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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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New Member Introductions / Re: Introduction Ryno
« on: April 08, 2018, 04:27:03 am »
Welcome. You came to the right place. Everyone here loves BMW bikes!!!

...except those who don't, like 2SD.  ::)

Enjoy the ride, R4C3 !   :sip:
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Good opening line in a book:

"I have an Oupa in Africa..."

It's been done before, sort of: "I had a farm in Africa,..."

My eternal admiration for whoever can complete the sentence without googling and name the author and book. NO CHEATING!

I say this because I'm a book slut of the worst kind, and I read, read, read. I love books. When nephew Zog was here (age 25 I think), I mentioned Ernest Hemingway. His response? "Who is Ernest Hemingway?" I died a little inside.  :-[

Of course I was paraphrasing Karen Blixen “I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills.”

(book slut = read any book?)
I have a friend who devours books and is disgusted with me.
I only read books when I am on holiday and selectively away from all electronic media.
That is because the act of reading print puts me to sleep within a chapter...  :bueller:
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Good opening line in a book:

"I have an Oupa in Africa..."
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Aviation Board / Re: Aircraft Gooi
« on: March 27, 2018, 03:33:56 pm »
A great aircraft...

but the Able Dog (AD-1) Skyraider was arguably better:

The US only took it out of service when replaced by the A10.
In a ground support role, it could hang around the battle field for 8 hours.

The biggest problems of carrier-based Corsair, Hellcat and Skyraider aircraft occurred when a pilot wanting to land was waved off due to having a wrong approach line.
Inexperienced pilots would hit the throttle too hard and the big supercharged radial motor would rotate the aircraft about the propeller and slam into the sea or the carrier deck.
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BMW Airheads / Maintenance... WTF... ANGST... Relief!
« on: March 25, 2018, 05:33:14 pm »
So, I am fairly conversant with the G/S electrical system.
The old battery in my Paralever GS is DEAD and I remove it to get a new one.
The new one is aftermarket and the poles are reversed, so I look at redirecting the cables to suit.
I come across a standard G/S fuse box attached to the frame.
Then I see there are no wires leading to it...

WTF ! ?  :o  Have I got an electrical system with ZERO fuse protection?  :eek7:

I methodically cut all the cable ties around the wiring loom looking for clues.
Apart from my own installed GPS power cable with in-line fuse, I see nothing. :patch:

I sit down on a crate and contemplate the options... 

Then I go back to the other side of the bike and look further.
I spot a wiring loom leading back on the exhaust side.
Is that a workshop computer coupling port behind the exhaust side cover? Surely not?

Reaching through the gaping hole where the battery must come,
I remove the lid and spy a row of nice neat paddle fuses...


I go back to getting the battery in place and discover the aftermarket doesn't fit the cradle due to corner protrusions.
I consider the options / modifcations  :deal: and decide on the way forward.

I Vespa :ricky: back to the battery shop for a refund (thank you!) and zoom up the N1South to the dealer for an OEM battery.

Twice the price, twice the warranty and it fits... ::)

Now just to fit the bigger GS tank I had resprayed and it is ready for the Great Gathering.  ;D


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I have been there myself before - and friends and family are what you need for keeping an even keel in life - and on the Jonboat.
Debt can be a killer and not being allowed to work in the field where you were skilled and qualified in is a real bummer.

So keep your chin up, keep maintaining your dignity through working at what you can.
With a good woman by your side, half your battle is won.
With a bunch of good friends here on WD, the other half is well on its way.

Every week I find there are gems of people here.
We will do our bit where we can to help .
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Let us just take a quiet moment to remember that Mrs. Zog has one of these (http://www.mossberg.com/product/maverick-88-security-31046/) and knows how to use it...  ::)

Good choice for home defence...  :thumleft:

...and erring spouses?
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BMW Airheads / Re: How to turn any airhead model into a GS.
« on: February 21, 2018, 02:53:26 pm »
I have some bits to put into the Gnarler concept too!
I have decided NOT to do Frankenbeemer so I will be selling #2 G/S later in the year.
(Blatant hint)

Altus, we must get together.
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: BMW G310GS
« on: February 14, 2018, 08:14:23 am »
Despite the usual drivel from the BMW haters, I think this bike is going to find a good market in ZA.

It is low enough for the shorted rider like the many lady aspirant bikers that ALL the brands are ignoring.
It is going to be a very adequate commuter for those who are tired of lugging their superadventuretourer through traffic.
(I prefer my Vespa GTS for this purpose, but there are those whose masculinity is too fragile to ride one.)

Ride it... you'll like it.   :ricky:

I wish all who buy one happiness and fun.
Enjoy!  :thumleft:
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Wild Dog Pictures / Re: SHOW US PICS OF YOUR PETS - Poll added
« on: January 04, 2018, 05:00:30 pm »
We had a sad case in the neighbourhood...
Couple living in rented house are getting divorced. 
Man moved out into flat.
Over December woman moves out, leaving 2 dogs and 2 cats behind.
Next door neighbour found out on his return from holiday.

We now have a new member of our family - we call him Benjy.
(He gets very anxious if any human female leaves the house and runs after them.
Clearly still suffering abandonment trauma.)
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BMW Airheads / Re: R100rs basket case
« on: January 04, 2018, 04:35:37 pm »
I have surplus push rods from an R80 engine I had to strip.
AFAIK they are the same length at the R100.
Measure and let me know.

Looks to be 74ish mm..

I meant the push rod, mate !  ;)
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BMW Airheads / Re: Kief Airhead pics
« on: December 06, 2017, 10:39:29 pm »
As an aside...

Did you know that jerrycan is ex German military WW2 design?
The German pressed steel fuel container is such a good design that it was sought after by the Allies
and has been copied as is ever since? It is now even named after the slang term "Jerry Can".

The design features 3 carry handles.
If you are carrying empty, you can carry one in each hand using the handle on the centre of gravity line.
If full, two persons carry one can between them, each using the outer handle and the knuckles on their hands just do not touch.
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Corner of Power St + Refinery Rd,  Germiston.
(Near the Lake)
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Getting more and more interesting...!   :thumleft:

I for one would like to buy a replacement 'solo' rear subframe for a G/S a la the Moorespeed one:
1. SINGLE 18mm tube 'squared-top' loop that goes from the usual mounting point near the swingarm bearing to a point BETWEEN the rider and the luggage rack.
2. Gusset /s to stiffen the junction between the single brace and the original profile sub-frame going forward and rearward (options on length of the luggage rack)
3. Bracket to mount an aftermarket exhaust (you can't get originals any more anyway!)
4. Seat and rear mudguard mounts, aftermarket LED rear light cluster with number plate mount high up against the luggage rack rear squared-top loop

I am sure that a "road frame" version could follow a similar method, allowing the fitting of twin shocks INSIDE the rear sub-frame and connecting to the same mounting position as the shock top bolt..
The frame I am busy building will be an exact copy of the G/S sub frame exept that it allows for space for a shock on the left side as well.
Naturally this will evolve into a design that will become uniquely my own.
We will need to sit and talk so you can elaborate on your ideas as I am open to any suggestions.


I am talking about a sub-frame where the diagonal brace runs from the lower frame mounting point
OUTSIDE the horizontal frame and goes over the top in a squared loop between the seat and the luggage rack.
This would provide secure strapping of luggage behind the rider to the rear frame squared loop. 
As in the Gletter.de version on Left, a gusset plate between the horizontal and diagonal tubes would stiffen the joint between them
and provide a mounting point for a hanger for the exhaust.
Similar to the Moorespeed on the right, but with ONE brace between seat and rack.
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Great on the IRS guy...!
(The woman clearly didn't get it all that morning.)  ;)

Enjoy young Zog's stay.  :thumleft:
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