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« on: October 11, 2017, 07:25:30 pm »
Hi guys,
completely new to the forum and didn't actually know that it existed until I met up with Schalk Van der Merve to buy his book and engage in a really interesting chat about his journey from CT to Cairo and back.
so he's lived the dream and I want to too. :laughing4: :laughing4:
Ive been riding bikes all my life; Honda cb 400, Honda cb 750, Yamaha virago, fjr 1300, xjr 1300, bmw 1600gt, explorer 1200, explorer 800, Vmax gen 2 1700, and my current stable is a  bmw 1200rt, Suzuki 1400 gsx (x2) and a zrx1300r.......offroader to follow ....just not sure which one yet!!

I would really like to do some rides through Africa and would love the opportunity to join someone or some group some time next year who are wanting do the same thing and wouldn't mind me tagging along.
I've done some off-road riding in the Thule block in bots and locally here in JHB but I wouldn't say im an expert in this area by any means and would prefer more tar than dirt if I'm honest.
congratulations on the forum guys ive been reading all the stories and its very impressive  ^-^ ^-^
 

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Re: howzit
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2017, 09:02:03 pm »
Welcome Drac! Hope you meet up with some of the dogs soon.
We're all a bit individual, so get used to some chirpy comments  :lol8:
If you're ever in the Kzn midlands, give me a call.  :thumleft:
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Re: howzit
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2017, 07:04:13 am »
Thanks Tommy,

this is a really great forum with huge amounts of info for getting around
 

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Re: howzit
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2017, 07:09:54 am »
Welcome to the pack... you will find a weatlh of information here and of course many, many suggestions as to which model you "need"  :biggrin: ....my suggestion is pick a few that take YOUR fancy ..... see if it's possible to ride them and only you've found what you like - check out the pro's & con's here on the forum with those models. I still maintain that bikes are tools - each one has a specific job to do and although many are all-rounders, they all have limitations somewhere..... If you're looking for a bike that would be a great all-rounder and would be up to a trans-Africa then you'd find it hard to beat (imo) two of the old stalwarts - the BMW F650GS Dakar & Kawasaki KLR650

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Re: howzit
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2017, 07:30:56 am »
thanks go0se,

hadn't looked at these yet but I will do.
I've owned the 1200 exp. and the 800 exp. found the 800 far better off road,. I'm also reading up on the new Africa twin and the 1090r Ktm and of course there's always the GS, but I found the 1200exp too heavy on the off road and I'm guessing the GS is no different???
 

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Re: howzit
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2017, 08:22:14 am »
Welcome, lots to :sip: read here, lots to  :biggrin:  about, some  ???  answered, a fair bit of  ;)  goes on, some guys  :drif:  over the bikes (or else the babes), and there is even some  :pot:  that goes on, and a significant amount of :amazon:
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Re: howzit
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2017, 09:45:43 am »
thanks Chris,

was in your shop a few weeks ago......very good !!!  :biggrin: :biggrin: