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Yes, I'm back on the road again for the 3rd year in a row. . . .

The only concern at the moment is that my bike is not running perfectly, after searching for 3 weeks it looks like the cause of the problem is a faulty CDI, and I cannot wait for a month for Yamaha South Africa to import a new one from Japan so I decided to go ahead with the road trip, but I'm taking it easy with the bike.

Why did I go ahead with my road trip? I've been looking forward to this for the whole year and the problem is small enough for me to handle at the moment.

A new coil and spark plug cap improved the performance but my bike is still hesitating lightly when I'm cruising, the upside is that around 6000 - 6500 rpm the bike goes fine with about 80-90% power delivery, so I stay in that range when cruising which means that I travel at about 60 - 70 mph with my 15/42 sprocket combination which is OK with me

I had a very busy year so I decided to start my road trip at the same place where I went last year because this is the ideal place to unwind, so I travelled the 230 miles to Amphitheatre Backpackers which took me about 5 1/2 hours with more than an hour in the driving rain with a lovely strong crosswind blowing over the road.



Upon arrival I was pleasantly surprised to find a group of 8 bikers from Durban on a weekend getaway and as usual they were astonished that there is someone who is actually touring with a TW200

1 Yamaha Super Tenere, 1 KTM and 6 BMW's in total





Early this morning the guys had to start packing and head back home




In the meantime yours truly had 3 mugs of coffee and 2 mugs of tea (no joke) to recover from the previous day and to look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed again . . .

 

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Mooi, man! (South African for “nice, man!” or “well done, man!).
 

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Tom - Just imagine working a 12 hour shift where you are working in a busy restaurant, then go home and try to get 5 hours of sleep, then get up and work non stop for 4 hours trying to fix your bike and to pack for the road trip at the same time and then to get onto the bike for 5 1/2 hours hoping you will make it to your destination before night and praying the bike will make it all the way. . .

What do you get? A severely dehydrated person waking up the next morning!
 

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Tom - Just imagine working a 12 hour shift where you are working in a busy restaurant, then go home and try to get 5 hours of sleep, then get up and work non stop for 4 hours trying to fix your bike and to pack for the road trip at the same time and then to get onto the bike for 5 1/2 hours hoping you will make it to your destination before night and praying the bike will make it all the way. . .

What do you get? A severely dehydrated person waking up the next morning!
Oh I understand you being dehydrated. Not sure 3 mugs of coffee and two mugs of tea is what the doctor would have ordered though! ;)


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Cornelis and the five cup challenge

I have to ask, after those five cups that morning just how far down the road did you get before dashing into the bushes?

Also, it probably didn’t bother you too much that the petrol tank required frequent stops on the way north.
 

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I had my 5 cups after the long trip bro, and I'm travelling South not North!

After a tough year I'm using this first week just to unwind and relax and the only work I'm doing is on my tan which is non-existent at the moment.

Laying next to the pool or on a comfortable sofa with a good book is my main activity

What book am I reading? What I saw at the revolution by Peggy Noonan, wow, really a fascinating book, I'm enjoying every page!

Check out the the lovely scenery

 

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Yes, I'm back on the road again for the 3rd year in a row. . . . In the meantime yours truly had 3 mugs of coffee and 2 mugs of tea (no joke) to recover from the previous day and to look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed again . . .




Now this is the way life should be spent!
 

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I'm still relaxing over here in the Drakensberg mountains and I've got some good news - I met an Australian biker with a Honda 250cc Baja today and we are travelling in the same direction so it looks like I have a travelling partner for the next week or two

His name is Stuart and he's been travelling from Uganda Central Africa in an old Land Rover to South Africa, he originally bought himself a secondhand Suzuki DR 650 in Uganda but the mechanics that was suppose to service his bike completely messed it up, now he was able to get the Honda Baja from a friend in Johannesburg, I will post some photo's of him and the bike tomorrow!

I spend some time with a potential future TW rider today . . . .


I went to the local pizza place today and I had lunch with 3 French tourists, they recognized the TW and they told me that the TW is popular in France also, mainly on the farms in the country.

 

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Into the Drakenbergs on a TW225: There be Drrragons

The Drakensberg mountain randge stretches for hundreds of miles with peaks of 11,000 feet.

Drakens translates from Afrikaans as dragons. Cornelis knows this.

Boetie, watch the skies as you ride through those foothills and canyons.
 

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Yes sir, that pumper carb is making a big difference thank you

In the first place I have some good news to share with you guys:

After struggling for a month with my bike that kept on hesitating and stuttering it finally looks like I found the cause of the problem, one of the 10 wires that goes into the CDI was pinched and the copper on the inside broke off while the plastic insulation still looked fine on the outside.
I replaced the faulty wire and it looks like my bike is a 100% back to normal again.



I went for a short test ride and the area around here is beautiful farmland, as you can see the future is Green, John Deere Green, its a pity I couldn't take a picture of the tractor and my bike standing next to each other



and then I'm glad to announce that the Great South African Tradition of Camping and Caravanning is still alive and well over here. Every year tens of thousands of campers and caravanner's tour down over December to the caravan parks and camp sites all over the country and for me personally I prefer this holiday far above a holiday in a hotel.

Here is a family arriving at a caravan park that is nearby the backpackers where I'm living

 

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I noticed the Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge is a located a bit of a walk away from the Drakensberg range mastiff. Assume there are shuttles to transport actual backpackers to the mountains or do you healthy Afrikaners just hike directly from the lodge? View attachment 142969
 
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