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Title: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on June 24, 2021, 12:42:57 pm
Subtitled: "The 690 that would not die, ditto its Rider!"


Yesterday 23 June 2021 @Hardy de Kock 's Northern Namibia Tour ended, in doing so rudely dumping all participants & crew back into civilization, with people & traffic, back onto tar even!
After 12 days of magnificent riding offroad, on roads, tracks, riverbeds in canyons, down van Zyl's Pass and racing across vaaaaast open plains, this all in the deserted parts of Northern Namibia amoung the Himba tribe, trust me this is more than a bit of an adjustment - for me yeah, but I'm sure all others experience same.
As I write this the crew manning the various vehicles are not even home yet, and I hope they will travel safe.

Some participants are WD members, others are not - or are but hardly ever contribute, of they remember their login details that is  :P
@Kamanya , who was part of the crew, suggested a collective RR to be started so all can contribute.

Herewith, please do so below....
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: punisher on June 24, 2021, 12:56:32 pm
come on hurry up then :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Noneking on June 24, 2021, 01:29:30 pm
Memories……
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on June 24, 2021, 01:41:04 pm
Day 1

Thursday 10 June I flew to Windhoek from OR Tambo.
Some helmet-carriers on the same flight just had to be other participants, so we struck up a conversation as an icebreaker.
First time I flew Airlink - may I recommend this here? Small plane, decent space, and a (surprise!) good meal, cold but excellent quality & taste  :thumleft:
In Windhoek's rather small airport we waited for our minibus transport, and here we were joined by more participants, coming with another flight from the Cape.
Some local SIMcards were bought, then the Hiace arrived and we were shuttled to the lodge in Windhoek.

Here we met the crew and others, some 23 in total, hence here my problem grew.... I am lousy with remembering names you see, and I'll call Japie Hannes for 6 weeks on end without blinking.
Not so with women I hasten to add, and the two ladies' names from the crew I had down immediately: Chantal and Li-Mari (hope I have the speling corec for the latter name Dankie Adriaan, spelling reg nou  :thumleft: ;) )

Hardy's crew was himself & Chantal, Li-Mari & Adriaan, Andrew, Nicolas, Jaco and Hennie.
Hennie was bestowed the envious task of driving the Unimog (my drooling must be obvious still...), the ladies manned (I know, a misnomer, sorry...)  the 'kitchen' Landcruiser whilst Hardly piloted (die man is party keer moerhaastig, rerig  :P ) the backup/sweeping Landcruiser.
Jaco was the designated Sweeper, with Nickolas & Adriaan as support riders (all ex Quest participants, their riding skills showing this).
Andrew was the odd one out as he had to drive & ride both during this trip.

The participants were a large total of 15 riders, in no particular order:

Andre (WR450)
Rob (on a brandnew CRF300)
Mike (KTM350)
Jacques (XR650L)
Rickus (KTM950SE, the only Namibian on the group)
Kobus (KTM500)
Johan (KTM690)
Johannes (XR650L)
Kevin (CRF450)
Mark (rallyfied Husky701)
Braham (KTM450)
Pieter (KTM500)
Hugo (XR650L)
Werner (Husky701)
Bart (KTM500)

.... which (later) would be joined by the crew

Sweeper Jaco (WR450)
Support Nicolas (KTM350)
Support Adriaan (KTM990S)

.... and (later still) Andrew in a filling-in as needed position (rode anything plus a KTM525)



So, a large group, all mingling the first eve at the Arabusch Lodge in Windhoek.
Rooms were assigned and a meal was had by all.
Some socializing afterwards and the beds were hit, early departure the next day.
Oh, Windhoek was cool to cold at night, not unlike GunPoint's weather, but we were sheltered up in rooms in beds!
That would change....



(I have no pics to post of this first day, others probably will..... so post a few please  ;) )
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Rooies on June 24, 2021, 02:06:16 pm
Let the torture begin and let me see what I missed...    :biggrin:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Wolzak on June 24, 2021, 02:56:31 pm
 :sip: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Roxtar on June 24, 2021, 03:22:29 pm
Maybe Kilroy can help them with the login details... ;) :lol8:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Black_Hawk on June 24, 2021, 03:33:08 pm
Looking forward to see your report and photo's  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: ClemS on June 24, 2021, 03:37:41 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: deapsquatter on June 24, 2021, 05:07:30 pm
First night's briefing at the Arebbusch Travel Lodge. Anticipation levels high as Hardy outlines the plan for the next morning. We would trailer the bikes 2 hrs North to get out of Windhoek and avoid the danger of the roads.


Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: woody1 on June 24, 2021, 05:16:52 pm
 :ricky:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on June 24, 2021, 07:33:34 pm
Thanks Kevin!
AJS hmm?
You liar you  :P

Correct indeed.
Hardy briefed us on the day ahead, warning all of not only Windhoek's traffic but also (mining)trucks on the tarred roads ahead, with the 'Right of Weight' the most dominant traffic rule.
And, for the wide dirtroads we would encounter he urged us to stay well Left when approaching a blind rise (Nam has a gazillion of these!) to avoid a head-on collision with rented campervans driven by foreign tourists busy doing anything but for concentrating on the road ahead whilst expecting the deserted landscape to be exactly that, deserted, roads included.
Of course Hardy did, he simply had to: he'd be leading a mixed kettle of fish of which he did not know if they could actually swim or not!

To negate the worst we would be minibussed out of Windhoek to Usakos where we would start to ride our bikes.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on June 24, 2021, 08:58:13 pm
Day 2, the first riding day.

Early rise, leaving our excess luggage (laptops, extra clothing or why) safely at the lodge where we'd return.
Dressed in riding gear we loaded our kitbags in the Unimog, then boarded the taxi.
Because I'm an overweight fat sod my frame could not fit into the Hiace, however my excuse is, still, that all seats were already occupied!
Instead of an agreed-on 12-seater a 9-seater rocked up.... so I bummed a lift from Hennie in the Unimog!

Did I say I like this vehicle?
Marvellous to experience a low revving diesel computer-automatic (blipping quickshifter with tiptronic & all!) truck in sweet nick with legendary offroad capabilities - even on tar!
Anyway, we arrived at Usakos where the bikes were offloaded and the trailers and some cars were left behind in a safe yard behind a by Hardy owner-befriended petrol station.

Here the riding started.
First we filled up our tanks at the petrol station we were at.
A bit of tar first, then over wide dirtroads to Spitzkoppe where we would camp.
As I was on mousses (pre-superlubed for this trip!) I kept the speed well down, no need to blow it on the first day.
I had visited Spitzkoppe before so the lone towering impression this oversized anthill makes in the plains was a familiar however still impressive sight  :thumleft:

Upon arrival we all veered right right at the sign 'Bar' just after the entrance, funny that, already a likeminded group!  :lol8:
After the vehicles arrived some followed these, others went to some sand to practice their skills, and some went up the rock to visit the natural pool.
A few shy types with atrocious social skills stayed behind to deplete the bar's beer stock, with the result that they could not find the camping site out of the many well-hidden spots!
But, this gave me the opportunity to ride past literally ALL of them, and Murphy helped me here for a change: I found our camp on the veryvery last spot, a well tucked away one (pics below) of course, so I got a nice ride in!  :P

At the campsite an evening routine started, which was
- help unload the Unimog
- collect a stretcher & mattress (yes, a comfy mattress on top of a decent stretcher, for comfort but also warmth on your backside)
- collect your kitbag (in which your sleeping bag & pillow)
- find a spot which suits you (for some faaaaaar away from the loudest snorers) and erect your bed there
- get rid or your riding gear and change into comfy clothes
- then do whatever or go for a shower

I did the latter, which was next to the same bar I earlier had left - so of course (duh!) I rode there  :P
When I left the shower my sidestand spring-assembly shot off into oblivia, leaving me a limp sidestand.... a fairly common problem for KTMs I'll admit, but this came as a real surprise because I had serviced this assembly properly beforehand, I even had locktite'd 'the' screw in!
Clearly to no avail, and looking for the various parts was a no go because it was getting dark already.
Oh well, I finally found out why KTM plastics have that sidestand-securing rubber fitted as standard for!
Only with a vague hope of finding the various parts the next morning I left for the camp, after all my trip could be done without them.

I found the camp already setup, a big circle of comfy chairs around a campfire - lekker!
Because I am a coffee aficionado I was pleasantly surprised to also find ground coffee and plunger-pots next to a kettle of boiling water - so I immediately brewed a pot and drank a few  :thumleft:
We had a super dinner, and this proved to be the norm for this trip: excellent varied tasty meals, at home I often do with less, no kidding.

Then, after some banter we hit our beds, a long day riding North ahead.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: 2StrokeDan on June 24, 2021, 09:04:25 pm
Looking forward to read the different experiences from most participants.

ETS, jy moet kom skryf.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on June 24, 2021, 09:17:03 pm
Looking forward to read the different experiences from most participants.

ETS, jy moet kom skryf.

Dankie Dan, ek hoop ook so, laat almal hul kant bring - met fotos ook asseblief, ek het net myne en kan nie daai Google-ding access nie (geen account, verskoon).
So, post yours please?
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Kamanya on June 24, 2021, 10:55:30 pm
Whatsapp 2 weeks before the trip from Hardy. “Andrew, want to ride the Kaokoland? I need help. I’d like to ride some of the trip and need someone who can drive back-up, help riders who are struggling and be your normal joyous, humble self. On the days I don’t ride, you can on a 525 nogal. Would you do it?”

“Thanks but No. I can’t afford all that time off and the extra 5 or 6 days of driving up and down.”

“Ok, how about I cross your palm with some silver, cover Covid costs and fly you up and back.”

Shit he drives a hard bargain! But I am resolute and sort of stand my ground...

“See you in Windhoek!”

And so it came to be that I was issued with one of these

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokolamd/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-KJhGF2D/0/f4c5342d/L/IMG_6242-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokolamd/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-KJhGF2D/A)

Told my loved ones that this was sort of’ish what I was doing…

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At the airport, saw this bunch and made my introductions

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Got the shuttle to Areabush Lodge to meet the rest of the group

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokolamd/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-hzmZpff/0/390b7315/L/IMG_6253-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokolamd/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-hzmZpff/A)

The toys

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(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokolamd/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-Gf5rxPg/0/3fa97a21/L/IMG_6258-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokolamd/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-Gf5rxPg/A)

The gang

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(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokolamd/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-HZC6trw/0/aa0959f6/L/IMG_6265-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokolamd/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-HZC6trw/A)


Let me say, this out straight; If you’ve ever had the faintest of wishes to ride the finest desert adventure paths, possibly in the world, this trip is for you.

Because the utter remoteness of the Kaokoland with little to no possibility to get help if things go wrong, unless you are highly competent, have an utterly reliable bike and are extremely well practiced in being self-sufficient, this trip remains but the thing of dreamy lustful thoughts.

Hooking up with people like Hardy’s crew suddenly opens up the possibility to turn dreams into reality. A LOT of the things that make this trip almost impossible, simply becomes Hardy’s problem and you are left to sample the gifts of that part of the world with not even having to be hindered by your tool kit on your bike let alone your luggage.

But more of this later…

Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: hugmin42 on June 25, 2021, 09:54:09 am
I've been member of the forum since 2013, but I'm one of the 90% who only ever consumed and never contributed. So here's to changing that.

I got introduced to Hardy via Jaco who took part in Quest 2020.  Jaco already agreed to come on this trip as 'crew in training' soon after Quest ended.

For months he thus tried to convince me to also join.  I had all kinds of excuses, like not having a bike and that we can rather just do it on our own again for much cheaper (we did a similar route in 2013, with no backup, 6000km round trip from Cape Town).

About 2 months before the trip, I saw an ad for a Honda XR650L in Riversdal. We were in Hartenbos at the time. 2 hours later I bought the bike and was riding back to Hartenbos on some gravel back roads.

That night I asked Hardy if there was still space on the trip. I took the last or second last spot.

Riding from Hartenbos to Prince Albert I noticed the steering bearing had a kink in it. Hardy kindly offered to check it out. So, a few days later Jaco and I rode up to Loxton via the beautiful Oukloof.

Hardy is super helpful and knowledgeable, and we replaced the steering bearings in no time as well as a few other kinks (new clutch cable, untwisted throttle cable, etc). To say that the bike was severely neglected by previous owners would be a gross understatement. We also talked about the route, and I got more and more excited about the new places we would see and the more technical terrain that we could cover given that we can ride without 40kg of luggage and with a backup vehicle always close by.

Hardy also gave me a long list of other things that I still needed to do on the bike:
- Bigger rear sprocket
- New tyres
- Moving the regulator
- Remove snorkel
- Fuel filter
- Bigger side stand plate
- Exhaust hanger bracket
- and so on.

The next few weeks was thus spent trying to source and do all these things. Being in Prince Albert proved to be a logistical challenge with parts being shipped from Langebaan, Cape Town, Mossel Bay and Johannesburg.

On 31 May I rode the bike back up to Loxton sporting brand new tyres, sprocket, chain, and other goodies.

My wife and I drove up to Namibia a week before the trip started. We were almost no allowed in being accused of trying to work in Namibia. (They did not believe that young people could ‘travel’ for three months).

On 10 June, my wife dropped me at Arrebush lodge. Being the youngest client, I thought it might be difficult to connect with the older guys (six of whom were more than double my age). But I soon found out that most guys were even younger at heart than me (and better riders).

The first conversations all started with: “Hi, what’s your name. What bike do you ride? Oh, the one with the screen or the makeshift bashplate? What tyres did you put on?”
And then soon after we would be chatting like lifelong friends, joking, and laughing.

And so, the trip of a lifetime started (one that I didn’t think I ‘needed’ but ended up being the best decision).

Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: ETS on June 25, 2021, 10:18:41 am
Subscribe- i was there as well and will relive the trip.....
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Vis Arend on June 25, 2021, 11:56:48 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Baches on June 25, 2021, 01:04:01 pm
Subscribed. Best adv bike riding place in Namibia.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Hardy de Kock on June 25, 2021, 04:25:52 pm
The crew arrived this afternoon - Three days driving from Windhoek was my nail in the coffin. How else after spending 12 days in one of the most beautiful places on earth, chasing  riders on epic gravel trails?
Thank you to our crew and all the temp staff (Chantal, Oubones, Kamanya, Adriaan, Nic, Li-Mari and Jaco - YOU WERE FANTASTIC!
With Nic, Adriaan, Jaco and Kamanya and Oubones being Quest veterans, it should have been expected. Thank you again.
I believe every person on the tour is very grateful for Chantal and Li-Mari's cuisine - Your food was great.

@Burp - Thank you for doing this. Knowing your sense of humor and your attention to detail, it should be epic.

To our guests:
Rickus Vermeulen, Kobus Etsebeth, Andre Fox, Pieter Lourens, Mark Johnstone, Kevin Knoop, Jacques Tredoux, Hugo Minnaar, Bart Steffels, Werner du Plessis, Johan Liebenberg, Mike Lang, Rob Westerman and Braham Edwards
Thank you for being the amazing guests you turned out to be - We really enjoyed your company and would love to hook up for another tour in the near future.


Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: LONG BOB on June 25, 2021, 08:55:28 pm
Being good mates for close to 40 yrs and in the later years getting shit scared of not riding bush again, we eventually took the plunge and three of us souties decided before our old body’s give up , we clupped a berumde tarentaal, to brave the wife’s and tell them we will be going away for close to 3 weeks.
Confirmation with Hardy was made , deposit paid and nothing was going to stop us from a beeeeeg joll . We thought.
Then sadly we lost one very special member to the dreaded disease, he had fought hard for 4 yrs . Big shock to our system.
So we sent him on his way with a good few whiskeys like he would have loved .
Then decided between us now 2 piellie to carry on with the trip.
Thanks Andrew for some sound advice, take 3 rocks . And at a special place leave a rock and remember the good things and take a new rock . Works wonders , think my first rock I left was with the barman at palmwag 👍
After a brilliant meal, and lots of kak spoken you find a spot to sleep. The difference in snoring sounds is amazing 😂 some like world war 2 bombers coming in to land and some spluttering like they ran out of fuel, ( apparently reflux from 100 smokes)
Then it’s amazing to hear 16 guys waking up . Like a lister engine, all farts and splutter!
Ready for the next days riding 👍
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: 2StrokeDan on June 25, 2021, 09:00:44 pm
 :imaposer: :imaposer: Nicely written Bob!
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Onetime on June 25, 2021, 09:22:58 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Kamanya on June 25, 2021, 10:10:15 pm
It was far safer to keep everyone off their bikes and get out of Windhoek, pile into the vehicles and headed off for a short drive to Usakos.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-DmxDfNP/0/6039a061/L/IMG_6278-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-DmxDfNP/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-HrhJqT9/0/92d93ea2/L/IMG_6280-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-HrhJqT9/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-6NSq9TS/0/e5f05ae7/L/IMG_6281-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-6NSq9TS/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-tZkQDVq/0/33ecc423/L/IMG_6285-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-tZkQDVq/A)

A short coffee along the way

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Reunited with my old Quest mate @Twister

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And another old mate @Rickus

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All the bikes were unloaded, and with much anticipation we headed off to Spitzkoppe with a stop at the local bar

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(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-5gKgn9b/0/b6db1a87/L/IMG_6305-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-5gKgn9b/A)

For those that haven’t been, It’s a magical place with rocks that seem both a little out of place and planted as if they’ve been there forever. It really is a great place to start the trip. It was especially magical for me as this was where the Honda Quest started in earnest too.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-Rxq3FL9/0/aacf1408/L/IMG_6307-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-Rxq3FL9/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-cJ9CwcF/0/4592c9e5/L/IMG_6309-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-cJ9CwcF/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-CRtG62L/0/8076fdbc/L/IMG_6311-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-CRtG62L/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-sQDRRMP/0/1626dfd4/L/IMG_6320-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-sQDRRMP/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-Qv8Sr7v/0/dee6547d/L/IMG_6318-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-Qv8Sr7v/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-2Cpx8m6/0/6eb0bd37/L/IMG_6322-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-2Cpx8m6/A)

It’s quite hard to take a kak photo here.

Many had small issues to sort out, Rob had a leaky sump plug. Easily fixed.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-bv3w5RD/0/4780f071/L/IMG_6312-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-bv3w5RD/A)

But for most it was settling in an getting to know each other

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-jr5q8cP/0/be312292/L/IMG_6325-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-jr5q8cP/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-SgwshSs/0/129f9e39/L/IMG_6332-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-SgwshSs/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-XvNvdBW/0/34710da2/L/IMG_6328-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-XvNvdBW/A)

Tomorrow would be the first full day. Noting too exciting other than the landscapes. The mission was to get as quick as possible up to the Cunene. The 3 days helps to get into a groove and sort out any bike niggles before the serious stuff starts.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: petri oosthuizen on June 25, 2021, 11:41:12 pm
Wow looks STUNNING

Mooi bikes.........maar daai Mog gaan my vanaand naughty thoughts gee...... :drif: :drif: :drif:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Hardy de Kock on June 26, 2021, 06:51:46 am
Two of our riders did not make it to Namibia....
@Rooies called me about a week before we left to say that his wife tested positive and that there was a very good chance that he would test positive too. He decided to stay behind and take care of his wife and kids.

Stephan Volschenk - a medical doctor, found out that his partner in their practice's wife tested positive and that his partner would have to isolate. This meant that Stephan had to make the decision not to fly on the evening before they had to fly to Windhoek. Stephan's KTM 500 was already in Windhoek waiting for him..
This Covid thing has caused a lot of people a lot of money.

Stephan and Roux (@Rooies) will definitely join us agin at a later stage - I will make sure of it.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Twister on June 26, 2021, 08:11:07 am
We took the opportunity to explore the Spitzkoppe site a bit
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Twister on June 26, 2021, 08:13:18 am
The "swim hole" was a bit of a disappointment. Looked like you could catch all kinds of nasty diseases in there
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Twister on June 26, 2021, 08:14:41 am
A very rare photo of ets doing manual labour.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: ETS on June 26, 2021, 08:39:50 am
A very rare photo of ets doing manual labour.

Ha. Ha.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: deapsquatter on June 26, 2021, 08:50:29 am
Some more shots of bikes at the swim hole at Spitzkoppe. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210626/463f1a6fc156f53fdfc9a2ab718171ce.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210626/76ca7b2648567b3fe8cf04fa74748300.jpg)

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Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: deapsquatter on June 26, 2021, 08:55:45 am
@SparkMark chilling under the tree next to the rock chimney. Spot the two lone little black birds. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210626/179d28cf2492307e2b64dbc0a08cdb9e.jpg)

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Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: frankmac on June 26, 2021, 09:15:33 am
After a brilliant meal, and lots of kak spoken you find a spot to sleep. The difference in snoring sounds is amazing 😂 some like world war 2 bombers coming in to land and some spluttering like they ran out of fuel, ( apparently reflux from 100 smokes)
Then it’s amazing to hear 16 guys waking up . Like a lister engine, all farts and splutter!

Now there's a familiar face. The Mayor of Mfazazane, Hibberdene. The only pale face allowed to fish there after he saved a local from drowning.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Hardy de Kock on June 26, 2021, 03:25:24 pm
ETS always brings surprise with him:

Ets has paid me for a Kaokoland tour in 2018. Since then numerous incidents happened that (on the last minute) prevented him from going. In 2019 he crossed swords (or locked horns) with a Kudu and broke a leg. The Kudu did not make it either.
This year was no different - as I shall explain.

The crew left Loxton on the 8th of June very early in the morning. I received a call from Ets at around 8pm the previous evening that went something like this:

Ets - Jis my ou maat, hoe gaan dit met julle.
Me - Nee bakgat Ets - wat die moer het nou weer gebeur?
Ets - Ek het positief getoets......

Me -  Long silence - Fok nee man - waar sou jy dit gekry het? (thinking here we go again)
Ets - Nee die siekte is nou rampant in Prieska, maar ek het nie simtome nie - Klim nou net van die threadmill af. (At this point and because of the last comment I now thought he was pulling my leg.
Me - Is jy ernstig ETS?
Ets - Ja, maar ek dink dit is dalk 'n vals positief - Ek ry more Upington toe om weer te toets.
Me - Ok, het jy vir Pieter laat weet? (Pieter (Twister) was about to leave Bloemfontein at that point to collect ETS and his bike from where they would drive to Windhoek)
Ets - Yes, ek het
Me - Ok, ons ry more vroeg, maar laat my asb weet as jy weet wat met jou aangaan
Ets - Ok my maat ek maak so - (Not knowing that I felt utterly miserable at that stage)

I drove past Ets later that morning between Upington and Prieska as he made his way back home after his test. I later heard that the results were going to take too long and that he then drove to Bloemfontein to do a quicker test which eventually confirmed his theory that the first test was a false positive.
I remeber being truly happy when he sent me his test result .
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Hardy de Kock on June 26, 2021, 04:17:18 pm
Our incident at the border:

We usually collect the client's bikes a week or so before the crew leaves for Windhoek. This time was no different and with our trailers fully loaded we drove to Upington from where we headed towards the Nakop/Ariamsvlei border where we have crossed countless times.

Hennie (@Oubones) and Jacques Tredoux (@Jacques650) was in the Unimog, Chantal was in the Cruiser D/C and Jaco (@Hartebees) and myself was in the SC. Both the cruisers were pulling an eight bike trailer.

Hennie and Jacques had their passports stamped first and crossed after a quick visit to the customs office who gave them the thumbs up.
Next was Jaco and myself and as we were about to cross, two female police officers came out of the border police office and asked for a lift to the Namibian border (30km away)
I agreed that we would give them a lift and told them to jump on the back. "No" we do not want to drive in the back was the reply. Now - just to be clear, I was driving a SINGLE CAB Cruiser with me and Jaco in the front.
Suit yourself I replied and drove away.
About a minute later Chantal called me over the radio and told me that the Customs lady (who were friends with the police women) said I must come back and report to her office. If Chantal were not still on SA soil I would not have turned back, but in this case I had to.
Once I arrived back on the SA side and reported to the customs office, the black customs official informed me that I now had to officialy export the customer's bikes.
I have no exporters code and I have transported customer bikes many times, and in all my years I have never had to do this.
Despite me showing her the authorisation letters from each customer, the certified copy of ownership from each customer, and receipts from our previous tour (three weeks prior) she still refused and told us to speak to a clearing agent and to start the export process.
For this process I needed the original purchase invoices from each customer and my customers were already on their way to Windhoek.

I went to the clearing agents who told me that she was crazy and that they could not legally do what she required.
There we were - the 3 of us standing at a clearing agent that told us it was not possible to do what she wanted, and we still needed to get to Grunnau. Oubones and Jacques had already crossed into Namibia and were waiting for us on the other side with no hope of us crossing that night.

After contemplating our situation (an hour later) we drove back to the border with the clearing agent and he explained to the customs official that she requested the impossible. She threatened him by saying she would make his job difficult and basically told him to piss off.
I will be banned if I tell you of the things I contemplated at that moment.
I have never had to bribe an official and always were able to make things work by doing things the right way. This situation though made me feel so helpless as I was at the mercy of a power hungry woman who had an axe to grind it seemed. It was now tho hours and forty minutes after I have already crossed the SA border and had to come back. It was already dark outside, and getting cold quickly. I then decided to go the police at the gate. This meant that I literally had to make sure that the customs official did not see me through the window as I walked towards the gate. I also had to hide the cars and trailers so that she could not see it either.
I called the clearing agent (coloured guy) and asked him to be present as I stated my case to the two black police officers at the gate.
After listening to the whole story which started with the women that needed lifts, the police officer replied.

"This woman is a vindictive bitch and a racist. She does this to white people. She knocks of at 7'and if you could hide from her till then, we will let you through."
I then embarked on what has to be the most difficult thing I have ever done. - Hiding myself,  my people and my vehicles, trailers and bikes from a corrupt official for another 40 minutes.
At 7:15 we drove towards the gate where the police officers waited for us and did as they promised.

On the Namibian side it took us exactly 28 minutes to cross.

4 hours and 12 minutes after I went through the SA gate for the first time we crossed into Namibia.
 


Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Vis Arend on June 26, 2021, 08:41:14 pm
Yip, dit bly moelik as mense dink hulle is belangrik en hulle "status" misbruik.   :eek7:

Ek se altyd, die wiel draai, party keer vinnig, party keer stadig, maar die wiel draai en daai mense sal hulle dag kry.   :deal:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: LONG BOB on June 27, 2021, 06:12:13 am
Amazing thing men , as the stars get dimmer and lower in the sky ,the snoring and farting gets louder. Think nature intended it to prevent predators! And as the day’s added up the further the stretches were placed 😂
One lesson learned early on into the ride was NEVER follow a Ktm 950 !
Hulle gooi Klippe ver , en in die sand it leaves trenches that if you’re not careful, you’ll fall into and never be seen again.
Us sophisticated English men whose diet is mainly chicken were introduced to proper vlies! Choppies the same size as spa has cock chicken. And bloody tasty meat you can’t find here in natal.
Only problem after listening to Hardys story’s of problem animals a boss kak becomes a hasty affair, no time to even read the opening instructions on a packet of wet wipes. And after so much meat half the day you were ( touching cloth )
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: sidetrack on June 27, 2021, 09:54:06 am
Stunning scenery  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: 8 min Mark on June 27, 2021, 10:26:03 am
Our incident at the border:

We usually collect the client's bikes a week or so before the crew leaves for Windhoek. This time was no different and with our trailers fully loaded we drove to Upington from where we headed towards the Nakop/Ariamsvlei border where we have crossed countless times.

Hennie (@Oubones) and Jacques Tredoux (@Jacques650) was in the Unimog, Chantal was in the Cruiser D/C and Jaco (@Hartebees) and myself was in the SC. Both the cruisers were pulling an eight bike trailer.

Hennie and Jacques had their passports stamped first and crossed after a quick visit to the customs office who gave them the thumbs up.
Next was Jaco and myself and as we were about to cross, two female police officers came out of the border police office and asked for a lift to the Namibian border (30km away)
I agreed that we would give them a lift and told them to jump on the back. "No" we do not want to drive in the back was the reply. Now - just to be clear, I was driving a SINGLE CAB Cruiser with me and Jaco in the front.
Suit yourself I replied and drove away.
About a minute later Chantal called me over the radio and told me that the Customs lady (who were friends with the police women) said I must come back and report to her office. If Chantal were not still on SA soil I would not have turned back, but in this case I had to.
Once I arrived back on the SA side and reported to the customs office, the black customs official informed me that I now had to officialy export the customer's bikes.
I have no exporters code and I have transported customer bikes many times, and in all my years I have never had to do this.
Despite me showing her the authorisation letters from each customer, the certified copy of ownership from each customer, and receipts from our previous tour (three weeks prior) she still refused and told us to speak to a clearing agent and to start the export process.
For this process I needed the original purchase invoices from each customer and my customers were already on their way to Windhoek.

I went to the clearing agents who told me that she was crazy and that they could not legally do what she required.
There we were - the 3 of us standing at a clearing agent that told us it was not possible to do what she wanted, and we still needed to get to Grunnau. Oubones and Jacques had already crossed into Namibia and were waiting for us on the other side with no hope of us crossing that night.

After contemplating our situation (an hour later) we drove back to the border with the clearing agent and he explained to the customs official that she requested the impossible. She threatened him by saying she would make his job difficult and basically told him to piss off.
I will be banned if I tell you of the things I contemplated at that moment.
I have never had to bribe an official and always were able to make things work by doing things the right way. This situation though made me feel so helpless as I was at the mercy of a power hungry woman who had an axe to grind it seemed. It was now tho hours and forty minutes after I have already crossed the SA border and had to come back. It was already dark outside, and getting cold quickly. I then decided to go the police at the gate. This meant that I literally had to make sure that the customs official did not see me through the window as I walked towards the gate. I also had to hide the cars and trailers so that she could not see it either.
I called the clearing agent (coloured guy) and asked him to be present as I stated my case to the two black police officers at the gate.
After listening to the whole story which started with the women that needed lifts, the police officer replied.

"This woman is a vindictive bitch and a racist. She does this to white people. She knocks of at 7'and if you could hide from her till then, we will let you through."
I then embarked on what has to be the most difficult thing I have ever done. - Hiding myself,  my people and my vehicles, trailers and bikes from a corrupt official for another 40 minutes.
At 7:15 we drove towards the gate where the police officers waited for us and did as they promised.

On the Namibian side it took us exactly 28 minutes to cross.

4 hours and 12 minutes after I went through the SA gate for the first time we crossed into Namibia.
I can only imagine how furious and helpless you must have felt for those couple of hours. No doubt the relief at getting through the border must have been an absolute rush of adrenaline. I too experienced a similar glitch crossing into Nam and it casts a massive shadow over everything at the time. Well done Hardy for getting it sorted. Stress levels must have been stretched to new limits. Hopefully one day I’ll ride in Kaokoland again, but with you and your team.


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Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Hardy de Kock on June 27, 2021, 10:33:38 am
Thanks Mark - and thank you for always unselfishly helping out your fellow riders with your spares. Every riding group needs a Mark amongst them.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: 8 min Mark on June 27, 2021, 10:38:25 am
Thanks Mark - and thank you for always unselfishly helping out your fellow riders with your spares. Every riding group needs a Mark amongst them.
You might be referring to a different Mark.


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Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Hardy de Kock on June 27, 2021, 10:43:49 am
Thanks Mark - and thank you for always unselfishly helping out your fellow riders with your spares. Every riding group needs a Mark amongst them.
You might be referring to a different Mark.


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Sorry boet - Yes, I thought you were Mark Johnston.
Also a Husky rider, and all round nice guy.
Thank you for the words though
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on June 27, 2021, 03:55:30 pm
Day 3, second riding day.

Spitzkoppe to Palmwag

We woke up from the first night in the open - at around 7 when it is still dark.
Being relatively close to Windhoek the temperature at night was 'cool', not freezing or so, just perfect for one's sleep if tucked in a decent sleeping bag. Mine was new, bought for the occasion and after this first night judged 'lekker' by me, of course helped considerably by the proper stretcher and the mattress.
Guys started milling around the coffee pots, the team was preparing breakfast, and others were busy packing their stuff up again, this all the first time of what was going to be a daily routine: dress up in riding gear, pack your kitbag & stretcher, bring this lot to the truck and later help loading it into the cavernous Unimog box. Oh, add the comfy chairs to this.
During breakfast the various snoring sources were discussed and plans were made to avoid these in future. Others planned to 'team up' to either avoid or reinforce the baritone battalion, in other words slaapmaatjie teams were forming  ;)

Hardy briefed us on the day's riding ahead, which was a large distance North over normal Namibian roads - unpaved, well maintained/graded, largely empty but for the odd traveller which could well be a French polony in a rented campervan scanning the horizon for game hence driving on the right (for the dyslexics, this is the wrong side!) hand side right on the other side of a blind rise, so Stay Well Left! was his advice.
We would probably see some game along the way, and we were urged to take our time, look around to take in the scenery and stop to take photos. Ride at your own speed and enjoy, and if shit happens just wait for the backup riders if not the vehicles which would follow.

I was the first one to leave the campsite per bike, for two reasons: I wanted to look for my sidestand bits at the showers which I had lost the previous night, and claim my turn on the throne to meditate a bit.
To my genuine surprise I found the dual springs plus the funny U-shaped lever all still attached lying in plain sight, so my smile was wiiiiiiiiide!  ;D
Could not find the little bush & screw but screw them, I can make a reassembly plan tonight, great!  :thumleft:
When I went to the throne some Frenchies had parked their SUV there, so obviously I had to wait a bit, 2 toilets only. I did knock a few times on the closed door, then at last hollered "HEY, SOMEONE IN THERE?" to zero avail, then asked the lady if her husband was in it.
She did not understand a word I said hence had ignored me thus far, but when I asked her in person she made clear that no, one had to push the door open as it was sticking a bit..... duh, clever dick me innit?  :P
Anyway, did my thing and followed the trucks as the stonelast one.

Dust.
Dustroads are sometimes call dirtroads, for a reason.
If you're riding directly downwind behind a vehicle for a long time one is tempted to adhere to a large dustgap. With a convoy like ours this means it will be stretched out over quite some distance.
Luckily the fast bunch had zoomed off into the distance plus the wind's direction was 'across' the roads, so only a small gap was required.
Important to mention this here: dirt- & adventure bikes, and only a few had spare clean oiled filters stashed away hence others had to clean them at times - if possible that is, some paper filters were present also.
On this, Hardy told me that the vehicles' filters were regularly (daily even?) inspected & cleaned also.... the git, with maintenance he's as serious as me  :P

We were to refuel at petrol stations in Uis along the way, and again at Palmwag only a few hundred meters away from our camp for the night.
Now, 'petrol station' took on a bitofa new meaning on this trip.
This is mos a Shop, airconditioned and security-camera infested of course, with muffins, a Nescafe automated dispenser, fresh cold dairy products and a plethora of cold beverages if not beer, plus a clean paved (and drained to adhere to environmental regulations) courtyard manned by uniformed attendants, right?
Eh, well, yes it is, in Gauteng, the Cape, Durban, hell, even Bloemfontein has these.... Pofadder anyone?

Anyway, in Uis this was still the case, sortof, minus a lot (read: most!) of what's listed above.
But, BUT, the shop(!) was there, paved courtyard too, geez, it was even on a short tarred road popping up out of nowhere.... gash, what will be next, a robot in town maybe?  ::)
So, a lot bought some pleasers like sweets, a steri stumpie or a cold sugary cooldink, and this communal stop, being the first of many, became an impromptu socializing event - "How's your steed, what's your name again (yeah, that's moi  :( ), did you see that T-rex too" et cetera, all jovial and good  :thumleft:

A few had ridden a dune (or minedump, dunno actually, please add your bits here?) on the outskirts of the 'town' (a very modest settlement), and this bit indicated the fast & daring of the group.
Rickus somewhere had a rear's puncture to repair on his 950, and a few chaps stopped to help him - with teasing comments mostly of course, but also a helping hand if needed. The man's a handy self-sufficient dude and came prepared, gloves even - and don't laugh, they were needed!
The tube coming out of it I've never seen: a vulcanized wors, hot as hell, if it had been humid (lol) it would have been steaming!
Anyway, a new tube was slapped in quickly, and we were on our way again  :ricky:

Lunch was served somewhere roadside-ish - what better than a dry sandy riverbed with some trees for shade?
So we did, and 'lunch' took on a new meaning here.
Look, we've been fed VERY well during this trip, I cannot mention this enough, but this took the lunch-crown I think: freshly baked waffle-like saarmies (forgot the name, verskoon asb - Jaffels?) with lekker mince and cheese and nog goeters, yummy! But, the girls had pre-made this the previous night, the first night out at Spitzkoppe - I tip my hat gain Ladies, verskoon my taal maar dit was befok!
So I had 3 of them... yes, more than most I think, but magtig, lekker bly lekker, and the call for "Someone wants a last leftover one?" I just could not ignore  :drif:

Then off we went, to Palmwag, our camp with another petrol station, some 240km's from Uis (where we had filled up).
I joined this trip convinced I had a 15L tank, so no probs, I could play along the way.
So I did too, but lo and behold, some 7km before reaching that 'Home' marker on the GPS (we all had one except Johannes) I came to a dead stop, this after I had tipped my bike two times to get the right-hand fuel into the left side's half... the tank was as dry as the environment I was in!  :(
But fear not, Hardy's coming so I waved all helpful bikers past, not one being an exception to roar past without indicating their readyness to stop & help - reassuring!
From Hardy's cruiser some petrol was poured in amidst comments like 'fuggit your bike suips' and 'did you actually fill it up in Uis?' to 'you must have been up that dune after filling up!' (I had not), and quite frankly this surprisingly high comsumption was also bothering me - I had really prepared the bike well prior, and it was running like a dream, pipe the proper colour too.
Anyway, around the next corner I found the petrol station with the Palmwag overnight stop adjacent.
I hope someone will post a few pics of this petrol station for it lacks any amenities any Gautengelenger is used to.... but yes, they had petrol!

Funny my tank only took just around 10 liters, but yeah, when filling up from Hardy's bowser a bit of a generous splash was used so I could not reliably calculate. I remember some uneducated guess was 15.8 km/L for my trip - for a well-running 500? Something's wrong somewhere....  ???

Anyway, we checked into Palmwag's camping site, a lekker one with a pool and bar with covered stoep, plus a resident elephant even if you're lucky (we weren't). Wifi also, so mature men, some of them grandpa's even, were seen protectively hunched over their portable screens giggling like teenage schoolgirls  :imaposer:

Hearsy has it that Kobus, suavely clothed in this jockstrap, plunged into the pool scaring some foreign birds away, tsk tsk tsk  >:D
Again, please help with your version of this, backed up by some pics I hope?
Yes, I'm not only useless with names, I'm no photographer either, plus I was fixing my bike then so didn't see those birds...

I scored a small screw from Hardy's spares plus some red Locktite from Johan to 'glue' my sidestand assembly back in - purrrrfect again, and it will hold  :thumleft:
Oh, before I forget, my clutch lost its functionality when leaving the petrol station, zero lever pressure!
Out of the blue for me, I had changed all liquids beforehand - and the reservoir proved empty. shit.
Filling (thank you Hardy for your cruiser's stock!) & bleeding brought it back to life but this meant that (no visible leaks on the bike!) I had some brake fluid mixed in the engine oil - I know, a little only, but that's me, it bugs me!
Plus, way more importantly, any leak has a cause, and this bothered me most....  :-\

I put my bed up under the same shade awning next the bed Rob was occupying, with an adamant almost threatening Rob trying to persuade me away because he is the champion snorer, and I will not sleep an iota!
Ya right.... I told him I could care less, may even outdo him according to some reports I've had  8)
Anyway, a surprisingly cool night followed, and Rob forgot to snore - which I told him the next day  :laughing4:
Lessons learned, and I would put on riding socks for most of the following nights to keep my feet more comfy  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on June 27, 2021, 03:57:57 pm
more pics...
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on June 27, 2021, 03:59:42 pm
... and more.

See the camelhorse?  :P
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on June 27, 2021, 04:00:17 pm
Days & Names of overnight camps......

I have a memory like a sieve for this kind of thing, and here my name-dyslexia refers, I'm simply lousy with it.
Will someone please list the campsites of the days to come - please?
Otherwise I'll either be vague if not anonymous about these or plainly wrong, neither helping anyone.

And, if you've got the (total) riding distances for the days also then this would come in handy too.
(Oh, NO, Hardy won't have these, the man has been there so often he drives without GPS   :P )



Much obliged in advance!
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on June 27, 2021, 04:23:24 pm
To those involved, I think at Palmwag Johan's 690 clutch slave cylinder was fixed with Mark's considerable spare's supply.
Please report on this, and if you have pics please add these too  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Hardy de Kock on June 27, 2021, 05:12:51 pm
Days & Names of overnight camps......

I have a memory like a sieve for this kind of thing, and here my name-dyslexia refers, I'm simply lousy with it.
Will someone please list the campsites of the days to come - please?
Otherwise I'll either be vague if not anonymous about these or plainly wrong, neither helping anyone.

And, if you've got the (total) riding distances for the days also then this would come in handy too.
(Oh, NO, Hardy won't have these, the man has been there so often he drives without GPS   :P )



Much obliged in advance!

Arebusch Travel Lodge - Windhoek
Spitzkoppe
Palmwag
Mopane Camp
Epupa Falls
Van Zyl's Camp
Marble Camp
Puros
Puros
Palmwag
Aba Huab Campsite
Brandberg White Lady
Arebusch Travel Lodge - Windhoek

Sorry Bart - No idea of the distances (Definitely not long enough for someone with your energy reserves though) :thumleft:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Psycho Porra on June 27, 2021, 05:14:36 pm
You sounding like  CEO now Bartneed to get you a little black book to write things down, especially now that you have old age memiry


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Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Kamanya on June 27, 2021, 05:15:41 pm
As this is 1st world tripping in a 3rd world place, the Unimog has the most important accessory – multiple USB charging ports.

In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, a full battery is right at the most fundamental of needs

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Splash and dash

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More splashing

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Lunch

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First puncture

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Yes

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More splash and dashing

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Mothership

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Well earned end of day drink. Li-Marie had her first ever Rum here!

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Surgery for a clutch issue

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Muuuuch later, Beroemde Tarantaal strikes again

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Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: 2StrokeDan on June 27, 2021, 06:07:40 pm
Clutch issue, maar daai man is dan by die sprocket kant? :biggrin:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Hardy de Kock on June 27, 2021, 06:07:50 pm
I asked Kamanya to join us on the tour because I needed someone to fill my roll at the back of the convoy in the bakkie to fix punctures, assist with general maintenance and supply the important tools etc. He is also an excellent rider who can commandeer a bike if any of the riders needed time in the bakkie to rest or heal.
I also have plans with Jaco (Hartebees) here on the forum, later this year on Quest, and wanted to see how far his patience can be stretched. A tour like this usually tests your patience and highlights your subsequent response perfectly. I therefor asked him to ride at the back and make sure all the riders get to camp safely.
My foot does not seem to want to heal the way I would like it to and I had to drive on a tour where I would really have preferred to ride.
Prior to the ride (on the day the guests arrived) I always make a point of making a mental note of what my first impressions of the riders are. (The people I meet for the first time)
It would be unfair to post those impressions here but I can tell you that I again learned not to judge a book by its cover with many of our guests.
Three of the riders were ex-Quest contestants who won the “Spirit of Quest” award. This award entitles you to a free tour in Northern Namibia with our team. It is awarded to contestants who embodies that adventure spirit throughout Quest.
Adriaan Theron, Rickus Vermeulen and Nic Rossouw are without doubt what I would describe as True Adventurers and everyone on this tour will tell you that they deserved the prize they won in 2018 and 2020 respectively. Together with Hartebees and Kamanya they rode bikes out of difficult, technical areas, fixed punctures and changed tubes, pulled of mechanical engineering feats (more of this later) and were very generous with their own time when others needed help. Oh yes, and they can ride bikes too…
To say I had all the help I needed on this tour is a massive understatement.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on June 27, 2021, 07:19:03 pm
Surgery for a clutch issue(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-QkCvNZs/0/281f6941/L/IMG_6409-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-QkCvNZs/A)

Thanks Kamaya  :thumleft:

Clutch issue, maar daai man is dan by die sprocket kant? :biggrin:

Moenie dof speel nie m'neer, djy's hopeloos te tegnies-slim vir dit  :P


Correct, Johan's 690 clutch slave cylinder packed up, and at camp out of Mark's considerable spares voorraad he carried (he rides a 701 himself) came an original service kit for this purpose: a new gasket & O-ring packed inbetween sandwiched cardboad to prevent them from damage (this also tells you something about Mark's character lol, super!)  ......
So, Happiness!  :thumleft:  :thumleft:
Because I still haal Nic & Adriaan deurmekaar (julle lyk dan op mekaar ook nog  :-[  ::) ) 'one of them' helped Johan to get one and another fixed quick & proper - think it is Adriaan but don't bliksem me of it turns out to be Nic  :P

Anyway, Mark's considerable spares stock proved to come in handy here - but, now, depleted too regarding this specific potential mishap, I mean we can't expect him to carry more than one of each hmm?
I myself also had brought various goodies for 500's, like fuelpump kit, brakepads, wheelbearings & spacers, even a used but still quite good set of clutchplates which I've been happily riding with until very recently!
No repair kit for a clutch slave though, and the only available other spare kit had been used now..... and I had not yet discovered that my clutch reservoir had been leaking by this time, I discovered that only some 10 minutes later......
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on June 28, 2021, 10:33:56 am
Day 4, third riding day

Palmwag to Mopane Camp / Opuwo

We woke up to dark still (Nam's time zoning is like CT's), 7-ish I reckon.
I had not heard a roaming elephant at night but for baritone caveman rumblings, however these were from afar - leaving Rob in the next stretcher innocent - which I told him :P
Out of bed and dressed in gear my very first task was to see if my bike still had a working clutch.... PHEW, relief, it did! :thumleft:
Also the sidestand worked, lekker!
Next coffee, breakfast, then making a lunchpacket out of the offerings on the table for later.
Quite a spread was there, and I decided on a single bun with salami. I'm no particular salami fan so a single slice would do I thought....

We packed up our gear, loaded the Mog and then, after a short briefing for the day, we headed off.

Because of the distance for the day I filled up again at the, adjacent to the campsite, petrol 'station' - merely a small canopy under which 2 pumps.
I remember 240km's for the day, and I knew I maaaaybe could make that with my 15L tank - so I knew I had to fill it to the literal brim (and ride like a wuss for several km's because it leaks then) plus I had to play less with the loudhandle.
Oh well...

I did that the entire distance, less fun but it suited me sortof, mousses don't like jaging in any case.
It was getting warm there too, duidelik warmer than at Windhoek or Spitzkoppe, I presume normal because we were largely heading North.
I remember Hardy saying 'die slange loop daar waar ons gaan', and at the time I thought this funny because there's always one in the group who's shitscared of these things :P

Somewhere along the route we found a spaza shop called 'Manchester United' - and this name definitely rang a bell, it's a rather famous Beer-stop in Kaokoland. I'd seen pictures of it, however this looked rather different?
Turns out this is not 'the' Manchester United bierplek, but it's fame & popularity has inspired this shop to copy the name :P
Anyway, the beer is the same, and was lekker k k k koud!  :occasion14:

Wide dirtroads for the day again leading largely North, and we were to stop halfway some pass for lunch.
We did - and here I discovered I should have loaded my saarmie with plenty of that salami, it was genuinely lekker: special!
I planned there & then to make two saamies the next time I saw it!
I also discovered elephant dung some distance up a fairly barren roadside mountain I climbed, to make a photo of the lunching bunch - desert dombo's climb mountains eh? Never knew, but I reallyreally doubt that Hardy put some old drolle there to convince me they do this :lol8:
I forgot the name of this pass, paved now but apparently a lil' tricky uphill in the past.

In Opuwo we were urged by Hardy to fill up at the second petrol station we encountered (there is only two, a tiny dorpie!) because one would get inundated with and surrounded by Himba women (these are traditionally barebreasted...) trying to sell you things at this first one, Hardy used the word 'nuisance'.
Well, I just had to disagree with him, worse, I was forced to.... stop at that very first petrol station! :P
3 simple reasons:
- as I was riding past this first forbidden filling station (the one with all those alleged women begging for attention) on the remaining vapours in my tank I did not see another petrol station, so I needed petrol presto, within seconds, not minutes
- I had seen some rather attractive young Himba glands along our route during the day, and a tit's a tit, come on now :lol8:
- my clutch had stopped working again the moment I hit that bit of tar Opuwo road - and this was waaaay more worrying than being forced to gawk at any red boobs, trust me on this bit at least.
So I stopped there, and yes, I'll admit to 2 things:
- there were some women trying to sell me trinkets, but they were rather mature and disappointingly properly dressed
- my empty tank took 12 Liters to fill up!
I only had to tell the salesladies once that I wasn't interested in buying colourful gravel, so it wasn't as bad (sigh....) as it was made out to be ;)
Filled up hence discovered that mine isn't as big as I thought it is (Tip: this is THE chance to pester me with for eternity!), then limped the short distance to the campsite clutchless.

I had a potentially serious problem on my hands, and the now-confirmed fact that my bike ran a good 21.6 km/L instead of some 15-odd was only an unimportant relief for me!
The more technical riding was going to start the very next day, and the prospect of doing this without a working clutch isn't one to consider I think. On all the past roads we'd done yeah, sure, no problem at all, but descending van Zyl's or pulling away in sand isn't something one can do without a clutch.... shit!

Luckily it was quite early still, so at our Mopane camp just outside Opuwo I leant the bike against a tree, got my sleeping kit and started to disassemble the clutch's slave cylinder ..... to discover a completely useless O-ring, one which clearly could not handle the fluid used, now or in the past: almost twice its lenght, with thick and thin parts both :(
Enter Mark coming to the rescue again: "Here's the old gasket (inbetween small cardboads!) from yesterday (Johan's old one)!" - blimming handy because mine had come apart :thumleft:
No new O-ring though, and we all saw that that was the part I actually needed!
My disappointment must have been visible, for only minutes later Mark rocked up again - with a spanking new O-ring!
You're a star Mark! :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Unfortunately the O-ring was too thick, by a millimeter in size/thickness, and my attempts of forcing it in failed (Tip: refer aforementioned Tip!).
A quick walk to Hardy's cruiser (re)confirmed he had no O-ring  :(
Then Andrew rocks up a lil later, with another O-ring!
Very much appreciated indeed mister..... but also this one was, although a bit smaller in diameter, way too thick to allow forcing a fit (I'll not give Tips anymore, klaar!).

So, my riding was over, and I stitched my bike together so that dust would not ingress whilst being on the back of the bakkie :'(
I didn't come to ride a cruiser for the best part of the trip, so I wasn't in a good space then obviously.
Went to the bar for a beer, it was still light and warm, and mentioned my disappointment to the barman aka owner of the campsite, Gerrit I think his name is.
Then Gerrit mentions he own just about half of the adjacent dorp also, a hardeware winkel included, and they do sell O-rings!
But, it is Sunday and they're closed of course, so he will message his saleslady and see if something can be done.
In the hope this was going to be the case I lit up a bit, and had another beer!

No feedback for the next few hours and it's starting to get dark already, and I'm mentally resigning to ride shotgun in a bakkie already.
Anyway, I then get the news from Gerrit that his lady will open the shop for me, today still!
YAY!
He gives me directions and even offers me his bakkie - fuggit that's a nice Dude! :thumleft:
I may take and prefer Johan's 690 though, and raced poerpoered on it to the hardware outlet.
A friendly lady opened up and showed me two O-ring assortment boxes with plenty sizes to choose from.... but they're all of the too-thick variety.
I choose one which will juuuuust be pulled over the piston I brought with me, in the hope that stretching will make it thin-enough to fit, and I take 3 off them with me in case it will - for future repairs, the (only) opportunity is now!
Back at the camp it will not fit though, no way Jose, we could not get it in - "we" yes, this became a challenge for some of the others.
Ah well, we tried, we even tried the best supply option the town had to offer.... helaas to no avail :(

One hope remained though, which was that apparently a woman at the next-eve's camp sells O-rings to the locals out of a laaarge box of many many sizes - but this was somewhat unconvincing first, and second it meant I'd miss the next day's riding at minimum.
Oh well, let me go tell Hardy about my bad luck!
It's dark in the meantime, I think we've had dinner already, so I rock up at the staff's camping spot.
Before I can say something I see Hardy sitting with some assortment box on his knees, it's full of bolts, washers, god knows what.... and he dangles two O-rings in front of me, Viton one's nogals!
They look distinctly thinner as the one's I have tried thus far, and they look the correct diameter also - Hardy simply said "I found them" :lol8:

I grab one and hasten to my bike - where it fits purrrrrrrrfectly!
I reassemble the lot, put some fluid in, bleed the dang thing et voila, a super smooth (really, quite different than before!) working new-feeling clutch! :3some:
The group of bystanders remark that I should thank Hardy for rescuing my trip, and of course I do!
I walk over and tell Hardy that "there's several guys here who think I should oopbek soen jou om dankie te se", and before even he himself could say something Chantal sternly replies "I don't think that is necessary!" :lol8: :lol8: :lol8:
Sorry Chantal, but that was seriously funny! :P
Anyway, my trip was saved! :thumleft:

During my ride to town on that 690 though I discovered that Johan's bike was, except for showing some wear due to some spills, a bit hard sprung, so I asked him about this.
He said he only recently got the bike and had changed or set nothing suspension wise, so we agreed to help his riding confidence a bit by setting it up better the next eve, it was late already. Also, Johannes had helped him that eve trying to do some damage repairs by re-securing his 4 LED spots a bit better, as these had taken a battering during an off earlier.

Off to bed we all went, noone late in the bar (I checked! :P )
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on June 28, 2021, 01:36:25 pm
Day 5, fourth riding day

Mopane Camp to Epupa Falls


We left Mopane Camp at at reasonable time as the riding distances from now on were less. Thus far we have been riding North to basically get there, in doing so sorting out bike-niggles as well as becoming more of a social group - and remember, for me this meant that I perhaps will call Hannes Japie by this time ;)
Today we would reach our most-Northern destination that day: the Cunene River, which is the border between Namibia and Angola.
A lil briefing highlighted this, and we'd see the last 'traffic' for the day as we were about to enter the 'real' riding bits - no more roads but tracks and some sand, we were about to start the more enjoyable and very remote offroad riding - the stuff I'd come for :thumleft:
So, a lekker day ahead!

'Stop when you see the Cunene river, there's a memorial, we'll have lunch there' was the basics of the briefing, so off we went.
We rode the last roads - which were just about deserted of course, nothing new here, this part of Namibia is empty.
And, after a while, on a downhill somewhere the Cunene made itself visible: a rather large river, never mind Hardy mentioned it apparently is a bit low on water at the moment!

Jaco told us the monument at that spot (forgot the name, sorry - anyone?) was erected as a memorial for a group of Boers returning from Angola into Namibia, for reason of an unwilling to cooperate with them Porra government in Angola - or something like that.
The buggers had been heaving wagons through that large river, not an easy feat even today!

Anyway, a lekker lunch was had, and off we went after a warning that now we'd ride a bit more technical terrain, and would see our first real sand!
Through a settlement a track led West along the Cunene river, and yeah, this was more like some bundu-bashing, great - and keep yer eye on the GPS otherwise you'll do some off-track detours (which I promptly did, I initially missed the turnoff) ;)

Some small loose sandy riverbeds were crossed, and for some these were scary - sand riding is something one has to get used to, simple as that - so this was a good exercise.
May I mention Andre of our group here?
A tall dude, ex rugby player which still shows, a moerofagood rider and always haastig, a nice chap.... and he was of course jumping around wildly - which he can too, he makes that WR450 look diminutive by towering over it whilst manhandling this puny-looking bike with him on it, looking silly & awesome at the same time :P
Now, Rob, on his CRF300, was at some stage behind Andre who at that moment jumped/dove off an embankment into a wiiiiide sand river, dry of course. But he had to brake or something, and he caused some dust for Rob.... which forced Rob to take evasive action amidst a dustcloud, obviously not ideal.
Rob tumbled off that embankment and fell, and hurt his ribcage  - see pics below, he's not a happy chappie :(

Those who were near immediately attended to him - but, as this was at a spot a little off track (I told you Andre's a bit haastig at times :P ) others were entering this sandy river (dry, loose sand!) a bit further up.
Enter Werner on his 701, trying to get going again in the middle of that large sandy area, roaring his engine massively for long, really long, too long to be healthy.... and keep in mind that he did this when we were milling around Rob some distance away!
Then he stopped revving the poor bike, and I started screaming to him (from some 80 meters away lol) that he better take it easier - but with vigor he started again, massively revving his poor bike, and drowning my well meant advice with the howling sound of his bike :P
I think it was Kevin who got next to him first, then others joined.
They tried all to get Werner going again but more sensibly this time, but the damage was done: clutch burnt out! :-[
Meantime Hardy had entered the riverbed with the cruiser, and of course was helping Rob et al so scroo any bike at that moment!

"Havoc" anyone?
It was, not funny :(
Anyway, the short of the long was Rob was loaded in the cruiser, Kamanya (who was Hardy's shotgun until that moment) offloaded the KTM525 and instead Werner's 701 was loaded, Werner had to ride Rob's CRF300 to the camp due to space constraints on the bakkie whilst Kamanya rode the 525.
Oh well, seeing the circumstances that was an amicable solution for this unfortunate fuggup-moment :thumleft:

We rode off again, and the fun bits (sorry, I think & thought the route was loads better than a dirtroad) came to and end soon, the route led us back onto the road along the Cunene.
Here Johan and me teamed up, me ahead, and we rode the road.... until I spotted a little detour >:D
Hell, it was a dotted line, a detour even, so I dove off down into some bush.
Vegetation galore there, and some footpath indicated that it was used by pedestrians as a shortcut indeed - all good!
Around a fallen tree on I went.... to discover that Johan wasn't following anymore.
Going back I find him, he got around and we continued... until the path became a narrow rock-strewn off-camber thingy, with a small but deep-enough-to-be-a-problem body of water on the right.
Easy enough on even a bigger bike but, excuse me here, Johan's riding on his 690 could have been better at that moment. He also queried if this was wise to do, and the vision of us heaving a bike out of the water down there wasn't too appealing - so we turned back :(
Yeah, a wiser decision, but not better ;)

Anyway, we joined the road again and arrived at the campsite - a stunning site right at the Cunene river's Epupa Falls!
Because of our lil detour most others were there already, and Rickus had started to take Werner's 701's clutch apart: bad news, all properly black inside, the narrower outer friction plate had shattered into pulp which had worked its way into the engine itself..... no more 701 for the trip for Werner! :(
I don't have any pics of this, please post some if you have?

At the same time Kamanya was busy taking the triple clamps out of his 525 - huh?
I asked, and he casually mentioned that the head bearings were notchy, he would replace these! :P
Oh really, a field repair including some races to be knocked out etc, and you actually carry the spares for such?
Well Yes it turned out, they knew about this small problem so they had planned to do this at some time.
Specialized Adventures indeed Squire, you must have noticed I was a lil surprised ;)
Oh, please post a few piccies of this? Got zilch myself...

So, not to be outdone I tackled Johan's 690 - hell, everybody else were busy spannering weren't they?
I only set his suspension better though because I'm lazy: his bike went from Standard to Comfort, plus I added some Rebound to the rear so as to prevent the bike kicking his butt on rocks (which we'd see as from tomorrow!).
Reason was, Johan could do with some help from his bike, he only had been riding offroad for the past 6 months - doing better yeah but having too many WHOAA moments :P
The next day would tell if it would make a difference.

Phones were charged, (also) data was bought at the bar, and we had a lekker dinner around a campfire.
I think this was the first time I spotted the jerrycan full of Oros, and it was hot here.... so I drank much of it, lekker, sorry :-[ :P
Rob was parked on a stretcher in the shade and fed all kinds of opiates and other dopes, he was blisfully unaware of all the spannering and milling-about in the camp.
Now, it turned out Werner was rather (to put it mildly) hesitant to ride Rob's 300 any further, he actually wanted to ride shotgun in a bakkie.
His reasoning was he did not want to ride anyone's property, and especially not Rob's new 300!
That's commendable first, let me be honest here... but also, given the situation we were in, not very practical at all!
Let me in the same breath commend Rob (you're a good sport dude!) that he was mooore than happy to lend Werner his bike! His ride was over, he would be repatriated home the next day, however with the Mog so no means of transporting his bike, it had to go onto Hardy's cruiser - which could take another bike (Werner's 701 was on it now) but then would be chokkablock full!
And that meant that any next bike-mishap would mean we had to leave that bike in nomansland, basically abandon it in deep deserted remote Namibia..... a preventable thing of course, Werner simply had to ride Rob's bike: it was the only sensible thing to do!
Besides, the much lighter 300 probably would put only smiles on Werner's face, and he would finish his trip riding!
Once pointed out all this he'd sleep on it, and decide tomorrow morning! :thumleft:


We all slept with the soothing sounds of the falls in the backgroud, and for those who would want a getaway with their undoubtedly prettier half - THIS is the campsite to book into! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on June 28, 2021, 01:40:33 pm
... more pics.

Here I also checked my tyres which were fitted new prior to this trip - still looking new, and they felt awesome  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Chantal Burger on June 28, 2021, 01:49:06 pm
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Hardy, Oubones & Andrew busy with the 525 @ Epupa Falls


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Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Chantal Burger on June 28, 2021, 01:49:39 pm
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Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Chantal Burger on June 28, 2021, 01:50:29 pm
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Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Amsterdam on June 28, 2021, 02:09:42 pm
You guys seem to have your share of troubles early on, and the more difficult parts are still to come.  You are the first one ever to admit that the KTM clutch o-ring trouble is due to incorrect fluid.  I mostly read that this is just another bit of rubbish KTM design.

Did you think it was a good decision to take the 500?  Wouldn't you rather have done this trip on the more comfy 701?

And a word of warning for the guy who properly fried his 701 clutch - there are one or two (can't remember exactly) plastic gears behind the clutch basket.  These drive the oil pump(s).  When you really cook your clutch these can get partly melted.  This can potentially lead to failure later on.  You have to remove the clutch basket to inspect these.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Rickus on June 28, 2021, 02:29:27 pm
You guys seem to have your share of troubles early on, and the more difficult parts are still to come.  You are the first one ever to admit that the KTM clutch o-ring trouble is due to incorrect fluid.  I mostly read that this is just another bit of rubbish KTM design.

Did you think it was a good decision to take the 500?  Wouldn't you rather have done this trip on the more comfy 701?

And a word of warning for the guy who properly fried his 701 clutch - there are one or two (can't remember exactly) plastic gears behind the clutch basket.  These drive the oil pump(s).  When you really cook your clutch these can get partly melted.  This can potentially lead to failure later on.  You have to remove the clutch basket to inspect these.


very GOOD ADVICE Ive never seen a clutch burned to this extent...I would put money on the fact that those gears will be shot
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on June 28, 2021, 02:46:33 pm
You guys seem to have your share of troubles early on, and the more difficult parts are still to come.  You are the first one ever to admit that the KTM clutch o-ring trouble is due to incorrect fluid.  I mostly read that this is just another bit of rubbish KTM design.

Did you think it was a good decision to take the 500?  Wouldn't you rather have done this trip on the more comfy 701?

And a word of warning for the guy who properly fried his 701 clutch - there are one or two (can't remember exactly) plastic gears behind the clutch basket.  These drive the oil pump(s).  When you really cook your clutch these can get partly melted.  This can potentially lead to failure later on.  You have to remove the clutch basket to inspect these.

Hallo A'dam,

Thus far in this trip you're correct, a heavier bike (701 or 7/890) would be perfect.
But, the more technical bits are still to come.... and do keep in mind that the subtitle of this RR is "The 690 that would not die, ditto its Rider!"  8)
690/701's prove not to be too reliable bikes in practice, and, although Mark (rallyfied 701!) may argue with this statement he was the one schlepping a considerable spares quantity around!
Hindsight?
Yeah, I could do this on my 701 or perhaps even bigger/heavier, hell, with Runner & Noneking we've often done so, but, a real but.... I want to have fun! Manhandling something heavier is more work (and more comfy too yes, sometimes easier even) hence is more tiring, and I already have a big <before Kamanya kicks the door closed  ;) > so I have nothing to prove - and a nimble light 500 IS more fun!  :thumleft:
Plus, zero luggage remember?
That's one of the reasons I decided to join this tour, you schlepp zero yourself around while you've got aaaaallllll the creature comforts to rely on!
Hey, everyone suits himself, and I choose the 500 because it allows me to play rather than fight - and no, no regrets whatsoever, I only will take a few more extra spares with the next time  :P

I hope Werner will read here because his Durbanite repair shop of choice (?) will have their work cut out - the engine has to be flushed also, to rid itself of the aluminium-based outer friction-plate shrapnel which will be everywhere.
I hope someone will post a few pics of this mess, I've never seen it this bad to be honest.
And yeah, that basket has to come off, but that's the least of his problems I think...



(Added later): Werner later commented on that his clutch upon releasing did not 'grab' immediately but did so a lil 'smoother' than normal. This would have been an immediate warning for someone more technically inclined than Werner as such indicates slippage but so be it, his 701's clutch apparently did slip a bit already before he hit that sand!
And, remember my 701 which did same, albeit when at high speeds only? I fixed that with a new set of plates plus some washers/spacers under the springs, but bottom line is that a 690/701's clutch is prone to playing up  ;)
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on June 28, 2021, 03:05:27 pm
Hold on, hold on. I just saw this now, let me grab my popcorn.

Ive been to Spitzkoppe a few times but not much North of that .. cant wait to see this.  :sip:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Rickus on June 28, 2021, 04:52:46 pm
@BuRP I still think the KTM9x0 is the best bike for this trip  :pot: just ask Nick
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Twister on June 28, 2021, 04:58:37 pm
@BuRP I still think the KTM9x0 is the best bike for this trip  :pot: just ask Nick

But you two made it look like a 500  ;)
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Twister on June 28, 2021, 05:15:22 pm
Days & Names of overnight camps......

I have a memory like a sieve for this kind of thing, and here my name-dyslexia refers, I'm simply lousy with it.
Will someone please list the campsites of the days to come - please?
Otherwise I'll either be vague if not anonymous about these or plainly wrong, neither helping anyone.

And, if you've got the (total) riding distances for the days also then this would come in handy too.
(Oh, NO, Hardy won't have these, the man has been there so often he drives without GPS   :P )



Much obliged in advance!

Arebusch Travel Lodge - Windhoek
Spitzkoppe
Palmwag
Mopane Camp
Epupa Falls
Van Zyl's Camp
Marble Camp
Puros
Puros
Palmwag
Aba Huab Campsite
Brandberg White Lady
Arebusch Travel Lodge - Windhoek

Sorry Bart - No idea of the distances (Definitely not long enough for someone with your energy reserves though) :thumleft:


Spitzkoppe  55km
Palmwag 322km
Opuwo 240km
Epupa 227km
Van Zyls Kamp 145km
Marble Camp 62.km
Purros 107km
Purros canyon 72km
Palmwag (full loop) 271km
Aba Huab Campsite 112km
Brandberg White Lady (full loop) 235km short 178km
Usakos 169km


Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Hardy de Kock on June 28, 2021, 05:16:02 pm
@BuRP I still think the KTM9x0 is the best bike for this trip  :pot: just ask Nick

But you two made it look like a 500  ;)

Nick rode his 990 through Kaokoland & That 950 Tank rode Rickus through Kaokoland - Both equally impressive.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Kamanya on June 28, 2021, 06:26:36 pm
Another Day around the food trough.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-rFRTQJx/0/7ffe5418/L/IMG_6419-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-rFRTQJx/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-nDH94Wf/0/7762ba02/L/IMG_6422-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-nDH94Wf/A)

Many hand make light work

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-WpRkR6k/0/9a128c7b/L/IMG_6425-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-WpRkR6k/A)

Breifing.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-BwFKGwM/0/b83a4c52/L/IMG_6430-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-BwFKGwM/A)

A word about this. You get a GPS track for the day that follows the actual route to be ridden. The briefing will let you know where you should stop, refuel, alert you to dangers and scenery. From there, you ride how you want. If you feel like opening the route and sending it or just chilling and getting photo’s in, that’s your choice.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-tbVxGsm/0/42a5472d/L/IMG_6434-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-tbVxGsm/A)

Getting further north, the scenery becomes magical

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Obligatory beers at Manchester

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(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-CcDZQ2h/0/f43404a0/L/IMG_6444-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-CcDZQ2h/A)

Lunch on the hill

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Many’s first time seesing a Baobab

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-4WQ2JWj/0/b6efd3fd/L/IMG_6447-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-4WQ2JWj/A)

Then after the unlovely mess of Opuwo, a new and truly lovely camp run by Gerrit and his wife called Kaoko Mopani Camp. It really is a fabulous place to watch the sun down after a ride. I HIGHLY recommend the place.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-Cp6h24x/0/eaca5145/4K/IMG_6464-4K.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-Cp6h24x/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-C7DCBC2/0/6d944575/4K/IMG_6466-4K.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-C7DCBC2/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-GKgRbzh/0/14e53438/4K/IMG_6460-4K.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-GKgRbzh/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-cH8hTvm/0/a2342abe/4K/IMG_6468-4K.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-cH8hTvm/A)


With some characters installed too…

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-2Qk4g5z/0/42242af6/4K/54902089-1682-4099-AB1C-24D422CD80FF-4K.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-2Qk4g5z/A)

The group

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(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-VcRfdHG/0/9b883b3c/4K/IMG_6473-4K.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-VcRfdHG/A)

The briefing and camp.

Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: hartebees on June 28, 2021, 07:22:29 pm
Bart fiddling with his clutch.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: hartebees on June 28, 2021, 07:51:56 pm
Rickus taking the 701’s clutch apart. It was fried like nothing I’ve seen before. One of the plates had completely disintegrated.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: hartebees on June 28, 2021, 08:00:17 pm
Rob gingerly got into the cruiser. You could tell he was hurt as he hardly glanced at the Himbas who were flocking around the bakkie to see what the commotion was about.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: hartebees on June 28, 2021, 08:05:54 pm
The monument of the Dorslandtrekkers is at Swartbooisdrift.

The place is called after the Nama chief Petrus Swartbooi whose bloodthirsty path also crossed there.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: 2StrokeDan on June 28, 2021, 08:20:26 pm
A bit of a working holiday for the KTM boys! :ricky:

Hardy, you'll have to look at rigging out a trailer as a Katoom workshop, complete with spares. :pot:

How did that WR450 go?? :peepwall:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: teebag on June 28, 2021, 08:22:35 pm
and the CRF450L and the 300L
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: hartebees on June 28, 2021, 08:33:48 pm
Some more Epupa pics.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: hartebees on June 28, 2021, 08:45:03 pm
There were two WR450s. I rode one. Not a moment's issue. The other WR chewed up a sprocket but it was due to incorrect wheel assembly. Any objective person will also tell you that is way more lively than a KTM 500 which makes it better on the long riverbed sections and dunes.

The 300L made the trip with no problems. From not wanting to ride it all at Epupa, Werner turned around and at the end he admitted that he was very glad he could ride it for the rest of the trip. I rode it down the step at Van Zyls and I'm quite sure it was the easiest bike to ride in that technical terrain. It also has more than enough grunt to get on top of the sand. Man, that bike impressed me.

Kevin can tell us how he experienced the 450L. I believe he has the Vortex ECU installed.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Hardy de Kock on June 28, 2021, 10:19:18 pm
My take on the different bikes used on this trip after some general comments

I believe in preparation. Jaco's bike did not give a moment's issues because him and I serviced, balanced, lubed, torqued and double checked everything prior to the trip. Ets told me himself that he did not check his sprocket prior to the trip. Knowing what he had to go through to get to Namibia, I fully understand.
I also believe that you should not just trust anyone to work on your bike prior to a tough tour like this. NO ONE cares about your bike as much as you do. 
Werner bought a bike with an already cooked clutch in my opinion. That is why he struggled to get away in the sand, as he did. From a distance it might have looked like he was killing the clutch himself, but I suspect it was the reason he struggled. He will admit to not being the most mechanical minded rider around and that he thought that it is how the clutch should feel. I have no idea who the dealer is who sold him the bike, but I would have a lengthy conversation with them if I was him.
Doing a bit of research in terms of common issues and the spares required to fix these issues can save you a lot of money, and keeps you out of the Cruiser, as Bart mentioned earlier. If I haven't had the same issues with 500's in the past I probably never would have had the o-ring he required.
I also think that Werner never should have bought a 701. The bike is too advanced and too mechanical for a beginner like himself. (I can already hear the 701 riders chocking and swearing).

The bikes - From big to small

- KTM 990 Adv. - Nick made it look easy and there is nothing more beautiful than the sound of that Twin eating up a riverbed, or a dune. No issues apart from bolts shaking loose. Too big and powerful for the average rider - perfect for Nick.
- KTM 950 Adv - Rickus fitted these massive Safari tanks which sorted his fuel requirements but added bulk to an already massive machine. I am not kidding if I say I swear I saw a small sand dune in the Hoarusib river make way as Rickus came past. I can fully understand why he rides that bike. Everything is sorted and he knows everything about that bike.
- 701 Husky - Mark Johnstone's 701 was sorted and he carried plenty spares. He is one hell of a rider with Malle Moto ambitions and mechanical aptitude to match.
He had serious bad luck with punctures though. As far as I know his bike gave no issues. If you ask him (I did not) he will probably confess to checking everything prior to the tour. Werner's 701 became the donor bike after the clutch went to heaven. Up untill then it seemed as if Werner enjoyed the open sections.
- KTM 690 - By far the bike with the most issues on our tours, despite it being one of the nicest bikes to ride. Even Rickus liked it's power when he stormed the Bastille with it.
Honda XR650L - My opinion will sound bias, so let's leave it there.
- KTM 525 - I love the bloody thing even more after this trip. No stupid electronical issues, no clutch issues, nothing. It just powers on and weighed against the money I paid for it, it was a bargain.
- KTM 500 - Their owners love them, and if you consider the power they produce, you have to expect the one or two mechanical trade offs they have. You could not get Twister, Bart or ETS of those 500's even if Samantha Fox was tanning nude at the lodge in Puros.
- WR450 - I think these bikes surprised everyone - In the dunes, riverbeds, and in the mountains they did exactly what was expected of them. I believe that that is the difference between the 500 and the WR. You just know the Yamie will not have issues. Kamanya rode Jaco's WR in the riverbed at Van Zyl's Camp and called it a missile when he stopped. I highly rate the WR's with a 14-47 sprocket set up
- KTM 450 - Feels too twitchy and too nervous for me. Almost as if the bike wants to die if not ridden as if it was stolen. 
- Honda CRF450L (with one nut in tact) The de-tuned, re-tuned 450 of Kevin Knoop did everything with a smile and never had any issues. Not once. It is clear that Mark and Kevin believes in preparation too.
- KTM 350 - Same as the KTM 450
- Honda CRF 300L. I agree with Hartebees's summary and believe that more people should ride these bikes. That little bike (with a suspension set up for a 70kg person) carried a 121kg man through this whole trip without any issues.




Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: 2StrokeDan on June 28, 2021, 10:23:57 pm
My take on the different bikes used on this trip after some general comments

I believe in preparation. Jaco's bike did not give a moment's issues because him and I serviced, balanced, lubed, torqued and double checked everything prior to the trip. Ets told me himself that he did not check his sprocket prior to the trip. Knowing what he had to go through to get to Namibia, I fully understand.
I also believe that you should not just trust anyone to work on your bike prior to a tough tour like this. NO ONE cares about your bike as much as you do. 
Werner bought a bike with an already cooked clutch in my opinion. That is why he struggled to get away in the sand, as he did. From a distance it might have looked like he was killing the clutch himself, but I suspect it was the reason he struggled. He will admit to not being the most mechanical minded rider around and that he thought that it is how the clutch should feel. I have no idea who the dealer is who sold him the bike, but I would have a lengthy conversation with them if I was him.
Doing a bit of research in terms of common issues and the spares required to fix these issues can save you a lot of money, and keeps you out of the Cruiser, as Bart mentioned earlier. If I haven't had the same issues with 500's in the past I probably never would have had the o-ring he required.
I also think that Werner never should have bought a 701. The bike is too advanced and too mechanical for a beginner like himself. (I can already hear the 701 riders chocking and swearing).

The bikes - From big to small

- KTM 990 Adv. - Nick made it look easy and there is nothing more beautiful than the sound of that Twin eating up a riverbed, or a dune. No issues apart from bolts shaking loose. Too big and powerful for the average rider - perfect for Nick.
- KTM 950 Adv - Rickus fitted these massive Safari tanks which sorted his fuel requirements but added bulk to an already massive machine. I am not kidding if I say I swear I saw a small sand dune in the Hoarusib river make way as Rickus came past. I can fully understand why he rides that bike. Everything is sorted and he knows everything about that bike.
- 701 Husky - Mark Johnstone's 701 was sorted and he carried plenty spares. He is one hell of a rider with Malle Moto ambitions and mechanical aptitude to match.
He had serious bad luck with punctures though. As far as I know his bike gave no issues. If you ask him (I did not) he will probably confess to checking everything prior to the tour. Werner's 701 became the donor bike after the clutch went to heaven. Up untill then it seemed as if Werner enjoyed the open sections.
- KTM 690 - By far the bike with the most issues on our tours, despite it being one of the nicest bikes to ride. Even Rickus likes it's power when he stormed the Bastille with it.
Honda XR650L - My opinion will sound bias, so let's leave it there.
- KTM 525 - I love the bloody thing even more after this trip. No stupid electronical issues, no clutch issues, nothing. It just powers on and weighed against the moneyy I paid for it, it was a bargain.
- KTM 500 - Their owners love them, and if you consider the power they produce, you have to expect the one or two mechanical trade offs they have. You could not get Twister, Bart or ETS of those 500's even if Samantha Fox was tanning nude at the lodge in Puros.
- WR450 - I think these bikes surprised everyone - In the dunes, riverbeds, and in the mountains the did exactly what was expected of them. I believe that that is the difference between the 500 and the WR. You just know the Yamie will not have issues. Kamanya rodeJaco's WR in the riverbed at Van Zyl's Camp and called it a missile when he stopped.
- KTM 450 - Feels too twitchy for me. Almost as if the bike wants to die if not ridden as if it was stolen. 
- Honda CRF450L (with one nut in tact) The de-tuned, re-tuned 450 of Kevin Knoop did everything with a smile and never had any issues. Not once. It is clear that Mark and Kevin believes in preparation too.
- Honda CRF 300L. I agree with Hartebees's summary and believe that more people should ride these bikes. That little bike (with a suspension set up for a 70kg person) carried a 121kg man through this whole trip without any issues.

Very, very valuable post, fitting in perfectly with this RR, which by the way, I am enjoying tremendously. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: ETS on June 29, 2021, 09:21:08 am
My take on the different bikes used on this trip after some general comments

I believe in preparation. Jaco's bike did not give a moment's issues because him and I serviced, balanced, lubed, torqued and double checked everything prior to the trip. Ets told me himself that he did not check his sprocket prior to the trip. Knowing what he had to go through to get to Namibia, I fully understand.
I also believe that you should not just trust anyone to work on your bike prior to a tough tour like this. NO ONE cares about your bike as much as you do. 
Werner bought a bike with an already cooked clutch in my opinion. That is why he struggled to get away in the sand, as he did. From a distance it might have looked like he was killing the clutch himself, but I suspect it was the reason he struggled. He will admit to not being the most mechanical minded rider around and that he thought that it is how the clutch should feel. I have no idea who the dealer is who sold him the bike, but I would have a lengthy conversation with them if I was him.
Doing a bit of research in terms of common issues and the spares required to fix these issues can save you a lot of money, and keeps you out of the Cruiser, as Bart mentioned earlier. If I haven't had the same issues with 500's in the past I probably never would have had the o-ring he required.
I also think that Werner never should have bought a 701. The bike is too advanced and too mechanical for a beginner like himself. (I can already hear the 701 riders chocking and swearing).

The bikes - From big to small

- KTM 990 Adv. - Nick made it look easy and there is nothing more beautiful than the sound of that Twin eating up a riverbed, or a dune. No issues apart from bolts shaking loose. Too big and powerful for the average rider - perfect for Nick.
- KTM 950 Adv - Rickus fitted these massive Safari tanks which sorted his fuel requirements but added bulk to an already massive machine. I am not kidding if I say I swear I saw a small sand dune in the Hoarusib river make way as Rickus came past. I can fully understand why he rides that bike. Everything is sorted and he knows everything about that bike.
- 701 Husky - Mark Johnstone's 701 was sorted and he carried plenty spares. He is one hell of a rider with Malle Moto ambitions and mechanical aptitude to match.
He had serious bad luck with punctures though. As far as I know his bike gave no issues. If you ask him (I did not) he will probably confess to checking everything prior to the tour. Werner's 701 became the donor bike after the clutch went to heaven. Up untill then it seemed as if Werner enjoyed the open sections.
- KTM 690 - By far the bike with the most issues on our tours, despite it being one of the nicest bikes to ride. Even Rickus likes it's power when he stormed the Bastille with it.
Honda XR650L - My opinion will sound bias, so let's leave it there.
- KTM 525 - I love the bloody thing even more after this trip. No stupid electronical issues, no clutch issues, nothing. It just powers on and weighed against the moneyy I paid for it, it was a bargain.
- KTM 500 - Their owners love them, and if you consider the power they produce, you have to expect the one or two mechanical trade offs they have. You could not get Twister, Bart or ETS of those 500's even if Samantha Fox was tanning nude at the lodge in Puros.
- WR450 - I think these bikes surprised everyone - In the dunes, riverbeds, and in the mountains the did exactly what was expected of them. I believe that that is the difference between the 500 and the WR. You just know the Yamie will not have issues. Kamanya rodeJaco's WR in the riverbed at Van Zyl's Camp and called it a missile when he stopped.
- KTM 450 - Feels too twitchy for me. Almost as if the bike wants to die if not ridden as if it was stolen. 
- Honda CRF450L (with one nut in tact) The de-tuned, re-tuned 450 of Kevin Knoop did everything with a smile and never had any issues. Not once. It is clear that Mark and Kevin believes in preparation too.
- Honda CRF 300L. I agree with Hartebees's summary and believe that more people should ride these bikes. That little bike (with a suspension set up for a 70kg person) carried a 121kg man through this whole trip without any issues.

Very, very valuable post, fitting in perfectly with this RR, which by the way, I am enjoying tremendously. :thumleft:

Flippit i was there and i am enjoying it all over!
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: LONG BOB on June 29, 2021, 09:29:56 am
Got to the watering hole at the falls and Jacques ( George) with a rubber arm came to tell me I’ve lost my riding partner 😳
But thankfully I could hear the moans and groaning from above the sound of the falls so knew he would live . He got a habit of letting the world know he got something sore!!!
I take my hat off to Henni, vok 5 days of ohhh and aaaaghs must have sounded like a brothel, 😂 but knowing him so well, better it happened where it did and not where unimog wasn’t present.
We drove for 36 hrs home and I swear he told Andrew and me every hour how good Henni driving is . Henni you a hero !
Not all of us were pilots so that yellow thing on the handle bars was just a hindrance, and getting completely lost Johan and I took a bit more of a adrenaline rush finding camp , especially after a old lion kill blocked the road .
And again looking for the crater Kobus chased me down and pointed me towards a different star 😂
Even found a bit of shade and found proof that Bart was there 🙏 stompies in braai.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Kamanya on June 29, 2021, 09:52:09 am
My take on the different bikes used on this trip after some general comments

Honda XR650L - My opinion will sound bias, so let's leave it there.


Oh go on! For goodness sake, you can't leave that hanging there! Biased or not, fire away! :biggrin:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Kamanya on June 29, 2021, 09:55:34 am

- WR450 - I think these bikes surprised everyone - In the dunes, riverbeds, and in the mountains they did exactly what was expected of them. I believe that that is the difference between the 500 and the WR. You just know the Yamie will not have issues. Kamanya rode Jaco's WR in the riverbed at Van Zyl's Camp and called it a missile when he stopped. I highly rate the WR's with a 14-47 sprocket set up


Jaco's one was geared wrong. It was very difficult to ride slow technical. In the open stuff it came into its own.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Hardy de Kock on June 29, 2021, 10:28:44 am

- WR450 - I think these bikes surprised everyone - In the dunes, riverbeds, and in the mountains they did exactly what was expected of them. I believe that that is the difference between the 500 and the WR. You just know the Yamie will not have issues. Kamanya rode Jaco's WR in the riverbed at Van Zyl's Camp and called it a missile when he stopped. I highly rate the WR's with a 14-47 sprocket set up


Jaco's one was geared wrong. It was very difficult to ride slow technical. In the open stuff it came into its own.

Rider maybe?? :pot:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Kamanya on June 29, 2021, 10:40:45 am

- WR450 - I think these bikes surprised everyone - In the dunes, riverbeds, and in the mountains they did exactly what was expected of them. I believe that that is the difference between the 500 and the WR. You just know the Yamie will not have issues. Kamanya rode Jaco's WR in the riverbed at Van Zyl's Camp and called it a missile when he stopped. I highly rate the WR's with a 14-47 sprocket set up


Jaco's one was geared wrong. It was very difficult to ride slow technical. In the open stuff it came into its own.

Rider maybe?? :pot:

Nope, Jaco fell off on both attempts at Heartbreak Hill. He's an excellent rider. Current 1st gear on that bike at idle is about 15kph.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Hardy de Kock on June 29, 2021, 10:48:17 am

- WR450 - I think these bikes surprised everyone - In the dunes, riverbeds, and in the mountains they did exactly what was expected of them. I believe that that is the difference between the 500 and the WR. You just know the Yamie will not have issues. Kamanya rode Jaco's WR in the riverbed at Van Zyl's Camp and called it a missile when he stopped. I highly rate the WR's with a 14-47 sprocket set up


Not bad for someone who broke his foot 4 weeks ago

Jaco's one was geared wrong. It was very difficult to ride slow technical. In the open stuff it came into its own.

Rider maybe?? :pot:

Nope, Jaco fell off on both attempts at Heartbreak Hill. He's an excellent rider. Current 1st gear on that bike at idle is about 15kph.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Rickus on June 29, 2021, 11:06:07 am

- WR450 - I think these bikes surprised everyone - In the dunes, riverbeds, and in the mountains they did exactly what was expected of them. I believe that that is the difference between the 500 and the WR. You just know the Yamie will not have issues. Kamanya rode Jaco's WR in the riverbed at Van Zyl's Camp and called it a missile when he stopped. I highly rate the WR's with a 14-47 sprocket set up


Jaco's one was geared wrong. It was very difficult to ride slow technical. In the open stuff it came into its own.

Rider maybe?? :pot:

Nope, Jaco fell off on both attempts at Heartbreak Hill. He's an excellent rider. Current 1st gear on that bike at idle is about 15kph.

You would fall off to if 18 other ugly fuckers watched you intensely waiting for you to come off...I think ETS mentioned that he was converted then and now fully believes in the power of prayer after Jaco came unstuck the 2nd time  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: hugmin42 on June 29, 2021, 11:12:48 am
My take on the different bikes used on this trip after some general comments

Honda XR650L - My opinion will sound bias, so let's leave it there.


Oh go on! For goodness sake, you can't leave that hanging there! Biased or not, fire away! :biggrin:

I rode one of the XR650Ls on this trip. Throughout the trip we did plenty of bike swapping, I thus had the opportunity to ride for short stretches with the 701, KTM 500 (2 different ones) and a WR450.  When I do a trip like this again I would choose the XR650 a hundred times over. It is super comfortable (my backside and kidneys thanks me), it got over all the obstacles with ease.  Even through the thickest riverbeds I sat down comfortably cruising at 70-90kmph where others had to stand up the entire 20km+ stretches.  I'm very short so my feet can't touch the ground when sitting on the bike. Where this is usually a big no-no, it worked out perfectly for me as I had no choice but to stay on the pegs over technical terrain.

The bike also gave zero mechanical problems despite being very unloved by previous owners (I bought it shortly before the trip) and zero punctures.  And if something were to go wrong mechanically chances are we would have been able to fix it with wire and duct tape.

Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on June 29, 2021, 11:20:03 am
Rickus taking the 701’s clutch apart. It was fried like nothing I’ve seen before. One of the plates had completely disintegrated.

The pic below refers, note the cardboard with all the screws from the sidecover: exactly there where they have to go back in!  :thumleft:
That's better than "proper" for those who dunno this, for there are various lengths bolts used.
First time I met Rickus so I didn't know the man.... but leave him be, someone like this may even work on my bike  :lol8:

- KTM 500 - Their owners love them, and if you consider the power they produce, you have to expect the one or two mechanical trade offs they have. You could not get Twister, Bart or ETS of those 500's even if Samantha Fox was tanning nude at the lodge in Puros.

Hardy jong, eerste keer dat ek jou, Twister asook ETS ontmoet - en ja, dit was aangenaam en gaaf ens, maar lyk vir my jy het dalk effens n verkeerde indruk van my gekry.
Ek wil nie voorpraat vir Pieter en Kobus nie, maar ek dink jy praat snot  :lol8:
Maar, toegegee, dis n vrek lekker bike!  :thumleft:

The 300L made the trip with no problems. From not wanting to ride it all at Epupa, Werner turned around and at the end he admitted that he was very glad he could ride it for the rest of the trip. I rode it down the step at Van Zyls and I'm quite sure it was the easiest bike to ride in that technical terrain. It also has more than enough grunt to get on top of the sand. Man, that bike impressed me.

I think it impressed all of us!
Mostly Werner though I think, as the days went on his grin became wider & wider  :P
From problem-solver to rider to fan eh? Well done maat, en ek hoop jou 701 kom weer soos nuut!  :thumleft:
But, the 300's owner Rob, say what you want about our pommiechommie, impressed more than the bike - for he handed it to Werner without ever even blinking!
I still owe you a few beers my man, which we'll do when next we meet!  :thumright:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Hardy de Kock on June 29, 2021, 11:44:48 am
Rickus taking the 701’s clutch apart. It was fried like nothing I’ve seen before. One of the plates had completely disintegrated.

The pic below refers, note the cardboard with all the screws from the sidecover: exactly there where they have to go back in!  :thumleft:
That's better than "proper" for those who dunno this, for there are various lengths bolts used.
First time I met Rickus so I didn't know the man.... but leave him be, someone like this may even work on my bike  :lol8:

- KTM 500 - Their owners love them, and if you consider the power they produce, you have to expect the one or two mechanical trade offs they have. You could not get Twister, Bart or ETS of those 500's even if Samantha Fox was tanning nude at the lodge in Puros.

Hardy jong, eerste keer dat ek jou, Twister asook ETS ontmoet - en ja, dit was aangenaam en gaaf ens, maar lyk vir my jy het dalk effens n verkeerde indruk van my gekry.
Ek wil nie voorpraat vir Pieter en Kobus nie, maar ek dink jy praat snot  :lol8:
Maar, toegegee, dis n vrek lekker bike!  :thumleft:

The 300L made the trip with no problems. From not wanting to ride it all at Epupa, Werner turned around and at the end he admitted that he was very glad he could ride it for the rest of the trip. I rode it down the step at Van Zyls and I'm quite sure it was the easiest bike to ride in that technical terrain. It also has more than enough grunt to get on top of the sand. Man, that bike impressed me.

I think it impressed all of us!
Mostly Werner though I think, as the days went on his grin became wider & wider  :P
From problem-solver to rider to fan eh? Well done maat, en ek hoop jou 701 kom weer soos nuut!  :thumleft:
But, the 300's owner Rob, say what you want about our pommiechommie, impressed more than the bike - for he handed it to Werner without ever even blinking!
I still owe you a few beers my man, which we'll do when next we meet!  :thumright:

Jy meen vir Samantha sal jy dalk afklim en opklim?
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: geopat on June 29, 2021, 12:01:43 pm
Love these reports Im going up in January and I am getting really stoked reading this report
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: hartebees on June 29, 2021, 12:51:27 pm

- WR450 - I think these bikes surprised everyone - In the dunes, riverbeds, and in the mountains they did exactly what was expected of them. I believe that that is the difference between the 500 and the WR. You just know the Yamie will not have issues. Kamanya rode Jaco's WR in the riverbed at Van Zyl's Camp and called it a missile when he stopped. I highly rate the WR's with a 14-47 sprocket set up


Jaco's one was geared wrong. It was very difficult to ride slow technical. In the open stuff it came into its own.

Rider maybe?? :pot:

Nope, Jaco fell off on both attempts at Heartbreak Hill. He's an excellent rider. Current 1st gear on that bike at idle is about 15kph.

You would fall off to if 18 other ugly fuckers watched you intensely waiting for you to come off...I think ETS mentioned that he was converted then and now fully believes in the power of prayer after Jaco came unstuck the 2nd time  :imaposer:

Haha! The gearing was a bit taller than standard and it caught me out on Heartbreak Hill. I'm used to riding a KTM 350 for enduro and with that you can go up anything in 2nd. So at the bottom of Heartbreak Hill I clicked into second. This was the first real uphill I had to do on the bike. As I slowed down towards the top to pick a line the bike stalled while still moving forward and it caught me by complete surprise.

I went back down to try again as I had to redeem myself.

I made the same mistake however and was in second gear again, and just near the last lip my rear got kicked sideways. Needless to say I was quite embarrassed at that point - I cocked up twice on a hill that really should pose no problem for a dirt bike. Only later I realised that with that gearing 1st gear is the gear for technical climbs.

For your enjoyment:


Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Kamanya on June 29, 2021, 01:00:00 pm
The road to Epupa.

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The morning was a relaxed open road affair, but once after the Dorsland Trekker memorial

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The trail followed the old paths next to the river rather than the brand new road that was built. They’re a lot of fun and very scenic.

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Not long down these paths, Hardy and I crossed a really big river bed with seriously deep sand. People up ahead were frantically motioning for us to get to them, whilst behind us, there were some who were seriously struggling in the very deep sand.

When we got to Rob, it didn’t look good. He’d been barrelling along and in the dust, hit a root, shot slightly off track and plunged over the bank. He was white as a sheet and struggling to breathe. A quick once over and we were reasonably sure he’d not broken his collarbone, but it was also pretty reasonable to assume he’d not be sneezing or laughing for a while to come. His ribs on his left side were complaining bitterly.

Werner on his new 701 not 50 meters from us cooked his clutch properly. It seems that all was not well with the bike before he even started on the trip and that deep sand put an end to anything further to do with the clutch.

The drama wasn’t complete though, in trying to help up Rob into the Cruiser, Rob accidentally stood on Hardy’s newly repaired foot with all its fancy titanium bits in it. The nett result was Hardy’s titanium bits had been given a good rearaingment and put paid to any hopes that Hardy would have for riding on this trip.

We loaded Hardy’s 525 off, then Werners bike into the cruiser with Werner then taking Robs 300 to Epupa.

I had no riding gear on the bakkie and could only squeeze my head into Robs helmet for the ride.

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I paid for not having all the gear… a stone nearly took my left toenail off. That was flipping sore and irritating.

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Rob meanwhile had a most unpleasant trip to Epupa and once there was given some really strong drugs to know him out

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Once everyone was accounted for, some of us set to work with maintenance. I replaced the steering head bearings and cleaned a leaky fork seal on the 525. Hardy had a kit with him. I suspect that they were on their way out anyway but the 4 days on the back of the cruiser tied down in one spot did the rest.

Here’s an extremely rare shot of ETS getting his hands dirty.

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Supper came soon enough and was the normal feast of an affair

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War stories of the day… and swelling foot.

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Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Kamanya on June 29, 2021, 01:38:10 pm
From Epupa to Van Zyls camp is 145km. The first 70 takes an hour…. The next 70 take 7 hours. It is the true start to the trip.

It was decided to casevac Rob out, but at the last minute he insisted he stay and chose to ride in the Unimog. He would regularly come to both regret and enjoy that decision of the next few days.

Last minute checks

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My steed for the day. I too have one of these. I think they are fabulous bikes.

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Ignoble end to the 701

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Much anticipation!...

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The Constantia end of the camp with river frontage

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Happy to be on the bike

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A prank. Someone had put garlic butter in my helmet.

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Hardy: Be careful and have fun
Group thinking: Sounds like I’m going to die today

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First of 5…

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Lunch

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#4 I think

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The road to van Zyls is arguably harder than the actual pass. In summer it’s a blistering affair. Even still, I had had long chats to all about the importance of hydration; excluding coffee, cool drinks and beer, one has to be consuming at least 5 litres of water a day. In my opinion, it is a critical safety feature of riding in the desert. Many admitted that at home, 1 litre was probably more than what they had a day and were a bit incredulous that I was suggesting 5. After a few days though, many were commenting on just how much they were taking on.

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Heartbreak hill

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Videos of the day and hill



Reward for the day

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#5

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Then once at camp, Andre’s WR had a serious problem. His wheel had been misaligned and the chain had eaten the aluminium sprocket. There were no spare sprockets available. It was a trip ending problem for the big man.

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Then Werners 701’s sprocket started to get eyed. Hmmmm…

It had the requisite 6 bolt pattern but would it fit?

The bolts did fit perfectly, but the internal diameter for the sprocket carrier didn’t. The sprocket was too small for the carrier. The next bit was a bit of fun. There were at least 4 engineers used in consultation to solve the puzzle. Andre has zero mechanical ability so could only stand back and hope like hell we knew what we were doing.

After a bit of debate about options, Bart, Adriaan and myself got hacking into the sprocket with a grinder. The result was better than factory!



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A good day all things considered.

Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on June 29, 2021, 01:49:57 pm
Day 6, fifth riding day

Epupa Falls to van Zyl's camp


In the morning Rob proved to be feeling better (here's to celebrate a drug overdose! :P ), to such an extent even that he'd rather not be repatriated home but rather be carted around in the Unimog for the rest of the trip! :thumleft:
Wether Hennie was glad with that I dunno, but it was so done - and, this saved us all some inconvenience too.

Werner had decided to give Rob's 300 a try and would ride it - bakgattios! :thumleft:
And yes, for the entire remainder of the trip he could not be pried off the thing anymore.... I know, I actually tried on the very last day :P
In hindsight - always the clearest! - this was somewhat logical because the day ahead, although very short in distance, included the more-technical stuff, rocks mainly, we had not encountered yet. Had Werner done this day on his 701 he'd still know about it I reckon, and the lighter & nimbler 300 made it a lot easier for him. When I asked him at the end of the day he said something alike also, makes sense.

Right, so us lot had a plan: ride to van Zyl's camp over the road first, some 70km's, then a rocky track with Heartbreak Hill to the camp, another 70km's odd.
According to Hardy's briefing (or was that a warning?) the first 70 kays would take 1 hour, and the next 70 kays would take us 7 hours!
Really?
Well, at the time I seemed to remember some pics with large reddish rocks strewn on an allegedly steep hill from Noneking's RR, so this had to be it then, some Roof of Africa stuff in the mix!
I'll see and cross that bridge when I would get there was my take, but some worried faces were seen amoung the group.
Van Zyl's Camp was a community endeavor Hardy told us, and 'hopefully' there will be water!
Well, that was a new one for us, thus far we'd have had just about everything everywhere during our stopover places - we would see!

Off we went via the road, easy enough of course.
It veered off away from the Cunene river and we would not see it again, a pity as the vistas from above were gorgeous.
Then the road became a bit more like a Jeep-track, with here and there some rocky stuff so, lekker riding. At some stage there was a rocky uphill so I trundled up it - but let me explain.
I'm no riding god and prefer to sit, I only get up when I really need to. On rocky stuff this means I gooi n anker uit here and there, some call these paddapote... and with some use of the latter I just got up that hill.
Halfway up though I saw the complete collective of my riding buddies assembled at the top staring down at me, silently holding their breaths.... really? :o
Turns out that incline is 'the' Heartbreak Hill, to be honest completely different than what I had expected, and downright manageable (again, for someone not trying to 'style' it up!) - nothing like what I seemed to remember, which looked like proper Roof stuff!

The others followed, and kudos to Jaco who styled it up, fell over, went down to try again but did a repeat - a pity boet, we all know you can!
Hardy in the cruiser followed - also styling it by letting that V8 idle the car up whilst he himself hung out sideways of the door! :P
Sorry Jaco, got a few pics of you but not of Hardy 'letting it all hang out' ;)
If someone has this please post them?

On to van Zyl's camp then, so we did.
Some sand also in the mix, and at the campsite we played a bit in the sand river the camp was located at/on/in.
No water anywhere, I've been seen trying a lot of taps - but all were bonedry! :(
So, no shower tonight, and for those needing the throne a boskak was on the cards - fine enough, and space aplenty :thumleft:

The Team arrived a bit later as expected, because the vehicles took another, and longer, route to this camp for obvious reasons.
Except for the normal routine (stretcher, mattress, kitbag, change and chairs) some rather innovative spannering unfolded also.

It was early still, and Andre's WR450 had an aluminium rear sprocket which by now was so badly worn that a few spikes (the remnants of the original teeth) had broken off already!
Sand is no sprocket's friend, but an aluminium one is chewed superfast (and NOT an option for this trip, let this be said!).
Andre's bike had to get another sprocket on or his riding was over, simple as that!
We did not have a spare though, so this complicates matters a little.... where's the nearest shop, and can they airdrop it today? :o
But... thanks Werner, his 701 on the cruiser had a fine sprocket on so we tried that :thumleft:

This sprocket proved almost perfect, even the boltholes were a perfect fit - but for the ID, which was a bit too small.
The Yammie's hub has a small proud ridge around which the sprocket fits, and this ridge was not to be damaged by simply 'clamping' the sprocket on. We also did not have some material to 'fill' the offset so we had to adapt - increase! - the sprocket's inner diameter hole.
Easier said then done, but with a decent file I can do a lot.
So I asked for files: Sorry, we don't have files :(
But, we have a battery-operated grinder, with some spare batteries and various discs including a flapper-disk! :thumleft:
Amazing what comes out of those vehicles eh?
So the old and the new sprocket were bolted together and next this lot was wedged in a tree's V where it locked properly, and so the inner hole was matched to the proper, larger diameter.
This worked above expectation well, and we got the inner hole absolutely perfect to size, we actually tapped the sprocket onto the hub! :thumleft: :thumleft:
Thus Andre ended up with a 'new' bike so he could carry on ripping as per his usual, great! :P

In these somewhat primitive surroundings a super dinner was dished up, with a fresh salad even ..... try to do that when you're on your own?
Bullybeef may come first, and yeah,  that's edible too ;)
A large fire - wood aplenty there - kept us glued around it until we hit our sacks.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on June 29, 2021, 01:52:56 pm
... more pics.

I checked Kobus' sprocket and this poor thing had also seen much better days - and keep in mind a lot is coming still!
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on June 29, 2021, 01:53:52 pm
Jy meen vir Samantha sal jy dalk afklim en opklim?

Bring haar gerus oppi volgende trip, ek sal jou wys!  :P
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: ETS on June 29, 2021, 02:08:22 pm
Jy meen vir Samantha sal jy dalk afklim en opklim?

Bring haar gerus oppi volgende trip, ek sal jou wys!  :P

Dan kan ek bedags bike ry en snags Samantha ry
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on June 29, 2021, 02:16:33 pm
Reward for the day

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Thanks for reminding me Andrew, and yes, here I slipped up  :-[

From Heartbreak Hill onwards Hardy told us there's a little settlement with a dog that will jaag and bite you, and this dog belongs to a woman. The good news was that the woman sells beer, cold even, so all dead easy to find right?
My reflex was to offer a select few a cold beer and shot off!
Yes, there was some sort of settlement coming up but I didn't see any dog, neither a woman selling beer nor an outlet perhaps doing so.... so I asked a man next to the road where 'BEER' is, gesticulating 'drinking' whilst asking him.
He waved me on, pointed 'further', so I rode on.
'On' though was out of the settlement into the wilderness, and I carried on in the hope to locate a cold one!

Later I heard there IS some building in which the prized cold ones hide, and the pic above shows that.
Sorry chaps, I missed out on a well-needed cold beer (it is really warm there!) and you missed out on my promised treat  :(
To be corrected when we meet again!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: ETS on June 29, 2021, 02:20:37 pm
My absolute best moment of the trip- Top of Van Zyls
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: weskus on June 29, 2021, 04:22:44 pm
Lekker manne..
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Hardy de Kock on June 29, 2021, 04:47:42 pm
Lekker manne..

Jis Dewald

Ons het lekker gelag vir die stories van Rickus en jouself in die Khaudum een aand om die vuur.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: punisher on June 29, 2021, 04:57:39 pm

Flippit i was there and i am enjoying it all over!

ja we can see you at the front of the chow line  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: teebag on June 29, 2021, 05:00:59 pm
right behind @deapsquatter (Kevin)
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Hardy de Kock on June 29, 2021, 05:05:45 pm
The different characters and how they mosaic into the group dynamics on a trip like this always fascinates me.

Johan Liebenberg did a Northern Cape tour with me before.On the day I met Johan for the first time, he arrived at our starting point with a brand new 690 strapped onto the back of a trailer. a Clinical Psychologist by profession and not the kind of guy you would expect on a Richtersveld tour.
Johan admittedly never tried to give the impression that he is a good rider. I think I picked Johan and his bike up around 10 times a day.
He comes across as a "verstrooide proffessor" but if you listen closely he possesses a very witty and dry sense of humor. Crazy honest about his lack of natural talent he quickly became the guy everyone on the tour wanted to be friends with.
If you rode past the only tree in the middle of the Richtersveld, you could happily bet money on the fact that Johan was going to crash into it. I must admit that I had my fair share of laughs at his expense on that tour but I also got to know the man who, despite his 200000000 falls got up and on the bike again every time.
I always wondered what in the world could drive someone to carry on with a hobby / sport that he by his own admittance have no natural talent for.
I spent some time with my constantly falling friend on this tour and found out what it was. What a legend he turned out to be. More of this later.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: punisher on June 29, 2021, 05:33:04 pm
jissie ... what a lekker RR ....................  i sooooo wish i could ride like ths , i soooooo wish i had the courage to do this , i soooooooo  wish i could drink beer like you guys ..........  no wait i can do that .......... maybe
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: SparkMark on June 29, 2021, 07:26:58 pm
I'll share a little from my side ... I'm not big on words  ;D

Let me first start off by saying thank you to @deapsquatter for twisting my rubber arm to come and join him on this adventure ... it really didn't take much after looking at some of the previous RR's.

Then huge thanks goes to Hardy and his team. It's a super slick operation, well organized and efficient. It's pretty amazing to watch them all in action especially the ladies in the kitchen who were always cooking up a storm.

There is so much that we experienced over the 12/13 days during the trip ... it's hard to remember it all. I bumped into some fellow adventures on the way to Marble camp and they asked where I had been. To be honest it was pretty difficult to recall. But that is perhaps what makes it all so special ... I really enjoy being in the moment and the fact that I couldn't recall much means I was thoroughly enjoying myself.

The trip was a perfect blend of lekker technical riding and open stretches. You don't want to be stuck climbing rocks all day and nor do you want to slog it on straight dirt roads either. My personal favorite day was just after the "Step" on Van Zyl's pass you hit the Marienfluss. Its a flat sandy expanse with trees dotted around the place. I was flat taps through there on the 701, maneuvering around the trees ... what a feeling that was.

After that my bike could have fallen apart and me not ridden anymore, I didn't care ... I reached that magical nirvana during that ride. Not sure if any of you have experienced that, but I was happy !!!

Namibia itself is hard to sum up in words. It's such a beautiful place, but in a very different way. Barren, rocky, dry and then it turns into an oasis with animals roaming about. In a distance of less than 300km, you ride through Mars, a Savannah, dry riverbeds as big as highways and next to a mighty flowing river, just incredible.

The other riders that came along on the trip were such a great bunch. I prefer riding in small groups, so it was something that concerned me a bit. But again, it's all part of what makes it all so special. Helping others, sharing stories and of course telling jokes. It certainly was a mixed bunch of riders with very varying skill levels, but it worked well. Mike you were a joke telling machine  ;D

Below is one of my favorite pics of the trip ... in the dunes ... happy place for me.

Don't think about going ... just go and do it. You won't be sorry !!

PS: No issues on the 701. Loop soos stroop. I carry a range of spares, but more for other riders than my bike  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: LONG BOB on June 29, 2021, 08:20:01 pm
You hit the nail on the head !!! I remember getting lost near the craters and thinking why the vok Elon musk wants to explore Mars, and there’s the same landscape here 😂
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on June 29, 2021, 09:36:00 pm
Day 7, sixth riding day

Van Zyl's camp to Marble camp


We left van Zyl's Camp surprisingly early as the route to Marble Camp was only some 62 km's.
However, "van Zyl's Pass" was included, and this is a tricky bugger ;D
Now, the runup to the actual pass's 'step' is also a bit technical, rocks mainly, so we found our way on a dual track leading up and along mountains.
Just before the Step we veered off to a viewing point, and a stunning vista was gawked at - overlooking the mountains we were on into the Marienfluss' valley, a multicoloured plains with here & there also some vegetation: simply gorgeous!
My photos do zilch justice to this, just take my word for it :thumleft:

We whiled here a little enjoying the scenery, then Hardy showed us "the line down" the steep mountainside we were going to ride.
He positioned Adriaan, Nico and Jaco down the slope as 'catchers' for us if we would fall going down, some sort of a safety measure.
When someone remarked 'I see no tracks' he countered with that 'everybody finds his own line here, that's why'.
Yeah right, nice try Hardy, but if someone can't see that it is suicide to try to ride that steep offcamber rockstrewn slope then he's a bit slow, this obviously was a pre-planned practical joke :P
But, to my surprise some were believing him, and next I saw Mike next to me kitting up, he was going down first!
Look, Mike is the champion joker of the group, his jokes varied and abundant, so I looked at him expecting him to laugh.
He did not though, he was seriously going to go down (in more than one way!), so I told him that if he merely would start his bike I would klap him, plus I told him I wasn't kidding - but Hardy was!
He saw that I was serious.... and then it dawned on him he was pranked ::)
A bike furhter Johannes was busy getting ready, he'd go after Mike, ad I also told him to leave it, it was a joke :o
We all had a good laugh: well played :thumleft:

Then we continued back on the track (no GPS showed that downhill suicide route :P ) only to find the Step a little further on.
I hope some videos will be posted of this as a camera cannot do justice to the steepness and height of this feature, and I can understand full well that some gave their bikes to the better support riders - not sure but think that Adriaan, Nic and Jaco rode these bikes down.
We were let go one by one to go down due to the limited runoff space, and regrouped at some flattish spot some distance down of the Step.
Johannes was in front of me, and because he took the line Hardy told him to follow, a dodgy and strange zig-zagging line weirdly leading over the large rocks (there, I've not told you yet but herewith ;) ) he fell - but luckily after only a meter or so, still flattish there.
No thanks, I'll take my own line, I always do anyway :P
Others followed, and we were watching this from the bottom.
Last was Hardy in the cruiser, and I always enjoy such riding as one can see the vehicle's suspension properly articulating, an amazingly capable vehicle it is :thumleft:

We rode further down from here, and if ever you'll find yourself there know that this bit possibly is lastiger than that short step-bit!
Steep, loose rocks and/or gravel, and it carried on for a while.
Somewhere down-ish Adriaan was blocking the way and routed most to an 'easier' detour, some 100 meters around a washed away section of the 'original' track.
Then a little onwards a tree was offering some shade, and we recollected there to wait for Hardy.
I think we also had our lunch here, could be wrong though.

Anyway, only a short rocky ride would lead us onto the Marienfluss plains!
I'll give you an idea how wide it is: several kilometers!
It also is lots more kilometers long than it is wide, so to say that one has a LOT of space to play in would be inaccurate - 'ride where you want, just keep an eye on the GPS for the general direction' is more like it, and we did too! ;D

Mar vel lous ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
A we so me  ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
THIS was what I had come for, and I've read Mark's comment above: he apparently did same lol
But mense, to ride at a high speed over virgin sand for miles on end, just easily steering inbetween the few dotted trees there is magnificent, it really is: Stunning!
I didn't see any others and made my own tracks, and in the red sand I took the 4 photos below: my day was made :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Then onwards, sand yellow, and the vegetation a bit different.
More track here too, and you can choose any, they all go in the same direction.

Before Rooidrom (this is a rooi drom) I stopped at some old rusted car-wreck for some pics.
Nic & Adriaan arrived there also, and the latter just had to screw up my pic by circling in the sand around this wreck making loadsa dust :P
Dankie mater, dit maak vir n lekker pic!

At Rooidrom (see pic if you don't believe me!) I met up with Jacques.
We had a break there, some water and a smoke, and Jacques was interested in offerings of the souvenir stall there.
Noone around to pay though, and it didn't even cross our minds to make this an affirmative self service stall :P\
We carried on, and the track became rocky after a while.
Here Jacques' XR650L started to play up, spluttering when giving it a bit, and stalling too.
We stopped and he checked a few times, then found a loose wire in a connector of the ignition module.
Goodie, and with a short piece of wire and some tape this could be fixed.... but we didn't have any.
Waiting for Hardy was an option yeah but this would take a while, and it was hot and no shade around :o
So, we agreed that I'd ride to the camp, only some 8 kilometers left, and send help.
Send yes, we were starting to feel the day, and there's younger and fitter, faster too, dudes in the group, so ask them was my idea ::)

Found the camp after the last few kilometers, which were some sort of sting in the trail: a little technical rocky stuff, and with all the space available weirdly narrow too.
Anyway, at camp we asked around, found some wire and tape, then Johannes volunteers to go help Jacques so off he went.
He came back too quick though, because he had heard Hardy was already with him.
All good then, and thanks for riding :thumleft:

I then went for a poop and a shower - which turned out later to be the Ladies Room, shit happens :P - because the previous night I didn't.
Refreshed I setup my sleeping space, then Johan asks me about the little red light on his dash, 'hot engine' or something.
I check, and yes, it's the engine-overheating warning light.
'How long was that On?'
"Oh, as from van Zyl's pass I think"
"What, the whole day?"
"Yes"
I actually don't believe that but let it be, and start suspecting a broken thermostat, a rare thing really.
Then I ask if the fan comes On then also, probably as long?
"No, the fan never comes on"
Ah, there's a possible culprit here, so we start looking and do some digging.
During one of his (many!) falls the thermoswitch was damaged we see, and the connector is broken.
Johannes 'fixes' that with the insertion of a 10A blade-fuse et voila, a working fan! :thumleft:
The fan will come On as long as the ignition is On but that's fine.
To check if that is the solution I tell Johan to park the bike a little further and let it idle for some 15 minutes, and I tell him to keep the dash in check regularly.
He does so, parks it, starts it and then leaves it.... but because after a while I see him elsewhere, clearly having forgotten his bike, I walk over to check: with luck I arrive at the moment where the red light is still off but begins flickering, then is On solidly!
Ah, there's more to this, so I switch off and push it back to our beds.
Upon further inspection we find the expansion tank empty.
"Ja, that happens, I fill it every day" Johan replies.
And no, no coolant leaking anywhere.
So we strip some sidepanels to get to the radiator..... which I can look into right to the bottom: b o n e - d r y ! ! ! !

Quite frankly this is impossible: an engine without coolant running for a whole day with the overheating-light On, and the engine still runs?
In fact it purred still, like a new sewing machine, Johan only complained about a red light! ;D
Anyway, I told Johan to cool off the engine by watering it down first.
He did, using several buckets, and next we slowly filled the radiator with coolant (from the cruiser, Hardy comes well prepared).
I had to explain the 'why' behind this to Johan, he's not technically minded at all, and he now knows that one may not fill a hot engine with coolant ;)
Rad-cap on, then filling the little expansion tank, then starting: the thing purrs into life, unbelievable!

I go ride it a bit to see if that red light comes on again - but no, all is fine, and the engine sounds & feels like a new one, really!
I ride back and tell Johan the good news, plus that what has happened actually isn't possible - but has!
Sy bike is deur die oog van die naald, not kidding...
I then instruct Johan to check the level of the coolant in the small tank every riding hour tomorrow, and if not visible tip the bike to check if any fluid is still in there.
If Yes then fill it up, if No then let it cool down and fill the radiator first, then the little tank.
By this time Johan understands the why's and promises to do this :thumleft:
All good for now then.

In the meantime Andre's bike gets its chain shortened, the slightly smaller rear sprocket (which works a charm!) to blame.
Here again the portable grinder comes in handy, and Adriaan seems to like this tool a lot - check his wiiiiide smile! :P

After a meal and a campfire we go to bed.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on June 29, 2021, 09:37:52 pm
.... more pics
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on June 29, 2021, 09:39:37 pm
... and more
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on June 29, 2021, 09:40:23 pm
... and my last.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on June 29, 2021, 10:22:11 pm
I remember getting lost near the craters

You did?
How's that possible Long One?
You had a GPS after all!
Perhaps tell us a bit more......  :P
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: hartebees on June 29, 2021, 10:37:06 pm
Some action on Van Zylspas and on the road to Marble Camp.

Johan nearly went over the bars right at the start of the pass, grabbing a handful of front brake and doing an impressive stoppie.

There are many ways to go down Van Zyl's step - some paddle it down, some hit it with speed, some whiskey throttle it through with what Hardy calls a "Hail Mary".

Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Kamanya on June 29, 2021, 11:17:46 pm
When will they make a camera that shows the true angle of hills?

Great video!

Great memories!
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: hartebees on June 30, 2021, 09:50:33 pm
It was also on the way to Marble Camp that we saw the first of the Lone Men of the Kaokoland.

I think the group saw about seven in total. Adding a few of the ones we photographed.

To our surprise we also saw one right in the middle of Windhoek outside someone's home the evening before we left. Hopefully it's someone that knows the mysterious artist, but more likely some arsehole that stole it.

Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Hardy de Kock on July 01, 2021, 08:06:33 am
Some action on Van Zylspas and on the road to Marble Camp.

Johan nearly went over the bars right at the start of the pass, grabbing a handful of front brake and doing an impressive stoppie.

There are many ways to go down Van Zyl's step - some paddle it down, some hit it with speed, some whiskey throttle it through with what Hardy calls a "Hail Mary".



Johan ken nie van rustig nie  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Twister on July 02, 2021, 12:41:54 am
I am falling a little behind with my contribution. Rickus showing us how to handle a 950 in sand
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Twister on July 02, 2021, 12:47:21 am
1. When you realise to late you have a flat, this is the remains of a heavy duty tube.

2. Mike showing us "Afrikaanse meisies is maklik" Trying his same tricks on a Dutch girl  ;)

3. One of the guys quoted someone I'm not sure who " Namibia the country the Lord made in anger"
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Twister on July 02, 2021, 12:54:41 am
Mopane Camp - A true oasis and the owner Gerrit is still busy developing the site. Khamanja seems to be enjoying himself
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Twister on July 02, 2021, 01:00:52 am
70 km after Epupa the roads really gets interesting as it is mostly jeep tracks from there. Rickus showing us that he is not only the master of sand but he can handle a 950 up Heartbreak hill as well.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Twister on July 02, 2021, 01:13:00 am
Sections of Van Zyl's pass leading up to the step.

New friendships were formed. Talks of arranged marriages was doing the rounds. We were a week away from home after all.  :pot:

....and then the famous step. Jacques making his way down.

A little steeper than it looks on the photo and some vehicles that got it wrong
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Twister on July 02, 2021, 01:18:44 am
Riding through the Marian fluss is an awesome experience especially after the rocky sections.

Then you are in the rocks again the last pass before Marble camp.

The Marble mine at Marble camp
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: I&horse on July 02, 2021, 03:20:28 am
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Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: LONG BOB on July 02, 2021, 07:10:18 am
Going back a few days , when the two of us got lost , Johan’s sound of the 600 next to you was a comfort sound, vok we chased old tracks for miles until at a pee stop , which happens a shit load because your body’s not familiar with taking in so much water sonder whisky! We realized now we in kak , luckily after another couple of miles I found a goat track out , and we followed it for miles but what a brilliant path with zebras, impala etc . And after ages a bloody one room tin shack . Why and who could / would live there is another wonder ! The friendly chap pointed us in the right direction. So a small donation was made to his art collection. And that little 350 which I must add never gave a inch of kak made it to palm wag gate 160 km 😳 we took the making out on the shoulders with a grin as what a experience!
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: hugmin42 on July 02, 2021, 05:23:13 pm
Attached some Honda XR650L Wallpapers. See filename for location.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: hugmin42 on July 02, 2021, 05:24:57 pm
Some more...
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: hugmin42 on July 02, 2021, 05:26:47 pm
Last ones
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Twister on July 02, 2021, 05:32:06 pm
@hugmin42 Nice photos. You really bonded with the 650 and you rode it like a champ.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: XRBradman on July 02, 2021, 10:23:18 pm
Stunning report


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Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: TheHamster on July 03, 2021, 10:45:21 am
Great report.

Namibia has got to be up there as possibly one of the greatest biking destinations out there.

This adventure, coupled with Itchy Boots' videos has to switch on any riders desire to do Namibia.

Bucket list for sure.

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Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: JustBendIt on July 03, 2021, 12:19:38 pm
@hugmin42

amazing pics ...almost makes me want to buy a Honda  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: LONG BOB on July 03, 2021, 09:12:44 pm
If you look in the bucket you’ll see vok all after a trip like this !
Just a empty bucket 😂 it ticks all the boxes .
Even better when wife understands, and has to listen to the same story a couple of times.
So some advice to the next group. Pack half the kak you were going to take , it just makes Henni job harder to load , and read the instructions on how to open a packet of wet wipes.
And duct tape a few Burundi tarentaal for the fire place . ( not one bottle broke)
And take lots of pictures.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Jacques650 on July 03, 2021, 09:45:21 pm
Mike has hit the nail on the head perfectly.

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Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Hollywood on July 04, 2021, 10:38:07 am
YASLAAIK!!! What a trip! I seriously wish I was riding along...

Looking at @Rickus drifting "Oorlog" through the sand and man-handling it up Heartbreak hill just makes me even greener with envy. Spiere Spanmaat!

Thanks to all for the Great Report.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: 2StrokeDan on July 04, 2021, 10:45:25 am
Who is the two guys to the left of ETS on the photo above?
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Kamanya on July 04, 2021, 11:25:51 am
Who is the two guys to the left of ETS on the photo above?

From left Andre Fox and Pieter Lourens @Twister
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Noneking on July 04, 2021, 12:12:51 pm
Riding through the Marian fluss is an awesome experience especially after the rocky sections.

Then you are in the rocks again the last pass before Marble camp.

The Marble mine at Marble camp

Amazing what a difference rain makes to this beautiful landscape.

Pics of Marienfluss fromour trip with Specialised Adv June 2018 to compare with yours....

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Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Baches on July 05, 2021, 09:57:44 am
Lovely pictures. It is simply the best adv. riding place in Southern Africa.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Kamanya on July 06, 2021, 12:50:23 pm
Day 6 Van Zyls Camp to Marble Camp

The earlier birds shooting the breeze

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The ritual of packing up and moving on

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“You’re all gonna die!”

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This morning is the Iconic bit of van Zyls. It’s the one that all the magazines/websites show with the view out onto the Mariannefluss. But first there is more of the tricky rocky stuff that the last 70k’s of yesterday was.

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Puncture rest. Mark Johston had his mission day with punctures this day. 3 on the rear I think. (eventually, he had to borrow Werners spare rear tyre as his had a huge sidewall tear)

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It’s high winter here, but still, sweaty work.

The backup crew cannot go this route, the Unimog is an utterly capable machine, but it’s too wide and high for this trail so it has to go around.

Packing the sorry Husky

Getting to the lookout point

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I didn’t take many up here, I was too busy having fun with Hardy’s prank of the route. I’ve only got a few arty ones

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… and this rubbish!?

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Then onto the drop.

I took a minor tumble when my front squirted out from under me. Everyone else cleaned it, more or less.

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A video to here



At the bottom is a cairn. It’s a meaningful place for me. Last time I was here I left a stone for my bother. I had my moments, said some words and wished him well.

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Then, possibly the highlight of the trip… the wide open sands of the Mariaanfluss. This is where if you’ve every had aven the slightest notion of doing something like the Dakar, you can live out your fantacy. Kilometers of pure open hard sand that you can ride in any direction.

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Werner still found 2 places to buy his little pieces of land in there though. One was a spectacular high side that happened just meters from here

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Checking out the marks

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The sweepers, a prettier bunch you’d be hard pressed to find don’t you think?

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The Iconic landmark that is Rooidrom

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Here’s more of that wonderful place. Riding one handed in the sand, trying to miss mopane trees and then direct riders and drivers is fun…




And just like that another day was over. I rode with Werner most of the rest of the way. He was a beast. He’d fallen spectacularly over the previous 2 days but always got up with a smile. The last few k’s I could see he was nearly out of it. I think he should have gotten ride of the day that day. I hate to think how much worse off he’d have been on the 701.

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BuRP has alluded to previously the miraculous 690 that ran with almost no water

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Arty again

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Race crew; Rider, mechanics and coach

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Battery issues

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-6HVDc2D/0/740b654c/L/IMG_6685-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-6HVDc2D/A)

The mine

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-bc8jgBg/0/99b33e19/L/IMG_6677-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-bc8jgBg/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-SpJM9bb/0/1ad29278/L/IMG_6680-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-SpJM9bb/A)

I have no idea what this was about. My best guess was that it’s artwork. That takes an enormous amount of creative skill to do. There were 3 of them.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-hTrpqLz/0/4ff4ac3e/L/IMG_6679-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-hTrpqLz/A)

Constantia upper

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-74vnS9M/0/e42b7872/L/IMG_6690-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-74vnS9M/A)

Bench racing

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-VzJd4ZK/0/0f54690d/L/IMG_6681-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-VzJd4ZK/A)

More bench racing

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-vvcwjd7/0/fe8398ec/L/IMG_6687-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-vvcwjd7/A)

Much later, more bench racing.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-MMMjsgX/0/2e6ad218/L/IMG_6694-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-MMMjsgX/A)

More arty stuff

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-NScL6x2/0/7f2a2f8b/L/IMG_6702-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-NScL6x2/A)

It had been a wonderful day.

Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Kamanya on July 06, 2021, 01:46:04 pm
Day 7 Marble Camp to Pouros and rest day’ish

More’

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-LhKxvXp/0/aff4b9a4/L/IMG_6704-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-LhKxvXp/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-562LqmL/0/bd4a358f/L/IMG_6707-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-562LqmL/A)

The politest camp dogs I’ve met

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-2DHdfjg/0/ab72de81/L/IMG_6706-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-2DHdfjg/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-MxtgR7Q/0/f0ed3a43/L/IMG_6711-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-MxtgR7Q/A)

No man! That’s Chantal whose actually the Boss, I’ve no idea what the dogs name are.

Getting my shit on. The older I get, the creakier I am and the more this stuff is a life saver

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-gTbZLGj/0/df0ad1a5/L/IMG_6713-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-gTbZLGj/A)

A prank, notice it?

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-ndkM2wS/0/b34cea1a/L/IMG_6715-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-ndkM2wS/A)

Briefing

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-qttGWPF/0/f9acdca7/L/IMG_6720-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-qttGWPF/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-BQpdwBT/0/3c38b2a1/L/IMG_6723-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-BQpdwBT/A)

The artwork of the Kaokoland

https://www.travelnewsnamibia.com/news/mysterious-lone-men-kaokoland/

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-PZPgGHc/0/c08ae41b/L/IMG_6728-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-PZPgGHc/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-PXJ67dm/0/961392d2/L/IMG_6731-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-PXJ67dm/A)

But onwards

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-GWJ59c7/0/cf580444/L/IMG_6733-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-GWJ59c7/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-qjs9L7H/0/ad948707/L/IMG_6736-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-qjs9L7H/A)


(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-4BFbxn4/0/93745881/L/IMG_6739-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-4BFbxn4/A)

Not bad for a lunch spot after a dash of river beds

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-7xBWpFZ/0/8b2b67c9/L/IMG_6741-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-7xBWpFZ/A)

Pouros in the Distance. This valley is quite amazing to ride through. The way the richness of colours come through really can’t be described or pictured. The video sort of gives some hint, but still, you’ll have to go see for yourself.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-VFddpKS/0/2fbd5895/L/IMG_6746-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-VFddpKS/A)

Amazingly there were lots of game in here

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-v3rLM32/0/ca4edad9/L/IMG_6747-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-v3rLM32/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-nd9Wx8t/0/f1e7bccb/L/IMG_6748-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-nd9Wx8t/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-KX3mZ7P/0/3b090fdf/L/IMG_6750-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-KX3mZ7P/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-4ZKRR4G/0/c824475d/L/IMG_6754-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-4ZKRR4G/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-c8w2HNn/0/8ad85c26/L/IMG_6759-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-c8w2HNn/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-kQHtFDd/0/d9e87222/L/IMG_6760-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-kQHtFDd/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-4SN6PCG/0/fcd55a60/L/IMG_6762-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-4SN6PCG/A)

The group waiting at the first of the River Bed. It is prudent to all go through together as there are elephant here (there’s ample evidence of them all over)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-vGm3vJj/0/a109b6a2/L/IMG_6764-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-vGm3vJj/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-83zjpvv/0/822d5203/L/IMG_6766-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-83zjpvv/A)

@ETS

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-t94wVDS/0/63760bbb/L/IMG_6771-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-t94wVDS/A)

Some minor fixes whilst waiting

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-4x9VcMN/0/7dc810cd/L/IMG_6772-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-4x9VcMN/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-b6t7HhG/0/4834408f/L/IMG_6774-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-b6t7HhG/A)

Then onto the fun bits. It truly is a magical place to ride

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-fxwP379/0/602ba567/L/IMG_6777-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-fxwP379/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-hvQ55kt/0/d2dc94d8/L/IMG_6778-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-hvQ55kt/A)

Then later, it was sundowners and a shot of OBS

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-BbjvH8s/0/af7a4d1c/L/IMG_6779-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-BbjvH8s/A)

A stone for a missing old riding buddy.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-3mtNz8W/0/745242c9/L/IMG_6784-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-3mtNz8W/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-qVj2cmv/0/319e945c/L/IMG_6785-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-qVj2cmv/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-s6Wk4N8/0/7b0b81d0/L/IMG_6787-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-s6Wk4N8/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-FvtbZBP/0/1ef1312c/L/IMG_6789-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-FvtbZBP/A)

One of the locals…

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-xpKVQKJ/0/d38e1f82/L/IMG_6794-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-xpKVQKJ/A)

It’s a horned adder. Not dangerous, just unpleasant if you don’t heed his warnings

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-qp3n2G5/0/a9f05fad/L/IMG_6798-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-qp3n2G5/A)

Also, if you look closely, there’s about 15 Giraffe down there. These galleons of the desert, majestic and so seemly calm

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-wr4PShk/0/6a57f1f7/L/IMG_6804-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-wr4PShk/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-ZCHvz3P/0/858fc70c/L/IMG_6809-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-ZCHvz3P/A)


Then later a little humour. Nick had finished his rear and needed to swap it out. E12 for an E09. Both of those Mitas tires are quite capable of reducing big men to tears even when you have a garage and tools handy. Out in the field, they can be near impossible without impeccable technique.

Hennie was laughing at Nick and Hardy’s struggles when even a landcruser over the deflated tire wouldn’t get it off the bead. He claimed to easily swap them with the right know how. And so the bet was on.

Hardy had to eat his words and shake Hennies hand. Let it be said, Hennie sweated for that handshake though.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-FvvR3jF/0/e71d1658/L/IMG_6813-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-FvvR3jF/A)

Another day with not a single thought or sight of a facemask. Bliss

Some great riding and fun times


Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Kamanya on July 06, 2021, 03:08:18 pm
Day 8 Pouros to Pouros – a lovely little loop with a bit of everything.

Come on! Who doesn’t like French toast with all the options?

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-26Vx76v/0/e8238b8c/L/IMG_6818-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-26Vx76v/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-WHvBPzB/0/97d6add8/L/IMG_6815-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-WHvBPzB/A)

The briefing for the loop

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-P46RLRX/0/b3d65bd3/L/IMG_6821-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-P46RLRX/A)

Then onto the magic for the morning

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-R2pShsp/0/37f7048a/L/IMG_6823-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-R2pShsp/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-wvCkXdR/0/b96ccf41/L/IMG_6824-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-wvCkXdR/A)

The sprocket, looking like factory!

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-mdQ887L/0/2b276e58/L/IMG_6837-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-mdQ887L/A)

Iconicism

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-p8fcPDn/0/e1cfe231/L/IMG_6839-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-p8fcPDn/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-R5H5Mc5/0/8c332e14/L/IMG_6844-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-R5H5Mc5/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-gscbKSV/0/4608335e/L/IMG_6846-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-gscbKSV/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-5XvKhBd/0/77b82279/L/IMG_6849-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-5XvKhBd/A)

Then the funny’s…

See them?

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Nope neither did I.

Johan was directly in front of me by about 30m when the track hopped out of the river and onto the bank taking a right turn around a bush and into some fesh-fesh. When I came around the bush, all I could see were the 2 riders who’d been ahead of Johan wating for Rickus who was throwing up a dust storm of fesh-fesh battling to get through.

Where was Johan!!!??

I stopped and looked back at Jaco who was riding sweep and had just come around the bush in confusion and shouted to him, “where’s he gone?”

“What?!”

“Where’s Johan!?”

“He was ahead of you… Ah, I hear something from the bush!”

“What!”

“He’s in this bush!!!

“Fuck! No way! Cool!”

Johan had somehow buried himself about 5 meters back into thick riverside bush. As we ran over to him, he was staggering out. Jaco later said he was sure the guy must be dead or nearly dead as it looked like he’d gone right through a tree.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-SC327qS/0/d8e913b4/L/IMG_6855-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-SC327qS/A)

 
Watch the video for the hilarity. Johan had somehow escaped injury. Amazingly, in trying to get his bike out, his gear lever came off and was found. A miracle in and of itself. A small bit of mechaniching once we’d caught up to Hardy and all was well again.



950’s are not kind to even the toughest of tires

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-GwqTsZw/0/d1c0f31d/L/IMG_6861-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-GwqTsZw/A)

The ships of the desert again.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-6sP48mH/0/15e0b368/L/IMG_6870-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-6sP48mH/A)

Then the adrenaline bit for the morning. See that dune in the distance?

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-2j7vx8R/0/ad23063c/L/IMG_6865-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-2j7vx8R/A)

It’s a beast. There’s 4 riders down there. One on the way up the other 3 are those specs.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-WK2dnS2/0/3ea877aa/L/IMG_6875-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-WK2dnS2/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-LkGdbVf/0/ec550481/L/IMG_6876-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-LkGdbVf/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-3w9NfdW/0/ecfa085d/L/IMG_6879-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-3w9NfdW/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-WmFLHzK/0/169112ab/L/IMG_6880-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-WmFLHzK/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-PFPQjtt/0/aba81644/L/IMG_6883-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-PFPQjtt/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-r9Prspf/0/7e0ae4f0/L/IMG_6886-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-r9Prspf/A)

That dune is about 400m high. The slopes to it start about 4k’s away and the last 500m just goes from steep to stupidly steep. I tried twice and made it 5th highest up. Next was Pieter, then Ets with some serious gymnastics, Andre made a really good go of it on the 450 and Niclaus’ 990 got to within 30m of the summit. It’s a formidable bit of sand. Getting onto the top of it requires sneaking around the side of it which is still a fair bit of effort.

It is stunning up there.

Then waaaaaay down there is the local shop.

Covid times requires sanitation procedures be observed, even in waaaaay out places like these…

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-2xwHC9J/0/29fa1fc2/L/IMG_6890-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-2xwHC9J/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-j65ntH7/0/9341e7a8/L/IMG_6891-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-j65ntH7/A)

And then some well earned refreshments and some excellent banter

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-TQrV9mg/0/38ab8707/L/IMG_6889-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-TQrV9mg/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-Wgg2mvh/0/e525bfde/L/IMG_6888-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-Wgg2mvh/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-zQFXHVq/0/2e88c79d/L/IMG_6895-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-zQFXHVq/A)

But back home, some domestics had to be sorted. Washing day. The locals were asking $10 per item. I’m kind of stingy, but the thought of anyone having to handle my skid marks motivated me out of shame to do my own.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-NhSh2C4/0/5c2b2ad8/L/IMG_6899-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-NhSh2C4/A)

The earlier rock to the toe on Day 3 was not looking to bad either

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-wPsjtSC/0/d3511e13/L/IMG_6901-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-wPsjtSC/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-3MDBh6P/0/caa3c4b6/L/IMG_6900-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-3MDBh6P/A)

Then 300l had been previously ordered by Hardy that we had to go fill up on

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-kHrfqvH/0/99a3005e/L/IMG_6902-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-kHrfqvH/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-mHTp4hn/0/4dc910c1/L/IMG_6905-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-mHTp4hn/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-CZRDgfW/0/adf84831/L/IMG_6906-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-CZRDgfW/A)

I enjoy getting kids onto the bikes. It’s the first one that is the hardest to convince, once one goes, it’s hard to stop them swarming for a turn. In my mind, it can’t be a bad thing imprinting a good experience of two wheels onto an impressionable young mind for later. The world would be a better place if more people rode is my philosophy.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-Nsj6hfC/0/11b194bb/L/f5632134-65b9-4548-abac-168027fd6a71-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-Nsj6hfC/A)

And then more beer

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-6BLkVSz/0/2355fdb7/L/IMG_6908-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-6BLkVSz/A)

Then, the end of the day cherry on the top…

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-xk6B7PS/0/203f3d6f/L/IMG_6913-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-xk6B7PS/A)

There’s some epic dune climbing video


Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: frankmac on July 06, 2021, 05:58:54 pm
Stunning pics and videos.

Maybe the prank was in retaliation of those ANC socks of yours.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: LONG BOB on July 06, 2021, 09:33:34 pm
Every day a thought pop’s into your head , such company of different souls is a blessing. From strong Boer , to soft souti.
From chimney smoking oil engineering mechanic.and rubber armed hardware shop owners. Like minded regenetive farmers to doctors with no pain threshold, good business men that can ride and some battle. Dakar dreamers to Bitcoin dreamers. Life skills teachers to wedding teachers, gps fundies to follow the track specials.
Till one day we bump into each other may you all be blessed with good health, never stop laughing. May the riding gods keep the rubber side on the road for you all ! A pleasure meeting you all .🥃
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Nicolas Rossouw on July 06, 2021, 09:52:34 pm
@BuRP I still think the KTM9x0 is the best bike for this trip  :pot: just ask Nick
Yes yes and again yes... I would not do it on a different bike... I had a hell of a joll on my 990...

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Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Kamanya on July 06, 2021, 11:05:21 pm
@BuRP I still think the KTM9x0 is the best bike for this trip  :pot: just ask Nick
Yes yes and again yes... I would not do it on a different bike... I had a hell of a joll on my 990...

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Considering that both of you fell in XXXXL pot when young, relatively speaking, you're both actually on 690's.

Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Hardy de Kock on July 07, 2021, 02:38:51 am
Stunning pics and videos.

Maybe the prank was in retaliation of those ANC socks of yours.  :biggrin:

Definitely
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Hardy de Kock on July 07, 2021, 02:43:35 am
Every day a thought pop’s into your head , such company of different souls is a blessing. From strong Boer , to soft souti.
From chimney smoking oil engineering mechanic.and rubber armed hardware shop owners. Like minded regenetive farmers to doctors with no pain threshold, good business men that can ride and some battle. Dakar dreamers to Bitcoin dreamers. Life skills teachers to wedding teachers, gps fundies to follow the track specials.
Till one day we bump into each other may you all be blessed with good health, never stop laughing. May the riding gods keep the rubber side on the road for you all ! A pleasure meeting you all .🥃

Great post Mike  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Hardy de Kock on July 07, 2021, 03:16:31 am
Some more...

The stretch between Van Zyl’s Pass and Puros must rank among the best and challenging adventure riding two days anywhere in the world.
I absolutely love these two days because of the obvious challenge of the ride and because of the fact that the collective character of the group is exposed.
I was also keeping an eye on @Hartebees as he had to do my usual job, on the bike at the back of the convoy. Between him, Adriaan, Nic, Kamanya and Rickus they have assisted plenty riders already and I was proud. Proud of the fact that they were Quest veterans. I think everyone on this tour will give testament to the fact that these guys would do anything to make other rider’s tour more enjoyable at the drop of a hat. Thank you again guys.
Standing around the breakfast table early in the morning and observing the anxiety on the rider’s faces has become a habit of mine. You can literally see the blood pumping faster after the briefing.
The guys who have done this stretch before is inundated with questions and the newbies listen carefully, not wanting to miss out on any last minute advice that might make the ride more enjoyable, and obviously safer.
Between Johan’s “stoppie” and Jacqies’s willingness to go first (at an impossible decent at the viewpoint) it became clear that this group became lifelong friends in a matter of a few days. Everyone assisted everyone else at the step and the guys who fell along the way were congratulated with the same respect as the guys who butterflied through the tough sections.
I must admit that I was filled with envy and a bit of jealousy as we covered the stretch between the monument and the landmine bakkie – watching Jaco, Werner and Kamanya cutting sand in the Marienfluss was beautiful as you can see in Kamanya’s video.
Werner du Plessis (on the 300 Honda) impressed me on this day. After a fall that would have seen many other riders choose the bakkies 4 wheels for the duration of the day, he simply did not give up. I believe Werner started to enjoy sand riding on this day. A Tough bugger in the same mould as Johan Liebenberg for sure. Werner – if you ever read this – people like you and Johan inspire even the best of riders. This sport needs more Werner’s and more Johan’s.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Kamanya on July 07, 2021, 07:56:58 am
Stunning pics and videos.

Maybe the prank was in retaliation of those ANC socks of yours.  :biggrin:

Definitely

Jaaaaa Swaaar
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: ETS on July 07, 2021, 09:09:24 am
Every day a thought pop’s into your head , such company of different souls is a blessing. From strong Boer , to soft souti.
From chimney smoking oil engineering mechanic.and rubber armed hardware shop owners. Like minded regenetive farmers to doctors with no pain threshold, good business men that can ride and some battle. Dakar dreamers to Bitcoin dreamers. Life skills teachers to wedding teachers, gps fundies to follow the track specials.
Till one day we bump into each other may you all be blessed with good health, never stop laughing. May the riding gods keep the rubber side on the road for you all ! A pleasure meeting you all .🥃

 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Rickus on July 07, 2021, 09:31:56 am
Every day a thought pop’s into your head , such company of different souls is a blessing. From strong Boer , to soft souti.
From chimney smoking oil engineering mechanic.and rubber armed hardware shop owners. Like minded regenetive farmers to doctors with no pain threshold, good business men that can ride and some battle. Dakar dreamers to Bitcoin dreamers. Life skills teachers to wedding teachers, gps fundies to follow the track specials.
Till one day we bump into each other may you all be blessed with good health, never stop laughing. May the riding gods keep the rubber side on the road for you all ! A pleasure meeting you all .🥃

Fokkit Mike, you almost brought a tear to my eye with this..you have summed it up perfectly!!!...I personally felt it was a great group and would not have changed or wished for anything more on this trip...I still have Kaokoland Blues !!!!
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on July 07, 2021, 12:02:40 pm
Day 8, seventh riding day

Marble camp to Purros


First coffee, and after a week one tends to know who's who around the coffee plungers - which make 3 mugs each so queue's tend to be short :P
Of course Rickus (he proved to be the main pyromaniac of the group :o ) had awakened the fire in the riverbed again by chucking some wood on the ashes, the embers still hot - awesome braaiwood everywhere there :thumleft: Bleddie lekker to warm your arse in the cool morning Swaer, dankie vir alli vure!

A short distance lied ahead so no specific rush, some 107 km's only.
We checked Johan's 690 again for having coolant and Yay, all was well still!
I urged Johan to check every hour: first the little tank's level, and top it up (like in FULL! (and I know this is not correct...) ) if the level had gone down, and if empty then fill the radiator first, then the lil tankie. He would do this, and we put a water-filled coke botteltjie in his backpack for this purpose.

After a lekker brekkie we left Marble Camp, and with it we left the rocky technical bits behind.
The previous day this was a little bit of a surprise to find - after riding the vaaaaaaast Marienfluss almost open sandy plains just about anywhere you like this gradually changed to 'more trees' & 'various tracks' (all leading to the same destination if not place, in typical Africa fashion ;) ), and then it became one track however rocky... with here and there downright narrow passages some of which were tricky even, and rocky for sure!
The landscape opened up and again some vast & fast terrain presented itself - grrrrreat!
With it come stunning views of course, and I hope my pics below do it some justice.

We were told we're in the middle of the Lone Men area, the famous sculptures placed seemingly random over the Namib Desert.
By his time I'd missed a few already so was eager to 'spot' one myself.... but a few others had stopped already, at the foot of a rocky slope on which an indeed lone figure stood out!
Wrought steel roundbar holds the rocks/stones like an exoskeleton to depict a man in a position, this time a walking figurine carrying his few possessions on a stick over his shoulder - very recognizable indeed, true and unexpected art in a desert! ;D
There's quite a few to be found when one takes the time or has the eye for this, but unfortunately some bastards steal them too apparently :-[
Dankie Jaco vir jou pos met fotos van almal wat ons langs die roete gesien het :thumleft:
Dit wys vir my ek is blind as ek op n bike is ::) :D

After this little rocky intermezzo more fast&vast stuff.
Note the thin silvery grass in the pics - this place must look even more awesome if there have been recent rains... which was not in our case!
I know Hardy has some pics of this, perhaps post some here?

Somewhere along the way I found a large white Ostrich feather.... which I stuck under my seat to wave to all & sundry along the way :P

Anyway, roundaboutish lunchtime we gathered under a big tree along a wide rocky riverbed.
Namboerpal Rickus starts a fire, in the hope Hardy will be persuaded to braai a worsie once they'll get there.
Some birds prove to be not shy at all, and come visit us to find out what we're doing there.... maybe they were hoping for some scaps, or were also hoping for an impromptu braai?
Hardy refused to sacrifice his wors though, and I reckon it would not have been enough for us all.... ah well, no braai then! ;D

But, from here on we would enter the riverbed with lots of greenery, and the cruiser would go ahead here.... to spot elephants and warn us if so!
A bull named "Jabu" roams these areas you see, and he's notorious for hating anything human related and will attack with the least of provocation.... or just for the hell of it, and a bunch of unruly noisy tattood pierced and colours-wearing bikers on Harleys apparently are his fave targets!
Luckily noone of us was on a Harley, so we had a chance :P - helped by Hardy biting the bullet, and armed with a radio to warn our biked chaperones who would flock us if not stop us.

So, off we went!
I'm sure we all were in anticipation to finally see the big ones, I mean their shit had been just about everywhere, ranging from old&dry to superfresh&wet still, but they had eluded us.

Somewhere the route goes up a barren hill off which, again, stunning vistas are had, of the bit you've done and of what still is to come!
My (and hopefully other's) pics just give an impression of this, but a pic is just that.... best is to go see for yourself.
Also, of course my pics 'pause' here.... because, once one descends into the overgrown-on both-sides riverbed one is wary to encounter 'Jabu' around literally every tree - and yeah, Hardy had gone ahead, but geewizz, he can't look everywhere can he, and miss a few ellies?
He can, no argument here, so one's wary and careful there, and at least my riding must have shown that :P
Sure, we were supposed to remain a group, but for whatever reasons this didn't work too well ::)
Too many tracks at times, and also, riding literally around trees & bushes (behind some of which more than one elephant could be lurking...) is perhaps less attractive than diving into the actual riverbed where one has more of a view ahead plus one can hammer it there.
Speed kills hmm?
Nah, sometimes that's just safer, and waaaaaaay more fun in any case :thumleft:
So I did, YEEHAAAAAA...... and found out I wasn't the only one there :P
Johannes proved to have similar ideas, and because we are men we diced each other.... I know, immature and childish, save me your criticism, we both know we're not quite grown up yet so we did!
Have I mentioned "awesome" yet?
Twas!
Quite some speed where one can see 'enough open', and less so if there's something (like trees or rocks or..) where it's wiser to throttle down a bit.
Suddenly an open bit where two guys sell souvenirs! :o
We stopped, and Johannes bought something because 'these poor chaps make zero with almost no tourists here' - well done Mate! :thumleft:
Heading off we crossed over to the Right riverside, more open and a bit undulating, and here our dice was On properly ;D
Jumping over the lower bits, swerving around the sparse trees and driftwood, gewoon lekker jaging at proper speeds, fantastic.... until I saw a raised green JoJo tank somewhere leftish inbetween trees out of the corner of my eye - "Oh wait, the Purros lodge's here somewhere innit?" :-[
It was, so our reckless unsavory immature behaviour was over, and we trundled into the lodge's perimeters....

Here we found a number of buildings all in a neat setup - extra lekker because we would stay here for two nights!
We put our beds under shading next to the various cabins in which the decent ablution was. There were beds too there but these were off limits, unless you wanted to pay for these extra. None of us did (or did Rob perhaps? I dunno, he may have...) though, all was very well indeed.
The perimeter of the camp was packed with dry thorny bush to keep the vermin out, ellies and cats etc, so all was good.

Early day still, so some spannering took place too.
Someone's rear tyre was changed, some chains were adjusted, and I changed my by now dusty airfilter for a new one which I carried in my luggage.
Johan's 690 only had needed a liiiitle topup once and proved fine. The fan ran permanently, and that dreaded red 'engine overheating' light had not come On again, not even once.... and it still purred like a kitten, the bike did not miss a beat! :thumleft:
As much as I was glad for Johan I still could not imagine how this was possible after what it had gone through but so be it, luck seemed on our side!
Werner on Rob's 300 had come through very well too, and I hunch that he, especially after this day, was glad he rode something a bit more manageable than his 701 :P

Before sunset we all went to the Nelson Mandela Koppie (I know this is the wrong name but I cannot remember it anymore, but 'my' nomer will provoke enough so that someone will correct me here ::) ) for a sundowner.
This koppie allows one to look quite far in all directions, it is a well known viewpoint in Purros.
The way we had come was stunning to see, and in total some eleven giraffes roamed the river (for a drink) and the open desert both, in  the latter the bull led some cows to a lone tree for a bite we saw..... amazing grace in the desert's setting sun!
No Strohrum with rosyntjies but a good old fashioned OBS - and Hardy jou bliksem, bring MORE of this stuff next time will ya? :P
A little addertjie kept us company up there, a reminder that it is warm there, die slange loop daarso.

We descended and rode back just before the real dark set in, to our camp where a genuinely awesome meal was prepared - and devoured too, make no mistake here, this was an awesome day!
Ah, No, no elephants seen, but tomorrow..........
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on July 07, 2021, 12:04:52 pm
.... more pics
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on July 07, 2021, 12:08:44 pm
... and more
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on July 07, 2021, 12:10:32 pm
.... and moremore
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on July 07, 2021, 12:11:38 pm
.... and my last ones.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on July 07, 2021, 03:31:32 pm
As this lot is written after all have long time resumed their lives at home, at work and within their usual surroundings (Hugo excluded, the bugger's still in Nam - you lucky git you!  :P ) I have to owe up something.

Yesterday-eve I brought Braham his bike back (I went to pick mine up and had space for one other bike, so did...), and during the unpacking of my kitbag I saw the box with spares I had in there, like fuelpump assy, brakepads F&R, wheelbearing kits plus a spare (used but still prime) set of clutch plates for my 500.
I put those back with some other stuff and put the clutch-kit on top of another used set of my 701 I thought...... but that box was marked "500"!
Huh?
So I examined the clutch-kit I had brought..... and found out I had packed the spare 701's set!

Werner my vriend, ek is verskriklik jammer, rerig - maar ook bly dat ons nie die set in jou bike gesit het nie!
Toe Rickus jou bike by Epupa Falls oopgemaak het was dit duidelik dat die ding ge-grenade het binnekant, met schrapnel oorals IN die enjin, en n quick plate-swap sou net vir n tydelike fuse gemaak het voor jou enjin opblaas, dit kort rerig meer aandag as net dit.

So ja, ek's jammer - maar ook bly dat dinge so geloop het soos dit het  :thumleft:
Ek's oortuig jy het n beter "ry"-trip gehad danksy Rob se ligter asook makliker 300 mountaingoat, en jou 701 het niks meer oorkom as wat onder jou eie gat gebeur het nie.
Maar ja, steeds dof van my, ek wens ek kon iemand anderste blameer.....  ;D :o

Anyway, let this be a hint for a next time: demand I unpack any spares I have for you to scrutinize them  :thumleft: :lol8:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Twister on July 08, 2021, 08:45:55 pm
Puros - the view from Jan Joubert koppie is truly amazing

Cellphone reception at last.

The desert when you cross the river at Puros
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Twister on July 08, 2021, 08:48:51 pm
The rest day at Puros. Riding the puros canyon loop in the canyon and then through the desert back to the campsite
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Twister on July 08, 2021, 08:53:55 pm
The view from the top of the dune and then the view from the bottom. ;) The Manchester shop has a decent supply of cold ones and we thoroughly enjoyed it
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Twister on July 08, 2021, 08:56:03 pm
The sun rises very late, because you are actually in another time zone. The view from my stretcher at about 07.30 in the morning
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Werner701 on July 08, 2021, 09:14:59 pm
Some more...

The stretch between Van Zyl’s Pass and Puros must rank among the best and challenging adventure riding two days anywhere in the world.
I absolutely love these two days because of the obvious challenge of the ride and because of the fact that the collective character of the group is exposed.
I was also keeping an eye on @hartebees as he had to do my usual job, on the bike at the back of the convoy. Between him, Adriaan, Nic, Kamanya and Rickus they have assisted plenty riders already and I was proud. Proud of the fact that they were Quest veterans. I think everyone on this tour will give testament to the fact that these guys would do anything to make other rider’s tour more enjoyable at the drop of a hat. Thank you again guys.
Standing around the breakfast table early in the morning and observing the anxiety on the rider’s faces has become a habit of mine. You can literally see the blood pumping faster after the briefing.
The guys who have done this stretch before is inundated with questions and the newbies listen carefully, not wanting to miss out on any last minute advice that might make the ride more enjoyable, and obviously safer.
Between Johan’s “stoppie” and Jacqies’s willingness to go first (at an impossible decent at the viewpoint) it became clear that this group became lifelong friends in a matter of a few days. Everyone assisted everyone else at the step and the guys who fell along the way were congratulated with the same respect as the guys who butterflied through the tough sections.
I must admit that I was filled with envy and a bit of jealousy as we covered the stretch between the monument and the landmine bakkie – watching Jaco, Werner and Kamanya cutting sand in the Marienfluss was beautiful as you can see in Kamanya’s video.
Werner du Plessis (on the 300 Honda) impressed me on this day. After a fall that would have seen many other riders choose the bakkies 4 wheels for the duration of the day, he simply did not give up. I believe Werner started to enjoy sand riding on this day. A Tough bugger in the same mould as Johan Liebenberg for sure. Werner – if you ever read this – people like you and Johan inspire even the best of riders. This sport needs more Werner’s and more Johan’s.

Hardy, I could never have imagined that, as a kid having read all of the Hardy Boys books, I would one day have the privilege of meeting the real Hardy Boys. You, Kamanya, Adriaan,  Nic, Jaco and Rickus are adventurers in the true sense of the word and it is inspiring. Something that Adriaan said to me sums it up "..ons gaan soek dit." I have learnt that chasing the dream is only half of it, you have to try and even fall a few times to actually realise the dream.

As some of the other riders posted, I also find myself still day dreaming of the trip and can't wait till the next ride.

Thank you for an adventure of a lifetime Boys.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Hardy de Kock on July 08, 2021, 09:31:19 pm
Some more...

The stretch between Van Zyl’s Pass and Puros must rank among the best and challenging adventure riding two days anywhere in the world.
I absolutely love these two days because of the obvious challenge of the ride and because of the fact that the collective character of the group is exposed.
I was also keeping an eye on @hartebees as he had to do my usual job, on the bike at the back of the convoy. Between him, Adriaan, Nic, Kamanya and Rickus they have assisted plenty riders already and I was proud. Proud of the fact that they were Quest veterans. I think everyone on this tour will give testament to the fact that these guys would do anything to make other rider’s tour more enjoyable at the drop of a hat. Thank you again guys.
Standing around the breakfast table early in the morning and observing the anxiety on the rider’s faces has become a habit of mine. You can literally see the blood pumping faster after the briefing.
The guys who have done this stretch before is inundated with questions and the newbies listen carefully, not wanting to miss out on any last minute advice that might make the ride more enjoyable, and obviously safer.
Between Johan’s “stoppie” and Jacqies’s willingness to go first (at an impossible decent at the viewpoint) it became clear that this group became lifelong friends in a matter of a few days. Everyone assisted everyone else at the step and the guys who fell along the way were congratulated with the same respect as the guys who butterflied through the tough sections.
I must admit that I was filled with envy and a bit of jealousy as we covered the stretch between the monument and the landmine bakkie – watching Jaco, Werner and Kamanya cutting sand in the Marienfluss was beautiful as you can see in Kamanya’s video.
Werner du Plessis (on the 300 Honda) impressed me on this day. After a fall that would have seen many other riders choose the bakkies 4 wheels for the duration of the day, he simply did not give up. I believe Werner started to enjoy sand riding on this day. A Tough bugger in the same mould as Johan Liebenberg for sure. Werner – if you ever read this – people like you and Johan inspire even the best of riders. This sport needs more Werner’s and more Johan’s.

Hardy, I could never have imagined that, as a kid having read all of the Hardy Boys books, I would one day have the privilege of meeting the real Hardy Boys. You, Kamanya, Adriaan,  Nic, Jaco and Rickus are adventurers in the true sense of the word and it is inspiring. Something that Adriaan said to me sums it up "..ons gaan soek dit." I have learnt that chasing the dream is only half of it, you have to try and even fall a few times to actually realise the dream.

As some of the other riders posted, I also find myself still day dreaming of the trip and can't wait till the next ride.

Thank you for an adventure of a lifetime Boys.

Lost for words...
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on July 08, 2021, 09:44:10 pm
Day 9, eighth riding day

2nd night in Puros


No packing up the lot in the morning today, as we'd stay for another night here :thumleft:
Also not an early rise or departure as we'd ride the Puros canyon, another river canyon than the one we'd ridden through on our way here.
Those that needed a bit of petrol for the 70-odd kilometers topped up from the jerrycans, and we were off.

Puros ..... because the elephants are either in the riverbed we'd came through or in the Puros canyon, Hardy said we'd be guaranteed to see them today!
So, finally we'd see the big buggers, the notoriously temperamental Jabu included, and when we'd see them this would put paid to the rumour doing the rounds, at night around the campfire, that Hardy had pre-organized to spread truckloads of olifantdrolle along our route to convince us they are there ;D
In any case, once we'd reach the canyon's entrance we'd wait for the Hardy's cruiser to take the lead again, to warn us of ellies present.

So, off we raced, the distance to the canyon was wide open stuff - lekker!
This canyon has some water flowing through it, so this made for some splashing here & there - awesome for a change, and the rims may just wash off all the dust :P

Hardy went ahead, we followed at some distance, and this was repeated a few times because the riverbed we rode in was open hence fast on a bike... we simply caught up with the cruiser in no time!
Visibility of the banks is limited as there's greenery for Africa Puros - trees galore!
This made for quick progress riding wise which was fun, don't get me wrong here...... but we saw not even a glimpse of the closest living relative of the Dassie! :(
So much for Hardy's promise then..... and, come to think of it, we should have forced you to down a serious StrafDop that evening Mister! :P

Either the canyon ended or we exited it, I can't remember for the life of me.... but suddenly we found ourselves in a dry barren rocky hilly desert!
Here we regrouped for a while, I think it was Johan who had bought another plaas in the canyon and we waited for him to join us.
Maar, n mooi plaas Johan, goeie keuse, perennial water I believe? ;)

Once back at camp we were to go fill up our tanks with petrol in Puros Hardy had prearranged to be there.
It was there too, phew, because without it we would have had a genuine problem!
This was conveniently sortof 'opposite' the famous local shebeen Manchester United, and of course we went there for a cold one once our tanks had been filled to the brim.

Andrew has already posted pics of the sanitizing station outside this bar, a rather primitive alien reminder of what this world has been reduced to, something all of us had completely forgotten about!
Plenty of kids were in attendance outside also, and of course us lot formed a nice distraction of the little they are used to :thumleft:

This was an easy day also called Rest Day, lekker!
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on July 08, 2021, 09:45:12 pm
... and some more pics.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on July 08, 2021, 10:13:15 pm
Hardy, I could never have imagined that, as a kid having read all of the Hardy Boys books, I would one day have the privilege of meeting the real Hardy Boys. You, Kamanya, Adriaan,  Nic, Jaco and Rickus are adventurers in the true sense of the word and it is inspiring. Something that Adriaan said to me sums it up "..ons gaan soek dit." I have learnt that chasing the dream is only half of it, you have to try and even fall a few times to actually realise the dream.

As some of the other riders posted, I also find myself still day dreaming of the trip and can't wait till the next ride.

Thank you for an adventure of a lifetime Boys.

Lost for words...


Not me: Fantastic first post Werner  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
You've set a dizzyinly high standard with it, so now carry on please  :P

Grappies tersyde, jy's n yster, hoop om jou weer erens trackside te sien :thumleft:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Kamanya on July 08, 2021, 10:31:43 pm
Day 9 Puros to Palm Wag

Another game of Camp Tetris

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Imagine if you started every day like this….

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There’s much space to contemplate the world.

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After a long morning of cruising in ones thoughts, we filled up at Sesfontein. Here, there was the option to ride the easier route on the main gravel road to Palm Wag or hop off that road and do the 70km Kowarib trail. Jaco, Adriaan, Nick and Myself were last out of the refuel. Hardy was on light duty and hopped in the Unimog. Hennie jumped in the Cruiser and Rob with his sore ribs chose to see the track from the “comfort” of the cruiser.

Just before turning to the left onto the trail.

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Hardy had warned that this trail was not for anyone who wasn’t utterly confident in sand as there are literally 40k’s of thick riverbeds to navigate on top of fesh-fesh, open plains and technical rocky climbs.

We hopped into the trail with the agreement that we’d stop every 30k’s to re-group. Up until this time, from Epupa I had only ever been at the back have fun helping others through and over the trail. There’s a great deal of satisfaction seeing guys just keep getting more confident in their riding. Also, I do tend to ride with a bit of pace from time to time, so to take things much slower and get to check out the scenery is quite rewarding.

Now however, it was just me and the trail. The first section is really unusual riding; the trail follows a river canyon, so the track snakes its way taking turns on the one side of the bank then the other. It’s like a big rollercoaster of tight turns, elevation changes and hopping into and out of a river bed. What also adds a little spice is that there were signs of elephant everywhere. So wondering if on coming around a bush one might come face to face with one does raise the heartrate a little.

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Arty bark

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The guys weren’t far behind

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And Hennie wasn’t far behind them… I think Rob wasn’t having as much fun as we were.

Then after a serious amount of riverbeds, the trail hopped out onto a plain. This was terrific fun and super quick. It was really funny to see how others had messed up their corners and in one place did it badly enough to take a scenic route into a donga. I think it was Andre and ETS?

I didn’t get many shots, I was having too much fun, but the video has a little more of it.

&t=2s

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It was here I had a tip over. I had stopped to get this shot, slipped on a rock trying to get off the bike and went over. My score to here was 2 down.

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It truly is a gorgeous trail.

Back at PalmWag.

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Notice the chain slider mod? It had come off at Puros and I’d made a new one out of plastic floor mat. Factory!

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My bedroom

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“Yussus! And then I nearly…”

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2 of the guys did an extra 70k’s after a little “navigation error”. All well that ends well, but they were pretty lucky not to sleep out! I remember seeing their track at a turn in the riverbed that led the trail out onto the plain. I had been belting along and because the turn is so sudden I also overshot the turn and did a U turn. As I saw two tracks ahead of me going wrong, I wrongly assumed that it was one track out and then the same one coming back after figuring it out.

Unfortunately unlike all of us who were riding on the line in the GPS, the guy had his zoomed out so far he could see the whole of Namibia and was just having a ball on the trail. The other guy following hims GPS was broken, so he was just blindly following.

Ooooh

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This trip utterly screwed with my low carb normal lifestyle…

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I was in bed early. Lovely day
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: big oil on July 10, 2021, 08:56:25 pm
 :headbang: 
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: 2StrokeDan on July 10, 2021, 09:19:48 pm
Ene Meneer B. Steffels is altyd eerste op die sjebien se stoep.

En lyk my die brandende sigaret wag sommer vir hom daar.

Lekker ou Bart! :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: petri oosthuizen on July 11, 2021, 06:27:02 am
WOW nice Pics and Report thanks :thumleft: :thumleft:

Those stone "men" statues intrigue me a LOT........how many are there, and who makes them?? They're very very cool :drif: 8)
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Hardy de Kock on July 11, 2021, 06:49:29 am
On this day I was worried that I may have picked up the dreaded Covid virus. I had a cold sweat right through the previous night and felt dizzy, nauseous and irritated that morning. I decided to drive alone in the Cruiser and to avoid any close contact until I found a way to establish whether I in fact have it or not. When we got to Sesfontein I called Hennie over the radio and told him that he would be driving back up though the Khuwarib Schlught in the Cruiser. I also asked him to take Rob with him, as I wanted to avoid any contact with an already injured man until I could have myself tested.
I am not sure Hennie knew what the hell was going on, but he gladly accepted as it would be his first time in the Schlught.
I drove the Unimog back to Palmwag and on my way there realized that I was having a bout of vertigo. Mine usually lasts for two days and I was not looking forward to the symtoms, having had it so many times before.
That afternoon the riders started to appear (all with smiling faces) and I remember being very relieved.
The vertigo curve struck at around 9 that evening and by the time I hit the stretcher I could feel that I was already over the worst.
I also remember that I felt very proud about the crew that evening The new guys did exactly what I asked them to, and the old team did what they always do,
In hindsight I realize that I never had any covid symtoms - I just fell prey to the fear that this fucked up disease spreads among us.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Hardy de Kock on July 11, 2021, 06:53:31 am
WOW nice Pics and Report thanks :thumleft: :thumleft:

Those stone "men" statues intrigue me a LOT........how many are there, and who makes them?? They're very very cool :drif: 8)

Our team have so far counted 32. I believe there are/were 37.
Namibian Trevor Nott is believed to be the artist although he never confirmed or claimed it.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: petri oosthuizen on July 11, 2021, 06:57:48 am
Sal dit graag wil Google Hardy.....wat noem mens die "beelde"?? Wil graag al die posisies en so aan sien, BAIE nice!!!

Skuus man eks nou HEEL off topic op die nice Thread ::)
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Hardy de Kock on July 11, 2021, 07:29:54 am
Sal dit graag wil Google Hardy.....wat noem mens die "beelde"?? Wil graag al die posisies en so aan sien, BAIE nice!!!

Skuus man eks nou HEEL off topic op die nice Thread ::)

Lone men of the Kaokoland

Posisies word deur almal geheim gehou Petri.
Jy sien hulle raak of jy mis hulle, ek sal vir jou stuur wat ons het
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on July 11, 2021, 01:10:39 pm
Day 10, nineth riding day

Puros to Palmwag


Right, today we pack up again and head to Palmwag (where we'd been before when coming up).
Johan's 690 had proved to behave well the previous day (only a single coolant topup required) so the 'mod' done to his bike (fan permanently on, plus coolant in the system lol)  seemed to do the trick.

The day ahead was on roads, but had an 'optional' loop in it - a riverbed with, according to Hardy, quite a bit of FeshFesh!
200km to Palmwag, or 272km's if the riverbed-loop was taken.
FeshFesh hmm?
If you dunno what this is, it's kinda brownish/yellowish Talcum-powder which only looks like sand but will not carry anything, not even a flea on it, the poor critter will versuip.... let alone a bike which will get swallowed, with a resulting dustcloud the size of a double decker bus.
Also, but admittedly in hindsight, Hardy underplayed the beauty and challenges this loop offered a little - so why sukkel eh?

I had just replaced my airfilter with a fresh one, and the prospect of washing it tonight wasn't an attractive one to me, let alone the fact that I thought all the available filteroil was depleted already by this time (because many washed their filters regularly).
"Aag no, why bother..." I thought, so I settled in mentally for the dirthighway route.

Along the way we'd encounter a village (forgot the name of course :-[ ) in which we were to fill up with petrol, so we did.
At the petrolstation (imagine a canopy of sorts under which 2 pumps, being all there!) a young knaapie came to me holding a clean clear sandwich plastic bag in which the absolute complete KTM sidestand assembly (dual springs, bracket, bush and even the screw!), and told me that someone had lost this.
I took it, looked at it, and the cleanliness of it all rattled me a bit - I'm from Gauteng you see, my automatic scammometer on high alert now .... but here, in this remote part of the world?
The young man also did not ask or beg for money, he just gave it to me and walked off to his friends... this isn't normal now izzit?
"Whoaa, YOU, stop, wait a second, hang on a bit here!" ... and the lad came back to me.
I handed him a Nam$ 50 note and thanked him, explaining that I was sure it was someone of our group (sheez, who else hmm? :P ) who had lost it, and that ALL of us were super happy he found it and handed it to us..... but such deserved a reward as these were important parts we needed, so Thank You Very Much?
I swear his initial reaction was a genuine surprise, but then happiness took over - Desereved & Well Done matey, good on you! :thumleft:

Anyway, I also stopped at a bar (Yes Danie, guilty as charged, it was the very first bar I saw!) for a beer, and a few others joined me here.
There's very little cold one's to have in this region you see, and beer I find is an excellent if not the best rehydrate one can get, especially when it's a cold one - it's warm there! :thumleft: :thumleft:
Refreshed I left, and this dorpie was big enough to have some guys begging for a wheelie to be pulled, so I tried to be nice to them :o

Then, having left the village somewhere quite a bit further along the dirtroad I saw a lone sign "Cold Beer" ...... and, because I was riding alone and didn't see any dust ahead of me I thought it a good idea to investigate to see if some of my fellow beeraddicts had not pulled in there!
I rode back a little to check for tyre tracks..... aww, none of them!
Ah well, turn my head to check for traffic, turn around - and loose my balance and tip over! ;D
I actually laughed all by myself, after having done all that distance I eventually fall over because of a need for beer!
Dunno, happens to the worst & best alike I reckon :P

I carry on, skip the turnoff to the loop and arrive in Palmwag without any incident or anything especially noteworthy, hence my few photos I made this day.
And I regret that!
Back at camp I hear raving reviews about that loop - exciting, challenging, fast stuff, no pesky game and above all, only two small feshfesh places which were easily circumnavigated...... shit, I missed that! :(
It was there, and then!, that I decided never to listen to Hardy during this trip anymore!

Look, I get it, he's the one ultimately responsible for things that may go wrong, it's all 'his' baby so to say.... but I'm not there to miss the best bits due to avoiding a little risk, no way Jose!
Talking of which, enter Mike and Johannes :P
Johannes without GPS hence following Mike, and Mike with his GPS set to (again lol) a scale of 'Namibia entirely visible in the screen' ::)
The story goes like 'we were hammering it in this riverbed' and 'after a while we did see no tracks anymore' (this "while" was only some 70-odd kilometers.....) to 'then we set the GPS to a more sensible scale and saw that the camp was only 128 km from us' (the entire detour was a distance of 72 km's!) ;D ;D ;D
Anyway, with luck and more luck (hey, zero skills here ma chinas :P ) they made their way to the camp, and they made it on vapours in the tanks, I think Mike's bike was spluttering by the time they made the petrol station ;)

All that ends good is good though, and we had a nice eve at the camp!
The sidestand assembly turned out to be Pieter's :thumleft:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: petri oosthuizen on July 11, 2021, 05:11:25 pm
Sal dit graag wil Google Hardy.....wat noem mens die "beelde"?? Wil graag al die posisies en so aan sien, BAIE nice!!!

Skuus man eks nou HEEL off topic op die nice Thread ::)

Lone men of the Kaokoland

Posisies word deur almal geheim gehou Petri.
Jy sien hulle raak of jy mis hulle, ek sal vir jou stuur wat ons het

GROOT asb!!! :thumleft: 0 8 3 3 8 4 1 4 7 1

Thanks vir Thread, BAAAAAIE nice :drif:.....my jongste lat is saam met my pel tans op so Nam trippie, "Live the Journey" toer, hulle slaap vanaand by Timo's Guesthouse, die pics sover lyk unbelievable :drif:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: hartebees on July 11, 2021, 05:43:31 pm
Bart, you will have to go back to see the Khowarib Schlugt and Klein Serengeti - no question about it. For me it was the most enjoyable riding day of all. Unfortunately I forgot to charge my GoPro batteries the day before but I'm sure @hugmin42 has some footage to share.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on July 11, 2021, 06:31:46 pm
Bart, you will have to go back to see the Khowarib Schlugt and Klein Serengeti - no question about it.

You're very correct indeed, I'll straf Hardy by booking another one of these - did I mention 'awesome' anywhere in this thread yet? - trips in the near future.
Buuuuuuut, I think I'll schlepp some likeminded friends along then, so HKGK!  :P
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: hugmin42 on July 11, 2021, 11:23:12 pm
Bart, you will have to go back to see the Khowarib Schlugt and Klein Serengeti - no question about it. For me it was the most enjoyable riding day of all. Unfortunately I forgot to charge my GoPro batteries the day before but I'm sure @hugmin42 has some footage to share.

Also had a flat GoPro and the riding was so much fun I didn't bother to stop and check if the battery was flat. Think I might have the first 1km or so, but non of the riverbeds or klein Serengeti.

Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on July 12, 2021, 09:39:16 am
Day 11, tenth riding day

Palmwag to Aba Huab campsite


Short ride today, some 115 km only.
Fuel is sold next to Palmwag, so on our way out those that had not done so yesterday filled up.

Sand was on the menu today, lots of it - make that LOTS! - as our route would lead through a riverbed.
First some roads, then a regroup, under a tree of course, still quite warm there :P
The river was going to be as dry as a bone, and a chance to see some ellies was on the cards too :thumleft:

Riding to the turnoff we had seen elliedung everywhere, some obviously superfresh stuff even for the most ignorant layman - so even I have been seen to meerkat here & there, to allow me a better view of the bosveld type of surroundings over which an elephant simply must tower above.... but to no avail, we saw nothing.

After the turnoff some lekker open hence fast stuff led us to the, fairly wide too, riverbed.... sand, glorious sand, yayyyy :thumleft: :thumleft:
Look, I'm no sandgod, and part of the reason I decided on my 500 was that I consider myself handier in sand on it rather than on a heavier bike.... but, by this time we'd seen so much of it already that any sand now had become a non-event for me: bring it on, no wait, I liked it now, especially so at speed... Great Stuff it is!
Now the group has some quick chaps in front, and this time & in this terrain I decided to just stick with them.
I did too, here & there even ignoring a dustgap and just diving into the unseen.... and mense, was it fun! ;D

After a quick regroup again we tore off, and somewhere further Rickus (he's quick and handy on his big 950) dove off onto a riverbank into the, fairly open, bush. This was clearly off track so I followed him, curious, the speed suddenly slowish..... and then I found Rickus was scouting for some game. He's a Namibian farmer and well versed with the local scenery, so a good choice to tag on to when doing this kind of riding I reckoned ;)
With half an eye on the gps we did a type of roundabout through the trees and shrubs, and this eventually brought us back to the others in the riverbed, which happened to have stopped again for a regroup.
No, we saw no game but for spoor, there's enough there so we just had bad luck.

Once the others had arrived we continued in the river until our gps led us out, and here we found some buildings including a petrol point - point yeah, 'station' they really can't be called there, the tiny canopy only providing shade for the attendant and the one bike filling up.
It was scorching hot there I remember, and we needed to fill up.... but also knew that a real fancypancy lodge was very close by: Cold Beer!

With a full tank only some 2 kays to the lodge... ... and a real jewel this lodge was!
Tastefully nested against the base of a small rocky ridge, partly built "in" it even, this was a genuine fancy place... which we bikers invaded, dusty outfit & all :o
Hardy had lined up a few Rum&Cokes already but I preferred to order a cold beer form the barman... which proved to be a bitofa misnomer however the beer was excellent! ;)

Birdie Nam Nam anyone?
Here you can indulge!
Our lunchpacks included some peanuts&raisins, and once I opened mine the black birds in attendance, glansspreeus glo, became really 'voor op die wa' ..... with just the minimum of persuasion they literally ate out of one's hand: nice!
I know, salt etc, unhealthy and unnatural for them, but there's water enough there, green lawns even!
Kobus et al were downstairs splashing in the pool, allegedly to cool off but my hunch was, and still is, they were there in the hope to attract another type of bird..... :P
Also a largish colourful lizard was in attendance on the floor, brazenly curious rummaging inbetween our upholstyered chairs & couches we were splashed all over, we assumed also looking for some scraps. Andre, I know you and others have some pics of this lil dragon, please post some?

We whiled quite a few hours there, in this almost-alien unexpected luxury with a view of the barren landscape all around - magnificent!
On our way out we viewed some rockpaintings as well as a snake, a rock python - and Andrew could not help himself and draped himself with it ::)
Oh well, it survived him so no harm done.... :D

The camp close by was another communal endeavour (like van Zyls camp is), but at least there was water here, warm showers even! :thumleft:
Hardy has arranged for some cold beers to be sold there too, and just because we could not leave those ladies empty handed we bough a few from them - great!
The crew also magically served a dinner with meat - as per always yeah, but we hadd crossed the veterinary border just after leaving Palmwag in the morning, where - obviously! - all raw meat and biltong etc is disallowed to cross and confiscated!
It may have been me only but I never saw a supermarket or butchery in that riverbed ..... but hey, nobody complained, so excuse me for noticing these little odd details, sorry: that dinner was great! :thumleft: :P

 An evening unfolded with a great fire as well as a little hunt to locate a small Owl (name anyone?) in a big tree close by, persistently calling for a mate. If (?) anyone has a photo (it was dark so perhaps not) then post it here please, it apparently is the smallest Owl in Africa.
After this a good night was had.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on July 12, 2021, 09:40:10 am
.... more pics
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on July 14, 2021, 10:57:58 am
Day 12, eleventh riding day

Aba Huab campsite to Brandberg White Lady


We woke up with coffee and a good breakfast, then packed lunch, packed up and left.
As it was Jaco's birthday he had to 'unpack' his bike first (about a roll of toiletpaper wound around it ;D ) before he could leave... shame ouens, he not at all a kak ou by a loooong shot! :P

Today is either the shorter route (178 km) or the long one (235 km) - and, seeing I missed out on the Khowarib Schlucht two days earlier my mind was made up firmly: the full one for me yes please! ;)
The long one was said to be a bit more technical so some others preferred to do the shorter and also easier stint.
And, no matter what route we'd ride, we would see plenty Welwitchias, the 'tweeblaarkannidood' ..... over 1000 years old anyone? :o

Just after leaving camp the route led past Burnt Mountain, and this is something else than Brandberg!
The rock seems quite dark compared to the surroundings - see first pic below.

Then on to some eerie rocky landscapes, 'Martian' a somewhat recognizable name - and no, haven't been there yet.
Mountainous too, and somewhere here Divorce Hill was part of the route - what's in a name hmm? :P
Rickus had just left after the two of us had a smokebreak. I then also left but stopped a bit further to catch my breath & a view, and from quite a distance (a photo would not have shown much) I saw him trundling up a narrow path up some hill ahead.
This turned out to be Divorce Hill, a steepish loose rock strewn longish track kind of in the neck of two meeting hills, not overly lastig if one keeps his momentum - but those needing to rest halfway would have their work cut out to get going again, and I heard later that some had done this ;D ::)

On the other side the downwards bit was also not easy as it was more of the same, loose flattish sliding rock throwing the bike around... and suddenly at the bottom there's a sandy riverbed with a shade tree! :thumleft:
Amazing to see also some green bits here, see the pic below!

We waited here for the others to arrive because the routes would split here - which took quite some time!
I hope others have some photos of this bit where some riders either gave their bikes off to be taken up by the support riders, or were helped if not pushed up by them ... shame, hard work in that heat, well done dudes!

After all had arrived and lunch was finished we carried on, in two groups: the carry-on lot and the extra-loop lot.
The loopies had to fill up from Hardy's cruiser because of the extra distance first, but also because Hardy would take the shorter & easier route.... and it was here that Johan was also in it :-[

Johan unfortunately had taken a tumble somewhere - and this in itself was not something new, he had gotten Off & On regularly.
Him getting Off was at various places and for various reasons. I specifically remember seeing him getting up in a large-rock strewn area, really big rocks, some 20 meters (!) off the track in a slight bend, and lord only knows how he got there... what ludicrous speed did he go at it? ::)
But he got up, said he was fine, heaved his 690 from inbetween the bolders and got on with it, with vigor even!
That was Johan, determined to the hilt and a vasbyter of note!
Really, by now everyone knew Johan was the relentless terrier of the group, him going down was for him only a reason to get up and do better if not faster! :thumleft:
His 690 took this treatment reasonably well, and the battlescars were visible yes but it was more cosmetic than serious - the lucky git!

But his luck had ran out this time, he was hurt - and for the first time his spirit was a bit broken, visibly so, not nice :(
That last bit was worrying: the 'get-up-and-go' Johan we all were used to at this point seemed to have gone, replaced by a silent hunched figure on the seat of the cruiser, too quiet... :o
But, and this is another feat of this hardy dude, he didn't really complain too much - yes, he was sore, ribs and so on, but if he didn't laugh all was fine for now - really?
Time would tell.... <insert ominous non-smiling smiley here>

But, the show must go on, we're in the middle of nowhere in any case so let's get out!
'Out' was the long way for those fine with some adventurous stuff, so we head off.
Through a vaaaaast plain ringed with mountains in the far distance - this was a crater we were told, and I'm glad I'm not there when it was created: that must have been an event visible from space, violent to the (literal?) core!
Johannes and me stopping at some welwitchias, see photos below... shame, little did we know the real big one's were still to come :P

Then the gps points us off the main road we were on and into the landscape we ride, slowly alternating between sandy and rocky.
This led us to some dunes where we'd dive into a riverbed - bonedry, rockstrewn sandy bits with rocky-only patches, quite a varied terrain where one's speed was limited .... here & there lastig even, but as always interesting and beautiful :thumleft:
This carried on for long, and to be honest I was ready for a change already... but nope, it carried on and on and...

When we took some pics of a really large welwitchia (~15 meter circumference!) Adriaan & Nicolas caught up with us - with the news that Jaco, riding stonelast as always (sweeper), had a puncture on the rear.
He was riding still but at a pedestrian pace obviously, so he'd come slowly.
No kit to fix this amoung them so they were going ahead to try to get radio contact with Hardy so he could come with the tyre fixing kit - and off they rode, made sense.
Johannes and me just looked at each other.... Jaco trundling alone some way back there, here in this dogforsaken hot lone valley where game, and yes, cats too, freely roam?
No way, we will wait for him!
After a while we heard the meek sound of a poerpoering WR450 nearing us, and yay, there's our trusted sweeper ;D
Now this is Jaco: "No, you guys must go, really, I'm fine, Hardy will come so no problem!"
Yea right, scroo you pel, we'll ride along - no, wait, even better, this time I will ride at the back for a change! ::) :P

And so we did!
Jaco at a generous clip of 20 to 23 km/h ;) following the riverbed whilst Johannes & me adventured around, scaling some hills, veering off into interesting-looking parts etc, just to entertain ourselves.
Jaco had entertainment enough by keeping on his bike, he was riding with a floppy after all ::)
I dunno for how long we did what we did, but during a break Jaco said he was out of water, for quite some time already - jisslike, just tell us next time please, we had plenty!
Anyway, then a cruiser comes roaring towards us - Hardly alone, no Johan!

Yes, Hardy arrives with all the goodies to fix that puncture, better still, we change Jaco's rear tyre because it had some crack in it which would pinch a tube in no time!
But, no wait, BUT.... Hardly had no[/b] cold beers anywhere, no coolerbox, nada.... :(
In hindsight Hardy, I do have a suggestion for small improvements, like an always-stocked coolerbox on the back that truck of yours...... :P

I fill Jaco's bladder with water whilst the others attend to the puncture, and this goes well.
I suggest I leave now already because I'm the slowest rider, and then Johannes & Jaco can ride on a bit once the bike's fixed.
So I do this, because I suspect the next 40 or so kilometers are all of the same, a bit tricky rocky riverbed in which my speed is somewhat limited....
.... but guess what, after only a little distance I find myself on a vaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaast sandy wide-open plain!
My problem there is I'm not on a 1290 R, my bike's too small :P

I've stopped to take two pics only, way too little for the magnificently long distance of plains, sightly rolling open undulating vlaktes and the area where suddenly some small hills appeared - which turned out to be Aardvark holes, and one can jump these small mounds at speed :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
The plain turned into something like the Marienfluss (Martianfluss?) canyon with here and there dotted trees, and the numerous tracks sortof converged here.
My grin on Endless, speed high, plowing the sand, man I was on a roll..... and then suddenly Adriaan jumped from behind a tree into the track with his hand in a speedcop-like 'Stop' sign - fffffuggit pel, I seriously didn't like you at that moment! :P
 
Him and Nic were behind that tree, in the shade, trying to fix the 990 which had cut out.
It proved to be a swollen and blown battery, so a bummer because we didn't have one.
Perhaps we could jumpstart from Hardy's cruiser once it would arrive?
Hey, hold on a minute, on the cruiser is Werner's 701, with a still-pristine battery in it! :thumleft:
Werner jong, jou bike het wragtig goed van pas gekom :P

Hardy and the other two arrive, and we take the 701's battery.
Hardy then speeds off to pick up Johan a bit further on, by this time accompanied by Johannes who had left for him already.
Injured-earlier Johan had opted to get out and wait, in the middle of lion country I should add (!), to avoid the bone-shaking of the cruiser going back to help us..... I dunno, but that's another tick in the kanniedood attitude of this relentlessly courageous rider!
Whilst Hardy picks up Johan we fit the battery (a purrrrrfect fit!) and set off to re-join the others.

It is late, and it still is quite some distance to the camp.... there's a chance we'll arrive in the dark there!
During a previous trip this is where the cruiser picked up some riders (leaving their bikes there!) because lion were in the area :-[ .... so no place to hang about then!
Us 5 bikes were urged to stay together by Hardy, and so we did.
Quite honestly, for me this was the bestest of best riding I've done during this trip - a little faster than what's my own comfy, but man o man it was great riding! :thumleft:
The very last pic below shows us during our only stop along the way, the camp getting closer but we're not there yet - rolling lands covered in thin silvery grass, with the sun setting.... gorgeous if anything!

We made the camp without incident so all was good, no better even because this was a nice camp indeed.
During our stop I had promised all 5 a beer once we'd arrive, but because 3 were crew only me and Johannes ended up in the bar.
But, this was now the second time I had promised beers, and I bleddie well will get them a beer this time..... so I bought some beers and handed these off to the 3 during their dinner whilst having to say sorry to the others :-[


At the camp Johan was slowly rummaging around, not at all complaining..... jy's n donnerste yster pel, and living proof that respect can be earned :thumleft:
Of course a campfire was enjoyed, and a hot shower also!
Sweet dreams for most I guess, only Johan had to be helped onto his stretcher by Johannes, his ribcage not too willing to cooperate....
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on July 14, 2021, 10:59:05 am
.... more pics
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on July 14, 2021, 10:59:55 am
.... and even more
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on July 14, 2021, 11:00:44 am
.... and my last pics.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Wolzak on July 14, 2021, 11:19:11 am
Great RR, thank you.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Dwerg on July 14, 2021, 11:23:09 am
Lekker manne. This trip is lifelong memory type stuff  :thumleft:

Sitting next to that 'pub' in Puros, the hectic heat but with ice cold beer, the fresh air mixed with the overwhelming smell of urine, shooting the breeze with fellow riders. With the good and bad combined, that rates as one of my fondest biking memories ever
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on July 14, 2021, 01:43:25 pm
Day 13, twelfth riding day

From Brandberg White Lady back to Usakos / Windhoek


Johan manages to get up on his feet without any help.... or maybe he's too stubborn to ask? ::)
He seems better than yesterday though, good.
Coffee then!

The last riding day today..... :(
Plus, it's just the normal Namibian dirt highways, bit boring compared to all the fantastic if not challenging riding areas we've been to and have experienced :o
Oh well, everything has to come to an end, so on with it!
Still some 170 km's to go :thumleft:

We pack up, have a brekkie and off we are.
Wide and very good quality dirtroads Namibia has, something SA could take as an example 8)
Anyway, it was a shortish uneventful ride, and I discover I didn't take a single photo that day..... makes me wonder now eh? ::)
I did stop here & there though, maybe because I didn't want it to end :-[

Oh, when Usakos was only some what, 15 km's or so I suggested to Werner on Rob's 300 to swap bikes for the remainder.
I was curious to feel the small mountaingoat a little, and also I thought it a good opportunity to let Werner feel the power of a 500 and see if he was up for it or even liked it.... he has a 701 himself after all.
Lo & Behold, summarized I got a stubborn & curt "No way!" from him! :lol8:
Hey Rob, did you actually get your bike back from Werner?
:lol8:
To say that Werner loved that 300 is herewith proven to be an understatement I reckon - I know, I tried to pry him off it, to no avail....
Oh well, so I blast past him - lekker! :P

At Usakos I arrive at the trailers where also some others are.... but immediately head out into town for a coffee!
I find Braham in some coffeeshop where he indulges in a sweet looking icecream - so I order same, with a cappuchino :thumleft:
Hell, a lekker sugar rush, that was a long time ago.... ;)
Anyway, then back to the trailers, and we load up the bikes.

Nic & Adriaan's Lazy Lowder trailer decides to break a hinging bolt there and then, a bummer - but they were able to fix that in a way which should last them to home.
We're off in the minibus which arrives but we're to head first to some Police post in a town further on, to get ourselves a permit to go into Windhoek.
Covid you see, during our absence this area has been locked down, and only permit holders will be let in.
We duly arrive at the Police station and queue up - a queue yes, we're rudely thrown back into civilization, not too nice :(
Anyway, after some to & fro it turns out we don't need anything as we all fall under the minibus driver's permit! :thumleft:
So we're off, and at the Roadblock where we're stopped this turns out to be correct, we are let in without any further ado.

We arrive at Arebbush Lodge again for our last night.
Allocated a bungalow we collect our surplus kit from the room where this was kept, and I (re-)packed my stuff once the Unimog had arrived.
But, those flying out also had to get a Covid-test done!
A nurse arrived around 6 that evening, and we were tortured with a stick up our nose, dogawful...
The collective result arrived at 11 later: all negative..... so my excuse still is, we as a group failed this test so it wasn't only me! :P

Johan was whisked away by his wife, time for a doctor to see what was wrong with the dude!

Anyway, I packed my stuff between 'kitbag going back with Hardy' and my luggage for going home with, and I was ready for dinner.
A good dinner was had at the lodge, never mind that we suddenly were reminded again to wear our masks :(
Some drinks afterwards, and the guys were seen catching up on their wifi-driven screens :P



As said I don't have any pics of this day..... please add yours?
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on July 14, 2021, 02:34:26 pm
Day 14, going-home day

from Windhoek to home


We all leave Arebbush Lodge in Windhoek in the morning.

Hardy & crew soon leave per their various vehicles as they will have a good distance to go, the first of several days to go until home.
Rickus (the only Namibian remember) collects his bakkie which was in for repairs but zilch had been done (dunno, ask him) .... so he loads his bike and drives home.

Us flyers are collected by the minibus again, also early, and we duly arrive at the largest mainest & meanest airport Namibia has to offer .... which pales in comparison to Lanseria ;)
There we check in first, proudly showing off our negative C19 tests of course, and then we head out for a proper coffee at the only stall for this - outside, a neat caravan with a small wooden deck with tables.
Really excellent coffee though, plus a nice cheerful chap running it :thumleft:

Eventually we board and get safely to Jo'burg, the others to Cape Town.


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Thank you Hardy, Shantal, Hennie, Li-Mari, Jaco, Nicolas, Adriaan and Andrew, for an absolutely a w e s o m e trip!

I admit I expected a lot from it after reading the various RR's with all those photos ..... but got so much more!
An amazing land and even amazingerderder landscapes, vistas I'll not forget, ditto some of the riding.... SUPERB!
Then add your joint care for us, with every single one having stood out at some point, proper meals too, comfortable bedding, zero luggage to schlepp with you on the bike.... marvelous indeed!

But, this all would not have been as enjoyable as it turned out to be due to the fact that all the guys, thrown together by mere pot luck, turned out to be a good jovial, social and pleasant lot - zero prima donnas but just guys together on a tour :thumleft:
Thank you all guys, I had a great trip!


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To those reading here if not drooling - if you ever have had the slightest of longing to also ride where we did..... DO IT!
Time flies, life whizzess past with a moerofa speed, en van uitstel kom net afstel..... go do it, or better still, book this trip!
With htis tour you'll get to experience it with some luxuries as well as backup otherwise at a bare minimum if at all present - read back what we all managed to do?
Some of it simple impossibilities if you're with only a buddy, and then one has problems rather than enjoyment.

I'd do it again in a heartbeat.... no wait, I will do this same trip again, and again with the same Specialized Adventures outfit!
I will find a few likeminded friends and then.....  8) :P
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: XT JOE on July 14, 2021, 10:04:36 pm
thanks for sharing good pics and reading-top notch bucket list stuff
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Kamanya on July 19, 2021, 10:54:01 am
PalmWag to Aba Huab

For some reason, it felt to me that the trip was winding down. I suppose it was that I and Hardy had driven up together from Windhoek for the 3 days before I got onto the bike and maybe the mind was sort of using that as a calibration for the back end of the trip?

Anyhow, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The mornings were now pretty much slick and not a lot of effort. Everyone was firmly into the rythim of how getting all packed away and readied for the day,

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-hV8GmTf/0/35159b6c/L/IMG_6982-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-hV8GmTf/A)

My honeymoon suite. There was some grumblings about my snoring, but I know for a fact I wasn’t the only one…

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-J78QKd2/0/b1e4a095/L/IMG_6981-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-J78QKd2/A)

Some light banter whilst waiting for breakfast

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-TPSfnts/0/6d2eb631/L/IMG_6986-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-TPSfnts/A)

Freshly squeezed…

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-jhXWv3K/0/5701a709/L/IMG_6987-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-jhXWv3K/A)

A short bit of gravel and then into desolation valley…

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-25Px6W3/0/b6c91d46/L/IMG_6990-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-25Px6W3/A)

It’s not difficult to be lost in thought and still be marvelling at this utterly brilliant riding space…

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-xQsfWvK/0/ffc258c9/L/IMG_6995-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-xQsfWvK/A)

A regroup before the upcoming festivities…

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(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-tsFkhsC/0/ac022fed/L/IMG_6999-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-tsFkhsC/A)

Which was just many kilometres of this…

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(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-kxLLs8r/0/50908351/L/IMG_7005-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-kxLLs8r/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-DgQjXTz/0/538b6613/L/IMG_7006-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-DgQjXTz/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-qxbPVQt/0/b46a9923/L/IMG_7007-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-qxbPVQt/A)


(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-hVHtmpD/0/9d9a4ca6/L/IMG_7009-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-hVHtmpD/A)

Werner did insist on claiming another property in there

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The look of a proud owner of another small bit of Namibia

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Arty moments

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And just more. I don’t know how far in this rivebed we rode, but it sure was fun

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-mjwxTxp/0/9ddc1d8d/L/IMG_7023-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-mjwxTxp/A)

Then, rudely, the trail hops out the riverbed and immediately theres a refuel station and a few k’s on against those cliffs there….

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An oasis of a cool pool and cold beer…

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And wifi

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It’s quite a juxtaposition of a place, cool deep shade and hospitality amongst seriously harsh worlds

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(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-cNthDg5/0/0d3f689e/L/IMG_7034-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-cNthDg5/A)

I met with this chap

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There are apparently many of them and this guy wasn’t phased at all. When I let go he wasn’t in any hurry to leave. I guess they’re pretty used to humans. Quite cool.

Hardy has only two main fears in life and 14000elventy7 of them are snakes. I was soooo bummed he’d already left when I’d found this guy, I might have gotten more than even….

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And just like that, we were into another round of relax to the setting of the sun in a magnificent camp. I thought it was the best of the lot

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Then it really started to get pretty…

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(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-XJbCCMX/0/fc884d8e/L/IMG_7060-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-XJbCCMX/A)

And of course…

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(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-kdp6N3Q/0/0ea19bfb/L/IMG_7056-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-kdp6N3Q/A)

With ice-cream in the desert nogal!

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Some moving pictures of the day

Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Kamanya on July 19, 2021, 01:15:27 pm
Day 10 Aba Huab to Brandberg

(sadly I don't have many photo's of this day)

Rob had slept in the previous mentioned hotel. For the previous 5 or six nights, he had only been able to sleep sitting up in the Unimog and so the opportunity to be cosseted in a bed and propped up by pillows was too good to be missed, he did show some evidence of his ordeal that was fast turning some lovely shades.

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Briefing.

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Those who weren’t very comfortable in sand were to take the easier route, whereas those who were up sports were to take the Messum Crater Trail

Ets had very little sprocket left on his bike and it wasn’t going to last the serious sand of the Messum crater trail. Rather than him miss out and take the main road to Brandberg, he was ordered onto the 525. Gentleman that he is, he put up a stern resistance to the idea, but this was the luxury of having a spare bike on the trip. Hardy and I settled into the Cruiser.

We had only just started into what would be a day of enjoyable banter and not 30 minutes into the trip, when we came across Johan who’d shot off a river bank and somehow missed all the boulders. He was fine but seemed to be a little off his game. Not 20 minutes later, he did almost exactly the same, but this time parked his bike in the only tree for about 20 km’s! Again he amazingly escaped injury again.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-7QknxPd/0/c164194d/L/IMG_7068-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-7QknxPd/A)

About 20 minutes after that, his ride ended.

Some days, everything just seems to click, others it’s a snowball. Johan again, crossing an innocuous riverbed, somehow got knocked offline and this time he didn’t get off lightly. Later we’d find out that he’d broken multiple ribs and punctured his diaphragm. Johan is made or pretty tough stuff though as he could still crack a smile as he gingerly got up.

Not anticipating being on a bike this day and with the Werner’s 701 on the back of the cruiser, it was now my turn to try my hand at a 690, but, all my gear was in the Unimog and it had gone around on another route to Brandberg. So there was nothing for it but to pull all Johan’s gear on and hop on. The bike had seemed to come through all this “admin” with just a skew front screen plate trapping the break and speado cables. With a bit of muscle, it was persuaded back to something sort of where it was supposed to be and I was free to go….

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-dR6n4LR/0/9fe1b600/L/IMG_7072-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-dR6n4LR/A)

Within a k or two, I was nearly bucked off twice? Over hits, it was ricocheting off stuff and my hands were taking a beating? I thought maybe I was imagining things or my rhythm was also off?! I had to stop to see if something wasn’t broken. It turned out that the tires were well over 2 bar, there was no compression wound on on the shock and the forks had both compression and damping clickers wound on hard?

I think Johan’s crashes were a lot to do with this. Johan is the epitome of the vast majority of Adventure riders; an absolute passion for adventuring on a bike but hasn’t done any form of racing, or, for them all the options for fiddling with the things that affect suspension are confusing. It’s not a criticism, it’s a reality and inspiring to me that people just jump on and go and trust the manufacturers. I like the “can do” attitude and sometimes too much fiddling also leads to issues, however, I was sorry I had not tried Johan’s bike earlier and set it up for him. Like many, you don’t know what you don’t know and 99% of the time, it all ends well, everyone none the wiser.

It’s not the first time I’ve jumped on someone bike and thought, “hold on! This can’t be right, surely?” On the first few days from my perch in the cruiser, from the moment we hit the gravel, I could tell some were not having a good time. It’s easy to see those who’s bikes are not behaving but also those who really aren’t comfortable yet. The former leave long squiggly lines, almost like a not quite fully developed tank slapper. The latter don’t read the gravel well and take strange lines.

I had spent time on a few bikes adjusting their suspension based on watching the tracks from the cruiser and speaking to the guys. For example, Andre and Adriaan on the Yamaha 450 and KTM 350 respectively needed the forks dropped through the triple clamps to cure extreme twitchiness.

Werner, once he spent a little time following my lines remarked, “oh, so you don’t need to stay on one side or the other! That middlemanetjie isn’t so bad ;-)”

Anyway, my perch now far more stable, things were stunning again and that 690 does have a great engine…

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-ZQPf9tm/0/c1ae9181/L/IMG_7075-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-ZQPf9tm/A)

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The trail was pretty much a mix of everything we’d had till then; river beds, steep loose rocky climbs, open jeep tracks

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As it wasn’t my bike, I joined the easier route and had a brilliant morning drowning in the huge vistas rolling along with Braham on his 450

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We stopped much later in the day at the intersection of our route and where the Crater trail guys would pop out. I had noticed that he seemed a little nervous of the front. In shooting the breeze, I asked if I could take his 450 for a quick squirt. In the softer stuff it did knife a bit and on stopping asked his pressures? He said 1.8 maybe more. I asked to let out a little and to see what he thought of that. I could see that he wasn’t certain of this, but let me do it anyway.


We waited a few more minutes and he headed off. I said I’d stay around for a bit as I could see no one had passed yet.

I wasn’t long before I saw approaching dust clouds. The front runners were in race mode and looked like grinning maniacs when they slip to a stop. As I was just an interested bystander and had no beer to offer, they shot off to complete the stage of their days racing.

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I had also heard of the unfolding mess further back with punctures and batteries. I was a bit sorry I’d missed all that drama, but there wasn’t anything I could conceivably do so headed off and before long, also switched to race mode.

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There was a crystal/stone shop that I thought I’d stop at. This shop is like many here; a simple table with the wares on offer and a cup and instruction to pay what you think it’s worth leaving the money in the cup. There’s not a soul or even a sign of habitation in sight!

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Then, with just 12k’s to go, I was trying to get some handheld video of the track, these are some screen shots of it.

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When I came across Braham. That’s him standing next to his bike up a head. Pleasant place to stop to run out of fuel I thought at first.

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He was steaming. He had a front puncture. He travelled over 1000k’s with his very hard front tire and then not 40k’s after letting some fool fiddle with his tire pressures, he got a flat. He was way too much a gentleman to say anything but I could see the writing in the word cloud about his head plain as day.

As neither of us had tools and camp was so close, I gave him Johan’s bike and then rode his slowly in. Later it turned out that the rim lock had worn/holed the tube. Firstly, rim locks on an adventure bike are not needed and screw balance up, but also can create issues like this. However, maybe minding my own business sometime is not a bad thing either ;-)

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There was much mirth and storytelling from the day. Everyone had had a mission and an adventure.

Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on July 19, 2021, 02:14:15 pm
there was no compression wound on on the shock and the forks had both compression and damping clickers wound on hard?

At Epupa Falls I set Johan's bike to "Comfort" (as per the OEM sticker's instruction under the seat) to help him cope better.
'Comfort' is the softest of the 3 options, and I found it was set to 'Normal' (he'd never fiddled with it since he bought it new).
So, all damping-settings were set to 'less'!
I added a few clicks more Rebound damping at the rear though (but still less than the Normal settings) so as to stop the bike kicking up when going over a hump.
Later in the next day, before Heartbreak Hill, Johan told me with a smile the bike was easier to handle now  :thumleft:

However, I also told him that, if he wanted a change, just turn whatever adjuster (he now knew where they were & what they did!) to 'more' or 'less', after all this could (as per demonstrated) be undone in mere seconds.
Maybe he did?

It definitely wasn't an uncooperative pogo stick in Marble Camp, I rode it there after we fixed the fan & coolant problem .....  :dontknow:
Johan, care to comment on this?
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on July 19, 2021, 02:25:45 pm
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-LdLNnQZ/0/3adf75e5/L/IMG_7320-L.png) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-LdLNnQZ/A)

Thanks for this pic!
This is how I remember langman Andre: towering over the WR making it look like a minibike, whilst he was always fast and at the front  :lol8:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: big oil on July 19, 2021, 04:26:31 pm
Hardy has only two main fears in life and 14000elventy7 of them are snakes.

 :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:  That's funny right there, very Zumaesque  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: deapsquatter on July 19, 2021, 09:51:56 pm
I know it wasn't just me who had this thought once or twice "it's pretty cool sleeping out here right next to my bike" (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210719/24160320e0ea17ab6ead05d2d6c7a4e3.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210719/4aca45d6f946d4b6043e0c0cf8ca0532.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210719/32edf18c7472066a0486f01b58dc1fb3.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210719/d13a2fe624b8f2b69f10c8fddcb9d8c6.jpg)

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Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Kamanya on July 19, 2021, 11:14:07 pm
Last Day

Brandberg to Windhoek.

There’s a reason it’s called Brandberg; it’s the light that does it. Morning and evening

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-FfZqQ6T/0/f5fe6625/L/IMG_7100-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-FfZqQ6T/A)

Johan was going to take the cruiser seat and so wasn’t dressed for riding.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-FWk9PD4/0/6f1d0ec3/L/IMG_7107-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-FWk9PD4/A)

He said he’d slept ok. Either the drugs had been great or he’s a super stoic hard man because he was colouring in nicely…

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-gBB2Lpq/0/0101b629/L/4159b4b2-89eb-4308-8b12-9735aba753a1-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-gBB2Lpq/A)


It was just the normal huge Namibian gravel highways back to where the cars and trailers had been parked at Usakos

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-DDwgWZS/0/655d9818/L/IMG_7127-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-DDwgWZS/A)

Besides the melancholic thoughts rolling over in my head playing back the whole trip, the only notable incident was close to Usakos as I came through a small settlement just before turning onto the tar.

There were 4 or 5 kids standing by the side of the road when one youngster threw a rock at me.  During the trip I’d seen a few make as if they were going to throw something but none did. I slammed on the anchors, whipped the bike about and set off after him. They hadn’t thought this through, it’s wide open ground and I was on an enduro bike. They all took off screaming in all directions, but I zeroed in on the kid I’d seen who was wearing a pink jersey and tracksuit. As I got near, I saw he was a she. She kept trying to run but all I did was surround her so she was just running in circles. She still had a large rock in her hand.

I stopped in front of her, not more than 5 or 10 meters. In her terror, she realised she still had a rock in her hand and quickly put it down, saying over and over again “I’m sorry! I’m sorry! I’m sorry!.”

I held out my hand and told her to come shake my hand. She walked over obviously expecting the worst. I shook her hand gently and said, “Please don’t do that again. It’s not right and someone could get hurt. Are we clear?” she nodded whilst still clearly expecting a klap. I let got her hand and said, “Alls good?” She nodded.

I rode off.

I don’t think she or her friends are going to be throwing stones for a while.

(A note: I did it as a young boy. I hit a truck with a klaylat ball and took out a window. That truck stopped but I was on my bicycle and disappeared in rush of fear into the bush. Kids are going to cause shit. Every time I’ve had a stone thrown at me, I’ve chased them down and once all the way into their house. Another time by Grabouw, I was on my 950 and got an apple thrown at me. I chased that teenager into the forest. He REALLY didn’t expect a big bike to go in there. A good firm talk is normally good enough. I smile at the thought that maybe they might be inspired one day to get a bike of their own as a result of them getting handled well)

This was about 5 k’s from the end

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-T5rJSTT/0/4873c7f4/L/IMG_7131-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-T5rJSTT/A)

Where everyone reversed the little dance started 12 days ago

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-9MWvDfZ/0/e336862e/L/IMG_7132-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-9MWvDfZ/A)

Some were leaving from there, but many would go back to Windhoek

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-pQJWVbC/0/497a1fc4/L/IMG_7133-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-pQJWVbC/A)

Covid’s 3rd wave had hit big time, so we had to spend an hour getting permits to travel

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-L4vdJ2t/0/da6403f2/L/IMG_7139-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-L4vdJ2t/A)

Myself and Rickus spent the next few hours chatting about life, the trip and whatnot whilst watching the Karras regeion slide by

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-JXk6DbQ/0/4c6b9549/L/IMG_7141-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/21/June-Kaokoland/2021-June-Kaokoland-/i-JXk6DbQ/A)

As soon as we’d arrived back in Windhoek, Hardy had arranged for emergency Covid tests for those flying out the next day. The results came back that evening… We’d all failed with flying colours and so were free to fly the next day.

There’s not much to say about the return home other than it was quite shocking to step onto a plane barely removed from a desert trip of a lifetime and then step off the plane into a green cold Cape Winter rain storm.

I met some new friends and had fun again with some old. It would do you well if you read this to make an effort to join Hardy and his merry band of adventure makers, you won’t be sad you did.

Thanks to @hardy and his team for including me in this great adventure! It sure was a highlight and a privilege.

Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Sheepman on July 20, 2021, 09:26:59 am
Thanks to the contributors for this no doubt extraordinary report, which is clearly way more than just a report of a ride through Namibia :thumleft: It is surely a trip which I aspire to undertake sometime - I just need to get a more suitable bike, for starters  ;) 
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Rickus on July 20, 2021, 10:55:49 am
Thanks to the contributors for this no doubt extraordinary report, which is clearly way more than just a report of a ride through Namibia :thumleft: It is surely a trip which I aspire to undertake sometime - I just need to get a more suitable bike, for starters  ;)

Any one of those 2 bikes in your avatar is PUURRFECT!
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Sheepman on July 20, 2021, 11:12:49 am
Thanks to the contributors for this no doubt extraordinary report, which is clearly way more than just a report of a ride through Namibia :thumleft: It is surely a trip which I aspire to undertake sometime - I just need to get a more suitable bike, for starters  ;)

Any one of those 2 bikes in your avatar is PUURRFECT!

Agree, nothing wrong with the bikes at all  :thumleft:....but with this rider in those conditions, I am not so sure  ;D I have seen how you so easily man handle your 950 on the trip and quite honestly, I am nowhere at that level of riding Rickus  :-[
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Hardy de Kock on July 21, 2021, 06:23:15 am
Thanks to the contributors for this no doubt extraordinary report, which is clearly way more than just a report of a ride through Namibia :thumleft: It is surely a trip which I aspire to undertake sometime - I just need to get a more suitable bike, for starters  ;)

Any one of those 2 bikes in your avatar is PUURRFECT!

Agree, nothing wrong with the bikes at all  :thumleft:....but with this rider in those conditions, I am not so sure  ;D I have seen how you so easily man handle your 950 on the trip and quite honestly, I am nowhere at that level of riding Rickus  :-[

Sheepman - If everyone were this honest about their skill level, tours like this would be even more fun.
Rickus would be the first person to recommend smaller bikes for the average rider.
Unfortunately, they have not yet manufactured a smaller bike that would be able to move around this properly dewormed individual, and he is everything but an average rider :thumleft:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Rickus on July 21, 2021, 07:31:04 am
Thanks to the contributors for this no doubt extraordinary report, which is clearly way more than just a report of a ride through Namibia :thumleft: It is surely a trip which I aspire to undertake sometime - I just need to get a more suitable bike, for starters  ;)

Any one of those 2 bikes in your avatar is PUURRFECT!

Agree, nothing wrong with the bikes at all  :thumleft:....but with this rider in those conditions, I am not so sure  ;D I have seen how you so easily man handle your 950 on the trip and quite honestly, I am nowhere at that level of riding Rickus  :-[
@Sheepman its great that you are honest with yourself!!!.. this trip will turn into a nightmare if you have to struggle with a heavy bike that your not comfortable going through some of the most technical and sandy terrain you'll find on ANY adventure tour. The scenery and interesting bits will elude you if you have to constantly fight with your bike.
Speak to Hardy or any of the crew or riders that's done this trip before you decide on what bike to get for this trip or even rent one (very good option!!) Hardy will hook you up and assist in either option.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: punisher on July 21, 2021, 08:49:55 am
what a brilliant adventure ................................ one day when i learn to ride ................
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: hartebees on July 22, 2021, 12:48:11 pm
Took this picture of @Nicolas Rossouw and @Adriaan.theron at the start of the Schlucht. Go on a ride with them and any problem you might encounter will be solved in no time at all.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: hartebees on July 22, 2021, 01:49:25 pm
Some pictures of "roadside" repairs during the trip. Mostly the issues are quick to fix – given that there is a backup bakkie with tools, spares and expertise at your back. Many of these scenarios would mean the end of a solo trip.

Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Rickus on July 22, 2021, 02:16:13 pm
Jislaaik dai Hondas het ons baie kak gegeee  :pot: :peepwall:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: teebag on July 22, 2021, 04:35:18 pm
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Jacques650 on July 22, 2021, 07:12:46 pm
Jislaaik dai Hondas het ons baie kak gegeee  :pot: :peepwall:  :imaposer:
Jy het "min" agter die baie uitgelos! pot

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Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Hollywood on July 23, 2021, 10:06:29 am
Jislaaik dai Hondas het ons baie kak gegeee  :pot: :peepwall:  :imaposer:

Ha!! en oor 2 maande ry jy weer saam met 'n Honda die Richtersveld in... al daai kak weer van voor af... Ai.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: sidetrack on July 23, 2021, 10:26:34 am
Lekker read
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: teebag on July 23, 2021, 10:52:08 am
Jislaaik dai Hondas het ons baie kak gegeee  :pot: :peepwall:  :imaposer:

Ha!! en oor 2 maande ry jy weer saam met 'n Honda die Richtersveld in... al daai kak weer van voor af... Ai.
should be fine, no water crossings and Andrew not there
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Beserker on August 18, 2021, 09:28:11 am
Attached some Honda XR650L Wallpapers. See filename for location.

Boooootiful   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: ETS on August 18, 2021, 03:49:47 pm
Jislaaik dai Hondas het ons baie kak gegeee  :pot: :peepwall:  :imaposer:
Jy het "min" agter die baie uitgelos! pot

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Ek verlang die trip so ek sal hom selfs met n Honda doen
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: hugmin42 on August 23, 2021, 12:06:25 am
Finally got around to making a video, but could only manage the first 6 days so far. Enjoy!

Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Twister on August 23, 2021, 01:37:16 am
Finally got around to making a video, but could only manage the first 6 days so far. Enjoy!



Awesome, brings back good memories.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Noneking on August 23, 2021, 06:29:05 am
Finally got around to making a video, but could only manage the first 6 days so far. Enjoy!


Nice video!
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Oubones on August 23, 2021, 08:54:01 am
Lekker, verlang al lankal weer terug!
Dankie vir al jou moeite, dit is goed gedoen :thumleft:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: ETS on August 23, 2021, 09:10:16 am
Jis ou Hugo awesome video met awesome memories! DANKIE  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: ETS on August 23, 2021, 09:21:14 am
En Hugo ons wag nog vir n RR van jou Amsterdam trippie..... :peepwall:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on August 23, 2021, 10:37:49 am
Finally got around to making a video, but could only manage the first 6 days so far. Enjoy!

Enjoy I did, nice vid indeed!  :thumleft:
I already look forward to to the other one, any Klein Serengeti bits especially!
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on August 23, 2021, 11:01:18 am
With a bit of luck (ahem....  O0 ) my next year's trip (yes, this same one) will be on a special bike  :pot:
Mum's the Word, but it'll thump.
Red....



No pressure Hardy  :lol8:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: hugmin42 on August 23, 2021, 11:41:09 am
Finally got around to making a video, but could only manage the first 6 days so far. Enjoy!

Enjoy I did, nice vid indeed!  :thumleft:
I already look forward to to the other one, any Klein Serengeti bits especially!

Thanks, unfortunately for some reason neither my nor Jaco's GoPro worked for that section. Very sad indeed.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BuRP on August 25, 2021, 10:18:09 am
unfortunately for some reason neither my nor Jaco's GoPro worked for that section.

Yes, unfortunate indeed, was looking forward to "see" what I missed.
Oh well, another reason to re-join the Specialized Adventure's team next year!
Mind, hope Jaco will be there then again, I need to be shown some of those Lone Men, or at the very least get some clear tips....  ;)

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: BlueBull2007 on September 23, 2021, 07:21:21 am
I really enjoyed reading this RR, thank you to everyone for posting the photos, vids and writing. Magnificent stuff!

Super inspiring & one of the best I have read in quite a while.

Doing that trip on a big bike would be hard for most.

The 690 is a pure race bike, built for Dakar. While this sounds great it can be a real bitch to master physically and mechanically. It requires a high level of skill to ride, and is a bit notorious even in racing circles for its suspension setup. In the wrong hands it can really ruin your day and make riding not so fun. The faster you ride them the better and more stable they become, but this in itself becomes a double edged sword. Speed is great until you run out of road. I personally think its too much bike in more technical stuff.

I definitely need to make a plan to come on a Hardey trip.

Thanks again all.
Title: Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
Post by: Ventana on September 29, 2021, 06:32:38 pm
Thanks for a fantastic RR - what a great read.  I've only ever done southern Namibia on the bike and really need to make a plan sometime soon to get further north.

Definitely on the bucket list!