3 Generation Run – Day Two to Johannesburg (02/12/2007)

Posted: December 2, 2007 in Uncategorized

 

5 AM : Wake up to screaming alarms, what were we thinking. Well at the time, slightly delirious from lack of sleep the previous day, we had set our alarms for this terrible hour to get an early start. So at 06:10, we pulled into the Steers near to lodge and decided to have breakfast first and a somewhat large breakfast was had by all. With breakfast finished and home "within site", we set off.  Destination: Ventersburg

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Ventersburg

With a few kilometres behind us and time looking good, we could afford to relax a bit and a proper cruising speed was used, barely going over the current limit, rather safe than sorry. As we pulled into Ventersburg, so did another BMW and KTM. These two however, were on the other side of the biking world, OFFROADERS and were on their way home from bundu bashing in Lesotho. Great chaps, who made us remember how decent and friendly bikers can be. Turns out they were on their home to PRETORIA. They took off before us with an obvious purpose. Shortly thereafter we were on our way as well to Kroonvaal.

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Kroonvaal

We pull into Kroonvaal with around 130 kms to home, this was gonna be a short stop as were so close. As were busy settling up and getting ready to leave, the same OFFROADERS pull in and a short conversation ensues. MAN, bikers are great people! This would be last we saw of them. 130 kms and counting.

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Johannesburg

I never thought I would be happy to see Joburg traffic, funny the things you miss. HEHE, LOL. So now fighting our way through the traffic and heading towards our final destination. BAM, roadblock, gotta love it. Well, for a change, bikers did not appear to be bikers and all 3 bikes made it through the roadblock without incident, thanks METRO. 20 minutes later we pull into home. What an experience.

Now exhausted and saddle sore and covered in bug splat.

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What we have learnt from this trip

1. When the salesman says your bike is not a tourer, listen to him.

2. If you have a bike with an underseat exhaust and you plan on doing a trip like this, open the taps as APPROACHING the pit stop NOT WHEN LEAVING. If you do not heed this warning, you will learn first hand what they mean by "Blazing Saddles"

3. Riding around in the hope of finding lodging for the night, might sound wild and free, BUT it is not all that it is cracked up to be.

4. Panniers and superbikes do NOT mix, a TOPBOX is your friend.

5. A backpack is not only a pain in the arse but one in the back TOO.

6. GPS does not work everywhere.

7. Does not matter where you are in the 3 Generations, this is a killer trip.

8. Visibility is worth its weight in gold.

9. There really is a tortoise on every bike trip.

10. Do your homework and pack for humans and bikes alike.

11. Visor Cleaner is a MUST, a lot of bugs will give their lives to slow you down.

12. Remember to pack your sense of humour, you will need it.

13. Earplugs are a must, wind rush at any speed is deafening, never mind the bikes.

14. When going over speedbumps with a PILLION, make sure the PILLION is still there after the speedbump.

15. Tollbooth operators battle with the concept of a bike convey, be patient, cash works best and insist on a receipt.

16. Do not take a laptop with, beg, borrow or steal one at your destination if one is required.

 

So in closing………………

Would I do this again? Yes, with a different bike (read tourer) and better planning and less luggage.

Ah, the joys of hindsight. Hopefully if you are planning a run like this, you take some of my points and you enjoy as much as we did.

 

Some figures for thought

RED MONSTER (BMW R100RS)

Kilometres covered : 2337

Fuel consumed : 230.91

Kilometres / litre : 10.1

THE GRANNY (Honda CB900F)

Kilometres covered : 2504

Fuel consumed : 232.19

Kilometres / litre : 10.7

THE LUNATIC (Honda CBR600RR Telefonica)

Kilometres covered : 2529

Fuel consumed : 163.74

Kilometres / litre : 15.4

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