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TechnomadicJim

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I'm back in Cape Town until Tuesday to hopefully pick up my TRN so I can get my number plates. Then I'm heading up north to explore the Western Cape and then Namibia.  :biggrin:

I've been going through my video's and pulled out a few more from "The Hell" :



This little fellow was frozen as soon as I drove round the corner. There was a second or so when we both just stared at each other. Really cool experience.



Crossing through this stream was great fun. I imagine its pretty intense after heavy rains.





Taken at Seweweekspoort pass near Zoar and also my new profile picture at full size and uncropped :

 

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Pop into the shop later if you can....beers are cold! :thumleft:
 

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Ahahha thanks pete.
Ill relieve you of those beers ;D
 

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this is turning into a really good one...

that plaasbike is looking quite at home in Wild Africa (said in a Henry Cole pommie accent)
 

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You travel light☺
That road to die Hel is such a delight. They recommend 2 hours one way for a car. We did it in 1 hour 10 min :lol8:
A screen and ATG saddle bags will do the trick for a long trip methinks.
 

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Man I like this. Small bike is the way to go. That road that "cuts through the mountain at Zoar" is Seweweekspoort. Just for your records  :thumleft:
 

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at what speed are you traveling?

im thinking of doing the same thing. have a TW200 in mind. and know they arent the fastest.
 

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I got my TRN at last! Had to hang around in the civic centre for a couple of hours while they processed it. Why it took 4 weeks I have no idea. I hassled them by phone, email and in person over the last week which is why I think they eventually sorted it. Honda now have a copy so I can get my number plate processed which in turn means I can head north up the western cape next week! If anyone has any must ride trails let me know ;)

I do still have a few things I want to get sorted on the bike. I have a 5 litre plastic container and some bike rubber inner tube for attaching it to the bike. I also want to try and get my luggage down a bit lower and mount my soft Kriega US20 + US30 bags on the sides as saddle bags. I was in a hardware store today and noticed a plastic crate for 70 rand. I reckon I can cut it up a bit and mount it upside down on the back rack to allow extra support and protection from the exhaust. Seems like a nice cheap/light option that should work unless anyone else has any good ideas ?

I also need to buy the following : Tool kit, Tyre levers, Puncture repair patches, Mini Pump, Extra Bungee's (already lost one and broke one),  Rox Straps... Probably more... still thinking :)

I'm not sure but I think I might leave my waterproof and insulating layers for my RST Adventure Pro jacket / trousers. I reckon its going to get hot and I will just end up lugging them around. Not that they are heavy just a little bulky. The only problem is that if it does get cold or wet on my journey I'm not going to be very well protected if I ride in it. Any thoughts ?

Pistonpete said:
Pop into the shop later if you can....beers are cold! :thumleft:

Hey :) Sorry I couldn't make it Friday but I will pop by and see you on Tuesday. I forgot my spare inner tubes last time. Could probably do with some other odd's and sod's too.

Lem said:
this is turning into a really good one...

that plaasbike is looking quite at home in Wild Africa (said in a Henry Cole pommie accent)

haha i sure hope so :)

Jacobsroodt said:
You travel light☺
That road to die Hel is such a delight. They recommend 2 hours one way for a car. We did it in 1 hour 10 min :lol8:
A screen and ATG saddle bags will do the trick for a long trip methinks.

Nice :) I took it slower on the way in but opened it up on the way out as i knew what to expect. Great fun!

I weighed my gear yesterday and it comes in at 19 kgs (not including fuel + water). The bike can "officially" carry 3 + 20 kg's (front + back). I'm not too heavy so I reckon it will take more especially if I can get it down lower.

jupiter said:
Man I like this. Small bike is the way to go. That road that "cuts through the mountain at Zoar" is Seweweekspoort. Just for your records  :thumleft:

Nice one, thanks! I've modified my post.

Flouw said:
at what speed are you traveling?

im thinking of doing the same thing. have a TW200 in mind. and know they arent the fastest.

Provided its not too windy/hilly the bike is comfortable between 80 and 90 km/h. It can get up to 110 km/h if I give it full throttle or I'm going down hill or the wind is behind me :). Highways are OK but boring. I'm certainly not the slowest thing on the road even when the bike's fully loaded.
 

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TechnomadicJim said:
I got my TRN at last! Had to hang around in the civic centre for a couple of hours while they processed it. Why it took 4 weeks I have no idea. I hassled them by phone, email and in person over the last week which is why I think they eventually sorted it. Honda now have a copy so I can get my number plate processed which in turn means I can head north up the western cape next week! If anyone has any must ride trails let me know ;)

I do still have a few things I want to get sorted on the bike. I have a 5 litre plastic container and some bike rubber inner tube for attaching it to the bike. I also want to try and get my luggage down a bit lower and mount my soft Kriega US20 + US30 bags on the sides as saddle bags. I was in a hardware store today and noticed a plastic crate for 70 rand. I reckon I can cut it up a bit and mount it upside down on the back rack to allow extra support and protection from the exhaust. Seems like a nice cheap/light option that should work unless anyone else has any good ideas ?

I also need to buy the following : Tool kit, Tyre levers, Puncture repair patches, Mini Pump, Extra Bungee's (already lost one and broke one),  Rox Straps... Probably more... still thinking :)

I'm not sure but I think I might leave my waterproof and insulating layers for my RST Adventure Pro jacket / trousers. I reckon its going to get hot and I will just end up lugging them around. Not that they are heavy just a little bulky. The only problem is that if it does get cold or wet on my journey I'm not going to be very well protected if I ride in it. Any thoughts ?

Pistonpete said:
Pop into the shop later if you can....beers are cold! :thumleft:

Hey :) Sorry I couldn't make it Friday but I will pop by and see you on Tuesday. I forgot my spare inner tubes last time. Could probably do with some other odd's and sod's too.

Lem said:
this is turning into a really good one...

that plaasbike is looking quite at home in Wild Africa (said in a Henry Cole pommie accent)

haha i sure hope so :)

Jacobsroodt said:
You travel light☺
That road to die Hel is such a delight. They recommend 2 hours one way for a car. We did it in 1 hour 10 min :lol8:
A screen and ATG saddle bags will do the trick for a long trip methinks.

Nice :) I took it slower on the way in but opened it up on the way out as i knew what to expect. Great fun!

I weighed my gear yesterday and it comes in at 19 kgs (not including fuel + water). The bike can "officially" carry 3 + 20 kg's (front + back). I'm not too heavy so I reckon it will take more especially if I can get it down lower.

jupiter said:
Man I like this. Small bike is the way to go. That road that "cuts through the mountain at Zoar" is Seweweekspoort. Just for your records  :thumleft:

Nice one, thanks! I've modified my post.

Flouw said:
at what speed are you traveling?

im thinking of doing the same thing. have a TW200 in mind. and know they arent the fastest.

Provided its not too windy/hilly the bike is comfortable between 80 and 90 km/h. It can get up to 110 km/h if I give it full throttle or I'm going down hill or the wind is behind me :). Highways are OK but boring. I'm certainly not the slowest thing on the road even when the bike's fully loaded.


Call Trevor @ adventure rider - 021 511 1007 He has everything you need.
 

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You might get a light rainsuit.
The rainy season starts now in Namibia(we all hope so) and normally is afternoon showers.
It will not be cold but it can be very heavy downpours sometimes.
 

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Still waiting for Honda to sort my number plate out. "Africa Time" again... I also met RadioMan this morning for coffee. He's been riding around the world for a while now. You can follow his ride report on advrider here. Here's a pic we took at the waterfront by the giant globe :



adv said:
Call Trevor @ adventure rider - 021 511 1007 He has everything you need.

Thanks. I visited his shop today and he wasn't in tried to call but no answer so left my number with his neighbour. Will try again tomorrow too.

chrisL said:
You might get a light rainsuit.
The rainy season starts now in Namibia(we all hope so) and normally is afternoon showers.
It will not be cold but it can be very heavy downpours sometimes.

Thanks for the tip. I've decided I'm going to leave the padding layer but take the waterproof one for my RST adventure pro. Its a nice compromise.
 

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Jim I see on AdvRider you are gonna do the trip up to Oasis this weekend. It will be great to meet you and see Mark again. You guys are in for a big party.  :thumleft:
 

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whitedelight said:
Jim I see on AdvRider you are gonna do the trip up to Oasis this weekend. It will be great to meet you and see Mark again. You guys are in for a big party.   :thumleft:

Yes :) I hope to make it. Just made a post in the thread. Hopefully if everything goes to plan I will see you and Mark there :)
 

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So awesome to meet you this weekend. I'm looking forward to hearing the stories over the next few months!
 

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katana said:
Nice meeting you Jim.  Enjoy your trip  :thumleft:

You too man :) Drive safe!

MissM said:
So awesome to meet you this weekend. I'm looking forward to hearing the stories over the next few months!

Great to see you guys too. Thanks for taking me out on a drive. Was an awesome weekend!

Entering Cerderberg :







Went for a really cool ride with MissM + Monkeyboy and saw some impressive bushman paintings :









Messing around with MissM :) :



Spit Braai! Mmmmmm....



My lonesome camp after you lot all left!



Went exploring round Gerrit's back yard with MissM and found this old bath. Had to get in it of course :



The ride out towards Clanwilliam. Nice winding road :



Just on the out skirts of Clanwilliam where I am staying now :

 
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