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Old 04-06-2009, 06:27 AM   #46
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Awesome , awesome!
When are you guys gonna publish a book about lion safety ?!
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Old 04-06-2009, 06:52 AM   #47
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another report from metaljockey fantastic. the one from Angola was the best rr ever and this feels like a second chapter
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Old 04-06-2009, 07:24 AM   #48
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MEFO Explorer

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It looks like this 800GS has a MEFO Explorer (unless it's a Heidenau K60).
How many miles from new?
It looks like it would behave superbly in the dirt, does it?


Here in the USA we are suffering terrible shortage.
We have heard a lot of very good things about that tire.
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Old 04-06-2009, 07:25 AM   #49
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Great stuff!

Thanks for taking the time and effort.
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Old 04-06-2009, 07:48 AM   #50
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Your report is captivating, wilderness bush travel, brown collar mechanics, local people, log bridge engineering, lion protection techniques, a suicide plan, a high speed spill with injuries, and the flu. Just everything a great ride report should have.


Keep it coming MJ
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Old 04-06-2009, 07:54 AM   #51
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It looks like this 800GS has a MEFO Explorer (unless it's a Heidenau K60).
How many miles from new?
It's the Heidenau K60. They give about double or more miles than any other knobbly variant. They are a pretty good marriage of road and knobbly.

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Old 04-06-2009, 08:06 AM   #52
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Awesome , awesome!
When are you guys gonna publish a book about lion safety ?!
As soon as we learn something, anything about it.

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another report from metaljockey fantastic. the one from Angola was the best rr ever and this feels like a second chapter
No, this one won't top the Angola one. Don't want you to get your hopes up.
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:23 AM   #53
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Best 141 posts ever.


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Old 04-06-2009, 08:54 AM   #54
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Awesome,, again.
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:59 AM   #55
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Best 141 posts ever.


Glad you posted here GD. I've been wanting to thank you for that report about the bus trip to fetch your new old bike. The one with no pictures.

I really enjoyed it.
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Old 04-06-2009, 11:04 AM   #56
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Thanks for sharing your trip, great report!
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Old 04-06-2009, 03:30 PM   #57
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"No, this one won't top the Angola one. Don't want you to get your hopes up."
even if it dosn´t, your way of telling the story and the mix of really good pictures certainly makes it really interesting and pleasure to read ! Not to mention the beauty of the country..an adventure to dream of! Anyway, the Angola story would be really hard to top I think.
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Old 04-07-2009, 12:41 AM   #58
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Our camping spot the next morning.




Some elephant on the other bank.




Beautiful area.




Now that’s what I like to see on a GPS, 132km and 7 and a half hours expected. It’s gonna be a great day.




Well, that’s not really the full picture, the data used to compile the route is based on the average speed of others who had been past here. They were either hunting or looking for game. So the 7 hours thing is way out.

We climb one of the domes to get a bit of a view. We like this place. Even when planning the trip we knew we were going to like this river section.




Check out these tufts that grow on the rock. They make their own peat to grow in. They are damn hard too, you only try to ride over them once, then you ride around them thereafter.







Today we intend to stay next to the river, we are in no hurry.




The place is suddenly teaming with game. And tsetse fly. In fact, I shouldn’t be so hard on tsetse fly. If it wasn’t for them, livestock would have been able to survive here. They are probably the main reason this area is still a wilderness.

Some elephant.




We cross many rivers and Brian is still sweating.




Unexpectedly we come upon a lodge type setup. We meet a friendly and welcoming barman. And they have COLD EVERYTHING. So we drink COLD EVERYTHING. Beer, orange juice, brandy& Coke, water and some other stuff I do not partake in. Damn, it is good! After all those revolting hot beers we’ve been having it is just fantastic. (Especially the beer at Mecula, it was damn near scalding)

Some pics.
















Ok, let’s have it with the hairy jokes. Give it your best shot.




When we want to leave we run into an unexpected problem. The barman does not want us to pay. It is not the done thing. He is obviously under the impression that we are guests of the concession holders, and this bar has no facilities for someone that wants to pay cash. He has no idea what to charge us. The perils of going where no-one else does.

So what we do is tally up what we drank (quite a lot actually) and leave enough money to cover normal bar prices. I hope he doesn’t get into shit on our account.

We continue on our merry way. Much merrier since all the cold drinks.







The drinks also put us straight into a pampered holiday mood, so we ditch our plans for the day and look for the first place that looks lekker to camp.

When we find it we waste no time to hit the water.




Damn, it feels good. Hot as hell and we are spending the day up to our necks in the river. Perfect.



















This day was perfect, just perfect.






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Old 04-07-2009, 05:01 AM   #59
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Fantastic RR: Adventure riding with a capital 'A'


Be interested to hear what the F800GS guys think of their bikes under those conditions?
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Old 04-07-2009, 06:15 AM   #60
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Wonderful RR! Thank you for sharing.
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