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Offline Michiel

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a BMW affair
« on: June 27, 2011, 11:47:57 am »
Friday evening I came to hear of an BMW club ride to Atlantis. Sack and Kamanya was with me on
wanting to admire this! I tried contacting 2SD so he could come encourage his favourite bike brand
but alas I couldn’t reach him in time.

We entered via the NEW “back entrance” and made our way to the main gate to meet up with about
20 enthusiastic BMW riders.

Someone that has access to the BMW Cub Cape please put a link there so the riders can see the pictures
as well. I will create an account one day when I get my HPN!  >:D

The trick was to get everybody into the open dunes but this proved to be rather tricky. As one after the
other the Bavarian Behemoths got stuck it created an obstacle course for others to negotiate and
inevitably a little pile-up occurred.



The instructor showing how its done.



The rest still stuck.





This turned out to be a lot of fun... for the spectators!  >:D



Some looked a bit concerned.



Steek hom boetie!  :ricky:



SACK keeping a safe distance. a Long time ago SACK got this sort of insanity down to a fine art but today
he didn't look like he was going to share any of his knowledge.



From the frying pan into the pot!



At last! This is how you do it: Stand up, look up and OPEN UP!





An R80 GS cruisin' through. Show 'em Bruce!



Phew! All this is quite hard work.





Another chat with the instructor.




« Last Edit: June 27, 2011, 12:52:07 pm by Michiel »
 

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Re: a BMW affair
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2011, 11:51:38 am »
What is it with you Cape guys that you go looking for the sand all the time!!
Well done on the persistance, love to see the rest of the pics.
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Re: a BMW affair
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2011, 11:59:38 am »
Why do you want to do this with a 260kg bike?
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Re: a BMW affair
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2011, 12:03:39 pm »
Why do you want to do this with a 260kg bike?

Why not ?

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Re: a BMW affair
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2011, 12:07:55 pm »
Anakees as far as the eye can see..... No wonder.

Not saying tyre choice would have made them sand gods but it would have helped. Anakees are great on tar and OK-ish on gravel. They are k@k in sand, mud or pretty much anything else.

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Re: a BMW affair
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2011, 12:10:20 pm »
Anakees as far as the eye can see..... No wonder.

Not saying tyre choice would have made them sand gods but it sure as shit would have helped.

And Tourances

I also thought the same thing...
« Last Edit: June 27, 2011, 12:22:19 pm by Eisbein »
02/02/12 - RIP Glen - the Arrow of Elliot and the little man with the big heart that truly was larger than life.

You have touched us and left us better for having known you - even if it was only briefly.

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Re: a BMW affair
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2011, 12:23:10 pm »
I tried giving the link to the BMW Club but i think i'm banned from posting.....i can log in but not post anything....Club members pls help!
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Re: a BMW affair
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2011, 12:23:58 pm »


The face of true fear.. 
 

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Re: a BMW affair
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2011, 12:27:59 pm »
nog fotos asb, ek sien ook 'n ou Funduro daar in die mix
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Re: a BMW affair
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2011, 12:30:48 pm »

The instructor showing how its done.





Thats Toren with his HP2 and WP front end  :ricky:
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Re: a BMW affair
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2011, 12:49:53 pm »

The instructor showing how its done.





Thats Toren with his HP2 and WP front end  :ricky:

I like this one.  The poor oke sitting in the background is getting his head together while the instructor roosts him with sand!  :ricky:
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Re: a BMW affair
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2011, 12:52:24 pm »
hulle gaan seker nie gou weer 'n draai by Atlantis maak nie... :peepwall:
 

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Re: a BMW affair
« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2011, 03:51:53 pm »
Unfortunately this is the last picture I have to share. I also wanted to ride a bit and some time was also spent to try get
Bruce's R80 going after he took a tumble. The starter wouldn't kick in and pulling the bike with a quad didn't help either.

We ended up pull-pushing the R80 to firmer ground where the Quad got enough traction to pull the R80 until it started.
I was voted the one to ride on the R80 and I must admit it was a bit tricky to keep the wheels in a straight line being pulled
from the footpeg and trying to run-start the engine in sand. Bruce was a great sport though. Hope she took you all the way home?

Here you can see Kamanya giving support. He offered to ride the bikes of those who were too tired but everybody
managed in the end. It was a good day out in the dunes and I think everybody had fun.
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Re: a BMW affair
« Reply #13 on: June 27, 2011, 05:07:33 pm »
Hey hey hey hey......easy boys  ;D I have posted the link to the Club site.
I'm part of the club, but I can still ride the bike =)

Look, doing anything out of your comfort zone is a learning experience..........you learn to not do it again  :imaposer:

At the end of the day, Im sure fun was had by all!!
 

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Re: a BMW affair
« Reply #14 on: June 27, 2011, 05:40:30 pm »
Hi guys - I organized this event.  The funduro is Brenda Buttercup, and passed from me to my son and is now my wife's.

Yes, she is the one looking upset in the picture next to Peter O'Hanlon.  Reason being she collided with his leg and tore his ligaments.  She was upset and apprehensive after the incident as you can imagine.  That was, however, the only injury.

There was also very little damage to the bikes.  Only one bike lost the clutch-fluid reservoir in the only bike-to-bike collision at the start due to two people entering that road at the same time (i.e. stupigheid).  One other bike lost the throttle-sensor when the rider accidentally kicked it.

Read my summary of the event, and how we plan on doing it better next time here: http://bmwmotorcycleclubcape.co.za/atlantis-sand-fairy-day-25th-june#comment-44411 - in particular to have a marshall at the entrance and allow only one bike through at a time.  I had planned to have experienced riders ride the bikes of novices onto the dunes proper so they could at least start where it is easier, but Toren felt it would be a good experience for the novices to tackle that section.  Unfortunately we neglected to exercise enough control there.

The exercise is to learn to ride sand so that we can deal with it better when on tour through places like Namibia, and an argument about the merit of the bikes themselves is pointless - these are the bikes we have and we are not going to change.  We did have some plastics with us for people to play with and get some learnings.

I agree about the tyres - knobblies would help a lot.  Fact is, these are not people with a set of tyres for each occasion, so we have to make do with what we have.  I will, however, replace Brenda's rear Michelin Sirac with a TKC80 or similar soon.  Wear and tear was my main concern, but my wife rides very gently so they will last.

On the upside, everybody had a huge amount of fun - most had never been to Atlantis and many have asked me to organize another day like this.  I already have a list of over 20 people who want to come.  Toren and the helpers worked themselves stukkend helping people, but from the pictures on our site you can see that everybody rode a lot and improved their skill tremendously.

Michiel and Kamanya, you are welcome to help out next time - just let me know.

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Re: a BMW affair
« Reply #15 on: June 27, 2011, 06:51:53 pm »
Unfortunately this is the last picture I have to share. I also wanted to ride a bit and some time was also spent to try get
Bruce's R80 going after he took a tumble. The starter wouldn't kick in and pulling the bike with a quad didn't help either.

We ended up pull-pushing the R80 to firmer ground where the Quad got enough traction to pull the R80 until it started.
I was voted the one to ride on the R80 and I must admit it was a bit tricky to keep the wheels in a straight line being pulled
from the footpeg and trying to run-start the engine in sand. Bruce was a great sport though. Hope she took you all the way home?

Here you can see Kamanya giving support. He offered to ride the bikes of those who were too tired but everybody
managed in the end. It was a good day out in the dunes and I think everybody had fun.


Michiel, yes I got home safely, I did not have a contact number for you or Andrew so I put a post in the General banter section of the forum to say a big thank you to you guys, you were stars.

As Charles said we had a great time and want to practice with the bikes we  ride when touring to improve our skills. I cannot wait to go there again. Even though my day was shortened I learn t a lot in the time there.
 

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Re: a BMW affair
« Reply #16 on: June 27, 2011, 09:31:03 pm »
Michiel, thanks for the photo's,
Any change I can get a copy of those two with me on the GSA? I was helping a guy to get his bike up that sandy uphill at the beginning. It must have been a funny sciene. Within minutes (or was it seconds?) there was more bikes lying down than standing upright!
I do not know the guys of the Club (Apart from Charles who organised it) but I noticed that everyone had a good time and there was more laughs than anything else.
On the bikes:
Yes, a GS can ride sand, but there is many bikes which is much more enjoyable to ride in sand.
The 800's and HP2 had a ball. Note to myself to consider the 800 more seriously on future purchases!
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Re: a BMW affair
« Reply #17 on: June 27, 2011, 11:39:57 pm »
Bit sad to see people misinterpreting our motives.

Sure, it was a bit funny to watch the getting onto the dunes bit, I like a good crash just as much as the next guy. But, if you think that I was there to boost my ego and practice a bit of noob degradation and dick swinging, well you're might be right, but I like to think I can own my own shit and I'm not going to wear that one... for long.

I pushed, rode, coached, righted, recovered and pillioned BM bikes and riders most of my morning.

I think it is a great initiative to get the guys out there. Riding sand it a great way to improve lots of skills and it's relatively much safer to crash in. They were way more prepared and organised than any other group I've seen or taken out there.

There was a lot of sweat but I sure saw a lot of satisfied faces and in the end isn't that what it's all about?

And...

I only roosted one BM guy, but I didn't see him sitting in the shade of the bakkie. Honest!
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I wonder where that gravel road goes? And that, has usually made all the difference. (Apologies to Mr Frost)

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« Reply #18 on: June 28, 2011, 06:56:47 am »
I pushed, rode, coached, righted, recovered and lifted BM bikes and riders most of my morning.

I noticed that.  Thanks a ton for the help and support.  You and Michiel both.  And the photos are a bonus.  Hence the invitation for next time.

The biggest limitation for noobs is that they get overstressed and tired very quickly when they get stuck or fall, and then do not ride enough to learn or enjoy the sand.  Having lots of help lets them enjoy more energy for longer.

Thanks for the compliments re the organization - but Julie is a much better organizer than I am and the amount of feedback I got makes me feel like I should have done a whole lot better.  Next time we'll have red, orange and green groups, with the reds responsible for getting the greens over the entrance!

For observers that don't know, I have ridden Atlantis with Kamanya before, and had him help me on the highway when I ran out of petrol, and I rode with Michiel at Matroosberg.  They are both excellent fellows, on and off their bikes.  No dickswingers here.
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Re: a BMW affair
« Reply #19 on: June 28, 2011, 08:23:01 am »
Thanks Charles. I got a groot skrik when the guys lashed at me like that.  :lamer:
Glad the R80 took you home Bruce... give Dusty a call to sort you out.
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