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« on: June 05, 2006, 10:53:54 am »
Here?s a few pics of the trip I did this past weekend. It was organised by Mouton van Zyl of Moto-Avontuur (also photographer with Media 24).
We started at the Engen 1stop on the N1 outside Cape Town. There were around 50 bikes (my estimate), some of which included two Tenere?s, one R80GS, three new KTM990 Adventures, and the usual collection of GS?es and Africa Twins. Yes, there was one Kawasaki KLE as well. No KLR?s unfortunately?.
We started out on the N1, turned towards Paarl, and went through Riebeeck West.  The route consisted mainly of smooth gravel roads, and the going was smooth. Just before Porterville we struck the first mud and thick sand. One guy on a 1150GS adventure bought it in thick sand, but at walking pace, so no harm done. And an 82year old man from Somerset West who bough himself a Transalp after his wife?s death 3 years back fell over in some deep mud after he got stuck and some guys pulled him out. My TKC80?s really impressed me in the thick sand.
There were a few hairy moments in the sand for some other riders as well, but all came through in the end, and before long we arrived in Porterville for the first fuel stop. Then we headed out in the direction of Citrusdal, and turned off at the top of the Piekenierskloof Pass in the direction of Graafwater. Here we drove some fast gravel, with a scattering of potholes and bumps. Any speed less than 80, and your dentures would shake loose. So I accelerated up to 120 and things got much better.
In Graafwater we filled up again, and took on the last gravel strech of about  60 kilometers. As I went over one of the many little rises in the road, the sea suddenly appeared right in front of me (check the picture). Beautiful.
I pulled into Doringbaai, and rode the last 10k?s to Strandfontein in record time, amost tasting that cold beer waiting for me.
Mouton organised a spitbraai and we had a lekker aandjie by die see. Prizes were awarded to some riders. One of the recipients was Oom Jordaan (the 82 year old Transalp rider), who fell over in the mud. A prize also went to Henk (KTM950 Adv) for carrying the youngest pillion passenger, his son (think he?s 3 years old).
Next morning we set out for Elandsbaai, riding the toll road next to the Sished-Saldanha railway line. Gravel all the way, but nice and smooth, and maybe that was a blessing in disguise, because I was feeling a bit wolly from all the cooldrinks of last night.
We stopped at the Elandsbaai hotel after some 50 k?s, and regrouped for the last 70k?s stretch to Veldrift, the break-up point.
All in all, a baie lekker weekend. My AT behaved impeccably, but I was especially glad of the Continantal TKC80?s, which no doubt saved my ass on more than one occasion.

Here?s a few pics (if I can upload them correctly?)



The first stop



Piekenierskloof pass farmstall



The Atlantic ocean (close to Strandfontein)



The view from our chalet (Strandfontein)





Me paying the tollgate fees just before Elandsbaai
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2006, 10:58:29 am »
jeepers that's quite a group....looks awesome..
 

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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2006, 11:00:24 am »
tx for the report, sounds like a nice route you guys did.   :wink:
 

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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2006, 11:04:09 am »
I like the color scheme on your "Legend" and I see there was even a KLE500.

Looks like it was fun. Who is the oldest on this board who still regularly rides?
I dont think he is quite 82 but Welshie is up there ;)
 

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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2006, 11:14:01 am »
Jeebuz, that's a big group!

Nice route you guys took. You know, you don't have to pay full price at the toll. If two bikes ride astride, connected with a plank you can tune the guy you are a car.
Thanks for the report - I love reading what other peeps get up to

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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2006, 11:20:19 am »
Yip, I live in Vredekloof in Brackenfell.

The tollgate fee is R20. But worth it. The road is kept in good condition,and it stretches for about 120kms that I know of.

Did you check my forum sticker on my numberplate?! :D
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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2006, 11:26:23 am »
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I like the color scheme on your "Legend" and I see there was even a KLE500.


Thanks Shark.
Jip, the old horse looks quite good. 8)

We had KTM 990 that broke down, a 1150 Adv that broke down, a 650GS that's sidestand cut-out switch acted up, but no Africa Twin had any problems............ :D

But then I have to say, those KTM's are fabulous! When I' big, I'm getting one. It sounds like hell breaking loose when that thing fires up.
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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2006, 01:15:35 pm »
wow, a moerse group  :shock:
but it seems you guys had a ball. kudos to the old toppie  :thumbright:
 

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« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2006, 01:49:07 pm »
:twisted: Rode on Mouton van Zyls Middelpos trippie last year and thats the last time I going with them again. Nothing wrong with that but 1.) Really not nice to share a gravel road with 50 other bikes, no matter the folowing distance, 2)You can orginise the same route much cheaper. 3)Mouton is out to make a buck, again nothing wrong but why the hell do adv riders need somebody else to plot their course?

Yes I'm sounding like a twatwaffle now but I'm sure one no need to go hanna hanna and jump right in when a big do are being organised. :?  

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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2006, 01:56:00 pm »
personally, i dont like large groups. point.

but i am also sure, that if you say its to make a buck or two, that prices in groups can also be cheaper? in this case, its the cost of rondawels and the non-baked beans on toast dinner the first night.  :lol:

and yes, i agree with you that its easy (and fun and less restricting) to organise ones own route for a weekend, especially with all the ideas flowing around here on the forum....
 

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« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2006, 02:05:54 pm »
Duffy

Take the other rides Van Zyl organised. The ossewa roete. Do a simple breakdown of the cost. And I'm sure you will understand my point.

Its true that big groups can muscle some discount but this is surely eaten by the mark-up thats added.

Many rides are being arganised here in this forum and nearly always the cost is shared equally between the riders.

My question still stands why adv riders need somebody else to organise their trips for them. To me its comparing McDonalds vs a good old braai. 8)
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« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2006, 02:12:52 pm »
Having done the group thing, I think there's a good and bad side.
Good:  Relatively cheap - Cost me R360, excl Petrol, incl lekker chalet, spitbraai, breakfast, and routemap.
Good: Support vehicles - there was a mechanic and paramedic.
Good: Meeting new people that's interested in the same thing you are.

Bad:  Dust. Lots of it.
Bad:  Meeting new people that's interested in the same thing you are. :roll:
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« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2006, 02:17:08 pm »
Quote from: "Ama ride ride"
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My question still stands why adv riders need somebody else to organise their trips for them. To me its comparing McDonalds vs a good old braai. 8)


Drag me into the street and shoot me  :D , but I dont know that many adventure riders yet.  :shock:  I'm new to the whole thing, and jumped at the opportunity to take part in Mouton's trip.

But now that I'm a Forum member, I dont need these organised rides any more, do I? 8)
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« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2006, 02:20:52 pm »
well, macduff and Ama ride ride thinks you are a sissy now...so they won't invite you along :wink:

you will have to go ride with LITO to redeem yourself :lol:
 

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« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2006, 02:26:27 pm »
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well, macduff and Ama ride ride thinks you are a sissy now...so they won't invite you along :wink:

you will have to go ride with LITO to redeem yourself :lol:


Lito, meet you at sunset on Bloubergstrand.
I'll be the guy with the AT and the 50 other riders. :D  :D  :D  :D  :D
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« Reply #15 on: June 05, 2006, 02:47:55 pm »
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Good: Support vehicles - there was a mechanic and paramedic.....
Bad:  Dust. Lots of it......:roll:


My personal take, also it is a set route so you cannot get LOST following interesting little roads that lead nowhere  :oops:
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« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2006, 03:04:09 pm »
:D
The best adv riders are those who take the least risk and are prepared for everything. Indepedent

Lifestyle buyers love trips like van Zyls and the GS challenge.... :lol: No fear Kadoef...my motto ar esometimes...."make love not war"....well not to you... :oops:
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« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2006, 03:09:56 pm »
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The best adv riders are those who take the least risk and are prepared for everything. Indepedent

Now that statement deserves a whole thread of it's own!
 

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« Reply #18 on: June 05, 2006, 03:39:56 pm »
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Quote from: "Ama ride ride"
The best adv riders are those who take the least risk and are prepared for everything. Indepedent

Now that statement deserves a whole thread of it's own!


Ok LS fire away..... :D
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« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2006, 03:53:21 pm »
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Ama ride ride wrote:
The best adv riders are those who take the least risk and are prepared for everything. Indepedent

Now that statement deserves a whole thread of it's own!


Ok LS fire away.....


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