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    Default Ogeluksnek in FJ Cruiser and 4 adventure bikes

    I know some members are curious to know if Ongeluksnek is accessible.

    Did Ongeluksnek in my FJ Cruiser together with 4 adventure bikes on 26 March 13. Left Matatiele at 9 in the morning. At first, the weather to the South looked suspicious, but cleared as we approached the pass. Turned out to be a magnificent day. It may be a shock to any driver to see, what is supposed to be the road, when you leave the SA border post at the bottom of the pass (there is no Lesotho border post - ask for your entry stamp when you leave through a different Lesotho manned post) there is no track - just grass.

    The Cruiser did what its name suggests - it cruised up the pass. Never exceeded 1500 rpm in low range, and it climbed the pass without effort! Lots of loose rock, and I would never attempt it in wet weather. You will simply not get traction to climb, and sideways slip will get you in serious trouble and damage. It is one of the most stunning, unspoiled display of mountain nature views in Southern Africa. It took us 6 hours to do the 16 km of pass, because the bikes battled with the loose rock. A 4x 4 should do it in 2 to 3 hours.

    I would not recommend it for bike trips. Heavy adventure bikes simply do not have the ability and the agility to maneuver in loose boulders and non-existent road conditions (BMW 1200 GS and even 800 Triumph Tiger). KTM 990 and Kawa KLR did well though.

    The way down towards Quiting is very treacherous. The mountain pass before you get to Ha Masiu in the Quiting river valley is very difficult - narrow and poor surface conditions. Allow another 3 hours before you can get to the A4 intersection.

    Good adventure though!
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    Any photos?
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    Yes Hannes, did you get any pics?
    Well done!

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    Ok will load pics in a moment

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    Hi Hannes, are any of the bikers members of the Wild Dogs Adventure Biking forum?
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    Hi Gary

    Yes PSteyn and Mambat are members. We did an adventure ride last August partly through Eastern Cape and Lesotho (see picture below)


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    Awesome! Thanks for the pics, Hannes. Lesotho is just so beautiful. A rugged beauty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hannes Lotz View Post
    Hi Gary

    Yes PSteyn and Mambat are members. We did an adventure ride last August partly through Eastern Cape and Lesotho (see picture below)

    Ah! Thanks Hannes. PSteyn is busy with a Ride Report, just hasn't got as far as Ongeluksnek yet. Mambat fell and got hurt quite bad, but he is doing much better now. Its great how the 4x4 guys and the adventure biking guys have so much in common and share the same adventures
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    Default Adventure bike Ride Report: hilarious!

    If any of you want to read a RR that will make you laugh till your stomach aches, read:
    http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/inde...topic=121069.0

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