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Offline RobbieH

BEST bike for African trip options
« on: November 07, 2019, 01:11:24 pm »
So hypothetical question here. Please leave the brands and egos at the door..this isn't about expensive or cruising speeds. Acceleration. It's about getting the job done..

If you were to leave in a week for a trip Cape to Cairo on a bike of course.

What bike would you take for easy of use, reliabity, if something does go wrong possibility of getting fixed along the way.

Possibly riding on dirt roads and some mud. Maybe weight is an issue.

I'm thinking bikes like:
Tenere xt660z
Sukuki Dr 650
Kawasaki KLR650
Honda xr650L
Ktm 640

BMW?


Love to hear thoughts?  Or add to the list.

« Last Edit: November 07, 2019, 01:30:24 pm by RobbieH »
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Re: BEST African bike trip options
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2019, 01:20:07 pm »
I would take the 660Z
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Re: BEST African bike trip options
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2019, 01:24:13 pm »
I would opt for the Ténéré. Them I have most often seen in Africa (in regard to foreign travellers). But they were older models - still had carbs.
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Re: BEST African bike trip options
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2019, 01:24:20 pm »
for a VERY comprehensive and well-reasoned discussion on this exact topic, including 'Goldilocks Theory' on WHICH bike, consider reading:


https://www.pikipikioverland.com/piki-pikis-the-bikes-equipment/


Michnus traveled up Africa and into and through Europe, when he now stores 2 x BMW 650 Dakar; he had a couple of water-pump (impeller?) problems, and a fuel pump problem, but I think the bikes held up ok.


Now into his 3rd year (with Wife) travelling round South America, and both went with DR 650; he rates the bike, and he ALSO mentions KTM 640 = the Vibrator :)  but those are maybe harder to source than even the DR 650's - since both no longer sold new, and can be scarce 2nd hand. In fact MOST of the bikes on your list no longer available new in South Africa...


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Re: BEST African bike trip options
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2019, 01:29:39 pm »
Yes I know most of them are not easy to come by.. Hence its a very hypothetical question..

But interesting views none the less.

What about more modern bike then? Same rules applying?
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2019, 01:38:16 pm »
I will just take the bike currently standing in my garage  :thumleft:
 

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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2019, 01:43:38 pm »
Drop the XR650L off that list, not suited to  trip like that as it cannot carry any load of note on the weeny subframe.... ;)
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2019, 01:44:09 pm »
Mine being an  1190r... But it does make me think..
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2019, 01:49:10 pm »
There is currently a guy on a KTM 990 doing just that. I am following him via his Facebook posts. Think he is called Martin Odendaal. Go check him out.
 

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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2019, 01:53:02 pm »
My choice would be the XT660R which is not on your list
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Re: BEST African bike trip options
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2019, 02:04:37 pm »

What about more modern bike then? Same rules applying?

There you need a support crew and preferably a 360° overhead camera panning. Technicolor is optional.
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2019, 02:04:48 pm »
There is currently a guy on a KTM 990 doing just that. I am following him via his Facebook posts. Think he is called Martin Odendaal. Go check him out.

Can't seem to find him 🙈
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2019, 02:07:33 pm »
something light without tubes  :deal:
 

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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2019, 02:10:43 pm »
Easier roads with bit more comfort XT660Z
Road less traveled DR650 with long range tank
Both super reliable but DR easier to pickup on your own.
Sure Xpat will add info, think he said it’s not a difficult trip and  a 1150GS served him well.
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« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2019, 04:26:41 pm »
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #16 on: November 07, 2019, 05:00:06 pm »
OP are you Robbie Hunter ? That one ?
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #17 on: November 07, 2019, 07:33:03 pm »
Any carburetored Thumper with a strong subframe will do, really. I would go on either of my two bikes, a KlR and a DR. Both have aftermarket tanks . Either one will give me a range of 550-600 kms.

But the truth is a smaller Thumper would probably be even better, and the two that tick the box because of their simplicity and robustness are the Honda 250 Tornado ( aircooled, unlike the CrF), and the Yammie TW200. A mate’s TW, on a recent mountain trip, with load ( it also has a strong subframe ), gave her a ridiculous 38 kpl, and the Tornado gives at least 30 kpl...
 

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« Reply #18 on: November 07, 2019, 07:34:22 pm »
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