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Maverick's Elephant Treffen Ride Report - February 2004
« on: February 09, 2006, 05:56:47 pm »
Right of course if you South-Africa you do things normally in the sunshine and lekker weather. Though I would amuse you guys with this trip we did in 2004 in the winter. Listen to my the logic behind this trip, if you go camping in the freezing snow how bad can the rest of your camping trips be in the year :lol: Needless to say Mavlick not vely cleva bloke :D

Here we go and hope you guys enjoy something different....

Elephant Treffen 2004 - Nurburgring Germany

Entering 2004 bored and in need of desperate excitement I stumbled across the Primus Treffen thread which is held February/March in Norway. Now being South-African cold weather not even thinking about snow/ice conditions do not feature on my list of things to do.
This rally is presumably one of the coldest of the lot as you camp in the snow with no amenities.
After several attempts trying to find info, I was pointed to the Elephant rally in Germany by a fellow GS rider in Holland - Zwerver.
So decided this will be my first camping trip of the year and it can?t possibly get worse than this weather wise so let?s do it. Now to find sidekicks. Geoff  (Mr Tickle) and Stefan (Rusty) strangely also from South Africa were not hesitant to join this mad ride.
A few emails and Zwerver kindly offered us a √?¬Ĺ way stop to Nurburgring at his place in Old Valkenburg.

This would mean a 210-mile trip at night to Zwerver?s place and not my favourite time to travel on a bike.
ETA 01:00 AM on Friday morning.

Now the planning of this trip did not go so well regarding my bike as there was several aspects that needed looking at and repairs that needed doing.
As this is a section on it?s own covering some crazy and very negative points I decided to not talk about it any further and go on with the fun part of motorcycling.

So here goes......

Thursday - 26/02/2004 - 7:00 AM
It is freezing to my standards, about 0 degrees and frost on all the cars to start off with. If it is this cold in London
things can only get interesting on main land Europe tonight


Euro tunnel booked for the grand sum of √?¬£43 from Folkestone to Coquelles for Thursday 26-Feb-2004 at 20:00.
I manage to leave work at 15:00 and rush home to get the last thing's packed and reset my TPS again as it still ain't what it is suppose to.
Myself and Michelle hastly pack the bike with me constantly reminding her we need to leave by 17:00 latest to avoid rush hour London,
 we set off at 17:15.

Arrive round 19:00 for a quick bite and meet up with Geoff and Stefan. First time on the Eurotunnel and snap a few piccies quick before paying notice to the "no photography" signs.


Gringo ready to rock & roll(I hope and pray)


We set off in icy conditions in Calais to Old Valkenburg around 21:50 and ride eventless during the cold hours through France, Belguim and eventually into the Netherlands
arriving at about 01:30 at Zwerver's house......

Friday - 28/02/2004 - Zwerver's Place(Old Valkenburg, The Netherlands)<p>

After chattting untill about 02:00 am drinking nice warm tea, coffee and lovely whiskey I manage to get out of bed by 08:00.
Outside everthing is white and looks pretty chilly but no fresh snow. Set down to the kitchen were I am met by a big Belguim man called Roy and we manage
to make conversation in english and some afrikaans/dutch put together. Strangely bike talk is like beer talk, very universal and every man understands it.
Outside when most of the house woke up and having their morning coffee and smoke's...Left to Right

Rose(F650GS PD), Geert(Zwerver, 1150 Adventurer), Roy(1150 Adventurer) and Stefan(Rusty - 1150)


Now this is the entrance to the old farm house and unfortunately the previous night
 were more worried staying upright on the snow and ice than looking at the scenery..Little did we know that this road would be covered in snow in less than an hour


Stunning old Castle next to the farm house with the occupants own lake around complete with rowing boat.


Myself and Michelle wondering silently if this was a good idea....?


11:30 - On our way to Nurburgring
We decide to take the road to Germany only to find that by the time we get to the top of the road we get snowed under.

It takes about 10 minutes for the 8 bikes to cover the first 400 meters?!?


Rusty with his trusty steed wiped out already as the road was more ice than snow.


Michell√?¬© with our 1100GS fully laden and very scary to ride to start with on normal roads never mind in these conditions..


Ohh boy wish I changed those Tourances for TKC 80's...


After carefull examination of the road surface and condition's Geert propose we rather wait for things to clear up than kill ourselves on the way..

Back in the warm comfort after walking most of the bike's back down the road in Zwerver's Barn.
The good the bad and the ugly? (Michell√?¬©, Geoff and Stefan)


Killing time in Oud Valkenburg
After getting all the bikes into storage again we were taken for a long walk around the hills of Old Valkenburg
Even this sheep looked cold and deserted in the fresh morning snow (Nice one hey Welshie)



Who needs GPS with all this directions..



Not like we would take anything with wheels out anyway this morning Stefan



The weather seemed to clear up a bit and we might make another attempt for Germany...




Zwerver's humble home in the distance next to the castle



Maverick was here....




Nurburgring - Elephant Treffen 2004

At long last the anticipation is met with hundreds of bike's, sidecars, people talking all languages we arrive at Nurburgring
The entrance was swarming with activity the whole weekend people arriving and leaving



Me and Michelle at the Nurburgring camping entrance, two months ago this was just a crazy idea, now reality!



Tent setup and ready to settle with some food and drinks on a very cold Friday night



Geoff and Stefan already sheltered in his tent. Think I was still suffering frostbite the reason for the brilliant picture quality



The continous thundering of motorcycles around us did not stop all weekend until the early hours of the morning



Some boys just stayed exactly on one spot the whole weekend and did not bother to move, beer coats was the order of the day



Who ever said the Germans can't have fun?? The loud cries of links, links, links was a clear sign that everything was still done in a very organised militant way as the teams went head to head while the crowd drank and shouted



Nurburgring - Saturday Morning

Now for a South-African to sleep in -5 degrees outside in a tent is not normal to start with, for someone who has never camped it's just totally wrong! At this point Stefan decided it is time to hit the road as this madness is not for him.



-5 Degrees 9AM, thanks but no thanks!



Maybe we should of seeked shelter in this tent with probably enough heating for all the newbies to snow camping, hello we are not from here mind if we stay the night?!?



Meanwhile we started walking around to warm up and saw this....



And then this.....



The new meaning to 1150 Adventurer



Nurburgring - Sunday Morning

Good morning happy campers it is Sunday morning 9AM, welcome to -10 degrees! Instead of snow we had ice and frost everywhere as it was clear skies during the night. Our tent, clothing, food, bikes etc was icy to touch and the only way I could warm up was a warmish shower



It was time for us to pack up and together with Geoff hit the road to make the Eurotunnel at 18:00.
Only 300 miles to cover in this icy conditions, ain't biking a whole lot of fun! We made several new friends and many thanks to them for showing us a different side to biking.



Could not find these boys anywhere so not sure what they got up too



Next time we will invest in heated tents




In January 1953 the driver of a Zuendapp KS601 invited some mark colleagues out of curiosity,
into his garden (three came!), he did not know that this "meeting" would take place for space
reasons in 1956 at the Solitude close to Stuttgart. There the meeting got its name as the KS601 was called affectionately the "Green elephant"

Here I am standing next to the "Green Elephant" parked at the entrance.



The meet started in 1961 at the Nurburgring. 1977 turn into the black year of the meeting. With 30.000 participants the meeting was hardly managebale.
And despite the organization of the BVDM(Motorcycle body) there was a person killed among other things. The decision was made and the meeting was moved to Austria until it returned to Nurburgring in 1990 after several attempts to keep it in Austria. We hope many people will in time to come attend this rally as it is a very good expierence irregardless of the weather. It was great and glad it is over but think mysteriously would find myself in years to come wandering back to Germany



Until next time



Back Home

We left at 11:00 and arrived 17:00 in Calais just in time to get some duty free and food. The morning ride wasa bit scary as the roads had a very ominous shining to them. You never knew whether it was ice or water so we took it slow until we got on the motorway. Stunning views and Germany is definitely on my list of places to see. The amount of salt on the roads was pretty serious as you can see from my bike..



Fully laden and realised it is time for some new suspension



Geoff was pleasantly surprised that I managed to fill up with 5 liters less than him in Folkestone again



So if you ever this side of the world January/February pack your longjongs and go to this meet, it's awesome and alot of fun :D
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Maverick's Elephant Treffen Ride Report - February 2004
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2006, 07:15:25 pm »
No, no, NO Lootch!!! This is not looking more and more tempting every time you read the report. Where's my map of the Sahara....
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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2006, 07:17:29 pm »
Nice one Maverick! Us Euro boys need to get together some time over the summer. Do you have plans on heading over France / Switzerland way?
 

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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2006, 10:58:46 pm »
mad dogs and englishmen  :D  :D  :D
crazy buggers  :shock:  :shock:  :shock:
but well done  :thumbright:
 

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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2006, 09:22:10 am »
Counting my blessings down here. Will never ever swear at the Cape wind again. (Maybe a bit if it rains at the same time)

Very impressive report, am in awe
 

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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2006, 09:36:30 am »
Ai. What an adventure! 8)

Always easy to say yes if it involves a trip on your bike. But those conditions! No, would have looked up the firt hotel and stayed there! :shock:
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Valkenberg
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2006, 10:42:03 am »
Cool! We also have a place here called Valkenberg and you have lots in common with them. It too is populated with some very crazy people. Although I don't think we let our ones out unsupervised.

Do you take your medication regularly? You need to come back here and get some sun!

Wonder if there are other Valkenbergs around the world?
I wonder where that road goes? And that, has usually made all the difference. Appologies to Mr Frost

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Re: Valkenberg
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2006, 12:33:35 pm »
Quote from: "Kamanya"
Cool! We also have a place here called Valkenberg and you have lots in common with them. It too is populated with some very crazy people. Although I don't think we let our ones out unsupervised.

Do you take your medication regularly? You need to come back here and get some sun!

Wonder if there are other Valkenbergs around the world?



 :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  This is exactly what I was thinking - that you guys are nuts man - and should be in the loony bin. Wow, your bokkie has guts to go with you china, this is a FANTASTIC ride report.... I think we should share some OBies soon. What a dood. Salut!!!!!!!!!1
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Re: Valkenberg
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2006, 03:55:45 pm »
Quote from: "Kamanya"

Wonder if there are other Valkenbergs around the world?


my longest ride ever.... zurich to bergen (close anyway) i went up the coast of sweden, and just past Goetenborg there was a Valkenburg too...
nothing special to report concerning naked women doing funny things on the side of the road or things like that.
altho, would have been lekker, as its true... swedish women are gorgeous  :shock:
 

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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2006, 04:04:51 pm »
Quote from: "Kev (AlpineAdventure)"
Nice one Maverick! Us Euro boys need to get together some time over the summer


Howzit Kev, yep we must make a plan to meet although currently finding a permanent job is high priority on my list :shock: I was thinking of possibly doing the Stella Alpina rally this year as that sounds like fun :lol:

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Wow, your bokkie has guts to go with you china


Believe you me if I tell you I moaned and bitched more about the cold than she did. Michelle has never been afraid of a challenge. Think I still owe her a weekend in a beauty spa or something like that :oops:

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Do you take your medication regularly?

 
Ahh it's all coming back to me now, knew I had to do something in the morning before eating my fris krispies :lol:

Thanks for the replies guys, a trip like this does change alot of things because you realise easy things can become very tiring on a bike. We drove a couple of hours through the night in a snow blizzard doing 50/60mph and your nerves are shot because you never feel safe on the road in those conditions. Coming back from Germany the road had this shiny reflection and all we could do was hope and pray it's the tar and not ice. Fortenately we got there and back safe and enjoyed it very much.

Maybe next year I will go again, heated socks, portable gas heater, heated vest, heated sleeping bag, heated gloves....... :D
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Re: Maverick's Elephant Treffen Ride Report - February 2004
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2017, 07:27:29 pm »
I was searching some sidecar stuff when I stumbled upon these crazy bikers having a joll in the snow and mud.
Just Google Elephant Rally and have a look at the youtube videos.
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