Down on the farm with the Bushlander

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OK so this is not going to be your typical RR. It's not epic, it doesn't cover thousands of kilometers, doesn't star riding gods, awesome expensive bikes or pretty women (OK maybe later  ;)).  But it shows a bit of how I spend every day of my life with an awesome little Honda: the CTX200 Bushlander ag bike.  

I'm going to write the "RR" over a period of time as and when I get the pix together. I'm not going to bore you guys with lots of writing (julle kyk mos net kiekies), instead I'll briefly colour in the detail shown in the pix.

First, a bit of background to set the scene: We recently moved our entire Boer Goat farming operation to the Eastern Cape from the North West Province. Now Boer Goats, as you may know, do really well in dry, arid and extensive areas.  This often means farming areas where other livestock doesn't perform: rocky, mountainous, dry, difficult areas. This means we have to get to places a bakkie or tractor often cannot. While we do use horses, it is often faster to get there by bike.  Quads don't work due to the rocky terrain and narrow paths.

I initially looked at a few options: Yamaha TW200, Suzuki DR200 and the Honda CTX200 Bushlander. The TW felt too small for me (I am over 6 feet and weigh 98kg), the Suzuki dealer in Potchefstroom was pathetic and I had had good experiences with Honda before.  Besides,  I have a few other Honda products that have given excellent service (waterpumps, firefighter, lawnmower).

So this is what I bought about 2 years ago:

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Awesome little bike.  If you've read Trailrider's blog (https://trailriderreports.blogspot.com/2006/10/bike.html) or Technomadic's RR (https://wilddog.net.za/forum/index.php?topic=137240.0) you have a pretty good idea of the bike's capabilities.  From a practical point of view, I liked the carry racks, extremely low 1st gear (this meant I could herd livestock without slipping the clutch and also get me places without too much hassle), the low noise factor and the proven mechanicals.

Dealing with the speed demon  :imaposer: :imaposer::

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The pic above doesn't look like a big deal, but this part of my previous farm near Potchefstroom was very rocky in places and difficult to ride on a taller geared bike.

My gear consists of a few basics:

Custom plaas tailbag with cargo net, pliers, multi purpose hammer/pliers/wrench/vicegrip tool, some binding wire, Tyre Weld for flats:

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Two-way radio (we have a very poor cell signal on the farm), hi-tech leather gloves for winter, fencing and whatever ;D.  That front carrier is really useful BTW (Dis By the Way kerels, nie VAT nie  :imaposer:)

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My ATGATT, fltr: Tailbag, full face helmet (for sun and rain), open face helmet (as ek oppie grondpad kole gooi dan waai my boshoed af  ;D) and custom goggles without peeloffs (also known as safety glasses at the koperasie).

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And then my gumboots. Um I mean my riding boots with special ankle protection and steel shank in the sole:

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My Boerboel, Os, often tags along on my trips around the farm.  He hasn't run me off the Bushlander yet as he did with my XR (https://wilddog.net.za/forum/index.php?topic=113067.0), I think he learnt his lesson with that incident.

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He also enjoys the water crossings when it gets hot.

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And then there's the fun of teaching the Kelpie to ride bike:

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... that sometimes has it's oopsies (before you set the SPCA onto me, Vellies was fine after his fall):

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I do around 150km per week with the bike, except in cases like last weekend when my one flock decided to go walkabout and I did 53km on Saturday looking for them.  It's times like that that the Bushlander comes into it own; it gets places much faster than the Cruiser, uses much less fuel and with less wear and tear.  Of course it cannot carry the load a bakkie can but then it's horses for courses.

Checking the fencing teams ...

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...the fences themselves ...

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...the lucerne irrigation status ...

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... and the river level

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Winter is always fun. On the previous farm temps of -10ºC on winter mornings in July and August were not unusual and here I have recorded -6ºC with sleet and wind.  Unfortunately the Bushlander doesn't have heated grips, not even as a factory option.  :biggrin:

My neighbours tell me farmers in the area do a "farm bike rally" each year.  The TW, DRs and other Ag bikes get to do a route visiting farms and friends along a route to view farming practices, new ideas and equipment and so on.  Pretty much a mobile farmers' day.  Sounds like a lot of fun and I'll be posting some pix of that trip on this RR.
 

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Dankie ouens, bly julle geniet dit.  Ek het baie respek vir die klein fietsie gekry en hy is so betroubaar soos 'n Lister enjin.  Ek wil probeer om bietje fodies te neem van van die plekke waar ek met hom ry.  Het hoeka verlede week op los klippe met hom neer gewetter maar met al sy crashbars en hand guards en goeters stof mens hom net af, klim op en ry verder.
 

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Terloops, vandag lyk die driffie waarop die fiets staan so:

 

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Casting from Turd said:
Ek watch jou,

Lyk my die dorsland nie meer so dors nie!!!

Die ouens jok nog al die jare vir ons! Droë Karoo phffffft
 

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JMOL said:
Ek is in vir die trip  :thumleft:

Hi J.  Ek glo nie hy gaan by Cradock uitkom nie,  maar jy is welkom om saam te ry  :thumleft:
 

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Lyk mooi daar op die plaas. Ek sal maar sukkel om te onderskei tussen werk en ry as ek jy was.  :3some:

Wat van 'n plastiek krat agter op vir die Kelpie en nog wat.  ;D
 

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Geniet dit veral omdat ek op 'n plaas groot geword het. Hou so aan met die plaas RR. Lyk my soos Aberdeen, Graaff Reinet omgewing...
 

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Baie lekker fietse, ons het 2 op die plaas gehad, toe hulle 80 000km slaan het ons hulle ingeruil vir2 XR 125, wat 'n fout. Hier is 'n foto waar ons hulle gebruik vir wild vang. Boer se 2wiel jeep.
 

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Flatout said:
Lyk mooi daar op die plaas. Ek sal maar sukkel om te onderskei tussen werk en ry as ek jy was.  :3some:

Wat van 'n plastiek krat agter op vir die Kelpie en nog wat.  ;D

Jy's reg ja,  soms raak daai draadmakers bietjie gatvol vir my want ek kom draai so baie by hulle - sommer net vir die lekker van die ry  :imaposer:

Ek het my regter knie al so baie keer met die opklim op daai agter kerriër gestamp dat 'n krat my net met nog blou kolle gaan los.  Ek was nooit goed met sulke ballerina moves gooi nie.

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Geniet dit veral omdat ek op 'n plaas groot geword het. Hou so aan met die plaas RR. Lyk my soos Aberdeen, Graaff Reinet omgewing...

Jy ken die wêreld né:  ja GRT distrik.

 
 

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Tribes said:
Baie lekker fietse, ons het 2 op die plaas gehad, toe hulle 80 000km slaan het ons hulle ingeruil vir2 XR 125, wat 'n fout. Hier is 'n foto waar ons hulle gebruik vir wild vang. Boer se 2wiel jeep.

Dit is hy inderdaad.  Maar om deur die veld te jaag agter wild aan sal ek eerder in 'n Cruiser of heelwat jonger wil wees dat ek nog lekker kan hop as ek 'n erdvarkgat slat  :eek7: :eek7:

Was daai bok nog lewendig?

Ek sien jy dra ook 'n fullface plaashelmet  :imaposer:
 

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Ons is so bly oor die lekker reen wat geval het die afgelope paar dae,  toe gaan speel ek sommer gister in die water wat so wyd oor die grondpad lê.  Mens kan sien ek is deesdae ouer en wyser; ek ry nie meer soos 'n willeweghol soos destyds in my avatar foto nie  :biggrin:

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Mooi man, hou aan om hierdie tread te update asb. Soort van 'n joernaal vir jou oor die volgende jaar  :thumleft:
 
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