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Thank you TR  :thumleft: - your posts on WildDog have given us a lot of useful info on some of the great passes in SA over the last few years.
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Covers XL600/650V and XRV750 link from Dropbox:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/h1fjd98ltz0nhlz/Honda_XL600.650V.Transalp_XRV750.Africa.Twin_87-02.pdf?dl=0
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: BMW G310GS
« on: April 20, 2018, 02:00:51 pm »
I have a better idea. Take the engine out of the 310GS and transplant it into the 250 Rally. That will make it go. Take the Honda engine and mount it in the BMW and sell this to 2SD  :pot:
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Recent footage of a pretty stock XR650L illustrating suspension potential:

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Yamaha TW/DT and all others / Re: The WR Dual Sport Thread.
« on: March 31, 2018, 11:55:10 pm »
I know 777 just joined your fold. Got a '08 WR 450. Give him some pointers please in the right direction.
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Ride Reports / Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« on: March 18, 2018, 06:46:50 pm »
Awesome photos Tom  :thumleft:
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: mechanical workmanship caught on video
« on: February 21, 2018, 08:13:50 pm »
I just get pissed off when I click on one of Rosie's YouTube vids - 99% of them anyway.- somehow always grating...
Sure there may be and have been issues out there but just cannot appreciate her way of view and manner of reporting. I prefer going along different vibes.
Firstly I don't rely on other people working on my bike, I do it myself. When I need to get a new rear tyre fitted I will keep an eye on the mechanic changing the tyre.
The wheel I will fit myself. OK - I can see where this is going. Youngish biker chick with little mechanical and spannering experience comes to SA and is surprised
by the crappiness of mechanical input offered by the so-called professionals. The rest is history. I cannot stand her voice or nosering either. I wish her well and maybe
one day she will get to be a biker full-circle properly.
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Came across this really useful UK browser based website TVCatchup for live TV - around 30UK channels in decent SD quality which runs great on a SA connection. Useful TV guide too.

http://www.tvcatchup.com/

Quest channel is quite cool - lot's of gearhead stuff!
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: No Desert Run this year
« on: February 01, 2018, 06:19:00 pm »
The Namibian desert will breathe a sigh of relief.
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Aviation Board / Re: NPL
« on: December 08, 2017, 10:20:06 pm »
Congrats big time! I remember many years flying in Namibia small twin engined airplanes as a passenger. It all sounds good from here...
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BMW 1200 LC / Re: Problems with the new LC
« on: October 31, 2017, 09:59:34 pm »
Only 48 pages of probs with the GS LC since July 2013! That's a fairly sad number I think. Over on ADVrider the XR650L thread has been running for 11 years since Jan 2006 which is 13 years after the bike was first let loose on the public to create problems in the first place but not much to report there in terms of catastrophic mechanical failure. A BMW Teutonic masterpiece 2013 onwards top of the range GS bike will always attract a number of "Crash Test Dummies" eager to do some development work for the blue and white marque. All bikes will break when you abuse them too much, seemingly especially right now in this decade if the machine happens to be a top of range (experimental) vehicle.

Slaat my dood vir daai comments ous but this is what I truly believe in:

The 90's and 00's bikes were better engineered in the first place, There was less chance of stanchions snapping, final drives disintegrating, tubeless spoky wheels loosing their mettle or doing your head and cams in, in the first place. Electronics were simpler back then for the guys that knew how to read circuit diagrams and make a plan. Power figures were all in the green zone. Not much more than 100HP or 110Nm of torque.Since a few years ago the Bavarian marque has realized that being current means putting more power and torque towards a more refined overall package. Who were they trying to take sales away from - this is one for the Austro - Germanic followers to answer.

BMW has been found wanting in creating the perfect ADV bike with a few oddball mechanical mishaps along the way which by hook or by crook may hurt you - or not. You rides bikes - You takes chances.
In retrospect my crappy 1985 R80 Monolever roadbike has also had a few issues along the R135K km road it's been on Due to fokol power these problems were all manageable and survivable. BMW needs to employ some engineers who say: Wir machen das anders!
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