London to Capetown and back (KTM 640 ADV and AFrica Twin)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by dont.crash.it, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. dont.crash.it

    dont.crash.it R.I.P. Mike

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    Found the problem, the flug from the ignition swithch into the main wiring harness. the pins in the plug are pretty light-weight and made a poor contact. The resistance here eventually heated and burnt out the contact. I cut the wires from the back of the plug and socket and connected them more robustly. All good eh

    Also cleaned and oiled my air filter (and spare), replaced the spark plug, done some other tidying of electrics and sorted my pannier rack. fun fun fun
  2. dont.crash.it

    dont.crash.it R.I.P. Mike

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    hey fella, you may have to quiz Ange about that (ange of all trades) as she was project leader on that job. The screen is a piece of 3mm perspex.

    We took of the fairing and then Ange made a cardboard template for the screen. Getting that right, she transfered the pattern to a sheet of perspex and then taped the cardboard to the fairing.

    That done, Ange cut out the screen with a jigsaw and baked it in the oven. Once soft and floppy we dropped the perpex onto the fairing and cardboard and waited for it to cool. Volia

    I took over from here as I took the screen home across to the other side of London. The screen was a bit turned to the left so I heated it over a gas hob and twisted it straight. then getting adventerous, I used a couple of magazines and teatowels to make a gentle curve to shape the lip of the screen (magazines proped up on folded teatowels so the sides drooped down). I then heated the top edge of the screen and gentle rolled it on the magazines to make the lip.

    The next step was to add the trim (five quid from Halfords) and heavy velcro, the stuff that takes a screw driver to pull apart.

    Was pretty straight forward and didn't cost much. it makes a big difference too.
  3. Tall Mike

    Tall Mike TAT Rookie (planning!)

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    Sounds pretty straight forward! Thanks!! :thumb

    Have an extra fairing, so don't even have to take that off!
    Looking forward to more RR! Great Pictures too!
  4. dont.crash.it

    dont.crash.it R.I.P. Mike

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    yeah really is easy, cut out a template heat it and plop it on the fairing. The heat of the perspex didn't mark the paint either.

    A electric paint stripper (hot air gun) is great for bending tweaking perspex too. I made a headlight lens protector for my old cbx750f2 bolder in much the same way maybe 15 years ago too.

    I am stuck in Bamako waiting for a new passport so I can take measurements to relive the bordom if you need.

    Mike
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    dont.crash.it R.I.P. Mike

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    Oh yeah, I've stacked up two sets of the 18mm bar risers on my bike too. Is so much more comfortable and can stand without stooping. I've got the standard cables too. Only snag is I've rolled right hand grip around a bit to give the accelerator cables a little more room.

    The cables cover the kill switch now though, but isn't too bad considering I did this on the road. Also I used 100 cap bolts and had to grind the heads down a little so they'd fit properly.
  6. Ange.of.all.trades

    Ange.of.all.trades Perspex Rules

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    Mikeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey!! You online?!! Any word from the bank yet?!! Have they sent out your cards to you after their major cock up?
  7. kiwipeet

    kiwipeet Uber Cyber Loafer

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    Got your documents sorted yet?
  8. brothernath

    brothernath Adventurer

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    [FONT=&quot]Hi guys, just in case you're wondering if Mikey has been eaten here's a quick update... watch this space :thumb
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    [FONT=&quot]Sent:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] Friday, March 12, 2010 11:48 PM<o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Subject:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] RE: Hello Mike<o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]hey mum, it's taken 20 minutes to get three emails. Won't be a descent update on the website until we get to Lome in a few days and then only if we can get descent internet (Lome is on the coast of Togo).
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  9. dont.crash.it

    dont.crash.it R.I.P. Mike

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    On the Niger river before we got to Mopti (and the trip to Tombuktu)

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    Camping spot the next day
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    dont.crash.it R.I.P. Mike

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    The port at Mopti
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    On the boat
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    random pic
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    sailing boat
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    scenic river + boat + village arrangement
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    For all you ladies, Simon at the sunset (sorry there was nothing better)
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    Sunset
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    again
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    was stunning... so nice just to watch the world go by
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    sleepy mikey
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    village
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    one of three times we were stuck on a sankbank. Levered the boat off with poles to get moving again
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    wind powered? we had two straight six diesel engines
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    Hippo... "Maree" in bumbara, sorry any Marie's reading this
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    more hippos
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    they're really big
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    boat a bit like ours
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    Musa... he was always in trouble and showing off constantly
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    made it
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    running to be in a picture
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    our boat carried plenty of this - rice and grain
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    No grain sacks to lie on for the return journey, so we sat on the roof
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    this made the 3 meals a day of fish and rice tolerable
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    lads
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    oh for a shotgun (kidding)
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    we had 4" clearance to the water line on the way there, maybe 4 foot on the way back
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    the kitchen
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  11. dont.crash.it

    dont.crash.it R.I.P. Mike

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    hmm read wiring diagrams
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    fix dodgy wiring, poor connection and high load for the headflights = heat
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    cle3aned bike
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    repaired the lock on the Mission's gate
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    siteseeing
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    pollution is thick and nasty
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    budding artist drawing a statue
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    don't be fooled by the innocent expression... his picture focused heavily on the breasts. To be fair he captured those brilliantly, but the rest was a stick figure in compare
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    spent a couple of hours chatting with this dude while he worked on some napkin rings. Much of his conversation was subtly directed to parting me from my ipod. Was great to see the forges going and jewelry being made
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    these guys were awesome, they felt sorry for me being robbed. Since I couldn't buy anything I sat and watched them carving> I did the does on the left foot and polished some smaller carvings too
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    People like it when you show a genuine interest in their skills - is great to get past the fleece the tourist routine and get to know the people. I bought them some polish and smokes (as both were running out) to say thank you

    outside the artisans market
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    mural in a garden
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    garden
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  12. dont.crash.it

    dont.crash.it R.I.P. Mike

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    hmm someone finally with bigger feet than me, my boots are alpinestars teck 7, size 51, uk 14 = us 15
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    try spot all the baboons (saw them on the road in)
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    yes, mum they are three little charlies
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    was wondering if we'd see any elephants... 30 minutes into the park and volia
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    so cute so maybe 15 of them
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    and then these dickheads roared past!
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    luckily we saw them again at a dam
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    aw
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/_7IsuvNNUzXLqQDW7ezg_Q?authkey=Gv1sRgCKLu5Z_264KtJg&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55TIvEb6aI/AAAAAAAAAks/Gnt-iYi937A/s800/DSC_0142.JPG" /></a>

    hmm, he looks bitey
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/KuAZi7Dn7cu663T7Qp6r-A?authkey=Gv1sRgCKLu5Z_264KtJg&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55TLQHXBoI/AAAAAAAAAk0/qSrKa2nHg64/s800/DSC_0148.JPG" /></a>

    dragon fly
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/m82XLOyuM0vZtqWPXjAkRg?authkey=Gv1sRgCKLu5Z_264KtJg&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55TOUSxM6I/AAAAAAAAAk8/k-mYvXML9wg/s800/DSC_0154.JPG" /></a>

    ...and then we got to the camp!
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/bv9pJfaJtJ-hf1zw7XQIRg?authkey=Gv1sRgCKLu5Z_264KtJg&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55TTROUzgI/AAAAAAAAAlE/TbAzsN4p0cM/s800/DSC_0164.JPG" /></a>

    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/cwFw8aawreMOMxoc9Q7BfA?authkey=Gv1sRgCKLu5Z_264KtJg&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55TX7p3FBI/AAAAAAAAAlM/1TkwuC1x6jw/s800/DSC_0178.JPG" /></a>

    check out the Macmillan sticker and the elephants
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/JJ_m5Cym2sK9lmQmcKQIyA?authkey=Gv1sRgCKLu5Z_264KtJg&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55TcP_p2xI/AAAAAAAAAlU/bfj8eD78OS8/s800/DSC_0186.JPG" /></a>

    snappy the crocodile
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/eeOY6dylUgl_QNvb_t53Zg?authkey=Gv1sRgCKLu5Z_264KtJg&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55TgNd3Y7I/AAAAAAAAAlY/clExs4I6Rjc/s800/DSC_0207.JPG" /></a>

    the view of the water hole from the hide
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/A_7MPaW8xsMqFdffTjUMIQ?authkey=Gv1sRgCKLu5Z_264KtJg&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55TkLagRKI/AAAAAAAAAlc/ndKl0Hi3EiA/s800/DSC_0220.JPG" /></a>

    later on some noisey neighbours showed up
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/tMwzYu91JOelsZmG7gT4jg?authkey=Gv1sRgCKLu5Z_264KtJg&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55UJfEcqDI/AAAAAAAAAl4/QRN_uVJAFJY/s800/DSC_0264.JPG" /></a>

    outside our bungalo
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/2ShGMzIYZHKChhHNTpMs7A?authkey=Gv1sRgCKLu5Z_264KtJg&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55UQ4h_YDI/AAAAAAAAAl8/XVqMiWRX8As/s800/DSC_0274.JPG" /></a>

    back at the waterhole
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/ACy9pC9XXN5it__rUJak5A?authkey=Gv1sRgCKLu5Z_264KtJg&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55UVSVjV9I/AAAAAAAAAmA/VcvcHima_y0/s800/DSC_0279.JPG" /></a>

    crumbs he's getting close to me
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/F3N8uatWKEyfGxk48wNzUw?authkey=Gv1sRgCKLu5Z_264KtJg&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55UDbYpgqI/AAAAAAAAAlw/bCLqmBarHNw/s800/DSC_0258.JPG" /></a>

    I think this means get out of the way (I ran away)
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/krR14YqIOOqsz9m3M-X_Tw?authkey=Gv1sRgCKLu5Z_264KtJg&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55T8f6DsnI/AAAAAAAAAlo/NiCLIM18OLc/s800/DSC_0248.JPG" /></a>

    mad-dog gets close
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/oBAD18mJ1knueKdRZEhXHg?authkey=Gv1sRgCKLu5Z_264KtJg&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55TsAVEajI/AAAAAAAAAlg/4PxQ_GPOfdQ/s800/DSC_0226.JPG" /></a>

    young fella's having a tussle
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/_okavnreFXW0yK4iKvknxA?authkey=Gv1sRgCKLu5Z_264KtJg&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55VBfabZ2I/AAAAAAAAAmE/Jhc8FHqKmyA/s800/DSC_0288.JPG" /></a>

    they were really having a good go
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/pt9JGr1cgSTZ_IkuJHwJng?authkey=Gv1sRgCKLu5Z_264KtJg&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55VLCTy_MI/AAAAAAAAAmI/D3jeT2VEqqg/s800/DSC_0289.JPG" /></a>

    you're not the boss of me
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/-DJw7V2sVWvBkXb7jAR5oQ?authkey=Gv1sRgCKLu5Z_264KtJg&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55VRxOkkDI/AAAAAAAAAmM/9VxVduJlCt4/s800/DSC_0292.JPG" /></a>

    well behaved when dad turns up
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/SbwJbLB0hxH_aeRI18ePQw?authkey=Gv1sRgCKLu5Z_264KtJg&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55Vh4ubg6I/AAAAAAAAAmU/irtRcgVbinI/s800/DSC_0300.JPG" /></a>

    hello
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/ixnLb4T24sUb_Qtbjk8Lgw?authkey=Gv1sRgCKLu5Z_264KtJg&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55T0xZ_ALI/AAAAAAAAAlk/dhatgnglzpY/s800/DSC_0233.JPG" /></a>

    loving a wash
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/cV15sG5ZmDO04b0tf2tmSQ?authkey=Gv1sRgCKLu5Z_264KtJg&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55Xco7G9DI/AAAAAAAAAmk/C4fJqOS33DM/s800/DSC_0377.JPG" /></a>

    and then some dust
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/NKBoFngWP-x6kcgYSVmaaw?authkey=Gv1sRgCKLu5Z_264KtJg&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55VWzZViCI/AAAAAAAAAmQ/K7QrXZxgZSo/s800/DSC_0297.JPG" /></a>

    vultures hanging about
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/1UMefRvO9ISKnzqnNUcHMQ?authkey=Gv1sRgCKLu5Z_264KtJg&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55WOCYQoCI/AAAAAAAAAmc/ppx_scunaqI/s800/DSC_0313.JPG" /></a>

    and a few baboons
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/RsN0RwHgxbJfdRAsAf6bQQ?authkey=Gv1sRgCKLu5Z_264KtJg&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55W7hhsliI/AAAAAAAAAmg/E8_xYmtVIPQ/s800/DSC_0354.JPG" /></a>

    heading off
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/2bg4v5mT1XxvSsZ_ps5Plw?authkey=Gv1sRgCKLu5Z_264KtJg&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55YCB38deI/AAAAAAAAAmo/l5cnYbf70OY/s800/DSC_0399.JPG" /></a>
  13. dont.crash.it

    dont.crash.it R.I.P. Mike

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    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/DwdF4coHM8n9ihqme410Zg?authkey=Gv1sRgCLyPuuvi9bTXMA&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55ZeBI_a8I/AAAAAAAAAmw/nVUJ_RsJKnw/s800/DSC_0422.JPG" /></a>

    chur
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/92rJJVe004SIm7cLhe_Fmg?authkey=Gv1sRgCLyPuuvi9bTXMA&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55cToXNn0I/AAAAAAAAAnM/wMgd3PNjQ7I/s800/DSC_0431.JPG" /></a>

    almost died in the heat on the trek in - bad idea to be wearing bike gear in tropical heat
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/C8s1iLM0eDTN2sCv_cDPDA?authkey=Gv1sRgCLyPuuvi9bTXMA&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55cfcoD4pI/AAAAAAAAAnQ/DChb4K9B_Yw/s800/DSC_0435.JPG" /></a>

    have to ask netty who this little dude is
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/kGOBaSk9nBECohYz8OZG_A?authkey=Gv1sRgCLyPuuvi9bTXMA&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55cnnkP_7I/AAAAAAAAAnU/G-RwgrIGyKY/s800/DSC_0466.JPG" /></a>

    si checking out the view
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/RbbOLi82YpLhEIXAr09SzQ?authkey=Gv1sRgCLyPuuvi9bTXMA&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55cuhIL87I/AAAAAAAAAnY/iAKQBO485_g/s800/DSC_0473.JPG" /></a>

    ... and now creating a view for the ladies. don't zoom in if you are of a sensitive disposition.
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/KgXEZa8bfgYCCpfIlDa59Q?authkey=Gv1sRgCLyPuuvi9bTXMA&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55c9Wpg-FI/AAAAAAAAAn4/g8azxU9OHHI/s800/DSC_0486.JPG" /></a>

    looked like a pohutukawa flower from a distance. A nicer vista than Simon's bare arse
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/X-9umRZWYlLrGK9kVQS8YA?authkey=Gv1sRgCLyPuuvi9bTXMA&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_XunQxrvkv3U/S55c1H6c2LI/AAAAAAAAAnc/gI7e6T1P-Qw/s800/DSC_0483.JPG" /></a>
  14. Ange.of.all.trades

    Ange.of.all.trades Perspex Rules

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    Your photo's are absolutely amazing Mike, I can't believe how close you got to those elephants! Well worth the wait! Your camera is pretty good eh, can't believe you managed to capture some of those animals mid-flight with such clarity... Make sure you keep snapping away!
  15. dont.crash.it

    dont.crash.it R.I.P. Mike

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    Now in Lome on the coast of Togo. KTM guys are great it seems, Hans got here before us, they sorted his bike and went out on the town.

    Seems I've been entered into an Enduro race on Sunday too,... hmm lets see how I go eh
  16. dont.crash.it

    dont.crash.it R.I.P. Mike

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    I've got a few rubbish pics too, but plenty of nice ones. Gunna sign off now and grab a beer. Oh yeah, today I've had mangos and pinapple for breakfastm lots of avocado for lunch, a sausage roll (YAY), and the guy on the grill down the road promised us something special for dinner!!!

    mmmm beer

    oh yeah watched gthe arsenal hull game in a tin shed pub in the jungle the other day too. Random but great!!!
  17. Ange.of.all.trades

    Ange.of.all.trades Perspex Rules

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    That's pretty cool, I take it you've raced off-road before, or at least gone a little faster than the pace I expect you have been riding at with the others?!!
  18. Ange.of.all.trades

    Ange.of.all.trades Perspex Rules

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    Enjoy yer beer!!!
  19. draincleaner

    draincleaner Adventurer

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    It's great that you are sorted and all back together again really enjoying all the photos and little coments. Have done just over a 1k on the the st great bike for long rides,your little bro is talking about buying a bike as well but not the Silverwing, something naked about 500 or 600.
    Cheers Dad:clap :1drink
  20. kiwipeet

    kiwipeet Uber Cyber Loafer

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    Just had a quick skim through your foties. :lurk

    Awesome stuff man. :thumb