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« on: January 19, 2007, 01:51:17 pm »
Yes that's right guys and gals I've made up my mind to come over and ride around in South Africa and hopefully Namibia, Lesotho and Botswana.

I have not yet decided on a definite date but I will be in-country for a month at least.

I won't be renting a bike because that's just too expensive for that long a period, also most SA bike rental companies have a per km charge also, and that just sux.

I am looking at buying either a brand new 250 to 400cc bike or a good condition used bike up to 650cc.

I would also be prepared to do some kind of a deal with a forum member who might be kind enough to offer me a bike.
My thoughts being it should be fully insured for me to ride; in the event of minor damage I would pay to have it repaired myself, major damage and we'll just claim on the insurance.
I would pay the excess.
After my trip I would pay for a service and tune up, and new tires, chain, sprockets and such like.
I would also be prepared to pay for the next 12 months worth of registration. (Whenever it is due).

I'm happy to negotiate.

I'll say right now that I'm not interested in anything over 650.
It's not that I can't ride bigger bikes on or off road because I can, it's just that I can't be arsed to struggle picking up the bigger bikes if I fall off them. :D
Especially when they have luggage on board.

I am currently looking for advice on the best month for me to come over.
Wino (who suggested I post all this up here) already informed me that Nov to Feb is the hottest time, although often rains in the afternoons.
So I'm wondering if I should be looking at Sept or Oct when it might be cooler and therefore better to do desert sections?

I'd also like help to plan a route and hopefully have some riding companions for some of the more remote places.

I am happy to camp provided it is safe to do so.

Looking at the WD ride reports it's obvious that there are plenty of privately owned hotels/pubs/campsites around.

I'd like to start in Cape Town, pick up a bike there, do rides of up to 500kms or so a day for a short period before heading off on a longer trip.
I read the ride report of the guys who rode to Namibia, then returned to SA thru Botswana.
That route looked good, except I would like to visit Walvis Bay and some of the deserted coastline.

So anyway, that's my ideas at present.

I've ridden alone thru other western and eastern euro countries and not had any problems.
I admit to being wary about SA because of all the crime stories I read about.
But I'm not detered by them, merely more careful in my approach.

Besides I've got to get over there before they tar Sani Pass. :shock:

Cheers: Jaq.
PS: is there a Cape Town newspaper online or website that lists lots of bikes for sale?
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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2007, 02:05:36 pm »
Great news jaq

Sept, Oct Nov are nice months to travel in.  You can expect hot and cold/rainy days but not too excessive either way.

Best bet is to buy a second hand bike locally, have someone fit it out for you - bike, camping gear - whatever; insure it yourself (I know a good broker), ride it and sell it afterwards - even if you sell it for R5k lower, still much more affortable than a rent bike.  I can help you with that.  

KLRs can be obtained for circa R25k - then its a 2-3 old bike with say 20-30k kms on the clock.  Transalps will cost between R45-50k for a 1-2 year old bike with about 10-15k kms on the clock.  BMs may be more expensive.  I would not recommend anything smaller than a 500cc.  Important to be able to keep up with the traffic and not being overtaken by our infamous taxis.  Some long stretches in SA and Nam too.

Between the forum members you'll get good advice, riding companions and dare I say the occational place to sleep/drink/etc  We will most definately be able to help with the procurement, prepping and selling of the bike.  

Best would be to take a friend or 2 with - always better in a small group.

Well done for doing it - don't hesitate to ask for assistance

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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2007, 02:10:16 pm »
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Great news jaq


Best would be to take a friend or 2 with - always better in a small group.

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Yes I agree completely mate.
Two attractive women would certainly make the trip more enjoyable. :D  :D
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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2007, 02:16:34 pm »
I will be happy to plan a route for you and post it here
others can then suggest changes/alternatives until it suits you perfectly

will try to work on it over the weekend

smaller bikes sound good but as Kilroy said - the long distances could become torture on a 'slow' bike. 600/650cc is the way to go IMHO
 

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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2007, 02:20:15 pm »
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Two attractive women would certainly make the trip more enjoyable


You'll meet plenty here mate - keep the...... (better keep quiet) :D

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« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2007, 02:21:41 pm »
Just tell em you love em .... and you're good to go..  (about now is the right time to start running) :D  :D  :D

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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2007, 02:30:31 pm »
I find 400 to 500cc bikes are ok, although I admit these days the seats are made by the Spanish Inquisition.

My old XL 500 Honda was made in the days when manufacturers realised that people might want to have children later in life, after they returned from their round Oz trips. :roll:

These days manufacturers obviously subscribe to the "controlled population" theory. :roll:

LS...thanks in advance for help matey.
The month I can do it is not set in stone, I could leave earlier if the majority thought an earlier month would be a better proposition.

In Sydney our coldest, wettest months are June, July and August.
One thing I HATE is strong winds. August here is bad for that.
I would rather have rain than strong winds.


Kilroy ( better than people calling you Killer I guess? :D )
The KLR 650...good bike I agree...but what's the story with the cam chain adjuster/tensioner?
I recall reading on adv rider that they are made of plastic and can last five years or five minutes, and you won't know which it's going to be?
I think they replace them with a metal one in the USA?

Pity you guys don't get the XR 400/650 in SA.

All help most welcome, anyone please feel free to mention anything at all, even in regards to personal safety and precatiouns.
I assume I won't need a pistol or a Bowie knife to discourage muggers or bandits?
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« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2007, 02:38:45 pm »
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I assume I won't need a pistol or a Bowie knife to discourage muggers or bandits?

bandits carry AK47s and machettes so you will be out gunned unless you decide to bring a bazooka and a sword :D
just kidding, it's not that bad - better to bring no weapons at all

that said...I hear there have been reports of sporadic bandit attacks in the caprivi strip (Northern Nam where you cross into Zambia/Zimbabwe/Botswana)
 

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« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2007, 02:51:06 pm »
Speaking of seats I hear you can throw away the seat on the KTM 650 models and sit on the frame rails, and you can't tell the difference. :D  :D
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« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2007, 02:52:56 pm »
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I assume I won't need a pistol or a Bowie knife to discourage muggers or bandits?

bandits carry AK47s and machettes so you will be out gunned unless you decide to bring a bazooka and a sword :D
just kidding, it's not that bad - better to bring no weapons at all

that said...I hear there have been reports of sporadic bandit attacks in the caprivi strip (Northern Nam where you cross into Zambia/Zimbabwe/Botswana)


Kosi bay /moz as well....  :cry:
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« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2007, 03:06:13 pm »
Jaqhama - just a quick heads-up about the weather, and anybody feel free to correct me...

As far as I know the only winter rainfall experienced in SA and neighbours occurs in the Western and Eastern Cape, where the rest of the country and neighbours enjoy dry, warm winters.  (OK, will be VERY chilly in Lesotho :angry3: ), whereas it gets really, scorchingly hot in Nam and Botswana in summer...so I think a good compromise would be to come over August/September, or April/May, avoid the worst of the rain in the Cape, the worst heat in deep dark Africa, and the worst cold in Lesotho/higher-lying areas.

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« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2007, 03:17:56 pm »
jaq, if you finally end up deciding to buy, there is a member on this board who was recently selling DR650 bikes...
have a look here or contact him to see if it is still valid...
 

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« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2007, 03:25:43 pm »
Cape Town's weather patterns may be much like Sydney's.  Mei, Jun, Jul, Aug - raining; strong winds in Oct/Nov.  Sept will work well.

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« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2007, 03:37:14 pm »
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jaq, if you finally end up deciding to buy, there is a member on this board who was recently selling DR650 bikes...
have a look here or contact him to see if it is still valid...


Was that Le Cap selling the DR 650?

I'm unsure about the reliabilty of the 600/650 DR models.
I never see any older models on the roads or trails here.
Despite the fact they are dirt cheap to buy brand new.
Only about $7000 Oz.

If it was the DRZ 400 I'd have no hesitation.

But thanks for the mention of it Macduff. :D
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« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2007, 04:43:35 pm »
What's the story with mosquitos and malaria in the countries I've marked out?
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« Reply #15 on: January 19, 2007, 05:22:55 pm »
Jaq, at the very minimum, I will play tour guide tour guide if I am still here. If I am, it will be at the bare bones stage before I leave, so I wont have much to offer you mate.

But what I got, is yours as best I can  :D
 

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« Reply #16 on: January 19, 2007, 06:17:11 pm »
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Jaq, at the very minimum, I will play tour guide tour guide if I am still here. If I am, it will be at the bare bones stage before I leave, so I wont have much to offer you mate.

But what I got, is yours as best I can  :D


You're a good lad. :D

Found somewhere to go?

Pm me the details, I know riders all over the world. :D
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« Reply #17 on: January 19, 2007, 08:34:07 pm »
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What's the story with mosquitos and malaria in the countries I've marked out?


The DRZ 400 has an inquisition seat/ you do get them here

Malaria, treat the disease I do not recommend the preventatives.

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« Reply #18 on: January 20, 2007, 09:22:15 am »
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Malaria, treat the disease I do not recommend the preventatives

 Agreed, and avoid mozzies (long sleeves, anti-moz stuff) - only in Nothern parts of Nam though (on your planned routes)

KLR would be your best bet. Oz$ 8000 brand new.  The doohickey thing is not a show stopper.  If you want we (or you) can order the replacement part and fit it to the bike (about US$40).  KLR are versatile, popular in SA, cheap and reliable.  As I said- second hand from Oz$5000

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« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2007, 11:37:39 am »
Ill send you the Africa Twin then youll have NO PROBLEMS  :D


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