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Forum: Ride reports 07-12-2014, 11:57 AM
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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 07-11-2014, 11:50 PM
Replies: 34
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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 07-11-2014, 11:18 PM
Replies: 34
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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, 10:51 PM
Replies: 34
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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 I’ve read...
Forum: Ride reports 07-10-2014, 12:46 PM
Replies: 34
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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, 10:47 PM
Replies: 34
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Posted By Xpat
Day 13 - New Year’s Eve: Part 2 Once I hit...

Day 13 - New Year’s Eve: Part 2

Once I hit the tar I was literally at the crossroads. I had to chose if I’m going to follow Clinton’s recommendation and head east to Kariba town and then down to...
Forum: Ride reports 07-07-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 34
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Posted By Xpat
Day 13 - New Year’s Eve: Part 1 Next day was...

Day 13 - New Year’s 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, 02:32 PM
Replies: 34
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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, 10:07 AM
Replies: 34
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Posted By Xpat
Thanks for supporting comments.

Thanks for supporting comments.
Forum: Ride reports 07-05-2014, 11:48 PM
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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, 12:04 AM
Replies: 34
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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, 10:56 PM
Replies: 34
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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, 09:56 AM
Replies: 34
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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. I’ve stayed in the bed till lunchtime waiting for an improvement but it wasn’t to be. As always in...
Forum: Ride reports 07-03-2014, 10:33 PM
Replies: 34
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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, 03:59 PM
Replies: 34
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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, 03:57 PM
Replies: 34
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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, 10:38 PM
Replies: 34
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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, 11:00 AM
Replies: 34
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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 06-29-2014, 11:02 PM
Replies: 34
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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, 09:48 AM
Replies: 34
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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 06-28-2014, 11:14 PM
Replies: 34
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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, 10:36 PM
Replies: 34
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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, 01:22 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, 12:26 PM
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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, 11:59 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,042
Posted By Xpat
Christmas Safari (Botswana & Zimbabwe)

Introduction

2013 wasn’t a good year. I’ve 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, 10:45 PM
Replies: 1,775
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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, 07:16 AM
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Posted By Xpat
Naais :thumb

Naais :thumb
Forum: Thumpers 05-21-2014, 12:53 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, 10:34 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"...
Forum: Thumpers 05-10-2014, 01:20 AM
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Posted By Xpat
nice job!

nice job!
Forum: Thumpers 05-09-2014, 09:41 AM
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Posted By Xpat
Thanks. To be honest I do not understand animals...

Thanks. To be honest I do not understand animals anymore than any other city European bimbo (I'm from there) - so take whatever I say about animals as unqualified opinion and do not try it at home....
Forum: Thumpers 05-08-2014, 11:23 PM
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Posted By Xpat
I have WP from 660/690 Rally Replica used in...

I have WP from 660/690 Rally Replica used in Dakar (not 690 enduro). Here a picture:
Forum: Thumpers 05-08-2014, 02:19 PM
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Posted By Xpat
I'm using standard RAM holder, not Touratech....

I'm using standard RAM holder, not Touratech. Montana is fine - I'm getting old and needed something with bigger screen than 62 - the only annoying thing is that when you going off road it tends to...
Forum: Thumpers 05-08-2014, 02:07 PM
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Posted By Xpat
Riding through Kalahari in northern Botswana with...

Riding through Kalahari in northern Botswana with some African wildlife:

<iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IMBXb1jIa0M?rel=0" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480"...
Forum: Thumpers 02-09-2014, 03:53 PM
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Posted By Xpat
How's it. I'm new to this thread - here is a...

How's it. I'm new to this thread - here is a video of me riding Tenere in Kaokoland region in Namibia:

<iframe width="853" height="480" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Rde-Ch2LIL0?rel=0"...
Forum: Thumpers 10-31-2013, 05:18 AM
Replies: 4,129
Views: 681,937
Posted By Xpat
I use the same luggage in all the videos -...

I use the same luggage in all the videos - Expedition Pannierz from Andy Strapz (http://www.andystrapz.com/products-details.php?productId=35&productCategoryId=22&Level=1). On top I have the 50 litre...
Forum: Thumpers 10-26-2013, 04:59 PM
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Posted By Xpat
One more video of the crossing of Van Zyl's pass...

One more video of the crossing of Van Zyl's pass in Namibia - Marienfluss valley:

<iframe width="640" height="480" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ClNcmFS2fU0?rel=0" frameborder="0"...
Forum: Thumpers 10-22-2013, 01:25 AM
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Views: 681,937
Posted By Xpat
Well I started the whole trip with a mate but he...

Well I started the whole trip with a mate but he had an off at 100 kmh two days prior to these videos and while not hurt seriously he and the bike were not in the shape to continue.

I did start a...
Forum: Thumpers 10-21-2013, 03:25 PM
Replies: 4,129
Views: 681,937
Posted By Xpat
630 in Africa. Riding from Epupa Falls through...

630 in Africa. Riding from Epupa Falls through Van Zyl's pass to Otjinhungwa in Marienfluss valey in Kaokoland region of Namibia.

Part 1:
<iframe width="640" height="480"...
Forum: Thumpers 09-19-2013, 04:41 AM
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Posted By Xpat
Why don't you just take little ride along Equator...

Why don't you just take little ride along Equator accross Kalimatan :evil. Like so:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=585918

However 630 would be definitely too heavy for that .
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