The Gryffin 250 is a lightweight, controllable, simple motorcycle. It’s powered appropriately for what dual-sport motorcycles are best at—joy rides through the country to your favorite dirt roads and trails, then back home on late-night zips through the city. Its size and power make it a perfect first motorcycle for new riders and a welcome return to simple two-wheeled thrill-seeking for even the most seasoned of riders. The Gryffin is hand-built in the heartland to inspire joy in every rider.
229cc single-cylinder engine • 265 lbs. dry weight • Leading-link suspension with Ikon shocks • Front & rear disc brakes • Stainless steel exhaust • 70mph top speed • 5 speed transmission • Electric & kick start • 2-year warranty
This is the place in the Garden Route to breathe easy, get creative and enjoy the smell of fynbos.
With Rondevlei lake and the Outeniqua Mountains as your backdrop and the farm as your playground it was wonderful to be able to wake up to such perfection in the morning, shower looking out at Rondevlei lake, explore the farm and enjoy the birdlife. While being able to pop out to our favorite farmers market 5 minutes away and to Gerickes Point for a swim only 8 minutes from the farm.
Guests receive free coffee, juices, rusks and homemade granola on arrival! A free coffee at Wild Oats Farmers Market from Kingston Cafe as well as breakfast vouchers to use at the market – compliments of Equleni (The market is every Saturday. Look out for Kingston Cafes yellow umbrella! Their coffee is absolutely divine!!).
We could not have asked for more warm or accommodating hosts (Thank you Anthony and Diane)!!! The luxurious yet comfortable feel of the cottage and extra attention to detail at every turn were so appreciated. It made it feel like your ultimate home away from home with a flare of luxury!
The perfect getaway into the bush where you can lounge out at the farm, go for long walks, read, binge watch netflix or go explore the local forests or beaches. At night light a bonfire and relax under the endless expanse of stars.
If you’re feeling really adventurous you can join Anthony (The owner of Equleni) on a motorbike tour (He runs Adventure Classics!). Ant and Diane’s love of where they live is evident at every turn and expressed throughout the farm.
Sedgefield has always felt like home. Equleni solidified that feeling.
To sum up our stay – Equleni means “Peace by the water”.
Which is exactly what you will get, and more!
To make Adventure motorcycling a true adventure it is obligatory, in my opinion, to camp.
Anysberg Nature Reserve is run by Cape Nature and has wonderful camp sites with breathtaking views over the plains and surrounding mountains. Wild life consists of various species of antelope, of which the Gemsbok is prolific, the Cape Mountain Zebra, the Black-Backed Jakal which make a lot of noise, and Leopard which roam in the mountains. Birdlife is also plentiful.
The camping facilities are first class with drinking water, windbreaks and braai areas at each site. The ablution facilities are extremely clean and the water in the showers hot. The kitchen has communal deep freezes, gas stoves and washing up facilities. There is a large farm reservoir one can cool off in after a long hot day in the dirt. Firewood and cold drinks are available at reception. Everything else you need you must bring.
The is NO CHEESE!
The riding in the park is great. It is a level three jeep track with rocky outcrops, river crossings and the occasional sand section. One can enter from the Montagu or Ladismith side and travel trough the reserve, the roads outside the reserve allows one to complete a round trip.
After having found Ronnie in Ladismith, he had a monster block of cheese for me, we went to Anysberg park where we established a camp for the next few days.
The bike of choice for this Adventure is a modified BMW G650X but more about that later. This adventure is offering me the opportunity to test the Giant-loop Great Basin Saddle Bag system. In this saddle bag we have:
ATG gas stove
Clothes, well socks and undies mostly
Tools, including a spare tube and chain lube
The beauty of the Giant Loop saddle bag is that it does not require a pannier frame. This means it can be removed easily leaving the bike free and easy for day trips from our base camp. It has three removable waterproof bags that facilitate ease of packing. The whole system, when fastened on to the bike, leaves plenty of space to move around the bike while allowing the centre of gravity to be kept low.
A special discovery fir me is the ATG stretcher.
It takes the same space as a blow up mattress
It weighs the same as a blow up mattress.
It is way more comfortable that a blow up mattress
AND IT CANNOT GET A PUNCTURE
“Bread & Milk” is a basic necessity.
As I left this morning I was wondering what to call this tour! I is a impromptu tour. It is some away time from our businesses especially after the hectic last six weeks. It is an opportunity to connect with my dear friend Ronnie.
Ronnie and I are able to sleep under the stars and talk man things or just be in the wilderness. The history Ronnie and I share allows us to understand each other, to pull the piss out of each other and to discuss things others find 🙄. These include fishing, bike sprockets, suspension and our role on this earth.
However: DON’T MENTION THE CHEESE!
I believe we men need to get away, into the wild, escaping the comforts of everyday life as means of satisfying a primal instinct that required us to adventure for food. I guess it was called hunting and was an activity undertaken by men.
A friend of mine once said he tells his wife he is going to the shop on his bike for “bread & milk” only to return two weeks later, refreshed, a ready to continue being the husband any good wife deserves.
Just a footnote to say I believe cheese, like and adventure, to be a necessity and go hand in hand! Ronnie!
I see the smaller adventure bikes making a big appearance in the future. The problem is where are they, I don’t see too many? Somehow the BMW F800GS doesnt seem to fit into the category of a smaller adventure bike and the G310GS is a bit small. Honda XR650L looks good and is probably one of the last big bore singles we will see. The Yamaha 700 Tenere will be an interesting alternative when launched. The KTM 500 EXC-F is an enduro bike and not an adventure bike. What happened to the KTM 790R we were expecting in 2018? One might be able to convert the Husky 701 into an adventure bike by adding expensive extras but at what cost? The KLR 650 is an option. I wouldn’t like to take Suzuki’s DL650xa trough Van Zyl’s pass.
Adventure Classics can completely overhaul, restore and customize one of the older classic adventure bikes turning it into the adventure bike for the future. Contact us for details.
Testing Giant Loop soft panniers. Initial thoughts:
Waterproof, Rack-Mounted Soft Luggage for Motorcycles.
The Good –
Soft, Waterproof, excellent quality, small enough to discourage overloading, big enough to carry adventure requirements, attach to normal pannier brackets, neat.
Pricey, need a special adaptor to fit BMW R1200GS System, don’t lock, takes time to put on and take off.
RF-welded roll-top MotoTrekk™ Panniers by Giant Loop measure 21 liters each side, with three full rolls of the top to create a 100% waterproof seal. In dry conditions with only one or two rolls need to close the top, several more liters of gear will fit.