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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Dirtrider69 on May 09, 2012, 02:32:23 pm

Title: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Dirtrider69 on May 09, 2012, 02:32:23 pm
This trip was either going to be an epic adventure or a complete nightmare. This was our first adventure bike trip and it was going to be a big one.

A little history on how this all happened: My Dad used to ride a 2001 Dakar that my brother and I bought for him back in 2001 and last year he upgraded to the 800GS. He then asked us if he should sell the Dakar or if we wanted to take the bike and "share" it? Wasn't difficult to decide and so I ended up with the Dakar in my garage.  ;D My brother and I also ride little plastic KTM's now and then and in September 2011 I mentioned to one of our riding buddies that it has always been a dream of mine to do an epic adventure bike trip in Africa. He then said that if we commit to a trip like this, then he will go with. But he doesn't have a DS bike. So off he went and bought a used KTM 990. 2 Riders sorted.  :thumleft:

Then my Dad said he is also on board. The thing is, he will be turning 64 on this trip and he has had two major operations AND a tripple heart bypass in the last 3 years. He has cheated death 3 times, and he's not that strong anymore. But to do a trip like this with my Dad - priceless. 3 Riders sorted.  :thumleft:

Then my brother also commits - but he doesn't have a DS bike either, 'cos I'm taking the Dakar. So, we found him a good looking Dakar on this forum, he borrowed money from my Dad, flew down to Cape Town with all his gear, bought it and rode it back to PTA. If there's a will, there's a way. 4 Riders sorted.

In the end my Dad decided not to go due to skill and health reasons. This turned out to be a very, very wise decision.

Now, when it comes to DS bike experience on long trips - none! Mechanical knowledge about fixing bikes - none! We had to learn as we go and make a plan if we need to.

We decided to trailer the bikes to Windhoek, leave the car and trailer at a campsite, do the trip and trailer back. The main reason was that our tyres won't last if we rode the bikes to Nam and that we could get to Windhoek in one day in a car.

This was our planned route.

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Sunday, 22 April 2012 @ 02:30 we hit the road!

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For those of you who know this road - it has to be the longest, most boring and torturing stretch of road in the word! The Trans Kalahari Highway.

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We finally made it to Namibia and these are the idiots. Me(Eswee), Gummi and my brother Liam.

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First we had to try their local delicacy - it's called "beer". Never heard of it before, but it's great! I think we actually spend most of our money on it...

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Day 1: Windhoek - Sesriem 380km

We got up early and started packing the bags and loading the bikes. This doesn't go quickly though and we start to lose daytime. Rule no. 1 - never ride a bike after dark in Namibia. Never. (a rule that we broke on day 7...)

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We leave a note on the car window.
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Our weapons of choice:

Gummi - 2007 KTM 990
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Me - 2001 BMW Dakar
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Liam - 2004 BMW Dakar
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At around 12:00 we fuel up and head for Sesriem. When the tar ends we stop, take a good look around and realise that we have 3000km of Nam gravel that lie ahead of us. The trip of a lifetime has actually started!

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The road is good and and the scenery is amazing as we go over Remshoogte Pass and over a few streams.

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Trying to figure out the GPS and the maps.
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Before the day ends, just after crossing a stream we are all reminded that your smile can be wiped of your face very quickly.
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And this was only Day 1...
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Kykdaar on May 09, 2012, 02:35:26 pm
Njam Njam. Subscribe :thumleft:
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Post by: cocky on May 09, 2012, 02:36:22 pm
Sub, awesome trip!
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Post by: Circlip on May 09, 2012, 02:44:15 pm
LEkker  :happy1:
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Post by: subie on May 09, 2012, 02:53:24 pm
Gooi !! Ek is uitgehonger vir bietjie adventure   :thumleft:
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Post by: Lem on May 09, 2012, 02:58:03 pm
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Post by: punisher on May 09, 2012, 03:14:16 pm
 O0
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Post by: RobC on May 09, 2012, 03:19:44 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Jacobsroodt on May 09, 2012, 03:25:48 pm
What happened that you dropped your bike?

It reminds me very much of my experience in Nam last year. I have the theory that you have a 30% chance of coming off on the first day of riding a Namibian dirt road.

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=76590.0
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Jacobsroodt on May 09, 2012, 03:35:29 pm
Riders came off because of 2 reasons: inexperience and underestimating Namibian dirt roads.
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Gummi on May 09, 2012, 03:36:44 pm
Hey Idiot!! Daai is n 2008 KTM ................ Fark!!

One would think after spending 2 weeks with me in NAM he would know which bike he had to pick up !!

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Brandt on May 09, 2012, 03:41:01 pm
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Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on May 09, 2012, 03:46:11 pm
Riders came off because of 2 reasons: inexperience and underestimating Namibian dirt roads.

JR - 100% right - we had a rider dump a bike 6.5km into the first dirt road in Nam last year - because the road was underestimated.... Nearly curtailed our trip.....
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Vintage_Mania on May 09, 2012, 03:48:16 pm


ingeskryf
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Post by: Pom17 on May 09, 2012, 04:05:45 pm
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Post by: wildside on May 09, 2012, 04:09:00 pm
This is going to be good......looking forward to the rest.
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Post by: Malibu on May 09, 2012, 04:12:10 pm
sub 4 sure! :)
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Post by: DRAZIL on May 09, 2012, 04:19:28 pm
when the photo of those Tafel lagers opened up I knew this was going to be a good ride report. :thumleft:
next
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Post by: Katundu on May 09, 2012, 04:27:21 pm
 :happy1:
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Post by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on May 09, 2012, 05:15:54 pm
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Where is the rest ?????
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Dirtrider69 on May 09, 2012, 05:22:43 pm
Hey Idiot!! Daai is n 2008 KTM ................ Fark!!

One would think after spending 2 weeks with me in NAM he would know which bike he had to pick up !!

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Dit was miskien 'n 2008 voor die trip, maar na ons trip is dit nou 'n 2007 model!!!!!
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on May 09, 2012, 05:33:41 pm
Sub  :thumleft:
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Post by: HB 9 on May 09, 2012, 05:39:40 pm
 :thumleft: Sub!
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Dirtrider69 on May 09, 2012, 05:55:18 pm
(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s489/Dirtrider69/Namibia%202012/DSCN2003Small.jpg)

Before the day ends, just after crossing a stream we are all reminded that your smile can be wiped of your face very quickly - and turned into rude laughter! Gummi wanted to turn around to take a picture and with the 990 being a bit af a fat ass, the bike simply fell over. I cracked myself! He didn't find this very funny and certainly didn't like the look of his 990 lying on its side! But this wouldn't be the last time the beast would lie on its side...

I eventually helped him and we got the beast back on its wheels.
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We got to Sesriem without any further incidents, set up camp, took a dip in the pool and had a leke braai.
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Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Lem on May 09, 2012, 06:29:30 pm
ek sien net petrolkanne op daai KTM waar ek kyk
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Post by: Breekbeen on May 09, 2012, 06:49:21 pm
 :peepwall:
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Post by: Hermit on May 09, 2012, 08:00:40 pm
Damn !!!!  How I wish I was there ............. you know exactly how I feel.   :drif:    Enjoy the Tafel's and ride safely.   ;D
I will be following your trip closely.
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: ChrisMann on May 09, 2012, 08:30:32 pm
You guys did a moerse lekker route. Wise men go to Nam!  :mwink:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: White Rhino on May 10, 2012, 05:57:28 am
That route looks like it includes van Zyl's pass. There's a shortage of fuel in some of those remote areas. Going to be interesting to see how you guys managed that. Packed the fridge with beers and ice - popcorn in the micro .....
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Post by: J-dog on May 10, 2012, 06:14:50 am
 :diablo_ani_fire:
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Post by: Spore on May 10, 2012, 09:08:03 am
Laat wiel!! :thumleft:
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Post by: Kerritz on May 10, 2012, 09:31:06 am
 :happy1:
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Post by: popipants on May 10, 2012, 09:43:25 am
This is going to be good !
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Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on May 10, 2012, 09:59:03 am
Lekker man ............... gooi nog .................. :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: Ratt on May 10, 2012, 10:11:20 am
Sub!
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Post by: SMD on May 10, 2012, 11:31:41 am
 :ricky: Keep it coming
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Post by: ClemS on May 10, 2012, 12:42:02 pm
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Post by: espresso on May 10, 2012, 12:54:09 pm
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Bring it on.
Sigh
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Post by: Mooch on May 10, 2012, 01:04:38 pm
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Post by: >Herman< on May 10, 2012, 01:23:55 pm
This is going to be good !

+1  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: KTM Jagermeister on May 10, 2012, 01:31:18 pm
Ah, ek herken mos die idiots... Het nog 2 binnebande vir julle, maar wil voorkom of julle die huis gehaal het.  Ons het toe bietjie vasgesit in Robbies Pas, uiteindelik maar op Sesfontein geslaap.
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Circlip on May 10, 2012, 01:43:33 pm
 :blob3: :blob5: :blob6: :blob7: :blob8: :blob9: :blob8: :blob7: :blob6: :blob5: :blob3:
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Post by: Frannarossi on May 10, 2012, 02:41:26 pm
Sub.
Kom nou,gooi weer ietsie
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Dirtrider69 on May 10, 2012, 03:01:36 pm
Day 2: Sesriem and Sossusvlei

We stayed at Sossus Oasis Campsite and what a great place! Each campsite has its own toilet, shower and wash up area with an undercover “patio”. There’s a filling station with a shop where you can buy almost anything. But the best was that stuff they call “beer”. Ice cold Tafel Lager in the desert – there’s nothing better. There is even a pool with a green lawn right in the middle of the campsite. Pools became very important to us on this trip. Not just to cool off, but we kinda figured that a dip in a pool is just as good as a shower. And luckily guys don't mind skipping a shower or 2, so we did our bit to save water.

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We went to Sossusvlei to check out the dunes, checked out Sesriem Canyon and chilled by the pool. Sossusvlei is about 63km on a tar road from the campsite but we had to go along with another lodge’s guided tours. Bikes are not allowed on this tar road anymore because apparently a few years ago a few quad riders decided to leave the road and messed up some of the dunes. So, all bikes were banned and these morons screwed it up for all of us. The only way to get to the dunes, if you don’t have a car, is to pay R550 per person for a guided tour. Luckily, friendly oom Willie, who runs the garage, shop and campsite, got us some discount and off we went.

The guide picked us up at 06:00 with an open air game drive vehicle and it soon became clear why we each got a fluffy blanket - it gets moer cold in the desert! (to put it mildly). Our Buffs came in very handy and soon there were three bank robbers on their way to the dunes!

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The scenery in Namibia is absolutely breathtaking and you can’t really explain to someone what it looks like and the photos don’t do it justice. You can almost “feel” this place as you look around and the vastness completely overwhelms you. Namibia and especially Sossusvlei is probably one of the most magic places on earth. If you haven’t been there before, put it on your bucket list. You simply have to experience this place before you die.

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I promised my kids that I would bring them some "regte egte woestynsand".
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The famous Deadvlei:
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Later that afternoon we went to Sesriem Canyon to check it out. There was a surprising amount of water that made most of the canyon inaccessible, unless you were willing to take a swim with your camera in one hand. We rather opted for a braai and a few Tafels, so we headed back to our campsite.

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The view just as you climb out of the canyon.
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Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Kerritz on May 10, 2012, 03:10:28 pm
Bliksem maar dis mooi daar.  :thumleft:

Desember is dit ons beurt!
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Dirtrider69 on May 10, 2012, 03:10:50 pm
Ah, ek herken mos die idiots... Het nog 2 binnebande vir julle, maar wil voorkom of julle die huis gehaal het.  Ons het toe bietjie vasgesit in Robbies Pas, uiteindelik maar op Sesfontein geslaap.

Ons het julle een crew member by Sesfontein Lodge gekry - toe wag hy al n paar ure vir julle! Hy sê hy kon nie verder ry met daai geskeerde bi-cep nie. Ons het by Palmwag gekamp en gewonder of julle dit gaan maak, maar daar was geen teken van julle KTM's nie. Ons het vermoed dat julle dalk vas gehaak het in die berge!
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Frannarossi on May 10, 2012, 03:12:15 pm
Hel dit voel of ek gister daar was en dis al weer meer as 'n jaar terug :'(
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Post by: White Rhino on May 10, 2012, 03:13:15 pm
DR69 - very very very nice :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Dirtrider69 on May 10, 2012, 03:16:23 pm
Bliksem maar dis mooi daar.  :thumleft:

Desember is dit ons beurt!

Dit word moer warm in die dag! Even in April. So julle gaan maar baie bier moet drink!
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: KTM Jagermeister on May 10, 2012, 03:25:41 pm
Ah, ek herken mos die idiots... Het nog 2 binnebande vir julle, maar wil voorkom of julle die huis gehaal het.  Ons het toe bietjie vasgesit in Robbies Pas, uiteindelik maar op Sesfontein geslaap.

Ons het julle een crew member by Sesfontein Lodge gekry - toe wag hy al n paar ure vir julle! Hy sê hy kon nie verder ry met daai geskeerde bi-cep nie. Ons het by Palmwag gekamp en gewonder of julle dit gaan maak, maar daar was geen teken van julle KTM's nie. Ons het vermoed dat julle dalk vas gehaak het in die berge!

Jip en dit het ook nie gehelp dat ek Kevin se bike in die water laat val het nie.  Maar dis mos waaroor n avontuur gaan.  

Kan nog steeds nie glo julle het met die Dakars en al daai bagasie in een dag tot by Epupa gekom nie!
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Dirtrider69 on May 10, 2012, 03:58:34 pm
Ah, ek herken mos die idiots... Het nog 2 binnebande vir julle, maar wil voorkom of julle die huis gehaal het.  Ons het toe bietjie vasgesit in Robbies Pas, uiteindelik maar op Sesfontein geslaap.

Ons het julle een crew member by Sesfontein Lodge gekry - toe wag hy al n paar ure vir julle! Hy sê hy kon nie verder ry met daai geskeerde bi-cep nie. Ons het by Palmwag gekamp en gewonder of julle dit gaan maak, maar daar was geen teken van julle KTM's nie. Ons het vermoed dat julle dalk vas gehaak het in die berge!

Jip en dit het ook nie gehelp dat ek Kevin se bike in die water laat val het nie.  Maar dis mos waaroor n avontuur gaan.  

Kan nog steeds nie glo julle het met die Dakars en al daai bagasie in een dag tot by Epupa gekom nie!

Ek wil nou nie die ride report spoil nie, maar ons het gekak daai dag!
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Hornet on May 10, 2012, 05:23:11 pm
Nice report, thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: AcidSam on May 10, 2012, 07:02:54 pm
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Since it seems to include quite a few places on my planned itinerary in Nov/Dec later this year with the family in a Defender
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: DirtyHarry on May 10, 2012, 10:09:25 pm
You idiots are taking very nice picschas  :thumleft:
Let's have some more.
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Vis Arend on May 11, 2012, 09:42:22 pm
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Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Hermit on May 14, 2012, 02:57:54 pm
Manne, julle maak weer die lus groot ....   :drif:
Laat kom die foto's en die storie !
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: DaveT on May 15, 2012, 09:17:09 am
Wa's die popcorn dinges...
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: GIDEON on May 15, 2012, 09:38:42 am
Die is so nice :drif:

Het nou al weer van vooraf gelees.
Nice gedoen manne.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Dirtrider69 on May 15, 2012, 10:22:47 am
Day 3 Sesriem – Swakopmund 351km

During the night the continuous sound and flashes of thunder in the distance made us all slightly nervous as wet gravel roads are not ideal. We woke up to an overcast sky and dark clouds rolling in. We quickly packed up camp and as we put the bikes in 1st gear the rain started to fall. There we were riding off into the desert, in the rain – it was incredible! Luckily the rain wasn’t serious and only wet the gravel enough to keep the dust away. During that morning’s ride we probably experienced some of the most beautiful sights of the trip.

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Solitaire was our brunch stop. I thought it was a town, but it’s not. It is just a couple of old farm buildings with a filling station, general dealer, small restaurant and the bakery with its world famous apple pie. That’s it. The guy that runs the bakery said we could sommer park the bikes on the restaurant’s stoep under the roof while we wait out the rain. We then stuffed our faces with blueberry pie, scones and coffee. And trust me, they probably do have the best pie in the world.

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This is where Gummi got his nickname "Karools" - doing his famous pose!
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After brunch we took on the long road to Swakop. Now I’m not fond of tight turns and going downhill on gravel and while going over a pass I completely lost my confidence and the pass became a nightmare for me. Round every corner it felt like I was going to go down. I started to hate that pass and the riding wasn’t fun anymore. When we got to the entrance of the Naukluft Park I was knackered and had to take a rest.

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After eating a marshmallow and chocolate Easter egg (where the hell did we get those?) I was ready to take on the gravel again. And this time I didn’t hold back – I was flying! That straight road was very sandy and slippery and at one point the bike started to snake very badly, but I just kept on the gas and managed to save it. When riding like this I’m constantly thinking that if I go down now, at 100km/h, I’m completely farked! It’s a constant balance between going faster to make riding the sand easier and not to fall, but not going to fast so that if you do fall, you don’t die. I’m a very technical minded person and always compare things to the smallest detail and weigh the pros and cons of everything in life. And this mental battle in my head was eating me up. My brother, Liam, on the other hand is completely fearless and doesn’t seem to worry about anything and my “fear of falling” and stressing out was annoying him and would annoy him a few more times on this trip.

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Refueling our horses
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No one went down and we made it to the salt road that goes to Swakopmund. We stopped at Dune 7 for a photo and as my two riding “buddies” rode off I turned round and in the thick sand the Dakar felt it was his turn to take a rest. Now I’m standing next to my bike looking like an idiot not being able to pick it up myself, but luckily a bunch of kids came running closer and helped me pick it up. This was also the first of many times I had to pick up that Dakar.

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In Swakopmund we pulled in at the Municipal Chalets, unpacked and took a ride through the town. This is actually a really nice town and surprised us all. Unfortunately we don't have pics of the town. After having the best sandwich ever we decided to look for a leke place to have beer. This was a big mistake. The pub crawling started and before we knew it, it was midnight and we were playing pool and fooseball in a local hang out packed with serious football fans watching a game – still wearing our MX boots and gear! It must have been those sandwiches…

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This is where it all started!
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Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: White Rhino on May 15, 2012, 10:46:22 am
Fab - Isn't Swakop just the quaintest town  ;D

Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Diesel & Dust on May 16, 2012, 03:25:13 pm
Eks in - gooi maar :biggrin:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: BlueBull2007 on May 17, 2012, 06:46:23 am
:thumleft: flipping lekker guys!
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: KTM Jagermeister on May 17, 2012, 07:48:19 am
Rede waarom ons laat was vir Palmwag ....
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Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: funacide on May 17, 2012, 09:21:34 am
Awesome report, keep it coming!!
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Dirtrider69 on May 17, 2012, 10:18:20 am
Rede waarom ons laat was vir Palmwag ....
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Goeie bliksem! Daai pad lyk erger as die Kunene River pad wat ons gedoen het! Ek is moer bly dat ons julle nie gevolg het nie....
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on May 17, 2012, 11:18:45 am
Subscibed  ;D
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Dirtrider69 on May 17, 2012, 01:38:30 pm
Day 4 Swakopmund – Brandberg +-340km (felt like 340 000km!!)

After the previous night’s bar hopping, playing fooseball and popping wheelies through the streets of Swakop, we woke up feeling a little less excited about the day’s riding but after a quick coffee at the garage we hit the salt road to Hentiesbaai. At Henties we stocked up on some canned food, bully beef, sweet corn, meatballs and 2 min noodles, and this would become our luxury meals for quite a few days. Now the already heavy bikes are fully loaded with camping gear, clothes, cooking stuff, spares, shit loads of canned food, 10L of fuel and 5L of water each. We were riding on elephants! After a good breakfast at a local tannie’s house/coffee shop we got on the salt road again.

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Gummi not feeling to well after our late night in Swakop.
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About 100km after Henties we got off the salt road onto a good gravel road that leads to Rhino Camp and then round Brandberg to White Lady Lodge – our destination. After only a few km we stopped for a rest and to have look at the maps. This is when we decided that we are real men and that real men don’t take the ordinary roads – we were going to take a “short cut” on what we presume is a road/path that goes past the Messum Crater.


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The blue route is the original route, but we turned off on the black road - to take a short cut. It wasn't that short...

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Liam had the GPS and was doing the navigation which means that we basically had no navigation. Soon we were on a different planet! People don’t drive this road very often and it shows. This place is so arid and remote that nothing and I mean nothing lives here. We were probably a 100km from any civilization. If the shit hits the fan here, we are truly stuffed! It was the first time in my life that I felt completely removed from civilization. With no help. We were completely alone. And its a scary feeling.

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Still feeling strong on planet Mars!
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I'm sure that some of you have seen this sign. Its close to..... fokol!
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We also saw this Alien Midget:
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It was hot and after a while the roads became very sandy. As I was telling Gummi over the Bluetooth comms that it is starting to get really sandy, he interupted me with "o, fok!!!.........Ek het neer gemoer!" I stopped, turned around and went back not knowing what to expect. Now this is no place to get hurt or brake the bike and luckily he and the Beast was still in good shape. We picked up his bike and carried on, but from thereon it just went downhill. Two wheel sandy tracks that went on for miles and miles and I just can’t ride in sand. The first few km’s I was doing o.k, but soon I was down to walking pace and just paddling the bike through the sand. Now and then I give it my all and stand up and gas it, but this only results in serious close calls and near crashes. And the slower you go, the more you work and the hotter it gets and the harder it gets. I was finished. Moer toe! I had to stop. We stopped at what looked like a Vlakvark or Hyena den, but I couldn’t be bothered. The thing could have eaten me alive – I couldn’t care less. Sitting in the shade of my bike (only shade around), Gummi forced me to eat this horrible looking bright pink polony and roll, but I knew I had to eat something to get some strength back.

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I wanted to call it a day and set up camp right there, but my two lady companions didn’t like the idea of fighting off Hyenas during the night, so we continued on the road of hell. My brother, Liam, was riding the sand like a pro, hence the nickname Sandhond, and he was giving me kak all the way and getting annoyed with me for not being able to ride the sand. So, when he eventually got his turn and hit the deck, I somehow had a feeling of jealous joy and pleasure! I just had to take a mental and digital picture of this!

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Daylight was fading fast and we knew we still had a long way to go. So, when we eventually got onto the “real” gravel road (which was a terrible road), I just wanted to get to camp, so I put the Dakar in racing mode! Soon Karools and Sandhond were way behind and I was flying like a mad man! First I get a lecture from Sandhond on how I should ride faster in the sand and then when we stop at the T-junction I get kakked out for riding way to fast through the sandy patches on the gravel road! WTF!

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Just before the sun disappeared behind the mountains we pulled in at White Lady Lodge. We made it! But I was completely knackered and I didn’t even speak. I just sat on the steps and slowly sipped on my Crème Soda. Gummi meanwhile was making new friends and tried to teach Carlos the Meerkat new tricks.

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After a hearty meal we all hit the tents to get some well earned sleep. We needed it.

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Although Liam and Gummi rode the sand easier and better than me, I was the only one not to fall that day. It was a hard day for all of us and we got our first taste of the roads-less-travelled and even though I kakked, I really enjoyed the ride. Namibia was starting to flow in our blood!
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Gummi on May 17, 2012, 02:38:07 pm
Jy skryf so mooi!! jy het net vergeet om te skryf hoe jy n veldtie moes vang toe jy begin dehidreer !! Dis hoekom ek maar die waarheid skryf in my post !! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D


Gummi - met die fatal ingredient

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Eswee .....Mad dog ......Want jy ry soos een en jy hurk soos een !!

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Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Dirtrider69 on May 17, 2012, 02:41:28 pm
Ek het mos gesê ek het gekak daai dag!!! En nie net op die bike nie! Dit was die beste veldtie ooit....
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: DirtyHarry on May 17, 2012, 06:45:44 pm
I am enjoying your RR. You guys are quite funny.

I was laughing when I did read:
"This place is so arid and remote that nothing and I mean nothing lives here. We were probably a 100km from any civilization. If the shit hits the fan here, we are truly stuffed! It was the first time in my life that I felt completely removed from civilization. With no help. We were completely alone. And its a scary feeling."

3 strong okes on 3 bikes, what could possibly go wrong?  :mwink:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: BlueBull2007 on May 18, 2012, 02:15:06 am
I am enjoying your RR. You guys are quite funny.

I was laughing when I did read:
"This place is so arid and remote that nothing and I mean nothing lives here. We were probably a 100km from any civilization. If the shit hits the fan here, we are truly stuffed! It was the first time in my life that I felt completely removed from civilization. With no help. We were completely alone. And its a scary feeling."

3 strong okes on 3 bikes, what could possibly go wrong?  :mwink:

+1000

This is rapidly turning into a really REALLY good RR. Coffee all over my keyboard as few times.

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But I was completely knackered and I didn’t even speak. I just sat on the steps and slowly sipped on my Crème Soda.
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I can just picture it.  :imaposer:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: theotherguy on May 18, 2012, 04:35:32 am
excellent RR.
loving it - thanks.
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: KTM Jagermeister on May 18, 2012, 07:49:23 am
Jammer om jou RR vooruit te hardloop, maar let op die 3 idiots heel aan die einde vd video http://youtu.be/OOkZFcmcwLc
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Dirtrider69 on May 18, 2012, 12:53:25 pm
Jammer om jou RR vooruit te hardloop, maar let op die 3 idiots heel aan die einde vd video http://youtu.be/OOkZFcmcwLc

Jy het gestyle op daai klippe en toe moes jy maar stop omdat my Dakar in die middel van die pad gelê het!
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: KTM Jagermeister on May 21, 2012, 09:31:42 am
Jammer om jou RR vooruit te hardloop, maar let op die 3 idiots heel aan die einde vd video http://youtu.be/OOkZFcmcwLc

Jy het gestyle op daai klippe en toe moes jy maar stop omdat my Dakar in die middel van die pad gelê het!

Nope, kan nie die eer vat nie, dit was Kevin (aka The Bag Lady) met sy moerse pakkasie.
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Dirtrider69 on May 21, 2012, 05:42:13 pm
Day 5 Brandberg – Kamanjab 239km

After yesterday’s sweating, swearing and fighting to stay alive, I was kinda looking forward to an easy day where I can actually take in and enjoy the scenery. We had a good night’s sleep and when we woke up to an awesome view of Brandberg, we felt recharged and ready to go.

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We took the C35 road that goes past Khorixas to Kamanjab. This was a beautiful road and every now then we just had to stop and look at the scenery. I’ll probably mention this a few times in the report, but every single day’s riding was in a different landscape. Namibia’s landscape changes constantly and every time you think you can’t be amazed more, you are.

Brandberg. You can't really capture it on camera, but this is one moer of a rock!

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I bet someones day didn't turn out quite as they planned...

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As we pulled in at the filling station at Khorixas we noticed that the Beast had a flat. Luckily there was a bit of shade and some cold drinks that we got from the shop, so we weren’t too bothered about changing the tube. On our “test trip” a few weeks ago in the Waterberge the Beast also got a flat at the front wheel and this took us almost 2 hours to change – in the blistering heat. But this time we did it in 20 min! We were pretty proud as this was only the third time we’d changed a tube.

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Afterwards we popped in at the lodge opposite the garage for a rest and some lunch. Although this was an easy ride we were very tired and we all mentioned that we got sleepy and lost concentration while riding. I guess that the previous day’s hard riding took its toll on us and you realize that its easy to make a mistake, even if the ride is easy.

From Khorixas to Kamanjab was give or take a 100km, so we took it easy and just enjoyed the ride. In Kamanjab we stayed at the Oppikoppi Rest Camp and I can really recommend this place – friendly people, good food, clean facilities, very cool bar and a……………. swimming pool!!! Come to Namibia on your bike, spend all day in riding gear in serious heat and you’ll soon know why we appreciated swimming pools so much.

Some days were tough...

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Most of the decorations inside the bar are made of empty liquor and beer bottles. Very impressive!

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Our camping spots were on these "covered cement blocks". You really had to watch your step when crawling out of your tent!

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We always planned on cooking our own dinners, but after having a few cold ones we got lazy and decided to eat at the bar. The “special of the day” was either Zebra or Giraffe steak and personally a Zebra is just way too much like a horse, so we tried the Giraffe. Best steak ever! It did however feel kinda awkward with this stuffed Giraffe looking down at us having a bite of his tjommie, but hey, I was in Nam – either eat or be eaten!

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Sorry if some of the pics were duplicated by me and Gummi on our RR's, but thats just the way it is.
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: White Rhino on May 22, 2012, 06:29:46 am
Nam's the shizbizz :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Dirtrider69 on May 23, 2012, 04:58:24 pm
Day 6 Kamanjab – Kunene River Lodge 357km

This was a very special day for me. I made a tick next to one of the biggest goals of this trip. But more on that a bit later.

We started with a good breakfast in the restaurant at Oppikoppi and stopped at the garage to fuel up. We got talking with a local boer and when asking us where we are going, we got out the maps and showed the oom that Kunene River Lodge was our next destination and that from there we plan to go to Epupa Falls via the “river road”. When asking him what the “river road” was like he burst out laughing! “Ek wil nou nie vir julle manne sê dat julle dit nie kan doen nie, maar glo my, hy gaan vir julle besig hou.” With that thought nervously stuck in our minds, we headed off to Raucana.

I wasn’t aware that the road from Kamanjab to Opuwa was tar and we were sort of disappointed. After traveling so many km’s on gravel, a straight, boring, tar road was the last thing we wanted to ride. But nevertheless, we were excited to get to the North of Nam, so we just twisted those throttles. The scenery was beautiful and with so many signs warning you of elephants, we were really hoping to see them - obviously not up close as he’s trampling you to death, but to see them would have been very cool. But we only saw lots of elephant crap on the road, lots. We actually had this theory that someone with a bakkie was driving this road and throwing elephant crap of the back of it.

From the turn off that goes to Opuwa the road luckily became gravel and we were happy to take on the sand and lose gravel again. By now it was hot as hell! We stopped a couple of times for a snack and a sip of water and its only then that you realize how hot it really is.

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At Raucana we fueled the bikes and grabbed a bite to eat at the garage shop. This little shop had everything for sale – clothing, car spares, machetes, knives, fishing gear, food, take aways……. everything! They warmed up some burgers in the microwave for us and the piece of paper in the display counter clearly said “chicken schnitzel burger”, but this “chicken” patty flaked like fish meat but tasted a bit like chicken. And when eating a warmed up burger from an African garage, you are already taking a change, but man, I really enjoyed that burger! Chicken/fish – we still have no idea what we really ate that day…

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The boer at the Kamanjab garage suggested that we go see Raucana Falls. We drove up and down the road that is supposed to go to the falls, but we couldn’t find it. Eventually we asked the officials at the South African side of the SA/Angola border post and it turns out that you actually have to go through the SA border side and go down a small gravel road to see the falls. They did however make it clear that we shouldn’t go to the Angolan side. What a disappointment! As luck would have it, the sluices were closed only the day before. No water and no waterfall.

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It was very hot and we were eager to get onto the gravel again. We were told that this gravel road to Kunene River Lodge could be rough at times, but that it is not too bad at the moment. What a road! Steep climbs, rocky sections, stream crossings, two wheel tracks, it had everything a DS bike could want! This was good riding.

Going downhill on a lose rocky section I took the wrong line and ended up on the side of the road and as I got to halt, the bike toppled over and it was just too heavy to hold upright – so it took a rest. Gummi was far behind me, but when he came over the hill and saw my bike lying on its side, he also ended up sliding into the side of the road. It’s amazing how, that if you see someone else fall or going through a rough patch, you automatically prepare for the same and lose confidence all of a sudden. “Visual Perception”, I think it’s called. It’s better not to look at someone else when you are riding difficult terrain – it messes with your head. Just do your own thing.

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Obviously it’s not just bikes that fall over…

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Flying on the good sections!

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Taking it slow on the not-so-good sections...

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The road got smaller and smaller and became a two wheel track that snaked through the hills and the palm trees. We crossed many streams and rode sandy patches – it just got better. And when we came round this one sandy corner, I saw it. The mighty Kunene! We made it! We have ridden our bikes right up to the edge of the Kunene River and I could see Angola on the opposite side! When I was planning for this trip and reading all of the ride reports and checking out the pics, this part of Namibia intrigued me the most and I showed my riding buddies the pics of the “river road” next to the Kunene and told them: “this is where we are going!” I really wanted to see this place, and I had reached my goal! My brother didn’t share my enthusiasm and didn’t even stop here – he just kept riding the sand tracks like a Sandhond.

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We continued on the track, crossing a few streams.

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A few km’s further we reached Kunene River Lodge and we were given a beautiful camping spot – right on the river’s edge. Gummi was slightly concerned about the crocodiles, but I assured him that the crocs won’t bother us. Two days later we however found out that a dog, one of the cattle and a worker’s brother was taken by a croc…

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We also met some interesting people here. We met these two ladies with their dog, who were on their way to Mali in North Africa for a 3 day music festival that’s happening in Feb 2013! They are driving up for 7 months in an old Landrover, spending 3 days at the festival and then driving back to SA! And we thought we were doing something “big”…

Kunene River lodge is an amazing campsite. If you ever come to this area, you simply have to stay here. The wooden deck extends over the water where you can have a couple of cold ones or even dinner from the restaurant. We saved money by cooking for ourselves and had a few cold ones instead. They sell braai packs at the bar, so that night we had a proper braai………..with sweet corn and baked beans again, off course.

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We had some great riding and we camped right next to the Kunene River – a good day in all. The next day we would be tackling the “river road” to Epupa Falls. The next day would be a big one, THE big one!

Just a teaser of the next post...

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Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Breekbeen on May 23, 2012, 05:41:45 pm

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Wil nie hoes, poep, skinder,kakpraat, paniek of onrus saai nie, maar..............
Die foto lyk nogals jags.
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Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Dirtrider69 on May 26, 2012, 11:44:06 am
You all might be wondering why there are two RR's for this trip. Well, Gummi and I wanted to give our experiences and so we decided to do two seperate ones. We try not to duplicate pictures, but sometimes there is only one picture of the place and then we have no choice. So if it bores you to read both RR's, then don't. But if you don't want to work or don't have any friends and no where to go on a Friday night, then read both. I'm sure there are worse things to do.


Anyway...

Day 7 Kunene River Lodge – Epupa Falls 96km (supposed to be….)

We met these other bike riders (some also WD’s) that were doing the same route for the day and we all first had a proper breakfast to prepare us for the day. But to be honest – I don’t think anything could have prepared us for what we were about to endure. Before the trip we were always concerned about Van Zyl’s Pass, but then a few people, including Hermit (WD) told us that this “Epupa river road” is way worse than Van Zyls and that if you can manage this section, you can manage anything. So, knowing that this was probably going to be a hard day, we set off.

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The first 20km or so was relatively easy and I was enjoying the ride. That was up until we got to this lose rocky downhill that you have to go down in this ”S” line. Did I mention that I am not fond of going downhill? I HATE going downhill! For some reason it completely freaks me out.

And this was one moer of a downhill section!

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I make it to the bottom without crashing (to my surprise…)

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After this the uphill sections started and some of these hill climbs were quite something. We are used to riding little plastic bikes at De Wildt, and for those of you who know De Wildt, some of these hill climbs were worse than Longrocks. But this time we were on 200kg+ bikes with maybe 40kg of luggage and fuel strapped on the back – we had to dig deep!

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We soon got into a routine where the front rider would stop at the top and walk down to help the other riders. This was mostly done by Liam and he was soon becoming very annoyed and upset with us! I was obviously the one at the back and was doing most of the falling over.

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Gummi giving me pointers on what line to take.

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I walk down to help Gummi.

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You don't want to be standing behind the Beast - just ask Liam!

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At the top of a hill the KTM riders we met the previous day caught up with us and we all took a breather.

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Luckily no one had any real crashes, but just fell over because the bikes were just too heavy. We all fell over, but I was the only one that took pictures of my bike lying on its side. Maybe the other two felt that if there was no proof that maybe it never happened?

When I was coming round a corner and was just about to get on the gas to keep momentum for the next hill climb, I got this sight – The Beast was down and Karools was just sitting next to it in a tiny bit of shade. Almost looking lonely. I parked my bike at the bottom and walked up to help him. Now this was a bit of a struggle to get the heavy Beast into the rut to give it a clear line up. But with teamwork and lots of roosting, Gummi got to the top. Then I had to walk down again and take on the hill with the Dakar.

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Take on a hill, moer over, wait for someone to walk down, pick it up and try again. This is how it went on for hours and hours. At one hill Gummi falls over, walks down to help me pick up the Dakar, we both get to his bike, we pick it up and when he presses the happy button – nothing! The inevitable has happened. The Beast was dead. The KTM 990 would not start. (I just know that all you BMW riders are now having a chuckle!). And yes, I’m sure that this “KTM not starting” problem has been documented before. But now was not the time for debating which bike was better. Let me explain. We were standing in full gear on a rocky hill climb, in the scorching heat with no shade, and we were deadly tired. And we realized what had to be done to bring the Beast back to life – take off all my luggage and tank bag, take off the seat and loosen some of the plastics to get to the Dakar’s battery, and then jumpstart the 990. And then put everything back!! We were not happy. (Maybe someone can tell me if there’s an easier way to get to the battery). The Beast started and we told Gummi to just go and not to stall that thing again.

By now I was very tired and was running on empty. I could feel that I was coming close to running out of energy. After a few km’s my brother and I got to where Gummi had stopped and we took a well deserved rest. Liam and Gummi took some pictures with the locals (I couldn’t be bothered at that stage), and then we struggled on. Hill after hill, riverbed after riverbed, rocks after rocks – it just never seemed to end.

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When we stopped for the next rest, I got off my bike, took off my jacket and just collapsed on the ground. I was farked! Finished. Completely drained of any energy and resources. I seriously thought that I might die that day. No jokes. Gummi got some water from the river and poured it all over me because I was burning up. We rested there for maybe an hour and although I was in worse shape, the other two were also feeling the strain. After some food and water and a good rest I felt better and we continued.

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I was feeling much better and even though there were many more hill climbs and difficult sections, I felt good and enjoyed the riding. We stopped once more to rest and take in the amazing scenery. This place is truly beautiful.

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The road got better and because we were running late, we soon got into a fast riding pace and started to eat the km’s. The road to Epupa Falls is 96km, to be precise, so we were constantly keeping an eye on the odometers. With about 20km to go, the 990 got a flat at the front wheel. Again! What is it with this bike and front wheel flats? This wasn’t good. We were gatvol, tired and in no mood for this, but what can you do? Off comes the wheel, in goes the new tube, start to inflate it – nothing. We pinched the bloody tube! Shit! We had to change the tube for a second time. We do what we have to do and get on with it.

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Then we really start chasing the km’s. When we got to 96km there was still no sign of life, never mind a campsite. We decided to keep going as daylight was fading fast. The km’s ticked by one by one and soon we realized that we had messed up somewhere. We were on the wrong road!

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The GPS only shows that we are nowhere near the river road and that there should be a main road somewhere in the distance. We pushed on. And then. And then! First the 990 died, then I almost died, then we start running out of water, then the 990 gets a flat, then we get lost and then……….…… then I drop my bike in a riverbed and brake my clutch lever! Fuck!!!! Now I’m de moer in with myself for making stupid mistakes and costing us time. It's not like I'm a very bad rider (well, I'm not Cyril Despres either), but I kept on making stupid mistakes!

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Gummi kept calm and helped me to change the lever. Now we had no more spare 21” tubes and no spare clutch levers for the Dakars and this was worrying me as we rode further. I knew that if we mess up now, we are stuffed. The road became thick sandy, two wheel tracks and I did what I do best – I put the Dakar in race mode and just rode like a Maddog! Only stopping every 5km to wait for my buddies. By now the sun was almost gone and there was no sign of a road, so I felt that we should just accept defeat, stop and set up camp while there is still some light. There’s no use in trying to ride these sandy tracks in the dark and risking injuries or breaking the bikes. “Let’s just stop! We’re lost anyway, we shouldn’t ride in the dark!” I shouted over the comms to Gummi. I wasn’t bothered about camping in the middle of the bush, it would have been kinda exciting actually. Make a fire, eat noodles and baked beans, fight off some wild animal……..I kinda liked the idea. But Gummi wasn’t having any of that. He wanted to push on. I don’t think that he minded the idea of camping in the bush, but I think that he at least wanted to know where, in the bush, we were. Because we had no idea where the hell we were. My brother was in front and as the sun disappeared I looked up and I saw him make a sharp right turn and stop. That’s when I decided enough is enough, and NOW is the time to stop riding. It was pitch black and as I got to him and wanted to tell him that this is the end, the bush opened up and my bike rolled onto a big, smooth graded gravel road. We had made it to the main road! It was all over and we had some idea of where we were. Now the first and biggest rule in Namibia is to “NEVER, ever ride in the dark”. Screw that rule! We didn’t come this far to stop now. Tonight we are sleeping in the campsite!

The GPS said it was something like 20km to Epupa Campsite, so we headed off. We rode next to each other with the 990 in the middle. This gave us more light and we could see the road a bit better. Not even 5 min on that road and the Springbokke were running across the road in front of us. We were taking a big risk here by riding in the dark. All of a sudden this rabbit ran into the road right in front of me. What do you do? Hit the brakes and swerve violently? Well, sadly, I have to say that, that night I send a cute, fluffy little rabbit to bunny heaven. And I did feel bad about it for a while. But only for a while. After what felt like 20km, Liam told us that the GPS said it was still 17km to go. What?! Liam was not impressed with the GPS and had a few words to say about GPS’s. I wouldn't mention those words as there might be kids reading this.

I think it was just after 20:00 when we pulled in to Epupa Campsite. We had done it!!!! We had done the 96km “river road” from Kunene River Lodge to Epupa Falls.  Obviously we had done way more than 96km, maybe 140km. Who knows? Who cares? We made it and that’s all that mattered!

Again the friendly people of Namibia made us feel welcome at their campsite and organized us a meal – the best Russian & Chips I’ve ever had! Then they offered one of the half built chalets to us where we could crash. After the meal and a shower we rolled out the sleeping bags and went to bed. We didn't even have a single beer. But we made up for that the next day!!

We had spent more than 10 hours doing that 100 odd km river road. Honestly, it’s not easy, but if any of you ever come to this region – you have to do this road! It was the best riding day of my life!
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: White Rhino on May 27, 2012, 06:42:25 am
Enjoying reading this - I don't remember the terrain being so coarse. I think the huge storms and floods they had in 2010 must have exposed and shifted more rocks.
The effort and endurance you need to muscle 230kg through that, takes nothing less that guts. I can't compare - we had it easy, we had a backup vehicle with our luggage (that went directly from Opouwa to Epupa) and we bounced around on plastics. Our trip organiser, always said "use the right bike for the right terrain".  ;D
You will never forget this section - something you will share with your offspring in years to come :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: XT JOE on May 29, 2012, 02:58:53 pm
Nice ride/read :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Hermit on May 30, 2012, 12:16:11 am
Hats off to you guys for doing that road !! I know how you felt ...  :mwink:  And I know where you missed the turn and went the wrong way ... nearly did the same !  ;D 
As White Rhino says, you will never forget this day ....
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Dirtrider69 on May 30, 2012, 07:27:45 pm
Day 8 Epupa Camp - Rest Day

After the three of us, and the bikes, took a serious beating the previous day, we were keen on taking a rest day, servicing the bikes and spending time at the pool nursing ourselves back to health with a few lagers (well, more than just a few…).  We stayed at Epupa Campsite and the half built chalet we slept in was right on the river’s edge by the falls. We woke up to an amazing view of river and the falls.

Our view from the chalet. We paid the R120 per person camping fee for this view. I really felt it was worth it!

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Our 5 star luxury accommodation. The loo seemed to be a bit out of place. Maybe it’s a Namibian thing…

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Liam is a professional photographer and he has his way of taking photos. And he absolutely hates it when we look at the camera when he's trying to take a "natural photo". So, obviously we just have to look at the camera - just to see the expression on his face!

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Epupa Campsite

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The previous night we just went to bed and left everything at the bikes, our boots, helmets, jackets and even the keys in the ignition. And nothing was taken. I just love Namibia.

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As we’ve done quite a bit of riding the last couple of days, we decided to walk (yes, walk) to the other two campsites and check them out. Right next to Epupa Campsite is Omarunga camp. This place is beautiful. There’s a pool, bar, dining area, tented camps and lots of palm trees.  Really nice place. From there it is about 800m to Epupa Camp. This is where we found the other riders that did the same route as us. Now this campsite is awesome! With the pool being right on the edge of the river, we were sold and decided to stay there for the night.

Epupa Camp reception area:

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The tented camps. Very nice.

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But then the thought, of walking back the 800m, packing up all our stuff, loading the bikes again, riding 800m back and unpack everything, just seemed to be one moer of a mission, so we asked the kind lady at the campsite if one of their drivers can take us with a bakkie to fetch our stuff. Within 5 minutes we were on the back of the Cruiser! The people in Namibia are just to good!

We quickly put all our stuff on the bakkie and went back to Epupa Camp. After putting up camp and settling in, we decided to service the bikes first, and then go for a beer. This was a wise decision!

Our camp site:

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 Now when I mean “service the bikes”, I mean starring at the bike from all angles, tightening a few screws and maybe lube the chain. Then stare at the bike again. We are the 3 Idiots and have no idea whatsoever on how to properly service these bikes!

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 Then we actually decided to clean the air filters. “Wa de moer is die air filter, tjomma?” “Nee, ek weet nie! Wa is myne?” I found mine on the Dakar and sort of cleaned it. Gummi found his on the 990, but we couldn’t get to it! We couldn’t figure out how to get to the filter without stripping half the bike, so we just looked at each other and said: “Eks seker hy’s fine, kom ons gaan drink bier”.

The bikes and the gear took a bit of punishment and we had a couple of things to fix.

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One of Liam’s panniers melted against the exhaust and this left his spare rear tube all crusty with a moerse hole in it, his hand pump was slightly shorter and the multimeter was also oddly shaped. I told him to use cableties to fix it and he did a brilliant job! He must have had “naaldwerk” at school…

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Liam’s fork seals were completely busted and the oil was pissing out all over. Obviously we couldn’t fix that.

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I used superglue to put my indicator lens back and one of the springs on the side stand came lose which we just took off so that I don’t lose it completely.

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My membership sign to an elite, secret organisation. I'm sure you guys haven't seen one before.

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Gummi only had to put back his number plate. Besides some scratches on the crashbars, his bike didn’t have any damage. But his rear tyre was completely shot! Moer toe! It is true – 990’s have no mercy for tyres. We did about 1800km by then and this is what was left.

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After attending to bikes we headed to the pool area to cool off, plan our route and patch the pinched tube – all while enjoying a few Lagers.

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My two lady friends having a special moment by the pool.

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Our original plan was to head off into Kaokoland, go down Van Zyl’s Pass, through Marienfluss, down to Purros and Sesfontein. But we had a problem. Actually a few problems. First of all was the fuel. Our last fuel stop would be Okangwati and then at Sesfontein again. This a 480 odd km stretch where there is no fuel. During our initial planning, we calculated that with each of us carrying 10L of extra fuel, we should have been able to make that stretch. But this was under normal riding conditions. While doing the river road, riding lots of rocks, sand and technical terrain, the bikes consumed way more fuel. The 990 gulped fuel like a beer downing world champion! The Beast got about 190km on a tank of fuel that day. Daai ding suip petrol!!!!! So clearly we were not going to make it with only 10L of extra fuel each.

The second problem was that we had no more spare 21” tubes. We did patch the one tube, but we learned earlier in the trip that patches sometimes come lose and then it’s unpatchable. Then there was the clutch lever issue. I’ve already used the spare lever for the Dakars and if we break another clutch lever in technical terrain, we are stuffed. Lastly was the 990’s rear tyre. It was moer toe. On normal gravel roads that isn’t a problem, but where we wanted to go and because of the distance we still had to travel to Windhoek, a good tyre was necessary. So, during our Tafel infused brainstorming session, we decided to head straight down through Opuwa, Sesfontein, down to Palmwag. We were going to skip Kaokoland completely. And this was rather disappointing.

Later that afternoon we jumped on the bikes and went to see Epupa Falls. Well, I did at least. My two lazy ass buddies didn’t want to walk that far and stayed at the cliffs of the main falls. I didn’t ride all the way to the most northern tip of Namibia, all the way to Epupa Falls, and not see the falls. Come on! I walked round to where you could properly see the falls and it was worth it!

Having a quick lunch and a beer before we go to the falls. They don't seem very excited though.

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Only half of me went to lunch.

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Epupa Falls:

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My crazy brother on the edge of the cliff.

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After we went back to the camp site it was time for another luxury dinner consisting of bullybeef and sweetcorn. Again. We didn’t have any firelighters with us, so the Bear Grills in all of us came out and we made plan. After lots of huffing and puffing and sending smoke signals to the people in Siberia, we finally had a fire going.

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I had brought along  3 hip flasks filled with Chivas, and that night under the full moon, we sat around the fire, on the banks of the Kunene River, enjoying a good old whiskey. Life was good.

Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: zacapa on May 30, 2012, 08:51:55 pm
Great Ride Report! I'm much enjoying reading about your trials and tribulations in northern Nam, cool pics too.
If you get to WHK at any stage drop by the TipTop tyre puncture repair kit place in 5 Bell Street, Southern Industrial area.
Sells anything from bicycle to truck size repair kits made in Germany. They work and get the job done, no more patches
coming loose.
Link: http://www.rema-tiptop.com/portal/home-english.html

Planning myself to get there sometime this year to stock up on supplies and do v.Zyls - Marienfluss again with a bunch of
Nam biker buddies. Enjoy rest of trip and keep us posted...... :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: White Rhino on May 31, 2012, 05:00:28 am
Aw man, such a dissapointment, I'm sure. To go, but not to go. Sheesh, you gotta go and see the Marienfluss - it's breath taking - especially from the lookout spot at the top of vZyl's pass.

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Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Kerritz on May 31, 2012, 07:31:54 am
Bliksem maar dit lyk lekker!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Frannarossi on May 31, 2012, 08:23:10 am
Baie nice fotos :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: dassie on May 31, 2012, 08:37:30 am
looks awsome  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Dirtrider69 on June 02, 2012, 12:17:15 pm
Day 9 Epupa Falls – Palmwag 435km

After the previous day’s rest we were recharged and ready for a new day in Nam. We first had a very leke breakfast at the lodge because we knew it was going to be a long stretch. 435km doesn’t sound that much, but we always planned on rather doing shorter distances each day and have some time to stop, take a few pics and enjoy the scenery.

When “servicing” the bikes the previous day I noticed that my bike’s oil was low, but I wasn’t too worried. But just before we left the campsite I checked again and there was absolutely no oil in the oil tank. Nothing! I don’t know much about bikes, but one thing I know is that oil is pretty important! We started to ask around, we went to the tuck shop, the lodge went to check in their store room, but nothing. I couldn’t find the correct oil. Then at Omarunga Camp, the friendly lady had some engine oil for me and the bike took a serious amount of oil. There was no leak, so I don't know why it was so low on oil. I offered to pay for the oil, but she didn’t want to accept payment for the oil. The people in Namibia are just the best!

The first stretch of the road was the same as we did when we rode in the dark (the road where I killed the bunny), but this time it was a lot more sandy and slippery. I guess that in the dark you don’t see the sand sections and just ride the bike and let the bike do its own thing. The same reason why you should look up ahead of you and not down at your front wheel…

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At Okangwati  we stopped at a local bar/tavern for a cold drink and we supported the locals by buying a couple of arm bangles. This is where we were supposed to turn off towards Van Zyls Pass, but it wasn’t going to be. Although it was a bit disappointing not doing the original route, it was still exciting to do a route that you didn’t plan on doing. And it was a beautiful route! The landscape changed constantly.

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At Opuwa we fueled the bikes, stocked up on some canned food and chowed a toasted sandwich for lunch. This is a busy town with lots of people, but to be honest, it’s a bit of a shithole. There are many streetkids begging and lots of traditional Himba people just hanging around hoping for a better life. It was a very sad sight. When we were doing the river road, we saw many Himba villages and it got me thinking. These people live way out in the bush, in their huts in small communities, with their live stock and they live off the land. No one bothers them and they live a kind of “care free” life. But the Himbas that have moved into towns have gotten used to money and they need money to survive. And as soon as money got involved, that is when poverty set in. Who is the poor one? The one that lives in town, begging for money and food every day, or the one that lives in the bush that has no money, but doesn’t need money? Who has the easier life? Modernization is ruing these people in my opinion.

Fueling and checking tyre pressures:

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Traditional Himbas just look out of place in town. I felt sorry for them and think that money is destoying their culture.

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From Opuwa we headed down the C43 to Sesfontein. The road soon started to become twisty with ups and down and there was lots of green vegetation. This was a beautiful section. Again we were hoping to see elephants, but all we saw was elephant crap. That bakkie carrying elephant crap must have gone by here…

At one point we came across a huge herd of cows on the road and it took forever to get through them. I took a picture of the other two idiots and the cow herder shouted at me:”it cost money, it cost money! It cost money for picture”. I just explained that I was taking a picture of my friends and not his cows. I guess you will do anything to make a few bucks here.

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The heat was unbearable and after hours of riding we stopped under the only shade we could find to take a breather.

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The scenery just got better and better and almost over every hill the landscaped seemed to change. The riding was incredible we were really enjoying ourselves. One of the best things we had on this trip was the Sena SMH10 Bluetooth communication. You can share your thoughts and experiences with the others while riding and this really adds to the whole experience. If you don’t have Bluetooth comm yet – get it! It’s well worth it!

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After having a quick cold drink and fueling the bikes at Sesfontein Lodge, we set off again and headed for Palmwag.

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It was getting late and the sun was hanging low, but this is when we got a bonus for the day. All the animals started to appear and soon there were animals everywhere! Oryx, Springbok, Zebra, Giraffe, Kudu….. It was incredible to see so many animals roaming wild. In SA you have to go to a reserve to see these animals, but in Nam they just walk freely!

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As the sun set over the mountains we pulled into Palmwag Lodge. The friendly staff sort of squeezed us in and gave us this small little concrete section to camp on, because the campsite was full. We weren’t bothered at all – any place to sleep was fine! We quickly set up camp and started with dinner.

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The canned food in my panniers showed evidence of a rough ride!

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Eating like kings!

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Back at Epupa Falls, we arranged with the other bunch of KTM riders that we are going to meet them at Palmwag. They were taking a slightly different route than us and doing Robbies Pass. Throughout the evening we were listening out for the rumble of the big 950’s, but they never came. We later learned that they got a bit stuck in the mountains and had to sleep at Sesfontein. It seems that we all had our fare share of adventure in Nam!
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on June 02, 2012, 12:41:26 pm
Weird thing your Dakar useing so much oil?
Mileage?
Does it still use so much or was it the strech along the river that made it thirsty?
I remember my last long trip on my Dakar was 6500kms and started at 52 000 and it
did not use a drop of oil. That was also Epupa and back.
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Dirtrider69 on June 02, 2012, 02:04:40 pm
Weird thing your Dakar useing so much oil?
Mileage?
Does it still use so much or was it the strech along the river that made it thirsty?
I remember my last long trip on my Dakar was 6500kms and started at 52 000 and it
did not use a drop of oil. That was also Epupa and back.

The bike had a full service at BMW at 40 000km and we started the trip on 44 000km. I can't remember if I actually properly checked the oil before the trip, but I'm sure that would still have been fine after only 4000km. Maybe the oil was low when we started the trip? Don't know...
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on June 03, 2012, 12:20:02 am
Man Alive, great trip this !!  The roads we did not get to do on our ride ... great to see your report on it.

Keep it coming.

 8)

Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Bring It On on June 03, 2012, 01:38:56 am
What a truly Awesome RR!! :thumleft: :thumleft:

Reading through everything & viewing all the Gr8 photos, just confirms my desire to one day to also enjoy the opertunity to experience a trip to Namibia :drif: :drif:

Thanks a lot for sharing you experience & I look forward to reading more. :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Frannarossi on June 03, 2012, 04:30:56 pm
Jislaaik,elke keer as ek die RR verder lees raak ek al hoe meer lus vir nog 'n trippie Namibie toe!Nice fotos en report man :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Dirtrider69 on June 05, 2012, 02:27:26 pm
What a truly Awesome RR!! :thumleft: :thumleft:

Reading through everything & viewing all the Gr8 photos, just confirms my desire to one day to also enjoy the opertunity to experience a trip to Namibia :drif: :drif:

Thanks a lot for sharing you experience & I look forward to reading more. :thumleft:

Book two weeks out a couple of months from now and just do it! Get on your bike and just do it!
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on June 06, 2012, 02:36:33 am
Have I said that I like this "Dual RR" approach to this ride ... cool bananas.   8)
 
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Dirtrider69 on June 06, 2012, 02:59:00 pm
Day 10 Palmwag – Spitzkoppe 334km

We got up very, very early (just before 04:00) because Liam’s watch said it was 05:00, but that was still on SA time. What an idiot! We had a luxurious gourmet breakfast consisting of imported Cape Sardines and freshly pureed tomatoes, served with organic whole wheat brown bread and a hot coffee with Ellis Brown creamer. But to be honest....it wasn't that good.

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When we left Epupa, we all put our 10L reserve fuel into our tanks, except for me. I left about 5L in the red container just in case the 990 needs fuel. That’s the kind of thing I do for my friends, you know. Well, on this morning I felt that I’ve been carrying that fuel on the back for long enough and that it’s time to go into my tank. That would later turn out to be a big mistake….

At first light we pushed those happy buttons and slowly made our way to the main gate. Even before we got to the gate we saw this huge herd of Oryx to our right. What an amazing sight!

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That morning ride was one of the best rides ever! The air was crisp (actually cold) and fresh and with the sun light just creeping over the mountains, it was truly beautiful. We then realized what we actually have missed every morning by only getting on to the road at 9 or 10.

Liam was wearing a cheap Airflow jacket and he was freezing his nuts off! He really kakked that morning in the cold! Every now and then you’d hear Liam on the comms: “Dude, ek kry fkn koud!” Gummi and I obviously found it very funny…

We spotted this Kudu lying next to the road and stopped for a photo. Then we noticed that he was hurt and wouldn’t get up. Probably hit by a car. We felt sorry for it as it was slowly dying.

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Then my two riding buddies, David Hasselhoff and Chuck Norris, came up with the idea of performing a mercy killing and taking the poor Kudu out of its misery. Now I would’ve loved to see these two okes take on that Kudu, armed with a Swiss Army knife (probably fake) and a plastic spoon. But I soon realized that with both of them impaled by moerse Kudu horns and looking like “kebabs”, my day would also be ruined. So, I talked them out of it and we moved on.

David Hasselhoff and Chuck Norris:

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Our next stop was Twyfelfontein Lodge, but first we went past the lodge for a few km’s to check out Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes. This was a bit of a disappointment though and we headed back to the lodge.

Organ Pipes:
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Burnt mountain:

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This lodge is in the middle of nowhere! For miles and miles there is absolutely nothing and then suddenly you get this amazing lodge. It’s like an oasis in the desert. It was still early when we got there and we actually had a coffee instead of a beer.

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To our amazement there was fuel available and the 990 can always do with a fill up. Gummi filled the Beast and Liam put in a couple of liters. Because I put in that extra 5L of fuel in the morning, I still had more than enough fuel to get to Uis, so I didn’t fuel. Another mistake…

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We got back onto the main road and headed for Uis. Again we were taken away by the beauty of this place. Every now and then we just stopped to look around and take in the beauty of Namibia and every time we were kind of overwhelmed by the amount of space and “nothingness” in this country. For miles and miles and miles there is absolutely nothing! Just you and your bike on a lonely gravel road. Adventure biking just can’t get better than this.

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This is Brandberg again.

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At Uis, we popped in at local restaurant for some lunch and we had one of the best burgers ever!

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Spitzkoppe was our next destination and from what we read and heard there is no drinking water available, so we walked over to the shop to buy some water. As luck would have it, the people we walked into the shop just before us, bought all the big bottles of water. So, we took one 500ml water each and figured that we could probably buy some water at Spitzkoppe, because apparently there is a bar there and bars normally have water, right? Wrong. Then we needed to fuel the bikes. Another stroke of bad luck – both filling stations were dry! What now? The fact that I used the last of the reserve fuel and didn’t fuel at Twyfelfontein, was probably going to cost me. We quickly got the maps out and started our calculations. Because the Dakar has no fuel gauge, I always zero my odometer with every fill up so that I know how far I can go. According to my calculations, at 20-23km/liter, I should make it to Spitzkoppe and then I would probably run out fuel 10 – 20 before the town of Usakos. The 990 still had enough fuel to get to Usakos, get me some fuel and return. Obviously Liam had nooooo idea of how much fuel he had or how far he could still go. We figured that he still had enough fuel.

I decided to seriously nurse the bike to Spitzkoppe and averaged 60 – 70km/h. The road was very corrugated and at that slow speed it almost shook the fillings from my teeth! But because we left Palmwag so early that morning we had enough time and we got to Spitzkoppe early in the afternoon. I think we got a bit lazy towards the end of the trip, so that night we chose to sleep in one of the wooden chalets. It’s more of a very basic hikers hut, but we had a bed with a mattress! And this made it 5 star accommodation!

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We took off all the gear from the bikes and drove to where there is a natural rock pool. Unfortunately the water was only about 30cm deep with crap at the bottom, so we couldn’t do any swan dives or even sit in the water. Bummer! So, geared with our fake crocks we decided to do some mountaineering and climb all the way to the top of this moerse boulder. And it was worth it! What a view!! From the top of that rock we could see forever! It’s only then that we truly realized how vast this place is and how “in-the-middle-of-nowhere” we really were. Spitzkoppe is an amazing and magical place!

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After our little mountaineering expedition, we were very thirsty. Very! The locals have built this little bar/shebeen place where you can have a cold one, and we quickly became very comfortable there. We sat there the whole afternoon and well into the evening, just talking crap and quenching our thirst. The locals even went to fetch us some more beer after we cleaned out their fridges.  The people in Namibia are just amazingly friendly and helpful.

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With our last beers in hand, we headed back to the cabin, got a fire going and made another luxurious canned food dinner with some Chivas for dessert. Another unforgettable day in Nam.
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Hermit on June 06, 2012, 07:39:36 pm
Baie lekkerrrrrrr .....   :thumleft:   
Ek beplan om dalk in Julie weer in daardie rigting te ry.   :ricky:    Hoe lyk die paaie oor die algemeen ?
Ek hoop julle gaan deur die Khomas Hochland ry vanaf Usakos na Windhoek toe !!!! Baie lekker pad.
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: DirtRebell on June 06, 2012, 07:51:52 pm
Ek wil nou iets hier skryf maar ek weet nie wat nie.

Bedonnerde trip wat jy so goed in die RR weergee.


I must go to Namibia very soon or I will go crazy.
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on June 08, 2012, 11:22:12 pm
Hell I cannot believe you guys climbed to the top of that mountain !! We camped further down the road where it narrows in your other photo's but there was no way we were climbing up there ... !!

Lekker trip this.

 8) 
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Dirtrider69 on June 13, 2012, 05:16:03 pm
Baie lekkerrrrrrr .....   :thumleft:   
Ek beplan om dalk in Julie weer in daardie rigting te ry.   :ricky:    Hoe lyk die paaie oor die algemeen ?
Ek hoop julle gaan deur die Khomas Hochland ry vanaf Usakos na Windhoek toe !!!! Baie lekker pad.


Dalk was ons net lucky, maar die meeste paaie was baie mooi en onlangs geskraap. Maar die spore wat die motors ry veroorsaak daai "sand middelmannetjies" wat 'n bliksem kan wees! Party van hulle is moer hoog en dan is dit maar beter om hulle te vermy! Maar oor die algemeen is die paaie baie goed in Nam.
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: KTM Jagermeister on June 14, 2012, 01:48:01 pm
Baie lekkerrrrrrr .....   :thumleft:   
Ek beplan om dalk in Julie weer in daardie rigting te ry.   :ricky:    Hoe lyk die paaie oor die algemeen ?
Ek hoop julle gaan deur die Khomas Hochland ry vanaf Usakos na Windhoek toe !!!! Baie lekker pad.


Dalk was ons net lucky, maar die meeste paaie was baie mooi en onlangs geskraap. Maar die spore wat die motors ry veroorsaak daai "sand middelmannetjies" wat 'n bliksem kan wees! Party van hulle is moer hoog en dan is dit maar beter om hulle te vermy! Maar oor die algemeen is die paaie baie goed in Nam.

Hang natuurlik af van die pad wat jy kies ...

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Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Pom17 on June 14, 2012, 02:03:10 pm
Jou pillion het af geval in die eerste foto  :peepwall:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: punisher on June 14, 2012, 03:59:20 pm
S T U N N I N GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Pom17 on June 14, 2012, 04:07:03 pm
Bliksem ek like die SE's
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Crossed-up on June 14, 2012, 05:51:56 pm
Keep it coming.  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Great report!  Thanks.
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: SwampDonkey on June 14, 2012, 10:14:59 pm
simply Awesome.... makes me want to go ride Nam instead of heading to Moz.

I hate waiting for a good story.... So come on mate, put your beer down and get busy typing!! :peepwall:  :biggrin:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Dirtrider69 on June 16, 2012, 05:51:53 pm
Day 11 Spitzkoppe – Windhoek 297km

We woke up to an amazing view of the huge boulders at Spitzkoppe. It was spectacular! This was going to be our last day of riding, but the adventure was not over just yet. We were very low on fuel and made plans that whoever runs out of fuel, would have to sit next to road like an idiot and someone else will go and fetch more fuel from the nearest town, Usakos, which was about 50km away.

That morning I seriously nursed the Dakar and I’m sure that I would have won any economy run. I've been on reserve for a while since the previous day and as far as I know the Dakar has got a 3L reserve from when the fuel light goes on and that roughly gives me about 60-70 km range on mixed gravel roads. But this time I got 94km!!!!! And the Dakar still wasn’t completely empty! That’s about 31km/l – not bad!

We all made it to Usakos and filled up the bikes. Then it was time to celebrate with a proper breakfast and coffee and plan the last day’s route.

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I think Gummi was missing his bokkie back home and was giving some of his love to this bokkie...

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We decided to stick to the B2 tar road for another 80km and then turn off on the D1967. This dirt road becomes the D1958 that leads to the C28 that goes to Windhoek. We only had another 120km or so of gravel left on this whole trip. But that little gravel road had some amazing surprises for us! It was one of the best sections we did on the trip! The road started off as a good graded road, but soon became smaller and smaller and quickly turned into a two wheel track. We went up huge hills and down mountains, opening and closing farm gates and every now then stopping to admire the view. This road turned out to be simply amazing!

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At the top of one hill we were met with this sign: Windhoek District. And this is where we probably realized and accepted the fact that the trip was almost over.

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This is also where I lost my Camelback. We had taken off our jackets and Camelbacks and it must have fallen off the bike and I somehow didn’t see it. I only realized about 10 – 15min later that it wasn’t on my back and I decided to leave it rather as it was in bad shape anyway.

On top of this hill we decided to take “The Photo of the Trip” and this obviously gave way to silliness and time to piss off Liam.

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Soon we were on the C28 that leads to Windhoek and I had mixed feelings because we had reached our final destination, but this was also the end of the trip. We didn’t want the trip to end yet. But at least we were all in one piece and the bikes were still running.

Arebusch Travel Lodge, where we left the car and trailer, had no more rooms that time and only had camping available. I wasn’t bothered and I booked and paid but when I broke the news to my buddies that they had to camp on their last night in Nam, they were less impressed. Gummi was shattered! He, especially, was looking forward to sleep in a bed. He couldn’t believe it and was very disappointed. “Ek slaan nie ‘n moer weer my tent op nie!” So Liam and I pitched our tents and ladyboy Gummi made himself a comfy bed in the back of his car.

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We treated ourselves to a dip/shower in the pool (that we later realized we were not allowed to use because we are campers), and then we treated ourselves to a meal in the restaurant. This turned out to be everything but a treat! It was a “Eat as much as you like” sparerib special, but these were ribs with a difference. There were only 3 rib bones in the whole “thing” and a 2cm thick layer of fat covering the meat. “French Cut” ribs, is what they call it. “Vomit inducing blubber” is what I call it! It was horrible! But luckily beer and Irish coffee were there to save the evening. We went back to our tents (and car), and prepared ourselves for a cold night. Windhoek gets really cold in the nights and that night was no exception. It was moer cold!

Before the trip we stuck clear vinyl on all the plastic panels of the bikes to minimize scratches and damage to the plastic bits. It looked very kak, but it worked like a bomb! On the first day I noticed that my knee braces were scratching against the tank and damaging the vinyl, so I put loads of duct tape on these areas and this was what it looked like after the trip.

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While doing that river road the trees took their toll on my helmet.

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The bikes were in need of a wash!

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This is the rear tyre of Gummi's 990 - moer toe!

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My Dakar's rear tyre - still good for another trip!

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Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Bring It On on June 16, 2012, 08:03:22 pm
Thanks a lot for that final installment to your EXCELLENT RR :thumleft: :thumleft:

Made for some "Riverting Reading" & it sure looked like you guys had a FrikkingAwesome Trip!! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful experience with us all. :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: White Rhino on June 17, 2012, 04:53:44 am
Thanks - that was very cool :thumleft:

We're lucky to have Nam as our neighbour. It doesn't cost much, we just need the time to explore ....
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Pistonpete on June 17, 2012, 09:33:10 am
I hope you guys get "Legend" RR Status for this. Good writing, good detail, good pics, good guys :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Dirtrider69 on June 17, 2012, 02:15:28 pm
Day 12 & 13 Windhoek – Pretoria  1 000 000km (felt like it)

The next day we stuffed all our gear in the back of the car and loaded the bikes. This time there was a little less excitement as we were on our way home and had a very long road ahead of us. We stopped at a garage in Windhoek to fuel the car and what do you know – one of Liam's jackets were hanging of the back of the trailer, being dragged on the road. He obviously got sidetracked while loading his stuff in the car….

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The trip back home was rather uneventful and long – very long! That Trans Kalahari Highway is absolute torture! It makes the N1 through the Karoo look like a single track mountain pass. It just never ends! We stayed over in Kang and the only accommodation available was this wooden hut that resembles a Wendy house. It only had two single beds, but they organized us an extra mattress to put on the floor. Liam was quickly voted out and had to take the floor. He was not impressed and very annoyed because for some reason he was scared shitless of snakes and spiders and all the “scary” animals thats going to eat him alive during the night. He was very nervous about sleeping on the floor. Just as he was getting comfy and settling in there on the floor, I threw a pillow onto him – he almost kakked himself! Gummi and I had a good laugh that night.

Something that we all noticed was that the moment we left Namibia, the people’s ways and attitudes changed. No longer were they friendly and helpful – they became rude and lazy and annoying. Both in Botswana and in SA. As soon as we hit the first town in SA, there were just millions of people and cars and taxis and busses and chaos. Immediately we were longing for the “nothingness” of Namibia. The space and the freedom and isolation. Namibia had grown on us and left it mark.

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To recap a bit:

Eight months before this trip I mentioned to Gummi how cool it would be to do a trip on a bike. This talk resulted in the buying of two bikes, sourcing the cheapest gear possible, setting a date, planning a route and heading off to Namibia – not knowing what to expect. Each day we just loaded the bikes and set ourselves a destination. Our attitude: Whatever happens along the way – we’ll deal with it. Some days were short, some days were long, some days were easy, others were incredibly hard. We got lost, we sweated, we struggled, we crashed, we slept badly, we fixed flats and picked up each other’s bikes, but we drank beer, we ran down a huge sand dune, we ate giraffe steak, we took roads that most people will never ever see, we camped on the banks of the Kunene and most of all – we had a laugh!

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On the last day on the bikes, while riding the last few km I had some time to think and reflect on things. That was when I realized what we had actually achieved. What we had done. Where we had been. What we had seen. What we had experienced. We had a dream and we have lived it! Like a wise man once said, “Everybody dies, but not everybody lives”.

This was our first adventure trip and we wanted to make it a big one. An epic one. One that we’ll never forget. And we did. 3 idiots took on Nam..... and conquered it!

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Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Bring It On on June 17, 2012, 05:02:47 pm
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME, RR

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful Adventure :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: AcidSam on June 17, 2012, 08:00:34 pm
Epic indeed...in the spirit of ADVENTURE.
Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Hanno on June 17, 2012, 10:32:07 pm
WOW - simply amazing

Quote
“Everybody dies, but not everybody lives”.

<<<---- agreed!

Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on June 17, 2012, 10:55:52 pm
Well done guys, thanks for sharing.

 8)
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Rodlau on June 17, 2012, 11:10:15 pm
I enjoyed that. Trying to convince myself to do something similar. But I would need fellow adventurers to put up with a geriatric newbie rider.  Must work on it
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Pom17 on June 18, 2012, 07:28:06 am
Moerse nice ouens  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: BlueBull2007 on June 18, 2012, 08:37:41 am
Fantastic! :hello2:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Gasman on June 18, 2012, 01:08:29 pm
uit die boonste rakke!!

thanks for sharing  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Frog on June 18, 2012, 02:47:24 pm
Great report! Thanks
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Circlip on June 19, 2012, 10:26:14 am
BEFOK .
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Frannarossi on June 19, 2012, 03:42:07 pm
Dit was nou 'n lekker report gewees :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Pom17 on June 19, 2012, 03:47:17 pm
Wanneer gaan julle manne weer op n trip?
Ek het iets lekker nodig om te lees in die oggende, en aangesien Dusty se date in lesotho nie klaar kom nie het ek niks interessant om te lees nie  :(
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Kerritz on June 19, 2012, 03:49:44 pm
Wanneer gaan julle manne weer op n trip?
Ek het iets lekker nodig om te lees in die oggende, en aangesien Dusty se date in lesotho nie klaar kom nie het ek niks interessant om te lees nie  :(

 :imaposer:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Tryblogs on June 20, 2012, 09:59:07 am
Dear All,I am new with all of this. (offroad biking and the Wild Doig Forum). I can tell you that I have enjoyed every single lines and word description of your story. My Afrikaans is baie kak, but still got the picture.
Thank you for sharing all this great stories.
 :spitcoffee:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Tryblogs on June 20, 2012, 10:20:49 am
I also went on my first bike tour (more a week-end) in the lowveld 2 week-end ago. I enjoy every minute of it...
I brought my bike without really my wife's approval and wanted to use it mainly as a mode of transport...but friends of mine took me with in the BMW Pretoria ride one Sunday morning...than the bug hit me...
I went on the LDBA dual bike chalenge 2 weeks ago in the lowveld in Badplaas (nothing like your adventure in Namibia), but still I reallyloved it.

I realised that I might need futher equipment: like an off road helmet, a GPS, a camel back bottle, paniers, chush bars protectors, bluethooth communicator, etc... eventually upgrading to a 1200 GS adventures with many touratech extras...
ho ho, I almost forgot, I might need some camping equipment.

Does that ever stop ?
I might just start by trying to convince my wife to participate to the once a month BMW Pretoria riding...which is absolutly GREAT !!! I loved it as well...
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on June 20, 2012, 08:01:07 pm
I also went on my first bike tour (more a week-end) in the lowveld 2 week-end ago. I enjoy every minute of it...
I brought my bike without really my wife's approval and wanted to use it mainly as a mode of transport...but friends of mine took me with in the BMW Pretoria ride one Sunday morning...than the bug hit me...
I went on the LDBA dual bike chalenge 2 weeks ago in the lowveld in Badplaas (nothing like your adventure in Namibia), but still I reallyloved it.

I realised that I might need futher equipment: like an off road helmet, a GPS, a camel back bottle, paniers, chush bars protectors, bluethooth communicator, etc... eventually upgrading to a 1200 GS adventures with many touratech extras...
ho ho, I almost forgot, I might need some camping equipment.

Does that ever stop ?
I might just start by trying to convince my wife to participate to the once a month BMW Pretoria riding...which is absolutly GREAT !!! I loved it as well...


Remember, you need to pick all this shit up when it falls over ... enjoy brother ...   8) 
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Dirtrider69 on June 27, 2012, 10:50:37 am
Right, the video is done! Gummi has already posted the link on his RR, but now it's on my RR.


http://www.youtube.com/v/XcRJRWKMNLw
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Mikie on June 27, 2012, 11:43:22 am
Awesome!!!

Whats with the cruiser in the river?
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Werner747 on June 27, 2012, 12:07:34 pm
Awesome video!!!! Well done, nicely edited! :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Dirtrider69 on June 27, 2012, 12:10:38 pm
Awesome!!!

Whats with the cruiser in the river?

The folks at Kunene River Lodge said it's been there for a while. It was probably someone that was over confident!

"Hou vas my dop vrou, ek wil jou wys wat my cruiser kan doen..."
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Mikie on June 27, 2012, 12:50:40 pm
Awesome!!!

Whats with the cruiser in the river?

The folks at Kunene River Lodge said it's been there for a while. It was probably someone that was over confident!

"Hou vas my dop vrou, ek wil jou wys wat my cruiser kan doen..."

Bliksem and you leave it there cos there is no way to retrieve it  :o
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Pom17 on June 27, 2012, 03:06:56 pm
Awesome!!!

Whats with the cruiser in the river?

The folks at Kunene River Lodge said it's been there for a while. It was probably someone that was over confident!

"Hou vas my dop vrou, ek wil jou wys wat my cruiser kan doen..."

Bliksem and you leave it there cos there is no way to retrieve it  :o

Ja nee dit ontstel my ook geweldig baie  :'(
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on June 27, 2012, 04:20:25 pm
Excellent video to conclude an excellent RR.

Thanks for sharing.

 8)
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Hoorn on June 27, 2012, 05:26:12 pm
As the rest of the RR I enjoyed the video a lot. Thank you!
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: BlueBull2007 on June 27, 2012, 06:53:04 pm
Thats a great video, it makes me want to ride.
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Vis Arend on June 27, 2012, 08:52:51 pm
Great RR and great vid, ek verlang nou erg, as jy nog nie daar was nie, sal jy nie weet nie. 

Great expierence wat niemand van jou kan vat nie.

Mooi manne, flippen mooi.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: funacide on June 28, 2012, 12:19:57 am
Awesome video, really enjoyed that. Well Done and thanks for sharing  :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: KTM Jagermeister on June 28, 2012, 08:00:51 am
Super cool vid !
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: XRBradman on July 31, 2012, 02:49:52 pm
great trip - so i start planning mine today
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Dirtrider69 on August 07, 2012, 07:16:50 pm
Before the trip we said that we would give a bit of feedback on the gear we used. We bought the cheapest gear we could possibly find and used whatever we already had.

For pannniers we went with the 48L Oxford 1st Time Soft Panniers. R899 for a set. Now first of all, these panniers were designed for sportsbikes and NOT for adventure touring, but we overloaded them, packed them beyond capacity and crashed with them (many times). And they took the punishment pretty well! Some of the stitching did come lose and one pannier did melt against an exhaust, but they held up very well. If you want inexpensive soft panniers - I would definitly recommend these.

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We also used the ATG 50L Dry Bags. Now these are not cheap products, but they are not cheaply made. R700(I think). These bags are amazing! They were just the right size to fit everything in and still fit nicely on the bike. They also come with 4 very handy ajustable straps to strap down your tent and matress or whatever. They are also truly dust proof. No matter how full of dust the rest of the gear was - the stuff inside the bags were always clean. The plastic buckle clips on my bag broke but still worked fine, but I'm sure this was due to all the times the bike fell over. These bags are indestructable! Highly recommended.

Rokstraps. What can I say about the Rokstraps? Faaaarking awesome!! This is probably the best invention man has ever made. Sure, an IPad is handy and the moon landing was cool, but this - this tops everything! They seem to be expensive, but once you use these straps you will know why they are worth every cent. Get the "Looped End" ones. A MUST on any trip.

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Tents. We used the Campmaster Bushwacker Dome tent. R199 from Makro. They are light and small when packed and sleeps comfortably with your dry bag, boots and jacket in the tent. They are not very waterproof though, so check the weather channel before you head off.... Cheap and works great - highly recommended.

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Tyres. On the Dakars we used Michelin T63's and the 990 was on Karoo's. The T63's were the cheapest tyres we could find (about a R1000 for a set) and we did 3000km on the trip. They still looked very good and could probably do another 3000km. The Karoo's on the 990 was a different story. The 990 thrashed it's rear tyre in about 1800km! But I don't think its a bad tyre - it's the 990's power that makes it heavy on any tyre.

T63 Before
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T63 After
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Sena SMH10 Bluetooth Comms. R1300 per unit (had someone bring it from USA), but in SA they are about R1800 per unit. I've used the Supertooth before and the Sena is much better. The sound quality is brilliant and the battery life even better. I think we only put them on charge after a week on the trip. They just kept on working and working. Being able to share your thoughts and chat with your buddies while riding is priceless. It enhances the whole experience so much. This is a very good investment for any biker.

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Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: lifeofgareth on August 07, 2012, 10:04:00 pm
Enjoying reading this - I don't remember the terrain being so coarse. I think the huge storms and floods they had in 2010 must have exposed and shifted more rocks.
The effort and endurance you need to muscle 230kg through that, takes nothing less that guts. I can't compare - we had it easy, we had a backup vehicle with our luggage (that went directly from Opouwa to Epupa) and we bounced around on plastics. Our trip organiser, always said "use the right bike for the right terrain".  ;D
You will never forget this section - something you will share with your offspring in years to come :thumleft:
Yes, right bike for the right terrain seems a recent lesson I'm also familiar with.

Great RR! Makes me wanna get out there again, now!
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Gummi on February 04, 2019, 09:42:39 am
It is time for a new adventure.............will keep everyone posted!!!!
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: stcomza on February 06, 2019, 10:06:18 am
Just read the RR and I'm suitably impressed AND inspired!
WOW  :biggrin:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: MonkeyNot on February 08, 2019, 07:58:40 am
It is time for a new adventure.............will keep everyone posted!!!!

Liam once briefly told me about the trip at a braai.
Never knew it was this epic!
Met klein Charlie in die huis neem ek aan hy gaan nie diekeer saam nie  :peepwall:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: captain jack on February 09, 2019, 07:04:37 am
great report thanks.

one only knows what one is capable of when things go wrong/get tough and one digs deep and success :thumleft:

My wife and I made the same mistake with time zones for a week in Nam, We kept arriving very late as we were still on +2 and Nam was +1. Took us a week to realize it :biggrin:
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: Baches on April 13, 2019, 01:08:51 pm
Dankie vir die great RR. Ek is gelukkig / bevoorreg om in Nam te bly en het al 3 bikes sodat ek op elke soort trip kan saam gaan. Ons was nou die dag met die 650's ( dit is nou XR650's , XT 660's en een 690 KTM) Spreetshoogte pas en Gamsbergpas uit. Befok. Lekker grondpaaie, party moer sanderig ander weer sinkplaat maar dit bly flippen lekker.
Title: Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
Post by: MRK Miller on April 21, 2019, 08:58:24 pm
"Two wheel sandy tracks that went on for miles and miles and I just can’t ride in sand. The first few km’s I was doing o.k, but soon I was down to walking pace and just paddling the bike through the sand. Now and then I give it my all and stand up and gas it, but this only results in serious close calls and near crashes. And the slower you go, the more you work and the hotter it gets and the harder it gets. I was finished. Moer toe! I had to stop. We stopped at what looked like a Vlakvark or Hyena den, but I couldn’t be bothered. The thing could have eaten me alive – I couldn’t care less. Sitting in the shade of my bike (only shade around), Gummi forced me to eat this horrible looking bright pink polony and roll, but I knew I had to eat something to get some strength back. "



"I wanted to call it a day and set up camp right there, but my two lady companions didn’t like the idea of fighting off Hyenas during the night, so we continued on the road of hell. My brother, Liam, was riding the sand like a pro, hence the nickname Sandhond, and he was giving me kak all the way and getting annoyed with me for not being able to ride the sand. We made it! But I was completely knackered and I didn’t even speak. I just sat on the steps and slowly sipped on my Crème Soda. We got our first taste of the roads-less-travelled and even though I kakked,"



"When we stopped for the next rest, I got off my bike, took off my jacket and just collapsed on the ground. I was farked! Finished. Completely drained of any energy and resources. I seriously thought that I might die that day. No jokes. Gummi got some water from the river and poured it all over me because I was burning up. We rested there for maybe an hour and although I was in worse shape, the other two were also feeling the strain. After some food and water and a good rest I felt better and we continued. "




I Know that feeling all to well. Experienced it on recent trip to northwest. Clanners to Marakweng. Will still do my version of the report. Awesome trip.

The video clip on robbies pass. Did it with some friends long time ago in two F250 pick ups. Spend a night there. Not many people do it. Left a name bord up there