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Offline Hubs640

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Africa Raw Paws
« on: January 20, 2013, 11:24:34 am »
An EPIC journey of two friends [myself and Zarin....AKA Roadkill] on KTM's through southern Africa. 9 countries , 13000km over 2 months! Good times , hard times and the best times all to be told.....I am new to the forum and not the brightest when it comes to computers,so as soon as I have figured out how to load pic's properly then I will start the report. Again - it was a trip of a life time!
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2013, 12:02:18 pm »
Waiting.
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2013, 05:29:03 pm »
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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2013, 07:31:08 pm »
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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2013, 02:03:26 am »
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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2013, 03:04:01 pm »
Is jou voete te rou om te tik? Kom broer ons wag.
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2013, 03:05:26 pm »
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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2013, 03:15:29 pm »
 :peepwall: :sip:
ROUTE DIFFICULTY
1 = tar
2 = good gravel /pillian friendly
3 = interspersed with sand, mud, sand , bush / not pillian friendly
4 = lots of sand, technical riding 5 = expert only
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2013, 09:33:31 pm »
Ok-still working on the foto's,but that might take a while,so here goes in the meantime. The whole story started around a fire [like many good idea's]. We were both gatvol of the boring rat race and was in need of some serious adventure. Roadkill has played with the idea of an African trip for a long time and I wanted to go sail the world. A few more brandy's later and I was convinced a trip through Africa was exactly the adventure needed , but there was a problem....I think Roadkill's exact words were 'You don't even have a bike!' Small obstacle,but a necessary item. To be honest I have never owned a bike nor do I have a license! I was never a big BMW fan so for me it boiled down to a KLR or KTM . 2 months later I asked my companion to come have a look at my new baby....2007/640 adventure with only 8000km on the clock and all the extras! Man I was excited! And so the planning could begin. We gave ourselves 1 year to prep and get ready with neither of us having done anything like this. The original plan was to do it over 6 months,but even after threatening to quite our jobs we could only manage 2 months and still retain a job.
At first it seamed very simple - pack a tent,fill the tank and off you go! Man was I wrong...I soon realized it would take allot more planning and paperwork than just that,but with the both of us as exited as a school boy at a sokkie we soon had a list of things to do and would get together once a month and discuss progress.
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2013, 09:35:43 pm »
 :sip: nou roer dit!
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2013, 10:42:01 pm »
The route was the least of our problems - we stuck a hugh detailed map of Africa up on the wall and high lighted all the 'must see's' in the Southern hemisphere. We figured we could do 350km a day and every 3rd day a rest day -after all,it was an adventure,not a holiday. We planned on taking rods with and follow the rivers and lakes with the chance of a 'nat lyn' along the way and thus the route sort of formed itself. we would go north up the west coast into Namibia and the hook east and try go as north as K2 and then back down the east coast back to Cape Town.We would take a GPS with Tracks for Africa and some road maps and play it by ear.
But first the bike's - Roadkill has a 2010 / 690 Enduro which he has been riding for a year.He imported the Rally Raid long range tank and fairing kit and pannier racks and installed them himself. He decided to go for the soft luggage system and added some crash bars. I had very little to do on my 640 since it came with allu panniers,crash bars and bash plate and only added some small extras for comfort.
Fiscal fitness was a hugh concern - we grabbed every opportunity we could to do weekend trips away and ride every terrain possible from gravel ,rocky mountains,sand,dunes to even snow. Our sanity was questioned more than once by smaller bikes in the dunes - 35 degrees with full kit on a 180kg bike in Atlantas was no joke,but that's how committed we were.
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2013, 04:43:55 pm »
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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2013, 05:07:18 pm »
Keep it coming . . . . .    :thumleft:
When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.                 .  .  .  .  .  Leonardo da Vinci
 

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« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2013, 05:10:55 pm »
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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2013, 12:38:29 pm »
 :pot: :ricky: :thumleft:
ROUTE DIFFICULTY
1 = tar
2 = good gravel /pillian friendly
3 = interspersed with sand, mud, sand , bush / not pillian friendly
4 = lots of sand, technical riding 5 = expert only
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2013, 01:25:34 pm »
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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #16 on: January 31, 2013, 02:20:14 pm »
Come on now - weres the rest , a few of us are planning almost the same trip so very keen to hear your story . pics pics pics......!!!!
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #17 on: January 31, 2013, 02:29:18 pm »
Hmmmm, slow typer.
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2013, 03:33:42 pm »
Posting your pics and images using an Image Hosting Service
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=1308.0
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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2013, 03:51:21 pm »
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