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Alternative Ride 24th Feb
« on: February 24, 2008, 08:44:01 pm »
We met as planned at the Total Garage in Richwood.
By 06h30,there were 9 of us ,were were just getting ready to leave and 2 more bikes arrived.Newy Guy and his friend on a KLR( sorry didnt get his name..)
Eleven bikes met in Richwood and we met Leftless at the Klipheuwel Junction.


Sack             Gs1200
Big Red        Gs1100
Mole             Gs 1100
Tim               650 Dakar
Leftless        HP2
Camelman    Ktm 950
Bradley         Ktm 640 Adv
Wayneh        Ktm 525
Ktm Bigger    Ktm625
Newguy        DR400
Friend           KLR650
XT660R          Dur !!

The ride went well untill Gavin Bradley got a puncture about 8 kays from Moorreessberg,Camelman helped and they used Tyre weld to make it to Moorreessberg.
There we refueled and Gavin and Camelman changed the tube,twice.They missed a couple of thorns in the tyre.

We moved out back onto the tracks.Moles BM was the next casulty.Fuel pump failure,we think.Big Red,Leftless ,myself and Camelman went back and tried to revive the bm, but no go.
So I went into Koringberg and borrowed a tow rope.
Big Red towed Mole back to town.

Sack had a deadline and bid us fairwell in Koringberg.

We found a quaint little resturant on the right  as you enter Koringberg,so we stopped for a couple of cold ones.Boy , did they go down well.
Mole organised a friend to come and collect his bike,while he relaxed and got stuck into the ales.

We pushed on to Goedverwagt where we got onto the mountan road.Boy was that a road.Even a 4 x 4 will have a hard time up that road.
Its mainley a rockey,winnding road.With plenty of loose rocks on the road. As we hit the top of the mountan , we got a fair bit of loose sand.
The GPS doesnt show the road we were on, so when we to a y-junction  we went right (wrong), but hey , we had some serious sand on that detour.
Leftless was smilling from ear to ear and a couple of us slid around behind him in the HP2`s tracks as it breezed through the sand.Gee,this man can ride !
I had a zig zag and  almost an off on a sandy corner and got my front wheel into the bush.I pulled the bike backwards and as I started spinning the back wheel trying to re-join the road,Bradley came around the corner, with Camelman in hot pursuite.
Bradley slowed to avoid hitting me and Camelman came round the corner at a speed.Well one KTM950, all fall down.
No damages,soft sand.

Big Red said his BM got tired twice, and lay down in the sand .
After going through  a few orchards, we maid it back to the main road.
The view from the top of the mountain is stunning.
We made our way down the winding road to Piketberg,where we stopped at the Spur for lunch.

NeyGuy (and friend) and Tim made there way back to town from here and skipped the lunch.

Time had caught up with us with all the breakdowns and punctures.
So at 3, we had to cut the return ride short and hit the boaring tar back to Moorreessberg.
We turned left at Moorreessberg and went down a dirt road that takes you all the way to Malmsbury.Plenty of sand on the road,lekker high speed stuff.

After Malmsbury we hit the tar again and headed home.
Many thanks all,it was kewl.
I will load my pics tomorrow and the short clip of a BMW1100 towing another one !!
« Last Edit: February 25, 2008, 06:38:01 pm by XT660R »
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Re: Alternative Ride 24th Feb
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2008, 08:56:20 pm »
Sounds like you guys had a great ride. Can't wait for the foto's. Lets hope next weekends ride has less breakdowns and leaves more time for gravel ;D
Will we follow the same route next weekend??
 

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Re: Alternative Ride 24th Feb
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2008, 09:30:57 pm »
I had my first coffee at 0610. Bloody hell. That was at the Total garage. This after I had started my bike as quietly as possible and ideled down te road not to wake all the neighbours

On my way there I saw a Dirt bike passing the junction ahead. Thought to myself: Can only be a Wildog, thats so nutty to be riding at 05:50 on a Sunday morning.

We headed off towards the Windmill at 06:30. Was still dark. Not a cload in sight. So much for the weather report: 30% Rain, Min 16 Max 22. Bullsh&*$!
« Last Edit: February 25, 2008, 06:39:46 am by Camelman »
 

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Re: Alternative Ride 24th Feb
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2008, 09:37:52 pm »
Did the Backroads to just outside Malmesbury then followed the new track XT found next to the railway line. The track was at places good enough to do 130  >:D on. Some places you couldn't see in front of you while bashing through the 3m tall reeds. Some times a moerse hole would rock up in front of you, which you missed in the dust, and test your front forks to the limit. Sometimes we would hit some sand, stones, ditch, etc, which would get your adrelanin flowing!
« Last Edit: February 25, 2008, 06:51:57 am by Camelman »
 

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Re: Alternative Ride 24th Feb
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2008, 09:43:14 pm »
All was well untill Bradley's puncture, followed by Mole's petrol pump refusing to pump! I offered to tow the Beemer, but was refused. Something of a KTM not towing a BMW!  ;D
 

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Re: Alternative Ride 24th Feb
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2008, 09:52:51 pm »
We lost some riders with other comitments, and one forlorn rider without a fuel pump, at the small settlement of Koringberg, and then the real fun started.

We crossed railway lines (Due to locked gates), chased along the railway service road (if you can call it that), found a refugee camp, (I think. Big wires, with tents on the inside!) and generally had massive amounts of fun.
 

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Re: Alternative Ride 24th Feb
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2008, 10:01:47 pm »
Then we hit the mountains near Piketberg. How much fun was that. 45 degree climbs with loose rocks, deep ruts and sand, all thrown into the mix.

Following Bradley I came around a 90 degree bend in the sand, opened the throtlle too much, and found the rear wheel trying to overtake the front.  ::) Was a nice soft landing in the thick sand though!

Further on Big Red let his mount rest a bit as well.  ;D That was hard work, that sandy stretch! But loads of fun.

Down the pass and into Piketberg. A burger at the Spur, then dash home.

It was loads of fun, and for those going next weekend. Please!! Pretty please. If you're not comfy on technical routes, please think twice on doing this route, as you may keep everybody waiting in the hot sun without beer!  :'(

PS: And PLEASE make sure you have extra tubes and the required tools to fix a puncture if the need should arise.
« Last Edit: February 25, 2008, 06:37:10 am by Camelman »
 

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Re: Alternative Ride 24th Feb
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2008, 08:31:16 am »
Awesome ride!  Thanks everyone.  Will also post some pic's as soon as I get this bloody new phone sorted!
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Re: Alternative Ride 24th Feb
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2008, 08:41:26 am »
And this is what I had to do 0700h this morning! Seems I did'nt escape unscathed afterall! Eish :'(
 

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Re: Alternative Ride 24th Feb
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2008, 09:48:00 am »
At the Occudale road inter section.
From the right, Ktm Bigger , Bradley , Wayneh , NewGuy (Posing on DR400) , Tim , Mole , KLR (?) , Camelman.



From the right Sack , Mole , Big Red , Wayneh , Bradley , KTM Bigger



Bradley`s Puncture




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Re: Alternative Ride 24th Feb
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2008, 12:31:25 pm »
Kick ass ride guys :thumright:

XT660R (as per usual) a great route that featured it all... Thanks for all your research.  ;D  I would never have guessed how incredible it is on top of the Piketberg mountain.
Bradley & Camelmen... S@%t, I was drenched with sweating just watching you guys change that tube... twice  :laughing7:
Nice meeting you Big Red. Besides towing Mole's BM out of the track; for managing 'The Pig' through those sandy patches... Respect.
And all the other guys I met... Very lekker sharing the trail with you all.

All in all: Couldn't have asked for any better way to spend a Sunday.
 

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Re: Alternative Ride 24th Feb
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2008, 01:07:11 pm »
Two 1100GS' ?

Coooool!


Maybe 3 next time ?

I just need to get my front tyre sorted.
At this stage I put a cloth over the front at night to keep the mosquitoes from puncturing it.
 

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Re: Alternative Ride 24th Feb
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2008, 01:41:09 pm »
Thanks for the ride guys, It was great. My soul was there and that is about it. Pitty for the Babalaas??

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« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2008, 02:31:49 pm »
Thanks for the ride guys, It was great. My soul was there and that is about it. Pitty for the Babalaas??

Bru, you handled your babi and bike like a true Wilddog!  ;D
 

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Re: Alternative Ride 24th Feb
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2008, 08:15:34 pm »
 :What a great ride,shew what a view at some of the stops.Great to meet a few more of the pack. I am going to try to persuade the wife to let me go on the 2nd. :Sorry to hold you guys up on sun but a puncture could not be helped, :cussing:twice sh*t,dam foooook.But good practise for the dakar one day hopefully ::)
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Re: Alternative Ride 24th Feb
« Reply #15 on: February 25, 2008, 08:33:10 pm »
thanks andy,great ride feul pump working again one of those gremlin problems .its not broke so we cant fix problems. its not towing its synchornized riding .thanks mole
 

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Re: Alternative Ride 24th Feb
« Reply #16 on: February 25, 2008, 10:02:53 pm »
Thanks for a great ride gents. Sounds like the route got really interesting after Koringberg. Hopefully next time I can get my curfew extended. My daughter is now 1 month old and I only get Sunday mornings off for now. Lets do it again soon.
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Re: Alternative Ride 24th Feb
« Reply #17 on: February 25, 2008, 10:15:16 pm »
Looks like a lekker ride even though some of the bikes did need a little rest along the way!
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Re: Alternative Ride 24th Feb
« Reply #18 on: February 26, 2008, 08:40:23 am »
Yahoo, ony a few more days to go till the 2nd ride. I have been chasing my tail waiting and as I'm sure you can imagine, that is not easy for a giraffe ;D ;D
 

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Re: Alternative Ride 24th Feb
« Reply #19 on: February 27, 2008, 05:26:53 pm »
Whew guys looks like a cool ride and I see that Camelman and BradleyS are becoming really professional pit crew!!!! ;D ;D

WayneH you mean to say that this is really hard work by the sounds of things.... :D

All in all looks like a lot of fun had by all :D

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