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Forum: Africa & Mid East 11-23-2013, 11:40 PM
Replies: 282
Views: 28,999
Posted By DesertSweeper
Emirates Bike Tours

Yes that is James West's outfit. If you get him as your tour guide / leader you will have a great tour. He is a very experienced rider who knows the desert out here like the back of his gnarly hand....
Forum: Africa & Mid East 11-17-2013, 08:53 AM
Replies: 282
Views: 28,999
Posted By DesertSweeper
No I did mean the CRF250X as it is delivered...

No I did mean the CRF250X as it is delivered road-worthy. You can lower the whole bike by changing the suspension pro-link. It makes a great "mini" adventure bike......
Forum: Africa & Mid East 11-14-2013, 08:37 PM
Replies: 282
Views: 28,999
Posted By DesertSweeper
We call the local dealer here in Dubai "Al...

We call the local dealer here in Dubai "Al Useless" (Al Yousef))...they also do Suzuki. Erratic supplies and zero service. Why not look at the Honda CRF250X? You can lower the bike by shortening the...
Forum: Ride reports 01-01-2013, 01:50 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,180
Posted By DesertSweeper
:evil:rofl:evil Hey gavo, I recon...

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Hey gavo, I recon that would be it, the good old Pisey Club! And the name of the awesome spot on the River is the Bay Cafe.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns =...
Forum: Ride reports 12-31-2012, 12:41 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,180
Posted By DesertSweeper
Koh Kong

We set off in the morning for the town of Koh Kong in the province of the same name. Wikipedia has this to say about Koh Kong: “The most south-western province of Cambodia, Koh Kong has a long...
Forum: Ride reports 12-26-2012, 01:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,180
Posted By DesertSweeper
More mud

We are heading west for Pramoey town in the Veal Veng district, the last stronghold of the Khmer Rouge and therefore the most heavily land-mined area in Cambodia. This area is also home to the last...
Forum: Ride reports 12-25-2012, 12:58 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,180
Posted By DesertSweeper
Buried danger

Cambodia is the most land-mined country in the world. Three decades of civil war has created the terrible situation where there are approximately 5 million unexploded landmines buried in rural...
Forum: Ride reports 12-25-2012, 09:50 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,180
Posted By DesertSweeper
Day 2 let the mayhem begin

Paul gives our backup mechanic’s bike to Noel eventually so we are off again. We blast off through the glorious Cambodian countryside stopping every now and then for a quick break and a...
Forum: Ride reports 12-25-2012, 05:57 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,180
Posted By DesertSweeper
Battambang oddballs and camchain woes

The Sandy Helmets MC attracts the oddest array of wierdo’s much like flies to crap. Our departure is christened with this fine specimen of local talent who is stark bollock naked from the waist down....
Forum: Ride reports 12-25-2012, 05:43 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,180
Posted By DesertSweeper
Battambang oddballs and camchain woes

They tried but my scrawny chassis provided no meat so they abandoned me to the drizzle and mud...:rofl<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>


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Forum: Ride reports 12-21-2012, 02:07 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,180
Posted By DesertSweeper
Day 1 - Actual riding!

A few hours later the bedraggled group drag their sorry asses down to the front of the hotel where our van is waiting to take us to the headquarters of Hidden Cambodia Dirt Bike Tours. A few can’t be...
Forum: Ride reports 12-20-2012, 06:09 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,180
Posted By DesertSweeper
Siem Reap Cambodia

Apologies for overstepping the mark GB...will keep it as clean as a Long Way Drowned Ride Report could possibly be...:deal<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"...
Forum: Ride reports 12-10-2012, 08:19 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,180
Posted By DesertSweeper
Road Trip

Rather than fly, Brian has decided we will do a road trip to Cambodia from Thailand. His sound reasoning is that one can only drink so many beers on a one hour flight but a whole lot more on a road...
Forum: Ride reports 12-10-2012, 04:07 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,180
Posted By DesertSweeper
Bangkok Part 2

I am getting complaints from different quarters that this is supposed to be a Ride Report not a beer-fest. Please be patient, the riding is coming soon. I am merely documenting the run-up to the...
Forum: Ride reports 12-09-2012, 08:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,180
Posted By DesertSweeper
Bangkok Part 1

Noel finally arrives and the lads celebrate the re-union down at the "stumble Inn" bar. Owen and I are still snoozing but we join them eventually. The main focus of our evening is the corner bar...
Forum: Ride reports 12-08-2012, 08:49 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,180
Posted By DesertSweeper
The heart of the Bangkok beast

We finally land in the city of sin and clear through immigration and customs with relative ease. Thailand is tourist friendly so they make things easy. While Brian goes off in search of a taxi-bus...
Forum: Ride reports 12-02-2012, 10:19 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,180
Posted By DesertSweeper
How Mr Naughty got his name

When we finally get to the airport we find Owen in a very happy state having already consumed six pints of Guinness. Owen is accident prone and as he had heard about my shoulder injury he is making...
Forum: Ride reports 11-29-2012, 02:41 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,180
Posted By DesertSweeper
Physical abuse

Hey VFR, Cambodia is a wonderful place for a bunch of blokes to do bikes and beer...they will enjoy it for sure!

Back from the physio. Susan broke the spasm’d knot and possibly even the whole...
Forum: Ride reports 11-28-2012, 07:49 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,180
Posted By DesertSweeper
Magnets and Chinese massage

It’s 6am on D-Day – I have been tossing and turning for the last two hours in terrible pain. I put my shoulder out a few days ago and yesterday’s session with Suzan – a Chinese masseur of...
Forum: Ride reports 11-28-2012, 11:15 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,180
Posted By DesertSweeper
The Long Way Drowned 4 – Cambodia 2012

Ok so I know the small but dedicated group who follow my various adventures believe I am still kicking the crap out of my dead bike on a muddy road in southern Uganda - as I still have not finished...
Forum: Ride reports 08-15-2012, 12:09 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 8,231
Posted By DesertSweeper
Tantalising Tanzania

Now THAT'S the way to do it...will certainly join you for the next one if invited....brilliant report mate! Inspirational....
Forum: Ride reports 08-08-2012, 06:13 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 46,050
Posted By DesertSweeper
Baboons and mud part 2

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Forum: Ride reports 08-08-2012, 02:32 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 46,050
Posted By DesertSweeper
Baboons and mud

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Forum: Ride reports 08-06-2012, 01:55 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 46,050
Posted By DesertSweeper
Ugandan Military tank

Dawn greets us with a dry spell so we make haste to depart while it holds off. I enlist the services of some locals to help me get my bike going but the first thing that greets us is a military tank...
Forum: Ride reports 08-06-2012, 07:22 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 46,050
Posted By DesertSweeper
Liquid Lunch

Well gnashbritches I did once see Brian eat actual solid food but I think it was more of an experimental thing as it was just the once :rofl

Thanks for the kind words and support! I personally...
Forum: Ride reports 08-05-2012, 05:10 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 46,050
Posted By DesertSweeper
Up close and personal

Up close and personal with a gorilla mother and her baby.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>

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Forum: Ride reports 08-05-2012, 03:22 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 46,050
Posted By DesertSweeper
Recovery

Eventually it stops raining for a bit and I bribe some locals to give me a hand recovering my bike. It’s at the bottom of a steep incline so I need help pushing it up the muddy slope and back to our...
Forum: Ride reports 08-05-2012, 05:39 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 23,900
Posted By DesertSweeper
Australia adventure

Brilliant - thanks for sharing. Ozz now firmly on my adventure to-do-list...
Forum: Africa & Mid East 08-04-2012, 02:56 AM
Replies: 282
Views: 28,999
Posted By DesertSweeper
Haha now that’s an interesting story kokos79. I...

Haha now that’s an interesting story kokos79. I used to be a good customer of BMW Dubai. I bought the GS1150 and the 1200 you see in the pics plus I bought an HP2. My mate Pete riding the...
Forum: Africa & Mid East 08-04-2012, 02:29 AM
Replies: 282
Views: 28,999
Posted By DesertSweeper
Adventure riding in the Arabian Peninsula

Thank you for the compliment. I often regret doing an RR once I have started as they are very time consuming, however the enjoyment they bring (and hopefully inspiration) to some does make it worth...
Forum: Ride reports 08-03-2012, 09:27 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 46,050
Posted By DesertSweeper
life is good

I give up waiting for the rain to stop and I’m soaked anyway so I leave my little shelter and trudge up the road to where we are staying. Brian greets me with a beer under a large open-walled thatch...
Forum: Africa & Mid East 08-03-2012, 02:15 AM
Replies: 282
Views: 28,999
Posted By DesertSweeper
I'm in

Am up for the odd wadi bashing if i'm not on the long trail, though have sold my beemers so it would have to be on a 450X if you dont mind a slow-poke tagging along!

Catch the end of the last one...
Forum: Ride reports 08-03-2012, 12:41 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 46,050
Posted By DesertSweeper
The Bwindi rain

Thanks Bluebull2007! your patience is heartening....

As we reach the far side of the valley it starts to rain and our allotted time is up anyways. We all bolt out of the forest and head back to...
Forum: Ride reports 08-02-2012, 12:49 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 46,050
Posted By DesertSweeper
Amazing Creatures

Yes Comrade Art and so are those gorillas! :rofl
Forum: Ride reports 08-02-2012, 11:21 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 46,050
Posted By DesertSweeper
And more gorillas

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Forum: Ride reports 08-02-2012, 11:14 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 46,050
Posted By DesertSweeper
More gorillas

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Forum: Ride reports 08-02-2012, 11:08 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 46,050
Posted By DesertSweeper
The gorillas

I hear our tracker talking excitedly on the radio and she tells us there is a sizeable group just ahead in a valley of dense undergrowth. We stop and look and although you can’t actually see a single...
Forum: Ride reports 08-01-2012, 01:34 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 46,050
Posted By DesertSweeper
First sighting

Suddenly our guide motions to us that there is something in the trees ahead. I catch a glimpse of something resembling a monkey or gorilla shimmying down a trunk but all I get with my camera is this...
Forum: Ride reports 07-31-2012, 02:36 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 46,050
Posted By DesertSweeper
Brian in the mist

Almost immediately we come upon a strange snaking black line crossing the path. It’s a column of ants that apparently literally eats its way through the jungle. We gingerly step over them and...
Forum: Ride reports 07-31-2012, 01:13 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 46,050
Posted By DesertSweeper
Gorillas in the Mist

Hey PDL, yup that’s popping you hear. My theory is the carb’s slow-circuit is blocked so she’s running lean which would also explain the difficulty in starting. Mostly I believe they think we are...
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