Monday, December 23


KIWI Rider is planning on running a Road Trial in the first week of February, between the MV Agusta Classic race meeting at Taupo on February 1-2 and the Triumph Classic Racing Festival at Hampton Downs on February 7-9.

Kiwi Rider is the pioneer of Adventure Riding in New Zealand, starting with the first KR 500 event in 1988.  The first Kiwi Rider 500s incorporated public road courses that entrants followed using route sheet instructions.

Now magazine Publisher Pete McPhee is considering running a road-only event to cater for Veteran, Vintage, Classic and modern motorcycles.

"The idea is to have a pleasant two or three day meander from Taupo through the Waikato and eventually ending up at Hampton Downs," says McPhee.

"We will route sheet a course that will use mostly secondary country roads, avoiding main highways as much as possible," McPhee says.

"The idea is to let people enjoy riding their old motorcycles through some interesting countryside at a sedate pace, with stops for morning and afternoon tea as well as a lunch break.  We are looking at time controls as well to make sure the riders keep to an average of around 50 km/h, at the most.  At this stage we'd like to hear from anyone who is interested in taking part in such an event."

If there is sufficient interest, Kiwi Rider would have a back-up vehicle follow the route, with penalty points against riders who break down.

"Reliability will definitely be the name of the game," adds McPhee.

To register your interest, email:  right away.

We'd love to hear from anyone interested in taking part.