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Offline stuartlm

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Hi,

My name is Stuart. I'm from Melbourne, Australia and a friend and I intend to drive from Tanzania, down to Capetown, then up the West Coast to Europe and eventually London.

My mate is driving a Land Rover Defender and I intend to ride a bike, but I am yet to find a bike! We are hitting Tanzania in mid-July 2017 and I am in the market for a good overlanding bike. Preferably I would like something UK registered, to make things easier to sell at the end, but I'm realistic that this may not be possible. So I also would be happy with something registered in Sth Africa.

I'm thinking something along the lines of an Africa Twin, or;
1.   Yamaha Tenere / XT500/600 etc series;
2.   BMW F650, R80/100GS, R11xxGS;
3.   Suzuki 650 singles;
4.   KTM Adventure;
5.   Honda XL600 series;
6.   Honda Transalp and Africa Twins;
7.   Kawasaki KLR650.

But happy to take suggestions! (Whether they be on the bike, route, overlanding, visas etc etc).

Cheers
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sounds like a very cool trip - good luck!
I think your bike choice is pretty spot-on, and that DR 650 is pretty bomb-proof, in particular.

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Hi,

My name is Stuart. I'm from Melbourne, Australia and a friend and I intend to drive from Tanzania, down to Capetown, then up the West Coast to Europe and eventually London.

My mate is driving a Land Rover Defender and I intend to ride a bike, but I am yet to find a bike! We are hitting Tanzania in mid-July 2017 and I am in the market for a good overlanding bike. Preferably I would like something UK registered, to make things easier to sell at the end, but I'm realistic that this may not be possible. So I also would be happy with something registered in Sth Africa.

I'm thinking something along the lines of an Africa Twin, or;
1.   Yamaha Tenere / XT500/600 etc series;
2.   BMW F650, R80/100GS, R11xxGS;
3.   Suzuki 650 singles;
4.   KTM Adventure;
5.   Honda XL600 series;
6.   Honda Transalp and Africa Twins;
7.   Kawasaki KLR650.

But happy to take suggestions! (Whether they be on the bike, route, overlanding, visas etc etc).

Cheers
Stu

If you looking for a UK registered bike then here is probably the best place to look
http://advrider.com/index.php

If you coming to South Africa and planning on doing Africa then maybe a carne' is a good idea.


As far as bikes go.....

maybe a single. DR 650, Xr650 or any of those bikes as they easy to work on and spares should'nd be too much of a hassel.

Keep us posted as it sounds like an amazing trip.
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Hey Stu! Great trip - done chunks of it on bikes and bicycles. Very cool. I would stay away from an older bike - massive potential for things to go wrong.

If you're following a Defender speed is not of the essence. DR is prob the ultimate low maintenance trip bike, and capable everywhere.

If you want to buy in the U.K. and ship to the start consider a Yamaha tenere (not the original, the recent one). They're easy to come by and a good balance of all the required capabilities.

Good luck!

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Hi Stu,

An Aussie friend of mine (also based in Melbourne) has done a similar trip a few years ago in the opposite direction on a KTM690, he also has a wealth of vehicle and truck overlanding experience, both across Africa and South America. You can get hold of him on Facebook, or I get chat to him and ask him to get in touch with you.

https://web.facebook.com/Pat.davey78


Here are some details of his trip down Africa
https://web.facebook.com/drcanafricanadventure/


Let me know!
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Hi Stu,

An Aussie friend of mine (also based in Melbourne) has done a similar trip a few years ago in the opposite direction on a KTM690, he also has a wealth of vehicle and truck overlanding experience, both across Africa and South America. You can get hold of him on Facebook, or I get chat to him and ask him to get in touch with you.

https://web.facebook.com/Pat.davey78


Here are some details of his trip down Africa
https://web.facebook.com/drcanafricanadventure/


Let me know!
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That reminds me.
We had an Irishman come through that works and lives in the Kimberly. he traveled from Aussie through Tazmania and around the world on a DR 650

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Ensure you stay in front of the Defender, you don't want to slip on the oil slick!

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Welcome and enjoy!
I would also say DR650 and yes, stay in front of the landy.
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Thanks all that is great.

At the moment I think the choice of bike will be limited to what is available. Not coming across a lot, and I might just have to see what I can find when I get there..!
 

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Welcome friend! Enjoy our forum, many happy miles!!!