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Offline Doringboom

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West Side Story
« on: December 11, 2006, 08:34:57 am »
Hello everybody,

No, not the Broadway musical! This is my own (short) story, west side of Magaliesburg that is.

Yesterday morning I went on a solo (no dust eating!) trip on some gravel roads of which some were introduced to me in September this year by Wino on a trip he, Blouvark and I undertook in the area.

At exactly 08:00 and 100km away from Pretoria I turned west onto the New Thorndale road, a few kilometres outside of Magaliesburg on the road to Rustenburg (R24). The road is a nice mixture of ups and downs through a bushveld-like area. Some straight line blasts are possible here and there, but there are also sections, like the sharp, corrugated turns that ask for much caution. At this T-junction I stopped a while and I also took time to consult my primitive, red GPS instrument :P



After some more turns and a 4km tar section on the Magaliesburg - Rustenburg road, I eventually arrived at Boons station, next to the Magaliesburg - Derby tar road (R509). What a run-down place!



From Boons I crossed the tar road and continued in a southerly direction on the Goedgedacht road. This road runs over open, grassland flats almost all of the way. Here one can really open the taps. I maintained a steady 120km/h in some stretches. This was the last thing I had planned to do, but the smooth road surface just tempted me to drop the gentle cruise mode for a while.



The road eventually ends where it reaches the Krugersdorp - Ventersdorp tar road (N14), approximately 50km from Krugersdorp. Just before turning onto the tar, I stopped to top-up the air in the tyres again.



Here is my small, lightweight onboard tyre pump - a bicycle pump which I have modified with a hose / tube valve connection :idea:  It requires some elbow grease, but results show after a while!



On my way home I stopped at the Upper Deck Restaurant in Harties for a beer. As always, the two-wheel community renders some very good support here. This lady is completely "hanne innie hare" over this green 1400 Kawa monster!



From there it was back to Pretoria. Total distance for the day: 338km.

Groete

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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2006, 08:52:58 am »
Once again a lekker trip Doringboom, good to see you using that Tiger in natural enviroment.
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Re: West Side Story
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2006, 09:11:29 am »
Quote from: "Doringboom"
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Here is my small, lightweight onboard tyre pump - a bicycle pump which I have modified with a hose / tube valve connection  It requires some elbow grease, but results show after a while!
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Thanks for the report Doring. Just how much grease is needed - is it worth while?
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Re: West Side Story
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2006, 09:48:28 am »
Hello Droffarc,

I will say that for the top-up jobbie it works OK, as long as you are not in a hurry. To recover from a complete flat will be a problem of some sort. Now that I also have a topbox (for tar road use) I will be on the lookout for something more effective, but for the smallish rucksack I use on the gravel I cannot think of carrying anything bigger and heavier right now.

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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2006, 11:15:13 am »
nice one! will be there again in 2 weeks :D , maybe en route to groot marico!
 

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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2006, 02:26:54 pm »
Nice Pics Doringboom! :)

Lots of nice roads out there, good fun after some rain too!

Check that GPS of yours and look for more of the dirt roads in the area.
You can virtually travel dirt all the way from Breedtsnek to Groot Marico (i think this is what wino is referring to).
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« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2006, 03:57:13 pm »
Moerse. I'm jealous. :x
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« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2006, 08:24:01 pm »
WoW nice man


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« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2006, 08:35:48 pm »
Nice report man!
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