By Jaco du Plessis | Published on 2020-04-26
Good Sunday morning!
It gives me great pleasure to bring you the first weekly update from On Any Sunday. Today I'll be giving a bit of background of the project, a summary of the latest content and a glimpse into our future plans.
Rowan and myself are colleagues and for quite a few months we've been discussing the idea of writing down some thoughts about motorcycling.
Our experience on bikes is vastly different: I do doing mostly long-distance travel riding on adventure bikes; he's riding dirt bikes on race tracks and steep mountain cliffs. As such we have difference things to share, and thinking about it we realised there are many other motorcycle enthusiasts that have worlds of knowledge and experience of things we know nothing about. Our vision thus quickly grew from a personal blog to a collaborative and social platform for anything related to motorcycles.
The name "On Any Sunday" references the 1971 documentary film by Bruce Brown about motorcycles, specifically about the different types of riders and bikes.
The lockdown period finally gave us enough time to put our idea into action and the website went live in the beginning of April. I'm working on the technical side of building and running the website - Rowan's managing the social media and finding new content contributors. Personally I'm quite chuffed with the amount and quality of the content we've been able to publish in just a couple of weeks, and I'll summarise it below.
Rowan's been putting down some thoughts on bike maintenance and setup, as well as reminiscing about some of the bikes he's had as a youngster.
Bike Setup – Is It Worth The Fuss?
Should you keep everything on your bike standard or is it worth changing the suspension and ergonomics?
Bike Maintenance – Should You Do It Yourself?
Thoughts on wrenching on your machine vs. taking it to the mechanic.
Every rider has special memories of his first bike.
His brief encounter with dual-sports and adventure riding.
A dirt bike that has no business on the roads gets its papers...
Supermotos Are Totally Pointless, And That's The Point
He tries to convince readers that a 2-stroke dirt bike with slicks make sense, somehow.
Hugo Minnaar and his wife Caro are world travellers and have had two wheeled adventures all over the globe.
Conquering the Himalayas
A Royal Enfield goes over slippery series of snowy mountain passes at an elevation that makes your head hurt. The scenery is breath taking - check out the photos. Includes a video.
Taking The Ha Giang Loop Slow On A Suzuki
Six days of picturesque scenery, countless hairpin turns and pure riding bliss in Vietnam. Another visually stunning report that includes a very nice video.
Two Fools Take On Namibia
Hugo and Jaco were still students in 2013 when the decided to head north into Namibia's Kaokoland. They had little knowledge on how to prepare for a trip like this, and make many comical errors along the way, but the end result is a proper 700km adventure. This is the first post in a series and focused on the mechanical issues they had on the bikes.
Craig Els' three-part series on converting a KTM 520 EXC into a cafe racer, reminiscing about the history of the bike along the way, which includes enduro racing, burnouts in buildings, street wheelies and great father-son memories.
MotoGP Replica Build
Another custom build by Craig, converting a 2006 KTM SMR 450 Motard into a Brad Binder inspired MotoGP race bike.
JJ Le Roux started a podcast - Gravel Travel Adventure Motorcycling - a couple of weeks ago, which we are also publishing on the site. His first couple of episodes feature Michnus and Elsebie, two local legends who've been travelling the world on bikes for almost a decade. Listen to the episodes here: https://www.onanysunday.co.za/podcasts/gravel-travel/
This is a passion project and we have no financial objectives to reach - we'll keep it running for as long as it stays fun. Our immediate goal is to publish a few new pieces each week and keep our social media accounts active.
We have a long list of apps that we'd like to build - a tool to help you when buying a new bike, a classified ad analyser, a mapping tool to plan rides... these are ambitious ideas but we'll work on this throughout the year.
Another feature of the site we'd like to flesh out is the events calendar (https://www.onanysunday.co.za/calendar/), although the lockdown has taken away its value for the immediate future.
Finally, if you know a motorcycle enthusiast, please share this website with them! We'd like to see how far we can go in terms getting some eyeballs on our writing and we are always looking for more contributors.
Cheers for now.
Jaco du Plessis
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