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Offline MellowJo

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OK, I have wanted to start this thread for a while. This thread is to read stories of bike & rider combinations that have done 100,000 kms together as a pair.
(about 3 x around the world according to wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_long-distance_motorcycle_riders)

Please post or link your stories here. (Try to keep it short and to the point Ö..)   :deal:
« Last Edit: February 23, 2016, 02:05:55 pm by MellowJo »
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I never expected to be so happy with my bike or the bike to be so dependable that I would ever get to this (centurion)-stage. Anyway, here is my story.

I was a biker earlier in life (see the list below), but family and finances kept me bikeless for a long time.
Me on a friendís PD Classic with my boet, his son and his father-in-law on the Vespa



In 2007 I got a three-year-late insurance payout, and jumped at the opportunity to buy a big adventure bike. Killroy (when still in Cape Town) actually introduced me to the 1150 and I was convinced that this was the bike for me.

I bought a Yellow 2000 BMW 1150 GS with 37,000 kms on the clock, and lost the rear seat in the demo run !!!  Not a good start to our relationship.
I just used the bike to commute on the road for a few months until I eventually ventured onto gravel. My first trip was a Sept 2007 MotoAdventure trip to Veldrift.



I was introduced to some fellow dogs by Ride-a-lot and Joyride and joined them on trips up the West Coast, to Middelpos and to Wupperthal.
I also attended the rainy 2007 Breede Bash where YellowFever planted his 1200 while trying to sneak away Ö.

2008 rides included:
Doornbaai   http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=14793.0
Middelpos    http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=15668.0
Wupperthal   http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=17490.0



In the middle of the 2008 winter, Highlander (aka YellowFever) put together a Baviaans-trip ....

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=19505.0



After the Baviaans trip, on about 60,000 kms we went for little spin to Wellington for breakfast when a cloudburst broke over us. At about 80km/h, I did not see that the gravel changed to clay and next moment I was sliding on my back with old Pumba making summersaults next to me. After the fall, we had to push-start the beast and I rode on to Wellington for the breakfast. The bike was eventually written-off, but I managed to buy it back from the scrap yard with some bits and piece to fix it. Because the BM topbox was shattered, I also (temporarily) fitted a ďpizza delivery boxĒ for the next trip Ö..

After the rebuild, it was the Kalahari trip in October with a detour to Verneukpan on the way back. What an EPIC  trip ÖÖ http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=23724.0





Over 2008 December I did a short trip to Cape Agulhas and attended the next Breede Bash.
 http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=28152.0



In 2009 it was Strandfontein    http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=29501.0  



...and in April we went to Namibia !! My son Archangel also suddenly decided to get a bike (650 Funduro) and joined us. It was magic to have my whole family along for this trip. Namibia    http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=32003.0



After the Namibia trip I decided to fit an Adventure tank and did a bit of ďcutomisingĒ. Now I really had a unique and distinctive bike !!
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=33834.0

Next was a Flower trip in August http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=36777.0



Ö. a Canola run in September and



Ö.. again an Agulhas trip in December, Archangel this time on his new KTM 950 !!



2010 kicked off with another EPIC, our Mozambique ďBike & Surf tripĒ but this time Archangel did the trip planning and navigation ÖÖ.
My bike tipped over the 100,000 km on the clock during this trip.

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=48013.0



In June we did a Sutherland snow trip and a Groenrivier sand jolly Ö..
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=56406.0



..... and a Swartland, Dasklippas trip ....



For 2011 we decided to do a Karoo trip which included Sutherland, Swartbergpas, Klaarstroom, the Hel and Warmwaterberg.
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=69057.0



.... and in August for a Darling flower trip Ö.



For the 2011 Breede Bash, Archangel decided that we must take an alternative route. What a trip !!! We nearly wrote off both bikes on a route from Greyton to Villiersdorp through the mountains Ö.



2012 was a very busy year on the work front and so trips were less and shorter.
At the end of April, I went to see Archangel ride in the 2012 Amageza and so played around the Sutherland gravel roads.

In the first week in May the clock turned over to 137,000kms so completing 100,000 kms as a combination !!!

See you guys on the road !!!
« Last Edit: May 12, 2012, 01:56:42 am by MellowJo »
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Ping Rynet !!!
Don't worry, be happy ! Don't take yourself so seriously !!
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Nice one MJ, cannot imagine you on another bike :thumleft:
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Nice one MJ, cannot imagine you on another bike :thumleft:

+1000 !
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You have touched us and left us better for having known you - even if it was only briefly.

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Mooi so!!! Dis seker beter om Pumba te ry as die Argus met martelpyp :peepwall:
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Geluk oom! Hoop julle het nog myle se lekkerkry saam. :thumleft:
 

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And i still see her popping wheelies!

Major achievement!!
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Baie geluk MellowJo !! dis darem lekker gevoel as mens so 'n lekker lang verhouding met mens se bike kan he  :biggrin:

Dankie vir al die "links" , nou het ek nog lekker RR's om te gaan lees .  :thumleft:

.....en ja sal seker ook maar ietsie post op die thread . :mwink:
« Last Edit: June 23, 2012, 07:51:57 am by Rynet »
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Nice Stuff!!! 
I think we will get to know this bike intimately over the coming years!!!
There's always room for more!!!!!
 

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WOW MJ , thats very nice Boet , well done  :thumleft:
 

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Awesome  :thumleft:
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Come on, I was sure that there would be other "Centurions" around ..... :peepwall:

At least let me know if you exist, even if you do not want to write the whole story ......  :deal:
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Mellow Jo or should it be Yellow Jo... well done!

To be able to do a century, one need time and money... I have still a long way to go for my century!

Thank you for sharing!  :thumleft:
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Respect - not many people do 100k on the same bike!
 

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I bought my bike brand new and have done 107 000 km since new. My stories and pics aren't as nice as your's, but all the pics and stories are on WD's
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Tx Groenie, post a few links here so we can follow your story !!
Don't worry, be happy ! Don't take yourself so seriously !!
2 x FS1, 200Roadmaster, 400Hawk, XL500R, XS750, XR500R, 600TT, CX500, 1150GS, R1100RS, R1100GS, R1200S, R1200RT, 1150GS (2), K100, R1100S & 35 Cages !!
 

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Baie goeie idee, hierdie thread Meneer Kroes, baie goeie idee! Ja, 100 000kms op een bike, deur een ryer is nie so algemeen soos mens dink. Ek het in 1979 n Suzuki GT750B gekoop met 37 000km op, en hom aan my broer verkoop met 160 000kms op! Standaard enjin, niks aan gedoen. Ek het intussen nie weer dit kon doen op n bike, nie eers op een van my XT's nie. Die fietse sneuwel gewoonlik in n ongeluk.
 

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Die fietse sneuwel gewoonlik in n ongeluk.

As dit nie vir dieselfde ding was nie was my 1100 nou ook hier.
Het so 70000 gedoen met die 1100 (95000 tot 165000) en nou so 62000 met die 1200 (60 000 tot 122 000 sover) - dis van 2007 tot nou - maar ongelukkig (nog) nie op een fiets nie.

Maar ek werk daaraan.

;D ;D ;D
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.

For grabbing the moment and living the day It's been way too early that you were taken away