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Offline Sabre

Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #80 on: November 27, 2019, 09:29:22 pm »
Bruce Smart rode his GSX around the world in 2014
76000KM
That bike has a tough sub frame  :thumleft:
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #81 on: November 28, 2019, 07:49:45 am »
Schalk, you are a man to my liking....... :thumleft: :thumleft:

Agree 100% !
When are we getting a follow-up book ?
Hi Sabre to do a book and self publish it is very expensive. It will probably cost the same than my trip from South America to Alaska. I am still in two minds. Then again I thought of making a self made movie of the trip complete with drone footage and sell it to channel 147. The down side of that again would be that every one would know your face in South Africa and that would be a down side. Don't know yet must think about it.
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #82 on: November 28, 2019, 09:29:54 am »
Schalk, you are a man to my liking....... :thumleft: :thumleft:

Agree 100% !
When are we getting a follow-up book ?
Hi Sabre to do a book and self publish it is very expensive. It will probably cost the same than my trip from South America to Alaska. I am still in two minds. Then again I thought of making a self made movie of the trip complete with drone footage and sell it to channel 147. The down side of that again would be that every one would know your face in South Africa and that would be a down side. Don't know yet must think about it.

Greame & Luisa Bell e-publish their books themselves. (You should find them on Google). Apparently Amazon takes the biggest chunk of the money if you do it through them.

I think self publishing e-books is the way to go
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #83 on: November 28, 2019, 11:43:05 am »
Bruce Smart rode his GSX around the world in 2014
76000KM

I think if he did the trip again he would enjoy it much more on something like a VStrom 1000. Just the upright seating position is a good start.
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #84 on: November 28, 2019, 04:04:21 pm »
Schalk, you are a man to my liking....... :thumleft: :thumleft:

Agree 100% !
When are we getting a follow-up book ?
Hi Sabre to do a book and self publish it is very expensive. It will probably cost the same than my trip from South America to Alaska. I am still in two minds. Then again I thought of making a self made movie of the trip complete with drone footage and sell it to channel 147. The down side of that again would be that every one would know your face in South Africa and that would be a down side. Don't know yet must think about it.

Greame & Luisa Bell e-publish their books themselves. (You should find them on Google). Apparently Amazon takes the biggest chunk of the money if you do it through them.

I think self publishing e-books is the way to go

Due to the 400 photos in my book (12 gigabyte) it is to big for e books
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2/Ride Reports>Long Tours>Africa Tour To The Equator And Back In 40 Days
3/A stranger is just a friend you have not met yet
4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #85 on: November 28, 2019, 04:26:00 pm »
Schalk, you are a man to my liking....... :thumleft: :thumleft:

Agree 100% !
When are we getting a follow-up book ?
Hi Sabre to do a book and self publish it is very expensive. It will probably cost the same than my trip from South America to Alaska. I am still in two minds. Then again I thought of making a self made movie of the trip complete with drone footage and sell it to channel 147. The down side of that again would be that every one would know your face in South Africa and that would be a down side. Don't know yet must think about it.

Greame & Luisa Bell e-publish their books themselves. (You should find them on Google). Apparently Amazon takes the biggest chunk of the money if you do it through them.

I think self publishing e-books is the way to go

Due to the 400 photos in my book (12 gigabyte) it is to big for e books


For E-Books you can reduce the size of those photos to probably 5-10%. They dont need to be that big for e-reading
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #86 on: November 28, 2019, 06:03:10 pm »
Schalk, you are a man to my liking....... :thumleft: :thumleft:

Agree 100% !
When are we getting a follow-up book ?
Hi Sabre to do a book and self publish it is very expensive. It will probably cost the same than my trip from South America to Alaska. I am still in two minds. Then again I thought of making a self made movie of the trip complete with drone footage and sell it to channel 147. The down side of that again would be that every one would know your face in South Africa and that would be a down side. Don't know yet must think about it.

Well Schalk, spend some money on a bit of a face-lift first. :pot: :peepwall:
 

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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #87 on: November 28, 2019, 07:12:17 pm »
Schalk, you are a man to my liking....... :thumleft: :thumleft:

Agree 100% !
When are we getting a follow-up book ?
Hi Sabre to do a book and self publish it is very expensive. It will probably cost the same than my trip from South America to Alaska. I am still in two minds. Then again I thought of making a self made movie of the trip complete with drone footage and sell it to channel 147. The down side of that again would be that every one would know your face in South Africa and that would be a down side. Don't know yet must think about it.

Greame & Luisa Bell e-publish their books themselves. (You should find them on Google). Apparently Amazon takes the biggest chunk of the money if you do it through them.

I think self publishing e-books is the way to go

My dad self published and then hit the marketing to support sales. He made a bit of money out of it and then went the ebooks route via amazon. Its not lucrative unless you sell loads but it can be done and can fund adventures.  Books were printed in China and shipped to ZA. It was relatively cheap to do.
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #88 on: December 02, 2019, 02:46:21 am »
Schalk, you are a man to my liking....... :thumleft: :thumleft:

Agree 100% !
When are we getting a follow-up book ?
Hi Sabre to do a book and self publish it is very expensive. It will probably cost the same than my trip from South America to Alaska. I am still in two minds. Then again I thought of making a self made movie of the trip complete with drone footage and sell it to channel 147. The down side of that again would be that every one would know your face in South Africa and that would be a down side. Don't know yet must think about it.

Well Schalk, spend some money on a bit of a face-lift first. :pot: :peepwall:

Hi 2 StrokeDan yes a Face lift and Tummy tuck.
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2/Ride Reports>Long Tours>Africa Tour To The Equator And Back In 40 Days
3/A stranger is just a friend you have not met yet
4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
5/Use the rocks in the your way to build stepping stones-Herman Zapp
 

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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #89 on: December 26, 2019, 08:00:04 pm »
I met these 2 Germans in Sutherland a few weeks ago - they reckoned their mid 80's (i think) BMW Dakars
were the best bikes to ride all the way back to Germany on  :thumleft:
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #90 on: December 27, 2019, 09:39:16 am »
Any Chinese bike 250 cc and over , spares are available through out Africa, and if it breaks beyond repair , every African City has a dealer that you can get another one from at a very good price , more than likely less than its going to cost you to get spares for your fancy adventure bike.
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #91 on: December 27, 2019, 12:27:48 pm »
Ctx 200
It is light, can carry 20kg on its rack
And goes anywhere
I modified it for my girlfriend
Changed sprocket
Heated grips
Extra gerrycan
The ulitmate adventure bike

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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #92 on: December 28, 2019, 06:02:12 am »
Ctx 200
It is light, can carry 20kg on its rack
And goes anywhere
I modified it for my girlfriend
Changed sprocket
Heated grips
Extra gerrycan
The ulitmate adventure bike.
Like that!  :)
 

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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #93 on: December 28, 2019, 06:59:10 am »
Any Chinese bike 250 cc and over , spares are available through out Africa, and if it breaks beyond repair , every African City has a dealer that you can get another one from at a very good price , more than likely less than its going to cost you to get spares for your fancy adventure bike.

Just think of walking to the next town, carrying all your kit on your back.

Just to then resume the journey on the same rubbish.
 

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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #94 on: December 28, 2019, 10:53:34 am »
Here is a new best bike to travel Africa, a electric bike. Did Marocco to South Africa.Distance travel 15 000 kms and only damage was chain that broke twice.

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« Reply #95 on: December 28, 2019, 10:57:13 am »
Here is a new best bike to travel Africa, a electric bike. Did Marocco to South Africa.Distance travel 15 000 kms and only damage was chain that broke twice.



The black mini-bus seems to be his back-up vehicle?
 

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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #96 on: December 28, 2019, 06:34:11 pm »
The black mini-bus seems to be his back-up vehicle?

Yes it was for about a quarter of the way and then it finally broke down irreparable and they felt it. From there they were two up all the way to SA.
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« Reply #97 on: December 28, 2019, 10:26:56 pm »
The black mini-bus seems to be his back-up vehicle?

Yes it was for about a quarter of the way and then it finally broke down irreparable and they felt it. From there they were two up all the way to SA.

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« Reply #98 on: December 29, 2019, 08:17:23 am »
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.
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #99 on: December 29, 2019, 10:02:09 am »
The black mini-bus seems to be his back-up vehicle?

Yes it was for about a quarter of the way and then it finally broke down irreparable and they felt it. From there they were two up all the way to SA.

Amazing.

He was interviewed by Matt (with his normal interruptions) on The Bike show last week
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