Honda Quest True Ad­ven­ture opens

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AD­VEN­TURE rid­ers can now en­ter Honda’s Quest True Ad­ven­ture 2017 — billed as “the ul­ti­mate ad­ven­ture mo­tor­cy­cle com­pe­ti­tion on the ul­ti­mate ad­ven­ture mo­tor­cy­cle”.

Rid­ers can en­ter at their near­est Honda dealer, there to com­plete an en­try form, or on­line at www.quest-truead­ven­ture.com.

It will be tough

Or­gan­iser Jaco Kirsten warns the quest de­mands true ad­ven­ture rid­ers of South­ern Africa — “men and women who don’t shy away from phys­i­cal and men­tal chal­lenges, who are curious, can take the ini­tia­tive and func­tion as part of a team”.

He said it’s not a race nor a rally. “Quest is first and fore­most an ex­tremely tough ad­ven­ture ex­pe­di­tion.

“How­ever, it will in­clude el­e­ments of com­pe­ti­tion where par­tic­i­pat­ing teams will be tested on their ad­ven­ture mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ing and me­chan­i­cal skills, as well as their en­durance, courage and re­silience against what Africa has to of­fer.”

The main aim of Quest will be to test hu­man en­durance and adapt­abil­ity, com­bined with the con­ti­nent-cross­ing abil­i­ties of the Honda CRF1000 L Africa Twin.

What hap­pens next?

Af­ter re­ceipt of the en­tries, Honda Mo­tor­cy­cles South Africa and Spe­cialised Ad­ven­tures, or­gan­is­ers of Quest True Ad­ven­ture, will se­lect 40 ap­pli­cants to at­tend Quest Boot Camp at the be­gin­ning of Au­gust.

Here the in­struc­tors will se­lect the fi­nal 20 par­tic­i­pants, who will then be flown to Namibia at the be­gin­ning of Septem­ber where they will un­der­take a chal­leng­ing 12-day, 2 500 km off-road ex­pe­di­tion in the north­ern parts of Namibia.

Costs and lo­gis­tics

Par­tic­i­pa­tion in Quest is free. How­ever, if you are se­lected for Boot Camp you will need to travel to Cape Town.

If you are se­lected as one of the 20 fi­nal­ists for Quest, the or­gan­is­ers will pro­vide trans­port there and back.

Bear in mind that you’ll need to put in leave: Boot Camp will re­quire two days of leave.

The Quest it­self will re­quire 14 days of leave.

The prize

The win­ning teams will each win the Honda Africa Twin CRF1000 L that they used dur­ing the Quest event. — WR,

PHOTO: HONDA

The nim­ble Honda Africa Twin CRF1000 in ac­tion.

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