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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: V-TORR on May 18, 2016, 02:58:32 pm

Title: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: V-TORR on May 18, 2016, 02:58:32 pm
So before I forgot that we actually did it, here's a quick photo-summary our "blommetoer" in 2014.
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Post by: V-TORR on May 18, 2016, 03:05:45 pm
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Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on May 18, 2016, 03:08:14 pm
Eina bliksem wie val so in die droë modder oppad Middelpos toe?!!
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Post by: V-TORR on May 18, 2016, 03:10:18 pm
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Post by: FrancoisTz on May 18, 2016, 03:10:48 pm
Hierdie een gaan ons geniet. Tik assebleif vinnig.
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Post by: V-TORR on May 18, 2016, 03:15:12 pm
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Post by: MiniDan on May 18, 2016, 03:17:43 pm

I love the 'Someone else' comment... :thumleft:
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Post by: V-TORR on May 18, 2016, 03:19:58 pm
Oulike mense op die pad ontmoet.
Almal hou mos van bikers ;)
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Post by: Lem on May 18, 2016, 03:23:31 pm
Hierdie een gaan ons geniet. Tik assebleif vinnig.

 :snorting:

ja nee, ek stem. Gooi nog!
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Post by: V-TORR on May 18, 2016, 03:24:31 pm
But all  was not fun and games..
When covering a few hundred thousand kilometres on remote roads, chains, tyres, fuel shortages and Springbok makes it interesting...
All to follow in the complete write-up.
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Post by: Matewis on May 18, 2016, 03:27:50 pm
Oulike mense op die pad ontmoet.
Almal hou mos van bikers ;)


Kyk hoe pout die middelste een nogal! Gooi mielies
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Post by: Black_Hawk on May 18, 2016, 03:45:44 pm
Like na lekker RR, smaak my julle het nog pillions ook bygekry (3 pikkewyne).

Dankie vir die deel sover  :thumleft:.
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Post by: V-TORR on May 19, 2016, 10:52:50 am
Preparations:

Our planning started a few months before departure and ended up to be fairly simple:

I will bring the medical stuff (Based on Mr. Zog’s handbook),
0012 will bring his tools,
and the other guy will be the camera man.
Each brings his own snacks, clothes and bike.

We chose the route to take us through the Flower region of Namakwaland with stops along the way at stuff we thought will be cool. 
All accommodation booked before we left. No camping because we are not hardcore and it is winter.
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Post by: V-TORR on May 19, 2016, 11:00:56 am
As the time got closer 0012 were sending me photos of his serviced bike, the tools he is taking with, and his special “Bike Trip Prep Room” – a room dedicated to preparing for the trip! 

At the time I just thought his house had too many rooms..
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Post by: V-TORR on May 19, 2016, 11:07:03 am
I serviced my bike, changed to a quieter exhaust, built and fitted a DIY-madstad bracket, and had the front tyre replaced by Gravelman.

Have I fitted a new back tyre, and a new chain, my life would have been a lot easier. (“only” 24935km on chain @ departure)
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Post by: V-TORR on May 19, 2016, 11:20:30 am
The day finally came.
We are ready, and our bikes are packed and ready.

So after work on Friday, 0012 and the other guy left from Ellisras, and I left from Witbank to meet up in Pretoria.


Tonight we sleep at the other guy's parents and tomorrow we ride to the Northern-Cape.

It going to be a big day, and we are psyched!
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Post by: hayleyscomet on May 19, 2016, 11:27:20 am


Lekker boys !
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Post by: ClimbingTurtle on May 19, 2016, 11:32:06 am
Subbbb.......
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Post by: COLES on May 19, 2016, 11:36:54 am
great report

thank u for sharing
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Post by: Pavlovski on May 19, 2016, 01:30:39 pm
Looks like a seriously lekke ride :thumleft: :ricky:
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Post by: Topie on May 23, 2016, 02:23:02 pm
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Post by: woody1 on May 23, 2016, 02:35:20 pm
 :ricky:
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Post by: Herklaas on May 23, 2016, 03:04:14 pm
 :sip: Nou verlang ek sommer na my TA, was ook 'n bloue, jy het te veel spanners ingepak, net ekstra gewig wat jy nie gaan nodig kry nie, behalwe as jy 'n Katie langs die pad teekom.  :spitcoffee:
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Post by: V-TORR on May 26, 2016, 12:26:40 pm
Day1: Pretoria to Orania (703km)

It’s is before dark when we leave Pretoria. The plan is to be on Orania at 16:00. 
We had a sterling time the night before at Theotherguy’s house with his brother, sister and her significant other coming over for a pizza night, photo-share, and his mother’s hilarious stories about being a teacher on a short-ish temper. What a great bunch they are!

From Pretoria we take the N1 South towards Jo-burg where we get on to the N12 South.
It is early in the morning, the road is open, the weather is clear and we make good progress, but I am becoming aware of some short-comings in my gear. My gloves were not keeping my hands warm despite the salesman’s promise:”summer gloves with winter inners is fine for winter”...-bullshit!
By the time we drive into Potch I can’t feel my hands.
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Post by: V-TORR on May 26, 2016, 12:43:23 pm
Our next stop was scheduled to be in Klerksdorp, but I quit at the first garage I see in Potch.
My hands are too cold to continue and I want to stall until the sun sits higher. After a quick chain oil session (first of many for me) and a refuel we have breakfast at the Wimpy.
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Post by: V-TORR on May 26, 2016, 01:00:02 pm
By 8:40 we get going again and at 12:00 we are in the Karoo.
Theotherguy is an enthusiastic photographer and told us waaaaay before the trip that he needs a classic windmill shot in the Karoo. That meant that we stopped at every windmill just for incase it can be THE shot.
First windmill:
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Post by: Divot on May 26, 2016, 01:06:14 pm
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Post by: MiniDan on May 26, 2016, 01:27:24 pm
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Post by: V-TORR on May 26, 2016, 01:47:22 pm
Flat with grass.
That is the theme of the N12 from Klerksdorp to Kimberley.

There is a great mining Museum in Kimberley that is managed by De Beers.
0012 saw it before so while he relaxed with a beer at the Hotel next door, myself and Theotherguy went for a walk.
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Post by: V-TORR on May 26, 2016, 01:49:17 pm
In 1882, Kimberley was the second town in THE WORLD (After Philadelphia in the USA) to have electric streetlights.
The museum tries to capture the old town as it was before the mine shut down.
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Post by: V-TORR on May 26, 2016, 01:51:57 pm
There might still be great riches at the bottom of the “groot gat” but because of the cost of pumping out the toxic mine-water it is today only a museum. The hole is over a kilometre deep, and dug by hand. There’s a great look out structure from where you can see the hole and some parts of Kimberley.
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Post by: V-TORR on May 26, 2016, 02:00:54 pm
It was almost 17:00 when we hit the road again.
A quick bum-rest, and a few photos on the highway.
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Post by: V-TORR on May 26, 2016, 02:13:13 pm
Thanks to our long "rest" in Kimberley we were running behind our planned 16:00 arrival time, and only stopped in Orania after dark.
We were knackered. My parents came for a braai after which we tucked in.

Tomorrow we drive our first dirt roads!
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Post by: westfrogger on May 26, 2016, 02:39:16 pm
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Post by: landieman on May 27, 2016, 05:50:24 am
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Post by: Bring It On on May 29, 2016, 07:32:36 pm
This looks interesting.... :sip:

Looking forward to the rest. :ricky:
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Post by: Draadwerk on May 29, 2016, 07:47:41 pm
Laat ons rol...
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Post by: 4 Kays on May 29, 2016, 08:26:20 pm
Keep the rr coming  :sip:  :spitcoffee:
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Post by: spoedvark on May 29, 2016, 08:27:42 pm
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Post by: 0012 on May 30, 2016, 11:38:42 am
LIEWE OUERS V-TORR     :3some:    :3some:     :3some:

Ek het nie eens geweet jy tik ons ritverslag nie  :ricky:

Ek het ook nie geweet jy kan ingels praat nie!      ;)    :lol8:


Daai oggend toe ons stop by die garage in potch se V-Torr vir ons:
   "dis nou so koud as ons stap klink dit of ons snoeker speel"          :imaposer:


Ek het die aand in Orania ook vreeslik geniet, die heerlikste potjie en toe daarna het ons "boeke gevat" en n paar liedjies gesing en dit was vir my baie spesiaal en my aan my kinderjare laat dink.



nou ja toe, ons wag in spanning vir die volgende "installment", mis ek nou my transalpie!
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Post by: RobbieJZW on May 30, 2016, 12:43:29 pm
It's about time somebody wrote this ride report!  :pot:
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Post by: punisher on May 30, 2016, 01:38:36 pm
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Post by: StofOtter on May 30, 2016, 03:57:42 pm
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Post by: Strompie on May 31, 2016, 09:41:28 am
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Post by: V-TORR on June 01, 2016, 09:12:34 am
Day 2: Orania to Frazerburg (447km)
Despite best intensions to get an early start, the sun bakes us awake on Sunday morning. The cabin we slept in is built right on the Orange River and the view is magnificent. There is some frost on the bikes but the sun is bright and it disappears quickly.
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Post by: V-TORR on June 01, 2016, 09:13:25 am
Inside the cabin it still looks like this.
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Post by: V-TORR on June 01, 2016, 09:14:08 am
But who can blame him with a view like this:
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Post by: V-TORR on June 01, 2016, 09:15:05 am
While the other two pack up, I return the cabin keys to “Tannie Dorie”. She is a lady of 80+ years old, very sharp, and already impeccably dressed for church. It makes me feel sleazy returning the keys in my oil-stained bike jacket.
We quickly load up, and drive to town.
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Post by: V-TORR on June 01, 2016, 09:16:56 am
Orania is dead quiet. Church has started and we are the only vehicles on the street.
We drive slowly not to disturb and take a few photos from the “Monument koppie”. It is a good vantage point of the town and the surrounding fields, and we can hear singing from the nearby church.
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Post by: V-TORR on June 01, 2016, 09:26:26 am
Done with Orania, we drive towards Kraankuil station. It seems like we are the only people on the planet, so we park ON the road to repack our gear, make adjustments to the screens, and test the bikes at speed.
Of course the testing turns into a drag-race between me and Theotherguy.

Now for those of you who didn't, he drives a 1200 and I a mere 650, which puts me at a slight disadvantage..

So I cheated: Unloaded my boxes and even emptied my bladder to lose all possible weight. Reduced drag by putting my screen on the lowest position, and made sure to choose the distance at only 800m, short enough to reach my top speed, but not long enough for him to reach his.
 
With a slight fumble on his take-off, and some luck on my part I manage to beat him twice.  ;D
I don’t want to go for a third time because he is gaining on me with every run, and I suspect that despite being heavily loaded I will lose by a massive margin when Theotherguy figures out his launches.
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Post by: Snafu on June 01, 2016, 09:27:36 am
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Post by: TornadoF5 on June 01, 2016, 09:28:03 am
I like like so far nice one dudes  :thumleft:
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Post by: V-TORR on June 01, 2016, 09:38:42 am
At Kraankuil the very nice tar road changes into a very nice dirt road.
We stop at the next windmill just for in case it is THE windmill “shot” Theotherguy need.

It wasn’t.
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Post by: Toothless on June 01, 2016, 09:38:54 am
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Post by: 0012 on June 01, 2016, 09:47:16 am
Awesome V-Torr.

Daai dag een was n lange, Pta vertrek voor sonsopkoms en eers so met son onder by Orania aan gekom.
Geslaap soos die dood daai aand!
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Post by: Kykdaar on June 01, 2016, 09:49:08 am
Very lekker :thumleft:
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Post by: V-TORR on June 01, 2016, 09:57:51 am
It is eventually 13:30 when we roll into Britstown. 
Another typical Karoo-town on a Sunday afternoon:  Quiet, dusty and friendly. It takes getting-used-to to speak Afrikaans to everyone.
Even the guy at the petrol pump struggles to answer you in English after which, to our delight, we switch over to Afrikaans.

The conversation would go something like:
0012: “Hi, we are looking for a place to eat”
Pump attendant:  “uhm,yes, it is.”
V-torr: “0012, wat se die ou nou?
Pump attendant: “Julle ka da by die Hotel ga eet, is net terug soos julle gekom het aan daaai-kant vannipad.”

So just like that we stumble onto a delicious Sunday lunch, cold beer and a wonderful place to relax.

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Post by: V-TORR on June 01, 2016, 09:58:48 am
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Post by: 0012 on June 01, 2016, 10:23:49 am
Daai Britstown middagete (skaap roast as ek reg onthou) was van die lekkerste wat ek al ooit gehad het.


Vir julle vermaak heg ek ons "trip checklist" aan      :deal:

Dit was die drie van ons se eerste multi-day bike trip (jul kan mos sien ons is skaars uit die skool uit  ;)  ) so die lys is moer lank, selfs dinge soos "helmet" en "panties" is neergeskryf net ingeval ons newbies dit ook nog vergeet  :lol8:

Soos altyd kom mens maar agter jyt ge over-cater en volgende keer bly die helfte van die goeters by die huis.

Behalwe vir die tools, ons het hulle nodig vir die BMW    :peepwall:  grap net, nie n oomblik se issues van enige van die fietse op die trip nie...
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Post by: Gryshond on June 01, 2016, 10:31:08 am
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Post by: V-TORR on June 01, 2016, 10:31:15 am
From Britstown to Victoria-west we drive the N12.
Victoria-West has got a lot of graveyards. One on each side of the road as you drive into town. Grimm.

From Victoria West we drive towards Loxton on the R63. We are running behind schedule and have to pick up the pace. It's a great ride: smooth road with swooping turns, bikes running great, not too hot not too cold, and most of all, not yet dark.
Just 37 minutes later we stop outside Loxton where the road turns to dirt.

It dawns on us that no matter how hard we ride, we cannot outrun the night.. The last stretch to Fraserburg will be in the dark.
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Post by: V-TORR on June 01, 2016, 10:43:29 am
We are tired and its going to be dark soon.. Once the sun goes down it will be cold. We are still 80km away from where we are supposed to sleep tonight.

But knowing all that didn't stop us from stopping at the next windmill beside the road.
It just might be THE shot.. It was totally worth it. (And it turned out to be THE shot Theotherguy was looking for)
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Post by: Matewis on June 01, 2016, 11:05:50 am
Dis verseker die foto daai!
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Post by: Lem on June 01, 2016, 11:14:57 am
Holy moly! Lekker trip hierdie en stunning fotos :thumleft:
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Post by: V-TORR on June 01, 2016, 11:18:47 am
The last stretch from the windmill to Fraserburg was the longest section of road for me ever. Not literally, but psychologically.


It is properly dark when we get going again and as you may well know, dirt roads don't have streetlights or fuel pumps.

I did not fill up at Victoria-West like the other two because based on my current fuel consumption I would easily make it to Fraserburg.
That was before we did the high-speed run which now left me with a flickering fuel light. Dammit. Sunday night, an hour's drive from the closest town, and I don't have enough fuel.

I had to engage the fuel saving mode: Driving in 6th gear at 65km/h.
I just puttered on. Kilometer after kilometer.
The other two stopped for a rest but I carried on alone. I figured I might as well rest when the bike runs out..

The bike indicated that it had no fuel left just as I passed the "Fraserburg 40km" road marker.

Tonight, I sleep by the side of the road for sure, I thought as I listened for the first splutter or hiccup that might indicate that I reached the end of my rope.

But the little v-twin kept on going.

And going.

And going.
I could make out some lights in the distance! I'm going to live!

And then the bike missed a beat.
Or did it?
It was just me, so nervous, I slightly closed the throttle and mistook it for the bike losing power. Focus man, focus!

When I drove into Fraserburg I couldn't believe that it was still going.

Found our accommodation and slept like a dead man with all my gear still on. Hehehe.

I now fill up wherever and whenever I can.

Tomorrow we do the Tankwa, and sleep by the West-Coast.
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Post by: Man from Nam on June 01, 2016, 04:44:38 pm
Nice RR and photies :thumleft:
I enjoy the ride and cannot wait for the rest
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Post by: Bring It On on June 01, 2016, 05:06:58 pm
Looking forward to the final chapter :sip: :thumleft:
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Post by: 0012 on June 09, 2016, 11:39:32 am
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Die Tankwa.... Sien uit na hierdie hoofstuk    ;D

Dis seker hoekom dit so lank neem om te tik   :patch:


 :ricky:
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Post by: Steekvlieg on June 09, 2016, 01:23:59 pm
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Post by: Slim Jim on June 09, 2016, 02:46:53 pm
can't wait for more
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Post by: Klein Torkar on June 09, 2016, 08:33:40 pm
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Post by: V-TORR on June 10, 2016, 11:57:40 am
Day 3: Fraserburg to Doringbaai via the Tankwa (533km)

Today we have got 533km to do of which 350km is going to be dirt. There will be three passes, the Tankwa Karoo, and as a final prize after what will be a hard day of riding, the ocean!

We get up early because Theotherguy wants to get a few shots of the telescope at Sutherland at sunrise. That means we will have to leave Fraserburg at 6:30 sharp.

Our accommodation for the night was a house built in the early days of Fraserburg, estimated between 1860 and 1870. It was modernized, but still has typical Karoo style with thick plastered mud walls, a front “stoep” and a garage that is ox-wagon size. Fraserburg is also the town where A.G Visser was born.

0012 snapped this inside which to me sums up the feeling of the house. (eerie, with a bit of nostalgia from yesteryear)
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Post by: V-TORR on June 10, 2016, 12:02:42 pm
We need to fill up, but its 6:40 and the garage only operates from 7am to 7pm. It is afterall Monday morning.

Time for a few pictures.
Fraserburg at dawn:
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Post by: V-TORR on June 10, 2016, 12:06:35 pm
I had a tough time on the way to Sutherland. Although the sun was up it was still bitterly cold, (-5.5C) and my gloves were not keeping my hand warm.
When I we arrived at the Sutherland telescope I couldn’t feel my hands and couldn’t pull in the clutch or the front brake.
I just hit the kill switch and let the bike stop on its own.
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Post by: V-TORR on June 10, 2016, 12:14:14 pm
I now realized an issue with my home-made windscreen bracket. It was not up for the gravel roads and had vibrated loose last night.
Not good, since there's still about 260km gravel left for the day!

The 3rd of the 4 bolts holding it onto the bike fell out just as we reached Sutherland.

The other guy is kind enough to give me a hand since I can still not feel mine: putting nylocs on the screen bracket bolts.
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Post by: V-TORR on June 10, 2016, 12:24:54 pm
I do enjoy the occasional warm beverage, so every morning before we leave I would fill up a small flask with coffee and drink some along the way. 

At Sutherland the “enjoying of warm beverage” is also a stall tactic to wait for the sun. The other two obviously have steel fingers or better gloves because they don’t moan about the cold as much as I do.

"Damn summer gloves! I'm giving that salesman a proper piece of mind when I’m back in GP! Winter inners? He could just as well given me a plastic bag!"

In between the moaning I use duct-tape to enlarge my handguards in an effort to keep the wind off my hands, and drink some more coffee.

The stall tactics and “maintenance” works, and before we know it, its 6degC and I’m willing to continue.
From Sutherland we take the gravel road towards Ouberg pass.
What an awesome road:
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Post by: 0012 on June 10, 2016, 12:35:28 pm
 :drif:      :drif:      :drif:

My gunstelling dag van die trip, met al die koud kry....




en die surprise wat later kom.........
Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: V-TORR on June 10, 2016, 12:37:00 pm
The dirt road continues until you come around a corner and the earth falls away:
It is a spectacular view from the top of the plateau.
Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: V-TORR on June 10, 2016, 12:43:26 pm
Ouberg pass has an average gradient of 1:13, and in some places as steep as 1:5.
That means for every 5 meters you drive, you drop one!
Total drop is 820m into the Tankwa.
Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: V-TORR on June 10, 2016, 12:57:21 pm
Once we descend into the Tankwa Karoo the landscape change. Its a bit drier, more bushes and less grass.
We see some friendly people, waving enthusiastically as we go by and even run into this flock of sheep:

Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: V-TORR on June 10, 2016, 01:10:57 pm
The road surface is superb and the bikes run well.
The small ups and downs and long curves makes it any biker's dream dirt road. By now my dirt-confidence is boosted way up and myself and 0012 get so carried away that we leave Theotherguy waaaaaay behind.
We stop at the intersection that indicates "Middelpos" and wait for him to arrive. All smiles and very cockey.
Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: V-TORR on June 10, 2016, 01:23:44 pm
The Tankwa is truly beautiful.
We see a few Zebra's and Springbok and birds. Life is good!

We are as always running behind schedule and since it is "Karoo-highways" 0012 picks up speed.
He is by far the most experienced rider between us and since we are having such a good ride, I don't mind keeping his pace. My confidence is running high!
Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: windswept on June 10, 2016, 01:25:59 pm
Lekker report. Just some info, for every 5 metres, you drop 1 metre. :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: V-TORR on June 10, 2016, 01:44:57 pm
Did I mention Springbok?
They seem to graze in small herds and is easily frightened.
When these very fast and nimble bucks are frightened they don't run straight away from whatever scare them, they seem to run wherever the one running in front is going, and that seems to always be across the closest road..

And that is exactly how I got the fright of my life:
So as we were speeding along, these small herds of Springbok, were crossing the road jumping and running and looking pretty. It was amazing until a small herd started running as I came up and tried to cross the same piece of road at the same time than me. Most of them made it across but I grazed one of the last ones' on the hind quarter as it jumped past.
I could feel the slight hit through the handlebars and in shock I froze up, almost run off the road, snaked left and right and almost lost it.
When I get the bike under control my heart is pumping and my hands are shaking.

Now all cocky-ness and confidence was gone.
When I finally continued it was at about half the pace.
Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: V-TORR on June 10, 2016, 01:46:43 pm
Lekker report. Just some info, for every 5 metres, you drop 1 metre. :thumleft:

 :biggrin:Oeps... You are right! fixed..
Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: V-TORR on June 10, 2016, 02:00:11 pm
We continued through the Tankwa to Gannaga pass where we ascended back to the plateau.
From the top of the pass we admire the view, 0012 takes a smoke and Theotherguy explains to me how his next shot will be set up to capture all of it.
Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: 0012 on June 10, 2016, 02:11:42 pm
awesome, awesome, awesome
Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: V-TORR on June 10, 2016, 02:14:40 pm
From Gannaga pass we drive towards Middelpos.
The area had a lot of rain and the roads were mud at some point.
Someone with a big 4x4 then made some deep impressions in the mud which hardened into a  treacherous series of canals.
Once you drove into  "canal" there is no driving out of it.
Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: V-TORR on June 10, 2016, 02:28:03 pm
Middelpos.
At first glance Middelpos has got three buildings. A shop called "Die winkel" (the shop), a post office and a hotel.

We walk up and down through the shop but there is no-one in sight.
They sell Middelpos-rooibos tee, Middelpos-goatsmilk-cheese and all kinds of local produce.
I like it.

Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: V-TORR on June 10, 2016, 02:35:30 pm
From Middelpos we take the last stretch of dirt road to Calvinia.
When we pull up in Calvinia I notice that my chain is not hanging straight anymore, but thinks its just because of all the dust.
You can also see the ductape on the handguards.
Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: V-TORR on June 10, 2016, 02:40:28 pm
The sun is getting low and we are tired.
We take a quick pic at the massive post-box and continue West towards Nieuwoudtville.
Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: V-TORR on June 10, 2016, 02:50:41 pm
Although we planned to stop in Niewoudtville the sun is setting and we rush to get to Van Rhyns pass and arrive with the last light of Monday.

Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: V-TORR on June 10, 2016, 02:58:15 pm
Around 8PM, we were about 40km from our accommodation for the night.

0012 was riding in front because he is the most time-conscious and me directly behind.
As we came around a right-hand corner, doing +-80km/h, 0012 got shot.


Or so I thought for a second.


He suddenly got swept to the right and then were swaying from side to side until he came to a stop in the grass beside the road.
Blown out tire. No warning, nothing. And there we sat in the dark.
Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: V-TORR on June 10, 2016, 03:07:54 pm
We had all the tools to fix the tyre but we were "poegaai" , and right by the side of a busy road was not the ideal place to do it.

So we chickened out and called the insurance.

It is finally 9:30 when we all arrive in Doringbaai.
The guy that runs the place is very considerate and fires up the kitchen for our 10pm dinner.

We are knackered. It is 16 hours ago that we left Fraserburg.

Tomorrow we see flowers!
Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: 0012 on June 10, 2016, 03:56:35 pm
0012 was riding in front because he is the most time-conscious and me directly behind.
As we came around a right-hand corner, doing +-80km/h, 0012 got shot.


Or so I thought for a second.


He suddenly got swept to the right and then were swaying from side to side until he came to a stop in the grass beside the road.
Blown out tire. No warning, nothing. And there we sat in the dark.

Ja nee swaer, ek moet se my boude het lekker gekou aan daai Alpie se sitplek    :lol8:



(hehehehe "time-conscious" elke keer wat the other guy wil stop en kiekies neem wil ek net die throttle oopdraai, nou is ek so dankbaar want ons het kiekies wat vir n leeftyd hierdie trip sal herdenk!)
Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: Beagle Boy on June 11, 2016, 08:25:12 pm
Nice report,  :thumleft:

The Transalp has nice luggage system, what brand are those panniers?  ;)
Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: m0lt3n on June 12, 2016, 03:46:33 am
The dirt road continues until you come around a corner and the earth falls away:
It is a spectacular view from the top of the plateau.


This is an awesome spot. You explain it perfectly!

Lekker report.


Oh, the 1000 Vstrom also loses against a 1200GS in a race, until then I thought it would be the other way round (I owned both for a short while). still awesome bikes.
Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: 0012 on June 13, 2016, 05:15:09 am
Nice report,  :thumleft:

The Transalp has nice luggage system, what brand are those panniers?  ;)



They are Honda panniers that came with the bike   :3some:
Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: Frannarossi on June 15, 2016, 02:49:10 pm
Lekker report man.Subskraaib :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: 0012 on August 02, 2017, 04:00:00 pm
Eish ek sien nou eers dat, toe ek laas die fred lees, was dit net 3 dae voor crash-landing!

Dank die Here die recovery is so te se 100%   :ricky:

Gooi maar weer, Jakobus, laat ons lus raak viri volgende trip!
Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: Roxtar on August 03, 2017, 02:44:02 pm
Niks so lekker so goeie tjommas, bikes en n pad wat lê en wag om gery te word....... :biggrin: :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: 0012 on November 13, 2018, 02:38:10 pm
Niks so lekker so goeie tjommas, bikes en n pad wat lê en wag om gery te word....... :biggrin: :thumleft:

damn right.......
Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: Bommelina on November 13, 2018, 04:50:49 pm
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Title: Re: 3 Bikes, 4 Provinces, 9 days, 4249km and countless curious encounters
Post by: punisher on November 13, 2018, 05:43:07 pm
where is the rest ??