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Done that route from Mafekeng to Ashkam then up to Noeniput during December 2016. Following the Molopo river as close as possible. You gonna hit sand, sand and more sand and, depending on the time of year very high ambient temperatures.
Take with a lot of water or beer.



General Technical / Re: Power bank jump starter in place of battery
« on: April 05, 2018, 03:15:10 pm »
They are not batteries but rather super capacitors.


Just had to smile ;D
How many times I was asked in the past "Do you go off road with your bike?" and my reply is No. The look I got, 'Bbbut youu have the bike for it, and you do not go off road?'
Sheet man Off road riding is dangarooos, there are snakes, stones, rocks, spiders, ants, thorns, lions, aardvark holes that you can disappear into  :biggrin:


General Technical / Re: KTM 690R not charging battery
« on: April 03, 2018, 04:52:37 pm »
As I said, I also thought it was the charging system, in the end it was the relay base. When the wiring were checked, did they have a look there? The wires intermittend short out at the base and run the battery flat.
But then in your case if it is fine there, it could be the charging system. Another problem I had with mine was the regulator, the output was to high (20V instead of 14V) but that cause other problems.


General Technical / Re: KTM 690R not charging battery
« on: April 03, 2018, 04:35:18 pm »
I had the same problem with mine (690R 2010 model) Also bought a new battery and the problem persist. In the end it was the fuel pump relay base. The base wiring got a bit farked (over heated) due to the vibration, result in that the fuel pump get destroyed.
Check your bike's error codes. This may help.


Ride Reports / Re: Limpopo makes me moist.
« on: March 22, 2018, 08:00:50 am »
Aish, bring back memories. Het daardie Mohalipitsi rivier trip many many moons gelede gedoen.


Hoe is daardie roete deesdae? Wil dit weer doen voor die Son sak (vir my).


Planning a Ride / Re: Marico - Get together aka Bash
« on: March 14, 2018, 12:40:46 pm »
AhSheet the 24th March is out for me. Scratch my name of the list

Planning a Ride / Re: Marico - Get together aka Bash
« on: March 12, 2018, 02:08:37 pm »


General Bike Related Banter / Re: HARD VS SOFT PANNIERS- Honest Review
« on: January 23, 2018, 11:17:55 am »
Schalk, ek het altyd met 'hard panniers' getoer (Zega Boxe) tot ek eendag een keer te veel hard neergeslet het en daai twatwaffle my voet haak. Van toe af net sagte panniers. Top Box is fine.
Glo vir 2SD hy praat nie k@k in sy post nie


Ek reken hul is van die honde besnuffel, 2500 to 5000 Britse pond? Faarkin Hel.

(another planned trip cancelled)


KTM LC4 400/610/640 & 690 / Re: 690R Irregular Electrical Problem
« on: September 22, 2017, 09:22:13 am »
Hmmn worse than I thought.
Got the bike back and it was fine for about 30km of riding, then other shite started. Receiving this letter 9 morse code (- - - - .) message from the FI lamp code.
End result, the base of the fuel pump relay were melted (could be the result of the voltage regulator over voltage ? maybe ?) and the fuel pump decided that is it, i am going on slow strike.

Damn there goes my holiday moola


KTM LC4 400/610/640 & 690 / Re: 690R Irregular Electrical Problem
« on: September 14, 2017, 07:53:00 am »
OK, as suggested by Bill the Bong, I start to strip the wiring and check all the earthing points. All was fine. Next step, get hold of a can or two of contact cleaner. Proceed to try to undo all electrical connections and plugs, what a mission (I have drowned the bike a couple of years ago) and spray it with the cleaner.

No change, nada, nothing. Still the same.

As last resort, took the bike to Trax KTM. Result - it is the faarkin voltage regulator. While the bike is idling, the charging voltage is 13,5 - 14Volt. As soon as you touch the throttle the voltage jump up to 18 - 20 Volt. Then everything went apeshit. The bike's blikbrain's tor bliksemed of the cork.

Bloody modern computorised control systems and fuel injected................. oh where is the days of carburetor, points & plugs


KTM LC4 400/610/640 & 690 / 690R Irregular Electrical Problem
« on: August 03, 2017, 07:54:29 am »
I have a 2010 model 680R Enduro, also known as the PitBike. 77500km on the clock.

Lately this machine is developing a rather strange habit. At very irregular intervals the whole dash display will started to flash like the disco lights in the old Jacqualenes. The exhaust note sound very different, misfires, backfires etc. Open the throttle and the engine just cut out and die. Then it refuse to start. Sometimes all the lights go dim or dead. Switch the ignition of, wait a minute or two, try again and it starts, all is fine. Maybe a week or two later the same again.

This habit of it caused for some fun and games in the traffic.

New battery was installed about two months ago. I commute with the bike to work and back all 8km of it every day, plus fooling around over weekends.

Any one out there experience something simmilar and what could be the prognoses?


KTM LC4 400/610/640 & 690 / Re: Stainless Mesh Oil Filters
« on: June 14, 2017, 07:34:06 am »
Used it on the PitBike (aka 690R) for the last 60 000km+ problem free. It even removed that fine metal powder when I tried to operate the machine without oil. :biggrin:
Only reason why I use it is that I got it for free.


KTM LC4 400/610/640 & 690 / Major loss of oil
« on: April 11, 2017, 08:58:17 am »
      So yes, during our trip following the Molopo River, the PitBike (2010 Model 690R Enduro) developed a slight oil leak on one of the oil filter housing covers. The result of a stripped bolt. Did a roadside fix with some Gasket Sealer, “slang spoeg, spykers en Japanese draad”, with the hope that it will last the trip, which it did.
      The idea was to not to do the next service myself, but took it to KTM when it is due and ask them to fixed the stripped bolt also. Needless to say, before that happened I went for a one nighter around Marekele.
      On the way back through Rosslyn, when I need to stop, no rear brake. Oh well maybe I was riding with my boot tip on the brake lever again, resulting in overheating of the system.
      Stopped at home, saw the problem. Oil, oil, oil everywhere except in the engine. Boots, pants, luggage, rear brake – just dripping all over. Wash the bike, fill up with oil – did find a lot of shiny things, and I mean a lot, in the washable oil filters – start it, but could not detect any difference in performance and noise. A KTM starting and idling sound like a shaking tin full of bolts and nuts. Found the oil leak, that damn stripped bolt.
      Took the bike to Trax KTM. They flushed the engine, thereby removing some more shining stuff, fill up with oil, tune it ‘ek sê’, raced around the block with it and do with it what a mechanic normally do with it. Could not detect any funny additional noises or reduction in performance.
      The prognoses now is, that I agree with, ride it until it breaks, then we fix it.

      Strange how suddenly acute your hearing become and sensitive your feelings are. Keep on hearing these noises, real and imaginary, and feeling every bump in the road and the chain whiplash, the rattling of the bottle Gin & 6 Tafels in the top box, and and…..
      No I wonder, how much longer the engine will last, already done 77 000 + km with it. AND what will an engine repair cost for the PitBike.


General Bike Related Banter / Re: What do you do with old helmets?
« on: February 27, 2017, 07:19:56 am »
Make 'pot' plants with them. Hang it under your house's roof or in trees.


Wel Ja, no Englishman but two mad dogs.

Terwyl die Kalahari Son op ons neerbak, met temperature in die lae veertigs, met geen doring boom binne tien seemyl vir 'n kolletjie skaduwee, kom die lied van Noël Coward 'Mad Dogs & Englishman' in my son gebakte benewelde brein op.

As said - Sometimes I am a sucker for punishment.



A bit belated but - Yebo all, 'n Geseënde Paasfees en Gesonde Opelyf aan almal.

Something to read and look at while the coffee gets cold.

“Only Mad Dogs and Englishman go out in the midday Sun”
(26/12/2016 ; 07h00 – 31/12/2016 ; 19h30)

It was just before Christmas that the Prof phone me - "Hey Hardste, wat maak jy volgende week? Kom ons gaan fynkam die Molopo rivier van sy onstaan tot waar dit uitmond"
Needles to say, sucker for punishment I agreed to his suggestion. What can I say? It was sand to the power of four, corrugations to the power of six, then there was sand corrugations to the power of two, temperatures in the high thirties and low forties and, only one mud puddle.

Ever try to get pass a donkey cart in a twee spoor red Kalahari sand road between the dunes with a middle mannetjie (cart approaching from the front) on a hot summers day?
Ever got stuck in a Kalahari sandstorm in Botswana? For those who saw the movie "American Sniper", that is what it looks like. When the storm hit us I nearly got blown of the PitBike.
Witnessing a Kalahari thunder storm display from horison to horison, as in an Imax theater.
We were two GayTeeEms, a 690 and an old style 640. The corrugations were so shieet, I nearly lost my false teeth. I actually developed some painful shoulders and a stiff neck. Never in my life encounter so much “sinkplaat”, but thanks to the ‘White Power’ (White Power - am I allowed to use this expression or is it deemed a racist comment?) suspension the ‘PitBike’ handle it without complaining. The sand, was fine until the heat and my fitness level kicked in. Did a bit of geological surveying.
What helped was running 0,6bar up front and 1,5bar at the rear and that very expensive gold coloured piece of equipment located on the steering, set at tight. Just need to be on the lookout for stones and potholes. The “whoops”, yes, that was something else, driving a steady 60/70/80, and just as you cross the summit, a mother of sand pit with donga or two is waiting.
For those that tell me it is only BMW riders or the inexperienced that Meerkat has never tackled the Kalahari.
Big problem was the white road (white roads - apologies if this is deemed a racist expression) sections. Had to wear sun glasses and with that I lost definition on the road. Cannot distinguish the sandy patches from the gravel sections. Good for that ‘OFok’ moments.

We had a cloud cover only on day one, and for half a day on day two on our six day trip. Done just over two thousand kays.
We missed the rain and floods. Heard the warnings regarding serious floods and rain in the Northern Cape over the radio weather forecast.

Molopo River useless information:
•   Origen – Molopo Oog near Rooigrond (Mafikeng).
•   Mouth into the Orange (Garieb) River near Augrabies Falls.
(Due to time constrain we did not reach this point)
•   Last run the full length over a hundred or more years ago.
•   River course currently blocked by a sand dune close to Noenieputs forming alarge pan.
•   During the Great Depression (early thirties-previous century) it ran for a section and formed a big lake at the sand dune blockage. Here according to legend people were actually catching fish and went sailing.
•   Also during the Great Depression, the homeless and workless were cultivating vegetable gardens in the river bed to survive.

The question is: Where has all the water gone?


Here are a few photographs of the investigation:

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