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Title: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 02:17:01 pm
We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!! Thats what the sticker says and true to baas Kobus's warning we promised to only buy the sticker 'after' completion of the trip!  :headbang:

My son has been riding motorbikes since age 7 and has never been without a bike but then like with most of us at some stage(s) 'life happened' and he had to sell the bike.

He had this dream to one day ride with his 'old toppie' ( that me yes  :peepwall: ) a couple of gravel roads and mountain passes while we still have change.
So both of us have been working on a short farmworker contract in the States and he decided to buy a Yamaha XT660Z which I sourced. It happened to be Dorsland's bike and I could not manage to get a lift to collect the bike so we decided that I'll lift him on my bike and then we will do the trip.  :laughing4: :laughing4:

My bike is not a dual purpose bike but its my only wheels and I had to make due - all I can say afterwards is well done NC750X, you have never missed a beat and done routes where others said 'impossible' with absolutely no damage. Yes even a 17inch mag front tyre  :deal:  :) :laughing4:

Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Firecoast on December 24, 2019, 02:32:05 pm
I have done the trip a few times and it never disappoints!
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 05:23:58 pm
I have done the trip a few times and it never disappoints!

Agree, a must do!!

I'll continue with the RR once my pictures is sorted, not too many but enough to tell the story!! :laughing4:
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Firecoast on December 24, 2019, 05:27:46 pm
Did you stay over? Did the spiders get you?
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 05:51:18 pm
Did you stay over? Did the spiders get you?

Nope, the fire of 3 weeks ago burned down all the camps including Cape Nature as well as the Joubert's camp....caravans etc.
The houses were saved as well as the restaurant.
Rooi Piet's wife told me he is now building camping huts with stone and restoring the camping facilities.
It was a 5 hour trip in and out but that included regular stopping taking in the view and also having a beer and sandwich down at the restaurant.
The tannie who grew up and now 75 years old is still sad and in shock....I don't think people in general that used to know the place are aware of the damage and impact thereof.....it is devastating.

The Joubert wife also asked me to thank the Wild dogs that did contribute a few rand, she said it helped a lot.   :3some:
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 06:02:04 pm
Day 1

The night before the trip my son Chris and I were packing the bike asking each other why we have left this till number 99  :dousing: but we finally managed to get the NC750X loaded and we just could not find place for the raincoats.....and then I decided to make a plan and just make them fit and so glad I did!!

We left at 5am and stopped at Juda's farm. He is my son's friend for many years and asked to join in on the fun.
I asked Dorsland if it is ok if he tagged along and Johan confirmed there is space and food for him as well in the beautiful Karoo farm guest house.

I pillioned Chris and then he also lift me for 300km's. Day one was a total of 990 km and near Dorsland's farm I decided to turn in at Neu Bethesda to fill up with petrol and buy a couple of beers not to arrive empty handed......pok what was I thinking  :bueller: Off course there was no fuel and I arrived on reserve at the farm. Luckily Johan had a couple of liters to see me to Graaff-Reinet the next day but I felt rather embarrassed  :-[

Pictures at Neu Bethesda
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 06:10:57 pm
I have been at Johan's farm 4 years ago, and already though he is a very neat farmer but the progress in 4 years is rather remarkable!
Good things comes to hard working people, and not even the drought has broken this man and his wife. Despite the fact that the drought has affected them badly (shocking!!) they are still in good spirit and involved in assisting other farmers. He was busy arranging transport for delivery of more bales to some of these farmers to safe their live stock.

Picture of his guest house, and comes highly recommendable!!

His 'boer bokke' are in beautiful condition like ever.

We were treated like kings, a humbling experience: Thank you so much Johan and Christa. 

Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Oubones on December 24, 2019, 06:16:20 pm
Glad you had a nice trip.
It is really a must do for a father and son to do a trip together.
I need to get a chance to visit Johan, but could not get there this trip.
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 06:21:49 pm
Day 2

When Chris bought the bike he asked me to help source chrashbars. He is a bit short and although he rides very well in my opinion he knew the XTZ will be a bit tall and prevention is better than cure.

The obvious choice was to order with @ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS  on the forum and he has arranged for the bars to be delivered to an address in Graaff-Reinet. ChrisL was assisting in tracking and when in my opinion way beyond to ensure once again delivery on time. So the morning we left after a good farm breakfast and coffee and head to town to receive the crash bars.

I wanted to fit it next to the road maybe in a still parking lot but Johan would have nothing of this and phoned his buddy at HiQ. He welcomed us and made his tools and workshop available free of charge. Yes we obviously did offer money which he declined. So we fitted the bars and then headed to the view point at the dam which is empty..... 0 water!

After that we went for lunch to the Village roadhouse which is just beautiful arranged, styled like to 60's and the best food at affordable prices.
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Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 06:23:31 pm
 :)
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 06:28:03 pm
Then we decided to head to Uniondale, do the nice tar poort to the small town 'Avontuur' where the Prins Alfred pass starts.
What a boring road that N9!, But once we filled up at Willowmore the day tour started!!  :laughing4: :laughing4:
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 06:32:01 pm
It was getting late and I thought to take a change and see if there is camping available at Angies G spot.
Yes we were in luck and got tents with beds for R280 per person for the night.
They also fired up the 'donkey' and we had warm showers and chilled with a beer and later a very good - real good  :3some: - hamburger.
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 06:34:30 pm
 :)

It was a very nice experience for the young men, there is an interesting fella working there with some star knowledge and we had the clearest view of stars I have experienced since Gough Island!
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 06:39:14 pm
The morning we headed up the pass and the view breathtaking - this is just amazing and reminds me a lot of Ethiopia!
BTW - If anyone wants to open a campsite like Angie's or any sort of tented camp, remote camp or whatever - I have the experience and looking for a camp managing position  :lol8:

Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 06:41:53 pm
We have followed 'Kom se pad' (not to be missed) to Knysna  :)
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 06:46:20 pm
 :)

Once we arrived in Knysna we decided on a pizza for breakfast and parked off at Debonairs. The girl working there made a joke with the owner (they were advertising for delivery bikers) and told him his bikers had has arrived  :imaposer: He looked at us and then saw our bikes and realized she has pranked him. Turned out a very nice biker himself and owner of a number of rather good bikes!
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: BMWPE on December 24, 2019, 06:48:23 pm
The Village Roadhouse looks awesome
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 06:49:12 pm
Glad you had a nice trip.
It is really a must do for a father and son to do a trip together.
I need to get a chance to visit Johan, but could not get there this trip.

Yes Hennie it is rather special, and one of the best trips ever! Yes I dont have the right tool for the job and would love a proper ds bike but that did not stop me from going on this trip. I would so love to do a bit more, especially Namibia and Botswana - one day!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 06:53:13 pm
The Village Roadhouse looks awesome


Yes BMWPE, I did stop there on my way back again yesterday. I have done 1450 km yesterday back home to save a bit of money not having to sleep over. The owner is also the owner of Montegu dog food - he supports the community and town quite a bit!

(I will continue the RR after supper - I have made a little fire for a braai and hope it's still good  :lol8: )
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: woody1 on December 24, 2019, 07:14:34 pm
Lekker ek ry saam :ricky:
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 07:39:18 pm
Then we decided to go have a look at the Knysna Heads. Knysna is one of those special places and we have learned at school about the lives of these early settlers and their lifestyle - the name of the book 'Kringe in die bos' deur Dalene Matthee.
Rich in history and my first change to see the Heads. I am not going into the historical facts but rather just report about our travels though!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 07:57:36 pm
Then we had to make a decision; I wanted to see Woody1 badly (been a long time) and the young men wanted to go to Stilbaai. The next day we would have backtracked to George to do the Montagu pass direction Oudtshoorn. I have done the Montagu pass years back and thought it would be a nice experience for them. I was also thinking of other places to visit when Santjie sent me a Whatsapp and said I should consider the 'Seweweeks poort'.....I had no clue where it was at the time  :lol8:

We went together to Stilbaai and they were good to camp next to the lagoon at R45 per person but Woody1 invited all of us to his house and offered us a good braai and accomodation for the night.
Stilbaai was rather hectic busy at the beach and we decided to head to Riversdale. I was pleasantly surprised, a very neat and well maintained town!
It was a great evening and so special to spent a bit more time with Kobus and Elize than planned. Later the night we heard some musical band outside and it was some sort of salvation army playing for donations - they worked their way through the streets and we also went out support their effort  :)

It was almost hard to say goodbye the next morning, but all good things come to an end and Kobus pointed us in the direction of the 'Seweweeks poort' which was actually not far from Riversdale!

We headed over the Garcias pass which was real fun, that is the pass between Riversdale and Ladismith  :)
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 08:02:57 pm
Now this is a 'poort', not a pass but breathtaking scenery and now picture will do it justice.  :3some:
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 08:08:43 pm
 :) The young men played lekker with their bike and I tried my hand with a fuji colour but in all honesty; I did not take my photography at heart on the trip. I focused on time with Chris and Juda  8)
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 08:11:04 pm
 :)
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 08:14:19 pm
This poort was so lekker we did it twice!  :laughing4:

We also saw a lot of other bikers and they were friendly but did not stop to say hello  :)
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 08:17:02 pm
 :)
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Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 08:20:45 pm
 8)

Then we decided to head back on Route 62 towards Barrydale to have lunch at 'Diesel and Cream'

I have never been on Route 62 and know it's popular but glad we did - yes it is a asphalt road but it was a very good Karoo experience - they must have had recent rains here because it's rather green
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 08:29:02 pm
Just a word on the bikes:

We gave Juda a bit of k@k on the KTM because it kept on braking the exhaust bracket and he had to weld it once, and then I repaired it twice with 'bloudraad en tang' but in all honesty, regardless of the engine management lamp that kept on 'warning' and sometimes a fart  :peepwall: it performed very well - suspension in another class.

The XT660Z was working flawless and a true stunner!!

The NC.....well it is what it is - boring but it got the job done!!  :deal:

We dont get thumpers these days other than the 690 Which should be a lekker bike for a trip like this  :)
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 08:31:57 pm
Food and the atmosphere was awesome at Diesel and Cream!  :laughing4:
That is at Barrydale
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Noneking on December 24, 2019, 08:33:23 pm
Baie mooi fotos Tom!
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Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 08:35:02 pm
 :)

After this we headed to Calitzdorp to do the Groenfontein road which is like a pass/poort but stunning and very lekker riding - some guys have told me it ranks high in their list of favorite rides
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: OomD on December 24, 2019, 08:40:03 pm
Wat 'n lekker RR, Tom, ek ry lekker saam! Julle gemis in Stilbaai, was self nogal daar rond toe die Salvation Army so speel.
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 08:41:04 pm
We missed the entrance which was not marked and a bit hidden (right in the centre of town)
The tar road between Ladismith and Calitzdorp was a lot of fun with fast sweepers and we got to get rid of the chicken strips!  :laughing4:

It was getting late and we were working the bikes on the last bit of gravel, it's been a while since I had so much fun on a bike and caught myself laughing loud at times!!  :3some:

Last picture of some 'redstone formation'
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 08:54:29 pm
We arrived in Oudtshoorn just before dark and had a very lekker braai. They are friends of my son and Juda and know each other from Brits (Mooinooi area where they used to live)
Also bikers, and Juda's dad was on his way with the Cruiser and trailer with an African twin and KLR to join in on the trip. I had one day left and that was the day of 'The Hell'!!
We went to be after 12 and were out at 6 getting ready for the trip!!

I did not have a clue which direction to go and Walter gave good instructions. We left with a lot of excitement and glad to say it never worn down on the day - the best day trip ever!!  :laughing4: :laughing4:

The Swartbergpass is the way to The Hell and wow, a must!!
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: punisher on December 24, 2019, 09:00:01 pm
 O0 :thumleft:
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 09:00:15 pm
Just a few kilometers over the mountain top we reached the turn to The Hell - and nogal a warning!!  :o

The first couple of kilometers is a bit corrugated, rocky and albeit not technical at all rather rough - and then it starts to wow you and never stop doing just that!!  8) :laughing4: :deal:
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Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 09:03:08 pm
Those Enduristan monsoon bags on my son's Z is the best arrangement in soft panniers that I have seen by the way - I got them for me but he hijacked it  :patch:
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 09:07:58 pm
 :'( :'( Yes - The Hell burned down.....shit its sad, the forensics concluded it was started by a cigarette and dont ask me how they got to know that but the Jouberts faced possible court cases and huge fines because of Cape Nature's place that has burned down but in the end the were not find quilty. 
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Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 09:11:45 pm
Once again - If you have never done this Kloof it's time to start planning!!  :deal:
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Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 09:16:01 pm
The ride out is surprisingly not technical at all and you do not need special skills other than choosing the correct line and be careful at 4x4's approaching around the blind corners at speed.  :deal:

It is however a very relaxed enjoyable good gravel pass  :thumleft:
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2019, 09:23:54 pm
All too soon it was over, but it was absolutely worth it!  :thumleft:

Time with my son and Juda, and what more could I have asked for!!  8)

One more reason why I love our country so much, and the 3 of us hope to do more trips in future together!  :)

Hope you have enjoyed the short RR! Cheers to all my WD friends and Seasonal greetings!!  :thumleft:
Title: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Dorsland on December 24, 2019, 10:14:40 pm
Lekker Tom, was lekker om jou weer te sien en ook om jou seun en Juda te ontmoet.  Ek is bly die fiets loop goed en dat hy tevrede met hom is.  Interessant dat my laaste rit met hom Die Hel toe was en Chris se eerste rit weer terug daarnatoe.

Ek is nogsteeds spyt ek het hom verkoop maar soos jy s, dis n kop besluit, nie n hart besluit nie.

Bly julle het lekker hier gebly. As julle weer kom dan lyk dit weer mooi na die ren. Jy kon gerus weer hier oorgebly het eerder as om jou oor n mik te ry huistoe. Dis moer vr op een dag.
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: roxenz on December 25, 2019, 09:06:23 am
Fantastic trip Tom! The 660Z is still my favourite of the bikes I've owned.
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Flowers on December 25, 2019, 10:13:26 am
Tom thank you for taking the time and trouble to share your wonderful trip. Having ridden those roads before your report has motivated me to Do It Again soon in the New year. Have a blessed  Christmas and thanks again.


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Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 25, 2019, 10:23:36 am
Lekker Tom, was lekker om jou weer te sien en ook om jou seun en Juda te ontmoet.  Ek is bly die fiets loop goed en dat hy tevrede met hom is.  Interessant dat my laaste rit met hom Die Hel toe was en Chris se eerste rit weer terug daarnatoe.

Ek is nogsteeds spyt ek het hom verkoop maar soos jy s, dis n kop besluit, nie n hart besluit nie.

Bly julle het lekker hier gebly. As julle weer kom dan lyk dit weer mooi na die ren. Jy kon gerus weer hier oorgebly het eerder as om jou oor n mik te ry huistoe. Dis moer vr op een dag.

Chris is baie gelukkig Johan, daai glimlag spreek boekdele!! Groete!!  :thumleft:

Fantastic trip Tom! The 660Z is still my favourite of the bikes I've owned.

I have not taken it for a ride yet Roxenz, my son is glued to the bike but I am already making sums to try and sell the NC and source a nice Z for myself!!  :thumleft:

Tom thank you for taking the time and trouble to share your wonderful trip. Having ridden those roads before your report has motivated me to Do It Again soon in the New year. Have a blessed  Christmas and thanks again.


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Thanks Flowers, and please do a RR once your back as well!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: GravelFox on December 25, 2019, 11:27:04 am
Lekker Tom, was lekker om jou weer te sien en ook om jou seun en Juda te ontmoet.  Ek is bly die fiets loop goed en dat hy tevrede met hom is.  Interessant dat my laaste rit met hom Die Hel toe was en Chris se eerste rit weer terug daarnatoe.

Ek is nogsteeds spyt ek het hom verkoop maar soos jy s, dis n kop besluit, nie n hart besluit nie.

Bly julle het lekker hier gebly. As julle weer kom dan lyk dit weer mooi na die ren. Jy kon gerus weer hier oorgebly het eerder as om jou oor n mik te ry huistoe. Dis moer vr op een dag.

Chris is baie gelukkig Johan, daai glimlag spreek boekdele!! Groete!!  :thumleft:

Fantastic trip Tom! The 660Z is still my favourite of the bikes I've owned.

I have not taken it for a ride yet Roxenz, my son is glued to the bike but I am already making sums to try and sell the NC and source a nice Z for myself!!  :thumleft:

Tom thank you for taking the time and trouble to share your wonderful trip. Having ridden those roads before your report has motivated me to Do It Again soon in the New year. Have a blessed  Christmas and thanks again.


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Thanks Flowers, and please do a RR once your back as well!!  :thumleft:
Also have the XTZ and would like the T7 but in heart and soul I am a thumper man. Its going to be difficult to let go.


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Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Patrol on December 25, 2019, 12:05:06 pm
Lekker saamgery,, mooi pic's wat jy neem..dis tyd dat ek ook weer eendag daai pad ry 5 jaar terug is nou meer as genoeg gewag...
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Post by: woody1 on December 25, 2019, 01:51:58 pm
Dankie vir die lekker saamry.
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Post by: Tom van Brits on December 25, 2019, 03:37:42 pm
Lekker saamgery,, mooi pic's wat jy neem..dis tyd dat ek ook weer eendag daai pad ry 5 jaar terug is nou meer as genoeg gewag...

Maak plan mater!!  :thumleft:

Dankie vir die lekker saamry.

 :laughing4: :thumleft:
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 25, 2019, 06:20:17 pm
Chris and Juda are still touring, they have done Montague pass today  :)
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Post by: Nicobie on December 25, 2019, 07:58:48 pm
Lekker saam getoer Tom.

Verlede jaar Desember het ek die Montagu pas gedoen, toe was hy weer totaal afgebrand.
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Post by: DUSTRIDERS on December 26, 2019, 12:31:27 pm
 The Hell burned down.....shit its sad,

Dis baie hartseer van die infrastrukture wat afgebrand het in die vuur, maar dis baie goed dat die doringboom vervuiling nou n slag skoongebrand is. Niemand het iets gedoen aan die indringer plante so nou is die probleem opgelos.

Dit moet baie spesiaal wees om so n trip saam met jou seun te doen Tom. Hoop julle gaan kans kry om nog baie te doen. :thumleft:
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Post by: MRK Miller on December 26, 2019, 12:54:36 pm
Awesome. Baie dankie vir die deel
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Post by: HB 9 on December 26, 2019, 02:00:14 pm
Lekker saam gery! Awesome fotos!  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: Battlestar on December 28, 2019, 07:51:51 am
Great RR. Brings back wonderful memories of when I did the same trip over 11 years ago with my wife.
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Post by: Knucklhead on December 28, 2019, 10:38:41 am
Lekka Tom   :thumleft:
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Post by: Black_Hawk on December 28, 2019, 06:00:03 pm
Julle het baie lekker paaie gery Tom, al jou foto's maak my sommer nou lus om my bike weer te pak en daai paaie aan te vat.

Baie dankie vir die deel en die mooi foto's  :thumleft:
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 30, 2019, 06:50:45 pm
Dankie julle!!  :thumleft:

My son and Juda are still on a roll, I'll wait another week and then sent him a 'pin drop'from home  :imaposer:
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Post by: woody1 on December 30, 2019, 08:34:46 pm
Ek sien hulle ry alweer op my agterstoep. Juda is seker bang  om draad en tang te kom leen vir daai KTM :imaposer:
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 30, 2019, 08:58:26 pm
Ek sien hulle ry alweer op my agterstoep. Juda is seker bang  om draad en tang te kom leen vir daai KTM :imaposer:

 :spitcoffee:

Miskien kan ek dit op my CV sit, KTM nood mechanic?  :lol8:

Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Mr Zog on December 31, 2019, 02:17:57 am
Ek sien hulle ry alweer op my agterstoep. Juda is seker bang  om draad en tang te kom leen vir daai KTM :imaposer:

 :spitcoffee:

Miskien kan ek dit op my CV sit, KTM nood mechanic?  :lol8:

Dis die "skills" wat jy hier in Amerika geleer her man! Waars daai lekker tang met skede wat jy gekoop het?  :peepwall:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 31, 2019, 06:18:20 am
Ek sien hulle ry alweer op my agterstoep. Juda is seker bang  om draad en tang te kom leen vir daai KTM :imaposer:

 :spitcoffee:

Miskien kan ek dit op my CV sit, KTM nood mechanic?  :lol8:

Dis die "skills" wat jy hier in Amerika geleer her man! Waars daai lekker tang met skede wat jy gekoop het?  :peepwall:  :imaposer:

Yes Gary nothing beats the American pliers and a good old Leatherman!!
Maybe I should donate one to Juda to keep that KTM onroad  :deal: :imaposer:

But ok in all honesty; that KTM is a machine and a half  :3some:
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Post by: Dwerg on December 31, 2019, 08:23:26 am
Lekker Tom dankie vir die deel  :thumleft:

Goeie foto's maak 'n RR net soveel beter. Ek dink dis tyd dat ek 'n kamera kry
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: billy-joe on December 31, 2019, 10:23:26 am
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Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Stroke Her on January 06, 2020, 10:08:03 am
Now that is how you treat a new XT660z...by taking it for a very nice long ride :thumleft:

I was the muppet at the start of "The Hell" on the white XT660z with the Enduristan bags. Glad you guys made it and that it was enjoyable...it surely was a hot day in The Hell that day.
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 06, 2020, 04:00:14 pm
Now that is how you treat a new XT660z...by taking it for a very nice long ride :thumleft:

I was the muppet at the start of "The Hell" on the white XT660z with the Enduristan bags. Glad you guys made it and that it was enjoyable...it surely was a hot day in The Hell that day.

Nice meeting you @Stroke Her ! My son was so excited to see another XT660Z and then he told me you sounds just as impulsive as I am since you were at that stage 'thinking of maybe going'  :imaposer:

Yes that Enduristan bags on his XT660Z is exactly the same as yours and he has toured over 2 weeks with it. Handed it back to me now (he hacked mine  :lol8: )

Agree is was a hot day!!
Cheers  :thumleft:
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: EssBee on January 07, 2020, 06:12:28 pm
Thanks, Tom, for sharing. Brilliant pics as usual!!!

Die Hel and Montague Pas bring back fond memories of my mountain biking days in the Cape. So sad to see the valley of Die Hel all black and charred.
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 07, 2020, 09:32:12 pm
Thanks, Tom, for sharing. Brilliant pics as usual!!!

Die Hel and Montague Pas bring back fond memories of my mountain biking days in the Cape. So sad to see the valley of Die Hel all black and charred.

Mountain biking through these passes must be quite something, I would also love to hike a couple especially 'the Hell' only with a rucksack and minimalist camping gear.

We have serviced the XT660Z today; new oil filter, oil, spark plug, washed the DNA filter with the proper solution and oiled it and he replaced the usb power point with a cigaret powerpoint to be able to power the air compressor - the kit is available from Runner complete with inline fuse. I also fitted a new rear tyre on the NCx since the tyre is near the wear indicator and I had a puncture close to home and plugged it.....but never felt comfy riding with that 'snot wurm'.

Tomorrow the fat OEM silencer box (very heavy) will get replaced by an Air-age can and a tool tube 'side by side'. The XTZ also got a new rear tyre that came off my old Transalp years ago - the tyre was brand new but I did not want to commute on knobbies and fitted a new road orientated tyre.
The XTZ passed the vehicle test station with flying colours and all the paperwork was submitted.
Chris is now prioritizing on what else to do since he will soon go back to collage for more studies and he is also going to do his wiremans licence.

Quite a memorable trip it was and somehow Oudshoorn grew on me.....I did not spent much time there but felt at home and my mind often wanders off in that direction!

Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Matewis on January 08, 2020, 07:38:36 am
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It was a very nice experience for the young men, there is an interesting fella working there with some star knowledge and we had the clearest view of stars I have experienced since Gough Island!

That dog is legend. When I was there about 2 years ago it was pissing with rain and I had some biltong in my bag for the lunch stops. The dog ended up sleeping next to my bed the whole night after opening the tent on his own. It was was 1.3 degrees outside so needless to say I let him be. Having a donkey shower at 7:00 in the morning with temp sitting at 3 degrees was an experience!

Sad to see the kloof took such a beating. Think it's time to take a few guys on a trip there.

Thanks for sharing. Sharing such experiences with your dad/son/daughter is something to cherish forever!
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: westfrogger on January 08, 2020, 08:47:17 am
Thanks for the cool photos and RR. We live in helluva beautiful country.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Frannarossi on January 08, 2020, 09:15:41 am
Lekker RR met mooi fotos. Dankie vir die deel :thumleft:
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: 1ougat on January 08, 2020, 12:12:03 pm
Lekker man lekker  :thumleft:
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: fat b on January 09, 2020, 11:31:40 pm
Did you stay over? Did the spiders get you?
Ha ha , I remember sharing a spider infested caravan with you years ago ! What A lekker trip that was , I remember being very drunk and laughing my ass off ! Seems like a million years ago. 😞
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 10, 2020, 07:48:22 am
Did you stay over? Did the spiders get you?
Ha ha , I remember sharing a spider infested caravan with you years ago ! What A lekker trip that was , I remember being very drunk and laughing my ass off ! Seems like a million years ago. 😞

Sadly thos caravans are no more but the new stone cottages sounds like n better plan.
Definitely worth a future visit!
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Sardine on January 13, 2020, 06:44:04 pm
Fantastic RR and phenomenal photos!
Thank you for sharing.
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: big oil on February 14, 2020, 05:22:11 am
Top shelf RR, Tom, thanks for sharing.

A few of the places that grabbed my eyes:

The church in Graff-Rynet, what's the name of the church?  Without a doubt, I've seen that church somewhere before, TV, magazine, I don't know, but that place is unforgettable.

The place where Dorslands buddy let you fix your machines, I like that style, lots of old memorabilia, shell pumps, mobil, valvoline, Ford signs, very very kooool.

Deezel n Cream looks like a nice place to spend a couple of hours.

The dog at the camp would've been invited to sleep in my tent, as he would alert me to predators.  Looks like a great great dog.
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on February 14, 2020, 08:04:42 am
Top shelf RR, Tom, thanks for sharing.

A few of the places that grabbed my eyes:

The church in Graff-Rynet, what's the name of the church?  Without a doubt, I've seen that church somewhere before, TV, magazine, I don't know, but that place is unforgettable.

The place where Dorslands buddy let you fix your machines, I like that style, lots of old memorabilia, shell pumps, mobil, valvoline, Ford signs, very very kooool.

Deezel n Cream looks like a nice place to spend a couple of hours.

The dog at the camp would've been invited to sleep in my tent, as he would alert me to predators.  Looks like a great great dog.

Thanks BO!  :thumleft:

That is the Durch Reformed church in Graaff-Reinet
The build started in 1886 April and based on the lines of Salisbury Cathedral in England - it was the 4th Dutch reformed church build and the 3rd on the very same site. The previous one served the community over half a century but was badly damaged in a fire being a thatched roof building.
Quite a well known landmark of the town and one of the most beautiful churches in SA.

Yes the dog at "Angie's G spot" is a "Boerboel' and they are big friendly and fierce, very popular dog species here.
I doubt if there are actually any dangers out there other than cobras.


Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: big oil on February 14, 2020, 08:21:48 am
Top shelf RR, Tom, thanks for sharing.

A few of the places that grabbed my eyes:

The church in Graff-Rynet, what's the name of the church?  Without a doubt, I've seen that church somewhere before, TV, magazine, I don't know, but that place is unforgettable.

The place where Dorslands buddy let you fix your machines, I like that style, lots of old memorabilia, shell pumps, mobil, valvoline, Ford signs, very very kooool.

Deezel n Cream looks like a nice place to spend a couple of hours.

The dog at the camp would've been invited to sleep in my tent, as he would alert me to predators.  Looks like a great great dog.

Thanks BO!  :thumleft:

That is the Durch Reformed church in Graaff-Reinet
The build started in 1886 April and based on the lines of Salisbury Cathedral in England - it was the 4th Dutch reformed church build and the 3rd on the very same site. The previous one served the community over half a century but was badly damaged in a fire being a thatched roof building.
Quite a well known landmark of the town and one of the most beautiful churches in SA.

Yes the dog at "Angie's G spot" is a "Boerboel' and they are big friendly and fierce, very popular dog species here.
I doubt if there are actually any dangers out there other than cobras.

Thanks for providing the name of the Dutch Reformed Church.

Oh, only cobras to worry about huh?  :patch:  No thank you, I live in a state with no deadly snakes and I like it that way!
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: EssBee on February 14, 2020, 11:51:41 am
Once again I had a nice aerial view of Die Hel on Tuesday flying from here to CT.  The flight path is just north of the Swartberg so on the left of the aircraft going to CT.One can clearly see Prince Albert and the pass behind it and the long road snaking its way to the west to the valley of Die Hel.
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Tom van Brits on February 14, 2020, 06:58:04 pm
Once again I had a nice aerial view of Die Hel on Tuesday flying from here to CT.  The flight path is just north of the Swartberg so on the left of the aircraft going to CT.One can clearly see Prince Albert and the pass behind it and the long road snaking its way to the west to the valley of Die Hel.

Amazing scenery and I would definitely say that this route should be a bucket list item for adventure riders in South Africa! There are still a lot of passes in the Western Cape I would like to explore, combined with hikes up in the mountains.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: m0lt3n on February 18, 2020, 10:50:42 am
Nice RR and great photos!
Title: Re: We Survived the Hell on motorbikes!!
Post by: Gee S on February 25, 2020, 02:10:03 pm
Lekker RR TVB en mooi fotos. :thumleft: