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I do Africa - Africa on our new trusty steed

Oh yes, thanks to Big Boy we will now be heading into deep, dark Africa - with all our luggage - at 90km/h and not the planned 80km/h. This does of course mean we will have some extra time on our hands as we will reach our destinations quicker than planned, but I'm quite sure we'll manage.

So here she (or he) is - our new beauty (which looks just like our old beauty, but note the 150cc):

As sad as we are that our original bike, with his matchstick-speed and revs indicators and our house alarm as a hooter will, not be our trusty steed for this voyage, our new bike comes with 25 cc more horsepower.

So my fiancé will make a couple of alterations, which will include features such as the matchstick-indicators and alarm-hooter, and when he is done, our new iron stallion should look something like this:


We will also build a backpack-rack onto the new bike and do some more technical work such as replacing the tyres and adding a petrol filter. Then we will name our new orange beauty with a 'Bike Christening Ceremony'.

We are at T minus 5 weeks ...  and counting.

Dorette Marais

Dorette Marais Title: Blog Contributor
Affiliation: Drive South Africa Blog Dorette Marais has a degree in journalism and a postgraduate degree in media. As a child she lived in the Kruger National Park, ran away to Spain for a gap year and dabbled with the idea academics before she braved the world of online media. After a couple of years working for publications like Pasella, Nuus24 and Beeld she decided to leave everything behind to fulfil a lifelong dream of travelling Africa for an extended period of time. This journey will also be her honeymoon, a recipe for interesting stories and events.
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  1. Gravatar Marius Barnard says:

    Please keep us posted - I am anxious to read more about this excursion ....

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  2. Gravatar Emil Gymelof Löfgren says:

    That’s a cool motorbike in good condition!
    From what year?

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  3. Gravatar cherene-pienaar says:

    Hey Emil! The motorcycle is a brand new sponsored 2011 Big Boy CGL 150!

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  4. Gravatar Rob SCHWEPPENHAUSER says:

    Bloody wonderful I was so impressed I went out purchased one.

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  5. Gravatar Rob SCHWEPPENHAUSER says:

    Bloody wonderful I was so impressed I went out purchased one.

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  6. Gravatar dalene-ingham-brown says:

    Wow Rob, that’s great!

    Are you going to be using it for work or pleasure?

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  7. Gravatar Dorete says:

    That is great Rob! We had a ball of a time and hope you will to. Enjoy the new bike!!

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  8. Gravatar Shannon Fisher says:

    Hey, I recently got a second hand big boy cgl 150 as a gift.. it’s my first bike and so far I enjoy it but it does need a bit of servicing which I’m doing myself.. the only trouble I’m having is that I don’t have the owners manual.. so I’m having difficulty learning and also how much oil I’m supposed to put in and the brake fluid.. I was just really hoping you might know where I can get one or download one from.. it would be much appreciated..

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    1. Gravatar Guillaume (I do Africa) says:

      Hi Shannon. The Big Boy CGL 150 and 125 are copies of the Honda CGL 125. It is 98% identical. I also knew nothing about bikes when I got my first Big Boy, but the Honda manual and of course our African trip taught me everything I needed to know. You just need some patience diligence. Good luck and enjoy! Here is a link (or just google Honda CGL):

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      1. Gravatar Asanda says:

        Dear Shannon & Guillaume

        Thank you for visiting our site. Thanks Guillaume for your response & Shannon please check your mailbox, I have forwarded you the link to the manual.

        We hope this helps & enjoy your bikes. :)

        Warm Regards,

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