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Offline MLC1

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #60 on: January 12, 2009, 04:50:41 pm »
Jis ou Ettienne, as ek so na jou RRs kyk en die roetes wat jy ry dan verkoop ek sommer my 1200Adventure en gaan koop 'n lekker fiets soos joune!!! Wys ons maar net weer .... its not about the bike!!!

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #61 on: January 12, 2009, 07:43:41 pm »
Uniondale

I set off at 04:30 from Plettenberg Bay, a very nice holiday town that sits against the coast, towards Uniondale, no luggage just a day trip.

Its very cold riding this early in the morning, but seeing the sunrise from the seat of your bike, makes it all worth while! 

Do they train Rhino‚??s here?

I went through the very scenic, Prins Alfred Pass, what an amazing road it‚??s a single lane road, so be careful through the corners, beware of other motorists!





East West gravels best, of hoe?



Going through the Pass, through every corner I could see powersliding marks, later I found out that it was Bakkie (WD) with his KTM that had been gooi-ing it through the turns like that. Lekker Bakkie !!! :D :D

Lots of little waterfalls along the pass


Look out below



When I went through this Pass the second time, stopping for a pic, this guy on a yellow R1200GS stopped next to me. Turns out its Slainthe Mhaith (also pronounced ‚?¶ Piet) on his way to meet with Ama ride ride, they were doing Baviaans and then back to Pretoria! Goed om jou weer te sien man!

The tar road just before Uniondale had been badly damaged by a flood, as you can see in these pictures, some places the entire right lane had been taken out.


Uniondale didn‚??t have much on offer, the garage doest even have a building, just a lil‚?? caravan! + I didn‚??t see the famous ghost?

But stil, Its another town I could tick of the list.
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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #62 on: January 12, 2009, 09:48:15 pm »
Ag Hell not again :D

So off I was again to Gamkaspoort, ‚??Die Hell‚?Ě, this time for a luncheon with some Wilddog members.

I set off from Ladismith again filling up in Calitzdorp I took my usual route that runs along the mountains towards Swartberg Pass.

About three quarters off the way through the road from Calitzdorp, I noticed a bike steadily cruising way infront of me, so I started chasing it. When I finally caught it, I saw that it was Briv on his Africa Twin, he had left Cape Town the previous day on his solo trip no plans for where he was going, he had 4 days off and the open road, what a great way to travel!   


He decided to do the route with us, so he and I rode to the planned meeting spot, where we would meet, Trailrider and Mrs Trailrider on their 700TransAlp, Dusty on her F650GS and Tony Varadero on his Varadero, so the Honda‚??s clearly out numbered the other brands on this ride!


The King of all adventure bikes, Briv‚??s very neat AT!

The 5 bikes


After a chat we headed to Swartberg Pass, one of those ‚??must see roads of South Africa‚?Ě, we took it very steady up there, enjoying the views.

At the top of the pass, the most enjoyable part is the way down to Prins albert.

Sorry for all the pics of the Africa Twin (I just love that bike!!!!)

The pass was still quite, as it was early

From left to right TR, Tony, Dusty

Mrs TR at the signs, it says 2 hours 50km, in this months Top Bike there is an article about Jan ‚??Staal‚?Ě Du Toit doing it in 44min, but I cant see the point of that? Jaaging through here is just not right, you have to take in the sights and smells!

Two very big Honda‚??s!

The first part of the road, there is some ‚??Deck riet‚?Ě growing here (sorry I don‚??t know the English word)


Trailrider passing by

Halt‚?¶. Photo time

The road in here is magnificent, I think it was built in 1969, it is very steep and has the occasional water crossing.

The two Honda‚??s again, the Varadero has twin Tornado pipes on, making it sound very good, but not as good as the Africa Twin with the scorch pipe!

We had a very nice lunch in an old grasdak restaurant, they have two different menu‚??s one for people who booked, and another one for people that just show up, so make sure to book, otherwise you‚??d be stuck with salad, or salad :D

The old car that was carried yes carried in here before the road was built!
I‚??d say it‚??s in dire need of a service!


Poor Tony Varadero was tired as hell (no pun intended) from wrestling the Vara down here, because he had a fairly road based front tyre giving him some bad moments on the downhills.

We started the way out again, this meant lots of uphills, I was still riding behind TR when he suddenly stopped asking me if he‚??s rear tyre was flat, a glance down revealed the worst, a flat tyre on a uphill in this heat!

We were lucky to have Briv there, he quickly jumped in and took over the tyre changing business. A very primitive centre stand there.

Briv got the rim off quickly

Relax TR its all part of the game

Well there‚??s your problem :D

Mrs TR explaining to him how to fix the tube, Dusty thinking, Hmm‚?¶.. You sure that‚??s gonna work?

The tyre was fixed in really no time at all, and we were off again, but only for a while. . .

Because we came across a broken down Land Rover (very surprising :D :D)

They poor guy didn‚??t really know what to do, but it was super Briv to the rescue again, he did something to the thingy ma-thing and the Land Rover started again!

We said goodbye to Dusty who had to go to Prins Albert, so the rest of us took the pass down again.

At the bottom we said our goodbyes, and Briv and I continued towards Calitzdorp he was looking for accommodation along the way, he eventually found a nice guest house, so my ride with the Africa Twin ended 


I went on towards Ladismith, it was getting late and I had to get to the farm, filled up in Calitzdorp again, the bike only used 6l of fuel from Calitzdorop into Die Hell and back to Calitzdorp about 220km‚??s! Not bad

I arrived home just before 19:00 knackered, had been on the bike since 07:00 that morning.

Once again my bike surprised me, by not even missing a beat, it held its own very nicely among the very beeg bikes!

Was nice meeting two new Wilddog‚??s thanks for the planning Trailrider!
 
 

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #63 on: January 12, 2009, 09:48:49 pm »
So my bike HONDA NXR125 had taken me out of Cape town at the beginning of the holiday‚??s, through some of the most beautiful scenery in the country (Montagu Pass comes to mind!) literally over mountains and through rivers. I sometimes went down hard, but the bike didn‚??t mind, I sometimes over rid it a bit, doing 11+ ours in the saddle, but the bike didn‚??t mind, not one flat wheel, not one drop of oil used, I did with this bike clearly what it wasn‚??t made for , I did just under 4000km‚??s on it this holiday, that‚??s allot on a 125 if you ask me, my rear tyre is shot, my breaks are faded and the bottle of chain lube is empty.

But I have to thank the Wilddog forum, from whom without I would have never done this type of riding. I didn‚??t think there were like minded people out there, till I came across the 3000+ members on this site.

I think Tok Tokkie put it well when he said to me: ‚??But Etienne you‚??re going to have ran out of challenges by the time your 21!‚?Ě :D

So until my next big trip, is gonna be all the way into Vaalie country ;) ,
thanks for bearing with me through this report, I hope you enjoyed the reading, as much as I enjoyed doing the riding!

Because it doesn‚??t matter what you ride, just as long as you are out there riding.


 

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #64 on: January 12, 2009, 10:04:09 pm »
Excellent report Etienne. It was an honour to ride with you and I hope to do so again soon :thumleft:
 

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #65 on: January 12, 2009, 10:32:38 pm »
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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #66 on: January 13, 2009, 09:37:26 am »
Nice RR  :thumleft:
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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #67 on: January 13, 2009, 09:41:48 am »
So until my next big trip, is gonna be all the way into Vaalie country ;) ,


So, you will be attending a Gauteng Bash hey? :deal: :deal:


Well done on some great riding, and keep the passion.

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #68 on: January 13, 2009, 10:47:01 am »
Etienne awesome!  You have done well and I envy you. 
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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #69 on: January 13, 2009, 12:41:55 pm »
Well done guys, an excellent RR.
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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #70 on: January 13, 2009, 01:33:47 pm »
Etienne, will you please stop riding and leave something for the rest of us ;).

I am glad you had a great time. Hope I can do the same rides one day.
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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #71 on: January 13, 2009, 03:27:05 pm »
AiTsa said she would love you to take her for a ride some time  :thumleft: specialy as you take her in such high regard  :ricky: 

Lekker Etienne ek spekuleer nie oor daai DAKAR deelname nie  :biggrin: Befonkte storie  ;)
oor B..erge en RIV..iere sal ons ry,
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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #72 on: January 13, 2009, 03:41:58 pm »
Hie hie hie
 

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #73 on: January 13, 2009, 03:51:48 pm »
Well done young man, well done  :thumleft: :thumleft:
 

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #74 on: January 13, 2009, 08:32:16 pm »
Baie lekker gewees om jou RR te lees Etienne:thumleft:

Vir n jong laaitie is jy jou tyd ver vooruit - mooi bly en lekker ry.

 
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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #76 on: January 13, 2009, 09:21:48 pm »
HAHA lyk soos 'n foto effect op my foto
 

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #77 on: January 14, 2009, 06:10:37 am »
Very good ride report  :thumleft:  Your passion for riding is inspirational. Have you got the speedo cable fixed yet ?
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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #78 on: January 14, 2009, 08:03:37 am »
Etienne

Thanks for a great RR
just brilliant to ride those amazing tracks
we did the same area so our RR will be coming up soon
This amazing country just makes you want to ride all the time

looking forward to seeing your next RR
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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #79 on: January 14, 2009, 09:01:01 am »
Great RR.

Good to see the TLD's being put to good use.

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