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Title: Chasing the light
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on July 26, 2019, 06:43:14 pm
 17,000km through central and southern Namibia.

+-14,350 Man hours

All in search of the epic, the true adventure and the perfect shot.

"More than any other fundamental aspect of photography, light is at the heart of every image you take.  Without light, photography cannot exist; it is the foundation of every image, giving shape and meaning to each scene ..."
- Spencer Cox -



Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for an epic adventure.
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Hardy de Kock on July 26, 2019, 06:47:01 pm
Following with interest - if you will excuse the pun.. :imaposer:
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 26, 2019, 07:59:06 pm
Roll the Rock...?... I mean Rock n Roll!
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: woody1 on July 27, 2019, 10:39:12 am
Gooi ek  :ricky: saam
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: VaalBaas on July 27, 2019, 10:47:04 am
Following with interest - if you will excuse the pun.. :imaposer:

I can imagine  :lol8: :lol8:
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on July 27, 2019, 05:58:59 pm
This adventure had its humble beginnings during the Adventure Roads earlier this year.  If you need to refresh your memory, herewith the reference:

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=234490.0

Through the professional ethics, problem solving ability and pure dedication that is now synonymous with the Specialised Adventure team, Hardy was approached and entered into negotiations with Honda Motor Europe Ltd to provide all planning, logistics and technical support for an international film production company.

Planning started immediately after the event. 

Vehicles had to be serviced and prepared, many specialised items had to be purchased and everything had to be packed to fit on the vehicles for the challenge that lay ahead.

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This little ladder has a story of its own, which  caused much banter and a lot of laughter, but Iíll rather leave it at that.  :imaposer:

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Many hours, days and weeks of logistical expertise saw a team that congregated at Kaleo Guest farm in the Koue Bokkeveld on 12 May 2019.

The team consisted of:

Hardy de Kock - @Hardy de Kock
Genť de Kock - @Guardian
Chantal Burger - @Chantal Burger
Gary Webber - @Skyafrica
Mark MacIntyre
Hennie Decker - @Oubones
Andrew Johnston - @Kamanya
Myself

More team members and role players will be introduced as we go long.



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Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 27, 2019, 06:03:02 pm
Mooi  :sip:

Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Hardy de Kock on July 27, 2019, 07:00:55 pm
This adventure had its humble beginnings during the Adventure Roads early this year.  If you need to refresh your memory, herewith the reference:

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=234490.0

Through the professional ethics, problem solving ability and pure dedication that is now synonymous with the Specialised Adventure team, Hardy was approached and entered into negotiations with Honda Motor Europe Ltd to provide all planning, logistics and technical support for an international film production company.

Planning started immediately after the event. 

Vehicles had to be serviced and prepared, many specialised items had to be purchased and everything had to be packed that it fit on the vehicles for the challenge that lay ahead.

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This little ladder has a story of its own, which  caused much banter and a lot of laughter, but Iíll rather leave it at that.  :imaposer:

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190727/9b02ed99892d146ae882a98bd19636c7.jpg)

Many hours, days and weeks of logistical expertise saw a team that congregated at Kaleo Guest farm in the Koue Bokkeveld on 12 May 2019.

The team consisted of:

Hardy de Kock - @Hardy de Kock
Genť de Kock - @Guardian
Chantal Burger - @Chantal Burger
Gary Webber - @Skyafrica
Mark MacIntyre
Hennie Decker - @Oubones
Andrew Johnston - @Kamanya
Myself

More team members and role players will be introduced as we go long.



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Some background on the congregation of the team at Kaleo:

Kobus was the first person I called when we got the jobs. I have the utmost respect for this guy's work ethic and professionalism. Believe me if I say that this is a guy one could go to war with - always ready and always willing to make a positive difference.
Hennie aka Oubones joined us as a guest in April. During this trip I realised that Hennie was not happy with just being a guest, as he chipped in with all the work that the crew was responsible for. At this specific point in his life Hennie does have some spare time, and I offered him contract work, which he accepted.
Gary aka SkyAfrica and Mark McKintyre has been working with me for a long time. Both of them super reliable in everything they do.
Andrew Johnstone aka Kamanya. The one guy I call when I have serious problems. As ever, Kamanya answered and agreed to come and help me out.
Chantal and Gene' (Guardian) is the heartbeat of my team, and the two girls that keep me in check. Proud to call them my colleagues.

Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Oubones on July 27, 2019, 07:25:48 pm
Koel Kobus, been waiting for this!
Great working with Hardy and team!
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 29, 2019, 07:50:08 pm
For the record... I turned down this job offer as I had to plant my Azaleas so the dates classed, I mean clashed... :o
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: VaalBaas on July 29, 2019, 07:57:30 pm
So you also might go and post in the regret fred

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Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Sprocketbek on July 29, 2019, 08:03:11 pm

Andrew Johnstone aka Kamanya. The one guy I call when I have serious problems. As ever, Kamanya answered and agreed to come and help me out.

Jy het seker gesien hier sal baie Engels moet gepraat word  :imaposer:

Net 'n grappie, uitstekende span! :thumleft:
Title: Chasing the light
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on August 02, 2019, 06:43:26 pm
On 13 May, everyone apart from Chantal, Genť and Oubones, who were all assigned with other duties, left for Cape Town.   We had to collect two vehicles, un-crate and load the bikes and also pick up a trailer on our way back in Worcester. 

It would have been easy to trailer the bikes like we do with the Kaokoland trips, but these bikes were a little different.  Unseen to anyone but a few engineers and a couple of high ranked individuals within the Honda fraternity.  This meant that we had to transport the bikes in closed units, with no indicative branding and be invisible for the next couple of weeks.

Once at the warehouse in Cape Town, we met up with some old acquaintances from the Honda Adventure Roads event and some new members of the team that we will accompany over the next few weeks.  It was great meeting everyone, but all we wanted to do is open the crates.  Hardy was slightly less enthusiastic than us over eager bunch since he and Chantal already moved the first two units a week or so before.  Due to the Non Disclosure Agreement signed by all involved, he could not take any pictures, nor share anything pertaining to the bikes. 

The moment of truth arrived and we pried open the crates to reveal the new ................................. (Sorry, more on the model a lot later)  :sip:

Everything was unpacked and checked against the commercial invoices for completeness prior to loading the two vehicles according to the predetermined packing lists.  The bikes was secured and off we went back to Kaleo.  With the 3 bikes loaded, we now had 5 units in total.

In Worcester it was a quick stop to pick up the trailer and get some spare bulbs etc. for the truck.

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Back at Kaleo and Genť, Chantal and Oubones have already sorted out all the stuff that must be split between all the vehicles.  It was already late in the afternoon and we decided to sort out all the packing in the morning.  We spent the evening catching up around the fire, discussing the bikes and enjoying each others company.
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on August 02, 2019, 07:03:47 pm
This adventure had its humble beginnings during the Adventure Roads early this year.  If you need to refresh your memory, herewith the reference:

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=234490.0

Through the professional ethics, problem solving ability and pure dedication that is now synonymous with the Specialised Adventure team, Hardy was approached and entered into negotiations with Honda Motor Europe Ltd to provide all planning, logistics and technical support for an international film production company.

Planning started immediately after the event. 

Vehicles had to be serviced and prepared, many specialised items had to be purchased and everything had to be packed that it fit on the vehicles for the challenge that lay ahead.

This little ladder has a story of its own, which  caused much banter and a lot of laughter, but Iíll rather leave it at that.  :imaposer:

Many hours, days and weeks of logistical expertise saw a team that congregated at Kaleo Guest farm in the Koue Bokkeveld on 12 May 2019.

The team consisted of:

Hardy de Kock - @Hardy de Kock
Genť de Kock - @Guardian
Chantal Burger - @Chantal Burger
Gary Webber - @Skyafrica
Mark MacIntyre
Hennie Decker - @Oubones
Andrew Johnston - @Kamanya
Myself

More team members and role players will be introduced as we go long.



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Some background on the congregation of the team at Kaleo:

Kobus was the first person I called when we got the jobs. I have the utmost respect for this guy's work ethic and professionalism. Believe me if I say that this is a guy one could go to war with - always ready and always willing to make a positive difference.
Hennie aka Oubones joined us as a guest in April. During this trip I realised that Hennie was not happy with just being a guest, as he chipped in with all the work that the crew was responsible for. At this specific point in his life Hennie does have some spare time, and I offered him contract work, which he accepted.
Gary aka SkyAfrica and Mark McKintyre has been working with me for a long time. Both of them super reliable in everything they do.
Andrew Johnstone aka Kamanya. The one guy I call when I have serious problems. As ever, Kamanya answered and agreed to come and help me out.
Chantal and Gene' (Guardian) is the heartbeat of my team, and the two girls that keep me in check. Proud to call them my colleagues.

True to the mans nature, he makes his troops out to be the heroes.   :3some:

Hardy is the chief in charge, the brain behind these events and the logistical expert.  His vast experience in this field have put him in good stead to make a crisis look as if it was all part of the initial planning.  A born leader with a ferocious appetite for perfection - hard, but always fair. 

I have seen him at his angriest witnessing cruelty to animals (Quest recce) and unfair treatment, at his happiest when other people flourish.  But more so, a true friend and the brother I never had.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: chopperpilot on August 02, 2019, 07:12:21 pm
Top Secret Mission with Honda Europe in Namibia.... :o

Pretty sure it wasn't the next Fire Blade that arrived in those crates! :peepwall:

Might we be selling our KTM 500s soon? :pot:

Looking forward to this read @Kobus! ;)
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Noneking on August 02, 2019, 07:37:31 pm
 :sip: :sip:
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on August 02, 2019, 08:09:09 pm
Ai bliksem ...I should have said yes ...
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on August 02, 2019, 08:28:35 pm
Ai bliksem ...I should have said yes ...

 :lol8: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Hardy de Kock on August 03, 2019, 04:21:37 am
Mark and Hennie flew to George airport from Durban and Johannesburg respectively where Kobus waited for them. The Iveco was with Kobus, and it had to get to Cape Town. As mentioned previously, Hennie does have a code 14 licence, and he was the designated driver of the Iveco.
Kobus recently bought himself a Cruiser double cab, and he was bringing it with on the trip. Gary(also code 14) was going to drive the Hino and finally, Kamanya (code 14 too) was in charge of the VW Crafter. Both the Hino and the Crafter was going to transport the bikes.
Kamanya left his car at the airport in Cape Town and took a taxi to the warehouse where we were busy un-crating the bikes.
After I introduced our team to the Honda Europe officials, we got stuck in.

Honda is particularly cautious when it comes to new bikes, as they suffered severe losses in 2002 with spy images of the (then) new Africa Twin, which caused a major drop in sales on the current AT model available at that stage.

Even the warehouse camera's had to be shut off in my presence, and no warehouse staff was allowed in the warehouse during this whole operation.
It is amazing to see the pull a big corporate has in cases like this.
At this point I got a call from Honda Japan and I was informed that Kobus and myself had to re-format the software on the bikes.
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Hardy de Kock on August 03, 2019, 05:45:30 am
This process of upgrading the software was not as easy as we thought, but luckily I had a few computer experts to assist and after a while we re-configured the software of the first five bikes of a new model of the biggest motorcycle company in the world successfully.  :peepwall:
We confirmed this with the guy who designed this bike in Japan, and he seemed happy with the work :imaposer:
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Noneking on August 03, 2019, 07:54:40 am
Anxiously waiting for the rest Kobus san
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: BullFrog on August 03, 2019, 09:19:43 am
Come on!!!! Where is the rest???
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on August 03, 2019, 03:14:45 pm
Ok, Iíll spill the beans ... Its the new Honda XL185S, been waiting for it since 1979.

 8)
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: SlŠinte Mhaith on August 03, 2019, 03:22:56 pm
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Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on August 05, 2019, 08:00:17 pm
Mark and Hennie flew to George airport from Durban and Johannesburg respectively where Kobus waited for them. The Iveco was with Kobus, and it had to get to Cape Town. As mentioned previously, Hennie does have a code 14 licence, and he was the designated driver of the Iveco.
Kobus recently bought himself a Cruiser double cab, and he was bringing it with on the trip. Gary(also code 14) was going to drive the Hino and finally, Kamanya (code 14 too) was in charge of the VW Crafter. Both the Hino and the Crafter was going to transport the bikes.
Kamanya left his car at the airport in Cape Town and took a taxi to the warehouse where we were busy un-crating the bikes.
After I introduced our team to the Honda Europe officials, we got stuck in.

Honda is particularly cautious when it comes to new bikes, as they suffered severe losses in 2002 with spy images of the (then) new Africa Twin, which caused a major drop in sales on the current AT model available at that stage.

Even the warehouse camera's had to be shut off in my presence, and no warehouse staff was allowed in the warehouse during this whole operation.
It is amazing to see the pull a big corporate has in cases like this.
At this point I got a call from Honda Japan and I was informed that Kobus and myself had to re-format the software on the bikes.

And of course Hardy was driving the ultimate in 4x4 vehicles - the Unimog!


The next morning we started packing in all earnest.  Mark and the Iveco was supposed to leave to Cape Town to load all the camera equipment.  There was however a delay in the customs clearance and we were happy to have the extra hands to assist with the packing.

The two bikes already at Kaleo was retrieved and then it was checking and double checking that all the correct bikes, accessories, clothing and spares were correctly allocated to the two vehicles.  For those not having dealt with temporary imports before:  A commercial invoice is generated for the goods, which also serve as the packing list.  This packing list is specific to certain items and also specific to the vehicle transporting it.  Misallocation of goods in transit could cause substantial delay at the border, or worse, refusal to enter Namibia.  Any goods unaccounted for and/or not declared on your return could also result in full import tax levied opposed to temporary import tax, which in this instance, was in the form of a surety bond by the clearing agent.

The majority of the day was spent making sure all the tools, camping equipment, food and sundries were fully functional, packed and secured for the next couple of weeks.  In between all the packing, Genťź and Chantal found the time to keep the whole group fed and hydrated. 

Not long after supper, everyone retired after a busy day, content with the day's achievement.


Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Offshore on August 05, 2019, 08:19:16 pm
 :sip: looking forward to this.
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on August 05, 2019, 09:11:00 pm
Just after breakfast on the morning of 15 May, Mark and Oubones left for Cape Town to load all the filming equipment while we got ready to take the road to our overnight stop in Springbok.

Although we were one short, a 6 vehicle convoy harmoniously travelled past Op die Berg, glancing in the direction of Katbakkies and the Tankwa on the other side of the Swartruggens mountains before traversing the Buffelshoek pass ourselves.  If you have not driven this pass, do yourself a favour and do so.  The views either way is simply magnificent.

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The pace was moderate and we stopped at short intervals to ensure our loads were properly secured.  This was the first of many gravel roads to come and we wanted to be 100% certain that our strapping and tie downs will stand the test of time.

In Citrusdal we refuelled and got onto the N7, heading north towards Springbok.

All vehicles are equipped with two radios.  Those in the hired vehicles were issued with handheld units to ensure communication throughout the convoy.  While the primary use of the radios are to ensure safety of the convoy, it also lends itself to a lot of banter and information sharing.  Hardy and Kamanya knows the area well and they always share new information every time we drive this road.  Well, that's if Kamanya answers his radio.  Many conversations were nearly finished when you suddenly hear a distant "Was someone looking for me?".   Always some lame excuse of the aircon not working and the window being down and and and ..........  :pot:

We managed a steady pace and before long stopped for lunch and fuel at the Engen at the turn off to Klawer.

This route to Springbok will always remind me of Quest 2018 and as we drove we saw the familiar turn offs we took at Gharies and Kammieskroon.

Eventually we arrived at our overnight stay just before Springbok, a proper old school Motel and by now a familiar place to everyone.

Mark and Oubones had some delays with the loading of the camera equipment in Cape Town and that meant that they left quite late.  Late enough that Hardy proposed that they stay over in Vanrhynsdorp.  Mark however, true to his nature, wanted none of that and him and Oubones convinced Hardy that they were good to go the full distance.  I don't remember what time they arrived at Kokerboom, but it was long after we went to bed.

I woke up when the Iveco pulled in and was thankful that everyone was together and safe.


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Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on August 05, 2019, 09:21:53 pm
And of course Hardy's little 'trokkie' deserves a post all on its own:

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Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Noneking on August 05, 2019, 09:37:49 pm
And of course Hardy's little 'trokkie' deserves a post all on its own:

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Ek dink ook so....
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: katana on August 06, 2019, 11:05:13 am
And of course Hardy's little 'trokkie' deserves a post all on its own:

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It can have a whole thread   ;D
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: LanC on August 06, 2019, 11:19:22 am
The moment of truth arrived and we pried open the crates to reveal the new ................................. (Sorry, more on the model a lot later)  :sip:
Excellent!  :sip: though I hope we don't have to wait for EICMA .... and will get to see the bike before November.
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Black_Hawk on August 06, 2019, 11:30:05 am
Ek loer ook hier  :sip:

Dankie vir die deel Kobus  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: ROOI on August 06, 2019, 01:01:03 pm
 :peepwall:
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Matewis on August 06, 2019, 01:31:23 pm
 :sip: :patch:
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: punisher on August 06, 2019, 02:56:11 pm
 O0 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on August 06, 2019, 07:29:04 pm
We woke up the next morning well knowing the importance of what this day would bring.

We had to get a truck load of camera and filming equipment through the border on a carnet de passage, five unregistered bikes in two trucks/van, boxes full of accessories, spares, wheels, clothing and a whole of people of varying nationalities and vehicles through the border post.

What could go wrong?

I guess when you wake up to a sunrise like this, you just know that all will be well.

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Our convoy left after breakfast and Hardy arranged that we meet some of the filming team, who was on route from Cape Town, at Vioolsdrift Lodge to finalise the border crossing strategy.  Not too long after our arrival, a part of the Band Originale team arrived.  Band Originale was the company undertaking all the photography and filming.  An incredibly creative, hardworking and professional outfit with a list of credentials and an impressive Client list.  For more on them, see the link below:

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 https://www.band-originale.com

We didnít want to overwhelm the border officials and hence crossed the border in 4 defined groups:

1 Ė The Timeslice camera car and trailered buggy.

2 Ė All the Specialised Adventures vehicles with camping and backup equipment.  This included the Unimog and the 3 Cruisers.

3 Ė The Hino and Crafter with all the bikes and associate equipment.

4 Ė The Iveco with all the camera equipment and the expats in three separate Fortuners.

This little exercise took us just short of 5 hours if I remember correctly.  It became clear very quickly why Hardy only had +-261km driving distance planned for the day.  We arrived in Grunau long after the sun has set.

After a good supper around the fire, everyone retired to bed relatively early, satisfied with a problem free border crossing.


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Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: LRFan on August 19, 2019, 12:33:29 pm
Ons wag vir die res??
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on August 19, 2019, 01:16:05 pm
Ons wag vir die res??

Promise to start spending some time on this tonight again.
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: 0012 on August 19, 2019, 01:17:17 pm
Sub!

Okay nou kan julle gooi   ;D   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: BikerJan on August 19, 2019, 01:25:43 pm
Weer n mooi storie Kobus, kan nie wag vir die res nie!
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Kamanya on August 19, 2019, 03:56:48 pm
I was asked to come along for my charm, good looks, excellent companionship and personality.

Hardy is such a sweet talker, because it was only much later that the actual reason was that I am in possession of a Code EC, or in old money, Code 14.

He was buttering me up and being all romantic that heíd put me up in my own chalet at Kaleo.

After driving up from Cape Town in a glorified bread van that apparently held some top secret secrets and much laughing and braaing later that evening, my morning constitution was greeted with this....

He hadnít reneged on the Chalet promise.
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Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Kamanya on August 19, 2019, 04:11:51 pm
Confusingly, the next day all his lovey-doveyness disappeared and I was put to hard labour!

Iím a kantoor jockey with soft hands and high cholesterol, so manhandling stuff, packing, spannering and lifting things heavier than a paper clip was quite a shock.

The quiver of toys was impressive!






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Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Kamanya on August 19, 2019, 04:24:53 pm
And so, the day was spent making sure everything was utterly, absolutely, completely, securely, undeniably, considerably, fabulously tied down. And organised. And checked. And triple checked.

Look closely into the bread van, see? That was what we were transporting.

And of course, the keys to the future too!

That BEAST is truly a BEAST. If you had to line all 4x4ís side by side, least to most, that thing would only ever feature on one end. And itís not the Alpha side. It is definitively the Omega of all 4x4ís. Period.


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Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Takashi on August 19, 2019, 04:55:42 pm
38 degree tipping angle....


Eish I would be crapping myself if I was in something as high as a Unimog at that angle.

Looking forward to this report. Keep it coming.
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Kamanya on August 19, 2019, 05:30:33 pm
I was so lulled by Hardyís sweet talk, I woke up just after midday when we were passing Vanrynsdorp.

I canít remember breakfast other than I managed a two course pap and eggs, toast, bacon and coffee in under a minute.

All of them had been up since 4am.

I make no apologies! Donít sweet talk me and then go hard core!

It was a long lovely day getting to Springbok.

There we had a lively R&P debate, braai and early to bed.

Next morning was the epic border crossing.

I was being arty farty at sunrise....


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Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Kamanya on August 19, 2019, 05:31:44 pm
Steinkopf.

Iíd only just become conscious.

But the sprawling metropolis of Grunauí waited.

It was a long slow day.

That night, Kobus lost his fear of me snoring him out of Namibia.


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Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Hardy de Kock on August 19, 2019, 06:14:39 pm
You love sweet talk Andrew...
Very few people here knows this, but you are actually a moerse nice bloke that can graft, with the best of them.
Even Kobus who seldom says something about anyone, mentioned that you are growing on him :imaposer:
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Noneking on August 19, 2019, 07:35:40 pm
Ekís net hier vir die Unimog....
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on August 19, 2019, 07:39:00 pm
Looks like y'all stealing spare tyres ... in broad daylight nogal.

 8)
Title: Re: Chasing the light
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on August 19, 2019, 07:45:39 pm
You love sweet talk Andrew...
Very few people here knows this, but you are actually a moerse nice bloke that can graft, with the best of them.
Even Kobus who seldom says something about anyone, mentioned that you are growing on him :imaposer:

But of course he's growing on me.  I mean, such a humble, modest and demure personality - what's not to like.

I was asked to come along for
    my charm, good looks, excellent companionship and personality


    Further to this, despite all that was going on, his unselfish, altruistic demeanour allows him to take lots of pictures of ..... uhm .... everyone else working.   :lol8:

    Confusingly, the next day all his lovey-doveyness disappeared and

    I was put to hard labour

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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: 0012 on August 20, 2019, 08:02:33 am
    Ekís net hier vir die Unimog....

    +1  ummmm ja despite this being a biking forum, and there being super top secret drool-worthy Hondas on a secret mission, if this thread became a Unimog RR sou ek nie kla nie   :imaposer:

    Can we have some more specs on it, engine stats, overall mass, load capacity etc?   :drif:  Oh ja and what would one of these go for on gomboom  :lol8:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: BikerJan on August 20, 2019, 09:11:34 am
    Ek is hier vir die bikes >:D
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: cloudgazer on August 20, 2019, 09:37:19 am
    keep it coming....
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: RobLH on August 20, 2019, 12:52:36 pm
    Is no-one taking a punt on what the mysterious bikes are?
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: trevo on August 20, 2019, 01:03:33 pm
    New Africa Twin,
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: IDR on August 20, 2019, 01:04:40 pm
    Is no-one taking a punt on what the mysterious bikes are?

    Africa Twin 1100?
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: trevo on August 20, 2019, 01:15:21 pm
     :glasses9:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: woody1 on August 20, 2019, 01:21:41 pm
    Chasing what light ??? UFO ?
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Hardy de Kock on August 20, 2019, 08:15:33 pm
    Chasing what light ??? UFO ?

    You would not believe how relevant your quote above became later....
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on August 20, 2019, 09:28:13 pm
    Is no-one taking a punt on what the mysterious bikes are?

    Africa Twin 1100?

    I can imagine the price on the new AT will be about ... R200k.
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on August 21, 2019, 04:48:25 am
    Dat so ou oversized double cab trokkie nou soveel aandag kan trek.  Julle is ook niks gewoond nie.  :imaposer:

    That trokkie is super impressive.  Even Hardy has to bite his lip to contain his smile when driving it.

    I had the privilege of driving it for a small distance and it is extremely difficult to not look like an over excited schoolboy.  When passing someone you try and look as nonchalant as possible, a slight nod of the head or lifting a finger off the steering wheel in acknowledgment of the greeting passerby.  Because, like Jack Parrow sings, niemand is cooler as ekke.

    Knowing how fond Hardy is of his little trokkie, I gave him a little present afterwards.

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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on August 21, 2019, 04:58:41 am
    For the sake of BikerJan, the only one here for the bikes, letís continue our journey.

    The journey from Grunau to Windhoek was by now pretty much routine for the team.

    We left Grunau early as we had a long journey for the day with many fuel stops.  Towns are far apart and we would need to fill up in Keetmanshoop, Mariental, Rehoboth and again in Windhoek.  Although the Specialised Adventures fleet has long range tanks fitted to all their vehicles, the hired Hino had the shortest range due to itís brick like aerodynamic characteristics.

    Pictures were few to non existent of our journey to Windhoek, although banter, debates and laughs were plenty.

    Itís probably appropriate to say that we had two more trips after this one to support further filming.  More on that much later, but Iíll steal some of those images for visual aid of our route.


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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on August 21, 2019, 05:11:00 am
    Grunau chalets, a regular overnight stop for the Specialised Adventure team.

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    Namibia is a place of sunsets and sunrises.  Myself and Oubones captured this one on our second visit there.

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    Leaving Grunau the following morning.

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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: WNaude on August 21, 2019, 05:54:15 am
    Jislaaik Kobus.
    Dit lyk na n belewenis van n trip die.
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: BikerJan on August 21, 2019, 01:30:53 pm
    For the sake of BikerJan, the only one here for the bikes, letís continue our journey.


    Thanks Kobus! You will not believe how jealous I am at the moment!!
    Title: Chasing the light
    Post by: Noneking on August 21, 2019, 03:40:06 pm
    For the sake of BikerJan, the only one here for the bikes, letís continue our journey.


    Thanks Kobus! You will not believe how jealous I am at the moment!!


    To be fair..... youíve not showed us any bikes yet so youíll have to excuse our gazes wandering to the Unimog.....
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: P.K. on August 21, 2019, 03:44:11 pm
    Kobus you are surprisingly articulate and eloquent.......for a boertjie.

    Nice report so far mate.
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on August 21, 2019, 03:54:20 pm
    For the sake of BikerJan, the only one here for the bikes, letís continue our journey.


    Thanks Kobus! You will not believe how jealous I am at the moment!!


    To be fair..... youíve not showed us any bikes yet so youíll have to excuse our gazes wandering to the Unimog.....


    That is true Noneking. 

    Hereís a picture of a bike.

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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on August 21, 2019, 06:30:39 pm
    Thereís a monument about 50km before Mariental for the Commonwealth War graves that we passed and I made a mental note of one day stopping there to understand what itís all about.

    After meeting Hardy and the Specialised Adventures team back in 2017, it reignited the spirit of adventure, curiosity and knowledge about the surrounding environment that was slowly diminishing within me in the corporate world.  Ever since, things like this monument intrigue me and Iíll only be satisfied once I know what itís all about. 

    The same goes for a little ghost town by the name of Bowesdorp just the other side of Kammieskroon.  Kamanya told us about the little town when we passed there during last yearís Quest and I was intrigued by the history.  So much so that I read up on it (I mean you canít just believe what Kamanya tells you) and vowed to visit it one day.  More on that a bit later as well.

    As you can see below, thereís not too many adjectives to describe the road to Windhoek.

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    What I can say is that itís currently extremely dry in these parts of Namibia and the farmers there are in dire need of some form of relief.


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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on August 21, 2019, 07:20:14 pm
    We arrived in Windhoek all safe and sound and booked into the Safari Hotel and Conference Centre.

    The majority of the BO (Band Originale) team was already there.

    It wasnít long after supper that we retired to bed, having had a long day behind the wheel.

    The next morning our team split up again.  Mark and Oubones left for Spitzkoppe in the Iveco to meet up with the full filming crew.  All equipment had to be unpacked and checked prior to our arrival, when filming would commence.

    Genť, Chantal and Gary was responsible for all the food supplies and general grocery shopping.  I must add that Iíve had the privilege to accompany Genť previously on one of these shopping expeditions and itís certainly not your ordinary once a month painful excursion with your wife. 

    You donít walk or stroll down the isle, you run.  With a precisely calculated list of necessities you receive orders on the fly.
    42 Apples
    10 boxes of tomatoes, no not those, cocktail tomatoes.
    This, that and the rest.
    Not one more, not one less. 
    Serious mathematics went into the list not to come short, neither to waste.
    No smiles, no jokes, business face on. 
    Poetry in motion I tell you.

    Hardy, Kamanya and myself was responsible for checking all the vehicles and making sure the loads are still secure. 

    Time flew by and before we knew it, it was time for Kamanya to leave for his flight back to Cape Town.  His contribution to this adventure sadly came to an end here and we were happy sad to see him go.


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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on August 21, 2019, 09:26:48 pm
    Kamanyaís unfortunate departure also meant the imminent arrival of the three appointed riders, or pilots as the French call them.

    During the finalisation of the event, Honda requested Hardy to assist with a local backup rider.  Jean-Michel Bayle was originally identified as the principal rider during the shoot.

    When Jean-Michel was however committed to other obligations within the Honda fraternity, Honda again approached Hardy to arrange 3 riders in total.  The story line of the film/advertisement evolved to include action, stationery and lifestyle filming/photographs.  This would require three riders.

    Criteria was very specific:
    The ability to ride a motorcycle well.
    Not too shabby looking, youíre in front of a camera after all.
    Good personality.
    Etc.

    Not perturbed by this request, we immediately started looking for someone that could drive the Unimog and one for the Cruiser, while we would fulfill the additional requirement.  I mean, theyíve just described us so well in their request and we lost interest after criteria #3.

    Huge was our disappointment when we were told that both of us were too long.

    We were also too tall......

    We took up our search again and browsed the Wilddog site for days on end, reading every ride report to try and identify such candidate. 

    Our last resort was reading the R&P section, but found that the majority of the participants there failed in the personality department.  The most active, and eligible candidates there, unfortunately also donít really ride a bike.   :pot:

    We eventually found guys that weíve worked with before and we knew they met at least one of the required criteria.  >:D

    Soon after Kamanyaís departure, the three musketeers rolled in .................  :sip:


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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Noneking on August 21, 2019, 09:58:54 pm
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Takashi on August 22, 2019, 08:09:35 am
    Great report as always Kobus.

    Keep it coming.

    And thanks for obliterating my dream of becoming a promotional motorbike rider, if you two short arses are too tall what chance do I have?
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Hardy de Kock on August 23, 2019, 05:11:33 am
    Finding the right people to work with, on a job like this is no easy task. It just never is.
    To break it down into everyone understanding the importance is also not that easy, but let's try:


    Honda Japan mandates HME (Honda Motor Europe) to create the film production for a new bike that is being launched later
     
    HME mandates Specialised Adventures to assemble a team consisting of logistical experts, and the models (pilots) for the film and camera content.

    HME appoints a french camera crew to work with Specialised Adventures, with objectives and deadlines stippulated in our contracts.

    Specialised Adventures has to make sure that the bikes that has no engine or vin nr, and definitely has no homologation approval yet, must leave Japan on time,
    enter South Africa on time, leave South Africa on time, and arrive on location in Namibia on time, without being seen by anyone.
     
    Specialised Adventures must employ a team that will be able to fix any technical issues on these bikes if there are any breakdowns, (remember that these are the first five bikes of that model) and we must also employ pilots that will be able to ride these bikes in such a way that would befit standards, requirements and expectations of the biggest motorcycle company in the world.

    Feed and sleep a team that consists of South Africans, Brazilians, French, English, German and Swiss citizens three times a day, and see to it that the bikes are in perfect, camera ready condition 24 hours a day.

    Supply all the equipment, tools etc to do the job mentioned above.
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Sheepman on August 23, 2019, 11:03:33 am
    Finding the right people to work with, on a job like this is no easy task. It just never is.
    To break it down into everyone understanding the importance is also not that easy, but let's try:


    Honda Japan mandates HME (Honda Motor Europe) to create the film production for a new bike that is being launched later
     
    HME mandates Specialised Adventures to assemble a team consisting of logistical experts, and the models (pilots) for the film and camera content.

    HME appoints a frence camera crew to work with Specialised Adventures, with objectives and deadlines stippulated in our contracts.

    Specialised Adventures has to make sure that the bikes that has no engine or vin nr, and definitely has no homologation approval yet, must leave Japan on time,
    enter South Africa on time, leave South Africa on time, and arrive on location in Namibia on time, without being seen by anyone.
     
    Specialised Adventures must employ a team that will be able to fix any technical issues on these bikes if there are any breakdowns, (remember that these are the first five bikes of that model) and we must also employ pilots that will be able to ride these bikes in such a way that would befit standards, requirements and expectations of the biggest motorcycle company in the world.

    Feed and sleep a team that consists of South Africans, Brazilians, French, English, German and Swiss citizens three times a day, and see to it that the bikes are in perfect, camera ready condition 24 hours a day.

    Supply all the equipment, tools etc to do the job mentioned above.

    What an assignment  ;)  Almost seems impossible to pull off  :-\
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: briv on August 23, 2019, 11:06:34 am
    OK my cell phone is on  :thumleft: You can phone me now  :deal: I am packed and ready to ride  :ricky:   :peepwall:

    Lekker storie dierdie julle   :biggrin: :sip:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on August 23, 2019, 11:24:55 am
    Finding the right people to work with, on a job like this is no easy task. It just never is.
    To break it down into everyone understanding the importance is also not that easy, but let's try:


    Honda Japan mandates HME (Honda Motor Europe) to create the film production for a new bike that is being launched later
     
    HME mandates Specialised Adventures to assemble a team consisting of logistical experts, and the models (pilots) for the film and camera content.

    HME appoints a frence camera crew to work with Specialised Adventures, with objectives and deadlines stippulated in our contracts.

    Specialised Adventures has to make sure that the bikes that has no engine or vin nr, and definitely has no homologation approval yet, must leave Japan on time,
    enter South Africa on time, leave South Africa on time, and arrive on location in Namibia on time, without being seen by anyone.
     
    Specialised Adventures must employ a team that will be able to fix any technical issues on these bikes if there are any breakdowns, (remember that these are the first five bikes of that model) and we must also employ pilots that will be able to ride these bikes in such a way that would befit standards, requirements and expectations of the biggest motorcycle company in the world.

    Feed and sleep a team that consists of South Africans, Brazilians, French, English, German and Swiss citizens three times a day, and see to it that the bikes are in perfect, camera ready condition 24 hours a day.

    Supply all the equipment, tools etc to do the job mentioned above.

    What an assignment  ;)  Almost seems impossible to pull off  :-\

    I recall a conversation I overheard between Hardy and Loic (head of the camera crew) prior to their arrival in Namibia.

    Hardy got a call from Loic and for most of the conversation he just listened. I found it strange, and after the call ended I asked him if there was a problem?

    Hardy: ďNot at all  Ė I just received our briefingĒ
    Me: ďAnd?Ē
    Hardy:  ďThey want to camp in Namibia for 12 days Ė without ever sharing the camp with anyone else, they do not want bad weather at any time, especially when they work or sleep. 
    They also do not want mosquitoes, scorpions or snakes in any camp.
    They want a three course meal, three times a day, and we need to keep in mind that they are mostly French, and used to a French diet. And yes, they have a vegan amongst them.
    They need the bikes to be covered up at all times when not being filmed, and we need to make sure while it is being filmed, no one can see them.
    We need to supply them with three riders (pilots), that can ride bikes on the same standard as the HRC riders that they normally work with (Barreda, Bayle, Concalves) and these riders must look like models to.Ē
    Me:  ďAnd?Ē
    Hardy: ďLets smokeĒ



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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: trevo on August 23, 2019, 11:37:44 am
    Tall order, my f@k Marilize
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kamanya on August 23, 2019, 12:04:38 pm
    Ja well, the stuff he wasnít responsible for did have a kink in it.

     

    My bread van had an oil leak Ė half a litre every 1000kís, but more of an issue, the aircon didnít work. So whilst all the rest were wafting along in refrigerated luxury, I had the windows down taking in the smells of the N7 and B1. It had the knock on effect that I often missed the banter over the radioís. However somewhere between Marientaal and god knows where, the banter had run so low, that that I was prompted to deliver my first lecture over the radio on the, Various degrees of Narcissism and itís often found co-conspirer pathology Co-dependency.

     

    It was a pretty drive though.




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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kamanya on August 23, 2019, 12:24:04 pm
    More Mog


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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Dirty Boy on August 23, 2019, 01:38:01 pm
    OK my cell phone is on  :thumleft: You can phone me now  :deal: I am packed and ready to ride  :ricky:   :peepwall:

    Lekker storie dierdie julle   :biggrin: :sip:

    Sorry briv, I already got the call   :thumleft:  Riding God, Good looks, personality, charm, youth and skill.    Ok, so I lied on my CV
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on August 23, 2019, 05:35:36 pm
    The three pilots/riders/models arrived ala Windhoek uber.  They were, in no particular order:

    Gerrit du Toit Ė @Scrat

    Claude Deyzel

    David Ellis

    Gerrit was my 2017 Quest partner, co-instructor during Quest 2018, participated in every Amageza there was and friend for life, so we knew him well.

    Claude was a contestant and part of the winning team of Quest 2018, so we knew him as well.

    David is the guy that rode into the fence during the Tankwa rally teaser videoÖ..  Ok, maybe thereís more to him than that.  A hooligan on a bike and accomplished rider.  I met him briefly at the 2017 West Coast Baja and followed him ever since.

    It was great to see the guys and wasnít long before they were getting down and dirty.  Theyíve never seen the bikes they were to ride and you could see the excitement in their eyes.  Of course Hardy delayed the reveal as long as possible.

    Itís so important to have a team that gets along and from the start it was evident that this was going to be nothing short of an epic adventure.

    That night we had a great dinner at the hotel.  All that was missing was Kamanya.


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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on August 23, 2019, 05:39:23 pm
    Great report as always Kobus.

    Keep it coming.

    And thanks for obliterating my dream of becoming a promotional motorbike rider, if you two short arses are too tall what chance do I have?

    Unfortunately you've got no chance Takashi.   :imaposer:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on August 23, 2019, 06:00:20 pm
    We left the next morning full of excitement.  Gerrit and Claude was in the Crafter, David was in the L/C single cab and the rest of the convoy remained the same.  First we had to brief the newbies on radio etiquette, which they mastered without a problem.

    Our first stop was in Okahandja to refuel.  Hardy has a rule that you fill up whenever possible, a risk management principal that works well.  Fuel is often not available at filling stations on the route.  Okahandja is a quaint little town where you can get some decent coffee and good biltong.  A regular stop on all Specialised Adventuresí Kaokoland trips.

    The convoy was proceeding at a steady pace and before long we reached Usakos, our next refuelling point.  Iím always excited to arrive here.  Willem, the filling station owner and a friend of Hardyís, always makes extra effort to accommodate us.  He clears two lanes and dedicates staff to the convoy.  You feel like royalty when you go there.

    Not long after, we took the turnoff to Spitzkoppe.  No matter how many times you visit this landmark, itís just an amazing sight as you approach this impressive, well known tourist attraction.


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    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on August 23, 2019, 07:07:59 pm
    We arrived in Spitzkoppe knowing all too well what lay ahead.  We had a camp to erect, a kitchen to get going and bikes to prep.  There was no time to waste and everyone was put to task immediately.

    Mark and Oubones joined us soon after our arrival, their siesta rudely interrupted by the tasks ahead.  The team was split to ensure everything gets sorted prior to sunset.  Tents were erected, equipment offloaded, a temporary workshop arranged, bikes offloaded, logistics and some more logistics.

    The majority of the BO team was in the field scouting for filming areas.

    Between all of this, Hardy had to rush off to arrange a filming permit, an oversight that now fell into his lap.

    By the time our guests returned from their scouting exercise, a five star camp site awaited them in all its glory.  It was something to be proud of.  Oubones used his initiative and made sure the tents were erected with military precision.  A rope as his surveying tool assured that the spacing was precise.  The girlsí kitchen was suited for a king, and we were busy prepping bikes.  Chairs were placed in a half circle around a burning fire and the impressive fleet of vehicles were staggered with equal spacing between them.  It was a lekker feeling to be part of this team.

    Prepping of the bikes involved putting on some stuff and taking off some stuff.  Swopping rims, checking everything and ÖÖÖ.

    The bikes that we used are what is known as PPUís Ė Pre Production Units.  What this means is that it is not necessarily the final product.  You get various stages of PPUís, but I leave that up to Hardy to explain, he has vast experience in this field.

    When not assisting with camp erection and bike preparation, the pilots were sorting out the riding kit and getting on the bikes.  They had to get used to it as quickly as possible and took the opportunity with both hands.

    It wasnít long before we all had smiles on our faces, especially Hardy.  It was evident that he made the right choices. These South African boytjies were not going to disappoint.

    Unfortunately pictures is still few and far between.  We were very weary of jeopardizing our non-disclosure agreement.


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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Hardy de Kock on August 23, 2019, 07:16:21 pm
    The three pilots/riders/models arrived ala Windhoek uber.  They were, in no particular order:

    Gerrit du Toit Ė @Scrat

    Claude Deyzel

    David Ellis

    Gerrit was my 2017 Quest partner, co-instructor during Quest 2018, participated in every Amageza there was and friend for life, so we knew him well.

    Claude was a contestant and part of the winning team of Quest 2018, so we knew him as well.

    David is the guy that rode into the fence during the Tankwa rally teaser videoÖ..  Ok, maybe thereís more to him than that.  A hooligan on a bike and accomplished rider.  I met him briefly at the 2017 West Coast Baja and followed him ever since.

    It was great to see the guys and wasnít long before they were getting down and dirty.  Theyíve never seen the bikes they were to ride and you could see the excitement in their eyes.  Of course Hardy delayed the reveal as long as possible.

    Itís so important to have a team that gets along and from the start it was evident that this was going to be nothing short of an epic adventure.

    That night we had a great dinner at the hotel.  All that was missing was Kamanya.


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    Almost always, without exception, will the riders we use in filmshoots become celebrities in their own minds during such a film shoot. it is therefor very important to know the riders and they need to accept that they are there to do a very important job. a Job that does not tolerate arrogance. We believed these three guys would be perfect
    Those of you that knows David, also know that he has a lot of hair. More than all of you combined, And he can ride a bike, like most of us wish we could ...
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Hardy de Kock on August 23, 2019, 07:27:31 pm
    We arrived in Spitzkoppe knowing all too well what lay ahead.  We had a camp to erect, a kitchen to get going and bikes to prep.  There was no time to waste and everyone was put to task immediately.

    Mark and Oubones joined us soon after our arrival, their siesta rudely interrupted by the tasks ahead.  The team was split to ensure everything gets sorted prior to sunset.  Tents were erected, equipment offloaded, a temporary workshop arranged, bikes offloaded, logistics and some more logistics.

    The majority of the BO team was in the field scouting for filming areas.

    Between all of this, Hardy had to rush off to arrange a filming permit, an oversight that now fell into his lap.

    By the time our guests returned from their scouting exercise, a five star camp site awaited them in all its glory.  It was something to be proud of.  Oubones used his initiative and made sure the tents were erected with military precision.  A rope as his surveying tool assured that the spacing was precise.  The girlsí kitchen was suited for a king, and we were busy prepping bikes.  Chairs were placed in a half circle around a burning fire and the impressive fleet of vehicles were staggered with equal spacing between them.  It was a lekker feeling to be part of this team.

    Prepping of the bikes involved putting on some stuff and taking off some stuff.  Swopping rims, checking everything and ÖÖÖ.

    The bikes that we used are what is known as PPUís Ė Pre Production Units.  What this means is that it is not necessarily the final product.  You get various stages of PPUís, but I leave that up to Hardy to explain, he has vast experience in this field.

    When not assisting with camp erection and bike preparation, the pilots were sorting out the riding kit and getting on the bikes.  They had to get used to it as quickly as possible and took the opportunity with both hands.

    It wasnít long before we all had smiles on our faces, especially Hardy.  It was evident that he made the right choices. These South African boytjies were not going to disappoint.

    Unfortunately pictures is still few and far between.  We were very weary of jeopardizing our non-disclosure agreement.


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    Pre production Units as Kobus mentioned has not received final sign off. In this case, the design and engineering team of Honda Japan has not presented the final product to the Honda board of directors and the film production double served as final testing before presentation to the board.
    It simply boils down to the fact that apart from the design and engineering team, we were the first people to lay eyes on these bikes. Competition is fierce in Japan, and these bikes were kept away from everyone. When I spoke to the chief engineer to confirm that I have received the bikes, he politely mentioned that I am the 7th person in the world and the first outside of Japan to see it.

    It was lekker to see the whole team working together to get the camp, food and the bikes ready. I was indeed real proud.
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Hardy de Kock on August 23, 2019, 07:35:26 pm
    We arrived in Spitzkoppe knowing all too well what lay ahead.  We had a camp to erect, a kitchen to get going and bikes to prep.  There was no time to waste and everyone was put to task immediately.

    Mark and Oubones joined us soon after our arrival, their siesta rudely interrupted by the tasks ahead.  The team was split to ensure everything gets sorted prior to sunset.  Tents were erected, equipment offloaded, a temporary workshop arranged, bikes offloaded, logistics and some more logistics.

    The majority of the BO team was in the field scouting for filming areas.

    Between all of this, Hardy had to rush off to arrange a filming permit, an oversight that now fell into his lap.

    By the time our guests returned from their scouting exercise, a five star camp site awaited them in all its glory.  It was something to be proud of.  Oubones used his initiative and made sure the tents were erected with military precision.  A rope as his surveying tool assured that the spacing was precise.  The girlsí kitchen was suited for a king, and we were busy prepping bikes.  Chairs were placed in a half circle around a burning fire and the impressive fleet of vehicles were staggered with equal spacing between them.  It was a lekker feeling to be part of this team.

    Prepping of the bikes involved putting on some stuff and taking off some stuff.  Swopping rims, checking everything and ÖÖÖ.

    The bikes that we used are what is known as PPUís Ė Pre Production Units.  What this means is that it is not necessarily the final product.  You get various stages of PPUís, but I leave that up to Hardy to explain, he has vast experience in this field.

    When not assisting with camp erection and bike preparation, the pilots were sorting out the riding kit and getting on the bikes.  They had to get used to it as quickly as possible and took the opportunity with both hands.

    It wasnít long before we all had smiles on our faces, especially Hardy.  It was evident that he made the right choices. These South African boytjies were not going to disappoint.

    Unfortunately pictures is still few and far between.  We were very weary of jeopardizing our non-disclosure agreement.


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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: zacapa on August 23, 2019, 10:25:35 pm
    I used Calvert on a few occasions when moving things between CT and WHK a few years ago. Great company.


     
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Oubones on August 23, 2019, 10:58:46 pm
    I just have one small comment on this whole job.
    Hardy is bigger and more efficient than his Unimog to pull this off in the way that he did and Kobus is not called " Koel Kobus " by me for nothing!
    Well done guys and team!
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: HB 9 on August 24, 2019, 07:39:56 am
    Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!!!!! :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Mev Vis Arend on August 24, 2019, 08:29:40 am
     :sip:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Sithe on August 26, 2019, 09:32:58 am
    Kobus this better be really good with the way you have us salivating ,,, two weeks waiting for this big reveal  :peepwall:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Herklaas on August 26, 2019, 04:00:52 pm
     :sip:
    Kobus this better be really good with the way you have us salivating ,,, two weeks waiting for this big reveal  :peepwall:

     :bueller: Two weeks, noooooooo!!, can't you see my Avtar?  :3some:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Buff on August 26, 2019, 04:34:51 pm
    Ek lees te heerlik, glad I only clicked on this link now and didn't have to wait 2 weeks for the daily update  ;D With David Ellis you certainly chose the right rider, the oke is the real deal and IMHO the most talented rider in the country currently. It's only his studies that have kept him of every Offroad podium... and he's the most humble and down to earth oke you'll ever meet. So glad to hear he got the call up  :thumleft:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: 171steve on August 27, 2019, 07:18:36 am
    The three pilots/riders/models arrived ala Windhoek uber.  They were, in no particular order:

    Gerrit du Toit Ė @Scrat

    Claude Deyzel

    David Ellis

    Gerrit was my 2017 Quest partner, co-instructor during Quest 2018, participated in every Amageza there was and friend for life, so we knew him well.

    Claude was a contestant and part of the winning team of Quest 2018, so we knew him as well.

    David is the guy that rode into the fence during the Tankwa rally teaser videoÖ..  Ok, maybe thereís more to him than that.  A hooligan on a bike and accomplished rider.  I met him briefly at the 2017 West Coast Baja and followed him ever since.

    It was great to see the guys and wasnít long before they were getting down and dirty.  Theyíve never seen the bikes they were to ride and you could see the excitement in their eyes.  Of course Hardy delayed the reveal as long as possible.

    Itís so important to have a team that gets along and from the start it was evident that this was going to be nothing short of an epic adventure.

    That night we had a great dinner at the hotel.  All that was missing was Kamanya.


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    Almost always, without exception, will the riders we use in filmshoots become celebrities in their own minds during such a film shoot. it is therefor very important to know the riders and they need to accept that they are there to do a very important job. a Job that does not tolerate arrogance. We believed these three guys would be perfect
    Those of you that knows David, also know that he has a lot of hair. More than all of you combined, And he can ride a bike, like most of us wish we could ...



    Jislaaik maar David kan darem maar n bike ry soos min  :ricky:

    Ons wag angstig vir die nuwe bikes en video
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: 0012 on August 30, 2019, 03:03:14 pm
    het die bike reveal al gebeur?   :sip:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on August 30, 2019, 05:49:04 pm
    Belowe om die naweek weer bietjie aandag hier te gee manne.  Besig om fotos uit te sort.  Byt vas.


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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on September 01, 2019, 07:42:08 pm
    For the next couple of days Spitzkoppe would form our base for a variety of photo and filming shoots.


    Our responsibility would be to ensure everyone is well fed, accommodated in comfort, the bikes are maintained and cleaned continuously and pretty much any seen and unforeseen eventualities.


    For some of the foreign visitors, this was their first camping experience.  By the second night, the first guys ventured out of their comfort zone and slept under the stars opposed to the security of their tent.


    The South African cuisine, professionally prepared by Genť and Chantal, especially a good old braai, struck a cord with them and they fondly sat around the fire till late at night, often asking for more firewood, and seconds.


    A typical evening in Spitzkoppe.

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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on September 01, 2019, 07:56:48 pm
    Early mornings and late nights would be the order of the day for the duration of our trip.  


    This brings us back to the thread title, where the soft light just after sunrise and prior to sunrise are ideally suited to photography.  


    Breakfast was early the next morning and two teams were formed.  Gary and Mark would support the static shoot with Gerrit and Claude.  Hardy and me would do the same with David and the filming crew.


    We set off in the Unimog just before sunrise and set up our support station.  We would be stationery at our base camp and the filming crew would revert to us if anything was required.  

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    We were certainly ready for any and everything.

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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Offshore on September 01, 2019, 08:25:15 pm
    Impressive, also good to do this during Full Moon. :thumleft:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on September 01, 2019, 08:26:56 pm
    We only returned to camp for lunch and later again for supper.  In between the riders were non stop at the mercy of the filming and photo crews.

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    Just as the day was perceived to be over, there was still lifestyle filming to be done around the camp fire.  Strategically placed props and a big camp fire set the scene for a glimpse into a typical adventure bike riders lifestyle.  Youíll unfortunately have to wait for the video release to get the full picture.

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    Oubones protecting the coffee station.

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    While I try and get creative with the phones camera.

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    Just another day at the office.

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    The kitchen at night in full operation.

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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Mev Vis Arend on September 01, 2019, 08:28:39 pm
    Jis, dit was omtrent 'n operasie .... maar dit lyk na 'n lekker een.   :thumleft:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: blackbird on September 02, 2019, 03:04:52 pm
    Just another day at the office!?#@& lekker vloek ek nou hier in my kantoor! Geniet julle, dit lyk lyk na n ondervinding waarvan ons klomp droom en julle lewe!
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Buff on September 02, 2019, 03:41:12 pm
    Looks somewhat better than my office, that's for sure. Although I'm sure you guys were under some pressure at the time to get everything spot on.
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: ETS on September 03, 2019, 03:28:12 pm
    Sub!!!
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on September 03, 2019, 07:48:02 pm
    This RR is about as long as the days were.

    David had to do run after run, stunt after stunt.  At different angles, positions, locations and the poor oke had to be on a bike the entire day. 

    We on the other hand, had to persevere watching someone else on a bike the entire day.

    The lifestyle shoots were especially funny to watch.  These guys are all ordinary guys and friends, now being asked to do some posing and acting.  I can not remember how many times we teased them shouting ĎWardrobeí and ĎMake upí.

    Well, it was funny up to the point where they roped me in to play a small part in the evenings filming.  The funny bit stopped immediately and I tried to convince them that Hardy would make a better actor than me.  A simple Ďfokofí from the side put an abrupt end to that idea.

    My part was to roll a tyre towards the other Ďactorsí.  How difficult can that be? 

    Well, safe to say that I rolled that f@$kn tyre so many times that it only had half the tread by the end of the evening.  All this while the rest of the crew were laughing their arses off on the sideline.

    Those of you thatís been to Spitzkoppe, will know that the evenings can cool off quite a bit.  By the time the shoot ended, we were freezing our backsides off.  You had to finish the shoot with the clothes you started, and of course we all started with shorts and T-shirtís. 

    This acting thing is tougher than it looks.
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Oubones on September 03, 2019, 08:29:51 pm
    Hehe, yes and we had to live with a movie star afterwards! :imaposer: :pot: :thumleft:
    It was good fun and Kobus can roll a tyre straight!
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: 171steve on September 03, 2019, 09:33:29 pm
     :imaposer:
    Ons volg nog
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: trevo on September 04, 2019, 05:55:46 am
    Gelukkig het ek n gesig vir die radio  :imaposer:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: woody1 on September 04, 2019, 07:24:34 am
    Klink na groot pret.
    Ek sien daai lang man al dubbel buig om by daai band uit te kom doer onder op die grond  :laughing4:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: skydiver on September 04, 2019, 07:56:42 pm
    Nee hel, can someone please PM me when the photos of the bikes are posted.
    The suspense is killing me.
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on September 10, 2019, 05:08:22 am


    Apart from one flat wheel during our time at Spitzkoppe, the bikes ran like clockwork.  This despite them taking what could be perceived as quite a bit of abuse, all to get the best shot.


    Time flew by and all of a sudden our time at Spitzkoppe came to an end.  It was time to break up camp and move to our next destination.  


    Just short of 200km further, we stopped at Dune 7 to discuss the next couple of days filming, check out the exact location and confirm the necessary permissions.


    I have only travelled north of Spitzkoppe and everything from here on would be new territory.  Dune 7 was everything I expected it to be and what you pretty much see in the pictures.  Walvis Bay is however way bigger than I had imagined.


    This was however not a sight seeing trip and we saw very little of the surrounding area and tourist attractions.


    Let me just go back a step to introduce someone that I skipped previously.  Specialised Adventures were also tasked to provide a medic for the trip.  Hardy decided to support locally and Danielle, an ER24 field medic was assigned to our team.  It was also decided that she would travel with me for the duration of the trip.


    At first I thought they were pulling my leg, but apparently not!  Iím quite fond of traveling alone, giving me time to let my mind wander and think about life in general.  The thought of having a stranger with me the whole time was daunting to say the least.


    Fortunately it turned out well and I was more often than not happy to have company on the days we traveled far.  I also had some local knowledge with me that could tell me a bit more of the places we visited, the diverse culture and the people.  Hell, she even drove my cruiser at one stage when I took the wheel of the Crafter! 


    With not many suitable camping locations at Walvis due to the prevailing winds, constant mist and varying weather conditions, we checked into a local lodge which would serve as our base camp for the next couple of days.  You could see the relief on some of our European friends faces after our recent camping stint.


    With bikes that was to remain invisible to the public, Dune 7 with all the tourists obviously didnít make for an ideal shooting location.  We needed to find a suitable spot a couple of kilometers towards Swakopmund.

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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on September 10, 2019, 05:48:20 am
    The next couple of days were spent in the dunes.

    Early mornings and late nights was now routine.  Bikes were loaded in the dark when the dayís filming was over and we were getting quite good at tying them down in minimum light.

    Mornings were usually cold and misty and we had to wait for the sun to break through the fog.

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    The camera and filming crews were relentless in their demands and for the first time I was sort of happy not be on a bike.  Despite the Dune 7 tour operator explaining the different faces of the dunes, i.e. wind side, slip face etc., this did not hinder the filming crew from demanding the near impossible from the riders.

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    Some days were longer than others in the field depending on what had to be done.  We obviously could not follow the bikes into the dunes with our vehicles and we were stationary at the point where the above picture was taken.  More often than not, we could only hear the bikes and saw them when they needed fuel, a bit of tweaking, refreshments or at lunch time, the latter being prepared and served on location by Genť and Chantal.

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    At night the bikes were offloaded, pressure washed and given the necessary attention.  They were also rotated and that meant that the prescribed accessories needed to be fitted. 

    I must admit that this was one thing that really frustrated me. Despite having a daily meeting, we were often left in the dark with regards to their detailed planning.  The result was that there were times that we did very little during the day and then find out that they need certain things for the following day only at about 21h00 the evening.  The second night in Walvis we finished at 03h30 the morning with everything that needed to be done.  That was however why were there and we took it in our stride.

    With the constant wind the camera equipment was also full of dust and sand.  They have these neat little cans of compressed air to clean the equipment but the severity of dust ingress was way beyond that.  The Unimog had to come to the rescue and, being fitted with a compressor and air storage tanks, made the ideal cleaning station.  This little trokkie continued to impress.

    And of course the sunsets were just incredible.

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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: woody1 on September 10, 2019, 07:42:18 am
    Ses bladsye en nog geen bike foties nie.. Julle weet hoe om n mens aan die lyn te hou. :laughing4:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: BikerJan on September 10, 2019, 08:31:13 am
    Ses bladsye en nog geen bike foties nie.. Julle weet hoe om n mens aan die lyn te hou. :laughing4:

    Stem saam Woody, the suspense is killing me!!!
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Oubones on September 10, 2019, 08:41:25 am
    Ses bladsye en nog geen bike foties nie.. Julle weet hoe om n mens aan die lyn te hou. :laughing4:

    Stem saam Woody, the suspense is killing me!!!
    Just shows how well the guys did their job of hiding and covering the bikes! :imaposer: :pot:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Noneking on September 10, 2019, 09:52:00 am
     :sip:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Rexc-w on September 10, 2019, 10:23:45 am
    Ai - daardie duine woestyn is darem maar mooi!
    Brings back many fantastic memories.

    Looking forward to see the production footage.
    Title: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on September 10, 2019, 04:55:19 pm
    Ses bladsye en nog geen bike foties nie.. Julle weet hoe om n mens aan die lyn te hou. :laughing4:

    Stem saam Woody, the suspense is killing me!!!

    Vreeslik jammer manne, kan net dink hoe dit moet voel.

    Hier is solank Ďn Ďspy shotí waar ons daai nag in Walvis aan die bikes gewerk het.  Die lig was maar swak, maar van links: Gary, Oubones, Mark, Hardy en ek heel regs.  3 van die bikes in die foto.

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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Hardy de Kock on September 10, 2019, 04:59:45 pm
    Ses bladsye en nog geen bike foties nie.. Julle weet hoe om n mens aan die lyn te hou. :laughing4:

    Stem saam Woody, the suspense is killing me!!!

    Vreeslik jammer manne, kan net dink hoe dit moet voel.

    Hier is solank Ďn Ďspy shotí waar ons daai nag in Walvis aan die bikes gewerk het.  Die lig was maar swak, maar van links: Gary, Oubones, Mark, Hardy en ek heel regs.  3 van die bikes in die foto.

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    Ek sien nou eers hoe vuil ons was daai aand.  :imaposer:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: katana on September 10, 2019, 04:59:55 pm
    Hoe sit mens die monitor output op Braille?
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: teebag on September 10, 2019, 05:01:35 pm
     :ricky:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Goingnowherekwickly on September 10, 2019, 06:27:02 pm
    I think this is a made up story, they just went camping  ::)
    haha, try removing the lens cap before taking the pic.. looking forward to more
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Hardy de Kock on September 11, 2019, 06:41:22 am
    This RR is about as long as the days were.

    David had to do run after run, stunt after stunt.  At different angles, positions, locations and the poor oke had to be on a bike the entire day. 

    We on the other hand, had to persevere watching someone else on a bike the entire day.

    The lifestyle shoots were especially funny to watch.  These guys are all ordinary guys and friends, now being asked to do some posing and acting.  I can not remember how many times we teased them shouting ĎWardrobeí and ĎMake upí.

    Well, it was funny up to the point where they roped me in to play a small part in the evenings filming.  The funny bit stopped immediately and I tried to convince them that Hardy would make a better actor than me.  A simple Ďfokofí from the side put an abrupt end to that idea.

    My part was to roll a tyre towards the other Ďactorsí.  How difficult can that be? 

    Well, safe to say that I rolled that f@$kn tyre so many times that it only had half the tread by the end of the evening.  All this while the rest of the crew were laughing their arses off on the sideline.

    Those of you thatís been to Spitzkoppe, will know that the evenings can cool off quite a bit.  By the time the shoot ended, we were freezing our backsides off.  You had to finish the shoot with the clothes you started, and of course we all started with shorts and T-shirtís. 

    This acting thing is tougher than it looks.

    I must admit, for a guy that is usually very introverted when it comes to showcasing his talents, Kobus made huge strides into the world of modelling.
    He is was full of shit about the make-up.
    Most people will never understand the intensity and seriousness of this event.

    As I said before: The biggest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world is shooting their launch advertisement for a bike they have high hopes for, and you are responsible for everything.
    It was an eye opener seeing Honda Europe's boss climbing the rocks twice everyday, up to a point where he had signal, to report back to Japan. Yes, the corporate world never cease to amaze me.

    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Hardy de Kock on September 11, 2019, 06:53:25 am
    I am not sure if Kobus mentioned this before but this job required the team to wake up at 5am everyday, work right through the day only to finish up at around 10pm every night (and in some cases much later than that.)
    Morale is what makes an event like this work. If you are going to get upset when a french photographer asks you to bring the Unimog to him (his chalet is 100 meters from where the truck is) in order for him to clean his lenses, instead of him walking to the truck, you wont last a day.  (True story) :imaposer:
    Of all the people on set, I probably have the shortest temper, followed closely by Kobus. Hennie (Oubones) and the others are strangely not affected by unreasonable requests and this impressed me hugely.
    I realised on this trip that I still have a lot to learn.
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: woody1 on September 11, 2019, 07:37:03 am
    Julle dink julle is slim met daai donker foto....wel ek het my screen se brightness opgestel.
    Dus as julle my nie saamvat volgende keer nie gaan ek die foto laat UITLEK.

    Soek 'n getekende kontrak teen COB vandag 11 September 2019.  :deal:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Hardy de Kock on September 11, 2019, 07:55:01 am
    Julle dink julle is slim met daai donker foto....wel ek het my screen se brightness opgestel.
    Dus as julle my nie saamvat volgende keer nie gaan ek die foto laat UITLEK.

    Soek 'n getekende kontrak teen COB vandag 11 September 2019.  :deal:

    Watter donker foto Kobus?
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: woody1 on September 11, 2019, 09:10:45 am
    Doie een wat Kobus gebruik het ....daai SWART SQUARE een :laughing4:

    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Oubones on September 11, 2019, 10:28:37 am
    Doie een wat Kobus gebruik het ....daai SWART SQUARE een :laughing4:
    Kobus oefen nog aan die agterkant van die kamera. :peepwall: :imaposer:
    Hy is mos nou bekende film ster so moet maar die swakkerige foto verskoon! :pot: :ricky:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Skaiidawg on September 11, 2019, 12:00:07 pm
    Is no-one taking a punt on what the mysterious bikes are?

    Africa Twin 1100?
    CRF1100 with 1084cc engine, 101HP @7500RPM
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Offshore on September 11, 2019, 12:07:50 pm
    All the fuss for 100cc  :patch:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Hardy de Kock on September 11, 2019, 01:58:28 pm
    All the fuss for 100cc  :patch:

    Are you talking about the 790 KTM or the 1100 Africa Twin?
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Lem on September 11, 2019, 01:59:26 pm
    ek gaan hierdie een nog lekker deurlees
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Offshore on September 11, 2019, 02:05:33 pm
    All the fuss for 100cc  :patch:

    Are you talking about the 790 KTM or the 1100 Africa Twin?
    Not sure where the 790 comes into this, I was hoping that Honda would bring something new, like a 800 cc or thereabout?
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: trevo on September 11, 2019, 02:13:14 pm
    All the fuss for 100cc  :patch:

    Are you talking about the 790 KTM or the 1100 Africa Twin?
    Not sure where the 790 comes into this, I was hoping that Honda would bring something new, like a ....... cc or thereabout?
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Offshore on September 11, 2019, 02:14:38 pm
    All the fuss for 100cc  :patch:

    Are you talking about the 790 KTM or the 1100 Africa Twin?
    Not sure where the 790 comes into this, I was hoping that Honda would bring something new, like a 850 cc or thereabout?
    Now we are talking. :thumleft:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on September 11, 2019, 03:04:23 pm
    LOL !! Classic.

    ... I just checked the date and it's not April 1st ... so maybe there are real bikes involved in this Namib Meander.
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Hardy de Kock on September 11, 2019, 03:28:12 pm
    All the fuss for 100cc  :patch:

    Are you talking about the 790 KTM or the 1100 Africa Twin?
    Not sure where the 790 comes into this, I was hoping that Honda would bring something new, like a 800 cc or thereabout?

    The "fuss" as you so eloquently put it, is happening throughout all the brands - 1200 to 1250, 800 to 850, 690 to 790,1000 to 1100.
    And yes, they all make a fuss about it. :thumleft:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Offshore on September 11, 2019, 04:14:37 pm
    All the fuss for 100cc  :patch:

    Are you talking about the 790 KTM or the 1100 Africa Twin?
    Not sure where the 790 comes into this, I was hoping that Honda would bring something new, like a 850 cc or thereabout?
    A 700 would also be great. :thumleft:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: BikerJan on September 11, 2019, 09:03:14 pm
    Just saw some pictures of the new 1100 and 1100 adventure sport. Not surr if I like the look!
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on September 12, 2019, 04:42:44 am
    Just saw some pictures of the new 1100 and 1100 adventure sport. Not surr if I like the look!

    What Iíve seen on social media to date Jan is not the real deal.  There is one particular model that Iím quite fond of.
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on September 12, 2019, 12:41:10 pm
    Just saw some pictures of the new 1100 and 1100 adventure sport. Not surr if I like the look!

    Where...?
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: BikerJan on September 12, 2019, 01:19:05 pm
    Just saw some pictures of the new 1100 and 1100 adventure sport. Not surr if I like the look!

    Where...?

    Ek het dit op advpulse.com gesien
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kortbroek on September 12, 2019, 04:39:40 pm
    Lyk my hulle het tog bikes daar gehad. Nie geweet David is so kort nie  :peepwall:

    (http://www.kidwiseusa.com//media/catalog/product/cache/4/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/h/o/honda-bike2.jpg)
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Hardy de Kock on September 12, 2019, 05:43:27 pm
    Lyk my hulle het tog bikes daar gehad. Nie geweet David is so kort nie  :peepwall:

    (http://www.kidwiseusa.com//media/catalog/product/cache/4/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/h/o/honda-bike2.jpg)

    Spyshot :snorting: :snorting: :snorting:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Noneking on September 12, 2019, 06:38:14 pm
    Just saw some pictures of the new 1100 and 1100 adventure sport. Not surr if I like the look!

    What Iíve seen on social media to date Jan is not the real deal.  There is one particular model that Iím quite fond of.


    Also waiting anxiously to get a first glimpse of that model.......
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on September 13, 2019, 04:54:56 am
    I have no doubt that the new Honda will spark a lot of debate, like any brand launching a new model.  By now we all know itís the new Africa Twin.  Engine capacity I shall not disclose until formally launched by Honda itself.

    To call it Ďa fussí in what is just a story about the adventures of a group of people during the making of the advertisement, is a little disrespectful in my opinion.  There is already two threads about the new bike where debate can take place.

    But let me rather continue sharing our journey with you.

    We still had quite a few places to visit to complete the story line.  To date, only one of the model derivatives was used to portray its versatility and ability in the rough stuff.  We still had a whole different model to unpack.
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Sithe on September 13, 2019, 10:24:40 am
    Is it auto or manual transmission ?
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: 0012 on September 13, 2019, 11:54:59 am
     :sip:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: BikerJan on September 13, 2019, 12:30:48 pm
    I have no doubt that the new Honda will spark a lot of debate, like any brand launching a new model.  By now we all know itís the new Africa Twin.  Engine capacity I shall not disclose until formally launched by Honda itself.

    To call it Ďa fussí in what is just a story about the adventures of a group of people during the making of the advertisement, is a little disrespectful in my opinion.  There is already two threads about the new bike where debate can take place.

    But let me rather continue sharing our journey with you.

    We still had quite a few places to visit to complete the story line.  To date, only one of the model derivatives was used to portray its versatility and ability in the rough stuff.  We still had a whole different model to unpack.

    Agree with you Kobus, I enjoy your report about the event! (Whilst also being very interested to see what the new bikes look like?)

    Hopefully they will not be THAT much better than mine, my wife is going to slaughter me alive if I sell mine now and start all over with the farkling process. My Honda is just about on GS spec at the moment :imaposer:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on September 13, 2019, 12:50:52 pm
    I have no doubt that the new Honda will spark a lot of debate, like any brand launching a new model.  By now we all know itís the new Africa Twin.  Engine capacity I shall not disclose until formally launched by Honda itself.

    To call it Ďa fussí in what is just a story about the adventures of a group of people during the making of the advertisement, is a little disrespectful in my opinion.  There is already two threads about the new bike where debate can take place.

    But let me rather continue sharing our journey with you.

    We still had quite a few places to visit to complete the story line.  To date, only one of the model derivatives was used to portray its versatility and ability in the rough stuff.  We still had a whole different model to unpack.

    Agree with you Kobus, I enjoy your report about the event! (Whilst also being very interested to see what the new bikes look like?)

    Hopefully they will not be THAT much better than mine, my wife is going to slaughter me alive if I sell mine now and start all over with the farkling process. My Honda is just about on GS spec at the moment :imaposer:

    X 2.
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on September 13, 2019, 05:10:29 pm
    All questions will be answered in due course gents.


    Soon our time in Walvis Bay came to an end and so did sleeping in a brick building.  We left Walvis early morning and for the next couple of days we would be traveling in a southerly direction.


    We had a long day ahead of us.  Apart from the lifestyle shoot that had a specific stationery venue in Sossusvlei, the rest of the filming would be happening on route.  It wasn't long then that we stopped and offloaded the bikes, with David getting kitted, doing his hair and getting ready to do his thing.

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    Watching the filming crew do their thing was really spectacular to experience.  BO is certainly a professional outfit and through a local company, they had a Polaris RZR and fullty kitted camera vehicle, complete with electronically controlled boom etc. 


    By now David was also in the swing of things and it was scary how close he would come the vehicles and extended boom, all at pace of course.


    Hardy, Gene, Chantal and Oubones proceeded in their own convoy to ensure a proper camp is set up in Sesriem for the evening. 


    With the first filming complete, we loaded the bikes and as we're about to leave, the Fortuner pulling the big trailer gets stuck.  Rookie mistake by the driver and I quickly explain to him how the 4x4 system works and with the help of Eric Courly, we recover the vehicle and get going.


    Just as we get going, Gary is on the radio with a request for a couple of tools not currently in his possession.  Fortunately they're just up the road from us with the stationery shoot and we quickly stop and leave some tools with them.  The camera crew goes ahead and we follow in short succession.  At this stage we're driving on the C14, direction Solitaire and I'm amazed with the arid, yet beautiful landscape.  Through Kuiseb pass and eventually stop in Solitaire. 

    (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190913/433b44be1d4b0df902cd17b3c1316f91.jpg)

    Not before we have to fix a flat wheel alongside the road.  The tyre is completely destroyed and we are fortunate to get the right size in Solitaire, at a bit of a premium of course.

    (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190913/edc0cbfc6c346227ebdd6bb83e678fa0.jpg)

    I slowly realised why the southern parts of Namibia is such a popular tourist destination.


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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on September 13, 2019, 05:38:49 pm
    We didn't leave Solitaire before Eric forced us to have a slice of the famous apple strudel and a cup of coffee.


    Eric Courly is a Frenchman that resides in SA for probably the last 20 years.  A Hout Bay resident, a gentleman and a great spirit to have on any event.  He was a journalist by profession and wrote many books as well, all to do with motorcycling.  He is also a partner in Ride & Drive, the company that we worked with during Honda Adventure Roads, and does his own tours, both 4x4's in Namibia and Harley Davidson in South Africa.  He is also renovating his retirement lifestyle farm up the road from where I live and it's great to call him a friend and meet for a coffee every now and then.


    We left Solitaire and still had some proper corrugated roads to contend with on our way to Sesriem.  We soon came to another stop to offload a bike for another shoot.

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      It was late afternoon and the light was pretty much perfect.  It didn't take long until we were rewarded with a beautiful sunset.

    (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190913/56527c4bc79e4a2cb926f3c8c7e734d6.jpg)

    We got to camp later that evening and with the preceding crew's camp setup, everyone was in good spirit.  So much so that Hardy sent us to get the guys a couple of beers at the lodge.  We didn't get many beers for a lot of money and they went down in a flash.


    It was great camping again and as we spent the night around the fire and retiring to our stretchers, the jackal was a couple of meters from us.  What a day.

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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on September 13, 2019, 06:00:48 pm
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Antonie on September 13, 2019, 08:02:11 pm

    Teaser? Nou kan ek ook nie wag nie...

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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on September 14, 2019, 05:37:35 am
    The initial plan for the next morning was a shoot taking place just outside Sesriem with the hot air balloons as background.  It meant a real early start since there is a very small window of opportunity for ideal take off conditions.  The weather report wasn't in our favour and it was agreed that a sequenced wake up call would take place should the weather permit a balloon launch.


    Sleep was a precious commodity during this trip since the whole crew was up early, making a fire while the girls was preparing breakfast.  In the evenings the girls again was the last to finish after supper and we were prepping bikes, while the content crew were often fast asleep and oblivious to what actually happened behind the scenes.


    They woke me up the following morning and still half asleep I made my way to the bathroom to get ready.  Moments later the call came that it's off.  I didn't know whether to laugh or cry and I'm sure I saw a grin on Hardy's face as he watched this all unfold.


    Be that as it may, we proceeded later that morning on the C27, our first stop being in a little oasis called Betta.  It's basically a filling station and shop, and that's it.  We refuelled and then had a lifestyle shoot at what proved to be quite an iconic little venue.


    The day was strewn with challenges.  Our camp site was at a place called Koiimasis on the D707.  With the recce done a couple of months prior to this event, it was never taken into account that the bike transport vehicles will not be 4x4.  The D707 is known for deep sandy patches and our camp site was pretty much in the middle of this road.  Even with the heavy trailer with all camping gear in tow, this was a challenge.


    While we were still busy with the shoot, Hardy, Gene, Chantal and Mark left to set up camp. With some local knowledge in hand, they decided to approach Koiimasis from the southern side, off the C13.  Just as they were about to veer onto the D707, they received news that the southern section was far worse than the approach from the C27.  The whole convoy had to turn around and make their way back.   They all made it through the thick sand but it put a lot of pressure on the team to get camp set up in time.


    This however left us with Gary in the Hino and Oubones in the Crafter, an impossible task to get those vehicles to camp.  We made the call that these two vehicles will not attempt getting to camp and should head straight towards Helmeringhausen and meet up with us the next morning.  I handed my gps to Gary and off they went, while we set off for camp.


    We arrived at the camp site as the sun was setting and after missing the one turn off on the farm, got to a view point and was rewarded with another beautiful sunset. 

    (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190914/97f18dad4307b5631810cfa5c4ae854c.jpg)

    Gene and Chantal busy preparing supper.

    (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190914/9db4364db9c35d06d57957cfc5212406.jpg)

    While the content crew look at the days footage.

    (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190914/30bce207b0e8a940862a4983a313a537.jpg)

    We had no coms with Gary and Oubones and only learned the next day that they ended up spending the night at a camp site, sleeping in the truck but at least had a good meal.  Hardcore okes these!

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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: dirt rat on September 14, 2019, 06:00:20 am
    This thread could qualify as an UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE - SHOW US THE BIKE! :drif:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on September 14, 2019, 06:11:11 am
    This thread could qualify as an UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE - SHOW US THE BIKE! :drif:
    Patience my dear friend. 

    But because you ask so nice.

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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Monkey#13 on September 14, 2019, 06:22:15 am
    Does it not come with a crate? Can't we get a photo of the crate?
     :pot:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on September 14, 2019, 06:33:45 am
    Does it not come with a crate? Can't we get a photo of the crate?
     :pot:


    Youíre welcome.  :imaposer:

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    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: dirt rat on September 14, 2019, 07:14:30 am
    That crate is a thing of beauty.
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Monkey#13 on September 14, 2019, 07:16:50 am
    Looks like a small crate... Probably only the screen and the lights fit in there. Is there more to this bike than the angry looking headlights?

    Hijack off
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Hardy de Kock on September 14, 2019, 08:52:37 am
    During the time at Sesriem I found myself getting very irritated quicker than I normally would.
    The French team had made use of the good hearted nature of the South Africans in more ways than acceptable to me.
    They would ask for smaller lunchpacks only to change it to bigger lunchpacks the next day. They would borrow equipment, never to return it, which left us without the gear that we needed to do our jobs.
    Guys like Kobus and Hennie and probably Gary too, would go out of their way to accommodate the Frogs, and it started to get under my skin.
    I was feeling sorry for the girls, as they maxed 4 hours sleep everyday, and these guys just kept asking more of them.
    I suspect Kobus picked up on my mood, and it became apparent that he managed it by opting for the work that required our team to be in close proximity from the Frenchies.

    I actually enjoyed being seperated from them to get my act together, and decided to make the best of the situation.
    The road to Helmeringhausen (no matter from which side) is one of undescribable beauty and I would go as far as to say that it must be one of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen.
    I would stay there in a heartbeat, and actually consider farming again, if I ever get the opportunity.
    They vast open grassplains and the backdrop of the dramaticaly colored mountains will stay with me forever.
    The Unimog and the Iveco loved these sandy roads. We found two tourist rentals that got stuck, and with time on our hands, we pulled them out.
    The American in the Renault Duster forgot to say thank you. I guess he was in a hurry  :imaposer:

    We arrived at the farm, and made our way through the gate, onto the 35 km farm road that leads to the farmhouse. Yes, 35km. The farm was 65000 hectares.
    The lady of the farm was an attractive german born, south namibian bred vixen who took no prisoners when it came to business. She told us that she had beers available at 50 bucks a pop, and that her ice was sold seperately. She was going on and on about the favor she was doing us, to have beers there, so far from town.
    I told her that I would take one case if she promised to stop talking. She did.  :thumleft:
    The campsite was beautiful and nestled at the foot of the mountains. Rocky outcrops, and silky white grassplains with a few Acasia trees added to the beauty of what was going to be our digs for the evening.
    Later that afternoon, the rest of the crew, and the film team arrived..
    More about this later
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: dirt rat on September 14, 2019, 09:34:37 am
     :laughing4:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Vis Arend on September 14, 2019, 11:26:15 am
    I follow with great interest.     :sip:

    Hats off to all involved, in circumstances like this you need a good and able team to keep everything together.    Respect to all.   :thumleft:


    Ek sien Kobus en Hardy het lief geraak vir die suide van Nam.   :biggrin:  Nam is voorwaardelik 'n juweel op sy eie.  Die noorde, suide, weste en ooste verskil van mekaar, maar elkeen het sy unieke mooi.   Ek en vroulief sal nooit moeg raak vir Nam nie.    :deal:  Ek is bly julle het dit ook mooi gevind.   :thumleft:   
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Hardy de Kock on September 14, 2019, 03:04:08 pm
    I follow with great interest.     :sip:

    Hats off to all involved, in circumstances like this you need a good and able team to keep everything together.    Respect to all.   :thumleft:


    Ek sien Kobus en Hardy het lief geraak vir die suide van Nam.   :biggrin:  Nam is voorwaardelik 'n juweel op sy eie.  Die noorde, suide, weste en ooste verskil van mekaar, maar elkeen het sy unieke mooi.   Ek en vroulief sal nooit moeg raak vir Nam nie.    :deal:  Ek is bly julle het dit ook mooi gevind.   :thumleft:

    Jy is reg Louis.

    Die suide het 'n asemrowende prag. Ek weet Kobus wil graag die plek vir sy gesin gaan wys.
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Hardy de Kock on September 14, 2019, 04:02:44 pm
    There is one pet hate that I have (apart from ariving at camp in the dark), and it is having to pack stuff, that I know we will not use on a trip. It takes up space, that I could have used and it is always in the way.
    When we host trips, we unfortunately have to offer tents, as most people that does a Kaokoland trip opt for the relative "safety" of a tent prior to us departing.
    Funny thing is, the tents always only get used on the first night. After the first night, the adventure bug nestles and everyone sleeps under the stars.
    It was the same with the Frogs.

    Setting up camp usually entails the following:

    Erecting and packing the stretchers
    Camp chairs in boma formation
    Sleeping bags & pillows
    Camp fire and spare wood, for the guests that will linger around the fire till late.
    Supper preparations for the group
    Breakfast preparations for the group
    Checking toilets and bathrooms to make sure there won't be mishaps.
    Picking up thorns and or anything else that poses any discomfort or danger.

    Now on this specific evening I told the staff only to erect 6 tents, as the guests so far, have only used 4 tents.
    As I said earlier, the crew and the guests started to arrive back from what could be described as a challenging day.
    I asked where Gary and Hennie was, only to find out that no one really knew. Kobus told me that he suspected that they were concerned with the deep sand on the road, and that they might have pressed on towards Aus.
    I did not like this one bit, because we now had no way of confirming that they were safe, fed or that they had a place to sleep.

    a Little bit later, the french project manager and his posse arrived too. He immediately walked over to me and asked me where the rest of the tents were, and instructed me to erect it immediately. He was rude, and did not wait for my explanation, and demanded that we have all the tents erected from now on.
    I asked him if he was going to sleep in a tent, and he answered NO.
    It was at this point that I got to learn a little bit about myself. I know exactly how I would have reacted under normal circumstances, and that would have meant the end of either him or me, but somehow, I held it together, turned around and walked away.
    The crew picked up on what happened and everyone joined in to erect the tents.
    Twenty minutes later there was a legion of tents standing, and I had enough time to calm down.

    Everything was going well with the kitchen staff, and I decided to take a walk. When I came back, Loic (French project manager) sent one of his staff, to ask me if he could come over and talk to me. I guess it was the safe way of doing it.
    I agreed to it, and about two minutes later Loic arrived.
    "Hey Hardy, you feel better?" he asked. I told him that all was good and that I just needed some sleep.
    "We had a horrible day, everything went wrong, and I took it out on you. I am really sorry, and I ask for your forgiveness".
    I remember thinking to myself that what I do at this point would have a massive impact on future work from Honda, and I heard myself saying "All good Loic".
    The frenchman will never realise how close he came to a PK that autumn evening in the south of Namibia, but I am glad that he didn't.
    That evening I slept like a rock and really rested well.
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Mev Vis Arend on September 14, 2019, 04:15:33 pm
    The frenchman will never realise how close he came to a PK that autumn evening in the south of Namibia, but I am glad that he didn't.

     :lol8: :lol8: :lol8: :lol8: :lol8: :lol8:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Captain Zef on September 14, 2019, 04:39:30 pm
    9 pages of you oakes taking pics of lorries where the hell is the bikes.
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Hollywood on September 14, 2019, 04:45:54 pm
    a Little bit later, the french project manager and his posse arrived too. He immediately walked over to me and asked me where the rest of the tents were, and instructed me to erect it immediately. He was rude, and did not wait for my explanation, and demanded that we have all the tents erected from now on.
    I asked him if he was going to sleep in a tent, and he answered NO.
    It was at this point that I got to learn a little bit about myself. I know exactly how I would have reacted under normal circumstances, and that would have meant the end of either him or me, but somehow, I held it together, turned around and walked away.

    Daasynou!! Welkom in my wÍreld.... well done Hardy. Ek dink nie mense weet hoe ongelooflik konflikryk so 'n produksieomgewing is nie. As ouens rang trek, en dit nogal meeste van die tyd, doen met onmenslikke arrogansie en disrespek...sonder dat hy weet wat jy al vir hom en die produksie gedoen het...  Dit gebeur vyftig keer elke dag in die Entertainment en Film wÍreld. Klomp egotistiese diktators, meeste van die tyd. Maar dis maar hoe dit werk. Daars net een ou wat die kreatiewe visie het, en as almal nie dit ondersteun nie, of dit op 'n werksdag nie heeltemal gebeur soos hy dit wil hÍ nie, is hy erger as 'n menstrueerende beer met dorings in al 4 voete. Dan raak hulle maar effens emosioneel. Hulle voel meestal later sleg daaroor en kom vra omverskoning.

    Goed ge-handle. Dit gaan oor outliving the competition, nie kopstamp tot altwee in 'n koma is nie. Jy het dit op die heel beste maniere hanteer.

    ....nog steeds moer funny om te lees....
    Wens ek was 'n vlieg teen die tentmuur. Sou my gat af gelag het.
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on September 14, 2019, 06:56:43 pm
    9 pages of you oakes taking pics of lorries where the hell is the bikes.

    Byt vas Captain Zef.  Weíre here for a long time, not a good time.  :lol8:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on September 14, 2019, 07:11:17 pm
    I knew it, that tiny box has the new XL 185S hidden away in it!
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Vis Arend on September 14, 2019, 08:19:38 pm
    [

    Jy is reg Louis.

    Die suide het 'n asemrowende prag. Ek weet Kobus wil graag die plek vir sy gesin gaan wys.

    Kan ek saamkom....................... :patch:  :patch:  :patch: :biggrin:


    There is one pet hate that I have (apart from ariving at camp in the dark),  PK that autumn evening in the south of Namibia, but I am glad that he didn't.


    Haat dit ook soos pes om donker by my kamp te kom, dan is my moer klaar gekoer.   :dousing: :dousing:

    Vir jou hanteering van daai Fransman, wel jy is 'n beter mens as ek.   :deal: 
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Sithe on September 16, 2019, 09:02:12 am
    Sounds to me like "Loic" is the French four letter word for "P**s"  :peepwall:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Monkey#13 on September 16, 2019, 09:36:56 am
    Sounds to me like "Loic" is the French four letter word for "P**s"  :peepwall:

    Absolutely!  :imaposer:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Hardy de Kock on September 16, 2019, 09:41:29 am
    Sounds to me like "Loic" is the French four letter word for "P**s"  :peepwall:

    No, not really. In all fairness I have to admit that he was under a lot of pressure, and things got a lot better after that incident. He does a great job too, as I am sure the videos and pics later in this thread will prove.
    Sithe - One of the people I worked with, and really liked resigned to start his own business just prior to this job. I realised only afterwards how much that influenced me.
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Monkey#13 on September 16, 2019, 10:01:56 am
    Sounds to me like "Loic" is the French four letter word for "P**s"  :peepwall:

    No, not really. In all fairness I have to admit that he was under a lot of pressure, and things got a lot better after that incident. He does a great job too, as I am sure the videos and pics later in this thread will prove.
    Sithe - One of the people I worked with, and really liked resigned to start his own business just prior to this job. I realised only afterwards how much that influenced me.
    Thanks for clarifying. It's far too easy to judge a person on the internet these days. :thumleft:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Hardy de Kock on September 23, 2019, 11:55:05 am
    Kobus will hopefully forgive me for this.


    David Ellis in action :thumleft:




    Claude Deysel and Gerrit du Toit in action
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Black_Hawk on September 23, 2019, 12:10:43 pm
    What a beauty  :drif:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Vis Arend on September 23, 2019, 01:09:09 pm
    Bliksem, dis nou mooi, die bike en die ryery en die scenery en sommer als van die rr.   :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on September 23, 2019, 02:10:08 pm
    Aai, the D707 looks good!

    I like the speedo set independently below the TFT TV screen.

    Damn ... this really looks good! Well done to all of you.

     8)
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: 0012 on September 23, 2019, 02:21:50 pm
    Whaaaaaaaaaaaat, bikes!!!!!!
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: teebag on September 23, 2019, 03:28:21 pm
    (https://scontent-jnb1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/70537913_1272603152913676_8946526167305814016_o.jpg?_nc_cat=108&_nc_oc=AQnlM2b_STAnhjJtbf5ruKEqBYMWKPjU5bJ_poKHXOFhhaSiAWJGeuh_51wX3TY8T_8&_nc_ht=scontent-jnb1-1.xx&oh=972c151a6e4a90fe2c238e3324d4395e&oe=5DF660F8)

    https://www.zabikers.co.za/2019/09/23/the-new-honda-crf1100l-africa-twin-and-africa-twin-adventure-sports/
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Antonie on September 23, 2019, 03:38:04 pm
    Kobus will hopefully forgive me for this.


    David Ellis in action :thumleft:




    Claude Deysel and Gerrit du Toit in action
    Oh yes please!!! Nice video's!

    Sent from my LG-H990 using Tapatalk

    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Noneking on September 23, 2019, 05:46:34 pm
    Baie nice!!!
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Noneking on September 23, 2019, 05:47:41 pm
    Baie nice!!!
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: grim101 on September 23, 2019, 08:36:31 pm
    Dit lyk awesome!

    Wat was die budget vir dit wonder ek?
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: dirt rat on September 24, 2019, 05:52:03 am
    Mooi maar ek het so gehoop vir n nuwe 650 enkel silinder.
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: BikerJan on September 24, 2019, 07:40:24 am
    Awesome videos!

    Daai adventure sport lyk swaar
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: The TRANSPORTER on September 24, 2019, 07:52:01 am
    Maar beautiful, al wat daar gekort het was tubeless en speedocruise en dit het hy nou en nog bietjie meer poeier yummy!!
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Rexc-w on September 24, 2019, 09:20:58 am
    Baie mooi videos. Namibia pronk soos altyd op sy heel mooiste. Glo die woestyn het die 'cocky' fransman bietjie nederig gemaak.
    Honda het baie moeite gemaak met die electronics op die fietse. Die front end en ligte lyk baie goed.
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Hondsekierie on September 24, 2019, 05:08:13 pm
    Weet nie wie het op ligging besluit maar Namibie is darem maar net een van die bestes, indien nie die heel beste. 

    Wel gedaan aan almal, dis n indrukwekkende produksie en lekker om te sien ons plaaslike manne is gebruik om die bikes te ry  :thumleft:

    @ Hardy - Jammer jy kon nie jou frustrasie op die Fransman uithaal maar reken dit maak jou die beter persoon.
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Sithe on September 25, 2019, 11:40:23 am
    Is the DCT an option or the bike comes only with DCT ?
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Buff on September 25, 2019, 11:47:57 am
    Wow, great production and very good looking bike  :thumleft: Amazing what David is able to do on it in the sand, the oke is a master  :thumleft:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: MellowJo on September 25, 2019, 12:40:32 pm
    Very  nice team, well done !!
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Hardy de Kock on September 25, 2019, 09:25:03 pm
    Is the DCT an option or the bike comes only with DCT ?

    Both manual and DCT available @Sithe
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on September 26, 2019, 05:01:25 pm
    Small world ...100 years ago I raced a Dart at Killarney against Andre Ellis in his red Alfa, Davidís father.

     O0
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Skaiidawg on September 26, 2019, 09:22:26 pm
    @Kobus Myburgh  en @Hardy de Kock  nou waar is daardie deel van die oscar-poging-wiel-rol-foto-skiet ?
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on October 03, 2019, 08:11:26 am
    So, Oom Kobus; your thoughts on the Adventure Sport asb. Did you get to ride it? What do you think of all the electronics? Is that bash plate strong enough ... and its mountings? DCT or the usual usual? What about those lekker tubeless rims?

    Keen to hear your evaluation.

     8)
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: BikerJan on October 03, 2019, 09:20:01 am
    So, Oom Kobus; your thoughts on the Adventure Sport asb. Did you get to ride it? What do you think of all the electronics? Is that bash plate strong enough ... and its mountings? DCT or the usual usual? What about those lekker tubeless rims?

    Keen to hear your evaluation.

     8)

    Ek sal ook Kobus en Hardy se opinies wil hoor?
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 03, 2019, 05:33:54 pm
    @Kobus Myburgh  en @Hardy de Kock  nou waar is daardie deel van die oscar-poging-wiel-rol-foto-skiet ?

    Man ek wens nou regtig ek kon vir jou die resultaat van my pogings wys, maar lyk my dit sal later uitkom as deel van die bloopers as die stof gaan lÍ.  My Ďrolí in die film was onbelangrik.  :biggrin:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 03, 2019, 06:10:06 pm
    So, Oom Kobus; your thoughts on the Adventure Sport asb. Did you get to ride it? What do you think of all the electronics? Is that bash plate strong enough ... and its mountings? DCT or the usual usual? What about those lekker tubeless rims?

    Keen to hear your evaluation.

     8)

    Ek sal ook Kobus en Hardy se opinies wil hoor?

    Ek praat nou net namens myself hier:

    We had very little opportunity to ride the bikes.  When it did happen it was over short distances.  We also didnít have the spec sheet so even that was an unknown.

    The first thing I noticed was that the bike sounds different.  Be it the additional horsepower or something with the exhaust, it really has a nice ring to it.  Iíve never had the urge to change my exhaust on my 2017 model and will certainly not consider changing it on the new one.  The only possible reason would be for saving some weight.

    The throttle response is different.  It is more direct and less of a delay.  Remember Iím talking DCT only.  We had 5 bikes there and only one (Black one) was a manual.  This bike was never ridden.

    The additional power is noticeable, but youíll have to be accustomed to the current model to feel the difference in my opinion.

    The new TFT display is nice, but Iím the wrong person to evaluate that.  Iím all for simplicity and probably need no more than a speedometer, temperature and fuel gauge and an optional rev counter.  The guys rode a lot of dust and it seemed less prone to dust build up than the current model.  It is really state of the art stuff if youíre into that kind of thing.

    It now feature more riding modes and more settings than previous.  Again, you have to be able to appreciate and use these different settings.  Unfortunately I am content with ABS off, traction control off, power just below full and off I go.  I think if you utilize the full extent of the available aids, it would give you great pleasure.  I would not mind the wheelie control feature.

    There is obvious differences in the two models.  The L1 (red one) is the more offroad version, the 1190 in the KTM world.  (Just better looking   :pot:). Itís sleek CBR like rear, together with a narrower seat, instill confidence from the moment you mount it.  Combine that with the lower screen and you get that enduro feel.  The new model keeps the low COG and handles really well, better than the current model.

    The L4, Adventure Sports model is similar in terms of specifications to the L1, apart from the larger fuel capacity, luggage carrying ability and other cosmetic differences, adding the obvious additional weight.  This is now competing with the 1250 and 1290.  For those power hungry junkies that believe this is a feeble attempt by Honda with only a slight increase in HP ...... Iíll reserve comment. 

    What is really inspiring is the fact that Honda is investing a lot in the accessories department for the new AT.  Gone is the flimsy plastic panniers and replaced with durable aluminum ones.  Proper center stands and luggage plates now form part of the sales services offered.

    The Adventure Sports is my pick of the two.  It is a truly beautiful bike.  Everything seems to be proportional and the color scheme is surreal.  Iíve seen Claude ride it in thick, sandy 2 spoor Jeep track near Sossusvlei in the dark and he had a blast.



    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 03, 2019, 06:11:44 pm
    Daar is nog baie om te vertel en ek sal weer pen op papier sit en die storie klaar maak sodra ek bietjie meer tyd het.
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 03, 2019, 06:18:18 pm
    So, Oom Kobus; your thoughts on the Adventure Sport asb. Did you get to ride it? What do you think of all the electronics? Is that bash plate strong enough ... and its mountings? DCT or the usual usual? What about those lekker tubeless rims?

    Keen to hear your evaluation.

     8)

    Hi Ian, Iíve hopefully answered you on the electronics.  The bash plate seems sturdy, but for peace of mind weíll probably always change to a better aftermarket one.  We had the PPUís and I would like to see the final units crash bars more sturdy.

    I couldnít be bothered about the tubeless rims or not.  Fixing a flat the old school way have become second nature and often adds to the adventure.  :thumleft:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Hardy de Kock on December 17, 2019, 09:38:10 pm


    Behind the scenes footage of the film set in Namibia..
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on December 18, 2019, 05:52:03 am
    @Hardy de Kock , privacy settings doesnít allow viewing.  Or is it just me?
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: trevo on December 18, 2019, 06:23:15 am
    @Hardy de Kock , privacy settings doesnít allow viewing.  Or is it just me?

    Nee, almal van ons kan nie kyk nie
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Losper on December 18, 2019, 11:27:31 am
    @Hardy de Kock , privacy settings doesnít allow viewing.  Or is it just me?
    Fixed

    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Mev Vis Arend on December 18, 2019, 05:20:46 pm
    Jo, dit los mens omtrent asemloos.  :thumleft:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kamanya on February 13, 2020, 01:39:29 am
    More behind the scenes. Get captions and translate to do it's thing...

    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Vis Arend on February 13, 2020, 04:55:03 am
    Awesome.   :thumleft: :thumleft: 

    I wonder who's the actor at 21:25 rolling the tyre?   :patch:  :peepwall: :lol8:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: woody1 on February 13, 2020, 07:05:38 am
    Ou dubbel vou band roller. :laughing4:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Kobus Myburgh on February 13, 2020, 08:55:16 am
    Ou dubbel vou band roller. :laughing4:

     :imaposer:  Ja nee hulle kon darem regtig vir my 'n voorwiel gegee het om te rol - dis darem so 2 duim hoŽr.
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Vis Arend on February 13, 2020, 10:25:36 am
    Ou dubbel vou band roller. :laughing4:

     :imaposer:  Ja nee hulle kon darem regtig vir my 'n voorwiel gegee het om te rol - dis darem so 2 duim hoŽr.

     :biggrin: :lol8:
    Title: Re: Chasing the light
    Post by: Noneking on February 13, 2020, 10:09:30 pm
    Excellent!!  :ricky: