Ethiopia to Madagaskar

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Joe Pichler, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. reinhardt

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  2. Joe Pichler

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    Having now been a few miles done in Africa, I can give you a first report.
    Always compared to my 990 R.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    My initial scepticism about the less suspension was unfounded. The missing centimeters are not really noticeable in normal riding operations. More important here is a properly tuned suspension.<o:p></o:p>
    Only the lower ground clearance is noticeable.
    There are some scratches on the skip plate, but that’s build for.<o:p></o:p>
    As on the 990 I have on the R 1190 R mounted a higher seat and therefore a similar seating position.<o:p></o:p>
    I'm usually in the 80 octane mode here. Especially in the lower speed range it's a lot more fun to ride,, no comparison with the 990 R. <o:p></o:p>
    On various riding conditions, except for mud I have everything behind me, the 1190 R is easier to ride. But you can go as fast as with the 990R.<o:p></o:p>
    The limit is always the driver, never the bike. <o:p></o:p>
    As usual, I have reinstalled the narrow rims of the Super Enduro and the Scorpion Rally.<o:p></o:p>
    After 5,000 km I fitted new tires in Nairobi. <o:p></o:p>
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    The petrol consume is 6l/100km. With the 990R I used last year in similar contitions 7,5 l/100km.<o:p></o:p>
    Oil consumption at 5000 km 0.5 liter <o:p></o:p>
    The 1190 has 2 fans and whether in the sand at Lake Turkana or in city traffic in Mombasa, there are any heat problems.<o:p></o:p>
    Renate is thrilled with the seat, she’s never been riding so comfortable through Africa.<o:p></o:p>
    And now to the problems and mishaps which some are waiting for: <o:p></o:p>
    I fight my way through the sand at Lake Turkana, sweating like the pig and the display shows, <o:p></o:p>
    ,,ice warning''<o:p></o:p>
    The temperature sensor is faulty, but it was prior to departure.
    At the end of November in Salzburg it was not as noticeable as here in the African heat, and I was too lazy to exchange it before departure.<o:p></o:p>
    2 screws on track luggage rack are broken. <o:p></o:p>
    But until now, as expected it’s an nice rid without any problems. <o:p></o:p>
    Now I’ll give the 1190 R a few days break. By boat we’ll go on Lake Tanganyika further south.<o:p></o:p>
    Joe Pichler<o:p></o:p>
    Kigoma Tansania<o:p></o:p>
  3. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    Thanks Joe for the review. Faulty ice warning, and two broken screws. Seems like minor problems.
  4. Dr LC8

    Dr LC8 ...soon or later

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    Many thanks for the review. Very good.

    Few question for when you will be back:

    1) can you feel the increased weight?
    2)Compared to a 950/990 standard is still lower?
    3)How do you find yourself riding off road with all this electronics?

    Ciao

    Nic
  5. walthawk

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    Very nice to hear from you! And many thanks for the report! I will follow the ride and hope one day to do something similar too with the new big Karrote...:D
    Ciao
    Walter
  6. Joe Pichler

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    1. No,
    2. What do you mean?
    3. I don't use the traction control and the offroad ABS is working perfekt.

    Ciao Joe
  7. SA Ranger

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    Great Report !!! thanks for the info on the1190
  8. walthawk

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    Hi Joe. I wonder if you're running the engine at full power or if you set an engine map. What do you use normally for your riding?
    What your impression on the different maps?
    Thanks.
    Walter
  9. Mark950

    Mark950 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing your ride and impressions of the 1190. I have a 04 950 adv which I have traveled just over 130 000 kms with...I think it is time to get a new bike :D.....the 1190 is looking more and more a perfect option.
  10. treepawpaw

    treepawpaw Been here awhile

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    Hi Joe, glad to see you made it through South Sudan okay. I am sure you are enjoying the company of your wife now as you head south. We are in Dar Es Salam for a few weeks until the 25th of January. It was great to ride with you for a few days and look forward to the next time. You are always welcome at our place.
    Caleb (Omorate)
  11. Joe Pichler

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    Hi Walter!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    Here in Africa I use the 80 Oktan mode, because the fuel is not the best.<o:p></o:p>
    I didn’t have much time in Europe to ride the bike before I went to Africa.
    But its real difference between Sport, Street and Rain.<o:p></o:p>

    You relay feel it. And Sport is amazing.

    Joe
    Mbeya Tansania
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  12. Joe Pichler

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    After 2 days on the ship, we are now in Mosambique.
    The People of Mosambique call the province Niassa, the end of the world.
    And it really looks like that. The rain destroyed the rough roads.
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  13. BrandtSA

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    Any chance that you are coming to South Africa with the bike?
  14. reinhardt

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    YES PLEASE !!!!!!!! Come to the most southern point of Africa, Cape Agulhas. :clap:clap:clap:clap
  15. Joe Pichler

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    Sorry, this time Mosambique will be the most southern point of the trip.

    Joe
    Marrupa Mosambique
  16. BrandtSA

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    I am sure we can organise a nice South African braai( barbecue ) with all the wildogs ( http://www.wilddog.za.net ) if you come to Johannesburg :D
  17. DiasDePlaya

    DiasDePlaya Been here awhile

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    Everything to see in first person the new 1190!! :D
  18. BrandtSA

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  19. Joe Pichler

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    The way from Liching to Marrupa is tarmac, but the weather isn’t that nice. We have to go fast to reach the town without going wet.
    In Marrupa we find e small Pension, with no running water.
    But thanks to Movitel, the internet is working.
    It’s a crazy world here in the north of Mozambique.

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    <o:p>There are not too many tarmac roads up in the north.
    The most of the time I’m riding on gravel roads, which is even more fun.

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    <o:p>The track from Cuamba to Nampula is in horrible conditions.
    Now I understand, why no public busses drive on this road.
    Everyone how is going this way is using the railway, or a KTM 1190 Adventure R.<o:p></o:p>
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  20. BrandtSA

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    The road on the last pic looks like fun :wink: