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Old 04-09-2013, 04:40 PM   #1
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RTW part 2 Durban to Dusseldorf- Cheap Aussie Style

Well its been a while since i posted a ride report on here, and the next bit of my trip is about to start,the thing with riding around the world on a bike is that you have to get on with it at some stage, to actually do it ,but things get in the way so the madness is about to start, i have bought a ticket to Johannesburg and bought a set of panniers of wild dog forum ,oh yeah and a GPS and a rain suit ,just working on the bike ,looked at a pretty cool travel ready 81 XT500 online and thought about it, but it might end in tears, so going with another KLR me thinks ,so any way stay tuned ,just have to remember how to use smugmug ,oh and i apologise in advance about ,spelling, grammar and smart ass comments

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Old 04-09-2013, 06:26 PM   #2
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Bad ass. Bring it!
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:35 AM   #3
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well i made it here at least

i bought a KLR (of course) from a chap named Errol from the wild dog forum,he was kind enough to pick me up from the airport ,i didnt really know where he lived ,turns out it is bethlehem ,so i have a holy start to this trip ,mind you it's bethlehem in south africa not the Jesus place, and the other thing is it was 250 km trip ,how is that for keen to unload his bike,na just joking Errol ,its just the hospitality over here, Errol has a workshop so i make myself at home for a week and his trusty KLR now looks like this


a few mods to the crash bars to suit the new safari tank

and just for good measure a view from the patio in my room at Erolls place

and not to mention there pet zebra down the paddock ,everyone here has a pet zebra by the way
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:35 AM   #4
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With that maxi KLR TANK, You'll probably get to Germany on one tank of fuel . Let's ride
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:23 AM   #5
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With that maxi KLR TANK, You'll probably get to Germany on one tank of fuel . Let's ride
Looking forward to this report. Love your Zebra! I'll try and sneak a pic of mine in the back garden when he's not looking but he gets very agitated when he sees me with a camera and i have to feed him beer to calm him down
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:26 AM   #6
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Ohh yes, I shall be following this trip. Good luck
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:23 PM   #7
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:23 PM   #8
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The bad times will be the good memories in the future. It'll work out somehow. It always does. Might be a good time to ditch some stuff you haven't had to use for a while to help the bike out.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:00 PM   #9
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Keep it up and thanks for a sharing Africa like it is. Except for the shock the KLR seems to be going well
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:13 AM   #10
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Stop moaning i say , i had my vent ,i dont really have to much that i don't use, except for a few spares,no hair dryer or snap on tool kits, the bit that pissed me off is that the hippo decided to throw me sideways while it was having a nancy in the rough bits ,and high sided me off the track into a prickle bush ( i shit you not) and i plucked out about 30 needles from my hand last night , my hand looks like a pin cushion, expensive shocks are meant to take rough stuff , when its buit to suit that purpose , i aint exactly riding like Mark Coma
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Old 08-29-2013, 02:27 PM   #11
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Good news is that RICOR are sending me a new shock , i might get a job in their test team , oh and GOPRO are replacing my camera , and actually sending it to Africa , not making me wait 3 months, so all in all a good day following a bad day
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Old 08-30-2013, 02:17 AM   #12
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So things look up. Excellent!

With you being an Australian, I have to be careful when I say we're all rooting for you. At least we're wishing you the best.

I've enjoyed your report so far, and sorry I didn't meet you when you passed through Cape Town.
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Old 08-30-2013, 03:48 PM   #13
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Good news is that RICOR are sending me a new shock , i might get a job in their test team , oh and GOPRO are replacing my camera , and actually sending it to Africa , not making me wait 3 months, so all in all a good day following a bad day
Great support by Ricor and GoPro. Looking forward to more pictures. Those ones of the kids in the river etc reminded me of SA last century....so much action....... and that river crossing is a classic. Hope there are some smooth roads before the new Ricor.
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Great stuff, keep on, keeping on

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Old 09-06-2013, 04:19 AM   #15
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well the boat had to get to port at some stage so after a nice few days it was time to unload and pay the hefty $2 port charges in Tanzania and find a place to crash , i ended up at the local lodge , had to do a tricky trials ride up the stairs to get in , this is leaving

the good ole draggin jeans have served me well through 80 ish countries and needed a trip to the local tailor


here Robin , I am drinking safari lager


heading north to Burundi , i wasnt there very long as it is tiny , i am not sure where they stack nearly 10 million people , but you can ride through in a day or so, this is where my shock blew


A nothern shot of Lake Tanganyika , just a few of the fishing boats

with no shock just a spring it bucked around a bit at speed , so it decided to highside me into a prickle bush , over 30 prickles , uoch , i guess the prickle bush may have broken my fall as i still had a sore wrist ,and may have been worse

a local transport company



high in the hills , i got a bit lost seeing my GPS stopped working , my paper map was a bit average


this was like talcum powder









if you ever wondered where Yorkshire tea comes from ,look no further than here



its a bit blurred ,but i got my Burundi number plate from these guys (i collect a number plate from every country i go to)

I got to the Rwanda border too late and was lucky to get this fine hotel room for $3 , some would say i got ripped , but it was a bed

Next time you think you have a tough job ,try this one , a gravel maker , from bigs rocks to this with a HAMMER

welcome to Rwanda

I felyt at home they have stacks of gum trees planted all along the roadside , some look like they have been there a long time

more rice

this is why i will never die of old age, haven't had a burger for months


I am in Kigali for a few days and they actually have an arts festival on ,i went to see some amazing singers last night and doiung the same tonight , i visited the Genocide memorial here and there is 250,000 of the million killed in 94 buried there , pretty sombre experience and you just wonder why
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