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Old 06-06-2010, 07:35 PM   #196
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thanks for taking the time to share.
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Old 06-06-2010, 08:15 PM   #197
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Originally Posted by Bonsai Elephant
What is it about sharing your bed with scorpions in Africa?

I don't know about over there but here in Arkansas, I've been stung twice by those little bastards in my own bed.
First time I got hit in the hand and made my whole arm go numb for an hour. The second time again, in bed, he got me in the fat of the stomach and it was little more than an annoyance. Like mild be sting.
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Old 06-06-2010, 08:51 PM   #198
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Originally Posted by heffe
thanks for taking the time to share.

Absolutely fantastic!
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Old 06-06-2010, 08:51 PM   #199
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Originally Posted by Adios Pantalones

Nicely done, the best is the contrast from your utterly knackered pic to you with your wife! Pricelesss!

Yeah, when I found out how they were going to finish I was looking forward to seeing them looking dry, and refreshed because they certainly deserved it.

Hey MJ, what would you do if you had a catastrophic bike failure, like a blown motor? Would the expense to retrieve it dictate you just leave it and forget about it, or would it be worth securing, and returning ( what a job) to repair it?
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Old 06-06-2010, 08:52 PM   #200
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Thank you!!

You inspire us to live our dreams, your travels already exceed my wildest dreams so I see they are possible! Please continue to post your rides and know that we are with you wherever you go!
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Old 06-06-2010, 09:15 PM   #201
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Thanks for the adventure

Although I only experienced the adventure second hand it was a journey that my mind clung to and enriched my life. Although, I am too old to take a similar journey and no longer have the technical/physical skill to survive the terrain you expierenced it has taught me to embrace the adventures that I still can attain. Thanks, and when you go again share it so that I can be enriched once more.
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:15 AM   #202
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Totally Awesome RR. You guys both have really big freaking balls! Thanks for taking the time to post it!
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:35 AM   #203
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Thank you for taking us with you. Much appreciated.
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Old 06-07-2010, 01:55 AM   #204
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what an incredible ride! The ride of a lifetime.
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Old 06-07-2010, 03:16 AM   #205
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Questions about the bikes

Holy crap! Awesome RR (again). MJ you make my day , I'm a big fan of this kind of riding - and of reporting.

I would appreciate if you could share a little more about your feedback on the bikes. In particular, how the 800GS did overall (I gues it's more for Hennie if he's around) ? I'm about to leave for a trip around Africa, and currently finalizing the equipment.

- how was the bike fitted ? if it has ABS, do you sometimes forget to turn it off every time you start it ?
- how was the fuel economy in hard-core off-road conditions ?
- have you had to turn is off because it was heating up ? you mentionned the X-Challenge not being able to charge the battery with the fan on, any difficulty with the GS ?
- in general, what did break and how was it fixed ?
- is the stock handle bar strong enough to sustain the multiple falls?
- I find the 800GS feels pretty light on easy tracks, what about handling in the really technical stuff you did ?
- tires: you mentionned Hennie had Mitas fitted, with good grip, how long did they last, after the last tar stretch ? Lats I checked there was no tubliss available for 17' wheels, did it make a difference in term of puncture and ease of repair between the X-Challenge with tubliss (?) and the 800GS with tubes ?
- you mentionned having to slip the clutch often in the most difficult spots, what sprocket have you fitted in the front ? would you recommend changing for a 15 for these kind of rides ?
- have you had the timing map changed for 91RON or does the stock configuration accept all kinds of fuel ? I bet the octane in those drums off the side of the road wasn't that high.

Yes, quite a few questions.. thanks for your time.

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Old 06-07-2010, 05:11 AM   #206
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Fantastic RR as always. Got arm pump just reading it.

Must be about time for you guys to do another trip mustn't it?
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:30 AM   #207
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absolutely fantastic...very inspriring RR
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:16 AM   #208
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Truly inspirational – Puts a whole new meaning to - don’t let the bed bugs bite.
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:30 AM   #209
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Old 06-07-2010, 09:08 AM   #210
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Nice trip!

Would love to se a vid like the "Long way"-guys did, tho!

Pics are also beautiful, and nice storytelling!
Did you have a "safety-crew" available if something bad happened?
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