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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-28-2009, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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Hi guys we are planning a trip in South Africa through a vallye called Baviaans Kloof. It has many river crossings and I have never driven the V through water which will sub-merge the exhaust. Can you drive through water which will put the exhaust completely under water is my question?
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Yes i know baviaans very well. there is only one real deep flow and can tell you that the V will go through without problems. Trust me on this. Just remember that that river flow got round stones at the bottom, from small to baseball size. But still no problem. Just keep the throttel open, look up and stand up. You will be fine.
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Thanks guys, good to know the V can do some pretty offroad work like gravel and river crossings!

Will post my photos when we get back.
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Keep the gear low and the RPM's up. May have to use up some clutch if the crossing is deep and wide. As long as there's some significant exhaust pressure the water won't get in the muffler. If it was particularly deep, make sure you check the oil when you get back on terra firma.

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I'm looking forward to the photos from this one - it ought to be a killer report.
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We are leaving on 6 September and returning 11 September. So far we are 3 bikes. The V, a BMW GS 800 and a BMW 1200. I am confident the V is not going to let me down
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Hi from New Zealand. I have ridden my versys through water crossings dozens of times, sometimes with water over the top of my boots no problem at all. I even killed the motor once by accident with the exh. under water when my hand knoked the kill switch after hittin a submeged rock.The motor started right up again but put on a great steam show when i got to dry land.
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Baviaans Trip & Versys

Hi Dude

Give me your email adress and I will mail you some photo's of my Versys in the Baviaans, we have done the trip during December 2008.

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Great! [email protected] Thanks mate.
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Hi 287, my email is [email protected]. I would really like to see those photos.

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What tyres did you use when you did the Baviaans. Any problems in the mud?

I was thinking of using the stock tyres, but all the guys going with me are changing tyres to more off-road.

We now are 6 guys on the trip. One V, 2 GS 800's, 1 KLR 650, 1 Honda 600 XR and a Suzuki DR

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Hi 287 where did you get the dual purpose tyres? The kawa dealer can import avon distanzia but at R3000 for a rear only is a bit wild. Cheers H
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Hi Dude

Give me your email adress and I will mail you some photo's of my Versys in the Baviaans, we have done the trip during December 2008.

cheers
..or alterntively why not post 'em here and let everyone appreciate your trip
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Sorry for the late reply guys

The rear tyre is the Conti TKC 80 and in front the Avon Distanzia. Will post some more watercrossings at a later stage.

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looks great +1
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Dit lyk piele! (it looks good).

Did a lot of dirt (over 500miles) the other day and this vike is amazing in the ruff. Went across the Karoo in SA and it was pouring down like mad. Road like snot but the road tires did great. But i would like to put the same tire combination on the V. Especially in the mud it tents to slip a bit with road tires. But at 90 miles per hour the bike stayed upright and it was just a question of hanging on. But ye, my next tires will be the same.

00000287, thanks for the info. Where did you purchase the tires?
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Tyres

Thanks for the photos, they look great. Mean set of tyres on the back.

I am thinking of going for the Michelin Anakees. Does anybody know if you get them in the standard V size (120/70 x 17 front and 160/60 x 17 back)?

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The rear tyre is the Heidenau 150/70 and in front the Avon Distanzia. good grip on gravel, pavment and sand
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thats the black one the other is dunlop 140/80
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