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A process that started way back in February finally came to conclusion this weekend. When it became clear that BMW will not be bringing a new LT out before late 2010 or early 2011 I realised that I cannot ride my current LT till then because due to a really sad perception in the South African bike market my bike will be worthless. I cannot understand why the dealers are fueling this idiocy that 100,000 kms is very high for a LT or any K bike for that matter. Be it as it may I had to change now while I could still get a good price for it.

The Powers That Is at Motorrad ZA was fully aware of my intentions and in February I received a call ... "The last LT's are going into build now and if you want one you must order now or run the risk of not getting one." That settled it for me and I committed to the new bike. My dream machine was a dark gray with silver upholstery but I was told that the final batch is only available in black. Now the black look very stately and sophisticated but but with me living on a farm and having to travel at least 1 kilometer of dirt out to the main road will mean that my bike will always, and I mean always, be "dirty". Second issue is that my wife is dead set against a black bike because she maintains the visibility on the road is way too low. That settled the argument and part and parcel of the new purchase would be a complete respray.

My bike was supposed to be here in ZA during the last part of April and when the time came I phoned to confirm. Unbeknown to me the final build batch was interrupted by the factory to open up capacity for the newly launched F800GS and I was told that the build will be resumed during May. Well this meant that I had to wait a while longer. Not a big problem seeing that work issues is preventing me from riding much. During June I received a good offer on my GT and my son's Dakar and I exchanged the two bikes for a R1200GS which I collected on the 7th of July. On that day I was informed that my LT has arrived and would be ready for delivery in 14 days. This felt like overindulgence but it was just the way circumstances came together.


Delivering the old LT to the dealer in Pretoria. The Bethlehem dealer collected it from here.


The arrival and subsequent stripping and repainting of the new LT. Sadly my request
for decent photos of the process did not materialize.

The past month was spent in trying to get the colour right and subsequently they gave up to match the Crystal silver of the GT. BMW was not able to supply the correct paint and the paint manufacturers ended up with their closest impression of the colour. All of this was unbeknown to me and all I got was weekly reports that that paint job was on schedule.

Up to this point I did not allow the excitement of the new bike to overtake me and carried on with my daily chores. Last week on Wednesday I received a call to tell me the LT will be ready for collection on Friday. This was the moment that I allowed the excitement to take root and the next 24 hours was filled with expectation. Roan told me that he would take is one son with him for the trip and Pierre would also collect his F650GS on the same day. That meant that Wiehann took me and Pierre down to Bethlehem with his car. We were told that the bikes will be ready at around 15h00 so we left Nelspruit at around 08h00.

We stopped for lunch at the Villiers One Stop while Roan and his son carried on. As we approached Bethlehem Roan phoned me and told me that the LT will not be ready before 16h00 and we met at a small pub for a snack while we waited. Pierre was very excited and I just lulled in the emotions of the moment. My biggest anticipation was to see how the paint turned out and it was with much apprehension that we left for the dealership.


First look and I had to stand for a while and savor the image. It was not what I expected and I
walked around the bike slowly. Soaking up the overall picture and starting to build a relationship
with the bike.


It was slowly sinking in and the more I looked at it the more I liked it. Only a biker
can understand this moment.


The salesman, Hentie, was obviously quite tense. He knew the match was not good and he
was concerned that I would freak out.


For me the full reality was sinking in slowly and then there was that special moment ...
the moment that my brain kicked in and made the new bike mine.




The moment of truth and I think the smurk on my face says it all ...
"I love it !!!"


The friendly staff that made this deal come off smoothly.


The first fuel up and a moment to save for the history books.


Out on the open road ... this is where the LT belongs and where he can really come to life.

Roan was still at the workshop waiting for his tyre to be replaced and we decided that me and Pierre will leave for Clarens. We were concerned that he would be uncomfortable on the road at night. It was his first time on a bike on the road in his life and I kept a close eye on him as we snaked through the mountains towards Clarens.

Obviously Pierre was taking it slow and it suited me fine because the LT was brand new and needed some nurturing to get his innards settled for what was lying ahead. It was great to be back in the saddle of a big tourer and I enjoyed the freedom of the winter landscape. The sinking sun was painting everything in a rosy hue and my camera worked overtime.








Pierre arriving in Clarens ... he looked quite smug on his new bike ...




Wiehann was a bit frustrated for being the designated driver of the cage ... but
it was great for me to have him with me.


Marrow bones on toast ... not for the weight watchers.


Roan chose the Eisbein ...


Me and Pierre opted for the Oxtail and Samp and it was simply delicious.

After a magnificent dinner and some great wine we all hit the beds with gusto. Tomorrow would bring new experiences and many new vistas but for tonight we all just wanted to curl up in a warm bed and allow the excitement of new bikes to drag us off to dreamland.

My first impressions of the LT is as expected ... not much different from the old one but the Xenon light makes a difference. I get the impression that the legs on the mainstand have been shortened. This means that the bike gets onto the stand much easier and it is also a lot easier to push it off the stand. Tomorrow it will be 600 kilometers and hopefully I will have a lit more to say.

Let me end todays report with a big thanks to Hentie of Hochland Motorrad.

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And again, Colyn - a great writeup and a great read. The pics fall naturally into place and show the bike well, along with the good company of Wiehann and Pierre. It looks to me like the final outcome was worth the wait.

Now, the culinary aspects - maybe not so much!! I haven't seen a diner's menu around these parts of Texas that has those items for choosing. Maybe I'm missing something?!

Thanks again, Colyn, for sharing your good fortune and your experience in acquiring your new bike. It sure appears that the revised color will work much better than the original black, given the road situation you're faced with each motortrip.

Kind regards.

BTW - great to see Wiehann beside 'proud' Dad!
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Thank you for your kind words Dick ... I appreciate it and I will certainly share this post with Wiehann.

As for the food ... do you guys not eat Ox Tail ? I love it. I f you are interested I could rustle up a recipe for the preparation of ox tail.

The marrow bones is a delicacy that is not found everywhere so when we can get it I make a point of getting it.

Once again ... thank you very much.

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Thank you for your kind words Dick ... I appreciate it and I will certainly share this post with Wiehann.

As for the food ... do you guys not eat Ox Tail ? I love it. I f you are interested I could rustle up a recipe for the preparation of ox tail.

The marrow bones is a delicacy that is not found everywhere so when we can get it I make a point of getting it.

Once again ... thank you very much.
Well, Colyn - I had a difficult time learning to like Sweetbreads. I think it stemmed from my first encounter with 'em; a friend who insisted he knew how to prepare 'em, but really didn't. Stunk up his apartment and the ones on both sides!! On the plate and ready to eat, I'm okay. In the kitchen, getting them ready - not so much!!!

If it won't hurt your feelings, I'll pass on the Ox tail recipe!! I don't have a delicate gastro-intestinal tract, but pinching my nose and closing my eyes spells disaster with tableware!!! So, those marrow bones get a pass too!! Thanks anyway!

Take care, Colyn. Thanks again for the thread.

Oh, and btw - the Food Channel is running a segment on "how to make toast and pile on the peanut butter and jelly". Gotta go watch it - more my culinary speed!!
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Cool ride report. Enjoyed the food pictures. Enjoy the LT.

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All I can say is this Dick ... there is no need to pinch your nose when it comes to ox tail

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Thank you for your kind words Dick ... I appreciate it and I will certainly share this post with Wiehann.

As for the food ... do you guys not eat Ox Tail ? I love it. I f you are interested I could rustle up a recipe for the preparation of ox tail.

The marrow bones is a delicacy that is not found everywhere so when we can get it I make a point of getting it.

Once again ... thank you very much.
A very good story, I always love reading yours with pictures and all. (what software do you use to get those nice frames?)

Ox tail is very nice the way you can suck the bones dry of the meat, for the marrow I let others enjoy who like the strong and fathy taste better.

About the color, yes I did not like it either to begin with, but after studying the ictures It kind a changed. Same experienced I had with my Impala Brown when I bought it from the US. When I got it home I loved it and all the LT owners I meet say it is one of the best colors of the LT

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As for the food ... do you guys not eat Ox Tail ? I love it. I f you are interested I could rustle up a recipe for the preparation of ox tail.

The marrow bones is a delicacy that is not found everywhere so when we can get it I make a point of getting it.

Once again ... thank you very much.
Ox tail makes the BEST soup and stew. Over the last few years the price has really gone up and you can get a chunk of beef for the same price ans the tail meat.

P.S. Great pix and write up.

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A very good story, I always love reading yours with pictures and all. (what software do you use to get those nice frames?)

Ox tail is very nice the way you can suck the bones dry of the meat, for the marrow I let others enjoy who like the strong and fathy taste better.

About the color, yes I did not like it either to begin with, but after studying the pictures It kind a changed. Same experienced I had with my Impala Brown when I bought it from the US. When I got it home I loved it and all the LT owners I meet say it is one of the best colors of the LT

Enjoy your new ride
Thanks ... I am looking forward to my first serious trip ... I booked the bike in next Tuesday for the 1,000 km service ... after that I can get going.

It is a strange colour ... they tried to match the Crystal Silver of the GT but apparently BMW did not bring the paint into ZA so they mixed to match and it did not work out. Initially I felt a bit queezy about it but the more I looked the more I liked it and today I must say I am really pleased with the colour.

Yep ox tail makes great soup but I prefer the stew.

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Ox tail makes the BEST soup and stew. Over the last few years the price has really gone up and you can get a chunk of beef for the same price ans the tail meat.

P.S. Great pix and write up.
Yeah the price of ox tail is really steep nowadays but every now and then we make a point of getting some and make a good heavy stew.

Thank you for your comment.

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You know, for a realy long ride you can visit me, that should brake it in!

KM 10399
Miles 6461

Cape Town to Stavanger

Add 2000 km and you get from tip to tip on the mainland Africa/Europe

I`ll serve you Ox tail and marrow bones aswell.
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You know, for a realy long ride you can visit me, that should brake it in!

KM 10399
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Cape Town to Stavanger

Add 2000 km and you get from tip to tip on the mainland Africa/Europe

I`ll serve you Ox tail and marrow bones aswell.
Now that is a thought but I am not so sure if the LT will make it through Africa

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Colyn, I'm just now catching up with this new photo diary. Great write-up and pictures - as always.

You may have the only 2009 LT that is not black! It seems unlikely anyone else would have a new bike repainted a different color, right out of the crate (although I'm sure it has happened). Love the color.

It was so good to see Wiehann doing well.

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I like the color, also. I think I would have to redo the dark upholstery to match the paint, however. Great job! Enjoy.

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Saturday morning broke in all it's glory over the little town of Clarens and we all slowly came to life. It was going to be a long day in the saddle but the excitement over the new bikes quickly overwhelmed the concerns of the trip ahead.

After a good cup of coffee we were ready. Pierre was very keen to get going and me and Roan spent another few minutes to try and prepare him for what lied ahead.


Pierre looking great and in full kit.



The road into the Golden Gate National Park is really something to experience.





Stopping for breakfast.



The owner of this little place bakes fresh bread on the premises and they have
all sorts of home made delicatessens available in the shop.



I opted for a hotdog and a nice cup of coffee.



Then we were off ... and I settled down to really experience the awesome scenery.


















I had to take this shot ... I have one of my old LT on the same spot.



My partners on the trip ... Pierre and Roan.



My new pride and joy !












... and once again the Navigator got it wrong. I was really not going to take
my new bike on a dirt road.



Fuel stop and some refreshments at Reitz. Pierre was a more relaxed now and full of smiles.

For me this trip was more about Pierre than about collecting my bike. He is a valuable member of our business and it was important for me to help him as much as possible to come to grips with his bike. I was really impressed with the way he approached the whole mission and his commitment to the issues at hand was nothing less than I have expected. For a guy that only started riding the previous day he was doing well.

It is my opinion that the first thing a Rookie should do is to get on the bike end hit the open road. Especially long straights like what we have in the Free State. I believe that the long periods with not many decisions to make allows the person to get to know the bike and allows him time to really feel how the bike reacts. Most trainers tells the beginners to go and practice in a parking lot ... I think that is crazy because due to the presence of so many obstacles the new rider is forced to make too many decisions at a time when the whole concept is still strange to him and they inevitably will take a tumble.

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From Reitz we traveled to the Engen One Stop at Villiers. We saw many bikes on the road. Pierre and Wiehann decided that they will push on and me and Roan took an extended smoke break. From Engen we traveled to Heidelberg and I refueled. From Heidelberg we took a short cut via the backroads that took us through Nigel, Delmas an at Argent we joined the N12 once again. The trip through the farming area saw us on quiet roads and we made some good time. We reached the fuel station at Witbank Shell Ultra City around 20 minutes ahead of Pierre and Wiehann.





Fuel at Heidelberg for me ...









Ultra City near Witbank.












Final fuelstop at Millys.

At Millys we said our goodbyes to Roan and saddled up for our last leg of the journey. I was a bit concerned for Pierre to b in the Schoemanskloof at night and we made some good time. We rejoined the N4 just as the last rays of daylight disappeared and I was happy to be on the main road with Pierre.

I arrived home at around 18h30 and it was good to be back. I parked the LT next to the GS and I was a happy man. My stable was once again fully occupied and now I could sleep well and with a wide grin.

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WOW!!! Some of your pictures look like they could be on the brochure for the new bike.
Awesome!

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WOW!!! Some of your pictures look like they could be on the brochure for the new bike.
Awesome!
Absolutely agree with that. You have a good eye for pleasing photos. And, I really like the custom color of your LT the more I see it. In some photos it almost looks like a creamy-white, which might not be a bad factory color!

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Awesome!
Thank you very much.

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Absolutely agree with that. You have a good eye for pleasing photos. And, I really like the custom color of your LT the more I see it. In some photos it almost looks like a creamy-white, which might not be a bad factory color!
Thank you for your kind words.

Yes when the light is coming at a specific angle the bike do show signs of an almost whitish hue.

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Yesterday I got the chance to take the LT for a short run into the mountains ... I am happy to say that the new one is just as good in posing as the old one


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All I can say is this Dick ... there is no need to pinch your nose when it comes to ox tail
Hi Colyn -

They don't know what they are missing!

Hi Dick - I guarantee that any "meat and potatoes" person will enjoy the following Ox Tail Stew - we had this for dinner tonight. (and, no - there is not any smell - sheesh!)

Pic and Recipe below (a few modifications - we added the garlic and 1 TBS Frank's hotsauce upfront, and the onions, potatoes and carrots to the last hour of cooking in the oven) Also served w/ steamed rice:

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Thanks a lot Ted ... I will try your recipe for sure ... we use curry with it most of the time ... not burning hot but mild and spicy.

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Thanks a lot Ted ... I will try your recipe for sure ... we use curry with it most of the time ... not burning hot but mild and spicy.
Hey, Colyn - and Ted.

I really didn't put enough smilies in my 'culinary' post to this thread. You can tell I've never tried the Ox Tail stew nor the Marrow Bone dishes - so I posted out of ignorance to both. I apologize.

Don't know that there is a restaurant in the San Antonio area that serves those dishes, butt I may search and see. Thanks for posting the recipe for the Ox Tail stew, Ted. May just give that a try this winter, if Grif doesn't beat me to it and whip it up for one of his tech session treats!! If he does, then I'll work on the Marrow Bone dish!!

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I really didn't put enough smilies in my 'culinary' post to this thread. You can tell I've never tried the Ox Tail stew nor the Marrow Bone dishes - so I posted out of ignorance to both. I apologize.

Don't know that there is a restaurant in the San Antonio area that serves those dishes, butt I may search and see. Thanks for posting the recipe for the Ox Tail stew, Ted. May just give that a try this winter, if Grif doesn't beat me to it and whip it up for one of his tech session treats!! If he does, then I'll work on the Marrow Bone dish!!

Y'all take care; feast well, and ride safest.
Hi Dick -

No need to apologize at all!

My wife is Vietnamese, and she makes ox tail soup every month or so. She also makes a great beef stew. She actually found the recipe this past week and it's the first time we had it. Everyone in the family agreed it's better than her beef stew - the ox tail was so tender it just fell off the bone.

Trust me on this one - give it a try sometime!

Y'all be safe, too.

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Thanks a lot Ted ... I will try your recipe for sure ... we use curry with it most of the time ... not burning hot but mild and spicy.
Hi Colyn -

We are big curry fans here - love to try your recipe as well!

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