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The Orex 690 does Agulas
« on: December 19, 2011, 09:07:09 am »
We set out bright and early from the One Stop on the N!.

Wayneh , Robin Brown , Antonw and  myself.

Headed up through Hells Hoogte with some oke on a 640 trying to show us how to ride.lol !



Then though Franshoek pass thorough Van der Stel Pass to botriver.

Then on to Heemel Van Aarde Pad on on to Stanford , where we had an amazing breakfast at The Coffee Shop.

Then on to Elim , a beautiful town that time seems to have forgotten.






Next Stop , Agulas



And over to Wayneh !
« Last Edit: December 19, 2011, 09:22:02 am by Andy660 »
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Re: The Orex 690 does Agulas
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2011, 09:20:03 am »
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Re: The Orex 690 does Agulas
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2011, 11:24:15 am »
At least I did not fall off  ;D. A lekker long easy fun ride. The interesting thing was riding the 640, looking at the 690 Oryx WayneH was riding and thinking of last weekends ride on the SE's where Justin Power flow and I did Essel bank and the Postal Route. That 690 answers a lot of questions and raises a few, like how can I get one and keep my current bikes?

Thanks for a lekker fun Sunday, and sorry Robin for the rocks that I threw at you it was not intended.
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Re: The Orex 690 does Agulas
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2011, 11:34:11 am »
Eeish... sorry Edgy, no pics from me this time  ::)

For a gentle step back into the 2012 Amageza training program, I though a quick distance tour will help blast the last of my recent flu out of the head... And give me a chance to test the 690 Oryx as a versatile South African DS bike (not the European's version of DS).

As Andy660 mentioned, we followed a 620km route that encircled the Overberg/Bredasdorp region, covering hard-pack gravel and some tar. This gave me an opportunity to explore another side of riding the Oryx.

I've spent some time playing with the 690 Oryx in the deep whooped sand of Parklands, and already know this bike can pretty much go anywhere a plastic can - the governing factor being the rider's talent, and not the bike's capabilities. Technical riding can be enjoyed over much longer periods - point the bike where you want to go and it simply gets on with it. No fuss.

It likes revs. Unlike most of the big singles (and nearly all of the twins) the 690 Oryx loves to rev. This means a shift in riding style from 'waltzing'  with the torque, to 'foxtrotting' in the upper revs. The rewards are huge grins  ;D  ;D  ;D  

So when it comes to touring, does this different power curve still deliver an enjoyable ride?

For me, absolute!

Rolling on the power and kicking out of every corner is just so much addictive fun... And pathetically easy. As mentioned by others, you do feel a little 'on top' of the 690 Oryx (specially the conversion based on the 690R base modal), but - unlike some other bikes - this doesn't translate into a disconnected feeling between the bike and terrain. Rather, the 690 Oryx is so sweetly setup to allow the rider to play around with changing direction, applying power and brakes in situations where most other DS bikes you'd feel uncomfortabe attempting. I find the front very planted - whether descending rutted out off-camber corners, or gliding over 'middle mannetjies' while cruising along at 150+km/hour. If bike's were dogs, you could go for a gentle walk through the park with the family labrador (the GS)... And this is said with no disrespect - I love Sunday walks with the Lab...  OR, enjoy 'Jack Russell' fun in every bend or rut. After a day of 620 km I never got tied of this.  

The question has been posed - Is the 690 Oryx a true DS bike? It may not be the adventure bike Long Way Around & BMW have defined as 'Adventure'... Two up, with everything and the kitchen sink, on a slow paced scenic ride. But if you're more of a Jack Russell than a Lab, and single-serving riding is your thing, then you will get more out of the 690 Oryx than you have ever got from any other DS bike to-date.

Aaaaaaaaoooooooooooooooow! Thank you KTM Cape Town  >:D
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Re: The Orex 690 does Agulas
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2011, 05:37:42 am »

Wayneh on the Oryx
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