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Title: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: m0lt3n on September 10, 2019, 07:19:50 pm
In the middle of normal day to day rush I finally got a gap to get away on the bike. This time we were going to be just 3,myself on the 1190, Pieter on a 640 and Theo on a Honda 250L. Come to think of it, all of our riding experiece was equal to the age of our bikes as well.

This time we were going to do the Ben 10 challenge in 3 days. I have done most of the passes except for Ben Macdhui which have been eluding me. For the others this was either the first proper adventure trip or first time in the area.

So yes, this is another Ben10  ride report
And as for MacGyver... See pic for a clue...
A bad side wall cut spotted on the second morning, what options are there for situations like this? Some of you would have seen what we did on Facebook already..
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: katana on September 10, 2019, 07:26:59 pm
Subbed for the rest.

Is that a D606?
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: Noneking on September 10, 2019, 07:40:42 pm
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Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: m0lt3n on September 10, 2019, 08:29:21 pm
Yes D606.

The plan was to leave Friday after work, trailer to Rouxville (I had to have that name repeated, thought it's a joke) where Theo arranged for the car and trailer to stay.

Normally I can't take the bike to work, but this Friday I could/did and immediately found two issues. Murphy determined this morning as the right time to add some flavor.
I have been struggling badly with punctures lately, and bending rims, so got two new wheels for a good price with the intention of replacing the front which I did a weekend prior. The rims came with some well used tyres so I was planning to finish my new rear MotoZ first before sopping the rear wheel as well but for some reason this Motoz would leak on the bead at the slightest of smileys. I was not impressed, and had to make a quick plan to swop the wheels.

Yes, in the picture I had to take of that nice new aggressive Motoz and settle for a well used e07 for the trip.

The second issue was error warnings. Normal with a flat battery which I had a week prior, but this time it was not going away, though the bike started. Nothing I could do about that at such short notice so I was pretty worried as I loaded the bike on the trailer...
This was more than the 'normal' errors. MTC failure, General failure, Abs failure, ECU failure, no dongle, TPMS failure (understandable without my OEM rims), low oil pressure. I also had no rev counter, speed indication or gear indicator,no heat guage or fuel guage. Yes, I had nothing.
Not nice, but more on this later...

Third worry was if all three bikes would fit on the trailer, fortunately we could squeeze them in... Barely.
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: katana on September 10, 2019, 08:33:53 pm
Looking forward to that MacGyver...

I am not surprised about it being a D606.  A great tire, but soft as marshmallows.
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: m0lt3n on September 10, 2019, 08:53:32 pm
We were loaded up, set of from Kathu just after 3, slept over in Kimberley at my parents, got up again at 4:30 to set off for Rouxville where we were on the bikes a bit late at around 11:30 am only.

The route we were going to take was a shameless copy of the route the Country Trax guys did. Except they did it all in one day.
https://youtu.be/ki2W6w2Vy_4
During the course of the trip we discussed this a lot, they must be immensely bike fit to manage this all in one go, I consider myself fitter than average and wouldn't manage this in one go, at least not on the big bike.

I like these nice churches in the small towns which Lady Gray also had, where after Joubert's pass was first on the list. A nice intro to the trip of which I now can't remember much. Oeps.
The road condition was fairly good, we quickly got into a rhythm and also had to exercise a lot of restraint not to stop a lot to take photos, knowing it will just get better and better.

Halfway through we had a moment where we had to wait for Theo which pitched just when we wanted to go look for him. Turns out the 250 can also slide a bit, or a bit to much. A quick corrective bend of his rear brake and we were off again.

Good times with good views, it was good to be in the area again
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: Dwerg on September 11, 2019, 03:11:40 am
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Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: Highsider on September 11, 2019, 03:11:41 am
Looking forward to your report.  Each Ben 10 adventure is unique.


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Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: m0lt3n on September 11, 2019, 07:36:18 am
Next up was Otto du Plessis pass. Not much to say, nice pass. Good views. Decent speeds could be maintained and I think also almost possible in a car, just not my car. We were making good time and the views were getting better and better. Also met another bike group on the roads but no real other traffic. A calm ride with nice snack time on a low water bridge, nice quiet recharge time.

I was still worried about all the warnings on my dash though, thinking and trying to figure out what it could be, thinking what I should check when we are done for the day. In the meantime I was enjoying the bike, full power and no nanny aids. The rear tyre was surprising me also with the amount of grip I had and my confidence was growing.

We were booked at Intaba lodge for the night. Just before Barkley pass we were done with still almost an hours daylight left, so the schedule worked very well, maybe to well, nothing hardcore 'adventurish' at all. I spent some time checking battery connections and leaving the battery disconnected for a while.

Dinner was a Pizza steak and it was awesome. Steak was done perfect and pizza topping on it tasted great. Picture doesn't do it justice, I will go back there just for that!


Going on about food, don't know if I am getting old or lazy, or both
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: Monkey#13 on September 11, 2019, 08:10:21 am
You forgot to mention the other traffic we met just below Otto du Plessis. A young girl (probably 12 / 13 yo) was driving a big old Land Cruiser with her two younger siblings as passengers. Must be one of the biggest joys of growing up on a farm. I'm sure that I would have been a much better driver, rider, tinkerer etc. if I had the same exposure as a kid!

It was also on Otto du Plessis where the penny dropped for me and the ride became more than just another ride but rather a ride where I can find some traction within myself. I grew up in Zastron and coming back to the area stirred up some emotions I was not quite prepared for. Being alone in my own helmet for a couple of hours every day made it all the better!
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: Dirt Junkie on September 11, 2019, 08:20:02 am
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Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: m0lt3n on September 11, 2019, 08:58:09 am
You forgot to mention the other traffic we met just below Otto du Plessis. A young girl (probably 12 / 13 yo) was driving a big old Land Cruiser with her two younger siblings as passengers. Must be one of the biggest joys of growing up on a farm. I'm sure that I would have been a much better driver, rider, tinkerer etc. if I had the same exposure as a kid!


I forgot this!
I also did not grow up in a farm, she was driving better than I did at 16!
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Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: Lem on September 11, 2019, 09:19:06 am
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Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: m0lt3n on September 11, 2019, 11:34:39 am
The MacGyver instalment!

One thing you should never do on a trip is make a face when told earliest time for breakfast is at 8am. Things may change that you need to find out what is latest time...

In the morning while kitting up Theo noticed a large sidewall cut. A very large one. No clue as to how he got it we just eyed the 250 with new respect, ripping a tyre like that!
This was a potential DNF for the 250 so we were very worried, fortunately Pieter is quite handy and has also watched a few of Lyndon Poskitts vids, good guy to have along! He suggested wire stitches and we set about it.
He put the 'stitches' in with some wire he fortunately carried with. It was reasonably smooth on the inside but we went ahead and put a big tractor patch on the new tube as well to prevent the stitches from chafing through the tube. we then also put duc tape on the inside of the tube for extra measure and prevent grit from entering the wheel. Happy with our work we increased pressure from a previous 1.4 bar on the light bike to 2bar to help the tyre to flex less.

All good, the tyre lasted till the end of the trip, but did start to open up slightly.

We used the compressor on my bike to inflate that tyre and an hour later when we wanted to leave my bike was dead. Which explained my errors, the battery was fubar. The 640 had a hard time pulling me on the loose gravel before I successfully started in 3rd. I didn't struggle again after this, but did have a few close calls where you could hear that the starter laboured a little. I did have my warnings and basically no dash to the end of the trip.
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: Grunder on September 11, 2019, 11:41:28 am
wow!! nice stitching  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: katana on September 11, 2019, 01:39:44 pm
Nice trick  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: Monkey#13 on September 11, 2019, 01:47:43 pm
All credit here needs to go to Pieter. When I saw that gash on the side of the tyre I was convinced that it is trip over for me. Where do you source a bike tyre in Elliot, on a Sunday no less. Well you make do with what you have - lesson learned! It's supposed to be an adventure after all!
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: Pietsjiet on September 11, 2019, 04:49:10 pm
Seen as there are so many ride reports done on the Ben 10 challenge, I would like to see someone reporting on the best direction to do each pass. That is for best challenge. And for best views. Because I think personally one have better views going down, but more of a challenge going up... 
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: m0lt3n on September 11, 2019, 08:48:24 pm
Next up was Barkley pass. Iirc the only tar pass of the 10. Some more nice views and awesome to open up the 1190 a bit. Stopped for some pics and were off again.

Got on the route to Bastervoetpad pass where I could gun it a little more.  The first bit of gravel before hitting the pass is quick and fast. At the turn off we waited for the 250, which was not pitching. We went searching for him and found him in a ditch,unpacking tools. My first words were that I don't want to be an idiot but I hope he fell rather than that the rear tyre fix didn't hold. Turns out the front had a snake bite. The tyre wasn't hard enough, was around 1.1bar,normally fine on the lighter bike.

Anyhow, new for me was that we didn't take off the tyre but took the tube out and patched it. 10minutes later the tyre was patched and inflated. 20min after that Theo was packed up again and we could leave for Bastervoetpad pass which I was really looking forward to, I have done it previously.
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: OomD on September 12, 2019, 06:38:07 am
A snakebite at 1.1bar? He must've hit something really hard! Lekker RR so far! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: m0lt3n on September 12, 2019, 07:20:15 am
A snakebite at 1.1bar? He must've hit something really hard! Lekker RR so far! :thumleft:

well, he forgot to actually check the pressures that morning but the previous day it was at 1.1bar.
On the 640 Pieter was at 1.4bar and on the 1190 after a lot of snake bite issues recently I was leaving it at 2.2bar on the front and back tyre.
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: m0lt3n on September 12, 2019, 07:27:54 am
Bastervoetpad pass, a favourite of mine. I get the feeling it better known for being a difficult pass (when wet). For me this is a particularly scenic pass, imho it has the best views off all of the Ben 10 passes. We again had good weather and enjoyed taking a break at the top, just absorbing the scenery.

Not particularly technical, we enjoyed this before going down. I find the descent tedious though, you cant really get some speed up and its rather long to the tar.

I was disappointed with my photos in general for the trip, the lens cover is broken so there is dust on the lens screwing up a lot of photos. Coupled with that the veld wasn't really green so there wasn't a lot of colour to work with. a pity.
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: OomD on September 12, 2019, 07:36:57 am
A snakebite at 1.1bar? He must've hit something really hard! Lekker RR so far! :thumleft:

well, he forgot to actually check the pressures that morning but the previous day it was at 1.1bar.
On the 640 Pieter was at 1.4bar and on the 1190 after a lot of snake bite issues recently I was leaving it at 2.2bar on the front and back tyre.
Some good info for us of little experience. :thumleft: Doing our Ben10 in 2 weeks, also 3 days, coincidentally the same route planned as you guys. So, reading your report with anticipation and enjoyment. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: woody1 on September 12, 2019, 09:36:12 am
Ek hoor 'n mens moet Bastrvoet van die ONDERKANT doen anders is hy nie gedoen nie. :laughing4:
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: m0lt3n on September 12, 2019, 09:55:47 am
Ek hoor 'n mens moet Bastrvoet van die ONDERKANT doen anders is hy nie gedoen nie. :laughing4:
Aag nee wat, teensy dit reen of sneeu is dit nou nie so rof nie, makisaak van waste kant. TTT en Ben Macdhui erger. Dalk Wartrail ook.



After finishing up on Bastervoetpad pass there was a bit of tar to do, refuel and Naudesnek.

Somewhere I read that Ugie wasn't a nice town and one should go to Maclear. And while we had no choice wrt fuel to fill up as late as possible, (more on this later) we did not enjoy Maclear at all. it was busy and frustrating. Ugie we passed a very nice Spar where we could have gotten a nice dinner/breakfast as we were not getting any at Rhodes that night - or so we thought. The KFC in Maclear did not have lettuce or icecream.

Anyhow, Naudesnek was fun. Fast roads where I could make some sand graffiti with my rear tyre. We made good progress and were having a great day.
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: Noneking on September 12, 2019, 11:24:43 am
Ek hoor 'n mens moet Bastrvoet van die ONDERKANT doen anders is hy nie gedoen nie. :laughing4:
Aag nee wat, teensy dit reen of sneeu is dit nou nie so rof nie, makisaak van waste kant. TTT en Ben Macdhui erger. Dalk Wartrail ook.





Stem saam, TTT was rofste op ons trip en Ben Mac was intimiderend. Volunteershoek was baie rof, maar ons is teen hom af so nie te erg op die dag
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: m0lt3n on September 12, 2019, 11:27:23 am
Wartrail / Volunteershoek hoort in toekoms bekend te staan as Jumping pass!!  daai was vet pret, kon die 1190 suspensie mooi saggies tot op limit vat daar af!
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: trevo on September 12, 2019, 11:35:24 am
Wartrail / Volunteershoek hoort in toekoms bekend te staan as Jumping pass!!  daai was vet pret, kon die 1190 suspensie mooi saggies tot op limit vat daar af!

Was 2 up met n vol gelaaide 1150 teen Volunteershoek uit net na dit met n dozer verniel was, hier by die 10de hek het my vrou begin opgee, lol, haar darem bederf met n oorslaap by Tiffendale vir haar deursettings vermoe
As jy onderkant van Volunteershoekpas kom net na die boom gate draai links so kilometer hou weer links dan kom jy by die "rock pool " uit
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: m0lt3n on September 12, 2019, 11:53:32 am
nou se jy ons van die rock pool!

Die hekke was redelik oop gewees toe ons gery het, nooit regtig veel gekry nie, ook meer op TTT. nie juis op Wartrail nie.

Lekker styl pas daai, ons het nogal ernstig oorweeg om hom weer op te ry net vir die pret, maar tyd dit nie toegelaat nie en die lywe het ook maar begin moeg raak. Goeie werk daar op met pillion.




Ek moet seker focus en volgende hopie fotos filter
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: Dwerg on September 12, 2019, 12:06:45 pm
Ek hoor 'n mens moet Bastrvoet van die ONDERKANT doen anders is hy nie gedoen nie. :laughing4:

Ek sal s op is verseker harder maar nogsteeds nie super erg nie. Die enigste rede hoekom ek gesukkel het was nul fiksheid en gebrek aan TITS.
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: Monkey#13 on September 12, 2019, 12:13:12 pm
I had my second tumble of the trip right at the start of Bastervoetpad.. Still a bit flustered after the morning's tyre troubles, I approached the first loose steep section with too little speed.  The road was quite washed out with lots of loose rocks in the tracks. I decided that the middelmannetjie presented the most traction but when the mighty 250 eventually ran out of revs, it unfortunately coincided with the point at which I ran out of skill / common sense / both. My feet were left dangling in mid air and I took a tumble resembling a cyclist not getting his cleats out of the pedal at a red traffic light. :imaposer:
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: m0lt3n on September 12, 2019, 12:17:21 pm
After Naudesnek it was time for the Tenahead Tiffendel Traverse and to continue working on my selfie game. Immediately we came across Tenahead and stopped for "koek en tee'. Pieter only shaked his head at this though, hardcore bikers that we are, he was very concerned with the turn of events. Knowing I would be paying the most I have ever for not-fresh brownee I would propably also have passed, but I do believe if you want the local economy to survive you have to support them.

The dude receiving us said people take up to 3hrs to do the route, this we naturally wiped off as he must know some softy 4x4 guys then. Little did we know....

Turns out this was one of the tougher roads, not for any specific reason other than there being big rocks and little upkeep of the road. By now we were also tired after a long day in the saddle and the sun going down, reflecting on dirty visors so you couldn't see a thing. The TTT route also started off with a bang, we were used to good roads of Naudesnek, so gunned it, saw the good road dipping and the good road coming out on the other side of a little water stream so it had to be fine, turns out it wasn't and I had to brake hard and hang on through a water crossing with rocks. The 640 bought another smiley here as well so it wasn't only me.

It was still a very nice route, the views were exceptional as is the norm on Ben 10 and we still enjoyed it. For the first time I struggled to keep up with the others on my fat bike, but they didn't have to wait to long when stopping.

Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: Monkey#13 on September 12, 2019, 12:50:09 pm
@OomD - I struggled on two sections of the entire trip. The first being the approach to Bastervoetpad from the top of Barkley Pass. The road is very "skurf" with fist sized rocks embedded in the road surface. It is on this section where I got the snake-bite.

The other section was the approach to Naudesnek via the Potrivier Pass. There are some off-camber corners on this section with loose gravel and stones ranging in size from grapes to grapefruit.  Maybe it wasn't so bad but I was running high tyre pressures - not wantingr another tyre incident. I was also getting a bit tired at this stage and I don't think my concentration was what it should have been.

I won't comment on the passes - all are rideable but all should be approached with caution. Even the easy ones might surprise you if not alert.
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: RobC on September 12, 2019, 12:50:48 pm
 :sip: this was a good time waster at the office... one of the best! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: m0lt3n on September 12, 2019, 01:55:19 pm
:sip: this was a good time waster at the office... one of the best! :thumleft:

The problem with writing a RR at work is that you cant share it with anyone at work...




After TTT we gunned it to Rhodes where we were booked in some self catering guesthouse a.k.a. big empty house. You really get the feeling that Rhodes is suffering, lots of houses for sale. It was getting late and we were tired and hungry. After unpcacking we struggled a bit to find Walkerbouts for a pizza, very worried that it wont be open on a Sunday late afternoon but we should not have worried. I also did not have to cry over the chicken burger that somehow disintegrated the box and turned into a much in my topbag anymore.

Walkerbouts was exactly as always, with some random other bike group and we had a great chat. Turns out it was the group we saw on Jouberts pass, lead by an ex country trax guy on an LC, and for some strange reason they did TTT twice that day, doing the whole Ben 10 in two days. Respect.
We like to call ourselves adventure riders but I have found there is a small group of riders that did this thing before the 500 was cool, before tubeless was spelled tubliss even before the 990 was cool, these guys also always seem to know each other and with the slightest provocation will have the funniest and best adventure stories. I enjoyed a lekker whiskey while chatting with one of these true veterans.

Back at the house we found the geyser was never on and it was pretty cold. I should have had more whiskey. Waiting for the water to just not be cold, it was also a great time to catch up with my new riding buddies, it sounded like they were really also enjoying the trip so I was well pleased. The next day would be the last, and while we were tired, it was awesome and a pity it could not go on for longer.

Ben Macdhui was due the next day, a pass that has eluded me for a while so I was really looking forward to doing it
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: m0lt3n on September 12, 2019, 08:10:01 pm
The previous night we didn't get much chance to take pictures of Volunteershoek pass. It's another beaut and extra nice in the morning air. Seeing as we got an extra early start with no breakfast there was time. It's a very nice ride as well with the well maintained road and good visibility through the corners.
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: m0lt3n on September 12, 2019, 08:37:32 pm
Arriving at Tiffindell we went straight up Ben Macdhui. Or at least I tried to. I was having a good trip, not one fall, not even much of a close call so far but had to underestimate this pass. The first switchback had very loose ground, propably where every one has a hard time before either going for it or quiting. I came to a halt and struggled to get going again. Spun out a few times until I tipped. Breathing hard I dropped my backpack and took a second before attempting a go again.

Then it was fine, some steep step ups, some rough moments but not black route level stuff. It was a lot of fun, pitty we didn't take a lot of pics, I am adding some Pieter took. At the top we took a moment to take in the moment and ate a breakfast bar while taking in the scenery.

Going down Theo had a little stage fright when I took a video but nothing major and after a quick coffee at the coffee shop we were off again
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: m0lt3n on September 12, 2019, 09:19:39 pm
I mentioned this earlier, but have to say it again.,wartrail pass should be called jumping pass. It was massive fun! Last time I did it was from the other side! Bottom to top and it was reasonably tough, I remembered it as Neverending steepness.... This time we were going down so I was a little bummed at that at first, but soon realise there was advantages. They have been working in the pass, threw most of the erosion prevention tyres out and buldozed the road and added a lot of berms to prevent flood damage (I am guessing). These berms were perfect for jumping.

There was so many of them you could practice and work your way up to jumping harder and further. I have progressive springs front and back! But by the end I was bottoming both out softly. After the trip, loading the bike on the trailer I could see the rear tyre touched the panels.

At the bottom of the pass we had a break, but no kit kats. All of us thought about going back up at least for a second. All of us were bottoming out, 2 of us intentionally... Sounded like the 250 would like some stiffer springs as well.
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: windswept on September 12, 2019, 09:45:24 pm
Nice one, keep it coming. :sip:
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: m0lt3n on September 13, 2019, 07:06:50 am
Lundeans nek is the last pass of the Ben 10 challenge, but we did have a little add on, little on that later.

The road to Lundeans and the pass itself was very good, well maintained and a lot better than what it was 2 years ago last I rode it. I really had a blissful experience here, standing up, riding fast but not racing with music blaring in the ears, it was awesome with the sweeping corners and good grip riding next to the river and I found myself hoping it could just go on and on. I really enjoyed this as well, maybe because I had the more road focussed bike. But normally at day 3 of a trip I am agitated as I had something to fix, this time the bike was behaving very well, no issues, as long as I didn't look at my dashboard...

I now believe electrical issues makes the 1190 better! hehe
I also realised on Lundeans road time is running out, and put in renewed effort to get some tax out of my rear. It was also a decent road, not overly technical, good condition but not a gravel highway. Again, of course, with awesome views. I took a pic of my rear tyre here, still need to go check and take another pic at home, before throwing it away.
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: JonW on September 13, 2019, 07:37:30 am
Nice ride m0lt3n, enjoyed the virtual ride along with you, that really is a special are for riding bikes.   :thumleft:

Glad to hear they have fixed up the road leading to Lundeans Nek, when I did it in January this year it was terrible.



Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: m0lt3n on September 13, 2019, 09:49:20 am
We had some time left after finishing all, so on suggestion from @171steve we did Dangers hoek after finishing Lundeans. We actually though we missed it but then saw the sign. It was a nice typical scenic Lesotho type route, well maintained with some small villages. There is a small waterfall we were to lazy to photograph but just enjoyed the ride.

After this we set off to Zastron where I ran out of fuel 3km from town. I didn't exactly ride soft on the throttle, blasting ahead to take pics and then gunning it again to catch up. My fuel Guage was also not working along with all of the other errors on the dash.

From Zastron we took a gravel road to Rouxville which was also great. Very well maintained and I was doing speeds on the wrong side of 140 most of the time. There was some lion farm on the road also, not every day you get to see a lion from the back of your bike. Neither an Emu which I almost ran over. It must have escaped from somewhere and was in the road in the middle of nowhere.

Rouxville we had a shower while giving Theo time to catch up with old friends before setting off at 6pm. Not a lot of coffee opportunities on the road but we did manage to rustle some in Kimberley.

I got home at 2:30am,had to get up again at 6 to help prep children for creche, only now starting to feel like I caught up on sleep.

All in all a great trip, I would gladly do it again, maybe just time it with some rain to make it a new experience.


That's my RR. I like to give some opinions at the end of an RR... Coming soon
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: m0lt3n on September 13, 2019, 10:21:36 am
opinions:

1190 electrical issues makes it a better bike
250 is good enough for this trip, or Theo is just a machine. I think there will be a big fun factor missing, but if you have a 250 its not an excuse not to do a proper trip
640 surprised me, I rode it a little and the suspension just felt bottomless. a great all rounder.

I got a KLIM jacket and pants just before the trip and I just cant decide if I want to keep or sell them again. You can feel its a premium kit, but I compare it to my BMW rally suit which is also premium and its tough to choose. The black is definitely not a good choice, but the setup of the pockets I also didn't particularly like. So I am very confused on this.

This was the first time I trailered to a trip, and it worked lekker. I always believe a dual purpose must drive to the trip and back as well, but there is no denying how much nicer the logistics work out if you trailer. From chatting amongst ourselves to just not really being worried if it is getting dark, or being tired when you get to your destination. Either way, no offence, if there was no trailer I would definitely prefer not to share the tar road with these two companions and rather get them at the destination.

This is also the first time I did a trip with hard-ish tyres. Always deflating to 1.8 for gravel this time I kept to 2.2bar and it was perfectly fine. I think if I just keep it like that and never feel the 1.8 again I will be fine, not knowing what I am missing anymore. I am just super tired of punctures so this is just a sacrifice to make.

And then, you will remember I took the MotoZ of for this trip as it was leaking. I will now fit it with the tube and confirm this opinion...but I seriously think this half worn E07 gave me better grip on gravel and loose gravel than that MotoZ does. I am not impressed, so lets hope it will change my mind when I do the swop.

On the punctures, it was definitely a highlight to me that we did not have to remove the front wheel to fix the puncture on the 250. Will this work with the 1190 and excel rims as well? Normally the tough part is to break the bead, and then also that my patches don't last very well. Very intrigued by this. The new front rim is tubed and I will now fit a tubed tyre as well so bead should break easy. Will be interesting.
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on September 13, 2019, 11:47:19 am
Lekker RR - thank you for making the time to write it all up...

I am too old to worry if people have issues with me trailering to the start of the ride - I just don't care.....  :imaposer:  We quite often trailer to a point and ride a few days from there, and unless the point is the ride (like a 2-week Namibia tour) then I am happy to load a few extra cold beers in the fridge in the 4x4 and be relaxed when I get there...

Cheers!

Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: Monkey#13 on September 13, 2019, 02:12:40 pm
Either way, no offence, if there was no trailer I would definitely prefer not to share the tar road with these two companions and rather get them at the destination. - None taken. I would also not subject myself to a 600 odd km tar journey on the 250. It's in fact the trailer part that made the trip possible for me.

I think the 250 will flatter anyone's abilities - I was very happy not to be on a big bike. However, there are long stretches of excellent gravel roads and quite a bit of tar as well. For those sections I would have preferred a LITTLE bit more oomph.

I would definitely do this trip again. Not necessarily all the passes but the area has stunning scenery and the riding is fabulous! Coming from the Kalahari, I often found myself just staring at the landscape, going slower and slower and just enjoying being in the moment.

Thanks for making this trip possible Martin!
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: m0lt3n on September 13, 2019, 04:36:20 pm
My pleasure!
If you guys didn't join I would have stayed home as well. It was a great weekend
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: Oubones on September 13, 2019, 05:23:38 pm
Thank you for taking the time out and making the effort to take us with!
I have done some of Lesotho and a trip around Lesotho, but still want to do those passes.
There is a time to ride the whole trip and a time to trailer, it does not matter as long as you enjoy yourself and have a safe trip!
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: Sheepman on September 13, 2019, 05:32:11 pm
Great RR, thanks. Interesting mix of bikes in age, capacity and make.Clearly, from your trip experience, such a diverse group of bikes makes for a good recipe for fun, as is expected  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: Pietsjiet on September 14, 2019, 08:17:15 am
This was a new experience for me, as I am normally a solo rider. And when my other mates join in, I am normally the leader, taking up the navigation responsibilities.
The fact that we trailered closer to the area, suited me well. 640's does not like tar road. Also the knobbly tyres I'm using would not last the trip.
At one stadge on the trp, Martin and I swopped bikes for a while...and boy old boy, what a power difference..what a big mistake.
I am putting my 640 up for sale now.
I am an old school carburettor junkey. Holding on to these older bikes, in the process keeping myself out of the new bike market.

Thanks for the trip Martin. It was an epic experience!
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: m0lt3n on September 14, 2019, 12:08:34 pm
thanks for all the good feedback on the RR and on the trip. appreciate it
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: Noneking on September 14, 2019, 12:15:26 pm
Nice RR
One of those trips I wouldnt mind doing again
Title: Re: Ben 10 meets MacGyver
Post by: mtr89 on September 26, 2019, 03:06:39 pm
Lekker RR
Looks like you okes had a blast