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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #80 on: December 06, 2011, 08:41:34 pm »
Very enjoyable RR, and not because of your pain :imaposer: I like the way you guys stuck together and saw things through, as I know how things unravel when the shit hits the fan.
 

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #81 on: December 06, 2011, 10:47:25 pm »
Been on some hairy trips myself. But not as bad as this though!

But these rides are the ones you remember fondly. :bueller:  Although it must have been crap at the time. :eek7:

Respect for pushing on.

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #82 on: December 06, 2011, 11:10:03 pm »
What a RR. or is it WHAT A RIDE????

Best wishes for a speedy recovery Ross, or was it Greg?

Thanks for sharing!! :ricky:
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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #83 on: December 06, 2011, 11:13:10 pm »
Very enjoyable RR, and not because of your pain :imaposer: I like the way you guys stuck together and saw things through, as I know how things unravel when the shit hits the fan.


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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #84 on: December 06, 2011, 11:56:11 pm »
Roll of honour please !  :deal:

Sorry you guys had so much kak, but a great ride report !  :3some: :ricky:
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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #85 on: December 07, 2011, 07:34:23 am »
hey cloudgazer!

jeez man i didn't think you guys were gonna have such a troublesome day when i left you after the doring! RESPECT!!
once again thanks a lot for the help pushing my bike through...if it weren't for you guys i would have probably drowned my bike too!
i got to the R355 pretty easily and went on to calvinia for gas and then down to middelpos and stayed in sutherland. sunday down ouberg pass and back...

good to meet!
 

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #86 on: December 07, 2011, 08:38:51 am »
hey cloudgazer!

jeez man i didn't think you guys were gonna have such a troublesome day when i left you after the doring! RESPECT!!
once again thanks a lot for the help pushing my bike through...if it weren't for you guys i would have probably drowned my bike too!
i got to the R355 pretty easily and went on to calvinia for gas and then down to middelpos and stayed in sutherland. sunday down ouberg pass and back...

good to meet!

Hey Jan.

Good to meet you too.
Our pleasure helping with your bike.

Hope your boots dried quickly  :thumleft:

Here's a pic of you. I have a hi-rez one if you like.


 

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #87 on: December 07, 2011, 09:17:27 am »
Lekker RR Cloudy!  :thumleft:

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #88 on: December 07, 2011, 09:18:48 am »
Thanks for the report. At the end of the day it is these types of rides with all the challenges that stick in your mind forever. They are the real adventures
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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #89 on: December 07, 2011, 09:20:51 am »
Thanks for sharing :thumleft:

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #90 on: December 07, 2011, 10:09:02 am »
hey cloudgazer!

jeez man i didn't think you guys were gonna have such a troublesome day when i left you after the doring! RESPECT!!
once again thanks a lot for the help pushing my bike through...if it weren't for you guys i would have probably drowned my bike too!
i got to the R355 pretty easily and went on to calvinia for gas and then down to middelpos and stayed in sutherland. sunday down ouberg pass and back...

good to meet!
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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (part 3 added)
« Reply #91 on: December 07, 2011, 10:57:01 am »
When exactly did you do this trip ?

I am planning to go there this weekend and want to know if there will still be water in the Doring river

There's always the SAS Willehond.



It didn't actually reach my waist... and it was rideable... two bikes made it through.
Agree that it would be supremely foolish to attempt it alone.
it was also possibly stupid to ride it without having guys standing/walking as close to the bike as possible.

It helps to know exactly where the 1200's air intake is.
;D

The Dakar's one is considerably higher.


Interesting ride report
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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (part 3 added)
« Reply #92 on: December 07, 2011, 11:00:22 am »


It helps to know exactly where the 1200's air intake is.
;D

The Dakar's one is considerably higher.


Interesting ride report
;D ;D 

Agreed.
 ;D

I know where the Dakar one is, and could only guesstimate where the 1200's was.

On my first wade through the water it only reached half way up my thighs - but you know just a half meter to one side it was considerably deeper.

Oh yes another bit of advice:
Carry a tow rope - and make sure it's a decent length!
 

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #93 on: December 07, 2011, 11:15:15 am »


It helps to know exactly where the 1200's air intake is.
;D

The Dakar's one is considerably higher.


Interesting ride report
;D ;D 

Agreed.
 ;D

I know where the Dakar one is, and could only guesstimate where the 1200's was.

On my first wade through the water it only reached half way up my thighs - but you know just a half meter to one side it was considerably deeper.

Oh yes another bit of advice:
Carry a tow rope - and make sure it's a decent length!

Over the knees on a 1200 and you should already be cautions (depending how tall you are obviously) ;D
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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #94 on: December 07, 2011, 11:31:22 am »
Awesome report!!  :ricky:
 

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #95 on: December 07, 2011, 12:01:44 pm »
Thanks for sharing, great RR...strongs to Ross, hope you heal soon.  :thumleft:
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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #96 on: December 07, 2011, 12:34:29 pm »
We have all done trips without "all the right" tools and spares etc. and the trip went ahead with no problems so it was'nt an issue,but the day it all goes wrong then suddenly it becomes apparent there are things you should have taken along.But can't take everything however.
Maybe a fully kitted 4x4 to accompany each outride like Charly and Ewan do...............but then it's not an adventure just a ride.
Great RR well done sttrongs to Rapid Ross. :thumleft: 
 

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #97 on: December 07, 2011, 03:59:42 pm »
Hi Cloudgazer

We have been in a simular position last year! (See link attached)Also had to tow on that road. We decided to turn south as it was getting dark. Ended up at Stonehege at about 21h00 .

Luckily we had no injuries. We had a few close calls though. I engaged 1st gear while on tow, more than once (was feeling aroun for the rope on the left footpeg!) This while doing about 80 in complete darkness gave us a huge suprise!
My riding buddy Jacques handled the surprise pretty well I think! (he..he) We ended all upright, only a few meters from the road. Luckily no fences and stuff in that area.

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=51394.0
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Proper tow rope always + know how to use it.
All the best to Ross - heal well!
« Last Edit: December 07, 2011, 04:17:22 pm by JacoM »
 

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #98 on: December 07, 2011, 04:28:30 pm »
Hi Cloudgazer

We have been in a simular position last year! (See link attached)Also had to tow on that road. We decided to turn south as it was getting dark. Ended up at Stonehege at about 21h00 .

Luckily we had no injuries. We had a few close calls though. I engaged 1st gear while on tow, more than once (was feeling aroun for the rope on the left footpeg!) This while doing about 80 in complete darkness gave us a huge suprise!
My riding buddy Jacques handled the surprise pretty well I think! (he..he) We ended all upright, only a few meters from the road. Luckily no fences and stuff in that area.

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=51394.0
My lessons learned:
Proper tow rope always + know how to use it.
All the best to Ross - heal well!

hahaha awesome.
next time I'll try the Wilhond.

Love the pic of the underpants and hydration pack.  ;D

Where exactly is Stonehendge?
Wanna add it's location to my GPS.
 

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #99 on: December 08, 2011, 08:46:33 am »
I build a ship to prevent this type of trouble.....what do you do??????  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:

I ride around here often. Always carry 2 tubes, compressor and 5 bomb, patch kit. I have had 3 puntures on a HP in one day on a new tyre. Ended up using 14 plugs and 2 tubes and a patch.

Glad you made it out safe, hope the water didn't damage the bikes too much.