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Offline BlouVark

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« on: June 05, 2006, 12:27:31 pm »
I'm no writer so bear with me.

Sunday at around 11, being bored out of my mind, I got on the bike with no real destination in mind. I just had to get out.  A short dirt ride should do the trick. So I took Lynnwood down to the R25 towards Bronkhorstspruit & then onto the dirt towards Vaalbank.



Passing over the N4 the fun started.


I love railroads.




Crossing the tracks the fun continous


Ain't she purty :D


Why take a tankbag on such a short trip you may ask?
A 6 pack cooler fits very nicely thank you, with new compressor(must take housing off)
The Red Bull's are for picking the bike up :D  :D


Nice road with some sandy patches.


Something to look forward to.


Some scenery.


Some ostriches.


The view coming down with Cullinan in the back ground.


Turning towards Sybrandskraal there was plenty of this.


This sign was long past it's sell by date.

Smoke stop

Some bad light in this one.


Some bad focus.


Some ugly bastard with camera


Did not even know I left GP.
Did a loop via De Tweedespruit to Zambesi Rd turning back on dirt towards Cullinan. Then Boschkop, Vaalbank & home just after 4.


Did 334km of relax dirt riding on some beautifull roads. I took roughly the same route a couple of months ago but I forgot how much I enjoyed it.
The one bonus of dirt roads is that the road condition changes all the time. :D

Just a note about the TKC 80's. I'm really impressed, excellent in the loose stuff, corners on loose dirt is no longer a butt clenching affair & once back on tar, you can lean it quite far. Only down side is the wear rate. The rear got just over 3000 k's on it & I doubt I'm going to see another 2, the front looks brand new. Will I fit them again, hell yes.
Must learn to have a gentler throttle hand :oops: .
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2006, 12:36:48 pm »
Hey Vark

It looks realy lekka, give me a shout if you feel bored again!!!
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2006, 12:37:00 pm »
Few tips on the TKCs.

Lets talk rubber...

On new tyres run them hot and let them cool down
about 4 - 5 times. Do about 120km/h for 15 minutes,
then stop and let them cool...repeat.

When rubber gets hot and cools down again, it becomes
harder each time, in turn giving you more life.

Pump to about 3.5 - 3.8 bar when riding blacktop.
The more the rubber moves (when flatter) the hotter it gets,
the more wear.
Its a bit of a mission to stop after each gravel streatch, but its
well worth it.


Youll also find that it wears quickly in the first 2500km.
After that, it settles a bit, and youll get more than you think.

With these tips and easy riding style, you can easily get
8000km on a set.

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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2006, 12:45:46 pm »
Quote from: "chrisB"
Hey Vark

It looks realy lekka, give me a shout if you feel bored again!!!


hell yeah me too

Infact i'm bored right NOW
 

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Re: Sunday cruise
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2006, 12:57:21 pm »
Quote from: "BlouVark"
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Sunday at around 11, being bored out of my mind, I got on the bike with no real destination in mind. I just had to get out.  ....



That is when I find the most enjoyable routes, glad it works for you too  :)
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2006, 01:29:18 pm »
I followed LITO's post on the  tyres heat cycling & took it really easy the first 1000k's & I run them at 2.8 & 3.2, maybe should increase that, but I've got a habit of letting the hooligan factor take over(must be something in my helmet). I get a real kick out of blasting up the box from robots. Especially if there is a soopabike guy next to me. That's killing the tyre. :oops:  :shock: Sometimes think I'm still on the Blade. :D  :D  :D

Droffarc, seems we're the same. I'm not a route planning type of guy.
I like the spur of the moment thing. I once did a trip to Pilgrims Rest leaving Pretoria at around 2 in the afternoon & ended up doing over 600k's instead of the usual 350, because if I see a nice road turning off somewhere, take it. Only problem is I don't see too good in the dark, especially on the dirt. How lost can you really get?(touch wood) :D

ChrisB & BYU, love to go ride with you, but I'm sure you know more dirt roads than I do.
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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2006, 01:35:08 pm »
You can also buy a new tyre months before you fit it. Then put the new tyre in your garage somewhere high near the roof. Not on the roof!. So the tyre will heat up in the day and cool down in the night and so it harden automatic. Remember a hard rubber does not allow you to go like a vark round the bends.... :D
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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2006, 02:24:07 pm »
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You can also buy a new tyre months before you fit it. Then put the new tyre in your garage somewhere high near the roof. Not on the roof!. So the tyre will heat up in the day and cool down in the night and so it harden automatic. Remember a hard rubber does not allow you to go like a vark round the bends.... :D


Problem is I fitted these tyres 5 weeks ago. No chance of them "aging" with me.

What can I say, ek smaak my bike stukkend :D
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« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2006, 02:51:46 pm »
Nice report BlouVark. I can recognise most of those roads, some really nice routes there.
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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2006, 03:06:44 pm »
Great report and pics. Looks like lekker roads.
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« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2006, 04:00:21 pm »
Hey Bloues nous daai kop :lol:  weer skoon en the Monday can roll on.
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