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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #160 on: July 07, 2018, 05:22:37 pm »
Religious fundamentalism is evil, regardless of the doctrine is based on.
There you go... generalising again instead of focusing on the evil of islam as a doctrine to dominate the world. :deal:
Once you are able to distinguish the fact that it is not a religion but a doctrine you become enlightend and reach Nirvana... :snorting:

. and the "other side" will see Christianity in the same light.  Looking back in history the Christian church (as we know it today), partook in executions themselves ..

I agree with the notion that fundamentalism is evil -  in whatever form

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #161 on: July 07, 2018, 05:51:48 pm »
What bike did he ride when he got kidnapped?
 

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #162 on: July 07, 2018, 06:07:13 pm »
Golden rule number One! Never travel on a bling bling bike up in Africa! Big bikes like the GS, AT, etc attracts to much attention and you are looking for trouble...Fact!
 

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #163 on: July 07, 2018, 06:51:55 pm »
Golden rule number One! Never travel on a bling bling bike up in Africa! Big bikes like the GS, AT, etc attracts to much attention and you are looking for trouble...Fact!

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That is one of the reasons, besides reliability, resilience and repairability, why I travel in Africa on big bikes that are 40 to 50 year old. Never found one local showing a bit of commercial interest. A lot of them are awestruck. They are not that thick, they can identify an old machine when they see one and they can immediately figure out that it is not going to move on the black (no pun intended) market. They admire it, comment on it and keep their distances.

Besides, on those bling bling bikes they may think that you are part of a big, corporately sponsored, Hollywoodish set-up with lots and lots of dollars behind you and eager producers with a deadline angstfully waiting to get you back onto the production stage.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to stay low keyed, under the radar. Not only your bike, but also your latest designer clothes and electronic, satelite operated equipment, ray-ban Tom Cruise pilot sunglasses, etc. Loose it. Yet, if you are the only uncircumcised male in a 1000km radius, it can be problematic.
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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #164 on: July 07, 2018, 07:19:16 pm »
Golden rule number One! Never travel on a bling bling bike up in Africa! Big bikes like the GS, AT, etc attracts to much attention and you are looking for trouble...Fact!

 :thumleft:

That is one of the reasons, besides reliability, resilience and repairability, why I travel in Africa on big bikes that are 40 to 50 year old. Never found one local showing a bit of commercial interest. A lot of them are awestruck. They are not that thick, they can identify an old machine when they see one and they can immediately figure out that it is not going to move on the black (no pun intended) market. They admire it, comment on it and keep their distances.

Besides, on those bling bling bikes they may think that you are part of a big, corporately sponsored, Hollywoodish set-up with lots and lots of dollars behind you and eager producers with a deadline angstfully waiting to get you back onto the production stage.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to stay low keyed, under the radar. Not only your bike, but also your latest designer clothes and electronic, satelite operated equipment, ray-ban Tom Cruise pilot sunglasses, etc. Loose it. Yet, if you are the only uncircumcised male in a 1000km radius, it can be problematic.

..and you have a more pleasant experience at the end of the day! Its easier to approach the guys and the roadblocks/cops leave you alone. Look at this young oke on his crf250l travelling West Africa now. Man he's having a big jol! It would have been totally different and much more stressful if he was on 800gs or AT for example..

Good philosophy! :thumleft:
 

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #165 on: July 09, 2018, 08:25:08 am »
Looks like an XT

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