Into Africa on 180cc TVS Apache's

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Steve SA, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. Steve SA

    Steve SA Gravel Travel

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    Hi mustanoglu,

    My apologies. Unfortunately "life" happened and I never completed this RR. Can't believe that more that 2 years have passed already. We have since done a second trip through Botswana and Namibia on our "little beasts".

    I'm going to continue this RR as leaving it uncompleted is really bugging me (especially since I've just caught up on radioman's RR).

    I'll be posting plenty more photos, many of which will include the screens on the bikes. If you need more info on the screen then please PM me.

    Regards, Steve
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  2. Tsotsie

    Tsotsie Semi-reformed Tsotsi

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  3. Steve SA

    Steve SA Gravel Travel

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    My humble apologies to those of you who subscribed to this RR only to be let down by me not finishing it.

    Unfortunately "life" has happened and time has flown by. I have just caught up on Radioman's (Radioman rides the Word) thread and was impressed to see that he passed through my new home town of Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape last September. Unfortunately as a result of my long absence from ADV rider I missed out on meeting him when he was passing through.

    He also passed through and stayed at some of the spots where we were on this trip which is also why I feel motivated me to get this done.

    I feel inspired by Radioman to finish my ride report(s) so if you don't mind me picking up where I left off?

    We have subsequently done a second trip on our little beasts (9 of them this time) which included Botswana and Namibia and if it's ok, I'd like to just flow from the 1st trip through into the second of our 2 part (mini) adventure.
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  4. Steve SA

    Steve SA Gravel Travel

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  5. Steve SA

    Steve SA Gravel Travel

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    Elephant Sands was a great experience for us. Ok maybe not for Simon the Yorkshire man. With the scorpion incident the previous evening and now sporting the mother of all hangovers, he was dreading the sandy ride back to the main road.

    Here are a few pics of the previous evening at Elephant Sands.

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  6. vickyxtreme

    vickyxtreme n00b

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    Guys,


    very nice pictures and write, i want to know, how you arrange this high windshiels,, greatfull if rply.

    Thanks:norton
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  7. Steve SA

    Steve SA Gravel Travel

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    Hi vickyxtreme,

    A lot of TVS owners are asking about the screens. These particular ones are manufactured by a company in South Africa called war eagle. I will post their details in the next few days.
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  8. vickyxtreme

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    Thanks Steve SA,


    many thanks for rplying, i,m also instrested to know,, i,ill wait.
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  9. Steve SA

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    Another early start on day 3. We were all feeling a bit sensitive after all the beers and Captain Morgan rum from the previous evening. Amazing how guys can really get carried away when the wives aren't around.

    Young Simon had the mother of all hangovers this morning and I know he was dreading the sandy ride back to the tarred road.

    We inspected the Leopard spoor and Ele footprints around our chalet from last night. Amazing that an Elephant was grazing 10 meters from my pillow and I never heard a thing.

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    Simon nursing a cup of coffee and some cereal.

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    We pay for our accommodation and "Disco Dave" gets the change.

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    Willem's 'sleeping partner' has now been attached to Dave's crash bar and will be accompanying us on the rest of the journey.

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    So we're on our way to Kasane today. We negotiate the deep sand back to the main road then wait about 15 min for young Simon to catch up. He was looking very green.

    Cobus decided that this would be a good spot to leave his riding gloves behind and only realised what he had done 100km down the road.

    Back on firm ground we stop to lube chains and check oil levels. The bad potholed road continues for another 100 km so going is slow.

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    The Little beasts with the big beasts in the background.

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    The road is long. Dave adopts an unusual riding position.

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    We arrive in Kasane in the blistering heat and head straight for the camp site at Chobe River Lodge. After watching Willem battle for an hour trying to get his tent erected, Dave and I head into town to look for some fillet steak for tonights braai (barbeque for you non South Africans).

    We buy 3 kilograms of fillet steak @ R 55.00 rands per kilo. that's 5.50 uSD :clap Why so cheap you wonder? well there's a simple explanation. The local people will only eat meat that is on the bone and therefore won't eat fillet. Bonus for us

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    We ate like champions.


    Sunset over the Chobe river. Like us South African's like to say "Another kak day in Africa".

    "Kak" is an Afrikaans slang term for sh!tty.

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    As day 3 drew to a close, we sat around the camp fire, exchanged stories and enjoyed a few Captain Morgan's.


    Here is Dave's take on day 3:-
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    After pitching our tents in the campsite at Chobe River Lodge we shopped for our first self-cooked meal. We enjoyed amazing fillet steak (R55 a kilo in Botswana), mealies and rolls, washed down with the adventurers travel mate, Captain Morgan and coke. A stunning sunset over the Choberiver bade farewell to another special day!
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  10. sri

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    Hello,

    I am new to this forum and I am from India. I happened to search for the TVS apache RTR 180 in a bid to buy one. Here in India, these bikes are what we consider to be at the affordable top end of the commuter line. Superbikes of 600 cc and 1000 cc are slowly making their ways into the country and I wish to own one in the future because I'm only 19 now and these bikes cost a fortune due to their overseas production and import duties. :) I was so glad to see this log and I feel I should go for this vehicle. Also, the model that's present in the log has gone through some cosmetic changes. I am getting the new model equipped with Anti Lock Braking System :) I find the posts in this forum to be totally intriguing :) If you wish to see the new model, I will post a picture of the same.

    Thanks.
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