Any Belgian riders on here?

Discussion in 'Europe' started by OlivierS, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. OlivierS

    OlivierS Adventurer

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    Hi everybody,

    I am Olivier, and as you can see I am new to this forum, and new to riding as well for that matter.

    I have been dreaming about riding a GS since my father had a R80 GS back in the 80's when I was a little boy, so a few months ago I went to a secondhand-dealer to have a look at a GS1150.
    For some reason unknown to me I walked out having bought a KTM 990 Adventure 2006, and damn, wat a beast she is...

    Anyway, I was wondering if there are any Belgian riders here, eventhough there is not much offroad riding left in Belgium...
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  2. Blackbert

    Blackbert Factory Rambler

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    Welcome to the madness. You choose a 990 over a 1150? Instinct never lets you down. :evil

    There's quite a few Cloggies here, as some people call us. And we try find rideable trails, though it gets more limited every year. What region are you from?
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  3. Simon L

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    Hi,

    I just registered here today, also from Belgium. Would be nice to find some serious offroad tours 'round here.
    Keep me informed!
    Btw I'm from the antwerp region, more specific herentals.

    Simon
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  4. OlivierS

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    I am from Leuven. For all non Belgian readers, yes that is the home town of Stella Artois... ;-)

    Where are you guys from?
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  5. Blackbert

    Blackbert Factory Rambler

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    Herentals, close to the sandy tracks and Leuven, where the more serious stuff starts. :wink:
    I'm on the other side of Antwerp, where there's nothing at all (legally). :cry
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  6. OlivierS

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    I know tons of dirt roads arround here, most of them too muddy to even concider with the scorpion tyres on my bike.
    And, lets be honest, the lack of expierience. Katie is the first bike I even owned... I took her offroad the third day I had her, and came to realise I need a lot of practice.
    Problem is however, I hardly know any dirtroads that are still legal to drive...
    I used to have a suzuki Samurai for offroading and sold it for that reason. My dad still has a quadbike (Yamaha Grizzly 700) wich I take offroad sometimes (its a farmers vehicle so still allowed to...).

    Anyway, still learning how to drive onroad as well, and am loving it...
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  7. aeneas

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    I'm from Antwerp. Don't do offroad (have an f800r now), which I mostly use for commuting.
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  8. duibhceK

    duibhceK duibhce Kaelann

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    Hi Olivier,

    Given your location and the fact that you went into a dealer to get a BMW and walked out with a KTM I think it is safe to say you got it from Motocare?
    I live just outside of Leuven and once in a while take out the WR or XTZ for some muddy lanes in Waals-Brabant. Not always GS-friendly roads though.
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  9. Possu

    Possu de-nOObed!

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    I might be able to help here, speak to Bert or Duibhcek if you are free in late August for a weekend of trailriding in the UK.
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  10. OlivierS

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    I didn't get the bike from Motocare, but will bring it there for maintenance. :-)

    And, I'm not sure if I will be free at the end of august, since I might go do some offroading in the Pyrenee's then.

    I don't have much friends with bike's, and especially not friends who drive through winter. But if any of you guys is up for a ride in the near future, let me know, like I said, I'm a complete noob, and its best to learn from experienced people....
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  11. Blackbert

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    I'm out then. :1drink
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  12. OlivierS

    OlivierS Adventurer

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    Why is that, your profile says you have been riding for at least a few years...
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  13. Simon L

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    Interesting...
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  14. Blackbert

    Blackbert Factory Rambler

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    Yes, about 230k in 15 years, but that doesn't mean I know how to, properly. I still find myself on the floor, now and again. :D
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  15. duibhceK

    duibhceK duibhce Kaelann

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    you are both right, just for different values of "experienced" :deal
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  16. OlivierS

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    I still have an L sticker on my helmet, thats how noob I am ;-)

    Have about 3000 km with the 990, would have done the driving test allready if there wouldn't have been a winter break for the tests...
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  17. Possu

    Possu de-nOObed!

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    Bert speaks the truth, he has been known to make contact with Terra Firma on the odd occassion:

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=821087

    It's possible that there are photos of me on the ground if you search the 'net. :D

    Will PM you later.
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  18. Blackbert

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    I knew that would surface pretty soon. My hight in 'Trailsliding'. :D

    The whole report gives a very good idea of what to expect in Wiltshire, It's easier when it hasn't been raining for weeks.
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  19. tommyvdv

    tommyvdv Been here awhile

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    another Belgian signing in from "meetjesland"/"gent"
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  20. peterdejongh

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    Hi guys,
    Here 's another biker from Belgium.
    Riding a KTM 990SM and living in Geel (which is at the "stille Kempen")
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