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Offline the_wes

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What to do on your lunch break with your brand new Dakar
« on: April 12, 2007, 02:59:10 pm »
Ok, so 1. I'm running it in and 2. I'm getting used to riding a "big" bike with gears, etc. So that, coupled with the fact that our office is undergoing construction so is dusty and stinks, I decided to utilise my lunch hour and grab some fresh air.

I took Eisbein's advice and headed to Vissershok road (my offices are in Century City). So from Century City I headed to the N7, went all the way up and turned right onto Vissershok. On Vissershok I was very impressed at how both the bike and I handled the bends - my confidence growing km for km.

Eventually I hit the 4 way stop where straight takes you on to Durbanville.

I turned left.

After a while and more twisties I hit some gravel.

Now, I have no idea how to ride gravel. I know ABS is not a good idea, so I stopped to disengage my ABS. And I'd heard something about using the back brake instead of the front brake, so I kept that thought in my mind. I mean, I really don't know what I'm doing - you okes are going to have to teach me.

Anyways, the gravel was hard-packed, short and fun, after it I saw a sign that said Durbanville - right.

I headed right.

And realised I had no idea where I was.

In any event I figured if I kept going straight I'd find Durbanville, so I did, and I found it eventually. From there I headed up Durban road, onto the N1 and hauled ass back to work, just in time.

The pics:

I promised you guys a decent pic of the bike, here are 2:





More ridiculously happy, thumbs-upping from the_wes:



And the 100km mark:



That's it for now folks, stay tuned!!
 

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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2007, 03:07:34 pm »
Lekker!

Your are like my son after his birthday Tuesday. Taking each opportunity to play with his Lego. Even before school! :lol:

Enjoy!

Re. the braking. As your skills and confidence increase, you will be comfortable using the front brake on dirt as well. Correct use of both the rear and back brake on dirt will shorten your stopping distance dramatically. What you do not want to do on dirt, is using the front brake while cornering. (My experience anyway. :wink: )
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2007, 03:22:19 pm »
you should break before the corner young man, and let it slip round the turn  :wink:

i (when i do ride these days :oops: ) almost never use back brake at all.
 

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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2007, 03:26:25 pm »
It is just not fair !Some okes got all the luck.  
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while others are out riding their
Please be careful and take it slowly at first.
 

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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2007, 03:29:11 pm »
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you should break before the corner young man, and let it slip round the turn  :wink:

i (when i do ride these days :oops: ) almost never use back brake at all.


True. I started using the front more aggressively once I had knobblies on. Tar and dirt.

What happened to me in the beginner stage on dirt was that you come into the corner too fast  and the instinct was to use the front. Caused quite a few "O bliksem!" moments on top of the "O donner!" feeling in the first instance. :oops:  :lol:

I still get the "O donner!" moments but are better prepared to handle it at this stage. Overcooking a corner is a kark feeling! :shock:
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2007, 03:35:31 pm »
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Overcooking a corner is a kark feeling! :shock:


no doubt... been there more than a few times in my life, geeberz... that feeling in your body just sucks... err.. puckers... err you know what i mean. heart friking stops. especially when theres a wall in front of you as you miss the corner, or a car or similar... :cry:  :cry:  :cry:
 

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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2007, 03:56:53 pm »
Hey, lekker Wes!  8)

I also took mine out for lunch (Giovannis, Green Point). And the wifey also always hops on...  :D
 

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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2007, 04:05:41 pm »
:thumbup:

Awesome !


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« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2007, 04:09:25 pm »
Nice one the_wes... just take it easy in the beginning, ok? Don't let your confidence overtake your ability. :thumbleft:

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« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2007, 04:18:39 pm »
Way cool, wes. It's the beginning of the end of life as you knew it :thumbright:
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« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2007, 06:48:58 pm »
Congrats on the bike Wes  :thumbleft:

Enjoy!
 

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« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2007, 08:15:57 pm »
Lekker mate..

To many more rides!

Will give you a shout when we roll on the next one!!

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« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2007, 09:17:58 pm »
Hey Paramed,seems you,ve been on a high ever since Baviaans? Hope the tannere is getting well rested. Were gonna need it for the next Mikerescue mission :D                                                                                                                                                                                              Wes,congrats on the bike man. Hope you let it stay dirty for at least two days to show off