In 2009 we rode the then new BMW 800GS – first to drive it from Cape to Cairo; in 2012 we road the Yamaha Super Tenere 1200 – also a new model and in 2014 we drove the absolutely wonderful KTM 1190. That was the bike to ride but our Safari this year is definitely not for sissies!
In 2009 we rode the then new BMW 800GS – first to drive it from Cape to Cairo; in 2012 we road the Yamaha Super Tenere 1200 – also a new model and in 2014 we drove the absolutely wonderful KTM 1190. That was the bike to ride but our Safari this year is definitely not for sissies! It has, from all the research, never been done before. Just as an aside when I first shared the idea with Quinton, he wrote me the following e-mail:
“From what I have been able to see on the net we will be the first group of riders ever to do this route.
Below are 2 links of what I did find for interest sake.
Hectic!! So clearly the big bikes of the previous trips, although great for the first 5 days, were not going to work. We talked about the Yamaha 660 which I won and keep in West Africa and have done many rides around that part of the continent, visiting our exploration sites with the original team that launched the concept of Nos Vies en Partage back in 2010. We also looked at the Honda option but Quinton and Mike are motocross - eduro enthusiasts and they pushed us all towards KTM 690 – there were visits to various bike shops everyone waded in with an opinion – Craig used to own one so he had first-hand knowledge and much experience of the many pros and cons. Then Puzey announced that Hasqvana were bringing out a 701, which was almost a KTM 690 but more equipped for real dirt!! The team started to focus! Puzey said the first bikes were going to arrive in SA in January 2016 and he could pull some strings and get an order in for 7 – he also shared with us his ability to really get the bikes “engineered for the trip! Whatever was needed! So the decision was made and the deposits paid and bikes ordered!
Henry Petroski once said “Science is about knowing and engineering is about doing” and that is what Mike and the Puzey team are all about.”
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