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Offline WildHorseRider

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« on: March 16, 2007, 09:16:13 am »
Hello, I am a Canadian, residing in the States and working for an international company.
I joined this asylum yesterday to try to get some tips on a road (track) in Botswana. Except from one tip regarding fuel it seems that nobody has been riding this area as I didn't get any info...
I lived in SA from early 94 to late 2000. I was already riding DS and it was not that popular at the time! Back then I was riding an Africa Twin and later a 1150 GS.
The company I work for as a large facility here in SA and about a year ago I was asked to come to SA on a more regular basis. Rather than spending my free time watching TV I decided to buy a 640 Adv. end of May last year. Since I rode over 30,000 km (mostly dirt) but I use the bike for commuting as well.
My wife works overseas and she got a 640 Enduro and we managed a couple of very nice trips so far. Of course I am out every weekend I am here and ride all the dirt roads within reach for a day or two trips. I must say that I really enjoy the West/ North quadrant and go regularly as far as the Botswana border, Waterbergs and higher up north... The Groot Marico/Zeerust area is not bad either!
 

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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2007, 09:19:07 am »
hello and welcome WildHorseRider....
as for you requesting info on Botswana, i cant help  :(
I am still learning on spreading my wings on the bike  :oops:

you going to show us some pics of your riding area there?
 

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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2007, 09:23:24 am »
Welcome WHR.

Check the Route Planning section. Current trip planned there for April by members.

Otherwise, feel free start your own thread. A wealth of knowledge and experience here. Sure you would get the right info. :wink:
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Offline Grootseun

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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2007, 10:10:52 am »
Welcome dude.. the north/west is a great area to ride in.

Nice bike..

hope to see you on a ride soon.
 

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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2007, 10:11:49 am »
Hi, glad to see you got around to the intro.  Whereabouts are you when in SA?  Based on what you said, guessing Jo'burg/Pta area, if so why don't you join us for drinks at the Dros in Midrand this afternoon.
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Offline WildHorseRider

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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2007, 10:31:04 am »
Stefan, I might be able to but what time??? Won't be free before pretty late... My job pays for my "outrageous" bills so...
 

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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2007, 10:38:52 am »
You'll typically someone there starting from about 16:00 onwards, until when depends, it has been know to continue to closing time.   :oops:
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Offline FreeFlight

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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2007, 01:01:32 pm »
Welcome,

With the small DS's you should have no problem in Bots, fuel is available but the distances can be long between fill ups when offroad so just take extra gas if possible. Also offroad there is WILD so be prepared for flats, use thick tubes etc.
Beware of their rainy season as it REALLY can get wet, but for some of us that just adds to the adventure.

Lastly JUST DO IT and bring back pictures!!!
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