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Old 14 Jun 2011
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Petrol/ Water required

Hi All,
Basically, riding from the UK to South Africa taking the west coast , what could be the longest distance one would have to ride between petrol and watering points, assuming direct travel without chopping about looking for an adventure ?

Im trying to figure out my possibly maximum necessary fuel and water requirements that may be required for certain sections of the trip.

Could you also mention where these sections are.

Ive attached a rough map of route, pretty standard.

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Just did the first section of your planned route. I'm in Dakar nou. Have a 530km range on my KLR but haven't needed it yet. lots of fuel in Morocco and Mauri. Max distance between fuel stations around 350km (Give or take)
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Newbie, thanks.....have you ridden the stretch next to the railway track along the Mauritania/ Western Sahara border to Atar ? - I believe that is a 2 day ride with no petrol but there is water, on sand track. Any ideas on distances and consumption ?

What type of road are you travelling on ? - is fuel consumption much worse on dirt track ? - you got %'s or numbers for me ?

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on sand you can double your consumption or worse! especially if heavy.
Before my first 'contains sand' trip I contacted the council that looks after Camber sands to obtain special dispensation to use the beach for a couple of hours to learn about sand with the bike fully prepped and loaded- and it was an real eye opener....
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Trichelia: I didn't do the piste to Atar. I stuck to the asphalt road. It took me a day to cross the Marocco/mauri border (long story) so I just bee-lined it to Nouakchott.......sorry can't help with Atar road.

I find that the most influencing factors on my fuel consumption are: Load, Speed and Wind. Unfortunately I don't have stats but have experienced a as much as a 40% drop in consumption when speeding (130kph while fully loaded with a strong headwind).....sand is a different animal and I avoid it at all cost.....often unsuccessfully and then I'm so busy watching that both the bike and I don't overheat that I have never actually looked at fuel consumption.......water consumption increases a lot though :-)

My 2 cents on the southern part of your route (main asphalt routes and my info is two years old): Once you hit Namibia you have lots of fuel. Lots of fuel in the Caprivi Strip also. Be careful in Zimbabwe....the fuel stations between Vic falls and Bullawayo ran dry and I almost got stuck. Fuel prices were insane in Vic Falls, and I also had to wait for the fuel truck to deliver to the gas station.......if possible, cross over to Zambia.....lots of fuel in Livingstone. Lots of fuel everywhere in South Africa

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