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Offline erey

Hello guys
I will arrive in september and I will of course buy a motorbike. I'm curious to know what are the regulations / laws in SA.

What is allowed like replacing the canister or the exhaust.

Do you have a regular technical control?

What are the rules for the non gravel roads? In my actual country it's not allowed to ride if you don't have a good reason.

Thank you

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Re: What are the regulations / laws for motorbike in South Africa?
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2018, 06:46:33 pm »
You donít have to worry at all....South Africa is a very unregulated country so feel free to just about install any pipe and ride whatever isnít fenced off or locked :biggrin:
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Re: What are the regulations / laws for motorbike in South Africa?
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2018, 11:32:55 am »
Remember we drive on the left!
 
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Re: What are the regulations / laws for motorbike in South Africa?
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2018, 11:37:32 am »
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Re: What are the regulations / laws for motorbike in South Africa?
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2018, 11:49:00 am »
I remember in the 80s when the traffic cops were still PROPER cops you bike was not allowed to exceed 85DB. Bikes fitted with BASANI exhausts were specifically targeted. If you bike exceeded the max allowable DB levels, you were fined and your license was confiscated and you had to roadworthy your bike again. I fell victim to one of those cops. >:(
 

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Re: What are the regulations / laws for motorbike in South Africa?
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2018, 11:52:57 am »
First Welcome to the forum.

Now where are you from and are you coming to stay or just tour?

When you purchase the bike you have to roadworthy it, technical it, and then just pay the yearly license fees their after. Rest as edgy said  :thumleft:
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Re: What are the regulations / laws for motorbike in South Africa?
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2018, 12:03:10 pm »
When it is bought, paid for, roadworthy done and registered ride it like you stole it.

We have beautiful sand roads and as they said if it is not fenced of or locked you can ride it. 

Regarding exhausts, as long as it don't irritate the crap out of your neighbors or some old tannie or your own ears you can change it. Some metro police will give you crap if does not have a silencer but most of the Harldley drivables are louder than a adventure bike
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Re: What are the regulations / laws for motorbike in South Africa?
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2018, 12:08:05 pm »
1. make sure you have a valid license
2. Never drink and drive
3. Never stand and drive...unless you are on a GS......
4. Ride any road that is not gated or fenced, unless you are on a KTM....a KTM can ride anywhere....
5. Never stand and drive...unless you are on a GS......
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Re: What are the regulations / laws for motorbike in South Africa?
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2018, 12:33:43 pm »
And if you're on a KTM you keep on repeating yourself! :pot:
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Re: What are the regulations / laws for motorbike in South Africa?
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2018, 02:11:43 pm »
Dont forget to remove the number plate, we dont need those here, they just earn you speeding fines
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Re: What are the regulations / laws for motorbike in South Africa?
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2018, 02:47:04 pm »
What type of bike are you looking at?
New or secondhand?
If you buy from a dealer then they license and register it for you.
Check under the Ride Reports and you will find any type of road or area covered there.
If you put more information on here then we can assist as there are WDís all over the country.
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« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2018, 02:50:28 pm »
1. make sure you have a valid license
2. Never drink and drive
3. Never stand and drive...unless you are on a GS......
4. Ride any road that is not gated or fenced, unless you are on a KTM....a KTM can ride anywhere....
5. Never stand and drive...unless you are on a GS......

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Re: What are the regulations / laws for motorbike in South Africa?
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2018, 03:37:05 pm »
Dont forget to remove the number plate, we dont need those here, they just earn you speeding fines

Aaai Mikie.......
You are going to lead the perfectly respectable rider of European origin to believe that we are a bunch of ill-manared, ill-disciplined speedsters with load Zorsts and no respect for civil society.
oh..... wait.......
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Re: What are the regulations / laws for motorbike in South Africa?
« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2018, 07:11:34 pm »
Thanks guys. I appreciate all your advice even the "special" ones ;-)

I'm from Switzerland and here everything is forbiden ... I will arrive in September in Cape Town for few years or more if afinity.

I'm a old BMW rider. I already check the stores in Stellenbosch and Cape Town last year. I will go again with a GS LC (I already had 3 of them). Long story.

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« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2018, 07:20:58 pm »
Give the Cape Town guys a shout when you are here, they are a nice lot.
When you come Kzn side, give me a shout and we can meet up.
Nice riding around here.
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Re: What are the regulations / laws for motorbike in South Africa?
« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2018, 06:51:37 am »
Dont forget to remove the number plate, we dont need those here, they just earn you speeding fines

Aaai Mikie.......
You are going to lead the perfectly respectable rider of European origin to believe that we are a bunch of ill-manared, ill-disciplined speedsters with load Zorsts and no respect for civil society.
oh..... wait.......
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Re: What are the regulations / laws for motorbike in South Africa?
« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2018, 07:25:01 am »
Hello guys
I will arrive in september and I will of course buy a motorbike. I'm curious to know what are the regulations / laws in SA.

What is allowed like replacing the canister or the exhaust.

Do you have a regular technical control?

What are the rules for the non gravel roads? In my actual country it's not allowed to ride if you don't have a good reason.

Thank you

Eric

Sheeee-iiiiit! Emigrate quickly!  But having said that in Madagascar you may only drive on a paved road if you bribe the police, and you can actually find the road!

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Re: What are the regulations / laws for motorbike in South Africa?
« Reply #17 on: June 13, 2018, 07:32:50 am »
Give the Cape Town guys a shout when you are here, they are a nice lot.
When you come Kzn side, give me a shout and we can meet up.
Nice riding around here.


Awwwwwww.....you guys are so sweet....and here we thought you hated us.... :lol8: :lol8: :lol8:

Erey......give me a shout when you get here, I would love to show you some of the scenery here.  Im also an old fart on a BMW. :biggrin:
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Re: What are the regulations / laws for motorbike in South Africa?
« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2018, 07:50:40 am »
Thanks guys. I appreciate all your advice even the "special" ones ;-)

I'm from Switzerland and here everything is forbiden ... I will arrive in September in Cape Town for few years or more if afinity.

I'm a old BMW rider. I already check the stores in Stellenbosch and Cape Town last year. I will go again with a GS LC (I already had 3 of them). Long story.

Welcome, I have traveled through Switzerland on many occasions, always on business though.  :(

The regulations here are fairly simple:

1. As I assume you will be a temporary resident, your Swiss driving licence is valid for the first 6 months I think, if you get an international drivers licence in Switzerland you get it stamped annually here by the AA and that stays valid I believe (Insurance guys please confirm).
2. Insurance is NOT a legal requirement, but is an obvious sensible one.
3. Technical test of motorcycle,is only required on resale, it is not annual or similar.
4. Technical test of motorcycle, the test stations only know anything about cars, on a bike they check your hooter, lights, indicators and that's about it! ::)
5. Loud exhaust, no cat converter, off road tyres, changed wheel sizes, colour changed, no issue!   
6. Traffic police, collect speeding fines only.
7. Traffic police only police other road infringements, like crossing solid lines, driving through red traffic lights, driving on the wrong side of the road into oncoming traffic and un-roadworthy vehicles in rare cases. This has its own issues for us!
8. Their are thousands of kilometres of gravel roads to travel legally.
9. Try to ride with someone, as the gravel roads have their own surprises.

Beware of retired ex sailors,they will try to lead you astray.  :ricky: :biggrin:

Enjoy. 8)


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Re: What are the regulations / laws for motorbike in South Africa?
« Reply #19 on: June 13, 2018, 08:17:02 am »
Here, I have found them for you.  :deal:
Please familiarise yourself with this, although only if you ride a Honda.
 
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