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Title: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: willeh0nd on January 13, 2018, 01:57:50 pm
This is the adventurous story of a rookie not-so-adventure rider and his 125cc not-so-adventure bike. Because who needs a 1200cc anyways? One destination – Gamkaskloof, Die Hel. The rest of the journey writes itself as we strolled along.

Sunday, 19 November, Day 1: Cape Town to Ladismith: 303km
The weatherman forecasted 30 degrees for the day. I wake up at 8.30am, with the sun almost getting ready for bed, and realise: I probably should have been on the road by now. I gather my belongings and start strapping everything to the Red Little Zontes 125-J. A sleeping bag and mattress squeezed into the top box, and a tent and backpack strapped on the backseat. I gear-up with my newly purchased adventure Spirit gear, looking like a Power Ranger, have one look at the Red Little Zontes, then at myself, and think: this is going to be EPIC. My first adventure ride. Solo. Free bird. Here we go.

With the Zontes scooting along at 80km/h, it gives you ample time to think about anything and everything. So after reaching Robertson by late lunch time, you quickly find yourself digging deep into your high school math problems and calculate that you’ll only reach Ladismith by sundown... and you don’t have a place to stay yet.

My story actually starts with a crazy but dear friend of mine. He bought a Sym Crox scooter about three or four months before I bought the Zontes, and I owe a lot to him. He showed me what I was missing out on, and as I am writing this, is currently somewhere in Vietnam on a scooter. His Whatsapp profile pic reads “Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ‘holy shit! What a ride!’”
Now you might think this is childish, dumb or irresponsible. Well, you’re just wrong. No argument needed. One adventure ride is all that is needed... and maybe a milkshake from Diesel & Cream in Barrydale on Route 62... on a really hot day.
(https://image.ibb.co/gNh4Rm/Milkshake.jpg)

Arriving in Ladismith by 18:00, the Red Little Zontes, with its tail wagging, gladly kicks out it side stand and finds a brief resting place at the Total garage just as you enter Ladismith. Its owner starts phoning B&B’s in town, but one after the other gets told: sorry, we are fully booked. So we get back on the road and start crawling through the town. Time after time we get turned down and just as the little Zontes was about to camp alongside the road for the night, we knocked on heaven’s door. The very last guesthouse finally has a room available, and the little Zontes finds a resting place after a long day on Route 62. My ass is numb and I can’t feel my left hand. But boy am I happy.
(https://image.ibb.co/dGkfz6/Klein_karoo.jpg)

Monday, 20 November, Day 2: Ladismith to Die Hel: 193km
Waking up much earlier than the previous day, and after a proper breakfast, I find myself packing the Zontes again. Like a cowboy strapping up his horse to go fight the bad guys in the Wild Wild West.
An oom approaches me as we’re getting ready to hit the road:
“Boeta, oulike fietsie die! Hoeveel cc is hy?”
“Dis ‘n 125, oom.”
“Janee, dis reg! Begin klein. Mens het nie ‘n groot ding nodig nie. Waarheen het jy gesę is jy op pad?”
“Ek gaan Hel toe, oom.”
“Hel toe sę jy?”
“Net so, oom.” He looks at me, then at the little Zontes, then back at me. I can see the scepticism in his eyes.
“Dink oom ek sal dit maak?”
“Jjjaaaa, kyk, ek’s al daar af met my Cressida, so daar is niks fout met hierdie rooi miggie nie. Hoe lank ry jy al motorfiets?”
“Nee ag, dis my eerste een; begin van die jaar gekoop.” In the back of his mind he probably thought the local newspaper would be reporting on my unfortunate fatal accident. But I’m full of confidence, and I know the Red Little Zontes won’t let me down. If anything, it will be me letting the little Zontes down.

Back on the road I enter Oudtshoorn and give the Zontes a full tank of green juice. I carefully calculate and recalculate that I will be able to reach Die Hel and make it back alive, with petrol to spare. We greet civilisation and hit the road to the Swartberg pass.

With close to 60 km to go for the day, the Red Little Zontes goes over a crest and stares at a colossal mountain range. The Swartberg pass crawls up the mountain and makes you think twice about your chosen holiday destination.
We leave the tar road behind and enter the Swartberg pass with the little Zontes eating up the gravel road. Slowly but surely we climb this ever growing giant. With each hairpin turn you get the most breathtaking views that one could ask for, and both of us keep turning our heads to admire the scenery, nearly taking the Skelmdraai corner’s sign with its bullet holes down the mountain. We reach the top and stop for a couple of selfies and to enjoy the cool mountain breeze that’s blowing through our engines.
(https://image.ibb.co/dwXtK6/Skelmdraai.jpg)

Finally we reach the turnoff that reads: Gamkaskloof 37km. Travel time 2 hours. The Red Little Zontes looks at the sign and happily revs its engine. It drops its clutch and sets off into an unfamiliar territory.
After a slow 10 km into Gamkaskloof you start asking yourself, how do the guys in the Dakar do this?? It’s absolutely insane. A lot of fun. But insane! I am tired, my body is numb, and I’ve only just started!

Reaching the 20 km mark you wonder: are we on the right road? Then you reach your first of two somewhat concerning river crossings. Ok, so perhaps it wasn’t really a river, but for someone who has never crossed a water hazard before, anything more than a metre across is a river. Not really knowing how to go about this, we stop in front of it and I carefully look at what the best line would be to take through the crossing. We then carefully creep through the first and celebrate in proper Zontes fashion that we’ve made it. The Red Little Zontes later reaches the second river crossing, which looks shallow, easy to cross and has rather clear water, though this one is about 25 metres long. With a hop and a skip over the slippery river stones, the Zontes suddenly finds its exhaust under water and starts blowing bubbles! Its rider battles to keep it in a straight line. We properly misjudged this one. The water splashes in a big V formation along the sides of the Zontes. With a final burst the Zontes comes out the other end! Victorious, with a major sense of accomplishment (and a feeling of relief) and with the blood rushing through our veins, we soldier on.

By the 30 km mark you start calculating at what point you should turn around so as to not run out of petrol. The Red Little Zontes keeps marching on, filled with confidence! We reach the top of the final mountain pass which looks over the Gamkaskloof valley. We can now see the end and merely have one treacherous decent to deal with. No worries for the Zontes – first and second gear sees you down the pass and we’ve arrived safely in the valley.

After a very exhausting day in the saddle we reach base camp. We stop at an information board and, with a brief lack of concentration, I put my right foot down only to realise we are standing on a slightly banked turn. Needless to say, the Red Little Zontes and I both hit the ground after a brief battle to keep him upright. Luckily I was able to lay the little Zontes down gently, but still, I’ve never felt so bad about damaging something that is in actual fact, just a machine. It was at this moment that I realised: there is a special bond between man and machine, between adventure riders, superbike riders, and cruisers – something that transcends the realm of the English vocabulary. Something that our wives will not understand.

21 & 22 November, Rest days:
The morning of the 21st greets me with a cloudy, 16 degree day in Die Hel. Also, it feels as though someone snuck into my tent during the night and removed my kidneys. While searching my tent for the lost kidneys, which would hopefully be in a bucket of ice somewhere, I realised that this is probably why one would wear a kidney belt. It all suddenly made sense, and I find myself wondering what I would’ve felt like if I hadn’t been wearing one.

As I was getting ready for bed the evening, I was blessed with the calling of an owl who decided to make the treetops, about 10 metres above my tent, his home for at least an hour.
The next morning I was awoken, at 5am, by the sound of dubstep music being played right outside my tent. Or at least, I thought it was dubstep. It turned out to be a Southern Boubou, a bird which has some truly unique calls. With a bit of alteration, I’m pretty sure you can play this in a club.

The remainder of the day was filled with hiking and playing a bit of soccer with the kids on the farm. The soccer game involved more team shuffling and the changing of rules than the amount of times the South African Finance Minister gets replaced in a year. A stuffed bunny was roped in at some point to even the team numbers.

Thursday, 23 November, Day 5: Die Hel to Uniondale: 209km
With another big day ahead for the Red Little Zontes, we saddled up and were on the road by 8am, leaving a place that should rather be called The Heaven behind. We’ve got some serious & treacherous ground to cover, so I struck a deal with the Zontes: I won’t drop you, if you don’t drop me.

Reaching our first little river crossing, we now know which line to take and were quick to pass across it. However, we then got to the second monstrous one. It stretched out in front of us, taunting us with its peaceful soundtrack.
I carefully plot the route that we should take. The Red Little Zontes stares at the hazard, with its eye fixated on the other end. We inch forward. Then we go for it! Hopping across the slippery riverbed, steering left, then right, fighting the rocks below. Water splashes up alongside the little Zonters and the thundering sound of rocks being thrown about roars below us. Balancing and staying upright is constant struggle! We reach a little island of river rocks, with 6 or 7 more metres to go. We pause for a breather and plan the last stretch, knowing that one wrong steering movement could send us crashing down. So again we inch forward and commit to a line. A metre or two into the stream we hit some rocks and the Red Little Zontes comes to an abrupt halt. The steering gets ripped to the right. Like a stallion throwing its rider off, a jolt strikes through the little Zontes with me being thrown to the right and the little Zontes falling onto its side.  Half of it is submerged under water. I hit the killswitch and, with a shot of adrenaline rushing through my veins, throw my companion back onto its wheels. Leaning against each other, I push the little Zontes out of the water and park underneath a tree. Out of breath and in some state of shock, I look the Zontes over, apologising out loud. Everything seems fine and only a couple of battle scars get added to the exhaust cover.

Just then, another adventure rider comes galloping through the river crossing on his big BMW. He makes it through and stops next to me, asking if everything is ok. I stand proudly next to the little 125cc, and turn the killswitch off. I attempt to start the Zontes, and without even a hiccup, it roars back to life. Its engine sounds brand new and it happily revs its little engine, as if to it wants to challenge its bigger BMW brother.

Relieved that the Red Little Zontes didn’t decide to take a sip of water while it was in the river, we wait patiently for the BMW’s comrades to arrive. Three other riders are on their way, and sure enough two of them make is safely through the river crossing. The third one makes it to the little island in the crossing and sure enough, right were the little Zontes went down a couple of minutes ago, the river claims its second victim.
In rather spectacular fashion, this BMW rider manages to power out of the river, but ends up in the bush next to the river. He bailed at the last second, leaving the bike at the mercy of gravity. The bike falls back onto the gravel road and lost a mirror in the process. Luckily, there was not too much damage and we managed to get the bike up and running again.

We all four set off, but not before having some vodka shots and christening the river crossing.
(https://image.ibb.co/kZQVz6/Helse_view.jpg)

Friday, 24 November, Day 6: Uniondale to Knysna: 87km
The experience of being awoken by some kind of bird continues in Uniondale but unfortunately, on this particular morning, I was greeted by a rooster. Which I don’t actually mind, but this was no ordinary rooster. The sound it managed to generate sounded like it was a teenager whose voice couldn’t decide if it wanted to be a week old chick, or a 60 year old rooster with a hoarse voice.

The Red Little Zontes and I hit the road again, with one of my all-time favourite roads stretching out in front of us for the day – the Prince Alfred pass. Not having too much distance to cover, we take the day slow. As we leave the tar road behind again, we enter the pass, with dark, ominous clouds looming over the distant Knysna forest.

After being overwhelmed by the beauty of the pass, we stop at Angie’s G Spot to explore what’s on offer. Not really seeing any of the self-proclaimed hot beer, lousy food, bad service and kak accommodation, I decided to settle for some great food and excellent service. Having explored Angie’s G Spot, satisfied my empty stomach, and given the little Zontes a quick rub down of all the dust, we got back onto the road.

As the forest drew nearer, the rain started coming down. The Red Little Zontes and I both became ecstatic, because a visit to the Knysna forest is not complete without a wet, wild and muddy road. Soon enough we were battling through a slippery muddy surface as we enter the dense forest. The canopy of trees embraces us with a warm welcome. The call of the Knysna Loerie echoes through the forest, announcing the arrival of the stealthy little Zontes.

Reaching Knysna by the afternoon we quickly found a roosting place for the night and decided to get some well-deserved rest. We end the day by making a quick random stop at a local toy store where we pick up a lonesome traveller. The Green Manalishi, who can be seen in some of the photos, was to keep a watchful eye on what was happening to our right the remainder of the trip. He made his home on the back of the top box for the remainder of the trip.
(https://image.ibb.co/jbydmm/Diepwalle.jpg)

Saturday, 25 November, Day 7: Knysna to Hartenbos: 193km
The day starts rather late and uncharted roads stretch out in front of the little Zontes and its companion. Today will mark the day whereby we cross seven mountain passes. The Seven Passes road, starting with the Phantom pass, waits ahead.

The Red Little Zontes would have its final gravel day and I could feel the sadness in its chassis as we crested the Phantom pass. This was one hell of an adventure and it’s sad to know that it is nearing the end. The Seven Passes road runs through an absolute gem of a scenic landscape. Why people take the N2 is beyond me. Thanks to those people though, because the road is just too much fun to drive, especially when there aren’t any cars around. It just shows in what rush we as humans are. Always trying to get there first. Always trying to get there via the shortest route. Never taking the long way round and through doing this missing out on so many adventures.

The Homtini, Karatara, Hoogekraal and Touw River Bridge passes are all equally beautiful and after each pass you reach a little bridge with a spectacular view of either a little stream or a river. The little Zontes just eats up the kilometres and enjoys the challenge of all the hairpin turns in the passes.
We stopped over Kula Malaika – an African Experience bush Café & Craft Shop. The non-profit organisation aims to empower the lives of children and young people through skills development. I got to meet the entire crew, each person with their own individual skillset. It was truly amazing to see such a little community of people who are driven by using their unique skillsets – through arts and craft – in order to generate an income for themselves, and to ensure that the skillsets get transferred to the younger generation.

We then reach the final two passes, the Silver River Bridge and Kaaimans River Bridge passes. Newly tarred and with not much traffic, the Red Little Zontes turns into a 1200cc monster and we have an absolute blast around the corners. It was so much fun that the little Zontes abruptly turned around and did the two passes again. I was merely at the mercy of its rebel spirit.

We reach the N2 after driving through George and soldier on to Hartenbos where we stayed the night. Having always visited the town as a child during the December holidays, I was quick to share my nostalgia with the little Zontes.

Sunday, 26 November, Day 8: Hartenbos to Cape Town: 435km
The final day arrives and Thor seemed to have become rather angry overnight. The Red Little Zontes looks up to the sky with its Cyclops eye and welcomes the idea of a bath after the muddy roads that we’ve travelled. I get dressed in my waterproof Power Ranger suit and start the long journey back home.
(https://image.ibb.co/iz02CR/Wet_and_wild.jpg)

With Pink Floyd’s Goodbye Blue Sky playing in the background, the little Zontes jumps straight into the rain storm. After a very long, boring, and wet ride, we reach Riversonderend. It is here where the little Zontes begged me to change our heading, at least just for a little while. I agreed without hesitation and made a run for the Hermanus turnoff a couple of kilometres out of Riversonderend. As with the other rather impulsive turnoffs we took, this turned out to be one of the best decisions we made during the trip. Again we were presented with sheer beauty in the form of the Akkedisberg pass and then eventually the smell of blooming trees carrying bluish-purplish flowers around the Klein River Lagoon area.

The sun was now setting in the distance and we still had around 120 km to cover. So we used every last one of the horses in the little 125cc engine in order to make it home in time before the sun was finally swallowed up by the ocean.
The adventure would have one final challenge in store for us. The Sir Lowry’s Pass and its tormenting tornado winds was waiting around the corner, ready to catch the Red Little Zontes by surprise. This was unlike any other wind we’ve ever experienced, and we are used to the Cape Town foreshore winds. The little Zontes didn’t blink for a single second and the Green Manalishi latched onto the top box for its dear little life. We occupied most of the road and crawled over the mountain, safely reaching Somerset West a few minutes later.

The final 40 kilometre stretch home was now all that was standing between us and the end of one awesome adventure.
(https://image.ibb.co/je3psR/Green_Manalishi.jpg)

Arriving Back Home
As the night sky faded to black we arrived safely back home. The Red Little Zontes switched off its engine for one last time during this adventure. We have made it! We crossed around 1 500 challenging kilometres in a week and lived to tell the tales.
Adventure motorcycles are not merely something that you use to get from point A to B. This was my first trip and my only regret is not doing it earlier in life. The true sense of freedom brought about while on a motorcycle cannot be replicated in any other way. If you suspect you have an adventurous spirit, but have never dared to live, get off that chair you are sitting on now and go buy a little cheap adventure bike. There are 125 adventure bugs waiting to bite you.
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: katana on January 13, 2018, 02:03:28 pm
Mooi man.  Jy my my een voor met 'n bucket list item.   :thumleft: 
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: XRRX on January 13, 2018, 02:51:29 pm
Awesome and welcome!!!!!  :thumleft:

This is the true spirit of Adv riding!!!  :thumleft: O0
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: frankmac on January 13, 2018, 03:14:52 pm
Great stuff and thanks for sharing  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: Sheepman on January 13, 2018, 03:25:10 pm
Great stuff  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: Lourens ツ on January 13, 2018, 04:35:22 pm
Wow, fantastic ride report! You're a very good writer.

Tnx for sharing! :thumleft:

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Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: sidetrack on January 13, 2018, 04:41:54 pm
Nice trip !
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: Skim on January 13, 2018, 05:07:00 pm
Well done - bigger does not always mean better or lekkerder!!!
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: Bliknęrs on January 13, 2018, 05:30:26 pm
Baie geniet, dankie vir die deel.
Jou kop is reg en jou adventure loopbaan begin reg.
Ek dink jy gaan nog baie avonture beleef!
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: jaybiker on January 13, 2018, 05:41:32 pm
Not reading this forum properly are you?

690 or 701 with Maxxis tyres. Otherwise you'll never make it. :3some:






Oh.....but you did! Well done and thanks for the story.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: Ri on January 13, 2018, 09:01:01 pm
Gif kom in klein botteltjies. And you totally resemble a Power Ranger  :lol8:

Well done and well written, thanks for sharing  O0
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: hje on January 13, 2018, 09:45:19 pm
Well done  :thumleft: :ricky:
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: big oil on January 14, 2018, 12:00:45 am
Yuda man  :thumleft:

Could you tell us more about your steed.....I'm not sure I've ever heard of this make or model?
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: McKracken on January 14, 2018, 03:57:21 am
Sitting on a ship on the other side of the equator, this story makes me itch to see Die Hel again. Really enjoyed it, well written!

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Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: Oubones on January 14, 2018, 06:44:54 am
Very well written and it is the journey not the tools that make it epic.
What more can you ask for?
Your bike took you there, changed your life for the better and took you safely back home.
Waiting for your next trip and missing my tw200 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: Slim Jim on January 14, 2018, 07:59:59 am
loved this RR , you can write Budd , thanx for sharing
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: blind on January 14, 2018, 09:29:06 am
Lekker RR.
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: Zimzanawana on January 14, 2018, 09:44:36 am
Nice RR,I must complement you on the total trust you put into a Chinese-Indian or whatever moped..a lot would say 'nie met dai stuk kak nie"

Or at least that is what I said..But nice to be proven wrong every now and then..

Good luck..Next time pop some wheelies. :laughing4: O0 :imaposer:
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: Klein Torkar on January 14, 2018, 04:22:34 pm
Te lekker man thanks for the share
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: Highsider on January 14, 2018, 07:21:18 pm
Awesome RR, well written and engaging.


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Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: mike gs on January 14, 2018, 08:13:46 pm
Lekker story boet, sounds like you had a great time.

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Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: willeh0nd on January 14, 2018, 09:56:08 pm
Thanks everyone for the comments, much appreciated!

I'm super happy I stumbled across this website; awesome to read all the stories and get ideas for the next trip!!
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: willeh0nd on January 14, 2018, 10:04:15 pm
Yuda man  :thumleft:

Could you tell us more about your steed.....I'm not sure I've ever heard of this make or model?

Thanks! Yeah Zontes is pretty new to SA.. I think only 2 years or so. Although they are quite big in the UK if I'm not mistaken. It's a Chinese built bike, in my opinion very well built... not that my opinion counts for much as I haven't ever been on anything bigger than a 125, haha. But still, it made this trip which counts for something!

The Jan 2018 edition of Bike SA magazine actually has a review of the 250.
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: big oil on January 14, 2018, 10:12:22 pm
Yuda man  :thumleft:

Could you tell us more about your steed.....I'm not sure I've ever heard of this make or model?

Thanks! Yeah Zontes is pretty new to SA.. I think only 2 years or so. Although they are quite big in the UK if I'm not mistaken. It's a Chinese built bike, in my opinion very well built... not that my opinion counts for much as I haven't ever been on anything bigger than a 125, haha. But still, it made this trip which counts for something!

The Jan 2018 edition of Bike SA magazine actually has a review of the 250.

Cool.  Keep enjoying your bike.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: willeh0nd on January 14, 2018, 10:26:22 pm
Nice RR,I must complement you on the total trust you put into a Chinese-Indian or whatever moped..a lot would say 'nie met dai stuk kak nie"

Or at least that is what I said..But nice to be proven wrong every now and then..

Good luck..Next time pop some wheelies. :laughing4: O0 :imaposer:

Haha! wel, iemand het na die tyd vir my gesę hulle weet nie of ek baie braaf was, en of ek net baie dom was om met die Chinese bike dit aan te pak nie...

Maar ek't nogal baie respek vir die Zontes gekry - definitief 'n awesome klein fietsie as ek nou ooit een gesien het!
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on January 15, 2018, 03:04:42 am
Nice report, great route for your first big adventure - thanks for sharing. This is the spirit of this forum.

 8)
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: Zimzanawana on January 15, 2018, 08:42:39 am
Nice RR,I must complement you on the total trust you put into a Chinese-Indian or whatever moped..a lot would say 'nie met dai stuk kak nie"

Or at least that is what I said..But nice to be proven wrong every now and then..

Good luck..Next time pop some wheelies. :laughing4: O0 :imaposer:

Haha! wel, iemand het na die tyd vir my gesę hulle weet nie of ek baie braaf was, en of ek net baie dom was om met die Chinese bike dit aan te pak nie...

Maar ek't nogal baie respek vir die Zontes gekry - definitief 'n awesome klein fietsie as ek nou ooit een gesien het!



 O0Ek reken braaf en dom saam gesit...maar wys net weer eens mens het nie die beste in die lewe nodig om voluit te lewe nie..

 :lamer:
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: Esplin on January 16, 2018, 08:33:17 pm
That's the spirit. Well written.
Hope you do many more tours.
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: the ruffian on January 16, 2018, 09:59:28 pm
Respect to you oke, and this is from an old Ballie  who did his first trip from Johburg to the Transkei on a Yammi 175 scrambler in 1973!

Now you must plan a trip to Namibia and Angola ( imagine doing the Doodsakker on a little red zontes!?! What do you think, Xpat, Max the Panda, Metal Jockey...?)
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: Jaakmh on January 19, 2018, 09:10:24 pm
Lekke RR!  Well done! It shows that adventure is what YOU make of it
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: Ventana on January 26, 2018, 04:16:07 pm
Fantastic ride report young man!  Well done and some good skill with the pen too  :) :)  Reminds me of a book I read a short while ago by Nathan Millward (https://www.nathanmillward.com/shop)  called 'The Long Ride Home' where he rides a Honda CT110 scooter from Sydney to London....I like the afrikaans word for 'adventure bike' which I think is so much more appropriate....storiefiets.... :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:  Thanks for the RR, really enjoyed reading it....
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: Ri on January 26, 2018, 04:26:10 pm
(https://image.ibb.co/jbydmm/Diepwalle.jpg)

Saw a little red Zontes in the parking area and wondered - haven't seen many of these around. Then ran into the owner in the lift the other day - quite surprised at my friendly greeting, and we stood chatting bikes in the hallway for a looong time... as bikers will  ::)

Gaaf om jou te ontmoet willeh0nd, ons sal mekaar nog wel op die grondpad weer sien :thumleft:
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: willeh0nd on January 27, 2018, 04:43:48 pm
Fantastic ride report young man!  Well done and some good skill with the pen too  :) :)  Reminds me of a book I read a short while ago by Nathan Millward (https://www.nathanmillward.com/shop)  called 'The Long Ride Home' where he rides a Honda CT110 scooter from Sydney to London....I like the afrikaans word for 'adventure bike' which I think is so much more appropriate....storiefiets.... :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:  Thanks for the RR, really enjoyed reading it....

Thanks a mil! Die Afrikaanse woord klink baie beter.. maybe doen ek die volgende RR eerder in Afr.. of sommer 'n taal wat ek langs die pad leer op een van my adventures.

Where can I get that book? Sounds awesome!
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: willeh0nd on January 27, 2018, 04:48:26 pm
(https://image.ibb.co/jbydmm/Diepwalle.jpg)

Saw a little red Zontes in the parking area and wondered - haven't seen many of these around. Then ran into the owner in the lift the other day - quite surprised at my friendly greeting, and we stood chatting bikes in the hallway for a looong time... as bikers will  ::)

Gaaf om jou te ontmoet willeh0nd, ons sal mekaar nog wel op die grondpad weer sien :thumleft:

Wat 'n toeval was dit nie om 'n mede willebrak te ontmoet nie. Kan dit nou nog nie glo nie. Het in die week jou post ook gelees - ek't 'n vermoede ons gaan nog baie bikes en adventure trips gesels.
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: Ri on January 27, 2018, 08:04:13 pm
 :thumleft:   :ricky:
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: Ventana on January 29, 2018, 12:44:36 pm
Fantastic ride report young man!  Well done and some good skill with the pen too  :) :)  Reminds me of a book I read a short while ago by Nathan Millward (https://www.nathanmillward.com/shop)  called 'The Long Ride Home' where he rides a Honda CT110 scooter from Sydney to London....I like the afrikaans word for 'adventure bike' which I think is so much more appropriate....storiefiets.... :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:  Thanks for the RR, really enjoyed reading it....

Thanks a mil! Die Afrikaanse woord klink baie beter.. maybe doen ek die volgende RR eerder in Afr.. of sommer 'n taal wat ek langs die pad leer op een van my adventures.

Where can I get that book? Sounds awesome!

Best place to pick up the book is on Kindle or directly off his website if you like turning pages - he's also got quite a few youtube videos from the trip - search for 'Sydney to London on a Postie'......enjoy :-)
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: Weedkiller - Adie on January 30, 2018, 09:22:01 pm
ZONTES, Laasjaar by Bike Fest het ek hulle die eerste keer gesien.  Wat my beindruk het was die mooi meisies.

ek het hulle dadelik SONDES genoem, dit was al waaraan ek kon dink.  :imaposer:

Begin met emigiets, Mike het met 'n 125 Lifan scrambles in een dag van Maritzburg Sabie toe gery (750km) twee weke later weer terug.

Een van my langtermyn planne is om weer klein te gaan en die wereld te sien.  as jy nie rond kan kyk ry jy te vinnig.

Mooi report.

Adie
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: willeh0nd on February 03, 2018, 05:02:33 pm
ZONTES, Laasjaar by Bike Fest het ek hulle die eerste keer gesien.  Wat my beindruk het was die mooi meisies.

ek het hulle dadelik SONDES genoem, dit was al waaraan ek kon dink.  :imaposer:

Begin met emigiets, Mike het met 'n 125 Lifan scrambles in een dag van Maritzburg Sabie toe gery (750km) twee weke later weer terug.

Een van my langtermyn planne is om weer klein te gaan en die wereld te sien.  as jy nie rond kan kyk ry jy te vinnig.

Mooi report.

Adie

haha, dis presies wat my pa gesę het toe hy die fiets sien... 'Sondes'

Ja kyk, dis hoe hulle jou vang.. jy dink jy koop die fiets én die mooi meisie..

750km in 'n dag?? Seker juis een van daai Zontes girls wie vir Mike op Sabie genooi het.

100% - jy moet kan rondkyk!
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: wilfwalk on February 05, 2018, 04:02:26 pm
Very well written and your enthusiasm is clearly sensed ! Happy and safe riding. Keep your trip reports coming !
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: MRK Miller on February 11, 2018, 10:43:27 am
Nou lekker gelees. Lekker storie, wat ek met kids kan deel. Die avoture word net beter veral as jy iemand speciaal kry om saam te ry op haar eie fiets. Dan deel julle die mees amazing tye saam. Ek het so iemand in my lewe gekry. Kyk uit vir ons storie. Wat hopenlik so leka soos joune sal lees
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: LouisL on February 11, 2018, 12:06:02 pm
Lekker trip ou pellie. Die avontuur/belewenis is al wat tel, die ander goed is bysaak. Kom ek stel dit so, hoeveel ouens het al ervaar wat jy gedoen het op 'n Zonte?
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: stcomza on July 11, 2019, 11:12:18 am

Couldn't help but notice you have a new toy... >:D :biggrin:

(https://i.postimg.cc/yd8DZ9Yb/tian.jpg)

 :deal: Waiting patiently for a NEW RR... :headbang:
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: Ri on July 12, 2019, 07:37:57 am

Couldn't help but notice you have a new toy... >:D :biggrin:

(https://i.postimg.cc/yd8DZ9Yb/tian.jpg)

 :deal: Waiting patiently for a NEW RR... :headbang:


Hmmm, should be parked below, will go have a look now. Congratulations, Tiaan!
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: 10Klr on July 22, 2019, 01:40:51 pm
Awesome, loved the ride report - enjoyed the writing! 

Congrats on the new bike, may she serve you well  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: Grunder on July 22, 2019, 02:26:26 pm
Kickass RR  :cheers:

Gratz on the new bike also  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: MRK Miller on July 23, 2019, 05:51:42 am
Awesome. Hope you don't miss the little guy to much. Enjoy the big brother
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: Pilchie on July 23, 2019, 10:08:50 pm
 :sip:waiting patiently for the next R&R
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: danielsaaiman on July 29, 2019, 04:19:08 pm
Lekker Ride Report!!
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: EssBee on July 31, 2019, 10:07:51 am
I'm a bit late on the uptake here :

1) Welcome to the forum, Tiaan.
2) Thanks for the very adventurous RR, pics of Die Hel always make me nostalgic, I've cycled in there 5 times but never by motorbike....
3) Congrats on the nw scoot.
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: Black_Hawk on July 31, 2019, 12:58:24 pm
Ek het  ook nou eers die RR gesien.

Baie welkom by die forum en dankie vir die deel van jou eerste (hopelik van vele) avontuur.  :thumleft:

En baie geluk met die nuwe fiets en geniet dit  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: Tiger8 on July 31, 2019, 02:38:46 pm
Welcome , I really enjoyed your RR and made even better on a smaller bike. The main point is that you were out riding and enjoying your bike and this is evident in your writing style and expression.
Nice upgrade that 310 btw  :thumleft:

BUT, I think you are going to miss the "little guy"  ;)
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: willeh0nd on August 01, 2019, 08:41:12 pm
Hallo al julle willehonne.

Thanks for all the messages - I am amazed at the community! Having such an eagle-eye (or should it be wild dog eye?) to spot me on my new companion...

Below is a little teaser for big plans that are coming.. Little & Big brother 2 years apart at the same road sign on R62.

It is with a heavy heart that I had to let the Little Red Zontes go. He is now in the care of Uber Eats, with many of his other Zontes friends. If you by chance happen to order through Uber Eats & see a red Zontes parked outside your house, go to him & ask if he knows Die Hel... you just might hear a little engine start revving  ;)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img922/7893/5HdQH1.png)
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: blackbird on September 03, 2019, 01:54:49 pm
Lekker RR jongman! Dankie vir die deel. Daai fotos by dieselfde borde oor die jare heen ken ek ook en dit het my al vele kere laar vra, wanneer gaan ons weer. Voorspoed
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: roxenz on September 03, 2019, 03:41:22 pm
Fork, weet nie hoe ek die oorspronklike RR gemis het nie! Wat 'n plesier om te lees. Sien uit na nog baie fiets-stories, mnr willeh0nd!
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: Lou1 on September 16, 2019, 04:10:13 pm
 :thumleft: :thumleft:

Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on September 16, 2019, 04:29:49 pm
Laat weet ons gerus hoe loop die nuwe fiets!! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: KarooKid on September 17, 2019, 05:58:06 pm
Ek love threads soos die waar dit uit en uit gaan oor die liefde vir Adventure riding en wat dit bied.

True Adventure spirit!!
Title: Re: Getting bit by the adventure bug
Post by: Kortbroek on September 18, 2019, 02:38:20 pm
Ek het ook nou eers op die afgekom. Great RR en dit wys net weer mens het nie al die fancy gear en farkles nodig nie. Die beste bike is die een wat jy het.

As jy ooit dit so ver as die Ooskaap maak laat weet dan gaan ry ons 'n draai  :thumleft: