Happy New Year and welcome to your first Ride On newsletter of 2018. Being peak motorcycling time, we hope youre making the most of summer with some rides out, track days and maybe even a Ride Forever course or two. Of course there has been some terrible weather with the dreadful storm in the first week of January. Theres a salutary story about that in this newsletter, but if the weather forces you indoors again remember to check out our new online coaching modules on the website.
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We hope you enjoy this months stories and, if youre going to any of the Shiny Side Up events around the country, drop by the Ride Forever stand and say hi.
The storm after New Year took a terrible toll on the roads around the Firth of Thames, undoing some of the work on the Coromandel Loop. Its a shame, and the roads will not be back to normal for some time, but you can check progress through the NZTA Waikato/Bay of Plenty Facebook page:
Get the latest news on Waikato/Bay of Plenty roads on Facebook
Saved from the storm
The value of wearing proper protective gear has been shown yet again in early Januarys storm, as a farmer riding between different parcels of land had a tree come down on him.
First on the scene was a Rotorua nurse who initially thought there was just a downed tree in her path. Only then she saw motorcycle handlebars sticking out from under and feared the worst. As it turned out, the rider only suffered moderate injuries which the nurse put down to him wearing all the right gear.
Read the full article about how the motorcyclist avoided serious injury
Shiny Side Up is here!
With Nelson and Waikato added for 2108, Shiny Side Up Bike Fest (with Octobers Kick Start in Canterbury) is pretty much a nationwide event. All the action kicks off in February, starting on the 4th at the Trafalgar Centre, Nelson. Next is Feb 17th at Claudelands Arena, Hamilton; Feb 25th at the Southward Car Museum, Paraparaumu, and March 4th at Alexandra Park, Auckland.
Its an epic day out, with loads of motorcycle-related action, displays, speeches from well-known riders and other figures, plus theres always a sea of interesting machinery in attendance.
Visit the Shiny Side Up Facebook page for more information