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Old 30 Jun 2019
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Simple And Away Touring Africa on their BMW R80GS SWT-Sports 92

Hey All

Max & Ania here. We’ve been on the forum in some way or another for a few years now.
We’re a traveling couple who did a big trip from Switzerland to Malaysia back in 2015 and are now headed from Cape Town towards Uganda on our modified (by SWT-Sports) BMW R80GS.

I come from Ireland, she comes from Poland, we met in Egypt and have been on the bike since China.

Just thought I'd share/keep you guys up to date and hopefully create some wanderlust!

I’ll reply to this thread on some interesting details regarding shipping, packing, pillion riding, border crossings etc. Feel free to ask any question about any details of the trip here or on any of the available channels.

This is my lovely wife and our home for the next few months.

The bike build thread is here:
Ask me any technical questions ask here or over on advrider.com

Our YouTube is here:

Instagram here:
I'll post here every few days/weeks whenever something fantastic happens.
Currently we are heading towards Botswana through South Africa with Lesotho and Swaziland behind us.

We've already made a couple videos and I'll sum them up for the lazy people:

Episode 1:
We're still at home, preparing for our trip. We have no idea what we are doing.

Episode 2:
We arrive in Cape Town, do some tourist stuff and pick up our bike from the freight agent (shipping Germany to Cape Town).

Episode 3:
First offload in Africa, Shark Cage Diving & Ziplining.

Episode 4:
Did the awesome Swatberg Pass. Some good drone shots & funny stories

Episode 5:
Baviaanskloof. Holy Crap that was a tough ride!
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Moto Trip Tools and Spares by Simple and Away

Moto Trip Tools and Spares by Simple and Away

Under Tank (in between engine over and frame) Beancan/Hallgeber, SWT sells a small set with all the bits in it. Strator, big and awkward but wrapped in foil fits under the tank.
Black tube (we used a bicycle tube to put in the frame of the bike, lube with silicon and it slides in)
Metal paste x3
Metal saws
Metal tube
Oil cooler by pass kit (got stranded in France because I left this at home!)
Box beside battery (Gel battery is smaller than stock battery so there is space in the battery compartment for a small box)
2 spark plugs
Ignition cable, not sure why but just had a feeling I may need it.
Voltage regulator, if you get stranded without one you can use a cable with spade connectors to bypass it, it will kick out 14v all the time and will run overtime. OK for a short while. Ignition unit/regulator
Diode board
Fuel filters
Suspension adjustment tool Clutch spring Throttle adjustment screw Valve stems Rubber fairing holder
Red mini 12v plug adapter Grease/Fett niple Gaskets (engine and gearbox) Relay horn/ignition Fuses
Black side bag (small ortlieb bag attached to the right side fairing under riders leg) Super glue
Elastic, electrical and duct tape
2KP Glue
Dirko Gasket Maker BMW Drei bond Blue Loctite Oil filter kit
Fire Lighter
Voltmeter with batteries

Side triangle bag (a triangular cycling frame bag fits nicely on the left fairing under riders leg)
Metal wire Nuts and bolts
Electrics kit (different gauge wires, crimp stuff, schrink rap, solder)
Collapsible funnel, you can also use any small piece of plastic or one of those plastic magazines work well to make a funnel with
Front fender bag (enduristan fender bag, make sure it’s not too heavy) Duct, electrical and rubber hose tape
Jubilee clips
2KP glue
Engine oil screw
Rear yellow bag (ortlieb extension bag under top box in frame) Rotor Zündspule/Ignition Coil
Soldering iron
Fork Gasket
Jump starter cables (for power bank) Carb gaskets set
In toolkit (under seat)
Standard tools
Mini ratchet set 13mm

Elsewhere in bike
Reusable cable ties (attached to frame)
Assorted cable ties (attached to frame)
Metal cable tie (attached to frame)
Tire irons (attached to frame on the bottom close to the break lever)
Tubes front and back (attached with cable ties to the front and left fairing
Hand pump (turns into one you can stand on) (attached to rear frame behind seat) Fuel line (attached to frame)
Valve cover gasket (silicon, foldable), somewhere, think I lost it.
Desert air filter (smuggled it into our medicine bag)
1l engine oil (attached to a bottle holder on the frame front right)
10 meter 250kg rope (wrapped around crash bars)
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Episode 6: The Kingdom in the Sky, Lesotho!

Hi All

We spend a few days riding through Lesotho. Lesotho is a small landlocked country entirely surrounds by South Africa. It is such an amazing place. It is a kingdom that was founded on peace, and it is so evident when you ride through it.
You see nothing but smiling faces, great food and amazing high altitude off road routes. It was a blast, feel free to check out our video dedicated to Lesotho!

Episode 6:
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Hi Ania and Max

Could you detail what gear you are carrying and your accommodation?

AirBnB? Hotels? Camping?


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Wow. Just loving your videos. How the hell did you manage to get such a beautiful wife? That sort of thing never seemed to happen to me. I'm planning a UK to Capetown trip and would love to film parts. Can I asked what you used to film your you tube videos?
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Great trip report, I loved the way that you were helped when you had a flat tyre. That's very typical of people in South Africa
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