody deserved her serve was to. In relation to a family that tragically died from carbon monoxide Poisoning. The comment was related to Darwinism and in effect was both socially and racially profiling of the worst order. Then we have assholes like Cameron Slater, Whaleoil blog, I was very pleased to see Jesse Ryder knock him over in the charity boxing match. Someone finally shut his mouth in style!!!!
The stupid cow form the States is of the same order of ‘journalism’ IMO…. irrelevant self promoting, un-informed ignoramus with a high self opinion.

A friend of mine once had a poke at me when I made a joke about how many followers I could gain from one post I once made… boy did he put me in my place. I write my blog to express MY opinion and engage with anyone who wishes to discuss any point of view I wish to share. How many followers I have means nothing. I wont change my opinion or trash others just to get followers (unless its trashing Whaleoil! THAT is by design!!!)

So…Me… I am just a blogger with an opinion. One I like to share. I think that’s what I will try to stay 🙂

StoneY

Life in the Lane Split Chapter 4

Just read a brilliant article on lanesplitting and why its safer, better for all, and some of the legality issues from a US POV.

Splittin all the way

Are we hooligans or heros?

In the spirit of sharing this great article for my fellow motorcyclists, I have simply linked it here for you to enjoy.

Great Article here, enjoy!

Don't be an ass let us pass

Doing it

Special shout to Oliver who brought this to my attention. Stay shiny side up fellah!

StoneY