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Offline Trygve Roberts

Vanrhyns Pass - must be heaven on a big bike!
« on: January 15, 2015, 12:13:01 pm »
Hi there guys and girls. Glad you made it through the silly season!

Today in our news feed we visit the beautiful Vanrhyns Pass in the Northern Cape. With its great views, smooth surface and well engineered corners, this must be heaven to ride on a big bike.

We produced a 2 part video series on the pass plus we dig into the local history and discover some interesting facts on the area known as the Knersvlakte. Enjoy! And let us know who has ridden this one.

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Re: Vanrhyns Pass - must be heaven on a big bike!
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2015, 12:19:55 pm »
It is indeed a fun pass to ride, with the normal care to be taken w.r.t. other traffic of course.

Have ridden it a few times.

Love your work on this  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Vanrhyns Pass - must be heaven on a big bike!
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2015, 12:29:09 pm »
Thanks Garfield.
We noticed a lot of heavy trucks on the pass - we filmed the ascent late on a Saturday and did the descent the next morning when the light was right. Apparently the truckers like this route to Namibia from the east as it cuts off a big detour through the W/Cape. There were more trucks than cars in the total traffic count on both days.
 

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Re: Vanrhyns Pass - must be heaven on a big bike!
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2015, 12:35:01 pm »
Thanks Garfield.
We noticed a lot of heavy trucks on the pass - we filmed the ascent late on a Saturday and did the descent the next morning when the light was right. Apparently the truckers like this route to Namibia from the east as it cuts off a big detour through the W/Cape. There were more trucks than cars in the total traffic count on both days.
No way trucks en route to Nam would take that route. Too much of a detour but all the trucks on that pass goes to Upington and the rest
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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2015, 02:19:22 pm »
You will also find that those trucks are probably from not more than about 2 operators. McDonald's Transport in Upington and then there is someone carrying stuff that's being mined near Brandvlei on the Granaatboskolk road. Will definitely be a no-no to guys running from Cape Town to Nam! Unless they need to skip the weighbridge at Springbok and avoid the border post at Noordoewer. Then Nakop via Upington id the only other option. But, I cant see that happening! A moerse detour!
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Re: Vanrhyns Pass - must be heaven on a big bike!
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2015, 04:32:38 pm »
Trucking routing is definitely not my area of expertise. i was puzzled why so many big trucks were using the pass. Thanks to the knowledge pool on this forum, I am now better informed.
 

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Re: Vanrhyns Pass - must be heaven on a big bike!
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2015, 05:58:00 pm »
Trucking routing is definitely not my area of expertise. i was puzzled why so many big trucks were using the pass. Thanks to the knowledge pool on this forum, I am now better informed.

Hkaai Pre. The reason for the trucks was due to the grape season in Upington. The closest port is Cape Town.

I train for the Argus on that pass. Downwards it takes me 6 minutes and upwards 36! Reached 96km/h on the way down.
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Re: Vanrhyns Pass - must be heaven on a big bike!
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2015, 06:52:29 pm »
Trucking routing is definitely not my area of expertise. i was puzzled why so many big trucks were using the pass. Thanks to the knowledge pool on this forum, I am now better informed.

Hkaai Pre. The reason for the trucks was due to the grape season in Upington. The closest port is Cape Town.

I train for the Argus on that pass. Downwards it takes me 6 minutes and upwards 36! Reached 96km/h on the way down.
They say in picking season a cooltruck comes down that pass every 13 minutes.
One of the scariest passes in SA with a loaded truck up or down.
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« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2015, 08:31:20 pm »
ook nie altyd pret met enige ander voertuig as daar n diesel spill is nie, gelukkig is daai barriers redelik ok