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Re: Husky Ride to Bezhuidenhouts Pass and Old Mill Route (almost)
« Reply #20 on: October 29, 2014, 11:11:30 am »
The Old Mill route splits ... we did it a few years ago and were evidently the first(?) to do it on big adventure bikes ... and yes it was an adventure  ::). We did it from the Lesotho side to Clarens.
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Re: Husky Ride to Bezhuidenhouts Pass and Old Mill Route (almost)
« Reply #21 on: October 29, 2014, 11:55:34 am »
Did you have any issues with the soft "Huskys"?  :biggrin:
 

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Re: Husky Ride to Bezhuidenhouts Pass and Old Mill Route (almost)
« Reply #22 on: October 29, 2014, 01:08:45 pm »
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Re: Husky Ride to Bezhuidenhouts Pass and Old Mill Route (almost)
« Reply #23 on: October 29, 2014, 02:31:36 pm »
Awesome RR guys  :thumleft:

Johan and I did Bezuidenhouts pass in September with the 950 SE's. Lets just say it was not a ride in the park... All I could think of is "I'm gonna fall on these rocks and break my legs" :P

A really rewarding ride though! :)

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Re: Husky Ride to Bezhuidenhouts Pass and Old Mill Route (almost)
« Reply #24 on: October 29, 2014, 02:35:20 pm »
Did you have any issues with the soft "Huskys"?  :biggrin:
They are super capable, just needs an extra inch of ground clearance. Also prefer the Marzocchi's to my current WP's in slow going rocky terrain (yes shoot me).
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Re: Husky Ride to Bezhuidenhouts Pass and Old Mill Route (almost)
« Reply #25 on: October 29, 2014, 02:36:44 pm »
Early in 2012 I stayed at Sterkfontein Dan (Qwantani) for a week with the missus. One day while we were there, I said to her - "Lets go see what the Bezuidethingy Pass is all about" and we jumped on the Lump and off we went.

We got slightly side-tracked and ended up at the Coyote Caf on Oliviershook Pass instead, lunch etc.

And judging by the pic above IT WAS A DAM GOOD THING I DID!!! Probably saved the relationship!!

Respect to anyone doing that on anything bigger than a plastic!!

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Re: Husky Ride to Bezhuidenhouts Pass and Old Mill Route (almost)
« Reply #26 on: October 29, 2014, 02:53:02 pm »
awesome RR.

thanx for the pics (I cant read so lekka......
 

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Re: Husky Ride to Bezhuidenhouts Pass and Old Mill Route (almost)
« Reply #27 on: October 29, 2014, 04:28:12 pm »
Some more pics of the Old Mill Rd section, actually incorporating a 4x4 track as well. I was a bit overwhelmed at times, riding with Alan and Tony, both have a world of experience when things get rough, me, I only been riding DS for 3 years now (not counting a few mad years on large 2 smokes in my distant youth) But overwhelmed or not I did just fine! Maybe I was helped along by a very capable bike.
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Re: Husky Ride to Bezhuidenhouts Pass and Old Mill Route (almost)
« Reply #28 on: October 29, 2014, 04:45:30 pm »
The mountain with the 2 small outcrops on top is where we were. Up the one side of the mountain and down the other side. Did I mention the views were spectacular and the dropoffs were at least 100m and we were really motivated to not lose a bike or ourselves over the edge!
At one stop Alan remarked that the edge was pulling him towards it, much like how heights pull someone that has a fear for heights.... I am very glad he did not give in to the pull!
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Re: Husky Ride to Bezhuidenhouts Pass and Old Mill Route (almost)
« Reply #29 on: October 29, 2014, 09:11:30 pm »
Some more pics...
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Re: Husky Ride to Bezhuidenhouts Pass and Old Mill Route (almost)
« Reply #30 on: October 29, 2014, 09:43:06 pm »
Awesome RR guys  :thumleft:

Johan and I did Bezuidenhouts pass in September with the 950 SE's. Lets just say it was not a ride in the park... All I could think of is "I'm gonna fall on these rocks and break my legs" :P

A really rewarding ride though! :)

This was the scariest part!



Hi Minxy

What a coincidence bumping into you and HSK at RAD this afternoon!

It was your recent RR that inspired us to do the Bezhuidenhouts pass, so thank you!

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Re: Husky Ride to Bezhuidenhouts Pass and Old Mill Route (almost)
« Reply #31 on: October 29, 2014, 09:46:49 pm »
Great pic's Bertie  :thumleft:

Although you may need to get your camera checked, it seems to make me look short and fat???  Something wrong with the lens maybe?

Glad you got some pics of the rocky section.  :thumleft:
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Re: Husky Ride to Bezhuidenhouts Pass and Old Mill Route (almost)
« Reply #32 on: October 29, 2014, 09:56:31 pm »
Did you have any issues with the soft "Huskys"?  :biggrin:

No not really.

I bent my side stand when the bike fell over in the rocks, which made stopping and getting on/off tricky!  (Being a short arse I need to climb on the footpeg, using the side stand, with the bag on the back - the bent stand made it stand too up right and you needed to find a hole or something to put it into to be able to get on/off without toppling over the other way).

But overall not many other bikes match them - as you know.

They are tedious on tar, but still able to cover long distances at reasonable speeds.  And superb on dirt  :ricky:
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Re: Husky Ride to Bezhuidenhouts Pass and Old Mill Route (almost)
« Reply #33 on: October 30, 2014, 07:51:05 am »
Did you have any issues with the soft "Huskys"?  :biggrin:

No not really.

I bent my side stand when the bike fell over in the rocks, which made stopping and getting on/off tricky!  (Being a short arse I need to climb on the footpeg, using the side stand, with the bag on the back - the bent stand made it stand too up right and you needed to find a hole or something to put it into to be able to get on/off without toppling over the other way).

But overall not many other bikes match them - as you know.

They are tedious on tar, but still able to cover long distances at reasonable speeds.  And superb on dirt  :ricky:

My one has never given me any serious problems either and has never left me stranded; but for some reason I don't really trust it. I don't really know why, I can't put a finger on it. 
 

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Re: Husky Ride to Bezhuidenhouts Pass and Old Mill Route (almost)
« Reply #34 on: October 30, 2014, 08:15:51 am »
Did you have any issues with the soft "Huskys"?  :biggrin:

No not really.

I bent my side stand when the bike fell over in the rocks, which made stopping and getting on/off tricky!  (Being a short arse I need to climb on the footpeg, using the side stand, with the bag on the back - the bent stand made it stand too up right and you needed to find a hole or something to put it into to be able to get on/off without toppling over the other way).

But overall not many other bikes match them - as you know.

They are tedious on tar, but still able to cover long distances at reasonable speeds.  And superb on dirt  :ricky:

My one has never given me any serious problems either and has never left me stranded; but for some reason I don't really trust it. I don't really know why, I can't put a finger on it. 

Done a number of long trips to Lesotho etc - some slabbing but mostly plot dirt routes. No problems, great lightweight DS bikes - very sought after in Oz and USA.
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Re: Husky Ride to Bezhuidenhouts Pass and Old Mill Route (almost)
« Reply #35 on: October 30, 2014, 08:21:54 am »
Did you have any issues with the soft "Huskys"?  :biggrin:

No not really.

I bent my side stand when the bike fell over in the rocks, which made stopping and getting on/off tricky!  (Being a short arse I need to climb on the footpeg, using the side stand, with the bag on the back - the bent stand made it stand too up right and you needed to find a hole or something to put it into to be able to get on/off without toppling over the other way).

But overall not many other bikes match them - as you know.

They are tedious on tar, but still able to cover long distances at reasonable speeds.  And superb on dirt  :ricky:

My one has never given me any serious problems either and has never left me stranded; but for some reason I don't really trust it. I don't really know why, I can't put a finger on it. 

Done a number of long trips to Lesotho etc - some slabbing but mostly plot dirt routes. No problems, great lightweight DS bikes - very sought after in Oz and USA.

I know I follow the forums (Cafe Husky and Adventure rider). Like I said I don't know why I don't trust the bike.
 

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Re: Husky Ride to Bezhuidenhouts Pass and Old Mill Route (almost)
« Reply #36 on: October 30, 2014, 08:29:34 am »
Did you have any issues with the soft "Huskys"?  :biggrin:

No not really.

I bent my side stand when the bike fell over in the rocks, which made stopping and getting on/off tricky!  (Being a short arse I need to climb on the footpeg, using the side stand, with the bag on the back - the bent stand made it stand too up right and you needed to find a hole or something to put it into to be able to get on/off without toppling over the other way).

But overall not many other bikes match them - as you know.

They are tedious on tar, but still able to cover long distances at reasonable speeds.  And superb on dirt  :ricky:

My one has never given me any serious problems either and has never left me stranded; but for some reason I don't really trust it. I don't really know why, I can't put a finger on it. 
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Re: Husky Ride to Bezhuidenhouts Pass and Old Mill Route (almost)
« Reply #37 on: October 30, 2014, 08:33:51 am »
To beat that dead horse a bit more - I've done Kaokoland (VZP, Marienfluss, riverbeds) solo on 630 and no worries - definitely more confidence inspiring than 690. But I understand RR - I feel more confident reliability wise on my XTZ.

Alan, nice report - have to go and see that old mill route someday.
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Re: Husky Ride to Bezhuidenhouts Pass and Old Mill Route (almost)
« Reply #38 on: October 30, 2014, 08:45:38 am »
When I read a RR like this I ask myself what the hell did I ever buy a 1200 for?(No choice really but...)


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Re: Husky Ride to Bezhuidenhouts Pass and Old Mill Route (almost)
« Reply #39 on: October 30, 2014, 09:26:20 pm »
Mine is dead reliable, if the inept mecchie does not re-route the choke cable and pulls the choke open all the time....makes me think about the joke about the guy at work always complaining about the crappy sarmies......
There was a time when I was working on my 610 a lot, but now that everything is sorted it just goes every time I care to touch the happy button.
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