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Offline Scrat

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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #40 on: September 01, 2010, 05:05:24 pm »
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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #41 on: September 01, 2010, 08:54:23 pm »
Flippen lekker report. That Dakar looks good!
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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #42 on: September 01, 2010, 09:21:27 pm »
Flippen lekker report. That Dakar F650GS looks good!

Fixed

But I have to agree with you - it has a certain attitude which I really like :thumleft:

Can you give us a list of the changes done U?
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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #43 on: September 02, 2010, 09:35:15 am »
Can you give us a list of the changes done U?

Started with a 650GS:

48mm USD fork (with the 21' front wheel, and brake caliper)
Dakar rear shock,
ProTaper Bars,
Zeta Guards,
Van der Linde can,
pooratech tool tube,
SwMotech  crash bars,
SwMotech  spots,
TouraTech chain guard,
TouraTech engine case guard,
Big footpegs,
Grey automotive vinyl on all plastics,
Sticker kit

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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #44 on: September 02, 2010, 11:07:10 am »
Can you give us a list of the changes done U?

Started with a 650GS:

48mm USD fork (with the 21' front wheel, and brake caliper)
Dakar rear shock,
ProTaper Bars,
Zeta Guards,
Van der Linde can,
pooratech tool tube,
SwMotech  crash bars,
SwMotech  spots,
TouraTech chain guard,
TouraTech engine case guard,
Big footpegs,
Grey automotive vinyl on all plastics,
Sticker kit



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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #45 on: September 02, 2010, 04:12:32 pm »
Day 4

We had a short day on our hands, with 2 options in mind. Either klap the tar all the way to Divundu or head south west  from Katima Mulilo along the border, which then turned north and eventually meet up with the main road to Divundu. We were very unsure about fuel stops, and asfter asking a few people we decided to klap the tar due to fuel uncertainty. It ended up being tha the intended gravel roads that come out on the main road rested on a petrol station, hindsight is a bitch.









All in all it was about 330 kms to Divindu, but we had an early start so had ha half day at Ngepi camp to wash some stuff and chill. The pictures off the Ngepi camp did not tell a single lie. I will definitely go back there someday, I can explain it as Mozambique on the Kavango River.











Elephants across the river


Having a Dip


Snooze


After washing some gear and noticing all the sarcastic information boards, we went to the main building to have lunch, a few beers and organised a afternoon booze cruise. Whilst waiting for the cruise we both had a short nap (a much needed one). The boat cruise was pretty good, saw plenty wild life. Elephants, Hippos, many birds and bush pig. The other boat saw a leopard briefly, no crocs though. The foreigners on the boat know nothing about looking at animals, they would simply burst out in voice to indicate animals, at which stage they would disappear from sight. I must have heard “Wilde Schwein” several times, only to look and see nothing because the frightened bush pig had disappeared at the noise.













We had a good 3 course set menu for dinner and then retired to the pub. Chris, the girl of Leigh (who runs the camp), took a liking to us. I think he had not seen his kind in a while. Free shooters, lots of beers, when he gets up and invites us to take a ride to the nearest shabeen and drop the kitchen staff off. We took him up on his offer. By this stage he was a little skew (we all were) and raced the Landie (without brakes into town). We dropped the staff off and then continued to find the shebeen.

When we found it we were welcomed in (to spend money I guess). We got some quarts, loose smokes and chatted to the locals. I recall Chris telling me that smoking my own brand defeated the point, so I gladly took one for the loose smokes, only for him to tell me that he wanted one of mine. Those were pretty rough smokes.





On the way back Chris was now lekker dronk and was crusing along what felt like 120km/h in the dark along a twisted road, next thing he went too fast into the corner, moered off the road and into the dirt. Henri, who was sitting in the rear of the game viewing vehicle, holding 2 quarts must have kuked himself. I thought we were going to roll. Chris then jumped out, checked his pants for remnants of a “scary as shit” moment, mentioned he was too drunk to drive and told me to drive. On the way back to the camp we all had laughs and talked crap.





When we got back, Henri, in all his wisdom, ordered a “Wild Dog” shooter for the fun of it. It was Rum, Tequila, topped with amarula. Eugh!. We hit the sack after that.








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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #46 on: September 02, 2010, 06:18:17 pm »
Day 5

Today was a little bit boring, mostly tar. We thought hugging the Kovango Delta would lead to at least a few decent views; unbeknown to us you can only see the delta, in the delta. Next time...





We were kept awake with the constant cattle dodging, slow done and speed up. The speed also changes constantly and we heard that we must not speed in Botswana, so we pretty much stuck to the speed limits (by going over by 20-40 kms/h in most sections to limit the fine amounts)

We crossed the before shortly after refilling in Divundu, there was a small gravel section just before the border post which they are busy redoing inside a small
nature reserve. After having to get off the road where they were working on, the road looked lekker hardpack. With an upcoming sharp bend I tried to slow down, eeeek, slick mud, tried to get the bike over to the edge where it looked like more traction lay, eventually slowed down for the bend, but was a bit nervy when not expecting it. The Border post was quick, was done in about 5 minutes and then we had a long tar stretch ahead.







We made our way to Sehitwa, where Henri ordered us some lunch. Good call bud, was decent chow. I thought we may have a had a stomach issue later (that’s the way it looked), but we were both fine.





We eventually made it to Ghanzi, where we stayed at the Kalahari Arms Hotel. Had a dip after the long hot day. Again we punished a few beers, had some great pizzas and hit the sack early. Tomorrow we reach the gravel promised lands of Namibia.





At this stage Henri noticed his brand new front King tire was suffering badly, after about 2500kms only, he will indulge us further on this matter.



Beasts waiting for tomorrow’s gravel and what they were designed to do

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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #47 on: September 02, 2010, 10:36:48 pm »
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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #48 on: September 03, 2010, 07:27:00 am »
Mooi man! Kan nie wag vir die volgende episode nie!!!
Ek weet nie wat hier aangaan nie, maar dis 'n moerse sukses!!!
 

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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #49 on: September 03, 2010, 11:42:32 am »
Sorry for my poor participation... had a shit storm at work the last 2 days...

Here are my Day 3 photos: (very out of sequence now)

Filling up before the long haul on tar:


Check the fesh-fesh dust as these horses walk through town, now imaging riding at the back....




They are redoing the road and we did many Kms on the service road







Some awesome scenary at the border post into Caprivi:









We had to buy Road license slips for Namiba, but you dont buy them at the border, you go to the Engen in Katima and buy them there.  >:D





At our accommodation for the night:


The kit was getting a bit funky so they aired outside.






« Last Edit: September 03, 2010, 11:55:44 am by Usurper »
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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #50 on: September 03, 2010, 11:49:24 am »
My Day 4: (Still out of sequence)

Shortly after leaving Katima we were stopped at this road block. Not understanding the Namlish the cop spoke so lekker, it took us a while to figure out that all they wanted was for us to take "Tourist's guide to Namiba" book, for free nogal!  :D



another scenic smoke break...




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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #51 on: September 03, 2010, 12:09:14 pm »
Now for the tire Issue  >:(  >:(  >:(   >:(   >:(

About 3 months before leaving on the trip I set off to I went to one of our site vendors for a set of Dunlop 606's. (I buy the tires, and leave them to cure a bit before fitting)... but he only had a rear, so he promptly offered me the "Equivalent" tire from the King brand. So I explained that I will be going on a 6500 Kms trip and the tyre needs to last. No problem he said! it will do the job just as well as a 606, DOT rated and all. Ok, who am I to argue, but the tire did look more like a enduro tire to me.

So this is what the Front!!! tire looked like after 2500 Kms:  :patch:
By the time we hit Windhoek, I was forced to replace the tire as the knobs were Gone!!!!
 

The 606 on the rear (which was taking all the abuse) was still looking fine:


KING TIRE MY ASS!!!!! keep it on the 450's

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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #52 on: September 03, 2010, 01:14:49 pm »
Awesome trip Gents!!
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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #53 on: September 03, 2010, 01:38:38 pm »
Nice trip, well done!!!  :thumleft:
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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #54 on: September 03, 2010, 01:53:37 pm »
Well done  :thumleft:  :drif: :drif: :drif:
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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #55 on: September 03, 2010, 02:11:09 pm »
Great report guys!  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #56 on: September 03, 2010, 02:24:45 pm »
Het julle saam in daai dubbelbed geslaap in die Kalahari Arms Hotel?  :3some:
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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #57 on: September 03, 2010, 02:33:18 pm »
O hier kom 'n ding  :peepwall:
Ek weet nie wat hier aangaan nie, maar dis 'n moerse sukses!!!
 

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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #58 on: September 03, 2010, 05:18:58 pm »
Het julle saam in daai dubbelbed geslaap in die Kalahari Arms Hotel?  :3some:
No, that specific bed was all mine  :D
However we did share a few double beds... :imaposer:
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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #59 on: September 03, 2010, 06:13:29 pm »
Het julle saam in daai dubbelbed geslaap in die Kalahari Arms Hotel?  :3some:
No, that specific bed was all mine  :D
However we did share a few double beds... :imaposer:

Ek vra maar net.  :peepwall: Jy het so 'n spesiale foto daarvan geneem.  ;D

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