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Title: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on May 16, 2017, 07:50:02 am
Hi Customer of ours is now approaching Dar Es Salaama, having entered Tanzania:


"Hi Chris: Since I left Cape Town I have covered about 8,000 km. Most of Namibia, northern Botswana, southern Zambia, and the length of Lake Malawi. A stunning ride thus far! I will try to keep posting a photo a day as I go north.
So far my tyres are holding up ok. I try to stay between 80 - 90 km/hr on these TKC-80s and that seems to do the trick. However, there are a couple service items I may need to tackle in Tanzania. Did you mentioned you knew a decent moto shop in Dar es Salaam? (you had mentioned a place you may ship tyres to) If so, could you help point me towards a contact or location?

All the best!
Eric"
So we have shipped tyres successfully before, but are now looking to assist Eric with Dar Es Salaam service info, thanks!
Chris
Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: steveindar on May 16, 2017, 08:10:00 am
What bike is he on? I can send a couple of numbers if you post his contact.

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Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on May 16, 2017, 08:17:21 am
2015 V-Strom - been halfway round the World on it!

http://www.twowheelsonejourney.com/

contact: Eric Bernath <twowheelsonejourney@gmail.com>

thanks
Chris
Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: Welsh on May 16, 2017, 08:19:59 am
Hi Customer of ours is now approaching Dar Es Salaama, having entered Tanzania:


"Hi Chris: Since I left Cape Town I have covered about 8,000 km. Most of Namibia, northern Botswana, southern Zambia, and the length of Lake Malawi. A stunning ride thus far! I will try to keep posting a photo a day as I go north.
So far my tyres are holding up ok. I try to stay between 80 - 90 km/hr on these TKC-80s and that seems to do the trick. However, there are a couple service items I may need to tackle in Tanzania. Did you mentioned you knew a decent moto shop in Dar es Salaam? (you had mentioned a place you may ship tyres to) If so, could you help point me towards a contact or location?

All the best!
Eric"
So we have shipped tyres successfully before, but are now looking to assist Eric with Dar Es Salaam service info, thanks!
Chris

Chris, there is a new member "Roburt" on the 1150 section he lives in Tanzania, maybe he can help.

Oh yes my FD may arrive at your shop today.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on May 16, 2017, 08:39:36 am
Hi Customer of ours is now approaching Dar Es Salaama, having entered Tanzania:


"Hi Chris: Since I left Cape Town I have covered about 8,000 km. Most of Namibia, northern Botswana, southern Zambia, and the length of Lake Malawi. A stunning ride thus far! I will try to keep posting a photo a day as I go north.
So far my tyres are holding up ok. I try to stay between 80 - 90 km/hr on these TKC-80s and that seems to do the trick. However, there are a couple service items I may need to tackle in Tanzania. Did you mentioned you knew a decent moto shop in Dar es Salaam? (you had mentioned a place you may ship tyres to) If so, could you help point me towards a contact or location?

All the best!
Eric"
So we have shipped tyres successfully before, but are now looking to assist Eric with Dar Es Salaam service info, thanks!
Chris

Chris, there is a new member "Roburt" on the 1150 section he lives in Tanzania, maybe he can help.

Oh yes my FD may arrive at your shop today.  :biggrin:
thanks, Welsh, BOTH point noted, appreciated.
Chris
Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: FrancoisTz on May 16, 2017, 09:03:19 am
KTM het 'n Handelaar met werkswinkel op die Skiereiland, Steveindar sal heel moontlik die adres he.
Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: roburt on May 16, 2017, 09:18:47 am
KTM het 'n Handelaar met werkswinkel op die Skiereiland, Steveindar sal heel moontlik die adres he.

HI Guys, will do this in english :-)

There is a dealer here in TZ for KTM, they are the only work shop I know of that work on biger bikes (all the other small local shops do <250cc).

The lady I alsways contact details is listed bellow she normally is quite active on email so send her a message. There office did move to another location not far from where they were so might be a good idea to get there new address as well. The problem you will have will be the spares, they normally only have ktm spares, but I am sure you will be able to ship up. They should also have tires.

Pewa Simbilla

office.polaris.tz@gmail.com

Company Administrator

BUSARA - AGRO MACHINERY (AFRICA) LTD

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

office: +255 787 222518

Please visit at:  www.polaris-africa.com

Polaris Industries USA Official Distributor for East Africa
Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on May 16, 2017, 09:21:24 am
thanks, Roburt - detailed reply  :thumleft:  , have passed on your info to Eric.
Appreciated!
Chris
Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: steveindar on May 16, 2017, 06:09:32 pm
Contact Denis @ +25578454064. Belgian dude born in Kenya, living in Dar. Not quite swahili yet! Tell him what you need and he'll troll around and find stuff. Also has space to camp at his plot and tools enough to do your own work if you want. English is fine, swahili better and French even better. Used to run the KTM workshop in Dar. KTM (Busara) service has gone downhill fast since although mostly due to management and slow sales.  S
Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on May 17, 2017, 08:41:57 am
Contact Denis @ +25578454064. Belgian dude born in Kenya, living in Dar. Not quite swahili yet! Tell him what you need and he'll troll around and find stuff. Also has space to camp at his plot and tools enough to do your own work if you want. English is fine, swahili better and French even better. Used to run the KTM workshop in Dar. KTM (Busara) service has gone downhill fast since although mostly due to management and slow sales.  S
excellent feedback, as always, thanks, Steve!
Chris
Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: Hamamelis on January 13, 2018, 10:25:57 pm
Very glad to see this thread exists - while I am more interested in something like an XR250L for simplicity and ease of maintenance, it is good to know where the resources for TZ are as I may be moving there within the next year
Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: Casting from Turd on January 14, 2018, 07:48:43 am
I have a cousin.......  Yes I have family.....  That lives in Amani.../

If anybody needs his number give me a shout and I will pass it on
Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: steveindar on January 18, 2018, 09:09:15 pm
I have a cousin.......  Yes I have family.....  That lives in Amani.../

If anybody needs his number give me a shout and I will pass it on
A biker turd?

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Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: Casting from Turd on January 20, 2018, 07:27:18 am
I have a cousin.......  Yes I have family.....  That lives in Amani.../

If anybody needs his number give me a shout and I will pass it on
A biker turd?

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Nah... He is just a turd....  A little one at that  :lol8:
Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: roburt on January 23, 2018, 01:38:00 pm
Very glad to see this thread exists - while I am more interested in something like an XR250L for simplicity and ease of maintenance, it is good to know where the resources for TZ are as I may be moving there within the next year

the 250's you will not struggle to mutch to find someone to fix them there is plenty of xr250's riding around here.
Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: steveindar on January 23, 2018, 03:02:48 pm
Very glad to see this thread exists - while I am more interested in something like an XR250L for simplicity and ease of maintenance, it is good to know where the resources for TZ are as I may be moving there within the next year

the 250's you will not struggle to mutch to find someone to fix them there is plenty of xr250's riding around here.

They are getting a bit old though...
Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: Casting from Turd on January 23, 2018, 03:41:09 pm
Very glad to see this thread exists - while I am more interested in something like an XR250L for simplicity and ease of maintenance, it is good to know where the resources for TZ are as I may be moving there within the next year

the 250's you will not struggle to mutch to find someone to fix them there is plenty of xr250's riding around here.

They are getting a bit old though...

The newer ons are called the XR 250 tornado,,,,

Like the old 50 
Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: steveindar on January 23, 2018, 03:50:16 pm
Very glad to see this thread exists - while I am more interested in something like an XR250L for simplicity and ease of maintenance, it is good to know where the resources for TZ are as I may be moving there within the next year

the 250's you will not struggle to mutch to find someone to fix them there is plenty of xr250's riding around here.

They are getting a bit old though...

The newer ons are called the XR 250 tornado,,,,

Like the old 50

None here that I have seen, only the old stuff. I have an XR400 I would sell though...
Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: Hamamelis on January 25, 2018, 06:43:26 am
Very glad to see this thread exists - while I am more interested in something like an XR250L for simplicity and ease of maintenance, it is good to know where the resources for TZ are as I may be moving there within the next year

the 250's you will not struggle to mutch to find someone to fix them there is plenty of xr250's riding around here.

They are getting a bit old though...

The newer ons are called the XR 250 tornado,,,,

Like the old 50

None here that I have seen, only the old stuff. I have an XR400 I would sell though...

I've seen a couple of decently clean early '00s model XR250s on Kupatana classifieds, but that's clean by TZ standards haha (I'd pay about two-thirds to half the price in the USA for bikes of similar quality!), plus the listings are almost six months old by now and I'm not going to be there til July or August if I do get this job!

Let me figure out where I stand with plans over the next couple months, but I will certainly let give you a heads up when I'm actually headed over. Had my interview with the school in Dodoma I hope to teach at, so they just need to sort out some paperwork to get me cleared to work, mungu akipenda...
Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: roburt on January 25, 2018, 12:12:36 pm
just be carefull with kuptana there are sometimes some scamsters on that site so make sure not to pay without seeing bike and paperwork when you do end up this side. The ktm shop in dar es salaam also have some bikes so if you need I can send you the girls details who work there to hear what they have on there floor (normally expats who leave and don't selll there bikes quick enough.)
Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: Hamamelis on February 26, 2018, 06:49:17 pm
As a quick update, I have survived the interview process and now have a job offer. I am still working through visa and permits, but it looks like I should be in country by mid-July if all goes well.
Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: steveindar on February 27, 2018, 09:28:18 am
As a quick update, I have survived the interview process and now have a job offer. I am still working through visa and permits, but it looks like I should be in country by mid-July if all goes well.

Hope it all works out. Work permits take a while, Residence permit takes much longer. Two separate offices who apparently don't speak to each other. You can get a work permit and then expect the residence permit to follow within a day or three. Not so, could take a couple of months or more which gives them time to scam you out of the cost of a "special pass" $600!
Good luck anyway.
We have done lots of rides around Dodoma area so keep in touch and we'll plug you into our whatsapp group.

Steve
Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: Hamamelis on March 07, 2018, 02:41:00 am
Good to hear! Appreciate it.

The other tricky business I recently learned of will be that I cannot own my own vehicle per my work contract, and have to get approval by a higher-up. Based on precedent from other people I've talked to, I'll probably be able to say something like "hey I will buy this vehicle as a donation to the operation, for reasons to do with my individual business" and get it signed on.
Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: steveindar on March 08, 2018, 05:25:55 am
Good to hear! Appreciate it.

The other tricky business I recently learned of will be that I cannot own my own vehicle per my work contract, and have to get approval by a higher-up. Based on precedent from other people I've talked to, I'll probably be able to say something like "hey I will buy this vehicle as a donation to the operation, for reasons to do with my individual business" and get it signed on.
Pole sana

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Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: Hamamelis on May 30, 2018, 09:20:35 pm
Less than 2 months til I head to TZ - steve and roburt, if you know of anyone selling a bike in solid condition around a price point of $1.5-2k USD or about 3-5 million shillings (preferably a Honda and 250-400ccs) please keep me informed via message, because that is about what I can afford haha. Got my gear almost all together over here, just need a GPS unit and some tools/maintenance gear to come in the mail!
Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: roburt on July 26, 2018, 12:46:34 pm
Hi, only saw this now :-). Will keep an eye out for you, i myself just bought a  525 :-)
Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: Blikkies1 on July 26, 2018, 04:36:44 pm
Take care on a bike out there, we had a business there and our CEO's laaitie who was training to be a pilot got run off his bike a few times, the last time was very serious, he had to be airlifted to SA which cost something like R250k on a medical charter and can no longer fly because he doesn't have full use of his hands. No repercussions for the offender that knocked him down.
Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: steveindar on July 27, 2018, 07:19:32 am
I have an XR400 standing in Dar for sale. If you're interested I'll give you the contact for Denis where it's standing.
Less than 2 months til I head to TZ - steve and roburt, if you know of anyone selling a bike in solid condition around a price point of $1.5-2k USD or about 3-5 million shillings (preferably a Honda and 250-400ccs) please keep me informed via message, because that is about what I can afford haha. Got my gear almost all together over here, just need a GPS unit and some tools/maintenance gear to come in the mail!

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Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: Hamamelis on August 05, 2018, 09:34:27 pm
Apologies for the delay - am in Dodoma, got here on the 27th but was terribly jet lagged because of a late-night flight.  Finally getting near a healthy sleep schedule!

My visa is currently only a 3-month business visa - I want to give myself a tiny bit more time before I fully commit to a vehicle purchase, but as soon as I am sure my position here is stable, and figure out some odd little logistics (anyone know a good insurer around here? research on TZ business is hard and few wazungu I know in Dodoma own their own cars!) I think the 400 sounds good! Dodoma looks pretty bike-friendly really
Title: Re: TANZANIA - bike service/spares places?
Post by: roburt on August 10, 2018, 02:29:16 pm
I use a company called trans africa insurance but not sure if they also in Dodoma. I suggest you also join the expat parents in dar and south africans living in dar facebook page and also ask in there.

xr400 is the perfect bike to tanzania