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Old 01-22-2014, 07:57 AM   #1
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Trekking in South Africa - DR650 & more!

Right! I've been on ADVrider for quite some time now but its about time I do some posting of some of the trips I've done and am going to take!

I first posted the description below in the DR650 thread but I'm reposting here to give you some background (and because i'm lazy to write it all again)!

A bit about me. I'm a french/british student currently living in South Africa where I grew up! I'm back in South Africa for work so I decided to get myself a DR 650 to get around and get myself into trouble! I used to have DRZ400E about two years but I sold it because I was continuing my studies in the UK! The bike was mostly stock but the DR 650 is highly modified!



Here's another one!



About the mods:

- IMS long range fuel tank (19L)
- Pro Taper fat bars and grips with Pro Taper fat bar mounts
- Zeta hand guards
- LeCap South African made aluminum bash plate
- Aluminum Oil filter cover guard and L and R side case armour
- Superbrace fork brace
- Eibach front fork springs with Race Tech fork cartridge emulators
- Eibach rear spring with Cogent Dynamics rear shock shaft assembly
- FMF Powercore 4 muffler
- K & N air filter with Procycle foam filter wrap
- Braided front brake hose
- Rear master cylinder guard
- Procycle lowered enduro footpegs
- Pat Walsh designs luggage rack
- Tail light conversion and mini license plate bracket fitted
- Mini indicators
- 12 V socket

I found this bike on an internet ad and as soon as I saw it It felt like a dream come true. The bike was modified exactly as I wanted it! I was hesitating between a KLR 650, XR650L and the DR. Needless to say I knew it was the right one and I plan on keeping it for a very long time!

I'm going to start off the thread by posting some old pics of the DRZ on some of my trips in and around Johannesburg about two years back! As soon as I get up to no good on the mighty DR I'll post more here! STANDBY!
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:51 AM   #2
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The DRZ 400 Story

Once upon a time, back in 2012 I had a DRZ 400 E which I bought for a really good price whilst I was working in South Africa for 6 months! Unfortunately it was completely stock, but luckily it was a great bike with loads of potential!

This was my first real bike (having previously ridden a broken down 50cc moped whilst studying in France) and at first I was bit anxious but soon found myself really at ease on the bike! And so, I went on my first few trips!


The Yellow Devil




My first ride was north of Johannesburg an area called Magaliesburg with nice roads and loads of open spaces and vegetation around.

Yours truly, taking a victorious pose having mastered the fearsome DRZ.




The following ride was around Hartbesspoort Dam, north of Johannesburg and West of Pretoria.




I stopped by at a brilliant little restaurant called the Oxwagon with a stunning view on the dam and great food! You can also sleep in the wagons that have been refurbished into guest houses!



These wagons actually date back to the Great Trek! (trek meaning travel in afrikaans)




View whilst eating!




And a spot of amateur photography




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Old 01-22-2014, 09:02 AM   #3
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I take Johannesburg's 27C and sunny over the weather here (Toronto) or London right now. A great adventure - can't wait to see more of it.
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Old 01-22-2014, 09:08 AM   #4
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As I sit here in Strathroy ON I long for the sun of South Africa! In ten short months I will once again hop on a plane and spend time in one of the most beautiful places in the world. I also hope to rent a 1200GS in Cape Town and ride around Cape Point and towards Hermanus
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The DRZ 400 Story - A Yellow Tale

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My helmet! Suitable protection against aliens and pigeons alike!




On this ride I decided I wanted to go to the Craddle Of Humankind on the way to Magaliesberg where (apparently) humanity started. But FIRST I stop by at Drift Inn near Krugersdorp!




Really nice place for families or bikers stopping by!








Bike still there, good to go!




I stop by at the Sterkfontein caves and then go to the Craddle museum. (This is all one hour away from Johannesburg)






Shiny yellow thing still there!



Aaaaand I end up making a loop back towards Hartbesspoort to the East and the South towards Joburg.




More photography!




And back in town!



Standby for more! Maybe..
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Old 01-22-2014, 09:33 AM   #6
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As I sit here in Strathroy ON I long for the sun of Hermanus
I did some of that ride last feburary on some F800's, it was fabulous. Make sure you get up into the mountains as well.
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Old 01-23-2014, 01:52 PM   #7
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Random rides and scary bikes!

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Ok so I went on another few random bike rides one just South of Johannesburg to a biker rally and another one north in the Magaliesberg! Here are some random pics from those rides! March 2012 therabouts.




This was The Vigilantes Day Jol! I had no idea this was a bike rally, at first I though it was some fascist para-military meeting but then I saw all the bikes!

Of course I rock up and all I saw were superbikes and Harleys and was pretty sure I was gonna get torn to shreds on my yellow suzuki, but turns out everyone was really friendly and welcoming!




Saw this which was pretty badass!




The people!




Went on another ride in Magaliesberg




Found this! Good life lesson learnt?




STANDBY for a real ride after this!
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Saw this which was pretty badass!



STANDBY for a real ride after this!
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Another very cool thread....thanks for the post.
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Old 01-26-2014, 07:37 AM   #10
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The Hekpoort Valley Saga!

Thanks for all the comments!


This time I went on a longer ride! I went on this site:

http://www.flamesonmytank.co.za/blog...-magaliesberg/

and saw there was a nice gravel road going west along the Magaliesberg mountain range for about 60kms! So I decided to follow the same track!


Headed out to Hartebesspoort first and went around the dam before heading west to join the track.




Other side of the dam






Found the road!







Nothing too challenging, I could easily get up to 80kph on the straight bits!







Am I the Stig?




Some wet stuff!




The Magaliesberg mountain range!



Some artful photography



And back on the tar, Heading back to Joburg!




Hope you enjoyed this one! Some nice pictures I find, all taken with my iPhone! Next up a ride 2 hours south of Johannesburg around the Vaal Dam in the Orange Free State!


Standby! for something..
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:00 AM   #11
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A Free State adventure and a minor toll gate incident!

LET'S GO ON ANOTHER RIDE!

On this one I went South towards the Vaal Dam south of Johannesburg!


The road was being rebuilt (and probably still is 2 years later) so only one lane was working at a time




Went to the bike museum/bar in Deneysville




The bar was full of motorcycling pictures and memorabilia







Typical South African humour




Ran into this on the way out of Deneysville, it was way deeper than I thought it would be!




I was completely soaked coming out the other side!!







Some more helmet action!







And I found this little piece of heaven down some farm road on the way to Villiers. I turned off the engine, looked around and there was not a noise to be heard, truly wonderful moment! I took a few pictures, climbed back on the bike and proceeded to roar down the gravel road at a 100kph ruining everything but what a great ride!










After getting back on the freeway I headed back home!



Had a bit of an incident at one of the tolls! (no sure I should be saying this but what the hell ) I didn't have any cash to pay for the toll and they wouldn't accept cards so after some debating with the lady at the toll and after quite a large queue of cars had accumulated behind me I got told that I would have to turn back the way I came. Resigned to this I rode through the boom gate to go back through the toll on the other side of the road. Realizing this was stupid and it being quite late, I changed my mind and accelerated back on the remaining stretch of free way back towards Joburg!


You're either a hooligan or you're not.


Nearing the end of my DRZ rides only have a few more pictures left! STANDBY for the END! And then back to the Future on the mighty DR!
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