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Offline The Lone Builder

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« on: May 16, 2019, 09:49:51 am »
 In 1982 I visited South Africa and came across a little town called Belfast in Mpumalanga (Along the N4, about 200km west of Pretoria). On the same trip I also found a town/suburb called Drysdale - my surname (About 60km south of Pretoria); it now seems to have disappeared!

Being young, adventurous, and probably a ltttle(?) foolish, I immediately thought, "Now, that'd be fun, Belfast to Belfast on a bike!" The idea of riding a motorbike from Belfast to Belfast, the destination being Belfast, N Ireland, the town of my birth, was born. It took a while to realise this dream, but I recently started on the adventure.

I will be riding a CB750 K2, which I have owned since 1978, and which I have just rebuilt/restored with the help of many of you on this forum.

On the request, nay, at the demand of many friends and acquaintences, I started a blog. This didn't work at first, so I had to set up a website. I will try to update this topic each time I update the blog, but for anyone wanting to follow the story, the link is below:

Up to now I have completed the little loop at the bottom, which was done as a sort of trial run. I am now completing some mods to the bike and, all being well, will be back on the road next week.


CB750 K2 - No longer running, now we’re flying!!
CB750 K1 - The less, said the better!
CB450 K1 - Stalled.
CB400F Supersport - It's rusty!

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Re: Belfast-2-Belfast-By-Bike
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2019, 06:31:33 pm »
is that the drysdale near geelong in victoria australia

good luck and looking forward to following the journey, ride safe and carry a BIG lock for the bike
It seems I've kicked the Honda habit again...anyone mind if I stick around ?

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Re: Belfast-2-Belfast-By-Bike
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2019, 08:31:14 pm »
Good luck with the travel, admire your sense of adventure....Larry

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Re: Belfast-2-Belfast-By-Bike
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2019, 03:13:40 am »
Excellent trip! Good luck!

Current bikes
1. CB750K4: Long distance bike, 17 countries and counting...2001 - Trans-USA-Mexico (CB750K4), 2003 - European Tour (CB750K4), 2004 - SOHC Easy Rider Trip (CB750K4), 2008 - Adirondack Tour 2-up (CB750K4) , 2013 - Tail of the Dragon Tour , 2017: 836 kit install and bottom end rebuild. And rebirth:,173213.msg2029836.html#msg2029836
2. CB750/810cc K2  - road racer with JMR worked head 71 hp
3. VStrom DL1000 2003
4. XLR650L 2006

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Re: Belfast-2-Belfast-By-Bike
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2019, 09:34:08 am »
Are you doing a round trip? Shipping the bike etc?

Very cool. Good luck and be safe.
« Last Edit: May 17, 2019, 09:36:01 am by Jerry Rxman Griffin aka MuthaF'er »
As of today 3/13/2012 my original owner 75 CB750F has made it through 3 wives, er EX-wives. Free at last.  ;-)

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Re: Belfast-2-Belfast-By-Bike
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2019, 12:01:21 am »
Hi Sean,

Fantastic, hope you have a great trip. pity you could not call by me in JHB. could have given you tips for trans Africa travel.

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