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Old 09-25-2011, 01:29 PM   #121
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What a great read....and some well spent 10K Euro........makes me wanna do it ........
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Old 09-25-2011, 03:00 PM   #122
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I will Like to see the 2 video but this is what you-tube has to say

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It was probably blocked because of the sh!tty soundtrack(not a motley crew fan) but the vid was good with the sound muted.
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Old 09-25-2011, 03:22 PM   #123
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BTW...I am loving the stubby holder. I am putting it to great use!!
Reading through, I was wondering......
Is the "stubby holder" some sort of seat modification? Your a brave man to admit in peublic that you're loving it......
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Old 09-25-2011, 06:00 PM   #124
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Just caught up with this report...awesome...gives me ideas. IN!
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Old 09-25-2011, 07:15 PM   #125
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The riding was fantastic, very similar to rides I have done in Arizona, Utah and Colorado. The 1200 GSA was a dream to ride in all sorts of terrain. I was not missing my F800 GS at all. I decided to go with Charley and a few select others to do a technical, sandy segment which lasted about 75 km. I really was amazed at how well the GSA did in the deep sand. No problem...


So you still riding your F800 or have you traded ? Just wondering, thinking!! Thanks enjoying the report!
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Old 09-26-2011, 10:20 AM   #126
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great trip report
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:18 PM   #127
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Great ride report so far brotha! I'm so glad you are doing this. I can't wait until you get to the part AFTER I crashed and broke my vertebrae...because the days that follow my epic dirt nap are a bit hazy to say the least.
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:15 PM   #128
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I spent several years in Africa, crossed it on a bike, 18,000 miles. The animals, geography, sunsets are all fine, but the best things about the continent are the people. On a tour like yours, you go where they lead, and SA tours certainly won't let you interact much with the, what ever they call them these days. My memories and pictures are of people, some animals, but there are so many it gets redundant. I suppose you can't expect too much from a few weeks where handlebar time is the prime objective. Try a year or two, and you'll have the time of your life.
I think he's what you call a party pooper. Nothing like raining on the man's parade.
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:42 PM   #129
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This RR is too cool.

Thanks for sharing it
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Old 09-26-2011, 10:20 PM   #130
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Old 09-26-2011, 11:09 PM   #131
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Clanwilliam to Springbok (490KM)

There comes a point in any journey or adventure (or vacation for that matter) when you actually feel like you are truly "living it." The first few days of this trip were so overwhelming..the African landscapes, the new friends, the beautiful locals, the new and exotic foods, the different languages, the 1200 GSA, and just riding with Charley were all a bit difficult to take in and process.

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I felt like I was watching a movie. But, I woke up this morning and really felt like I belonged in Africa. I was settling into this ride and loving every minute of it.

The days ride was another fast paced, long ride filled with amazing scenery, challenging terrain, and of course a few crashes. I will post a new video of today as soon as I get around to it. I promise not to set the video to Motley Crue! I pissed somebody off a few posts back with my choice of music!! Anyway, we left Clanwilliam bright and early. I teamed up with Adam, a crazy FF from Australia. He is a damn good rider, and a hell of a drinker.

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Now, I really don't know how it all started, but our laid back riding day turned into an all out Dakar Rally. We pushed those bikes hard on the gravel roads and technical sections. We only slowed down for gate crossing, wildflowers and lunch.

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We had a lot of ground to cover. I kept thinking, "What the hell am I doing? One mistake at these speeds and the trip is over." I knew it was stupid, but the roads were just so damn inviting!! Then, with another twist of the throttle, we were launching off of cattle guards and sliding around corners.

My rear tire was taking a major beating. These puppies were supposed to make it all the way to Vic Falls. Not a chance in hell! (About five of us had to swap out our tires 2500 km into the trip.) Speaking of rear tires, a rider in our group ate shit and actually snapped his swing arm. He came over a slight crest and hit some major 12 inch deep ruts.

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Fortunately, he walked away with only minor bruises, and a deflated ego! His bike was done!

That night, we stayed at the Diamond Lodge, a quirky little B and B.

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The grounds were filled with creepy little garden gnomes and weird statues. We drank quite a few beers that night rehashing the days ride. Windhoek lager is great!! They should have sponsored the ride.

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Each day so far has been so exciting, challenging, and stimulating. I awoke each morning excited to see what the ride would bring. I was blown away day after day. It really does't get any better...at least for me!

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My roomie, Tim, taking in all the wildflowers.

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Old 09-27-2011, 03:30 AM   #132
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One question: While you few hot shot superior riders are frolicking with Charlie what are the inferior unskilled riders doing and who, if anyone, is guiding them?
As one of the inferior unskilled riders, I can say we were having a great time! As Global said some of the group liked the faster stuff and we just rode at a speed where we were happy. We had a gps to show the way and a sweep rider, Billy who was always around. Charley would often appear and ride with, or have a chat with us as well.

Global are you going to tell him what a stubby holder is.........?
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Old 09-27-2011, 03:34 AM   #133
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John and Su from Motoaventures did an excellent job
Superb RR keep it coming; looking forward to reading/seeing more.
Bumped into John from motoaventures a few times on trails in the Pyrenees; seemd a pretty decent guy; small world isn't it.

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Old 09-27-2011, 07:56 AM   #134
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Global are you going to tell him what a stubby holder is.........?
Black-ops! So great to see you here mate!! Please feel free to chime in any time with stories, photos, or criticism. The term "stubby holder" was new to me as well. Here in the states we call them beer koozies, and they are perfect for keeping your beer ice cold, and your hands warm. The Australians apparently go nuts over these things. They collect them like they're currency. Black-ops had a bunch made up for all the guys (and gals) on our trip. Please post a photo of one if you have it Black-ops!
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Old 09-27-2011, 08:02 AM   #135
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Great ride report so far brotha! I'm so glad you are doing this. I can't wait until you get to the part AFTER I crashed and broke my vertebrae...because the days that follow my epic dirt nap are a bit hazy to say the least.
GSDOG! Great to hear from you. How is the recovery process going? When I cover your epic accident in this RR, it would be great to get some first hand knowledge of the event from you...if you can remember anything!
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