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« on: April 17, 2006, 10:45:14 am »
So. Me and the Dakar back in one piece!

We had a ball of a time (except for a few things which will folllow below) and certainly are previleged to have had the experience.

Firstly. I did not have a camera with me so don't expect any pics soon. However, there were 5 camera's in our group so it is just a matter of getting the pics from them. They are scattered over Gauteng/North West so it may take some time. One of the group (Zak) took 1500+ pics alone! A full report will follow once I've got all the pics.

Distance covered: 4 526km from start point in Pretoria and back home. About 1 500 of that was tar. Me personally spend around 3 900km of that on a bike! :P  Backside a bit sore.

Highlights:

 - Seeing a very green Namibia
 - Khomas Hochland Pass (Personally my favourate DS riding part of the trip)
 - "Roller Coaster" on the way to Windhoek from Kois. Exhilarating and heart stopping stuff!
 - Sossusvlei (Words can not describe it)
 - Riding DS for 3000 km (Bike/Bakkie)
 - Personally riding 2 400km DS type conditions on bikes
 - Surviving "Red" route 1. (Dropped the bike three times in a 200m stretch of soft/deep sand :shock: ) No damage to bike. Rider needs to get some sand riding practice!
 - Great time with friends
 - Many,many laughs

Not so nice

- Fellow Desert Runners stealing some of our booze, tie downs and my personal medical aid kit with personal medcines needed. :x Happened at Red Sands on the first night. Words fail me.
- Dakar/KLR/Honda CRF450 all down for repairs on dune day at Walvis. Had a great time at the dunes but no serious dune riding! :cry:  (Dakar fork seals replaced, KLR thought it was clutch but was sand in the kill switch cable on the stand, CRF450 valve problems) All sorted out that day and up and running the next.
- Quads

Man. This was rediculous! I think 80% of participants was quads and with no basic courtesy to be found with most of them. Spoke to Simon at Molopo and he just said is is the way things are going. Money talks. IMO, it was a Quad SA Desert Run organized by Bike SA. (I think both Quad SA and Bike SA is Simon?)

Otherwise it was a well organized run and I I enjoyed it thoroughly. My skills has certainly benefitted from the trip but the trip also highlighted where I must get some serious improvement.

Dakar was awesome! Apart from the fork seals going, the bike did not have any problems and handled all the conditions in her stride. (Needed to since rider sometimes not so skilled! :lol: )

Seals went at 25 500km. Is this standard or should it have lasted longer?

Our group has decided not to do the organized Bike SA trip in the future but run our own. Maybe a day or two in advance of the official trip.
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2006, 11:15:04 am »
Welcome back ! Glad to see you made it and had a great time. Can't wait for the pics  :D That mileage is pretty normal for fork seals. Do you have fork boots on ? They do increase seal life I would say.
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2006, 11:36:57 am »
Thanks journeyman! - Too bad about the theft and the quads (you always get the few assholes than ruin your day)

How do you think you personaly whould have done on a bigger bike like a 1200GS?
 

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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2006, 12:04:31 pm »
welcome home in one piece....
bad luck about the theft, but happy you had a jol  :D
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2006, 02:07:33 pm »
Lekka man, glad you had a good one, apart from the thefts.
Really got some saddle time in there, makes up for all the others you missid out on.





BTW, the KLR thing is well known and can be avoided by disabling the switch.
 

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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2006, 03:33:19 pm »
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BTW, the KLR thing is well known and can be avoided by disabling the switch.


In fact all safety switches (clutch and sidestand) on dirtbikes should be by passed. It's one of the firts mods for a DRZ as well. That way you won't stall in the middle of nowhere and not know what the heck is going on.
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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2006, 05:29:27 pm »
Welcome back JM......

Glad to hear everything went down well aecpet the theft and the quads....

Can't wait to see the pics!!!!
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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2006, 09:21:16 am »
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That mileage is pretty normal for fork seals. Do you have fork boots on ? They do increase seal life I would say.


Good to hear. No fork boots but is on the list now. Thanks.
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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2006, 09:29:48 am »
Welcome back meneer.  Now you can teach us how to ride deep sand!  :wink:

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« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2006, 09:33:02 am »
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How do you think you personaly whould have done on a bigger bike like a 1200GS?


Rode the 1150GS in our group on the easier sections. What a great experience! Such a solid and managable bike in those conditions. Very tempted to start exploring the possibility for a bigger bike for those conditions. Dakar/KLR much more "fun" in the sense that it does a bit more once you hit the sandy/rocky patches. If you do not have some riding experience, one could easily loose it on the smaller bikes. 1150 handled it much more easier but can become "boring" after a while. Dakar/KLR kept me on my toes the whole time.

The "red" type route I would not even consider taking a bigger bike on untill I am a Leo/Jan du Toit! A big no-no. Would have turned around after the first 5 km's. :oops:

There were a few 1200's but I did not see any on the red route. Does not mean they did not do it. Could have been in front/behind me. Only quads and MX bikes zoomed past me on that route.

Anyway, my experience. Others might differ.
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« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2006, 09:42:54 am »
Quads are turning into persona non grata for me.

Sorry to hear that JM


BMW issued a warning that if you put on those rubber accordian type fork booties the warranty will be void.

Reason is, is that it apparently cocks up the cooling process. I call bullshit if its that sensitive.

Neoprene fork booties work well will double your seals life at least.
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« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2006, 09:47:54 am »
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BMW issued a warning that if you put on those rubber accordian type fork booties the warranty will be void.

Reason is, is that it apparently cocks up the cooling process. I call bullshit if its that sensitive.

Neoprene fork booties work well will double your seals life at least.


Double? Good news! At the price to change fork seals it seems a very good option!
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« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2006, 09:49:18 am »
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Welcome back meneer.  Now you can teach us how to ride deep sand!  :wink:


hehe. I'll still only be able to show you how not to do it! :oops:  :lol:
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« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2006, 09:51:05 am »
Welcome Back JM, glad u had a good time....

Hmmm, quads...no offence to those who ride/ have ridden quads.... but im with you on this one  Buitelewe...my tolerance of quads are becoming increasingly less..
 

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« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2006, 09:55:44 am »
Just make sure to lift the boots and clean it once in a while, just to be safe.

Here is my friends Dakar with some fork boots





They come in different sizes, I think the short ones will work for the Dakar.
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« Reply #15 on: April 18, 2006, 01:28:13 pm »
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Just make sure to lift the boots and clean it once in a while, just to be safe.

Here is my friends Dakar with some fork boots



Nice bike! :D

Must say it came as a shock to see the fluid seeping out of the fork. Never even gave a thought beforehand so fork boots would have hidden the fact that the seals have gone and I would have gone on with all sorts of things that might happen. :?  :shock:

Now that I know, it is just another thing to check up on before going on a trip.
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« Reply #16 on: April 18, 2006, 01:30:48 pm »
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Sooo did the Dakar went up the dune? :lol:  Post pics soon, maak gou :D

Dakar wasn't even at the dunes. In the repair shop! :shock:  :cry:

Maybe a blessing in disguise seeing how I struggled with the sand on the first day!
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« Reply #17 on: April 18, 2006, 01:34:32 pm »
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Lekka man, glad you had a good one, apart from the thefts.
Really got some saddle time in there, makes up for all the others you missid out on.

BTW, the KLR thing is well known and can be avoided by disabling the switch.


Man it was lekker doing the km's! Even the tar sections. The forum members certainly have been on the trails this past week. Most trip reports I've seen since the forum started! :P

Haven't had time to go through them yet. Will do so tonight.

Once we figured out what the problem was on the KLR, it was fixed in 5 minutes.
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« Reply #18 on: April 18, 2006, 04:12:30 pm »
lekker report.  now where is them pics   :D  :D
 

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« Reply #19 on: April 20, 2006, 07:47:37 pm »
Kwat riders are monkeys!