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Title: My first US ride report
Post by: Zonkelnut on July 03, 2008, 06:21:19 pm
OK. Hope this is good enough for the first one. I did not take lots of pictures. Here are the routes I took. I should say that i enjoyed every hour on the bike. It is such a good ride. Although I am not as bike fit as before, I got into the rhythm quickly. But riding the back roads and visiting the small towns is somewhat crap. The speed changes from 35 miles/hour to 55. It is very slow and only the highways got 65 miles. So it did go slow and I nearly had to spend the entire day on the bike just to do 400 miles. It is not nice but you do see lots of interesting places and I even got to see lots of "deliverance" people. Man they are scary. Even more that 1000 African youths with AK's.

When i picked up my bike the dealer said that it would take me about 2 months to get to 600 miles for the first service. I told him he might be very wrong. Then he smiled and I told him to make the appointment for 4 days after I picked up the bike. He did not and now 4 days later I am standing on 729 miles and when I phoned them, he did not want to book a service as he thought i joked. The average per year is 5000 miles. Weird how much miles we in SA put on our bikes.

So here goes the route.

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Here I stopped at an old closed bridge.

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My panel with mascot (sorry Leo, but it was all I had)

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An old mill with the stone they used for the grain, it is very thick.

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This was at Asheboro. This old dude had to kick-start his Norton

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O I could not stop myself. I have a fetish with the bike culture of Harley's. O something I forgot. I have counted the bikers that did not make an effort to stick out their hands and say hallo as you pass them and got to 5. And each one of them had conditions where it could have been unsafe for them to wave. Even oncoming bikers on the other side of the highway said hallo. I could not believe it. This from HD's and superbike riders. All of them, black and white. The culture here seems to be very sweet between bikers. I even got myself a HD badge. Nope, not converted, but the culture of the HD people here in US are great. And it always looks like they enjoy it. Although they do nothing more than 5000 miles a year, they still enjoy their short outings. I love it.

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Then I found this sweet little place called Troy (N35 21.699 W79 53.936). As I got into the town, they were having a pre-4th of July parade. I got the tail end but did give some nice photos. A girl on a horse just, well, looks for yourself.

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Some of the dirt roads

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OK. Then I did not take lots of pictures. So this one is at Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. This is where I slept the night. I had to buy a cable and lock to lock the bike and also mainly for the wind not to blow the bike over. The wind was bad. It was so strange, in South Carolina the law is you can ride without a helmet. I only saw 1 biker with a helmet between lots. Bikes are very popular in SC.

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At Hard-Rock cafe. my family went with to Myrtle beach.

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Inside the hard-rock cafe.

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The Planet Hollywood.

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Another place that got my attention.

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On the way back.

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OK. This is it. I got really dehydrated in the 97 degrees F. Was very hot and then I stopped at a place called Iron Horse. It is close to where I stay and a bar/pub/pit stop. This place does not sell any food but only beer. No other drinks, just beer. There were a bunch of HD's and 1 Kawa Versys. Inside it was the most ruffians I have ever seen. I felt at home. They stopped selling pizza's (only) as they had problems keeping rat hair off the pizzas. And even sometimes the dead rats. So they decided to stop. Now, because they do not sell food, they can only serve beer to members. Now as a guest of a member you can also have refreshment (beer). But I was alone and so a ZZ-Top old dude signed me in as a guest and I had to buy him a beer. I asked the place how much is the membership (as it is close to my place and I just fell in love with the falling apart, rotten stinking, and dirty little shack. $1. Only 1 dollar.  :D They have to ask something but never did so they decided on a dollar. I love US. All the rules and then bikers make a mockery of a fine law  ;) . Beautiful  :ricky:

Unfortunately I had one to many (risky business with all the cops and they take your lic away when drinking and driving, but I was thirsty) and completely forgot to take photos. I will when I go back first take photos and then have a beer or 2 or 3 ...

OK. This is all for now and my next trip (after my first service) will be to the Tail of the Dragon
(http://www.tailofthedragon.com/). (http://www.tailofthedragon.com/pics/logoflagnew_sm_gray.jpg)

 I will take lots of pics. It is apparently amazing and not so far from where I stay. So keep tuned in.

Cheers.
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: JourneyMan on July 03, 2008, 06:26:31 pm

On the way back.




Who's this in the foto? :scratch:

Nee fork. Zonkel. Sny bietjie hare man!  :mrgreen:

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn316/Zonkelnut/DSC00051-1.jpg)

Great to see you on a trip again.  :cool:
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: popipants on July 03, 2008, 06:28:52 pm
Great stuff Zonk!!!!!
Glad you are back on the road.

But those aren't real dirt roads  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

I like the look of the "town folks" they all seem very pleasant and friendly.

We want more!!!!



Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: popipants on July 03, 2008, 06:30:51 pm

On the way back.






Who's this in the foto? :scratch:

Nee fork. Zonkel. Sny bietjie hare man!  :mrgreen:

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn316/Zonkelnut/DSC00051-1.jpg)

Great to see you on a trip again.  :cool:

Jy lyk 'n bietjie maaaaaaeeeeerrrrrrr.
Is die Yanks se kos nie lekker nie?
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Brakenjan on July 03, 2008, 06:35:31 pm

Thank you Zonkel. I missed your solo african adventure ride reports. At least we now have more of your great ride reports to look forward to. :ricky:
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: JourneyMan on July 03, 2008, 06:36:25 pm
Is waar Popi. What's up Zonkel?  :mrgreen:
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Lito on July 03, 2008, 06:44:49 pm
Congrats peanut poo, man, you've gone a long way since the first day I read your post on the forum...  :deal:



Be safe, glad to see you happy man  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Stofstreep on July 03, 2008, 06:46:50 pm
Braaivleis is duur! ;D
Some very nice pics there, thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Trailrider on July 03, 2008, 07:03:39 pm
Nice report Zonkel! I love reading these RR's in far off lands.
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Zonkelnut on July 03, 2008, 07:56:12 pm
Congrats peanut poo, man, you've gone a long way since the first day I read your post on the forum...  :deal:



Be safe, glad to see you happy man  :thumleft:

Hi Lito old mate. Ye, and you are part of this. Will never forget those smiles even when you fall. just enjoying the ride. Thanks
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Leo on July 03, 2008, 07:57:50 pm
Nice report Zonkel.

Thanks for sharing.

Jip jy het beslis 'n paar kilo's verloor.  :3some:

Maar soos JM sê: Sny daai hare man - fork ek het jou amper nie herken nie!

Sterkte daar in die verre vreemde  ;)
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Zonkelnut on July 03, 2008, 07:59:23 pm

On the way back.




Who's this in the foto? :scratch:

Nee fork. Zonkel. Sny bietjie hare man!  :mrgreen:


Great to see you on a trip again.  :cool:

Man, My hair are getting really long and I have 2 studs in my left ear  :o. Not shown on the Photo. I want a pony tail (ponie tail, ag whatever). Ye, I am getting thin, it is the lack of good old Zamalek (and some serious pain) with the Wilde brakkies.
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Zonkelnut on July 03, 2008, 08:00:19 pm
Nice report Zonkel.

Thanks for sharing.

Jip jy het beslis 'n paar kilo's verloor.  :3some:

Maar soos JM sê: Sny daai hare man - fork ek het jou amper nie herken nie!

Sterkte daar in die verre vreemde  ;)

Dankie Leo, sorry oor die Leeutjie. Dit was al wat ek gehad het en laat my elke keer aan jou verlore leeutjie dink.
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Zonkelnut on July 03, 2008, 08:01:31 pm
Nice report Zonkel! I love reading these RR's in far off lands.

How is that TransAlp doing? I can not understand why they do not have it in US.  Nice bike
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Jovan on July 03, 2008, 08:05:44 pm
excellent report dude, well done!
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: BMWPE on July 03, 2008, 08:27:03 pm
Thanks
Hope to see many many more
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: LeonDude on July 03, 2008, 08:30:46 pm
Nice ride Zonkelnut. Those old looking places are strange, they look well kept, and it looks like there's a lot of the American horse riding culture still going strong around there.

Thanks for sharing the ride.
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: The TRANSPORTER on July 03, 2008, 08:41:58 pm
Nice Zonk,ja nee ek sou jou nie herken het nie ou maat,keep it coming and enjoy . ;D

Its lekke and interesting to read your far away posts... :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: GIDEON on July 03, 2008, 08:58:06 pm
Baie nice man
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Adventurer on July 03, 2008, 09:28:21 pm
Well done Zonk, good to see you back in the saddle.
You shouldv'e shown that shop dude your RR's on the WD forum, he would have taken you seriously. :biggrin: :biggrin:
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Mark Hardy on July 03, 2008, 10:00:30 pm
Really looking forward to more of your RR's.

Thanks for showing a diffirent view on the states than what we see in the papers and news.
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Matroos (aka JJred) on July 03, 2008, 10:27:58 pm
Nice one!! As mark said, a diiferant perspective on the ole US.

Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Zonkelnut on July 04, 2008, 03:36:06 am
Well done Zonk, good to see you back in the saddle.
You shouldv'e shown that shop dude your RR's on the WD forum, he would have taken you seriously. :biggrin: :biggrin:

Hi Kurt, ye , I was shocked when he told me that it is not strange to get a 3 year old bike trade-in with only 3000 miles on it. Understand that it is just the Day weekend ride for some oaks. It seems. And there are so little bars in between and drinking and riding is out. So no real insentive to ride and kuier along the way. not that i am saying drinking is the only reason, but rather the "kuier" in between. that that is what i think. I will however ask some riders why this is the case.
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: BlueBull2007 on July 04, 2008, 06:05:15 am
thanks for that RR Zonk´s, its always interesting to see new places and different perspectives. That bridge looks like something out of Bridges of Madison County - Clint Eastwood.
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: keithk on July 04, 2008, 07:21:24 am
Hey Zonk thanks for the RR , looks like there are many places around your part's still to ride enjoy ! Like the new  scoot , think you need knobbies though  ;D
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: IceCreamMan on July 04, 2008, 07:50:22 am
Excellent exceeletn

as i was looking at hte pics an myrtle beach i skeemed i hope he went to the KISS choffeeshop .... did you go in?

amazing place ....


but then i am/was a huge fan of Kiss
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: funacide on July 04, 2008, 08:05:28 am
Hey Zonk

Thanks for the RR... You should take a tent with next time so you can pitch it outside the bar and have a good few so you don't have to drink and drive hehehehe :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

Nice to see you on two wheels again.

About the long hair. Get it cut soon man the grey is showing through too much and only Harley riders have long grey hair  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: dustsucker on July 04, 2008, 08:10:58 am
shweet report couzzin....looking at that police car and chickens on the ponies makes it feel like i am watching a Yanky movie. More piekkies in future will do nicely.
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Zonkelnut on July 04, 2008, 02:44:10 pm
Hey Zonk

Thanks for the RR... You should take a tent with next time so you can pitch it outside the bar and have a good few so you don't have to drink and drive hehehehe :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

Nice to see you on two wheels again.

About the long hair. Get it cut soon man the grey is showing through too much and only Harley riders have long grey hair  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

What grey hair? Your arse man. I am getting younger ever day. thanks for the support a while back Fun. But I am going for gold now with this midlife crisses thing. Ear studs and all.

shweet report couzzin....looking at that police car and chickens on the ponies makes it feel like i am watching a Yanky movie. More piekkies in future will do nicely.

Ja, I did take very little pic'ies this round. But the travel goes so slow (45 miles/hour on 720Miles trip only tar). It is very slow going in some places. Highways better, but small town roads very very slow. even got a 20 ml/h limit in one town. I don't wanna loose my license now so I listen.

"chickens on the ponies", well, there were some Hot Wings on some of those horses and next to the road. If it was not for the police, there would have been some serious tasty marinated breasts, chicken breasts that is  ;), photos
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Ama ride ride on July 04, 2008, 03:08:43 pm
Lo Zonk

Great having you back on two wheels and posting RR's. So shebeen runs is not good in the US? Shame man must be difficult for you. :biggrin:
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Mark Hardy on July 04, 2008, 03:22:29 pm
Are the police really that harsh and visable in the states? It must be so frastrating when you see a stretch of twisties ahead and know you can't scratch the pegs through it. :(
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Beagle Boy on July 04, 2008, 03:42:59 pm
Nice Ride report there, always great seeing other countries.
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Zonkelnut on July 04, 2008, 04:46:01 pm
Lo Zonk

Great having you back on two wheels and posting RR's. So shebeen runs is not good in the US? Shame man must be difficult for you. :biggrin:

Yes, it is not pretty. Very hard without the shabeens. It is like having sex without a orgasm.  ;)

Are the police really that harsh and visable in the states? It must be so frastrating when you see a stretch of twisties ahead and know you can't scratch the pegs through it. :(

Hi Mark. Yes they are visable but there were stretches where I did not see any police. But currently I have to stay clear as I need to work on my insurance rating. In NC they see me having the same car and license experience as a 16 year old that just received his license. They do not take in account all my years of experience in SA. Nothing. So the insurance is moer high. After a year it drops (taking in account no tickets) and after 3 my rates are normal.
So I take it easy and will save lots of money in the longrun. Try to find out what is your insurance when you are 18 in SA compared with someone without any claims after 21 years. it is a huge difference, same here. I only could affort Liability and nothing else. So in a accident the other person will be paid by I get nothing. Like only having 3rd party insurance. It sucks.
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Adventurer on July 04, 2008, 05:17:39 pm
Well done Zonk, good to see you back in the saddle.
You shouldv'e shown that shop dude your RR's on the WD forum, he would have taken you seriously. :biggrin: :biggrin:

Hi Kurt, ye , I was shocked when he told me that it is not strange to get a 3 year old bike trade-in with only 3000 miles on it. Understand that it is just the Day weekend ride for some oaks. It seems. And there are so little bars in between and drinking and riding is out. So no real insentive to ride and kuier along the way. not that i am saying drinking is the only reason, but rather the "kuier" in between. that that is what i think. I will however ask some riders why this is the case.


Goes to show.....Yanks are WOESES!!!!! :biggrin: :biggrin:
3000 miles in 3 years??
In Sa you buy a bike on Friday, book a service appointment for Monday and the guy takes you seriously....the way it should be. 8) ;D Unless you buy a Harley..... :pot:
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Trailrider on July 04, 2008, 06:31:19 pm
Are the police really that harsh and visable in the states? It must be so frastrating when you see a stretch of twisties ahead and know you can't scratch the pegs through it. :(

That's prolly why they all ride cruisers.
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: DaCat on July 05, 2008, 09:57:09 pm
ZN, nice to see you enjoying the place. Thanks for the head's up on the coffee joint, I will make a plan to visit it when I make it over there one of these days  8)

KISS Rocks :headbang:

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn316/Zonkelnut/DSC00042.jpg)
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Mark Hardy on July 06, 2008, 04:41:09 am
Are the police really that harsh and visable in the states? It must be so frastrating when you see a stretch of twisties ahead and know you can't scratch the pegs through it. :(

Hi Mark. Yes they are visable but there were stretches where I did not see any police. But currently I have to stay clear as I need to work on my insurance rating. In NC they see me having the same car and license experience as a 16 year old that just received his license. They do not take in account all my years of experience in SA. Nothing. So the insurance is moer high. After a year it drops (taking in account no tickets) and after 3 my rates are normal.
So I take it easy and will save lots of money in the longrun. Try to find out what is your insurance when you are 18 in SA compared with someone without any claims after 21 years. it is a huge difference, same here. I only could affort Liability and nothing else. So in a accident the other person will be paid by I get nothing. Like only having 3rd party insurance. It sucks.

Understandable but just plan nasty aswell
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: tok-tokkie on July 06, 2008, 09:46:53 am
What struck me about your photos was how clean organised & sanitised it all is.  Then you found a ratty bar & felt right at home.  How about making that your mission over there -  finding all the Yank shabeens?  Somehow I believe you would enjoy the quest.  I would be interested in seeing photos of them - those franchise eating parlours in this report are horrifying; show us the antidote that you felt so at home in.
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Zonkelnut on July 06, 2008, 10:18:29 am
ZN, nice to see you enjoying the place. Thanks for the head's up on the coffee joint, I will make a plan to visit it when I make it over there one of these days  8)

KISS Rocks :headbang:


This is the location of the joint (N33 43.163 W78 52.907). It really ROCKS!!! Next to it there is a Rcok shop that sells 'memrobelia' and hard rock music. The Who, Black Sabbath, etc. I have to say i was in there way to long. The vibe is amazing.
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Zonkelnut on July 06, 2008, 10:32:38 am
What struck me about your photos was how clean organised & sanitised it all is.  Then you found a ratty bar & felt right at home.  How about making that your mission over there -  finding all the Yank shabeens?  Somehow I believe you would enjoy the quest.  I would be interested in seeing photos of them - those franchise eating parlours in this report are horrifying; show us the antidote that you felt so at home in.

Not a bad idea. I will then post it on my website www.nomadrace.com. No, I only got the URL so no content yet. But I will now take the responsability to do that. For me that is the true America. Not the fancy places, but the biker bars, truck stops, etc. Where the reall American worker hangs out.

So ok. I will do.
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Zonkelnut on July 06, 2008, 10:45:00 am
After Popi's comment on "But those aren't real dirt roads  " i decided to take the Versys onto a bit more ruff roads. It handled it with great success. Again, not many pics but I was very impressed with the going and ez handling of the bike. The tyres were the only problem, when I went through the drift, I had to have speed. If i got stuck in the mud, i would have battled to get it out. But it went perfect (see the tyres are a bit dirty). also, some places I had to make my own road as the existing road were blocked in same places. But that went OK also.

So before the real DS people start knocking, I know it is not a DS bike. I am just wondering what it would be able to do with knobbies. Also, it sounds like Metaljockey got one. I would like his comments.

O yes, can anybody spot my Harley Top-Box? Very nice. I think I am pulled into the darkness of HD's.  :mwink:

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn316/Zonkelnut/DSC00033-1.jpg)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn316/Zonkelnut/DSC00045.jpg)
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Stephan on July 06, 2008, 03:39:55 pm
Nice ride Zonk. Good to see you back on dirt again. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: popipants on July 06, 2008, 06:12:46 pm
aahhhh... Much better Zonk.


Title: Re: My first US ride report
Post by: Metaljockey on July 06, 2008, 07:36:35 pm
Zonkel, I haven't done more than a couple of kays on gravel so I cannot give an informed opinion there.

I did do a review of the bike over here though http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=19115.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=19115.0)

The only thing I may add is that I appear to be able to get the roll-on, roll-off under more control now. Last weekend we went for a 600km roundtrip to Port St Johns, (turned out to be a moerse party). On the way there we travelled at a sustained 160km/h all the way, and the bike was sweet, really excellent.