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Racing Section / Re: Tankwa Cross Country Rally 2018
« on: September 26, 2018, 07:05:47 am »
Later on Sunday with prize giving and after total score of the weekend, Junior got Third place. For his first time Gps race. Think he is hooked and gonna cost me more moela!!

People pay a lot more to install in their kids the type of grid, determination and innovation that a race like the Tankwa requires and teaches you along the way.

Awesome result Renier, looking at you on the track, and the way you managed your race, no reason that you would not have done well in the golden glass either.

Dave
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Racing Section / Re: Tankwa Cross Country Rally 2018
« on: September 19, 2018, 09:39:32 am »
But I'm looking at next year in a different way, not just a race. If I'm away I might as well make it 10 days or so and turn it into a Tankwa race AND tour - I doubt I'll ever be going back that side of the country again.

I don't have the talent to be a race winner or a contender but I love racing anyway AND I wanna have an adventure while doing it.  :thumleft:

I'll get you a Bells once down here.

Rooiputs is an ideal place for a jump off - I have tracks that will take you from there, past Loeriesfontein all the way to Pella and a proper Richtersveld meander, if so inclined, even some tracks just north of the Namibia border.

If you approach the Tankwa Rally as an adventure, it provides awesome opportunity on it's own, which is why I can't understand that some of the more adventurous dual sport guys don't ride it - it is priced far less than a regular rally, and on par with offroad "touring" companies - to me it is a no brainer.   :dontknow:
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Racing Section / Re: Tankwa Cross Country Rally 2018
« on: September 18, 2018, 01:59:40 pm »
Thanks Buff.
Saw that mount on Garmins website last night.
So the wiring is 12V ?
I was just worried that the GPS needs a 5V power supply.

Mine ripped out when my "tower" cracked and collapsed - you can get a hard wire kit.

Looks like this:

https://shop.garmin.co.za/access-serial-data-power-cable-with-ferrite.html

I phoned all over Cape Town - no luck, and out of desperation and on a whim I phoned Flying Brick.

There website was down etc etc....but guess what, with the assistance of Werner, I managed to EFT and sort out collection and delivery in about 5 minutes flat - what a pleasure.

Guys are forum vendors, and ideally situated within walking distance of KTM, Yamaha etc.
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Racing Section / Re: Tankwa Cross Country Rally 2018
« on: August 17, 2018, 02:58:06 pm »
WOW, looks like amazing terrain!

Depending on your class, you will get to enjoy between 750 and 1000 km of it...racing.

Also, it is not lap riding, i.e. going round in a 40km loop 10 times in a row, it is proper riding.

It is so much more than an iconic race, even if you are not a "racer", it is still a ride/race that deserves a place on the bucket list.

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The roll of duct-tape is more worrying, probably taped the inside of the rim because they're too stingy to buy a rimband. :pot:

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Planning a Ride / Re: Out and About - Cape Town to Tankwa roadtrip
« on: June 19, 2018, 08:32:46 pm »
Sunday Spice

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Planning a Ride / Re: Out and About - Cape Town to Tankwa roadtrip
« on: June 19, 2018, 08:28:29 pm »
Home Run - back to base

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Planning a Ride / Re: Out and About - Cape Town to Tankwa roadtrip
« on: June 19, 2018, 08:25:02 pm »
Some more..

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Planning a Ride / Out and About - Cape Town to Tankwa roadtrip
« on: June 19, 2018, 08:22:21 pm »
Scouting for the Tankwa Offroad, (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=220947.msg4079252#msg4079252 ) I was again in awe of the sheer country right on our doorstep (if you have a bike)

Compared to my wild camping more often than not without a tent - staying at Rooiputs with it’s Tequila Tree, waking up in the morning, having a cup of coffee knowing full well that all you need to do today is ride your bike - very little beats that feeling.

Rooiputs serves as race HQ for the long weekend in September, and it cooks !
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=212784.msg3917592#msg3917592

It can also serve as a great jump off point to explore the Tankwa, Ou Berg and Ganagap pass, passing through the Tankwa Park.

What makes it particularly appealing is a matter of logistics – 60km from Calvinia, down the R355 means that you can make it from Cape Town before dark should you leave after lunch, the next day, after coffee it is a matter of getting on your bike and riding gravel, no dreary slog to get there.

From Rooiputs, should you go in a clockwise direction, you are, through the Tankwa Park, 60 km from the foot of Ganagap Pass

I would suggest you head down the R355 to Tankwa padstal (105 km) for breakfast.
From there, West and then North over Ouberg Pass to Middlepos (97 km) where you can refuel if need be.
From Middelpos to Ganagap Lodge, and lunch at the pub it is 23 km.
Ganagap Lodge to your base at Rooiputs, it is 70 km, a total of approx. 390 km.

I reckon the route with it’s many stops, and the fact that you are working from a base and can ride luggage free, makes it a very pillion friendly trip.

To make it even easier, you can pre book and arrange for braaipacks etc etc from the owners = They are also part of Calvinia Vleisfees organising committee, you do get value for money. 
Just keep in mind, they are 60km away from Calvinia – you can’t phone up on a Friday and tell them you are on our way and expect to be able to order – but – they are very helpful. 
Their website:  http://rooiputs.co.za/

If you are up to it, you can even arrange for clay pigeon shooting and some other stuff.

On Sunday you can head back to the big smoke either via Calvinia, or to spice things up, via the Old Postal Route or Biedouw valley to Oasis for lunch…. Choices, choices, choices.

Rooiputs and other random pics from past trips:


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Ride Reports / Dogs of Trip - attending the Honda day.
« on: November 06, 2017, 10:48:05 am »
I was privileged to attend the Honda test ride weekend held at Kaleo near Ceres this weekend.

First, big shout out to Johann Botha and his crew from Tygerberg Honda for the bikes, Hardy de Kock of Specialised Adventures for organising it, and Charl du Plessies for taking out the one outride after the other – your enthusiasm knows no bounds.

I went there to see what the hype was about, and of course the opportunity to ride the Africa Twin.

I got to ride the 250 Rally, and then the AT manual  and (man o’ man) the DCT.
My feedback on the bikes (and please take it from whom it comes) is based on “seat of pants” feeling rather than numbers; I specifically chose not to harper on things like “to soft suspension”, “wrong handlebars” etc. etc. as nigly things on a test bike is easily remedied (and should be) by a new owner when setting a bike up for his personal preferences.

Part 1 - Honda CRF 250 Rally:

The bad:

The name is wrong, it lends itself to a Dakar conquering desert sled, and the 250 Rally is not that even though it has seen competition in the Hellas rally in the less than 450 class, where it did very well.
It thus attracts criticism along the lines of being under powered – I think “Adventure” would be spot on and a good alternative.

Personally, the ABS is a pain in the arse, but that is about it. Other than having to set it to “off” every time you turn the bike on, I had no issue with the fact that you could only turn the rear brake of.

The good:


It is a good looking bike, and at 6’4” I was comfortable on it.

The build quality is typical Honda – high!

Before my write up I took the trouble of reading up on it, and by all accounts it is super reliable bike.
Having two friends that is doing a trans Africa trip on 250L’s, and currently just south of Ethiopia without a single mechanical hitch, also vouches for the reliability.

An expensive - if possible - exercise would be to extend the fuel range. Even though the fuel capacity is up with about 2.5 litres compared to the 250L, it is still only just over 10 litres, and should give you about 300 km in sandy conditions.  I reckon a 14 litre tank will not affect the slim layout of the bike adversely.

Even though the bike is rated as “underpowered”, the way the engine makes its power, with quite a bit of bottom end torque and fair amount of over rev, mated to a six speed gearbox, makes for a very good off tar road, long dirt road and tricky technical section bike, especially for riders that does not have a lot of experience, or is not up to picking up a fallen over 180 kg + behemoth.

The ride experience is that of a smooth, vibration free engine, and the bike is very stable at speed over corrugations and the odd sandy patches, and should induce confidence.

In conclusion:

Having done the Kunene, Epupa, Van Zyls, Puros, Brandberg route (essentially the route that the Honda Quest followed) with one of the riders in the group on a DR200, laden with tent, full size camping chair, fishing rod (for fuck sakes), fuel etc. and keeping up, I can see no reason why the 250 Rally should not be considered a proper adventure bike.

If you are not “racing” your trip, and instead taking your time to de-stress, soak in the ambiance of the area, experience the landscape - it ticks most boxes. 

Personally, keeping in mind that I want to “get away from it all” on a trip,  “all” being my high tech job, my Active Virgin membership, the modern, fast paced living forced upon us -  I will definitely consider a 250 Rally even for trips to Northern Namibia – I reckon it is that capable. 

I snickered at a thread somewhere on the forum, espousing small capacity bike touring, but the 250 Rally brought me to a different insight. Getting of my ego driven max horsepower high horse, having experienced the 250 Rally, I can easily identify with the allure of a small bike trip.

Not only is the Rally a capable and versatile small capacity bike, it will make for a super relaxed trip – maybe just what the doctor ordered.

Coming up...the CRF1000 AT.


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Garage, Projects & Restorations / Re: CR750 Replica
« on: March 14, 2017, 07:43:13 pm »
Another Dick Mann Replica
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