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Offline Jaqhama

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G'day from Sydney Australia
« on: May 07, 2006, 08:46:31 pm »
G'day all

Nice site here, I've been riding on and off road all my life. 4 bikes at the moment.
3 of them actually run properly...LOL.

Some of you may have seen my name at bikerza also, I go and chat and ask inane questions to BigDog and his mates fairly often also.

I'm looking at doing a ZA and Namibia trip end of this year, early next.

Just checking stuff like best time of year (I like warm). Not boiling hot, just pleasent.

I'll be looking at hiring or buying a 250 to 650 trail bike I expect, get someone to sell it for me when I leave.

Anyone wants to tell me about hiring and or buying bikes and the good road and off road routes and scenery...go right ahead.

Cheers: Jaq.
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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2006, 07:19:48 am »
Welcome Jaqhama and enjoy the site.....

Leon_H from Aus also asked about routes etc.... Check out his thread on travelling to SA.
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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2006, 09:23:26 am »
G'day Jaqhama!
Welcome to the forum - hope we see more of you!

Hiring a bike in SA is not as easy as in other developed countries. Buying one is sometimes easier but selling it can be time consuming.
Most people simply opt for a guided tour (usually on BMWs)
 

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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2006, 11:16:57 am »
Quote from: "LuckyStriker"
G'day Jaqhama!
Welcome to the forum - hope we see more of you!

Hiring a bike in SA is not as easy as in other developed countries. Buying one is sometimes easier but selling it can be time consuming.
Most people simply opt for a guided tour (usually on BMWs)


Guided tours hold no interest for me.

I like to look at a map, see somewhere someone has recommended or looks interesting and just ride there.
I hate schedules also.
I ride how long I want and stop where and how long I want.

Seems to be plenty of companies in ZA that hire BMW 650's?
I noticed that ahem...even some places renting Harleys.

Maybe I can get a Road King and do the Roof of Africa rally? :lol:
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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2006, 11:19:28 am »
Quote from: "funacide"
Welcome Jaqhama and enjoy the site.....

Leon_H from Aus also asked about routes etc.... Check out his thread on travelling to SA.


Cheers mate...will do so.

Thanks to you and Striker for the welcome also.
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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2006, 12:14:00 pm »
Welcome and enjoy!

Hottest time in SA/Namibia from November - February with peak December/Jan.

Cold. May-August/Mid Sept with peak July/August.

Would say best time to plan a ride either Sept-Oct or Feb-April.

April have a lot of public holidays so roads a bit of a mess during that time and a bit crowded at popular destinations. Ditto December, even more than April. And of course everything much more expensive during that times as well! From a cold one right through to accomodation.
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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2006, 12:19:14 pm »
howzit jaq...

there is a place here in cape town, which rents out non-beemers too, if you are interested.

check this too if you are interested.
I see he is also very active on the Horizons Unlimited technical forums (DR and KLR).

good luck!
 

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« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2006, 02:06:08 pm »
welcome to the forum, jaq, keep us posted on your plans - some may join you for certain stretches.
 

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« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2006, 02:34:34 pm »
Welcome Jaqhama.  You will find the guys on this forum very helpful.  Keep us updated as they would like to catch up with you when you come to SA.  Don't forget your camera.   :D
 

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« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2006, 05:05:07 pm »
Quote from: "X Banana Boy"
Welcome Jaqhama.  You will find the guys on this forum very helpful.  Keep us updated as they would like to catch up with you when you come to SA.  Don't forget your camera.   :D


If your avatar is an indication of sights to see in ZA I'll certainly bring the camera..LMAO. :lol:
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« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2006, 05:16:01 pm »
welcome dude
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« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2006, 05:16:40 pm »
Confusing this...how come you guys call SA...SA...and guys and girls on another SA bike forum all call it ZA?

One poster said to me that SA is just soooo old man, everyone calls SA Zuid Africa.

I never know what to write?

This isn't a sneaky way of South Australians to confuse me is it?

Or Saudi Arabians? (I'll have a KLR a harem girl, a magic lamp and a flying carpets thanks) Not fussed what order they come in.
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« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2006, 05:27:09 pm »
ZA is South Africa's international "call sign/identification mark" for want of a better description. Airplanes registered in SA bears -ZA as part of their number. Don't know why the black and white ZA stickers are to be found on some vehicles, especially the 4x4's. Must be something to do with their trips across the borders of SA? :?

Sure it sprouts from the earlier Dutch of Zuid-Afrika. Might be wrong on this. :?

South Africa is the correct spelling. I won't bother you with the spelling in our other 11 OFFICIAL languages. :roll:  Talk about confusing! :lol:
 
Lucky Striker is good on stuff like this. Sure he'll have the excact answer. :D
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« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2006, 05:40:18 pm »
ZA, not to be confused with Zambia.
Or SA = South America, Saudi Arabia... blah.


But then again you Australians brought the world Arnold and KTM. Didnt you?
 

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« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2006, 06:08:30 pm »
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ZA, not to be confused with Zambia.
Or SA = South America, Saudi Arabia... blah.


But then again you Australians brought the world Arnold and KTM. Didnt you?


Yeah we did, astute of someone to finally notice that. :lol:

True Story: Some years ago a girl named Lin and some mates were in a Texas bar. A few Marines drinking there also. One asks Lin where they are from. Lin says Australia. Marine repsonds with comment that it must be great being able to ski all year round.
I won't write what Lin replied with. :D

I was in the USA riding around last year...things have changed, everyone asked me if I knew Steve Irwin. The animal pervert.
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« Reply #15 on: May 08, 2006, 08:22:04 pm »
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howzit jaq...

there is a place here in cape town, which rents out non-beemers too, if you are interested.

check this too if you are interested.
I see he is also very active on the Horizons Unlimited technical forums (DR and KLR).

good luck!


Yeah...that's Lecap...I already upset him a bit by questioning the details of another Kwa-Natal guy who reckons you can sell him your bike, ship it to ZA and then it buy it back off him. Sounded a bit suss to me. I advised HU folks I would check with people I knew in ZA. Just to make sure it's all above board, was a weird sounding plan to me.
Lecap remarked that he knew the guy, knew he was legit and that I would probably not believe Lecap either as I was so suspisous.
My reply was...why are they bothered if some other ZA bikers check the place out for me?
Was it me I would encourage as much checking of my business as any customer felt was needed.
I've been on HU for a while.
Also advrider.
Lecap posts at both places also.
People are getting ripped off by scams even as I type this...so it pays to do some checking is my opinion, especially when many people live in countries far away from ZA.
Would any of you send your bike to Australia just by viewing an add on the Internet?
I bloody hope not.
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« Reply #16 on: May 09, 2006, 09:43:26 am »
As suggested in my PM, try rather to buy a bike, ride it, then sell it before you leave.  First price will be to line a potential buyer up before you buy the bike.  Must be something in it for everyone - you must pay cheaper than renting (difference beteen buy and selling price) and the buyer must buy your bike for a good deal -- win win

Anyone looking for a bike on this forum??? :lol:

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« Reply #17 on: June 16, 2006, 06:21:35 pm »
Quote from: "shark_za"
ZA, not to be confused with Zambia.
Or SA = South America, Saudi Arabia... blah.


But then again you Australians brought the world Arnold and KTM. Didnt you?



 :shock:  :shock:  :shock:  :shock:  :shock:


errr. DUH

ITs Austrians. Not Australians. Capiche?

Welcome though mate.

Call it whatever you like: ZA/SA.

Step in for a drink when you get here! (I wanna be the first one to see you take the rented harley on the roof of africa rally  - actually, I want to see the Harley crowd first  :lol:  :lol:  :lol: )
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« Reply #18 on: June 16, 2006, 08:54:11 pm »
LITO, I rest my case.
 

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« Reply #19 on: June 16, 2006, 09:21:44 pm »
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LITO, I rest my case.


So I missed the humour. Been a long day at work. Must be worth a fight or two at least.


Let me tell you mine Mister Australia

So I am in Texas myself (2001). I am invited to a house party. 70's theme. So I drive for miles to a Salvation Army clothing outlet place and I pick up $40 worth of what I think to be grooooovy clothes baby yeah!

I pitch up at the party, and well........ I am the only one dressed up. Not even the hostess was dressed up. Anyway, blaming it on the person who invited me, I feign confidence and all that. Place is packed with hot wimmin. Dayam.

So I see this REALLY good looking girl. Blond hair, blue eyes, great pair of... errr yes, and she gives me that shy smile that girls sometimes give when making eye contact.

Sidle up to her, slowly, say Howzit and all that. So she says - oh ok, where from are you? you guess. Ok - well how about England. Nope. Australia, must be. Nope again. Ok, I am lost. No problem - I am from South Africa.

Nuh huh - you cant be. Youre white. Well. Yes... but there are white people in Africa you know. And quite a few in SAfrica. Oh. She giggles a bit. Brushes hair back, and with a renewed effort says: so, where from in South Africa are you?  - Kenya?


Blimey. I laughed so hard, I am sure I spat cooldrink on her or something. She walked away completely embarrassed and horrified. Ended up dating her for 2 months.



(edits for typos etc. bliksem, what a long day)
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