Originally Posted by salcar
Hello Kenya ADVs!
I'm currently traveling two-up from Cape to Cairo on a F800GS.
We plan to cross into Kenya from Tanzania in the next few days.
I wanted to know if you could provide some info regarding the following:
- Where can I get new tires for the bike?
- Is there by any chance a place where I can get chain and sprockets for a F800GS?
- Any latest information on the road from Isiolo to Moyale? conditions? security? where to sleep along the way? gas along the way? anyone heading that way?
thank you for all the info that you can share!
Welcome to Kenya.
1. Tires - I would check with Christoph at J&J (I'm guessing you might be staying at his place). You could check with GoldenTyre of Kenya (find on facebook) and also Peter Pleitz (on facebook). If you message me directly, I can provide better direct contact info for each.
2. Chain & Sprockets - I think chains are generic, but the sprockets would most likely be with Christoph or Peter. In general, I think those would be VERY difficult to come across, but those guys can point you in the right direction. They can get you a nice chain, if available, but there are other contacts I have if you are okay with something less nice. Another option for generic parts of good quality, like a chain, is the KTM dealer Ian Duncan.
Here is a Google map with most of the motorcycle dealers/mech all over town with their contact details. http://goo.gl/maps/EQ612
3. Isiolo - You are in luck... if you are in Nairobi by Tuesday night. There is a meeting at a shopping area called CORRECTION: Prestige Plaza of riders going to Cairo in a few months. A few of them are giving a report of a trip that was just taken to Ethiopia and back only a few weeks ago. I have heard security is really a much smaller issue now. Plenty of petrol/gas along the way. I think they camped mostly.
PS. If you are staying at Jungle Junction (Christoph's place) then you can get most all the info you would need. Even if you are not staying there, it might be worth your time to stop by and strike up a few conversations with anyone around. There's always a bunch of overlanders there who have just done your trip or have some info for you.