The Honda Quest, aangebied deur Specialised Adventures

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One can determine the type of parents by looking at their children. One can also judge an operation by the type of people who congregate around that operation.

I am writing this ride report with happy tears blurring my vision. The past month and a half was a storm of emotions. I really wanted to take part in The Honda Quest as I knew that I would be able to do the riding portion but I did not look forward to the social bit……I was right. The riding portion was tough. The social bit? Tougher.

My story, my journey, my RR….

So the ride up to Springbok was good, it was moerkoud and wet but I was prepared.

During the next couple of days I did indeed feel out and awkward (a feeling that I’m not unfamiliar with), the feeling got progressively worse and it affected my riding and self-confidence. Things came to an ugly head around the third (I think?) day when we were to be sent through singularly at a sandy section (which we could not see as it was around the corner of a hill) where we would be scored on smoothness, technique and situational awareness. My riding partner asked about my riding settings and I showed him what I used. It turned out to be a disaster for him as our riding styles differ so much. He is an Alpha male, riding like an Alpha male with much spinning and sliding, I am a Sigma male riding smoother - “under cover”. Turned out that I was the only rider riding with traction control “ON” whilst toggling on-the-fly between levels 1, 2 and 3 and there was some discussions about the “stupidity” of choosing to ride with traction on in sand.

That evening I’ve asked Peppe, our Medic for something to make me sleep. I slept.

Then something happened………………

I say it was “them”

“they” say it was me, but…

suddenly I was accepted as part of the collective and I could be myself without feeling “out”

And even though by then I was physically sore and stiff, I now was in a good place and space and started to enjoy the Adventure. My riding improved and I aced the two technical sections.

Then, suddenly all was over. Just on time because I was sore, too early because I started to enjoy the adventure more and more.

I went home having made 21 new genuine friends. And a handful of extra special ones. Murray, Neil, Elio, Hein, Hugo

The experience was deeply spiritual for me.

                                                                                    The Honda CRF1100 AT:
When I heard that we’ll be riding the DCT I was disappointed even though I’ve never ridden a DCT. How wrong was I. The bike is modern, sexy, lovely, with the important settings able to be adjusted on-the-fly. This bike can be adjusted to suit my riding style perfectly. It can also be adjusted to suit a hooligan riding style too. On the left one can program a “favourite” button, I’ve set mine to be able to adjust “Traction Control” levels by the toggle of a button. On the right I toggled between riding modes “D” and “SII” as well as full manual where I rode the bike changing gears exactly as on an MTB. I will be buying my bike: Mine is No10.

Wish I could enter next year again. I can’t, but YOU can!!

I’ll end my RR by thanking the Hardy and crew at Specialised Adventures for having trusted me with their name and Riaan and Honda South Africa for trusting me with one of their bikes.

Parkinoff
 

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Lekker om jou weer hier te sien! Hoop jy bly sommer Peter!
 

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Well done Peter :thumleft: :thumleft:
 

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Witnessing your `transformation` was one of the highlights of Quest for me.
We all have our personal demons, but not everyone confronts them head on as you did.
Witnessing your journey, from Bootcamp interview to the delivery of the bikes to Tygerberg Honda was fascinating and humbling and I am proud to have played a small part in it.

Please stay in touch and look me up if you are in George.
Go well.
 

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Thanks almal: Peter K. Canzius. WB. Loedolf. Dux. Tony. Andrew. Strange how I've missed the gentler guys here.

I'll first lurk a long while

 

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Goed om te hoor jy was daar en is nou weer hier!
Ek het ongelukkig nie hierdie Quest gewerk nie en het dus die geleentheid gemis om jou hand te skud!
Lekker om te hoor dit gaan goed en jy het dit geniet!
Baie lekker fiets daardie en jy moet maar eendag kom kuier met hom.
 

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Haai Parkinoff,

Groot (en aangename) verrassing om weer jou naam op 'n pos te sien. Ek is bly jy het die Quest avontuur geniet. Mooi so en welgedaan!

Dis lekker om jou terug te hê, maar moenie verplig voel om te bly nie. Die forum is by tye (soos nou) sagter, maar daar is maar steeds giftige kolle.

Laat weet wanneer ek vir No 10 kan kom bewonder O0
 

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Hey Peter, great to hear you had a great time and welkom back here.

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Kamanya said:
Did you not take any photo's?
Kamanya said:
Did you not take any photo's?

Jah, but only later because i could not get a tank ring for my tank bag on time (for my eyes and phone and lappies) my phone was flat, until I've decided to put my hydation pack on my chest with phone plugged in. So here are a few...
 

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Oubones said:
Goed om te hoor jy was daar en is nou weer hier!
Ek het ongelukkig nie hierdie Quest gewerk nie en het dus die geleentheid gemis om jou hand te skud!
Lekker om te hoor dit gaan goed en jy het dit geniet!
Baie lekker fiets daardie en jy moet maar eendag kom kuier met hom.

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Oubones said:
Goed om te hoor jy was daar en is nou weer hier!
Ek het ongelukkig nie hierdie Quest gewerk nie en het dus die geleentheid gemis om jou hand te skud!
Lekker om te hoor dit gaan goed en jy het dit geniet!
Baie lekker fiets daardie en jy moet maar eendag kom kuier met hom.

Baie dankie, nice om jou ook weer te sien!
 

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Mayhem said:
Hey Peter, great to hear you had a great time and welkom back here.

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Thanks Dennis. Something you have to do. Enter next year.
On the one photo you'll see Pepe, our medic, looking after Losper's ankle, turned out that the more serious issue was his knee that needed an operation. He rode like that, making sure that we're all ok.
 

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Mnr Siegling!!

Dit was n absolute voorreg en eer om die' saam jou te kon deel. Ek weet sommer daar le nog baie trips Apollo de karoo toe vir ons, en sommer menigde ander plekke ook.

Die RR was lekker om te lees, gee my steeds hoendervleis as ek terug dink aan alles wat ons beleef het. Dankie daarvoor

Quest groete
 

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Pieter.. you bliksem

What a lekker trip and event, it was a pleasure to ride with you  :thumleft:
 
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