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Brass Monkey 2021 - New Zealand
« on: June 10, 2021, 05:12:06 »
This last weekend, the 40th and final annual Brass Monkey motorcycle meetup was held.


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Re: Brass Monkey 2021 - New Zealand
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2021, 05:18:52 »
The idea of the Brass Monkey was to ride your motorbike to the coldest location in New Zealand in winter. This happens to be the Ida Valley where one winter the temperature got down to -20.8C.

IN recent years, like a lot of annual events, numbers turning up have reduced so the club that has organized it decided 2020 would be the last event. Covid-19 intervened, so 2021 became the final event.

The meaning of the name Brass Monkey relates to the brass cannon ball holders on ships of yesteryear. The brass would contract faster than the steel cannon balls and the steel balls would then roll off.  An apt term for a motorcycle event held in a cold valley in Winter.

Fortunately this year, the temperatures were mild.
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Re: Brass Monkey 2021 - New Zealand
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2021, 05:23:54 »
And now some pictures of my travels down to it and back. I had cross over the Cook Strait from the North Island to go to the South Island then ride approx 1000km to the location.

Waiting for the ferry


On the way down.
Kaikoura Coast


Morning sunrise on my second day


An old vintage car rally was being held near our event that weekend too.
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Re: Brass Monkey 2021 - New Zealand
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2021, 05:26:52 »
Some pics of the rally




A nice big bonfire to keep us warm.


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Re: Brass Monkey 2021 - New Zealand
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2021, 05:30:30 »
It was a cold wet ride home. A few pics along the way.
Lindis Pass in Central Otago, usually in snow this time of year.



near Lake Tekapo


Bernard knows how I love food. A hearty breakfast to help ward off the cold.



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Re: Brass Monkey 2021 - New Zealand
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2021, 23:39:53 »
thx david for the share, and very nice pictures  VCIF_ThumbUp
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Re: Brass Monkey 2021 - New Zealand
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2021, 09:46:49 »
Thanks for sharing. Hopefully we'll be able to visit NZ and AUS one day  8)
See you in Bieszczady - sooner or later ;)

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Re: Brass Monkey 2021 - New Zealand
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2021, 18:05:44 »
Nice sharing this, it's a bit sad these events tend to die off...

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Re: Brass Monkey 2021 - New Zealand
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2021, 19:18:38 »
VIM Is still alive !  ;)
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Re: Brass Monkey 2021 - New Zealand
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2021, 10:59:55 »
-20 Celsius is not "cold"  :P

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Re: Brass Monkey 2021 - New Zealand
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2021, 12:09:05 »
it begins to be cold to ride bike ... 🥶
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