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Offline Trygve Roberts

Slaaihoek Pass - Biker heaven, or to die for!
« on: August 31, 2017, 03:26:52 pm »


Slaaihoek Pass just for starters has the weirdest name. This super tarred pass is relatively modern and beautifully engineered. This 24,5 km long pass descends more than 600m, is a dead-end and ends at the Nokomati nickel mine in Mpumalanga. Despite the excellent modern engineering, this is an exceptionally dangerous road. In our 3 part video series which you can watch on the link below, we explore the pass, the mine and offer a range of safety advisories.

Our Jhb based associate Mike Leicester, who is also an adventure biker, and the man who filmed the pass, expressed grave (pun intended) concerns about the dangers for bikers on this pass. We would like to hear your opinion on this pass in terms of the inherent dangers, regardless of whether you agree or disagree with us.

You can access the full page and watch the videos (free) until Sunday.  :thumleft: http://bit.ly/2glifhI
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Offline sidetrack

Re: Slaaihoek Pass - Biker heaven, or to die for!
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2017, 09:24:46 pm »
Very scenic pass indeed, have had the pleasure of riding it twice  :thumleft:
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http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=134175.0 Penge's pass and the Old Forest http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=9421.0 - Orange Atlantic adventure http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=7514.0 - 805 km day trip http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=20260.0 - East Cape Bash http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70199.0 - Two KTM thumpers head north
 

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Re: Slaaihoek Pass - Biker heaven, or to die for!
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2017, 08:14:14 am »
Beautiful pass but you need to be awake and wary of the mine trucks taking corners wide and driving on the wrong side of the road....especially seeing as you are going to be looking around at the  scenery

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Re: Slaaihoek Pass - Biker heaven, or to die for!
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2017, 11:49:47 am »
The tar roads around that area are incredibly scenic and mostly in reasonable condition, one could also do the pass between Machadodorp and Badplaas, Badplaas & Barberton, Barberton and the Swazi border (Saddleback pass & the Geo Trail ) and the of course all the other passes between Nelspruit Sabie Hazyveiw Lydenburg Graskop etc. etc. For guys touring on bigger bikes I would imagine they are no more or less dangerous than other twisty roads in the country as I can't see this type of rider scraping pegs!? There is the constant danger of trucks and mine personnel doing stupid things. The real gems are the endless dirt roads through the forests around Slaaihoek which don't have much traffic and should be much more satisfying to Adventure riders! There is a nice route from just before the mine down to Ngodwana which should whet appetites. Studying Google earth beforehand, using a GPS and having lots of fuel could save the day as it's very easy to get lost in those hills!
 

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Re: Slaaihoek Pass - Biker heaven, or to die for!
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2017, 09:55:57 am »
The tar roads around that area are incredibly scenic and mostly in reasonable condition, one could also do the pass between Machadodorp and Badplaas, Badplaas & Barberton, Barberton and the Swazi border (Saddleback pass & the Geo Trail ) and the of course all the other passes between Nelspruit Sabie Hazyveiw Lydenburg Graskop etc. etc. For guys touring on bigger bikes I would imagine they are no more or less dangerous than other twisty roads in the country as I can't see this type of rider scraping pegs!? There is the constant danger of trucks and mine personnel doing stupid things. The real gems are the endless dirt roads through the forests around Slaaihoek which don't have much traffic and should be much more satisfying to Adventure riders! There is a nice route from just before the mine down to Ngodwana which should whet appetites. Studying Google earth beforehand, using a GPS and having lots of fuel could save the day as it's very easy to get lost in those hills!
Hi Colin the forestry dirt roads are great indeed. Do they mind adv bikes in there ? Did not see any signs or gates when we went through  :sip: Do you have any tracks for those areas ?
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http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=134175.0 Penge's pass and the Old Forest http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=9421.0 - Orange Atlantic adventure http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=7514.0 - 805 km day trip http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=20260.0 - East Cape Bash http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70199.0 - Two KTM thumpers head north
 

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Re: Slaaihoek Pass - Biker heaven, or to die for!
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2017, 08:24:45 pm »
Hi! I've ridden & driven many of the roads over years but never with a GPS. There are so many roads and a lot are not private but the forestry guys like to think they are. I don't think there are too many guys riding around, so I haven't heard of any major complaints. I'd be happy to advise and participate where possible. If you have a specific area in mind please let me know & if I don't know it myself I'll see what I can find out,