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Offline Mark Hardy

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« Reply #80 on: May 10, 2007, 09:24:58 pm »
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On ADVrider they like the Zebra/Leopard skin thing  :?  

If it was me, and it isn't :(  I would rather use the old 1150ADV to do this trip


+1 on the 1150ADV, now there is a bike(even if it's a bmw) :lol:

 and the animal print thing, well it is Africa that they will traveling though so let's get into the mood  :shock:  :wink:  :D

But they are doing Africa, maybe Camel skin motif would be better? :D  :D
 

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« Reply #81 on: May 11, 2007, 09:40:09 am »
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Ok, I read it all and there are many opinions -here is mine:
To me they are heroes - cause after watching LWR for the first time I traded my Dakar (which never went off-road) for a 1200GS - went for BMW basic off-road training with a brand new bike (80km on clock), fell my arse off about 4 times ( R25000 damage to bike) , then Red Adventure dragged me to gravel-roads and my adventure-riding started. It is now 18 months and I still watch LWR every now and then and I am hooked on gravel roads-only fall if I hit sand!
If the oke's come to Cape Town, I would give anything to ride with them even just for 1 kilometre.
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And now I know why I ride with you boet. :headbang:  I think they rock. I don't care how many time this trip has been done I believe the will create a dream as what LWR did for me. (so what if it almost cost me my life, I would have fallen of a bike someday anyway). :lol:

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« Reply #84 on: May 15, 2007, 03:05:56 pm »
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On ADVrider they like the Zebra/Leopard skin thing  :?  

 
They just would, wouldn't they?  :roll:  Where is our resident American? Yo, x-Banana, you fancy them animal prints too?  :lol:
 

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« Reply #85 on: May 15, 2007, 03:43:34 pm »
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Quote from: "michnus"
On ADVrider they like the Zebra/Leopard skin thing  :?  

If it was me, and it isn't :(  I would rather use the old 1150ADV to do this trip


+1 on the 1150ADV, now there is a bike(even if it's a bmw) :lol:

 and the animal print thing, well it is Africa that they will traveling though so let's get into the mood  :shock:  :wink:  :D

But they are doing Africa, maybe Camel skin motif would be better? :D  :D


They should leave with that wooden and stone 'africa' statues as well ...
A lesotho hat strapped to the bike somewhere and a couple of them copper rings around their necks ...
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« Reply #86 on: May 15, 2007, 04:13:41 pm »
Typical Pommies, use an American Porn star as decorating advisor for their bikes instead of a African advisor.

If they did at least the bikes would have look like mud huts  :lol:

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« Reply #87 on: May 31, 2007, 05:38:30 pm »
The pair have been on the road for about 2 weeks now.

Check out the latest report...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/longwaydown/journal/entry16.shtml

Ewan had a new seat flown out from the UK because the seat on the BMW GS 1200 is too hard?
Oh my, such adversity!

Best he never rides a real trail bike huh?

And in the Long Way Round DVD he gets upset because everywhere they go people reconised him and crowds gathered and that wasn't what he wanted...and now here he is going to the one place in the world that every fanatical Star Wars person knows about...and comments on the fact that no one reconised him there...despite him doing Obi Wan impressions...

I find it very hard to like or admire this pair. :roll:
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« Reply #88 on: May 31, 2007, 09:01:54 pm »
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Ewan had a new seat flown out from the UK because the seat on the BMW GS 1200 is too hard?
Oh my, such adversity!

Best he never rides a real trail bike huh?

I find it very hard to like or admire this pair. :roll:


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« Reply #89 on: May 31, 2007, 09:13:45 pm »
I must admit, I'm a big fan, I have to take my hat off to anyone who has the moxy to put a trip like this together. They went out and got the bikes, cars, backup crew and sponsors, good luck. I look forward to adding the book to my bookshelf. I live in hope.

I did read that they were meant to leave last year but had to wait for the parts from Touratech. :D  :D  Not my chirp but I enjoyed it anyway.

Has the forum just got spell check or is it my wifes computa? Awesome.
 

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Re: Long Way Down - Happening
« Reply #90 on: June 13, 2007, 08:10:45 pm »
I have to admit in taking a perverse pleasure in reading about E and C once a week on the BBC website.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/longwaydown/journal/entry26.shtml

Now here they are, just reaching the Sudan and they've blown two rear shock absorbers?
That's incredible.
Or is that normal for the new GS series?
The mono-shock on my old BMW 650 lasted for a couple of years worth of rough dirt roads and heavy luggage.
The rear shock on my 1988 Honda NX 650 lasted the life of the bike, and I took it places that Honda had never intended it to go.
I did find it amusing that they have a spare shock absorber. ;D
I mean that's always the first thing I pack when I'm going on a trip. ;D
Did they have a spare because someone informed them the rear shocks on the new GS series are prone to failure?

I have to wonder why they didn't use the BMW 650 Dakar. Surely a much more suitable bike for the ride they are doing?


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Re: Long Way Down - Happening
« Reply #91 on: June 14, 2007, 07:18:32 am »
 :D
Why didnt they just call BMW road side assistance they help.

Yes I agree the 650 will do the trick but then there isnt that many bling bling to make the sponsers happy. And what image will they give the world not using BMW's 1200
. Even the 1150GSA will be a great bike to do it.

In my opinion it would have been a great show it they used KTM even after what happend last time. But they're not thinking like we do. ;)


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Re: Long Way Down - Happening
« Reply #92 on: June 14, 2007, 07:38:23 am »
Hahahaha,

I'm not very into LWD, LWR sort of thingys, but it's nice to see how jelous some people can go  ;D

Bashing BMW because of blown rear shocks, they've should taken 1150s or KTMs instead of 1200s etc etc. Group moaning.

Do that with your own bike, then start bashing others, nomatter who or how big superstars they are on what bikes.

They do it their way. You must do it in your way, ...but if you're not doing it, then shut the feck up. It's always easier to critisize than to really do it.

Like someone used to say:

Guys, be wise men, not some short-dick syndrome moaning tossers! ;D


So heads up guys, get on your bikes for a long ride and properly cool your brains, you'll feel much better O0
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« Reply #93 on: June 14, 2007, 07:52:29 am »
All I'm saying is - there is a very good reason they re not using KTM's on LWD, and its not due to sponsorships....................its because.....nha rather leave it, it'll just cause another brand bashing thread. 

Up BM-boys!!!!!!!!!!
 

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« Reply #94 on: June 14, 2007, 08:03:47 am »
All I'm saying is - there is a very good reason they re not using KTM's on LWD, and its not due to sponsorships....................its because.....nha rather leave it, it'll just cause another brand bashing thread. 

Up BM-boys!!!!!!!!!!

best you have a good look at that shock of yours ;)

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« Reply #95 on: June 14, 2007, 08:10:16 am »
Ok, please note I did not start this, CO did >:D

What is it I hear about a KTM recall????? - AAahh here it is-

KTM RecallMay 23, 2007
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Off-Road Motorcycles Recalled Due to Fuel Leak

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Off-Road Motorcycles

Units: About 20,000

Distributor: KTM North America Inc., of Amherst, Ohio

Hazard: The seal around the fuel tank can loosen allowing fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: KTM has received 5,114 reports of leaking fuel tanks. CPSC has received one report of a minor chemical burn due to fuel coming into contact with a consumer‚??s skin.

Description: This recall involves KTM off-road motorcycles. KTM is printed on the side of the orange and black motorcycles along with the model.


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« Reply #96 on: June 14, 2007, 08:13:00 am »
I can't speak for other forum members but IMHO the long way whereever is just a PR & media stunt.
I have done a bit of overland travel per bike. I never had a backup crew to haul spares after me or to service and fix my ride.

And: Why the new seat? Ain't they supposed to stand all the long way down?
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Re: Long Way Down - Happening
« Reply #97 on: June 14, 2007, 08:17:22 am »
GS-Hol's shock is only in danger of blowing under his lard arse.  :bootyshake: He only rides on roads that require no suspension at all. (die paadjie na jou plot tel nie hoor) :laughing4:
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« Reply #98 on: June 14, 2007, 08:17:29 am »
I can't speak for other forum members but IMHO the long way whereever is just a PR & media stunt.
I have done a bit of overland travel per bike. I never had a backup crew to haul spares after me or to service and fix my ride.

And: Why the new seat? Ain't they supposed to stand all the long way down?

Oh Yes that reminds me - I'll send your copy of LWR I borrowed back on Friday.
 

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Re: Long Way Down - Happening
« Reply #99 on: June 14, 2007, 08:17:52 am »
They are using Beemers, because have you ever tried to find KTM spares in the middle of Africa (or even South Africa)
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

I wonder if they would have used softer seats for the KTM's?

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