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Re: Bikesquad - Demo Squad
« Reply #240 on: December 08, 2015, 10:03:45 am »
awesome thread this!!  :thumleft:
"What happen!!? Someone set up us the bomb!! We get signal. All your base are belong to us!!!"
 

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Re: Bikesquad - Demo Squad
« Reply #241 on: December 08, 2015, 12:35:33 pm »
What is this thing, have never seen it before ?
 

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Re: Bikesquad - Demo Squad
« Reply #242 on: December 08, 2015, 12:46:48 pm »
What is this thing, have never seen it before ?

Looks like a smoke grenade.
 

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Re: Bikesquad - Demo Squad
« Reply #243 on: December 08, 2015, 02:33:18 pm »
Motorcycle, Rocket, Launch Assist. (MCRLA) ('macral')
 

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Re: Bikesquad - Demo Squad
« Reply #244 on: December 08, 2015, 02:44:24 pm »
What is this thing, have never seen it before ?

Looks like a smoke grenade.

Correct  :thumleft:

Motorcycle, Rocket, Launch Assist. (MCRLA) ('macral')


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Re: Bikesquad - Demo Squad
« Reply #245 on: December 08, 2015, 02:51:26 pm »
Basebleed...

Fills the void behind the fast travelling bike with smoke thereby reducing drag.

Add to that lowering the CoG by standing and it becomes unstoppable.
 

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Re: Bikesquad - Demo Squad
« Reply #246 on: December 08, 2015, 03:01:01 pm »
What is this thing, have never seen it before ?

Looks like a smoke grenade.

Correct  :thumleft:

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Re: Bikesquad - Demo Squad
« Reply #247 on: December 08, 2015, 05:25:30 pm »
Basebleed...

Fills the void behind the fast travelling bike with smoke thereby reducing drag.

Add to that lowering the CoG by standing and it becomes unstoppable.
Basebleed...

Fills the void behind the fast travelling bike with smoke thereby reducing drag.

Add to that lowering the CoG by standing and it becomes unstoppable.

Hehehe :laughing4: :laughing4: Just watch out for the Owambo Piele  :ricky:
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Re: Bikesquad - Demo Squad
« Reply #248 on: December 08, 2015, 05:32:24 pm »
Good grief, that is Murray Hoffman sitting on the XR500 with the smoke canister tied to the swingarm.

We use to perform at the annual Windhoek show, and the grenades was for effect. I still have a photo of Kevin Atkins jumping over 7 bikes and 15 guys lined up in a long row inside the relatively small Windhoek showgrounds.
What a jol these shows were, partying with the Suidwesters were something else......
 

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Re: Bikesquad - Demo Squad
« Reply #249 on: December 08, 2015, 05:37:44 pm »
The guy with the big bandage on the arm is Tyronne Perry. He was from Natal.

I see Corporal Clem da Matta, Kevin Atkins, Martin Postma.
 

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Re: Bikesquad - Demo Squad
« Reply #250 on: December 08, 2015, 05:54:57 pm »
The guy with the big bandage on the arm is Tyronne Perry. He was from Natal.

Perhaps he is connected to Perry Yamaha here in Durban.
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Re: Bikesquad - How I got selected.
« Reply #251 on: December 14, 2015, 06:28:38 pm »
SADF Bikesquad Selection.

I was originally called up to 14 Field Artillery in Potch and a couple of days after klaaring in all the special forces had an open day whereby you could apply to join ie: Recce's , Doggies, Horses and Bikesquad.
About 200 guys applied and we had to then do baba dra (carrying someone in your arms like a baby) across the parade ground and back. That whittled it down to about 50 guys. They then made us do a 5 km run and chose the first 10 guys that finished to go for an interview.
The first three guys were interviewed and they came out and anounced that they had their quota and that's it...... I was 5th in the queue and thought no ways... ffs.
I grabbed my mate Mike and while everyone moaned and walked away I went up and knocked on the interview rooms door and went and stood in front of the major. I told him that we were born on bikes and that we had to be in bikesquad etc..... he looked at us in silence for what felt like an hour and then nodded and and said we were in..! We nearly fainted. How lucky was that.

We were told to be ready to be transferred in a couple of days.
While waiting all the rank took it out on us that were leaving making us sit on a wooden fence holding our R4's in front of us and making bike revving noises ffs.  :imaposer: I did not know anything about Bikesquad and only heard about it that day,
Well I thought that this was it..... cruising my 2 years on bikes, can't be cushier than that.....

Hahaha little did I know that I wouldn't touch a bike for another 5 months and a whole lot of afkak  :deal:

To be continued........... bike riding course next.
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Re: Bikesquad - How I got selected for Bikesquad.
« Reply #252 on: December 14, 2015, 08:13:32 pm »
R4 ? you lucky chappy ?
Not R1's. nie eers opvou kolf ?
 

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Re: Bikesquad - How I got selected for Bikesquad.
« Reply #253 on: December 15, 2015, 07:29:46 pm »
Spes was one of the first units to carry R4's, if not THE. Devy told me they had them in 1980. 2SD's lot, obviously even before that.

Excellent recall Jeff....I just realised I knew nothing about the selection process.

It was different for the "rank". Because I came from Infantry School, all we did was submit three choices for postings after getting rank just before Xmas 1980. Because I was NAFI I chose Berede, anything not to trap through the bush like a d@@s. I didn't really know about, or plan on, Bike Squad at the time. Just thought it would be a cool and easy way to spend my time till klaaring out, riding around on horses.

HA!

Until I realised, a week before klaaring in at Berede, that a) I hated horses, and them me, and b) I knew FUCKALL about riding them, and really had no desire to learn. I'd been on a horse twice in my life up to then and had been thrown off both times.

I was not a happy baby corporal that first morning when we checked in.....I mean SERIAASLY depressed....the smell of horse shit permeating the air didn't help. Until we stood in a queue in fron of Sgt NAGEL (remember him? Short blonde PF, horse type, sloping forehead, no neck, walrus moustache, dumb as a bag of spanners?) and, checking on his clipboard and namelist, he asked the oke in front of me "what are you? Horses or bikes?"

The penny dropped, they only had a namelist, no assignments..... so a bold-faced LIE got me into bikes  :laughing4: "Bikes sergeant" ..... "OK go that way".

3 seconds and some quick thinking that changed my life.  :biggrin:

Please continue in detail! Excellent reading  :thumleft:



 

   
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Re: Bikesquad - How I got selected for Bikesquad.
« Reply #254 on: December 15, 2015, 09:23:38 pm »
What a lekker read!! Eish, these pics make me long back to those days. My boet was in the bike squad, 1984 intake I think. Dont think he went up to the border, only did shows. His bike was not red but brown if I remember correctly, EVERYTHING was painted brown.
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Re: Bikesquad - How I got selected for Bikesquad.
« Reply #255 on: December 16, 2015, 12:51:50 pm »
Thanks for the positive feedback everyone. :thumleft: It inspires me to dig deeper in the murky depths of my recall abilities.

Hey Juri..... '3 seconds and quick thinking'.... amazing how this life works hey. Good story as well.

What a lekker read!!
 His bike was not red but brown if I remember correctly, EVERYTHING was painted brown.

Hehehe so were ours Parkinoff.  Just about the only items that weren't brown was the speedo, seat and chain and we spent hours getting it off lol

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Re: Bikesquad - How I got selected for Bikesquad.
« Reply #256 on: December 16, 2015, 02:23:00 pm »
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Re: Bikesquad - How I got selected for Bikesquad.
« Reply #257 on: December 16, 2015, 03:54:43 pm »
Yes, more!! That pic of you standing on the seat is a really artistically great one.
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Re: Bikesquad - How I got selected for Bikesquad.
« Reply #258 on: December 16, 2015, 04:11:24 pm »
Spes was one of the first units to carry R4's, if not THE. Devy told me they had them in 1980. 2SD's lot, obviously even before that.

Excellent recall Jeff....I just realised I knew nothing about the selection process.

It was different for the "rank". Because I came from Infantry School, all we did was submit three choices for postings after getting rank just before Xmas 1980. Because I was NAFI I chose Berede, anything not to trap through the bush like a d@@s. I didn't really know about, or plan on, Bike Squad at the time. Just thought it would be a cool and easy way to spend my time till klaaring out, riding around on horses.

HA!

Until I realised, a week before klaaring in at Berede, that a) I hated horses, and them me, and b) I knew FUCKALL about riding them, and really had no desire to learn. I'd been on a horse twice in my life up to then and had been thrown off both times.

I was not a happy baby corporal that first morning when we checked in.....I mean SERIAASLY depressed....the smell of horse shit permeating the air didn't help. Until we stood in a queue in fron of Sgt NAGEL (remember him? Short blonde PF, horse type, sloping forehead, no neck, walrus moustache, dumb as a bag of spanners?) and, checking on his clipboard and namelist, he asked the oke in front of me "what are you? Horses or bikes?"

The penny dropped, they only had a namelist, no assignments..... so a bold-faced LIE got me into bikes  :laughing4: "Bikes sergeant" ..... "OK go that way".

3 seconds and some quick thinking that changed my life.  :biggrin:

Please continue in detail! Excellent reading  :thumleft:



 

   

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Re: Bikesquad - How I got selected for Bikesquad.
« Reply #259 on: December 16, 2015, 04:20:18 pm »
We got R4's[Galil] in 1979, the first in the SADF to my knowledge. The Bats were specifically pissed off that they still had to jump with folding-stock R1's.

By obvious coincidence, my best buddy in high school Gerry Brand, landed up in Bungalow 175, Charlie company, 1SAI Bloemfontein with me.
During the last week or two of basic training Bike Squad selection group came around, I have never heard of this Bike Squad before. Gerry and myself were already
selected for parabats, but I could not pass up this biking opportunity.
Feeling terrible, I split ways with my buddy, and got into BikeSquad.
I do not remember us having to do any PT or tests to enter, they did select more guys than needed, and quite a number dropped out due to PT/bike riding/etc.