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Racing Section / Re: Rallies and the like.
« on: August 05, 2018, 06:00:06 am »
Some good pointers here already. :thumleft:

Checkout the various rally RR's as well and also the many rally prep threads. Search function in this thread is your friend. :deal:

if you need some inspiration on racing rallies in general click on the link in my sig line. Or even better ready "From Para to Dakar." in the racing thread.

I dont agree with going for the gps "lite" version of rallies. The whole idea of proper rally racing is that you are able to navigate and race. This gives someone who is good with a roadbook the edge.

Since Alexander, we have yet to see someone take up the banner with long rallies in RSA, but there are still some great events to get stuck into (mentioned already). Otherwise you will need to look at renting a bike and doing something overseas. Not many rallies left this year, apart from the Maroc which is iconic.

You could rent a bike with Desert Rose racing, or a few others, but it is not very cheap. Unfortunately rallies aren't very cheap generally.

I would suggest you go for a light version of nav setup: Use Rockfox's CAP & ICO and get a roadbook holder that mounts on your bars - This is what is meant by a rally light setup. If you scrounge around in the racing section you will find a few guys like markdiver, who made some really awesome 300-600km roadbook loops out of Gauteng that you can use to practice on. If they do give you a roadbook route from a friendly rally person, consider paying a donation if he does not charge you, because it is damn expensive and shit-tonne of work to setup routes and road books.

Also talk to Chris from Flying Brick, he has some good rally stuff as well.

A 500 is a little on the bigger side for a rally bike (not all rallies accept bigger than 450 anymore) but perfect for training on in my view. :thumleft:

All the best, ride safe and do keep us updated with your rally build! :thumleft: :ricky:
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Racing Section / Re: RIP Alexander Nel aka Camelman
« on: April 23, 2018, 10:18:29 pm »
Alexanders birthday today. Came up on Skype, felt like he was around and it was time to give him a ring and see how he is doing.

We are thinking of you Alex.
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I guess the concept is okay, except I really donít like the way they assume this is what everyone wants. I mean the whole idea of a bike is to add a bit of excitement and risk to our lives right? Why else is it so liberating to ride.

Now we have som bright spark taking that away from us to protect us from ourselves... no I donít like this one little bit

Frikkin laser beams. On their heads... touchť ;D
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: RIP - Lourens Hoffmann
« on: April 17, 2018, 04:14:40 pm »
I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend.

Be careful out there folks
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Bloody hell I think I should lock this thread because everytime someone posts on this thread I think he has maybe finished it. ;D
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: KTM Cape Town rant!
« on: April 01, 2018, 07:18:38 am »
Danie, youre quite right. Everyone wants to get a degree these days, and there are much less tradesmen out there. Good ones anywhere. I see it a lot in mining.You can't find good fitters, turners, electricians, or mechanics. All kids seem to know these days is Economics (bullshit), IT or BComm. That doesn't help anyone.

If i was out of school today, knowing what I know now I would be doing a trade.
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: RIP Hannah (Dredd's daughter)
« on: March 31, 2018, 07:49:13 am »
Those close to him: Is there anything we can do for our brother in this difficult time? I can't help but think he might need our support in one way or another.
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: KTM Cape Town rant!
« on: March 31, 2018, 07:32:24 am »
Let me just say this: You guys can moan about bad service etc, (maybe true, probably rue who cares), but unless you want no KTM cape town or Yamaha service center or whatever don't knock these guys struggling to make a business in a tough market environment. Bike shops don't make a lot of money (most of them), the managers are not that well-off for a reason, they're mostly there because they passionate about bikes.

I think we need to be philosophical about these issues; I have lived in many countries and let me tell you guys, the service you get in South Africa is a shit ton better than most places I have been.

Be grateful and protect what you have. And bitch and moan in their shop if you must but lets leave it out of the forums if we can please? Not for our sake, but for theirs. Besides, we have lost a lot of good guys on this forum who run shops and bike repair places because of bitchy threads like these.
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: Thoughts on WR 450 for Dual Sport
« on: March 23, 2018, 10:22:09 pm »
WR 450 is probably one of the toughest (and heaviest) 450 engines out there. I don't see why not. See the Economising 500 EXC for DS riding thread. :deal:
Watching that 500 thread, but 500 out of my budget at this time

No reason at all why you can't do the same on a WR 450. :thumleft:
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: BMW G310GS
« on: March 13, 2018, 10:04:28 pm »
Bump ;D Actually this thread reads quite well now.

Suddenly I noticed the vids and photos instead all the BS. Thanks for posting guys. :thumleft:
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: BMW G310GS
« on: March 13, 2018, 05:56:03 pm »
Okay I have had enough. The thread is now cleaned up ::)

19 pages of Drivel (now in a separate thread), 24 pages of mostly sensible banter left behind.....

For the rest of you, please, please don't feed the animals, lets try not to let the threads get destructive.

Most of 2StrokeDan's comments and all the banter can be found here. http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=221950.msg3713833#msg3713833
Knock yourselves out.  :lol8:

If you really insist that your comment should belong in this thread and not in the hate thread, please pm me providing the exact link and your motivation for the change.

Play nicely now and call your friends back.  :deal:
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: Economically adventurizing a EXC 500
« on: March 10, 2018, 10:28:36 pm »
SlŠinte Mhaith, if you really lube up a mousse well it can leak out along the bead and cause slippage, say when climbing a rocky hill. Hence the need for a rim lock. Not everyone does it though but I do.

Not really sure about filling up the tyre with air or sealing the bead...I am not convinced it will help that much.

Its true that they get softer with time and that's what really determines the usable life of them.
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Racing Section / Re: Kalahari Rally
« on: February 14, 2018, 11:42:42 pm »
Well Garth, wishing you all the best for the preparations. Trusting you will get all the permissions and permits without too much hassle and that your road book guy is good.

Hopefully the pre-runners will be a good while before the actual event otherwise it will just be a case of following tracks!  ;D

Hi Bud,

The standards procedures i.r.o. FIA etc will always be followed , like I said Mike have been organising Maf 1000/500 for over 30yrs and myself since 1998..
so no short cuts! The road books are drawn up by 2 people and pre run 3 times with different pre runners, aside from that, there's a pre run team 2 days ahead of
each stage done by Simon Schimmel-Dutch (done more  ralles than we can count). We have also partnered with a very experienced inernationl rally timing and tracking company that will also officiate on teh rally and very experinced in rally...so no gps timing.

Hope this helps!
cheers Garth

It does indeed, thanks for the feedback. Quite excited for you Garth. You are passionate about rallying that we know! Hopefully the pre-runners will keep the course to themselves as well.

Its tough business and South Africans are a negative bunch but we would love to help in whatever way we can. :thumleft:

Not sure I will have the chance to race this year but would love to do it. :ricky:
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: Economically adventurizing a EXC 500
« on: February 12, 2018, 05:57:16 pm »
I am loving this thread. Thanks to everyone who contributed so far.

There is another option, much more economic than Mousses/Tubliss: Use 2 tubes, one inside the other in both wheels. No more snake bites, and 80% less punctures guaranteed. Also you don't need those thick tubes, you can get away with the normal ones. :thumleft:

I have been thinking about that for many years but never bothered.  Since I get punctures all the time (just the other day on the way to Cederberg I already had a puncture before turning off the N1 near Stellenbosch) my riding mates might appreciate this.  But one question, doesn't it move a create friction rubs which lead to punctures?

Not in my experience. I have also used this system on my 800GS and had no problems apart from sometimes having balancing issues which you might feel on a smooth tarred road at certain speeds. I supposed you could balance your tyres if you were so inclined but the vibration experienced disappeared if I rode faster :ricky:

On my 450 I used this system with great success and never had the balanced wheel issue...probably because its hard to feel it at slower speeds and/or on dirt roads.

Note you will still get a puncture from time to time, but I found I got a noticeably less punctures with this pooratech approach.

Another advantage is if you do get a flat you can ride up to quite a distance and speeds of up to 80km/hr on the flat because there is more rubber in there. I have ridden 80km on a flat like this without any real issue apart from the bike being a little more "squirrely" than usual.
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Racing Section / Re: Marc Coma done with Dakar
« on: February 11, 2018, 06:40:22 am »
I understand there were a few complaints on a couple of the stages regarding navigation that was unclear.

Maybe he took some heat from the Frenchie's behind the scenes?

Whatever his reasons, its going to be a huge loss to the Dakar. This year's course was probably the best one in 9 years.
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Ride Reports / Re: Bo-Ntate & Bo-Mme Lesotho and eastern Cape trip
« on: February 02, 2018, 04:53:09 pm »
ETS did you cross Africa from Prieska on your bike to be there ?  Impressive :ricky:
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Racing Section / Re: Dakar 2018
« on: February 01, 2018, 08:07:10 am »
Its always about the money, follow the money.... :laughing7:

With all respect to Lyndon, it is bit weird to complain about the whole "spirit of Malle Moto" being lost because of money when you yourself have a expensive media entourage.

Danie :wave: How are your war wounds healing up?

Have to agree. Sipping tea brought to him by the media crew while Donovan and others don't have that kind of assistance. It looked like he did not know how to fold his tent on day three. If he had done it himself he would not have been looking half as awkward.

Still, I am amazed at how cooly he rode this year, he seemed like he was all over it, well rested, and relaxed. respect.
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Racing Section / Re: Dakar 2018
« on: January 16, 2018, 04:04:11 pm »
That 10 minute penalty for Sainz is disgusting. If he is guilty then give him one he will feel, like an hour. They have no problem doing this for Honda or anyone else, but what it really says is that they feel the quad bikers pain but don't really think it was such an issue.

is the pain of the penalty going to change any behavior? Of course not!!  :xxbah:
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Racing Section / Re: Dakar 2018
« on: January 16, 2018, 04:01:35 pm »
Here's the Google earth file. It's a bit rough but it take a shit ton of time to try figuring it out.

I'm sitting here and wondering with all your knowledge of tracks etc in Southern Africa plus all this hard graft putting the Dakar stage routes together (I have done it myself so know how hard it is) I have to read something into it: Does this mean you might be taking the Alexander Nel spirit forward and be putting together some stages for a rally in Southern Africa? :deal:
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Racing Section / Re: Dakar 2018
« on: January 10, 2018, 08:03:24 pm »

This makes me smile from ear to ear. Could not have happened to a nicer prick.  :imaposer:

That is the challenge in these Peruvian dunes, so easy to get stuck in one of these on a bike as well and quite hard to get out of.
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