Author Topic: How fast do you drive on gravel  (Read 2221 times)

April 13, 2016, 03:33:12 PM
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berndp

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I agree with Stachel.

Even this weekend, I went into a nice slow bend on gravel, doing about 60, and almost did the drifting thing, because suddenly the gravel was loose. That's with AT's and only at 1.8 bar (tire pressure, not boost!  ;D)
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April 13, 2016, 03:35:10 PM
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I like doing 1/8 mile sprints on nice smooth gravel roads. But I don't like the idea of going very fast on such an unpredictable surface.

April 13, 2016, 03:52:09 PM
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familiar gravel i will push it a little, unfamiliar i usually take it more cautiously...... :o ;D
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April 14, 2016, 09:59:01 PM
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Bad gravel roads with holes and bumps suck. But, from all the cars we have in the family, the Scoobies drive them the best.

Corrugated roads needs a minimum speed of 80km/h to drive them properly. I generally drive 100-110 on open gravel roads with a car.
With a bike, it depends on how fast the bike can go.
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April 14, 2016, 10:08:09 PM
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As I said.

Which way did you come down from Jozi?

I've done 2 trips from Jozi, one via eastern Freestate/Eastern Cape, the other via North West/ Northern Cape.
Both very nice.


April 14, 2016, 10:11:56 PM
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Bernd,
We drove Parys, Vredefort, Bothaville, Bloemhof, Taung (got lost), Reivilo (got lost), Danielskuil, Postmasburg, Marydale, Putsonderwater, Marydale, Prieska, Vosburg, Victoria West, Loxton, Frazerburg, Sutherland, Ouberg Pass, got HORRIBLY lost, Ceres, Riebeek Kasteel, Somerset West.

April 14, 2016, 10:42:19 PM
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Ja, i also did the Prieska, VicWest, Sutherland route, but then took tar from Sutherland. My co-pilot was worn out.  ;)
Nice countryside that.

Ouberg pass is nice, even more fun going up.
Alternative is via Middelpos and Gannaga pass (Tankwa National Park). this one is especially fun (with danger) in winter (snow/rain/...)

I must still do it downhill in spring. must be beautiful.
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May 31, 2016, 12:19:43 PM
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With the stability out Foresters offer and allowing for road conditions, I travel comfortably at 110 - 130km/h on a smoother gravel road. There are exceptionally good unpaved roads in the Northern Cape/ Namibia and Free State, where the substrates have been compacted to such an extent that you hardly have dust. My "best" so far has been in Namibia, where I set my speedo cruise at 140 on a long straight stretch of chalk/ salt road, near Swakopmund/Walvisbaai...
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May 31, 2016, 07:24:01 PM
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At those speeds, i tend to miss the nice photo opportunities/coffee shops/nice turn-offs/...
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June 24, 2016, 07:08:12 PM
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1st time in the (previous Foz) - snot 15cm deep mud from Jozini toward Sodwana, I passed some guys in "proper" 4x4s.  They were doing about 60 and fishtailing.  I was doing 100-110 and just went around them, even up the embankment in case they slide too wide  ;D. Felt like a rally god.
Did most of Nam fully loaded with camping gear, fridge, etc at 110-140... BUT got caught a bit with blind dips n bumps... and had even the fridge off the deck...
Car handled well. As others said, problem comes with change in conditions - you can't always read the gravel exactly right...

Fastest I've done was 190, north of Calvinia.  Road was almost like tar though.

Then in May, I almost wrote the S-exy young thing off at 35km/h, after mud n' cow shit was just too much for AWD and AT tyres... just a little ridge on the edge of a 10ft drop-off pushed the rear wheels back as we were rotating around to go tail-first down that ditch...
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