Plastics Funduro (Not a race) : Saturday 25th January : Slayley Wine Farm : Looks great for the less experienced riders

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Come and join your fellow BMW MCC "plastic" bike owners for this fun saturday ride.

My Son (Kellan) and I will be riding the Saturday.

Cost is R100.00 per rider

http://slaley.co.za/

From their Web site :

Join us on the last Saturday/Sunday of every month for our Funduro event. Riders of all levels welcome. Please send through your completed entry & indemnity form by the Friday prior to the event.

Funduro Entry & Indemnity Form
How Funduro Started

Well, after the market was doing well – traders arranged, and wrinkles ironed out – I had this idea to lay out an ENDURO track to get more families to the market and to allow the boys to play across the road. We always like to ride, but family time is important too! So off I went to scout the farm and see what we can potentially put together in terms of a track, with one main perspective: FUNDURO

In the Western Cape we have regional races that already have to be “not as tough” due to the fact that the sport relies on the money from the weekend worrier to be able to stage an event. So the focus was to at least show the sport what Europe would see as an average track for Enduros, but at the same time make it fun.

The track starts next to the dam and cuts into a little “sloot”. In winter the sloot is a bit wet, but it’s all fun and games. The level of water always gets checked so that no bikes will become casualties of an engine rebuild due sucking water into the airbox.

Out the sloot you go up a steep little hill, with a steep descent and around and up another hill, well, “heuweltjie”. Then you reach the obstacle stage where tyres and pipes will become your enemies for the next 5 seconds, if you know what you are doing, or for the next 10 minutes if not!

Into the forest you go! This is tight as it can be with just space for your handle bars to sneak through and logs lying sideways to conquer. Hit them sideways you go down, hit them at 90 degrees like you’re supposed to and you go over with a smile – your choice I guess. Momentum is the key; don’t fight the bike but hold it in the direction it belongs. Easy does it I always say.

Out the first section – enjoy the breather along the trees. You can attempt the ramp or go around; up to you. Into the little rock slootjie, nothing serious, just all fun.

Then there is a relaxing forest section that’s just pure fun. No logs, just cruising. Up and all along the dam wall and around the trees. You enter the off-camber forest through a tight space between two trees and go along it as the lines direct, this is great fun!

Then up a little step-up; so many riders think this is hard, but those who do lose momentum and spin till they are ready for racing super motards. Hit it with little bit of speed and guts and you will find it easier than it looks, trust me.

All along the line, beautiful settings of ferns, farm land, man this is nice… Then you get a long breather of a straight, and guys open up those throttles to feel the wind in the helmet and wheelies are a must! Around the farm border and back down to the empty dam where hills and descents will test your skills, nothing scary, just pure fun.

Down the road, turn right, through a lane of trees, left along the tar road, left onto a farm road and into a water channel till you reach the the dam wall and off you go for lap number 2!

The track is kept in shape by myself and from time to time I call apon a helper when the going gets tough and more muscle is needed. It might change slightly between events to keep it interesting, but it will always be a challenge for beginners, and good practice for intermediates and fun for the pros.

From me, come and ride, enjoy the market afterwards with a beer or a bottle of wine. Your bike gets washed, so no need to rush home…

Hope to see more guys here.

Kellan and I will be taking part on Saturdays ride.........sounds like fun. We can have lunch there afterwards!!!!!!

Cost R100.00 per rider.

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Sounds like fun....just wish i had a plastic! :-)

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I have rectified the invite........the Funduro is both Saturday and Sunday. My son and I will be there on Suaturday and stay for lunch.

My Wife & daughter will also come along and join us for lunch.

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Slaley have very kindly offered us the Funduro Ride (R100.00) per person plus a Gourmet Burger for the fantastic price of R150.00  for both.

Looks like a great deal to me.

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Geoff Russell wrote:

I have rectified the invite........the Funduro is both Saturday and Sunday. My son and I will be there on Suaturday and stay for lunch.

My Wife & daughter will also come along and join us for lunch.

 

Hi Geoff

It says Sunday on their website, which suits me in any event.  Chance to learn to ride a WR450

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Correct David but on inquiry it is Saturday & Sunday.

We are doing it the Saturday.

I have the Donford Motorrad breakfast run on Sunday.

Come join us on Saturday.

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Sounds great :) where do I get the indemnity form? tried the website but the following link does not work ?

http://slaley.co.za/funduro/

 

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Will be there, all the way from Fish Hoek Cool

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Desire,

Open up the website, Click on social Sunday...................the Funduro story will come up...........then the following -

Join us on the last Saturday/Sunday of every month for our Funduro event. Riders of all levels welcome. Please send through your completed entry & indemnity form by the Friday prior to the event.

Funduro Entry & Indemnity Form
How Funduro Started

Click on this on the website and the forms will show.

Fill them in and bring them with you.

Remember the ride is for "plastic" bikes (enduro bikes) not our BMW's!!

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Won't race around the circuit - will take it slow.  Just a bit worried that I won't be fully kitted with full-face and goggles and chest protector...

But sounds like a great way to spend a morning.

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aunty charles wrote:

Won't race around the circuit - will take it slow.  Just a bit worried that I won't be fully kitted with full-face and goggles and chest protector...

But sounds like a great way to spend a morning.

Tannie Charles

Surely an underwire bra should suffice for you Wink

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just a reminder

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Those of us this side of the boerewors curtain need to apply for visas etc, so what time are you planning to get there Geoff?

I'm guessing it will be hot so we won't last too long before the burger and a beer calls louder than our bike exhausts Wink

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Geoff Russell's picture
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Charles,

I will be there from around 8.

I believe the ride is from 0900 to 1200. Looks not too hot but I will take some refreshments along.

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Some info from Slaley :-


Handing in forms in tomorrow when you pay is good – it saves you a lot of time filling in when here.

 

You complete the forms/hand in forms and pay at the cellar tasting counter – the ride is across the road. 

Entry is only for riders – you will be allocated a number which you will hand in when entering the farm.

Look forward to meeting you.

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Geoff,

Is the Funduro event something one could do with an F650GS or is it really only for lighter enduro bikes?

Cheers,

Stefan

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The GS is not at all suitable.  I rode the track on my trials bike and had a few spots of difficulty.  The guys on their plastics had a lot more entertainment.  There were steep ascents and descents with very littly traction, logs and roots and ruts, tyre obstacles and very twisty single-tracks between the trees.

Unless you are Jan Staal on a sponsored 650 that you have permission to trash, rather borrow a plastic bike to do tracks like this.

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Got it, thanks! :)

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