KiwiGriff
Not sure which bits show up where on various forums, but thanks for the add..will have a look around the site.  Have been riding since 1979 and currently own several bikes - the Indian being the latest acquisition.  Also have a 2015 Rocket III Touring, an '81 GS1000G that I've had since nearly new with a break of ownership for a couple of years before buying it back!  Also have a 2015 BMW R1200RTW that's currently for sale.  Others over the years as well but these are the currently owned ones.  

I was in the Navy for 36 years before retiring from full time service in Dec '15.  Now a Reservist.  Road Captain and Treasurer for the Patriots Defence Force MC in Auckland.  Live a bit further North in a little place called Leigh.  Own a business called Clearyak, and am the Ops Manager/Skipper for the Glass Bottom Boat (look them up) :-)  
I do most of my own maintenance - I can knock a nail in without stripping the thread - do will be looking for tips and tricks.  Cheers all.  Griff 
Patriots Defence Force MC
2018 Roadmaster, 2015 Rocket III Touring, 1981 Suzuki GS1000G
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Croc
Kia Ora GRIFF!  Welcome to the forum, it's a good place to be.
Roadmaster eh?  Nice bike (and got a few others also I read).
I suppose after years in the Navy (NZ I assume) a glass bottom boat might be refreshing!  ðŸ˜‰
Years agoI was approached to start a branch of Patriots (OZ) in the NT but I was still with Defence and it conflicted
with my obligations.  Good club.
 Welcome, enjoy the forum.
I'm Not Completely Useless . .
I Can Be Used As A Bad Example!

Kwinana W.A.

Ulysses   #48275
IMRG      #100932
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KiwiGriff
Croc wrote:
Kia Ora GRIFF!  Welcome to the forum, it's a good place to be.
Roadmaster eh?  Nice bike (and got a few others also I read).
I suppose after years in the Navy (NZ I assume) a glass bottom boat might be refreshing!  Ã°Å¸Ëœâ€°
Years agoI was approached to start a branch of Patriots (OZ) in the NT but I was still with Defence and it conflicted
with my obligations.  Good club.
 Welcome, enjoy the forum.


Kia Ora Croc - Ae, RNZN man and boy - He heremana ahau (I am a Sailor).   Have mixed and mingled with a few of the Oz Patriots, most recently at our Annual Muster in Whanganui.  Had a great group over and good mix of Service.  Which were you?  (I'm one of the nice ones - I don't take the p.ss.....much)...... :-)

As to the Glass Bottom Boat - a tourist industry which the bottom started falling out of in late February.  I'm surviving but only because of a subsidy from the Govt, and my own savings!  I'm in my off-season now - four months of no work......going bus/truck driving instead now.  Thanks for the welcome - appreciate it.
Patriots Defence Force MC
2018 Roadmaster, 2015 Rocket III Touring, 1981 Suzuki GS1000G
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Croc
Nay Problemo Griff, you'll be bombarded with more people welcoming you, they're probably out riding at the moment now that most
of the states/territories here allow it.
I am ex RAAF, then DSD (your GCSB), then years as a Defence Contractor.  Retired (forcibly) for a couple of years now after 42 or so
odd years of it all (and some WERE odd!).  I worked with a number of RNZN guys over the years (usually liaison types, good blokes) but
never managed a tour over there.  Mind you, my good Lady is Maori & we had a NZ trip planned before all this CV19 junk started.
Might get over there yet.  Lots of good sheep there I hear! ðŸ˜‚  (hm.. hint to the wise, don't mention sheep or sheepskin in this forum,
some of the members get Real excited!!!)
Sorry to hear about the loss of work, this CV has affected a lot of people, but hey, we're still kicking & riding eh?
Hope the truck isn't glass bottomed, that'd just be too strange!    ðŸ˜‰
I'm Not Completely Useless . .
I Can Be Used As A Bad Example!

Kwinana W.A.

Ulysses   #48275
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KiwiGriff
Interesting also Croc, the difference between the 'ethos' of Patriots NZ and Patriots Oz.  ?Last year Patriots Oz were trying to become a back patch club rather than a side patch 'social' club.  We're most definitely of the social variety - seriously enjoy taking the p out of each other - particularly inter-Service rivalry, but it's all in good humour.  We have a mixture of currently serving and ex-military members (there is definitely no conflict of interest, and, unlike some of the other military clubs, we have MPs, Jossmen, Police, Traffic Officers, and Corrections with us as well). I can't believe the military clubs who don't allow them entry.   We have 65 in the 'mother' chapter in Auckland and around about 250 nationwide across seven chapters.  I look after the social media side as well as my other roles including our website - http://patriotsnz.co.nz   Have a squiz (only if you're interested) and you'll see what we're about over this side of the ditch. Cheers again. Griff  
Patriots Defence Force MC
2018 Roadmaster, 2015 Rocket III Touring, 1981 Suzuki GS1000G
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KiwiGriff
Crossed in the ether!  (I stopped to put some food and more wine into the head!).  Thanks for filling me in on your background too.  We'd probably know some of the same people in that case (the LOs).  Look forward to keeping up on here.  I'm also a Ulyssian (one of the founding members of the North Harbour chapter) but I don't ride with them uniquely - occasionally get out on a mid-week ride but love catching up with the older ones on charity rides etc.
Patriots Defence Force MC
2018 Roadmaster, 2015 Rocket III Touring, 1981 Suzuki GS1000G
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Dr.Shifty
Welcome to here, Griff.

My late wife and I toured NZ for a month some years ago and loved every minute of it. I'd love to get back there on the bike.

Another 81 GS1000G owner here, but sold it at about the 25 years old mark. I stirred up some local riders by making mine into an 1850. 🙂
GS1850G.jpg 
Cheers, Kim.

From Woodrising (no, nobody else has heard of it either)
Rides a Springfield Dark Horse
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That's very cool and what a hoot!  Thanks for the welcome Kim. @Dr.Shifty  (I like that handle!)  Cheers G
Patriots Defence Force MC
2018 Roadmaster, 2015 Rocket III Touring, 1981 Suzuki GS1000G
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Pacman
Welcome to the Forum Griff, nice choice with the RM, I upgraded from a Scout and love it ðŸ‘.
Cheers, Peter

Perth W.A.

2018 Roadmaster
IMRG # 101978
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BigTone
Welcome to the forum KiwiGriff. Enjoy that RM..  they're a great bike..
Cheers,
Tony
St. Kilda  Victoria
IMRG: 20380071
Current Ride: 2020 Dark Horse Challenger 
Previous Ride: 2015 Roadmaster
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KiwiGriff
I would be enjoying it but the battery sucked a kumara and died suddenly!  It had only not moved for four days (persisting down with rain here).  Went to start it up and one pathetic little blink of the power button and then nothing at all.  Finally worked out how to remove the seat and Control Unit in there (along with the PCV that's also velcro'd into that area) took it out and put it on the charger.  Didn't recognise it was even attached - which means that it has less than 9V in it.  I'm picking it's the original 2 year old battery.  Now what I've read on the forum is that some of these seem almost pre-programmed to die at 2 years.  The fact that they do it suddenly in some cases is a bit of a worry!  New battery on order. I'll be back on it later this week!
Patriots Defence Force MC
2018 Roadmaster, 2015 Rocket III Touring, 1981 Suzuki GS1000G
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Dr.Shifty
Most people get good battery life but some seem to go quite early. I think BigTone on here said his Road Master battery was OK at over 60,000 kms. Unfortunately, quick death when they fail is a function of how they are built. Gone are the days of a few weeks of failing before they give up the ghost.

What is common is that the battery connections need checking as they often work loose and cause weird electrical problems.
Cheers, Kim.

From Woodrising (no, nobody else has heard of it either)
Rides a Springfield Dark Horse
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JuanPoop
Great to have you with us KiwiGriff.

Some great bikes in your line up there - I hope the RM can deliver for you as well, once the battery is sorted.  I also had a battery die on me last year in similar circumstances (suddenly!).  Fortunately, it was in my garage, so although that ride was abandoned, it meant the bike was safe until Indian could sort it out - which they did - under warranty.  They said it was caused by a "parasitic draw" and that an updated flash would address the problem. This has likely worked, as I have had no issues since, but I did also buy a CTEK charger/conditioner, which I attach regularly, so that has probably helped as well.    

I was also ex-services - 22 years in the Army, mostly in Logistics, parachuting and training establishments - either receiving or delivering training.  Enjoyed the career, but wanted to give the kids a crack at one high school and try out a corporate career - that all worked well.  

Hope you enjoy the forum and look forward to hearing about your ongoing adventures.

aka - John
2017 Springfield - grey / burgundy
Northern Beaches - Sydney
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KiwiGriff
Thanks John!  Yep, this was also in the garage so I was lucky.  If mine is indeed a parasitic draw, I'll need to start working out from what.  I understand how to update the ECU and had actually done that and the maps.  The previous owner just gave it to the shop to do anything and it appeared that an update was needed.  Have a new gel battery on its way. I have an Oxford Optimate on the Rocket but it's stored in a different place than the RM.  Unfortunately where the RM is at the moment has no power so I'll have to work that out!

Nice to see another military person - not your fault you were Army though huh? :-)  Good on ya!  I do enjoy the camaraderie and craic on forums like this.  There tend to be regulars and those who are really helpful.  And others who are just plain entertaining. :-)  Cheers, G
 
Patriots Defence Force MC
2018 Roadmaster, 2015 Rocket III Touring, 1981 Suzuki GS1000G
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Dr.Shifty
The parasitic draw thing generally got fixed some time ago. It affected bikes with hard bags. If we turned off the bike and then operated the bags with the fob it would wake up the internal electronics of the bike but not turn on any lights. The bike was then in a standby mode which caused the voltage leak. The answer for a while was to turn the bike off with the ignition button last. The update flash fixed the semi-sleep issue.
Cheers, Kim.

From Woodrising (no, nobody else has heard of it either)
Rides a Springfield Dark Horse
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Robbo
welcome Griff
I hear the NZ roads are pretty fine for motorcycling. Looks like Oz/NZ are planning deal to open the boarders for travel. I might get down there to take a look later in the year.
2017 Dark Horse  - Stage 2, Rush Pipes

Location - Perth, Western Australia
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Dr.Shifty wrote:
The parasitic draw thing generally got fixed some time ago. It affected bikes with hard bags. If we turned off the bike and then operated the bags with the fob it would wake up the internal electronics of the bike but not turn on any lights. The bike was then in a standby mode which caused the voltage leak. The answer for a while was to turn the bike off with the ignition button last. The update flash fixed the semi-sleep issue.
 
Good to know that Kim. I was wondering whether the update I applied actually had anything to do with it since previous owner never had any issues!  That's good though.  A new gel battery on the way today to my remote location and once that's in I'll do a recheck of the software to see what version's running.  Cheers, G
Patriots Defence Force MC
2018 Roadmaster, 2015 Rocket III Touring, 1981 Suzuki GS1000G
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KiwiGriff
Robbo wrote:
welcome Griff
I hear the NZ roads are pretty fine for motorcycling. Looks like Oz/NZ are planning deal to open the boarders for travel. I might get down there to take a look later in the year.

Aye Robbo - that they are and I've done a few miles on them over the years!  I'm a tourist operator (although I'm now closed for my Winter season) so felt this all particularly hard - I, and many others, look forward to the our borders being open for Oz travellers who may want to come here.  Cheers, G
Patriots Defence Force MC
2018 Roadmaster, 2015 Rocket III Touring, 1981 Suzuki GS1000G
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Croc
Just give Steinlager a miss, my Lady gave me some to drink.... hmmm.....
I'm Not Completely Useless . .
I Can Be Used As A Bad Example!

Kwinana W.A.

Ulysses   #48275
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They do have Panhead beers which are pretty good though.  Can't go too far wrong with a name like Panhead ðŸ˜Ž
2017 Dark Horse  - Stage 2, Rush Pipes

Location - Perth, Western Australia
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JuanPoop
They also have a craft brewery called Garage Project.  

Absolutely awesome beers if you are into IPAs, NEIPAs, and the like.   

aka - John
2017 Springfield - grey / burgundy
Northern Beaches - Sydney
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BigTone
JuanPoop wrote:
They also have a craft brewery called Garage Project.  

Absolutely awesome beers if you are into IPAs, NEIPAs, and the like.   

Yep agree great beers..
Cheers,
Tony
St. Kilda  Victoria
IMRG: 20380071
Current Ride: 2020 Dark Horse Challenger 
Previous Ride: 2015 Roadmaster
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