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Old 02-23-2013, 02:26 PM   #31
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Glad to hear you're alive, sorry about the crash. Looking forward to pics and updates. Good luck.
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:00 AM   #32
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After the Wild Coast we headed to Durban where we got new tires on the bike. The street tires with over 8,000 miles on them where not doing the trick.



We also modified the location of the filter so that I can change it in Durban. Apparently you cannot buy a filter for the f800gs and you need to replace the whole fuel pump - crazy!



In Durban, John at Gear-Up uploaded a nice route mostly dirt on the GPS until we reached Country Trax headquaters.

At Country Trax we decided to do off-road training since Tarci had never been off-road and I had never ridden two-up off road.



The course was amazing and I will be posting more about it in the vendor forum.



The picture above is part of the training. A huge downhill, with a circle/slope at the end and then up and downs again.... a lot of fun and challenge ridding two-up...



While at Country Trax we got to meet DJ Cleo who apparently is a famous DJ in South Africa. DJ Cleo and Angie in the picture above where shooting a television show and we got a chance to be part of the show.



We left Country Trax with new skills and decided to hit dirt roads again so we could internalize the training. Above Tarci is taking a break with beautiful surroundings.



We went up North to the River Blyde Canyon. The whole area is an amazing place to ride with stunning views.

After South Africa we headed to Mozambique via Swaziland.



Swaziland provided a nice scenary and some so-so dirt roads.



We stopped for lunch at a reserve and we got to see some wild life (or not so wild)...

The following day we headed to Mozambique where the people are very friendly. The main highway was for the most part in good condition but in several sections it will turn into this:




On the road we stopped to buy some avocados for breakfast and decided to donate some of our clothes to the sellers. The were extremely happy and we had to take a pic:



After a long day ride we finally reached Tofo, Mozambique...


We are currently in Vilanculos. Tomorrow we head toward the Zimbabwe border and the next day we plan to cross the border.

Thank you for all the feeedback and I'll soon reply to the individual posts..
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:02 AM   #33
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I forgot to mentioned that Tarci is really enjoying the off-road riding that decided to start learning to ride as we travel whenever we can get a hold of a small bike:

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Old 02-26-2013, 02:46 AM   #34
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Well done on the training, I suspect it will help a lot.
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:28 AM   #35
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Great RR Salvador !! keep it coming !
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:51 AM   #36
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Great RR Salvador !! keep it coming !
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:18 AM   #37
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Cool mates, cool undertaking, cool report with cool pictures, cool gear and very cool stickers :-)
Cooltours many people think that cooltours.ch is my website

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Nice scenery there.

If you are still running the Anakees then there is your problem with the mud.
I wish i had the Anakees I had some european street tires! Now I have on the back a hydronaut (sp?) and on the front a more off-road tire. So far the combination is holding well off-road.


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Are these guys alive?
Still alive and thank you for checking

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exciting RR... keep safe guys...
thank you for the feedback!


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I hope the back heals quickly for you. Thanks for the great RR so far. South Africa has a special place in my heart, hell for that matter all of Africa does! looking forward to the rest of your ride and for a great cause!!
South Africa is such an amazing country, biker friendly and very safe once you step out the big cities. I highly recommend it for anyone looking to do a tour! Africa so far has exceeded all my wild dreams and expectations!

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Glad to hear you're alive, sorry about the crash. Looking forward to pics and updates. Good luck.
Thank you for the feedback! More pics coming soon!

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Well done on the training, I suspect it will help a lot.
The training was huge confidence builder and it is paying off especially riding two up with a loaded bike in dirt roads.

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Great RR Salvador !! keep it coming !
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Great RR Salvador !! keep it coming !
thank you!!! more coming soon!
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:05 AM   #38
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After more than 13,000 km we are in Dar es Saalam, Tanzania. We plan to stay here a few days and try to process our Sudan visas which is a painful process!

Finally we have internet in the room with decent speed. Pics and RR up in the next couple of days
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:16 AM   #39
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We spend only one night in Vilanculos as the beach was not the best to swim in and the prices were on the high end.

We decided to wake up early the next day to head to the border town of Chimoio. It was probably on of the longest day so far on the bike and we were happy that we were making very good time.

However, 10 miles before reaching the town the bike started to feel different and we decided to stop to find out our first flat of the trip.

I had the bike for more than 3 years and never had a flat until that day. I never had change the tire on a F800GS which made it for a very interesting learning!



I was able to break the bead fairly quickly by taking the boxes off the bike, dropping the bike of the floor and kicking the wheel as hard as I could. I got off the tire, removed the innertube and found the nail that caused the head ache!




The BIG challenge was getting the tire back on the rim. I tried as hard as I could, I got some locals that were passing by to help me and finally I gave up. I got a local guy to put the tire on the back of his bicycle and walk to the nearest mechanic.


While we were there we got to meet the owners of the shop. The big guy on the picture saw the Research Malaria stickers and started telling us his story with malaria. Head it almost every year! He also told us about all the challenges in the area.


Anyway, after 3 hours or more we manage to put the tire back together. Finally, I was happy to be back on the road but withing a few minutes of riding the back tire was flat again. I was closer to town and tired. So we decided just to keep putting more air on the tire until we reached our backpackers place for the night.

The next morning we put air on the tire and drove to a tire place. When they took the tire apart it was full of holes. We pinched the shit out of it trying to put it together.

The next day we headed to Harare so see the facilities of Riders for Health.


Denis, one of the Director, was there waiting for us. He explained to us all the work they do training healthcare workers to ride bikes and providing the service of vehicle maintenance. Amazing work!

That day we were lucky that they were conducting a training and could join part of it.



They were doing both off-road and on-road techniques.



After Harare we headed to Great Zimbabwe. It was good ride until we got another flat tire!



I'm not sure the cause of it as there was no nail or thorn. It seems that the mechanics pinched the tired when putting back together but we had ridden with it more than 500 miles. This time we were able to change the tire in record time. 80 minutes from realizing we had a flat to packing everything back and being on the road.


View of Great Enclosure from the hill.



Walking n the wall of the Great Enclosure.

Great Zimbabwe is largest pre-colonial building in sub-saharan Africa and second only to the Pyramids of Egypt in Africa. It was a great place to visit and to learn more about the Shona culture.

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Old 03-29-2013, 06:15 PM   #40
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That was a crash course in tire changing. All the bad juju is gone, the rest of the trip will be flat free. Great pictures.
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That was a crash course in tire changing. All the bad juju is gone, the rest of the trip will be flat free. Great pictures.
Changing tires is pain in the ass but at least now we have the process down.

Now the bike is starting to feel the millage on it. The steering is starting to shake as if the steering bearings need to be replace. I'm planning to tighten it a bit and see if that helps. The bigger worry is that engine head is starting to leak a bit of oil. Nothing major so far - there are not oil drops on the floor but one side is covered with oil and dust. I have read on some threads that is a common problem with the F800GS so I'm hoping it holds until I'm back in Europe and I can take it to a bmw dealer
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:01 AM   #42
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In Ethiopia



After spending a few days at Jungle Junction in Nairobi servicing the bike and visiting the Masai Mara national park we decided to head north and face the infamous road from Isiolo to Moyale.




Since it is the rainy season we decided to hire a 4x4 pick-up truck and load up the bike. By the time we start driving the 500 kms to the Ethiopia border it was midday/noon.

Above is a picture of one of the better roads as we left isiolo. From there the road got much worse. Since the driver and owner of the truck were scared that it might start raining we drove 18 hours straight mostly through the night and we have not pictures.

However, I'll share with you the picture of the road from a fellow traveler that did the same road a few days apart from us



The road was miles and miles of mud, deep mud and very deep mud. There were trucks that have been stuck there for almost a week waiting for it to dry so they could continue.

It was definitely a unique experience to be with a driver high on khat (a plant that gives you a high similar to cocaine) that had never driven a 4x4, riding at night in one of the more dangerous roads in east Africa for 18 hours straights....

Anyway... we were lucky that we made it so quickly and that we are safely in Ethiopia.



This upcoming week we continue into Sudan and then Egypt.

We plan to finish the ride and reach Cairo at the end of May. In June I'm planning to organize a tour in Nicaragua and ride from coast to coast
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:10 AM   #43
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Egypt



We are currently in Luxor Egypt after a week riding across Sudan. The pic above is on the brand new road from Khartoum (capital of Sudan) to Wadi Halfa the last town before Egypt.

The ride has been amazing, at times challenging and now we are in the last few days before we send the bike back to Switzerland.

Unfortunately, we had a major issue with our malaria website. If anyone reading this thread is familiar with wordpress/joomla and godaddy and can help us bring it back to life let us know.

On the positive side I was selected by my undergraduate college to receive the Young Alumnus Award for the work we are doing in Malaria. While the award is great to have the best part is that this will help us increase even more awareness.

Swiss Cargo which is helping us ship the bike back to Switzerland will also be featuring an article of our trip in their magazine - we feel very fortunate of how everything has come together.
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:10 AM   #44
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Talking In Cairo



After almots 20,000 kms, 10 countries and 135 days on the road we have reached Cairo
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awesome ride!

where are you now ?
have you finished ?
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