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NO MORE KLR, DR & XR in SOUTH AFRICA
« on: June 13, 2013, 12:16:11 pm »
Was chatting to a friend in the bike industry this morning who told me that from the end of this year there would be no more new KLR's, DR's or XR's coming into South Africa. This is because of homologation issues that the South african authorities have with these models. Apparently there are a number of other models that are also affected, including the XT660 (not the Tenere) as well as quite a few of the chinese brands.

So if you are in the market for a new 650 class bike, you better make a plan to get one soon, because after the current stocks have been sold there will not be any more coming into the country after the end of 2013.

Sad news as far as I am concerned.
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Re: NO MORE KLR, DR & XR in SOUTH AFRICA
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2013, 12:17:56 pm »
WTF are homologation issues?

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Re: NO MORE KLR, DR & XR in SOUTH AFRICA
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2013, 12:19:14 pm »
Ja, WTF!!!???
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Re: NO MORE KLR, DR & XR in SOUTH AFRICA
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2013, 12:22:27 pm »
I am not 100% sure, but I think it has something to do with standards of components.

I googled it and could not find much info.

http://www.nrcs.org.za/content.asp?subID=42

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Re: NO MORE KLR, DR & XR in SOUTH AFRICA
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2013, 12:23:10 pm »
Yipppeee, my 2005 XR R will now increase in value O0
 

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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2013, 12:31:16 pm »
Ja, WTF!!!???

Homologation is a technical term, derived from the Greek homologeo (ὁμολογέω) for "to agree", which is generally used in English to signify the granting of approval by an official authority. This may be a court of law, a government department, or an academic or professional body, any of which would normally work from a set of strict rules or standards to determine whether such approval should be given. The word may be considered very roughly synonymous with accreditation.  Read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homologation

This has probably got to do with emission standards.
 

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Re: NO MORE KLR, DR & XR in SOUTH AFRICA
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2013, 12:41:32 pm »
The good news is that both Suzuki and Kawasaki are going to bring in extra stocks of the DR650 and KLR650 before the end of the year, but once those are finished then no more new DR's or KLR's available.
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« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2013, 12:45:35 pm »

This has probably got to do with emission standards.

This would make sense, as these models aren't being sold in the UK (and possibly the rest of Europe) for a while now. I think the market for 'older' technology is getting smaller each year.
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Re: NO MORE KLR, DR & XR in SOUTH AFRICA
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2013, 12:46:13 pm »

This has probably got to do with emission standards.

That new "tax" is really a serious pain in my backside.

So government is taxing you for the emission these vehicles produce but pray tell what happens to the money? These twassholes certainly don't spent it on renewable energy resources like they pretend it is for.

Our government like following first world countries blindly while they can't even run or enforce current legislation...

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« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2013, 12:51:43 pm »
I'm just really glad I have mine already!
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« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2013, 12:54:29 pm »
Was told that only fuel injection models can be imported, no more carb, not sure if this is true.
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Re: NO MORE KLR, DR & XR in SOUTH AFRICA
« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2013, 12:55:11 pm »
I personally don't think it has anything to do with emission standards, but I may be wrong.

The factories in Japan are still going to be producing these models, but they are not prepared to spend any money on conforming these models to comply with South African certification standards as we are such a small market for them.
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« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2013, 12:55:34 pm »
I'm just really glad I have mine already!
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Re: NO MORE KLR, DR & XR in SOUTH AFRICA
« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2013, 01:01:17 pm »
okay one quick google search and i found this

http://www.causes.com/actions/1744143-change-the-law-freedom-of-importation-of-motor-cycles-into-south-africa

apparently the gov is changing the import laws - only motorcycles that have full test certification etc will be allowed to be imported etc etc etc

this will kill of large model ranges and it will be the end of parallel imports, grey imports, weird model 2nd hand imports from japan, etc etc etc

the gov screws us again....
 

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Re: NO MORE KLR, DR & XR in SOUTH AFRICA
« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2013, 01:01:35 pm »
I personally don't think it has anything to do with emission standards, but I may be wrong.

The factories in Japan are still going to be producing these models, but they are not prepared to spend any money on conforming these models to comply with South African certification standards as we are such a small market for them.
The carburetor is an evil object, so the market for that type of engine has dwindled to such low levels that any big manufacturer needs their head read to continue making them and to re-engineer the model to work with FI is just not worth the effort either.
We will be seeing new models soon. :deal:
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« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2013, 01:07:30 pm »
I will just keep the old tractor and add to the stable with something "fuel injection-y" when I can.


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« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2013, 01:10:13 pm »
okay one quick google search and i found this

http://www.causes.com/actions/1744143-change-the-law-freedom-of-importation-of-motor-cycles-into-south-africa

apparently the gov is changing the import laws - only motorcycles that have full test certification etc will be allowed to be imported etc etc etc

this will kill of large model ranges and it will be the end of parallel imports, grey imports, weird model 2nd hand imports from japan, etc etc etc

the gov screws us again....

Nope I don't think that is relevant to this issue,

That deals with outlawing parallel importers, I am talking about legitimate models being brought in by Kawasaki SA and Suzuki SA.
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Re: NO MORE KLR, DR & XR in SOUTH AFRICA
« Reply #17 on: June 13, 2013, 01:12:35 pm »
No carbs? very doubtful

what about off-road bikes or scooters?

KLR has emmision control anyway for the yanks - can't be that

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« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2013, 01:15:04 pm »
So any outdated chinese or indian bakkie or taxi is cool anndd legal but a new bike with a proven track record is not. They should rather worry about thousands of unliceced drivers and unroadworthy vehicles!
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Re: NO MORE KLR, DR & XR in SOUTH AFRICA
« Reply #19 on: June 13, 2013, 01:15:23 pm »
WTF are homologation issues?

At first I thought its because the bikes look 'gay' to them, thanks for clearing that up.

I think it is stupid to this, but it has happened in the car industry too. Its just gonna be another reason to why the 'old days' were better
I'm not saying kill stupid people, I'm saying, remove the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.

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