Adventure Riding in the 80s - Tamanrasset 1985

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  1. Krummemusic

    Krummemusic Adventure Dreamer

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    The bikes and the outfit was different back then

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    We looked different back then......
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    The best multi purpose jackets on the market was the Belstaff cotton/wax jacket. And when we got off the ferry in Northern Africa, the Tuareg in Tamanrasset could smell us already coming.
    Our hairs were longer in our neck, the glasses bigger and moustache or full face beards a "Must" for every biker.
    It was the time, when there were no mobile phones, no UPS or DHL, no internet and..NO GPS !!!!....so going to the Sahara desert meant.....you are on your own.
    Should there be an interest in the forum, I will post my recently digitized photos and memories of a tour, I did in 1985 through Tunisia and the Algerian desert to Tamanrasset. Giving you also a forum to dig into your old memories and photos to share experiences, ancedotes and stories of Adventure Riding back in the 80s.
    Let's see
    Uli
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  2. Rotbaeckchen

    Rotbaeckchen Adventurer

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    And, of course - no navigation system.

    For me, it would be interesting, your 1985 trip.
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    I'd love to see them!
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  4. Deuce

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    Love them. Keep it coming please.

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  5. watade

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    Yes please , I'm very interested, wish I were there.
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  6. Redkrouge

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    Very interested. I did a bit of road in 1980 with a friend. Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia. I await with interest your RR

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  7. Tyrepower

    Tyrepower Been here awhile

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    I'm in. I still remember my old Belstaff Jacket. Leaked whenever it rained, froze as stiff as a board when cold and stank like a billy goat. But what adventures it took me on.

    Cheers Richo
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  8. Krummemusic

    Krummemusic Adventure Dreamer

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    How to prepare a bike ?
    Since I planned to travel with my girlfriend, I could not go on my XT500.
    So it was an R 80 GS that should carry:
    50 l petrol, 15 l water, spare parts, spare tyre, camping stuff for 2 people, food for 4 days, 3 pair of underwear each, 2 set of spare trousers and shirts
    Wunderlich/Touratech weren't around by then...so welded a pannier system myself (5 kg !!), fitted a White Power Suspension, reinforced the frame. Being used to the XT500, all the electronics of the R 80 GS scared the shit out of me. It had an electronic control box :arg
    I have heard it can be hot in the Sahara - so I reckoned better to start during winter.
    Winter 1985 was cold in Germany - climate experts predicted the start of a new ice age (no joke !)
    So - we set off at - minus 20 degree to head for Marseille to catch the ship to Tunis
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  9. Krummemusic

    Krummemusic Adventure Dreamer

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    That looks like a Reinschussel Tank on your bike - always added a smell of adventure. And they supplied fuel with the help of gravity....which always works, unlike fuel pumps
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    Conundrum29 Unter den Linden

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    Am in. Great pics so far...that mammoth of a GS in the snow...priceless!
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  11. KTM 950S

    KTM 950S Been here awhile

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    Great RR!!!!
    And its very intresting for everybody i think...
    No GPS..no intrnet...no mobiles...sounds like true adventure
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    Really looking forward to more. Thank you for posting this
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  13. Krummemusic

    Krummemusic Adventure Dreamer

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    Frozen and shivering we reached Marseille.
    After a horrible crossing the previous year on an Algerian ship (I vomited 25 h of the 26 h crossing), we chose the Liberte this time for Tunis.
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    Tunisia was a popular tourist destination - and it was easy to head towards Algeria via Tozeur.
    We reached the desert
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    I figured soon, that my Enduro 2 were good tyres to go to university - they last forever. But they were useless in the desert.
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    Luckily, I carried a T61 (?) with me. So changed the tyre and managed the sand much better from then on. Was driving with 2 person on the bike and all that stuff on the back.
    So I made it out of the hole and learned my first lesson
    "Gas geben is seliger denn Gas nehmen" - no equivalent translation into English. It basically mean "just stay on the throttle"
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  14. Achtung

    Achtung Wicked Pisssah Adventurer Supporter

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    Wow amazing. Cant wait to see more.
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  15. Krummemusic

    Krummemusic Adventure Dreamer

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    ha ha...yes....I am going to come back on the experience not having had the luxury of a GPS a bit later...after we reached Tamanrasset and head back....and suddenly the road disappeared with truck trails in all direction. Bare with me for a moment.
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    Krummemusic Adventure Dreamer

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    After 3 days we arrived in Ghardaia - the last big city before we headed into the endless Sahara on its way South.
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    There were basically 3 roads that would bring a traveller into the South of Algeria. The "easier" one - the Hoggar Route, then the tougher one, going via Djanet, and that one for daredevils, the Tanezrouft. Being a newbie and with 2 person on the bike, we chose the Hoggar Route. Going through El Golea, the Plateau du Tademait into Tamanrasset
    But not before we explored Ghardaia, its Palm Gardens and markets
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    Then...the real desert started
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    a 1,300 km to go
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    L21 Been here awhile Supporter

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  18. gofargogo

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    Fantastic!
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  19. Arthurwg

    Arthurwg Been here awhile

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    Love your report. I did a similar trip in a Land Rover in 1974. Drove down from the UK, crossed into Algeria through the desert oasis or Figuig, Morocco, then down the central route with a detour to Djanet. Loved Tamanrasset. Continued south through West Africa all the way to Mombassa, Kenya.

    For much of that trip we (my wife and I) accompanied a UK woman on a BMW, helping to carry her fuel and to pick up her bike when she fell. She continued on to South Africa. I understand she had won several awards for her travels, including one through Russia. I'd love to find her again but can't seem to remember her name.

    Keep up the great RR!
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  20. Knute Dunrvnyet

    Knute Dunrvnyet Padawan

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    Can't touch this!

    We started rippin' around the countryside w/ the advent of the Hon XL600R. My first big 'adv' ride, was 6 weeks "Out West," in '85, staying on dirt/back rds as much as possible, but hitting as many of the sites [Blk Hills, Yel'stone, Cascades, CA coast, LA, VLA, Ozarks] as well.

    As far as no GPS: DeLorme Atlas pages in a gallon baggie, under the tankbag, up 'n' down the Appalachians.

    Thanks for the thread. Namaste.
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