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Discussion in 'Africa & Mid East' started by Vicks, Feb 8, 2012.
sat is out for me, can't swap shifts, next time.. have fun
Ok, whoever wants to join the ride, show up at the Emarat gas station on Sharjah-Lalbagh road ( N25° 14.054 E55° 34.446 ) between 7:30-8:00 tomorrow, Saturday. We ride to Fujairah and then a short wadi north of it.
Vicks - as mentioned, late pull out due to a work engagement I've been working to avoid...have to be in office tomorrow...next weekend FOR SURE! Apologies...
anybody up for a Oman ride during the coming Eid holidays ? I bellieve it might be 26th - 28th Oct.
Was just talking about that with my buddy over dinner...let's connect over the weekend...but yeah, pending CFO/wife approval I'm there!
I'm thinking of either riding to jebel shams in oman, near Nizwa or else to khasab in the musandam area. Jebel shams will be nice and cold due to higher altitude and being inland (lesser humidity) but is a slightly longer ride to get to - approx 400kms.
Nice and cold sounds GREAT! Saturday we're on (3 cars, and us two)
Which Saturday are u talking about mate ? The ride to jebel shams I'm talkin about is not due untill end of oct.
O, my bad...planning a trip this Sat, but also keen on the end of Oct one
I'm up for a ride if u wanna do it. Let me know where u wanted to head towards ?
9am Dragon Mart petrol station, wadi drive toward Fujairah bypass. Landie dude doing the mapping...
I've got a 990 adventure, live in Dubai. This is my email firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome Brett. Watch this space for our next ride plan.
I have just finished working in Qatar and am heading back to Abu Dhabi in the next week, my KTM's 990 Adv and 530 EXC - F will follow. So i am more than up for some adventure riding.
Last year, at Eid, a group of use rode from Qatar to Oman and had a great time, not as much off road riding as i would have liked but still fun. Unfortunately i don't think my bikes will arrive by this coming Eid.
Awesome !!! More Advriders in Abu Dhabi !!!
Do drop a msg when u land up here and we'll keep you posted on any ride plans.
Will do. Looking forward to seeing more of the UAE, Qatar is a little limited for big adventure bikes.
just 2 weekends ago we did a nice wadi ride and although challenging on a big bike, it was fun. Cooler weather defn helps .
Have been offline for a while, but bike season is here, and now I have the F800 at home. So im game for a trip or two.
KTM660/690RR (factory engine) have blown a gasket or something, so needs to go to the shop to be taken care of. It's such a nice and iconic bike, but like most purpose build race machines, it is way to temperamental if you don't have your own workshop.
So bought the GS for stability. And keep the KTM just for the joy of looking at it and knowing its mine
good to hear from you.
So, who's up for a multiday ride during Eid ? I prefer a dual sport ride, preferably Jebel shams / akhdar area in Oman. Nice mountains, wadis and cool weather. Leave on 25th, Camp out for 1-2 nights and return by 27th or 28th Oct.
OK so here's the route plan.
Blue = Tarmac
Orange = Off-road (graded tracks, wadis, river beds)
The ride involves a long boring tarmac section from Abu-dhabi / Dubai => Al-Ain => Ibri which is approx 300kms. And then the fun starts when we leave tarmac at Ibri. From here we head north towards Rustaq with a short tarmac section thrown in. Although i dont have a camping spot identified yet, it shouldn't be too difficult to find one. The weather is supposed to be cool at the higher altitudes (1000mtrs approx). In case camping out is not preferred, there is a rest house. I'm not sure of the availability or conditions at the rest house but dont expect it to be multi star accommodation We are supposed to drop by at the ancient bee hive tombs at "Bat" and wadi "Damm" on the way.
From Rustaq, we fuel up if required and head south towards Tanuf via "Umq" and "Hat", the twisty tracks take us to almost 2000mtrs while crossing the Jebel Akhdar mountain range. The tracks will be twisty with steep cliffs and drops on one side on this section. Once we hit Tanuf, it will be the end of the off-road section and we reach the tarmac road to bring us back to Al-ain via Ibri. There are no schedules for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We eat when we want to and when we find food.
Knobbies are good, but dual sport tyres are better considering the long tarmac sections. A puncture kit including tyre levers is highly recommended as is atleast 1 spare tube.
I have done part of this section earlier and it involves steep switch backs so this ride is not for dirt noobs although you are welcome to give it a go if you want to. And then there is a large section of the off-road route which i havent done so i can't comment on the difficulty level.
This ride needs two days and a night. I'm up for it any two days during the coming Eid holidays (25-28Oct).
Let me know who's in ?