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Ride Reports / Re: Only ridden to church on Sundays
« on: July 30, 2018, 12:15:23 am »
Lekker RR and good history lesson. It reads just as nice as one of ol Trailriders RR's!  :thumleft:

Love the look of your Honda Rally!  :thumleft:
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Ride Reports / Re: Just the two of us, Kaokoland Edition
« on: July 24, 2018, 10:47:00 pm »
Mira Adventure jacket looks stunning!!  :thumleft:
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: Versys X300
« on: July 22, 2018, 11:13:32 pm »
I see there is now a Ninja 400 that replaced the 300 selling at 76k which is a great price. Wonder if the 400 motor will make it into the Versys ?

http://kawasaki.co.za/product-details/ninja-400-se-2018/

I share your thought, and hope it does. I am not sure how well the Versys 300 is doing saleswise currently, and I think a lot will depend on that as well.
What I do know is that since the Ninja 250 was introduced it sold very well in the States. It got a very good following over there and then came the 300 and now 400 which is essentially the same engine albeit more refined. One thing that keeps being repeated is reliability - there are baby Ninjas with very big mileage.
The 300 Versys in my opinion do not get enough recognition for what it is, as is the case with some other models in the lineup. The marketing of motorcycles is South Africa is bad (except with BMW and Honda) compared to some other countries. I think Honda is moving in the right direction especially since the Quest - that was a big win and like said step in the right direction. I am not sure how Kawa and Suz survive in SA.
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Ride Reports / Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« on: July 18, 2018, 10:51:35 pm »
Good evening friends

I feel humbled by the response and e-mail, messages on FB and pm's that came through on the e-mail notification which I was obviously able to read.

It has also made me feel guilty for taking a step and making a decision to walk away from the forum. Like I did tell Ri though, I walked away from the forum and not my friends.

I got used to not spending time here anymore; something I thought I could never do without because I loved this forum to bits. Never will I forget what the friends I made on the forum meant to me, especially a while back when I faced tough times and was still recovering from being without work. Please know that I will always remember that and appreciate it. However; I also don't want to feel like I 'owe' Wild dogs.

Now to what pissed me off so badly that I have decided to log out: The religion and politics section is one I really try to avoid, and someone posted something classic on fb which reads that you can't go to the circus not expecting to see a clown...... I suppose that makes me guilty as well. I just felt, and still feel to some extent that the forum is represented by all the different sections/headings if that makes sense? Yes I can choose to ignore some sections but still, some of these offensive threads are posted in the Wild dog forum right? I know we are all grownups and nobody needs me to 'stand up' for them or stand up for a course for that matter, but I do regard myself as a loyal friend and Johan (Dorsland) is a friend of me as many other. Not because of his personal views weather that be political or religious, but because I have met him on a Wild dog bash in Groot Marico and because I liked him as a person - he became a friend like many other here which I did not even met in person but regard as great friends. I don't know if I make any sense here, sorry if I don't but know that once you became my friend you are a friend for life.

The last pm I have received tonight was moving, and the person has asked me to at least continue and complete this story/thread. To opt out so close to the end (nearly 2 years) would be bad style on my behalf I suppose, and my appologies.

I will soon update the thread, although I must admit that nothing much has changed in the meantime. It is winter, and most birds are gone - the island is rather cold and lonely with the occasional near galeforce winds and high seas. The generator is still working (back up generator) and the team still in good spirit.

The mouse eradication is definitely on for next year, and most of the new team (Gough 64) is appointed. We got 84 days left before we will arrive in Capetown.

Regards to all
Tom
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Looking good there Mrs Zog!  My wife lost most of her hair late last year after being very, very sick. In rebellion against combing clumps of hair out every morning, she took the clippers we use for the dogs, and shaved her head with a no. 4 setting. Her hair has grown back since, but she likes the short look so much, she's keeping it at a no. 6 cut. It actually suits her very well. And I think the short cut suits you very well too!  :thumleft:

Probably helps to some extent with the heat/humid Florida!
Glad junior Zog is sorted with an airticket.

Strongs once again during this painful time
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I am happy for you that the carb happened to work100%. After all the challanges you have faced you need some good luck budd  :thumleft:
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Africa Info & other International Travels / Re: My African Dream
« on: June 19, 2018, 10:25:54 pm »
That looks lekker! Thanks for the update and the pictures!  :thumleft:
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The Comedy Club / Re: Photos that make you think WTF
« on: June 19, 2018, 08:44:18 pm »
Images like this brings back way to many memories for any emergency worker....
Sometimes I am relieved that we did not have digital cameras when I was still a fireman/EMS worker. Cellphones would have helped to get to calls much faster though....but these days I often get very disturbing images from motor vehicle accidents (and other) sent by old coleuges that used to work with me. Strangely every time I get one of these I wish I can erase it from memory....Maybe I have gone soft  :lol8: but shit I hate to see people in pain. Love to help them though.
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All right everyone, all together one more time. Send good vibes my way.

I spoke at length to a realtor last night and I will attempt to secure a home loan this week.

According to the realtor lady (her name is Judy, she is the same realtor who got us this house we're renting, she's super nice), we have a very good chance of buying, especially if it's a fixer upper wreck. Most people don't want those, so they go dirt cheap.

Our credit scores are very good, and we may also qualify for a first time home buyer grant from the county. We will have to see. They give you $15,000 for downpayment and closing costs. This is then turned into a second mortgage. You make payments on this for 5 years. Whatever is not paid off after those 5 years is then FORGIVEN by the county.

I am waiting for Judy to put me in touch today with a mortgage broker who can apparently work minor miracles. So. Let's all hope. I will keep you posted.

That would be great Mrs Zog, good vibes all the way!!  :thumleft:
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I tried and finally gave up - sorry Mrs Zog, my internet is too slow on Gough to vote

This site canít be reached
www.wishpond.com took too long to respond.
Try:

Checking the connection
Checking the proxy and the firewall
ERR_TIMED_OUT
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Realy happy about your dad and hope his general fitnes and health will keep on improving!
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Photography / Re: Learning photography
« on: June 08, 2018, 03:40:00 pm »
My new camera was finally delivered to my daughter at work yesterday. It was on pre-order but I was in no rush since I can only start using it once back in SA in a couple of months time. Paid R11K and I see they are back on R14.5K. A rather good saving of R3.5K! Now I hope to use the camera once back to generate some income as well. Will keep my eyes open now for a good deal on a F2.8 70X200mm - then I am ready to do sport photography.
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Ride Reports / Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« on: June 06, 2018, 08:29:25 pm »
 :)
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Garage, Projects & Restorations / Re: BSA 1970 Royal Star
« on: June 05, 2018, 11:03:45 pm »
What a great find and project!
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Ride Reports / Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« on: May 25, 2018, 02:09:42 pm »
Hello everyone! I see that the SANAP page is finally back, renewed with a lot of information (usable information relevant to new expedition members and people thinking of a career on the islands)

Please go have a look, I can't help to feel a little proud to be here when I see this site:

http://www.sanap.ac.za

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Photography / Re: Learning photography
« on: May 22, 2018, 11:13:07 pm »
Yesterday for the first time ever I saw the real live benefit of a full frame camera taking detailed close-up images.

Unfortunately I cannot post any of the pictures here and do not have further access to the ff camera but my experiences:

I needed medical advice from a dermatologist and he has requested high quality close-up (macro) picture of the issue at hand. So at first I tried my cropped frame D7100 camera with a 60mm N series Nikor macro lens. I was offered by a team mate the use of a Nikon D810 and used my macro lens (same F mount)
Pity I could not have the camera for a bit longer to take more competitive shots and I can only share my finding here: The ff image was remarkedably sharper and more detail visible than the dx image. Even the untrained eye did spot the difference.

However; the D810 is a VERY expensive ff camera with lots of megapicels - the 100% crop vs the pictures taken on my camera is just unreal! So I suppose for the application (macro photography) it's worth to look into ff as well as maybe people/portret....weddings etc.

For Wildlife and sport the crop sensor shines again, and that is the photography that I focus on and prefer/enjoy.

Just interesting to have experienced this first hand, and thought to share.
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Big Oil I'll subscribe and read this thread/RR once back in SA since I csn unfortunately not see your pics here on Gough Island. Think the host you are using is blocked for us.

Sent from my SM-T231 using Tapatalk

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Happy Birthday Mrs. Zog  :thumleft:
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Kawasaki KLR 600/650 / Re: Show us your KLR
« on: May 20, 2018, 02:40:24 pm »
Those Airfilters are cheap and easy to get to. I had 2 on rotation, washed in 'Clean Green' and dried while I fit the other one.
I washed my bike every Friday night or Saturday morning and then swobbed the filters around.
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Photography / Re: Learning photography
« on: May 20, 2018, 02:16:05 pm »
Stunning picture Cap, sharp detailed picture and that with such a small sensor on the drone camera.
Well-done  :thumleft:
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