Ethiopia to Madagaskar

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

  1. vanilla

    vanilla Adventurer

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    Great pics! Looking forward to getting my 1190 in March!

    Is it easy to navigate these road? Are local maps available and accurate?
  2. uberaudi

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    Nice RR, I spent six months in Djbouti on deployment, almost went to Ethiopia but never quite made it...
  3. Joe Pichler

    Joe Pichler Adventurer

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    You get perfect maps for your Garmin GPS from tracks4africa

    http://tracks4africa.co.za/

    They are the best for any trip to africa, amazing how good they are.
    You'll find even small offroad tracks on them.

    regards
    Joe
    Ihla the mozambique
  4. vanilla

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    Thanks Jo!

    You're a lucky man; enjoy the trip!!
  5. ERIC DN

    ERIC DN Been here awhile

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  6. Treadless

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  7. Joe Pichler

    Joe Pichler Adventurer

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    In Mozambique the rainy season is starting now.
    The road from Mueda to the Unity 1 bridge was a real challenge.
    But that for I’m using Pirelli Scorpion Rally and not one of the so called offroad tyres.


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    <o:p>Best regards from bit exhausted Joe<o:p></o:p>
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  8. vanilla

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    By now, you should probably know how well the 1190 holds together when she's dropped...?

    Great Pics, Joe!
  9. umitc

    umitc Been here awhile

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    I wish I could do this kind of a long trip too, to remote places like that. Nice photos Joe, thank you and please don't forget, we keep our ears open to hear further from you, about the bike. :)
  10. Salvo

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    WOW! Was looking for some info/pics on the new 1190 and found your ride report Joe. AWESOME! Keep the pics coming man, be safe!
  11. Joe Pichler

    Joe Pichler Adventurer

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    After a few days on Sanzibar


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    I’m back on road again and found some nice tracks in Tansania.

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    In the last 2 and 1/2 month I’ve been riding 12.000 km, and the new 1190 Adventure is running without problems.
    Only the handlebar should be a bit higher, which I’ll change at the next pitstop in Nairobi.
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    Joe<o:p></o:p>

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  12. BrandtSA

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    Thanks for keeping us informed.
  13. Dr LC8

    Dr LC8 ...soon or later

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    Cool pictures...and cool trip!

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  14. Joe Pichler

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    After more than 12,000 Kilometers through Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique, the 1190 KTM Adventure R is now parked in Nairobi for the next 8 weeks, before heading to Madagascar.

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    And it's time to get the interim results.<o:p></o:p>
    ,, You are totally crazy! To drive with a newly developed motorcycle through Africa.
    Completely alone and half the distance to Renate on pillion''
    That was the statement of all my friends.<o:p></o:p>
    But my confidence in the guys from Mattighofen is limitless ;-).
    Although I was first skeptical myself, when Alois explained me the new adventure at the factory.
    TRC and ABS were foreign words for me.
    Just 300 Kilometers I was riding in Austria before going to Africa.<o:p></o:p>
    Then, the first few kilometers in Ethiopia, in heavy city traffic in Addis Ababa. The turn signals and the horn does not work and the brakes just also only works after several pumps,
    I think to myself, 'What is this shit, how can I ride with this bike in Africa''<o:p></o:p>
    After arriving at the Lido Hotel, I'll get out immediately for troubleshooting.<o:p></o:p>
    At the airport I had assembled the multi-function switch wrong, and through the air transport somehow come air into the brake system.<o:p></o:p>
    That means I had to assemble the switch properly and get the air out of the brakes system<o:p></o:p>
    From now on, apart from the broken screws at the baggage system, no more problems.
    Just an absolutely great trip.<o:p></o:p>
    And now we celebrate the end of the first stage.<o:p></o:p>
    Thank you Shlomi for the best BBQ food we had the last 3 month, have fun with your 1190 R, and thank you Kartik, for the wonderful Shiraz.<o:p></o:p>
  15. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Thanks Joe

    I assume bigger versions of some of your / Renate's pics will make it into the KTM marketing catalogues?

    :D
  16. pebble35

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    Joe

    Great to hear the trip has been pretty trouble free.

    Can you explain the problem with the baggage system screws ? I took a close look a the pannier rails on the R a few days ago and am not 100% convinced about how strong it will be ....................
  17. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    Load up the camera for this next leg and take plenty-0-pics!:deal

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  18. Joe Pichler

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    In Nairobi Kenya, the 1190 KTM Adventure R gets packed, and is now on the way to Madagascar.

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    If there aren’t too big problems with the custom in Antananarivio, I’ll be on the road again on the 7<SUP>th</SUP> of May.
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  19. BrandtSA

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    Can not wait
  20. Joe Pichler

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    On the road again in Antananarivio!

    Paolo from the motorstore in Tana helped me with the paperwork to get the insurance.
    And Francois, he is an expert in off road riding on Madagascar, gave me a lot of useful tips.
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