By Jaco du Plessis | Published on 2020-07-05
Good Sunday evening!
What does a 125cc commuter, 350cc dirt bike, 690cc dual sport and 990cc adventure motorcycle have in common?
Theoretically speaking, not a whole lot. But this weekend we did a technical off road route and they were all capable in the rough stuff. Some of us wrestled and paddled more than others, but the differentiating factors here were:
1. bike weight
2. rider experience
3. tyre type and pressure
Then we did a 50km round trip on some gravel roads down to the Breede River. In the evening we had a retrospective discussion, and came to the following conclusion:
Don't overthink what bike to buy - just get on one and go have fun. Any bike can take you from point A to B – it's just up to you and your friends what detours to add.
One of the riders in our group never really rode a motorcycle before, and the wide grin on his face for hours after the ride reminded me of my own first biking experience. He didn't know the bike's specs, or what is was supposed to be able to do and not to do. He just got up and twisted the throttle.
Similarly, Rowan did an outride this weekend which took him back to his biking roots - getting up early, loading the bikes on a trailer and disappearing into the mountains for 4 hours, returning knackered and with a bunch of good stories.
The reason why I think motorcycling is a very satisfying past time is that you don't have to plan it all out. You can't, actually – the only option is to keep an open mind. As long as you stay safe, you'll have fun.
On the website, Rowan published a long-term review of his 2016 KTM 250 XCW. I particularly enjoyed his inclusion of the costs of buying and maintaining the bike. Read it here: https://www.onanysunday.co.za/posts/long-term-review-2016-KTM-250-xcw/
This week I'll do a similar review of my R1200GS.
Other than that, I'll post some photos and videos of the past weekend. (You won't believe me when I show you what Hugo did on his first ever ride on a proper off road bike.)
Keep on rolling.
Jaco du Plessis
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