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Title: Swazi Rally 2006
Post by: Leo on August 27, 2006, 05:37:52 pm
The Swazi Rally has been a firm favourite of me since I?ve visited it the first time back in 2000, because it?s well organized, reasonably small and there are lovely roads to ride on the Saturday of the event. This year was no exception. Our plan was to meet at Delmas on Friday morning early, and then take the back roads from there to the Nerston border post and then on to the rally site. Excalibur got a message on the way to the Delmas that his brother had passed away the previous night, (RIP Merash), so he cancelled his participation. I detoured to go past his house in Midrand to express my condolences in person and then headed towards Delmas. Larrysleguana (LL) was waiting patiently for me, but all this meant that our time arrangements had gone for a ball of @#$%. We decided to make hay while the sun was shining, and made fast progress. For some reason it was bitterly cold, to the extent that I had to put on all the t-shirts that I had taken along, and eventually resorted to putting on my rain suite for added protection against the ice bears.
We made a quick stop in Bethal to say Hi to LL?s mother in law, have a quick brandy and coke to start the internal engine and soon we were on our way again.
In Ermelo we stopped at the local Spur for lunch, and started seeing the first other rally go-ers, super bike riders.
We arrived at the Nerston border post at around 15:30 after travelling in rain from Amsterdam.
The weather was threatening, as thick dark blue clouds gathered on our right side, so we wasted very little time, and arrived at the rally site around 16:30.
The rains was just around the corner, and we managed to pitch our tents in the dry, but while I was attaching my flysheet to the tent, all hell broke loose. LL was also done, so we ran for the party hall and had a few cold ones while the heavens opened. This lasted about 30 minutes and stopped just as Derick, Brian and Steve arrived. Soon we were all settled, and started serious partying.
This lasted till the late hours of the morning, but fun was had by all. Saturday morning we roused early, had some coffee and headed out into the country side by 08:00.

Because of the rain the roads was an absolute blast with almost no dust so we had excellent riding conditions. (http://usera.imagecave.com/tourer/General/Sr8.jpg)
At our first river crossing I stopped for our traditional ride up the river, the smokers did their thing and soon we were off again. Steve was the last to pull away, and got stuck, but was offered assistance by a local floppy, who then insisted on getting a lift out of the river. Steve thanked him by dropping the bike in the sand, but I tell you that floppy was up in a flash, and for some unknown reason refused any more offerings of a lift.
A few km?s down the road a grader was busy doing it?s thing, so after riding on the loose gravel for a few km?s I stopped to take a photo.
When I wanted to leave that boney of mine was as dead as a mossie. Eventullay after lots of advice from all the mechanics, and a few phone calls we traced the problem to a flat battery! My initial diagnose was a faulty side stand switch, but yes suddenly the battery was flat. I removed the battery, opened the maintenance free unit, only to discover there was zero water in the damn thing.
Filled it up with regular bottled water, and as I put the battery back, the fuel pump kicked in and I knew we were back in business. I push started the bike and we got going again. That was it, no more problems with battery. Strange but true.
Our route took us past the Mnjoli dam, past a few general dealers, and eventually we ended at a bottle store to buy some replenishment for the night?s party.
 LL bought a few courts, and we joined the locals who were wasted as hell, but anyhow fun was had.
They don't come any smoother than this....
Not one wheel on this car had more than two wheelnuts...

From there we worked out way towards Manzini, where someone managed to loose the last two riders, but it would appear that Derick was the guilty party.  
Normal rally procedure
Steve & Brian thanking me for the days ride
Few members of our rainbow nation with LL
We arrived back at the campsite at about 15:30, so the guys could watch the boks loose AGAIN!
First time I?ve seen a MZ motorbike
We had covered almost 300 km?s and had lots of fun.
Thanks to all who joined. Next year we do it all over again. Then we?ll explore the region towards the south of the rally site.

 :lol:  :lol:  :lol:
Title: Swazi Rally 2006
Post by: Gunner on August 27, 2006, 06:34:34 pm
..........and there I was thinking that you poor guys were probaby freezing your nuts off in this cold spell and really glad I didn't go with ......... oh well I suppose that even I can't be right all the time  :cry:  

Glad you had a good trip though and thanks for the photos. :)
Title: Swazi Rally 2006
Post by: mango on August 27, 2006, 06:49:24 pm
I don't like taking a pillion, so maybe I should try
dropping the bike too  :D

Looks like you guys had a blast, and nice place to ride..
Title: Swazi Rally 2006
Post by: GIDEON on August 27, 2006, 08:37:51 pm
Title: Swazi Rally 2006
Post by: funacide on August 27, 2006, 10:44:11 pm
Looks like some awesome routes there, maybe next year I will join you guys....
Title: Swazi Rally 2006
Post by: X Banana Boy on August 28, 2006, 01:14:21 am
Lekker pics and report.  Thanks
Title: Swazi Rally 2006
Post by: wino on August 28, 2006, 07:38:52 am
:thumbleft: nice one leeuman!
Title: Swazi Rally 2006
Post by: JourneyMan on August 28, 2006, 10:48:35 am
Lekker Leo. Good to see some riding was done as well. :wink:

Condolences to Excalibur. :cry: Best of luck for the difficult times ahead.
Title: Swazi Rally 2006
Post by: Leo on August 28, 2006, 12:46:00 pm
Thanks Guys & Gals.

Yes we had lots of fun and the riding rates up there with the top 20 at least!

Also met CMA_Andy and Leonard who I presume is the newest member CMALeonard.
They also had a blast by the looks of it, Andy on a KLR and Leonard on a Super Tenere.

The rally was small, if I had to guess I'd say max 300 people, but I could be wrong - maybe less. Can't believe the okes are so afraid of some rain!

The area where we camped (on the soccer field at the top) was packed last year, and this year there may have been, apart from our group, another 20 tents!
I think the Kings Brigade took a bit of a knock, but next year they'lll make a killing when I drag all the forum guys along!  :wink:

Take this as an early warning - Get your passports ready!  :shock:

Next year we're taking a week off after the rally and going on to Bilene in Moz. Johnny's got a backpackers there, where we can stay for free for three days! Also wanna go to Inhambane, as he knows a few people there as well! Lots of sand riding. Get ready only 364 days to go!
Title: Swazi Rally 2006
Post by: klippies on August 28, 2006, 01:15:22 pm
Hi Leo, thanks vir die foto's. Was moerse jaloers toe ek heel naweek in PTA sit terwyl julle dreun. Sal verseker vlg jaar daar wees!

Title: Swazi Rally 2006
Post by: Ama ride ride on August 28, 2006, 03:16:58 pm
Nice report Leo. 8)

Snaaks genoeg maar Moz is juis baie sterk op my trip planning rooster vir 2007.
Title: Swazi Rally 2006
Post by: brettp on August 28, 2006, 04:56:13 pm
Leo, me likes the way u r thinking!!!!!
Title: Swazi Rally 2006
Post by: GIDEON on August 28, 2006, 08:49:58 pm
DIT klink bevange so 365 dae vir license  :lol:
Nou het ek iets wat my dryf