Weekly Update 2020-06-21

By Jaco du Plessis | Published on 2020-06-21

Good Sunday evening!

We've had some good rains down in Swellendam and the crops are looking very good. The kloofs are also nice and wet which means if you try to ride a motorcycle through them, you're going to have an interesting time. And so it was this past weekend.

Following from the announcement last week that we will start introducing some video content, we experiment with some new gear on our weekend ride. Rowan put together some nice clips here: https://www.onanysunday.co.za/posts/hartebeest-enduro-weekend/

Earlier in the week he also did some introspection about commitment and assertiveness, and their importance on both dirt bikes and life: https://www.onanysunday.co.za/posts/Just-send-it/

I celebrated a birthday this week. I'm at an age now where hobbies become quite expensive and your needs can't be satisified by anything that can covered in wrapping paper. So I bought a motorcycle - Katinka is a blue KTM 990 now sitting in my garage. I can't justify this purchase and won't even try - she just gets my revs up, and I try to return the favour. With dual FMF pipes, a cracking motor and top notch suspension I can honestly say my expectations have been exceeded. At some point I'll write down my thoughts on how this 2012 bike without traction control stacks up to some of the modern adventure bikes I've ridden the past year.

Hugo has been in Prince Albert since the start of lockdown and his Honda XR 125 has been very useful on the farm. Then a wild Honda CRF 230 appeared and, as a practical man, he did a comparison between the two. Read the details here: https://www.onanysunday.co.za/posts/honda-xr-125-vs-crf-230/

We've had a bit of setback on the bikes that we wanted to review as some admin issues surfaced and eventually the dealership ended discussions. I guess they saw the photos we posted last week of us hauling bikes over big rock piles which wouldn't have helped. But anyway, I justed wanted to share the reason why we might not have any bike reviews ready soon.

Today is winter solstice, which means the longest, darkest night of the year starts this evening. The key point to remember is that every day for the rest of the year, the sun will be shining longer and brighter.

On that note, have an excellent week.

Jaco du Plessis

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