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DR 350's Harrismith to Midmar - back roads « on: March 06, 2011, 04:31:35 pm »

This quick outing came about when my pups decided to swim Midmar.
As it was their first time swimming Midmar Mother Hen thought it best if one of us was there to support and make sure her lil chickens were alright -  3some

Pups were going with the school so I had to make other travel arrangements - yeeha.
Quick call to Jimbo and I had a riding pardner  icon_thumleft

Trailered the bikes down to Harrismith, more for the ease of the journey back to Jozi on Sunday evening.

We were ready to leave Harrismith by 07H30 on Saturday morning - destination Bergville via Geluksburg.

Hit the dirt straight out of Harrismith and ended up on this very lekker pass.



Fast tar and intermittent dirt saw the two little 350's chomping up the miles. I missed much of the scenery as the pony's were not in a mood to smell the roses.

Topped up with fuel in Bergville and then rode along the canals towards Woodstock dam.



I lost track of all the roads  but we hit a long road section under repair which was quite rough, big piles of rocks and plenty of loose rocks being levelled off by a grader - interesting riding

A fast ride and a few twisty corners brought us to this bridge - recently repaired.





Lots of these ...



and these



Along these



Needed some of these



Liked this



and this - click on the pic to bring up the video about 40 seconds (the first 15 seconds is boring - grit your teeth)  Ricky



Stopped at White Mountain for a snack and a coke



Stopped in Hilton on private land for a view over Pietermaritzburg



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Re: DR 350's Harrismith to Midmar - back roads « Reply #1 on: March 07, 2011, 10:17:51 am »

Awesome stuff !
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Re: DR 350's Harrismith to Midmar - back roads « Reply #2 on: March 07, 2011, 10:38:26 am »

Nice one guys - those 350's are great little bikes  icon_thumleft
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Re: DR 350's Harrismith to Midmar - back roads « Reply #3 on: March 07, 2011, 10:45:34 am »

Like wot u done with the Tusk ATV tank bags under your seat,does it work well?
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Re: DR 350's Harrismith to Midmar - back roads « Reply #4 on: March 07, 2011, 02:36:11 pm »

Nice RR and pics guys! icon_thumleft
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Re: DR 350's Harrismith to Midmar - back roads « Reply #5 on: March 07, 2011, 02:48:46 pm »

Stunning pics.
Where does one buy a DR350 in South Africa?
Are these 'grey' imports?
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Re: DR 350's Harrismith to Midmar - back roads « Reply #6 on: March 07, 2011, 10:03:39 pm »

Like wot u done with the Tusk ATV tank bags under your seat,does it work well?

Edgy,
Found the tusk panniers to get in the way when over the tank - felt a little exposed with my knees so far apart.

Slip them under the seat from behind and they don't budge - they have caused some discolouration on the side panels as they chaff, but other than that they work an absolute treat.
10 seconds tops to put in or remove.
Big enough for neccessities - Small enough to leave the uneccessary stuff at home.
Just try to keep them balanced.

I have used the one over the exhaust to warm my lunch while riding!!
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WR 200 under TLC, YZ 125 under TLC, Blaster 200 - purple one,

XTZ 125E - Sold, '74 DT 175 Enduro - swopped for un-Loved YZ 125
 DR 350 Rides Wet Dogs & wild waters 2011 Midmar Mile 2011 Hardcore Volcano Run May 2012 -  Full Moon Kruger Fence Ride Jimbo's 2012 Hardcore Volcano Run
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Re: DR 350's Harrismith to Midmar - back roads « Reply #7 on: March 07, 2011, 10:20:59 pm »

Stunning pics.
Where does one buy a DR350 in South Africa?
Are these 'grey' imports?

According to Errol at Suzuki SA, these were never an official Suzuki import - I may be wrong.
They do have parts available or 3 weeks back order from Japan.
I know everyone sings "their own bike's" praises as the biggestbestestfastest yadyadayada  bueller   dousing
but the build quality on these machines is brilliant, I think "Mr Suzuki" oversaw the design and build of these himself.
I have not seen many for sale, but have seen quite a few on the road - some not well looked after, but the pedigree is still there.
If you find one for sale , grab it - because if you don't - I will.

Prior to 'the long way round", Austin Vince and 5 mates set out do an adventure ride, 6 x DR350's , 44 000 miles, 440 days - unsupported!!!
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DR 350SE "Gruffy -the Ogre slayer"
WR 200 under TLC, YZ 125 under TLC, Blaster 200 - purple one,

XTZ 125E - Sold, '74 DT 175 Enduro - swopped for un-Loved YZ 125
 DR 350 Rides Wet Dogs & wild waters 2011 Midmar Mile 2011 Hardcore Volcano Run May 2012 -  Full Moon Kruger Fence Ride Jimbo's 2012 Hardcore Volcano Run
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