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« Reply #140 on: November 16, 2015, 07:08:13 am »
 :sip:  Great thread, love it.   :thumleft:

My friends boet was also in the bikesquad, he stayed in Windhoek, surname was Louw, can't remeber is name.    But he was now a real ducktail.   :eek7:    Anyone knew him?
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« Reply #141 on: November 16, 2015, 07:22:26 am »
Hein, the 21" front is just so much quicker to turn in, and the better rolling factor of the 23" is hardly noticeable, plus the bigger a rim becomes, the more the spokes are stressed.
So, 23" not such a good idea.

Geelkat, we probably sat on our bikes for 99% of the time, but when you know you're being photographed, you try to look like Jack Penton. :imaposer: :imaposer:

About the "Kriek" deadborn, stillborn, unborn idea, I actually know very little about it, except for the endless rumours. It does seem like the wrong people were involved,
because why get a specialist to build a frame, use a belt-driven camshaft engine, and XL350 suspension, when the Japanese were actually mass-producing the right thing?
 

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« Reply #142 on: November 16, 2015, 08:14:57 am »
A motorcycle based on pure military requirements (work horse) is  developed and evaluated (tested) around those requirements.
A motorcycle for use by the infantry to be used to their requirements, maintained and supported in its terrain of operation and environment is not always available of the shelf, I will say never. Look for example to the adapted, ruggedized, dieselfied "KLR" used by the USA forces. One of their critical requirements of support is one of fuel. It was decided by the by the US top brass that to simplify fuel logistics to all fuel powered systems including all air, sea and land based systems, it will use only one fuel. (one battle field fuel)
So, the fuel JP8 was thus decided upon.
For these and other reasons, the militarized "KLR" came to being.
One of the other basic requirement is range , who can not easely beat the fuel efficiency of a diesel engine even in this case, small weight penalty but "better" durability. And so we can go on. Play bikes and agricultural bikes (eg. AG 200, DF200. etc) are different because the user/client has requirements that are different.
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« Reply #143 on: November 16, 2015, 08:52:20 am »
Very interesting about the 'Kriek'. Would love some pics.

Not sure who did this awesome drawing... perhaps someone can elaborate?
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This pic was taken shortly after I had flipped for the one and only time on the border and only because I rode into a hole i did not see in the grass whilst in my balancing point..... hence my broken back mudguard and my unseen sore back from my R4. :deal:

@ 2SD.....there is my wooden grip and 50 round mag.
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This was my platoon when we were issued with DR 500's, brand new, for a week to get our licences..... we split up into groups and hung around the Potch girls high and the female students residents..... what a jol but difficult to wheelie those dr,s..... almost like they had detuned them....... hahaha BLUESTONE but for bikes.  :imaposer: :imaposer:

I wish.I could remember the 2 liner instructer closest to the camera....Eikenhof or something. Anyone know perhaps?
« Last Edit: November 16, 2015, 04:40:58 pm by The Badger »
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Nice wheely photo, Badger!!

We also hung around the Potch campus a lot, had a s/sgt Cooney? and this guy loved the girls, and of course we benefitted greatly!
Wheelies all over, and I wish I could say stoppies too......but not on a 1979 Suzuki SP370.

We collected our bikes in a very, very large vehicle storage depot somewhere in Pretoria. I remember many black Chevrolet Commando's parked there, all new.
This trip on our SP370's back to Potch was like a roadtrip on it's own then, for us fortunate BS guys.

Well, I had my SP for a few days, and we were racing along a "brandpad" somewhere towards the artillery camp, when I failed to notice a huge rock being ploughed up by whatever scraped the fire-break. I virtually wrote the SP off there, but except for a serious uitkak, I got into no other trouble.

I got a new bike virtually straight away.
 

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« Reply #147 on: November 17, 2015, 06:44:37 am »
Anybody recognize this guy?

2 Stroke Dan  : What a priceless , precious photo.  :ricky:  

Badger:  those wheely photos on page 1 are spectacular .  :notworthy:

You guys should write , you would add real value to a Blog like this one  : http://sadf.sentinelprojects.com/

Loving this thread .    :thumleft:
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Re: New Bikesquad Wheelie pic's found after 29 Years!
« Reply #148 on: November 17, 2015, 09:58:44 am »
Anybody recognize this guy?

2 Stroke Dan  : What a priceless , precious photo.  :ricky:  

Badger:  those wheely photos on page 1 are spectacular .  :notworthy:

You guys should write , you would add real value to a Blog like this one  : http://sadf.sentinelprojects.com/

Loving this thread .    :thumleft:

Thank you Rynet and welcome back.

Cheers for the link to the Sentinel project.... very interesting and you are right, we should put our experiences down on paper as there was enough shenanigans between us all.

@ Dan..... those firebreaks were soooo dusty and the 14 Field Artillery guys used to get so pissed off with us as we caused so much dust and they were trying to get their canons ready for inspection hahaha.

I grabbed this pic off the BS group.
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Danie, were you also '78 - '79???? Do you remember Carel Wiehahn from Windhoek...he was in my platoon in 3SAI till about March when they asked for 'volunteers' for bike squad.... I tried but failed, I wasn't a 'gippo-gat' like Wiehahn...  :'( Our loot saw it as an opportunity to let him go...
 

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Newspaper article written about Bikesquad in the early days.
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Here is another article.... classic. One way to hurt yourself quickly is to mount a weapon on your handlebars.. :deal: NE er mind trying to shoot whilst riding..... just a waste of ammo.
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Re: Bikesquad members please post all your pics MORE pics from page 4
« Reply #152 on: November 17, 2015, 05:34:38 pm »
:sip:  Great thread, love it.   :thumleft:

My friends boet was also in the bikesquad, he stayed in Windhoek, surname was Louw, can't remeber is name.    But he was now a real ducktail.   :eek7:    Anyone knew him?

No sorry.... not from my intake.
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« Reply #153 on: November 17, 2015, 05:36:51 pm »
:sip:  Great thread, love it.   :thumleft:

My friends boet was also in the bikesquad, he stayed in Windhoek, surname was Louw, can't remeber is name.    But he was now a real ducktail.   :eek7:    Anyone knew him?

No sorry.... not from my intake.
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Here is another article.... classic. One way to hurt yourself quickly is to mount a weapon on your handlebars.. :deal: NE er mind trying to shoot whilst riding..... just a waste of ammo.

When I arrived in South West African Specialist unit [SWASPES] in Oshivello in June 1979, these Honda XL350's were the first bikes we rode, when the oumanne would let us. :imaposer:
 

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« Reply #155 on: November 18, 2015, 09:42:14 am »
Very interesting about the 'Kriek'. Would love some pics.

Not sure who did this awesome drawing... perhaps someone can elaborate?

It's a 1983 model XR 500 E...had two carbs, overly complicated....slightly more powerful and suspended than the 81/82 models, but went overboard with "technology". Gee.....why does that sound so familiar??

I rode my mate JJ's brother's bike exactly like this shortly after klaaring out, almost died twice in a very short ride....no fear is not always a good thing...the bro was a SAP taakmag type....recces walked in fear of them  :laughing4:

Speaking of, Patrick has told me many stories of training recces at some point, when they were "cross-trained"to gain some bike skills. The SADF seemed to have realised that bikes were THE most mobile things in the SA/SWA theatre, but never quite figured out how to use them effecitvely..... This drawing may be from one of those courses, witness the badge at bottom right....recce badge, innit? He also said, they KAKKED as much as any intake, and bitched about it ......running a 2,4 (or 5 or 7 k's) with S-W-G was pretty standard practice.....the ONLY 2,4s I ever ran in 4 years without that configuration, was in Ovamboland when some duwis "intelligence" officer at 52 Bn made us run them in the sand..... but running a 2,4 pushing your 150 kg bike was a whole nother story......Disclaimer: I never did, I was "rank"....but paid in blood for that, during the "accelerated" riding course  :laughing4:

From what Patrick tells me, BS became very "diversified" after platoon 13 and 14.....mostly indigenii......they were mostly used as an urban force from that time, that's why they trained around Joburg etc. He should know, he was OC then.
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« Reply #156 on: November 18, 2015, 09:57:46 am »
Wrong thread!
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« Reply #157 on: November 18, 2015, 10:02:25 am »
Whethefakawe,
a good recollection of events, accept that Off High Equipment did not manufacture Buffels, they re-manufacture or repaired them.
I spoke to Ron Wood a while back and he is still doing fine, what a chap, respect !
Post pics if you may ?

Jissis china....what's yer name? Gavin? Felix? Du Toit? (Not many people were involved in this....or were you one of the Armscor okes?

I went by Ron's workshop not long ago while running an errand for a friend, it was gone, so i assume he is retired....or passed on. Glad to hear he is still around, i'll contact him and go visit again......nice oke, and a legend in his time, if not well known outside of the US flattrack community.
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This was my platoon when we were issued with DR 500's, brand new, for a week to get our licences..... we split up into groups and hung around the Potch girls high and the female students residents..... what a jol but difficult to wheelie those dr,s..... almost like they had detuned them....... hahaha BLUESTONE but for bikes.  :imaposer: :imaposer:

I wish.I could remember the 2 liner instructer closest to the camera....Eikenhof or something. Anyone know perhaps?

 :imaposer: "Eeikenhof" .....well you got the German part right...... that's JJ Ueckermann, my mate who is now a 777 pilot at Cathay Pacific Airlines.....he was at Oudtshoorn with me, although I didn't know him personally until Potch, he went to horses when I joined bikes, later became a bike instructor, had never ridden a bike really....although his boet had the above-mentioned XR 500 E....excellent pic! I'll  send it to him, he lives in Phuket Thailand now. This was in 1983 btw.

JJ and I left the army on the same day, in fact we drove out the gate at Berede in my bakkie with Joe Walsh playing at 1000dB.....as soon as we cleared the boom, I stopped, we debussed and both got into shorts flip-flops and T-shirts, then we gooied brown eyes back up the road.....the RSM's office looked right down it  :imaposer: we were both sergeants, and klaared out without checking out wth that duwis.....

Aaaaaah the stories  :imaposer:
« Last Edit: November 18, 2015, 10:15:18 am by Whethefakawe »
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Here is another article.... classic. One way to hurt yourself quickly is to mount a weapon on your handlebars.. :deal: NE er mind trying to shoot whilst riding..... just a waste of ammo.

When I arrived in South West African Specialist unit [SWASPES] in Oshivello in June 1979, these Honda XL350's were the first bikes we rode, when the oumanne would let us. :imaposer:

Dan....did you know "Dommekie"?

Corporal de Klerk? You must have  :imaposer:

You been using dogsh*t for toothpaste, Mullet?