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  • singles of life

    Hello all
    ( do not know if it is the right place, in case , move it )
    I had mopeds in the late sixties .
    Let us start with the 125 AT 1 then 175 DT 1 , both yamaha 2 stroke, a king of more scrambler than real trail ).
    I managed to ride around France with it, not so much off road ; most training ( i did not know it was )

    My first big bore had been a 77' XT , black and white , with the "famous" aluminium motor guard I had kept for the second , a 80 .
    This time it would be the real stuff. Bikes almost like this were crossing the desert ( Dakar first race ) and will soon be riding the world . With big tanks, a home made pannier, and some prep , all 3 ou us crossed the sea from Alicante ( Spain) to Oran ( East of Algeria ) and cross to the West to the Tassili mountains , close to Tunisia and Lybia and the southern town of ALgeria : Tamanrasset . 4 days alones on the mountain tracks , lost one time but not too long ; enough petrol, spirit , and water !!
    " in desert the breakdown is more dangerous than to get lost"
    then the Niger and Agadez .......
    riding : 70
    martial arts : 73
    loving to tour around : always

  • #2
    Re: singles of life

    topic approved and moved to general biking discussion!


    ​Looking forward to read more of your experiences!
    (Been There Done That) x 3.25

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    • #3
      first real tracks of sand

      So we left Tamanrasset very early because the trail was supposed ( on the topo guide ) to be very sandy around the border in Assamaka .
      But the bikes were running so nice in the misty morning that we arrived before the customs' opening .
      Then towards Agadez we were stocked inside the place for 3 days: wind sand , do not see further than 3 meters .
      Arrived in Niamey we heard from travellers that a " coup" was occuring in Haute Volta( now BURKINA FASO) so we head to ride south as the first goal was Ivory coast and we do not want to cross Nigeria : already too dangerous .
      SO next was Benin, Togo , and Ghana , the nicest beach i had ever seen in Dixcove a place for routards, hippies, riders and - real - travellers : no resort no hotels only a very old abandoned fort of the 15 ) century , some fishermen and a lot of "Euros " with various vehicles .. Remember it was the end of 70 '
      no real visa no real tume ; so we cross the last river before Ivory coast on pirogues ..
      riding : 70
      martial arts : 73
      loving to tour around : always

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      • #4
        Re: first real tracks of sand

        Originally posted by varunaFRANCE View Post
        So we left Tamanrasset very early because the trail was supposed ( on the topo guide ) to be very sandy around the border in Assamaka .
        But the bikes were running so nice in the misty morning that we arrived before the customs' opening .
        Then towards Agadez we were stocked inside the place for 3 days: wind sand , do not see further than 3 meters .
        Arrived in Niamey we heard from travellers that a " coup" was occuring in Haute Volta( now BURKINA FASO) so we head to ride south as the first goal was Ivory coast and we do not want to cross Nigeria : already too dangerous .
        SO next was Benin, Togo , and Ghana , the nicest beach i had ever seen in Dixcove a place for routards, hippies, riders and - real - travellers : no resort no hotels only a very old abandoned fort of the 15 ) century , some fishermen and a lot of "Euros " with various vehicles .. Remember it was the end of 70 '
        no real visa no real tume ; so we cross the last river before Ivory coast on pirogues ..
        Sounds good.
        But 99% of xbhpians are indians.
        So most of us no idea about any place in france.

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        • #5
          Re: singles of life

          Hello the story is old like me
          First big big ride in AFRICA .
          About India : Had been there in 04 , the tsunami time in Mahaballipuram .
          Would like to buy a himmie there and go back to EU , in memory also of my grand grand parents from TN .
          namaste
          riding : 70
          martial arts : 73
          loving to tour around : always

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          • #6
            Re: singles of life

            Originally posted by varunaFRANCE View Post
            Hello the story is old like me
            First big big ride in AFRICA .
            About India : Had been there in 04 , the tsunami time in Mahaballipuram .
            Would like to buy a himmie there and go back to EU , in memory also of my grand grand parents from TN .
            namaste
            where do you live in france?
            I have been to paris once.
            How old are you?
            Last edited by Om1234; 10-16-2018, 12:35 AM.

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            • #7
              Re: singles of life

              Was born in Paris in 53 .
              Now i live in SW , close to Spain border ( and tracks ) not far from attantic sea.
              As I had said somewhere else ; Varuna was the name of my grand father. ,
              riding : 70
              martial arts : 73
              loving to tour around : always

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              • #8
                Re: singles of life

                Originally posted by varunaFRANCE View Post
                Was born in Paris in 53 .
                Now i live in SW , close to Spain border ( and tracks ) not far from attantic sea.
                As I had said somewhere else ; Varuna was the name of my grand father. ,
                Great to see that.

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