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Old 09-07-2014, 12:41 AM   #1
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Adventure Riding in the 80s - Tamanrasset 1985

The bikes and the outfit was different back then



We looked different back then......


The best multi purpose jackets on the market was the Belstaff cotton/wax jacket. And when we got off the ferry in Northern Africa, the Tuareg in Tamanrasset could smell us already coming.
Our hairs were longer in our neck, the glasses bigger and moustache or full face beards a "Must" for every biker.
It was the time, when there were no mobile phones, no UPS or DHL, no internet and..NO GPS !!!!....so going to the Sahara desert meant.....you are on your own.
Should there be an interest in the forum, I will post my recently digitized photos and memories of a tour, I did in 1985 through Tunisia and the Algerian desert to Tamanrasset. Giving you also a forum to dig into your old memories and photos to share experiences, ancedotes and stories of Adventure Riding back in the 80s.
Let's see
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Old 09-07-2014, 12:58 AM   #2
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And, of course - no navigation system.

For me, it would be interesting, your 1985 trip.
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Old 09-07-2014, 12:59 AM   #3
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I'd love to see them!
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Old 09-07-2014, 01:07 AM   #4
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Vintage ride reports

Love them. Keep it coming please.

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Old 09-07-2014, 01:29 AM   #5
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Yes please , I'm very interested, wish I were there.
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Old 09-07-2014, 03:05 AM   #6
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Less beard, but ...

Very interested. I did a bit of road in 1980 with a friend. Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia. I await with interest your RR


On the beach of Agadir
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Old 09-07-2014, 03:37 AM   #7
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I'm in. I still remember my old Belstaff Jacket. Leaked whenever it rained, froze as stiff as a board when cold and stank like a billy goat. But what adventures it took me on.

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Old 09-07-2014, 03:49 AM   #8
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the start

How to prepare a bike ?
Since I planned to travel with my girlfriend, I could not go on my XT500.
So it was an R 80 GS that should carry:
50 l petrol, 15 l water, spare parts, spare tyre, camping stuff for 2 people, food for 4 days, 3 pair of underwear each, 2 set of spare trousers and shirts
Wunderlich/Touratech weren't around by then...so welded a pannier system myself (5 kg !!), fitted a White Power Suspension, reinforced the frame. Being used to the XT500, all the electronics of the R 80 GS scared the shit out of me. It had an electronic control box
I have heard it can be hot in the Sahara - so I reckoned better to start during winter.
Winter 1985 was cold in Germany - climate experts predicted the start of a new ice age (no joke !)
So - we set off at - minus 20 degree to head for Marseille to catch the ship to Tunis
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Old 09-07-2014, 03:54 AM   #9
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the smell of adventure

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Very interested. I did a bit of road in 1980 with a friend. Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia. I await with interest your RR


On the beach of Agadir
That looks like a Reinschussel Tank on your bike - always added a smell of adventure. And they supplied fuel with the help of gravity....which always works, unlike fuel pumps
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Old 09-07-2014, 04:10 AM   #10
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Back in time and beyond...

Am in. Great pics so far...that mammoth of a GS in the snow...priceless!
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Old 09-07-2014, 04:22 AM   #11
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Great RR!!!!
And its very intresting for everybody i think...
No GPS..no intrnet...no mobiles...sounds like true adventure
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Old 09-07-2014, 04:24 AM   #12
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Really looking forward to more. Thank you for posting this
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Old 09-07-2014, 04:29 AM   #13
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reaching Africa

Frozen and shivering we reached Marseille.
After a horrible crossing the previous year on an Algerian ship (I vomited 25 h of the 26 h crossing), we chose the Liberte this time for Tunis.

Tunisia was a popular tourist destination - and it was easy to head towards Algeria via Tozeur.
We reached the desert


I figured soon, that my Enduro 2 were good tyres to go to university - they last forever. But they were useless in the desert.


Luckily, I carried a T61 (?) with me. So changed the tyre and managed the sand much better from then on. Was driving with 2 person on the bike and all that stuff on the back.
So I made it out of the hole and learned my first lesson
"Gas geben is seliger denn Gas nehmen" - no equivalent translation into English. It basically mean "just stay on the throttle"

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Old 09-07-2014, 04:30 AM   #14
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Wow amazing. Cant wait to see more.
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Old 09-07-2014, 04:39 AM   #15
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Great RR!!!!
And its very intresting for everybody i think...
No GPS..no intrnet...no mobiles...sounds like true adventure
ha ha...yes....I am going to come back on the experience not having had the luxury of a GPS a bit later...after we reached Tamanrasset and head back....and suddenly the road disappeared with truck trails in all direction. Bare with me for a moment.
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