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Old 01-24-2010, 08:59 PM   #16
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interesting........

.....a good photo study of SA......even managed three pix without your GS!...not that I'm not interested in as many GS pix as possible
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Old 01-24-2010, 09:24 PM   #17
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wonderful pics, been there this summer(their winter) it was simply fantastic.
where did you hire the bike?
no bike for me, with the family, but lots of parks and nature all the same.
we never wanted to live

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Old 01-24-2010, 09:56 PM   #18
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You can somehow make the NY/NJ area look good, so needless to say these are great pics. I hope you had a great time.

How would you compare the 800 to your Xcountry?
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Old 01-24-2010, 10:05 PM   #19
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Great stuff.

What camera were you using, I'm about to upgrade my ageing 5mp Sony.

Cheers,

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Old 01-24-2010, 11:38 PM   #20
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I live in the Western Cape and I did not even know there were such beautiful places... No, just joking. You photography brings out what I always try to tell people why I travel by motorcycle. But they can never understand.

Thanks for showing our great country to the world!
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Old 01-25-2010, 12:25 AM   #21
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Love the pics! Would you mind sharing with us what make/model camera you were using?

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Old 01-25-2010, 05:50 AM   #22
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The bike rental company was www.capebikerentals.com. I was very happy with them. They maintain their bikes very well and have a wide selection, including KLRs, 650 GSs, 1200s, and even a G 650 XCountry, which I was considering renting. They also have a fleet of insanely beautiful replica Cobras to rent. I was very tempted to take one out for a day, but decided that being liable for one fancy machine was enough for me.

I went for the 800 because I was traveling with my fiancee and needed the extra weight and luggage capacity. Coming back from wine country with ten bottles of wine in the bottom of my panniers, I was glad to have the extra load limit.

When I got home yesterday, I took a ride on my XCountry and I was shocked. It felt like a child's bike! Having gotten used to the bigger F800, both in city traffic, highways and on some rather rough roads, the XCountry felt like it was a toy. But of course, a toy bike is what I need for commuting into NYC, however I think I'm going to have to get something more like an F800 for any future long trips. It was considerably more comfortable cruising at high speed.

On some of the isolated desert roads, I was cruising along at 160kmh/100mph and the bike was as comfortable and stable as could be, with me sitting in a full upright position. On my naked XCountry with no windscreen, it would be a much different story. I've always felt that the XCountry is an amazing and capable bike with plenty of power, but the F800 is clearly superior as a distance tourer, with power to spare, but the sacrifice of some fuel economy.

As for the camera, it's an older Nikon D80, but it's the 12-24 wide angle lens that helps capture the beautiful expansive scenes while keeping close to the bike. I shoot in RAW format and open the photos through Photoshop CS4's RAW editor to adjust the light levels, fix the horizon, and apply a subtle vignette. I then sharpen, resize, and export the photo from Photoshop. Photoshop Elements, a much cheaper program, can do most of that for you too.

Here's a couple more shots...






Cape Town has got to rank in the top 10 cities of the world for anybody, and for a bikers, it may very well be the best city to visit. The twisties start right in the middle of town, and in just minutes you are on some of the most beautiful and challenging roads in the world. If I could, I'd visit South Africa every winter.

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Old 01-25-2010, 07:48 AM   #23
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Old 01-25-2010, 08:00 AM   #24
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awsome pic's thank's for posting
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Old 01-25-2010, 08:19 AM   #25
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Loving the pics, great one with the monkey in the foreground.

I have to say though - that is a hell of a lot of pics of a rental bike. You must have really liked it!
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Old 01-25-2010, 08:20 AM   #26
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Great trip documented with awsome pictures.

Can't wait for worm weather.... No vacation time in South for me now
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:28 AM   #27
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What a way to beat winter madness in NYC! Bumped this up to the top of my dream ride list.
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Old 01-25-2010, 12:47 PM   #28
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Amazing photos!

Greetings from South Africa
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Old 01-25-2010, 12:55 PM   #29
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Loving the pics, great one with the monkey in the foreground.

I have to say though - that is a hell of a lot of pics of a rental bike. You must have really liked it!
I have to compliment you on beautiful photos of my own country and city.

However, in South Africa we call those monkeys "baboons". And I would never risk it that near any one of those killing machines – especially if she’s a feeding mother like this one. The word is dangerous.
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Old 01-25-2010, 02:27 PM   #30
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I have to compliment you on beautiful photos of my own country and city.

However, in South Africa we call those monkeys "baboons". And I would never risk it that near any one of those killing machines – especially if she’s a feeding mother like this one. The word is dangerous.
I made sure I was ATG before approaching it ;)
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