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    Default 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

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    Default 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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    Default 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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    Quote 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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    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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    Quote 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 at 12:35 AM.

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    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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    Quote 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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