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Forum: Thumpers 02-25-2015, 07:15 AM
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Posted By Xpat
That wasn't a problem - there was no one to tow...

That wasn't a problem - there was no one to tow me anyway :D. It would have been nice long 20 km walk to the next village, where ladies still walk around topless.
Forum: Thumpers 02-19-2015, 03:29 AM
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Posted By Xpat
Clutch plates gone. Stupidly I didn't check them...

Clutch plates gone. Stupidly I didn't check them before the trip and they got brutally exercised in about 1000 km of deep sand I did till I got to this pass. I've managed to clean them and wobble...
Forum: Thumpers 02-16-2015, 02:57 PM
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Posted By Xpat
last trip through Botswana and Namibia: ...

last trip through Botswana and Namibia:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-TuerSXVJKj0/VN56PXxrk9I/AAAAAAAAD2Y/QiuhtQjtdBo/s1024/P1010052.jpg
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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-14-2015, 01:21 AM
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Posted By Xpat
Never ridden one and heard the stories of...

Never ridden one and heard the stories of breakdowns. Not sure though about it bombing out if maintained properly.

I've met the one on the pics below on a trip in Namibia last Christmas. The...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-18-2015, 03:02 PM
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Posted By Xpat
That is completely incorrect and silly! I've run...

That is completely incorrect and silly! I've run up the rocky outcrop - climbing trees in SIDI crossfires is a tricky business.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-18-2015, 02:41 PM
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Posted By Xpat
I've taken True Adventure for a spin over...

I've taken True Adventure for a spin over Christmas. It's ok. And larryboy is right - it's a single :D.
...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-27-2014, 08:16 AM
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Posted By Xpat
Like so? ...

Like so?

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1013515
Forum: Thumpers 11-02-2014, 02:24 PM
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Posted By Xpat
Here is my ride report - with quite a few Tenere...

Here is my ride report - with quite a few Tenere pictures.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=989869
Forum: Ride reports 09-23-2014, 08:33 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,524
Posted By Xpat
Lot's of riding in southern Africa - I've done...

Lot's of riding in southern Africa - I've done already quite a bit, but still losts to see. Top of the list is Angola and the Doodsakker made famous here by Metaljockey.
Forum: Thumpers 09-22-2014, 02:58 AM
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Posted By Xpat
Northern Zimbabwe: <IFRAME height=360...

Northern Zimbabwe:
<IFRAME height=360 src="//www.youtube.com/embed/W83mXISLIP8" frameBorder=0 width=640 allowfullscreen></IFRAME>
Forum: Ride reports 09-21-2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 38
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Posted By Xpat
Video of riding through northern Zimbabwe - from...

Video of riding through northern Zimbabwe - from Victoria Falls along lake Kariba to Kwe Kwe:

<iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/W83mXISLIP8?rel=0" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0"...
Forum: Ride reports 07-12-2014, 12:57 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,524
Posted By Xpat
Day 16 Last day of the trip. Map for the...

Day 16

Last day of the trip. Map for the day:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/--cX-8OSZIJQ/U6nWTYCaBRI/AAAAAAAABeo/xGnd18hMu08/s960/Screen%2520Shot%25202014-06-21%2520at%25208.53.56%2520PM.png...
Forum: Ride reports 07-12-2014, 12:50 AM
Replies: 38
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Posted By Xpat
Day 15 I woke up finally to a clear sky....

Day 15

I woke up finally to a clear sky. There were still clouds east, but nothing threatening like the Zim days and it seemed like I may finally spent the day dry. The objective for the day was...
Forum: Ride reports 07-12-2014, 12:18 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,524
Posted By Xpat
Thank you Gobby. I know that I've missed the best...

Thank you Gobby. I know that I've missed the best part of Zim - the Eastern Highlands and probably Mana Pools. I was a bit pressed for time as I lost 4 days in Bots, my rear tyre was spent with no...
Forum: Ride reports 07-10-2014, 11:51 PM
Replies: 38
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Posted By Xpat
Day 14 - Part 2 After lunch of pizza I...

Day 14 - Part 2

After lunch of pizza I headed out of Bulawayo south towards the Matopos reserve. It was raining again. I have thought about staying overnight in some lodge in Matopos as Iíve read...
Forum: Ride reports 07-10-2014, 01:46 PM
Replies: 38
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Posted By Xpat
Day 14 - New Year Day: Part 1 The objective...

Day 14 - New Year Day: Part 1

The objective for the day was as usually vague. The direction was clear - head towards Mphoengs via Bulawayo but I had not idea where I will sleep over. I wanted to...
Forum: Ride reports 07-07-2014, 11:47 PM
Replies: 38
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Posted By Xpat
Day 13 - New Yearís Eve: Part 2 Once I hit...

Day 13 - New Yearís Eve: Part 2

Once I hit the tar I was literally at the crossroads. I had to chose if Iím going to follow Clintonís recommendation and head east to Kariba town and then down to...
Forum: Ride reports 07-07-2014, 12:42 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,524
Posted By Xpat
Day 13 - New Yearís Eve: Part 1 Next day was...

Day 13 - New Yearís Eve: Part 1

Next day was 31st of December. The objective for the day was to hit the dirt heading east along the southern shore of the lake Kariba and go as far as I like. The...
Forum: Ride reports 07-06-2014, 03:32 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,524
Posted By Xpat
Day 12 In the morning I went to chat to the...

Day 12

In the morning I went to chat to the resort owner to get more information about the route further east and found out that there is petrol in the next town Binga about 120 km east and the...
Forum: Ride reports 07-06-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,524
Posted By Xpat
Thanks for supporting comments.

Thanks for supporting comments.
Forum: Ride reports 07-06-2014, 12:48 AM
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Views: 5,524
Posted By Xpat
Day 11 - Part 2 After the late lunch I...

Day 11 - Part 2

After the late lunch I set-off. The road was good tar snaking through the hills and lush green forests reminding me of the B roads in Europe for which I have not seen an equivalent...
Forum: Ride reports 07-05-2014, 01:04 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,524
Posted By Xpat
Day 11 - Part 1 After two days in bed I felt...

Day 11 - Part 1

After two days in bed I felt reasonably OK and was ready to get moving again. The plan was to set-off early to avoid the jam on the Bots/Zim border as all the day tourists head for...
Forum: Ride reports 07-04-2014, 11:56 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,524
Posted By Xpat
Oh, I was scared all right. The WP forks -...

Oh, I was scared all right.

The WP forks - in combination with the rebuilt shock do transform the bike. I can attack the washouts, holes and rocks with aggression rather than caution (on dirt...
Forum: Ride reports 07-04-2014, 10:56 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,524
Posted By Xpat
Days 9 - 10 I woke up in the morning...

Days 9 - 10

I woke up in the morning shivering with fever and my plans to get moving got shelved. Iíve stayed in the bed till lunchtime waiting for an improvement but it wasnít to be. As always in...
Forum: Ride reports 07-03-2014, 11:33 PM
Replies: 38
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Posted By Xpat
Day 8 Next day, December 26th, was the rest...

Day 8

Next day, December 26th, was the rest day and I woke up in my luxury suite at about 7am to the sound of wound up two stroke. Obviously upmarket lodges like this one care greatly about the...
Forum: Ride reports 07-02-2014, 04:59 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,524
Posted By Xpat
Riaan, the artists in the first video are Isobel...

Riaan, the artists in the first video are Isobel Cambell & Mark Lanegan.
Forum: Ride reports 07-02-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,524
Posted By Xpat
Thank you for comments - so far this RR was more...

Thank you for comments - so far this RR was more solo than the trip itself :D
Forum: Ride reports 07-01-2014, 11:38 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,524
Posted By Xpat
Day 7 I woke up to another nice sunny day -...

Day 7

I woke up to another nice sunny day - Christmas Day to be exact - with puffy white clouds for a background. The objective for the day was Kasane 100 km north. I packed up and after hearty...
Forum: Ride reports 06-30-2014, 12:00 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,524
Posted By Xpat
Day 6: Part 2 Sure enough, about 20 km south...

Day 6: Part 2

Sure enough, about 20 km south of Mababe there was a big cutline about 20 - 30 m wide with elevated banks on each side heading straight east - so much for my situational awareness...
Forum: Ride reports 06-30-2014, 12:02 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,524
Posted By Xpat
Day 6: Part 1 It was still dark when I woke up....

Day 6: Part 1
It was still dark when I woke up. The clouds in the east were beginning to light up and I was up for one of those trademark african sunrises. Like so:
...
Forum: Ride reports 06-29-2014, 10:48 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,524
Posted By Xpat
Day 4 - 5: Maun I have planned one day off...

Day 4 - 5: Maun

I have planned one day off in Maun to get more definite information on the cutlines and make final call about where to from there. The options were wide open:
Option 1: original...
Forum: Ride reports 06-29-2014, 12:14 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,524
Posted By Xpat
Day 3 - Part 2: Kubu Island -> Maun Kubu...

Day 3 - Part 2: Kubu Island -> Maun

Kubu island is rocky outcrop about 2 km long and maybe 1 - 2 km wide on the western bank of the Sua salt pan and home to probably hundreds of baobabs, which you...
Forum: Ride reports 06-28-2014, 11:36 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,524
Posted By Xpat
Day 3 - Part 1: Palapye - Kubu Island I woke...

Day 3 - Part 1: Palapye - Kubu Island

I woke up at sunrise to get an early start. Objective for the day was Maun via Makgadikgadi pans (large salt pans in the middle of Botswana) and Kubu island
...
Forum: Ride reports 06-28-2014, 02:22 PM
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Posted By Xpat
Day 2 I woke up early and after breakfast of...

Day 2

I woke up early and after breakfast of Salticrax (local crackers) and canned pate, packed up and was off west towards the power station. The day was shaping up nicely - there were clouds in...
Forum: Ride reports 06-28-2014, 01:26 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,524
Posted By Xpat
Day 1 After lots of laying about and doing...

Day 1

After lots of laying about and doing bugger all, I have finally managed to get my ass to gear and packed the bike on Wednesday 18/12 for departure the next day. As usually I got ambitious...
Forum: Ride reports 06-28-2014, 12:59 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,524
Posted By Xpat
Christmas Safari (Botswana & Zimbabwe)

Introduction

2013 wasnít a good year. Iíve been working my ass off whole year without a break, yet somehow not achieving what I was supposed to. As the year end approached I was in a bad funk,...
Forum: Thumpers 06-06-2014, 11:45 PM
Replies: 1,836
Views: 940,242
Posted By Xpat
You mean the low bars or the bash plate? Both of...

You mean the low bars or the bash plate? Both of them seem to me to be from Touratech - as far as I can see they are the same as on my bike, picture few pages back.
Forum: Thumpers 05-25-2014, 08:16 AM
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Posted By Xpat
Naais :thumb

Naais :thumb
Forum: Thumpers 05-21-2014, 01:53 PM
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Posted By Xpat
If you want some route suggestions, here is link...

If you want some route suggestions, here is link to the ride report (work in progress) from that trip:
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=151222.0
Forum: Thumpers 05-17-2014, 11:34 AM
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Posted By Xpat
Ta. Here is one more form that trip -...

Ta. Here is one more form that trip - Makgadikgadi pans in Botswana with salt pans.

<iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/o_p06DXujLM" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360"...
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