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WD Gauteng Social Loop 2008/04/05 - Report
« on: April 06, 2008, 08:44:03 am »
Firstly, a big thanks to those who came along for the ride. From the plan thread I was only expecting three or four bikes, but was amazed at van Gaalens that the pack had swollen to ten bikes and three pillion. If I remember right there were four KLR ‚??08s, two boxer-beemers,   a 650GS, a Strom, my lil‚?? KLE, and of course the everlasting and ever-present reassurance of Malgat‚??s Africa Twin, which must rank up there with Des Pistorious‚??s million Km Gold Wing as one of Africa‚??s best known bikes.

So how did the format of a ‚??Free Format Social Loop‚?Ě work. To be honest I don‚??t know as we did not ride it the way I had imagined, but rather as a conventional ride. I arrived at van Gaalens with printed maps, the idea being that if we all knew the route, we could ride at our own pace meeting up at pre-arranged spots, but I think the idea of a ‚??group ride‚?Ě is so deeply entrenched that it just naturally happens. The general comment was ‚??Nice maps Peter/Gunda, but since you know the way, just lead on and we‚??ll follow.‚?Ě

And so I did, and so they did. The only problem is that it sentenced the pack to a few legs of slow Gunda-Speed riding, but no one seemed to be too critical. Once the route became clearer then the faster bikes were able to go ahead, and by the end of the ride I was in my comfy posie at the back.

I think a group ride may become unmanageable when  the pack gets too big, say 30-40 bikes, but for a pack of ten I suspect I over planned a bit.

Another self-criticism. I don‚??t think brekkie at the start is a good idea. The folks are eager to get out, and it would have made much more sense to stop mid-ride.

I am still left with a problem that I cannot resist eyeballing maps and Google Earth and planning and plotting trips, and as a result I am often in an uncomfortable position up front, but I hate holding people up with my slower speed. How do you organize a ride when the okie that planned it wants to be at the back? Dunno how to solve this one! 

So how was the ride for you guys ? (Sound like a 40-year-married couple ‚??Was it good for you too Dearest?‚?Ě )  I certainly enjoyed being out there and once again the Dog company was excellent.  Being a Saturday the ride was a bit like an ageing flower arrangement losing it‚??s flowers, and by Magaliesburg it was like a Japanese ikebana with a stalk, couple of leaves, and bugger-all else - but still pretty :D

Had a slight problem in that Steve (aka DeepBass9) had a flat, but hey, that‚??s what it is about, and one of these days it will be me. Mysterious flat it was too. Steve had a spare tube, and while the twenty-handed-grease-monkeys were replacing it I tried to do the patch-solution trick on the old one and discovered a whole number of spots where the rubber had worn thin and it seems the tube had just got moeg and had given up the ghost. It started a whole conversation on condoms, unwanted pregnancies and STDs, but I won‚??t go there now.     

So thanks for the folks who came along ‚?? I certainly enjoyed putting it together, and to the guys who were new to Wild Dogs, it was  a pleasure to have you along and hope to see you guys again. 

Pics to follow:-
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Re: WD Gauteng Social Loop 2008/04/05 - Report
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2008, 09:04:15 am »
Slim photo pickings from me I am afraid.
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Re: WD Gauteng Social Loop 2008/04/05 - Report
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2008, 10:47:33 am »
Nice one Gunda, more pics next time  ;)
 

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Re: WD Gauteng Social Loop 2008/04/05 - Report
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2008, 11:29:41 am »
Nice one Gunda, more pics next time  ;)
You shoulda seen the cameras bzzzting away at Breedt's nek - was like a bunch of Japanese tourists at the Eiffel Tower. Am sure the pics will appear here !
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Re: WD Gauteng Social Loop 2008/04/05 - Report
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2008, 07:45:21 pm »
gunda,,,,thanx for the ride on satday

also dont be so hard om yourself and apologising for being last or slow,,,its ok,,,we dont mind,,,this ride is about just relaxing and enjoying the bike,,,also your stories and knowledge is amazing,,,who would think that if you had a string right around the whole world and you lifted it one metre up you would need only 6?? metres more string,,,,

for me personally the ride wasnt about the road, pace or speed,,,,,ive eaten there before,,,rode the rides before,,,but what i did come for was to meet more wd's,,,and thats whats its all about on satday,,,not a mad race to see who was the fastest ( or was it bcause there were no katooms,,,he he,,,what i did like was the bms taking the lead and havin fun,,,,sometimes the runs are tooo technical and to damm fast and sometimes dangerous,,,this last 2 weeks i lost 3 riderswith breaks(arms, ribs),,,so this ride of yours is a chance for chatting and mixing with people,,,

and also mostly because on runs like yours wd's can bring there gfriends,wifes, etc which is impossible on the tough and fast rides,,,dont get me wrong i like fast and challenging but sometimes i just wanna chugg along and get to look at the scenery,,,i

ts also ideal for noobs and i do agree with you,,,we should make you the social planner of the monthly social run and its becomes the pillion friendly and noob friendly ride,,,also make a restaurant visit of it...we do bfast and lunch everytime somewhere else and its just a family kinda day,,,we that follow dont have to worrie about routes and challenges,,,we just have an easy ride

also for me its just a relaxing ride,,,one where i dont have to push myselfc,make sure i am on course or any otherworries,,,just ride, enjoy the fresh air and meeting wd's and their friends


so admiral,,,,i believe its "mission accomplished"

andthanx for the lesson on how to not change the wheel and then followed by one how to do it correctly,,,he he,,,also i've learnt how to remove a back wheeel with only a side stand and no stones around
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Re: WD Gauteng Social Loop 2008/04/05 - Report
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2008, 07:39:26 am »
Thanks Gunda for aranging a wonderful ride!
 I think, the WD rides are not only for the adventure riding aspect but also for the social aspect.  It was great to meet new faces and all the spouses.
Due to my "rock" incident 6 weeks ago, I needed to get my confidence back and it is always nice to join your ride as you do take it easy, no rushing, serious agenda's or time keeping.
It was fantastic of DB to get a flat and for me to be able to see how to repair it. Thanks!  ;)
Wish we could have rode along with you a bit longer, but unfotunately had other commitments.
Look forward to the next one!  :)
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Re: WD Gauteng Social Loop 2008/04/05 - Report
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2008, 10:59:45 am »
Hi Gunda,
Thank you for all the effort you put into organizing everything on Saturday.I really enjoyed the ride and especially meeting some of the WD members. Sorry I did not thank you personally and say good-bye but missed the turn off at the end and decided to continue on my own in order to get back home on time.
I did not have any problem with you "leading from behind" but was worried that prefering to ride at a slightly faster pace I would be disruptive but no one seems to have complained (yet). Regarding the breakfast... did not think having breakfast at the start was a problem but think your idea of stopping mid-morning would be a better option for future rides.
As this was my fist outing with the WD members, I was a bit worried that you would all be the stereotypical bikers with leather jackets, chains etc. Thankfully all were just your average guy/girl wanting to enjoy the day biking and socialising. So anyone yet to join I can highly recommed it.
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Re: WD Gauteng Social Loop 2008/04/05 - Report
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2008, 08:15:11 pm »
Hi Gunda

Thanks for a great ride, sorry it took me so long to post my few pics. I agree with your take on breakfast being better later on.

Here are my pics and thanks again for the arrangements.





 

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Re: WD Gauteng Social Loop 2008/04/05 - Report
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2008, 09:30:50 pm »
Hey Gunda sorry for missing this one (Again!). Hope to be joining you in the near future.
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Re: WD Gauteng Social Loop 2008/04/05 - Report
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2008, 06:30:18 am »
Hey Gunda sorry for missing this one (Again!). Hope to be joining you in the near future.

Yup. Let's put together another Canal ride up north, . .
or maybe some of those lekka roads Blazes knows out east, . .
or maybe some of Ryperd's flowers and lesbian frolics before the cosmos dies, . .
or maybe . . . . arrgh - so many roads. . . . so little time 

Has to be after a while though. Going to KZN for a fortnight tomorrow with bike on trailer.

 ;D Come ride the Valley of thousand hills as per :-

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=16581.0

Not getting much luck in getting the KZNers  :(  - but then my ten years in Durbs taught me that the KZN folks think it is very uncool to plan anything more than 20 minutes in advance - nothing like the story of the lady and the Swiss army knives . . . .





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Re: WD Gauteng Social Loop 2008/04/05 - Report
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2008, 12:17:10 am »
Hi Gunda,

Thanks, I really enjoyed my first ride with the WD's, both my son and I had a "Jol".

I did push it a little in some places, which I suppose that was the reason why I was rather stiff on sunday which created a tough marshalling day for me on the "Think Bike" noob run to paris http://www.thinkbike.co.za/talk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=18057.

I ended up doing over 730km for the weekend and I literally toppled off the bike on sunday when I arrived home.

Here are a couple of pics



After Brekkies, getting ready to leave




Our first pit stop



an Unexpected stop, and learning from the pro's how to repair a flat tyre in the bush



From old to new :)




Everyone adding in thier 2c's worth





Taking the load off the feet


This was a great spot, really nice views, most of the guys had a cuppacino



Some action pics





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Re: WD Gauteng Social Loop 2008/04/05 - Report
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2008, 12:58:34 pm »
Thanks "My Skills" for the lekker photos. Must do it again sometime.
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Re: WD Gauteng Social Loop 2008/04/05 - Report
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2008, 01:03:09 pm »
Thanks "My Skills" for the lekker photos. Must do it again sometime.

Ditto to that ! 
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