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Old 12-06-2012, 02:55 AM   #1066
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So even the boxer needing a tow was the KTMs fault.........
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:18 AM   #1067
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Rod do you know what category your boots are ? A.B.C or D
Me and Beam(st)er were using hiking boots too.
On my road bike I use B category. But this trip I brought my C catagory (Hanwag Alaska Top)
Which give a lot more support and protection than my B category.
On this trip we stood on the pegs the whole day, the stronger soles of the C category gave a lot more support.

During the trip I didn't see a big rock hidden in the tall grass. My foot was swept of the peg at 80 km/h.
It did hurt a lot but they gave enough protection to have no injuries. (its always a compromise but for me they are the multipurpose shoes for trips like this.).
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:31 AM   #1068
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maybe something like this http://fotos.miarroba.com/fotos/7/f/7f0ab7a7.jpg could save some weight and improve the overall off road
Interesting ... what is it?
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:58 AM   #1069
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Interesting ... what is it?
Is that an Africa Twin that's been on a serious diet with an identity crisis?
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:10 AM   #1070
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Rod do you know what category your boots are ? A.B.C or D
Me and Beam(st)er were using hiking boots too.
On my road bike I use B category. But this trip I brought my C catagory (Hanwag Alaska Top)
Which give a lot more support and protection than my B category.
On this trip we stood on the pegs the whole day, the stronger soles of the C category gave a lot more support.

During the trip I didn't see a big rock hidden in the tall grass. My foot was swept of the peg at 80 km/h.
It did hurt a lot but they gave enough protection to have no injuries. (its always a compromise but for me they are the multipurpose shoes for trips like this.).
Hi P. Not sure what category they are but they're made by the Italian company Orizo, This is something like them-mine are a little taller but without the gaiter-the models I suppose change and mine are a couple of years old. I don't see any cat rating on the info.

http://www.orizo.it/en/prodotto.php?itemid=394&cat=92

Or this at it's in full grain leather as mine are -but again just a little taller FGL is better as I can polish them occssionally to keep the leather supple . Yes, I am that anal.

http://www.orizo.it/en/prodotto.php?itemid=416&cat=92

They have Vibram soles that are pretty stiff, but after a few hours standing you have to do a bit of shuffling and leg wagging- but as I never seem to tire of saying-it's all a balance isn't it, between comfort and protection-and I just can't get on with MX boots. These have had lots of the bangs you cite and still do it for me.

Unfortunately they still smell as bad when they've had some stinky puddle water in them, but after some dousings in clean water the smell has improved...... to just enough to make a crow gag.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:12 AM   #1071
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I sow that your russian buddy in Morocco was wearing an armour under the jacket, but i didn't understand why is he wearing the jacket in the first place in that heat.
Sorry to hijack Walter & Co's thread. When the temperature gets above human body temperature, 37C or in old fashioned units 98.6F, riding without a jacket heats you up more than riding with one.

I wasn't sure that I believed that but in the USA this summer I got the chance to find out for myself as it was over 40C (104F). I tried riding in an armoured and very open mesh Knox motocross shirt and with a Pro Shell Goretex jacket over the top of it. I was cooler with the jacket on. I now believe!

I still easily drank >3 litres, (0.82 US gallons), of water from my back pack plus various other drinks at stops on the hot days.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:12 AM   #1072
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OOOH. get her!

Here's the gay Mr T modelling this year's "must have" accesories for the steppe. When he arrived wearing that outfit, we girls all had our claws out.

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Old 12-06-2012, 05:42 AM   #1073
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The Steppe

We rode that day along outstanding 2 track with that lovely shallow cover of sand that makes the bike slide just enough but you still have confidence to GLF.

Just a steppe pic
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Later we were riding along this twin track that had been built as an embankment, You could see at either side fro 20 metres where the soil had been dug out of the earth and heaped up to create the berm. Every now and then we'd have to get off the berm to go round a washout.

http://s1283.beta.photobucket.com/user/rodcurrie/media/Kazpics046.jpg.html" target="_blank">http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a555/rodcurrie/Kazpics046.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"/>

We hadn't seeen anyone for hours, and this medium can't really deliver an impression of th vastness of the space we were riding through, but you could have dropped London into it 5 times and not noticed it. It must be a killer in the winter but a this time of year it's beautiful

Sorry all. Having issues loading again as I'm at work. I'll sort out the pics this evening

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Old 12-06-2012, 05:55 AM   #1074
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Pictures fixed ;-)

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We rode that day along outstanding 2 track with that lovely shallow cover of sand that makes the bike slide just enough but you still have confidence to GLF.

Just a steppe pic


Later we were riding along this twin track that had been built as an embankment, You could see at either side fro 20 metres where the soil had been dug out of the earth and heaped up to create the berm. Every now and then we'd have to get off the berm to go round a washout.



We hadn't seeen anyone for hours, and this medium can't really deliver an impression of th vastness of the space we were riding through, but you could have dropped London into it 5 times and not noticed it. It must be a killer in the winter but a this time of year it's beautiful

Sorry all. Having issues loading again as I'm at work. I'll sort out the pics this evening
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:20 AM   #1075
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Pictures fixed ;-)
Thanks for that Geri.
Dunno if it's a firewall issue but I can't get the links to work from here. At home it's fine.
Again, thanks, RC
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:36 AM   #1076
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But if you're looking for a bike that's slow, heavy, with shit susension, comedy brakes and unreliable too (why not go the whole hog?) do your brains in and try a KLR. It's the bike that does everything...badly!
Prepare for a storm of protest from KLR-ers. I'll apologise now. Sorry guys...only winding you up.
But, it's the only thing us po folk can afford.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:44 AM   #1077
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What do you think is the ideal number of riders for a trip like this - it seems as the group grows larger, the pace slows down.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:47 AM   #1078
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I've only ridden with one guy that has the skill to ride a big "dualsport" like a AT or 950 Adv through serious terrain, ....
There are a lot out there, Rod.
Guess the rider of this"princess" will show during this RR. He takes her everywhere like a feather, well, a big one...
He stands that anyone can park his bike at his will.



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Old 12-06-2012, 07:58 AM   #1079
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Day 41 Continued

We kept piling on the miles ... in the middle of nowhere:



Occasionally picking up some pretty speedy double track:



Till the KTM wanted another break.



Note Terry about to indulge in a quick number 2 behind this abandoned shepherds hut.
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what do you think is the ideal number of riders for a trip like this - it seems as the group grows larger, the pace slows down.
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