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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #980 on: May 03, 2020, 12:39:48 pm »
He was not suppose to stand there :imaposer:

But to Barry's defence, he was hit on the sidewalk. :peepwall: :ricky:
 

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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #981 on: May 03, 2020, 02:52:52 pm »
He was not suppose to stand there :imaposer:

But to Barry's defence, he was hit on the sidewalk. :peepwall: :ricky:
In my defence.... the Cruiser was parked in the road


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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #982 on: May 04, 2020, 06:31:21 am »
Barry`s new name is "Traction", pity some people had to use him for that  :laughing4:
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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #983 on: May 04, 2020, 07:00:35 am »
Barry`s new name is "Traction", pity some people had to use him for that  :laughing4:

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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #984 on: June 03, 2020, 02:02:01 pm »
Vandag 2 jaar terug  :'( :'(
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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #985 on: June 03, 2020, 02:34:03 pm »
Vandag 2 jaar terug  :'( :'(

Kan dit amper nie glo nie..... voel soos gister! :(
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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #986 on: June 03, 2020, 05:38:32 pm »
Vandag 2 jaar terug  :'( :'(

Kan dit amper nie glo nie..... voel soos gister! :(

I have to say that I think about that trip often....

Planning to go up to Purros and base myself there for a couple of days to do one- or two-day exploration trips once this bullshit is over.










 

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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #987 on: June 04, 2020, 06:16:22 am »
Vandag 2 jaar terug  :'( :'(

Kan dit amper nie glo nie..... voel soos gister! :(

I have to say that I think about that trip often....

Planning to go up to Purros and base myself there for a couple of days to do one- or two-day exploration trips once this bullshit is over.

Now that is a great idea, so wish I could have join you.
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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #988 on: June 05, 2020, 07:02:15 am »
Vandag 2 jaar terug  :'( :'(

Kan dit amper nie glo nie..... voel soos gister! :(

I have to say that I think about that trip often....

Planning to go up to Purros and base myself there for a couple of days to do one- or two-day exploration trips once this bullshit is over.

Now that is a great idea, so wish I could have join you.
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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #989 on: July 25, 2020, 08:01:38 am »
Fantastic report for a fantastic area.

O!

And thank you for ruining my Monday. Cant work now with Namibia in my head and whats to come in this RR.  :drif:

Get posting PLEASE. Op Fyndraai!

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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #990 on: July 25, 2020, 11:42:14 am »
@trevo with his trusty Dakkie

Not to hi jack the thread, I maintain my own motorcycles, my Dakar is 17 years old and has been ridden like a Dakar for the past 60 000km`s. I have a WR450 which is more than capable and some days I would have love to be on it than the Dakar. The Beemer never missed a beat and I had an off losing a indicator but that was more to do with my fitness level than anything else. I booked this trip for my 50th birthday and would do it again in a heartbeat. Most bikes are capable I suffered a little bit in some sandy areas but it was due to tire choice. Heartbreak hill saw me flying up and on the open stretches enjoyed the comfort of the Beemer. Put this trip on your bucket list all I want to say.




It is in my bucket list, but the bucket is full of sand, and i am not sure where the bottom is :imaposer:.I have spoken to some people who offered to help me conquer the sand monster. As the sand get s less, hopefully by next year, we will be riding with :ricky:
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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #991 on: July 25, 2020, 01:36:33 pm »





Looking at this pic, I can't help thinking back and remembering how this type of sandy track would send me into fits of fear when I started out 5 or 6 years ago. Riding through it would result in what I can only imagine as a comical serious of zigzag moves and more than just a little paddling with my feet.







And how did you overcome it :biggrin:. Really envy you
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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #992 on: July 25, 2020, 01:40:09 pm »
50m up the track from where this was taken, there was a patch in the sand where lions had slept and spoor was still fresh on the sandy surface. Only then did I remember Hardy's warning about looking around for cats and elephants before you get off your bike.





So what do you do when a lion gives chase. Ride like hell and hope you don't fall. If you fall it would prob be a great way and place to go :lamer:
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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #993 on: July 25, 2020, 01:45:24 pm »








@P.K. arriving




Shane was on Barry's DR by now, the KLR was almost unrideable





What went wrong on the klr
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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #994 on: July 25, 2020, 02:08:57 pm »
Hierdie thread/trip/rr is so awesome/amazing, ek sit amper in trane.
Sit met 'n verlange na 'n plek wat ek nog net op fotos gesien het.
Maak laat ek wil my 1200 verkoop, kleiner bike koop en more pad vat NAM toe.

Baie dankie, dit is waarlike iets besonders.

Wow! Baie dankie Sputnik080!


Partymaal wornder 'n mens of die ure en dae wat dit neem om deur fotos te sorteer en 'n RR te skryf/post regtig die moeite werd is? Jou kompliment het my vraag beantwoord, baie dankie! Bly jy geniet dit!


Ek stem sam, en hoewel ek al daar was, hetsy dit in n 4x4 voertuig, kan n mens maar nie help om met heimwee na die fotos te kyk, en voel hoe jou hartklop begin finger gaan en die voggies in jou oŽ begin vorm. Daarom dank aan julle almal wat so baie moeite doen met die rr'r van julle. Volgens my behoort almal hier op die honor blad
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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #995 on: July 25, 2020, 04:00:19 pm »
Everyone commented on the things that they learned on this trip - and I would like to ad a few myself, from a tour organizer's perspective.

Be honest with yourself and the organizer about your riding skills:

Not everyone here can ride sand like Kamanya or Throttle Jockey. If you are planning to visit these places make time to practice sand riding. Understand the science behind it and implement it. It will really wear you out if you want to go there unprepared. There are areas where you will need to cross deep sand sections and you will only hurt yourself and your bike, if sand scares you. Make time to get advice and help if you need it, and keep practicing. It becomes real fun, once you master it.

Make sure you ride the bike you know, and trust.

@Dwerg will forgive me for using him as an example. He flipped and crashed his 690 prior to the trip, and bought a bike that he was unfamiliar with to take on the trip. Three days into the trip, he had to load the "new" bike onto the back of the Cruiser, and if it wasn't for Ri's generosity, the poor guy would have had to do 8 days in a car, on a bike trip.
I can not imagine how he would have felt, if he had to see his boet and friends riding the holy grail of adventure bike heaven from the inside of a vehicle.
Make sure you understand the basic maintenance requirements of your bike, and familiarize yourself with the known faults, and how to fix them.
@trevo (who I rate highly as a bike mechanic), was very frustrated in Van Zyl's Camp on the day Dwerg's bike gave problems, because we did not have a plug spanner for it. Anyone that has ever attempted to remove a 450x sparkplug will know that the germans decided to place it where it can only be retrieved with that specific spanner. If we had it, we might have been able to save the bike, but after trying at least six other plug spanners and after trying to modify other tools, we still could not remove it. If Dwerg knew that bike better, he probably would have made sure he had the "special tools" that was required. I really felt sorry for this guy.

Maintenance and basic puncture repair, or tube changing skills.

a Tube change should not take 45 minutes - It just shouldn't. Practice it and make sure you know how to do it in the bush, where you might not have help.
You would be surprised to see how quickly you master the art of replacing a tube if you spend some time practicing it.
@Gerrard once told me that "if you sweat whilst changing a tube, you are doing it wrong"
Four tube changes that took 45 minutes each on the second last day of this trip took three hours out of the riders riding time, and that made the difference in making it to camp in daylight, or at night.
Seriously, practice it on the tyres you have on your bike.

Finally - Please don't go on a shopping spree to buy unnecessary stuff to take on a trip like this.
Paying for a trip like this, is expensive enough as it is. No one wants you to regret the capital outlay afterwards.
I usually set up a whats app group for all the riders that have committed to a specific tour for this very reason.
Use this whats app group or your group of friends to find out if you can rent, borrow etc before you buy.
a Guy on this trip, who really had to save to pay for the trip, went and bought a neck brace and a new pair of boots, prior to the trip.
I have that exact same boot, in the exact same size at my house that he could have used for free. I also have several new neck braces that companies just gave to me to test, and most of them has never been used.
Be that guy or girl that offers your unused stuff on the whats app group, to others that might not be as fortunate as yourself.

That is my 5 cents and I will stand by it. :laughing4:



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Re: Northern Namibia with my brother......and a few other clowns
« Reply #996 on: July 29, 2020, 06:40:34 am »





Looking at this pic, I can't help thinking back and remembering how this type of sandy track would send me into fits of fear when I started out 5 or 6 years ago. Riding through it would result in what I can only imagine as a comical serious of zigzag moves and more than just a little paddling with my feet.







And how did you overcome it :biggrin:. Really envy you
Only way is to ride sand unfortunately
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