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Husqvarna / Re: Husky 701 Cam Chain Tensioner
« on: June 18, 2018, 12:36:35 pm »
Hedley in cape town had some solution but never got round to it.

Husqvarna / Re: Husqvarna 701 Enduro: Touring screen options
« on: June 18, 2018, 12:32:40 pm »
Have a look at Race Garage

17 " restricts tire options

KTM LC8 950/990 / Re: oil leak from where?
« on: December 07, 2017, 02:01:20 pm »
too late to torque

will take one

KTM LC4 400/610/640 & 690 / Re: Starter motor repair / brush replacement
« on: December 01, 2017, 07:42:49 am »
brushes look ok but you can go to a power tool shop and try and match them up.
you can file them so if you find ones slightly bigger they will work

Planning a Ride / Re: Do I need carnet for subsaharan eastern Africa?
« on: November 30, 2017, 01:16:34 pm »
For Kenya yes,mate paid at the border couple months ago

AA issues them

KTM LC8 950/990 / Re: Top dead center lock out tool
« on: November 28, 2017, 11:26:56 am »
use a bolt,just taper the front

KTM LC8 950/990 / Re: Clutch master cylinder leak
« on: November 20, 2017, 12:03:38 pm »
I had to :'(

KTM LC8 950/990 / Re: Clutch master cylinder leak
« on: November 20, 2017, 10:50:59 am »
did you clean the master cylinder properly before replacing seal kit.
otherwise recon cylinder is scored and have to replace :'(

KTM LC4 400/610/640 & 690 / Re: 2012 Fuel filter
« on: November 17, 2017, 11:11:06 am »
fit a pre filter in the mouth of the tank

KTM LC8 950/990 / Re: HELP PLEASE !!! Dirty Water
« on: November 16, 2017, 12:40:35 pm »
do you use anti freeze

Husqvarna / Re: Husqvarna Pretoria
« on: November 15, 2017, 11:10:39 am »

1222 Pretorius Street Hatfield
Pretoria 0082

Husqvarna / Re: Husqvarna 701 SAS/Canister
« on: November 15, 2017, 11:01:28 am »
Depends on who I ride with :biggrin:
on economy I get about 60 Km more before reserve light comes on

Personally didnt feel any difference power wise between husky evo map and dyno pcv map

Husqvarna / Re: Husqvarna 701 SAS/Canister
« on: November 15, 2017, 08:57:46 am »
yes it fixes the lean issue also deactivates the error if you remove the sas.
Ran it on the dyno and fitted a pcv with auto tune,not much needed from husky evo map.
went with the pcv as I want to be able to switch to an economy map if needed

KTM LC8 950/990 / Re: 2009 990 workshop manuals
« on: October 31, 2017, 11:17:56 am »
basically the same if you need 2003-2007 let me know

Exotics, Chinese, etc / Re: The worst kind of issue, electrical
« on: October 27, 2017, 01:22:13 pm »
maybe the brake switch
when you kick start it might not need to be activated but when using starter it is part of the safety cct

General Technical / Re: Air filters - study data.
« on: October 26, 2017, 03:22:50 pm »
we fitted BMC filters into our 950 SE's
Junior is now at 140K
so if using standard filters it would have cost R20k compared to 1K.thats the one reason we run them.
Filters dont give you more power its the cost saving
And as for wear inside the motor who knows,unless you have a direct comparison
As for my bike it probably has more wear because I cant ride faster than him :biggrin:

How many bikes have YOU done 100000Km on

Garage, Projects & Restorations / Re: Chroming
« on: October 26, 2017, 02:26:06 pm »
Try Surcotec for the forks,they are next to Barlow Cat in Bellville industrial

Clothing and Equipment / Re: Soft Luggage - Which would you want?
« on: October 26, 2017, 10:50:52 am »
Our SW Motech Dakar Bags have served us well- 6 months through Africa and another 6 months through central Asia including the Himalayas where dropping the bike was the norm.

In India I was  forced off the road by a truck into steel rebar, which caught on the bag . It literally spun the bike around  .

Nett result: a tear in the bag which was easily stitched.

Bear in mind that any imported textile bag carries a 30% customs duty so at R3 750 The Dakar bags remain reasonable value for a quality bag.

There is no one panacea for any rider....  however I remain biased  ;)



Yup, 30% duty ex vat - Shocking I know. But there is a way around it (totally above board), hence no duties apply.

So the irony is that the Dakar is actually overpriced, R3800 is quite a bit  when looking at the materials used, design and overal offering.

But yes, it does a job at a respectable price, but when you consider the product quality, accessory system, warranty, service and backup I set out earlier; the Dakar needs to be a lot cheaper.

If there is a legal way of avoiding the 30% duty please share it on this forum as it would be beneficial to all, including Vendors. A 30% savings on duties would mean imported bags could potentially be considerably cheaper, including those in your poll.

At the moment the SARS customs tariff is 42.02 and it (and its sub headings) are pretty comprehensive in its definitions relative to bags - so any way of avoiding this would be welcomed :

42.02 :
Trunks, suit-cases, vanity-cases, executive-cases, brief-cases, school satchels, spectacle cases, binocular cases, camera cases, musical instrument cases, gun cases, holsters and similar containers; travelling-bags, insulated food or beverages bags, toilet bags, rucksacks, handbags, shopping bags, wallets, purses, map-cases, cigarette-cases, tobacco-pouches, tool bags, sports bags, bottle-cases, jewellery boxes, powder-boxes, cutlery cases and similar containers, of leather or of composition leather, of sheeting of plastics, of textile materials, of vulcanised fibre or of paperboard, or wholly or mainly covered with such materials or with paper:

I am a bit confused as to your reference to the "Dakars Bags material used"- The Dakars are  manufactured from DuPont 1680 denier ballistics nylon, the same material used in bullet proof vests. It was apparently chosen  for its exceptional high scuff cycle and high tear resistance .

Most bags are either manufactured from less expensive Oxford weave or Ripstop nylon that cannot compete on scuff cycles. Ditto for tear resistance.

As an example the Abrasion Failure rate (scuff cycle) for Oxford Weave is 460 scuff cycles. For Ballistics it is 3000 cycles.

Oxford weave has a tear resistance of 96 lbs.   Ballistics is 250 lbs

Ballastics nylon costs extra , for a reason.

For a  comparison of materials used in pannier construction including tear resistance & scuff cycles :


The Dakar's also have a unique integrated ABS Honeycomb core which not only ensures that the bag retains it shape for easy packing but also protects contents in the event of a fall. Again this costs more but it should serve as an indication of attention to detail by the manufacturers.

Does this make these bags expensive relative to other offerings? Maybe not.

As mentioned I remain biased and don't expect all riders to agree. We all have our own preferences.

That is the spirit of this forum- to promote discussion so that members can draw their own conclusions.

To arrive at this point it should however be based on sound facts.

In the spirit of the free flow of information (that that forum promotes):

1. If an opinion is expressed about another product not being up to standard, back it up with facts.

2. There is nothing wrong in sharing a legal way around import duties - this would be beneficial to all , not only vendors and would not have to warrant comments such as other products being "overpriced" or made of sub-standard materials without any factual basis

To quote you:

To summarise, I am not:

 - Selling a product
 - Selling a service
 - Nor am I listing any specifics pertaining to where and how any products can be bought with benefit to me

 So why not please publicly share the legal way of avoiding duties  with fellow members on this thread

I am sure everyone would be appreciative

Iíll respond in detail over the weekend  :thumleft:

If I had just ordered at the time of this first post it would have been cheaper than buying today without the duty ::) R14.15 to the Dollar >:(

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