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Offline Major Tom

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DRZ400 (Hoolie) Inauguaral Ride at De Wildt
« on: October 28, 2007, 06:20:39 pm »
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

The day finally came!! Met up with HHHusky and Digital Dan at the Engen, c/o Lynnwood and Hans Strydom.  A looong tar stretch to De Wildt, where the games for the day were planned.

Nice and clean, fresh and enthusiastic at the start.


The Hill going down


DD looking cool


More airtime for DD and HHHusky




River crossings - DD and DieterJ







After all this hard work, a suitable drinks break establishment was sought.





After this was the infamous river bed - I've never liked sand, mostly because it's a pain in the ass on the GS, but the sand monster had to be conquered.  This was after a very short stretch, with arms pumped and rigour-mortis having set in in the hands.



The death-grip was subsequently released after realising that this baby handles sand much better, and things started looking rather professional after that...





Well, almost...



DD leading the way (so where the hell did the cameraman come from??)



Much more fun was had on the tracks, etc, etc, but eventually the time came to go home, and more importantly for carniverous dogs, some chow.  Stopped in at the Dros in Zambezi - people out for the family Sunday lunch when we dropped the establishment class rating - dirty, smelly, dressed funny and helmet hair (not HHHusky).  But, the kill tasted goooood




The trusty steeds waited outside....




All in all, the DR400Z was the best thing I could have done.  Bikes all have their pros and cons, and while the GS is a honey on a long stretch with dirt roads and not so much technical stuff, the DRZ fills in the gaps when playtime is required.  The sofa would have been horrible at De Wildt - some have done it, but I ain't. :nono:

As it was, the entire ride was characterised by only minor moments,  and one mudguard-modifying incident that never happened.  This bike is the right tool for the (De Wildt) job.

That said, it would seem that the best DS bike is...... ???

2 bikes :thumleft:

Thanks DD and HHH for a great ride - I'll probably feel the effects for the rest of the week.

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Re: DRZ400 (Hoolie) Inauguaral Ride at De Wildt
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2007, 06:25:17 pm »
WOW! That's the best pics, next time I want to tag along, never been to De Wildt.
 

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Re: DRZ400 (Hoolie) Inauguaral Ride at De Wildt
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2007, 06:46:31 pm »
Great report!
 

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Re: DRZ400 (Hoolie) Inauguaral Ride at De Wildt
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2007, 06:51:17 pm »
Thanks guys fun ride. Great weather and some awesome (green) terrain after the recent rain. Can't wait to go back  ;D
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Re: DRZ400 (Hoolie) Inauguaral Ride at De Wildt
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2007, 06:52:29 pm »
aaahh !!!!!

De-Wildt !!!

Havn't been there for a few weeks - need to go again  8)
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Re: DRZ400 (Hoolie) Inauguaral Ride at De Wildt
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2007, 06:53:18 pm »
7 hours, 242 km, one seriously sore butt ‚?? but dang that was fun ;D
DD, I promise that one day I will take an action picture of you that‚??s in focus ???
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Re: DRZ400 (Hoolie) Inauguaral Ride at De Wildt
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2007, 06:59:13 pm »
I agree a smaller DS bike fills the gaps. Was there today with the xr 400r. Went up three fences. What shit is this TOLL Gate fees. Tell them we are 4 guys and that the back one will pay. Sorry man we were only 3. Maybe they the locals should try a e-tag system. Tracktion today was out of this world. Glad to see that a second scoot is catching on with the guy's. My Dakar would of cost me a fortune today if i took it along, Good report.
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Re: DRZ400 (Hoolie) Inauguaral Ride at De Wildt
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2007, 07:10:40 pm »
Lekker guys! :razz:

The river bed looks a bit smoother than usual after the rains. I might attempt it again. :redface: :mrgreen:
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Re: DRZ400 (Hoolie) Inauguaral Ride at De Wildt
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2007, 07:14:35 pm »
The riverbed was a breeze today even the smaller one. Maybe the rains flatten it out and makes for better traction ?
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Re: DRZ400 (Hoolie) Inauguaral Ride at De Wildt
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2007, 11:08:21 am »
3 fences is very different to the Jericho river you did DD.

Bastards want money at the tolls, tell them to fark off. I normally pay the one in the middle, by the kraal.
Its always been there, and its part of giving back to the community. The other two that have sprung up can fark off.
 

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Re: DRZ400 (Hoolie) Inauguaral Ride at De Wildt
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2007, 05:09:12 pm »
I agree with DD, the riverbed was really easy going now that it has seen some rain ‚?? much smoother and more compact than last time. When dry and rutted it becomes a handful. I think its time for a DS ride through 3 fences while conditions are favorable?
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Re: DRZ400 (Hoolie) Inauguaral Ride at De Wildt
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2007, 09:53:06 pm »
Looks like lots of fun was had :)
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Re: DRZ400 (Hoolie) Inauguaral Ride at De Wildt
« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2007, 07:43:59 am »
DD styling with a new Helmet.

Me and Voodoo rode there on saturday, tried to cross that river in too many places, one carb cleaned to get going, the other bike just required superman strength to get out. Courtesy of Voodoo.

But what an awesome time to be riding around there, the green makes all the difference. I even thought I was on Aloes when we were on V it looks so different.

 

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Re: DRZ400 (Hoolie) Inauguaral Ride at De Wildt
« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2007, 07:54:40 am »
Very very lekka.

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Re: DRZ400 (Hoolie) Inauguaral Ride at De Wildt
« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2007, 10:40:41 am »
Looks real good fun, Mr J
 

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Re: DRZ400 (Hoolie) Inauguaral Ride at De Wildt
« Reply #15 on: October 30, 2007, 03:44:12 pm »
Looks real good fun, Mr J

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