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A day of sand - Atlantis
« on: February 17, 2008, 11:22:51 am »
We did this ride first, but quite fast after finding our way

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=9961.0

now it looked nothing like that, it looked a lot different and yet it all looks the same.
it is sand roads, paths,  port jackson and alotta roosts

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Re: A day of sand - Atlantis
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2008, 12:31:26 pm »
we did the first section quite fast, it goes from the N7 traintracks, down a bank into sand and through till the back of Atlantis Industria. once we found the correct path we flew through it. Therefore no pics. On the previous trip it took forever.

THen we changed the route slightly, skipping the powerlines
Giraffe took over leading us to Atlantis Dunes, sneaky , he knows all the cool trails

Now just when you start getting the hang of it, the monster bites. At low speed - stupid.
Thats giving the sand monster the opportunity, quicker and he's too slow
Also a combination of losing power due to a slipping clutch, worn tire and insufficient speed in the twists  :-[  Only myself to thank. I did manage the 2nd half of the twisty section a lot better with improved technique. THats good enough for me.

THen into the dunes, it is literally a sea of white. now that is fun. i had no falls in the dunes, just fun but with two bigeye moments. one on a dropoff and the other into a bank that turned out to be steeper than i thought which i climbed.

i have only one pic of Nics wheel, luckily he managed to record the day




Thanks Guys, cool ride
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Re: A day of sand - Atlantis
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2008, 02:05:22 pm »
Hey Nic, Where are the pics??
 

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Re: A day of sand - Atlantis
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2008, 02:28:37 pm »
Always wanted to do this............

:useless:

Now where are they ???
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Re: A day of sand - Atlantis
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2008, 12:18:40 am »
Bit of patience guys..... took lots. Had the camera's White Balance set on "Tungsten" from faarking around 2 days before so all picks had a sick blue tinge. Taking ages to correct it.

Here is a sample though.
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Re: A day of sand - Atlantis
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2008, 02:23:59 am »
There were 5 bikes on the ride, all 600 - 650cc:
topbox. Giraffe, Meerkat, KTM BIGGER & myself.

Bit of tar, then the sandy tweespoor.
 
Meerkat, topbox & KTM Bigger


And this is where my problems started. Despite new TKC's the bike handled like a pig! :( Everytime I hit a slight dip the bike would just donner in a direction. Front end had a mind of it's own. Check that track. I promise I didn't steer like that.....


Waited a while for topbox but ended up picking the bike up myself and carried on.
Thereafter we waited for him.


Eventually Giraffe went looking for him. Turned out topbox also had some moments of introspection.


Topbox arrives


And shortly after that we hit the dunes. This is where the REAL FUN starts!
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Re: A day of sand - Atlantis
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2008, 02:43:15 am »
KTM Bigger



Giraffe


And then someone having a mishap too close to the camera.......
 


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Re: A day of sand - Atlantis
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2008, 02:57:34 am »
Various pics, no more name-calling.





By then I had given up on riding. All in all I went down 5 times and didn't want to challenge Wes.

Afterwards Giraffe suggested my front suspension was probably set too soft. I was sceptical but checked it when I got home. Not only was it too soft, the rebound was set to 11 clicks on the right fork and 24 clicks on the left! Will need to go and try some sand again......

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Re: A day of sand - Atlantis
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2008, 05:16:38 am »
was a really funny story afterwards, Nic and i went down simultaneously
now while he is expecting me to come past and help pick the bike up, i went down again within 10m of the previous time
eventually he got tired of waiting and picked his own bike up  ;D
that 2nd fall was exhausting, i was sweating when i got to the group. Luckily no more after that.
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Re: A day of sand - Atlantis
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2008, 07:30:08 am »
Nice pics, guys! Definitely the way to improve your skills.
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Re: A day of sand - Atlantis
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2008, 08:04:46 am »
Well done guys!  Great ride and pics!

Silly question, why does the one 640 have 1 disk brake, and the other one has 2?
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Re: A day of sand - Atlantis
« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2008, 08:30:16 am »
Looks like huge fun.  ;D
 

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Re: A day of sand - Atlantis
« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2008, 08:51:39 am »
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Bit of patience guys..... took lots. Had the camera's White Balance set on "Tungsten" from faarking around 2 days before so all picks had a sick blue tinge. Taking ages to correct it.

Here is a sample though.

Very cool pics Nic I especially like this one!! Looks like loads of fun, not sure its the right playground for 1 litre bikes though
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« Reply #13 on: February 18, 2008, 08:54:00 am »
Silly question, why does the one 640 have 1 disk brake, and the other one has 2?
The one 640 is a 625SXC and the other is an Adventure?

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Re: A day of sand - Atlantis
« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2008, 08:54:20 am »
Well done guys!  Great ride and pics!

Silly question, why does the one 640 have 1 disk brake, and the other one has 2?

1 disk brake is the older model 640 , the newer model 640 comes out with 2.
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Re: A day of sand - Atlantis
« Reply #15 on: February 18, 2008, 09:09:27 am »
Ahhhh, what a load of fun that was!!!!  Thnx for the tuition Giraffe, need to work on that elbow up thing.

Thnx for the beers afterwards, could not think of a better way to spend a Sat morning.   ;D ;D ;D
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Re: A day of sand - Atlantis
« Reply #16 on: February 18, 2008, 09:19:22 am »
carent wait to do this again
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Re: A day of sand - Atlantis
« Reply #17 on: February 18, 2008, 09:22:20 am »
carent wait to do this again

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Re: A day of sand - Atlantis
« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2008, 09:31:08 am »
a high speed drift is damn exhilerating
to think i hated sand, if i saw atlantis a year ago i would have thought "thats a long paddle"
practice and reward and learning to master something

but its back to the quarry Thurs for more practice

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Re: A day of sand - Atlantis
« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2008, 11:00:18 am »
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Silly question, why does the one 640 have 1 disk brake, and the other one has 2?
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1 disk brake is the older model 640 , the newer model 640 comes out with 2.
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Quite right, the silver one is a 2003 model, single disc and high mudgaurd. The twin disc models have a larger hollow front axle (piece of pipe???).










This one is my favourite:













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