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Title: The TransAlp handles better in deep water
Post by: droffarc on August 10, 2006, 10:05:26 am
Johan, Deon and I went for a little ride. Deon, being new to gravel having been on cruiser bikes previously.

(http://droffarc.wikispaces.com/space/showimage/Wet.jpg)

(http://droffarc.wikispaces.com/space/showimage/Wet%281%29.jpg)

(http://droffarc.wikispaces.com/space/showimage/Wet%282%29.jpg)

(http://droffarc.wikispaces.com/space/showimage/Wet%289%29.jpg)

Previously the water was not so deep and it was a concrete low water bridge BUT
the concrete was now, with the increased water level and strength of the stream, being broken up and silly me. I did not know that. Imagin my surprise when my front wheel took a glancing blow and a downward trend!

See the picture of the concrete blocks.

Deon promised to post pics of me returning from the other side.

What surprised me was that even thogh I lost my footing while on the pegs, the TA did not falter - Man I am impressed with this bike!
Title: The TransAlp handles better in deep water
Post by: Lito on August 10, 2006, 10:30:11 am
Cool Phil, didnt make this one, but the depth of water - WAITING FOR PIX!  :D  :D  :D
Title: Transalp in deep water
Post by: Johan on August 10, 2006, 10:31:42 am
This water hole held a big surprice none of us expected from our previous ride through there. Phil was first to go trough, I still made the comment to Deon (first time out on 650GS and first dirt trip) to watch Phill where he passes through, then follow my line through that will make it easier for him. I saw the water was getting deeper as Phil passed through, and suddenly it looked like the Transalp turned into a submarine...Phill almost lost it for a split second, and he regained controle and continued through. Eventually I saw the bike rising out from the deep water again, he made it through to the other side. This was the best time ever to blame something onto someone else and get away with it.... I said to Phill "No, I dont think I will go through with you because Deon is not confidant enough yet for something like this", but meantime this was my way out of this situation. Poor Phill had to come back the same way againt hrough deep water to join up with us to go back the same way we came and take another route out, ... must say "Phil, you can really be proud of yourself"
Title: The TransAlp handles better in deep water
Post by: shark_za on August 10, 2006, 10:34:38 am
Where is the TA's air intake?   Just for info,
Title: The TransAlp handles better in deep water
Post by: funacide on August 10, 2006, 10:36:39 am
What is this pic of??

(http://droffarc.wikispaces.com/space/showimage/Wet%289%29.jpg)
Title: The TransAlp handles better in deep water
Post by: droffarc on August 10, 2006, 10:40:08 am
Ok! DA PICS>

(http://droffarc.wikispaces.com/space/showimage/Wet%2811%29.jpg)

(http://droffarc.wikispaces.com/space/showimage/Wet%2812%29.jpg)

(http://droffarc.wikispaces.com/space/showimage/Wet%2814%29.jpg)

Next time I will arrange for the camara crew, make up artists and producer to be closer for the better shots.

The air intake ducts are just infront od and below the fuel tank next to the steering head.


More as usual on my Wiki :
http://droffarc.wikispaces.com/2006TaSwim
Title: The TransAlp handles better in deep water
Post by: droffarc on August 10, 2006, 10:44:11 am
Quote from: "funacide"
What is this pic of??

(http://droffarc.wikispaces.com/space/showimage/Wet%289%29.jpg)



The best underwater photography using a cell phone - concrete bits of the bridge I guess - but in short - submerged obstackles that I rode over and fell down - there were also a selection of broken bricks and other debris.
Title: The TransAlp handles better in deep water
Post by: Lito on August 10, 2006, 10:49:25 am
sweet dude!  8)  8)  8)
Title: The TransAlp handles better in deep water
Post by: Maverick on August 10, 2006, 10:54:35 am
Ohhhh sweet nice clear water......Maverick like :D

Guys we have done water up to seat height on the Trannies and AT's and as long as you don't drop the bike and keep on moving the front wheel will keep most of the water away from the air intake and eletrical bits. This was Bob last year on his Alp through a deep mud puddle

(http://www.maverick-evolution.150m.com/sony%20ericsson/nov_offroad/dsc00121_std.jpg)
Title: The TransAlp handles better in deep water
Post by: droffarc on August 10, 2006, 11:06:49 am
Wow! way to go Bob!

Thanks for the pic and comment Mav.
Title: The TransAlp handles better in deep water
Post by: wino on August 10, 2006, 11:29:45 am
ah, the amphibious sherman tank! nice going, droff!
Title: The TransAlp handles better in deep water
Post by: JourneyMan on August 10, 2006, 12:20:20 pm
Can't wait for the rainy season!

The TA's seems to handle river/water crossing in their stride. Good going there!

Wino doing his thing. Comparison on the depth of the crossing?

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a200/shark_za/NEtoNW/wino.jpg)
Title: The TransAlp handles better in deep water
Post by: droffarc on August 10, 2006, 12:27:00 pm
Wino's looks more impressive but I cannot really say about the depth - I was too busy worrying to look around at things like taking depth soundings. He makes it look like he does this kind of thing every morning before breakfast  8)
Title: Re: The TransAlp handles better in deep water
Post by: buzzlightyear on August 10, 2006, 01:07:35 pm
Quote from: "droffarc"
Johan, Deon and I went for a little ride. Deon, being new to gravel having been on cruiser bikes previously.



Was this next to the R302 between Durbanville and Klipheuwel?

Nicki
Title: Re: The TransAlp handles better in deep water
Post by: droffarc on August 10, 2006, 02:03:25 pm
Quote from: "nicki"
Quote from: "droffarc"
Johan, Deon and I went for a little ride. Deon, being new to gravel having been on cruiser bikes previously.



Was this next to the R302 between Durbanville and Klipheuwel?

Nicki


Round about there yes, was that you that hooted as you and your pillion went past as we turned off to the gravel,

or was that you on the green KLR?
Title: Re: The TransAlp handles better in deep water
Post by: buzzlightyear on August 10, 2006, 02:12:55 pm
Quote from: "droffarc"

Round about there yes, was that you that hooted as you and your pillion went past as we turned off to the gravel,

or was that you on the green KLR?


I was on my KLE. I drove past the Brahms turnoff on the R302 towards Klipheuwel just after 12:00, and saw the HUGE puddle and the three bikes appearing from the other side. I stopped a few k's on to take a photo, and thought you guys would pass, but now I know why you didn't!

Spoke to Deon on Saturday at Trac Mac waiting to fit a new rear. Didn't get his name then. He went off to another shop for tyres.

Nicki
Title: Re: The TransAlp handles better in deep water
Post by: droffarc on August 10, 2006, 02:26:19 pm
Quote from: "nicki"
... but now I know why you didn't!

Spoke to Deon on Saturday at Trac Mac waiting to fit a new rear. Didn't get his name then. He went off to another shop for tyres.

Nicki


Hee heee heeeeee!  :D
Title: The TransAlp handles better in deep water
Post by: X Banana Boy on August 10, 2006, 03:20:48 pm
cool water pics.  :D
Title: The TransAlp handles better in deep water
Post by: sidetrack on August 10, 2006, 06:22:10 pm
Quote from: "funacide"
What is this pic of??

(http://droffarc.wikispaces.com/space/showimage/Wet%289%29.jpg)


Loch Ness monster  :D