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Discussion in 'Africa & Mid East' started by Gruebane, Mar 7, 2005.

  1. Britome

    Britome Get Free

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    I'm an American coming to Johannesburg sometime in the next year. I've been to the area and cape town several times but this time I ride!

    I need recommendations from you native pros. Route? Where to rent a 1200gs/a? Should I go with a touring outfit? Anything else I'm not thinking about.

    Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
  2. Rocket_Rookie

    Rocket_Rookie Learning the ropes!

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    Well, just know that you should lock everything up when you leave the bike unattended. Then safety would not be a problem.

    Try doing some wine routes near Stellenbosch. It is beautiful countryside.
  3. Britome

    Britome Get Free

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    Cool. Thx. If you had 4 days with a startin point of joberg what would u do?
  4. Rocket_Rookie

    Rocket_Rookie Learning the ropes!

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    I would start from Johannesburg, and drive east, towards the Indian Ocean and a little town called St. Lucia where there is a Nature Reserve/ Sanctuary.
    One would pass through these major towns:
    -Bethal, Ermelo, Piet Retief and then St. Lucia.

    St Lucia is a wetlands nature reserve, and one can stay overnight camping or in a cabin in Cape Vidal, a beautiful oasis 40km north of St Lucia. This was one of my favourite places I ever visited. One has to pass through St. Lucia to enter Cape Vidal.

    The weather is pretty much summer all year round, so I would suggest Cape Vidal.

    The route there may be a bit dangerous, but there are many alternative routes that may serve as fun Dual Sport riding. And you won't have a problem finding petrol.

    Check this link out, and use google maps to plot your route. Enter the following text in "Get Directions":

    From: O.R. Tambo, Kempton Park

    To: Cape Vidal, St Lucia Park, KwaZulu-Natal

    About 583 km - 7 hours 46 mins


    http://www.kznwildlife.com/index.php?/Cape-Vidal-Overview.html

    Regards
  5. stevh0

    stevh0 Super Retard.

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    Joberg to Clarens (5hours) Go through Lesotho 1 day - down to Durban, drink a beer on the beach. Sleep. Shoot back to joburg via Tar (5hours)
  6. Rocket_Rookie

    Rocket_Rookie Learning the ropes!

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    I would recommend that too...
  7. Britome

    Britome Get Free

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    Thank you Steveho and Rocket Rookie. I love this site.
  8. XR650L

    XR650L Been here awhile

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    Give me a shout if you do get down to the Cape
  9. Rocket_Rookie

    Rocket_Rookie Learning the ropes!

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    It is quite easy to find accommodation and supplies along the road, where ever you go.

    I would suggest that if you decide to sleep over, or if you are interested in camping, that you would find a designated camping spot where there is facilities.

    South Africa is not a crime ridden place. One just needs to be careful about where one sleeps and park a bike. Then it is one of the most amazing countries to visit...

    If you have decided on a route, let me know and I will help do some research and recommend places to go.

    If you are not interested in the seaside, the Dakensberg is also 5 hours drive away from Johannesburg, where there is magnificent views of one of the biggest mountains in South Africa.

    Regards
  10. infra80

    infra80 pothole hunter

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    hi mates,


    just arrived in Durban this week.

    So, now I'm actually urgently looking for a (cheap, I'm a student) Steed.


    Actually, if any of you guys can give me a tip, I'd be happy.

    Like, how much are things like plating/licencing costs, how much (roughly) are 3rd party damage insurance etc.

    I've already watched the gumtree ads, or might it be better to go to dealerships.....or any of you guys selling a bike?

    I've kind a found an interesting gsx750 on gumtree, seems to run well just needs service&speedo cable....guess thats not took expensive here?



    Sorry guys for boring you with my questions

    steve
  11. Mark950

    Mark950 Been here awhile

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    Hi Steve

    Welcome to SA and Durban ( my old home town) . I work at the family Yamaha dearlership in Empangeni (about 160km north from Durban along the coast) if you don't come right with the gsx give me a shout. We have a 2nd hand 600 Fazer and a BMW 1150 boxer on the floor. Maybe they might be in your price range.

    cheers

    Mark
  12. Rocket_Rookie

    Rocket_Rookie Learning the ropes!

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    I would recommend Gumtree.

    I bought both my bikes and all my gear (second hand) from gumtree, and I have been quite pleased.

    Just check all the models and makes and variations of the bike you are looking for, and I am sure that you will be satisfied...

    Remember to be safe when buying from private owners, let someone know about your whereabouts or even take a friend along. Check the bike for oil leaks, and ask permission to start the engine. Wait a minute or two so that it warms up and then check for blue smoke.. Make sure you have a document (self-written) stating the buying terms and make sure to get the guy's ID number/copy of ID on paper. Request a police clearance certificate from the buyer before you decide to buy to make sure it is not a stolen bike.

    That is about the best advice I can give.

    Take care, and let me know when you are in Pretoria so we can have a beer.

    Regards,
    Rocket_Rookie
  13. infra80

    infra80 pothole hunter

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    Many thanks guys,

    endet up with buying a chinese gomoto fact 200cc......rides quite nice, 1 year old and only 100kms on it.

    Best is, still one year warranty left which kinda matches my time down here.


    So, after my obligatory puncture on my first ride........thought about aa membership for a year

    so, my question now is, do they include motorcycles? 'cause in their conditions n terms is stated only motorcar, caravan, trailer, 4x4 or light commercial vehicle....


    Or do you have any better ideas?

    cheers
    steve
  14. Rocket_Rookie

    Rocket_Rookie Learning the ropes!

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    Yes well AA membership will be just fine.

    Too bad you didn't buy the GSXR?

    Anyway, take care.
  15. infra80

    infra80 pothole hunter

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    thanks for all the advice

    yeah, gsx would've been fun but it was totally wasted, like, blown fork seals, leaking engine, crashed several times...

    and the guy didn't bother at all and kinda revved it up like hell.....so clearly a no-go for me


    Chinese bike is quite funny :D , never had a bike below 600cc


    ....and, like with all my previous bikes i found a nice nail on my first day.......and got a lesson what the african meaning of

    "it is ready in 1 hour" means :rofl

    well, all fixed so, small bike touring is on for me

    cheers&hope to meet some of ya for a beer in the next months :freaky
  16. MountaineerWV

    MountaineerWV Been here awhile

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    I would like to purchase a bike in South Africa and was curious where the best market is for used bikes. I have not bought a plane ticket yet and would rather fly directly to the a city to buy a bike. Cape Town, Joburg, Durban...?

    I'm after the South African plates/registration to tour around without the need for a carnet.
  17. stevh0

    stevh0 Super Retard.

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    Gumtree.co.za :)

    There are Geo-targetted sections to the website, so you can decide from where you want to buy the bike.
  18. Rocket_Rookie

    Rocket_Rookie Learning the ropes!

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    Yes, I agree. Check this link

    http://www.gumtree.co.za/f-Cars-Vehicles-motorcycles-scooters-W0QQCatIdZ9027QQgalleryZtrue

    That will direct you straight to the motorcycle listings in South Africa, just make sure to check the top right hand corner of the page to select the city/province.

    You can make use of the search bar to put in the model name. I would suggest that you try and browse every brand and model of bikes you are interested in, to see what is available, before you decide to buy one. Gumtree's got everything....

    Have fun buying your steed.

    Cheers
  19. AEsco48

    AEsco48 Adventurer

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    Just saw this thread after I made another thread... But was wondering...

    I will be traveling to JOH tomm for work but then after from the 16th at night to the night of the 20th I am free...

    Original idea was to rent a bike but the problem is I don't have a motorcycle license (off road races in the US and don't need one in Egypt)... Current plan is to rent a vehicle (can be 4x4 if needed) and explore the surrounding areas...

    Would be great to get some tips on where to go, what to see, where to stay!
    I will be returning to southern Africa in October with my family for 15 days or so of vacation/safari. Some overlap is ok...

    2nd Q is that I need to pick up some replacement parts for my 02 640 Adventure... Seals, gaskets, hoses, cables, clutch hub, water pump. Any shop recommendations?

    Thx!
  20. stevh0

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    Best bet to get parts would be Pro Action KTM. They are in Johannesburg.

    Renting a bike would be a nono. Prices are insane. Renting a car or a 4x4 would be a better bet. In Johannesburg, I would still suggest driving down to Clarens (Lesotho border) sleeping there and venturing down to Kwazulu Natal (Durban) or going back to Johannesburg depending on time.

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    Get a gps though :)