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I'm thinking of hiring a bike and touring NZ South Island for maybe three weeks. The roads and scenery look superb. I am however rather put off by my internet research which suggests that speed traps are frequent , especially round the main tourist areas. Apparently this includes unmarked cars and vans. Also it seems the police have pretty much a zero tolerance to speeding. Finally fines are hefty !


I already ride a lot less in the UK due to the proliferation of speed cameras, but at least these are highly visible.


I know the way to avoid problems is simply to stick to the speed limits (usually 100kph I believe) and I do intend mainly to cruise and enjoy the scenery. However old habits die hard and I'm sure I'll be unable to resist having a bit of a blast occasionally on quiet well surfaced twisty roads - for me that's why I ride a bike, otherwise you might just as well be in a car.


Anyone ridden out there and care to share their experiences ?

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I am a kiwi, we have a lot of cops on the road. it's not a great idea to speed on the State highways, though obviously we do it. We also introduced a rule where if you are 30 KM over the limit you lose your license... The solution? Get a radar!


We run New Zealand motorcycle tours so have heaps of info if you want more details.

Cheers,

Ben


https://www.planetchopper.world/new-zealand-motorcycle-tours

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I am a kiwi, we have a lot of cops on the road. it's not a great idea to speed on the State highways, though obviously we do it. We also introduced a rule where if you are 30 KM over the limit you lose your license... The solution? Get a radar!


We run New Zealand motorcycle tours so have heaps of info if you want more details.

Cheers,

Ben


https://www.planetchopper.world/new-zealand-motorcycle-tours

 

As he signed up, made one post and then scarpered I wouldn't expect a call anytime soon

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I am a kiwi, we have a lot of cops on the road. it's not a great idea to speed on the State highways, though obviously we do it. We also introduced a rule where if you are 30 KM over the limit you lose your license... The solution? Get a radar!


We run New Zealand motorcycle tours so have heaps of info if you want more details.

Cheers,

Ben


https://www.planetchopper.world/new-zealand-motorcycle-tours

 

As he signed up, made one post and then scarpered I wouldn't expect a call anytime soon

 

Probably a squashed tomato now :lol: :thumb:

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I think a lot of people regard this forum as a sort of instant Q & A service .

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[mention]fastbob[/mention] Lost count of how many people have joined, asked how to fix somthing and then never replied to anyone after the first post :roll:

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Haven't seen him around for a while but I know [mention]megawatt[/mention] has ridden out there

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Now now guys


Just be aware members are checked out before being approved and these are genuine people


Why they don't revisit is a mystery but slating them won't help :thumb:

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Cheers Stu, at least you're on the case mate... Not easy keeping up with guys..

 

Now now guys


Just be aware members are checked out before being approved and these are genuine people


Why they don't revisit is a mystery but slating them won't help :thumb:

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Just in case he does pop back here are the fines for speeding in NZ ... https://www.police.govt.nz/faq/what-are-the-fines-for-speeding


Mind you, if you're out in the wop wops the chances of getting caught are slim!

 


I thought we lost our license after 40km?

 

I wouldn't know! .. I never got caught! ;) .. I tell a lie, I once got pinged doing 103kph going down the Bombay hills on state highway 1 on a public holiday! .. Cost me $30 for 3kph over the limit!

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