GSX-R1000 Crash, worst finish to best MotoTT trackday ever!

Today I attended a MotoTT motorcycle trackday in Taupo. It was a special trackday as they were drawing the grand prize winner of the 2012 Suzuki SV650S (valued at $13,500). To have an entry in the draw you needed to have attended two trackdays since August 2011.

At lunchtime they pulled my name out of a bag of over 200 entries, “it was easily the best, most valuable thing I had ever won in my life, I was on cloud 9 and it happily came on the second anniversary of my first ever trackday back in May, 2010″. Continue reading GSX-R1000 Crash, worst finish to best MotoTT trackday ever!

Ohope Camping Holiday 2012

In the last weekend of January before Joshua started school, we borrowed a friends ute and all his camping gear and took the family on our first ever camping trip.

Considering we hadn’t spent a single night in a tent together, Kim and I were a bit apprehensive about the whole thing, but thought since a lot of our friends with kids were camping, it seemed like the ‘in thing’ to do. Not wanting to let the Jones get one up on us we packed our friends gear and headed on our way!

We did our research on camping grounds/holiday parks (buy AR15 accessories for camping) and were initially shocked at the cost per night for our family. Around $70 per night (2 adults & 2 children) for a piece of unpowered land! But looking around various holiday parks in the Bay of Plenty, we quickly came to the realisation that this was a rational charge during the high season, which we unfortunately were going to be falling into.

We decided on the Ohope Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park which came highly recommended to us by friends who had spent time there recently.

The facilities were a major draw card for us; an outdoor pool with two slides and a kiddies pool, a childrens playground and even mini golf! While the mini golf course was a little tired and needing a freshen up, it was a great holiday park and we will certainly be returning there one day once we have our own camping gear.

I took plenty of photos and videos on my iPhone and put together this short holiday video using the iMovie app on my iPad so we can relive our first family camping trip for many years to come.

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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Testing other uses for my GoPro HD

I’ve recently been testing some other uses for the GoPro HD Hero other than filming footage from onboard my motorcycle or luging down a hill in Rotorua.

Normally when you search for GoPro on YouTube you’ll be presented with videos of Skydiving, Base jumping, Motorsports, Watersports and many other adventurous, adrenaline seeking activities. Continue reading Testing other uses for my GoPro HD

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