Lesotho incident - vandalism
Just readed bad news from this website about Lesotho.
Be cautios there, never leave anything (the bike) behind, w/o you and let there be many of you together if possible!
I'm very sorry to hear that.
I visited Lesotho too and liked it very much. We did had some problems with stone throwing kids but most people were very friendly.
I fully agree,
As sorry as I am about your extremely negative experience, Travelling around Lesotho by public ytransport and on horse back over chrismas/new year I have never experienced any unfriendly behaviour. On the contrary, I found Lesothons (???) extremely accomodating and friendly (apart from in Maputo...that was a bit weird...horsewipping excess passenger away form the only coach home fo x-mas...different, more complex story...)
I'm just wondering...did you have South African plates? I understand that Lesothons are not very fond of South Africa...might have something to do with that???
Hope you will get some sort of compensation...
Yeah they had ZA plates, that's south african to you guys.
I'm on a ZA bike forum and a lady there reckons those bikes were insured.
I don't know if that is correct or not.
Regardless it's a strong reminder to be careful of where you leave the bikes.
I'll give you some tips about moving disabled bikes that work.
If you absolutly have to move a broken down bike...one bike can tow another.
It's not easy of course but it can be done, a rope or a tow strap, spread about two to three car lengths apart. After a few kilometers the rider on the towed bike will even start relax a bit. LOL.
If you have a vehicle such as a Land Rover with you, well I know it sounds awful but man handle the disabled bike up onto the bonnet (the front hood) of the car if you have too. It's cheaper to repair/replace a hood than it is to buy a new bike. You can obviously drag in onto the roof of the vehicle if there are enough of you, but I suspect a hood is cheaper to repair than a car roof.
Sticking a blanket or a jacket or whatever under the bike will save a bit car paintwork as well. If you have plenty of rope you'll find a way to secure it ok if you drive slowly.
If you have a bull bar/crash bar on the front of the vehicle you can secure a bike to that easily enough.
You can also strip the bike down into parts if you have enough time and just stick bits of bike throughout the interior of the vehicle.
These things work when miles from anywhere in the bush.
Note: Chrisse the lady who owned the Africa Twin says she was insured but that she has to pay R5000 excess on the claim.
A lot of local ZA riders have just finished telling me: Don't ever leave your bike on the side of the road or in a village unatteneded in ZA or any other country in Africa.
Sorry for your experience, remember a few car owners in Paris probably felt the same way recently.
What a rotten shame! I'm usually a laid-back guy, but that would make me spit blood.
That is something I would not wish apon my worst enemy, just plain awfull. I would never leave my baby next to the road alone. I've visited Lesotho 2 times and did not find the locals friendly. They don't like us. Although thier country is very beautifull. Towing is possable, we towed a KLE500 behind a DR650 for about 50km on gravel road at 40 km/h. The worst about this is the poor guy at the back eats dust, but at least he brings his boney home.
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