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Post by Chunky on 27th August 2009, 19:37

I am planning to go to Pontdrift on Saterday 5 September and come back the same day and sleep in my own bed. This is a iron butt kind off run. The shortest route and back will be 925 Km. Taking a different route back will be 1031 Km.
Is there anybody that is interested to do the trip with me? If not I am going in any case.
This is the last point that I need for my 4 corners. Cool
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Post by Tony R on 28th August 2009, 10:23

Excuse my ignorance but where is Pontdrift. Sounds like an interesting but tough ride.

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Post by Admin on 28th August 2009, 10:35

Tony:
Pontdrift is one of the four points of our Club's Extreme Rider Award - the most northern point.



Read more about this award on the website www.bmwclubs.co.za > Club > Extreme Riders

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Post by Tony R on 28th August 2009, 10:41

Thanks found it on Google a few seconds ago. Iron butt stuff a trip like that in one day. Would be possible on the new Tiger I have but not my old Sprint.

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Post by dakardrix on 28th August 2009, 13:49

... I think I must do an off-road trip to Pontdrift on 22 Sep weekend... Rolling Eyes thinking... family just happened to be away that time... mmm, a geocache or two... there are some cool roads in the mountains around Makhado...
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Post by LeRoy Olivier on 28th August 2009, 16:25

Personally speaking - why would one want to ride all the way up to Pontdrift and not sleep over for at least 2 nights at Balerno?????
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Post by Chunky on 28th August 2009, 20:53

LeRoy Olivier wrote:Personally speaking - why would one want to ride all the way up to Pontdrift and not sleep over for at least 2 nights at Balerno?????

Because there is only this one window of opportunity this year and because Pontdrift is on our doorstep if you have the right bike.
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Post by JR on 29th August 2009, 10:50

.......if you have the right bike.

define "right bike" Smile
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Post by Chunky on 29th August 2009, 18:19

Anything with 2 wheels and a fuel propelled engine with which you are prepared to ride and you may prefer to do more than a 1000 Km in one day. It may be uncomfortable like hell as long as you are prepared to ride it. Also something on 2 wheels with a engine that you call your pride and joy. It may also be a scooter. Right bike is what is right for you, others may not like it at all, but its right for you and that is the important thing and the only thing that count.
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Post by Richard H on 29th August 2009, 22:16

My tips for the trip:
1) Be on the road as early as you can see the road without using headlights.
2) Breakfast near Polokwane after two hours of riding.
3) Do Pontrif before you have lunch.
4) Lunch well and ride back easy

ENJOY...!
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Post by DaveS on 30th August 2009, 08:10

Often these quick long distance rides are very enjoyable on your own or with a riding partner who is not phased by longer 'rides' between stops.

You will however find you will have ample time to stop and rest if you leave early as Richard suggested.

Did a similar distance on New Years day this year on my roundabout ride to Clarens - had ample time to get back in daylight even with breakfast and lunch stops.

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Post by Chunky on 30th August 2009, 19:48

Thanx for all the tips Richard and Dave. I have done a few trips of more than and 1000 Km with this red Camel. Longest was me, Bruno and Shaun back from the Buffalo rally earlier this year it was 1306 Km. When I am riding on my own I stop the minimum only petrol and pic of nice places.
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Post by JR on 30th August 2009, 20:09

.....then in all probability you have found the right bike.....for you Wink

Sure, some bikes are more appropriate for certain applications but there is no such thing as the right bike per se. The “right bike” is solely determined by the rider’s needs and expectations and that includes a pillion where applicable.

For some no single bike is able to answer all the requirements hence the need for 2 or more bikes sometimes Very Happy
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Post by GSing on 30th August 2009, 20:53

Amen! That's why I love me GS and WR!
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Post by JCM on 30th August 2009, 21:27

Plans changed for the weekend..................


Last edited by JCM on 31st August 2009, 20:33; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : Must go elswhere on Saturday.)
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Post by LeRoy Olivier on 31st August 2009, 08:32

Missing the point here - every bike is the right bike - dependant on the owners/riders needs and requirements. Balerno is relatively speaking on our doorstep - we thoroughly enjoyed the sleepover there - point i tried to make. Nevertheless - enjoy the ride.
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Post by tj on 31st August 2009, 08:38

dakardrix wrote:... mountains around Makhado...

Louis Trichardt, Swaer

Perfect reverse politics in thus one
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Post by dakardrix on 1st September 2009, 01:15

Kom nou eers agter wat jy bedoel! Ek was laas daar toe dit nog Makhado was, nie geweet van die reversal nie. Sulke goed pla my maar min, daar is belangriker battles om te wen.
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Post by dakardrix on 1st September 2009, 12:55

dakardrix wrote:Kom nou eers agter wat jy bedoel! Ek was laas daar toe dit nog Makhado was, nie geweet van die reversal nie. Sulke goed pla my maar min, daar is belangriker battles om te wen.

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