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

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

A very sad state of affairs

I have blogged a number of times on why it’s safer to lane split on Motorcycles. On the weekend someone shared this really awesome article on lanesplitting, so I want to embed it into this post. And I have. Its semi relevant to the rest of this post, but just such a great article I had to share.
Lanesplit studies
Onto my true reason for today’s post.

Simon, and the faulty stop sign. I say a faulty stop sign, because its obviously NOT WORKING!!!! In my job in IT if something fails to do what its designed and intended to do it is faulty. As is this stop sign…why? because, no one stops!

No one stops

Why for you no stop

The main post I make today, is about my disappointment in the treatment my friend Simon has received from motorists, the universe, the law, and the system.

Simon is a motorcyclist, he rides every day, all weather, Upper Hutt to Tawa.
On his homeward journey there is a stop sign that regardless what route he takes, he has to pass through. It’s the only way in/out of the Grenada North subdivision, and is adjacent to/part of a Motorway exit ramp.

Earth view.

This is the intersection. Looks good from here but no one stops when turning left

Now whatever route Simon takes, he passes through this stop sign, a compulsory stop. Twice, in 5 months, he has been hit from behind by cagers that treat this stop sign with utter contempt. They just look to the right to see what’s decelerating off the motorway, and if its clear put the foot down…sadly twice in 5 months, directly into poor Simon, on his motorcycle, legally stopped at the yellow line.

Landed here

Not good

When he asked the Police to do something about this intersection, after videoing the intersection for an hour and finding about 40% of cars just do NOT STOP there, he was told; maybe you should look at not operating such a dangerous vehicle yourself’

WTF!!!!! He gets smashed from behind twice by cars, identifies there is a serious issue at this intersection with road behaviour, clear signage and poor visibility issues, and he is blamed because he rides a motorcycle. Legally.

One hour of Takapau Road Stop Sign

Now…… this is where I would be asking MSAC, our so called official safety council with ACC to step in. I would be getting them to abuse pseudo official connections at NZTA and have this intersection investigated with urgency. They had a massive project on about visibility issues at intersections, surely they would have some wisdom to impart on this…other than ‘don’t ride a motorcycle’. Surely this is exactly the very type of issue we have paid in 10M$ plus for them to expose, support, rectify???

Sad that groups like BRONZ need to gather the evidence for the enforcement agencies, and even sadder that those agencies suggest the resolution is to not ride motorcycles….

I am not one to believe enforcement is the most appropriate method to correct poor driving practices, but at this intersection, a stop sign camera of some sort MAY work as a deterrent, or at least it could gather enough revenue to re-engineer this dangerous situation to be safer for vulnerable road users, pedestrians and most of all…my mate Simon. I really like Simon…would be sad if some asshole finally does him in at this faulty stop sign.

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

The HOSCARS.

I always seem to write about a past event, or recent events, or stuff that’s happened.Why?
I have a great imagination (or so I think anyway) and usually have plans in mind for things that are on the calendar.
Not to mention the usual impulsive ‘lets go here, do this, play that, or get drunk’ moments that follow the flow of our lifestyle, I mean, heck we are bikers so we are naturally impulsive!

Having just browsed about 20 blogs and added 5 new follow links to my reader, something another blog mentioned piqued my interest and immediately triggered a need to write about planned and non planned events in the near future.

Lets start with planned.

SSR FUCK YEAH

Our Club, Sunday Social Riders, accept all and any for who they are as long as they ride.

One of the Motorcycle Clubs we belong to (to be honest THE club we belong to) has weekend barbeques at members houses throughout the Daylight Savings time period of spring/summer so there is a serious number of weekends with a planned event  to attend if we wish to and no offense taken by the host member if we are unable to make it.
All good, loads of great times with our dearest and closest friends. Respect SSR! F**K YEAH!

There is this Saturday Night when we attend the HOSCARS at Upper Hutt college to see what filHOSCARS crpdm awards Mr 17 has won with his efforts directing, starring, and writing in the schools senior media studies group.
At the viewing night I was stunned with the quality of the cinematography these kids pulled off, all mini Peter Jackson’s at heart.

Bronz RallyThe following weekend we have the BRONZ Biker Rally at Kaitoke Campgrounds, only 15 kms from home but a great camp out, party, feast and band fest with our fellow bikers, as well as a fundraiser for BRONZ
http://www.bronzwellington.org.nz
This being the 4th anniversary of the organizations resurgence into the political scene we hope to see some increase in numbers. After all where else gives you indoor parking, bunked cabins, and allows you to raise hell all night (as long as we clean up behind us) with 2 great rock and punk bands playing to bikers in the middle of a bunch of bikes!
Not many, if any…. (thanks Scribe perfect quote!)

Then, the weekend after THAT, we have taken off the Friday so we can catch the 8.15 sailing to the South Island and head to Christchurch for a 3 day adventure.
Kelly will catch up with her bestie from Australia on the Saturday, and we are spending our Friday and Saturday nights with Andy ( aka AJ, aka Santa, aka a good bastard) and a few other Cantabs we know while in town , (we hope).

So now I am thinking, as I write, that’s already a hectic schedule. What have I missed. Something….. ummmmm…

Ah, Fiona’s party on the 16th, damn we have the same birthday on the 17th as I recall. There is a club barbie on the 16th as well, and we will be pretty travel worn and stretched by then.

Now we reach the un-planned!

As much as I love knowing there is some fun coming along on x day at x hour, my inner child, still curious and eternally naive, kicks me out of the house in search of a spontaneous adventure.

I love just saying to my girl on the spur of the moment ‘lets go for a ride’, or ‘pub????!!!!’ or ‘drop in at BnK’s on way home (Byron and Kim’ we are the other BnK, Brent n Kelly)
BnK are also in BRONZ and SSR, and we go way back. So the spontaneous stuff, unplanned, is also going to pop up over this time period.
At some point there will be a ‘Lets jump the hill’ or a ‘Lets head up the coats to Mike n Cath’s or Bruce and Di’s’ just because we can.

I may Facebook or text a mate to see if they’re out riding and wanna jump the hill or hit the Gladstone Inn, or just take off solo!

That’s what makes life so much fun for us, things are always happening and still we find new adventures or friends and acquaintances to throw into the mix just to keep us from stagnating.

So if my first attempt at anticipatory blogging about the future still reads like a journal entry, well shit I did my best, thanks for your time have a great day and feel free to leave me your advice. 🙂

After all I am just a bogan biker who loves to drink beer, talk shit with his mates, pop the odd wheelie when there is no cops about and make the most of living in Godzone with the toys to enjoy it on.
Might be time for an off road bike methinks…… (if I ever get over the penance for the Yellow Ducati that is….)

StoneY