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General Bike Related Banter / Re: looking for a bike with side car
« on: July 17, 2018, 11:47:33 am »
maybe pitch it to Cape Sidecar Adventures to do it - with some publicity - as part of Corporate social responsibility? Just a thought - use it/dont use it!
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BMW F800GS / 700GS / 650GS Twins / Re: Saddle bags on F800GS
« on: July 13, 2018, 02:22:30 pm »
Hi Hornet - we sell heat-shields ALONE, as well as bundled with Giant Loop, as well as bundled with ALTRider products, so if you need a heat shield, then chat to us...

Obviously, we stock a wide range of soft luggage options, pannier bags AND Horseshoe-style bags as well....

Chris & Team
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great reading and pics - you certainly are a talented writer - loved the bit about a 'conniption'!!!

enjoyed your writing in the Present-tense, and boy, you do not give up easily!  :thumleft:

never seen a handlebar give up like that (not on an Adventure ride, anyways...)

Great report, great that you made the party, too, when many others would have turned back/been rescued!  :thumleft:
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reply received!:

Hi Chris,
Thank you for your quick response.
We are available on Tuesday at 12, our offices are in Rondebosch, Cape Town and the address is below. Are you available to come meet with our sales and marketing teams?
Look forward to hearing from you soon.
Marketing Manager South Africa Bike Festival

I will go and put across many of the sentiments here (verbatim): would anyone be prepared to help me, by cutting and pasting everything into a MS WORD document, and getting it to me by close-of-work Monday? then I will go and meet with them, and report back here?

thanks, in anticipation: Chris info@flyingbrick.co.za
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Honda CR / CRF / Africa Twin 1000 / Re: CRF250 Rally/DS
« on: May 24, 2018, 07:44:32 pm »

Quote from: blauth on Today at 09:04:53 am

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Welcoming 2 new/not so new MOTORCYCLE businesses to Paarden Eiland...

1. TIM, of TMC (Tim's Motorcycles) who was in Waterkant Street, Cape Town City center for many, many years, has just relocated to Paarden Eiland, SHROPSHIRE Street, Paarden Eiland, so next door to FLYING BRICK and METAL-HEADS, and obviously behind TRAC-MAC and KTM...

Tim is well known for PRIMARILY working on bigger Japanese singles (Thumpers) but will work on other bikes too, and he has a very competent electrician on board as well as mechanics...

Back in the day, he was very knowledgeable on XR500's in particular, and can remember riding around the Cedarberg area before Oasis was built! Definitely old-School!

2. BRENT SCOTT (SCOTT MOTORS), who has moved from other premises, specializing in the SALE of 2nd-hand SPORT bikes, and 2nd-hand ADVENTURE bikes.
He too is next door to us and thus close to Metal-Heads - another option when buying a 2nd hand bike!
(also roughly behind TRAC-MAC and KTM...)

Chris & team
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BMW Airheads / Airhead spares (including PD) on Gumtree...
« on: May 14, 2018, 08:40:24 am »
...came across this chap selling Airhead spares, including 1 or 2 parts for PD.....


no association, just stumbled across the ad...
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: Wheel straightening and truing
« on: May 14, 2018, 08:37:14 am »
..might be better to replace the front rim, and be done with it...

you re-use the hub (obviously) but usually fit new spokes, since some of the spokes will often be seized...

just be aware there are TWO sizes of Excel replacemnt rim for 800's and these are 185, and 215...

the PRE-facelift 800's were fitted with 185's... (width)

the POST facelift 800's were fitted with 215's...(width)

the 185 MIGHT be a bit better for harder offroad use, but both Excel rims are a BIG improvement on the OEM front rim, which is made of macaroni cheese...

Should be a few bike shops up your way that could help...
Chris & Team
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Garage, Projects & Restorations / Re: R100RT rebuild
« on: May 03, 2018, 09:10:45 am »
I helped a mate on this project - pic attached; there is a company in CT that makes the replacement 'cover' (unsure of its name) that replaces where the battery WAS, and then the battery on his bike went into the TAIL of the bike (same as on my K100; in his case, you can JUST see a slim metal box protruding slightly down below the tail of the bike, where the battery - now MUCH smaller/compact, obviously) was moved to....

Will try and find a pic of this super-useful plate that blanks off where the battery was - moving the battery opens up the bike beautifully, IMHO.

Will watch your progress!
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Buran Bikini fairing, from Dirt Bike Africa...
We have in stock...

Fairing ONLY part R1495
Screen ONLY part R2195
Lights ONLY part R1295 (pair), flood)

Chris & Team
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as far as I know they have no Black replacement padding, and last I head they only had Camo regular and Camo pink, etc.

(Will ask Leatt for you, they are delivering a Gazebo to us later this morning - and revert).

Cheers, Chris
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Clothing and Equipment / Re: PACKING FOR A TRIP ( CLOTHING)
« on: April 18, 2018, 08:15:38 am »
...and a fleece is often a better option than the WARM inner liner of a jacket, since it can still keep you WARM while you ride, AND is easier/more comfortable OFF the bike than the WARM jacket inner - a THIN fleece combined with the bike jacket RAIN inner really does keep you warm, i just feel that jacket inner OFF the bike does often not zip up - something to consider!

It reduces duplication!
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Husqvarna / Re: Husqvarna 701 Tool tubes?
« on: April 18, 2018, 08:12:06 am »
2 manufacturers went out of business, and could no longer make the 'crutch' style bike props for us.

Phoned 2 others, not interested in making them, to a price point, of course!

So I imported Snap Jack, which is a very good option, next 20 will be under R1k, due to improved Ran/Dollar rate, and shipping bulk, with different shipper.
Once-off purchase, and we expect them to be shared between say 3 or 4 small bike riders, with just ONE rider carrying one Snap Jack...

Still, we recognize that it IS a lot of money, I will re-double my efforts to either source the crutch-type jack again, or get more manufactured.

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Husqvarna / Re: Husqvarna 701 Tool tubes?
« on: April 17, 2018, 01:50:09 pm »
the Toys2Go stainless pannier racks are designed - both sides - to take tool tubes IF needed; the 5L fuel bracket that takes a 5L plastic fuel cell can ALSO do duty as a tool tube carrier;

and the tool tubes on it's own will bolt directly to the OUTSIDE of the pannier rack, as well as the INSIDE (caution: the rising swing-arm may well interfere with the tool tube, always CHECK!)
it bolts up to the two tabs welded on to the edges of the T2G pannier rack.

Having said all that, the benefit of an ANGLED-up  tool-tube (not shown here) are that tools, if SLIGHTLY loosely packed, do not 'shunt' backwards and forwards every-time you approach a traffic light!!!

will try and post some pictures here:


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Clothing and Equipment / Re: Duffel bag
« on: April 05, 2018, 12:00:54 pm »

Quote from: Dirt Junkie on Today at 11:53:56 am>@zebra - Flying Brick send me pricing pls.

R1195 incl.
ordering in stock today...
Chris & Team

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Clothing and Equipment / Re: Uvex Carbon vs Desert Fox Carbon
« on: April 04, 2018, 01:15:02 pm »
Harold (BikeGear) currently travelling through the 'Stands (and Iran) by bike, as we speak, to let me reply on his behalf, if I may:

1. the Desert Fox Carbon is the same price/same quality as the Uvex, even 5 years later, quite an achievement for BikeGear (and thus the Retailers that get to sell it, such as ourselves...), but with IMPROVEMENTS made...

2. The Desert Fox CARBON improved upon the Uvex in quite a few regards, not least of which was a stiffer peak, to avoid the 'old' problem of the previous Uvex's peak which COULD cause a 'popping's sound whilst riding, it was likely built over-light originally, in pursuit of further weight saving, and has now been STRENGTHENED...

...and the 'detent' mechanism of the visor is MUCH improved, in fact has been substantially re-worked...

3. I ride with a Carbon Uvex, and can see the improvements / advencements made in the Desert Fox carbon.

Will try write more completely when time permits.
Chris & Team
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BMW 1200 LC / Re: 1200 GS LC bedrading vir spots
« on: March 30, 2018, 10:16:27 pm »
2 unused plugs tucked in somewhere behind front headlight...

One is switched to accessory (only on when ignition is on...)
The other is hot/live/always powered...

You know which one to use  :biggrin:

Got to MaxBMW microfiche to view the plugs...

Post your findings here, for others... ;D
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: RIP Hannah (Dredd's daughter)
« on: March 25, 2018, 07:46:24 pm »
Terrible, terrible news, was in Scarbs and saw the NSRI vehicle responding, just tragic.
RIP, and some serious strength to JD. Our thoughts are with you.
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Clothing and Equipment / Re: Broken valve tool help needed
« on: March 19, 2018, 02:43:51 pm »

Quote from: OomD on Today at 02:36:15 pm>"Where exactly does one use a tool like this?"

- Useful during tire changes and flat repairs.[/size]- Easy to pull the air valve stem through the hole on the rim.- Air valve puller head may also be used for air valve core removal.

Cheers, Chris & team
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Altrider does the COMBO for around $297, but then you get BOTH the luggage plate AND the pillion seat plate...

Nothing I know of locally that gives the PILLION seat plate, esp as it uses the locking mechanism of the seat to secure the plate, keen to hear of anything, though...!

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