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Here’s a recent tour of the North Island on DualSports, from SweetandStickyFilms

First Ride on the Books- Submitted Trip Report

Hello fellow riders,

Some notes from one who has, to those who have yet to….
DO IT !!!!
The roads are fine on anything from a 250 to a GSA.  They are well maintained and with the map from Campbell River Search and Rescue (see site for availability) and your GPS as a route planner and guide, you will be certain of your location at all times.  Fuel range minimum is 200 km.  Start each day with a full tank (12l) and even the heaviest wrist will be OK.  
Pack light –  these roads beg to be ridden hard.  I was on my 690 and the grin factor far exceeded the pucker factor.  Nice fast sweepers in the woods, long loose ascents to incredible views followed by slower lakeside riding to take in the scenery.  I rode standing for 3/4 of the trip. Any tire with open block tread is fine.  The knobbier the tire, the better as some sections have a surface mud skim on them. I ran with 22 lb. front and 20 in the rear on Moto-z’s.  Wear was negligible.  
Camp sites are abundant and easily accessed by a pursuit / camping vehicle to meet you at the end of each day if that is part of your plan.  Fresh drinking water from Mother Nature is everywhere.  
Prepare for rain and dust on the same day.  Seal everything in drysacks.  I wore my Arai full face with the clear shield in place.  I would go with goggles on hotter days. Enduro boots, knee pads, padded hip riding pants and a jacket with back, shoulder and elbow pads are a must.  I witnessed the ultimate low speed get off that would have been disastrous had it not been for these items.
Bring your Sena as communicating to your fellow riders about approaching logging trucks, road sinkholes, bears and other hazards is almost a necessity. 
Give yourself lots of time to do relatively few km’s.  You will want to stop every 1/2 hour or so to check out the views, walk through a cave system, explore a mine or jump in a hidden pool.  There are treasures everywhere to be found. 
 
I’ve been known to travel all over God’s green earth to find high speed, scenic and ‘No Rules’ roads.  Incredible to realize that they were always in my extended back yard.  ENJOY !!!
 
Cheers,
Mike H.