Grizz and Dozer's Memorial South Africa Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by grizz, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. grizz

    grizz Been here awhile

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    The story starts a LOOOONG time ago.

    When we were 12 and 14 years old, and we started riding.

    I am now 50 and my brother Deon "DOZER" is 48

    I am flying out to South Africa, to Cape Town on the 3rd April to do a long ride in memory of our parents who started us riding a long time ago, and who also used to ride their own bikes.

    I will run a main thread on Wilddogs, a South African Adventure riding website.

    Please click on this link to see the full pre-ride report.

    CLICK LINK: http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=106063.0

    I will be on this borrowed bike... known as the Whale.

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    And my brother on his 1150GS


    Dozer.......

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    Me.....

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    There will be some of this......

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  2. GB

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    Looks like you have a great memorial ride planned. Safe journey :thumb
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  3. RiaanGSA

    RiaanGSA Adventurer

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    Kom nou grizz, ons wag vir jou.
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  4. stanbloke

    stanbloke Been here awhile

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    Long time , no see Grizz.

    Hve a great trip fella.:lol3
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  5. grizz

    grizz Been here awhile

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    Hallo Mate,
    yes, I am still around, and riding.

    Trust you are well Stanbloke.
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  6. grizz

    grizz Been here awhile

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    I designed some stickers a while ago and ordered them.

    Today they came in the post.... I am pleased.

    The idea is to stick them in random places during this ride and to feature the sticker in some of the pics, a bit like "photo bombing"


    [img width=480 height=640]http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/58_zpsbee923b2.jpg[/img]


    So look out where we go, it may just be on your front door.
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  7. grizz

    grizz Been here awhile

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    Maybe it is just this impending ride.......

    But....


    I seem to have lost my MOJO the last few years, but it seems to be creeping back.

    Yesterday, for the first time since August 2010, the Grizz-Pod came out of the garage.

    After selling the Anglia to Young Dan Young over the weekend, there suddenly was more space in the garage to move stuff about, first was the Transit, which is also up for sale, and I will be writing up a full for sale ad for it as soon as the time is right, unless someone comes in by PM and comes to take a look and decides to buy what is a pretty unique van/car.

    Yesterday I decided to turn the Transit around in the garage so that it faces outward, and as is usually the case, a whole lot of other stuff started happening......

    I decided a wash and some T-Cut is in order.

    Once the bus was turned about, I started moving stuff about again, and then pulled the Grizz-Pod out and decided it needed a wash as well, as it never got washed after we came back from honeymoon in August 2010

    So I will now just photos dump, as the bus and trailer does look different from different angles, and interestingly, if you look at some pics they look bigger than in others.


    Sunlight.......

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    HOVER BUS

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    Washed and sparkly

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    Washed as well, Much better, drying next.

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    Just how low can you go ?

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    Says it all.

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    So next up is to sell the transit, and then get a Chevy pickup truck for the teardrop trailer.

    Now to go start the T-Cut on the bus.
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  8. grizz

    grizz Been here awhile

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    NO MORE GRIZZ MOBILE......

    After getting some advice on removing the Graffitti which this bus was known by, as it may put some buyers off, I have used some thinners, a couple of rags and done 4 passes on it all, soak, scrub, scrub, wash and then wiped again with a good old T-shirt.

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    GOING.......


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    GOING.......

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    GONE !!!!

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    Next up some polish and a bit of rubbing should see it almost disappear.
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  9. grizz

    grizz Been here awhile

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  10. grizz

    grizz Been here awhile

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    Some iconic places are ideal for this sort of thing.

    Chances are they will be covered over by someone a week later, but at least you get your moment.
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  11. grizz

    grizz Been here awhile

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    Just after midnight here in the UK, staying up because my mate Jon who I ride trials with is taking me to Heathrow at 02.30 for a 06.30 flight to Amsterdam, then on to Cape Town, arriving there at 21.30


    Earplugs bought by my wife for those fortunate enough to share sleeping accommodation with me.....

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    Also booked in.... so now it is just a matter of time before the ride starts.

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  12. grizz

    grizz Been here awhile

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    Off on day one propper at six in the morning.

    Spent today with a bright young 21 year old trying to find out why bike was idling at 3500rpm when warmed up.

    Some of the findings includes gunk in both carbs
    Half the Namib desert under the tank, in every hole.
    Bike has Fiat Uno distributor. VW CDI units and one coil was dead. Now has Suzuki coil........
    Every electrical contact opened, cleaned and then WD40'd
    Also made up a frame to keep the soft pannier bags out the spokes and off the Zorst
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  13. grizz

    grizz Been here awhile

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    Sat in Business class lounge with free fruit and a Brandy and Coke ;D
    Flight departs at 23.20 and hope to be at home b 18.00 tomorrow if M25 behaves.
    Few pics of the first little river crossing we did.....
    Note the water over the engines, it gets a bit deeper than where I am at that point.
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    Then my brother followed, doing a Meerkat impression.
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    Followed by Jupiter, whose bike had konked out about two miles from the river after the first crossing.
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    More photos on the original thread, quoted on page 1.
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  14. grizz

    grizz Been here awhile

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    Stuck in doors at the moment, busy trying to get scanning, emailing and application for a security check sorted..... problem when left hand does not know what right hand is doing in one office.

    Thought I would copy and paste some info, pics from Goose and my ride through Europe last year.
    One of the things I instantly agreed to was radio comms as it was goin g to be a "slow ride" to actually see stuff, eat weird food, walk in the old quarted of cities etc.
    Radios would prove invaluable in warning each other of various changes in circumstances..... stopping to take a photo, road conditions, traffic, Law enforcement and a sudden changes in direction etc.
    Peter already had awesome SA sourced ZARTEC two way radios (Kenwood in disguise) with an enhanced range of 3km, so I borrowed one from a friend, and subsequently got to buy a pair plus a charger from Ebay.
    Having a limited range, these robust little radios have about 15 chanels, and do not need to be licensed.
    I will pus Goose's comments in italics to add his views.
    I must say that it's an absolute pleasure spending time with another dude that can "Maak-'n-plan" ........ as we had 1 x Autocom system + 1 x Kenwood, 2 x Other radio's and a kak-huis full of cables.....!
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    Well Autocom installed - we found that there was no way we could get the two smaller radios working - the Kenwood was ok - but powered off the Autocom - however no PTT was in the bag, so out came a set of Sharman headphones......
    A quick installation of the Headset and we were ready to connect the radio.... or so we thought
    Two small 1,5mm screws were needed to allow the Kenwood to be connected via cables to the Autocom... but we had none - so off to Maplin and their wonderfully skilled Electronic experts to assist!

    Hier kom kark.
    I watched Grizz's stare and if he could have BLIKSEM'd the salesman - he would have.............. the DUDE insited on ïnserting" the screw himself and after 2 turns both of us could see the thread was wrong into the aluminium housing. Before either of us could blurt out a word... the bliksem forced the screwdriver and snapped the head of the screw off............ Dom twatwaffle (sorry hentie)
    Fortunately......... I'm used to working on radio equipment.. so with the salesman realising he was in deep kark......... (he would potentially be liable to replace a 70 quid radio) we were given carte blanche to open and use ANY of the tools and equipment in the store to rectify the situation!

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    So on the Maplin counter top......... we did a strip & repair........... but not just ANY repair... (as the old screw was totally jammed) we promptly proceeded to strip the unit, drill a new hole (check the size of the hand-drill)
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    ..... the drill-bit being so thin & flimsy - required Grizz to stabilise it with his farmer-brown "vingers" .....

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    and as a first ever.... used a nifty miniature Tap & Die set to tap a new thread for our fastening screw!

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    Finally we were given the screws by the salesman after being more than grateful that we were not holding him liable for the stuffed screw.
    Amazingly he commented on how he found it fascinating to watch us with the inhouse repair as he'd not realised what some of the tools we used were for..... - he works there... but no clue!
    The Autocom connector had rust and some broken wires inside the power lead sheath... causing intermittent functionality that really screw'd us around.... but nothing a soldering iron would not sort out!
    Eventually a whole rewire of the cable system was required to get it working........... using old dvd power lead (recycling's big here you know!)

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    EUREKA!!!! Comms finally working.. a quick test and a blast up to the M25 was needed to make sure it works. (another excuse for a spin on the boney )
    Interestingly we had 9/10 reception at speeds approaching "license threatening" with a distance of close on a mile (1.5km) and no signs of any break-up at all.
    Needless to say - we are really chuffed with the performance and this adds a new dimension to riding with your mate!
    SUNSHINE!!!!!!!!!!! Check the LED Lights that we got on the group-buy!! Seriously NICE!!!

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    After the France trip I got the radios we used in SA on Dozer and my trip, but they also work perfectly fine with Goose's Zartek radio.
    On about three occasins we could hear farmers talk on the ride and once I could hear a really agitated farmer telling a worker what he was going to do with the tractor...... interestingly, Dozer and I did not always listen in on the same conversations and once in the KZN rural areas we just moved up one chanel.
    Goose also lengthened both our leads, this is great for getting on and off the bikes with helmets on, and more importantly, on the days we did over 600km we could stand up on the footpgs and rest our butts.
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