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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: ThomTom on February 07, 2013, 02:17:20 pm

Title: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: ThomTom on February 07, 2013, 02:17:20 pm
Achar Boys do another train trip!
"My name is Thomtom and I am an addict.  Yes, I am addicted to Ride Reports."
To admit the addiction is the most importnat step, or say they say?

I am sad to say, I have no intention on quitting either.  For years I was just a heavy user, but I now decided to also contribute.
(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/P1110931.jpg)
Which title, “Achar Boys do another train trip”!, “The 8 stunning passes in Eastern Cape”, and a number of other titles to this trip could be considered, BUT, let’s stick to “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Achar Boys, we are supposed have an interest in Arts, Culture, History, Antiquities and Recreation; but with most of our recent trips we diminished into an Ancient, Crocked, Hopeloos, Arthritic bunch of Reprobates.

(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/P1110923.jpg)
My new secondhand KTM; with a loose battery terminal, diagnosed later; some swearing on "why the battery was down there?", and wet weather made Bastervoetslaan a challenge, more about that later.

(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/P1110919.jpg)

We like to take the Shozalosa train to a place and bike back to Gauteng.  This time it was Johannesburg to East London.  The train left Park station on time at 14:20 on the Friday and we were in Queenstown at 06:00 the next morning.  We normally enjoy the dining car, some “Jannie Stap”, the one with the red jacket on (Johnny Walker) and some discussions on any Achar topic that will steadily deteriorate into plain crap!
(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/P1110876.jpg)
Unfortunately, this time there was no dining car but there was a kitchen and room serviced served us some nice “Pap and Vleis”, “Fish and Chips” and other delegacies.  We convinced the very nice train manager to let us off load the bikes in Queenstown.  With a good sleep behind us, we rolled into Queenstown station on time at 06:00.  Actually this is not all true, my cabin mates were grumpy when I fumbled around in the middle of the night for a few Panaodos, to ease the discomfort from a small kick on the head by Mr Jannie Stap.

(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/P1110875.jpg)
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: DRAZIL on February 07, 2013, 02:22:07 pm
this already has me sniggering as to what going to posted next.
Bring on the rest :thumleft:
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: Brandt on February 07, 2013, 02:24:23 pm
sub
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: Pom17 on February 07, 2013, 02:25:25 pm
Klink klaar bedonnerd :thumleft:
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: edgy on February 07, 2013, 02:28:33 pm
Fantastic! :thumleft:
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: Dwerg on February 07, 2013, 02:33:07 pm
Eks in :happy1:
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: CHorse on February 07, 2013, 02:41:05 pm
Following with interest  :thumleft:
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Post by: Dirt Junkie on February 07, 2013, 02:45:31 pm
 :sip:
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Post by: Mr Zog on February 07, 2013, 02:49:45 pm
sounds like fun... sub  :sip:
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: Wolzak on February 07, 2013, 02:54:15 pm
I'm in
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: Veldbrand on February 07, 2013, 02:55:49 pm
Hehehe, been there done that, got the dings and scratches to prove it...
Waiting in anticipation. :biggrin:
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: Crab on February 07, 2013, 02:56:02 pm
And I have seen that same view of my BM on Bastervoetslaanpad.
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: White Rhino on February 07, 2013, 02:57:41 pm
I'm in ....
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: Vis Arend on February 07, 2013, 03:04:31 pm
Ek is ook in, ek wil hoeka Bastervoetslaan binnekort gaan doen.   :thumleft:
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Post by: WP on February 07, 2013, 03:21:07 pm
 :biggrin: :deal:
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: subie on February 07, 2013, 03:25:56 pm
Lyk goed  :thumleft:
Ons wag   :ricky:
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: Hando on February 07, 2013, 03:28:20 pm
sub frieken scribed.

I hope you can type faster that I can read.

So far it is looking good.
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: keithk on February 07, 2013, 03:33:52 pm
This is now what you call an ACHAR RR wait till next month for the "movement" oops sorry moment . Nou ja "stap aan" Jannie Stap.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: Lem on February 07, 2013, 03:36:21 pm
ingeteken
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: vigilant on February 07, 2013, 03:36:59 pm
 :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2:

Bring it on!!!
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: Heimer on February 07, 2013, 03:40:24 pm
 :thumleft:

Nog samblief
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: ThomTom on February 07, 2013, 03:51:05 pm
Off-loading was a little tricky, but we managed by pushing the bikes down onto a baggage   trolley and then onto the platform, and by 07:00 -Steers Breakfast, ready to go.  I see a RR need a food picture, so I through in the Steers Breakfast to cover that aspect.

I see all RR must have a food pic, this is mine; Full Breakfast at Steers in Queenstown at 7 am.
(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/20121117_071713.jpg)

(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/20121117_071657.jpg)

I see all RR has garage pic; so this is mine.
(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/IMG_0241.jpg)
The plan was to go to Snow Valley, via Otto du Plessis Pass .  To stay there for two nights (place where National Wilddog Bash used as a venue), via Otto du Plessis Pass.  On the Sunday, do the Bastervoetslaanpas, Naude’s Nek, Rhodes, up to Tiffendale and back to Snow Valley.

Some pics on the way; more later.....

(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/IMG_0266.jpg)

(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/IMG_0264.jpg)

(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/IMG_0263.jpg)

(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/IMG_0259.jpg)

(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/P1110890.jpg)

(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/P1110893.jpg)

it is Adventure bike heaven!!!!!
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(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/P1110894.jpg)

I also did see you need some flower pics in the RR

(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/P1110900.jpg)

(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/P1110899.jpg)

(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/P1110915.jpg)

back tomorrow!!!!
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Post by: Mr Zog on February 07, 2013, 04:00:20 pm
Flowers AND fluffy sheep...  :drif:

Can't wait for tomorrow  :thumleft:
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: Dutchman81 on February 07, 2013, 04:04:55 pm
Really a nice RR , Ec Guy is from Elliot and says that route is something else , awesome fotos... :thumleft:
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Post by: Veldbrand on February 07, 2013, 04:06:54 pm
This is going to be fun to watch.... >:D :biggrin:
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: wiledog_X on February 07, 2013, 04:29:25 pm
looks good so far - more please!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: Heimer on February 07, 2013, 04:29:44 pm
This is going to be fun to watch.... >:D :biggrin:

 :imaposer: :imaposer:

you have some history  with that pass ;)
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Post by: SmuGS on February 07, 2013, 05:01:15 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: DRAZIL on February 07, 2013, 05:12:55 pm
This is going to be fun to watch.... >:D :biggrin:

 :imaposer: :imaposer:

you have some history  with that pass ;)

Bet ya all the tyre hugger breaks off that GSA somewhere in this awesome report and now for the rest :thumleft:
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: woody1 on February 07, 2013, 05:33:29 pm
Lekker man, dis darem 'n blerrie mooi gedeelte van ons land daai.... kan nie wag vir die res van die OU BALLIES se trippie nie... :peepwall:
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: ThomTom on February 07, 2013, 05:35:11 pm
The plan was to go to Snow Valley, via Otto du Plessis Pass .  To stay there for two nights (place where National Wilddog Bash used as a venue), via Otto du Plessis Pass.  On the Sunday, do the Bastervoetslaanpas, Naude’s Nek, Rhodes, up to Tiffendale and back to Snow Valley.

As I said, that was the plan....

http://www.snowvalley.co.za/

We went via Dorrecht, my Louw family came from there, many, many moons ago and I was keen to see the place agian.  there was a Boere Expo happening; the "lekker verskoning vir boere om saam te kuier type"  We joined for few beers.

(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/IMG_0250.jpg)

With nice pictures and other "kaggelkak" to buy.

(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/IMG_0251.jpg)

and a beer garden,  a bit early? NO

(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/IMG_0253-1.jpg)

lets open the bar!

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from Dordrecht, of the Otto du Plessis Pass.
This is a great place to stay!  Note the empty field where we had the bash.

A Picture of the same field during the Wilddog Bash.
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: ThomTom on February 07, 2013, 05:58:18 pm
Otto Du Plessis;  Nice pass!  to tell the tructh, I cannot actualy remember which photo goes with which part of the route, let me just throw in some up to us visiting Barkley East and onto Snow Valley.  Bastervoetslaan came only on the "huilige" Sunday...

(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/IMG_0295-1.jpg)

(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/IMG_0281.jpg)

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Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on February 07, 2013, 06:31:29 pm
Jo-jo, maar dit is mooi.  Kan nie wag vir nog nie. 
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: JMOL on February 07, 2013, 06:35:36 pm
Jo-jo, maar dit is mooi.  Kan nie wag vir nog nie. 

Ek dink ons moet weer gaan  :biggrin:

Very nice so far!!  Cannot wait for the rest  :sip:
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: ThomTom on February 07, 2013, 06:56:19 pm
We reached Barkley East;  and I see every RR needs a church, afterall the Achar Boys do look at churches...

(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/IMG_0323.jpg)

Then a place to eat; and it was not bad at all...

(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/IMG_0324.jpg)

(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/IMG_0326.jpg)

and of again to Snow Valley

the day is getting longer
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: frans1 on February 07, 2013, 08:28:27 pm
Mooi man!
Kan nie wag om die res te sien nie
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: ThomTom on February 07, 2013, 09:10:15 pm
This is going to be fun to watch.... >:D :biggrin:

Surprise, surprise, the Pig was a strong finisher, strong rider, a low centre of gravity, and a Basrervoetslaan, sort of?

The song. Slip sliding away jumps to mind. :lol8:
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: Firesquirrel on February 07, 2013, 09:12:27 pm
I crossed the Bastervoet with Velbrand on his 1150GS and me on the SE...in serious pouring rain !!!

We know that song well ! :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
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Post by: Karoo Rider on February 07, 2013, 10:11:09 pm
:clock:
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: Veldbrand on February 07, 2013, 10:24:31 pm
I crossed the Bastervoet with Velbrand on his 1150GS and me on the SE...in serious pouring rain !!!

We know that song well ! :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Ja it goes like this:

Thshloop splash “F@k!”
“Aargh J&*^$! tog!
Wrrrthshloop splash “F@k!”
Heave, help me (again), ok please?!
(Smoke break)
Right, wrrrthshloop splash “F@@k!”
Ok, heave, sliiip shlop “Nooit!”
Right, again.
Heave, aah YES!
(Smoke break)
“How far have we gone?
“Dunno, about 4 k’s….. in 45mins…”
“We better get movin’”
Ktschirrr, wrrrthshlooop splash “F@@@k!”
“Jees, now it’s pouring!”
“We better get movin’!”
This time! Ktschirrr, wrrrthshlooop rutt slide splat, “F@@@@k!”
Pant, pant, pa….
Smoke break. Phew!
“Naught Bru, just keep momentum man!”
Whaddya mean china, I can’t even get out this rutt man!
Ktschirrr, wrrrthshlooop rutt slide splat, “F@@@@@k!”
“Have you fallen enough now?”
Pant, sigh, growl: “F@ck right off, do you think I like this? K@k question, sit!”
“Kom boet, it’s getting dark!”
Heave....Yes!
And so on and so on and…
6 hours and 16 heaves later: “But Bru, your bike is like 100kgs lighter than mine and you’ve got knobblies on!”
“Ja, jy wil mos…”
@Rhodes, Ktssssh! Glug, glug, glug: “Thanks brother, I would not have made it withou…..snorrr…..snorrr”
F@@@@@k.
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: Heimer on February 07, 2013, 11:27:30 pm
I crossed the Bastervoet with Velbrand on his 1150GS and me on the SE...in serious pouring rain !!!

We know that song well ! :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Ja it goes like this:

Thshloop splash “F@k!”
“Aargh J&*^$! tog!
Wrrrthshloop splash “F@k!”
Heave, help me (again), ok please?!
(Smoke break)
Right, wrrrthshloop splash “F@@k!”
Ok, heave, sliiip shlop “Nooit!”
Right, again.
Heave, aah YES!
(Smoke break)
“How far have we gone?
“Dunno, about 4 k’s….. in 45mins…”
“We better get movin’”
Ktschirrr, wrrrthshlooop splash “F@@@k!”
“Jees, now it’s pouring!”
“We better get movin’!”
This time! Ktschirrr, wrrrthshlooop rutt slide splat, “F@@@@k!”
Pant, pant, pa….
Smoke break. Phew!
“Naught Bru, just keep momentum man!”
Whaddya mean china, I can’t even get out this rutt man!
Ktschirrr, wrrrthshlooop rutt slide splat, “F@@@@@k!”
“Have you fallen enough now?”
Pant, sigh, growl: “F@ck right off, do you think I like this? K@k question, sit!”
“Kom boet, it’s getting dark!”
Heave....Yes!
And so on and so on and…
6 hours and 16 heaves later: “But Bru, your bike is like 100kgs lighter than mine and you’ve got knobblies on!”
“Ja, jy wil mos…”
@Rhodes, Ktssssh! Glug, glug, glug: “Thanks brother, I would not have made it withou…..snorrr…..snorrr”
F@@@@@k.


 :laughing4: :laughing4:

Wonderlik Veldtie  :thumleft:

"In the moment" woordkuns
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: Valiant on February 07, 2013, 11:36:48 pm
I crossed the Bastervoet with Velbrand on his 1150GS and me on the SE...in serious pouring rain !!!

We know that song well ! :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Ja it goes like this:

Thshloop splash “F@k!”
“Aargh J&*^$! tog!
Wrrrthshloop splash “F@k!”
Heave, help me (again), ok please?!
(Smoke break)
Right, wrrrthshloop splash “F@@k!”
Ok, heave, sliiip shlop “Nooit!”
Right, again.
Heave, aah YES!
(Smoke break)
“How far have we gone?
“Dunno, about 4 k’s….. in 45mins…”
“We better get movin’”
Ktschirrr, wrrrthshlooop splash “F@@@k!”
“Jees, now it’s pouring!”
“We better get movin’!”
This time! Ktschirrr, wrrrthshlooop rutt slide splat, “F@@@@k!”
Pant, pant, pa….
Smoke break. Phew!
“Naught Bru, just keep momentum man!”
Whaddya mean china, I can’t even get out this rutt man!
Ktschirrr, wrrrthshlooop rutt slide splat, “F@@@@@k!”
“Have you fallen enough now?”
Pant, sigh, growl: “F@ck right off, do you think I like this? K@k question, sit!”
“Kom boet, it’s getting dark!”
Heave....Yes!
And so on and so on and…
6 hours and 16 heaves later: “But Bru, your bike is like 100kgs lighter than mine and you’ve got knobblies on!”
“Ja, jy wil mos…”
@Rhodes, Ktssssh! Glug, glug, glug: “Thanks brother, I would not have made it withou…..snorrr…..snorrr”
F@@@@@k.


 :laughing4: :laughing4:

Wonderlik Veldtie  :thumleft:

"In the moment" woordkuns

F@@@@@@KKen STUNNING FOTO`S, maak my sommer F@KKEN JALOERS !!!

NOG !!
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: DRAZIL on February 08, 2013, 08:09:26 am
I crossed the Bastervoet with Velbrand on his 1150GS and me on the SE...in serious pouring rain !!!

We know that song well ! :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Ja it goes like this:

Thshloop splash “F@k!”
“Aargh J&*^$! tog!
Wrrrthshloop splash “F@k!”
Heave, help me (again), ok please?!
(Smoke break)
Right, wrrrthshloop splash “F@@k!”
Ok, heave, sliiip shlop “Nooit!”
Right, again.
Heave, aah YES!
(Smoke break)
“How far have we gone?
“Dunno, about 4 k’s….. in 45mins…”
“We better get movin’”
Ktschirrr, wrrrthshlooop splash “F@@@k!”
“Jees, now it’s pouring!”
“We better get movin’!”
This time! Ktschirrr, wrrrthshlooop rutt slide splat, “F@@@@k!”
Pant, pant, pa….
Smoke break. Phew!
“Naught Bru, just keep momentum man!”
Whaddya mean china, I can’t even get out this rutt man!
Ktschirrr, wrrrthshlooop rutt slide splat, “F@@@@@k!”
“Have you fallen enough now?”
Pant, sigh, growl: “F@ck right off, do you think I like this? K@k question, sit!”
“Kom boet, it’s getting dark!”
Heave....Yes!
And so on and so on and…
6 hours and 16 heaves later: “But Bru, your bike is like 100kgs lighter than mine and you’ve got knobblies on!”
“Ja, jy wil mos…”
@Rhodes, Ktssssh! Glug, glug, glug: “Thanks brother, I would not have made it withou…..snorrr…..snorrr”
F@@@@@k.


 :spitcoffee: :lol8:brilliant
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: Lem on February 08, 2013, 09:18:18 am
This is going to be fun to watch.... >:D :biggrin:

 :imaposer: :imaposer:

you have some history  with that pass ;)

Bet ya all the tyre hugger breaks off that GSA somewhere in this awesome report and now for the rest :thumleft:

ek dink weer tussen daai geselskap behoort hy goed te doen, beter as die 1200's met daai donkie 1ste gear.
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: ThomTom on February 08, 2013, 11:57:21 am
I posted a question on Wilddogs;
Bastervoetslaanpad; Is it easy to do on bigger dual sport bikes? BMW1200 GSA, BMW 1150 GSA, KTM 950?, what if its wet?

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=111973.msg2178622#msg2178622

Only one problem, I posted the question after the trip, to check if we were just stupid inexperienced riders. 

On Sunday morning we set out to ride a loop back to Snow Valley, doing some of the stunning passes in the area.  Bastervoetslaan was a thriller. 

It took us many hours (more than 3 hours on the pass), in misty and rainy conditions, with exhausted, tired and sore bodies, to just complete the Batervoetslaan.  The problem is that on the big bikes it is more a sort of "baster-voetslaan-proses", than proper riding.  It rained on the east side of the pass the night before and let's just say it was an experience on big bikes, mostly fitted with more road and off road tires.  No one was injured with only some minor damages to the bikes.

I have a limited number pictures of this ordeal as we we all in survival mode.  The mist only cleared at the bottom of the pass.
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: White Rhino on February 08, 2013, 11:57:47 am
Veldie, luv it when you talk forrin :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: ThomTom on February 08, 2013, 02:09:59 pm
On Sunday we planned a circular route, doing all the passes;

(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/map2.png)

All went well up to the top of Batervoetslaanpad!

(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/IMG_0364.jpg)

(http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y376/Adventure05/IMG_0363.jpg)

Gangnam Style...

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UNTILL THE TOP , over the mountain and into a wet misty road.

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No grip on the tyres...

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My new second hand KTM has a battery problem (later diagnosed as loose terminal)

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and we slip and slide down to the bottom, many spills but nothing to serious..

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we did not take many pics, near the bottom, the mist lifted out ..

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Respect; he took the big adventure over the wet Bastervoetslaan, with a smooth road tyre, the BMW rider courses were put into good use.

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We regrouped in Ugie at Spar; some tired bodies; ..

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Post by: ThomTom on February 08, 2013, 04:50:23 pm
From Ugie, over McLear and Naude's, quick stop in Rhodes.  We made it back to Snow Valley at sunset , in time to watch the second half of the Springboks playing Scotland, must be high on the list of “Most Boring Bok Games” ever.

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We did not do the planned passes to Tiffendale, no time.

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Post by: ThomTom on February 08, 2013, 04:56:53 pm
http://www.snowvalley.co.za/

This is a great place to stay!  Note the empty field where we had the bash.  And the barn, where many dogs were "kicked" on the head!?


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Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: Difflock on February 08, 2013, 06:54:12 pm
Baie mooi wereld daai, netjiese RR.
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: wolfman on February 09, 2013, 12:06:55 am
Nice one!
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on February 09, 2013, 06:24:20 pm
Nice indeed.
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: cheesy on February 10, 2013, 08:31:54 pm
Good report and excellent photographs, however, whilst in the area you might've sneaked in a ride to Lundeans Nek. Stunning area. :3some:
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: StuartLittle on February 10, 2013, 09:01:42 pm
ThomTom

Please tell me more about the logistics of the Shosholoza Meyl, what does it cost to take the bike on board.  I have read that it can be taken on board as luggage or at minimal cost and is therefore much cheaper than taking a car on board but I haven't been able to find out any reliable info.

Thanks,
Stuart
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Post by: jimjim on February 11, 2013, 11:46:52 am
Lekker  :thumleft:
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: ThomTom on February 11, 2013, 02:43:11 pm
ThomTom

Please tell me more about the logistics of the Shosholoza Meyl, what does it cost to take the bike on board.  I have read that it can be taken on board as luggage or at minimal cost and is therefore much cheaper than taking a car on board but I haven't been able to find out any reliable info.

Thanks,
Stuart

I used this info;
http://www.flamesonmytank.co.za/Articles/Trains%20and%20bikes.htm

It's old and rates changed, but mostly correct.  Best to go and buy your tickets at the station, easy enough to get there using Gautrain.  Making contact by phone is almost impossible.  The transport for the bike it is not that cheap, I think it was R 1300 per bike from Johannesburg to East London and the train ticket; R 390 pp.  They also charge cheaper for smallet bikes; I think less than 650 cc?  They actualy never check.  You need to be there at least 1-2 hours before departure.  You are required to load your bike on and tie down (need your ropes and tie downs).   In Johannesburg, its possible to ride right down to the platform.  In summer, best to get into shorts, T shirts, its hot in the car to load the bike.
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: ThomTom on February 11, 2013, 02:47:56 pm
Good report and excellent photographs, however, whilst in the area you might've sneaked in a ride to Lundeans Nek. Stunning area. :3some:

yip, thats what we did after Snow Valley;
EarlyMonday, we washed Bastervoetslaan of the bikes, did Lundean’s Nek over to Telebridge, tucked along the Lesotho border along the dirt roads to Ladybrand.

Then on to Clarens where we stayed the night.  We even managed to find a restaurant in Clarens with live music, and that on a Monday night!  Back home to Johannesburg early Tuesday, in time for a 14:00 meeting at the office.

Will post some pics tonight.
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: StuartLittle on February 11, 2013, 09:31:09 pm
Perfect, thanks for the info
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: Firesquirrel on February 11, 2013, 10:27:42 pm
Not wanting to Hi-Jack your RR but here is a link to the RR Veldbrand wrote after the sad farewell of our mate Glen.

We pretty much had the same ride and experience.

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=90925.0
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: ThomTom on February 12, 2013, 06:23:08 am
Not wanting to Hi-Jack your RR but here is a link to the RR Veldbrand wrote after the sad farewell of our mate Glen.

We pretty much had the same ride and experience.

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=90925.0

No problem, respect, the pig up Bastervoetslaan in wet weather, we went down and I think it is easier.  I think if I did see your mail before I would have skipped the pass.  The problem we had that it was dry on the West side, rain and mist only from the top.  As you said, once you commit, difficult to decide to go back.

Sorry to read about your friend Glen....
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: ThomTom on February 12, 2013, 07:42:00 am
With some good sleep behind us, early the Monday morning, we washed Bastervoetslaan pad off the bikes.

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Note that this smooth tyre on the big beemer is not recommended for the Bastervoetslaan.

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Sad looking TOP Box, no major damage.

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View from the cottage!

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We headed north, direction Gauteng, over Lundean’s Nek over to Telebridge,

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We tucked along the Lesotho border along the dirt roads to Ladybrand.

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The Free State was hot and dry!


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Post by: DirtCopper on February 12, 2013, 08:04:10 am
 :sip: :sip: :thumleft:
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Post by: Kerritz on February 12, 2013, 10:27:43 am
Etter ek mis daai wereld.......wens ons kon sommer nou dadelik weer daar wees en mielies gooi op daai paaie.

Baie goeie werk sover en dankie vir die deel.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: ThomTom on February 13, 2013, 07:27:55 am
on to Clarens where we stayed the night.  We even managed to find a restaurant in Clarens with live music, and that on a Monday night!

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How do you always have live music?  I guess you appoint a waiter/manager that can play piano?

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there was also a fellow playing some oldies...

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We were up early Tuesday morning, getting back into stinking dirty riding gear; no quick solutions yet on that one; they vrot after a few days riding... headed home, through some thick mist,  to Johannesburg, in time for a 14:00 meeting at the office;  and all we have now is a memory of some of the best riding in SA.

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and with that; "fluit fluit, my storie is uit"; untill a next time when The Achar boys, ride another Shozalosa through the night.

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Post by: DRAZIL on February 13, 2013, 08:06:15 am
Everyone back safe,camera memory sticks full,memories of the ups and downs  ===A great trip
Now the stories of the trip will grow with every braai you have. 8)
 thanks :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: JMOL on February 13, 2013, 08:12:56 am
What an experience - thanks for sharing  :thumleft:
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: Kaboef on February 13, 2013, 01:26:18 pm
Thanks for sharing.   :thumleft:

Bastervoetpad is DS riding heaven.
But with your heavy bikes, with road tyres, in the rain it must have been a real struggle!

Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: ThomTom on February 18, 2013, 12:15:04 am
Not wanting to Hi-Jack your RR but here is a link to the RR Veldbrand wrote after the sad farewell of our mate Glen.

We pretty much had the same ride and experience.

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=90925.0

Firesquirrel, thanks for adding, your pics just look so familiar, I think going down the pass, like we did it is easier than coming up? downhill is easier, But if you touch front break, you wipe out so easy.  What was a killer in the end is a fitness level, when you are tired, you wipe out more!  A tip will also be to be a good boys scout, take drinks and a snack when you do not know how long it will take you on your rides,,,,,,
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: Firesquirrel on February 18, 2013, 09:14:18 pm
Hey Thom Thom.. it was a pleasure... thanx for allowing the intrusion..

The one thing you need for the "Basterd Voetpad" is a HUGE sense of humour....

Luckily Veldtie and I used to share a house in the early 80's and have been mates for near on 30 years... so we know each other well and this also helped me to know when to shut the F*&% up....

Still .... with a bit of prep..... a healthy outlook on what you may encounter and a good riding buddy..... it is easily some of the best riding and scenery I have come across in a long time !

Anyone can do it....  even though it took us two 50 year olds pleeeenty hours to complete !!
Title: Re: “Bastervoetslaanpad: a thriller on a big dual sport bike in wet weather!”
Post by: Veldbrand on February 18, 2013, 09:20:50 pm
Hey Thom Thom.. it was a pleasure... thanx for allowing the intrusion..

The one thing you need for the "Basterd Voetpad" is a HUGE sense of humour....

Luckily Veldtie and I used to share a house in the early 80's and have been mates for 35 years... so we know each other well and this also helped me to know when to shut the F*&% up....

Still .... with a bit of prep..... a healthy outlook on what you may encounter and a good riding buddy..... it is easily some of the best riding and scenery I have come across in a long time !

Anyone can do it....  even though it took us two 50 year olds pleeeenty hours to complete !!
Gefieks tjom.