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Racing Section / Re: Dakar 2018
« on: January 31, 2018, 06:54:24 pm »
From Lyndon via FB:

2) Your thoughts on the finish / podium celebrations.

I thought we had been robbed of one of the most special moments a Dakar finisher has, their time on the podium. I don't even have a podium photograph to remember my Dakar 2018 finish, very disappointing. ..........................


Just to add to this, while seeing many pics of the SA finishers on FB and what not, why do they not get the flag displayed correctly, most had them upside down??


Flying a flag upside down is an international sign of distress - very appropriate for SA  O0
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Planning a Ride / Re: Mitchell's pass and Katberg
« on: January 25, 2018, 05:09:06 pm »
update: Did the pass and it is now a virtual dirt highway - basically been rebuilt and hardly recognizable. A few gradients but all smooth going and doable for the average rider with pillion. 👍🏽
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Racing Section / Re: Dakar 2018
« on: January 12, 2018, 04:20:41 pm »
Why is Olivier Pain racing MM this year? (there is a joke in that somewhere)

He said in an interview that it being the 40th edition, he wanted to go back to the "roots" so to speak.


ASO wants a Frenchman to win Malle Moto >:D

Or Motul wants to ensure a certain Yorkshireman doesn't win their class on a Motorex sponsored bike....


Pain was on the provisional ASO Elite Riders list. I don't think an elite rider should be allowed in MM, or what?

Or what?? The MM riders are all elite riders in my book. Much harder than the softcock factory riders un-original race  :imaposer:
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Mountain Passes and Historic Memorials of SA / Re: Key to the Baviaanskloof
« on: December 28, 2017, 02:41:07 pm »
Great footage and as always amazing site  :thumleft:
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: Intersting Tools
« on: December 27, 2017, 08:20:47 am »
Let the music play  :lol8:
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BMW HP2 / Re: Where has your HP2 taken you today? Photos & videos
« on: December 25, 2017, 06:28:15 pm »
Fort Double Drift - dating from 1835 and the frontier wars. Down on the Fish River in the wilds of the Eastern Cape. We have some gems on our doorstep.
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General Technical / Re: Tubeliss suppliers Cape Town
« on: December 17, 2017, 08:16:07 am »
Who in Cape Town can supply and fit tubeliss?

Flying Brick I am sure
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: KTM 790 ADVENTURE
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:05:25 pm »
I have to agree with some concern. The frontal photo from the show in this thread does show the low protuberances extending further than the upper tank - they will gets klapped in tight stuff for sure ... and I say this having owned a string of boxers. Maybe a bit more ground clearance will help? Anyway look at it in comparison with the F800 (yes I know will be no competition  >:D)
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The Comedy Club / Re: Photos that make you think WTF
« on: December 08, 2017, 07:10:08 pm »
Could have been worse - if small print read Donald Trump 😂

I went to go check my wife's....there's some chinese writing on it  :eek7:  :imaposer:

naaaah thats her teeth marks

from the gerbil?   :lol8:
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: E-Bikes becoming competitive!
« on: December 05, 2017, 11:36:08 am »
Well, the EU is thinking about making a law requiring electric bikes to make some sort of noise to make them safer for pedestrians.  Maybe build in a smell as well?  Your e-scooter can then sound like a superbike and smell like a 2-stroke. >:D

I can see this getting messy with 'on the fly' odour emissions control options - 2T smoke, fresh bread, bacon, marijuana smoke, cut grass, old fart ... download your latest smell from our KTM App 'Up in smoke and up your nose'  :imaposer:
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: Scooter for liaatie on a budget
« on: November 22, 2017, 12:12:36 pm »
1) Yamaha BWS
2) PGO
3) Kymco

In that order ... after that take your chances and credit card.
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Racing Section / Re: Roof of Africa 2017
« on: November 01, 2017, 05:17:50 pm »
Shocking to see so few entries!!!!! :eek7: :eek7: :eek7: :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

Yes I think it speaks directly to the debacle last year and has been coming for awhile. Yes the economic situation is a big factor as well but all the more reason for ROA to make sure they are giving a quality value for money event (some like Impi events are getting this right). The moving of the date that eliminates most school, college and varsity goers due to exams is definitely also a factor.

Only about 60 Gold riders and same for Silver - this including international riders. Two years ago when Josh did Silver there were 170 riders in that class! They have filled the Bronze numbers with all comers who did not qualify and have kept entries open to the last minute.

They do though seem to be getting things together a bit better than 2016 and things seem to be coming together. See the official site and the lates video by Darrel Curtis on the routes. http://roofofafrica.info/
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Ride Reports / Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
« on: October 16, 2017, 06:52:52 am »
HSK - agreed, great first hand insights. Clearly there were inevitably egos and testosterone in the mix but mostly measured from what I read between the lines. Big salute to Minxy for mixing it with the manne, and doing so with grace, skill and a smile.  :thumleft:
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General Technical / Re: How to clean a foam airfiler
« on: October 03, 2017, 10:31:19 am »
Saw a YouTube video on the subject that really works:  Buy a 5 liter thinners and pour the whole contents in something like a icecream bucket.  Wash the filter in that and then straight after with normal dishwashing liquid.  Afterwards just pour the dirty thinners back into the 5 liter container for re-use next time.  It is relative cheap and works like a charm.
I also have a whole box of surgical gloves that I use when working with this  :ricky:

Sorry but No imo.  :o  Lacquer Thinners is a 'hot solvent' - can even eat some foams, never mind adhesives! It can also eat ice cream buckets.  ::) You need to realise that "paint thinner" means different things abroad - they will be talking about 'white spirits' which is essentially turps. Thinners will also very quickly even eat surgical gloves. I have worked with solvents for 35 years - you want to avoid lacquer thinners wherever you can. Use the least toxic solvent for the job - that is why in many ways a water based degreaser is probably the best (followed by paraffin), even if one needs to work it a bit more.
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Water at this stage will remain very low with little to no rain forecast but always good to check again closer to the time. Smitskraal always has water and bottom is loose rocks. Not possible to avoid anything - once you in the kloof you in.  :laughing4:  Just take it slow and steady - the entry from the Petensie side is a veritable highway now - just be careful of the new cement strips - if you ride off them stay off till next opportunity to rejoin - do not try and remount them. Also the new paved rain channels have nasty raised 'gutters' on them - you will realise this quickly and predict them. Enjoy. Do not race any buffalo.  :peepwall:
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