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XR - Braapfest, done and dusted
« on: July 13, 2015, 08:17:44 pm »
OK I'm gonna start this off, seeing as the other O's are being lazy  :biggrin: or some guys like Airguitar are still lazing on holiday !

Firstly, I really didn't take as many pics as I thought. Riding was a priority:


The day started nice and early, I left Edenvale at 6:30 and headed off to Rayton. The meetup at Rayton with Gary, Ross, Gerhad, Hardy & big Rob (hidden).


We rode off to Bronkies for a morning coffe and something to eat, we were a bit early so the poor Steers staff acttually had to start working immediately! A few of the other riders joined us and soon we were ready to go!
About 14 riders and at this point, I'm gonna apologize because there's no way I'll remember all the names.


Our resident DR riding kak stirrer, Stuart! Must admit to having a few good chuckles with this clown  :biggrin:


Herman on the biggest bike on the ride.

We were forced to slab it a bit because I picked up a nice nail through my rear tyre, so we lost an hour doing repairs!
I don't have pics of that event but make no mistake...they will surface !!


A coffee stop at the Engin one stop thingy - we decided to park our petrol to noise converters on the pavement for all to admire and gasp in awe!


620 Duke Motard that Ross stuck knobblies onto to join the ride! 17" rims proved a tough task on the dirt though ! He reckon he'll just keep it to wake up the neighbours - left hand kickstart doesn't help either!


Our spot at the Elangeni Resort. 2 single beds and a nice double for me and Ross to cuddle  :biggrin:
Ross decided "to hell with that" grabbed the cushion off the chairs and slept in the lounge - apparently he doesn't like beer breath kisses  :imaposer:


Fire !! and dop and braai.


Big Rob, standing at 2 meters. He's new to dirt riding and owns a nice new KLR but battles to stand on the footpegs because of his height. He needs handlebar raisers! He also got to enjoy a puncture!


More of the lodge


It's cold and Hardy is standing outside barefeet !!


On our way Saturday to the mine and Sappi forest ride - camera doesn't capture how beautifull it really is.




At the top of the hill, Derek had to go look for his Go-pro that fell off along the route. He lost his toolbag full of tools within the first 5 Kms of the ride - he found the Go-pro at least.
By the time he returned this group had solved world hunger and was just about to fix Eskom's problems.. but, alas, the ride had to continue and we'll have to suffer further loadshedding due to time constraints - sorry.


Some seriously nice tar twisties and then a smoke break just before heading into the forest.


Turned around and Mr Zog was posing with his 1981 Xl, scenery behind was too bad either.


Scenery on the pathway into the valley


More




A nice litle splash by Henk (chopperpilot). This man can stoot a bike too !


Happy dust trail


Stopped at the abandoned hut along the way, I think I could submit this to Cabinporn, what do you think?


View from the cabin




Gerhad, our coffee / wine connoiseur. Between Gerhad and Hardy, we had some awesome coffee, thanks gents.


Henk and one of his pretty daughters


Ross whom I thought would keep me from drinking too much and failed miserably  :biggrin:
I must confess to indulging waaay too much and having to call George on the big white telephone - I was the moering with myself because we had a long ride home ahead of us! but to hell with it, the time felt right and we were having a huge amount of fun !


Brian in front of his unit, he also brought his family along - brave man.

Unfortunately that's all the pics I took.

Important stuff:

Airguitar you're a flippen star for starting and organising the Braapfest, it is absolutely brilliant, although a winter sport for some reason, I wouldn't have it any other way. To get out of the house in mid winter take a little convincing but it's well worth the effort once you've committed !
In fairness the weather was brilliant for this time of year !!!

Gary, all the effort you put in on our behalf for medical reasons was very, very appreciated. Just knowing that you have somebody along with you that has medical knowledge is a huge comfort !

Thank Ross for the backup bakkie, chucking our kit on the back and riding a bit lighter was awesome.

I can't go through every name but a thanks to Hardy for taking us the back routes from Mpumalanga, I sense you are more a lone rider but saving us from slabbing the highway was a massive luck !
Gerhad for the coffee, the rest of the crew for just being an awesome bunch of guys - the ladies for bringing the Grandpa headache tablets and understanding that we're a bunch of roffgatte and putting up with our nonsense!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2015, 09:00:40 pm »
Lekker Heebs. Thanks for the RR. Looks like a great time was had by all.
 

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Re: XR - Braapfest, done and dusted
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2015, 10:16:48 pm »
Shot HeeBs, thanks for starting this RR.  :thumleft:

I've been hectic today, but did manage to finally get my few pics from the camera onto the laptop. I'll try post my side of the story tomorrow...

Oh yes, I do have pics of your puncture  :peepwall:  :pot:

All I'll say for now before I go to bed is that it was a MOEROFA lekker weekend. Great bunch of guys, and some phenomenal riding!  :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
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Re: XR - Braapfest, done and dusted
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2015, 08:39:08 am »
lekka manna lekka!

jis eks nou eers spyt ek het die een gemis!

daai paadjies lyk soos deedre se kos!  :ricky:  :ricky:  :ricky:  :ricky:

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Re: XR - Braapfest, done and dusted
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2015, 12:00:35 pm »
Again thanks to Airguitar and Mr Zog for a brilliantly organized Braapfest  :thumleft:
Herewith my tally of 3 pics - certain character in first pic reckoned he'll rather slap it back to Nelspruit on his 1200GS cause we'll just hold him up en route  :peepwall:
and thank f@ck I didn't spoon wiff Heebs - he can't handle red label  :pot:
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Re: XR - Braapfest, done and dusted
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2015, 12:42:21 pm »
Ek sien daar het darem twee XRs en n XL ook saamgegaan  :peepwall:

Lyk darem na n lekker trippie wat julle gehad het  :thumleft:

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« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2015, 01:20:52 pm »
And I was on my best behavior ,, told you bunch of reprobates I'm a quiet guy.
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« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2015, 01:46:51 pm »
 :peepwall:
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« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2015, 02:51:08 pm »
I'll write my version of events in short episodes. Because photobucket is fucking me around and wants me to give them money. So just a couple of pics with explanations in each episode.

I left home at 06h50 and met up with africana (Gerhard), Hardy and Ross (Master Glitter) at 06h52. Because the first meeting point was just a couple of blocks from my home. We said hello, and then set off to the next meeting point. Ross was in his bakkie with his motard with the knobblies on the back. He had also very kindly offered to carry some of our kit on his bakkie.

Thanks Ross, it was a big help to not be too heavily loaded for the ride down.  :thumleft:

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1. Big Rob. He isn't a WD, yet, but he's my cuzin and very new to adventure biking. His brand new KLR had just 500km on the clock when he set out. He's had the bike for several months already, he needs to ride the thing!

2. Me and my old girl. She was sparkling clean at the start of the ride. This was not to last for too long...
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Re: XR - Braapfest, done and dusted
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2015, 03:04:57 pm »
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Lekker ouens. Lyk na n great ride, bikes en dop&tjop  :ricky:
Ja Heebs daai Ross kan n slegte invloed wees by tye  :eek7:
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« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2015, 03:06:11 pm »
The ride from Villieria to Mamelodi was in the traffic and the cold and stuff, so I didn't play around. I got there about 5 mins before Gerhard, and about 10 mins before Hardy. When we were 4 we headed off for the first bit of dirt to play on. We turned off the tar and headed to the Pienaarspoort train station at the eastern side of Mamelodi.

There was a train at the station, but we crossed the rails before it pulled away, and headed east along the service road. I was a bit out of practice, but within about 3-4 km I found my "groove" and then it was lekker again! It was all too soon when we had to get back onto tar again to meet the next guys at Rayton.

Pic 1: africana, Big Rob, HeeBs, Hardy, Master Glitter. You can see the motard on the bakkie, surrounded by all the kit. I even took my skottel-braai for brekkies...  

Pic 2: the manne, and the bikes. Hardy's 690 was well loaded.
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« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2015, 03:23:34 pm »
We were 5 bikes that left Rayton for Bronkies. Because I was the only one that knew where we had to get off the railway line for Bronkies I took point for a bit. It was awesome riding along the train line, into the rising sun, with just the BRAAAP from the exhaust. We stopped under the bridge where we had to get off for Bronkies, and had a pee. The early morning cold and three cups of coffee were combining to cause an unwelcome pressure.

Then into Bronkies where we all met at the Steers. HeeBs has already mentioned what happened there... and the biggest dissapointment was they had no coffee!!!! So I had tea with my breakfast burger.

In Bronkies we met up with BrianW, Rob, and Herman. Herman was on the biggest bike, a 850GS, but he rode it like a pro. Rob was on a Yammie, and Brian on his 650BMW.

We also met up with the biggest reprobate, StuartC. And Quincy... There are already pics of the meeting at Bronkies, and I didn't take any. Just scroll up if you want to see them again.

After feeding my face we rode down to the filling station and put some juice in the tanks. The old XL has a very small tank, so I used each opportunity to fillerup. By now it was starting to warm up a bit, and I was slowly getting rid of some of the kit I was wearing. Extra T-shirts etc, buff, jacket linings... the riding was lekker and it warmewd me up nicely.

Leaving Bronkies we headed straight down to the railway line again, and turned east.

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1. HeeBs
2. StuartC
3. Hardy
4. Herman
5 Rob
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Re: XR - Braapfest, done and dusted
« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2015, 03:29:56 pm »
Man how sexy does that MIGHTY DR look?
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« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2015, 03:36:37 pm »
About as sexy as Winnie in a g-string...  :peepwall:
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« Reply #14 on: July 14, 2015, 03:39:13 pm »
I saw you sneak over in the wee hours to sit on it and pretend you were riding !
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« Reply #15 on: July 14, 2015, 04:25:13 pm »
I saw you sneak over in the wee hours to sit on it and pretend you were riding !

Yes, It was the wee hours. I went to wee on it.  :imaposer:
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« Reply #16 on: July 14, 2015, 04:26:27 pm »
When planning the ride my first concern was crossing the Wilger River just to the east of Bronkies.

This turned out to be a non-event because what google-earth didn't show was a concrete bridge for vehicles UNDER the railway bridge. By now I was solidly in my groove, and enjoying the ride. I had to force myself to keep my speed down, the AWESOME XL had smelt the piddly DR up ahead, and wanted to go piss on it. I had to force her to keep back. One never knows what sort of diseases one can get from that filthy DR....  :pot:

Just at Balmoral we had to stop AGAIN because the DR (and its rider ) were smoking badly and needed to cool down. And HeeBS was almost taken out by a 4X4 at an intersection.
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Pic 2: How do you know Stu is talking kak? His lips are moving….
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« Reply #17 on: July 14, 2015, 04:40:55 pm »
We pressed on, and it was just a kilo or two down the road that the first obstacle occurred. I was riding along when I saw a headlight heading in my direction. The lead rider had turned around, we were unable to proceed. There was no way of getting any further…

We turned around and headed for the spot where we could cross the tracks to the Southern side. This happened back at Balmoral, then we turned east again, towards the N4. The plan was to get on the highway, cross over the railway line, and get back onto the tracks again. However…

This is where HeeBs discovered he had a flattie on the rear wheel. We sent a rider out to recce the road to see where we could get onto the highway, while the rest of us looked at HeeBs’s flat tyre. Stuart took his crutch out, and propped up the Honda, the wheel was removed, and the offending bit of rusted steel removed.

We discovered that HeeBs had a heavy duty tube in the rear, and apparently these don’t patch too easily? Anyway, to save time I had a spare 18” tube with me, so we shoved it into HeeBs’ rear (yes, that sounds quite interesting!) used Big Rob’s mini compressor to inflate from africana’s 12V connection (it was a team effort) and refitted the wheel. Stu put his tyre levers away, and we headed back to Balmoral again, because there was an on-ramp there.
We had called Ross in the Bakkie, he was waiting at an Engen filling station in Witbank. We arranged to meet there. The XL was getting thirsty again.

Pic 1. Breaking the bead with the Yammie.

Pic 2. Stu’s crutch holding up the Honda.

Pic 3. Stu does have a sexy bum

Pic 4. HeeBs already had a dirty face. So did Stu…
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« Reply #18 on: July 14, 2015, 04:44:01 pm »
I think it was at this stage that Stu admitted that the "mighty" DR has gotten tired and lay down for a quick nap. But I don't think there were any photo's, so this probably never happened.  :pot:  :ricky:
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« Reply #19 on: July 14, 2015, 04:49:18 pm »
Whilst at the spot where HeeBs got his flattie fixed there was some or other twat who went around with a can of chain lube and sprayed everybody’s number plates. Then somehow handfuls of sand managed to find their way onto the wet chain lube. This may have effectively blocked out any chance of the numbers being photographed, but as there were no pics I doubt it happened…   :nono:  :peepwall:
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