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4 Feb 2015

December Newsletter 2014

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You can download the full December newsletter as a PDF

TTAG Newsletter December 14

Presidents Report;

Hi TTAG club members.

Our Xmas party has come and gone with a bang, more fireworks, plenty of happy children. The band rocked our fire drum glowed, and quite a lot of dancing took place.

Sorry if you missed the party.

Michael had some good news for us at our committee meeting, our Rally ran at a profit of several thousand dollars. This was a surprise to all as we had expected to run our 20th at a loss.

Well done to everybody for putting in the effort. 1,200 paying customers through the gate.

At the meeting we passed a few of our annual donations, including, Rescue helicopter, Saint Johns, Timaru, Temuka and Geraldine food banks. We also supported the Bronz toy run appeal

On Sunday with a donation.

This newsletter will not be up to the usual standard as Maxine has tipped out of the saddle and bravely stuck her ankle under her iron horse to stop it getting scratched on the tar seal.

The result being a crushed ankle. Yes the whole club now knows even though you wished to keep it a secret. We all wish you a speedy and full recovery Max.

Merry Xmas and a happy safe New Year to you and your families.



Upcoming rallies.

January 10th – 12th Waiau wonder rally, Waiau.

January 25th – 27th Woodstock rally, Hokitika.

February 6th – 8th Vincent County, Alexandra.

February 6th – 8th patriots rally, Hororata.

TTAG Poker Run February 13th 14th 15th 2015

Keep this coming up event in your mind

Pounawea Keswick Camp, $20 per person per night twin share

Roughly $25 per person will include 2 dinners 2 breakfasts

If you are wanting more rally and ride information take a look at this web page, www.motorcyclerally.co.nz

28 Jan 2015

November Newsletter 2014

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   You can download the full November newsletter as a PDF

TTAG Newsletter November 2014

Presidents Report


Well November is here, our Rally is rushing down upon us, hope you are all ready to do your part in making our 20th a success. Like a well oiled machine I hope. Ask not what your club can do for you but what you can do for your club.

On that inspireing note my apologies for not being at our pre rally meeting this past weekend, I had already paid mine and my Grandson’s fees to shoot in the South Island rifle shooting championships.

I thank those who turned up and moved the firewood across the grounds, well done.

There was a small contingent of TTAG took part in the festivities of The Mates Rally, Wiaumu, Gore weekend before last. A hot and sunny weekend it was, spoilt to a degree by strong winds, those who pitched their tents out in the open had their tents flattened and no doubt some of those tents never went home by the look of them.

Jock Winter has donated a voucher entitling the winner to the following

Two nights accommodation in a one bedroom apartment.

Welcome dinner and drink for two at The Chamois Bar and Grill both nights.

Breakfast for two both days.

Trip for two on the world renowned Tasman Glacier Explorer Boat trip.

35 minute Scenic Helicopter Flight with Heliworks Mt Cook.

Not sure how we are going to select the winner yet, but anyway we can’t thank you enough for this Jock, Good on ya mate! We might have to get the band to play your favourite tune, The Gambler wasn’t it.

See you all at Rally team.

1 Oct 2014

October Newsletter 2014

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You can download the full October newsletter as a PDF,  – TTAG Newsletter October 2014


Presidents Report;

Hi Team,
Well, as you may have read on face book a few TTAGies entered The BRONZ Globe Trotter ride last weekend. Rowdy, Michael, Kerry and Maxine. well didn’t we do well we won the teams event and first and second individual trophies. This ride is a lot of fun and I am surprized more of you don’t have a crack at it. You get a set of instructions which require you to follow a set course and find clues along the way. Your kms are recorded and must be accurate, in other words you must not lose your way. the afternoon event requires that you follow another set course and average a set speed in this case 85 kms per hour. TTAG for quite a few years now have been taking out the major prizes.

Nikki has resigned from the position of secretary and Michael has taken over the position temporarily until the AGM we hope.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Nikki for all her time and effort as secretary over the past few years.

Our next club ride will be the day after Haka practice at the Paeora huts.
Sunday 12th October meet at the Creek South end of Timaru 12 am. We will be riding to Duntroon Ho-tel, yes it is open and we are booked in for lunch between 1 and 1.30 pm.
Rally business is in hand thanks to Mokai, Midge Marsden will be playing on the Saturday night.
Jock is attempting to arranging a substantial lucky draw prize for us to give away, more on this later.


Any one who is interested in the MT Cook Rally and have enquired with Jock and haven’t heard back. Please give Jock a txt and he will ring you Jock 027 652 4664


Sword did a HARD ARSE run each year from Timaru to Hurunui (sunset Retreat Rally)on Fri
Next morning he went to the (OFF THE RAILS RALLY) at Middlemarch
Sun morn it was home to Timaru
I would like to do this run next year . Anybody want to do it as well?
I was thinking of getting a cloth badge made .


Hi to all club Members.

Just a update of my Racing which was on September 13th.

It was a bit of a Disappointing day it was forecasted to rain but was not concerned as I had a set of wets, I was really excited about getting out to race because I was sitting around the middle of the points table.

But anyway I got out to the track and had to change my wheels over in the pouring rain but was real sheltered from a great Gazebo, cheers Jim and Mary. So anyway got them changed and headed out on the track and somehow my Brakes created so much heat they jammed on and that was the story for the whole day, I cooked my brakes and put overheat spots all over my disks but found out later that 1 Disk was not Flash anyway.

So I thought I fixed the Problem but it done the same thing in the 2nd race and it was then i decided to pull the pin and pack up as it was safer than putting myself and others in danger with my brakes playing up.

I want to thank Jim and Mary, Nevin and Barry for coming out and supporting me, it means a lot guys. Also for Barry bringing out KFC and not even sharing it with me hahaha.

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So I will have the bike sorted for Greymouth and hoping it will be dry, that will be my next time out racing, so if you want to see some up close racing come over to Greymouth and see the Magpie screaming around the streets of Greymouth.

Thank you to all for the support and encouragement, and Dam proud to be TTAG member.

Yours Faithfully Ants # 19

Globe Trotter Rally 2014

Be there at 10.30 they said. I had to fuel up at the BP station, cos the beemer goes better on 98, and was pleased to see the Triumph club there. That means we will be in for some fun.. Yeah it will be a good one. Special shout out to ex member Grahame Corbett. Nice to see you as usual. I see you were first to register for our rally.

Down to the loop road, check in and check out who’s all here. One minute intervals and off we go. Bunched up a bit on first half, but all good. We worked as a team. Bit of a comparison and check at St Andrews before we sped on to lunch at Makikihihi Hotel.

Hmmmmm. Publican not used to a crowd. I only had chips, but $14 for a burger eh boss. Woo Hoo. On the road again. Smudge is soon up my arse. Saw a couple of members taking a detour. May have been Rowdy cos I’m sure I saw Max right behind.(more about this later).

On we went, beautiful ride, sometimes hard to keep to the C A S of 85km. I did do 160 km once to pass a couple of green ninja’s but anyway when we finally pulled into the destination Rowdy and Max were right in front. And Pressy right behind.

Some wussies brought out their caravans, and once mine was sorted, thanks for the door Rowdy, it was inside the hall, out of the cold for drinks. and then an excellent meal.

Thank you Maurice for the minutes silence for Sword. I found it very moving and it was most appreciated. Of course, had he been present there would have been no meatloaf left over for sure. But you made him present and thank you again for that.

Of course there was a prize giving and whilst trying to remain humble, I have to report that TTAG scooped the pool.

1st team:  TTAG
First overall: Kerry O”Rourke
2nd overall: Maxine Strachan

Interestingly enough Max was not in the team, she followed Rowdy.(see above) Team results: Smudge first, Mi-chael 4th, Rowdy 7th. Kms were the difference .Anyway, who cares…. we won.

Once again the BRONZ Club have excelled themselves with a great rally. In some was the way rally’s should be: Good riding. Good food, good company. But most of all….. good fun

Love you Sword,  Michael


  • 11th October Haka Practice Pareora Huts Malx and Alisons Hut 31 Pareora Reserve 1538 Pareora River Road Waimate
  • 12th October Club Ride Meeting at the creek midday destination Duntroon Hotel
  • 18th October Aoraki MT Cook Motorcycle Rally
  • 19th October TGHS Wheels Day 10am to 2pm Cain street Timaru
  • 26th October Greymouth Street Races
  • 31st October Mates Mayhem Rally
  • 6th November Committee meeting Wolsley Hotel Winchester 7.30pm
  • 21st 22nd 23rd November TTAG RALLY
  • 27th to 30th November Burt Munro Rally
  • 6th December Xmas Party
Spice of Life
1 Sep 2014

September Newsletter 2014

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You can download the full September newsletter as a PDF,  – TTAG Newsletter September 2014


Presidents Report

Hi TTAG members, Spring has sprung time to dust off your machine and crank her up.
We will be having our monthly ride a week early this month, on Sunday the 14th September, so that it doesn’t clash with the Bronz globe trotter run the following weekend. Meet as usual at the Empire Hotel Temuka 12 am, we will be heading to the Mayfield tavern.

We have received badges for the last Poker Run and The Staging Post, they will be available at the meeting.
I will be ordering badges for those who missed out on getting one from last years Magpie Madness Rally early next week. If you haven’t put your name on the list you will have to be bloody quick and let me know, after all you’ve had a month.

We have a new member as of Thursday nights committee meeting, welcome Charley Solomon-Reke.
The committee has accepted a quote to have our website upgraded and made user friendly. To this end we have voted Jock Winter onto the committee to manage the website. Others will also learn to manage it in Jocks absence. Those of you who are on facebook may have noticed that the TTAG page is seeing a lot more action now that Jock is managing it and placing photo’s of all our events on there.

Jock has also linked us to a couple of other biker websites event calendars, letting more people know about our rally.

See you soon


Ants Racing at Levels

Ants is racing at levels this Saturday 13th September at Levels Raceway.
Everyone is welcome to go out and watch and support him

HAKA Practice

Saturday 20th September 3pm at Bill and Judy Hessell’s place 32 Cook Street Oceanview off Jellicoe Road


  • 13th September Ants Racing at Levels
  • 20th September TTAG Haka Practice Bill & Judy Hessell’s Place 3pm – 32 Cook Street Oceanview Timaru
  • 27th/28th September Bronze Globe Trotter Challenge
  • 2nd October TTAG Committee Meeting Wolsley Hotel 7pm
  • 18th October Aoraki MT Cook Motorcycle Rally
  • 19th October TGHS Wheels Day 10am to 2pm Cain street Timaru
  • 26th October Greymouth Street Races
  • 31st October Mates Mayhem Rally
  • 21st 22nd 23rd November TTAG RALLY
  • 27th to 30th November Burt Munro Rally
  • 6th December Xmas Party

Club Ride – August

I’d missed the chosen destination but met up at the Empire midday sunday. Half a dozen bikes were there already with the same number arriving, same number as the last ride – but we were all lucky! The handle got empty quick and before another we zipped up and got rolling over the Manse Bridge, right at Pleasant Point , then got a couple of revs on. Thoughts were that TTAG Newsletter September 2014.pdf - Adobe Acrobat Prospeedos hadn’t changed cos what I thought was a bit of a clip along was 20 to 30kph faster at the tail. No lack of interest there! First stop was our destination of the Albury Tavern and the place already full of locals. This is pretty cool cos some are friends and oth-ers offer menu advise. Service took a while but that was OK , with the meals arriving pretty shortly after. Wow, great food. Everyone was impressed. All eaten up we moved to the Beer garden for a short for a short meeting. Before I knew it most of the bikes were gone and I was left chasing Ants over the Pareora Gorge. He was a couple of corners ahead and they just wouldn’t close up, though I suspect that he was just cruising. The sun was shining. Malx.

My Adventure,
On the 10th August 2014 I didn’t believe the events that were going to happen, I decided to go for a ride on this awesome Sunday morning with the Mrs, by the way my Steed is 08 Triumph Sprint St 1050, So got the bike and checked it over and we were all good to go so i went to the end of my drive which is on the edge of State Highway 1 I looked south then I looked north and decided to go west ha-ha.

We headed away towards highway 72 which is the back way up past Mayfield and the Rakia Gorge. Awesome bit of road but we were on our way to Methven for beer and some late lunch.

But anyway we headed off from Timaru the roads were a bit cold and it was a bit fresh but enjoying be-ing on my bike, so i was having a ball trying to keep to the speed limit but it wasn.t working enjoying the ride but i had a gut feeling i better slow up a bit cause my Demerits were getting slim. So at that mo-ment i came around this corner and this guy in a BMW was all over the road cutting the corners so i was looking for a place to pass him, i got up close to him and started pointing at him and at that point a cop went past and i thought, crap the cop is going to think im pointing and waving my fist at him. So went carried on didn’t see the cop for a while then 15 minutes later i saw a cop in my mirrors a common sight i must say, so on go the xmas lights and im a bit pissed off he is pulling me over and not this guy that was all over the road but to my surprise he saw me pointing at this fella and said he was let the cops up the road know to keep an eye on him, cheers copper.

So we headed to Methven had a great meal and a pint and decided to head home and still enjoying the ride, I happend to look down at the Ks on my clock and it read 99,999 the moment it clicked over to 100,000 i Stopped and put the bike on the side stand got off the bike and i don’t mind saying i tear in my eye i looked at my bike and thought to myself, what so good times i have had on this bike the Ad-ventures, the laughs, the People i have meet that have become bloody good mates, the Journeys, riding in rain hail and snow and must not forget the speeding tickets. But the real funny thing is i wonder what the people that were driving past in there Steel encased cage on 4 wheels thinking when they saw a Motorcycle parked on the side of the road and Bald guy dressed up in black leathers kissing his bike…… I Don’t really care.

The day i rode my brand new Triumph out of Street and Sport on the 4 of December 2008 i would not of Believed the Adventures that i have had and the good People i have meet, the only down fall is that when they go its so hard to let them go when they pass away. Miss ya Sword.

So if you want to be part of and star in a Action movie, jump on ya bike and enjoy the Adventure and looking forward to the up coming Adventures.
If any needs a hand or a bed for the night flick me a txt, there is always a beer in the fridge or coffee, my cell 0274394660.

TTAG Newsletter September 2014_ants paisleyThat’s my Adventure that happened on that day when I get on my bike its exciting cause of the unknown adventure that’s going happen, I can’t think of doing anything else but riding or racing on the track with my race bike, it is my life and I hold no Regrets

Also I want to thank Phil Garret and the Team that were at Street and Sport at the time for selling me a Awesome bike 5 and half years ago and watering that seed.

Motorcycle Junky,
Ants Paisley

King of Levels Round 3

Hi to all club Members, thought i would give you all a up date on my racing on the 3 round of King of Levels that was held at levels. Got up about 5 on the Saturday morning ready to go racing and I was sure it was about –2 not sure but it was bloody cold and i knew the track was never going to heat up, but I headed out and of course I was the 1st at the gate waiting for the gates to open.

So anyway got to the track and unpacked all the gear and got set up then there was a white coating starting to form on the bike which was frost and it just got colder and colder, but i suppose thats why they call the winter series.

We all went to the riders briefing and was told that the track was cold, its amazing how many people go out on the track and ride like its a warm sunny day and wonder why they come off.
So we were told that we were 1st up on the track, 3 people came off in front of me I think it was be-cause————– you guessed it, the track was cold. I had a good qualifying time of 1.24 which was 4 seconds off my last qualifying time so i was real happy.

My 1st race was not bad, i had a good battle with another person which made good but my best race was the 2nd race when everything just clicked into place, i was able to get my knee down on the track and scuff up my knee sliders and beat the guy that i battled with in race 1.

My 3rd race was not bad but my head was not there because i had a mate try and help me put the bike on the paddock stand but didn’t have it on properly, and i dropped the bike and snapped the brake lever off, but i got it fixed to go and race again.

TTAG Newsletter September 2014 Magpie flyingSo the days racing was and felt different, my riding felt better and faster and a lot smoother also i knew that Sword was there with me because i wanted to dedicate that day to him. I got a new time of 1.21 which was 3 seconds off my last best time so thanks Sword.

The day was real awesome and i had a lot of fun, i want to thank the club for there support and helping me making my dream come true, Also want to thank Jim and Mary, Nevin and Mark and Pam for coming out to the track to support me, cheers guys.

Also i want to say sorry for not turning up to the last wood chop as it was my Grandsons 2nd birthday in ch ch that day. My next race will be at levels on the 13th of September, would be cool to see some more members out at the track watching the Magpie flying.


The Plan At This Stage Is
Day 1 To Catch The Bluebridge Ferry At 8am Get To Wellington About 11,20 And Head To Somewhere About Say Turangi /Taupo (Remembering That It Takes An Hour To Get To Levin.)
Day 2 To Orewa (Which Is About 50km North Of Dorkland City) Distance 320kms Approx
Day 3 To Kaitaia Or Further North Say Whatawhiwhi (Topten Holiday Park)
Day 4 Xxxxx The Cape Xxxxxxx And Back
Day 5 Decide What To Do Next???????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I Will Be Going To My Sons Place At Warkworth For A Night, Then Depending On What The Weather Is Doing Will Decide For Me Which Way To Come Back
Ferry Cost Is $104 Bike And Rider
Accomadation Is Tricky As There Are So Many Choices And Charges But For 5 People In A Two Bedroom Unit Cost Averages $50/$60 Per Person
Holiday Park//tourist Flats $25/$35 Per Person And $5 For Linen Per Person
Fuel Its 978 Kms From Wgtn To Kaitaia So If You Can Get 17 Kms Per Liter It Will Cost You 51 Litres X 2.20=$112 Each Way If You Use 95 It Will Cost You More About $4
Food . This Cost Will Depend On Wether We Cook In The Unit Or Go Out
I Will Be Allowing For Breakfast $10 Lunch $15 Dinner $30 =$55 Per Day
There Are Always Additional Costs .Im Allowing $40 Per Day
I Expect To Be Away From Home 11/12 Days
I Would Expect My Costs To Average $150 Per Day So Im Saving $ 50 Per Week Giving Me $2100 Plus Ferry Cost
So Far There Are 6 Starters.
All Welcome .
Easter Is Good Friday 3rd April So Sugest That We Go After That.say Wed 11th April
School Holidays Are On From 2nd To 20th April

Wood Chop At Winchester Showgrounds

A good turn out was had for the day and the wood was quickly cut up and a few other jobs were done, As well as things worked out for the rally.

Our chef cooked a great barbecue…

Southern Classic Festival