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« on: March 13, 2006, 01:38:54 pm »
13 of us just spend the last 3 days riding up in the Maluti Mountans.
When you haven't been here you forget just how tough this riding can be.
Here are some pics taken along the routes we rode - Black Neck, Slide Your Arse, Ribaneng, Baboons and the Bridal paths on the way to Semonkong.

Yours truly


Awesome riding terrain


Our leader


You are riding up this mother of a pass called "Slide Your Arse" [called after its tight switchbacks] and what do you find


Two guys got over by themselves, but it really stuffs up your bikes. The rest, we just lifted them over


The falls, just outside the Semongkong Lodge, our Saterday night stopover


On Sunday morning it bucketed down. Here is some of us caught up at 3000m on the Bridal paths. Its freezing, probably around 5 deg C. From here it just got worse. Black mud, torrential rain turning the paths into little streams. Thunder, lightning and dense mist also added to the admosphere. Fortunately we were following gps tracks so we didnt get lost.


The final refuel at Ramabanta


Biggest incident of the weekend was one of the chase vehicles, a Range rover Vogue getting stuck in a river. He eventually extricated himself at about 11pm on Friday night. The riders showed their concern by having a beer at the Malayalaya Lodge on his behalf
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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2006, 01:59:12 pm »
Respect :shock:  :shock:
 

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« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2006, 02:07:37 pm »
awesome!!!!!   :shock:  :shock:
 

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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2006, 02:11:51 pm »
Sweet, your own little Roof of Africa.
Was this organised by Enduro magazine?
 

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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2006, 02:19:28 pm »
Quote from: "shark_za"
Sweet, your own little Roof of Africa.
Was this organised by Enduro magazine?


Nah, just a local event between a group of buddies from Durban and JHB.
The minimum requirement was that whoever was invited had to know how to ride "technical". Pretty much everyone kept up with the pace set.

 Mechanically there were minor incidents:
1 drowned KTM200 during river crossing
3 holed clutchcovers on the Honda CRFs - happened to mine twice on the ride, but easily fixed with epoxy putty. Damn Honda is particulary vulnerable, with its brake lever punching a hole through the magnesium clutch cover very easily (I need to come up with a permanent fix here?)
1 rear puncture on the KX250
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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2006, 02:24:18 pm »
How pretty!!!!
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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2006, 02:27:44 pm »
:salute:
 

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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2006, 02:41:36 pm »
Oh, by the way, for LITO benefit, who did we meet at Ramabanta on Friday morning - none other than Giovani Sala and Darryl Curtis, testing out the new 950 super enduro, I think they call them. They were doing a photoshoot last week and were riding the bikes pretty much on the offroad sections we just passed through. They had gps'ed the bikes on some of the dirt roads @200km/h :shock:  (must have been long straight dirt roads)
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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2006, 02:45:46 pm »
Some more pics

Beautiful mountains, well worth a visit to those who have never been there


Part of the Ribaneng loop, you can see the path cut into the side of the mountain from where we have just come


Me wet


Buddy half way up "Slide Your Arse". But the fun really starts at the top
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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2006, 04:05:25 pm »
Harcore :shock:

I must admit did laugh a bit when I read the
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Its freezing, probably around 5 deg C.
bit  :D
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« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2006, 04:24:12 pm »
Whats that joke about the hubby tuning his wife to tell the Gorilla at the zoo 'shes got a headache :lol:  :lol:

Can't help to think to tell the HP2 and 950E fanatics to go and do this... :twisted:  :twisted:  :lol:

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« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2006, 04:39:17 pm »
Nice pics, how did the DRZ do ?
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« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2006, 05:40:34 pm »
Quote from: "AfricaOffroad"
Oh, by the way, for LITO benefit, who did we meet at Ramabanta on Friday morning - none other than Giovani Sala and Darryl Curtis, testing out the new 950 super enduro, I think they call them. They were doing a photoshoot last week and were riding the bikes pretty much on the offroad sections we just passed through. They had gps'ed the bikes on some of the dirt roads @200km/h :shock:  (must have been long straight dirt roads)


Thanks AOR, must say that with Notties as the place where I spent the first few years of my life, Natal has always been the epicentre of living for me.

You just added some cherries to the dessert my friend, thanks a ton.

Dammit, thats some speed. The 950 SE makes me salivate. And Kev is getting one!!!!
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« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2006, 06:48:11 pm »
Quote from: "AfricaOffroad"
Oh, by the way, for LITO benefit, who did we meet at Ramabanta on Friday morning - none other than Giovani Sala and Darryl Curtis, testing out the new 950 super enduro, I think they call them. They were doing a photoshoot last week and were riding the bikes pretty much on the offroad sections we just passed through. They had gps'ed the bikes on some of the dirt roads @200km/h :shock:  (must have been long straight dirt roads)

 
This is even beter for my benefit! I just put my deposite down on one :D Any more impressions on this bike? Any pics? 200 on a dirt road!!  :shock: Bloody hell!!  :shock:  :shock: I am going to kak myself!!  :shock: Can't wait to see some official pictures of that photo shoot :)
 

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« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2006, 07:46:55 pm »
I've just decided, technical isn't for me  :shock:

Awesome scenery, loads of respect for being able to
tackle that kind of terrain.
 

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« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2006, 09:54:11 pm »
GR8 pics AOR, looks like awesome country for riding.
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« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2006, 10:56:06 pm »
Very cool.  That is the second longest waterfall after the Angel Fall in South America, is it not.  I went there on a school trip and we hiked to the bottom and back.  it was fun.
 

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« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2006, 08:58:32 am »
Quote from: "X Banana Boy"
Very cool.  That is the second longest waterfall after the Angel Fall in South America, is it not.  I went there on a school trip and we hiked to the bottom and back.  it was fun.


I believe its just over 200m
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« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2006, 08:31:08 am »
Thanks for the report / pics AOR.  I have donated serious amounts of sweat on the Ribaneng / Ramabanta stretch on my 950 Adv - we were just "exploring" a bit, and me and my mate on an 1150 Adv did a lot of pushing and shoving and paying locals for assistance....   :shock:

But we need to go back on proper bikes - Question:  What is your opinion regarding 2 / 4 strokes in those conditions?   :roll:  Would you rather have a 250 / 300 2 stroke or a 450 / 525 4 stroke?  :?:  Why?

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« Reply #19 on: March 27, 2006, 12:08:43 pm »
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Question:  What is your opinion regarding 2 / 4 strokes in those conditions?   :roll:  Would you rather have a 250 / 300 2 stroke or a 450 / 525 4 stroke?  :?:  Why?


Well all the fast guys are still on 2 strokes, so that should say something. Cant remember when or if a 4 stroke has ever won the Roof.

I was on my 450, which is a reall hand full in the rock -
Why
overall weight,
when descending and you roll off the throttle, the front loads up making it quite unstable on loose rocks resulting in potential washouts.
the smoother power delivery of a 2 stroke ie. power pulse every revolution makes the rear less likely to "kick" and go sideways on loose rocks.

To summarise then , 2stroke better because less tiring and more controllable
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