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Title: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on November 10, 2014, 07:34:11 am
I know what it's like as a reader to have a report started and then not added to for a while. Well, that's just how this one will go. In between me moving house today, work, having to go overseas, up-load a ton of video and photo's, you dear reader, are going to have to do this rally report with a bit of patience.

So first off, what's a Jagsding you may ask?

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-NzbbG6d/0/L/IMG_1779-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3656136233&k=NzbbG6d&lb=1&s=A)

It's the forum name of Justin and as long ago as February, he offered his services as support crew as he was keen to experience it but not ride it. I am so glad he did, it made my and many others' Amageza a great experience. Sadly the bug bit a bit too hard - he will be needing a support crew of his own for next year!

Anyway, this was the end result of the adventure and I now have the post rallye blues.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-sBg3G4R/0/L/DSC05145-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3683311265&k=sBg3G4R&lb=1&s=A)

Just to keep you interested, here is a small video of the biggest dune in the race. It was a few k's from the start of stage 2

http://www.youtube.com/v/lECdz9j6bb8?version=3&hl=en_US

Now back to work with you.

I'll be along with the rest shortly....
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: BMWPE on November 10, 2014, 07:37:34 am
 ;D  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: dirtyXT on November 10, 2014, 07:45:20 am
nice, eish that sand... my best. ;-( keep it coming!
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: JC on November 10, 2014, 07:46:05 am
SUBFREEEKINGSCRAAAIBED  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kuifie on November 10, 2014, 07:56:50 am
Nee fokkit ok. Ek kan daai in die sand met n Hilux doen miskien ::) ::)

I laaik  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Firecoast on November 10, 2014, 08:11:10 am
Can't wait for the rest!  :thumleft: :sip:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Grolls on November 10, 2014, 08:15:36 am
Awesome  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: IDR on November 10, 2014, 08:24:09 am

http://www.youtube.com/v/lECdz9j6bb8?version=3&hl=en_US


Incredible riding...
(http://www.allornothingcrossfit.com/Websites/allornothing/images/wods/2013/07/like-a-boss.png)

... and subscribed!
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Pistonpete on November 10, 2014, 08:41:36 am
Bugger me sideways.....  :o
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Brandt on November 10, 2014, 08:45:46 am
Lot of sand that!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Rafiki on November 10, 2014, 08:58:07 am
JY MAG MAAR!

 :salut:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Mooch on November 10, 2014, 09:00:00 am
Eish, you took care of that dune properly!!

Sub. I am looking forward to the rest of this one...   :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Snafu on November 10, 2014, 09:05:29 am
What a sweet sound!!!
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Hellikipotter on November 10, 2014, 09:21:34 am
Count me in!
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Bring It On on November 10, 2014, 09:22:29 am
Andrew......the most appropriate answer I have after watching that video clip you posted of some "Serious Sand Riding", is this........


VERY BIG RESPECT!!!!!  :thumleft: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:


DEFINATELY looking forward to the rest of your RR.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Fenderbender on November 10, 2014, 09:39:36 am
Fnokket Andrew , jy looi daai KTM . Laaik .  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: 1ougat on November 10, 2014, 09:54:02 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: subie on November 10, 2014, 09:55:52 am
Great video :thumleft:
Scared me in my chair  :spitcoffee:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: J-dog on November 10, 2014, 10:01:18 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Dwerg on November 10, 2014, 10:22:35 am
Nice one! I shat myself when I saw that dune but somehow managed to make it up first go. It looks a lot smaller in the video  :lol8:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: subie on November 10, 2014, 10:26:11 am
Nice one! I shat myself when I saw that dune but somehow managed to make it up first go. It looks a lot smaller in the video  :lol8:

What is looking scary, is al those deep tracks criss crossing on the way up  :eek7:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on November 10, 2014, 10:29:51 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Minxy on November 10, 2014, 11:39:20 am
First of all, congratulations and hats off for doing Amageza on that big bike, secondly OMG that is indeed a big sand dune... What an awesome clip. *Like*!!!  :drif:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: trevorwb on November 10, 2014, 12:22:26 pm
Andrew you make it look easy.Great riding skills.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on November 10, 2014, 12:28:20 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: lj111 on November 10, 2014, 04:28:22 pm
 :sip: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Ross Riddle on November 10, 2014, 04:31:19 pm
 :sip: :sip: :sip: :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: KTMRICK on November 10, 2014, 04:42:07 pm
Fantastic!!!! Huge respect. No substitute for power it would seem. Subscribed.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: sandrot on November 10, 2014, 04:43:02 pm
Well done Andrew

Serious cahoonas mate
Love those pipes
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: DirtyHarry on November 10, 2014, 04:47:35 pm
Andrew, Mom is really sad you left the house today  :biggrin:
You must make your own bed from now on.
Keep it coming with your report, looks like you had a great time.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: EtienneXplore on November 10, 2014, 05:05:06 pm
Awesome Awesome man!!!

 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: JustBendIt on November 11, 2014, 07:37:47 am
DRINK
THINK
BLINK
SMILE
WAVE
VASBYT
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: MaxThePanda on November 11, 2014, 08:44:12 am
That video is deeply misleading propaganda in the vein of "anyone can do the Amageza" horsetrap. Do not believe the dubious sweet-tongued deception of the vertical-paralax-flattening camera lens. When I got there there were at least 8 bikes in various states of dismayed disarray spread out across the track and the verges of the hill. It was PROPERLY steep! Andrew made it look like a molehill, when in fact it was a steep sided mountain!
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Tabasco on November 11, 2014, 02:03:21 pm
Eish here that LC8 sing  :ricky:

What gear are you binning it with (and what is your ratio 16/42 ?)
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Buff on November 11, 2014, 02:11:15 pm
I am not ashamed to say that the sound of that 950 howling up that dune has given me a semi  :-[ :drif:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: I&horse on November 11, 2014, 02:34:50 pm
Tic Toc...


Tic Toc...
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: ArthurS on November 11, 2014, 02:38:17 pm
That clip just made me say and repeat "Fookit" Foookit" "Fooookit" and then "Jislaaaaaik" Respect Man  :salut: :salut: :salut:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: bud500 on November 11, 2014, 02:52:36 pm
Luv it Andrew!

In 2006 I drooled as you pinned your bike in the early morning from Hogsback. Now I find myself drooling once more as you pin it... :thumleft: :ricky:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Bundu on November 11, 2014, 03:11:33 pm
big UP to that sand riding! :thumleft: very skilled!  :thumleft:

lovely sound coming from the bike  :ricky: :3some:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Aquatic on November 11, 2014, 03:43:25 pm
Get a pot brewing and pull up a chair
 :sip:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: bonova on November 11, 2014, 04:17:16 pm
Well done Andrew! Once again a pleasure riding with you..... even if you did scare the shit outa me on that one liason when u calmly had ur bike on cruise control and took off ur helmet to put in ur ear plugs.... at 100km/hour... hahaha.
I love the change in intensity of that v twin when it starts climbing that dune... it becomes almost desperate...but just keeps on giving....what a machine...what a rider!!
Gents.... that was not a dune for ants! And those woops that look small at the tops are just waiting to swallow ur front wheel and send you over the handle bars.
Respect to you my friend :thumleft: O0 O0 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: N[]vA on November 11, 2014, 04:34:43 pm
That video is deeply misleading propaganda in the vein of "anyone can do the Amageza" horsetrap. Do not believe the dubious sweet-tongued deception of the vertical-paralax-flattening camera lens. When I got there there were at least 8 bikes in various states of dismayed disarray spread out across the track and the verges of the hill. It was PROPERLY steep! Andrew made it look like a molehill, when in fact it was a steep sided mountain!
haha yea the video doesn't do it any justice at all
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: adv on November 11, 2014, 04:37:35 pm
Nice one guys!

Justin, ek like jou pienk hempie :D :D

Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on November 12, 2014, 11:55:31 am
Where to begin?

A few questions maybe?

Why do a rally? Really?

For me it’s doing the very thing that inspired me to get into riding adventure bikes in the first place. The Dakar has inspired a whole industry, the roots of adventure riding can be traced directly to Rallying. Just as the roots of sports bikes are from track racing.

More, I get to enter in to a rite of passage of sorts that is far beyond the corporate bullshit, traffic jams and telephone bills. To shout at the wind and see if what I’ve got, still means something, if only to me. Also to join with others and witness their stories and share in the adventure. It’s a recipe that speaks to me deeply.

Lastly, shit, who doesn’t want to ride in a rally and visit stunning parts of our country?!

I’ve had a shit year, divorce really isn’t for sissies.

For many reasons the above being one of major ones, I had ridden the beast only once in 7 months. That was to Fishoek and back to test the new battery. Other than that, my preparation for the Amageza was some sporadic mountain biking. Banting had also made some substantial inroads to my waistline so I suppose that was a big benefit to the process. I was about 10kg down on my couch surfing weight.

To tell the truth I wasn’t looking forward to the Amageza as much as I had for the others for all the shit that I was dealing with. But, as I had plopped money down as soon as Alex had opened the entries and Justin was committed, I couldn’t really let him down.

I didn’t have a garage anymore and the beast was stored in a Unit along with most of my life. Preparing my bike from a powerless storage unit that took 40 minutes to drive to wasn’t much fun and hugely inconvenient.

2 weeks before the race I started preparing. Over the months I’d created a lists of the stuff I need. It didn’t look too imposing or expensive. How wrong I’d be! First off servicing the bike, unbelievably, 3 of the cam bridge bolts stripped the Allen key holes. It took a bit of butchery to finally get them out. Not before taking the whole subframe and exhausts off.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-ks6757V/0/L/IMG_1754-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3656088833&k=ks6757V&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-FJ9n6h3/0/L/IMG_1755-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3656087196&k=FJ9n6h3&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-4q8PmZF/0/L/IMG_1759-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3656098269&k=4q8PmZF&lb=1&s=A)

A new F2R roadbook was mounted and I was going to try out using my Iphone’s rally app for the cap heading and ICO. An Iphone holder was mounted above this. I was quite pleased with the result.

It’s a bit rough, but it works

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-DqHz8Zn/0/L/IMG_1765-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3656109301&k=DqHz8Zn&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-mJWTqqV/0/L/IMG_1762-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3656104173&k=mJWTqqV&lb=1&s=A)

It seems that anything to do with rallying comes in multiples of R1000.00. The closer I got to kickoff the more my bank had to cough up these multiples. I stopped checking my bank notification SMS’s after a while out of shear terror.

The weekend before we were to drive to Uppington, I went for a 300km shakedown ride. It was a tough bit of everything where I purposely tried to break things. A few things obliged; IPhone holder and back brake, rear exhaust manifold got a crack in it, this was better than having them go during the race. So off with the subframe again

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-sWmCZm9/0/L/IMG_1766-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3656111081&k=sWmCZm9&lb=1&s=A)

I serviced the bike once more and checked all clearances in the cams and changed filters again.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-wghzjfc/0/L/IMG_1767-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3656114540&k=wghzjfc&lb=1&s=A)

The day before we were to leave, I had done most of what was on my list, it seemed ready. I certainly wasn’t.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-7CjpbkH/0/L/IMG_1768-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3656114502&k=7CjpbkH&lb=1&s=A)
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: adv on November 12, 2014, 12:10:23 pm
Nice post.

Sorry to hear about the Divorce.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: >Herman< on November 12, 2014, 12:21:03 pm
Thanks K  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: J-dog on November 12, 2014, 12:22:58 pm
Loving this RR!

Also got divorced this year. Not pleasant.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: 2StrokeDan on November 12, 2014, 04:02:07 pm
Geez Andrew, really sorry to hear of your divorce!

But at least Justin was quick to move into that empty space!  :pot:

I will follow your report post for post.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: westfrogger on November 12, 2014, 06:38:41 pm
 :sip:


 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: JustBendIt on November 12, 2014, 09:52:33 pm
Me luv u long time
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: alanB on November 13, 2014, 07:15:55 am
You did exceptionally well given the circumstances it seems  :thumleft:

I must admit I would be squeamish about using an iPhone on a Rally!  Its an expensive and delicate little thing, not something I would have thought could survive a thrashing - how did that turn out in the end?
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Mooch on November 13, 2014, 08:33:02 am
Huge respect, I am really enjoying this RR and will follow it closely. Great start...  :thumleft:
 
Ya the D thing is a huge upheaval , pain in the ass and expensive... been there too.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: JustBendIt on November 13, 2014, 11:24:14 am
Q: Why is divorce so difficult and expensive ?

A: Because it's worth it

Just remember - this too shall pass ...

In the end everything will be OK - if it's not OK it's not the end yet ...

Stay positive - positive things happen to positive people
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on November 13, 2014, 12:08:55 pm
Subscribing for more 950 rally ride report awesomeness.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Pom17 on November 13, 2014, 12:11:34 pm
Looking forward to this one. Going to be awsum.
I am suffering from post rallye depression and i was not even there
Can someone please post me the link to the video. I cant seem to play the embedded vid from phone
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: briv on November 13, 2014, 12:28:10 pm
Daarsy ....n lekker lank uitgerekte storie om ons uit die werk te hou  :ricky:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Offshore on November 13, 2014, 12:29:36 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Mooch on November 13, 2014, 01:03:12 pm
Check the kilos on that bike... 82k..   :o ;D ...... but I know not much of it is original anymore.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: boere on November 13, 2014, 01:22:12 pm
 :thumleft: Andrew
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Duster on November 13, 2014, 01:53:23 pm
Awesome dune riding, and much respect!  Just for interest sake:  what are your tyre pressures when riding sand like that in the video?
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Buff on November 13, 2014, 02:14:39 pm
Sorry to hear about your divorce Andrew, but sometimes these things happen for the best. I've also walked down that path and I never looked back  :thumleft:

And on a less somber note, you really need to start typing as fast as you ride, we're waiting FFS  ;D
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: JustBendIt on November 13, 2014, 04:03:46 pm
Awesome dune riding, and much respect!  Just for interest sake:  what are your tyre pressures when riding sand like that in the video?

1.78 bar front
1.72 bar rear

exactly
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Bundu on November 13, 2014, 04:27:41 pm
Awesome dune riding, and much respect!  Just for interest sake:  what are your tyre pressures when riding sand like that in the video?

1.78 bar front
1.72 bar rear

exactly
:thumleft:

what sort of average fuel consumption did you get over the total rally and what was the worst consumption?
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: MaxThePanda on November 13, 2014, 04:30:27 pm
The official line is he gets better fuel consumption during Amageza than in normal riding. The look on his face when I found him 5km from the finish on day 1 with empty tanks suggests you may want to make your own mind on this score... :)
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: JustBendIt on November 13, 2014, 05:42:01 pm
Awesome dune riding, and much respect!  Just for interest sake:  what are your tyre pressures when riding sand like that in the video?

1.78 bar front
1.72 bar rear

exactly
:thumleft:

what sort of average fuel consumption did you get over the total rally and what was the worst consumption?

sorry Andrew but you are taking too long to reply

The Safari Tanks on this bike have a maximum capacity of 46 litres - the most fuel we put in for the longest stage was 38l because Andrew says it gets dangerously heavy with more than that

The engine is a 990 superduke motor running 950 adventure gearbox with 2 big FCR pumper carbs - average fuel consumption is heavy - between 10 - 12 litres per 100 km - even heavier in thick sand - the front wheel does 250 km and the back wheel does 800 km
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Bundu on November 13, 2014, 06:07:28 pm

sorry Andrew but you are taking too long to reply

The Safari Tanks on this bike have a maximum capacity of 46 litres - the most fuel we put in for the longest stage was 38l because Andrew says it gets dangerously heavy with more than that

The engine is a 990 superduke motor running 950 adventure gearbox with 2 big FCR pumper carbs - average fuel consumption is heavy - between 10 - 12 litres per 100 km - even heavier in thick sand - the front wheel does 250 km and the back wheel does 800 km

thanks  :thumleft:

quite a thirsty lady that  :o :o  but yes, the terrain must be quite fuel demanding
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on November 13, 2014, 06:20:39 pm
Awesome dune riding, and much respect!  Just for interest sake:  what are your tyre pressures when riding sand like that in the video?

I didn't change tire pressure at all. I rode on relatively hard tires to prevent punctures. So 1.8 on the front and 1.9 on the back first day, 1.7 & 1.8 second and from there on. After my puncture on stage three I rode @ 2.8 on the front it was shit but I couldn't risk another. I seldom air down, if ever.

Edit: ok, my wing man has it covered.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kuifie on November 13, 2014, 06:56:26 pm
Ek geniet die thread  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Fenderbender on November 13, 2014, 07:01:49 pm
Sorry to hear about your divorce Andrew, but sometimes these things happen for the best. I've also walked down that path and I never looked back  :thumleft:

And on a less somber note, you really need to start typing as fast as you ride, we're waiting FFS  ;D

Kon dit nie beter gestel het nie . Andrew , as die stof gaan lê het moet ons gesels . Hoe klink Lambertbaai se Kreeffees vir jou ? jy gaan net nie weer my knie amputeer met n hout piekniekbang nie .  :imaposer: 
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: whitedelight on November 13, 2014, 10:11:44 pm
Andrew you need to speed this RR up, we are all pensively awaiting the next installment . And on the divorce,just remember there is life after divorce, I am living proof of this.
Can't wait for your other vids.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kerritz on November 14, 2014, 07:53:53 am
Dankie en wag in spanning vir die res!
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Doerengone on November 15, 2014, 12:00:01 am
 Yo A.  So good to hear the big machine howling in anger as it powers through the pain barrier..........till all is flat again and gravity resorts to self flagellation and introspection. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Duster on November 15, 2014, 07:03:22 pm
Awesome dune riding, and much respect!  Just for interest sake:  what are your tyre pressures when riding sand like that in the video?

1.78 bar front
1.72 bar rear

exactly
That's interesting that the front is harder than the rear.  is that to prevent punctures?
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Cracker on November 15, 2014, 08:38:13 pm
You made that dune look easy ................  :thumleft:

My first attempt was a damp squib and the second was a balls to the wall, long run-up, off-piste, "Charge of the Light brigade", adrenalin rush - it worked but I nearly killed a photgrapher or two.

Next time  ;)
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: JustBendIt on November 15, 2014, 09:56:46 pm
Awesome dune riding, and much respect!  Just for interest sake:  what are your tyre pressures when riding sand like that in the video?

1.78 bar front
1.72 bar rear

exactly
That's interesting that the front is harder than the rear.  is that to prevent punctures?
c

Yes - it is critical to run the front  very much harder than the rear just like the pressures I set - especially when racing at this professional level
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: JustBendIt on November 15, 2014, 09:57:31 pm
Awesome dune riding, and much respect!  Just for interest sake:  what are your tyre pressures when riding sand like that in the video?

1.78 bar front
1.72 bar rear

exactly
That's interesting that the front is harder than the rear.  is that to prevent punctures?
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Samou on November 15, 2014, 10:42:34 pm
Great video :thumleft:
Scared me in my chair  :spitcoffee:

me 2  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Rodlau on November 16, 2014, 12:10:12 am
That was some riding on that sand dune. Looked so easy I could quite easily believe you were on a hovercraft.  Big respect I have for you tackling that monster the way you do
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 16, 2014, 01:47:17 am
This report will be magnificent, I just know it :thumleft:

Andrew, listen to the sage words of your pit bitch which are spot on. ;D     Jagsding - you biscuit, you!  :thumleft:  :thumleft: 

Q: Why is divorce so difficult and expensive ?
A: Because it's worth it

Just remember - this too shall pass ...
In the end everything will be OK - if it's not OK it's not the end yet ...
Stay positive - positive things happen to positive people

Have a good trip, and never forget:

We love you good, we love you long time.  :3some:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on November 17, 2014, 12:58:50 pm
The plan was to leave early on the Friday and do the hop to Uppington in one go. So, I was to sleep the night at Justin’s  and we’d be off at the crack of dawn.

There was some last minute stuff that had to happen;

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-69STK2w/0/L/IMG_1769-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3656116157&k=69STK2w&lb=1&s=A)

My sidestand mounting needed some modification

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-JdP3TK6/0/L/IMG_1770-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3656120744&k=JdP3TK6&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-fCxv6cC/0/L/IMG_1772-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3656122687&k=fCxv6cC&lb=1&s=A)

A bit of a wash

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-T5jngBf/0/L/IMG_1773-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3656127132&k=T5jngBf&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-bGLJxD3/0/L/IMG_1774-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3656127375&k=bGLJxD3&lb=1&s=A)

And the beast was as ready as it was ever going to be. Brutal is sexy?

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-HcSj9Q8/0/L/IMG_1775-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3656129794&k=HcSj9Q8&lb=1&s=A)

This is where the story got a bit off script, I was keen to do some visualisation exercises whilst sitting quietly with the bike, but Justin convinced me that going to a steak house would be ideal. Somehow, a whole extra 2 bottles of wine jumped onto the bill and copious amounts of “strategizing” went on till the wee hours. I put the blame squarely on Justin for this tactical blunder. The first of my reservations about allowing him to support me were the last few things I thought of before I dropped off to sleep in his sons bed. (sons were with Gran)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-NzbbG6d/0/L/IMG_1779-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3656136233&k=NzbbG6d&lb=1&s=A)

The end result was that we only got going in peak Cape Town rush hour traffic that included having to drop off a bakkie. Proper amateurish move.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-xJXZ8Hc/0/L/IMG_1782-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689652060&k=xJXZ8Hc&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-TfV8kGD/0/L/DSC04692-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689756223&k=TfV8kGD&lb=1&s=A)

We also managed to absolutely mangle the N7 roadworks such that 2 hours was lost there too.

Somewhere along the way lunch

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-gmGbDLm/0/L/IMG_1785-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689652945&k=gmGbDLm&lb=1&s=A)

Music and laughing was the better way to pass the time....

https://www.youtube.com/v/pqJLT3GIiiU

Two punctures were also a great way to add to the fun.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-kQ7rch2/0/L/IMG_1788-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689658537&k=kQ7rch2&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-2TWWcQw/0/L/IMG_1791-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689664762&k=2TWWcQw&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-KVDgqXd/0/L/IMG_1792-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689663482&k=KVDgqXd&lb=1&s=A)

Had to get a sundowner and make new friends. Justin convinced the local Mr Personality that he should add him to his facebook page.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-3vpNDrs/0/L/IMG_1798-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689665048&k=3vpNDrs&lb=1&s=A)

The place to have the obligatory beer at sundown. Only 200k’s to go!

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-4mSkR95/0/L/IMG_1800-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689666378&k=4mSkR95&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-LTBgQwf/0/L/IMG_1802-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689666170&k=LTBgQwf&lb=1&s=A)

14 hours to do 800k’s did not set a great average speed. It was a long day but full of laughs and banter.

We crawled into bed about midnight after getting supper in the Upington Dros.

Tomorrow would be scrutinizing… and of course checking out all the bike porn.

I was really looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Offshore on November 17, 2014, 01:11:31 pm
Can't wait for the rest........ :ricky:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on November 17, 2014, 02:11:55 pm
Justin, despite being dog tired had some mozzie induced insomnia. I found him the next morning in the passenger seat of the Pajero. Just reward I thought for keeping me up the previous night.

An early morning stroll around the Upington showground camp site revealed some of the punters. It was good to meet some of familiar faces and greet the new.

Neil was showing how to fight with a Moose, ok a mousse. I was going to offer a hand, but shit, it looked like hard sweaty work and I had been told by my mental coach Justin to stay in full lazy mode so continued with the camp stroll.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-H3W8RcK/0/L/IMG_1805-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689669538&k=H3W8RcK&lb=1&s=A)

Brave boy. Eddie and his HP2.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-KwnZ2VD/0/L/IMG_1807-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689671508&k=KwnZ2VD&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-bg4pLQ2/0/L/IMG_1808-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689671502&k=bg4pLQ2&lb=1&s=A)

Gather boys and toys and this is the inevitable…

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-ZG2T4Np/0/L/IMG_1811-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689674228&k=ZG2T4Np&lb=1&s=A)

Eddy to Race had some serious toys!

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-xctH8zt/0/L/IMG_1812-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689679178&k=xctH8zt&lb=1&s=A)

Right, let’s get scrutineering over with. This year they seemed more serious. Some really impressive machines!

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-ckDmRcV/0/L/IMG_1814-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689652061&k=ckDmRcV&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-mkqVcrb/0/L/IMG_1815-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689677320&k=mkqVcrb&lb=1&s=A)

The two responsible for the this whole jaunt Wayne and Alex;

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-L6nv3vZ/0/L/IMG_1816-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689679659&k=L6nv3vZ&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-BJ9Jf9s/0/L/IMG_1817-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689679155&k=BJ9Jf9s&lb=1&s=A)

You only get in with one of these.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-wcLjrRk/0/L/IMG_1820-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689680812&k=wcLjrRk&lb=1&s=A)

Ian or MaxthePanda, is a writer that I quite enjoy on the forum and it was good to finally meet him in the flesh. He, like many others, were doing their first rally. Everyone was impressively well prepared.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-wQcPFV8/0/L/DSC04700-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689763039&k=wQcPFV8&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-MvDDdf2/0/L/DSC04702-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689765610&k=MvDDdf2&lb=1&s=A)

Jonathan was doing an overland trip from the UK, took a wrong turn and found himself in the Scrutineering queue. Being a Pom, where they love queues immensely and are overly polite he was quite bemused to find himself in a slight detour on his way to the Cape.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-c6TCzrV/0/L/DSC04708-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689769554&k=c6TCzrV&lb=1&s=A)

There’s always one fatty at the party.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-sTDzhL5/0/L/DSC04710-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689774628&k=sTDzhL5&lb=1&s=A)

Some chaps have all the luck. They pay their money, pitch with a helmet and get one of these and get pampered for the week. The proper way to do it!

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-pVDz6NS/0/L/DSC04711-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689774581&k=pVDz6NS&lb=1&s=A)

Finally, I was into the shed where the scrutineering was taking place.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-TsnHkVN/0/L/IMG_1824-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689681018&k=TsnHkVN&lb=1&s=A)

The guys checked absolutely everything on the bike and my kit. Any leaks? Everything legal? Comprehensive first aid and emergency kit?

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-6btrpnQ/0/L/IMG_1826-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689682277&k=6btrpnQ&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-sJ8DXLX/0/L/DSC04715-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689780748&k=sJ8DXLX&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-6JsDmwb/0/L/DSC04720-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689779158&k=6JsDmwb&lb=1&s=A)

Justin had figured out what was being looked at and had me through in  record time by having everything to hand when asked. Hmmm, he might just be of some value…

He sells cars, he has a practised eye and cast it over the only side by side on the rally, they had an interesting licence disc….

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-Rz5MVdp/0/L/IMG_1829-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689682629&k=Rz5MVdp&lb=1&s=A)

The organisers had provided, for a few extra Rands, a really vital set of accessories for the race.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-Xkg7Pdb/0/L/IMG_1832-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689685135&k=Xkg7Pdb&lb=1&s=A)

Home

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-9Zhw9zg/0/L/IMG_1833-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689685785&k=9Zhw9zg&lb=1&s=A)

Justin had, with great foresight, erected his almost on top of the septic tank.  

The weather was threatening and did follow through. I thought this was great for the race as the promised sand could only be far better for it.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-KNhD93B/0/L/IMG_1835-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689684766&k=KNhD93B&lb=1&s=A)

Dinner was a reasonably subdued affair

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-J8J5X5N/0/L/IMG_1840-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689686665&k=J8J5X5N&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-jQHnWnC/0/L/DSC04734-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689781899&k=jQHnWnC&lb=1&s=A)

Tomorrow was the prologue. I’d never done one before and was curious about how it would play out. The idea was that it would give us our starting positions.

It was an early evening.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Mooch on November 17, 2014, 03:10:40 pm
Good Stuff. I am going to enjoy this one...!!!
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Divot on November 17, 2014, 03:36:52 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: wayneh on November 17, 2014, 03:50:10 pm
You crack me up...  :spitcoffee:   You couldn't dream up a more entertaining team pairing, Team KamJag
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Bundu on November 17, 2014, 04:10:18 pm
very entertaining and as always a great read - thanks Kamanya and Jagsding  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Marvin on November 17, 2014, 04:29:49 pm
 :peepwall:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Malibu on November 17, 2014, 04:45:57 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Orangejuicepony on November 17, 2014, 05:33:21 pm
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Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on November 17, 2014, 05:47:54 pm
Prologue day.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-B8ZZ7XK/0/L/IMG_1851-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689688004&k=B8ZZ7XK&lb=1&s=A)

A really sad moment. Tragic family matters had ended the dream;

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-RRTW7Nn/0/L/IMG_1862-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689689864&k=RRTW7Nn&lb=1&s=A)

We would take his bike back home for him.

What very quick quad riders do to bikes

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-d7CR489/0/L/DSC04738-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689753475&k=d7CR489&lb=1&s=A)

Some last minute fettling. I caught Justin helping out the opposition – just can’t get decent loyal help these days!

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-BDdLDMw/0/L/IMG_1869-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689675381&k=BDdLDMw&lb=1&s=A)

His words of wisdom to Robert

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-XL44KLt/0/L/DSC04746-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701860411&k=XL44KLt&lb=1&s=A)

Even did some daydreaming

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-sLB7Sz4/0/L/DSC04770-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701861499&k=sLB7Sz4&lb=1&s=A)

That’s a Factory KTM sponsored riders bike, a certain Mr Van Neikirk.


After a briefing to let us know what was to happen, we all trooped off to a track adjacent to the showground, literally a stones throw away.

Upington’s petrol heads were on the stands. The wind was humping and 77 other guys were all decked out and ready to get at it. The anticipation was high.

I’ve never been on a track of any sort tar or MX. Thomas Eich had mentioned that it was slippery gravel and that there was a deep sand pit too. Thomas can ride really well. Hmmm.

We were given one lap as a parade/sighter. It was pretty squirelly. There were 6 long straights into 180 degree hairpins. There was jumps and table tops too. Braking is not the beasts forte. Or MX type stuff. Turning neither. Getting too excited would only end in tears.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-W9DWVWT/0/L/DSC04796-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701843714&k=W9DWVWT&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-k4MCqvv/0/L/DSC04799-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689789629&k=k4MCqvv&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-546xv5T/0/L/DSC04803-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689789238&k=546xv5T&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-K8tmhLm/0/L/DSC04821-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701843606&k=K8tmhLm&lb=1&s=A)

The above mentioned factory rider. He truly is blitzing!

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-4C9rcFx/0/L/DSC04827-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701844170&k=4C9rcFx&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-b2d2QQn/0/L/DSC04834-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701846192&k=b2d2QQn&lb=1&s=A)

My goal for the whole race was first to finish and then hopefully to finish in the top half of the field. A prologue is mildly important to these modest goals only in that being that the next two days were sand, starting  right at the back would be tough. Having 70 other guys plough up the sand would not be fun. Rudi who was on the only other 950 made the point about the sand whilst we were waiting for the prologue. For us, on the big bikes sand is not as fun.

We were to be set off in threes and our starting set off positions were in reverse order of our numbers. The numbers were given according to where we finished last year. I was 9th but 3 guys ahead of me didn’t’ return for this year and by sheer co-incidence I got to keep my last year’s number – 106. Peter who was number one seed as a result was no. 101. I’d be in the second last heat.

Wayne was the commentator/announcer. As we got closer to our turn he didn’t help by telling the spectators that the last 15 or so guys were the fastest and highest seeds, “the best in the country and some internationally”. That maybe so for the others but I certainly wasn’t anywhere near as quick. I was there only because I finished last year and didn’t make as many mistakes as other far faster guys.

Rudi’s & Roberts heat

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-PmLZc3V/0/L/DSC04836-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701846307&k=PmLZc3V&lb=1&s=A)

Justin got to me just before we were sent off, “you can’t win anything but you can certainly lose tons. Chill! Just nurse it around.”

“Hell, I need a beer!” was my dry mouthed reply.

“Ha! I’ve had about 4 already! I found Rickus’ cousin Nicks cooler box, you should see it, it’s half the size of the bakkie” Nick had generously changed my tires out for the Pajero earlier in the morning and I’d got a great deal on some second-hand ones.

I was just going to go slow and make sure I didn’t crash. The other two could duke it out.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-nnKssLP/0/L/DSC04838-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701846350&k=nnKssLP&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-rn8hmG4/0/L/DSC04842-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701847568&k=rn8hmG4&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-MKGk9QQ/0/L/DSC04844-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701848006&k=MKGk9QQ&lb=1&s=A)

Some really seriously quick guys

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-7QgSCQr/0/L/DSC04850-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701849941&k=7QgSCQr&lb=1&s=A)

= Wipe the video camera. Sadly, I didn’t have “turn it on FFS!” for the prologue. Absolute rank amateur!

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-QRQjbtX/0/L/DSC04845-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701848476&k=QRQjbtX&lb=1&s=A)

The start is a dead engine start. Bike in gear, clutch in and hit the button was going to be the procedure.

On that gravel, first would be done in micro seconds so I thought starting in second would be far better. To my left was Mark Campbell on a factory 450RR and to his left was Koos van den Heever on a 690. Koos would eventually come 8th.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-qCVZvBf/0/L/DSC04860-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701851640&k=qCVZvBf&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-XwD8wBK/0/L/DSC04848-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701850342&k=XwD8wBK&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-B7XmjFw/0/L/DSC04856-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701850281&k=B7XmjFw&lb=1&s=A)

There was some, “good luck, have fun!” were exchanged and before I knew it

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-tZv3bX5/0/L/DSC04857-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701851205&k=tZv3bX5&lb=1&s=A)

….Go!


WTF!????

I was first into the corner after the drag start. “ok, so I’ll have my glory into this corner but the other two will be past and away after that.” Were my thoughts.

I learnt two things then; Nothing accelerates on gravel like a 990. And nothing throws a hailstorm of half bricks out the back like a 990. Anybody not at least 50 meters behind is not safe. Both of these conspired against the other two. Koos got a bad start and couldn’t see a thing and Mark took his life in his hands trying to get close to me. Every time he’d got close, another little straight came up and would conspire against him.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-dFM2VXh/0/L/DSC04862-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701863376&k=dFM2VXh&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-5fd6xpD/0/L/DSC04865-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701857230&k=5fd6xpD&lb=1&s=A)

Going into the second to last straight, after the turn I so nearly threw it away with a near highside, “Where the hell are they?!! Surely I’m about to get done?”

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-jbxSrBp/0/L/DSC04869-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701858422&k=jbxSrBp&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-KWbvFNj/0/L/DSC04870-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701858601&k=KWbvFNj&lb=1&s=A)

I won the heat much to my surprise. It looked impressive but wasn’t that fast a time, Rudi beat me by 3 seconds, he got an ovation for his heroics. Mine was fast enough at least for – 32nd. I was pretty impressed and immediately headed off to make acquaintance with Nicks cooler box. I was shaking quite a bit.

Satisfaction. Willem had a blinder!

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-3MtVjVS/0/L/DSC04882-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701860035&k=3MtVjVS&lb=1&s=A)

Justin was pretending to be pissed off, “I thought we agreed not to race?!” But he’s a racer at heart and was pleased with this reverse Goliath versus Davids. Getting the fat monster around that track had been huge fun!

There was some classics there too

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-dMhkjFn/0/L/DSC04881-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701858638&k=dMhkjFn&lb=1&s=A)

The start list for tomorrow;

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-6cVc2Z5/0/L/DSC04883-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701860311&k=6cVc2Z5&lb=1&s=A)

Then it was a quick afternoon snooze, some last minute adjustments and packing and a meal at the Dros and a glass raised in support of Hendrick

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-p4dv5N5/0/L/IMG_1920-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689694306&k=p4dv5N5&lb=1&s=A)

Stage 1 was one sleep away. I could hardly wait!
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: T9ER on November 17, 2014, 06:11:19 pm
Loving it bud. Keep it coming.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Just Blip It! on November 17, 2014, 06:50:26 pm
 :sip:

Looking forward to the rest of it!

Just one question! What possessed you to acquire the assistance of Jagsding? Seems you going to need lots of luck on this one!! :pot:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: JustBendIt on November 17, 2014, 06:57:47 pm
Andrew - your "potty mouth" and frequent utterances of profanity is starting to concern me ...

One may be inclined to think you have been hanging around with dirty vokken biker scum again

Next thing I know you will be using my favourite word in polite conversation ...
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on November 17, 2014, 07:11:00 pm
Stage 1.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-sr96hMD/0/L/Stage%201-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3704094852&k=sr96hMD&lb=1&s=A)

I had missed the roadbook marking from the night before. It is a pretty vital part of the what one has to do whilst rallying;

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-JTHqpVV/0/L/DSC04888-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701976359&k=JTHqpVV&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-tPX9gNB/0/L/DSC04889-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701976401&k=tPX9gNB&lb=1&s=A)

Justin had had more than enough of Upington, the mozzies, flies, septic tank and crappy toilets had spoilt his stay. He was up way before me and irritatingly woke me up before my alarm went off. I think he was just jealous!

It’s not complicated, get up, get dressed, pack shit,

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-RwwWtQN/0/L/IMG_1923-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689689707&k=RwwWtQN&lb=1&s=A)

eat breakfast,

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-M7hNBGP/0/L/DSC04895-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701976434&k=M7hNBGP&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-6dDbjtz/0/L/DSC04897-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701976497&k=6dDbjtz&lb=1&s=A)

Do hands,

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-zbmmNbt/0/L/DSC04891-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701976407&k=zbmmNbt&lb=1&s=A)

one last check around the bike and gear, then head off to the start line….

We’re pro’s – rider and brolly dolly

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-Xm9vvg5/0/L/DSC04905-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701976517&k=Xm9vvg5&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-2qXg5Dz/0/L/DSC04910-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701976527&k=2qXg5Dz&lb=1&s=A)

Paddock Slut!

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-QZJZrpS/0/L/DSC04915-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701976566&k=QZJZrpS&lb=1&s=A)

Not slow at all!

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-B2V2mhT/0/L/DSC04917-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701976594&k=B2V2mhT&lb=1&s=A)

Nerves

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-pg3Phz3/0/L/DSC04918-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701976609&k=pg3Phz3&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-7DQjMwg/0/L/DSC04920-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701976654&k=7DQjMwg&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-XDzW2dn/0/L/DSC04939-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701976779&k=XDzW2dn&lb=1&s=A)

Can I have your autograph?

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-jfBwCHN/0/L/DSC04931-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701976686&k=jfBwCHN&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-LJfgjkJ/0/L/DSC04927-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701976689&k=LJfgjkJ&lb=1&s=A)

At last, my time came – 6.52am.

Aaannd we’re off! My Amageza had started proper.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-XQFbpkv/0/L/DSC04936-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701976712&k=XQFbpkv&lb=1&s=A)

The liaison was about 80k’s of mostly gravel. The rain was coming and going.

I like riding with sun glasses and a visor. Part of the regulations forbid a visor so I just had my glasses and, if needed, my goggles. In that bit of rain, I sure missed my visor. Rain stings. I had to wait till the end of the Liaison to dig my goggles out.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-vGGctTV/0/L/IMG_1931-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689696048&k=vGGctTV&lb=1&s=A)

Once at the start of the liaison, that was the last time I wore the glasses. I would just make do with the goggles.

We were shepherded into the starting gate. Again I resolved to just take it easy. No-one finishes a rally on the first day, unless he does something stupid.

As John said GO!

I lasted all of second gear, then saw my partners front wheel, changed to 3rd and decided dust was not going to be in my immediate future. We're Outta here.

http://www.youtube.com/v/I8bH8PLr8ko?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

That first bit was really, really fast. If you watch the video till the end, you’ll find out just how fast.

The first 80 or so k’s was stupid fast. Well over a hundred in most places. It then turned to very sandy tweespore and still it seemed a bit quick. There were a lot of gates, the navigation was easy and I only overcooked one corner – also on the video.

I was holding my own with maybe one or two people overtaking me. I passed quite a few.

Then the sand really started. It was very thick and I had to slow it. Still, only about 3 or 4 got past me.

At one point I got launched a bit over a dune where there were a bunch of spectators. This is the Kalahari. There are incredibly few people who are around if at all. When one sees 20 or so on a dune, it’s a bad sign. Aparently some guys did some serious air time there.

I realised that it would be a finely cut thing with about 40k’s to go to the finish. My fuel light normally comes on with about 80k’s to go. For some reason it didn’t and when I looked at my tanks I could see that the sand riding had just maxed out the fuel consumption.

With 8k’s to the finish I ran dry. Ahggg! The frustration!

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-3KKBdcc/0/L/IMG_1932-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689698328&k=3KKBdcc&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-G4gdPzz/0/L/IMG_1933-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689698343&k=G4gdPzz&lb=1&s=A)

Ian and Robert and Nick all stopped and put a few minutes into their time to give me a few hundred ml’s each when they were dangerously low themselves. It was a very selfless thing to do.

I took a wrong turn and after getting back on track ran dry again with 400m to go!

Kevin gave me a litre and that got me home.

There was a comedy still to play out though. The finish was on top of a really big dune. I’d tried to get some petrol from the bakkie up there. The anti-syphon prevented that, but down on the road about 500m away was another bakkie with some fuel. Once I got down there I realised that I hadn’t put the tank cap back on and had to walk back up the dune. That was really heavy going!

The scariest moment of the whole rally was when I hitched a lift back down with Gideon!

Making friends when wating for your rider

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-vCRJQL5/0/L/DSC04950-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701976150&k=vCRJQL5&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-R25f5ZG/0/L/DSC04945-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701976170&k=R25f5ZG&lb=1&s=A)

Justin was understandably a bit disappointed when I met him at the fuel station. I’d had 26 litres in for 180k’s. If I’d known how much sand there was to be, I would have slowed a little to stretch it out and not been so savage with the throttle.

Oh, well. With all the buggering about, I’d lost just under an hour.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-Hb9nBjR/0/L/DSC04955-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701976160&k=Hb9nBjR&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-4qPGP3S/0/L/DSC04956-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701976250&k=4qPGP3S&lb=1&s=A)

Back to the lodge;

The Malle Moto pro’s doing their cleaning

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-WCKQJqp/0/L/DSC04962-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701976274&k=WCKQJqp&lb=1&s=A)

The posers

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-XtGdxkG/0/L/DSC04963-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701976325&k=XtGdxkG&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-pQfKzFB/0/L/DSC04964-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701976335&k=pQfKzFB&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-3MvDHrf/0/L/IMG_1935-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689699310&k=3MvDHrf&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-6pB5hSx/0/L/IMG_1936-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689700093&k=6pB5hSx&lb=1&s=A)

Some had had a Really tough day

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-7SD3d9b/0/L/IMG_1940-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689695270&k=7SD3d9b&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-dKWq6sT/0/L/IMG_1941-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689711232&k=dKWq6sT&lb=1&s=A)

That sand wasn’t for sissies

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-nZXHFWk/0/L/IMG_1942-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689711037&k=nZXHFWk&lb=1&s=A)

Some had electrical issues. Kobie van Breda, the chap closest on the right was paired up with Gideon Joubert - GJ on here. they are both hugely fast and both ex multiple MX and enduro champions. Also good value for money for a laugh.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-qgD5Mxx/0/L/IMG_1944-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689715992&k=qgD5Mxx&lb=1&s=A)

See! There he goes again, arse creeping and rock stars!

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-Q69dFZT/0/L/IMG_1945-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689713719&k=Q69dFZT&lb=1&s=A)

We jumped into the pool and faffed about cleaning air filters and putting in about 100ml of oil, lube the chain and that was it. The big LC8 can be beaten on and doesn’t become a maintenance pig.

The lodge was overwhelmed, had some attitude issues and was not some place that I’ll be back to soon, but the banter was excellent.

Entering the 30 or so waypoints into a GPS is a pain in the arse without a laptop. I’d learnt this from the last time. I had brought along my laptop. Justin can be taught new skills,

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-TWcFftv/0/L/IMG_1939-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689700051&k=TWcFftv&lb=1&s=A)

I had a reasonably early sleep.

Apparently, Stage 2 was going to be the big sand day. WTF?! I didn’t think there could be any more than today!

So be it!


Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Bundu on November 17, 2014, 07:25:19 pm
 :thumleft: :sip:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: JustBendIt on November 17, 2014, 07:34:50 pm
I have no idea who this guy is ... he kept on following me and asking me shit and just would not leave me alone ...

What a pain in the arse he was - he begged me to pose for a photo with him

I think he said his name was Ryan from the church - WTF ?

Every day he finished so early I think he had a head start and took short cuts - as soon as he got back in the pits he would come looking for me and ask me for advice on life , how best to build and grow a rock garden and to play angry birds on my phone

He begged me to choon his bike - so I wound up the vacuum advance on the flux capacitor and fitted a positive hyperdrive power coupling, double overhead battery terminals and a high rise radiator cap - after that I never saw him again he was so blits vinnig

He phoned me on my Nokia 2110 the other day and asked me if I was available to fix his boney in January in South America somewhere - I chooned him nooit bra but My dance card is full - I'm going barbel fishing with stoetie and cocky that week at tygervalley waterfront - sorry for you china
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Crossed-up on November 17, 2014, 08:12:58 pm
Great vid! It really shows what it was like out there.  When I went onto the special I was glad I was in the Jeep and not a on a bike!
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: SmuGS on November 17, 2014, 08:15:30 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: whitedelight on November 17, 2014, 08:41:25 pm
Awesome. Keep it coming  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: alanB on November 17, 2014, 09:18:22 pm
Great video!  :thumleft:

The 950 sounds Titanic!

Thanks for all the effort, both during the race, and now for keeping us couch potatoes up to speed with what it was like.

I think the thing that impressed me the most so far is the casual way you bury the back wheel instead of using the stand in sand.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Just Blip It! on November 17, 2014, 09:18:59 pm
Justin you are such a chop!!
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Mooch on November 17, 2014, 09:56:56 pm
Hey really enjoying this one...!!! Great skill Andrew and Justin just a good lag... :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Bundu on November 17, 2014, 10:06:50 pm


(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-69STK2w/0/L/IMG_1769-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3656116157&k=69STK2w&lb=1&s=A)


blarie nice couple, I might add  ;) :peepwall:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Sprocketbek on November 17, 2014, 10:20:38 pm
Hahaha.........great storytelling & pics, really enjoyed the video!


Still think you had sunstroke, asking me if I had petrol whilst I was standing in the middle of nowhere taking pics......  next time I'll make sure I have a stash, OK?

I'm lagging behind here, but here are some pics of the prologue:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Sprocketbek on November 17, 2014, 10:25:51 pm
It was sure spectacular to watch you put the 990 through it's paces  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Mooch on November 17, 2014, 10:38:20 pm
Awesome!
Hard braking there... Back wheel off the ground!
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Pom17 on November 17, 2014, 11:04:37 pm
Bliksem thats a nice slide Kamanya.

Ehats up with the quad throttle on the one bike?
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: DirtyHarry on November 18, 2014, 02:18:46 am
Almost plain sailing so far  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Aquatic on November 18, 2014, 02:29:37 am
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Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: JustBendIt on November 18, 2014, 03:21:33 am
Justin you are such a chop!!


Waar bly jy ?

Jy Bly stil !
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 18, 2014, 03:33:10 am
Loved the video! I had a similar experience at that gate with the spectators, it was hidden behind a bush and pounced on me. I came in too fast as well and almost took it out, having to powerslide through it to make it. Touch and go, a real sphincter moment, but awesome to pull off in retrospect.

Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on November 18, 2014, 06:07:54 am
I was braking hard there, but I doubt it was endo'ing. I can't do that on tar let alone gravel. Must have been a bump. A Michelin Desert front is pretty reliable in that department though.

Great pics Nick, and the petrol asking was a long shot but I was desperate.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on November 18, 2014, 06:41:52 am
This photo sort of sums up a great aspect of the expereince.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-qgD5Mxx/0/L/IMG_1944-L.jpg)

All the other guys in the photo are technically competitors, but with no hesitation they dove into Kobie's bike and finally found the offending short that had killed it.

Kobie though blitzig on a bike is, I sense, not gifted with mechanics; I have him on video calling his 690 a "plaas bike" and was not sure what the capacity of the thing is. I get the impression that giving him tools to carry is wishful thinking and probably the main reason why he and Gideon teamed up.

The race is mostly with ones self and the others just make it super exciting. The camaraderie and fun factor is very high. It's not hard to see how much effort was required just to get to the start line so that seeing someone drop out is not a nice feeling. I was helped many times and where I could, gave back in return. (except to help change mouses of course!).


Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: alanB on November 18, 2014, 06:44:13 am
So how did the iPhone hold up as an ICO?

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Post by: Dorsland on November 18, 2014, 06:55:48 am
Got sweaty palms reading this. Great RR Andrew.

Anybody know how old the oldest competitor was (is?)?
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: EtienneXplore on November 18, 2014, 07:14:13 am
Bliksem thats a nice slide Kamanya.

Ehats up with the quad throttle on the one bike?

I think it is probably Brian Baragwanath's bike, he is a pro Quad rider and did Amageza on a bike for Dakar Navigation training, so I guess he is so used to ride with a quad throttle, that he modified the bike to fit his needs.

Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Crossed-up on November 18, 2014, 07:24:38 am
Bliksem thats a nice slide Kamanya.

Ehats up with the quad throttle on the one bike?

I think it is probably Brian Baragwanath's bike, he is a pro Quad rider and did Amageza on a bike for Dakar Navigation training, so I guess he is so used to ride with a quad throttle, that he modified the bike to fit his needs.



Correct - and he's seriously talented on a bike too.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on November 18, 2014, 07:27:05 am
Bliksem thats a nice slide Kamanya.

Ehats up with the quad throttle on the one bike?

I think it is probably Brian Baragwanath's bike, he is a pro Quad rider and did Amageza on a bike for Dakar Navigation training, so I guess he is so used to ride with a quad throttle, that he modified the bike to fit his needs.



Yep, he's riding the Dakar on a quad and originally entered the Amageza on one. However, when the race required road legal status machines he took a bike. A thumb throttle is more comfortable for him. He is incredibly quick on a bike, I'd hate to know how fast he is on his preferred choice of steed.

His golas were "thumb time" and navigating. On stage 4 he was just cruising and not putting himself or his Dakar at risk.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Briekmerk on November 18, 2014, 08:37:21 am

Very nice entertaining report. :lol8: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: TEXC on November 18, 2014, 09:51:22 am
awesome pic of you putting it in sideways
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Mr Zog on November 18, 2014, 12:26:58 pm
Awesome Andrew  :thumleft:


I just cannot even comprehend the speed you guys do in that thick sand... just watching it I was getting anxious.


"Julle mag maar!"  :drif:
Title: Re:
Post by: bud500 on November 18, 2014, 01:19:11 pm

Anybody know how old the oldest competitor was (is?)?

At the risk of getting a talking to from the Uncle, I would guess Kevin Thompson must have been up there in the age stakes... He is an Amageza veteran, bike nut and a real gentleman. Oh and also a Wilddog.
Title: Re:
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on November 18, 2014, 02:03:29 pm
At the risk of getting a talking to from the Uncle, I would guess Kevin Thompson must have been up there in the age stakes... He is an Amageza veteran, bike nut and a real gentleman. Oh and also a Wilddog.

Yep, he is 58. Great guy.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Crossed-up on November 18, 2014, 02:14:37 pm
If Kevin finishes next year he'll beat my record as the oldest finisher. But I only rode the first one which was a piddling affair compared to the 3 which followed. He's an absolute legend in my book, and I'll be cheering him on.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: bonova on November 18, 2014, 03:30:56 pm
awesome pic of you putting it in sideways

EPIC pic!!!
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kevin_ZA on November 19, 2014, 04:20:11 pm
If Kevin finishes next year he'll beat my record as the oldest finisher. But I only rode the first one which was a piddling affair compared to the 3 which followed. He's an absolute legend in my book, and I'll be cheering him on.
Thanks guys but it's really not worthy of a mention. It's actualy a bit embarrassing. By now I should be much better.
Andrew - sorry for hijacking your RR.
Awesome RR ....keep it coming. That Super Duke motor sounds fantastic.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on November 19, 2014, 06:45:42 pm
A word on Dampers on big KTM’s;

For years I’ve spouted off to those that will listen that I’ve never felt the need for a damper. So let me change feet here.

I have hand issues – carpal tunnel - and as Alex had said this Amageza would entail many kilometres of sand, I did two things;

1.   Went to a hand specialist and had him inject me with a cortisone. It worked brilliantly on the ride, just the drive home from Worcester was, um, interesting. I couldn’t feel my hands at all for a good 12 hours. But on the race no pain or numbness.

2.   Borrowed a steering damper from Frijan.


I didn’t know if it would help my hands by reducing or damping the violent stuff that previously I didn’t really worry about, but I was willing to try anything.

The damper that I borrowed was not completely ok and only really tightened up with the last 6 or 7 clicks. Something that I am told happens when they need a service. On full hard it seemed pretty fierce to my non damping experience. On this first stage I had set it about halfway in terms of feel. Once we hit that really squirrely red stuff, I turned it up way hard.

I can now see the difference. It doesn’t do much to the front but does keep the back from flopping around too much. But even more, it allowed me to “rest” my hands and not have to hold on so tight. If you watch the video the bike still bucks about but the rear has far less freedom and those terrible crashes where the bike swaps a few times before you see your arse seem a little further away.

It doesn’t make much difference on sand below about 40, but once up to really mega speeds, it comes into its own.

On squirrelly gravel at very high speed it calms things down and adds a touch of confidence to the story.

Everywhere else I rode with it off. If I rode with it on in most other situations I felt it pushing my line a bit wide.

If you’re hoping that it will help your sand riding skills if you have none or little, I am afraid you may be disappointed. If you want to barrel along and be a little more rested at the end then they are the ticket.

A huge thanks to Frijan and sorry to those who may have taken my advice before.

For those that don't know it's that gold thing under the bars

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-xt8FXcj/0/L/IMG_1977-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689728664&k=xt8FXcj&lb=1&s=A)
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on November 19, 2014, 11:12:21 pm
The damper that I borrowed was not completely ok and only really tightened up with the last 6 or 7 clicks. Something that I am told happens when they need a service. On full hard it seemed pretty fierce to my non damping experience. On this first stage I had set it about halfway in terms of feel. Once we hit that really squirrely red stuff, I turned it up way hard.

Mine also give lotsa resistance at the last two clicks and it did so since new.
As I understand there are also some other settings where the damping rate change relative to the speed of the handlebar jerk/shudder.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on November 20, 2014, 12:46:25 pm
Check attached document of scotts settings some of these few people know of. PG 11 can help a lot
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on November 20, 2014, 06:54:58 pm
I wonder how many okes know about that. thanks!
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Mooch on November 20, 2014, 09:34:58 pm
Check attached document of scotts settings some of these few people know of. PG 11 can help a lot

Interesting.... Thanks for sharing.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on November 21, 2014, 08:27:55 am
yes the beauty of those settings is you can get zero damping in the middle but when a headshake takes place it dampens on the sides so under normal riding there is no feel of damping. Used that setting all the time on the mx track. You never feel the damper even though its working

Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on November 23, 2014, 03:36:15 pm
Some things on stage 1 that I had forgotten;


There was a part of the course where I was not far behind two guys. At that moment the gyrocopter was above and I was thinking, “really, just don’t bin it now!” Instead of watching the navigation. I think the other two must have also been distracted as we went for a k or two down the wrong track. That little spike to the left was the bit.

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=162227.0;attach=386900;image)

It was fortuitous as the gyro got some shots too of the mistake;

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10689852_722552087839399_8286374909488914250_n.jpg?oh=853f70769ee40eaae6c70db447d665e5&oe=54EB2EAB&__gda__=1420451859_e1bcf2cd4e76d4b0b65ef45150d7718d)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/1381180_722552221172719_7258339719962018965_n.jpg?oh=228082e1f105c37574a12d0574a1db74&oe=54F77BEB&__gda__=1424641834_04bbbb7283c748eb75c5954eaa151db5)

A quick conflab to sort the issue out. Clearly we weren't the first to do some sightseeing.

(https://scontent-a-fra.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10665871_722561057838502_5193876406754182005_n.jpg?oh=d7eef2e14f6c2945c21e20adb190c4e7&oe=54DD7007)
On reflection now, I think if the weather hadn’t played along, there would have been many more guys stuck out there. Heat and dryness can make sand really tough.

Some shots that I’ve stolen from all over;

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/p417x417/1391995_722550761172865_6321953612663162511_n.jpg?oh=d0beecebe3dcf36107b246ba1dffb39d&oe=5516F66F&__gda__=1427678721_237220a8e29b3f25ad1e72cff78c24b6)

(https://scontent-b-cdg.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/q83/p417x417/10403586_722551357839472_9012428621627535140_n.jpg?oh=42eb17392340397146793cf227957e06&oe=54D1CCEB)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/s720x720/10435373_722552467839361_3697218297693336592_n.jpg?oh=bb7aed39de8033273bf134c69d0eff65&oe=55181655&__gda__=1427162600_860579516df49f04ac0081b56aa1d78c)

(https://scontent-b-cdg.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/10410303_722554414505833_8854961774546300332_n.jpg?oh=9c48d1c3f7f3d06f9463e377737f718b&oe=551E2417)
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: JustBendIt on November 24, 2014, 05:10:03 am
stunning amazing aerial photos !!!!
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: BiG DoM on November 24, 2014, 06:01:57 am
Check attached document of scotts settings some of these few people know of. PG 11 can help a lot

I still believe a damper is one of the best things you can spend money on on a bike - once you have experienced it save your ass once you will understand. Further to the above high speed valve setting capability (and this is where the Scotts/Ohlins units have the advantage as they are the only ones with this feature) one should really also look at the setting of the sweep valves. These are those two small screws on the side of the damper and set the breakaway angle so that in tight slow technical stuff there is no damping … and this also saves on the arm pump  ::) To get the most out of a damper one really needs to understand its workings, settings and service it. Recently I bought a second hand unit for a bike and the tower pin was virtually corroded solid in the tower … not sure how it even functioned? Maybe extra built in damping?!  ;D
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Bazinga on November 24, 2014, 01:49:56 pm
Lekker Kamanya

Enjoying your report :ricky:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: adamktm on November 24, 2014, 03:25:07 pm
Nice RR, we will have to get a few more details and RR's at Doodle's with a few drinks!!!
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Mark Hardy on November 24, 2014, 05:50:05 pm
Thanks Andrew for an excellent RR, can't wait for the rest.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: N[]vA on November 24, 2014, 10:17:37 pm
Andrew digging a trench about 60km from teh end of Day 3 special
(https://scontent-b-mad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/t31.0-8/10521451_749309445134099_747975967426405111_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on November 25, 2014, 10:03:09 pm
Stage 2

ASKHAM TO KAKAMAS
4 November 2014
328km - Team Supported Race Stage
Liaison: 196km
Special: 132km

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-TTt7BxL/0/L/Stage%202-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3715454461&k=TTt7BxL&lb=1&s=A)

It had been a good evening, the morning seemed even better, the weather was still cool with cloud, an excellent thing!

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-LfkV4xw/0/L/IMG_1950-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689714927&k=LfkV4xw&lb=1&s=A)

Justin and I were into the swing of things now. I was ready, the banter was high and nothing seemed to be rushed. Breakfast was a quick affair. There was a last check, hands taped

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-SxtNL9C/0/L/IMG_1948-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689712814&k=SxtNL9C&lb=1&s=A)

The obligatory glitter ball zip tied on for luck in the dunes and of course to confuse following competitors – maybe they are like pigeons and will get scared by the reflecting rays from the sun…

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-gMXzNrW/0/L/IMG_1949-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689715334&k=gMXzNrW&lb=1&s=A)

Justin had taken over the motivational side of my race;

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-pX8hnMs/0/L/IMG_1952-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689717221&k=pX8hnMs&lb=1&s=A)

I’d overheard him saying to Robert the previous day when he was having another faf attack, “Robert, ROBERT! Look into my eyes! Listen, no-one likes a grumpy rider. Everyone loves a happy rider! Who knows who you are going to meet and grumpy is just not going  to cut it! DO YOU HEAR!”

I am not sure what motivational theory he was drawing his words from?

Because race control were having an issue with the satellite uplinks that were to be used to crunch the data every day so as to give us our finish times and thus start times for the next day, we were to start in the same order as the previous day. Pieter on 147 was again to be my partner. He’d had an issue with his ICO the previous day but had it fixed by the start.

The general idea is just wait by the start until Alex shouts out your number or keep asking the other guys their start times and slot in where applicable. It works quite well.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-7xnC9Sr/0/L/IMG_1953-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689719364&k=7xnC9Sr&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-sgD9Rnx/0/L/DSC04983-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3715502673&k=sgD9Rnx&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-X5W29xb/0/L/DSC04988-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3715479933&k=X5W29xb&lb=1&s=A)

Rudi and Co.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-z38DPpR/0/L/DSC04987-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3715503826&k=z38DPpR&lb=1&s=A)

Robert freshly motivated

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-mMNFzpD/0/L/DSC04981-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3715502567&k=mMNFzpD&lb=1&s=A)

Really, this thing is not slow!

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The Pom, again in a queue

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The quickest guys, Albert who is riding in this year’s Dakar

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I had 38 litres in for the day. Justin would be waiting with 10 more after 240km. My setup doesn’t really like more than about 25, it makes a big difference to how it behaves.

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The office

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240k’s with about 120 of it thick sand is a bit of a thumb suck with regards to fuel. My bike becomes a fuel pig in thick sand; it’s the price I pay for trying to plough +300kg all up through sand. It didn’t help when right as Alex was about to let us go he says, “It’s freaking far, look after your fuel!”

Ahh well, what will be will be. Still 36 litres makes a huge difference to the feel of the bike. Imagine the Dakar guys of old, they had my type of bike and would be fuelled with close to 60 litres!

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-dwV95kN/0/L/DSC04993-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3715478996&k=dwV95kN&lb=1&s=A)

The liaison was a very pretty 80km through dry Kalahari bush and across a really big salt pan. There was no hint of dunes, yet, but I did spot a few camels?!!

Along the way a few guys ahead of us were traveling a little slowly. I triple checked the road book to make sure Pieter and I weren’t speeding. Of course we can’t talk to each other and all we could do was look at each other and shrug and pass. In my mind this was not a bad thing at all. The more guys behind me the less tracks I would have to ride in.

At the start of the special there were a heap of guys faffing around. Although we had a specific start time at the liaison, the organisers were not being picky about special stage start times. When you pitched, get in the queue and then go.

I jumped at the chance and was paired up with Kobus Potgieter. He’s a super quick chap riding a 690 factory rally replica. Hating him for being quick and having a factory bike is not easy as he is a super nice guy.

There was also no sense in trying to race him, he’s just too quick so off he went. I was surprised in that I could stay with him for the few bends. Again, my torque was telling out of the corners, but the 690’s just don’t slow down for them and that’s where I lose big time.

Although I didn’t notice it, we were running parallel to a huge dune. After 3 or 4 k’s the track turned abruptly and headed straight up it. Apparently, no one has yet managed to get up it in a 4x4. I'm not sure I believe that.

Us guys in the Cape are used to charging up reasonably big dunes that although not as high as this are much steeper. What makes riding in sand especially hard is when others have been there before you. Their tracks criss cross your intended route and screw with your mind. Fascinatingly, others’ tracks have less material effect on the chosen path as one would think, so the trick is momentum and be in a good gear to pull you up.

Fortunately, being in a good gear is a bit academic on a 990, it has horses to spare. I think looking at the video I’m in 3rd or 4th.

The dune was a bit of a non-event, as I suppose for most of the Cape guys it would be. But, what I wasn’t so prepared for was the cresting.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-cJrWDn4/0/L/Stage%202%204-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3715419859&k=cJrWDn4&lb=1&s=A)

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This was to be the story of the day. For some reason almost every crest had a S bend at the top?

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Not sure why, but it sure does screw with the ride. It means having to tap off and muscle it through. Also the consistency of the sand on the crests was softer. This is not unusual, it has something to do with wind changes and the effect is that the wheel sits deeper in the sand and sucks speed and power.

What does cause havoc is my back tyre. I regularly get feedback from guys following me that riding in a 20cm trench is not much fun. Ahh well…. It’s a race!

For next 100km, it was an orgy of dunes. 216 to be exact.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-q4wJZZf/0/L/IMG_1961-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689721934&k=q4wJZZf&lb=1&s=A)

I fell a few times, I got passed quite a bit. 450’s eat this stuff up. At one point I got a whole fence stuck in my rear and front simultaneously. Mr Leatherman sorted that out.

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My first fall was the hardest of the whole race. In the middle of nowhere I was barrelling along and suddenly I see a guy on top of dune. Not sure what happened after that, but my kidneys took a smack. And strangest of all, it knocked my ear plugs out? Never had that happen. That fall left me a bit stiff for the next two days.

The grass clumps are a bit dangerous, they look soft but buck the front and are not good to get too closely acquainted with. I did a few times, you can see the effect on the video.

Ian and I rode through an off piste section. It was up a river bed. There is really very little that beats riding off piste picking lines through acacia trees and river rocks. It really feels a lot like skiing. Once out of the bed though, I was going slowly and hit a crop of big rocks that knocked me over. Some farmer in his bakkie was right there and really wanted to have an extended chat with me.

"Hello, how goes it?"

"You ok?"

"How was the race so far"

"Do you want a beer?"

If you are reading this Mt Farmer, sorry for not spending a few hours shooting the breeze.

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Towards the end of the stage, we were sent along a really steep rocky track. At the bottom, I met up with a bunch of guys who’d pass me earlier. They were confused about the end of the stage. And were milling about.

What had happened was that, unlike yesterday, although the end of the stage is marked on the roadbook and has a waypoint but has no marshals or signs to say this is the end. IT is a bit confusing if you’ve not had it before and can cause one to doubt the roadbook if you are expecting a marshal and dancing girls.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-mQ328QK/0/L/Stage%202%207-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3715420322&k=mQ328QK&lb=1&s=A)

Justin looked far more relieved to see me. After yesterday’s fiasco, I think he was looking to jump ship. All riders had to have a spare 10 litres at a marshal point about 20 k’s from the end of stage so that they would be able to make it to Kakamas another 120k’s away.

Riann, fresh as a daisy

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The quick boys

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Andy, finish line marshal. What every competitor loves to see!

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I think the job of support is far harder on the nerves than for the rider. I was IN it. Justin was a very involved spectator and close participant in the whole event but I imagine that as a support crew, imagination is not a blessing. He, like me is also reasonably competitive so, though the race is with oneself, the marker with which to judge that is the other competitors.

Although we knew each other reasonably well, we were beginning to bond. It was really great to have someone there and knowing. Also competent and fun. We were working as a team…

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-mMQ8kQ4/0/L/DSC05011-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3721152039&k=mMQ8kQ4&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-GLh9DT2/0/L/DSC05014-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3721155785&k=GLh9DT2&lb=1&s=A)


He broke my musings by saying, “You’re more than an hour behind Riaan, what’s up with that! Right, get the hell going! And, this pig truck of yours is worse than a Landcruiser with this headwind, it’s going to bankrupt me!”

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-K9FJc6B/0/L/DSC05017-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3721164502&k=K9FJc6B&lb=1&s=A)

?!

I swear, support teams are a double edged sword!

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I digested this support for the next 110k’s and so did all the rest of us.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-GsSKs6K/0/L/DSC05019-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3721167738&k=GsSKs6K&lb=1&s=A)

So did he…

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-Nr58r95/0/L/DSC05020-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3721175482&k=Nr58r95&lb=1&s=A)

All in all, it was a good ride.

Next, Kakamas the last outpost and adoring children!
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: JustBendIt on November 26, 2014, 04:36:00 am
loving it  :biggrin:

they say familiarity breeds contempt

but

absence makes the heart grow fonder ...

I miss you big guy - luv u loooooooong time
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Rolling Stone on November 26, 2014, 05:12:33 am
Eish
before you read the RR you think that you were the only one to have a hard time out there and then it dawns on you that except for the front  couple of guys, everyone was in a little survival battle of their own
 
nice RR Andy, keep it coming :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on November 26, 2014, 07:01:03 am
Stage 2 video

https://www.youtube.com/v/FnWRJyk9-D4
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on November 26, 2014, 08:32:30 am
My video camera can do about 4 hours of recording before the batteries need to be changed. So I have a spare set in my back pack. In one of the more meatier crashes I thought it was about time to change over and felt behind me for the side pocket that I keep them in.

Sadly, my radio and the batteries had fallen out in the crash. I searched about in the sand but couldn't find them. They must have fallen out in one of the earlier crashes....

Or so I thought.

About a day later I found them. They were in the other side.

So sadly I didn't get the last bit of the stage in the river bed and steep rocky tracks.

Chop!
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: GG on November 26, 2014, 10:32:35 am
Flip those falls are so familiar  :laughing4:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: whitedelight on November 26, 2014, 10:49:24 am
Respect dude  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: met eish on November 26, 2014, 11:32:17 am
Enjoyed the ride, respect for handling that 950 on those sandy tweespoor's
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on November 26, 2014, 11:51:31 am
Have stuck this where it belongs further back in the report. But as most of you would have read this far already, here are some snippets from the drive up. Music and laughter...

https://www.youtube.com/v/pqJLT3GIiiU

Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Bazinga on November 26, 2014, 12:33:25 pm
I enjoyed that stage 2 video a lot.

I had many front wheel holidays, ha ha ha
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: DirtyHarry on November 26, 2014, 01:40:36 pm
Nice track building in video 2 Andrew  :biggrin:
You are one tough MTF.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: King Louis on November 26, 2014, 01:52:02 pm
Respect and thanks for sharing.... :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Cracker on November 26, 2014, 02:06:34 pm
HA!!      Another memory revisited - those dune-tops were a bugger

They mighta been S-shaped but I rode them like a W  :o :o :o

Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: bonova on November 26, 2014, 04:29:51 pm
Loving this!
As a matter of interest - Kobus was on his 690 RALLY (the real deal, not a conversion), not a 450 ;)

Watching your riding makes me long for my 950 again - poetry - dunno if I'd have the balls to take it on Amageza tho!
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 30, 2014, 04:50:20 am
I enjoyed that stage 2 video a lot.

I had many front wheel holidays, ha ha ha

Bringing up the back of the field in the sweep with Weskus and Co. I think we must have seen like 50-60 craters in those dunes from guys wiping out. You tell the really bad ones aprt because there would always be a lot more footprints and drag marks etc. Some of them were insane, but we chuckled every time we saw them, knowing that the drama must have been high: "Look at this! Ja, some poor oke bought the farm here...Hell that one must have been really moebie".

The distribution was random most of the time, with more happening on the backs of the dunes.

On one of those steep crests, some oke must have sailed through the a good 10m, having ridden over the crest HP over one of those big grass tufts. His crater mark was about 6m below the top. He must have ploughed big time going over bars, because it looked like a war zone. Must have hurt like hell.

Saw a good 5-10 tracks off to the side in the grass at times. It became a bit of a pattern, with the tracks converging most of the time near the dune crests. One guy basically did the whole route 5-15m off to the left of the track. Insane in that grass.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Cracker on November 30, 2014, 10:43:28 am
The grass worked - I used it a lot - and I did steer towards the path again near the tops, as you saw.

Going straight over the grass tops was a pot-luck affair, so I'd stop on most tops just before descent, going over the bars was not nice and freaked me out coz I dunno what the bike was doing behind me.   :o :o :o

What I did find different, though, is the animal holes in the red sand were only about a foot big so riding over them was easy - the white sand had the bigger, bone-breaking holes.

For those wondering what the road is for - I spoke to a farmer (a white landcruiser) on the Namibian side of the fence who owned some of the land on both sides. He reckoned the path is used by the SA border patrol and is used quite regularly. I didn't ask what vehicle they used but it must be a helluva job driving up and down those dunes.

He told me that even he has to go through an official border post, about 140kms away, to visit his other farm - and there we were, standing 6 feet apart, talking through a little wire mesh fence, both of us standing on his land.

It was quite comical at the time - I couldn't understand his attempt at English, so he had to endure my 'brilliant' Afrikaans - his wife was standing there, sniggering.

Woulda been a great photo - me in my shiny, green, MX kit - standing in SA. Greeting a sun beaten, veldskoen, leather-hatted Boer, across the little fence, in Namibia. And it was on top of that big, dry, grassless dune with the scary drop-off.

Chalk and cheese doesn't quite do it - but you know what I mean .................................. 
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: N[]vA on November 30, 2014, 11:39:09 am

Woulda been a great photo - me in my shiny, green, MX kit - standing in SA. Greeting a sun beaten, veldskoen, leather-hatted Boer, across the little fence, in Namibia. And it was on top of that big, dry, grassless dune with the scary drop-off.

Chalk and cheese doesn't quite do it - but you know what I mean .................................. 
hahah awesome visual thanks :)
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on December 02, 2014, 08:21:52 am
Time to go

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-fh6hVd6/0/L/Stage%202%206-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3715420140&k=fh6hVd6&lb=1&s=A)

The ride to Kakamas was lonely. Not just for me either

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-9sXF9Hm/0/L/DSC05023-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3734799877&k=9sXF9Hm&lb=1&s=A)

It’s a strange thing that happens when rallying. There are 70 souls all on the same track and yet, for long periods, hours at a time, it’s not unusual to see nothing but the evidence of tracks that there are others out here. It’s also interesting watching how each set of tracks tells some story. Corners are the best place to read the mind-set of the riders. Here’s a few things that come to mind;

There are the barely noticeable tracks. If you didn’t know that this is possibly a guy reading his roadbook at the time, almost timid. There are the flamboyant, wide arcs, that start high on the entry to the corner and like massive stretched out Nike signs, end close to the edge of the exit. I know the feeling. Typically, two things are happening, either it’s just for the pure fun of doing it, or it’s the only way of quickly getting around a corner. The tell tales between the two are how long the follow on wheel spin is and if it continues snaking up the road. The large pendulum swings after the corner are the fun guys.

Then the ones that always give me smile are the witness marks to a bit of brown adrenalin. (that’s what adrenalin looks like, you only need to check your underpants to know) These tracks have long strips that head straight to the outside of the corner then disappear into the bush only to re-emerge a little while later around the corner. Even when not being unduly irresponsible and riding way above the bikes or your own skill level, these things happen where a corner sneaks up and claims another farmer. Mostly the roadbook it very good at giving ample warning about the really dangerous ones, but there’s always a few that are obviously special. You can tell them by the multiple lines going for a bit of a dance with the bush.

The really impressive ones are where the superfast guys’ marks go. They are the ones that are the shortest distance between two points, have lots of wheel traction marks and don’t seem too fussed by rocks, small trees, donga’s or huge ruts. Not just big kaoona’s but exceptional suspension too.

Lastly as mentioned above, the crash marks. Small blots on the landscape that tell the story of visiting mother earth. Most often, there is a tale all of it’s own that leads up to the crash site.

Anyway, I was a little sore coming into Kakamas from one of the crashes, but happy that it was still midday’ish and that I would have a lot of time to chill and sort stuff out. First port of call was the chemist for some Cataflam (anti-inflammatory) and better pain tablets in anticipation of stiffening up. Then off to meet Justin. Only this time I had beat him to the camp site.

There were a ton of kids that were milling around asking for autographs. Asking for their shirts to be signed. I’ve never signed an autograph in my life. Peter (Bonova) pulled a sneaky and got out of being mobbed by pointing me out and saying that I was the sand god and look at the size of my bike! Instantly there were flocks of 11 year olds asking 40 million questions and having me sign their shirts. Worse, even though I am 46, in my mind I am about 26, maybe. Nothing over 35 definitely, so it’s always a bit depressing to be addressed as “Oom”. I know it’s a respect thing, but my ego certainly doesn’t feel respected.

After handing in my GPS, getting out of my kit and finding Justin the next important order of business was finding some food. Ian (Max) was roped in, it didn’t take any convincing. I was famished. I think I had the mixed grill and large glasses of water with a few coffee’s. It certainly did the trick.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-qcdLhQj/0/L/DSC05025-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3721177471&k=qcdLhQj&lb=1&s=A)

Because soon after that I was hard at work…

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-tDv2tWG/0/L/DSC05029-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3721192553&k=tDv2tWG&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-fVhmS7W/0/L/DSC05028-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3734811489&k=fVhmS7W&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-Wsb8Csn/0/L/IMG_1964-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3734784696&k=Wsb8Csn&lb=1&s=A)

The leanest greenest machine there

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-3WNmXPP/0/L/DSC05026-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3721183396&k=3WNmXPP&lb=1&s=A)

There was precious little to do with my bike. Justin, normally fastidious about prepping, “Most races are lost in the prepping!” just couldn’t work out the secrets of getting the oil levels right in an LC8 Adventure. It took me years to learn the vagaries of the beast. The air filters got a quick wash and the chain lubed. That was it. Compared to the near open heart surgery that the 450’s have to undergo every evening and the pedicure/manicure and Botox that the 690’s have to have or else they spit their dummy’s, the 950’s are maintenance misers.

Apart from having a chat with Riaan in the showers about the differences for him between the latest 450RR he’ll be riding in this years Dakar and the one he currently was on, (bottom line it’s less stable at speed but more flickable in technical – solution for some is a longer swingarm) the evening passed quickly.

The briefing was super short,

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-5mpvvf7/0/L/Stage%202%208-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3715420153&k=5mpvvf7&lb=1&s=A)

the road book was very thick,

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-tPX9gNB/0/L/DSC04889-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3701976401&k=tPX9gNB&lb=1&s=A)

supper was filling and sleep came soon.

Day 3, the big one apparently was next. I love that part of the world and was looking forward to it. My hands were absolutely perfect, my arse was 100’s, knees still perfect and nothing was broke on the bike. Roll on the Richtersveld.




Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: I&horse on December 02, 2014, 09:26:51 am
Is that the original set  of hand-guards you have on there A?

If so I'm absolutely amazed by how much abuse they can handle!!
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: bonova on December 02, 2014, 05:12:33 pm
Andrew - That vid of stage 2 is one of the most epic videos I've seen. And it convinced me to not take my 950 on amageza next year!
Sometimes there is just nothing you can do but bin it. On the little 450 you have a chance and you fight it. On my 950 I'd just give up and superman over the bars! haha
Respect
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on December 02, 2014, 11:53:15 pm
Stage 3

Kakamas To Springbok

Liaison: 270km
Special: 252km

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-L7tf3DS/0/L/Stage%203-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3737240017&k=L7tf3DS&lb=1&s=A)


It looked to be a great day. Bit of a bite but clear sky. Breakfast was as good as supper, it was all rolling along super smooth. Just the nagging thought of 500 plus k’s and a big special. I like this part of the world so I wasn’t so worried…

Last checks, broken Sprinbokkie in the background.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-Hm8Pdkf/0/L/DSC05035-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3734934963&k=Hm8Pdkf&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-3tbbVfm/0/L/DSC05037-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3734935346&k=3tbbVfm&lb=1&s=A)

Roberts new anti-stress pill – a banana taped to the tank.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-Szbjwpb/0/L/DSC05039-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3734940883&k=Szbjwpb&lb=1&s=A)

Mr and Junior Baragwaneth. Jnr is flipping quick!

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-NTznwsS/0/L/DSC05032-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3721196288&k=NTznwsS&lb=1&s=A)

The quality of banter at times like these was brilliant.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-ng79qB6/0/L/DSC05033-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3721137595&k=ng79qB6&lb=1&s=A)

I don’t know, your guess is as good as mine.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-VKBpJ2w/0/L/DSC05038-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3734939647&k=VKBpJ2w&lb=1&s=A)

The bonus was that Robert and I were to be riding together for the liaison to the start.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-TZwXVPb/0/L/DSC05042-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3734944633&k=TZwXVPb&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-qjD8sXK/0/L/DSC05041-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3734940859&k=qjD8sXK&lb=1&s=A)

There’s something about riding with another guy for miles on end, yet in my own thoughts. The difference to a social ride is the tension of being in a race and having to observe the limits and rules.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-LbbkhzD/0/L/DSC05043-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3734945478&k=LbbkhzD&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-Lkbn3dp/0/L/DSC05044-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3734945414&k=Lkbn3dp&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-6krFLTF/0/L/DSC05046-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3735907787&k=6krFLTF&lb=1&s=A)

Mark would have a long day…

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-zmHVPQG/0/L/DSC05047-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3734949874&k=zmHVPQG&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-LXCcjht/0/L/DSC05048-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3735907021&k=LXCcjht&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-fLPngjq/0/L/DSC05050-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3735919195&k=fLPngjq&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-V6XgvVZ/0/L/DSC05051-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3734949972&k=V6XgvVZ&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-PS2m8nz/0/L/DSC05052-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3734950948&k=PS2m8nz&lb=1&s=A)

Yes Master, try I will!

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-QbQbT6j/0/L/DSC05054-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3735920354&k=QbQbT6j&lb=1&s=A)


A strong goal that I had set myself was to be hugely more disciplined this year with regards to the navigation. Last year I had more than 2 hours of penalties, mostly for speeding and waypoint infractions. It is so very easy to  collect them. To this end I thought I had been pretty good, so it was a bit of a bummer when we came upon albert later in the liaison tootling along at 60 whilst we were doing 80. It was a really short section, so we might have got away with it. Nevertheless is was quite comical the hand signs; us doing a  what the hell is wrong? And he slapping his wrist and shaking a finger. Us then scrolling backwards and forwards in the roadbook to frantically see who was wrong.

We were.

Ahhh!

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-9bpLChn/0/L/IMG_1968-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689790096&k=9bpLChn&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-HQ5xbDh/0/L/IMG_1970-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689711659&k=HQ5xbDh&lb=1&s=A)

The liaison took ages, a quick refuel in Poffadder with last minute checks, then off to the start.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-pwrznzT/0/L/DSC05055-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3734792440&k=pwrznzT&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-ZFHFgMH/0/L/DSC05056-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3734791677&k=ZFHFgMH&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-kQt37fK/0/L/DSC05058-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3734791345&k=kQt37fK&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-7WLQKNr/0/L/DSC05059-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3734798388&k=7WLQKNr&lb=1&s=A)

There’s just something great about getting counted off to start. Must be a subliminal thing having watched too many Dakars.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-M8428Pz/0/L/IMG_1971-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689726466&k=M8428Pz&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-xssZnSb/0/L/IMG_1974-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689728648&k=xssZnSb&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-gvZShMq/0/L/DSC05060-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3734795909&k=gvZShMq&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-N9zqm2v/0/L/DSC05061-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3735923922&k=N9zqm2v&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-ckF54Mk/0/L/DSC05062-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3735932757&k=ckF54Mk&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-VksfgvM/0/L/DSC05063-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3735934370&k=VksfgvM&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-bTFDHFN/0/L/DSC05064-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3735938891&k=bTFDHFN&lb=1&s=A)

Rudi and a few others would also have an epic day

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-PHJDKZp/0/L/DSC05065-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3735948397&k=PHJDKZp&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-jW2Fzqj/0/L/DSC05066-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3735949970&k=jW2Fzqj&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-RN6MBdb/0/L/DSC05067-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3735953459&k=RN6MBdb&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-7FGgvww/0/L/DSC05068-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3735961216&k=7FGgvww&lb=1&s=A)

Gideon would win the stage, he’s really, really quick,

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-B4jfwjG/0/L/DSC05071-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3735966335&k=B4jfwjG&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-BqtmtGW/0/L/DSC05072-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3735968319&k=BqtmtGW&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-DcGSpX3/0/L/DSC05078-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3735990643&k=DcGSpX3&lb=1&s=A)

Eddy would have a tough day at the office

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-WX984dx/0/L/DSC05080-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3735994443&k=WX984dx&lb=1&s=A)

Not sure if he did…

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-f3snD5S/0/L/DSC05081-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3735997850&k=f3snD5S&lb=1&s=A)

He was playing fuel miser games

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-3Q6PVVL/0/L/DSC05082-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3736004215&k=3Q6PVVL&lb=1&s=A)



The first section was hectically quick. There was a few tricks with the navigation and many guys had already made a few errors. Robert and I were doing pretty well.

Close to the Orange river there was a flash flood that had ruined the road. I got a bit stuck after having been bounced into a thorn tree. In the video you can see all the drama.

I didn’t need any more of those!

Along the Orange River for only a few K's and then unexpectedly we turned up a river bed. I had thought we might follow the Namaqwa Eco Trail but sneaky Alex had other plans. It was a great off piste stretch that led over a watershed to a bit of a scramble down some rocks and towards the Klein Pella farm for a bit of a top up with fuel.

With less than a km from the farm I mistimed a turn and hit a sharp sticking out rock. At first I thought I had gotten lucky but soon the sluggish steering told me otherwise. I had a snake bite puncture.

I’m not anxious about much to do with bikes mechanically or riding, except mud and punctures. Mud is not predicable and punctures I've only ever had 3 and I’ve yet to fix one successfully believe it or not. Each time i've either had to be rescued or rode home on the puncture. One of the three I was rescued by Jaco who brought me a fresh front after I holed mine trying to get it in. I holed that one too, so rode home 60k's on a flat front. I have a bit of a block about punctures.

I pulled over and waved Robert on. He was having none of it. He seemed to think this would take but a second or two. Me, I really didn’t know what was going to happen. I needed an attitude adjustment.

Luckily for me, he did stay because like a premium amateur, not only do I suck at punctures, but I somehow had only 2 18 inch tubes for the rear instead of one and one 21 inch for the front.

I managed to bum a tube off of Willem, a massively big thing to do with 300km to go still. I promised him my wheel if I came across him later.

Robert had helped me get the tube in and we had cut the heavy duty one up to line the tire too. Sadly, meters from the repair I was stopped again. I had pinched the tube! Chalk another puncture failure up 4 for 4! This time I insisted that Robert go. He lent me his patching kit and took off. He’d sacrificed more than an hour of his race to help me out. It was a very generous thing to have done.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-HznqG7x/0/L/Puncture-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3772574780&k=HznqG7x&lb=1&s=A)

It was still a bit of a comedy. My bike fell off the centre stand whislt I had the front wheel out. The last competitor past helped me set it up again. Now I truly was on my own.

So, there I was, last in the race and falling further behind all. At least I had tracker, but no radio (remember I had lost it on day 2).

Then the day turned.

Happily whilst digging in my back pack for my hand pump, what should appear but the radio and batteries I thought I’d lost. Weyhey! Maybe my luck was changing!?

I held my breath on pumping the tire and gingerly rode off to the farm. The whole fiasco had taken 2 hours and 10 minutes. To prevent more pinch flats I was now at 2.6bar. I was willing to swap traction for less punctures. It felt pretty shitty but at least I was mobile again.

I gave myself a talking to; Ride smart, be REALLY good to the front, have fun, look up at the world from time to time to appreciate what a privilege I am lucky enough to be having.

A few hours later I bumped into the last but me, Eddie on his HP2. He had just come through a riverbed with a steep rocky bit and was taking a break. I cast a keen eye over him and really watched him as he spoke to see if he really was ok. He had lots of water and seemed quite fine. This part of the world is super hard and not at all easy to have an issue in. I bid him good riding a carried on.

For the next few hours I was having a ball. This part of the world is just stunning riding. Massive vistas and big desert mountains. The bike was singing and seemed to be making up for the puncture.

Except when I got another fence in my wheel

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-tbq5zDG/0/L/IMG_1976-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689728169&k=tbq5zDG&lb=1&s=A)

There were tracks all over the place and they couldn’t be relied upon as cues. Often there were half and half going either way on most splits in the road. On previous Amageza’s I’ve ignored the CAP headings in the roadbook. CAP headings give the heading that you should be on once you’ve made a turn. They are hugely helpful but can be tricky to master. This time though I had them working and wasn’t making many errors and the ones I did make were very quickly fixed. Also, a difference to the previous years I wasn't doing any guessing and hoping. I felt I was really getting this navigation thing.

One pretty good error though occurred close to 3pm. After asking the local sheep guys, it was clear that even they couldn’t make out which way all the people had gone. They said that many groups had come and gone in all directions. I had to backtrack for a few minutes to get right again. It's error after waypoint 104

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-827RRMf/0/L/Stage%203%20lost-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3737240347&k=827RRMf&lb=1&s=A)

That bit at the top is in a riverbed. It caught a lot of guys. There were no real indicators to the hard left turn, just faint tracks. The only way to have got it right was by keeping track of the distance and turning when the roadbook said you should.


Late in the afternoon, I started to catch a few groups of guys. I’d run out of water but was feeling pretty good. I had had two water bags but had to use the one on day one for petrol so only had 3 litres to start the stage with. Just when the water thing started to bite, a manned check point popped up with some water. What a blessing that was.

At one point the trail seemed to be doing circles, it was a bit irritating compared to the high speeds of the previous days.

The last major obstacle was a goat track up a mountain to look down on the finish of the stage next to the N7. What a site, what a trail!

(stolen from GG's ride report)

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Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on December 02, 2014, 11:53:40 pm
While I was doing all this, the quick guys were getting their nails buffed

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Rock Stars

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Nicklaus

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More Rock Stars doing it Malle Moto – Albert

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Kobie had a great day but has to learn not to speed

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It was a huge, huge day. I finally got into the finish of the special with a few litres of fuel after being on or with the bike for more than 12 hours. It was a short hop to Springbok and into the bivouac by 5pm.

This was just after the steep decent down the mountain to the finish. The photographer asked me to turn around and do it again as he hadn't quite got the shot. My thoughts were, "hell, 12hrs! what's a few more minutes going to cost?"

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Finally Springbok bound on the N7. I love this road and none more so than then.

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Arriving

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Beer! I need beer!

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I was very surprised to hear that there were 22 guys still behind me? I thought I’d had a kak day... ok, I'd had a bit of kak but the rest of the day was awesome. Some of the stories about the places people has seen and how they had thought they were never going to find the finish were epic. People up ravines or meeting very strange folk who only see others once a year! I was fairly full of beans and easily slotted a cold bear that Justin had been chilling for just such an occasion.

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Stage 3 was in the bag but the day was yet to finish by a long shot…. There was still the briefing, again super short. Supper – filling.... where Justin Albert and I shared a bottled of rubbish red. So much for a dry bivouac. Alhtough I did see John manfully resisting the urge to remind us that it was a rule that no alcohol be present. ((that rule is going to have to be seen to next year)Secretly I am sure he needed a good few glasses too!). That wasn’t all, there was still quite a bit to do on the bike.

I needed to change out the thin tube for a Ultra heavy duty, return a brand new spare to Willem, change front tire to spare as the Desert had some knobs damaged, do my road book, program the GPS waypoints in and sort out batteries for the camera. In between update my email followers and give the forum a few words.

Note; it's always a good idea to make sure that if you aren't sitting on the fridge then at least within arms length when working this hard...

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And have a beer – these are taken after 11pm. The bivouac was still pumping.

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Pull the old road book out and load the next one

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Justin was really sweating and helping out many others from the Malle Moto who needed a spare hand. He'd also changed my tire but in the flurry of work only replaced the patched tube with a another thin normal tube. So the whole thing had to be dismounted again and the Ultra heavy stuck in.

Fortunately Edyy of had a tire stand that made things a whole lot easier. I have to thank Eddy from Eddy to race here. We were parked right next to his truck and huge purpose trailer. There was a steady stream of banter and tools the whole night. He even did a complete head rebuild for a Honda, valve seats and all!

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I finally got to bed at just after 12. What a day. A fine adventure filled one with some highs and lows and lots of fun.

Rally is not for sissies.

Next up the days video

Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on December 03, 2014, 07:18:09 am
Video of the day.

The last 200k's were not in. I didn't expect 12 hours of riding.

https://www.youtube.com/v/_2Z5Up6XCG0
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on December 03, 2014, 08:04:34 am
I've not included positions for the last 3 Stages. Now you know how we felt on the race.

Special Stage times so far;

Stage 1

38th of 69 official finishers, 3hrs 55min, 40% slower than the fastest finisher.

2 minutes in penalties

Stage 2

34th of 66 official finishers, 4hrs 14min, 43% slower than the fastest finisher.

4 minutes in penalties

Stage 3

41st of 63 official finishers, 9hrs 23min, 45% slower than the fastest finisher.

3 minutes 20 seconds in penalties... Damn! That 60kph zone did get us!

Not really covering myself in glory here but at least keeping to an average of sorts.

Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on December 03, 2014, 08:17:13 am
Thanks Andrew, this is a very enjoyable read.

That third stage SS was epic, really the highlight of the race for me. It was unrelenting, in your face stuff.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Offshore on December 03, 2014, 08:32:54 am
I am enjoying this and you took some fantastic Pictures!
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Dwerg on December 03, 2014, 09:22:57 am
Awesome. I sure won't be neglecting my action camera in future. There's some awesome footage of stuff I'd forgotten about. Where did you get the individual stage results?

Found them on the amageza site
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Crossed-up on December 03, 2014, 12:34:38 pm
Great vid, Andrew.
It takes a cool head to deal with navigational mistakes. You were really out the back and beyond.

BTW You read my expression at dinner very well!   :imaposer:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: SteveD on December 03, 2014, 12:57:34 pm
Alhtough I did see John manfully resisting the urge to remind us that it was a rule that no alcohol be present. ((that rule is going to have to be seen to next year)Secretly I am sure he needed a good few glasses too!).

This will be kak news, but the no alcohol thing is MSAs rule, not Amagezas.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on December 03, 2014, 01:11:14 pm
Yes, but.... I doth protest!

Those rules were written for circuit or short course events and not with rallies in mind. The sense of the rule is to prevent drunk people riding, driving or protesting under the influence. The sprit of the rules were not to forbid competitors once they'd finished for the day from having a beer.

I fail to see how a glass of wine or a beer after having got off the bike, (and not intending to lodge a protest) does not still comply with the spirit of the rules.

For all intents and purposes, a rally is a series of events, each day a race of its own.

(Bugger, maybe this should be chopped out and put into the Racing Section?)



Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Crossed-up on December 03, 2014, 01:18:59 pm
As our event was under MSA scrutiny we were trying to stick to the "letter of the law". If I'd been a proes straat pretoria we'd have ended the rally with about 3 competitors.

All I asked was that you didn't drink openly in the bivvy. It didn't help that 2 of the bivvys were licensed premises.

As an MSA official I had to look like I was doing my job no matter how myopic I was at times.

You have no idea how thirsty I was!  :drif:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: SteveD on December 03, 2014, 01:19:32 pm
Yes, but.... I doth protest!
Those rules were written for circuit or short course events and not with rallies in mind. The sense of the rule is to prevent drunk people riding, driving or protesting under the influence. The sprit of the rules were not to forbid competitors once they'd finished for the day from having a beer.
I fail to see how a glass of wine or a beer after having got off the bike, (and not intending to lodge a protest) does not still comply with the spirit of the rules.
For all intents and purposes, a rally is a series of events, each day a race of its own.
(Bugger, maybe this should be chopped out and put into the Racing Section?)

At Dakar, the riders are given one beer per day, by the organisation nogal  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Stichhom on December 03, 2014, 01:25:52 pm
This is a great read and race report. Respect to you and others.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Cracker on December 03, 2014, 01:37:51 pm
Fantastic  video - what a day that was  :thumleft: :thumleft:

Magnetic trees? had me laughing  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: N[]vA on December 03, 2014, 01:54:51 pm
those rocks at 8:30 +- looked gnarly!
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: BlueBull2007 on December 03, 2014, 02:18:28 pm
Really marvelous stuff Andrew. Not only are the report content and photos amazing, but the videos are simply fantastic too. :hello2: :hello2:

What camera is that? It certainly seems to do a much better job than the GoPros. The point of view is also nicer, you feel like you are riding along with the helmet in picture, rather than just a floating camera. Im also curious about the mount and whether the cable is a bother to you or not.

I wonder if that place in the river crossing is the same place where Kobus got stuck and passed by Albert?

Really enjoyed your description of the navigation- hate that feeling when one starts to second guess one´s own decisions...its when you know Alexander is screwing with your mind. ;D

I´d like to recommend this RR go in the Role of Honour section. :thumleft:

Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Gee S on December 03, 2014, 03:51:36 pm
A really great report Andrew.
I would have loved to do something like the Amageza but with my lack of sand riding skills I doubt whether I would have finished day one never mind the whole race.

I second this report for the Roll on Honour section :thumleft:

PS. Andrew do you give sand riding lessons? :biggrin:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Gee S on December 03, 2014, 04:27:25 pm
Those bits with the two track running right next to the fence looks very scary and intimidating.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on December 04, 2014, 09:01:28 am

PS. Andrew do you give sand riding lessons? :biggrin:

I have, not for a while though.

But have a read through this that I wrote, it may be of some help;

Sand riding, it's not about the sand (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=41865.0) (so much)
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on December 04, 2014, 09:02:42 am
Is that the original set  of hand-guards you have on there A?


Yep, circa 2005 OEM KTM
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Mooch on December 04, 2014, 09:03:50 am
I am really enjoying this report!  :thumleft:
Very interesting and entertaining and to some things I can relate. Very well written and a good laugh at times.  ;D
The best I have read in a long time.  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Pleco on December 04, 2014, 09:22:38 am

PS. Andrew do you give sand riding lessons? :biggrin:

I have, not for a while though.

But have a read through this that I wrote, it may be of some help;

Sand riding, it's not about the sand (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=41865.0) (so much)

A chat with Andrew at a Parklands sand pit, changed my view of sand riding. His one handed video clip on youtube shows how little effort it should be.

But talking and reading and listening will only get you so far. Riding and falling a bit is the way to go put it all in practice. :ricky:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Snafu on December 04, 2014, 08:39:47 pm
Alhtough I did see John manfully resisting the urge to remind us that it was a rule that no alcohol be present. ((that rule is going to have to be seen to next year)Secretly I am sure he needed a good few glasses too!).

This will be kak news, but the no alcohol thing is MSAs rule, not Amagezas.

Big question here

Your time stops, you are not racing anymore
Is there a parc ferme ?

Maybe it is a new rule, but we always had something at night during a multi day event, but maybe the parc ferme plays a role
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: BlueBull2007 on December 04, 2014, 10:57:48 pm
Hope Kamanya does not mind me answering.

No there was no park ferme. Strictly speaking park ferme is a restricted an area the bikes are kept where only riders are allowed and normally not for more than 10 minutes to maybe change a filter or whatever they might have with them. After that the bikes are essentially frozen from any maintenance, support crews and or riders until 5 minutes before the riders start time the next day. Even then the riders are only allowedinto park ferme 5 minutes before they leave, and then its penalty time if they are late or delayed.

This is what happens on a Dakar marathón stage. Guys come in, park the bikes and walk away to rest. No one gets to touch the bike until the following day apart from the 10 minutes on arrival (which is timed).

Park ferme has nothing to do with timing, except pilot will have pain of severe penalties if they try and breach it.

ON the special stages you are timed, and some of the guys were riding the special after dark on Day 3 for sure, so there is night riding if you have an issue out there.

I would expect a lot more riding in the dark, hopefully only on the liaisons next year when the days will be a lot shorter. I suppose when we start to get rest days on the Amageza one might have a 600-700km special before that, and as they do on Dakar, I would think the organization of Amageza would allow guys to come in up to 18h00s on the rest day (ie.e 36 hours to complete that stage to stay in the race).  Of course there would be no rest day for anyone doing that. Unthinkable...but it happens every year on the Dakar.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Snafu on December 05, 2014, 10:10:21 am
Quote
Park ferme has nothing to do with timing, except pilot will have pain of severe penalties if they try and breach it.

Parc ferme basically stops the clock/race

Question about having a beer at night, so I assume if your bike is in Parc Ferme, you can go have a beer :)
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on December 05, 2014, 02:09:33 pm
Warning:

Advertising break...

Go vote for your favourite ride report of the year (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=164220.new;topicseen#new)

Of course I am not suggesting, ahem, this one, not being competitive at all.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: westfrogger on December 05, 2014, 05:02:55 pm
I'll vote for you if you can finish this report before the next load-shed dump hits.  :spitcoffee:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: tau on December 05, 2014, 06:40:46 pm
Andries you have my respect for riding that big bike so welle and controlled. I am super jealous. Maybe oneday the planets line-up and I will be able to do Amageza again. Well done boet.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Crossed-up on December 05, 2014, 07:03:50 pm
Maybe one day the planets line-up and I will be able to do Amageza again. Well done boet.

This I want to see! What will it take for that to happen?
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Rickus on December 06, 2014, 09:35:38 am
Maybe one day the planets line-up and I will be able to do Amageza again. Well done boet.

This I want to see! What will it take for that to happen?

That will open up a whole new can of worms..... ::) As jy wel die besluit neem om te ry, moet jy dit asb n groot geheim hou anders sal van die groot name dalk daarteen besluit om deel te neem  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: tau on December 06, 2014, 11:18:21 am
Maybe one day the planets line-up and I will be able to do Amageza again. Well done boet.

This I want to see! What will it take for that to happen?

At the moment work has me pinned down so badly that I struggle to make any commitments long in advance and after Dakar I promised my dad 3 years of "no more crazy ideas".

And secondly the $$$$$$$ factor. When I had a rallye bike that is all I had. Now I have a bike I can do MX on and outrides and Off-road races. Unfortunately to run a proper rally with long stages and proper riding asks a good bike, enough days of riding and distance and all of these = a big stash of cash. Rallye is mean in that way, however that is the way it is.

I take my hat of to everybody that gets a bike together and makes it to the start. That is by far the most difficult part of rallye. The riding is easy, if your bike was prepped proper.

Amageza according so some of my racing friends was brilliant and some of them are impossible to please. So HUGE thumbs-up to Alex. To the die-hard manne on adventure bikes that participate huge respect.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on December 07, 2014, 03:46:01 am
Stage 4
SPRINGBOK TO SUTHERLAND
6 November 2014
561km - Marathon Stage
Liaison: 390km
Special: 171km

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I’d hardly closed my eyes, how did the morning come so fast? Rallying does strange things to time; when your arse is trying to find a less uncomfortable spot on the saddle, it slows right down and takes forever, when your sleep is involved it speeds it up and slips by in a blink.

The scene of normal rally prep last night

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Nicklaus and support

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Not sure what was going on here, Warp drive module?

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3 down, 2 to go

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My hovel for the race

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Today was going to be big in more ways than one; Firstly it was a long one. Second it was the first day of a marathon stage. Marathon stages are a bit of a worry. Basically you have 2 days and one evening without support. If anything goes wrong during the day, you’ve only got what you can carry to sort it out.

This version though had a bit of a safety valve built in. Although we were riding from Springbok to Sutherland, the support crews were allowed to spend 90 minutes with us in Calvinia. It is a small town 120k’s from Sutherland and after the Special so that would be a bit of a help if something went wrong.

Justin and I were confident that I would be fine and more importantly the bike wouldn’t need anything, so he was going to take a support break and go party with Dewalt in Vredenburg and then meet me in Cape Town. I think Justin was just miffed that Riaan had spurned his advances and was going off to sulk in a Namaqua Winery to drown his sorrows.

By now, mornings were well practiced. I had one small panic when I realised that the batteries in my GPS were no good and got them changed right at the start line. Other than that it seemed to be a shortish stage and longish liaison. Nothing to it… surely?

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The motivation message had started to sink a bit…

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Roberts was no better. I think Justin was thinking about his party coming up that evening…

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Parents?

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A better day for the lad was due

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One last kiss and hug for Justin, till we meet again and I was off down the N7 for the next adventure.

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One irritating thing that I regularly do is forget to put earplugs in. I consider them not only a sensible thing to have for ear protection but they are a major rider safety device in that they considerably cut down how fatiguing wind roar can be. My concentration levels go up noticeably with them in. Not sure why, less stimulation?

Anyway, with my bike having a throttle lock and the road being a tarred national one, I saw no reason to stop and put them in when I could do it whilst moving. Peter who’d been pared with me had this to say, “Once again a pleasure riding with you..... even if you did scare the shit outa me on that one liaison when u calmly had ur bike on cruise control and took off ur helmet to put in ur ear plugs.... at 100km/hour... hahaha.”

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In all the many years and literally hundreds of times I’ve driven the N7, I’ve always wondered what lay behind Kamieskroon and have never had the time to find out. Fortunately Alex solved that little issue of mine that morning. It was a fabulous ride. Crisp morning air on lovely jeep track that wound its way through the hills. It was a stunning morning of riding.

We were scheduled to fill up a bit at a 4 house dorp called Kliprand I think. For some reason there was no pump operating. When I got there, some guys had some major issues with cracked sumps and fuel tanks from the jeep track. JB weld I believe recued their race.

All too soon it was over and the Special about to start.

I was pretty calm and not really in a majorly aggressively competitive mood, more a contained one. Almost as though my world had earplugs in and I was just focussing on one thing at a time.

I remember right at the start was some hugely fast white gravel roads along some farm fences cut by a ton of gates. The GPS says it was 148 at times. I was really getting into the mood. However we’d been warned of some lethal triple caution ditches in that section and I was very wary of them. My bike doesn’t do emergency flights so well.

There were about 8 of them. They were like massive speed humps. I know the smaller bikes can take this kind of stuff much quicker than me so played it really safe. Some guys had some frights and sadly one chap had to be airlifted out with broken wrists because of them.

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Half way through the stage was a neutral zone to go get more fuel in Loeriefontein.

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They had road works on that stretch and I found an overflowing water tank on poles and parked under it for a few seconds to get a bit soaked and cool off.

Just after this was tricky with a lot of erosion damage that made the route quick tricky. Lots of panic braking marks on the road with some of the guys having a few hairy stories to tell.

This is a section lent to me by Jan, really amazingly cool stuff. I see a gaggle of photographers there. I only remember seeing 2. Tunnel vision and all.

https://www.youtube.com/v/avyuCxc5iMk

The last stretch was open gravel with no restrictions. It was super fast. I've got 160 on the GPS there. I was pretty in the zone and having a ball.

At the end of the stage, I was suddenly dog tired with 40k’s to Calvinia.

It was as if a switch had been thrown, I was almost falling asleep in the seat. I felt like a pair of 950’s were on my eyelids. As I didn’t have to bother with servicing and meeting with Justin, I could have re-fuelled and carried on to Sutherland another 160k’s away. There was no way I was going to be able to do that without a power nap. I pulled into the car parks designated service area, pulled off my helmet and camelback lay down and was instantly asleep.

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=162227.0;attach=387614;image)

A while later I was shaken awake, smashed a boerie roll into my face and pointed in the direction of Sutherland.

I really enjoyed the 160k’s of almost entirely gravel to Sutherland. It had a speed limit of 120kph for almost the whole way. I had a fine time trying to keep to that. On my GPS’s tracks, it shows for the 157k’s I averaged 112kph and not once went over 120. Pretty neat if you’ve ever tried to keep an average up over distance.

I was really curious about how it would work in Sutherland. I’ve been in the boys hostel on previous Amageza’s.

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I was hungry and needed a good eat, so climbed into a Room with Thomas of Omega Fiberglass Products and his buddy Juan. The two of them together are a laugh a minute and both very quick. also they both have anti-gravity front wheels on their bikes and can wheelie for miles. The dorm rooms were 4 beds big, Ian was the brave soul who made up the foursome.

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I Shucked my kit, had a shower. Pulled on my longjohns and a shirt, got my slops out and headed to the really great bar call the Jupiter Room. There were many who had the same idea.

It had been a pretty long day

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Some repairs to the back brake. Willem of tube-lending-I-owe-stage-3-to fame, he does not appear that big because of the lens, he is that big!

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“I swear Honey, it not dangerous... At all!....And, I'm not racing, just enjoying the ride and chilling. Thinking lots of you and can't wait to get home! Yes, I am eating enough and they are feeding us all 5 food groups and no beer! Love you!”

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One huge steak and a few beers later, I was back in the hostel chewing the fat with Ian. The briefing in another building was delayed to 8:30 so back to the hostel where I fell asleep and never even moved till morning. In fact I didn’t even make it under the bedding. I was out. I don’t think it was because of too much fun and rallying, I am sure it was Justin’s fault for dragging me out to the steak house the first night that had finally caught up with me….

But, I came 13th in the stage!

Stage 4

13th of 59 official finishers, 2hrs 07min, 17.47% slower than the fastest finisher.

0 minutes 14 seconds in penalties... Considering how close I kept to the limit for those 160k’s….

Probably my best result in a stage ever considering the other riders. Who said the pigs can’t fly? Gotta love it when a 10 year old 990 beats up on factory rally 690 & 450 bikes and riders! How often will I ever be able to say again that I have beaten Riaan, Albert, Gideon and Peter in a rally stage?

Shouting at the wind is important, if only for oneself!
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: trevorwb on December 07, 2014, 05:26:33 am
Thanks Andrew a great RR this.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: DirtyHarry on December 07, 2014, 09:34:54 am
We are with you all the way. Great read and pics.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on December 19, 2014, 12:02:46 am
Stage 5

Southerland to Cape Town
7 November 2014
372km - Team Supported Race Stage
Liaison: 286km
Special: 86km

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Special Stage

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That was a SLEEP!

I suppose that I had been having too much of a good time. I had been going to bed later than was necessary and besides the epic riding, really enjoying the chatting and socialising aspect of the race. It’s so easy to get involved in a chat with the service crews and hear their stories and backgrounds.

But, that’s a core part of the reason I really like this race. I think I am good enough to be reasonably competitive. I think with the right bike and a few less kilo’s and a couple more laps around Table Mountain on my mountain bike a top 10 is not out of reach. A stage podium with a large dose of luck and faultless navigation could also could be possible. However great those would be, there are so many aspects to multi-stage racing that are just plain good fun and an enormous privilege, that conking out for the night without doing my roadbook was a small price to pay.

One thing that I had gotten right before I headed off to bed was to take some photo’s of the roadbook and post them onto the forum.

A frustration for me as an internet spectator is not knowing exactly where the route goes and more importantly, where the specials start. This is a necessary evil as without the secrecy, two things may happen; there will be some who may be tempted to get outside help. Or, some internet supporter trying to be helpful because they can see real time the mistakes phones or SMS’s the rider.

As I was sure, no one from our little band of racers would be vaguely interested in cheating, or that the people on the forum would do such a thing, I posted the route up with no worries to my conscience.

This is what a un-worked on road book looks like.

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Normally there’s a bunch of colouring in that happens the night before. The reason for “marking your roadbook” is;

•   Get at least a bit familiar with the day.
•   Because there is a lot of info in such a small space, giving colours to the different bits of data is not only helpful when belting along, but can be life saving. Sort of an early warning system.

The left hand box has in big numbers the accumulative distance from the time you leave the bivouac. The small numbers on the right are the leg length and seldom if ever used.
The middle box gives an idea of what is going to happen in a simplified hieroglyph with some code or added info
The right hand box is an info box with instructions, rules of the road, GPS positions of waypoints, etc.

Because the French invented rallying the unit standard on rallies is always in French. It’s quite cool as it adds another degree of complexity to an already pretty convoluted story.

Here's all the code translated;

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So for example at 24.79km this is a triple caution. Triple cautions are to be marked in red and are super dangerous. They can be lethal if not approached with a lot of caution. The instructions say there is a ditch and to ride around it, not go through it. On the video the guy lying in the dirt was caught out by this one. You also get to hear just how easy it is to screw this kind of warning up.

Mostly the things that ruin a good day are the FZ’s and DZ’s These are French for start of speed zone and end of speed zone. E.g. at 29.72km. this speed zone lasts until 30.63km. Any speed over 100kph in this zone is going to collect a few minutes.

At 29.72 there is also a GPS waypoint shown in the bottom right corner of the right hand box. These are God sends. When very lost, these can be of enormous relief. They are a safety feature for those that get hopelessly lost. Still, it doesn’t help to enter these in wrong the night before… as I have done. A single digit wrong can mean looking for a waypoint in the arctic ocean instead of the track next to klipberg in the Richtersveld.

Anyway, if you haven’t figured it out by now, navigation is not just critically essential to be competitive, it is for all including the slowest and fastest literally a life saver.


So much for that navigation lesson… Juan and Thomas were hugely complimentary about my snoring ability,

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Ian was nerding with his roadbook.

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I wasn’t even going to bother, I would try riding it blind. I was reassured by Robert who had had a tough day 3 and thus didn’t mark his day 4 and had said that it wasn’t an issue.

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I had filled the tanks to the brim in Calvinia and on working out distances realised that with this stage to be the most technical and short, I was hopelessly too full on fuel, I needed to lose at least 10 litres to be safe. I had been on 2 previous Amagezas in this area and knew that being too heavy would be unpleasant.

Getting rid of 10 litres of fuel at 5am is not easy. I knew there was a poorer community a few blocks from the start and found some kind soul who was happy to be given 10 litres of fuel into an old bucket.

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Johnathan not in a queue… but surely asking Alex where one is

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At the start of the liaison Alex shepherded us into our starting order and unlike in the past, we then all rode in formation to the start of the stage about 18ks away. I had a mild panic attack as I had misplaced my glove in the faffing at the start so had resolved to ride the stage with one glove. Fortunately on the 18ks to the start, it was where I put it – in my pocket. Chop!

I hate to say it but I was missing Justin’s organised presence.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-8M72mj4/0/L/IMG_2026-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689739998&k=8M72mj4&lb=1&s=A)

We stopped at some non-descript little track and lined up ready to go;

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-R8k4Tvk/0/L/IMG_2029-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689740561&k=R8k4Tvk&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-BD9NSNz/0/L/IMG_2030-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689742400&k=BD9NSNz&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-fH782sG/0/L/IMG_2031-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689742544&k=fH782sG&lb=1&s=A)

This time I was sent off on my own. By being 13th the day before, I was up near the sharp end. My bike is not built for technical trails and I was sure to hold up a bunch of quicker guys behind me.

A final empty of the bladder and Stage 5 was a GO!

There is something about a last stage. I felt almost like I didn’t want to do it. Not because there was some dread about it, but precisely because this was the last time. A bit like regretfully drinking the last bit of a fine bottle of wine that accompanied an amazing meal with brilliant friends and wishing to be able to start at the beginning again. All the pleasure of those moments have gone by and this last sip will, too, signify a closure of sorts that opening another bottle will not bring back.

But all good things come to an end if only, because by their endings, they allow the next good thing to start.

It was technical and tight, just tons of 2nd and 3rd gear jeep tracks through farmers lands over Karoo type hills and valleys that only on the Amageza one is privileged enough to see.

We had all been warned about some hectic triple cautions that I was really trying to keep an eye on. Because of the tightness my head was in the roadbook quite a lot. At the indicated triple, Walter on 166 had come off pretty hard only seconds in front of me. You can see him in the video still on the floor but thankfully not hurt much.

On watching the video, I was reminded that as opposed to an adventure ride where when a someone comes off like this, it is normally a good time to stop and have a good chat and take pictures. This was a race and a quick, “are you ok”, is really all that one does. Then it’s back on it, thanking my stars that it was not me.

At one stage I saw Riaan and gaggle of riders coming back towards me. I should have not second guessed myself. I was sure I was right, but here were all the front runners coming back?!!

I turned back and soon realised that I must have been right all along so left the gaggle and made my way back to the previous roadbook mark that I knew to be correct a few k’s back from where I’d turned around, synced my trips to the roadbook there as Riaan arrived to do the same and carried on.

It was interesting to see that he too, quickly abandoned casting about looking for the right route and made his way back to the last known place. Riding around in circles looking for the right turning only confuses the decision making because the trip meters quickly become useless – they keep picking up distance whilst on the roadbook one is not. It’s best to stop guessing and go back to the last know point and work it out from there.

Shortly after that though, I had the biggest scare of the whole race. What should have been a triple caution was unmarked on a straightish piece of track, (the blur is some water from a just crossed river), see nothing and the route book said so too.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-zJTXLsM/0/L/Scare%201-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3772304233&k=zJTXLsM&lb=1&s=A)

What made it even worse was the deep rut about 15 meters before it that threw me into the air only to land with no time to sort out the mess up ahead.

Then the real danger was a deep erosion ditch across the track with sharpish rocks in the opposite bank and an erosion gully leading into it right on the line.

I was doing about 70 when I saw the gully, managed to tap off, shed a little bit of speed, whack the big rut and get a bit airborn to land and see the ditch.

I’ve watched the video of it and my recollection of the event is far slower than the video. Time really does slow down when about to see your arse!

I can remember thinking,

“Shit! Ok, hang on through this rut!”

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-G2v7hPb/0/L/Scare%202-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3772304466&k=G2v7hPb&lb=1&s=A)

“Oh no!, Look at that! Did I miss it in the roadbook?” (look at all the panic marks)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-JVDTr4S/0/L/Scare%204-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3772304013&k=JVDTr4S&lb=1&s=A)

“ok, you’ll never brake in time! Even if you try to keep braking, the nose will go in and you’ll whack those rocks!”

“That’s not an option!”

“Just whack open the throttle, weight back and hope!”

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-T3TfCzJ/0/L/Scare%205b-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3772303949&k=T3TfCzJ&lb=1&s=A)

“Muther #)@(*$@&!!”

In the video, this all takes just 3 seconds.

That would have broken something on me or the bike if I had gone into it for sure. I dodged a big bullet there.

The track wound its way on for a few more k’s and then to the escarpment. I’d heard lots of bad tales about this section of the track but it was really very pleasant with not much to deal with other than the loose shale stuff around the switch backs. The sharpest and steepest had a gaggle of photographers. I can’t help but think of a vulture when this happens… But they do get the shots!

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-KHckJXs/0/L/IMG_3547-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3772296054&k=KHckJXs&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-xzQKLht/0/L/IMG_3549-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3772296374&k=xzQKLht&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-6k4CdLd/0/L/IMG_3553-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3772296513&k=6k4CdLd&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-V9dhBB4/0/L/IMG_3556-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3772296737&k=V9dhBB4&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-QnGZckg/0/L/IMG_3559-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3772296948&k=QnGZckg&lb=1&s=A)


(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-KcMhtKD/0/L/Stage%205%201-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3715420468&k=KcMhtKD&lb=1&s=A)

With less than 15k’s to the finish I came down of a jump and half the right hand footpeg broke off?

It’s not fun riding like that. I didn’t realise just how much one needs them.

For the last bit, it was possible to ride it quite quickly. It was relatively straight old jeep track with some river crossings with water in them. But I had a mix of joy and paranoia going on. The joy was all about just living the moment of being close to the finish of something that was a really big goal coming to fruition. And the paranoia was the fear of it being taken away by some silly root or rock or inattention. I was gunning it where it was absolutely safe to do so, but backing off far in advance of anything remotely looking like trouble. I imagine it’s something that all people feel when they’ve put so much into something.

What a day! A stunning route with amazing weather and the bike purring away under me.

Andy the marshal was at the finish to congratulate us.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-vhkRtBW/0/L/Andy%20finish%20stage%205-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3772395400&k=vhkRtBW&lb=1&s=A)

I’d done it, the racing stage was over. But there was a hell of a long way to the end of the day’s stage. 317k’s to be exact!



Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: JustBendIt on December 19, 2014, 03:18:05 am
In best Borat accent " IS NICE "
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: DirtyHarry on December 19, 2014, 06:26:58 am
What a privilege to be able to ride on these great farm roads.
What a ride...
No wonder you all want to do the next Amageza.
Very well done Andrew  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on December 19, 2014, 07:47:35 am
Last liaison home...


The video of the stage

https://www.youtube.com/v/FkypOeksInM


Once i'd rolled through the stage finish, I stopped for a bit to check everything and have a chat with some guys.

The previous year on the last liaison I had buggered up the navigation and spent and extra 150k’s trying to untangle myself from that mess, I wasn’t going to repeat this.

So, with a last firing up the big girl it was Cape Town here we come! The first bit of the liaison was a stunning track with tons of brilliant corners for sliding into and out of. There were many, like me, who wrote how they felt about this with huge snaking lines into and out of the corners and a few taking a visit to the bush now and again, me included. Somehow the paranoia had disappeared and it was just joy!

The last 80k’s or so were painful. There was a lot of the road that was 60 or 70kph. I was determined not to pick up any speeding penalties just to get to the beer earlier. There was even one section of 5k’s at 40kph! It’s quite amazing just how much of our roads nobody drives to the limit!

Claude, a chap down from Kawazulu Natal, I rode together for the last 50 or so. It wasn’t so bad to have someone to share a sore bum with. Actually, I seldom potter along  on this bike, it really doesn’t like to do that. So being forced to go real slow was actually quite enjoyable to check out the views and smells.

With Table Mountain in view, I gave my camera to Claude whilst we pottered along at a sedate 60 to take a few and got some of him too.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-r7DXh5c/0/L/IMG_2035-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689743582&k=r7DXh5c&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-NCCh4GS/0/L/IMG_2037-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689743717&k=NCCh4GS&lb=1&s=A)

Riding into Big Bay with table mountain in the background and a bunch of familiar faces was hugely enjoyable. The beer tasted excellent.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-SghRnJV/0/L/IMG_2041-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689746969&k=SghRnJV&lb=1&s=A)

Justin and Kobus

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-6ksxBn2/0/L/IMG_2042-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689746786&k=6ksxBn2&lb=1&s=A)

Just about time to start bench racing

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-Dx42fdk/0/L/DSC05127-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3715439240&k=Dx42fdk&lb=1&s=A)

Hold thumbs for this man, Albert is in the Dakar in a few week’s time

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-J4w6nnb/0/L/DSC05150-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3715426699&k=J4w6nnb&lb=1&s=A)

I presume the family turning out to greet Pieter and the smallest bike in the race

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-wPT32xG/0/L/IMG_2045-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689746569&k=wPT32xG&lb=1&s=A)

The fastest bullets in the world either side of me. If Kobie, on the left, can learn to navigate and get a bit fitter, he’s an easy top ten. Gideon could win it next year!

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-BzZWKjJ/0/L/DSC05134-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3715443649&k=BzZWKjJ&lb=1&s=A)

Rudi and Co

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-KRN4273/0/L/IMG_2048-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689749937&k=KRN4273&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-KXwdv82/0/L/IMG_2060-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689750062&k=KXwdv82&lb=1&s=A)

Buddy Rob

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-hZNSTN2/0/L/DSC05137-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3715444152&k=hZNSTN2&lb=1&s=A)

They got to the finish line, that thing is not slow!

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-vCqqW4f/0/L/IMG_2050-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689747922&k=vCqqW4f&lb=1&s=A)

Peter

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-vLKQMJG/0/L/IMG_2051-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689749602&k=vLKQMJG&lb=1&s=A)

Mild landrovering

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-nHj33sB/0/L/DSC05153-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3715429980&k=nHj33sB&lb=1&s=A)

Discussing favourite knitting patterns

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-5LhLT7c/0/L/DSC05154-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3715431373&k=5LhLT7c&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-zbxDjBG/0/L/DSC05159-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3715435315&k=zbxDjBG&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-kW6BmJM/0/L/DSC05160-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3715435268&k=kW6BmJM&lb=1&s=A)

Father Kevin…

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-T2sFJXJ/0/L/IMG_2061-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689751278&k=T2sFJXJ&lb=1&s=A)

Son Dale

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-DH8WRv3/0/L/IMG_2062-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689738192&k=DH8WRv3&lb=1&s=A)

I don’t think that HP2 is doing another one. Hat’s off!

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-kJbvkCK/0/L/IMG_2057-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3689748941&k=kJbvkCK&lb=1&s=A)


(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-LMHPkDX/0/L/DSC05156-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3715430916&k=LMHPkDX&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-fms3HSR/0/L/DSC05162-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3715438474&k=fms3HSR&lb=1&s=A)

Tough times require soft measures

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-jFqJXp4/0/L/IMG_2063-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3717657444&k=jFqJXp4&lb=1&s=A)

War wounds

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-p6tNh85/0/L/IMG_2065-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3717661381&k=p6tNh85&lb=1&s=A)

There’s a broken bone in there somewhere

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-HCqRcc4/0/L/IMG_2066-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3717660565&k=HCqRcc4&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-qDsXNN9/0/L/IMG_2067-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3717660889&k=qDsXNN9&lb=1&s=A)

Alex squeezing out a tear or two at prize giving was memorable.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-SDgfV8N/0/L/IMG_2068-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3717663313&k=SDgfV8N&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-ztnLbLZ/0/L/IMG_2070-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3717663685&k=ztnLbLZ&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-p3b5hKJ/0/L/IMG_2072-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3717657329&k=p3b5hKJ&lb=1&s=A)

And just like that, my Amageza 2014 was over.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-hWGRWCH/0/L/DSC05143-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3715444674&k=hWGRWCH&lb=1&s=A)



I was hugely satisfied with my Rally. I had had a ton of fun and laughs, did not get hurt or damage the bike. Also, there was something about sharing a large part of the journey with Justin and I am a bit miffed he’s going to be riding it next year as he really is an outstanding support guy. He deserves a large share of my finishers medal.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-WNtB7cH/0/L/DSC05144-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3715426968&k=WNtB7cH&lb=1&s=A)

Again, to the Big LC8 KTM, what a machine!

I was asked during the race on the forum if given the choice would I take the bike again, my answer then – “No!”

But now that I’ve reflected a bit, this is my answer;

If I cannot afford another bike, I am confident that it would do another one and probably 4 or 5 more. It’s a beast! It goes where you point it, is tough and reliable, crashes very well and needs little to no maintenance. However, if anyone is thinking of doing it on one of these, you’ll need to be a few things;

Not worried at all of throwing it down the track. Repeatedly.
Can dead lift the bike up 10 times in a row.
Be very competent riding in very technical and very sandy and rocky stuff for hours at a time.
Have an over active sense of humour for those occasions when it’s not that funny anymore.


Stage 5

30th of 58 official finishers, 2hrs 08min, 22.92% slower than the fastest finisher.

1 minute 0 seconds in penalties



So overall I was

22nd of 58 official finishers, 21hrs 48min, 35.91% slower than the fastest finisher.

11 minutes 0 seconds in penalties...Which was 4th best overall in navigation and penalty avoidance – massive up from last year where I had more than 2 hours’ worth.



There are only 55 of these in the world, you going to come and get one next year?

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-DT4Qnxj/0/L/IMG_2150-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3773118418&k=DT4Qnxj&lb=1&s=A)

Roll on 2015!

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/i-z6PXqRd/0/L/IMG_1127-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/14/11-Amageza/45351984_8MkGD4#!i=3772302443&k=z6PXqRd&lb=1&s=A)

Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Mr Zog on December 19, 2014, 08:42:34 am
I can't see the video Andrew, says it is "private"  :(
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on December 19, 2014, 08:56:24 am
I can't see the video Andrew, says it is "private"  :(

Ah, you should be able to now?
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Buff on December 19, 2014, 09:02:07 am
What a superb RR Andrew, thank you  :thumleft:

Well done once again, on the report and that well deserved, limited edition, Finishers medal  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Mr Zog on December 19, 2014, 09:28:36 am
Works perfectly now  :thumleft:

"Lets see if I can catch him, ha ha ha ha"  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:


Thanks Andrew, BRILLIANT RR and video's  :drif:  :ricky:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on December 19, 2014, 09:36:20 am
Works perfectly now  :thumleft:

"Lets see if I can catch him, ha ha ha ha"  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:


Thanks Andrew, BRILLIANT RR and video's  :drif:  :ricky:

Yep, it's fine to dream.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Bazinga on December 19, 2014, 12:18:58 pm
Hi Andrew

Thanks for this great report. I enjoyed it a lot.

I dont have footage of the race so this also helped me experience it again

Enjoy the holidays
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: BlueBull2007 on December 19, 2014, 01:35:23 pm
Thanks for sharing, great to be able to live the rest of the rally through you Andrew. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: SteveD on December 19, 2014, 03:57:49 pm
What a superb RR Andrew, thank you  :thumleft:
Well done once again, on the report and that well deserved, limited edition, Finishers medal  :thumleft:

+forkinbaie
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: N[]vA on December 19, 2014, 04:14:25 pm
Great read, thanks for sharing   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Bernoulli on December 19, 2014, 06:08:52 pm
Andrew,
Great ride, great report, great videos!
Thanks for putting it all together for our enjoyment.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Bluefish on December 19, 2014, 06:59:38 pm
Nice report Andrew. I also had a nasty surprise in that erosion ditch.

Please pm me your number. Need to have a chat about a bike.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: whitedelight on December 19, 2014, 11:04:54 pm
Lekker  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on December 20, 2014, 08:12:21 am
They've reset the competition. Be truthful. If I win it I'd like it to be on merit.


Vote (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=164220.0)
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Sandban(g)k on December 20, 2014, 11:06:14 am
As usual, awesome writing, riding and inspiring!

Respect  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: BlueBull2007 on December 20, 2014, 01:10:05 pm
They've reset the competition. Be truthful. If I win it I'd like it to be on merit.


Vote (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=164220.0)

As long as you vote for mine ;D

COme to think if it i forgot to finish it! Let me get to it!
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: bonova on December 21, 2014, 11:34:12 am
Andrew! What a top notch report!
One thing I must add.... Those stills of you jumping that gully that came out of nowhere..... There are people who do not understand the hecticness of that. Only people who have ridden the beasts in anger will understand how well you did there to get the front up!
You are HARD on the brakes... The rear is almost in the air.... It's sliding all over....the front is almost breaking traction.....then it's decision time ....do or die..... You have to unload the front....load the back to get traction and then commit 10000% and smash the throttle open and launch at something that could well kill you..... The 950 rear is so light that if you get it wrong....no traction...just crazy power driving u faster at the wall of rocks. It takes balls and incredible reaction time to pull that shit off.
On my 450 it was almost a non event that gully... On my 950 well.....I dunno if I'd have made it

Just thought I'd put it out there that you played that down just a smidgen ;)
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Rolling Stone on December 21, 2014, 02:12:26 pm
thanks for the report, photos and videos
there is some of the hectic stuff that I had forgotten about,you need a second take to realise just what you had hauled your bike over and through. Interesting thing is that we all had issues at different places.
This made me realise that we could all ride anybit of such a Rally any day, but when you string it all together, fatigue and loss of concentration will catch you when you least expect it. Or when you are checking the roadbook and when you look up that caution or corner that you had been checking out pops up a couple of meters ahead and that big bike is not going to stop in time  :ricky: and it is Hero or Zero time.
You are correct, that HP will not be trying the Amageza again.
I want to enjoy the tricky bits next time, had an awsome  time on day 4 and 5 though.
on the Amageza, any day where you only crash once is awesome :deal:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: alanB on December 22, 2014, 08:08:01 am
Thanks for a great RR Andrew.

Not only do you ride that monster so well, but your communication skills and attitude are admirable as well!  :thumleft:

Enjoyed this report very much, it gave a really nice sense of what it might have been like to be there.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kaboef on December 22, 2014, 08:34:16 am
Carent see yer peechas.

 ???
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Mooch on December 22, 2014, 02:32:11 pm
A Great RR Andrew. Thanks very much!!!  :thumleft:

Great content and you are really a superb writer. I was awesome to hear how things went with the big KTM. Just love that.  
And well done too :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: husky on December 24, 2014, 04:46:38 pm
Well done on that beast and still have the energy to write a great report.

Respect and thank you.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on December 25, 2014, 06:41:17 am
Stunning report this is Andrew, I have deliberately waited until Xmass to read this RR in one sitting.

I commend the way you include all and sundry in your epic adventure ... often I found myself smiling at how it first and foremost was an adventure and secondly a race and that, I believe, is why you did so well.

Deservedly the best RR of 2014!

Thanks for the efforts in sharing this one, both of you.

 8)
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: poenerhoes on December 27, 2014, 05:28:42 pm
whew!! just couldn't stop watching and reading, great stuff andrew, this whole thread just had me working through almost all the beer i had in the house :lol8:
brilliant rr, certainly one of the best i've ever seen. i will def vote for this one, thx again for sharing, you officially have my respect  :salut: :salut: :salut: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: adamktm on December 27, 2014, 07:33:53 pm
Reading this makes me want to try the Amageza.

Anyone ever done it on a 300  :ricky:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: ican on December 27, 2014, 07:56:33 pm
Man, what a good RR!
Thank you!
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: BryanOC6 on December 28, 2014, 07:08:52 am
Awesome morning read this, done I am looking for an amageza machine asap!! Looks like a bucket list event for me ! Great RR


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Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: GJ on December 28, 2014, 08:28:53 am
Reading this makes me want to try the Amageza.

Anyone ever done it on a 300  :ricky:

Ek werk aan n plan,wil dit volgende jaar doen op n 300  2T
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Rolling Stone on December 28, 2014, 10:58:15 am
Reading this makes me want to try the Amageza.

Anyone ever done it on a 300  :ricky:

Ek werk aan n plan,wil dit volgende jaar doen op n 300  2T
what is the fuel consumption on the 2T?
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: adamktm on December 28, 2014, 10:08:07 pm
Reading this makes me want to try the Amageza.

Anyone ever done it on a 300  :ricky:

Ek werk aan n plan,wil dit volgende jaar doen op n 300  2T

Tell me more
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: adv on December 28, 2014, 10:17:35 pm
Reading this makes me want to try the Amageza.

Anyone ever done it on a 300  :ricky:

Ek werk aan n plan,wil dit volgende jaar doen op n 300  2T
what is the fuel consumption on the 2T?


Cant be that bad. My 250 2t is relatively light.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: BiG DoM on December 29, 2014, 07:25:18 am
I know the sentiment has been expressed before but I hope SA rally will not end up being guys just throwing a LR tank or Rotopak, RB and iPhone on a plastic …  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: JustBendIt on December 29, 2014, 07:37:20 am
Reading this makes me want to try the Amageza.

Anyone ever done it on a 300  :ricky:

Ek werk aan n plan,wil dit volgende jaar doen op n 300  2T

Your biggest challenge is going to get a 300 2 stroke fully road legal and registered on Natis - and properly - with papers, number plates, license disc, etc

Less is more and weight will always be your biggest enemy BUT rallying is not a long offroad race - we have those in this country - rallying is a completely different animal - I believe it is a real thinking man's (or woman's) game - proper preparation in every single aspect is key

Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on December 29, 2014, 08:58:32 am
I know the sentiment has been expressed before but I hope SA rally will not end up being guys just throwing a LR tank or Rotopak, RB and iPhone on a plastic …  :peepwall:

Why not? Spending a crazy amount of money on a pukka rally bike for one 5 day race per year seems a bit excessive, to me at least.

It's about racing and being there, not posing. Many of the other international races also attract entries like this, only the Dakar is really different with almost all the bikes being "proper" rally bikes. I suspect due to the distances and the effort and money involved getting there, it makes it worth it to invest in a real rally bike.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: BiG DoM on December 29, 2014, 09:13:13 am
Don't get me wrong, I am not suggesting that everyone spends on a RR bike. I am all for rallye light and think this is the way even the Dakar bikes are going to some extent. I just think that guys need to think twice before believing their small 2T plastics can do 5 day+ rallies with ease. Sure the more accessible one can make the sport the better for it to grow in SA.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: JustBendIt on December 29, 2014, 09:20:50 am
Each to his own

My budget for a rally bike is 50k all in - not because I can't afford to spend more but because I don't want to - I have 2 other bikes that don't get used enough as it is

I have bought a used KTM 525 for 32k and already spent 2k on sprockets/chains and lic and reg in my name

I am going to try and make as much stuff as possible because I know it can be done - and I know I'm not going to win it either
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on December 29, 2014, 09:40:29 am
Jip, doing it on a 2T will be pushing it. Would love to see it done though.

GJ, how will you mix fuel at the petrol stations? Mixing 20 l in a 2 l bottle doesn't sound like fun.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Cracker on December 29, 2014, 09:52:01 am
Reading this makes me want to try the Amageza.

Anyone ever done it on a 300  :ricky:

Ek werk aan n plan,wil dit volgende jaar doen op n 300  2T

Your biggest challenge is going to get a 300 2 stroke fully road legal and registered on Natis - and properly - with papers, number plates, license disc, etc

Less is more and weight will always be your biggest enemy BUT rallying is not a long offroad race - we have those in this country - rallying is a completely different animal - I believe it is a real thinking man's (or woman's) game - proper preparation in every single aspect is key



Surely you can license it the same way it was done with the 450s and other plastics - 'properly'  ;)

Of all the bikes I'd take to a rally, a 2T would be my last choice - it will have absolutely no advantage anywhere. Like you say, a rally is so much more than a bike and an ability to ride it.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: JustBendIt on December 29, 2014, 10:00:03 am
It all depends on the "class" of the vehicle and how it is registered on our Natis system

If it is registered as a purely off-road vehicle then it cannot get a legal number plate and license disc and be used on a public road

Once a vehicle is registered as such it is almost impossible to change its class of use - it needs to be done  from new
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: BlueBull2007 on December 29, 2014, 10:34:44 am
Actually 2 strokes have finished the Dakar.

in 1980 2 Vespas finished:
 
http://www.motorsportretro.com/2010/02/dakar-rally-on-a-vespa/ (http://www.motorsportretro.com/2010/02/dakar-rally-on-a-vespa/)
 
(http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lf7x8lyCK71qbnd4eo1_500.jpg)
 
(http://www.rightaroundaustralia.com/images/2163.jpg)

Not that I would recommend these for the amageza! :imaposer:


Luis Belaustegui #150 (http://"http://www.dakar.com/dakar/2013/us/rider/150.html"), a 48 year-old professor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Living the Dakar Dream, campaigned and finished on a KTM 150XC 2-stroke! :hello2:

He is an absolute legend: After trying for 3 years he finally got the the finish of the Dakar in 2013. He also regularly changed pistons in the desert, came in last just about everyday, and spent a night and the following rest day stuck in dunes with "his mistress of the desert" working on changing a piston (he kept a spare in his backpack) before arriving in the bivouac at 4pm, some 36 hours after the start of the 600km stage, and two hours before the cutoff time.

(http://www.dakar.com/PHOTOS/DAK/2011/concurrents/_DAK_2011_150P_1.JPG)

(http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/46291189.jpg)

(http://www.mundomoto.esp.br/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/ktm-bella.jpg)

(http://www.advrider.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=308832&stc=1&d=1325283540)

(http://www.dakar.com/PHOTOS/DAK/2013/1100/99.jpg)

(http://www.enlacecritico.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Luis-Belaustegui_658x400.jpg)



Gerard Barbazant made a career (several times IIRC) of trying to get a 125 EXC to the finish...  he also used up a lot of pistons, cylinders etc. in the process...

Another guy from France named - Luc Grajwoda (spelling not quite sure) - made a habit out of riding a monocoque framed KX 500 creation in the Dakar and various other rallies in the early to mid nineties...

The thing used to vibrate that much that it often split/fractured the welds on the chassis and aluminium fuel tanks/subframe construction... and his eyeballs were still going up and down a half hour after he climbed off the thing at the bivouac of a night...  


Bottom line is this: You dont have to be crazy to try and do any rally on a 2 stroke, but it certainly helps!   :lol8: :imaposer: :spitcoffee:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: N[]vA on December 29, 2014, 10:55:43 am
5 of those 2 stroke vespas started mind you
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: BiG DoM on December 29, 2014, 11:53:11 am
Ja and someone did the Roof on a CB750  ::)  Crazy/Amageza helps.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Rokie on December 30, 2014, 10:18:37 am
I regard you with legend status, Mr Kamanya!

I also reckon that jumping that unexpected erosion donga was some heroic sh!t, man. Those situations where BIG BALLS are required and you have -0.05 seconds to make a call . . . "sphincter moments", as BlueBull2007 calls them . . . they bring out a rider's true colours. I can't say that I come out of those with valour too often. You, on the other hand . . . bliksem!

I'm not saying you are Batman, all I'm saying is that no-one has ever seen you and Batman in the same room together . . .
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on December 30, 2014, 11:09:16 am

I'm not saying you are Batman...

Shatman more like!

Thanks for the compliment nontheless.
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Berty77 on January 04, 2015, 10:12:13 am
Awesome read!!!
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Kamanya on January 09, 2015, 12:03:08 am
Postscript....

For New Year, I rode to Koesoeskloof and then had a bit of a jaunt on the way back, in all about 1000k's

All I did to the bike was undo 8 bolts and unplug the navigation tower. Then put the screen back on. It still had the set of tires I raced with.

Other that that, nothing else was done to it since it crossed the finish line.

Checked the tire pressure and strapped the bags on and the metamorphosis from Rally bike to Tourer was complete.

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/2015/01/i-N7j6Ngq/0/L/IMG_2154-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/2015/01/46831963_g5Vdn7#!i=3810653974&k=N7j6Ngq&lb=1&s=A)

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/2015/01/i-fH4kW4b/0/L/IMG_2156-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/2015/01/46831963_g5Vdn7#!i=3810654505&k=fH4kW4b&lb=1&s=A)

Jeez, what a bike!

Catching the last rays of 2014. All the very best for 2015!

(http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/2015/01/i-d94R6Kb/0/L/Christmas%202014%20-%20jan%202015%20012-L.jpg) (http://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/2015/01/46831963_g5Vdn7#!i=3810650969&k=d94R6Kb&lb=1&s=A)
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: JustBendIt on January 09, 2015, 04:27:20 am
Kamanya has neglected to tell you about the full stripdown, major service and painstaking rebuild I did on the bike while it was in my garage for 2 weeks after the Amageza

I blueprinted the flux capacitor.
Adjusted the negative tension on the hyperdrive coupling.
Stripped and lubed the sliptoride pump on the accelerator valve
Installed the new double overhead battery terminals and high rise radiator cap.
Adjusted the internals on the New Matik tyres from RACE to ROAD
Drained, measured, filtered and refilled the snake oil cylinder
Changed the batteries and settings on the power bracelets
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Bazinga on January 09, 2015, 09:06:00 am
Kamanya has neglected to tell you about the full stripdown, major service and painstaking rebuild I did on the bike while it was in my garage for 2 weeks after the Amageza

I blueprinted the flux capacitor.
Adjusted the negative tension on the hyperdrive coupling.
Stripped and lubed the sliptoride pump on the accelerator valve
Installed the new double overhead battery terminals and high rise radiator cap.
Adjusted the internals on the New Matik tyres from RACE to ROAD
Drained, measured, filtered and refilled the snake oil cylinder
Changed the batteries and settings on the power bracelets

Sounds about right. ha ha ha
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Happyfeet on January 09, 2015, 12:31:04 pm
Was great seeing you at Koedoeskloof.

This is an awesome post and well done!

See Andrew taking a well deserved rest at Koedoeskloof!! :  (Just scroll down)
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=162115.new;topicseen#new (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=162115.new;topicseen#new)
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: MaxThePanda on January 12, 2015, 11:16:11 am
Postscript....

For New Year, I rode to Koesoeskloof and then had a bit of a jaunt on the way back, in all about 1000k's

All I did to the bike was undo 8 bolts and unplug the navigation tower. Then put the screen back on. It still had the set of tires I raced with.

Other that that, nothing else was done to it since it crossed the finish line.

Checked the tire pressure and strapped the bags on and the metamorphosis from Rally bike to Tourer was complete.

Jeez, what a bike!


Ditto! Except I did 2000kms and I didn't even have to replace the windscreen!  ::)

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8647/16236205896_564773b84f_o.jpg)

Okay, okay, I changed the oil and cleaned the air filter...

Happy new year! Let's go night riding at Atlantis! :)
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: IDR on January 12, 2015, 11:19:55 am
Postscript....

For New Year, I rode to Koesoeskloof and then had a bit of a jaunt on the way back, in all about 1000k's

All I did to the bike was undo 8 bolts and unplug the navigation tower. Then put the screen back on. It still had the set of tires I raced with.

Other that that, nothing else was done to it since it crossed the finish line.

Checked the tire pressure and strapped the bags on and the metamorphosis from Rally bike to Tourer was complete.

Jeez, what a bike!


Ditto! Except I did 2000kms and I didn't even have to replace the windscreen!  ::)

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8647/16236205896_564773b84f_o.jpg)

Okay, okay, I changed the oil and cleaned the air filter...

Happy new year! Let's go night riding at Atlantis! :)

Surely you serviced it in those 2000 km???
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: sidetrack on January 12, 2015, 12:35:59 pm
Postscript....

For New Year, I rode to Koesoeskloof and then had a bit of a jaunt on the way back, in all about 1000k's

All I did to the bike was undo 8 bolts and unplug the navigation tower. Then put the screen back on. It still had the set of tires I raced with.

Other that that, nothing else was done to it since it crossed the finish line.

Checked the tire pressure and strapped the bags on and the metamorphosis from Rally bike to Tourer was complete.

Jeez, what a bike!


Ditto! Except I did 2000kms and I didn't even have to replace the windscreen!  ::)

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8647/16236205896_564773b84f_o.jpg)

Okay, okay, I changed the oil and cleaned the air filter...

Happy new year! Let's go night riding at Atlantis! :)

Surely you serviced it in those 2000 km???
They will do 2000km dual sporting without oil change no problems  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Pom17 on January 12, 2015, 01:01:59 pm
Loving the setup Max :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: MaxThePanda on January 12, 2015, 04:57:53 pm
Surely you serviced it in those 2000 km???

You guys are asking difficult questions!!


They will do 2000km dual sporting without oil change no problems  :thumleft:

I wasn't brave enough, so I had 1.6l of Motorex in that Giant Loop and changed oil half way. But I don't think it was necessary - the oil was clean when it came out.

In order not to scupper Andrew's thread... perhaps I should say more here: http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=157866.120 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=157866.120)
Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: Roulof on January 16, 2015, 01:19:16 pm
Kamanya,

Thanks for a terrific report, it felt like I was there doing it with you (I wish I could ride like that :imaposer:). 

It looks like great fun and you've given me some inspiration to get to the startline!

Title: Re: Amageza 2014 with a Jagsding
Post by: husky on January 16, 2015, 02:16:49 pm
Great report and riding / writing style.  Hats off to bully that wicked 950 through there or maybe it bullied you!