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Old 06-09-2010, 02:56 PM   #256
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When people ask me about what is an biker...I simply forward one of MJ or ChiTown reports...Does not get any better then that

Great trip.....and thank you so much for your time and willingness to bring all of this to us.
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Old 06-09-2010, 03:00 PM   #257
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..and thank you. An excellent write-up of a fantastic ride.

Words are insufficient.

Thank you. Again.
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Old 06-09-2010, 03:16 PM   #258
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Originally Posted by metaljockey

Coming back for the 800.

This is SO great!
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Old 06-09-2010, 03:55 PM   #259
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Thumb Great Ride Report

I truly enjoy your adventures. The photos and commentary are great as always. Looking forward to your next trip.

Thanks again great report!
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Old 06-09-2010, 08:41 PM   #260
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Thank you SOOO much for opening a new window in my mind and showing what our bikes can do!!!
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Old 06-09-2010, 11:04 PM   #261
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WOW THANKS!................This is my First Time on this Forum......I am Hooked!................I read and looked, and even called my brother, to share this story and these GREAT Pictures....................WOW Again!......Me and my Brother, we love our Bikes..................But this Adventure was something way beyond what most of us would or could do................Cheers to YOU BOTH!..........Like another person said.......Taking the time to get off the Bike to Get All those Great Pictures..... .......had to be hard to do at times......
.......Best of more Great, and Safe Rides to you BOTH!.........Thanks Charlie...........

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Old 06-10-2010, 01:04 AM   #262
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Old 06-10-2010, 02:25 AM   #263
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Unbelievable. You and Hennie deserve a medal for getting through that. You sure are steely eyed motorcyclists. I have much respect for what you accomplished here.

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Old 06-10-2010, 04:01 AM   #264
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Thx MJ, very useful stuff. I agree on the poor throttle response, somebody mentionned that the air filter may be causing this, I need to check this out. I'll do a post on the prep of my bike, for those interested.

Originally Posted by metaljockey
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
- 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
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Old 06-10-2010, 04:34 AM   #265
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Do you think your KTM 640 would be more adequate for this kind of trip? Maybe more reliable in parts and better suspended from the factory?
Yes, the 640 is better equipped and better quality parts.
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:39 AM   #266
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Well... screw you guys.

Seriously, screw you guys.

I had finally stopped biting my fingernails after months of constant nagging by my girlfriend. They had grown out nicely and she had finally approved of me using my hands in the more affectionate fashions, and now look what you went and did! They now look like a haphazard mountain range of sharp edges and bleeding stumps.

Screw you and your awesome trip.


But I love you guys to death. Damn!
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:04 AM   #267
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I just spent half my nightshift standing at the computer going through the whole report from start to finish. I guess that says it all. . . Thanks!
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Old 06-10-2010, 07:03 AM   #268
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I know it has to be annoying sometimes to take pictures when you don't want to or do a report like this (and your other ones that are duly fantastic) but it really is appreciated.

Don't know if I'll ever see Africa, or if I do if I'll get as far off the beaten path as you, but at least I can say I have seen pictures of places I may never get to.

Thanks so much! Amazing report!
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Old 06-10-2010, 08:38 AM   #269
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Thank you!!!
Great Adventure!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-10-2010, 08:45 AM   #270
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Thank you....great African trip

Thank you for the RR, Haven't finished it yet.

Great advebture and thans for showing us the places in Zam.

Must still do Namibia and a Botswana, Zambia, Malawi and Moz loop.

Heading to SA in July for 3 weeks. 2 x SWC quarters and then 2 weeks in Botswana. Unfortunately in a Land Rover and not on the bike. Taking two Aussie families along into Africa.

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