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Re: Thumper Bash Ladismith 2016
« Reply #20 on: August 08, 2016, 11:32:48 pm »
Ian send me a please call me today. Looking for the road out of Anysberg. Can someone help, asb! His girlfriend's on my case.

He must start riding in a small circle, then widen the circle, sometime he's bound to hit either Oubergpad or the N1.
 

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Re: Thumper Bash Ladismith 2016
« Reply #21 on: August 09, 2016, 06:54:12 pm »
Ian was entertaining on and off the bike

Second that- Rondkyk Rothmans - instant entertainment

Also adding entertainment was Koedoeskloofs Ridgebacks
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Re: Thumper Bash Ladismith 2016
« Reply #22 on: August 09, 2016, 07:50:27 pm »
Down sized pics
The ride through Anysberg was both scenic and and a nice variety of terrain. At one stage Parkinoff on his mean HP was all over the back of my XT and we had a nice run for a couple nearly running out of talent in some places
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Re: Thumper Bash Ladismith 2016
« Reply #23 on: August 09, 2016, 08:14:33 pm »
random down sized- thanks to all who helped with with my minor breakdown-Danie's towing services-Skilpad towing Slak :thumleft: and that killer CD175 Honda surpressor-thks Eugene. Xt can run up to 135 kmph now. Ri- it just gets better!
Pics- 1/start off at Coxswain's
2/selfie on Ouberg
3/ Ouberg rd
4/ Charl Eikeboom in discovery mode
5/ Ditto
6/ lekker kuier with the youngsters Tony&Brian from Mosselbay- will take you up on the offer of a visit and forest out ride :thumleft:
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Re: Thumper Bash Ladismith 2016
« Reply #24 on: August 09, 2016, 08:55:47 pm »
Cheers aan almal wat die naweek n plesier gamaak het....
Skaap tjops, Lammie se kerrie wors en Klein Karoo sterre;
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Re: Thumper Bash Ladismith 2016
« Reply #25 on: August 09, 2016, 09:06:40 pm »
In the backround is some horses that you can hire in the reserve. While we were waiting for other guys to catch up one of them was having a Pee and in doing so was also stretching out- think it was Charls comment that they do that to avoid pee-ing on new hooves :imaposer: -straight up no alcohol out the box  ;D
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Re: Thumper Bash Ladismith 2016
« Reply #26 on: August 09, 2016, 09:30:21 pm »
Had the opportunity to take Alties KTM for a ride and straight away afterwards Coxswains new Tenere- wow- smile factor is huge on both but so different- thanks guys
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1/ serious braai
2/ packing up sunday
3/ ditto
4/ Eugene- silence is golden....at breakfast
5/ Brian,Eugene & Debbie
6/  Boere flashing his calves
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Re: Thumper Bash Ladismith 2016
« Reply #27 on: August 10, 2016, 12:45:00 am »
My Thumper Bash started with a whimper: before we even hit Stellenbosch, I ran out of fuel. When we filled up, one of our party had disappeared and the rest of us weren't sure of the route, and decided to just slab it to Montague.

Somewhere along the N1, the party paused again to discuss routes, and when we pulled away, my motorbike wouldn't start. Happily one of us (not me) knew something about bump starting a recalcitrant DR, and we were on our way again. We stopped for lunch at Montague, and Boere popped in quickly to comment on how neatly his 690 fit in his plumbers cleavage  >:D

From there we hit Ouberg Pass and passed through without incident (except for Dad Parkinoff shouting at me for going around a corner too fast and overshooting slightly) and we were soon at Koedoeskloof, where I bought beers for my support crew, and set up camp.

An exposed bike frame has a pull that is mesmerising and inescapable. Soon a few mechanics were poking around in my bike's innards, trying to figure out whether the issue was with the battery and wiring. Nothing found, we closed up again and a few bikers took turns to ride around in the dark wearing only a headlamp, as my bike's lights were dead, trying to charge the battery a little bit.

After that there was nothing for it but to drown my sorrows in alcohol.
« Last Edit: August 10, 2016, 12:47:49 am by Ri »
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Re: Thumper Bash Ladismith 2016
« Reply #28 on: August 10, 2016, 01:00:22 am »
Early the next morning, the alcohol impolitely requested exit, forcing me out of my tent into the cold morning. Seeing the sun was making an appearance, I stayed up and took a few photos. Happily the lady of the house, Debi, was also up, and soon I had some strong coffee in me.

Various groups of riders discussed their riding plans, and I asked Jimmy, Andre and Tertius (I think?) whether I could join them. They graciously agreed, and halfway through the rugby my bike was bump started and we were on our way. From Calitzdorp, we took the Groenfontein gravel road in the direction of the Swartberg pass. I reached the next tar road with no mishaps, and Tertius and I waited for everyone to catch up. From there, the guys carried on towards De Rust along the Oude Muragie road, and I turned back towards Koedoeskloof.
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Re: Thumper Bash Ladismith 2016
« Reply #29 on: August 10, 2016, 08:08:03 am »
I'm still laughing about the Rond-kyk-Rothmans...thanks Danie and XT Joe!
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Re: Thumper Bash Ladismith 2016
« Reply #30 on: August 10, 2016, 08:50:40 am »
Thanks to all ,was a awesome trip.
ROUTE DIFFICULTY
1 = tar
2 = good gravel /pillian friendly
3 = interspersed with sand, mud, sand , bush / not pillian friendly
4 = lots of sand, technical riding 5 = expert only
 

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Re: Thumper Bash Ladismith 2016
« Reply #31 on: August 10, 2016, 09:02:25 am »
early morning mist at Skilpadkloof accommodation near Koedoeskloof

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Re: Thumper Bash Ladismith 2016
« Reply #32 on: August 10, 2016, 09:07:59 am »
early morning mist at Skilpadkloof accommodation near Koedoeskloof



very cool accommodation at skilpadkloof  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Thumper Bash Ladismith 2016
« Reply #33 on: August 11, 2016, 08:52:24 am »
Thanks all for the awesome weekend! First camping trip with the new Tenere.


And special thanks to Eugene and Debbie for the good food and beautiful venue!
 

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Re: Thumper Bash Ladismith 2016
« Reply #34 on: August 12, 2016, 05:10:33 pm »
Dankie, die Bash was n wenner.

Die akkomodasie, kos geselskakp en roetes is uitstekend. :3some:
 

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Re: Thumper Bash Ladismith 2016
« Reply #35 on: August 12, 2016, 05:16:50 pm »
more...... :laughing4:
 

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Re: Thumper Bash Ladismith 2016
« Reply #36 on: August 12, 2016, 11:25:38 pm »
When I got back to Koedoeskloof, it was time for Outpatients. Apart from my bike, which hadn't charged one bit, there were 2 problematic bikes being attended to by concerned surgeons.

First off was William's KTM, that seems to have developed a wiring issue. Must have gotten sorted, because early on Sunday morning he left on the bike.

And the clutch of Parkinoff's son's Husaberg gave up the ghost about 10 km out of town. Being very handy people, they proceeded to open it up and not fix it. Happily not a problem, as the bike was trailered in and would be trailered home. Again we see the magnetic effect of an open engine on riders :D
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« Reply #37 on: August 12, 2016, 11:31:30 pm »
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Re: Thumper Bash Ladismith 2016
« Reply #38 on: August 13, 2016, 12:13:09 am »
This RR is very deurmekaar  :deal:

After partying hard and another freezing wet night, it was time to pack up and say our sad good byes to our lovely host and hostess, Veldbrand and the delightful Debi. Just FYI, the lady makes the BEST G&Ts.

The group that left for home together was considerably larger than the group that arrived. My bike was duly bumped, and we were on our way. It was foggy and freezing cold, and I was glad for my +- 9 layers of clothing (except on my hands, which were soon numb and clawed). It cleared up as soon as we went off tar and stayed beautiful and cool all the way home.

We turned into Anysberg, and I felt my nerves quiver. I'd done it before, from the other side, and had two falls. The road now was washed out and shaley looking. We hit the road and squeezed past an outsized 4x4 and trailer onto a washed out, narrow twisty 2-spoor track. A few kilometers on was a few meters of thickish sand, and gingerly trying to accelerate, I completely didn't and the bike steered itself up the steep side and gently toppled over on a bush on the other side. I was flung down very gently, in what was probably one of the softest offs ever  ;D

I only noticed at home that it couldn't have been that soft, as the metal license disk holder had snapped clean off. As I helped Coxwain manhandle the bike over the steep side again back onto the road, I broke off the number plate. We looked at each other and I felt glum. No one around to bump the bike, and could it even be done in steep sand? I made noises that maybe Parkinoff's son could come fetch the bike, but Coxwain pooh-poohed me.

We waited, and the hefty 4x4 and caravan passed us again. Next up, to my huge relief, was Parkinoff. We heaved mightily, Parkinoff threw his weight onto the seat almost dislodging the back shock, and the bike started instantly. I could've kissed the bike!! Never had an exhaust roar sounded so sweet. Parkinoff jumped on his HP and zoomed off into the distance, having reached agreement with Super Ten to keep an eye on me.

We crawled behind the 4x4 in the stoney, twisty, narrow 2-spoor for a few hundred meters before Super Ten politely asked the guy to just wait for us to pass, and we could finally speed up a enough to manage the terrain. After this, apart from some skids and scares and one stall, thankfully on a steep downhill, there were no further mishaps. We stopped for lunch at the turnoff to Montagu, and I received some much-needed encouragement to keep me going for the last few kilometers.

Once through the gate, I was unsure which way to turn and tried to stop while turning, lost control and dropped my bike again. Luckily Parkinoff was there, having stopped for photos, and again got it bump started quickly.

Once we reached the turn-off to Touwsrivier (Laingsburg?), Super Ten insisted that I have a go on his F800GS, despite my misgivings. I managed to squeeze on amidst all his luggage (good grief, was it more than mine?) but had to take off my backpack as there wasn't space for it. I leaned over the tank bag and stretched my arms fully before I could grab onto the handlebars. I was standing on tippy toes. "I'm going to drop this bike!" I warned. "Don't worry, there's nothing on it that can break" said a biker for the first time in the history of motorcycle riding. Well then FINE.

I twisted the throttle gently but the bike still screamed like a cornered wild cat. Okay then. Let's try it more gently... nope. Still twitchy. Urk. I swallowed, tapped the bike into gear, and with fingertips gently rolled open the throttle, and took off. Once going it felt okay, and I got up to 3rd gear before there was a turn full of craters washed out by rain. Managed to avoid the craters and now swinging the other way OH MY WORD there's a stop street there's a town and I can't put my feet down!!

I geared down to first and crawled up the street a few blocks and turned right, ignoring every single stop sign and even the coppers on the last bend, finally coming to a jerky, undignified halt at the petrol station where everyone was waiting, and shouted for Super Ten to come catch his bike. Phew! No thanks. Bike was waaaay too twitchy for me.

After that we hit the N1 and just blasted home, although probably slower than everyone was used to blasting home  :lol8: Two Dogs very kindly escorted me to my gate to make sure the bike didn't need a bump, and then it was over.

What a super, super Bash. Thank you so much to everyone who helped, encouraged and kept an eye out for me, especially Coxwain who was always at the most a few hundred meters behind me, ready to help pick up and push the bike, and to smile and say "You're doing fine! You can do it." when my nerve failed. It meant the world to me, thank you very very much.

Oh my word I'm looking forward to riding with you all again!! Hopefully a bit faster and with less hassle next time!! Hooligan's battery has been replaced and the wires checked so he'll be in top form soon. See you the road then  :biggrin:
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Re: Thumper Bash Ladismith 2016
« Reply #39 on: August 13, 2016, 12:28:01 pm »
Very nice photos there, thanks!
And those of Breinsel - awesome!
Let's go into the mountains...there's likely to be peace and quiet