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Old 06-07-2010, 09:14 AM   #211
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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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Old 06-07-2010, 09:17 AM   #212
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I feel like. Humiliated. :)

Was thinking wat they would do if one of them would be seriously injured, like where Hennie flipped backwards, could've been severe damage there..
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Old 06-07-2010, 09:21 AM   #213
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I feel like. Humiliated. :)

Was thinking wat they would do if one of them would be seriously injured, like where Hennie flipped backwards, could've been severe damage there..
That is what Vultures are for !
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:40 AM   #214
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great concluding statement, thanks for taking the time to write the report, it is deeply appreciated!
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:48 AM   #215
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this RR made the navigation links bar!
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Old 06-07-2010, 01:28 PM   #216
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In Awe.

Nothing, I mean nothing matches a MJ RR.
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Old 06-07-2010, 02:05 PM   #217
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Brilliant as usual!
Now that I am done reading I can get to that paperwork that I was supposed to do an hour ago...
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Old 06-07-2010, 02:36 PM   #218
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Just read thru page 8 and I'm...worn...out.
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Old 06-07-2010, 04:57 PM   #219
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My all time favorite Ride report was the one you did on Angola - That is now in second place.

Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:17 PM   #220
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Great story and great pics. I dream of making a trip like that someday.
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:44 PM   #221
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Just read thru page 8 and I'm...worn...out.


That's exactly what I did! I felt heat exhaustion just from reading. What a tough ride. Worth it, though.
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Old 06-08-2010, 12:07 AM   #222
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Wow!
Fantastic ride and report.
Well done!
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Old 06-08-2010, 01:24 AM   #223
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Love your writing MJ. I just needed to read page 8 and I was sleepy enough to go to bed. I obliged. Thanks for the nights sleep!
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Old 06-08-2010, 01:24 AM   #224
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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?
No, we should be able to retrieve it with a little effort and repatriate to South Africa.
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Old 06-08-2010, 01:52 AM   #225
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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. The 800 had no issues at all, a very competent tourer

- how was the bike fitted ? if it has ABS, do you sometimes forget to turn it off every time you start it ? No ABS
- how was the fuel economy in hard-core off-road conditions ? We did notice that we had worse fuel economy than normal, about in the KTM range. I'm not to sure why, before we used to get better economy on the offroad trips.
- 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 ? The X-Challenge had to be switched off to cool down, not the 800, nor did the 800 drain the battery.
- in general, what did break and how was it fixed ? On the 800 - nothing. On the X a variety of things, I'll do a seperate post if anybody is interested, it looks like you are really interested in the 800
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- is the stock handle bar strong enough to sustain the multiple falls?We had no problems on the 800 in tha regard
- I find the 800GS feels pretty light on easy tracks, what about handling in the really technical stuff you did ?It's fine, Hennie was very happy with it. I only got to ride it in the worst technical bits, where there was a risk of damaging the bike (Hennie is of the shortlegged variety), and in those circumstances I did not like the snappiness off of idle nor the grabby clutch. Personally, I thought that the 800 was substantially harder to ride on the slippery stuff because of it.
- 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 ?We measured the Desert and the Mitas before and after the trip, and the Mitas had worn less, even though it drove a greater mass and on a bike bike with greater power.
- you mentioned 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 ? Hennie did mention that going bigger at the rear would have made things easier, on the X the gearing was perfect.
- 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. Just rode it standard

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

Laurent - looking forward to hit Africa proper next winter!
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