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Offline Damaraland

Muito obrigado, Angola
« on: June 18, 2018, 09:55:26 pm »
Prologue

An unsupported trip through South-West Angola on KTM EXC 500 Enduro bikes.  That was what we wanted to do and that was what we were going to do.  But first, introductions are in order.  We (Myself, Heiko and Adrian) met through a riding group that did Sunday outrides, your typical gravel highway kind of thing.  Here's us:



We're a pretty diverse bunch, with Heiko being a engineer by training who runs his own factory.  He is also ze German in the group and a plan-maker of note.  Adrian is a bigshot at a big blue insurance company, he's also a fitness nut doing ironmans and that kind of thing.  He's also practically ancient, so he's a lot more mature, reasoned and calm than myself or Heiko.  As for myself, I bring intelligence, decorum and some might say a sense of culture to the group.

Anyhow, I've been playing around in the rivers and stuff for a while, and this more technical riding is also what appealed to Heiko and Adrian.  We started doing trips together on the big KTM's (990, 1090 and 1190 respectively).  Damaraland, Kaokoland that kind of thing.  Here's a video of a pretty lekker Messum / Damaraland one we did:



It was after a Kaokoland trip last year, covering Van Zyls and all the other tough bits that we realised two big things.  1.  We're totally over the whole gravel-highway thing and 2. We want to have more fun.  Not that the big bikes aren't fun, but the sheer weight of them detract from the fun that could be had.

We thought about buying 690 / 701 class bikes but that just seemed to be half-assing things.  If we're gonna go lightweight we were going to do it properly.  We had a look at the options available to us at the time (basically Honda 250 Rally and KTM EXC) and decided on the KTMs.  Naturally.  Once the bikes were ordered we needed to get them sorted for touring, so we made a bunch of modifications, all documented in this monster of a thread - http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=219441.0

Next up was the fuel calculations.  Being rather averse to dying it was important to get this right and not get stranded, so we did a bunch of tests (actually just excuses to go ride).  We tested in sand, we tested on gravel.  We tested consumption laden and unladen.  The result was that each bike would have to carry 25L extra fuel, in addition to the 15.5L fuel in it's tank.  Heiko, being a German AND a Engineer came up with this:



Then water - we settled on 7L per bike.  Whatever space we had left was taken by camping kit and food.  If I remember I'll do an exact breakdown of our kit and how we managed to spread the weight on the bikes.

With the kit sorted we did two installation trips - one a 400km gravel ride and one a more enduro type ride around the mountains and rivers here in Windhoek



The bikes and our layout passed with flying colours, so now we had to settle on a route.  I had two boxes I wanted to tick, namely the fabled Doodsakker and then I wanted to see if I could drink Flamingos empty.  Heiko visits Angola once or twice a year, thus is familiar with all the "main" routes so he wanted to go as far off the beaten bath as what he could.  As for Adrian, he heard the beer was free at Flamingo's so he would've walked there if necessary.  The route outline we came up with looked roughly like this, with the proviso that we'd split off the main roads where we could.



As is often the case, disaster struck a week or so before departure.  Adrian had to pull out due to some shit he had at work and no amounts of threats, promises of free beer or pleading could make him change his mind.  So now we were two.  Then roll-up to the morning where we were supposed to leave - Heiko does a last minute service of his bike and discovers the oil magnet plug is stripped (draai vas tot hy gestrip is dan so halwe draai terug, mos).  So had to get a timesert done, which delayed our 7 hour drive to Ruacana till about 13:00.

Naais:



We loaded the bikes onto the bakkie and shot through to Ruacana, arriving at about 20:00.  We booked into Eha lodge, who also allowed us to leave our car there free of charge for the week or so that we'd be gone.  Naturally took a group selfie, including our absent riding buddy. 



Hit the sack after that, I was a bit nervous but much more excited.  Next morning saw us having to pack the bikes.



This took a bit longer than anticipated, with us filling up and only hitting the border post at around 12:00



« Last Edit: June 19, 2018, 11:05:46 am by Damaraland »
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Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2018, 10:15:29 pm »
 Being rather averse to dying it was important to get this right  :lol8: :lol8:

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Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2018, 10:35:57 pm »
This is going to be good  :sip: :laughing4: :bueller:
 

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Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2018, 11:20:34 pm »
Anyone else not seeing the photos? Must be this ancient iPad.
1978. It's 6am, mid winter...two up on a XL 185S ... off to my first casino ever with all of R40 and we've got a full tank of fuel, so enough to get there we reckon.... that's determination...

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Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2018, 11:43:23 pm »
No also not seeing the peechas.
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Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2018, 01:48:19 am »
Very interested in this one! Especially the doodsakker and Angola part! Muchas Gracias! :thumleft:
 

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Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2018, 03:40:00 am »
No also not seeing the peechas.

Same here
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Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2018, 06:07:02 am »
I see the picks when I open the web page in a. Browser. When I open it in Tapatalk I donít see the pics.
 

Offline Damaraland

Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2018, 07:04:29 am »
I'm sharing pics via Google photos - are you guys not seeing the pics using Tapatalk or your browsers? Any alternatives to Google photos?

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Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2018, 07:21:43 am »
I'm sharing pics via Google photos - are you guys not seeing the pics using Tapatalk or your browsers? Any alternatives to Google photos?

Sent from my VTR-L29 using Tapatalk


Not seeing pics. Your privacy setting in google photos maybe?
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Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2018, 08:45:25 am »
I'm sharing pics via Google photos - are you guys not seeing the pics using Tapatalk or your browsers? Any alternatives to Google photos?

Sent from my VTR-L29 using Tapatalk

I haven't used Google Photos for a while, but as far as I remember:
- you have to add photos to Shared Album for them to be visible - you cannot just post ink from the individual photos unless you added them to an album, which you have set-up as public.
- So create album (I usually have separate album for each day if I have too many photos - if not, just put all your photos from the trip into one album)
- Add photos to that album
- Set-up album as public: click on the album, which will get you to the album page (the one With the big name of the album in the left top corner and thumbnails of the photos in the album visible underneath. In the top right corner you will see icons 4+3 icons. Click on the one with 3 vertical dots (4th from the left) and then select 'Sharing options'. In the "Sharing options' activate 'Share' option.

Hopefull this will solve the problem.

Alternatively use flickr.com. It is one of the biggest photo sites on internet, and has advantage that it gives you 1TB of free storage (Google only 15GB, and that is shared by your email and other Google applications you might use).
« Last Edit: June 19, 2018, 10:03:21 am by Xpat »
 

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Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2018, 08:54:04 am »
Also not seeing pics in browser.

Haven't checked Tapatalk yet but I presume the same problem there as reported by the rest.

I have to say the first video is great. Very good camera work.  Drone?


EDIT: Now I see the pics  :thumleft:
« Last Edit: June 19, 2018, 08:54:41 am by Grunder »
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Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2018, 08:54:21 am »
I'm sharing pics via Google photos - are you guys not seeing the pics using Tapatalk or your browsers? Any alternatives to Google photos?

Sent from my VTR-L29 using Tapatalk

I haven't used Google Photos for a while, but as far as I remember:
- you have to add photos to Shared Album for them to be visible - you cannot just post ink from the individual photos unless you added them to an album, which you have set-up as public.
- So create album (I usually have separate album for each day if I have too many photos - if not, just put all your photos from the trip into one album)
- Add photos to that album
- Set-up album as public: click on the album, which will get you to the album page (the one With the big name of the album in the left top corner and thumbnails of the photos in the album visible underneath. In the top right corner you will see icons 4+3 icons. Click on the one with 3 horizontal dots (4th from the left) and then select 'Sharing options'. In the "Sharing options' activate 'Share' option.

Hopefull this will solve the problem.

Alternatively use flickr.com. It is one of the biggest photo sites on internet, and has advantage that it gives you 1TB of free storage (Google only 15GB, and that is shared by your email and other Google applications you might use).

Shot thanks Xpat.  Can you see the pics now?
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Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2018, 08:56:28 am »
I can see them, but I could see them even yesterday (Safari on MacBook). But the true is they started to disappear later on and now I can see them again. I think we need other people to confirm.

BTW, your second to last picture is disitorted for some reason. Maybe delete it from WD and repost again?

Offline Fransw

Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2018, 09:00:29 am »
Damara, how/where did you carry the extra 25l fuel? I only see the 5l..
 

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Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
« Reply #15 on: June 19, 2018, 09:01:06 am »
All looks good to me now - including the second to last photo.

So - let's go  :ricky:
« Last Edit: June 19, 2018, 09:02:12 am by Xpat »
 

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Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
« Reply #16 on: June 19, 2018, 09:04:49 am »
 :biggrin: :thumleft: :sip:
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Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
« Reply #17 on: June 19, 2018, 09:23:32 am »
I can see them now, couldn't earlier - gooi mielies.
 

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Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
« Reply #18 on: June 19, 2018, 09:59:55 am »
Also not seeing pics in browser.

Haven't checked Tapatalk yet but I presume the same problem there as reported by the rest.

I have to say the first video is great. Very good camera work.  Drone?

I used a dji mavic pro

EDIT: Now I see the pics  :thumleft:
 

Offline Damaraland

Re: Muito obrigado, Angola
« Reply #19 on: June 19, 2018, 10:00:54 am »
Damara, how/where did you carry the extra 25l fuel? I only see the 5l..

Have a look below, in the Altrider holster we had 2 x 10L plastic cans.  As you saw the 5L was in a Desert Fox in front of the headlight.  Make sure to disconnect the headlight if you carry fuel like that, otherwise you will melt your cover.





RR - Angola (https://goo.gl/BzFy7Y) / Video RR - Kaokoland (https://youtu.be/-c-Zespa2No)
Video RR - Messum & Ugab (https://goo.gl/Uhd1vb)  / Video RR - Southern Namibia (http://goo.gl/WpRdRE)
Video RR - Ugab (http://goo.gl/dr57i9) / Video RR - Omaruru River (http://goo.gl/RCTajv)