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Old 05-10-2009, 11:40 PM   #106
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Hilarious - but haven't you guys ever heard of guns
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I was thinking the same thing.


Well, being from South Africa, we have the dubious distinction of having either invaded, occupied, planted bombs, sent in hitsquads or conducted military incursions in every single adjoining country including Namibia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique. I think the only exception is Botswana, but I stand to be corrected.

Understandably, our neighbouring countries aren't too keen to have grown white men from South Africa running around their turf brandishing fire arms.
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Old 05-10-2009, 11:52 PM   #107
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do you (in a similar fashion) experience an increase in your comfort level as the ride progresses?
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I sweat the stuff I can do something about, the other stuff I only deal with when it happens. If we spent our time worrying about things that we cannot control, none of us would ride bikes in the first instance.

So, no, I'm quite comfortable when we set out already, because the things I could prepare for I did. And riding with Hennie and Nardus is a big comfort already, I know them well and know to what extent I can depend on them.
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Old 05-17-2009, 10:16 AM   #108
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Another amazing ride and read. Your storytelling and photography are second to none.

And they need to get Nardus to play Steve McQueen in his biopic. He doesn't have to talk much, and can just do all his own stunts
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Old 05-25-2009, 02:16 PM   #109
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MJ and crew, Thank you for sharing another epic adventure with the rest of us! You gentlemen define what adventure riding is all about.
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Old 05-25-2009, 05:54 PM   #110
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Thank you for sharing your Adventure. I had just took a drink from a cold beer when you explained about John the Baptist. Now I need to wipe off my laptop as I just blew it out of my nose.....
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Old 05-25-2009, 07:09 PM   #111
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Metal,

Thanks pal! You inspire a lot of people who don't have Africa in thier backyard to create similar adventures near thier home. We are lucky in America to have a lot of infrastructure so things like fuel and accomodations are not always a concern. On the other hand, we have things like fuel and accomodations that are not always a concern. It can make some lazy. You need to create Adventure here and that means getting off the beaten track and putting yourself in situations that require you to think. Some do it better than others. I try but it will never rival your ride reports dude. Someday I'll get there, someday...

Mexico to Canada next month!!!!
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Old 05-27-2009, 06:59 AM   #112
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And they need to get Nardus to play Steve McQueen in his biopic. He doesn't have to talk much, and can just do all his own stunts
Hehe - very funny !

Thank you for all the nice replies !!
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:46 AM   #113
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Wow!!
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:07 AM   #114
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Most excellent report, and thank you for sharing. Proves that there is still so much to see and learn about Africa. I love the adaptation of technology such as the engine that runs of wood...now that is something really interesting ( I got to find out more information on that).
Fantastic on how you take the time to explore more of the surrounding "neighborhood". Happy trials my man.
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:45 AM   #115
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slamming report. Something most people on dream of.
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Old 07-31-2009, 01:23 PM   #116
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WOW!

Even though you didn't enjoy this trip as much as your Angola trip, it was an awsome report.

Thanks for taking the time to share it here

It amazes me how the terrain you traversed looks very, very similar to some savannah areas in Venezuela and Colombia! (no lions here though!).

One question about the Tubliss system.
Did Nardus install it on his 950? If so? How has it worked for him?

It seems to me you have a similar riding style in SA as we do here in Venezuela: WFO on the pavement and lots of dirt roads. My main concern with the 950 + tubliss is at higher speeds on pavement. Due to pretty decent & straight paved roads and extremely cheap gas (three US $ cents per liter) it is totally normal for us here to maintain 140-170 Km/h average speed for several hours on the pavement until we reach the good stuff (off road). The weight of the 950 plus the speeds that it can reach make me dubious of wether the system will hold because IMO it was designed for lighter bikes moving at slower speeds offroad (I may be wrong, which would be a good thing in this case!!!).

What do you think?

Thanks for your input and again for your great RRs
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Old 08-01-2009, 03:59 AM   #117
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Nardus did not have the Tubliss on his bike.

The manufacturer has not yet specced the product for heavy high speed use. My personal opinion is however that it runs a lot cooler than a tube, so I don't see why it would not be safe. It also has a rimlock which makes it safer than a normal tube.
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Old 09-30-2009, 04:04 AM   #118
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Thanks MJ, this was a great report!!!!

Whenever things get me down, I check out your Angola trip...... and it get me going again.

Dankie vir die moeite wat jy insit!
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:16 AM   #119
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The plaque says, in Italian:

San Cristoforo Well
Malawi 2005
Enrico and friends
Italian motorcyclists

Could it be that these wells were donated?

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Yes it is:

http://www.andiamotrust.org/news10mar07.htm
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Old 11-06-2009, 07:30 PM   #120
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Bravo Metal Jockey !

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