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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by metaljockey, May 28, 2010.
TallRob, did you really have to quote about 50 pictures in your response?
News flash about Kariba's Starvation Island.
I thought you might be interested in this as you were just in that area. The animals stuck on Starvation island are getting flooded out due tothe Kariba damn. I guess they those sluece gates arent big enough.
SOrry, Ill go back and fix :eek1
It totally depends on terrain. Our best day was 550km which included 300km tarmac.Our worst day was from 07h00 to 18h00 and we did 70km.
Not much really, the 800 took it all in it's stride. The only time I could see that it had difficulty was when needing to pick the front up at speed, I could lift the X at will, but Hennie had to scrub off some speed here and there when we hit holes and the like.
Hennie is very happy with the bike, and where I had a variety of reliability issues, the 800 had none. It also did not heat up as much as the X when we were caught in tall grass for hours on end.
Both bikes have the air intakes situated high up, just under the headstock, we had both submerged and running with the exhaust totally under water.
In the next installment there are some pictures where the water level can be seen clearly under the air intake of the 800.
Keep Livin' the dream Bro's. Thanks for taking the time to stop and Photo-log your adventure for all to see.
Can you tell us anything more about the singing at night? I would love to hear a sound clip if you could capture one.
Flatdogs to bush camp
By midday Hennie's bike is sorted and we get restless so we hit the road.
Our plan is to head north on a track that passes through the Nsefu area of the South Luangwa National Park and continue into Luambe National Park where we hope to find a seasonal ferry, used by hunters, to cross the Luangwa. We were unable to get info on the ferry except that it may or may not have been in operation in 2007.
We ask the local guides and they reckon we should not be too worried about the ferry because we are not going to make it that far. It is the track leading north that is the problem, it crosses many rivers and have no bridges.
Some elephant just outside camp.
We buy fuel out of containers again in Mfuwe and have lunch of nsima and chicken.
At about 14h00 we hit the road north. We want to sleep as close to the park gate as possible because we are not allowed to be in the park after dark.
To my dismay the track lasts for all of 1.7km before we hit the first obstacle.
It has a steep and deep entry, so in order not to flood the air intake you have to enter slowly. This makes it impossible to get up the sand bank without getting stuck.
After pushing my bike out with help of the kids swimming there, it is Hennie's turn. You can check where the water reached upon entry, just under the air intake.
Predictably he also gets stuck and after pushing him out too, he takes a different line than me and gets stuck a second time.
Some more pushing and flushing of the exhaust that filled up when submerged.
Then the second part of the river, easier because there is a run up to get some speed.
Having just poured water out of boots and wringed socks out, we travel another two clicks when we hit the second river.
This one is too deep, there is no way we are going to be able to either ride or push through.
When we planned this trip we spoke to several people that know Zambia and the consensus was that April is too early, the rivers would be too high and the mud would not have dried out yet.
So we knew that we were going to have to deal with deep rivers. A friend of ours, Roger, is one of those crazy hard core enduro nutters that populate Kwazulu Natal. He often comes down to East London to do a couple of days of Transkei riding. He showed us pics once of how the Natal boys deal with deep rivers. They float the bikes on pontoons that they carry with them.
So Roger put us in touch with a specialist rubber duck manufacturer, these guys http://www.feralinflatables.co.za. You send them the specs for your bike that include the weight and the distances between axles and pegs and they tailor make a set of pontoons for you.
Have a look at this pic again, the black thing on the back is one of the pontoons.
We are soon going to find out if they know their business or not. This will be the first time that we try this.
Works like a dream.
Coming back for the 800.
Check the happiness.
The bank on the other side takes a bit of effort.
I notice people slapping themselves hard and what looks like at random, until the first tsetse fly lays into me. Then I do the same.
We are pretty chuffed that our pontoons are working, it would have been a bitch if we carried them the whole trip and never got the opportunity to use them.
Sunset and we make camp.
We are well happy. This trip is just so much more man, so much more.
I can't type.
Your ride reports are just too good.
yeah!!!!!! what he said!!!
I once saw a picture (can't find it at this moment ) probably on this forum, where a guy floated his bike by use of numerous inner tubes wrapped under both wheels. i thought i should remember that trick for future use, but this makes it look somewhat professional ! Simply awesome!
Thanks for the insight on the 800 and the X ! The heating problem of the X i bet is due to that fuel tank covering the engine, radiator, and other parts and creating a hot air pocket. One guy I've met last weekend dirting had same issue with his WR450 after a switch to a huge rally tank. I'm not sure how much of the other stuff he said was true, but he said his gas was boiling in the tank at some points in time...
MJ are back!
....... and now with the rich wildlife of Africa! elephants, giraffes, hippos, lions & bikes!
Fantastic as always!
Sir, you rocks!
F*ckin' A! The simplicity of it-ingenious!
Dude those pontoons are super cool ............... almost as cool as your ride report
wow, as usual an excellent report . Amazing places an pictures. Thanks for sharing
About the pontoons: The Doom Machine is back and alive, only in another part of the world :
One question regarding the X, how does the extra fuel tank takes all the beating? I mean if you fall, you land on it? Any problems?
BAIE BAIE GOED, EN DIE PONTOONS, JY HET ONS
I THOUGHT ANGOLA WAS THE BEST EVER, BUT ZAMBIA IS GOING TO GIVE IT A GO
I'd suggest that you guys give the Darien Pass a try but I'm afraid it might be too easy.
DAMN! Didja have to quote 20pix?
Thank god I have a fast connection and a screaming machine.