“You are positively mad!” was the conclusion of one of our fellows as we told him what we had in mind. We started with the idea of an off-road trip to Spain and Romania in 2019, came up with some plans for Morocco and finally agreed that our bikes would not be suitable for a offroad adventure tour. (This is a part of the story other individuals – not riding a motorcycle – cannot transfer). So we had to investigate what would be suitable for trips like that. KTM350: to small tank. R1200GS ADV: to heavy. Wait for the KTM790 Adventure: Expected light – but after presentation at the Eicma: even to heavy.
100% clear: WE NEED NEW LIGHTWEIGHT BIKES WITH MORE THAN 600km RANGE!!!
Explore the journey to our new bikes, the conversion and the upcoming adventure in the southern hemisphere – without the standard adventure bike ;- )
You might remember the start of the journey and the lost motorcycle keys. There is a update on the performance of the German courier service DHL. We shipped the keys seperated from the bikes on the 12th February 2019 and according DHL they got lost somewhere within the German transport route.
Starting Grooblershop we decided to go to Kimberley and look for new back tires but the city was not good to us and we did not get any tires so we continued to Bloemfontain to visit David at KTM Mountain Goat Equipment. He had four Pirelli Scorpion Rally available.
As we travel as lightweight as possible, we have to use equipment which has multiple functions. Leatherman is well known but as we are German engineers we found new usage for well known equipment you have while riding.
After the riding distances the days before we decided to see some Nambinian monuments so we went to the pertified forrest, the Twyflfontein, looked at the burned mountains and followed some small 4×4 tracks back to the main tracks.
Started with a good cup of filter coffee and a breakfast including muesli and cereals the Namibian owners told a bit about the lodge and the possibilities. Within two or three seconds we were persuaded to stay another night. The nights cool down to 15 degrees and made the sleep really good. Or it was caused by the two bottles of good south African wine.
The lodge could handle more than 100 visitors. Today we are the only four!