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Title: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: Ruans on November 12, 2021, 03:59:37 pm
So last Sunday I did what my mother always told me not to do. I met random people off the internet.
You see.. I joined a whatsapp group for Cape Town ADV bois and been following the rides and photos. Last weekend, I decide to join the group for an "easy ride" from Durbanville to Darling following the railroad.
Although it was not an easy road for me, and my skill level but I had the time of my life and really enjoyed the company. Young and old, big bikes and small bikes, experienced riders and then there was me.
As some riders pointed out, GS stands for "Geen sand" did not give me a lot of confidence when I hit a sand patch. I did not fall but gained some valuable experience how my F800 GSA with Karoo Streets react to sand. Water crossings had puckering a few times.

Instead of photos, I decided to take some camera gear along to film some footage and have created a small 4 part series of the ride.

Please give me a like and subscribe. The support goes a long way for me to continue to create content and take on these adventures and share it with like minded folk.

Part 1:
Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: blockheadxl650v on November 12, 2021, 04:20:36 pm
Liked and Subbed. Waiting for the others.

I almost joined the ride but the wife had other plans for me.
Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: Ruans on November 12, 2021, 04:22:53 pm
Liked and Subbed. Waiting for the others.

I almost joined the ride but the wife had other plans for me.

Thank you. Maybe next time we get to ride.
Next video will come either next Friday or, if enough pressure, in a few days.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: allan.cawood on November 12, 2021, 07:03:48 pm
Thatís right on my doorstep Ö soon soon soon Iíll be able to join


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Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: red baron on November 13, 2021, 12:26:47 am
Ruans it was lekker to have you join our motley crew, that vid is awesome. Our plan is to do the train line once a month, we had a mix of 20 odd bikes on sunday. Cape town Triumph is doing the railway line this sunday.
Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: Kaboef on November 13, 2021, 06:16:10 am
Where do you okes jump onto the rail service road?
At Kalbaskraal?
Or earlier closer to Durbanville?

Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: Yambanshee on November 13, 2021, 06:26:25 am
Looks like a great ride! Do you guys accept any newcomers?

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Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: red baron on November 13, 2021, 12:02:32 pm
Yes, we join train line at kalbaskraal, this time we did a couple of dirt road loops heading general direction k kraal. the core group is  KLR but we have fruit salad of bikes that go.
Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: Ruans on November 15, 2021, 08:00:12 am
Looks like a great ride! Do you guys accept any newcomers?

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The group is new guy friendly out of my experience. Very welcoming.
Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: Yambanshee on November 15, 2021, 08:07:23 am
Looks like a great ride! Do you guys accept any newcomers?

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The group is new guy friendly out of my experience. Very welcoming.
Where can I find out about future rides? I'm very eager to learn about the roads less traveled around the western cape
Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: Avontier on November 15, 2021, 08:14:56 am
Nice! Show us your camera setup.
Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: Ruans on November 15, 2021, 08:23:21 am
Nice! Show us your camera setup.

Still busy working out the kinks on my setup but, will most probably do a video on it at some point.

Current setup:
Insta360 One X2 with motorcycle mount kit and selfie stick - 360 Video while riding
Garmin Virb Elite - Used for some helmet cam shots while I wait for my helmet cam to be fixed. Would be a second bike mount view soon.
SCS 11 Helmet comms and camera - Broken and being repaired
iPhone 12 and DJI Osmo for shooting video off the bike
Mavic Air Drone - For any aerial shots

On the last trip I only made use of the 360 as it is quick to setup and rest stops are usually quick so no time to take out all the camera gear.
Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: Ruans on November 15, 2021, 08:29:58 am
Looks like a great ride! Do you guys accept any newcomers?

Sent from my Redmi Note 9S using Tapatalk

The group is new guy friendly out of my experience. Very welcoming.
Where can I find out about future rides? I'm very eager to learn about the roads less traveled around the western cape

There ya go
https://chat.whatsapp.com/DphbdwCf9cc01XeAmAh72d
Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: Avontier on November 15, 2021, 08:32:48 am
Nice! Show us your camera setup.

Still busy working out the kinks on my setup but, will most probably do a video on it at some point.

Current setup:
Insta360 One X2 with motorcycle mount kit and selfie stick - 360 Video while riding
Garmin Virb Elite - Used for some helmet cam shots while I wait for my helmet cam to be fixed. Would be a second bike mount view soon.
SCS 11 Helmet comms and camera - Broken and being repaired
iPhone 12 and DJI Osmo for shooting video off the bike
Mavic Air Drone - For any aerial shots

On the last trip I only made use of the 360 as it is quick to setup and rest stops are usually quick so no time to take out all the camera gear.

Thanks. Looking forward to the behind the scenes video.
Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: Yambanshee on November 15, 2021, 09:23:05 am
Looks like a great ride! Do you guys accept any newcomers?

Sent from my Redmi Note 9S using Tapatalk

The group is new guy friendly out of my experience. Very welcoming.
Where can I find out about future rides? I'm very eager to learn about the roads less traveled around the western cape

There ya go
https://chat.whatsapp.com/DphbdwCf9cc01XeAmAh72d
Thanks!
Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: Ruans on November 15, 2021, 06:05:51 pm
Part 2/4 is up. A bit earlier to thank everyone who has supported.

Part 3 and 4 will follow.
Feel free to subscribe, like and share  :ricky:

Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: blockheadxl650v on November 15, 2021, 07:39:42 pm
Nice video. Thanks, How do you get the footage where I cant see you holding the camera and where the camera is looking behind you? Is it a drone?
Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: red baron on November 15, 2021, 09:58:39 pm
The next ride to Darling will be early in the new year. I will put message up as early as possible with next date.
Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: Ruans on November 16, 2021, 08:01:52 am
Nice video. Thanks, How do you get the footage where I cant see you holding the camera and where the camera is looking behind you? Is it a drone?

It is a 360 degree Camera on a selfie stick with a bar camp at the end. For these shots I had it clamped to my crash bars
The stick gets edited out of the footage and gives the drone like illusion. I am planning to do a video on my camera setup as soon as my helmet cam comes back from repairs  :ricky:
Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: Ruans on November 16, 2021, 08:03:56 am
The next ride to Darling will be early in the new year. I will put message up as early as possible with next date.

 :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: stcomza on November 16, 2021, 09:42:54 am

Liked and subscribed on YT   :biggrin:

Waiting in anticipation for the rest   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: red baron on November 16, 2021, 11:32:45 am
Great news for next Darling Dash. Date has been set for 9th January 2021, leaving Durbanville at 08h30, meet at Cavalier motors. All brands welcome, skill level required is easy, there will be a group for speed freaks and dakar wannabes , then the normal riders. We have a sweeper and this ride will be covered by a backup vehicle should the need arise. We end up at Darling Brew for a burger or whatever floats your boat. Return is either tar or back along same dirt route. Join at own risk. If in doubt regarding your skills level, join us and just let us know and we will give help where necessary, only sketch part possibly is going over tracks where stones could present a problem. Any questions or suggestions please message me.
Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: Ruans on November 16, 2021, 11:55:22 am
Great news for next Darling Dash. Date has been set for 9th January 2021, leaving Durbanville at 08h30, meet at Cavalier motors. All brands welcome, skill level required is easy, there will be a group for speed freaks and dakar wannabes , then the normal riders. We have a sweeper and this ride will be covered by a backup vehicle should the need arise. We end up at Darling Brew for a burger or whatever floats your boat. Return is either tar or back along same dirt route. Join at own risk. If in doubt regarding your skills level, join us and just let us know and we will give help where necessary, only sketch part possibly is going over tracks where stones could present a problem. Any questions or suggestions please message me.

Fantastic!!

The last two videos that are to come does outline some of the more challenging bits that can be experienced on this route. Will have good insight to new riders when deciding if they would like to join in.
Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: maverick64 on November 16, 2021, 04:36:45 pm
@Ruans, great video..

I also joined the trip.

See my very short and different version of the trip.   https://youtu.be/0ZjxrYd14Dk

(I only have 1  GoPro...and still learning. trying various mounting options and angles, so this time I had the camera on a "secure and sturdy" screen mount, disaster...)
(But sub and like if you want...)
Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: blockheadxl650v on November 16, 2021, 07:19:18 pm
nice I see the fat one got moeg around 2 min and 30 sec and went for a wollow. :biggrin:
Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: Ruans on November 17, 2021, 08:09:10 am
@Ruans, great video..

I also joined the trip.

See my very short and different version of the trip.   https://youtu.be/0ZjxrYd14Dk

(I only have 1  GoPro...and still learning. trying various mounting options and angles, so this time I had the camera on a "secure and sturdy" screen mount, disaster...)
(But sub and like if you want...)

Nice one man. If you need some tips, let me know.
What I would suggest with one camera is to helmet mount it as it creates more of a sense of movement and cancels out a lot of the vibrations. The older GoPro units do not use stabilization so mounting it on anything that vibrates, makes for shaky video. A side or front mount will work great.
What GoPro did you use here?
Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: Ruans on November 17, 2021, 11:48:32 am
Midweek motivation to plan your next route.

Part 3 is up and shows a bit more difficult parts of the route.
Thank you all for the support this far. The engagement, likes, views and subscriptions is well appreciated and the more I get, the more motivated I get to create more content.

I have put these videos in a playlist format on Youtube to make it easy to watch all parts from beginning to end.

The last part of this trip will be online around Friday.

Enjoy

Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: Ruans on November 19, 2021, 08:43:42 am
Last video is up and this one made me moist  :lol8:.

Making a project out of this ride was absolutely fantastic and would like to do more videos.
Would like to hear from the community what they would like to see more of.

Items I have on my improvement plan:
- Better Audio. Possibly bringing in in helmet comms to hear me squeal when in panic
- Describing the route bit more as we go along
- Better camera angles

I will start work on my next video on the camera gear I use due to popular demand.
All videos are in a playlist so it is easy to watch from episode 1 - 4.


Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: Ruans on December 03, 2021, 08:42:03 pm
For those asking about the camera I used, here you go:
Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: red baron on January 02, 2022, 11:50:55 am
Great news for next Darling Dash. Date has been set for 9th January 2021, leaving Durbanville at 08h30, meet at Cavalier motors. All brands welcome, skill level required is easy, there will be a group for speed freaks and dakar wannabes , then the normal riders. We have a sweeper and this ride will be covered by a backup vehicle should the need arise. We end up at Darling Brew for a burger or whatever floats your boat. Return is either tar or back along same dirt route. Join at own risk. If in doubt regarding your skills level, join us and just let us know and we will give help where necessary, only sketch part possibly is going over tracks where stones could present a problem. Any questions or suggestions please message me.
Time is 0830 for 0900 departure. Please confirm participation with for Darling brew.
Title: Re: Durbanville to Darling - Railroad Dash
Post by: Ruans on January 03, 2022, 09:38:33 am
Great news for next Darling Dash. Date has been set for 9th January 2021, leaving Durbanville at 08h30, meet at Cavalier motors. All brands welcome, skill level required is easy, there will be a group for speed freaks and dakar wannabes , then the normal riders. We have a sweeper and this ride will be covered by a backup vehicle should the need arise. We end up at Darling Brew for a burger or whatever floats your boat. Return is either tar or back along same dirt route. Join at own risk. If in doubt regarding your skills level, join us and just let us know and we will give help where necessary, only sketch part possibly is going over tracks where stones could present a problem. Any questions or suggestions please message me.
Time is 0830 for 0900 departure. Please confirm participation with for Darling brew.

Thank you. Will see if I can join. Have some maintenance concerns I need to address first.