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I'll take two pairs, Altus...!
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It is very simple:
A man is not always wrong...
but his wife is always right.
If a man agrees with his wife, he will also be right...
unless his wife changes her mind, in which case he would be wrong.
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General Bike Related Banter / Managing ratchet straps
« on: September 30, 2018, 10:19:58 am »
Do you (like me) battle to store and set up ratchet straps to tie down your bike?

Here's a video to show you how to do it effortlessly...  :thumleft:

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Mrs Z, I remember a remark from  a female friend of ours some time after her divorce.
She was now living on her own and having to do all the stuff herself.
Somebody asked if she thought she needed a husband to help out.

Her reply?

"I can do everything a husband doesn't do myself. What I need is a WIFE!"
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BMW Airheads / Re: BMW AIRHEADS - The Parts Bin
« on: September 11, 2018, 06:06:14 am »
I am looking for someone that might have a spare Uni Filter which will fit the GS model.

Altus I have one for you.
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I joke that I can tell time from what my wife is doing.
She has a routine that works for her and she sticks to it religiously.
As a teacher she has a pile of admin + prep every evening.
So she has organised her day to do what she wants to do in parallel to what I'm doing.
That way we don't get in each other's way.
I have given up trying to understand "The Routine" or tried to change it.
I just live with it...

...and if I want to be spontaneous, I have to make an appointment!

(Why I don't know, but our bodily functions seem to be aligned.
If I go to the toilet, she's on it already or vice versa...?)
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BMW Airheads / Re: HPN Paris Dakar replica leather carrier & tool bag
« on: August 28, 2018, 02:51:10 pm »
The Deceiver of Revenue has been kind to me...

Altus, I will take TWO please in 230 width.

Bank Details pse.
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BMW Airheads / Re: Practical problem solving
« on: August 11, 2018, 03:44:50 pm »
If you know a surgeon or somebody who works in operating theatres,
try get hold of some old surgical clamps that are no longer suitable for clinical use.
They are still very useful for mechanical purposes.
They have a little clip that keeps them closed.
They also come in useful shapes.
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BMW Airheads / Re: Practical problem solving
« on: August 10, 2018, 09:34:52 pm »
Interesting. Thank you.

I have only done this once and I didn't do the engine stud removal.  :sip:
It was fiddly, but I managed...
I had the engine out!  ;)

Getting the wires connected was the pain, though.
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: Old biker?...Maybe one day!
« on: August 09, 2018, 10:38:51 am »
You don't stop riding because you get old...

you get old because you stop riding.

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I'm going to have a nervous breakdown or an ulcer or both before this is over...  :homework:   :help:

Hang in there, Ms Zog...
Think of the evenings on that big porch away from the mozzies and bugs...
knowing that you are paying off on your own piece of America.

(Which, if ZA's Economic Freedom Fighters are to be believed,
was stolen from the Apalachees, Seminole or Miccosukee or all three!)
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Aviation Board / Re: The Convair 340 crash moloto Pretoria
« on: July 19, 2018, 01:09:19 pm »
This is were it gets interesting. We need more comments from the actual pilots.
The pilot in command passed in the crash. :'(

I believe Bwana meant from the WD's that actually are pilots...

I am not a pilot, but when I was a kid my father operated a series of private aircraft out of Wonderboom.
All airports have rules regarding the departure and arrival paths.
If you look on Google Earth, you will see that the entire area to the West, South and East of Wonderboom is built up.
There is some open space between Wonderboom and the N4 highway, but the only open space is to the North of the N4.
Perhaps licensed pilots here can confirm that, when taking off on Runway 29, (i.e. to the West)
aircraft must turn RIGHT to go around the hills to the North of Wonderboom.

Where the aircraft crashed was roughly in line with the approach to land at 29 (i..e. from the East)
Had the plane gone down ANYWHERE else from that point to the actual runway, it would have gone down in densely populated areas.
The resulting death toll, injuries and damage to property would undoubtedly have been substantially worse.

I reckon the pilot did what he could with what he had to minimise the consequences.

Edit: In case runway numbers confuse you:

Each runway has 2 numbers (180 degrees apart) indicating the magnetic heading of the approach line to the nearest 10 degrees of angle.
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A most fetching and infinitely manageable coiffure, Mme Zog !

We are all glad that you will be together at Christmas.
Mr Zog Snr will be with you too.
It was not to be in person, so he will be there in spirit.
Go and fish a day in his memory...

(PS: Better this way than later... like somewhere en route)
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I took comfort in these words in my own loss:

"Death is nothing at all. It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was.
I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.

Call me by my old name, speak to me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.

Let my name be the household word that it always was.
Let my name be spoken without effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.
Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was.
There is absolutely unbroken continuity.
What is this death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of your mind because I am out of your sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval somewhere very near, just around the corner.
All is well. Nothing is past, nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before, only better; infinitely happier and forever."

Henry Scott Holland

I Did Not Die

Do not stand at my grave and forever weep.
I am not there; I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and forever cry.
I am not there.
I did not die.

Mary E Faye

In closing, these words:

And in the stillness of the night, when the pain it really starts
Stretch out a little with your mind and draw me to your heart
For I am always right in there, always by your side
For you have been, all my life’s days, my joy, my love, my pride.

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Good Food & Braai / Re: Vegetarian/Vegan recipes (for bad hunters)
« on: June 10, 2018, 06:29:34 pm »
Vegetarian Potato + Celery soup

1 Med Potato
1 Med Onion
2 sticks celery (leaves on)
1 lt vegetable stock
Fresh parsley
20ml oil
Black pepper
Salt to taste


Chop onions and celery sticks finely.
Fry them in the oil until caramelised.
Add stock and cook on low heat.
Grate the peeled potato into the liquid.
Add parsley and cook until the potato is cooked.
Add cracked black pepper and salt to taste.

(This soup can be eaten straight after cooking.)
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The Comedy Club / Re: Photos that make you think WTF
« on: May 29, 2018, 02:03:00 pm »
How about a 150mm thick 30MPa concrete with 200x200x10mm mesh reinforcement to support...

a 10kl water tank on the ground.
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: Wake up call for us young 'uns.
« on: May 26, 2018, 01:12:55 pm »
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General Bike Related Banter / The Silent Killer in us
« on: May 22, 2018, 05:44:18 pm »
I have always been an advocate of sharing experiences with others as a way of spreading wisdom.
The subject I wish to raise now is one that many have probably not considered, but should – FATIGUE.

Recently I experienced the effects of fatigue while riding. I was most fortunate not the suffer the possible permanent effects and I lived to tell this tale. Returning from the GS Trophy, I was riding my trusted 1200GS at around the legal speed limit near Klerksdorp. Having started off from Vanderkloof Dam at sunrise, we had planned to stop at Potchefstroom to have brunch. My eyelids were getting heavy and I looked forward to the meal stop.

I choose to ride without music. Suddenly I heard a change in the sounds in my helmet.
The road rumble had gone. I realised I had experienced a micro-sleep at speed. I was no longer on the road!

I was riding on the left shoulder, rapidly approaching a large road sign on three poles. My adrenaline charged awareness told me I was not going to fit under it. I would have to ride around it. One word ran through my mind… GENTLY! My off-road rider training kicked in automatically. I stood up and applied brakes front and rear. I gently used counter steering to avoid the road sign and rode between it and the fence on its left. I saw an access road in front of me and knew that I had to ride up the embankment and I reduced speed even further. I stopped on the access road and put the side-stand out, killing the engine. I put both hands on my tank bag and lowered my head.


Some minutes later, my riding companions caught up to me. I just said: “I have to stop and rest!”
We proceeded into Klerksdorp and I rested over brunch.
We continued home without further incident.

I am writing this not to discuss or to dwell on what COULD have happened. Anyone can do so by themselves. I am appealing to all who ride to realise that fatigue catches you QUICKLY. It could have only been a few seconds of lost attention, but I now know what death looks like.

If you feel your attention even just wandering slightly, STOP IMMEDIATELY!

At the first safe place along the road, pull off and break your ride! Break the routine that is creating the fatigue. Walk around the bike. Drink some water. Eat some biltong, dry sausage, nuts or dry fruit. Avoid sugar – it causes blood sugar level spikes and troughs that affect your alertness. Close your eyes while you do to rest the optical nerves. Breathe deeply and deliberately.

DON’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT TOWN! You may not reach it alive!

The experience has changed me and how I ride. I have identified possible health causes that I will act upon.
I have resolved not to ride such long distances without breaks anymore.
I will stop every hour to rest, increasing the rest duration every time.
I will use fuel stops to really rest and to close my eyes – even take a short nap.

Learn from my mistake - you may not survive a similar experience.
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Garage, Projects & Restorations / Re: R100RT rebuild
« on: May 03, 2018, 01:36:12 pm »
This is how to open up the frame and engine:

Coils and such all tucked away inside the curved cover.


Another neat alternative:

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