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Offline Vatikaki

Tankwa trip End of October 2019
« on: January 20, 2020, 10:50:23 am »
Hey Chaps

We did a 4 day Tankwa trip up to Calvinia at the end of Oct last year. 3 bikes: On KLR650 (Me), a Transalp 700 and a Beemer GS 650. My mate with the Beemer made some short vids of the trip. Here is the play list:



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Re: Tankwa trip End of October 2019
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2020, 12:58:35 pm »
Thanks for posting, enjoyed the music!

Your beemer friend does NOT look happy at the start of Ep 2 :o
 

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Re: Tankwa trip End of October 2019
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2020, 01:32:10 pm »
LEKKER!!!
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Re: Tankwa trip End of October 2019
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2020, 02:15:21 pm »
Thanks for posting, enjoyed the music!

Your beemer friend does NOT look happy at the start of Ep 2 :o

He was Grumpy the whole trip. He has kak tyres on ans struggled in the sandy bits. Check the playlist, he was grumpy in all 5 Episodes
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Re: Tankwa trip End of October 2019
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2020, 02:56:44 pm »
Thanks for sharing  :thumleft:

I've watched 2 episodes and feel the need to comment with some constructive criticism. Hopefully your future endeavors will run a bit smoother.

All I see is beautiful hard packed gravel with that one clay/muddy bit. The clay bit is a bitch...but the skies were clearing. You could have waited it out for maybe half an hour and when that sutff dries a little bit it will ride lekker.  :ricky:

having 70/30 road biased tyres is not a disadvantage when riding those hard packed Tankwa gravel roads. With the roads being usually a bit patchy & corrugated in places...tyre pressure of around 2 bar does make a difference above something like tyres @ 2.6 bar would. I'm not saying all of you were running high pressures...it just seems like it when I look at where & how you guys slipped & tipped.

The bikes were all overloaded with camping equipment that could have stayed at home. Where the bikes carry the weight, in this case high up and far back, also makes a difference in how the bikes handle. To sleep in a bed in the Karoo is quite cheap.

When filming, your mate probably used the far left "spoor", just to film. However, this is hazardous. If there is a washout, it will be on the far left and that washout might be covered in soft sand from the last time the grader was there. This is why he tipped over in episode 1.

on the positive note...I really enjoyed the sound of the 800cc twin of the 650GS. I have almost forgotten how lovely the raspy engine note was on my 800GS. It mos sounds like a mid 90s SEGA rally video game.  :thumleft:

But ja, hope you guys had enough fun to do this all again and to enjoy it for many more years  :thumleft:
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Re: Tankwa trip End of October 2019
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2020, 03:24:16 pm »
The bitch on that snotty mud was that it would rain and then clear for 5 minutes and then it would start all over again coming in at 45 degrees. This went on for hours. 
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Re: Tankwa trip End of October 2019
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2020, 04:17:45 pm »
Very nice videos, thank you for sharing your adventure with us  :thumleft:
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Re: Tankwa trip End of October 2019
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2020, 10:30:47 am »
I signed up just to comment here.

Thanks for watching my videos and for the new subscribers to my YouTube channel! I'm the guy on the 800cc Beemer.

I wanted to comment on a few moments that happened in the videos as I am getting asked alot about it.

Q: Why was I digging a hole during the clay hell episode?
A: My front wheel "seized" from the clay. I could not move forwards or backwards. I was not able to put the bike on the side stand so I had to dig a hole for the side stand to extend completely down.

Q: Why did we get stuck in the clay?
A: This clay was so bad that a 4x4 bakkie would have issues. The video does not show how steep the hill is. Our friend on the Transalp actually took his bike up onto the rocky bit off the road and had an easier time up there than we did in the clay. This clay turned into cement upon contact with the bike. I'm sure they used this stuff to build mud huts.

Q: What tyre pressure were you running and why were you using 70/30s?
A: I was running 2 Bar. My bike has alloy rims and I was advised by a beemer specialist that previously owned a bike like mine to not risk going lower than 2bar. My rims can crack which would be very costly. I was running 70/30s because I did not have enough money to change them at the time.

Q: Why was the audio so bad?
A: I had to use the GoPro audio as my external Mic failed

Q: What was your exact route?
A: When I get time I will create an episode with the extracted GPS data of our exact route as well as some funny moments I captured along the way

Q: Will you do this trip again?
A: Yes, hopefully very soon. Old Postal Route!

Q: Why was your bike so loaded?
A: Inexperienced packer and I had alot of gear I took with me like the Drone accessories and power banks etc.

Q: Why does it look like you had a small child on the back of your bike?
A: It was a K-way rain cover! :)
 

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Re: Tankwa trip End of October 2019
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2020, 01:26:42 pm »
 :thumleft:

I've always wondered about the rationale of putting a poop scoop on a bike that is supposed to be ready for the rough stuff. You're not the first rider to suffer with the mud-"seized" front wheel. http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=62241.msg1264851#msg1264851



 
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Re: Tankwa trip End of October 2019
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2020, 02:40:36 pm »
Welkom op die forum Richard :thumleft:
Leë vaatjie hou toe jou kraan en ek sien jou dalk vir 'n volle aan.
 
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Offline Bessie

Re: Tankwa trip End of October 2019
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2020, 08:28:35 am »
Oh man... so lekker om te sien mense gebruik ons nuwe ZA map.

Dit was DAREM baie werk.

 
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Re: Tankwa trip End of October 2019
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2020, 08:39:58 pm »
Where is that road in the last video?
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Re: Tankwa trip End of October 2019
« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2020, 11:48:40 am »
Where is that road in the last video?

If you go straight through Wuppertal and you go over the river and you pass the Matjiesrivier turn to the right, just keep straight on. That road eventually stops in a dead end in a very narrow valley
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Re: Tankwa trip End of October 2019
« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2020, 01:06:09 pm »
Lekker man. Baie lekker. That's how we learn. I also started very clumsy. With time you get to know the hows and whats. And what works for someone else, does not necessarily work for you. And vice versa.  :thumleft:
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