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Journey to see TTR400 in South Africa
« on: November 03, 2018, 12:32:01 pm »
Kevin (TTR400) rode across America and parts of Canada a few years back and I was lucky enough to meet him in Boston. I told him then that someday I would visit his country and come see him...well that day has come. I an enroute to South Africa to see Kevin (eventually).

But first...ride a Honda Africa Twin in Africa....Cape Town to be exact. I have been wanting to test ride one for years now having wanted to buy the original...something about  the name, fact that it’s a Honda, rally bike...I was hooked.

One of the things on the bucket list (after seeing it on Long Way Down) is to ride Chapman Peaks Drive and stand on Cape of Good Hope...where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Pick the bike up Tuesday stay tuned...

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Re: Journey to see TTR400 in South Africa
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2018, 01:11:43 pm »
 So Very Cool  Good Luck..
 Yeas, I had the good fortune to spend some time with Kevin on his way thru as well.
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Re: Journey to see TTR400 in South Africa
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2018, 01:46:07 pm »
IRS a beautiful country, allllmmmoooostt worth the plane ride. 16 hours stuck in a tube is brutal, even in the front cabin. Plus, you end up +6 hours so you arrive fried, tired, and off the clock.

When I was there last, exchange rates were $1US/$8Rand. Very favorable. Simply majestic landscape and really wonderful people. Enjoy yuor time there-
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Re: Journey to see TTR400 in South Africa
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2018, 03:29:01 pm »
Nice one Andy, have a great trip. Am looking forward to the updates.

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Re: Journey to see TTR400 in South Africa
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2018, 06:30:58 pm »
  I am looking forward to pictures and hopefully more dialogue.

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Re: Journey to see TTR400 in South Africa
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2018, 09:42:05 pm »
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Re: Journey to see TTR400 in South Africa
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2018, 10:26:28 pm »
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Re: Journey to see TTR400 in South Africa
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2018, 03:27:13 am »
So Very Cool  Good Luck..
 Yeas, I had the good fortune to spend some time with Kevin on his way thru as well.
Me too. Had a great afternoon of conversation.
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Re: Journey to see TTR400 in South Africa
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2018, 09:50:55 am »
What year twin are you getting to ride? Sounds like fun.
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Re: Journey to see TTR400 in South Africa
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2018, 10:31:51 am »
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Re: Journey to see TTR400 in South Africa
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2018, 08:04:25 am »
5 min ago....riding Franschhoek pass




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Re: Journey to see TTR400 in South Africa
« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2018, 08:05:40 am »




End of the day no traffic!


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Re: Journey to see TTR400 in South Africa
« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2018, 09:07:05 am »
Oh, a new one!
Looks nice, if I was looking to buy a new bike this would be pretty high up on the list.
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Re: Journey to see TTR400 in South Africa
« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2018, 10:44:14 am »

stay tuned...

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Andy

I am tuned in. This will be a good one. I’ll be interested in your impressions of the bike.
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Re: Journey to see TTR400 in South Africa
« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2018, 12:28:24 pm »
Yesterday we had gone to the tip of the Cape peninsula - Cape of Good Hope where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic Ocean.



Then onto Table Mountain overlooking Cape Town and Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela had been imprisoned - you can see it in the photos below)





This morning we left Simons Town which is on the Cape peninsula outside Cape Town. First we saw the penguins




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Re: Journey to see TTR400 in South Africa
« Reply #15 on: November 06, 2018, 12:33:16 pm »
Then picked up the 2017 Africa Twin and hit up...a winery :) Post House Wines - site of the old post office - every bottle tells a story about a stamp










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Re: Journey to see TTR400 in South Africa
« Reply #16 on: November 06, 2018, 12:44:37 pm »
And then it was time to hit the road...riding an Africa Twin in Africa. Leaving the winery the view was amazing



Then it was up Rt 310 to Stellensbosch



Before arriving in Franschhoek



And staying at another vineyard



Converted stables



And no sooner had we arrived then I took off to ride Franschhoek pass before it got dark :) will do it again tomorrow heading for the coast





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Re: Journey to see TTR400 in South Africa
« Reply #17 on: November 06, 2018, 12:49:14 pm »
So impressions of the Africa Twin so far....easy to ride straight away. Have not changed any ride settings. Just twisted the throttle and went. Feels planted in corners even with the dirt tires. Feels good on dirt roads but it’s still a big bike - feels size wise the same as my VStrom DL1000 but with better acceleration. Aside from that just easy to ride. Not super fast but steady and predictable. A little underwhelming but that’s not a bad thing. It’s easy to drive.


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Re: Journey to see TTR400 in South Africa
« Reply #18 on: November 06, 2018, 02:01:22 pm »
Spectacular!!!   Thanks for sharing, you lucky dog!
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Re: Journey to see TTR400 in South Africa
« Reply #19 on: November 07, 2018, 10:25:25 am »
Awesome pictures man. So is your twin the manual or auto trans?
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Re: Journey to see TTR400 in South Africa
« Reply #20 on: November 07, 2018, 01:21:42 pm »
Thanks Dukie! It’s a manual Africa Twin. I would have chosen the 2018 DCT but apparently it had been crashed the week before.

So today I headed from the mountains to the coast and saw some interesting dirt roads in between. What could be better for an Africa Twin but dirt roads in Africa? Time to get the bike dirty....




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« Reply #21 on: November 07, 2018, 10:05:24 pm »





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Re: Journey to see TTR400 in South Africa
« Reply #22 on: November 07, 2018, 11:55:38 pm »


The bike did well on the loose gravel and washboard. The rider was probably more nervous on the bike :) some steep hills to go down made it exciting.



And then it was the coastal route including Clarens Drive...no traffic lots of parking spots for photos, tight twisty curves and nice sweeping corners:





And that was it for the Africa Twin adventure...bike successfully dropped off at the end of the day.

Next stop on the trip is a self-drive 4x4 camping tour in Namibia to see the desert...should be interesting!

Cheers
Andy


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Re: Journey to see TTR400 in South Africa
« Reply #23 on: November 08, 2018, 06:47:40 am »
Wow Andy! Very envious. Enjoy and keep up the reports.  :)
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Re: Journey to see TTR400 in South Africa
« Reply #24 on: November 08, 2018, 06:51:23 pm »
Cool stuff, Andy.  has anyone read Riding The Edge by Dave Barr?  His travelogue of Africa is a tad bid different than yours....Larry

 

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