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Offline BlueBull2007

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End of the road...
« on: November 26, 2016, 08:26:48 pm »
for my beloved WR 450.

Yes, its time for the Springbok era to come to an end. Given the state of the real Boks it probably a good thing too.  :o  >:(  :dousing:

I blew up the gearbox and damaged the piston barrel 5 days before the Amageza, rebuilt the entire engine with Runner, and got her to the start. It performed well for four and bit days, and then it blew its guts out about 30km out of Vioolsdrif on a liaison to the finish (they would not let me start the special - apparently I was too concussed). Oil all over the road, smoke and its toast.  :'(



Oh no, not again...

Its taken me this long to get over it and post this. No I have not opened it up yet, cant bring myself around to.

So here are my options:

1) Sell it vootstoets as-is with all the rally gear, racing suspension, tanks, kickass squadron LED headlight, two radiator fans, nav tower, fairings, fat bars, road book switches, ICO & ICO cap, rebuilt seat, wide pegs, spare levers, whats left of the spare engine the tootee for I suppose R25K and allow someone else to rebuild it into a new WR or put a new engine in it again, or

2) Brake it down and sell as many of the parts as I can at a discount. Give the fairing to someone who wants it in his bar.  :-\

I can't rebuild and sell it, I have exhausted this option and the wife will ignite into a fiery ball of wrath if I dare spend another cent on it. Its not an option, don't go there.

What do you guys think?  :-\ :-\ :'(

« Last Edit: November 26, 2016, 08:27:16 pm by BlueBull2007 »
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Re: End of the road...
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2016, 09:01:42 pm »
Some good memories on this bike. Thanks to all of you who cheered us on over the years and gave me all that advice.  :thumleft:



The early days.





American Kalahari: Nevada desert.








She was pristine once upon a time.












Resting in the sun.  :laughing4:









Pronking of a different sort.


Not long before  :laughing4:

















HID actually working here. LED proved to be much better.





whoopsie daisy!


That chain needs a little bit more grease I think!  :laughing4:  :imaposer:











So many more memories that were not pictured.

Sorry for all the photos, I got a little nostalgic.

Some of the best moments.....with that machine.

Six years, four races two engines and lots of training in between.






« Last Edit: November 26, 2016, 09:08:09 pm by BlueBull2007 »
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Re: End of the road...
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2016, 09:02:54 pm »
What will a new engine cost?

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Re: End of the road...
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2016, 09:06:24 pm »
Cant get an engine separately I was told. Probably about a 50-70K?

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Re: End of the road...
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2016, 09:22:33 pm »
Thx for sharing all these brilliant pics/memories!!!
This is a tough decision!!!
All I can say - I was in a similar predicament a few years ago, and went for the selling voetstoots option...

Sadly I still miss that bike - although I know it was financially for the better...
Selling it will be the only way to break the ''attachment'' ... And then take a conscious decision to never look back!!!
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Re: End of the road...
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2016, 09:50:39 pm »
Your best companion isn't always a human or animal... Can imagine this must be tough after everything you've been through together  :thumleft:
 

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Re: End of the road...
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2016, 08:42:45 am »
What Rally Kit is this that you have on this.It looks awsome.
 

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Re: End of the road...
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2016, 08:52:11 am »
Is this the one that came in in the carnet?

 

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Re: End of the road...
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2016, 09:04:10 am »
Sad indeed BB, but many great memories created. Tough call - I would fix it and sell it
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Re: End of the road...
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2016, 09:33:05 am »
Has at ever been in an accident?  ;D

On a serious note: great bike and no doubt exceptional memories. Somewhere, someone will inject the fresh enthusiasm this awesome bike needs many more memories left in that frame. :thumleft:
 

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Re: End of the road...
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2016, 09:35:31 am »
Buy another one.
Transfer extras.
Keep what is left of this bike for spares  :thumleft:
 

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Re: End of the road...
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2016, 10:19:24 am »
Buy another one.
Transfer extras.
Keep what is left of this bike for spares  :thumleft:
Very good idea.  A 2007 should be around R28K.  Sell off the rest.
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Re: End of the road...
« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2016, 10:27:21 am »
Buy another one.
Transfer extras.
Keep what is left of this bike for spares  :thumleft:
Very good idea.  A 2007 should be around R28K.  Sell off the rest.

Agreed. Or sell voetstoets. It will be a nice project for someone.
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Re: End of the road...
« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2016, 10:31:44 am »
After all the recent rally bike rebuild threads, selling it is a bad idea. I am tempted... 
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Re: End of the road...
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2016, 11:16:09 am »
I have a soft spot for this bike, I think since you posted this picture:

That reminded me of army basics, us falling down in water but holding up our rifles at all costs. It looks like you had a choice between you drowning and the bike drowning, and did your best to opt for the former option.

Take off the instruments (I still have your backup ICO and Aurora RB bracket, by the way). Drain the fuel and park her in the bar. Best bar seat ever.
Take http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=55426.0 and publish it as a book. Seriously, it is brilliantly written. Where is the Amageza RR, by the way?

As much as I love the bike, I think it is time for something new.
 

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Re: End of the road...
« Reply #15 on: November 27, 2016, 11:30:18 am »
Im am so tempted to say "SOLD" but my technical knowledge and rally exposure is close to zero :/

At some point i'll do certainly aim to compete on bike thats meant for it.. this seems to be that bike if:

I buy it now voetstoots

Then could I :

Purchase a road legal and running WR and have a someone do the conversion to the new bike? (droomers yamaha)

Or take the life on the new WR and transplant it to this one?


So many questions, so little time :)


Could one purchase a


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Re: End of the road...
« Reply #16 on: November 27, 2016, 11:54:46 am »
Luister nou mooi........

Haal daai Springbok goete af......

Dan maak jy hom reg.....

Dan sal hy hou en meer wen ook........
 

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Re: End of the road...
« Reply #17 on: November 28, 2016, 07:14:37 am »
I just looked at the photos again. I am too sentimental. I couldn't sell this bike if I had gone through all the adventures you shared.
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Re: End of the road...
« Reply #18 on: November 28, 2016, 07:21:09 am »
It's like putting down an old dog. Not nice to do, but the right thing to do. Good luck with the time ahead - RIP



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Re: End of the road...
« Reply #19 on: November 28, 2016, 07:29:07 am »
Is this the one that came in in the carnet?

Yes. Its now properly registered in RSA, finally after arriving 4 yrs ago....I also got my learners about a month ago :thumleft: :imaposer: ::)


What Rally Kit is this that you have on this.It looks awsome.

Its the JVO kit, a Spanish group who have been doing this for a quite few years now. In 2010/2011 it was the most popular and complete kit on the market.
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