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Offline Lootch67

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« on: April 11, 2007, 09:39:19 pm »
OK, I know my name's not Dan but I'm still desperate for some off-road riding. This past winter has dragged on for WAY too long and now that we have some pretty decent weather I'm dying to get out there and ride. Spotted a MotoX track not too far from where I live when on the way home on Monday so I made a mental note to go investigate. But first, I got home just after lunch on Tuesday so I thought I'd go and play in the field above my home. We're not allowed to ride there and I have been chased by the cops there before but I thought I'd take my chances. Unfortunately I don't have many pics especially since I was on my own and I wanted to cover as much ground as possible before the cops arrive.

KLR by the dam. The AT is currently off the road because Maverick borrowed the rear wheel (his AT's wheel bearings were stuffed) and the steering head bearings are buggered.


Road to the dam


Field - this was taken during a previous visit with Maverick. This area has been pretty churned up by cars so there are a lot of ruts which is not my cup of tea. Still better than tar though.


Played around on these humps a bit - again a photo from a previous ride. Picture taken by Maverick.


Then today I left work early to go explore the MotoX track. Unfortunately the place was all locked up but I did get the name of the place so a few phone calls will be made soon.

Picture of the track on Google Earth


The track from behind a locked gate  :(






Desperate (this is getting repetitive..) to get some dirt under my wheels I opted to go explore a lane I found the other day not much further from where I live. It's no surprise that we're not allowed to ride there but I figured the chances of the cops turning up are pretty remote and I'd checked out a couple of escape routes beforehand. The part of the lane I rode is 639m long according to Google and doesn't have much going for it apart from a small dry dam with a wall to climb. There are two different tracks for the rest of the lane which run parallel - one smooth and slightly muddy at times and the other a path covered with loose rocks up to golf ball size. I found the easiest way to deal with the "rocky" path is to stand up and keep the speed up to allow the lower CoG and gyroscopic forces to do their thing. Made a note to see if I can stiffen the KLR's shock a bit as it was threatening to bottom out at times. I must admit I had a ball and often wondered whether it's wise to be travelling at those speeds on a narrow track all by myself. Fortunately I live to tell the tale.

Aerial view thanks to Google


Which track to take?


The "rocky" track


Feeling slightly better now but I think it's time to organise a proper all-day outing again. Very soon!
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2007, 10:36:26 pm »
Very cool Dan  :D   Looks like cool track.
 

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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2007, 10:43:00 pm »
Finally! I though you had sold the bike. :twisted:  :D

Good to see a report with the green KLR. Can't remember seeing a ride report since you got it, and that was waaayyy back! :D

Is that a standard color KLR? Never seen one here. :?
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2007, 10:51:39 pm »
Good to see you thaw (that makes me think of a Thor joke I know).

Correct me if I'm wrong; weren't you supposed to be on a Namibia trip about now?

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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2007, 10:57:21 pm »
Me sell my bike? NEVER!!! Spent 2 years without a bike and that was hell.

'Tis true that I've only had the KLR on a proper off-road excursion once since I got it. Unfortunately I can't see that changing much in the near future due to family commitments and the lack of places to ride.

As far as I know the bike's a Canadian import. I do like the colour scheme. Looks like the b@stard love child of a Plaasbike and an Army bike. Looks well hard with the TKCs

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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2007, 11:04:15 pm »
Quote from: "Metaljockey"
Good to see you thaw (that makes me think of a Thor joke I know).


It looks like we might see as much as 23degrees this weekend. Never mind thaw - we're gonna be cooking!

Quote from: "Metaljockey"

Correct me if I'm wrong; weren't you supposed to be on a Namibia trip about now?


Unfortunately I've got to wait another 5 months. Planned date of departure is 8 October. Gonna be a good one. Say, you haven't got a map of the route you guys took by any chance? Think I'll skip some of the rivers though, especially the one where you almost got stranded big time.
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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2007, 11:32:24 pm »
Cool!  8)  Well, not cool as such, but you know what I mean!  :lol:  Yip, nice weather is finally here again. Time to scoot again! :thumbright:
 

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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2007, 12:04:12 am »
Nice one Lootch! :P

Man, I know its a bit of a hijack, but seeing that piccie of the two AT's next to each other made me wanna cry. :cry:

I miss my AT. I loved her, always will........

O, by the way, dont let locked gated keep you away from the Motocross track. Just cut the wire fence like we do in South Africa. :D
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« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2007, 01:02:52 am »
Dis nou BAIE NICE


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« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2007, 03:58:58 am »
Quote from: "Kaboef"
Man, I know its a bit of a hijack, but seeing that piccie of the two AT's next to each other made me wanna cry. :cry:

I miss my AT. I loved her, always will........



Then you won't mind me posting this?  :D



Quote from: "Kaboef"

O, by the way, dont let locked gated keep you away from the Motocross track. Just cut the wire fence like we do in South Africa. :D


Tempting, but where I work I see the bikes confiscated by the police on a daily basis. Riding off-road where you're not supposed to is one thing. If the bike's involved in a crime it's quite a different story and you'll probably not see it again.
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« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2007, 06:51:16 am »
Quote from: "Kaboef"
Nice one Lootch! :P

Man, I know its a bit of a hijack, but seeing that piccie of the two AT's next to each other made me wanna cry. :cry:

I miss my AT. I loved her, always will........

O, by the way, dont let locked gated keep you away from the Motocross track. Just cut the wire fence like we do in South Africa. :D


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