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Offline Tom van Brits

Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #100 on: December 29, 2019, 03:19:48 pm »
Well I'm Currently in Ethiopia, Addis in fact and made it from jhb in 10 days..
That's Lso not the most direct way but passing all 3 great lakes for a swim on the way.
1190r has been amazig.
Yes one day lots of mud and crashes and picking up 240kgs of bike ain't easy but managed in the end.

Roads are incredible and you can often get up to 150kmh.. But don't tell the police or get caught. (never did get caught luckily)
Did however ride long hours every day often 12/14 hours.

Night riding not ideal but on my schedule had no choice.

Front rim took a nock and the stories proved to be true that they are super soft.
Tube in and onwards.

Fuel till now not an issue at all and no other breakdowns..

So yes Im super happy with what I had in my garage as its working just fine..

Next stage 2nd till 11th Addis to Dubai.

That is some serious riding - be safe and have fun!  :thumleft: :laughing4:

 

Offline RobbieH

Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #101 on: December 30, 2019, 11:20:01 am »
Cheers Tom,  :ricky:
Luctor et Emerge
 

Offline gee

Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #102 on: December 30, 2019, 11:56:37 am »
I am blessed with 5 bikes. 2017 1200 GSA, 2011 XT 660Z, 1995 1100 GS, 2004 1200 GT and 1971 BMW 75/5. Without a doubt I would take the BMW 1100 GS
Iím 62 and the reason for my choice is as follows
1.It is comfortable on the ass
2. Reliability even if it is old and done 100000 ks as long as it has been serviced correctly it goes for     ever. I know a bike it has done 360 000 ks and still cruises at 150 comfortable.
3. Easy to pick up. Even though the dry weight is 222kg and wet 240kg the XT 660Z dry 183kg and wet 206ks. I have had to pick up the bmw 1100 gs 4 time on a trip but was able to pick it up but the XT on the 2 pickup I could just mange    the third time could not. The BMW when on it side it is not flat on the ground so makes it easier to lift.
4. Spares you can get car spares to fit Starter motor Opel, Fuel pump bosh, relays , fuses ext.
5. The sub frame is prity strong and can carry weight
IF It has got ABS I would remove it as it is the only part you would struggle to get in Africa
MY 2 cents worth

 

Offline BuRP

Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #103 on: January 02, 2020, 08:53:52 pm »
I came across this video...

... and was tempted to skip it - but I didn't.
Seems a fair summary, confirming China's coming!
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #104 on: January 02, 2020, 09:01:31 pm »
I came across this video...

... and was tempted to skip it - but I didn't.
Seems a fair summary, confirming China's coming!

It sounds more like this poor guy was beaten into fear of criticising another Chinese brand bike.
 

Offline Tom van Brits

Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #105 on: January 05, 2020, 08:31:30 pm »
I came across this video...

... and was tempted to skip it - but I didn't.
Seems a fair summary, confirming China's coming!

It sounds more like this poor guy was beaten into fear of criticising another Chinese brand bike.

Agree
 

Offline Mrak

Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #106 on: January 08, 2020, 06:18:59 pm »
I would happily do the trip on either of the bikes that I currently own, a 2007 990 Adventure and a 2008 1200 GSA.
I did a lot of riding around sub-Saharan Africa on a 97 Aprilia Pegaso without major hassles. It boils down to how you ride and what preventative maintenance you do.


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