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TUGELA BASIN RIDE - TAMING THE BEAST IN KZN
« on: July 11, 2021, 10:28:15 pm »
The 990 S was always going to be my touring bike. Long leisurely rides on open dirt for days on end. @Just Blip It! Would have none of that and invited me to be his riding partner on the recce weekend for the MOTUL TOUR OF LEGENDS which will take place 18-22 March 2022.

Most of my technical riding has been done on 890/790 or smaller bikes and I was very uncertain of just how I would fare on the big old girl in some seriously tricky terrain.




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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2021, 10:38:03 pm »
Our accommodation for the weekend was at Battlefields Lodge outside Dundee. We would be meeting guys that would be arriving in groups of 2 from Gauteng (@51Mobile  and Andy Biram), Free state ( @Twister  and Riaan), Durban (Treffon and Graig) @Nox arrived with Carl from Ladysmith and myself & @Just Blip It! From Mpumalanga. TT he idea was for guys to record tracks which participants could use to navigate to the event from all the provinces.

















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Re: Taming the Beast in KZN
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2021, 10:47:49 pm »
I spent a lot of time getting the old girl ready over the last couple of months and went for a shakedown ride the weekend before to make sure the bike was ready for the weekend.

I arrive at the filling station where we would be departing from on Friday morning. Left fuel cap lock would not unlock with the key.

Luckily I removed the bolts that prevents someone from removing the fuel cap assembly as this is a known 990 issue. While the attendant was filling the fuel tanks, I took the lock apart and lubricated it thoroughly.





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Re: Taming the Beast in KZN
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2021, 10:50:17 pm »
Mark arrived and we made our way to some forestry roads near Kaapsehoop


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Re: Taming the Beast in KZN
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2021, 10:51:22 pm »
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Re: Taming the Beast in KZN
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2021, 10:53:10 pm »
I spent a lot of time getting the old girl ready over the last couple of months and went for a shakedown ride the weekend before to make sure the bike was ready for the weekend.

I arrive at the filling station where we would be departing from on Friday morning. Left fuel cap lock would not unlock with the key.

Luckily I removed the bolts that prevents someone from removing the fuel cap assembly as this is a known 990 issue. While the attendant was filling the fuel tanks, I took the lock apart and lubricated it thoroughly.






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Re: Taming the Beast in KZN
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2021, 10:53:47 pm »
We continued on forestry roads and eventually emerged on the Barberton Badplaas road. I was starting to build up a sweat from  a few little gnarly rocky climbs.


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Re: Taming the Beast in KZN
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2021, 10:58:14 pm »
After a quick breakfast just outside Badplaas, we head in the direction of Chrissiesmeer on some glorious dirt passes.


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Re: Taming the Beast in KZN
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2021, 11:01:05 pm »
The two V-Twins were on top form and we cruised comfortably at highway speeds towards Wakkerstroom














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Re: Taming the Beast in KZN
« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2021, 11:04:50 pm »
It was time for a well deserved lunch and we stopped at the Wakkerstroom Hotel where we were treated to a fantastic lamb curry.



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« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2021, 06:31:30 am »
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« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2021, 06:46:46 am »
After lunch we fuel up the thirsty 990s and head towards Utrecht. For the umpteenth time I make the mistake of assuming  that Mark will take us the on a leisurely ride to our destination…….

As we leave Wakkerstroom, Mark casually mentions that he saw a little track on google Earth which we need to check out. The butterflies in my stomach are awakened……..


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Re: Taming the Beast in KZN
« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2021, 06:54:04 am »
The Route Master went up first.







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« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2021, 07:12:59 am »
I followed very nervously..... ???


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« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2021, 07:28:07 am »
I spent a lot of time getting the old girl ready over the last couple of months and went for a shakedown ride the weekend before to make sure the bike was ready for the weekend.

I arrive at the filling station where we would be departing from on Friday morning. Left fuel cap lock would not unlock with the key.

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