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General Bike Related Banter / Re: RIP Gary Rowley AKA Grolls
« on: September 16, 2018, 06:29:01 am »
I took a trip down memory lane with Gary last Sunday. I wore Groll's Baja shirt from the Baja we did in 2016, kindly given to me by his son, Mike. We did the rocks and the lumpy sand in the riverbeds in De Wildt with some of my old Team mates from Team Verve !! Chris and Ludo, die-hards from past Baja's and the Amageza.

De Wild was a favourite place we'd all ridden together many times and always had great moments of sweat followed by a of sense of achievement. Gary had also taken his HP2 through there which was another ramp in challenge.

Thanks to Chris' wayward routing we  did a lot of cross country between thorny brush, so Gary's shirt has a bit more houding with some flappy bits.

I really miss him for the great person he was but I especially enjoyed his desire to push himself to the next level to be better. He really loved riding and we won't talk about his love for the HP.

Gary's wife, Dinks, is having a tough time coming to grips with his absence, understandably. We are considering making a trip to the spot where Gary spent his last hours next year with her and the sons.

Good to keep his memory going.  :thumleft: 8)
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General Technical / Re: Harley-Davidson and Off-road.
« on: August 01, 2018, 07:43:48 am »
trying but they all come out small. :sip:

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Ride Reports / Re: Solo Jungle Diving
« on: July 22, 2018, 10:04:49 am »
Glad it turned out OK, but it could have gone pear shaped.  :sip: :thumleft:
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General Technical / Re: Why would a bike blow out coolant?
« on: July 09, 2018, 08:13:36 am »
I don't know these motors, but I think that since the reservoir is also the expansion bottle, as you are getting hot you are running out of expansion space.

If you still have some air trapped in the system, it will expand and drive coolant into the expansion bottle also causing an issue, a good bleed sounds like a good idea.  :biggrin: 8)   
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Wild Dog Pictures / Re: SHOW US PICS OF YOUR PETS - Poll added
« on: July 05, 2018, 01:09:53 pm »
My Boerbull recovering from his second knee operation. First knee was done about 3 months ago

Now recovering in a kennel, where our other mongrel can't get to wrestle him
very common, they recover from one and favour it so they injure the other one🙄
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: KTM 790 Duke at Pikes Peak 2018
« on: July 05, 2018, 09:51:49 am »
Can you hear the power dropping off as he climbs higher and higher, the motor sounds very different at the end, at the top your lungs burn just walking around, so imagine how it affects the motor.

For interest, if you check the mountain as he climbs, you will see a clear tree line, above which no trees grow, this isn't forestry or fires or anything like that, the winter permafrost doesn't warm up enough above that altitude to allow trees to grow.



Back when I a bit chunky.. :snorting: :snorting:

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Yamaha XT & XTZ / Re: Ignition Connundrum
« on: July 01, 2018, 09:43:36 am »
Mzee just something I was wondering, perhaps stupid, but are you sure it's the barrel that's worn and not maybe only the key? tested with master key?

I was about to ask the same question.  :sip:

I try to have the minimum keys hanging from an ignition for exactly this reason, drives me nuts when I see people with a bundle of house keys all hanging from the cars ignition key.  ::)
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Thanks guys. I appreciate all your advice even the "special" ones ;-)

I'm from Switzerland and here everything is forbiden ... I will arrive in September in Cape Town for few years or more if afinity.

I'm a old BMW rider. I already check the stores in Stellenbosch and Cape Town last year. I will go again with a GS LC (I already had 3 of them). Long story.

Welcome, I have traveled through Switzerland on many occasions, always on business though.  :(

The regulations here are fairly simple:

1. As I assume you will be a temporary resident, your Swiss driving licence is valid for the first 6 months I think, if you get an international drivers licence in Switzerland you get it stamped annually here by the AA and that stays valid I believe (Insurance guys please confirm).
2. Insurance is NOT a legal requirement, but is an obvious sensible one.
3. Technical test of motorcycle,is only required on resale, it is not annual or similar.
4. Technical test of motorcycle, the test stations only know anything about cars, on a bike they check your hooter, lights, indicators and that's about it! ::)
5. Loud exhaust, no cat converter, off road tyres, changed wheel sizes, colour changed, no issue!   
6. Traffic police, collect speeding fines only.
7. Traffic police only police other road infringements, like crossing solid lines, driving through red traffic lights, driving on the wrong side of the road into oncoming traffic and un-roadworthy vehicles in rare cases. This has its own issues for us!
8. Their are thousands of kilometres of gravel roads to travel legally.
9. Try to ride with someone, as the gravel roads have their own surprises.

Beware of retired ex sailors,they will try to lead you astray.  :ricky: :biggrin:

Enjoy. 8)


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General Bike Related Banter / Re: Help with Carbon Fibre
« on: June 09, 2018, 10:24:22 am »
I have been meaning to wrap part of my bike in genuine carbon fibre, but the last time I checked which was a couple of years ago, one needed to take a second mortgage to do anything with carbon fibre. 

My questions are: Are there wild dogs who are conversant with this technology?  Is it still very expensive?  Who and where in Gauteng?  Please text me.

I will appreciate any help. :ricky:

Thank you.
genuine is not a wrap, it is new components in CF. The wrap is just a vinyl wrap to look like CF. 8)
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BMW 1100/1150/ADV / Re: Looking for GS(Adventure) Tank Stickers
« on: June 06, 2018, 09:00:56 am »
Mikie should have it, just needs the correct Pantone for the red. 8).
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Ride Reports / Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« on: June 05, 2018, 12:29:17 pm »
And TVB I may not say much, but love to follow this post, I understand the “loner” position, but would love to have your photographic skills.  :sip:
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Yep, supremely butt ugly, but probably very practical. 😎
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I openly admit, I come from a different era:

Could I buy anything currently on the market if I wanted it badly, yes I could...

Do I, no I don't:

I have cars / 4 x 4 with ABS , VSC, DSC etc etc I come out of a high end Heavy Engineering international background including Nuclear, I understand electronics and IT, lived with it worked with it.

I grew up on bikes with ZERO electronics, I found out what traction was on shale roads in forestry enduro's racing on secondhand tyres

I have had stupidly modified performance street bikes, no electronics.

I derive pleasure from the personal control of traction, braking and acceleration, not oh wow my ABS or TCS electronics are better than theirs, the fun is in the control not in OMG you shoulld have felt my ABS pulsing, or I had the throttle pinned and the traction control stopped it spinning up or launch control or quick shift.

So this discussion is irrelevant to me... stiff Scotch on its way.  ::)

Rant off... :biggrin: :biggrin: :sip:

 
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: Wake up call for us young 'uns.
« on: May 21, 2018, 09:39:18 am »
My mate Stuart Farquharsen is riding down to the Cape for the Ulysses in a week or two on his R1150GS, not even sure how old Stuart is anymore, but he is old.  :biggrin: :biggrin: 
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About 10 years ago my mate Uli, pitched up for one of Ray Mulder's Cairo to Cape Town rides, nobody had mentioned to him that his German R1200GS had cast wheels not the RSA wire wheels and there were big eyes when he rocked up with it! It made it no issues, but he rode gently and kept his tyre pressures up.  :biggrin: :sip: 
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The Museum Collections / Re: Redneck Motorcycle Collection
« on: May 17, 2018, 04:34:13 pm »
I believe that Suzuki is regarded as the most evil dirt bike of all time.  :biggrin:
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Kawasaki KLR 600/650 / Re: Anyone out there ??
« on: May 12, 2018, 01:44:53 pm »
Hi
I have a 2012 KLR with just under 12000 kms on the clock. Need to do the DOO! and a few other less intimidating upgrades. Haven't seen any recent posts about tech days on the site. Are such days still being held? (when and where?). Don't mind doing the wrenching myself (prefer it actually) but need an experienced hand for guidance.

Thanks in anticipation

PM Groenie.
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General Technical / Re: Tank relining
« on: May 11, 2018, 01:19:21 pm »

Quoting from Facebook


Colin Aitken
April 5 · Alberton
Not one to brag but damn,when you good you're good. Let me sort out your rusty fuel tanks,clean,prep & re-line. 083 728 3822(Johannesburg

Roxtar, Colin was the number I was going to send you, no affiliation, just his nephew? Billy drinks in my local and Colin does still ride a GS (but its a Suzuki).  :biggrin:
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: 10 years ago ....
« on: April 15, 2018, 08:35:22 am »
So 10 years ago, we were looking at this......  :sip: :sip:

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=16641.msg261224#msg261224`
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BMW 1100/1150/ADV / Re: Clutch starting to slip, any advice?
« on: April 09, 2018, 11:21:41 am »
Take the lid off Lem  :biggrin:

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