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Forum: Epic Ride Reports Today, 01:03 PM
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Posted By Xpat
Egypt - part 2 Luxor is situated on the...

Egypt - part 2

Luxor is situated on the upper Nile (e.g. in the south of Egypt) and is the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes. According to Wikipedia it has been frequently called ‘the...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports Yesterday, 11:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 724
Posted By Xpat
Egypt Egypt of course was seat of one of the...

Egypt

Egypt of course was seat of one of the world’s first civilizations, remains of which are today still one of its main revenue sources. That civilization was probably the most advanced society...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-05-2015, 01:40 PM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,412
Posted By Xpat
Sorry, but I disagree - my soft bags are fully...

Sorry, but I disagree - my soft bags are fully waterproof, because I use the waterproof inners, which do no get damaged in fall (and I do fall when I push offroad). On the other hand my hard cases...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-05-2015, 01:35 PM
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Views: 420,412
Posted By Xpat
No I'm not. I'm just saying it shouldn't be...

No I'm not. I'm just saying it shouldn't be priority. An example - LC8. It was fully capable of 2 up, but wasn't favoured for it because of lacking comfort for passenger - narrow flat seat, which on...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-05-2015, 12:57 PM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,412
Posted By Xpat
There are tons of universal bikes already on the...

There are tons of universal bikes already on the market - good luck to Honda trying to go middle of the road (unless they are going to make it extremely cheap which I somehow don't see happening)....
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-05-2015, 12:46 PM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,412
Posted By Xpat
I'm not questioning that AT will be capable to...

I'm not questioning that AT will be capable to carry a passenger - I said so in my prior post. I just don't think (hope) it will be the best tool for it. Many people who like to ride 2 up switch from...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-05-2015, 11:58 AM
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Views: 420,412
Posted By Xpat
MrKiwi, I do appreciate your input on this thread...

MrKiwi, I do appreciate your input on this thread as you seem to have solid insight info and seem to be the last ray of hope indicating that this indeed still may be relatively light-weight bike.
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Forum: Epic Ride Reports 07-05-2015, 08:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 724
Posted By Xpat
Jordan I did not fell for Jordan the same...

Jordan

I did not fell for Jordan the same way as I did for Syria - actually it left me quite cold. I think it finds itself in the odd position of the only Arab country allied (or at least...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-05-2015, 04:52 AM
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Views: 420,412
Posted By Xpat
Exactly - thank you! I don't care about 2-up, but...

Exactly - thank you! I don't care about 2-up, but understand that it will have to be able to accommodate that to an extent (for sure not as well as dozen or so 1000 - 1300 cc 'adventure' bikes...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 07-04-2015, 03:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 724
Posted By Xpat
Thank you. India is not going to happen - I...

Thank you.

India is not going to happen - I did it in 2000 and remember it very sketchily. On top of it at the time I was still using film camera and hence do not have any digital photos...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 07-04-2015, 02:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 724
Posted By Xpat
Syria I find what *is happening in Syria now...

Syria

I find what *is happening in Syria now really tragic, as it is one of my favourite muslim countries. As other muslim countries there was palpable sense of community which was a nice contrast...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 07-04-2015, 11:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 724
Posted By Xpat
African Safari (Prague to Cape Town)

Introduction

I was asked at work to prepare a small presentation about bike trip I did in 2005/2006 that took me from Prague to Cape Town. While I was going through the pictures I thought there...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-04-2015, 10:33 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,412
Posted By Xpat
Yep, that is exactly what I'm looking for,...

Yep, that is exactly what I'm looking for, ideally including decent suspension, and offroad ergos.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-03-2015, 10:36 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,412
Posted By Xpat
That is perfectly fine - nothing wrong with that....

That is perfectly fine - nothing wrong with that. If you are going to pillion as you say, you invariably are going to take it easier. I was just pointing out that there are plenty options available...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-03-2015, 09:09 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,412
Posted By Xpat
Yamaha S10, Triumph Explorer, BMW1200 GS/GSA, KTM...

Yamaha S10, Triumph Explorer, BMW1200 GS/GSA, KTM 1190/1290/1090, Suzuki V-Strom, Kawasaki Versys, MotoGuzzi Stelvio, Ducati Multistrada, Honda 1200VFR, Honda 800 VFR, Buell Ulyses, ....,...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-03-2015, 07:12 AM
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Views: 420,412
Posted By Xpat
That is what I'm still waiting for - weight close...

That is what I'm still waiting for - weight close to 200 kg wet.

DCT - I don't care about. If Recluse comes up with its autoclutch with manual clutch lever overdrive for this bike (and assuming...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-03-2015, 05:41 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,412
Posted By Xpat
Yes, there is:...

Yes, there is: http://http://www.dustriders.co.za/comfort/comf0010.htm (http://www.dustriders.co.za/comfort/comf0010.htm)

I have to say though, that the direction this thread has taken is...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 07-01-2015, 12:02 PM
Replies: 444
Views: 106,068
Posted By Xpat
You two really did you homework! So far you...

You two really did you homework! So far you really picked up the best Southern Africa has to offer - unlike most people who just skimp it on the main roads. Well done!
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-14-2015, 01:05 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,412
Posted By Xpat
Old Roman described the reasons for possible ...

Old Roman described the reasons for possible Tenere replacement above very well (this is far from sure I'm definitely not putting my name on any lists - if AT will turn out to be lame for offroad,...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-13-2015, 02:31 PM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,412
Posted By Xpat
100% with you Lion. This is the Yamaha I want AT...

100% with you Lion. This is the Yamaha I want AT to replace:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-IbTRu-c-XDY/VN57mF6vXLI/AAAAAAAAD3I/vYo2eq0g5as/s1024/P1010078.jpg

It's called Tenere, which some...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-03-2015, 12:09 PM
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Views: 153,127
Posted By Xpat
Except for XT660Z Tenere or R ... But maybe...

Except for XT660Z Tenere or R ...

But maybe they will catch a wake-up call now - if the new AT is even in the ballpark of the speculated specs (and it already has better wheel size in 18 vs...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-01-2015, 01:47 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,412
Posted By Xpat
Thanks Lee. I didn't save the GPS tracks, as I...

Thanks Lee. I didn't save the GPS tracks, as I was following tracks that you can get on Tracks4Africa.com. If you want to get an idea about my route, you can check the Christmas Safari 1 (for video...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-31-2015, 01:04 PM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,412
Posted By Xpat
I'm looking into this bike for long distance...

I'm looking into this bike for long distance remote solo spirited riding in the African boonies. 10 years ago I've done 40k km from Prague to Cape Town on GSA1150, about half of tar and thousands of...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-31-2015, 07:55 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,412
Posted By Xpat
That would be very good news for me. I will check...

That would be very good news for me. I will check your post at home - the work firewall blocks the pictures.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-31-2015, 05:27 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,412
Posted By Xpat
Yep, that is what I'm trying to do, futile as it...

Yep, that is what I'm trying to do, futile as it is :D.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-31-2015, 04:59 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,412
Posted By Xpat
That right there is my biggest worry - dull Honda...

That right there is my biggest worry - dull Honda practicality devoid of any motorcycling soul. As everything in their current line-up. And as the original Africa Twin that was my first bike and...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-31-2015, 04:18 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,412
Posted By Xpat
Did I mention money? I'm willing to pay top money...

Did I mention money? I'm willing to pay top money for this bike, if its really right. The 1190R money, and I don't care that it has 50HP less, as long as its light and has top notch suspension, and...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-31-2015, 03:59 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,412
Posted By Xpat
There is a bad sign if there ever was one. Check...

There is a bad sign if there ever was one. Check how much stuff Touratech sells for pseudo dirt bikes like GS and compare it to dirt ready bikes like 990.
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-31-2015, 02:12 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 10,830
Posted By Xpat
Thank you, will try to post next rides (probably...

Thank you, will try to post next rides (probably even some from the past) once I get to them.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-31-2015, 01:37 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,412
Posted By Xpat
Yes, after all the excitement of the prototype,...

Yes, after all the excitement of the prototype, this Honda starts to look questionable to me as well. I'm afraid it starts looking as just another touring couch in offroadish disguise. And I'm...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-31-2015, 01:28 AM
Replies: 3,357
Views: 420,412
Posted By Xpat
And that is where you went wrong IMO - do you...

And that is where you went wrong IMO - do you feel any buffeting when you stand up? The correct answer is actually to shorten the screen on Tenere. I've done it on mine and it transformed the bike -...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-24-2015, 08:47 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 10,830
Posted By Xpat
Thank you for support.

Thank you for support.
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-17-2015, 09:13 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 10,830
Posted By Xpat
Thanks again for support, glad, you enjoyed the...

Thanks again for support, glad, you enjoyed the RR, makes it worth doing.
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-16-2015, 02:18 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 10,830
Posted By Xpat
Day 28 - the end Last day of the trip and I...

Day 28 - the end

Last day of the trip and I have nothing to report except for uneventful ride to Joburg, through the Martin's Drift, Ellisras, Thabazimbi and a stopover for late lunch in the...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-16-2015, 02:17 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 10,830
Posted By Xpat
Day 27 - part 2 Eventually I've made it out...

Day 27 - part 2

Eventually I've made it out of the forest and deep sand onto the grassy plains leading to the Ntwentwe salt pan:

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7678/17090605041_d960811429_b.jpg...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-14-2015, 12:40 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 10,830
Posted By Xpat
Day 27 - part 1 Keen to hit the last bit off...

Day 27 - part 1

Keen to hit the last bit off the beaten track on this trip, I woke up before sunrise for an early start to avoid the midday heat on the Makgadikgadi pans. Normally I would aim for...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-14-2015, 01:49 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 10,830
Posted By Xpat
Wink Thank you guys for kind comments. There are two...

Thank you guys for kind comments. There are two installments still coming.



Well, I ride relatively old school and proven bike to avoid mechanicals (which didn't work out exactly right this...
Forum: Thumpers 05-13-2015, 08:52 AM
Replies: 1,887
Views: 1,010,288
Posted By Xpat
Thank you tuscan, much appreciated :thumbup!

Thank you tuscan, much appreciated :thumbup!
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-12-2015, 01:26 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 10,830
Posted By Xpat
There you go - probably a bit late for your...

There you go - probably a bit late for your dentist appointment. If you really are desperate, you can check the other RR I did last year linked in my sig line (Christmas Safari 1). I've managed to...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-12-2015, 01:24 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 10,830
Posted By Xpat
Day 26 Next morning after breakfast I went...

Day 26

Next morning after breakfast I went without much enthusiasm back to the bike to try to get the bloody clutch working. By now I've disassembled and assembled it back many many times and was...
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