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Offline Nicolas2312

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Re: South Africa to Tanzania on Honda ace 125
« Reply #20 on: June 08, 2016, 01:39:48 pm »
Hi Nico

I followed a blog a few years ago where a couple took 200cc Motomias from Cape Town to Cairo. I'd recommend having a read to get an understanding of some of the challenges they faced on these smaller bikes, as well as some of the routes they took to avoid too heavy traffic. 
The link is: http://c200c.typepad.com/c200c/

All the best on the adventure.

Will check out this blog, this is the spririt of what we want to do.. thanks!



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« Reply #21 on: June 08, 2016, 03:30:55 pm »
Hi Nico

I did a 3000km trip in November from Cape Town to Mariental region in Namibia.

I did have a lot of fun as it was my first motorcycle trip ever.

That being said riding three days either way still has me in the saddle for 12 hours a day. It was tough.

The Honda CGL 125 (the Ace's predecessor) did well and the only changes made were some DS tyres and my dad's handy luggage rack!

The forums suggest nothing more than 5 hrs per day and I would agree.

From chats I determined that a 250cc would be better. Same fuel economy but better performance.

I'll still use my setup for shorter trips though!

Whatever you decide, I'll be checking in on the RR.

All the best
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Re: South Africa to Tanzania on Honda ace 125
« Reply #22 on: June 11, 2016, 10:07:07 am »
goodluck with your trip,will be keeping a close eye on this one  :thumleft:
don't worry about things you can't change,change the things you can.

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Re: South Africa to Tanzania on Honda ace 125
« Reply #23 on: June 11, 2016, 05:45:50 pm »
Some more inspiration for you.
A friend of mine did Cape Town to Dublin. On a scooter.
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/=xUjfMsJpmp4" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/=xUjfMsJpmp4</a>

I will ask him if he has a trip log with routes and other info.

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Re: South Africa to Tanzania on Honda ace 125
« Reply #24 on: June 13, 2016, 08:01:09 am »
Hello fellow bikers,


Please let me know what do you think about it? If you have some tips for the roads to take and not to take? How safe it is (especially that I am traveling with a woman)? Any contact we could have to help us along the way?

Any tip is welcome basically..

The reports we have been hired to make will be around this subject : Situation of women, law vs custom.

My non professional blog : http://no-guts-no-glory.weebly.com/
and last video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmmkwsWvkE4.

Thanks in advance!

Take care,


Hi Nico, and welcome!

We have fitted out quite a few 'small' (125cc and 250cc bikes, for up-Africa travel, and where we helped was mostly with pannier racks for small bikes where little, or even nothing, was available, and then planning a BUILT-IN fuel solution to these very racks, since the bikes own tanks are small, and the distances are ... LARGE.

These racks were LOCALLY made (ie: Cape Town), and were affordable, esp given the size/price of the bikes, etc.
( the first picture is the same fabricator making rack + fuel solution for an old Airhead...)

If I remember correctly, we fitted out FIVE small bikes, two couples, and one solo-traveler.
All their bikes worked more or less flawlessly!

More info on request, pictures attached - we would like to have a shot at outfitting your bike(s), as well as just giving you info, so pop in to the Store when you are in Cape Town!
Chris & Team

Hi Chris,

This is exactly what we need, I know how flimsy a top case can be.. I will contact you when in Cape town.


some more food for thought - some new racks we built up last week for a cross-Africa traveler; water and fuel, etc.

Chris & Team
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