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25,000 miles with Luke and Nick

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Fishfund, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. Fishfund

    Fishfund Been here awhile

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    One year ago today Nick and I were sitting in South Africa waiting for our bikes to arrive.

    Life travels by so quickly. Time is of the essence. I am so happy and thankful that we were able to pull this trip off. It's a big monkey off my back. This trip was all I could think about for a long time. Well Nick and I have been talking and we are starting to get the itch again. Starting to feel a little Antsy. I want to do it again, but in a different way next time. A much looser schedule, a different more simple bike. Not Africa.

    Anyway, I was just thinking about how short life is, and for all you guys that dream of this, just make it happen. Don't save this trip for later, do it now. You will not regret it.
  2. ian408

    ian408 Administrator Administrator Super Moderator

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    Can't wait to hear what you guys have up your sleeves for us :evil :D
  3. Kafeman

    Kafeman n00b

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    :waveLuke is so right. Time is short and before you know it you will be 64 and beaten up like me and just wishin' ya could do it.
    Please, Luke, do it again soon
  4. ini88

    ini88 Been here awhile

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    Do it again Luke & Nick! England to Thailand? I need something to read at work... so hurry up!
  5. scottmac

    scottmac Long timer

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    I saw the other day that the cord on the bungee jump you guys did at Victoria Falls broke.

    A girl went into the river and through the rapids with her feet tied together!!! She was OK
    but pretty crazy!!!!:huh

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrPmJ4NXVDQ
  6. Fishfund

    Fishfund Been here awhile

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    That is really not suprising to me. I'm so glad she was okay. I remember many things about that jump being really sketchy. For instance, the last second instruction to just kick the chord away from your feet if it starts to tangle up. I'm sure we used that exact same bungee that broke.

    Here is a reminder of how they tied our legs in.

    [​IMG]
  7. NCK

    NCK Been here awhile

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    Just what I needed to hear.
  8. BrandtSA

    BrandtSA Adventurer

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    Great RR. What can we say from Africa.....At least South Africa and Namibia have a huge European influence. If you ever visit SA again get hold of the guys on the wildogs forum - http://www.wilddog.za.net .
  9. TheReaper!

    TheReaper! Been here awhile

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    You and me both , good grief all that drama would have driven me nuts . I look at it like this ,
    if the dealer can't fix your bike with their so called certified mechanics , they should buy it back
    from you on the spot .

    Not only that , how many fuel pumps went bad ? 2 on one trip ? I wouldn't expect that with a
    Chinese scooter , muchless a KTM . To tell you the truth , while not as bad I wasn't all that impressed
    with the BMW either .

    For the money I'm with you on the KLR . :deal

    TheReaper!
  10. Treadless

    Treadless avoiding gravity storms if at all possible Supporter

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    Yea, a KLR that's the ticket. :poser


  11. bigdon

    bigdon Long timer

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    I bet you didn't have to hook up the computer to find the problem!:rofl
  12. MurrDogg

    MurrDogg n00b

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    This is actually my first post in the forum - I joined when a friend told me to come here to read about your story. We've been thinking about starting to do longer road trips on our bikes, and your story has been most inspiring. I know how much work it is to document a trip like that with images and write-ups, so thank you for your diligence. I do think a book deal should be in your future - and maybe even get sponsored before your next trip. You're both certainly excellent ambassadors for the sport.

    Kudos to you both! Happy Trails!
  13. Vamartha

    Vamartha Lost in ADVRider

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    This is still one of my favorite RR's! I cannot believe that it has been a year!
  14. Fishfund

    Fishfund Been here awhile

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    Time goes by so fast. I can't believe it's been a year as well. After I got back from this trip, I was really happy to be back in America. My traveling itch was recessed if not gone. Seeing friends and living the easy life in America was awesome. However, eight months later and now the itch is back. Nick and I have started talking about where the next trip will be and how we will go about doing it. I love traveling with him. We always agree on everything. This next trip will not have a schedule. We will be able to travel slower and probably not as far. We have our sites on the "Stan" countries. As normal we want to get as far away from the tourist areas as possible. Who knows what the future holds, I'm hoping another trip is the answer.
  15. Treadless

    Treadless avoiding gravity storms if at all possible Supporter

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    It's kinda like poison oak... once scratched, there's no turning back. :lol3
  16. Fishfund

    Fishfund Been here awhile

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    Traveling makes me feel alive! :clap
  17. Lunatic

    Lunatic Dan Keyhoety

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    Luke,

    If you need a crash pad in Dagestan let me know !!!


    Cheers , Dan:freaky
  18. Manneman

    Manneman Polarbear

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    I just finished up this ride report!
    Funny about the voltage regulator, I´ve had problems with it on two previous bikes acting in other ways it did for you. Never the less my first thought was ...

    -"Hmm...it´s probably the voltage regulator..."

    I thought I recognized the red town house in the town where you got to loan the BMW 1200? Was it the town of UMEÅ and the shops name was "2wheels"?

    Outstanding RR, hope to make my own some day soon.
  19. crazy pigeon

    crazy pigeon n00b

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    wonderful adventure
  20. BOOGIEMAN

    BOOGIEMAN Been here awhile

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    I enjoyed your trip, it was outstanding.:freaky