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New Member Introductions / Re: And another returning new member
« on: September 17, 2018, 03:34:30 pm »
yes, welcome back!
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: NC700 on easy gravel roads?
« on: September 08, 2018, 06:38:45 am »
Not heard of any of them changing suspension...
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TIM, of TMC in Cape Town is something of a living legend with these Jap Thumper bikes; he may well know of a JHB specialist - suggest you phone him.

Chris & team
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Triumph Tigers and Twins / Re: Tiger 800 XcX - Wind Noise & Buffeting
« on: September 02, 2018, 07:43:32 am »
@springhaas we have two LOAN wind deflectors that you are free to loan for 3 days, just to CHECK if it/they make a difference BEFORE you throw money at other solutions.

Buffeting is often the Dark Art as mentioned here, quite often a well-placed deflector ‘ahead’ of the screen surface, and at a different ANGLE , can really assist, whilst still letting in SOME air, preventing a very high pressure vs low pressure differential (prevention of the ‘tombstone’ effect)

Chris & Team

Ps: we have 5 brands of deflectors in stock, but 2 mst popular on loan...
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it also looks like THIS...
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BMW 650GS / Dakar / XChallenge Singles / Re: Center stand
« on: August 20, 2018, 11:29:02 am »

Quote from: Snoekie on Today at 10:53:09 am>Pics please  O0
here you go...
Chris & Team
021 510 6455

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Ride Reports / HP2 rides the World...
« on: August 17, 2018, 03:23:47 pm »
a rather interesting Canadian, on an HP2 visited us earlier in the week, his bike pictured below; he has just finished 6 months in India/Asia, shipped his bike here, and shortly going Cape-to-Cairo...

(i think he has completed North to South America, too..)

Many trick (useful) parts on his bikes, esp suspension parts...

His lights are Denali LED's, and are DIMMABLE - which is a good thing, since I think he has 6,500 lumens of usable light!
(he explained he dos NOT use 6,500 lumens, but is keen to 'test' them in Namibia...!)

Is leaving CT soon for West Coast, then Namibia/Bots/Malawi, then East Coast up Africa, to Cairo.

Chris & Team
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Clothing and Equipment / Re: Desert Fox Tool kit for KTM. Where?
« on: August 10, 2018, 10:08:41 pm »
We have a KTM-specific kit, too; also Desert Fox...

1 covers 950/990’s....

1 covers 1050/1090/110 & 1290....

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KTM LC8 950/990 / Re: WD KTM 950/990 technical section.
« on: August 07, 2018, 01:38:52 pm »

Quote from: Roxtar on Today

So while being on that topic of being stupid, where can I source one of those Oberon clutch slave cylinders (for a friend I pormise) on his '11 (i think) 990 30th Anniversary edition? I noticed that time to time someone brings them into the forum on the sale section...

JUSTIN 082 520 1762

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BMW G450X / CCM 450GP / Re: Ignition system, more a key on-off system
« on: July 30, 2018, 10:44:07 am »
I've used a small disk lock on my own bike before, but nowadays I just bank on nobody realizing that there IS no key on the 450!!!

(dangerous, I know!)

there is a thread on ADV Rider (USA) as well as Thumpertalk on how to retro-fit an ignition switch to the 450 BMW and also the small Husky, etc.
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Quote from: johanp on Today at 03:33:51 pm

>Quote from: zebra - Flying Brick on Today at 02:52:13 pm
Ok, noted. Are you using them with the 800GSA heat shield on exhaust side of bike...?

Nope, using them with Rockfox pannier frames on non-adventure 800. My buddy is using the same on his 800GSA without a heat shield, also without heat issues. The biggest issue is the OEM rack brackets chafing on the bags, which will be solved before the next trip.

noted, thanks for the update!
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: GPS mount???
« on: July 24, 2018, 08:33:58 am »
we used to stock, and sell, both the European bracket and a locally produced one...

Have not had much call since the Rally scene now pretty quiet...

Will dig through my notes and see if I can get some more in.

Linky HERE: http://flyingbrick.co.za/page/2/?s=rally&post_type=product

Cheers, Chris & Team

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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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