Lunch at Shadz

Visit to Papamoa on Sunday 22nd June.


We had planned a visit to catch up with Shadz on the Saturday 21st but discovered there was a Hot Rod and Bike display happening at in Tauranga on Sunday 22nd in a car park so decided it was well worth postponing the ride a day.

At the designated meeting place at 9:00am was Ray (T140D) Trev (500 Daytona Café), Rob and Selina (Rocket 3) and Eric (T150V).

We headed out the quickest way out of Hamilton through Cambridge and down the Hinuera plans.

Whilst parked on the side of the road considering Rays badly missing T140 Robin B (Harley) arrived to join us.

At the bottom of the Kaimai’s we caught up with Peter & Sue (51 Thunderbird) and Peter (Hinckley Bonnie). Rob tinkled with Rays carbs and had the bike running a bit better and we’re all off.

Over the Kaimai’s, gas at Tauriko and down the road to meet Neville (Hinckley Sprint), his partner Jo (Hinckley Adventurer) and Chas and his wife in the ute (hmm didn’t look like rain to me).

Into town to the show which was four floors of a car park building full of Hot Rods, parts and a few motorcycles. It was a good hour or more viewing all the treasures with Rob buying an axe (yes a good purchase but will it fit in the saddle bags?).

We spotted one of our members at the show, Dazza from Rotorua had ridden his Moto Guzzi over.

When outside just before we were to leave Bryan & Sue (Hinckley Thunderbird) turned up to join us for the ride out to the Shadbolt’s.

We arrived at the Shadbolt’s in Papamoa a little latter than expected, no idea why really as we more or less went straight there (more or less anyway). Geoff and Judi were present along with Brian & Jocelyn.

Geoff ordered in fish and chips, hot soup was on the table and some cold ones were in the chilli bin. What a great lunch.

It was a good catch up with Shadz over lunch, some watched a reply of the Isle of Mann TT other mucked about outside in the sun.

The photographic evidence was sort as we all lined up on the balcony, then it was time to gear up.

The plan had to change a bit and the bulk of the group decided to head home via the quickest route being back over the Kaimai’s (sorry Pete & Sue).

Trev on the smallest bike took the lead and set a great pace home.

No fog on the Kaimai’s this time so it was a bit warmer and the rest of the ride home was pretty uneventful.

It was a great day out on the bikes and as always it was great to catch up the Papamoa contingent especially our mate Shadz.

Thanks guys for the lunch and Jo for the carrot cake which was well worth a special mention.

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the ride it was a good sized group and ride over, Jocelyn said it really gave Shadz a lift so that is awesome.

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Shads Gentle Annie Ride

Waikato/BOP Rememberance Ride

Hi all,

           It was great to see a good line up of bikes turn out for this year’s remembrance ride.

The change of date from December seemed to have made a difference so I think we will keep this run for the first weekend of November each year.

14 bikes turned up at 10:00am to the meeting place the Waikino Hotel.

Dave on his Speedmaster, Chaz on his T00, Rob & Selina on the Rocket, Andrew D on his Rocket, Tony from Tauranga on his Rocket, Grant and Rose on their T100, Bryan and Sue on the Sprint, Trev on the Harley, Frank on the Thunderbird, Peter on his 51 Thunderbird, Shadz on his 72 (?) Bonnie, Jocelyn on the Thunderbird, Tracy on her T100 and Ray & Maxine on the Ducati.

After a round of introductions we left Waikino and rode to Waihi, gassed up and headed for the Coroglen Hotel as our first stop.

Peter on the Pre Unit Thunderbird and local real estate advisor lead the way with Shadz on the 650 following close behind.

Unfortunately heading through Whangamata the 650 Bonnie started to miss pretty badly so the bike was left at a service station and he jumped on the Thunderbird with Jocelyn.

When we arrived at Coroglen we decided to have lunch there and watch the multiple classic cars, hot rods and very nicely maintained vehicles drive past.

With rain looming we were off to Coromandel.

Shadz, Jocelyn & Tracy returned via Whangamata to see if they could rescue the 650.

Pete setting the pace again through the hills as it started to drizzle, not enough to put the weather gear on though! (well for some anyway).

Over the hills into Coromandel town and the sun was shining the sky was blue, yip just as we planned it.

Another rest stop at the local Hotel and whilst inside down it came, heavy rain black clouds everywhere, just amazing and where did it all come from.

Sometime latter Frank made the 5 minute call to gear up as he saw some blue that was in our direction of travel.

Kopu was the next stop and once again Pete set the pace heading down the Thames coast, this bit of road is always a good ride.

More toasted sandwiches at Kopu and the last group catch up as each took their own direction home.

We had a good charge home heading back out past Tahuna and Orini but maybe I should purchase a new speedo cable as when out setting the pace we passed two separate highway patrol cars.

I now know 5000rpm is 130kmp but the group survived as the patrolmen ignored us in our journey home.

Thanks Dave for taking some photos, much appreciated and Pete for being the pace setter through the hill.

Special thanks to all who turned out I appreciate the effort you all made, it was really good to have such a large group for this Remembrance Ride.

We will run the same weekend in 2013, that’s the 2nd Nov. I will put it on the runs list.



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