Mountains at Hanmer Springs rest day

Hobbit Odyssey Day 12: Rest day

Even the Dakar Rally riders get a rest day, so we’ve programmed in a short ride today to recover on our 14-day Hobbit Odyssey tour of New Zealand aboard a Harley Road King. Riding every day for the past 11 days has exhausted our sense of beauty with the ever-changing postcard scenery and it’s also …

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Harley, Lake Pukaki and Mt Cook travel insurance long tour

Hobbit Odyssey Day 10: Mt Cook

If anything symbolises the majestic beauty of New Zealand, it’s Mt Cook as viewed across the azure waters of Lake Pukaki. The last time I’d seen this view was in winter with bleak skies, a black lake and a mysterious snowy peak veiled in heavy mist. But on the 10th day of our epic Hobbit …

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Lanarch Castle

Hobbit Odyssey Day 9: Castle

From King of the Road to King of the Castle, today we have ventured across Central Otago to the east coast and opulent Scottish settings. Day 9 of our 14-day Hobbit Odyssey tour of New Zealand on a Harley Road King has been yet another feast of varied countryside, engaging roads and charming townships that …

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Milford Sound Road

Hobbit Odyssey Day 7: Milford Magic

“How long will it take to get to Milford Sound,” Mrs MBW asks Phil, the service station attendant in Te Anau, which is about 120km from the famed tourist attraction. “About two-and-a-half hours,” he says. “Then he looks out the window and sees the Harley Road King on the forecourt and adds, “But a lot …

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Mrs MBW manages a smile despite the lost luggage and reduced shopping capacity. long tour

Hobbit Odyssey Day 2: Lost luggage

Have you ever lost luggage off the back of your bike? It’s a shattering feeling and we experienced it on only our second of 14 days on a Hobbit Odyssey motorcycle tour of New Zealand. We rode into smelly RotoVegas (how the locals refer to Rotorua), marvelling at the geysers and steaming hot sulphur springs …

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Akropovic Open-Line exhaust system on a Harley-Davidson Road King

Akrapovic pipes to suit Harley-Davidson

Akrapovic is a name that is synonymous with sports bikes. But now the Slovenian exhaust manufacturer has revealed a series of Open-Line full exhaust systems for Harley-Davidsons at Daytona Bike Week. Motorcycle riders fit aftermarket exhausts for a variety of reasons: Sound, performance, weight and looks. Sometimes it’s for just one of those reasons, sometimes …

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Harley Fat Bob

Harley-Davidson 2014 model line-up

There may have been a revolution in the Harley-Davidson Touring line-up, but the rest of the 2014 fleet has only had a minor evolution. At the top of the line-up is the CVO range which includes a Twin-Cooled Ultra Limited, a Road King, a Softail and a limited-edition Softail Deluxe with detachable windscreen, GPS, Daymaker …

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Harley-Davidson Project Rushmore Ultra test simple

Harley Project Rushmore Touring review

It took some time, but Harley-Davidson has suddenly come thundering into the 21st century, thanks to its Project Rushmore. The new Touring features hi-tech infotainment systems, wind-tunnel aerodynamics, LED and halogen headlights, linked brakes, hydraulic clutch and partial water cooling. It’s typical of Harley not to be the first with technology. But when they do …

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Harley Twin-Cooling explained

Has Harley really gone water-cooled? When Harley launched the 2014 model range this week they introduced a new Twin-Cooled 103 and 110 engine to the range. By Twin-Cooled they mean that water and coolant is used to cool the heads near the exhaust ports where most of the heat is generated. It seems this has …

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2014 Harley-Davidson images

Most of the changes to the 2014 Harley-Davidson are in the Touring line-up. This could be seen as a response to the launch of the Indian Chief with its first touring hard bagger model, but that was only two weeks ago and even Harley couldn’t turn around their marketing and production strategies that quickly. The …

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