Suzuki Trackday – Taupo, November 13, 2010

I got an email from MotoTT promoting a Suzuki Trackday at Taupo on Track 1 for only $80. I was planning on doing my second ever trackday the following Friday, November 19th, but this was going to be much better for three simple reasons.

  • On a Saturday, so no need to take a day off work
  • Sponsored by Suzuki, so only $80 instead of $125
  • Three riding groups instead of four, so more track time!

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My first MotoTT trackday in Taupo

Well, after much anticipation the day finally arrived. My first MotoTT trackday in Taupo!

Left Rotorua around 7am to get to the Taupo Motorsports Park just before 8am.
Being pretty eager to register and get the bike scrutineered. Continue reading My first MotoTT trackday in Taupo

The Fabulous Friday Funnies

A man went to the Police Station wishing to speak with the burglar who had broken into his house the night before.

"You’ll get your chance in court." said the Desk Sergeant.

"No, no no!" said the man. "I want to know how he got into the house without waking my wife. I’ve been trying to do that for years!"

One of our beloved residents in our aged care facility was sitting in the activities room and a staff member asked her where she would like to go to (being wheelchair bound) – ‘heaven please’ was the response with a smile.

"Just the other day I sent the girlfriend a huge pile of snow…I rang her up and said, ‘Did you get my drift?’" –Peter Kay

Classified Ad from local newspaper

09′ Suzuki GSXR 1000, $9,000

This bike is perfect! It has only 1,000 miles and has had its 500 mile dealer service.

It’s been adult ridden, all wheels have always been on the ground. I use it as a cruiser/commuter. I’m selling it because it was purchased without proper consent of a loving wife. Apparently "Do whatever you want." doesn’t mean what I thought. Call Steve. 5555-1212.

"I was going to buy a copy of The Power of Positive Thinking, and then I thought, what good would that do?" –Ronnie Shakes

True story

When my two boys were aged 3 and 5 we moved to a country town.Next door was a vacant block and beyond that a house where an old man lived with his very old sister. One day my sons wandered over and talked to the man over his fence.
Soon they came running into the house very excited.

Mum, guess what the man next door is doing? What, I asked?
He’s minding his own business, was the animated reply.The next day the man appeared at my door and gruffly offered me some plums from his tree.

The Centre for Disease Control has issued a medical alert about a highly contagious, potentially dangerous virus that is transmitted orally, by hand, and even electronically.

This virus is called Weekly Overload Recreational Killer (WORK).

If you receive WORK from your boss, any of your colleagues or anyone else via any means whatsoever – DO NOT TOUCH IT!!! This virus will wipe out your private life entirely.
If you should come into contact with WORK you should immediately leave the premises.

Take two good friends to the nearest liquorstore and purchase one or both of the antidotes – Work Isolating Neutralizer Extract (WINE) and Bothersome Employer Elimination Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system.

You should immediately forward this medical alert to five friends. If you do not have five friends, you have already been infected and WORK is, sadly, controlling your life.
Get help immediately.

For the kids

Q: Why did they have a funeral for the frog?
A: Because he croaked.

Q: Why did the ox lose his job on the farm?
A: Because he couldn’t take a yoke.

Q: Why are movie stars so cool?
A: Because they have so many fans.

Q: Who earns a living driving customers away?
A: A taxi driver.

A little known fact…. The first testicular guard "Cup" was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. It took 100 years for men to realize that the brain is also important.

A mission statement is defined as "a long, awkward sentence that demonstrates management’s inability to think clearly."
All good companies have one.

"The next great civilization to arise was Ancient Greece, which came up with an exciting new governing concept called "democracy," from the Greek words dem, meaning "everybody gets to vote," and ocracy, meaning "except, of course women, slaves and poor people." -Dave Barry

The Pope and Kevin Rudd (Prime Minister) are on the same stage in front of a huge crowd, at the AFL Grand Final.

The Pope leaned towards Rudd and said,"Do you know that with one little movement of my hand I can make every person in this crowd go wild with joy? This joy will not be a momentary display, like those believers in a football match, but go deep into their hearts, and they’ll forever speak of this day and rejoice!"

Rudd replied, "I seriously doubt that. With one little wave of your hand? Show me." So the Pope backhanded the prime minister.

A wife comes in and yells, "Honey! Pack your clothes! I just won the lottery!" Her husband yells back, "But what should I pack?"


We took the family to one of those restaurants where the walls are plastered with movie memorabilia. I went off to see the hostess about reserving a table. When I returned, I found my 11-year-old daughter staring at a poster of Superman standing in a phone booth. She looked puzzled.
"She doesn’t know who Superman is?" I whispered to my husband.

"Worse," he replied. "She doesn’t know what a phone booth is."

Desperate for a Halloween costume to wear to a party, my 43-year-old daughter had an inspired idea. She put on a slinky black dress, fishnet stockings and balanced a small tabletop on her head. On it was a lamp, a champagne glass and an ashtray with two cigarette butts. She went as a one-night stand. And won first prize.

An elderly parish priest was tending his garden near a convent when a passerby stopped to inquire after the priest’s much-loved roses.

"Not bad," said the priest, "but they suffer from a disease peculiar to this area known as the black death."

"What on earth is that?" asked the passerby, anxious to increase his garden knowledge.

"Nuns with scissors."

Quasimodo goes to a doctor for his annual checkup.

"I think something is wrong with your back," the doctor says.

"What makes you say that?" Quasimodo asks.

"I don’t know," the doctor replies. "It’s just a hunch."

2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7

Made a special trip away from the office today, I hoped on an Intercity bus in Rotorua at 8:30am and headed to Auckland. I did this to pick up a Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7 (2007) motorcycle from Haldane’s motorcycles in Penrose, Auckland.

My first impressions were damn!, this thing looks mean as and sounds ever better!

My first ride was 100m down the road to fill up the 17 litre tank for the trip back to Rotorua. The noise this thing makes is incredible, it’s hard to believe this thing is legal.

After a quick top up it was back onto the road making sure to put my earplugs in first so as to reduce the damage to my ear canals!

The ride back to Rotorua was great, the weather was fantastic, the traffic was minimal but there where heaps of police around. Mind you I wasn’t going to be stupid on my brand new bike that has 162bhp at the rear wheel. I’ve been told by the guys at AMPS who dyno’d it last September that it creates 77ft lbs of torque.

I’m glad I had my ear plugs in as this is makes quite a noise. The exhaust is a Taylormade and is obviously very unrestrictive as it doesn’t take any prisoners.

Rotorua lakeside




The Taylormade underbelly exhaust


UPDATE: One of my photos I loaded to was featured as the ‘Photo of the Day’ for September 11, 2009. homepage 11-09-09

Visit to see all the photos I’ve loaded of all the bikes I’ve owned.

My new scooter Photos Audio

So the family and I were off to Hamilton today for a birthday and xmas shop for all of Joshuas’ cousins. I was on the look out for a new scooter to get around in Rotorua.
After selling Kims’ Honda Prelude last Monday over Trademe, it was time for another two wheeled powered motorcycle. But because I didn’t think I could of got a decent (smart) second hand motorcycle for $2500, I decided a scooter would be wicked buzz to own.
After test riding a Vmoto Monaco 125 and a Suzuki UZ 125, I was much more impressed with the performance and handling of the Suzuki, which didn’t surprise me, after all I have a bias towards Suzuki after owning two Suzuki GSXR 750’s in the past (1988 J & 1998 WN)

A bit of a step down I must admit from a 750cc Sport Bike, but I was surprised upon our 100+ km journey home to be cruzing along at 100 km/h (just). I wont be making any long journeys on it like that again in a hurry. It’s going to be the bees knees for blasting around town though. It’s pretty quick off the line and the exhaust note sounds pretty sweet too, quite throaty, especially under engine braking.

This scooter comes packed with features:

  • Powerful fuel-injected single cylinder four-stroke motor with automatic CVT drive. Just twist and go.
  • Easy push-button electric start with kick-start back up.
  • Built-in audible anti theft alarm linked to key operated steering lock mechanism.
  • Front glove box and locking helmet hook.
  • A shutter over the keyhole also prevents tampering and theft.
  • Large under-seat storage will hold most full size helmets.
  • 12 volt under-seat power outlet for charging cellphones.

Engine type Fuel injected 1-cylinder 4-stroke SOHC
Displacement: 124cm3
Bore x stroke: 53.5mm x 55.2mm
Compression ratio: 10.0:1
Starter system: Electric & kick-start
Cooling system: Forced air cooling
Transmission: Stepless, V-belt automatic
Overall length: 1,750mm
Overall width: 635mm
Overall height: 1,030mm
Wheelbase: 1,235mm
Ground clearance: 120mm
Dry weight: 94kg
Suspension front: Telescopic fork
Suspension rear: Swingarm, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes front: 220mm Disc
Brakes rear: 130mm drum
Tyres front: 90/90-10 50J
Tyres rear: 100/90-10 56J
Ignition type: CDI/Battery
Fuel tank: 6.0 litres

Listen to it Startup…

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One Year to the Day Photos

Well it is now one year to the day, that I sold my 1998 Suzuki GSX-R750 sports bike.

It was Easter weekend 2006, an interesting time our life, Kim was pregnant with Joshua at around 16 weeks and we only owned the bike and Kim’s compact two door 1991 Honda Prelude with little room in the backseat for anything, let alone a baby capsule, and don’t get me started on the boot size of that thing, it was pathetic.
We had the need, and it was no longer for speed! – it was for child safety and luggage size!

So I made the decision to put the bike on the market, thinking that it would take a while to sell.
Well not even a week after my listing was up on TradeMe, I got a call from a Papamoa resident wanting to come over and ‘have a look’. After a quick inspection, we was off on a test ride with his wife and young son waiting behind. The time seamed to stand still as I waited for him to return from his ride.

Upon his return he offered me my asking price in cash, so I took a few minutes to consider the repercussions of not having a motorcycle to go for liberating rides around all of the bay of plenty during sunny afternoons and weekends.
Thinking of the future with Joshua, it had to be done as we needed to invest in a larger car to carry baby stuff, and I knew this but didn’t want to admit it. So I accepted his offer and he rode the bike away moments later.

It was perfect timing really as we had found the Legnum on TradeMe days before and selling the bike aloud us to purchase this car at a bargain price, and it’s been a little gem, we can’t imagine not having a car with a reasonable sized boot anymore.

These are the last few photos I took of my bike before I sold it.

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I have got my eyes set on a newer model of the GSXR750 and one day soon, I’ll get on the road again.