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Offline Noneking

Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #240 on: June 19, 2018, 08:53:35 am »
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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #241 on: June 19, 2018, 08:54:01 am »
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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #242 on: June 19, 2018, 08:55:17 am »




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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #243 on: June 19, 2018, 08:55:43 am »
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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #244 on: June 19, 2018, 08:58:01 am »




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Offline Lem

Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #245 on: June 19, 2018, 08:59:31 am »
Some lovely pics here  :thumleft:

Just a quick bike question. I'm one of those rustige backroad riders who just putter around, the Dakar & the KLRs come from their mothers as well specced tourers.  They suit my biking needs well.

How did those two bikes fare on the thick sand and most rocky sections?
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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #246 on: June 19, 2018, 09:00:17 am »
Lunch in the Ugab





Thankfully Willie's edit paints @P.K. 's shirt in a good light..... :peepwall:


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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #247 on: June 19, 2018, 09:02:22 am »
Some lovely pics here  :thumleft:

Just a quick bike question. I'm one of those rustige backroad riders who just putter around, the Dakar & the KLRs come from their mothers as well specced tourers.  They suit my biking needs well.

How did those two bikes fare on the thick sand and most rocky sections?

Maybe better to ask the riders, but I think they were quite a handfull on both surfaces..... :peepwall:
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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #248 on: June 19, 2018, 09:03:55 am »
Dwerg checking for carrots in the jaffle.....








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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #249 on: June 19, 2018, 09:14:06 am »
Me nearly killing Barry on my way up Heartbreak Hill towards Van Zyl's Camp


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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #250 on: June 19, 2018, 09:18:08 am »
Some lovely pics here  :thumleft:

Just a quick bike question. I'm one of those rustige backroad riders who just putter around, the Dakar & the KLRs come from their mothers as well specced tourers.  They suit my biking needs well.

How did those two bikes fare on the thick sand and most rocky sections?

Maybe better to ask the riders, but I think they were quite a handfull on both surfaces..... :peepwall:

Do not listen to the dentist - He was riding a 2017 hi tech dirt bike. Anything else would seem too big as far as he is concerned.

They do well Lem.
The KLR was a code 3 bike with a skew frame and fork and numerous other code 3 (crash) related issues. All the thumpers in the market (DR, XR and the KLR) never gives us any problems, and they are a good compromise between open road, sand, rocks, single track, versatility and reliability.
You will be able to do everything on this trip, but understandably not as quickly, or as easy as the Husky
 
 
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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #251 on: June 19, 2018, 09:20:30 am »
Dwerg forcing the heavy  DR up Heartbreak Hill








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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #252 on: June 19, 2018, 09:25:36 am »
Thanks Hardyyes In the company of Husky 501s the Dakkie & KLR probably looks like boat anchors on Cadillac suspension. But they also do certain others things better...like not run out of fuel every 200 yards. So Im quite interested to know how they coped on the rough stuff, because they can be ridden there & back as well


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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #253 on: June 19, 2018, 09:27:37 am »
@P.K. going up



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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #254 on: June 19, 2018, 09:30:01 am »
Thanks Hardyyes In the company of Husky 501s the Dakkie & KLR probably looks like boat anchors on Cadillac suspension. But they also do certain others things better...like not run out of fuel every 200 yards. So Im quite interested to know how they coped on the rough stuff, because they can be ridden there & back as well


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Lem, there was a lot of friendly banter on this trip about bike choice. I enjoy giving Hardy a bit of flack about the thumpers, but truth be told, they did great and managed everything the trip threw at them (or they at the trip.... :peepwall:)





Edit: Given the choice, I would do this trip on nothing else than a lightweight enduro bike, bearing in mind we did not to ride the bikes to Nam and back. I understand Hardy's concerns about reliability but honestly feel that a well maintained Austrian is a reliable bike as well. (There was a Honda XR which completed the trip on the bakkie with the BMWG450x afterall :peepwall:)

 Why would you not want to make it easier and more enjoyable for yourself? You just have to look at the videos above to see the difference. Dwerg is a very good rider and would most probably have cleared that climb on his 450, and so would most others.

If you don't mind duck paddling through sand and falling over on rocks, I guess the thumper will do
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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #255 on: June 19, 2018, 09:35:42 am »
Dwerg forcing the heavy  DR up Heartbreak Hill





Some audible evidence of the lack of ground clearance in the second video  :biggrin:

You can also see us adjusting the clutch. It stalled 4-5 times before that and there was some choice language uttered on the 1st half of the hill.

In the video of Noneking on the Husky, I still try and point out the easiest line but he just shot over the hardest line like it was nothing. Even tried using ol' Barry for traction  :imaposer:
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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #256 on: June 19, 2018, 09:40:47 am »
Me nearly killing Barry on my way up Heartbreak Hill towards Van Zyl's Camp




Haha, looks like this is becoming a tradition! I nearly dropped my bike on Johannes near the top when going up there!!! :P
This was definitely the toughest uphill section :O
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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #257 on: June 19, 2018, 10:18:45 am »
Back to the RR......


Wind was pumping at the viewpoint. Spectacular views 360 degrees




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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #258 on: June 19, 2018, 10:32:23 am »
Lunch in the Ugab





Thankfully Willie's edit paints @P.K. 's shirt in a good light..... :peepwall:



Listen boet....the "yellow jersey" was purchased from the TekkieTown factory shop for 120 South African Ronts....excellent value at the time, even if it is technically a soccer goalkeepers shirt.

I have to concede though that as soon as I stopped wearing it I had fewer wipeouts....I`m not sure of what conclusions to draw from that.
 

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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #259 on: June 19, 2018, 11:29:50 am »
Thanks Hardyyes In the company of Husky 501s the Dakkie & KLR probably looks like boat anchors on Cadillac suspension. But they also do certain others things better...like not run out of fuel every 200 yards. So Im quite interested to know how they coped on the rough stuff, because they can be ridden there & back as well


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Lem, there was a lot of friendly banter on this trip about bike choice. I enjoy giving Hardy a bit of flack about the thumpers, but truth be told, they did great and managed everything the trip through at them (or they at the trip.... :peepwall:)





Edit: Given the choice, I would do this trip on nothing else than a lightweight enduro bike, bearing in mind we did not to ride the bikes to Nam and back. I understand Hardy's concerns about reliability but honestly feel that a well maintained Austrian is a reliable bike as well. (There was a Honda XR which completed the trip on the bakkie with the BMWG450x afterall :peepwall:)

 Why would you not want to make it easier and more enjoyable for yourself? You just have to look at the videos above to see the difference. Dwerg is a very good rider and would most probably have cleared that climb on his 450, and so would most others.

If you don't mind duck paddling through sand and falling over on rocks, I guess the thumper will do

Lem - Dwerg is 60cm tall and that is why he had to "adjust the clutch"
I was riding a thumper and had no problem getting up the hill. I am however 1,97m tall