Welcome, Guest. Please Login or Register

Author Topic: BABOON'S PASS 14-16,17,18 DEC  (Read 16613 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline ExploreSA

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS Adventure
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 645
  • Thanked: 29 times
BABOON'S PASS 14-16,17,18 DEC
« on: December 19, 2013, 08:45:56 am »
OK, we're at home safe and sound - all of us.

In short (the detail report will follow later)

All GS/A and KTM 990 who started made it to 3km before the end of the 20.5km pass. No mechanical failure or shortcomings. All riders were just too pasted to carry on and it started to get late. The last 3km is also the toughest and will ask for a day on itself, at least.
The 2 G450X with Eddy and Alex went well until Alex fell and dislocated his shoulder. He could not ride further and resorted to Willem's Cruiser that followed the group.
I took Alex's bike and followed Eddy out the pass to our campsite.

The others removed all valuables from the four GS/A & KTM and walked the 3km to the main road to be collected by car. Arriving at the camp around 10pm

Next day Willem took Stephan an Manus to the exit and they walked down to the bikes while Johann, Eddy and myself took the Isuzu and entered the pass at low-end. Met up with Stephan and Manus on their way backtracking out the pass.
We carried on and at the bikes lifted mine onto the Isuzu and proceeded to the pass exit 3km on. My bike was the behind one, not the favourite. Very difficult ride our and quite some winching and highlift jacking to get through with the load. 8.5h from beginning to end with this recovery.

Yesterday Johann and me did the same to collect Vaughanís bike. Eddy had to leave for home and we took two locals to help with road building, lifting, etc. Collected the bike and out the pass in exactly 6 hrs.

Can a 1200 GS/A do Bobbejaan's? YES!! Without a doubt. The rider is the weakest link and need at least two days with backup and sleep over in the pass.

I was fortunate to ride the pass out on a bike (albeit on 2 different models) and do the pass in a 4x4 without other company two days in a row.

YeeeHa!!

Everybody that joined are the heroes of the trip. Nobody could do it alone and what a team we had. High spirits all the way. Friends for life.

All of whom who said we cannot do it thank you too - that made us even more determined.
A special mention to the guys who wished us well. Like Subie (whom I never met) that sent a special SMS the morning of our departure to the pass.
I live to please but don't always succeed
 

Offline dirtyXT

Re: BABOON'S PASS 14-16,17,18 DEC
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2013, 09:21:33 am »
too busy kakking off for pictures?   :peepwall:

well done on attempting this bud.  :thumleft:
Bike history:
Ital jet 50 - sold, DT 50 - scrapped - AR80 - sold DT185 - confiscated  KDX250 - sold ZZR400 - sold KX500 - XT660R Swapped for R1 YZF R1 - sold - XT660Z - sold

 

Offline Brandt

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: Honda XL650V Transalp
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 4,496
  • Thanked: 1 times
Re: BABOON'S PASS 14-16,17,18 DEC
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2013, 09:31:58 am »
Well done  :thumleft:
 

Offline ianb

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: Husqvarna (all models)
    Location: Kwazulu Natal
  • Posts: 1,945
  • Thanked: 74 times
  • Husqvarna 701. KTM 790R
    • BLOMEYERS
Re: BABOON'S PASS 14-16,17,18 DEC
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2013, 10:10:26 am »
Welldone  :thumleft:
 

Offline WarrenM

  • Vendors
  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: KTM 790 Adventure
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 831
  • Thanked: 16 times
Re: BABOON'S PASS 14-16,17,18 DEC
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2013, 10:50:37 am »
Sounds like you guys had a tough but amazing time, stunning area that.  :thumleft:

I remember a few years back we were training with the plastics up there and we found Geovana Sala and Daryl Curtis on 950 Super Enduro KTM on Babbons. If I recall they covered the pass in just over an hour and joined us for drinks at Ramabanta. Serious talent there   
2019 KTM 790 Adventure
2016 CR500 AF
Christini 450 AWD
 

Offline COLES

Re: BABOON'S PASS 14-16,17,18 DEC
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2013, 10:57:09 am »

mooi man baie mooi
 

Offline nielvn

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS Adventure
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 757
  • Thanked: 2 times
Re:
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2013, 11:03:59 am »
Respect..........

Sent from my GT-I9500 using Tapatalk
 

Offline Callie GS

  • Pack Dog
  • **
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS Adventure
    Location: North West
  • Posts: 73
Re: BABOON'S PASS 14-16,17,18 DEC
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2013, 12:35:40 pm »
Very well done all of you !!! :thumleft: :thumleft:
If you are not scared of your dreams , they are not big enough!!
 

Offline lj111

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: Husqvarna (all models)
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 1,084
Re: BABOON'S PASS 14-16,17,18 DEC
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2013, 01:24:20 pm »
Well done!!!!
Some people feel the rain and others just get wet...
 

Offline Buff

Re: BABOON'S PASS 14-16,17,18 DEC
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2013, 02:39:11 pm »
Well done guys, impressive stuff.
Present bikes: BETA 300RR, KTM 690, Yamaha WR250F

If you're dumb you gotta be tough !!!
 

Offline scarycat

  • Pack Dog
  • **
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 107
  • Verry nice! Thank you!
Re: BABOON'S PASS 14-16,17,18 DEC
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2013, 04:58:39 pm »
Just a few pics. I so wish I was tall enough, I would be with you guys...all the way!







What others think of you,
is none of your business!
 

Offline edgy

  • Bachelor Dog
  • *****
  • Bike: KTM 790 Adventure R
    Location: Eastern Cape
  • Posts: 12,951
  • Thanked: 150 times
    • A Stone's Throw Bed & Breakfast
Re: BABOON'S PASS 14-16,17,18 DEC
« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2013, 05:11:11 pm »
With full set of panniers nogal! :o :imaposer:
www.astonesthrow.co.za

 BEER..."I drink it when I`m happy or when I`m sad. I drink it when I`m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. Trifle with it if I`m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it - unless I`m thirsty"
 

Offline ExploreSA

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS Adventure
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 645
  • Thanked: 29 times
Re: BABOON'S PASS 14-16,17,18 DEC
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2013, 05:41:34 pm »
With full set of panniers nogal! :o :imaposer:

Easy answer.

The panniers were empty save for a sleeping bag in one and 5L spare water in the other.

Main purpose was to protect my legs in a fall. Panniers are much cheaper than knee replacements at my age.

And it was a very wise decision.

The white thing on the topbox is the GPS transponder
« Last Edit: December 19, 2013, 05:42:31 pm by ExploreSA »
I live to please but don't always succeed
 

Online Gerrard

  • AKA 'jupiter' maar noem my Gerard.
  • Global Moderator
  • Teelhond
  • ***
  • Bike: BMW R1150GS Adventure
    Location: Eastern Cape
  • Posts: 33,965
  • Thanked: 822 times
  • Wiff a Sidecar... form Kabega
Re: BABOON'S PASS 14-16,17,18 DEC
« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2013, 09:57:00 pm »
ExploreSA, you planned and did this trip. You own it, no matter what some of the wise-asses say. Some of us would like for you to share your experiences. Its the only way we will get to "ride" it  :thumleft:
...dis nooit te laat om n happy childhood te he nie !

Build a sidecar they said. It will be fun they said. Ja-nee !
 

Offline IDR

  • <insert bias disclaimer here>
  • Administrator
  • Grey hound
  • ***
  • Bike: NER-A-CAR
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 8,866
  • Thanked: 111 times
Re: BABOON'S PASS 14-16,17,18 DEC
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2013, 09:59:03 pm »
FFS - can we behave like the adults we are and enjoy a report of what seems like an epic ride?
The three things you need to fix anything in the universe: duct tape, WD-40 and a hammer.  If it moves and it shouldn't, use the duct tape.  If it doesn't move and it should, use the WD-40.  Otherwise use the hammer.
 

Offline zacapa

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: Honda XR650L
    Location: Kwazulu Natal
  • Posts: 2,077
  • Thanked: 76 times
  • XR650L - 134.217kg lite weight special...
Re: BABOON'S PASS 14-16,17,18 DEC
« Reply #15 on: December 19, 2013, 10:02:19 pm »
Heavily moderated thread this dudes - All I wanna see is the pictures and RR. Blazes may be right or wrong but that's another story. Credits to the guys that tried and made it almost to the very top.  If I had to do this myself I would park my NC700X, XR650L, R80 Mutant in the garage and jump on my 1971 SL125S Mutant with the '79 XL185S motor in it.
Sometimes less is more. Definitively on my bucket list now since ExploreSA started this thing.
 
 

Offline Ian in Great Brak River

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: Honda CRF-1000L Africa Twin
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 3,305
  • Thanked: 134 times
Re: BABOON'S PASS 14-16,17,18 DEC
« Reply #16 on: December 19, 2013, 10:24:03 pm »
This ... is possibly THE most awaited RR of 2013!

 8)
1978. It's 6am, mid winter...two up on a XL 185S ... off to my first casino ever with all of R40 and we've got a full tank of fuel, so enough to get there we reckon.... that's determination...

Old bike: '82 Eddie Lawson Replica Replica.
Other bike: '05 Honda Varadero 1000
New bike: '16 Honda Africa Twin.
 

Offline nielvn

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS Adventure
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 757
  • Thanked: 2 times
Re: BABOON'S PASS 14-16,17,18 DEC
« Reply #17 on: December 19, 2013, 10:35:27 pm »
This ... is possibly THE most awaited RR of 2013!

 8)


Cannot wait for the rest, what bikes, how many of each and which went out at the exit and which turned around. Types of damage........etc.  :thumleft:
 

Offline Mark Hardy

  • Forum Vendor
  • Grey hound
  • ****
  • Bike: KTM 950 Adventure
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 9,386
  • Thanked: 3 times
Re: BABOON'S PASS 14-16,17,18 DEC
« Reply #18 on: December 19, 2013, 10:48:29 pm »
 ??? ok missed all the shit comments, what was that all about.

I have been waiting for this RR, looks exciting so far judging by the photos. When can we going to see the rest.

So far all I can say is RESPECT  :notworthy:
 

Offline subie

  • Local Mods
  • Bachelor Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: Yamaha XT660
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 10,441
  • Thanked: 333 times
  • Liberalism is the ideology of Western suicide.
Re: BABOON'S PASS 14-16,17,18 DEC
« Reply #19 on: December 19, 2013, 11:10:36 pm »
Awesome and huge respect.  Salute  :thumleft:
As time washes by, our footprints are all for naught