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To answer your question. I'm sure it would not be an issue. I left my bike there for 3 months before I went back to collect it from Luderitz.
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Ride Reports / Re: Another Attempt at Lesotho
« on: May 04, 2018, 03:47:54 pm »
From Tenahead we headed down Naudes Nek and shortly after reaching the bottom we took a turn off following a route Loser had very kindly sent me. Now when someone gives you a route that clearly goes off the beaten track one should really try stick to it. Not us we decide that the route ahead must be the correct one has it is on the GPS map. So some kilometres later we have turned down the side of this mountain and really it came to the point where you could not go back the way we came. But if the sheep and cattle, whose paths we were following, could make it Iím sure we could. It took quite a lot of walking up and down, choosing lines, rechoosing lines, falling, stalling, starting again, pushing... but eventually we ended up off the mountain side and very steep decent on a very eroded Ďroadí that we were to now follow to get to our intended route. Eventually the 990ís battery went flat and wouldnít start from all the stalling and leaving it off but with its lights on, this really threw a spanner in the works. So after some freewheeling and pushing we got to the point where we could see that the bike would go no more and we were attempting a plan to try charge it from the other bike by removing batteries. After a short sit down and breather instead we looked down this particularly steep green hill that dropped off down into the valley below. We decided that I would try go down it on the 690 and besides a few drop-offs it was relatively rideable. So we dropped off the mountain quite quickly from there and by the time were at the bottom ToonTony had bump started the 990. We headed to the gravel road quite easily from there.















After some wonderful twisting rural road of the Eastern Cape and villages we stopped for lunch. Tinned sardines and tinned fruit Ė a new one for me but great energy food. It was a relatively easy shoot to the tar from there and headed to Matatiele for the night.



Smile for the camera.


I donít really get it but there are no decent restaurants in that town that we could find, all of them just fast food. It threatened to storm for a while and by the time we were heading to bed for the night it really started to come down. The next morning we could see the mountain was wet and completely covered with clouds. There was a glimmer of hope however as in town we could see blue sky peeking out from behind the clouds. We packed and had a quick deliberation among ourselves and with the motel owner and his area maps, who is also an avid 4x4 enthusiast and knows the area very well. We headed to what should be a day ride through southern Lesotho entering from Ongeluksneks and exciting on the other side later in the day Ė well that was the plan at the very least.

We headed out feeling very tenuous about whether this was a good idea as we were told that Ongeluksnek can be almost impassable when wet but we also know we had to be back home the next day and still had to pick up cars from Smithfield. We rationalised that we could just take a detour if itís not doable.

After riding through some light to heavy drizzle Ė something we were going to have to deal with for the rest of the day. We arrived at the gate of the conservancy before you get to the border. Signed in and spoke a little to the guards there about the conditions at which they said that when you donít make it weíll come collect you with the Land Cruiser... not very comforting

At first it was quite alright but it got seriously slow going the further we went up the side of this mountain. That black cotton mud is very slippery stuff and there were small streams of water running down most of the track. There were a few spills from both of us but we made it to the border crossing for the SA side (there is no border for the Lesotho side) I have done a number of border crossings to and from South Africa and have yet to find such a well maintained, well setup up, and well manned border crossing as this one complete with generator and satellite connection. I was told that around only 20-30 vehicles come through here in a year which makes all that expense such a head scratcher.

After some more discussions we came to the realization that we were not likely to make it further up the even steep part of the pass in the current weather and for me again we head back with our tails between our legs. We ended up deciding on going from there to Smithfield via Rhodes, Barkley East, Aliwal North on a lot of the farm roads. The roads were wet and slippery and we had 450 km ahead of us to make it back in time. It was slow going with one or two spills along the way. Thankfully it started drying up by the time we headed for the tar. We definitely were pushing it but also having a blast.




















When we got to Aliwal North it was dark and so began our next scary experience with the N6. It was a solid stream of cars heading towards us. Lights glaring in our eyes we couldnít find a time to pass safely. We ended up behind a truck at 80km/hr. Which felt safe as it was protection in general and from any head on collisions, well thatís how I felt until the bags of cement it was carrying, tied down with one ratchet strap, started to fall off one at a time with an ensuing massive cloud of dust. That was one scary 80kms! Again I realize why I like riding out in the sticks with no one else around. It was a great ride nonetheless and I will be back at the end of the year to try another attempt at Lesotho.

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Ride Reports / Another Attempt at Lesotho
« on: May 03, 2018, 06:46:57 pm »
Another Attempt at Lesotho

I had promised to write this up some time ago so here it is...


I have done quite a few trips around Southern Africa many in the Eastern Cape and Kwa Zulu Natal area but somehow have never managed to make it into Lesotho. Every time I attempt it there is some reason why I donít make it. Iíve left my passport at home once which messed up that attempt, the next time I tried to get to Sani Pass I was rained out and ended up stranded in Rhodes (well the pub and hotel which was not the worst) for 3 days.
So ToonTony and I were discussing what to do on our bikes before Christmas at one Sunday ride. ToonTony* family were enjoying themselves in Cape Town and I was off for 4 weeks and heading to Australia to ride round there just after Christmas ( more of that another time). As I was off from the 16th and ToonTony was going to try get work done by Wednesday. We made plans that we will ride from a base of Smithfield were I have a small cottage in town and we will trailer down there so to preserve our new knobblies that weíll have fitted (which I never ended up putting on). ToonTony on his 990 and I on my 690.







ToonTony only made it down quite late sorting out some issues at work. We offloaded bikes and luggage and packed what we were going to need for the next few days and headed out to the local pub were we had a few beers and grub
The next morning we woke up fairly early, did our final packing and set off. Now I am not fond of travelling on main tar roads in general and particularly during the Ďfestiveí season. We were going to have to deal with the N6 to the Eastern Cape and the twatwaffles on these roads heading to the Transkei twice on the trip both times with scary results. We were only 30 odd kilometres outside of town when I spotted what looked like a car travelling in my direction in front of me as I was leading, it seemed to get bigger and bigger until I realized that it was actually over taking a truck heading towards me. I quickly reacted and fortunately found the verge of the road smooth enough to use as an escape route and missed this car by centimetres.

Feeling shook up we headed off the main road toward Zastron. Our final destination for the day was Tiiffendel Ski Resort (not much of that happening in December). With a quick fill of fuel to make sure we would make it to Matatiele if there was no fuel at the lodge, we had discussed what we would do if the 990 were to run dry has it is a thirsty camel that thing. I felt I could always siphon some fuel from the 690ís 14L front tank. With some cursory shopping for the forgotten iPhone cable, USB charger and spare water we headed to the first of the dirt for the next few days. Taking us along Lundeans Nek and beside the Lesotho border. It was fresh but warm which was great riding with great scenery. This really is a beautiful area and the more open roads allowed us to stretch out our riding legs before the next few days of more technical riding.















It had warmed up quite a bit particularly as you descend from the top of Lundeans Nek and by the time we were at the bottom we were quite hot and bothered and in need of a rest and snack break. Nothing quite beats a refreshing dip in a mountain spring fed stream on a hot summerís day. I came to regret not having sun cream on my pale white arms for the next few days after that little cooling dip.





Once kitted up again we continued onto the turn off up to Volenteershoek pass. Actually unbeknown to us was rather more technical than expected with sections of a gradient of 1:5. On the way up I stopped for a herder boy on a pony on one of the water channels going across the road stopping on relatively flat ground. ToonTony unfortunately met the horse and rider on some of the steepest part of the pass and ended up having to stop in a particularly precarious position. It took some manoeuvring to get the big 990 going again but ToonTony managed it, I was not going down to help as it was so steep I would never had got up again under my own steam.
There was some nice riding along the plateaus until we reached Tiffendel where we were shown our rooms. A nice place but quiet for what could be a great time of the year for them. We went down to the big dam once we were settled in and I threw some line in the water. Note to self: Bring your own tackle; hiring tackle is always a bad idea. After that we had a few beers and some grub and headed to bed.






Next morning we were a little slower than we were hoping, waiting around for fuel just in case we donít make it with the thirsty camel and generally faffing around having breakfast, honestly I am very bad like that but we were on the road soon enough. Being such high altitude it was brisk and cool which is great riding weather. We followed a route I had been eyeing for many years now, since I first started riding actually. The Tiffendel-Tenahead-Traverse follows very closely along the Lesotho border. Crossing a few farm gates, some off camber sections, and magnificent views from a mountain path really is a great way to start your morning. We stopped for coffee at Tenahead mainly as we were quite cold still and need to warm a bit, I think they were quite dismayed at our general appearance and put us down at the bottom away from all the other guests while we stipped our riding gear from ourselves. A short coffee and we were on our way. This place is really great and very well located to take short technical day rides from while the missus is having a massage in the spa or whatever and youíll be back for dinner with the missus.







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Flying Brick Motorcycle Accessory Store / Well Done!
« on: April 20, 2018, 04:08:03 pm »
Thanks flying brick for the great support. I lost my cap for the giant loop fuel cell. I was fairly annoyed that this happened but flying brick made sure I got my replacement and at cost to them which is great service Well done and thanks.
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Planning a Ride / Re: JHB to Dullstroom - Gravel
« on: March 29, 2018, 05:34:28 pm »
Best is to head to brokhorstspruit then around the top side of Loskop dam. From there head south east in a loop going down and up again up to Tontledoos. From there head to Dullies. It's quite easy to route yourself on Google maps. I'll see if I can send you a route I have.
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Clothing and Equipment / Re: IMPORTING CLOTHING
« on: March 15, 2018, 09:21:28 am »
Have a look at this thread for some good tracking info

Tracking an international parcel

https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink?share_fid=63206&share_tid=220062&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ewilddog%2Eza%2Enet%2Fforum%2Findex%2Ephp%3Ftopic%3D220062&share_type=t

 I phoned around on Monday and managed to speak to someone at the SAPO head office (after waiting 30min on the phone) and she was very helpful. I had used the website in that thread to find my local tracking number and I got an email back from this lady the next day saying that it should be delivered soon with a quote on how much the taxes will be. The order arrived in SA on 11 February and if I didn't start phoning around I reckon it would be a much longer wait. I'd give your order a few weeks then try phoning around and start making some noise.
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KTM LC4 400/610/640 & 690 / Re: 690 Rear top box
« on: March 12, 2018, 01:42:09 pm »
I have successfully done this on my 690. Send me your email and I'll forward you the designs for a rack that I use which is simple and slimline. I then attach an aftermarket adapter rack that best fits my top box - mine is a BMW 1200 Adventure adapter.

Alternatively have a look at the Toys-2-Go rack which is large but also adds 'side protection' (not my style but could work) and attach an adapter to that. In this case the rear rack is a similar design to the BMW one.

I may have a spare adapter plate lying around if you need.
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 Bush boys Camp, Tontledoos, Limpopo. Not sure if they're on the forum but a great place to stay and definitely bike friendly.  on the map , Flatdog on the forum. Have not been here, but looks excellent.
 Nicks place, Smithfield, Freestate. Great food and accommodation, will make a plan to have your bike safe inside. email sent
Pride Rock, Tuli Block, Botswana - unless riding cut lines through northern Botswana this is the closest to game viewing on a bike you will get also very good semi-self catering luxury accommodation. email sent
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Garage, Projects & Restorations / Re: TIG weld trolley build.
« on: December 13, 2017, 01:11:14 am »
Thats some nice work there. Flying Brick I would imagine would be interested in some of your work   ;)
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KTM LC8 1050 / 1190 / 1290 / KTM, what have you done?
« on: October 25, 2017, 09:41:50 pm »
Well you may be in luck... KTM are having a sale on all their 2017 stock, selling everything as demos and at amazing discount.

The difference that I can see between the 1190 and 1090 is mainly weight and power. They do share a lot with each other though.

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Planning a Ride / Re: Spanner in the Lesotho works .... Now where?
« on: October 16, 2017, 12:28:10 pm »




Need I say anything

It's pretty easy to avoid these sections and keep to gravel and tar. Send me your email details and I'll send you some routes I got. If anyone else has any other routes post them up here.
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General Bike Related Banter / Mitas E09 Not Discontinued
« on: October 14, 2017, 01:05:47 am »
So I was told by JustBikeTyre that Mitas E09 has been discontinued and the E12 will take over in it place. Can anyone confirm this?
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: Thinking about enduro
« on: October 06, 2017, 10:02:08 am »
My 2c... I first started riding off-road/cross-country on a 530 but it was not very good beginner bike for enduro. Skipping a few years and I have sold the 530 and 1 year ago I got a KTM 300. I am very glad I did, my mate has a YZ 250 which I ride often and in comparison as someone who is still learning enduro the 300 wins hands down. I also love the 2-stroke (which I never thought I would) as maintenance is almost non existent - except air filters and chain lube. I weigh 100kg so that does play a role and the 300 chug-ability is great for my confidence. I've seen my 300 roll (not on its wheels) down a hill and it still starts first kick - plus electric start

When browsing bikes I almost bought a 2009 for around 30k, not bad for what it is. I ended up paying more for a newer model which in the end will pay off as it won't depreciate quickly anyways. My suggestion is get a 300 - if you don't like the enduro thing you can sell very easily and get your money back, if you love the sport (you will) and continue to ride then I believe you will have got the right bike to grow into.
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