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Ride Reports / Re: Southern Moz May 2014
« on: May 17, 2014, 03:36:11 pm »
HI Chis  make sure your licences and paperwork are ok

Ride Reports / Re: Southern Moz May 2014
« on: May 17, 2014, 11:11:29 am »
Sorry Bud - I'm a technodinosaur -  I study Google Earth before we leave and then rely on paper map for the trip.
Forget the GPS, it only wants to take you to the wrong place.
BTW - unless you're a crap hot rider I wouldn't recommend a 1200GS for this route - you might end up hating life.
There are no pics of most of the worst sand tracks as you're concentrating on getting through them.

Ride Reports / Southern Moz May 2014
« on: May 17, 2014, 10:44:15 am »
Our route took us from Barberton up the Louw’s Creek / Bulembu road and into Swaziland.

Piggs Peak to Siteki on easy gravel tracks.  At Goba we entered Moz and hit the Bella Vista road. This road obviously suffered in the Summer rains and was quite challenging in places especially with the presence of road rehab vehicles.

Salamanga greeted us with a road block (permanent) and one of us encountered Moz authority at its best – 40 minutes later and a lighter wallet..
We had some superb sand tracks all the way to Ponta do Oura. We arrived in time to find a cool old Motel and washed the day’s dust off in the warm Indian Ocean.  Plenty of prawns, DoisM’s and R&R’s – this is why we love Moz!

Next morning back to Maputo and over the bay on the ferry then on to the next ferry at Macaneta.

Macaneta Lodge for the night with a repeat of the previous night’s activities. Bungalow right on the beach.

Next morning the notorious Macaneta / Bilene route – once in the zone this was by far the best sandy section of the week. Absolutely sublime riding to Bilene and then a further 15 km to Nbanga – again a superb location with typical Mozambican food and hospitality. The best prawns of the weekend here and R&R’s on special.

Last day along the Lagoon edge and on to Magude. This gravel road runs next to the Komati River and ends close to the border. (Watch out for cane trucks)

What a privilege to be able to ride in this very different (from SA) and amazing country.

We did not have a single mechanical or tyre problem over 4 days and only 1 fall with over 4000 km between us. We are blessed to have this on our doorstep.

Hey Lancer - perhaps this is an ideal time to turn the situation into a win/win one.
Put it to the landowners and encourage certain areas to be opened up to us, there is also a big local community area that could be used with some benefit to the community.  The Midlands farmers got it right with the mountain bikers for everyone's benefit.

Its a known fact that areas allocated for a particular segment don't work;  the best game guards are rehabilitated poachers.

There's a big market that could be exploited by the locals - set up a 'friends of the Tuli" type group.
My 2c worth.

General Technical / Re: Steering damper or not on KTM 990 Adv S.
« on: October 11, 2011, 08:44:40 pm »
for high speed on gravel its a must-bad head shake will throw you off

General Bike Related Banter / Re: Two up with Water Buffalo on Scooter
« on: February 13, 2011, 08:54:16 am »
Another Load

General Bike Related Banter / Two up with Water Buffalo on Scooter
« on: February 08, 2011, 08:27:54 pm »
Travelling between Hanoi and Halong Bay last week I came across these two farmers moving their water buffalo - he was very much alive - insane. Vietnam is the land of the scooter, I saw 5 up - 3 adults and 2 kids standing, as well as the most amazing loads being carried, but this took the cake.

General Bike Related Banter / New cheap ankle boots
« on: December 01, 2010, 07:32:57 pm »
Turned an old pair of boots into ankle boots, sealed the top with black silicone.

General Bike Related Banter / Beware: Fraudster in Bloemfontein
« on: November 23, 2010, 06:50:17 pm »
Yes!  She's at it again but this time on a grand scale. It would seem that the only successful bike deals were part of a well thought out pyramid design. It would seem that Lianne Becker of LaBella Imports is a complete fraudster and I stand by my word.

Our shipment of 15 bikes for which she has been paid over R1.4 million has never materialized and no matter how much communication/correspondence has been entered into over the past 6 months we still have not received any proof that the bikes even exist.  There are a further 10 bikes and 2 4X4's that we are aware of with the same problems. 

Our first deposits were made in February 2010 - be warned - do not go near this woman if you want anything imported!

Watch this space..........................it's going to get interesting over the next few weeks........................

Ride Reports / Roof Ride
« on: November 29, 2009, 07:24:49 pm »
12 KTM’s – 1st night on a plaas close to Clarens; Friday in Lesotho to catch the race but missed most of the action and went on to Semonkong for the night.
Saturday :  again we missed most of the action but caught up with buddies at Ramabanta then headed back to the Clarens plaas for the night.
Some good riding was had by all, too much black top but still lekker to be out there. All back safely “baa” the sheep that got decapitated by a 990 – Lucky escape for both rider and bike.

Ride Reports / Re: Mozambique
« on: September 24, 2009, 10:05:30 pm »
Nice Report, looks like some awesome roads... Would you mind posting a gps route of the roads you followed???

Nice, what is the "lewensgevaarlike" bike doing on the back of the bakkie ?

Second that, whats the yellow 800 doing on the bakkie...

Sorry Fun - I'm not gps friendly but will show you on a map any time.....

Yellow 800 seized his clutch as did the new Tenere' s   

Ride Reports / Mozambique
« on: September 24, 2009, 02:35:24 pm »
We left Nelspruit on Friday afternoon and traveled via forestry roads to Barberton – wet, misty and crappy riding conditions.

Saturday morning conditions were unchanged until we hit the lowveld in Swaziland from where we had good riding into Mocambique and on to Maputo. After lunch we decided to head north as we were real eager for the adventure to begin.  One of our party went down on the first piece of sand and we all turned back and into Maputo again for the night.

We then headed out again on Sunday and the game was on!  Sand against bikes.  Over the next few days we had brilliant riding; sand tracks (GPS navigated) were the order of the day until the guys were overwhelmed by fatigue and heat.

We finally had a rest day in Viloncoulos where we visited the islands.
Then for me it was solo back to Gauteng.

The locals were superb as was the food and beer.

We rode just under 4000 km over 7days – the last 500 km on my 640 was with only 5 teeth left on the rear sprocket - The sand spat the rest out.

Rob from the UK, down the west coast of Africa and now on the way up the east on a 125

General Bike Related Banter / Sukamadoda
« on: August 18, 2009, 06:53:51 pm »
Decided to spoil myself with this beauty
Passed the 07 on to Slick Jnr
His YZ 125 for sale - check out trade buy and sell
Rode the new one at de wildt last week end - suspension remarkably improved from the 07

Ride Reports / Re: A short rebirth in the Cape
« on: August 12, 2009, 06:50:20 pm »
Hey dude
Good to see you and ride with you again
Hope you survive the European winter
Picking up my new 09 200 tomorrow yeahah
Luke on my old 200 - guess we might be behind him when you finally get back
Take it easy

Ride Reports / Re: Introducing Lesotho
« on: May 03, 2009, 07:47:32 pm »
how does it compare to the 950?

I loved the 950 despite it chowing back tyres too quickly - wanted more range and a lighter machine - think i made the right choice.

Ride Reports / Re: Introducing Lesotho
« on: May 03, 2009, 05:18:07 pm »
Wow, very nice pics. Did you attend the MMC? I'm sure I've seen that bike before.

My first ride on this machine, used to be on a 950 and very happy so far
The bike used to belong to Attie...

Ride Reports / Introducing Lesotho
« on: May 01, 2009, 07:15:02 am »
I finally got to show my wife the country I have been raving about for years. Without a doubt the best way to experience this amazing country is from the saddle – the summer crops are being harvested and winter green feed being planted. 

Our reception by the people throughout was fantastic and we made the classic mistake of planning to travel too far for the conditions but nothing that a last minute change of plan couldn’t sort out.

We entered at Monantse, traveled through Mokhotlong and out at Sani – not originally planned but still an amazing trip.

No cement required for these blocks

Cool Dude +dogs

1st Trip on the 640 – makes passes like this easy

Good mates chilling

When your body is too buggered to ride, the Suzuki is the next best option for a trip like this


The most photographed bike this weekend



Met ys

Pretty aren’t they


Typical Lesotho portrait

Goats galore

The old goat

On the rocks

On top of the world

From Sani Top to 2km other side the border – freewheeling 2up – Stupid immobiliser

Stark contrast to Lesotho – Himeville area

Ride Reports / Re: Untamed Lesotho
« on: March 31, 2009, 08:32:46 pm »
GPS indeed, but mostly not even on track
This was a 1st for Enduro World - Distances a bit too far - But an absolutely amazing ride
Takes some co-ordinating, fuel etc.

Ride Reports / Untamed Lesotho
« on: March 31, 2009, 11:15:16 am »
This is a letter from myself to Gary after our trip and his response – he’s slowly getting stronger.

Hi there Gary,
Today I feel like a million bucks - having spent the weekend trail riding in what has got to be one of the best riding destinations in the world.
There is no intention in trying to make you envious of the ride you missed and BTW welcome back home, there is no better place.
This past weekend must rate as one of the best of the 2618 I have survived - Friday saw the Natal Boys being separated from their back up vehicles and fortunately for them they made it to a lodge and spent the night there in their kit.
Your wish was granted as we left Katse on Saturday with no idea as to what lay in store or whenever we would meet up with our back up.
We rode past dozens of villages where I am sure no Mlungu's have ridden before - waves, smiles and greetings - another wish of yours was the goodwill gesture, books, crayons, toys and clothes were distributed to a very humble and appreciative people.   At one stage Pieter and Chris each had a herd boy on the back, for them to show us where to cross a huge river that blocked our progress.

 The Basotho people are amazing farmers.   Every suitable piece of mountain is under cultivation.   Their stock animals are as good as any in S.A. - their horses are tough and well kept as with their donkeys.   They truly live on the edge and give what little they have.
At one stage both Laird and myself hit the wall, but were quickly marshalled up by "Colonel" Pieter and when I finally made it up the Mother of all mountains I staggered into a village and received the sweetest water I ever tasted - my trippa ran dry an hour before.
I have never looked forward to riding on a track (that Pieter kept on promising us was there somewhere), as much as the last 12km, in my life.   We arrived at fuel stop 2 to find the braai (supplied by Secunda Supa Spa) ready and the beer cold (supplied by my back up crew).
Then on to Sani and down on the bikes on Sunday.
Trips like this enforce my love of Africa, of good riding buddies and never to take stuff for granted.
Thanks to you and Pieter for staging the ride and hoping to be back on the trail with you soon.
Nick Voigt

Hi Nick
Thanks so much for this mail. From all you and the guys have said, I really did miss something special and I am looking forward to doing it in the future. I agree that Lesotho is like the ultimate adventure playground - extreme and always that element of danger lurking.
I'm relieved that everyone enjoyed this tough 1st extreme adventure tour and we will definitely be doing more of these. Your letter is excellent, thanks Nick!

Some pics which tell the story:

The Group

Does it get any better?

Check on top

Tocadisco down – sorry Bud – put paid to his week ends fun

Big country

The trailers got hammered


Saturday’s start

Not for the faint hearted – Katse to Sani in a straight line

Fuel stop 1 – still fresh

Lesotho highway

Top of the World

River crossing

Fuel stop 2 – the face says it all

God’s window

Down Sani


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