Sofia's Big Adventure, Version 2
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Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, (Both NZ new Airco assembled), Francesca, 2006 Vespa LX150, Sofia, 2007 Vespa GT200
Joined: 21 Jan 2015
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Location: Hamilton, NZ
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:49 pm quote
Sofia’s big adventure number 2 got off to a poor start when the weather for the Wairarapa was forecast to be rain 🌧 with more rain 🌧🌧🌧 to follow. Our adventure last year put us off that idea so the team rearranged and the Napier guys rode to Hamilton and we joined them for dinner at Madam Woo’s. On the first day they followed me in our home country. I plotted a course to Whatawhata where they gassed up and we headed north to Ngaruawahia, out to Waingaro, up through Highway 22 to Naike then out to Nikau Caves Café. We stopped as necessary to keep the group together and when we got to the café we found Tom (Red Howler) with his Sei Giorni finishing his lunch. He joined us for the rest of the ride after we had eaten and we headed up the road to Port Waikato. I ended up being a bit embarrassed taking the guys up there, the road condition was nothing like what I remembered and we were shaken to the bone 🦴 by the corrugations. One of the group had a brief off road excursion but kept the scoot upright and only sustained minor damage on the scooter and none to themselves. At Port Waikato we decided to cut and run to the main road, fill up at Huntly despite the extortionate prices there, then back to the motel. Joss and I covered a total of 261km from front gate to front gate taking 5 hours of travelling. We had Ant and Sue, Jonathan, Allan with Sally in the car carrying bags, Ariel, Dennis and Wendy. A great day out on our beautiful twisty roads.
Day 2 started again in Hamilton with breakfast at Lola’s in Dinsdale before heading to Otorohanga via Templeview, Pirongia etc. We were then on main roads through Te Kuiti where we topped our tanks and headed for Taumarunui. It was about midday and the BP was very busy so we all topped up again and we headed for the Forgotten World Highway. The road twists and turns and dips and crests and it’s all good fun. We stopped at the Ohura Road intersection to regroup and the wait was a bit long. We were missing 2 scooters and a car. Despite our location we managed to find out that Ariel’s scooter had lost connection between the motor and the back wheel, either clutch or drive belt had cried enough. When Gordon, also known as Dennis, and Wendy arrived we headed for Whangamomana and had lunch and a drink. The Tohu Pinot Gris was most agreeable. While we sat enjoying the sun Sally and Ariel turned up so they grabbed a bite to eat before we hit the road to Stratford then on to Hawera. All checked in and changed we went out to Rough Habits for good old pub grub. Another great day of scootering, the amount of black showing on our tyres confirmed the increased confidence everyone demonstrated as the day went on. Sadly, I leave the group after today while they head for the Hawke’s Bay and I go home.
For day three of Sofia's big adventure version 2 we gathered for breakfast at Someday Café where we all took our own particular poison. It was then time to pack for the final drive home, most going south to Whanganui then across to Napier, I hit the road for Hamilton on SH 3. Final gas up together was at Z Hawera and we said our farewells. Soon I was scooting along in beautiful weather with Mount Egmont/Taranaki clearly visible on my left, and occasional glimpses of the sisters in the distance to my right. I stopped just through Inglewood to get some photos and reply to a text before heading for Mokau where I had a bite of lunch. I parked Sofia out of the sun as best as possible and went inside to get some food. With that the phone rang and the boss rang offering work for the next day. Better do something to pay for this pleasure. I hit the road again and was keeping an eye on my fuel knowing that there was a decent distance between stations. However, I passed through Pio Pio with no orange light so pressed on towards Te Kuiti. About 1 km later it started flickering and by the time I rolled into Z Te Kuiti it was on solidly. I had made a couple of stops for photos and arrived home at about 3:00pm after an awesome ride by myself. What a great 3 days, thanks to Ant, Sue, Allan, Sally, Jonathan, Gordon (aka Dennis), Wendy and Ariel from Napier Scooter Club and Tom (Red Howler) from Hamilton for a great ride and wonderful company. Can't wait for next year.

(A compilation and slight editing of my Facebook posts to keep the locals up to speed on what we were up to). Currently I can't add photos, I will try adding them separately.
Ossessionato
2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2006 Vespa GT (Crash): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 2009 Yamaha Zuma 125 (Zoom): 2018 Yamaha Xmax (Max),
Joined: 26 Sep 2006
Posts: 4379
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:39 am quote
I wish I could have joined you guys on such a fun ride.

Bucket list item for me for sure.

My friend, Rob, lived in NZ for several years, returning a couple of years ago.

He left his Vespa GTS with me while he was gone.

I never made it down to visit.

Maybe, in the next few years, I can fix that.

I hope you can post photos soon.

Bill
Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, (Both NZ new Airco assembled), Francesca, 2006 Vespa LX150, Sofia, 2007 Vespa GT200
Joined: 21 Jan 2015
Posts: 1335
Location: Hamilton, NZ
Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:12 am quote
Let us know if you are ever visiting, we have some awesome roads.

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Safely home and washed.

Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, (Both NZ new Airco assembled), Francesca, 2006 Vespa LX150, Sofia, 2007 Vespa GT200
Joined: 21 Jan 2015
Posts: 1335
Location: Hamilton, NZ
Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:20 am quote
That went well! My first day below if things go well.

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Parked for lunch before the nasty corrugated gravel section

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Enjoying our snack.

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All parked near the coffee cart following our rough ride.

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Port Waikato at the mouth of New Zealand’s longest river, the Waikato River.

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Port Waikato.

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Gathered for the sprint home.

Hooked
2009 Vespa GTS300 S
Joined: 28 Nov 2017
Posts: 227
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:36 am quote
Thanks for sharing.
I be passing thru the week of 7th to 14th March on my run south to Chch with a new to me 2009 GTS300 I'm picking up in Northland. Maybe we can make contact.
Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, (Both NZ new Airco assembled), Francesca, 2006 Vespa LX150, Sofia, 2007 Vespa GT200
Joined: 21 Jan 2015
Posts: 1335
Location: Hamilton, NZ
Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:13 pm quote
Day 2 of my riding. We covered about 345km (190m) on a wide variety of roads including 12km of gravel.

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Breakfast venue.

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The crew at breakfast.

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Waiting for the scooter that never came - probably a broken belt.

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Our countryside

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My arty shot for the day.

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An absolute icon in New Zealand, declared itself a republic in 1989 after Local Body changes. Still have Republic Day each year.

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Lunch

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At our accommodation

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Vespa Gt 200 '03
Joined: 20 Jan 2020
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Location: Hungary, Pécs
Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:25 am quote
pigletpilot wrote:
Day 2 of my riding. We covered about 345km (190m) on a wide variety of roads including 12km of gravel.
it's a good trip
The geography is funny, in Europa is cloudy, cold, no flowers....
In New Zeland is sunny, good weather, flowers, T-shirt
Ossessionato
Vespa LX150 GTS250ie GTS300x2
Joined: 11 Dec 2009
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Location: St. Pete, Fla
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:32 am quote
Great ride. But...these pictures seem familiar. Have you done the this ride in the past?
Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, (Both NZ new Airco assembled), Francesca, 2006 Vespa LX150, Sofia, 2007 Vespa GT200
Joined: 21 Jan 2015
Posts: 1335
Location: Hamilton, NZ
Tue Feb 04, 2020 1:20 am quote
lostboater wrote:
Great ride. But...these pictures seem familiar. Have you done the this ride in the past?
Not me, it would be 35 years since I was on the Forgotten World Highway and then it was in a car.
Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, (Both NZ new Airco assembled), Francesca, 2006 Vespa LX150, Sofia, 2007 Vespa GT200
Joined: 21 Jan 2015
Posts: 1335
Location: Hamilton, NZ
Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:47 am quote
Day 3 of my involvement. Sadly I had to ride home the 300km by myself, but the weather was fine and the traffic accomodating. A couple of the steeper sections of road were daunting looking from the bottom but were soon conquered.

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Old building (by NZ standards) on our way to breakfast.

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And the one next door.

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Most of the crew ready for breakfast before the trip home.

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Safely home again.

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All washed.

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A very sad looking Conti Twist rear tyre.

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Vespa LX150 GTS250ie GTS300x2
Joined: 11 Dec 2009
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Location: St. Pete, Fla
Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:02 am quote
Must have been some other adventurer I read that traveled that way. It sure is a beautiful country you live in.

As for the slick tire. That is all good news since it means you are putting miles on the scooter.
Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, (Both NZ new Airco assembled), Francesca, 2006 Vespa LX150, Sofia, 2007 Vespa GT200
Joined: 21 Jan 2015
Posts: 1335
Location: Hamilton, NZ
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:40 pm quote
lostboater wrote:
As for the slick tire. That is all good news since it means you are putting miles on the scooter.
That tyre was on the scooter when I bought her 5 years and 11000km ago. I now have matching Metzler 7 teens. Originally I found the front tracked way more than I was used to. I have got used to that and the matching rear is very reassuring.
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