|Trans-Africa by Motorcycle|
"Trans-Africa by Motorcycle: A Father's Diary" is the story of Lawrence & Gareth Bransby and their overland adventure from South Africa to the United Kingdom.
Overland routes varied considerably in the mid 1990's compared to what we have these days. Central Africa was an option to transit from West to East, along with the option of shipping from Eritrea to the Middle East and heading North into Europe. Lawrence and Gareth opted for the latter route.
|Lawrence & Gareth Bransby|
We opted for Yamaha XT 500's, 1981 models which we bought cheaply and which are renowned for their robustness and simplicity of design. They have points and coil ignition, easy to repair along the side of the road, easy to find spares for. The engine has about 5 moving parts, the gearbox said to be so over-engineered it could be used to drive a tractor...
We couldn't afford expensive aluminum panniers so made one from galvanised sheeting. We constructed carriers from angle iron for the jerry cans, water bottles and thousand and one other things necessary for the trip.