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Re: Thumping KTM Meanderings
« Reply #20 on: November 14, 2010, 06:39:37 pm »
Man I love this bike,
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Re: Thumping KTM Meanderings
« Reply #21 on: November 14, 2010, 07:02:18 pm »
Looking good, welcome to the dark side. :thumleft:
 

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Re: Thumping KTM Meanderings
« Reply #22 on: November 15, 2010, 09:06:35 am »
oi thump,

we wanna hear a detailed bike review from you soon, what's your impression of 'the beeeaaassst"?

You'll have to come for a ride with me to see.

I don't have the vocabulary and it'll take too long with the small words I use.
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Re: Thumping KTM Meanderings
« Reply #23 on: November 15, 2010, 02:48:36 pm »
Dude....jy kannie so ‘n groot fiets vat op plekke wat bedoel is vir ‘n plastiek bike
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Re: Thumping KTM Meanderings
« Reply #24 on: November 22, 2010, 09:14:10 am »
Spent most of last week sorting the exhaust out by swapping with a standard unit I got from ETS (Thanks dude). which didn't fit.
Navigator then swapped his gutted ones with the original tubes which where ±50mm short on the one side.

Fortunately ETS said I could just keep his 990 pipes and after much battling getting my little hands into minute places got the setup to work.

He purrs so nicely now, I can hear the engine.

214 came and assisted in going through the entire clutch mechanism and flushing the hydraulics as well.

It was a week of stupid  mistakes which I want to forget but no I shouldn't :deal:.
Just to say it's at times like that it is important to be able to laugh at yourself.

Boy, did I do lots of laughing.
And no we weren't drunk :imaposer:
Thanks again ETS, Navigator and Andre.

After all that, ended up riding J-dogs KDX in the sand on Saturday after we changed his bikes oil.
Was great but very tiring fun.

Trees do jump out at you in the forest, it's not a myth thought up to fool insurance companies.
« Last Edit: November 22, 2010, 09:17:50 am by >>Thump°C »
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Re: Thumping KTM Meanderings
« Reply #25 on: November 22, 2010, 09:25:59 am »
 :imaposer: :imaposer: oh well, i'll just have to buy another one.

btw, thump's mechanical skills are just as suspect

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Re: Thumping KTM Meanderings
« Reply #26 on: March 06, 2011, 10:26:56 pm »
Well after a long break (Really a kak pun see http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=61508.0 ) I'm riding again.

I'm planning a trip to Lesotho in 2 weeks but was not feeling to confident about my own fitness and the KTM after taking it apart a few times.

decided it's time for a solo ride  to get some faith in Myself and my bike.

my engine hearing man ager dude and his Lawyer chick..


 were planning to camp at Komdomo (The first camp-site when entering Baviaans from Patensie side)  to test his new water craft.
so when he heard I wanted to take the bike for a longer test, he said I should stop over and camp with them Saturday night.

So I thought that'd be great, I'd Pack some weight in my panniers and  take a short trip through GrootrevierPoort to steytlerville, Willowmore and then through the Baviaans.

Friday night looked like rain, and so I left the packing for the morning which was a bad idea.
Only left PE at 09h30.

Off to the Elandsrivier rd.



friendly locals


Friendly Bikers


and the normal Elandsriver road





My favourite view point along this road.




and on again





And then onto the scenic Grootrevier road










Not too technical but enough to keep you awake










The now much milder GrootRevier water crossing
the Helmet cam was misting up a bit, obviously getting very emotional with all the spectacular veiws.


and up the other side.






Filled up at Steytlerville, then because I was running a bit late, took the tar / cement road to Willomore.

Entered the Bav and and was taking it easy looking at the cliffs when I noticed a cloud of smoke coming out from under the seat.

C for serious, hiers nou kak .

On closer inspection, I see one of the cylinder head collar screws is gone.


luckily I catch it before too much oil is out.

I stroll up the road hoping for the impossible but don't see the bolt, just patches of oil

I think a bit about climbing a mountain for cell reception to phone for back up, but really don't want to.
I don't mind the climb, but I hate the thought of parking of for a few hours and then going home with my bike on a trailer.



I clean it with petrol and stick some duct tape (essential in any KTM tool kit) and switch the fans thermostat bypass to keep the engine cooler, thinking "I have a spare litre of oil, if it spurts again I'll pop in at the nearest farmer and make a plan."
Decide it's a good time to have lunch before I head off again.

The patch lasts about 5km before I get some more smoke.

I stop on a bridge and open it up again.
By now some of my lunch has worked it's way to my brain and I'm thinking a bit clearer
I find another 6mm bolt with a flange, I'm not happy with the size of the flange, but it's the best I've got so I remove it as there's more bolts and a seat holding that piece of plastic in place.

dark clouds and lightening are approaching, but I'm still reluctant to go find a farmer (Hey, I don't know why either)



Then a dude goes past in a landcruiser, Now these guys normally have almost as many spares in the bakkies as the Landrover guys so I wave him down and ask for a washer. he gives me one which is the perfect size but the hole is too small.
then the rain starts and then the hail, luckily only ±8mm size, not too serious, but I don't want water going into the hole, so I close up too wait for it to stop. The farmer tells me to go back up the road and turn right, he has a shed I can wait in.

So I pack up (loosing the washer &^#@#$#) and head to his shed while he goes off elsewhere.

the shed is locked but I shelter against the wall untill the rain stops.
I find a rusty nail and a bottle top and hit a hole in the bottle top, flatten it, use some duct tape as a pretend rubber washer and tighten it with the bolt I had removed under the seat.

I add 1/2 a litre of oil and off I go.
Prayer is a good thing in these circumstances.

The most spectacular lightening display and dark clouds ahead made me a bit nervous, but after another prayer or ten I was having a jol again.
The rest of the kloof was wet as the rain seemed to have just stopped before I got there, but very little rain on me.

I was almost too scared to check my repair, but it held for the rest of the trip.

I was treated to some awesome views, making me glad I'd gone on.










My pot of gold









I was blessed with seeing quite a lot of game, including a Rhino with her youngster. They trotted of the road as I approached so I got a great view.
No pics because the helmet cam was full and I'd put the other in the top box to keep it dry, but the animals just seemed laid back. Only running when I stopped the bike, so I got a close view of quite a few of them.

Passed through the second gate at 19h00 and had a great sunset in the rear-view mirror


By now I was really looking forward to the rump steak and Black lables in my pannier, hoping 214 & Tyger had the fire ready for me.

But alas, I drove through a wet and slippery Komdomo but no 214 or 215.

Riding out I phone him, No they've just left, there was a massive storm and everything got wet so thy decided to go home.

Eish, I ride ± 425,2km to camp with them and they run home because of a little bit of hail and rain and mud and stuff.

So I headed of home.

Great 12h42min ride, got home nice and tired.

Total distance according to the GPS, 536km

now to get a proper bolt to be ready for Lesotho in 2 weeks
« Last Edit: March 07, 2011, 10:06:48 am by >>Thump°C »
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Re: Thumping KTM Meanderings
« Reply #27 on: March 07, 2011, 06:08:17 am »
Hey Thump sounds like you are really enjoying your KTM , do you possibly know why this bolt decided to say cheers? have you personally been working on your motor if so do you think you did not ighten it correctly? Great pics I have just retired and I am planning on a trip to Nambia and possible Tanzania through Zambia  :thumleft:
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Re: Thumping KTM Meanderings
« Reply #28 on: March 07, 2011, 08:51:05 am »
Thump nice ride buddy!
Glad you have new found confidence in your horse again and you are always welcome to call me if you need help.  :thumleft:
« Last Edit: March 07, 2011, 09:17:32 am by TornadoF5 »

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Re: Thumping KTM Meanderings
« Reply #29 on: March 07, 2011, 09:15:22 am »
So dit was jy wat ek gesien het.
Saw a lone biker in the distance close to steytlerville on saterday morning.  We where at a retreat in the on a farm close to the intersection of the main gravel road to steylerville.  You should have come around, I had my bakkie there full of little bolts and washers and spanners en als.

Good to see you riding again and enjoying your bike   :thumleft:
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Re: Thumping KTM Meanderings
« Reply #30 on: March 07, 2011, 09:48:52 am »
Hey Thump sounds like you are really enjoying your KTM , do you possibly know why this bolt decided to say cheers? have you personally been working on your motor if so do you think you did not ighten it correctly? Great pics I have just retired and I am planning on a trip to Nambia and possible Tanzania through Zambia  :thumleft:
Yes, the hole thread is stripped, the temporary bolt I put in only had thread for the last two turns, the start was quite smooth, so although it held before (the torque settings are very low) obviously not enough. I'll have to make a plan with all of them for peace of mind.
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Re: Thumping KTM Meanderings
« Reply #31 on: March 07, 2011, 09:49:16 am »
Thump nice ride buddy!
Glad you have new found confidence in your horse again and you are always welcome to call me if you need help.  :thumleft:
Thanks, will keep that in mind


So dit was jy wat ek gesien het.
Saw a lone biker in the distance close to steytlerville on saterday morning.  We where at a retreat in the on a farm close to the intersection of the main gravel road to steylerville.  You should have come around, I had my bakkie there full of little bolts and washers and spanners en als.

Good to see you riding again and enjoying your bike   :thumleft:

Why didn't you call me?
fortunately all was still good at that stage, but I probably would have phoned you if I knew you were so close.
« Last Edit: March 07, 2011, 09:51:04 am by >>Thump°C »
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Re: Thumping KTM Meanderings
« Reply #32 on: March 07, 2011, 10:32:46 am »
Hey Bud went htrough  Grootrivierpoort yesterday with my friend Ant, the first pic is the river crossing going in, the second pic is coming back to Patensie. The river rose almost a meter in 4hrs, which is raadical as there was no rain in the area at all. The river was extended by 15-20m at each bank. Where the flip the water came from I have no idea. We had to swim our bikes across, at one point Ant's bike was literally picked up and carried sideways as the current got so strong.
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Re: Thumping KTM Meanderings
« Reply #33 on: March 07, 2011, 11:07:36 am »
That rivers been going up and down quite a bit lately.
last week end it was KLR wheel height.

makes planning a ride a bit unpredictable.

I wonder how it looked at bruinkies kraal
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Re: Thumping KTM Meanderings
« Reply #34 on: March 07, 2011, 11:57:13 am »
Thump nice ride buddy!
Glad you have new found confidence in your horse again and you are always welcome to call me if you need help.  :thumleft:
Thanks, will keep that in mind


So dit was jy wat ek gesien het.
Saw a lone biker in the distance close to steytlerville on saterday morning.  We where at a retreat in the on a farm close to the intersection of the main gravel road to steylerville.  You should have come around, I had my bakkie there full of little bolts and washers and spanners en als.

Good to see you riding again and enjoying your bike   :thumleft:

Why didn't you call me?
fortunately all was still good at that stage, but I probably would have phoned you if I knew you were so close.
Sorry, did not have signal there, and I saw you from very far, did not know it was you, but thought it could be, anyway things worked out well
 

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Re: Thumping KTM Meanderings
« Reply #35 on: March 08, 2011, 06:48:18 pm »
I LOVE the pics, but especially the one showing your "pot of gold" or should it be silver ... platinum...   ???
 

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Re: Thumping KTM Meanderings
« Reply #36 on: March 12, 2011, 07:49:03 pm »
replaced the water pump seal and shaft this week, replaced the valve cover nut, new tyre on back and went with jman to test it out. road into the veld behind Westering and off to jagtesvlakte.

Nice afternoon ride, showed me just how unfit I am.
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« Reply #37 on: March 12, 2011, 07:50:58 pm »
Jman killed a poor innocent animal.

but then got his punishment a bit later
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Re: Thumping KTM Meanderings
« Reply #38 on: March 13, 2011, 04:01:22 pm »
There was the EARTH, freeWIND, WATER,  but no fire. :ricky:

sorry about the quality but it was right at the edge of my helmet-cam vision and a distance away.

The man can do the commentary :imaposer: :imaposer:
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Re: Thumping KTM Meanderings
« Reply #39 on: March 13, 2011, 04:12:28 pm »
Hope you going to stop over at my place on your way to Lesotho  ::)
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