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« on: February 11, 2007, 05:16:36 pm »
i will be arriving in south africa for my first time in late march after 5 great months of dirtbag riding on backroads in south america.  unfortunately, as of yet i don?´t have the same network of riders/friends in africa that i have built in s america, hence, i?´m hoping to locate a few folks who might be able to provide good info during the time i arrive in south africa and purchase a motorcycle.  also, is march a bad time to arrive? (not that it should matter, i already have the ticket and quit my job)  what about safety for someone who likes to camp in random locations on the bike?  can?´t wait to find out what africa is like.
 

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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2007, 05:27:36 pm »
Hi scooter.

If you ride through the Garden Route on your travels give me a shout - I'll sort you out with all the necessary info. I'm in George, 400km east of Cape Town on the coastline.

Also see this thread for info: http://www.wilddogtours.co.za/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4651

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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2007, 11:39:26 pm »
thanks trailrider, i?´ll let you know if i make it to your neck of the woods.  any decent deals on transapls, KLR and the like near you?  also, am i going to encounter a lot of rain during april, may, june?  cheers!
 

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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2007, 11:46:18 pm »
Scooter Welcome

I think you have chosen some good months to come through SA...

As for the weater, it depends on where you are in the country at the time. in the northern provinces, the rainy season is just coming to an end and the weather is should also be cooling by the end of March.

The southern areas (Cape Town etc) have mostly winter rainfall, so plan the trip to hit south first and then move more north and you should have great weather (just a bit cold up in Gauteng in May and June (mid-day highs around 15 degrees C)

Enjoy and let us know your plans and we can get together for a ride and some beers.

You will love this place, SA is a DS paradise.
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2007, 11:17:53 am »
Hey Scooter I'll be arriving about end of first week in April I believe.

Hope to catch up with another "newbie" to Africa. :D
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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2007, 05:16:15 am »
Jaqhama,

what are you ending up doing for a bike in SA?  got any good leads or info to pass on?  we?´ll have to meet up for atleast a drink.  it seems cape town is better to find bikes than joberg???
 

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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2007, 05:27:18 am »
funacide,

thanks for the input.  i fly into cape town march 25th and then need to hit the ground and organize.  no bike as of yet.  what do you recommend in the way of cost effectiveness and availability, transalp, klr, bmw (might price me out).  any issues with crossing neighboring borders and vaccinations?  which areas of the country are safe to camp?  great, thanks again and cant wait to meet up.  ps- where are you located?
 

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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2007, 08:16:12 am »
Scooter

Will you be joining us in the Garden route on April 6?

http://wilddogtours.co.za/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5257
 

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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2007, 12:06:52 pm »
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Jaqhama,

what are you ending up doing for a bike in SA?  got any good leads or info to pass on?  we?´ll have to meet up for atleast a drink.  it seems cape town is better to find bikes than joberg???


Well I've already agreed to but Kwacker's bike mate. :D

But there are a couple of bikes in the south african auto trader magazine.
www.autotrader.co.za

I think that's the right addy for it?

I will be starting from Joburg about 5th or 6th of april it looks like.
2 up with my GF Lin.

Joining Trailrider on the tour he is organising to begin on the 6th.

I am sure the guys here can now keep an eye out for a bike for you as they did for me.

Good luck mate, see you in RSA.
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