Launch Party

On the 30th August we found another excuse to throw a party, this time our leaving party at Hard Rock Cafe on Sandton Square. Thank you so much to our family and friends that supported us, to Canon SA, Touratech SA, All Terrain Gear and to Doctors Without Borders for attending and supporting us.

The day kicked off with a launch ride from Touratech South Africa which would end on Sandton Square and start off our party. We first visited the Kyalami race track though, where  Superbike Magazine allowed us to ride our two BMW F800 GS’ around the race track…..Cannot believe we got to have this experience. Thanks so much to Clinton

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Coming down the straight at Kyalami Race Track

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We created a bit of a scene by riding onto Sandton Square and especially by riding the two bikes up the ramp to the Hard Rock Cafe entrance.

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Arriving

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“Onsie”

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Thanks to Aldo from Touratech for hosting the ride

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Promo video goes up

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Matthew says a few words

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Thanks to our three fantastic bands for rocking HRC… to Father & Son, Dead Alphabet and BreakDLaw.

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Father & Son

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Dead Alphabet

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Raffle draw to win the Canon Camera

We did end up parking our bikes inside overnight and fetching them early the next morning… check where we got to park them.

 

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I did get a picture of the bike next to the Tourist Hotspot of the Nelson Mandela Statue on the Square… although not as close as I would have liked

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Thanks so much again to our supporters and sponsors. Thanks too to Bart Kurek for many of the pictures taken on the night!

Go chain lube – the best in the business!

Our newest sponsor – Go performance products have been kind enough to supply us with enough of their wax to get us all the way to Alaska. With such brand ambassadors as the legendary Alfie Cox and Russel Wood, you know you are getting nothing but the best.

Go chain lube is also a remarkably novel product, and proudly South African. It is 100% biodegradable and is the only wax/water emulsion lubricant on the market. It lasts longer, lubricates better and keeps the chain cleaner than anything else out there.

If you want to put a quality product on your bike, and reap the benefits, this is a great way to go. We will be using Go chain wax on both bikes throughout our trip.

If you want to get your hands on a starter pack, containing 500ml GO Chain Wax, 500ml GO Eco Degreaser, a cleaning cloth and a small brush, Go have been awesome enough to donate 3 starter packs for the raffle at our launch party! Be there and stand a chance to win your bike a rad lube-makeover.

Check out their site for loads more info and for all their other awesome products:

http://www.gopp.biz/

 

Thanks Go!

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The Go starter packs up for grabs this weekend

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Our supply of chain lube to be smuggled in all the bikes nooks and cranny’s

Country Trax Training Weekend

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 “We promise that you will double your skills, and half your fears in one weekend”

Me being the most fearful, this was  a very attractive promise…and at the end of July 2014 we joined a crew of enthusiastic motorcyclists at Jan (Staal) Du Toit’s Country Trax Offroad Training Academy in Amersfoort outside of Johannesburg.

We were kindly asked to leave our ego’s in a dish, and then we set off to do the ‘cool things you see on TV’. This consisted of the famed riding with both your legs on the luggage rack (effectively kneeling on the seat), side saddle riding and a slow race  (that I won by repeated stalling). Most of our fellow riders were sporting BMW’s but everyone is welcome and from the start we all socialize, eat and ride together.

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The communal table

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The best kind of classroom

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Matthew masters the ‘form’

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Aldo teaching me the ‘Form’

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On the morning of day 2 I could feel every muscle, and realized that even a few gym sessions would probably have been to my benefit, but those pains quickly dissipated with the appearance of Pap and milk for breakfast (for non-South Africans this is a maize staple porridge that many of us ate as kids). We spend a glorious day on the farm playing on our bikes, and trying to make the connection between Jan’s Instructions, brain instructions and muscle actions.

I did some things where fear of being the only girl in the group who was too scared, made me ride over cattle grids, through the forest, through the sand and numerous other crazy exercises, that were actually not that bad when you stop thinking and just do them.

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Matthew looking spectacular

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Jan makes it look easy

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Sand riding lecture

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I got the wheel off the ground!

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Matthew turns on the cameraman (Leonard)

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Sand riding

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This dog’s favorite toy

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Practicing turns

I did have one hard fall where as my friends know, I got my leg between the F800 and a wooden pole, after hoping that giving throttle might save me from the situation. After a quick medical self check, I established that although the pain was severe, that thankfully my bones were intact. By the size of the bruise shown below, you can see why wearing motocross boots is vital! Though this was not the greatest when you have packed a short dress for a wedding after the course.

Matthew also came off in spectacular fashion after accelerating down the steepest hill on the farm and entered the ‘bowl’ below like a stunt rider from Nitro Circus. He lost traction on the bowl lip and gave us all a huge fright, however after the initial scare, he left with just a twisted ankle.

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My fantastic bruise day 1

I was humbled that Country Trax were willing to offer us the course, and that we participated in the entire weekend including the fantastic accommodation (built by Jan himself) and marvelous food. Jan Du Toit and Aldo Van Der Walt (Touratech) were extremely patient and as the “big names’ in adventure riding South Africa, they were a pleasure to get to know.

Thank you again for this fantastic experience, which I will recommend far-and-wide. I have certainly doubled my skills and halved my fears!

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Megan washes her toes

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Matthew washes his bike

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riding the oval

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We all passed!

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Matthew passed!

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Thank you to Leonard van Greunen for the fanstastic Country Trax pictures

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