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RKC last won the day on February 14 2014

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  1. G'day, In search of the vein Pumping on the side of a mountain in search of the right vein! Regards, Rob (RKC)
  2. G'day, Recherche d'or en Afrique - GPX 5000; Garrett ATX, XP Deus ( for gold in Africa - GPX 5000; Garrett ATX, XP Deus ) Regards, Rob (RKC)
  3. G'day, A good friend of mine tried something similiar a few years back! Traveling throw out five different location in the Wildest parts of Papua New Guinea an facing number of different challenges ,the teams will have to reach a tributary of the Upper sections of Sepik River thousand of kilometers from any civilization they will live with the local tribes ,learning will help them to build they own wooden canoes, with modern machines, find gold in the crystal clear waters timing with fish. and also hidden gold ingots near the coral isles of Papua and New Guinea . If they are lucky, they will discover endless riches, but they must be careful not to annoy the fearsome guardians of the river - the enormous crocodiles, sacred among the people of Papua and New Guinea , monsters, who are esteemed as gods and even in modern times inspire terrifying legends. And adventure with helicopters, cars, yachts and canoes - the ultimate test of courage and stamina. Regards, Rob (RKC)
  4. G'day, Ahhh Australia ... wide open spaces, friendly locals, kangroos ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_YaZ-emcPc&sns=em Regards, Rob (RKC)
  5. G'day, Nails, and a gadd (a small rock wedge or chisel ) used for working a quartz vein. Battery parts. Tools used in hard rock mining. Regards, Rob (RKC)
  6. G'day LipCa, But ... uncovered relic's can talk, and can often tell you a lot of what may turn out to be very useful! A couple of years back I uncover this when detecting one perfect summers day in Godzone. It was fully buried and well out of sight, but only had a couple of inches of dirt over it. What it told me was that there was the high probability there was a smelter close by. And after digging around I found some fire bricks which confirmed for me that the area was used by the old timers for smelting gold. This was an interesting find from another area. It was not buried but was placed at the base of a tree, easily seen. Its obviously a bolt from a gold stamper battery which attaches the iron part of the battery to its solid wooden base. But the baffling part is that I found it at least a kilometre from where the closest battery had operated. That was a find that did not tell me anything much ... but was interesting nevertheless. Battery part. Bottles are always interesting to uncover. Regards, Rob (RKC)
  7. G'day, Unearthing relics when detecting is nearly as much fun as getting the yellow from the ground. Picks are commonly found here in New Zealand (Godzone). I got this one in among some tailings in Otago a few years back ... which I left in place. One mine on NZs West Coast has this collection of old timers picks ... And the mine also has these ... Regards, Rob (RKC)
  8. G'day, Further to the thread at There is a Facebook page just put up with more information about the finding of The Hand nugget. I could not see any reference made in any of the newspaper articles, from the time, about the Garret model it was found with ... might be some reference made later on. https://www.facebook.com/handoffaith/ Regards, Rob (RKC)
  9. G'day, It looks as if I am going to have a problem replacing my CT110. I went into the Honda shop yesterday and the only road legal off- road bike ( Honda XR150L ) is unsuitable for the amount of road use I would subject it to. The gearing is far too low and the full knobby's would wear out very quickly on tar seal, as well as being dangerous. I tried a 200cc trail bike, which I was told was the same height as the 150cc and although I could reach the ground (it has a sunken seat) it still sits far too high to safely get through some of the tights spots I have to navigate. If Honda just started selling the Cross Club ( http://www.honda.co.jp/CROSSCUB/ ) in NZ I would have my suitable replacement bike. Regards, Rob (RKC)
  10. G'day Fred, Here on NZs West Coast there is always a nice flat rock or a tree branch handy to put under the stand, as I have to do many a time. Especially when the ground is as soft as it is presently after a long wet Spring. G'day Gold Hound, I just had a look on the Honda Kiwi web site and the Honda CRF150f does look appealing! But as its not road registrable its out of the question for me. While looking around the site I noticed the XR150L which is road registrable ( http://www.hondamotorbikes.co.nz/motorcycles/farm-2-and-4-wheel/2-wheel-farm/xr150/ ). Next time I'm at our Honda shop in Greymouth I'll see if they have one in the shop and try it out for size. And its reasonably priced, which is a big advantage. I have to be careful with bike tyres as it can be very dangerous to use full knobby tyres on the often wet and slippery, tar-sealed roads of the West Coast. It took me some time to find the right tyres for my CT110s. I now use a half knobby tyre that I can safely use both on and off road. I tried road tyres (as used on the postie bikes) some years back and they were disastrous on unsealed roads with lose shingle. I had to go so slow to prevent me coming off I could just as easily have walked. And I found out the hard way that road tyres are more easily punctured than knobby tyres are. Getting a flat and becoming stranded when in a remote area can be near life threatening in NZ, especially during winter. About 10 years ago I spent an entire Christmas day walking out of a remote area (7 hours walking in the hot sun) after getting a flat. And about three years back here on The Coast I got a flat and had to walk the bike out for a about 4 or 5 ks to a main road. But, worse than having an unplanned walk, I must have damaged the rim slightly on the way out ... which I was unaware of at the time. I found out later when I was driving into town one day. I was driving at speed when I lost control of the bike and it suddenly fish tailed all over the road. I then hit the side road barrier which threw me off the bike into the centre of the road. Luckily there were no broken bones, but the next day I was covered from head to toe in bruises (and cuts on my face). What must have caused the crash is that the small rim damaged caused when walking my bike out made the tyre come off the rim when the air pressure was low and I was travelling at some speed. I had to replace nearly half of the bike ... which, thankfully, was insured. Regards, Rob (RKC)
  11. G'day Gold Hound, The reliability of Honda motor bikes is phenomenal! And it would be the reliability, more than anything else, that has made the Honda Club the biggest selling bike in history. I just hope that is not going to change now Honda is manufacturing in China. There have been many times I could have done with the few extra HP of a 150cc bike. But the extra weight of a conventional trail bike is not worth the extra HP for me, personally. And conventional trail bikes sit too high for me to be comfortable when navigating tight and tricky terrain. Might be OK if I was over 6 foot tall ... but I'm not. Its too far to fall when sitting high. I've come off a few times and the only injury has ever been bruising. The step-through aspect of the CT110 makes it much easier to stay upright in tight spots. And being clutch-less is really handy. When I was in the Palmer river area (Queensland) in the 1980s one of the guys with us had a small monkey bike. But it was not particularly useful because it was so small. I first learnt of postie bikes in Queensland when a Queensland farmer recommended them to me. He had used one when he had a plantation in PNG and had found that they would get through mud better than anything else, and if they did get stuck they were light enough to be lifted out more easily than a lager trail bike. Regards, Rob (RKC)
  12. G'day, Now that Honda is no longer making the CT110 it looks like that, in Australia at least, the Honda NBC110 is to be the replacement motor bike for Australia post ( http://www.apbauto.com.au/shop/honda-nbc110-super-cub/ ). The NBC110 seems like it could well be a worthy replacement for use by prospectors. The NBC110 is made in China, whereas the old CT110 was made in Japan .. so, the build quality may not be equal to the high standard set by the old CT110. There was a NBC110 recently sold in New Zealand, but it was only for off-road use as it could not be road registered (which seems strange). The NBC110 would be an ideal replacement for me. But, only if I could get it road registered! This became this after being exposed to the salt laden air of New Zealand's Wet West Coast. Regards, Rob (RKC)
  13. G'day, There is a similar bike being developed at present in New Zealand for the farmer market http://www.ubcobikes.com/ The pricing has not been officially announced yet, but ... it looks like it will be around NZ$7,000. The manufacturer here will need to have a price well below $7,000 for them to sell in any numbers to Kiwi farmers. I like the bare bones nature of this NZ design, but being electric, and the high purchase price, kills it for me. I've been using Honda CT110 bikes since the 1980s but as Honda are no longer making them I will need to get something else shortly. My current bike has over 80,000 ks (after 5 years) on the clock and I expect to get to 100,000 ks ... if I take care of it! The best aspect of the Honda CT110 is that its so light I can easily lift it out if it gets stuck in mud or snow. All of mine have had hi and lo ratio so I can gear it down to get up any steep hill. It does have a problem getting through water and will cut out if water splashes on the motor. I wonder how electric bikes handle going through streams, or even rivers. Petrol bikes still seem to have all the advantages over electric bikes for accessing remote areas. Electric bikes are probably only for getting around town. Regards, Rob (RKC)
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