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Title: We have been riding around the world for 7.5 years...
Post by: lightcycle on November 04, 2017, 04:03:36 am
Hello Wild Dogs!

My wife and I have been slowly wandering the world on motorcycles for the last 7.5 years (updated January 2020).

We're finally headed to South Africa! Instead of shipping our motorcycles, we've decided to buy a couple of used bikes locally and ride them north up the continent. I've found a wealth of information on the forum about how to register a bike as a tourist, so thanks for that!

This is us:

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Misc/i-T7FL9TL/0/M/neda_gene-M.jpg)

Here are a few questions that we have:

1) We're trying to decide whether to begin searching for motorcycles in Cape Town or Johannesburg. CT/Western Cape seems to be more populated, but Jo'burg/Gauteng seems to have more listings on Wild Dog and Gumtree. Is this true? Any opinions where we should base ourselves to go shopping?

2) Are there any motorcycle meets where bikers hang out, swap stories, drink and eat? We'd love to meet some local riders, get some information on things to see, roads to ride, safety considerations, etc. We'd be willing to do a slide-show presentation of our trip in return.

3) Is motorcycle gear more expensive in South Africa than in Europe? Should we stock up on stuff before coming down?

I'm sure there are more questions that will come up, but I'll ask these first, just for the sake of introducing ourselves.

If you're interested, we have a PhotoBlog of our journey so far at http://www.RideDOT.com

It's a bit behind -- the pitfalls of trying to write and travel at the same time. But it does get updated regularly!

Hoping to meet some of you and thanks in advance for any help and information!

Gene & Neda
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: lightcycle on November 04, 2017, 04:13:45 am
Some of the places we've been:

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Good-Ones/i-dzL4rB9/0/a1ece12d/O/himalayas.jpg)
Indian Himalayan Mountains (http://ridedot.com/india/091510.html)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Good-Ones/i-xwpwJ6C/0/cd61e24d/O/bonneville.jpg)
Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah (http://www.ridedot.com/rtw/46.html)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Good-Ones/i-8shTNbm/0/2860d1ad/L/guatemala-L.jpg)
River crossing in Panajachel, Guatemala (http://www.ridedot.com/rtw/110.html)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Good-Ones/i-PTQmKgM/0/cd6358a1/O/atigun.jpg)
Atigun Pass, North Slope towards Prudhoe Bay, Alaska (http://www.ridedot.com/rtw/27.html)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Good-Ones/i-ZmV32W8/0/2a9f6611/O/iceland.jpg)
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland (http://www.ridedot.com/iceland/082311.html)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Good-Ones/i-CVJX6XJ/0/7b97072d/L/IMG_4646-L.jpg) (http://www.ridedot.com/rtw/214.html)

More pictures at http://www.RideDOT.com
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: TinusBez on November 04, 2017, 06:10:46 am
A warm South African welcome to you firstly.

Feedback and support won't be in short supply here.

1) We're trying to decide whether to begin searching for motorcycles in Cape Town or Johannesburg. CT/Western Cape seems to be more populated, but Jo'burg/Gauteng seems to have more listings on Wild Dog and Gumtree. Is this true? Any opinions where we should base ourselves to go shopping?

There are many online classifieds, top of mind sites include:
Autotrader https://bikes.autotrader.co.za/
Junkmail www.junkmail.co.za
Webuycars www.webuycars.co.za

Sadly a word of caution when buying privately - never pay a deposit to secure a vehicle unless doing it via a bank i.e. financing. When the seller is giving you some story about moving to the UK (or anywhere) and the vehicle being in storage to ship anywhere in the world...walk away. I'm sure other can contribute to lessons learned here. Other thing that comes to mind is buying a stolen vehicle which will give you endless "kak" (shit), don't know how this is verified when buying privately. 


2) Are there any motorcycle meets where bikers hang out, swap stories, drink and eat? We'd love to meet some local riders, get some information on things to see, roads to ride, safety considerations, etc. We'd be willing to do a slide-show presentation of our trip in return.

On Wilddog - Planning a ride section. There isn't a "World traveler" club/bar. Rim and Rubber is a popular meet place however, any other bar or even better somebody's house will do. You'll find some people are very inviting and will not hesitate to invite you for a braai (also known as bbq or barbecue) where meat, drink, laughter and sharing of stories is at the order of the day. Expect to set aside many hours.
By the same token research this site and ask questions about roads, planned routes etc.

3) Is motorcycle gear more expensive in South Africa than in Europe? Should we stock up on stuff before coming down?
Some things are others not. Seeing you've been all over why not bring it with you and buy whatever else you need here, there are many retailers and online stores.

Safe travels!

edit to add. Meerkatting (standing whilst riding) is illegal. Traffic officials of some provinces are out looking for this especially Cape Town. It is also illegal in Namibia, one of our neighboring countries where you'll also find some impeccable dirt roads and wide open vistas.
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: katana on November 04, 2017, 06:20:19 am
Hi guys, give us a shout when you get to Cape Town, I would love to meet you.  I am sure I have read your ride reports on ADV, can you post some links?

I would suggest buying all your rider gear where you are.  We are limited in choice and quality in SA.  There are some local specialty shops though, that could set you up from boot to pannier in one go, i.e. the famous Flying Brick store in Cape Town.

Enjoy the bike shopping, as said, just beware of fraudsters.
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on November 04, 2017, 06:46:17 am
A warm welcome lightcycle and wow, I'll from now on be following your travels with interest.

We have a couple of active vendors on the site that can certainly assist with kit.

@ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS
@Runner
@zebra - Flying Brick

May I suggest you share with us your planned dates and bike requirements.  We can certainly assist in keeping an eye out for the right bike.  This is by far one of the safest platforms for that.
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: Oubones on November 04, 2017, 07:03:52 am
Another warm welcome.
If you post on here what bike you are interested in, you are sure to get a Wilddog to check it out.
I would suggest buying from a Wd as he wil get a roasting if there are problems with a non truthful sale.
I would also suggest to bring your gear with although you can get what you need locally.
Post your planned route and times and you will get to know the South African hospitality!
I am on the East Coast side and you are welcome to pop in here when around.
There is also a roadside assistance thread from which you can get assistance anywhere if anything goes wrong on your travels.
Maybe check out Levi's travels on RevLev.com as he is at present doing what you want to do.
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: Blou Zebu on November 04, 2017, 07:18:09 am
Welcome! HAve fun.

Nice to read about your travels and experience!
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: RyanI on November 04, 2017, 07:26:17 am
Welcome and all I can say is WOW!

What a fantastic life you guys live. Just traveling the world for years on end. I can’t think of a better way to live life. You will find hundreds of envious Dogs on this site, many dreaming of doing what you guys are doing.

Enjoy your time in our fantastic country. If ever you need a place to stay in JHB (Randburg) send me a message.

Ryan
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: Casting from Turd on November 04, 2017, 07:36:01 am
very warm welcome to you 2 folk.
The is a company here in Port Elizabeth that sells kit and accessories. www.bikegear.co.za. ask for Mathew.

Give me a shout if you come past Port Elizabeth or Addo. It will be great to host you here at the Orange Elephant

 
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: punisher on November 04, 2017, 09:06:06 am
welcome to our lil southern paradise

goodness , you two are doing what many here can only dream of , we would all love to hear about your trip
the advise posted above is all valid

great stuff
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: gser on November 04, 2017, 09:13:55 am
. . . .most welcome . . .
Been following you on ADVRider . . .
. .. lekker. . . the first Afrikaans word you have to know , meaning . . . , great , nice , delicious , etc.
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: KiLRoy on November 04, 2017, 10:59:05 am
Welcome Gene and Neda

We occasionally have slide show and braai evenings at Pat's place http://www.travellersnest.co.za/  In Pretoria.  Give me shout when you are here and we will arrange an evening.  Typically around 30 people.
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: lightcycle on November 04, 2017, 03:56:15 pm
Thanks for all the advice and the generous offers for accommodations, we will certainly look all of you up when we're passing by!

About bringing all our the gear vs buying in South Africa... that would have been optimal, but we've just had a robbery and everything was stolen. So we're basically starting from scratch. :( So instead of buying everything here and shipping it all down, we thought it would be easier to just buy it all in SA. But if you don't have the selection and pricing, then we'll definitely stock up in Europe before heading over.

As for the kinds of bikes we are looking for, here's our wishlist:

- around 650cc, twin preferably
- dual-sportish but more street-oriented is fine
- tubeless tires would be optimal
- hardcase lockable sidecases and topcase. It would be nice to buy a bike with a 3-box setup, but from looking at the ads, most just have a topcase, so we'll probably have to retrofit panniers.
- budget is not more than R75000 per bike
- need a popular-model bike that will sell easily when we are done traveling

Target bike would be like a twin-cylinder F650GS or F800GS (non-Adventure). Also open to a late-model V-Strom 650 (the one that looks GS-ish). Tiger 800 perhaps. Not too keen on the KLR and DR thumpers. Early model R1200GS would be fine for me if it was the right price and had all the boxes on it. 2017 Africa Twin w/ 3 boxes for R75000 would be the dream! :)

Is there a way to check if the bike is stolen? Do the police have a database of VIN numbers reported stolen?

Also, should I be moving this thread to another section other than "New Member Introductions"? Maybe a mod can move it to the appropriate place?

Thanks for the help, everyone!
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on November 06, 2017, 11:29:04 am
...as a rule, our imported CLOTHING/helmets and boots can be more expensive than overseas,since we have high duties on motorcycle GEAR (wearables) as compared to many European countries...


Our HARD PARTS and Hard accessories: bash plates/crash bars / panniers and pannier boxes are usually LESS expensive than overseas product, since they are often made LOCALLY in South Africa, are made tough, and obviously there is then no duty.


There is also no duty on imported hard parts, such as say a SW Motech bash plate, since parts that can BOLT to a motorbike are usually duty-free, but you pay a bit more since they are imported, for FROM a higher-labour-cost country. They often have a better finish, but our local manufacture is surprisingly good!


On the motorbike side, I have written often on this subject - for good gravel road touring, and for VALUE FOR MONEY, the BMW 650 TWIN ticks a lot of boxes in South Africa:
it is tubeless...
the cast rims can/do hold up for light offroad/gravel travel use...
the twin is an under-stressed, de-tuned 800 motor, should go and go and go...
the twin is lower than the 800, so easier to flat-foot through a trick area, etc.
very practical for smaller riders/ladies/vertically challenged...
BMW SA does keep a wide variety of spares most ALL of the time...
It needs a bash plate (IMO)...
the bike is often very competitively priced, due to being replaced by the newer 700cc twin...
these bikes often NOT thrashed, so good 'history'...

Good luck, shout if yo need any help sourcing stuff.
Cheers, and welcome!
Chris & Team





Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: MarioF650GS on November 06, 2017, 02:58:56 pm
Hello Wild Dogs!

My wife and I have been slowly wandering the world on motorcycles for the last 5 1/2 years.

We're finally headed to South Africa! Instead of shipping our motorcycles, we've decided to buy a couple of used bikes locally and ride them north up the continent. I've found a wealth of information on the forum about how to register a bike as a tourist, so thanks for that!

This is us:

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Misc/i-T7FL9TL/0/M/neda_gene-M.jpg)

Here are a few questions that we have:

1) We're trying to decide whether to begin searching for motorcycles in Cape Town or Johannesburg. CT/Western Cape seems to be more populated, but Jo'burg/Gauteng seems to have more listings on Wild Dog and Gumtree. Is this true? Any opinions where we should base ourselves to go shopping?

2) Are there any motorcycle meets where bikers hang out, swap stories, drink and eat? We'd love to meet some local riders, get some information on things to see, roads to ride, safety considerations, etc. We'd be willing to do a slide-show presentation of our trip in return.

3) Is motorcycle gear more expensive in South Africa than in Europe? Should we stock up on stuff before coming down?

I'm sure there are more questions that will come up, but I'll ask these first, just for the sake of introducing ourselves.

If you're interested, we have a PhotoBlog of our journey so far at http://www.RideDOT.com

It's a bit behind -- the pitfalls of trying to write and travel at the same time. But it does get updated regularly!

Hoping to meet some of you and thanks in advance for any help and information!

Gene & Neda

Wow this is epic! I've read so many of your reports on your trip and actually showed it to my girlfriend some time ago and said how I envy you guys! If you are in Cape Town and need a place to crash or just someone to show you around, give me a shout. Would be honored to host you in Cape Town!
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: 0012 on November 06, 2017, 03:41:25 pm
Welcome to Wilddog territory  ;D

Looking forward to following your trips, the pics are epic!
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: windswept on November 06, 2017, 09:41:06 pm
Come on china. You better finish your RR about the Emerald Isle before you start here on the tip of this beautiful continent of Africa.
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: OomD on November 07, 2017, 06:25:18 am
Awe inspiring! Welcome to our little community, and please feel free to share lots and lots more pics and reports!

Something I've always wondered regarding people that travel the world like this... how do you earn your keep? Do you do odd jobs at various places? Did you save long and hard before starting?
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: Gerrard on November 07, 2017, 08:37:07 am
Awe inspiring! Welcome to our little community, and please feel free to share lots and lots more pics and reports!

Something I've always wondered regarding people that travel the world like this... how do you earn your keep? Do you do odd jobs at various places? Did you save long and hard before starting?

Most of those I've asked this question earn their keep off a laptop, eg, with the blog if its popular.
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: Gerrard on November 07, 2017, 08:39:35 am

Also, should I be moving this thread to another section other than "New Member Introductions"? Maybe a mod can move it to the appropriate place?


Hi Gene, welcome. Lets leave it here for now and when you get here, or when you want, I'll move it to "Plan a Ride"

Just remind me.

Gerard.
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: Steekvlieg on November 08, 2017, 02:58:45 pm
 :peepwall:
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: dirtyXT on November 08, 2017, 03:30:41 pm
welcome welcome! hope you keep us up to date here
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: 2StrokeDan on November 09, 2017, 11:16:31 am
Welcome!

If you land in SA, and you need a place to stay for a day or two, contact me, I'm in Stellenbosch, about 40 kilometers from Cape Town.

You guys will be welcome here.

Danie Winterbach.
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: Casting from Turd on November 09, 2017, 11:18:00 am
Welcome!

If you land in SA, and you need a place to stay for a day or two, contact me, I'm in Stellenbosch, about 40 kilometers from Cape Town.

You guys will be welcome here.

Danie Winterbach.

but    but ....   But danie the oke is going to park a GS in your driveway  :peepwall: :pot:
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: dirtyXT on November 09, 2017, 11:26:54 am
Welcome!

If you land in SA, and you need a place to stay for a day or two, contact me, I'm in Stellenbosch, about 40 kilometers from Cape Town.

You guys will be welcome here.

Danie Winterbach.

but    but ....   But danie the oke is going to park a GS in your driveway  :peepwall: :pot:
more than likely make them park in the street.
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: katana on November 09, 2017, 11:39:31 am
Welcome!

If you land in SA, and you need a place to stay for a day or two, contact me, I'm in Stellenbosch, about 40 kilometers from Cape Town.

You guys will be welcome here.

Danie Winterbach.

but    but ....   But danie the oke is going to park a GS in your driveway  :peepwall: :pot:
more than likely make them park in down the street.  Fixed.   :imaposer:
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: 2StrokeDan on November 09, 2017, 11:56:20 am
Welcome!

If you land in SA, and you need a place to stay for a day or two, contact me, I'm in Stellenbosch, about 40 kilometers from Cape Town.

You guys will be welcome here.

Danie Winterbach.

but    but ....   But danie the oke is going to park a GS in your driveway  :peepwall: :pot:
more than likely make them park in the street.

It's a trap. :imaposer:
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: Casting from Turd on November 09, 2017, 12:01:29 pm
Welcome!

If you land in SA, and you need a place to stay for a day or two, contact me, I'm in Stellenbosch, about 40 kilometers from Cape Town.

You guys will be welcome here.

Danie Winterbach.

but    but ....   But danie the oke is going to park a GS in your driveway  :peepwall: :pot:
more than likely make them park in the street.

It's a trap. :imaposer:
:spitcoffee:
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: Madmac on November 09, 2017, 01:29:22 pm
Hi Gene,

Wow, you guys are living the dream! I live in Edenvale which is about 10 minutes from OR Tambo airport so if you flying into Johannesburg, I would be happy to meet and collect you from the airport and host you while in Johannesburg getting your gear and kit together.

Please feel free to take me up on my offer.

Best wishes,
Gareth
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: lightcycle on November 25, 2017, 01:34:12 pm
Hi all, we're in South Africa!

We're staying in Cape Town for a little while. We're going to attempt to get our TRN early next week and then go shopping for some bikes if all goes well.

If anyone wants to meet up while we're in town, let us know. Would be great to get some local knowledge!
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: Camino Cerdo on November 25, 2017, 05:20:04 pm
A word, (or two), from a fellow world traveler.
You are going to love Africa, Especially South Africa. Take every chance to meet the Wild Dogs, wonderful and hospitable group, they will take care of you. After 86 countries South Africa is still in the top few on my list. If I live long enough I will put it on top for my second lap around the world.
Costs for gear was well answered but I will add a bit. Much you will find higher than Canada or the States, some higher than Europe some lower. Check with one of those SA sellers listed, Chris at Dustriders got me tyers and led us on a great ride.
Buying in SA and selling in Europe or somewhere north raises a few red flags. Check out what it will take to do a "import" to whatever country you want to sell in. Will the bike you buy meet EU standers and will you have the paperwork to prove that it does. I have found it is better to ship my own bike and not have to wade through the government paperwork. It can be done but at what cost?

Ride save, ride far, then do it again

Bob (Washington State, USA)
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: Jovan on November 25, 2017, 09:57:10 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: lightcycle on November 25, 2017, 10:39:06 pm
Something I've always wondered regarding people that travel the world like this... how do you earn your keep? Do you do odd jobs at various places? Did you save long and hard before starting?

Oops, sorry I missed this from before.

We don't work while on the road. We saved up for many years, plus we sold our home and we're living off the proceeds.
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: lightcycle on November 25, 2017, 10:47:00 pm
I have found it is better to ship my own bike and not have to wade through the government paperwork. It can be done but at what cost?

Thanks for the advice, Bob! We looked into shipping and the deposits for the carnets are very expensive, given that my bike is not worth very much at this point. So buying here is the best option for us.

Buying in SA and selling in Europe or somewhere north raises a few red flags. Check out what it will take to do a "import" to whatever country you want to sell in. Will the bike you buy meet EU standers and will you have the paperwork to prove that it does.

We are probably going to do a loop and try to sell the bike before we leave Africa. Another biker told us of a place in Nairobi where travelers meet up, that we could try to sell our bikes to someone heading back down to SA.
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: lightcycle on November 25, 2017, 10:48:07 pm
I think I've PMed everyone in the Western Cape that responded in this thread. If I've missed anyone, message me.

Looking forward to meeting some Wild Dogs! :D
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: Oubones on November 26, 2017, 07:17:26 am
I think I've PMed everyone in the Western Cape that responded in this thread. If I've missed anyone, message me.

Looking forward to meeting some Wild Dogs! :D
Glad to see you are in our country,I am sure that you will get sorted.
Get a Wild dog to help you or post here what gear you still need.
We have a very effective courier called Postnet that moves parcels cheap and effective anywhere in the country.
 :pot: Please Please go and visit Danie and park a Bmw in his driveway and post us a pic. :peepwall:
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: Casting from Turd on November 28, 2017, 04:13:37 pm
I think I've PMed everyone in the Western Cape that responded in this thread. If I've missed anyone, message me.

Looking forward to meeting some Wild Dogs! :D
Glad to see you are in our country,I am sure that you will get sorted.
Get a Wild dog to help you or post here what gear you still need.
We have a very effective courier called Postnet that moves parcels cheap and effective anywhere in the country.
 :pot: Please Please go and visit Danie and park a Bmw in his driveway and post us a pic. :peepwall:


several pics please
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: Wolzak on November 28, 2017, 04:54:07 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: Herklaas on November 28, 2017, 05:08:18 pm
 :sip:  :lamer:
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 02, 2017, 03:20:42 pm
Hi Gene and Neda if you do decide to come to Johannesburg I do have a spare bedroom where you could stay for free. I also have a caravan park/camping where you can stay for free on a river just outside of Johannesburg. I would like to meet you as I am also going to continue on my around the world trip next year. So far I have done a trip through Africa to Egypt and back through 18 countries 33 000km. I also wrote a book see picture. I also did a trip in 2010 with my son to the Equator and back on another route past the big 4 lakes in Africa. I think we can exchange Ideas. Just PM me on when you think your going to be in Johannesburg and be my quest.
Schalk van der Merwe 
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: Oubones on December 02, 2017, 05:34:13 pm
Just a quick update, they are busy sorting out paperwork in preparation for getting bikes in Cpt and should be on the move shortly. :sip:
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: Omninorm on December 04, 2017, 01:28:36 pm
I've followed your posts on advrider! Excellent posts and pics.
Welcome!
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: lightcycle on December 05, 2017, 11:16:24 am
Quick update: so we went to the Motor Vehicle Registration Authority at the Civic Centre yesterday to submit our TRN Application form. The lady at the counter accepted it, but it needs to be sent to some kind of central processing for final approval. She didn't seem too hopeful that it would be approved because:

1) we have a tourist visa-exemption stamp in our passport, not a work or education visa
2) we don't have a permanent address, just a short-term AirBnB booking

Anyway, we'll find out next Monday if it gets approved. Fingers crossed.
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on December 05, 2017, 11:29:20 am
Good luck Gene - following your 'documents' progress closely - hopefully all WILL be approved.


Do stop by and say hi when you get a minute - would like to meet you both, and see the bikes, too!


Cheers
Chris & Team, Flying Brick Motorcycle Accessories
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: lightcycle on December 11, 2017, 03:07:13 pm
We got it!!!!!

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Road-Trips/RTW/i-RmVwz3c/0/0af76419/XL/trns-XL.jpg)

Picked up our TRNs today. Didn't think we would be issued them, but we were so happy they came through.

Now to pick up a couple of motorcycles and we're off to see Africa! :D
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on December 11, 2017, 03:19:11 pm


Quote from: lightcycle on Today at 03:07:13 pm (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=217040.msg3963606#msg3963606)
We got it!!!!!

>(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Road-Trips/RTW/i-RmVwz3c/0/0af76419/XL/trns-XL.jpg)

Picked up our TRNs today. Didn't think we would be issued them, but we were so happy they came through.

Now to pick up a couple of motorcycles and we're off to see Africa! :D
CONGRATULATIONS! Let the Adventure begin!!!
Chris


Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: Casting from Turd on December 11, 2017, 05:07:10 pm
Magic stuff

Now are you coming to Addo
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 5.5 years...
Post by: lightcycle on December 11, 2017, 05:10:20 pm
Now are you coming to Addo

Looks lovely!

My cousin lives in East London and we are planning to visit her in the new year, so I will have to say YES! We will come visit you in Addo! :D
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Post by: Ganjora on December 11, 2017, 05:12:19 pm
Lots of elephants in addo
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Post by: Casting from Turd on December 11, 2017, 05:21:36 pm
Now are you coming to Addo

Looks lovely!

My cousin lives in East London and we are planning to visit her in the new year, so I will have to say YES! We will come visit you in Addo! :D

Sweeeet   :thumleft:
Lots of elephants in addo
  Thats not all  :biggrin: :biggrin:
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Post by: gser on December 11, 2017, 06:49:02 pm
Come and say hallo in Pretoria . . . .
Are you passing through . . .?
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Post by: lightcycle on December 11, 2017, 07:27:15 pm
Not sure about Joburg area just yet. One step at a time. We're focused on getting bikes right now, then kitting them out, then figuring out our route. Any good roads/sights around that area?
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Post by: mattam on February 04, 2018, 11:39:39 pm
Hello!! Just curious what bikes you ended up buying...? How did that part of the process go? We saw your write-up about the TRN... glad it worked out for you!!  My husband and I (He's French, I'm American) will be arriving into Jo'burg in a little over a month and we're hoping to get a TRN and then buy a bike (1150 or 1200 GSA) to travel around with! We hope you've been enjoying traveling around RSA! Maybe we'll be able to meet up on the road somewhere! Take care! Ride safe!
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Post by: punisher on February 10, 2018, 01:25:40 pm
ok ok

uhmmmm wahts a TRN ???

I AM STOOOPID 
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Post by: betrieb on February 14, 2018, 02:42:16 pm
Traffic Register Number. Its a document that is required if you do not have an South African ID. The application process of a TRN attempts to make sure you have a valid address so that you can receive your fines  ;D
You need it to transfer the ownership into your name or to do a license.
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Post by: BlueBull2007 on February 16, 2018, 06:56:07 am
Gene!! Wow, you finally made it to Africa. and the Wilddogs site. Can't believe you guys are still touring the world after all these years. :thumleft:

Do keep us updated. :deal:

And be careful out there, the cages in RSA drive really fast and are a little crazy.
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Post by: Casting from Turd on February 16, 2018, 04:06:32 pm
Gene!! Wow, you finally made it to Africa. and the Wilddogs site. Can't believe you guys are still touring the world after all these years. :thumleft:

Do keep us updated. :deal:

And be careful out there, the cages in RSA drive really fast and are a little crazy.

I recon they long gone out the country.
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Post by: lightcycle on February 26, 2018, 03:35:15 pm
Hi everyone! We're still in South Africa, but our visa is running out soon!

We are passing through Pretoria in the next few days, to pick up some supplies on our way out of the country, if anyone wants to get together with us this weekend for a drink, PM me!
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Post by: gser on February 27, 2018, 08:42:54 am
Will you be in Pretoria . .  . for that drink invitation ?
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Post by: lightcycle on February 27, 2018, 06:04:51 pm
Yes! We are arriving tomorrow afternoon and leaving next Monday.

We are going to take a side trip to another African country this weekend though...

The Kingdom of Wakanda!  :imaposer:
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Post by: bronzy on February 28, 2018, 02:36:32 pm
ok ok

uhmmmm wahts a TRN ???

I AM STOOOPID
traffic register number  :thumleft:
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Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on February 28, 2018, 03:04:12 pm
Teenager, Running around Naked...  ;)


(..18 or 19, obviously...)  :biggrin:
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Post by: lightcycle on June 07, 2019, 12:49:08 pm
...aaaand we're back in Cape Town!

Had a great time riding around Africa. We've got to do a proper write-up on our blog, but here are some pics in the meantime:

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Post by: eberhard on June 07, 2019, 03:03:48 pm
The above pictures alone are proof that you must have had more than a great time. Beautiful!  :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: lightcycle on January 16, 2020, 05:21:30 am
Hi all!

Although I'm very behind in the blog, I'm writing up our travels through South Africa right now.

Here's an excerpt from the latest entry, a ride through Swartberg Pass and the Gamkaskloof.

If you're interested in reading about the rest of our travels, you can find it here: http://www.RideDOT.com
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Post by: lightcycle on January 16, 2020, 05:25:33 am
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The Road to Hel is Unpaved, With Good Indentations

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Peering outside our tent, we've awakened to a brilliant, clear morning! Our campground is right in the town of Prince Albert, which itself is situated in the southern part of the Great Karoo desert. Although the air is still quite cool from the night before, the temperatures are forecasted to soar to the high 30s in the mid-afternoon. We scarf down a quick breakfast while tearing down camp. We'll want to get most of our riding for the day done before it gets too hot.

There's a single road, R407, running through town, and we ride south towards the Swartberg Mountains.

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As we approach the mountains, the turnoff to the pass turns to gravel. Time to air down the rubber

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While Neda is deflating our tires, I keep a lookout for uh... nothing. I just watch her work and take pictures. Cuz that's my thing...
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Post by: lightcycle on January 16, 2020, 05:27:26 am
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The Swartberg Pass is a well-graded gravel road that winds up and over the Swartberg Mountains. The views are spectacular as we try to negotiate the twisty road, while at the same time greedily gulping in the canyon walls surrounding us as we ride through the narrow gorge. And then stealing glances over the edge when the road rises up and over the valley, which gets further and smaller beneath us.

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Normally we ride pretty slow, but we seem to be stopping every 200m to take in the view and to snap countless pictures

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A couple of dik-diks look on with amusement at these two camera-happy moto-tourists
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Post by: lightcycle on January 16, 2020, 05:29:18 am
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We wave to a cyclist that's been leapfrogging our progress on the pass. Every time we stop to ooh and ahh and take pictures he catches up.
He's passed us like 5 or 6 times already on this road!


The climb up the mountain pass is quite steep, I can see why cyclists like this route. It's a great leg workout!

Look at me, talking about exercise like I'm an expert! Leg day for me means having to stand up on the pegs and panic-stomping on the rear brake.

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Sometimes it's nice to stop, turn around, and look at the road you've taken and marvel at just how far you've come

I may or may not be talking about the Swartberg Pass.
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Post by: lightcycle on January 16, 2020, 05:30:33 am
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At another scenic lookout on the Pass, we ask some other tourists there to take our picture

The Swartberg Pass is quite short, only about 25 kms from start-to-finish. But half-way through, there is a turn-off that leads further into the Swartberg Mountains, as opposed to just up and over it. This is the road that our hard-core KTM friends, Jacques and Phillip, told us to take:

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We laugh in the face of danger! A nervous, high-pitched kind of laugh... the kind of laugh that sounds like a goat inhaled a helium balloon...

What have Jacques and Phillip gotten us into?
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Post by: lightcycle on January 16, 2020, 05:31:42 am
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This road will take us through the Gamkaskloof, a very narrow and isolated valley in the Swartberg Mountains. Gamkaskloof is not pronounced at all like it's written. When we were planning our routes in Port Elizabeth (http://www.ridedot.com/rtw/437.html) a couple of days ago, I asked Jacques: "Gam-Kass-Kloof?" He shook his head, "No", then corrected me with something that sounded like "Chummkisskleuf" with the "Ch" like the Hebrew, "L'Chaim!"

"Hummus-Kloof?"

"No."

"Ok."

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The gravel road through Hummus-Kloof is not as well-graded as Swartberg Pass

Large, loose stones kick out from beneath our wheels and at many points, pot-holes, ruts and corrugations move our motorcycles in strange and not entirely pleasant ways.

Whenever we tackle rough roads, we turn off our communicators, because we're always yelling "OSHIT!" in each other's ears.

Actually, it's only Neda that yells "OSHIT!". I just shriek like a little girl.

So turning the communicators off for me is a desperate attempt to preserve my carefully cultivated veneer of bravado, fearlessness and fragile masculinity...

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But pushing through such variable terrain rewards us with magnificent views of the mountains rising up on both sides of us
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Post by: lightcycle on January 16, 2020, 05:32:19 am
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Although it's not even the hottest part of the afternoon, the sun is pounding down on us mercilessly and we need to pull over for a water break.

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Neda tries to seek out shade near a pond that we stopped beside - a difficult thing to do when the sun is directly overhead

Back on the bikes, the onboard thermometer reads 33°C. And it's only going to get hotter as we continue riding!

BTW, Swartberg means "Black Mountains" in Afrikaans:

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The road goes down
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Post by: lightcycle on January 16, 2020, 05:32:56 am
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The road climbs up

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The road goes left, then right, then left and then right once again

And all around us, mountains, mountains, mountains! Spectacular! We are loving it!

Despite the heat, this is a very good riding day.
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Post by: lightcycle on January 16, 2020, 05:33:36 am
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Even in these semi-desert conditions, there are still pools of water covering the road. We stop to measure the depth before charging through

And that's when we discover that our boots are no longer waterproof. At least our socks dry fast in this heat.

It's been so long that we've ridden in the rain that we hadn't realized our boots are leaky. So every water-crossing, I lift my feet in the air, looking thoroughly uncool, but staying dry in the process.

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Rounding the bend, past some very interesting rock formations

So it's been over a month since I got the F700GS. Am I getting along any better with my new bike now?

No, I am not.

In addition to the disappointing steering which I haven't stopped complaining about, this bumpy road is revealing further weaknesses in its street-biased suspension. I don't think it's the suspension travel, more to do with the rebound damping. There's too much bouncing on the loose stuff, the tires don't seem to be contacting the ground often enough to feel like I have grip and control.

My F700GS is equipped with a factory option called ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment). Unlike the newer R1200GS I rode at the BMW Enduropark Course (http://www.ridedot.com/rtw/257.html) in Germany, which had settings for Rain/Road/Dynamic/Enduro (that worked wonderfully BTW), this version of ESA on the F700GS only has three settings: Normal/Sport/Comfort.

I took this opportunity to play around with each setting. Obviously "Sport" mode was the worse. Way too stiff. It exacerbated the bouncing and made riding the loose stuff very pucker-inducing.

So I thought "Comfort" mode would be the best setting, and it was marginally better. And then, out of curiousity, I switched to "Normal". I was very surprised that I couldn't tell any difference between that and Comfort. They seemed exactly the same.

I spent a long time on that bumpy road toggling between "Comfort" and "Normal" suspension and I've come to the conclusion that this bike only has two suspension modes: ""NormalComfort" and "Sport". Two suspension modes for off-road: "Bad" and "Worse"...

I wish I had gotten a R1200GS. :(
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Post by: lightcycle on January 16, 2020, 05:34:27 am
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I love looking out and seeing that twisty ribbon of dirt and gravel ahead of us!

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Passing by a mini-forest of some neat-looking aloe trees. Aloe! It's Vera nice to meet you!
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Post by: lightcycle on January 16, 2020, 05:35:31 am
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There are a few switchbacks on the descent to Hell

From the top of the road to the floor of the valley, the road rapidly sheds 600 meters of vertical elevation. Our tires skid on the loose rocks as we slow down for each hairpin using a combination of engine-braking and rear brakes (Leg day again?)

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Hey! We made it! In one piece, too!

There's a campsite in Die Hel where we fill up our nearly empty water bottles. Further down the road, there is an abandoned village with derelict buildings that a lot of people visit.

The history of this place is fascinating. This valley was first populated in 1830 by a handful of settlers. There wasn't a road back then, so they had to negotiate a precariously narrow path through the valley by donkey. The population only grew to about 160 people at its peak. The Gamkaskloofers were isolated from the rest of the country and the world, and they preferred it that way. Not many people left the village and almost nobody from the outside visited them.

Generations of subsistence farmers were born, lived their entire lives and died having never left the valley. Two world wars passed. Apartheid rose up and was torn down. The Gamkaskloof Valley was untouched by all of it.

In the 1960s the villagers finally asked the government for a road to be built to the outside world. They wanted access to medicine and education for their kids.

When the road was finally completed, it kicked off a steady migration out of the valley. By 1991, the Gamkaskloof was empty.

The name Die Hel was given to this village by a livestock inspector who used to visit the valley in the 1940s to check up on the animals. He called the 40-km trek into the village "die Hel". The nickname stuck. The villagers hated it...
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Post by: lightcycle on January 16, 2020, 05:36:26 am
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We had to get out of the sun, it was too hot. The bikes join us in the shade

There's only one way in and out of Die Hel. Which means to continue on, we have to back track another 50 kms back to the Swartberg Pass.

We steeled ourselves for the return trip. Then rode out through the stone gates and up, up and away from the valley floor.

Away from Die Hel.

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This R1200GS ADV had been tailing us since we left Die Hel. A few kms later, he finally pulled alongside with Neda

I heard the conversation Neda was having with him over the communicator:

"Are you guys alright?", he asked.
"Yes, thanks!"
"Good, I was a bit concerned because you guys are going so slow."

Ouch.

I guess he got tired of following at such a slow pace behind us, because he passed us and zoomed on ahead. So we set off again, this time without our tailgunner. However, I noticed that R12GSADVguy was not straying very far ahead of us. Instead, his brake lights would illuminate and turn off constantly, like a distant lighthouse beacon. Always within visual contact.

Ah. He was still looking out for us, but this time from his rear view mirror. Our rearguard had turned into a vanguard! Aw, that's so nice! Or embarrassing. Maybe a bit of both...
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Post by: lightcycle on January 16, 2020, 05:37:06 am
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And then up ahead, the R120GSADVguy was at a standstill. As I got closer, I saw the reason.
A dik-dik is just hanging out on the road between us. So cute!!!


This little guy didn't seem fazed at all with a whole BMW Motorrad Convention surrounding him. He studied all three of us for awhile and then hopped up onto the ledge beside the road...

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...where he joined his little buddy. They are so well-camouflaged against the orangish-brown rocks!
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Post by: lightcycle on January 16, 2020, 05:38:06 am
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Hard to keep your eyes on the road when there are views like this all around and below you! We were just down there!

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Amazing! We are having such a great time on this road! Have to thank Jacques and Phillip for the recommendation
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Post by: lightcycle on January 16, 2020, 05:38:43 am
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We reach the intersection that connects back to the Swartberg Pass and the gravel road becomes tamer and civilized once again

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Back on the Swartberg Pass, who do we find waiting for us? The R12GSADVguy!

He must have been waiting for a very long time! :)

He introduced himself as Andreas (I think that's what he said, sorry if I got your name wrong) and he was a local guy from Johannesburg, out touring the area for a few days. We chatted for a while and he shared some more good routes with us, which Jacques and Phillip already recommended. So now we have further confirmation! I'm so glad we took the time to backtrack half-way across the country to try out roads that we missed the first time round.

Andreas was such a super-nice guy, taking care of us out-of-towners and making sure we were alright before he continued on his way. He gave a friendly honk and waved goodbye as he rode away from us.

And he was probably laughing to himself at how chicken we were on the trail! :)
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Post by: lightcycle on January 16, 2020, 05:39:24 am
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Disaster.

After Andreas left, I opened my topcase to get a water bottle out. To my dismay, the plastic bottle had ruptured while we were riding and 2L of water now filled the inside of the case. I inspected the bottle. All that rubbing against the bare metal case on the bumpy road had worn a hole in the plastic.

Crap. How long did I ride with all this water sloshing around in there? Probably since leaving Die Hel!

Oh no! All my electronic devices were in my topcase! I immediately check the cameras, they were okay because they were in separate cases. Immense relief!!! The only casualty - my cellphone.

Dammit!!! Relief turns to anger once again.

I loved that phone. Not because it was fancy and expensive, but because it was exactly the opposite. I picked it up for only $150 in Thailand and it was so cheap and perfect and did everything I wanted it to. I was very proud that I spent so little on it.

And now I'll be forced to replace it in South Africa where anything electronic costs an arm and a leg (day). Argh! :(

I (literally) fished everything out of the topcase and draped it all over the bike, as if I was decorating a Christmas tree. Except I was not feeling very jolly and festive at all. The hot sun will dry it all out. It shouldn't take very long.

I don't think the sun will fix my drowned phone though.

While we were waiting, another R1200GS Adventure pulled up beside us. It had German plates and the rider flipped up his modular helmet to talk with us. He had shipped his motorcycle from overseas and he was inquiring about the condition of the Gamkaskloof. We explained: a lot of loose rock (I made a circle with my thumb and index finger), some mud, a few water crossings, nothing too gnarly.

He looked doubtful and shook his helmet, "No, it sounds like too much for my R1200GS Adventure. It is much larger and heavier than your bikes."

Ok. We didn't mention that Andreas, who just left, was on the exact same motorcycle...

And with that, the German rider politely dankeschöned us, flipped down his lid and continued back down the Swartberg Pass.

Now it was our turn to laugh at how chicken the German guy was! LOL! :D
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Post by: lightcycle on January 16, 2020, 05:40:09 am
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That afternoon, we decided to treat ourselves after sucessfully tackling such challenging terrain!

Oudtshoorn is less than an hour south of the Swartberg Pass. Just outside town, we had passed by some ostrich farms. I remembered seeing them the first time we rode through last week. From the all signs posted on the side of the road, we found out that ostrich racing is a thing here. You could pay a small fee and ride an ostrich on one of these farms.

When we saw that, Neda exclaimed, "Nooo! That sounds like such a cruel thing to do to an ostrich!!!"

So we decided to eat them instead.

:D
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 7.5 years...
Post by: lightcycle on January 16, 2020, 05:40:46 am
Original version: http://www.RideDOT.com/rtw/439.html


Oh yeah, here's a video:

Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 7.5 years...
Post by: Ri on January 16, 2020, 06:44:38 am
Most enjoyable - your writing is hilarious and the photo's are beautiful! Gamkaskloof is on my To Ride-list, but lucky me I'm only on a little light Suzuki DR650

I agree with switching off communicators - a friend once derailed me by shouting encouragement on a loose steep uphill, next moment found me parked up against a big rock 2m off the track.

I think I'll head on over to your blog and go read the rest of it. Safe and happy travels! :ricky:
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 7.5 years...
Post by: Aprilian on January 16, 2020, 07:40:49 am
Nice read! Wonderful attitude. Slower is better

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Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 7.5 years...
Post by: BullSmit on January 16, 2020, 09:28:24 am
Great read!!

Thanks for the effort and sharing with us!
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 7.5 years...
Post by: Ralf_CT on February 28, 2020, 11:43:19 am
Fascinating read!  It's a pity you got to Die Hel just after the fire.  :(
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 7.5 years...
Post by: Tradie on February 28, 2020, 12:51:11 pm
It takes a tourist to show you what you miss in your own back yard.
Thanks for the very entertaining R&R. :ricky:
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 7.5 years...
Post by: lightcycle on March 05, 2020, 12:30:26 am
Thanks guys!

If I want to add more pictures of our ride through Africa, how do I get this thread moved to the Ride Reports section?
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 7.5 years...
Post by: Ri on March 05, 2020, 12:51:40 pm
Thanks guys!

If I want to add more pictures of our ride through Africa, how do I get this thread moved to the Ride Reports section?

Maybe @JonW or @Heimer or one of the other moderators could move it please?

It would be great if you keep posting photo's, and I really enjoy your blog.
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 7.5 years...
Post by: lightcycle on March 05, 2020, 10:46:33 pm
Thanks for moving our post!

Here is a little bit from our run up Prince Alfred's Pass:



I thought about editing out the middle part, but I left it in to show off how sophisticated my camera setup is... :D

This is an excerpt from our blog post: http://www.ridedot.com/rtw/442.html
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 7.5 years...
Post by: Ri on March 06, 2020, 06:39:41 am
Thanks for moving our post!

Here is a little bit from our run up Prince Alfred's Pass:



I thought about editing out the middle part, but I left it in to show off how sophisticated my camera setup is... :D

This is an excerpt from our blog post: http://www.ridedot.com/rtw/442.html

"This place reminded me of the VA Waterfront in Cape Town, with the expensive boats in the marina and the overpriced restaurants and souvenir shops."

You sound like a true Saffer (South African) :imaposer:
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Post by: windswept on March 20, 2020, 01:50:49 am
Those pictures are not coming through.  :sip:  :clock:
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 7.5 years...
Post by: lightcycle on March 20, 2020, 06:35:50 pm
Seems to be working for me?  :dontknow:

Is everyone else not seeing the pictures either?
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 7.5 years...
Post by: Ri on March 20, 2020, 09:59:05 pm
I do see the photo's. Also loving reading your blog, it is hilarious.

Although Sani pass was very scary, HUGE kudos to Neda for conquering the last 3 switchbacks!! Everyone always makes it sound so doable but I'm with you, that looks like some hard riding. Well done to both of you for making it to the top!!
Title: Re: We have been riding around the world for 7.5 years...
Post by: windswept on March 21, 2020, 01:38:24 am
Thanks guys!

If I want to add more pictures of our ride through Africa, how do I get this thread moved to the Ride Reports section?

I do see the photos, I was waiting for the more that you will be posting here soon, I hope. I do follow you and Michnus on Advrider, top writing and photos.  :thumleft: