Weekly Update 2020-07-26

By Jaco du Plessis | Published on 2020-07-26

Good Sunday evening!

What a dreary day down in the Overberg. The most bike-related thing I did today was sweep the garage in which my motorcycle is parked as the rain came down outside.

Since we've been taking a bit of a hiatus in terms of writing, Rowan and myself both took time this week to watch the film after which this site is named - Ony Any Sunday (1971) by Bruce Brown (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_Any_Sunday). With the total absence in racing events these past months, it really re-ignited my desire to get back out in the dust and bash handlebars. We are yet to watch the modern sequel (from 2014), but it's going to be very hard indeed to match the filmography and story-telling from the original - top-notch, highly entertaining stuff. It's hard to believe how hard core the guys were 50 years ago - racing on steel frame bikes modern riders would describe as museum pieces, and with visor-less helmets that look more like soup bowls than protective gear.

Now, regarding the content I promised last week - well, I've done bugger-all. My hard-drive is still full of unedited riding videos and pictures, and my GS review is still a draft. I'm putting it down to lockdown blues - all I want to do is take my bike on a Karoo trip to Graaff-Reinet, but I don't see it happening anytime soon. Doing adventure bike trips have always been an expression of freedom for me, and the lockdown is orthogonally obstructing this need of mine.

(Another depressing lockdown effect: even though the stock prices are holding up, the prices of imported bikes are reaching for the skies. As an example, a Husqvarna 701 Enduro cost R141,000 in March, but are now R169,000.)

I do have something to look forward to, though: my dirt bike, sparkling clean and better than ever, waiting for me in Somerset West. If you ever want to treat both yourself and your bike, send it to Pieter from PSS Racing (https://pssracing.co.za) - he takes better care of a bike than 99% of owners ever will, labouring over the tiny details that make you smile when you get it back. If all goes to plan Rowan and I will be doing some mountain riding next weekend.

May our collective melancholy pass with the weekend clouds and I wish you a productive week.

Jaco du Plessis

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