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Offline Straatkat

Re: SA Bike Festival by Kyalami komende naweek
« Reply #20 on: May 26, 2016, 10:04:01 am »
I doubt I will go. Nothing I cant see there that I cant see at full throttle/dealer/agent/etc.

Test rides will have to be paid for as I understand it. Test rides at dealers normally free.


Where will you get a chance to ride a Ducati Panigale, Triumph Rocket 3, BMW X1000XR, KTM 1290 Superduke R, and a Yamaha R1 all in an afternoon on the new Kyalami racetrack???
If you calculate the cost you are paying no more per lap that if you would do a trackday, and the dealers have costs after all, tyres/insurance/fuel/staff. I think it is a bargain.
Don't think they will miss you if you don't go, there will be plenty people enjoying themselves on the day.

Hey Straatkat, if you get your kicks giving people loads of money to ride 2 laps behind a marshall on a superbike at 80km/h then good for you. I prefer to be more discerning...

Like being in bed with a supermodel but can only touch it....

Maybe you need Viagra... ???

Let us know how it works out


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Re: SA Bike Festival by Kyalami komende naweek
« Reply #21 on: May 26, 2016, 10:08:12 am »
Im going with some mates on the Sunday. Fun ride and then 2 laps on the legendary track.
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« Reply #22 on: May 26, 2016, 10:13:15 am »
Did the test ride thing when they had the AMID show there.
A bit disappointing since you are marshalled, which is understandable as
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« Reply #23 on: May 28, 2016, 12:16:19 am »
Well I rode my 5 bikes earlier today, what a hoot!
These are the bikes I rode and my impressions:
Husky 701 Motard: A fun bike, very responsive throttle but I suspect with euro 4 the engine is quite detuned, not as mental as I would have liked, did see 160 on the speedo down the straight though.
Kawasaki ZX1000, the bug eyed naked bike, very smooth but I just can't get to like 4 cyl bikes, you have to rev the tits off them to get to the power, maybe I am just being pedantic, but I never liked them. The bike goes well and handles well too, just not for me. It is also quite small and me being tall, it was a little cramped in the cockpit.
Truimph Rocket 3 : I have always wanted to ride one of these just to feel the power, but I was very disappointed with the handling, it goes like stink on the straights but you better be hard on the clamps as the corners are not it's strong point, I scraped the footpegs a few times.....it seems to have a standard turning circle and anything more than that it shows you a finger, with all that straight line power it was quite unnerving when a corner reared it's ugly head! Maybe I am not a cruiser type of guy!
BMW S1000XR: This is a very nice bike, rev it past 8k and it goes like hell, handles very well too and I was leaning off much better. Once again the 4 cyl thing put me off a bit, but this bike is so good, I could almost look past that. I felt at home on it and it fit my lanky frame perfectly. Nice bike.
Then I made a huge mistake, I rode the KTM 1290 Superduke GT. I was blown away by this bike, the motor is hugely powerful and the torque is to die for, in such a lovely V-twin way, open the throttle and it will show most bikes a clean set of heels, and it just falls into corners, I actually got my knee down! All I can say is WOW!!!!! Does not matter what gear you are in, just whack the throttle open and it wants to pull your arms off, and don't bother slowing for corners, it is fantastic. I am seeing one of these in my future. The grin factor is huge, it is mental, but does not want to kill you all the time. And the sound! I need one!

The new Kyalami circuit is also fantastic, newly resurfaced and the changes are for the better in my opinion. I have probably done 40 or more trackdays at the circuit in the last 5 years or so, and the changes are mostly after the main straight, the back of the circuit still remains largely the same, lovely job Tobie Venter did with the track. It was really a pleasure riding there.

And oh, as for the 80km/h procession, Michelin Superbike school instructors were marshaling the event and if they see you can ride, they went quite a bit faster  for a few corners, then slow down to let the slowpokes catch up and gun it again, they are all fast guys and they also don't enjoy crawling around the track, I did not keep track of the speeds much but got my knee down, that should say something!
All in all a really fun day.

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Re: SA Bike Festival by Kyalami komende naweek
« Reply #24 on: May 28, 2016, 07:49:03 am »
Got some mates that flew up to the show,some to be visitors and some to work. One guy said he has been to a lot of shows around the world and reckons this one is right up there.
What was your take Straatkat??
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Re: SA Bike Festival by Kyalami komende naweek
« Reply #25 on: May 28, 2016, 09:26:05 am »
The Classic bike club had about 50 or so nicely restored old bikes on display, and the custom build section also had a few very nice out there choppers, some of them were at the 1000 bike show in the last few years, like that bike with the big wheels, still very impressive build quality. It seems Bike SA had something to do with that display as Simon Fourie was hanging around there. The top floor was also packed with stalls, Full Throttle being the largest, but a whole lot of other interesting vendors showcasing their latest products.  I the pits were all the bike manufacturers with Suzuki and Yamaha both having a MotoGP bike on display, and some manufacturers were launching new models. There was also a beer garden at the end of the pits, all in all very well organised I think and lots to see and do. Brian Capper did his usual amazing stunts riding up what seems vertical 3m tall structures, and there was a guy on a stuntbike doing a show that left me gasping for my breath. Interestingly his bike was modified a lot, he had 3 brake calipers on the back wheel disc!The whole Kyalami complex has seen a lot of changes, I came away there thinking that the magic of Kyalami of old has returned. There has been an absolute fortune spent on the complex in just over a year since it was sold to Porsche.
I had to get back after my rides, so did not have time to see everything and stay for Kahn Morbee of the Parletones to perform but what I saw was great.
Can't stop thinking about how amazing that 1290 was!
« Last Edit: May 28, 2016, 01:20:49 pm by Straatkat »
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Re: SA Bike Festival by Kyalami komende naweek
« Reply #26 on: May 28, 2016, 08:21:44 pm »
Ek het toe gegaan vandag. Ek was daar vanaf 10h30 tot so 16h00. Vir die R220 toegangsfooi het ek 'n behoorlike oorlading van die sintuie beleef :shaking2: Ek dink die organiseerders het 'n behoorlike job gedoen :thumleft: Ek dink 'n mens kan wragtag nie méér as dit verwag nie (= my beskeie mening).
 

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« Reply #27 on: May 28, 2016, 09:23:04 pm »
Ek gaan nou dadelik in die bed klim dat more kan kom. Is nou erg opgewonde :ricky:

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Re: SA Bike Festival by Kyalami komende naweek
« Reply #28 on: May 28, 2016, 09:38:09 pm »
An absolute awesome event guys.  Take time to browse the stalls.  I got plenty bargains.  The leading brands are on display, and then some.
Then, then, theeeeeennnnnnn... I got my change on the KTM 1290 Super Duke GT... i never scraped by boots in the corners before.  My adv helmet peek was vibrating like a 48v roger rabbit at 230kmh down the straight.  I thought I was hauling, but I could not keep up with Dave from RAD on the 1290 Super Adv with a pillion... that man can ride!

Saw a customer builder stall, Reconstructed, where he took a brand new 1200GS Adv and converted to a knobly cafe racer.  Looks pretty bad ass!

If you don't go, you'll just be f**ked off with yourself come Monday.  Don't be that box
« Last Edit: May 28, 2016, 09:39:41 pm by Vance »
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Re: SA Bike Festival by Kyalami komende naweek
« Reply #29 on: May 28, 2016, 10:08:05 pm »
An absolute awesome event guys.  Take time to browse the stalls.  I got plenty bargains.  The leading brands are on display, and then some.
Then, then, theeeeeennnnnnn... I got my change on the KTM 1290 Super Duke GT... i never scraped by boots in the corners before.  My adv helmet peek was vibrating like a 48v roger rabbit at 230kmh down the straight.  I thought I was hauling, but I could not keep up with Dave from RAD on the 1290 Super Adv with a pillion... that man can ride!

Saw a customer builder stall, Reconstructed, where he took a brand new 1200GS Adv and converted to a knobly cafe racer.  Looks pretty bad ass!

If you don't go, you'll just be f**ked off with yourself come Monday.  Don't be that box


 :lol8: :lol8: yeah, Dave on his 1290SA  :thumleft: very few will keep up with him, even when he's pillion up  :thumleft: the man CAN ride!
 

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Re: SA Bike Festival by Kyalami komende naweek
« Reply #30 on: May 28, 2016, 10:24:43 pm »
I doubt I will go. Nothing I cant see there that I cant see at full throttle/dealer/agent/etc.

Test rides will have to be paid for as I understand it. Test rides at dealers normally free.


Where will you get a chance to ride a Ducati Panigale, Triumph Rocket 3, BMW X1000XR, KTM 1290 Superduke R, and a Yamaha R1 all in an afternoon on the new Kyalami racetrack???
If you calculate the cost you are paying no more per lap that if you would do a trackday, and the dealers have costs after all, tyres/insurance/fuel/staff. I think it is a bargain.
Don't think they will miss you if you don't go, there will be plenty people enjoying themselves on the day.

Hey Straatkat, if you get your kicks giving people loads of money to ride 2 laps behind a marshall on a superbike at 80km/h then good for you. I prefer to be more discerning...

Like being in bed with a supermodel but can only touch it....

Maybe you need Viagra... ???

Let us know how it works out





Gee Mr negative glass half empty, Ice cream boy ,if you can't  get any joy from standing and looking at new bikes never mind the pleasure of a couple of laps on a brand new Kyalami track with one or two , I suspect you might be too old to get it up  or not really a biker .....You mentioned the Viagra....... :imaposer:
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Re: SA Bike Festival by Kyalami komende naweek
« Reply #31 on: May 29, 2016, 06:37:21 am »
Show was really good.did not see everything though. today again hmmmmm......
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« Reply #32 on: May 29, 2016, 08:50:27 am »
Agree , Mr Negative , such a misreble sod .
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Re: SA Bike Festival by Kyalami komende naweek
« Reply #33 on: May 29, 2016, 08:59:43 am »
The mass ride must be quite big, I can hear it from my place and they have been going past for quite a while.  :peepwall:
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Re: SA Bike Festival by Kyalami komende naweek
« Reply #34 on: May 29, 2016, 05:11:22 pm »
I took part in the mass ride this morning, it was awsome. I have never had a freeway shut for me before. :biggrin: I chose not to take any of the test rides but those okes that did must have had a blast. Hearing those 1290GT's and the 1299 & 959 Ducati roar doan the straight.
No better chance to test a bike then there. Too bad the q for the test ride was so long. Well done to Dirk du plooy's men from the Superbike school for doing a fantastic job.
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« Reply #35 on: May 29, 2016, 06:12:35 pm »
Awesome event. Really enjoyed the mass ride and the 2 laps around the track.
I thought the guys did a fantastic job marshaling the mass ride.

Couple of thought....
1 )There seemed to have been a bit of confusion with the tickets and the ride \ laps around the track. Scan ticket and keep, scan ticket and give it to them, get a sticker? I just hope everybody who took part in the laps around the track paid their due, since this was for a charity.
2) Storage \ locker space for helmets and jackets.  Would have been great if there was storage facilities available. Pain in the ass to walk around with jacket, helmet and gloves while trying to browse the exhibits.
3) Would have been great if they could have organized some tarred, preferential parking for the bikes. I had to park on gravel with the superbike next to the road.
4) They will have to do something about the tunnel over the track, will be unbearable with the heat in summer...

All in all the track and facilities looked good. I think this will bring about a revitalization with motorsport in SA. Well done Porsche.  
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Re: SA Bike Festival by Kyalami komende naweek
« Reply #36 on: May 29, 2016, 06:14:59 pm »
An absolute awesome event guys.  Take time to browse the stalls.  I got plenty bargains.  The leading brands are on display, and then some.
Then, then, theeeeeennnnnnn... I got my change on the KTM 1290 Super Duke GT... i never scraped by boots in the corners before.  My adv helmet peek was vibrating like a 48v roger rabbit at 230kmh down the straight.  I thought I was hauling, but I could not keep up with Dave from RAD on the 1290 Super Adv with a pillion... that man can ride!

Saw a customer builder stall, Reconstructed, where he took a brand new 1200GS Adv and converted to a knobly cafe racer.  Looks pretty bad ass!

If you don't go, you'll just be f**ked off with yourself come Monday.  Don't be that box


 :lol8: :lol8: yeah, Dave on his 1290SA  :thumleft: very few will keep up with him, even when he's pillion up  :thumleft: the man CAN ride!

Ja!  I watched him .... in my mirrors!    >:D
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Re: SA Bike Festival by Kyalami komende naweek
« Reply #37 on: May 29, 2016, 06:18:40 pm »
2) Storage \ locker space for helmets and jackets.  Would have been great if there was storage facilities available. Pain in the ass to walk around with jacket, helmet and gloves while trying to browse the exhibits.

You missed the ThinkBike stall?  They always do a "gear watch" for a small donation.  Look out for them next time.
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« Reply #38 on: May 29, 2016, 06:20:56 pm »
Agh - next time I will know better. ;)
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« Reply #39 on: May 29, 2016, 06:22:38 pm »
Agh - next time I will know better. ;)

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