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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #140 on: September 11, 2019, 09:03:14 pm »
Just saw some pictures of the new 1100 and 1100 adventure sport. Not surr if I like the look!
 

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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #141 on: September 12, 2019, 04:42:44 am »
Just saw some pictures of the new 1100 and 1100 adventure sport. Not surr if I like the look!

What Iíve seen on social media to date Jan is not the real deal.  There is one particular model that Iím quite fond of.
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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #142 on: September 12, 2019, 12:41:10 pm »
Just saw some pictures of the new 1100 and 1100 adventure sport. Not surr if I like the look!

Where...?
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: Chasing the light
« Reply #143 on: September 12, 2019, 01:19:05 pm »
Just saw some pictures of the new 1100 and 1100 adventure sport. Not surr if I like the look!

Where...?

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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #144 on: September 12, 2019, 04:39:40 pm »
Lyk my hulle het tog bikes daar gehad. Nie geweet David is so kort nie  :peepwall:

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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #145 on: September 12, 2019, 05:43:27 pm »
Lyk my hulle het tog bikes daar gehad. Nie geweet David is so kort nie  :peepwall:



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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #146 on: September 12, 2019, 06:38:14 pm »
Just saw some pictures of the new 1100 and 1100 adventure sport. Not surr if I like the look!

What Iíve seen on social media to date Jan is not the real deal.  There is one particular model that Iím quite fond of.


Also waiting anxiously to get a first glimpse of that model.......
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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #147 on: September 13, 2019, 04:54:56 am »
I have no doubt that the new Honda will spark a lot of debate, like any brand launching a new model.  By now we all know itís the new Africa Twin.  Engine capacity I shall not disclose until formally launched by Honda itself.

To call it Ďa fussí in what is just a story about the adventures of a group of people during the making of the advertisement, is a little disrespectful in my opinion.  There is already two threads about the new bike where debate can take place.

But let me rather continue sharing our journey with you.

We still had quite a few places to visit to complete the story line.  To date, only one of the model derivatives was used to portray its versatility and ability in the rough stuff.  We still had a whole different model to unpack.
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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #148 on: September 13, 2019, 10:24:40 am »
Is it auto or manual transmission ?
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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #149 on: September 13, 2019, 11:54:59 am »
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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #150 on: September 13, 2019, 12:30:48 pm »
I have no doubt that the new Honda will spark a lot of debate, like any brand launching a new model.  By now we all know itís the new Africa Twin.  Engine capacity I shall not disclose until formally launched by Honda itself.

To call it Ďa fussí in what is just a story about the adventures of a group of people during the making of the advertisement, is a little disrespectful in my opinion.  There is already two threads about the new bike where debate can take place.

But let me rather continue sharing our journey with you.

We still had quite a few places to visit to complete the story line.  To date, only one of the model derivatives was used to portray its versatility and ability in the rough stuff.  We still had a whole different model to unpack.

Agree with you Kobus, I enjoy your report about the event! (Whilst also being very interested to see what the new bikes look like?)

Hopefully they will not be THAT much better than mine, my wife is going to slaughter me alive if I sell mine now and start all over with the farkling process. My Honda is just about on GS spec at the moment :imaposer:
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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #151 on: September 13, 2019, 12:50:52 pm »
I have no doubt that the new Honda will spark a lot of debate, like any brand launching a new model.  By now we all know itís the new Africa Twin.  Engine capacity I shall not disclose until formally launched by Honda itself.

To call it Ďa fussí in what is just a story about the adventures of a group of people during the making of the advertisement, is a little disrespectful in my opinion.  There is already two threads about the new bike where debate can take place.

But let me rather continue sharing our journey with you.

We still had quite a few places to visit to complete the story line.  To date, only one of the model derivatives was used to portray its versatility and ability in the rough stuff.  We still had a whole different model to unpack.

Agree with you Kobus, I enjoy your report about the event! (Whilst also being very interested to see what the new bikes look like?)

Hopefully they will not be THAT much better than mine, my wife is going to slaughter me alive if I sell mine now and start all over with the farkling process. My Honda is just about on GS spec at the moment :imaposer:

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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #152 on: September 13, 2019, 05:10:29 pm »
All questions will be answered in due course gents.


Soon our time in Walvis Bay came to an end and so did sleeping in a brick building.  We left Walvis early morning and for the next couple of days we would be traveling in a southerly direction.


We had a long day ahead of us.  Apart from the lifestyle shoot that had a specific stationery venue in Sossusvlei, the rest of the filming would be happening on route.  It wasn't long then that we stopped and offloaded the bikes, with David getting kitted, doing his hair and getting ready to do his thing.





Watching the filming crew do their thing was really spectacular to experience.  BO is certainly a professional outfit and through a local company, they had a Polaris RZR and fullty kitted camera vehicle, complete with electronically controlled boom etc. 


By now David was also in the swing of things and it was scary how close he would come the vehicles and extended boom, all at pace of course.


Hardy, Gene, Chantal and Oubones proceeded in their own convoy to ensure a proper camp is set up in Sesriem for the evening. 


With the first filming complete, we loaded the bikes and as we're about to leave, the Fortuner pulling the big trailer gets stuck.  Rookie mistake by the driver and I quickly explain to him how the 4x4 system works and with the help of Eric Courly, we recover the vehicle and get going.


Just as we get going, Gary is on the radio with a request for a couple of tools not currently in his possession.  Fortunately they're just up the road from us with the stationery shoot and we quickly stop and leave some tools with them.  The camera crew goes ahead and we follow in short succession.  At this stage we're driving on the C14, direction Solitaire and I'm amazed with the arid, yet beautiful landscape.  Through Kuiseb pass and eventually stop in Solitaire. 



Not before we have to fix a flat wheel alongside the road.  The tyre is completely destroyed and we are fortunate to get the right size in Solitaire, at a bit of a premium of course.



I slowly realised why the southern parts of Namibia is such a popular tourist destination.


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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #153 on: September 13, 2019, 05:38:49 pm »
We didn't leave Solitaire before Eric forced us to have a slice of the famous apple strudel and a cup of coffee.


Eric Courly is a Frenchman that resides in SA for probably the last 20 years.  A Hout Bay resident, a gentleman and a great spirit to have on any event.  He was a journalist by profession and wrote many books as well, all to do with motorcycling.  He is also a partner in Ride & Drive, the company that we worked with during Honda Adventure Roads, and does his own tours, both 4x4's in Namibia and Harley Davidson in South Africa.  He is also renovating his retirement lifestyle farm up the road from where I live and it's great to call him a friend and meet for a coffee every now and then.


We left Solitaire and still had some proper corrugated roads to contend with on our way to Sesriem.  We soon came to another stop to offload a bike for another shoot.





  It was late afternoon and the light was pretty much perfect.  It didn't take long until we were rewarded with a beautiful sunset.



We got to camp later that evening and with the preceding crew's camp setup, everyone was in good spirit.  So much so that Hardy sent us to get the guys a couple of beers at the lodge.  We didn't get many beers for a lot of money and they went down in a flash.


It was great camping again and as we spent the night around the fire and retiring to our stretchers, the jackal was a couple of meters from us.  What a day.



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"If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don't want them.  I want men who will come if there is no road at all."

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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #154 on: September 13, 2019, 06:00:48 pm »
"If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don't want them.  I want men who will come if there is no road at all."

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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #155 on: September 13, 2019, 08:02:11 pm »

Teaser? Nou kan ek ook nie wag nie...

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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #156 on: Yesterday at 05:37:35 am »
The initial plan for the next morning was a shoot taking place just outside Sesriem with the hot air balloons as background.  It meant a real early start since there is a very small window of opportunity for ideal take off conditions.  The weather report wasn't in our favour and it was agreed that a sequenced wake up call would take place should the weather permit a balloon launch.


Sleep was a precious commodity during this trip since the whole crew was up early, making a fire while the girls was preparing breakfast.  In the evenings the girls again was the last to finish after supper and we were prepping bikes, while the content crew were often fast asleep and oblivious to what actually happened behind the scenes.


They woke me up the following morning and still half asleep I made my way to the bathroom to get ready.  Moments later the call came that it's off.  I didn't know whether to laugh or cry and I'm sure I saw a grin on Hardy's face as he watched this all unfold.


Be that as it may, we proceeded later that morning on the C27, our first stop being in a little oasis called Betta.  It's basically a filling station and shop, and that's it.  We refuelled and then had a lifestyle shoot at what proved to be quite an iconic little venue.


The day was strewn with challenges.  Our camp site was at a place called Koiimasis on the D707.  With the recce done a couple of months prior to this event, it was never taken into account that the bike transport vehicles will not be 4x4.  The D707 is known for deep sandy patches and our camp site was pretty much in the middle of this road.  Even with the heavy trailer with all camping gear in tow, this was a challenge.


While we were still busy with the shoot, Hardy, Gene, Chantal and Mark left to set up camp. With some local knowledge in hand, they decided to approach Koiimasis from the southern side, off the C13.  Just as they were about to veer onto the D707, they received news that the southern section was far worse than the approach from the C27.  The whole convoy had to turn around and make their way back.   They all made it through the thick sand but it put a lot of pressure on the team to get camp set up in time.


This however left us with Gary in the Hino and Oubones in the Crafter, an impossible task to get those vehicles to camp.  We made the call that these two vehicles will not attempt getting to camp and should head straight towards Helmeringhausen and meet up with us the next morning.  I handed my gps to Gary and off they went, while we set off for camp.


We arrived at the camp site as the sun was setting and after missing the one turn off on the farm, got to a view point and was rewarded with another beautiful sunset. 



Gene and Chantal busy preparing supper.



While the content crew look at the days footage.



We had no coms with Gary and Oubones and only learned the next day that they ended up spending the night at a camp site, sleeping in the truck but at least had a good meal.  Hardcore okes these!

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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #157 on: Yesterday at 06:00:20 am »
This thread could qualify as an UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE - SHOW US THE BIKE! :drif:
 

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« Reply #158 on: Yesterday at 06:11:11 am »
This thread could qualify as an UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE - SHOW US THE BIKE! :drif:
Patience my dear friend. 

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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #159 on: Yesterday at 06:22:15 am »
Does it not come with a crate? Can't we get a photo of the crate?
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