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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Welsh on September 04, 2006, 08:20:55 am

Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: Welsh on September 04, 2006, 08:20:55 am
So, I was not gonna ride, so I told Funacide the same at 8, but SWMBO said that I would just be hanging around irritating her, so what the hell chase the boys down.

Big advantage, I have a rough idea of where they are stopping for breakfast. So I missed the first section of sand and gravel by flying up the Highway to Cullinan and find them at the Wimpy!!!!!! Successss.

Found a sole BMW with 2 x KLR,s and a KLE? Here grabbing some fuel adfter breakfast.

 
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a236/IWelshman/DSC01880.jpg)


And we were off to the quarry, but some nice dirt roads on the way.

The mottly crew at the quarry.

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a236/IWelshman/DSC01883.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a236/IWelshman/DSC01885.jpg)

The quarry sand was not too severe, every one handled it well and it was fun for a while.

The lesser spotted KLE.

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a236/IWelshman/DSC01884.jpg)

And the GSV in all her glory.

 (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a236/IWelshman/DSC01882.jpg)

Then just when we about to leave, the boys had spotted some MX boys coming down a track.

So typically, off the boys went, to ?investigate? I followed and after a successful but rather ballerina like unprofessional exit up the rutted climb I was ok.

Suddenly realised I had left the last man behind, so I manouvered the pig around from the single track through the tuft grass to go back, 50 yards back saw him coming and had to manouvere the pig around again, the bitch is not easy in that tight stuff. But he was a gent and stopped to ask if I was ok.

The next section was a bitch, serious large loose and fixed rocks, sorry no photo,s again but ugly rocky bits, the pigs bash plate bears some new scars despite being significantly higher than she was.        

Sorry no photo,s of that section.

Baldy, did well in the tricky rocky section, then rode feet down in the easy stuff, wanted to discuss it with him over a beer, but he wisely ducked before hand.  

Anyway, the ride was good but uneventful, apparently Shark had an off but I was unfortunately miles away with the camera.

We then we were onto the railway line to head back.  


(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a236/IWelshman/DSC01888.jpg)


We found a couple of guys who obviously recognised like minded souls, they were setting up to jump off the bridge the next weekend.

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a236/IWelshman/DSC01892.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a236/IWelshman/DSC01891.jpg)

We rejoined the railway line track and I tried some moving photo,s not so great, by the time I got the camera going, I was left way behind and had to catch up with the digi in the left and throttle in the right.

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a236/IWelshman/DSC01894.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a236/IWelshman/DSC01897.jpg)

Following Baldy, getting the hang of this now.

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a236/IWelshman/DSC01899.jpg)

 Anyway, good fun boys, despite a few hooligan bursts at the end, thoroughly enjoyable.

The spine feels much looser after the day, a great releaser of business tension.

Welsh
Title: Tx
Post by: IDR on September 04, 2006, 08:38:13 am
Thanks Welsh... and Funacide for leading, and shark_za and Baldy for the good company  :D

Had a blast, and I'm a lot more confident to tackle loose sand and rocky ruts in future...

I only took one singular photo, and it's crap, so won't post it.
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: Grootseun on September 04, 2006, 08:43:32 am
Well done dudes... looks like fun was had...jealous  :D
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: funacide on September 04, 2006, 09:03:38 am
Thanks for a great ride guys, was awesome fun.

Just have a few pics of the dust bowl area....

Shark perfecting the slow sand riding...
(http://www.image-upload.net/files/1757/Quarry03092006/1.jpg)
Baldy gettign some confidence
(http://www.image-upload.net/files/1757/Quarry03092006/2.jpg)
InsideDirtRider getting some play time sitting down
(http://www.image-upload.net/files/1757/Quarry03092006/3.jpg)
(http://www.image-upload.net/files/1757/Quarry03092006/4.jpg)
The GSV in action with Welshie
(http://www.image-upload.net/files/1757/Quarry03092006/5.jpg)
(http://www.image-upload.net/files/1757/Quarry03092006/6.jpg)
(http://www.image-upload.net/files/1757/Quarry03092006/7.jpg)
Shark playing again
(http://www.image-upload.net/files/1757/Quarry03092006/8.jpg)
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: IDR on September 04, 2006, 09:07:25 am
Quote from: "funacide"
Just have a few pics of the dust bowl area....


I can't see any of them - tried the image url as well - nothing...?
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: BlouVark on September 04, 2006, 09:08:51 am
Nice one guys.

Apologies for not showing. Ended up in Dullstroom Saturday night on a spur of the moment kind of thing & only returned Sunday afternoon.
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: JourneyMan on September 04, 2006, 09:16:33 am
Lekker okes!

Apologies for not showing. Nuff said. :roll:  :lol:
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: Welsh on September 04, 2006, 09:17:24 am
Quote from: "InsiderDirtRider"
Quote from: "funacide"
Just have a few pics of the dust bowl area....


I can't see any of them - tried the image url as well - nothing...


Unfortunately, I can see them all, no issues, the GSV looks loverly, those pics do however suggest that I should possibly cut down on those lunches.

Welsh  :oops:

OK, it's official: I'm buff.
Or rather, I'm a BUFF.
Big, ugly, fat fuck.
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: IDR on September 04, 2006, 09:27:39 am
Quote from: "African Welsh"
Quote from: "InsiderDirtRider"
Quote from: "funacide"
Just have a few pics of the dust bowl area....


I can't see any of them - tried the image url as well - nothing...


Unfortunately, I can see them all, no issues, the GSV looks loverly, those pics do however suggest that I should possibly cut down on those lunches.

Welsh  :oops:

OK, it's official: I'm buff.
Or rather, I'm a BUFF.
Big, ugly, fat fuck.


Funny that...tried IE and Opera, none of those pics show, but PC next door shows fine...  :roll:
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: BlouVark on September 04, 2006, 09:32:35 am
Quote from: "African Welsh"
Quote from: "InsiderDirtRider"
Quote from: "funacide"
Just have a few pics of the dust bowl area....


I can't see any of them - tried the image url as well - nothing...


....... the GSV looks loverly, Welsh  :oops:


Agree Welsh, with the "increased ride height", now it's time for some TKC's & that black pig is going to look awesome!
Title: Re: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: shark_za on September 04, 2006, 10:03:10 am
Quote from: "African Welsh"

Anyway, the ride was good but uneventful, apparently Shark had an off but I was unfortunately miles away with the camera.


Ah, in an attempt to make the one path leading to the rocks more challenging I went the "bad" line to see how it was.
Turns out the third hole was bigger than 21 inches...
And it was about that deep too.
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: Leon H on September 04, 2006, 10:18:04 am
Hey great photos...

....very excellent to see some snaps of the world's most under-rated DS bike in action, the KLE500!  More snaps of that please!

Leon
Title: Re: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: Welsh on September 04, 2006, 10:45:14 am
Quote from: "shark_za"
Quote from: "African Welsh"

Anyway, the ride was good but uneventful, apparently Shark had an off but I was unfortunately miles away with the camera.


Ah, in an attempt to make the one path leading to the rocks more challenging I went the "bad" line to see how it was.
Turns out the third hole was bigger than 21 inches...
And it was about that deep too.


I suppose I could have mentioned that, but I thought what the hell!

Welsh  :twisted:

The more you complain, the longer God lets you live.
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: Baldy on September 04, 2006, 12:35:03 pm
Thanks guys - I learned a lot yesterday.  Sorry for bailing out early - my nose started bleeding (must be from all the concentration trying to keep it upright :lol: ).
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: Kev on September 04, 2006, 12:49:32 pm
Quote from: "African Welsh"

Unfortunately, I can see them all, no issues, the GSV looks loverly, those pics do however suggest that I should possibly cut down on those lunches.

Welsh  :oops:

OK, it's official: I'm buff.
Or rather, I'm a BUFF.
Big, ugly, fat fuck.

 
Or get even more uprated shocks? :dontknow:  :lol:
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: Leo on September 04, 2006, 01:20:27 pm
Welshie you sporting those Bitubo's?

How are they coping?

Seems like the bash plate is still intact  :wink:
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: Welsh on September 04, 2006, 04:04:04 pm
Quote from: "Leo"
Welshie you sporting those Bitubo's?

How are they coping?

Seems like the bash plate is still intact  :wink:


Hi Leo,
Despite my incredible bulk they were handling it well, I guess it is like riding two up for the average bike.

I fitted them during the week, modified the fittings (the bottom bushing is now machined from some 1" solid Titanium bar that was hanging around.

I took it to the Dros on Friday, the increase in ride height of about 30 to 40mm was quite evident and the steering sharper, I was concerned if it was gonna be OK in sand etc or was going to be too sensitive.

I eventually took it out on Sunday;

1) It does not wallow in sweepers on the road anymore.
2) It is more predictable off road and shook its head less, which surprised me as the steering is sharper.
3) The bash plate stayed on.
4) At no stage did the rear shock bottom.
5) Sorry the front did just about bottom, I could not see a big washout in the dust overtaking a bakkie.

Without them, it would have been another Kak day, no bashplate and that washout might have done "damage".

Excellent shocks will PM you.

Welsh  8)

I was asked to run a marathon and I said no chance. Then I was told it was for spastics and special needs kids. I thought ?damn it, I could win that?!
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: Leo on September 04, 2006, 06:23:32 pm
Quote from: "African Welsh"
Excellent shocks will PM you.


If only I could get them fitted in my bike ! :wink:
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: Zonkelnut on September 04, 2006, 06:36:09 pm
Quote from: "African Welsh"
... Despite my incredible bulk they ...


Welshy, please stop. If every person on this planet evaluates themselves, they will all fall short of you. You are the best and I tried to understand what everybody was talking about, seeing that I met you and you look like everybody else.

So, from now on, when I see you or anybody else of Wilddog's knocking Welsh, I will make a statement.
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: sidetrack on September 04, 2006, 06:41:33 pm
Looks like a fun day out ! Still want to know where the quarry is ? I'd like a go at that sand as well. Shark how is that 606's holding up ?
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: Welsh on September 04, 2006, 06:50:43 pm
Quote from: "Zonkelnut"
Quote from: "African Welsh"
... Despite my incredible bulk they ...


Welshy, please stop. If every person on this planet evaluates themselves, they will all fall short of you. You are the best and I tried to understand what everybody was talking about, seeing that I met you and you look like everybody else.

So, from now on, when I see you or anybody else of Wilddog's knocking Welsh, I will make a statement.


Hey Zonk,
Your on a mission today, being nice to me and Shark!

Your Kaoko trip was an inspiration to us all.

Don,t concern yourself, the rest of the forum are well behaved, they only pick up when I take the piss out of myself. I just need to get down from this 130kg level where I am now, just because I might enjoy my riding EVEN more!

Welsh  :D
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: Welsh on September 04, 2006, 07:12:32 pm
Quote from: "digitaldan"
Looks like a fun day out ! Still want to know where the quarry is ? I'd like a go at that sand as well. Shark how is that 606's holding up ?


Must admit, I doubt if I could find it again, the route we took to get there.

I was going to say it would not be challenging for the DRZ, but no I would be wrong, there are spots there which you could make a challenge on a Trials Bike.

Like many things in life, if you want to make them difficult you can.  

Welshie the Philosopher  8)

Einstein knew more about physics than the Pope knows about God.
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: Welsh on September 04, 2006, 07:23:36 pm
Quote from: "Zonkelnut"
Quote from: "African Welsh"
... Despite my incredible bulk they ...


Welshy, please stop. If every person on this planet evaluates themselves, they will all fall short of you. You are the best and I tried to understand what everybody was talking about, seeing that I met you and you look like everybody else.

So, from now on, when I see you or anybody else of Wilddog's knocking Welsh, I will make a statement.



Anyway glad you only said I looked like the rest, and did not say I am NORMAL. Dog, I never want to labelled as one of those grey men with 2.4 kids.
I always want to be rememberred as Douglas Adams said I fink, "slightly shimmers" when seen under certain types of UV lighting.

Maybe I should have got a Harley, but it would have been like Cal Rayburn rode, an XR750RR flat tracker, still love them, win the lottery take it out on a Harley run and fark them all off.

Welsh  :D  :D  :D  8)
 
"There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. Some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die." -Raoul Duke
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: shark_za on September 04, 2006, 07:40:56 pm
The quarry is between Bapsfontein, Boschkop (both about 10km away)

Its also nearly on the border with Mpumalanga (4km)

Nearest major intersection is M30 (Garstfontein road) and R25 at 7.7km away.

Here is the entrance.

S25 58.809 E28 32.633

Exactly 90 degrees or directly East of my house in Midrand, 43.8km.
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: sidetrack on September 04, 2006, 07:51:56 pm
Thanks will check it  out some time.
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: Zonkelnut on September 04, 2006, 08:00:02 pm
Welshie, Red wine the problem tonight  :oops:
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: Welsh on September 04, 2006, 08:05:28 pm
Quote from: "Zonkelnut"
Welshie, Red wine the problem tonight  :oops:


Batten down the hatches boys, we have incoming!!

Welsh  :D  :D  :oops:

Never forget that you are unique, like everyone else
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: Zonkelnut on September 04, 2006, 08:10:03 pm
You online? Thats spify. Remember, Legends are born from the heart, not the looks. I love you Welshie.

Darm Wine. :evil:

At least it is not OBS  :twisted:  :roll:  :roll:
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: Zonkelnut on September 04, 2006, 08:10:53 pm
Oops, "Darn Wine"
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: mango on September 04, 2006, 09:42:07 pm
Looks like a great place to play and practice in the sand...loads of place.

You guys like showing your butts don't you?  :D

Shark, I like those handlebars on your bike....
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: Kev on September 04, 2006, 09:47:03 pm
Quote from: "mango"

You guys like showing your butts don't you?  :D

 
Girls. Sheesh.  :roll:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  :wink:
Title: Highveld Dust Day
Post by: X Banana Boy on September 05, 2006, 04:43:37 am
lekker pics.  thanks