DURBAN to DUSSELDORF- Cheap Aussie Style

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by thecanoeguy, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. kalahari-k

    kalahari-k Kalahari-K

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    Keep your spirits up. Your report is just fantastic - was showing it to friends in a coffee shop this am and some of them are really hooked. :clap
  2. tmotten

    tmotten Lefthand ride Dutchy

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    The bad times will be the good memories in the future. It'll work out somehow. It always does. Might be a good time to ditch some stuff you haven't had to use for a while to help the bike out.
  3. sonnyboy

    sonnyboy Adventurer

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    Keep it up and thanks for a sharing Africa like it is. Except for the shock the KLR seems to be going well
  4. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    Stop moaning i say , i had my vent ,i dont really have to much that i don't use, except for a few spares,no hair dryer or snap on tool kits, the bit that pissed me off is that the hippo decided to throw me sideways while it was having a nancy in the rough bits ,and high sided me off the track into a prickle bush ( i shit you not) and i plucked out about 30 needles from my hand last night , my hand looks like a pin cushion, expensive shocks are meant to take rough stuff , when its buit to suit that purpose , i aint exactly riding like Mark Coma
  5. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    Good news is that RICOR are sending me a new shock , i might get a job in their test team , oh and GOPRO are replacing my camera , and actually sending it to Africa , not making me wait 3 months, so all in all a good day following a bad day
  6. Crossed-up

    Crossed-up Pangaman

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    So things look up. Excellent!

    With you being an Australian, I have to be careful when I say we're all rooting for you. At least we're wishing you the best. :thumb

    I've enjoyed your report so far, and sorry I didn't meet you when you passed through Cape Town. :slurp
  7. kalahari-k

    kalahari-k Kalahari-K

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    Great support by Ricor and GoPro. Looking forward to more pictures. Those ones of the kids in the river etc reminded me of SA last century....so much action....... and that river crossing is a classic. Hope there are some smooth roads before the new Ricor.
  8. sunbeamtim

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    Keep rolling and keep those pics coming Davo .Looks like your best trip yet .Grounded in Europe for the forseeable , so will try to rob a bank and hook up when you get up this way .Welcome here for R&R .
  9. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    back top this report, after i crossed the river ,i had a nice 2 hour ride on a fairly fresh road made by the chines , , this helps the locals i guess , but what is on the ose roads but mining exploration camps set up to fleece them of there minerals , they are getting as bad as the aussies , i arrived at Mpulungu and found an awsome campground run by an indian hippy , all the buildings were stone , very cool place , i had a few days to wait for the MV liemba so just relaxed and did some work on the hippo
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  10. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    I just did a whole section and the fucking computer shut off , bugger 1 hour down the drain
    lets try again
    this is the Hippo getting loaded onto the MV Liemba
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    This boat has been sunk 2 times and been on Lake Tanganyika for 100 years , pretty sure it's the sister ship to the African Queen,the villages on the lake use it to ship there goods out and bring in there needs

    the big white bales are full of dried tiny little fish
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    selling pineapples
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    there were 2 french chicks doing a doco on the boat , the Hippo will be on french television
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    the trip was on the longest lake in the world 2nd deepest and holds i think 17% of the worlds fresh water

    not quite the worst toilet i have had to use
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    the trip was well worth the effort to do ,a woman gave birth just up the cooridor as well to make it more interesting
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    i felt a little guilty having a cabin
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  11. RhinoVonHawkrider

    RhinoVonHawkrider Long timer

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    Great stuff, keep on, keeping on

    Sent from the basement. Hey Ma more meatloaf.
  12. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    well the boat had to get to port at some stage so after a nice few days it was time to unload and pay the hefty $2 port charges in Tanzania and find a place to crash , i ended up at the local lodge , had to do a tricky trials ride up the stairs to get in , this is leaving
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    the good ole draggin jeans have served me well through 80 ish countries and needed a trip to the local tailor
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    here Robin , I am drinking safari lager
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    heading north to Burundi , i wasnt there very long as it is tiny , i am not sure where they stack nearly 10 million people , but you can ride through in a day or so, this is where my shock blew
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    A nothern shot of Lake Tanganyika , just a few of the fishing boats
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    with no shock just a spring it bucked around a bit at speed , so it decided to highside me into a prickle bush , over 30 prickles , uoch , i guess the prickle bush may have broken my fall as i still had a sore wrist ,and may have been worse
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    a local transport company
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    high in the hills , i got a bit lost seeing my GPS stopped working , my paper map was a bit average
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    this was like talcum powder
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    if you ever wondered where Yorkshire tea comes from ,look no further than here
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    its a bit blurred ,but i got my Burundi number plate from these guys (i collect a number plate from every country i go to)
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    I got to the Rwanda border too late and was lucky to get this fine hotel room for $3 , some would say i got ripped , but it was a bed
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    Next time you think you have a tough job ,try this one , a gravel maker , from bigs rocks to this with a HAMMER
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    welcome to Rwanda
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    I felyt at home they have stacks of gum trees planted all along the roadside , some look like they have been there a long time
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    more rice
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    this is why i will never die of old age, haven't had a burger for months
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    I am in Kigali for a few days and they actually have an arts festival on ,i went to see some amazing singers last night and doiung the same tonight , i visited the Genocide memorial here and there is 250,000 of the million killed in 94 buried there , pretty sombre experience and you just wonder why
  13. sequent

    sequent South Australia's own....

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    Hi Dave,

    This is bloody inspiring stuff. Can I ask, what do you do with the bike when you're in a town for a few days? I assume you don't ride it everywhere, so do you keep it in your room or chain it up and take everything off of it or pay someone to keep an eye on it???

    Dave (chainsaw).
  14. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    Hi dave
    all of the above , most places all have fuck off big fences around them and guards on the gate , sometimes i just ride them into the room, did you team up with Magnus again for your 2nd safari , are you planning more
  15. sequent

    sequent South Australia's own....

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    Nah, did the second one with my Dad and a mate. I was going to do this years, but funds and time ran out. Definitely 2014 though. Pretty keen to do more motorcycle travelling, have been doing a bit just in Australia, but you're making me think. You've gone the KLR for both your big trips now - is that because you're familiar with them, or is it the best bike for the job? Tossing up between that and a DR650, favouring the latter because its air cooled, but interested in your opinion....
  16. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    hello dave
    i have never had any issue with the watercooling on a klr and i have 3 of them,(Safari tank will protect the radiator as well as give more range) yet ask around about DR gearbox issues, my mate just did his gearbox on a trip which in turn fucked the rest of the engine, i like the KLR, super reliable and you can get all sorts of accesories for them , bit of an underdog in oz , but have a look in the states, the budget travel bike of choice
  17. Crazydog

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    BEADASTER VIDEO

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    email me if you would like a set
    accentgt8@gmail.com

    R800 South African Rands
  18. drifter696

    drifter696 It's "lekka" to live

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    Hi Dave. Glad to see you still going strong. Have you sorted out the issues with the bike ? What was the problem in the end, was it fuel related or wireing ? I cannot believe they tried to rip the wires.
    What are your plans further ? Are you going to leave the bike somewhere in Africa or try to get to Europe before you fly back ?
    I'm enjoying the report and the way you are doing the trip off the main roads. Keep it coming and ride safely. Cheers !
  19. Crossed-up

    Crossed-up Pangaman

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    So, when do we send out the search party? :dunno
  20. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    Hello all
    I am in Malawi high in the hills at a cliff top lodge called the mushroom farm waiting for my shock to arrive , I did have a fair old ride here on the bouncing hippo , most of it on Tarmac unfortunately , I did have an interesting evening just south of the Uganda border in Tanzania , I was trying to cover a few miles so decided to try to make it to the next town , it was around 9 pm and I had just passed an oncoming truck so dipped my lights . I was doing around 80 kph and up pops an army roadblock , with no hope of stopping I ram through this gate at about 35 I guess , I knocked over the support drum which had a a Kerosene lantern hanging off it , it went flying , I went flying, the grass caught on fire , 2 soldiers race over with AK 47's pointing at me laying in the dirt , I am like "easy boys muzungu here , they are yelling and trying to put out the fire , I am worried about my bike which was upside down and leaking fuel next to a fire , in the end it was about them wanting cash for the damage , I had nothing but some Malawi kwatcha , they eventually sent me on my way , the hippo bent the headlight and broke the mirror , night driving is not recommended