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kakkerlaksvlakte Night Ride
« on: July 28, 2010, 11:25:01 pm »
We were just finishing up the Braaiing at Friday drinks and only TerrorSA and I were left eating the last of the leftovers (So he couldnít take it home for soup) when 214 and Tyger finally arrive.
There are still a few coals left.


So I order a Milkshake while the main biker dude & dudess enjoy a glass of fruity red wine. :occasion14:

Tyger notices a few pieces of wood under the braai, so I put my glass on the cemented bricks and hold on to them while reaching for the wood when the bricks come loose, dropping my milkshake on the ground next to my foot.

Amazingly the glass did not break and ĺ remained in it.
Great thick milkshake.
This is where the other ľ went.


During my second milkshake we start discussing about when are we gonna ride kakkerlaksvlei at night?
We start joking about doing it right now and weíre keen.
Tygerís got exams the next morning but says she knows her work.
Iím not so sure, she seems brightÖ but then she goes out with 214 so..??

But anyway we decide to go. TerrorSA unfortunately had other plans and could not join us.
Maybe next time?

We went home to change and for 214 put the light back on his bike and we finally left at Ī 9pm.

Tyger on the back of 214ís Husky 610. Me on the KLR.

Taking tar to the dirt end of stanford rd (first dirt right after mission rd) then along it a short while, when 214 took a left into the bush.
Here I just followed and didnít have a clue where I was, couldnít see the track some of the time, just followed the strange dude with Tyger holding on like glue as he bounced and ramped over bumps along the dirt trail.

I canít believe how he rideís in the bush with a pillion, they go faster than I do on my own.
Tiger never complains, sheís having a ball. And dat ball is bigger than both of mine≤. :paw:

A short while later we popped out on a dirt rd and he explained itís on the way to the Old Ford test track.
So now I knew where I was.
Then we head of to the OFTT take a right and head towards the valley.

The pic below shows the approximate route after this. (Iím still not sure where we rode before. Hopefully 214 will enlighten me one day.)


Here we stop and admire the scenery. The sky was lit up with stars and a full moon.
A lone tree on the top of a far away hill silhouetted against the bright night sky.
Seriously poetic  sh!t.

Our cameras canít capture this so we settle for one of the distant township.
(Forgive the blur, 214 was shaking with excitement)


Tyger


Me and Tyger


214 & Tyger



The bike


And then down into the river. Iím sorry but thereís no excuse, we were all sober.

Iím keen to ride the river. Iíve done it twice in the day from the other end. For day time views see this and that. The path runs through trees and bush which are pretty low at times and thereís quite a few rocky river crossings.  

Tyger & 214 say yah!, Letís do it!  :thumleft:

After a few months of light duty Iím the unfittest  I've ever been in my short life and my back is very sensitive, just like my heart.

I get 214 to agree that if I sit vas or drop the bike, he has to help out because my back wonít handle any excitement.

As always, he say ďHey, sure no problem mate, letís go!Ē

(Sometimes I just wish heíd chicken out or be an adult  when I suggest this kak to him)


So down we go into the valley. Awesome stuff this. I canít describe how it feels, youíll have to join us some time and find out for yourself.


Ducking under the trees


Crossing the stream


Letting 214 lead. (It makes him feel better). Just joking, He rides better so I let him show the best lines and tried to follow.


214 leading the way


Giving advice. The KLR is stuck between rocks and keeps sliding to the side and getting stuck again.


After much fun, 214 shows me how the pros do it. Here I thought it was because I had Siracs instead of D606ís on the back.



And weíre off again. Sweating like a pig in the cold winters night.


Watching out for trees and rocks at the same time.


Tyger skeems this is funny, Thump canít even ride a bike properly.


We go on and have quite a few more crossings, but now Iím following the advice given and donít get stuck as often. Except again on a Ĺm drop over a tree root onto the rocky river bed, I slowed too much for the bend and the drop and the bike got stuck on the bash plate. I had to get off  to rock the bike and push it to get it over. By now my jacket lining is wet with sweat , so I remove it and carry on.

Around the corner, another steep rocky section and while revving, I just hear a noise but the wheel donít turn.
I immediately think gearbox. Not a good spot to get stuck and have to push out.

214 doesnít know either. Heís worried


Fortunately itís only the chain.

ďDid you bring tools? ď
ďNo. did you?Ē
ďNo you said youíd bringĒ

I have raised the back of the bike so the chain has to run a bit loose under normal load so that it doesnít stretch under load.
This is the first time itís come of though.

Luckily, Iíve got my Gerber (Poor manís Leatherman)

214 tilts the bike up, dropping the wheel further and making the sprocket to sprocket distance shorter, while Tyger lights the way with my cellphone light and I do the magic.






Allís good again



214ís amazed or tired.
I don't know why, all he had to do was hold the bike up; I did all the work.

(I need to find younger, fitter okes to ride with)




And onwards



But despite popular opinion, the dudes a gentleman.
He rides the rough stuff and comes back and carries the damsel across.




We get to the end and Iím thinking the whole way that I should have had my other wheel with the D606ís on and it would have been easier like 214ís bike. Then I notice his tyre is smoother than mine. Oh well, Iíll think of another excuse some time.


As weíre leaving the river I feel the back sliding a bit more than normal but put it down to the loose sand.
Then we stop and I notice the back is half flat.
This is the first time in three years that Iím in this area without a puncture kit.
But itís Ī21h30 and Iím moeg and so just ride the bike out.
Sticking to Ī60kmh until the garage at Greenbushes, where I pump it up to find the valve has torn out.
Pump to 4 bar and ride quickly.
But itís flat before I turn off to lakeside road.

Interesting about this tyre is that it did not go completely flat; it always looked like it had Ī ľ air in and did not slip of the rim.
Rode a total of Ī23.6km with the flat wheel, and when taking it off the next day there was no marks of wear or damage to the side walls. Had to battle to break the bead.

Got home just after 12 feeling good.

Tyger wrote her exam the next morning, and then we went out again at 3pm with my son Byron and his girlfriend as pillion as a training ride for them together in the dirt and some slightly technical terrain.

Thanks Tyger and 214, weíll have to do that again during the next full moon, this time take some chops and beers with and make a night of it.
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« Last Edit: July 29, 2010, 10:07:37 am by ...ThumpįC »
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Re: kakkerlaksvlakte Night Ride
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2010, 11:43:40 pm »
Lekka, looks like such a jol !  :D
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Re: kakkerlaksvlakte Night Ride
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2010, 08:18:10 am »
 :thumleft:
 

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Re: kakkerlaksvlakte Night Ride
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2010, 11:01:55 am »
Mad fun!  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
 

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Re: kakkerlaksvlakte Night Ride
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2010, 11:10:21 am »
you okes are nuts LOL
 

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Re: kakkerlaksvlakte Night Ride
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2010, 01:31:20 pm »
Wow, what a nice ride and yes, 214 really knows his thing out there!!!
 

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Re: kakkerlaksvlakte Night Ride
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2010, 03:55:36 pm »
 :pot:
 

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Re: kakkerlaksvlakte Night Ride
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2010, 03:58:10 pm »
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Nice one :mwink:
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Re: kakkerlaksvlakte Night Ride
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2010, 04:50:44 pm »
Great stuff, that looks like fun!
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Re: kakkerlaksvlakte Night Ride
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2010, 10:25:54 am »
Thanks for the ride Thump and Tyger - was awesome.

Shot for bringing the spare tube around to  - appreciate it.

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Re: kakkerlaksvlakte Night Ride
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2010, 01:31:31 pm »
Mad dogs!  ;D
Quite an adventure!
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Re: kakkerlaksvlakte Night Ride
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2010, 07:16:24 am »
"Nocturnal dogs " great adventure  :thumleft:
ROUTE DIFFICULTY:1 = tar
2 = good gravel /pillion friendly
3 = interspersed with sand, mud, sand , bush / not pillion friendly
4 = lots of sand, technical riding
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Re: kakkerlaksvlakte Night Ride
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2010, 07:49:43 am »
Julle mal donners..... i hope you were at least armed.
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Re: kakkerlaksvlakte Night Ride
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2010, 01:08:51 pm »
Julle mal donners..... i hope you were at least armed.

no need, I had 214 and a Tyger with me.
I can run faster than them.
« Last Edit: July 31, 2010, 01:10:24 pm by ...ThumpįC »
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Re: kakkerlaksvlakte Night Ride
« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2010, 05:27:49 pm »
 :thumleft: You Nutcases !!!

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Re: kakkerlaksvlakte Night Ride
« Reply #15 on: August 01, 2010, 09:21:31 pm »
You guys are lekker MAL! But then again its lekker to be young and reckless. Enjoy. We cant go there where you guys go with our "heavies"
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Re: kakkerlaksvlakte Night Ride
« Reply #16 on: August 01, 2010, 09:45:05 pm »
julle is BEFOK in julle se koppe :-)
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Re: kakkerlaksvlakte Night Ride
« Reply #17 on: August 04, 2010, 08:27:22 pm »
Awesome stuff!

So glad to see my old bike doing what it does best!

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Re: kakkerlaksvlakte Night Ride
« Reply #18 on: August 04, 2010, 10:25:12 pm »
where's the spotlights that were on the KLR ???
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Re: kakkerlaksvlakte Night Ride
« Reply #19 on: August 05, 2010, 07:42:37 am »
Yeah!

Thanks Thump n 214!

I passed my 3 exams quite satisfactorily ;)
must have been the fresh air.

214...is very good at what he does :biggrin:
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