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West Coast Recovery
« on: April 14, 2009, 08:37:05 am »
Went for a jaunt up the West Coast, followed the "Sand pad" from Lutzville, with the intention of getting to Groenrivier, and from there to Gifberg and down through the Cederberg via Wuppertal to Skelmbosch....not to be!

From Lutzville, hitting the sand, my bike started missing, and the smell of petrol was overwhelming.

Thought the float got stuck, so I closed my fuel taps, ran the carb dry and whacked it with the back end of a screwdriver.
The problem did not go away, actually, got progressively worse, till my bike stalled completely....I was S-O-O-O-O-O stuffed.




Short story, took my carb off, and "cleaned"  everything, blew the jets clean etc....seven times.
Trust me, to do this on a beach, on a groundsheet whilst the wind is blowing....

I ran a-ground Saturday at 16:00, by Sunday lunch, I sighted the first other human beings, sunlight glinted of a bakkies window a way of in the veld.

It was a farmer counting sheep he ran on the De Beers concession area...thank you so much.
He agreed to take the bike to his farm, from where I can collect it later.



I trekked the last 16 km to Groenrivier, alternating between my MX boots and barefoot through the sand...still stiff.

Before I can post a ride report, I need closure on this, anybody know of transport running from Garies/ Bitterfontein to Cape Town?

The bike is on a farm approx. 5kms outside Kotzesrus.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Re: West Coast Recovery
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2009, 10:08:57 am »
 :o  Shows you how quickly things can go horribly wrong. Glad you're ok.

If I were you, I would rent a bakkie and fetch the bike. Should be the cheapest option.
 

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Re: West Coast Recovery
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2009, 10:30:07 am »
you are going to crap yourself if you find out that it was something silly like a loose ht lead !
but like me you obviously ride alone a lot, apart from the accident scenario,this is one of the other biggest disadvantages of going solo.

rent a car from hertz and strap it on the roof or stuff it in the back of a golf.
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Re: West Coast Recovery
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2009, 10:54:45 am »
Seems you guys know the area, hence both of you prescribe the rental option  :biggrin:

And yes, it is going to be something really silly, like a choke flapper spring that broke....I know once I have it at home (on a concrete floor in a wind proof garage) I will probably find it in no time.

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Re: West Coast Recovery
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2009, 10:58:42 am »
Why dont you rent a trailer, it should be the cheapest option.
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Re: West Coast Recovery
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2009, 11:01:00 am »
Why dont you rent a trailer, it should be the cheapest option.

Yes............try Priclo (priclo.co.za). They are in Milnerton.
 

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Re: West Coast Recovery
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2009, 11:59:29 am »
or lennies trailers in parklands, rented a 4m dual axle not to long ago for .. R200

cheap and good serive.but thats no good if you dont have a towbar ..
 

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Re: West Coast Recovery
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2009, 12:28:29 pm »
Thanks guys

I actually have a bakkie and trailer.

I also have a wife and kids who had to suffer through my absence. (Was supposed to be back Sunday afternoon, could only phone home from Garies on Monday morning)

I do not really have the time , and was wondering whether it will be worthwhile throwing the money that I'm about to spent on a 1000k roundtrip to collect the bike, at somebody who is about to come down to Cape Town with an empty bakkie or trailer in any case...this will hopefully make everybody smile.
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Re: West Coast Recovery
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2009, 12:07:53 pm »
hoop al die dogs sien die storie en besef dis dwaas om alleen hierdie kus aan te vat!

probleem met recovery opgelos. ek sal sy bike by hom kry. no charge.



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Re: West Coast Recovery
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2009, 12:21:30 pm »
hoop al die dogs sien die storie en besef dis dwaas om alleen hierdie kus aan te vat!

probleem met recovery opgelos. ek sal sy bike by hom kry. no charge.





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Re: West Coast Recovery
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2009, 12:29:11 pm »
hoop al die dogs sien die storie en besef dis dwaas om alleen hierdie kus aan te vat!

probleem met recovery opgelos. ek sal sy bike by hom kry. no charge.


Tulie...baie dankie, het so pas met jou gepraat, baie dankie, die waardering is groot, en net wanneer dit vir jou gelee is.

Jy besef egter dat 'n bier of twee nog steeds nie 'n charge is nie, dus is my skuld groot.

Ek moet egter met jou verskil oor die dwaasheid, maar miskien is ek so dwaas dat ek dit nie besef nie  :P

Sorry, edit:

Tulie het 'n punt beet, ongelukke gebeur ook, en net omdat ek hierdie keer nie enige 'threat' ondervind het nie, beteken dit nie dat dit nie kan gebeur nie, met erg gevolge.

Veral die terrein (dik sand) kan maklik 'n val veroorsaak, die feit dat ek al baie geval het in sand sonder om iets oor te kom, beteken nie dat dit nie kan gebeur dat ek iets breek nie. Soos hulle se: " Point taken"

« Last Edit: April 15, 2009, 12:38:23 pm by Beserker »
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Re: West Coast Recovery
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2009, 04:23:20 pm »
Ja, ongelukke gebeur ongelukkig.  'n Pel van my het sy fiets in Groenriviermond afgeskryf oor nuwejaar.  Hy het in die sand geval en sy enjin op 'n klip geslaan.  Net so, dit was nie eens 'n "ernstige" ongeluk nie.
 

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Re: West Coast Recovery
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2009, 05:14:27 pm »
Mooi Toelie. Sit hom sommer in een van jou koeltrokke sodat hy cool in die Kaap aankom!!
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Re: West Coast Recovery
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2009, 06:07:48 pm »
Good man :thumleft:
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Re: West Coast Recovery
« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2009, 09:46:12 am »
Mooi Toelie. Sit hom sommer in een van jou koeltrokke sodat hy cool in die Kaap aankom!!

dis die plan mater. daar kom 'n trok hier verby kaap toe volgende donderdag. ek ry maandag kaap toe maar ongelukkig nie met die bakkie weens omstandighede.
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Re: West Coast Recovery
« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2009, 09:59:44 am »
Mooi Toelie. Sit hom sommer in een van jou koeltrokke sodat hy cool in die Kaap aankom!!

dis die plan mater. daar kom 'n trok hier verby kaap toe volgende donderdag. ek ry maandag kaap toe maar ongelukkig nie met die bakkie weens omstandighede.


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Re: West Coast Recovery
« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2009, 01:33:05 pm »
Got my bike back today...Need to thank a lot of people for this one, John and Zan (for putting up with me Sunday night), Braam N (for picking up my bike and taking it to his farm) , Peter B for all the effort and the lift to Garies, Dennis W for bringing down my kit from Groenrivier, and of course our very own Tulie.

Tulie went from Garies to Kotzesrus (100 odd km's round trip on fairly bad gravel roads) on Saturday to collect my bike, and then today, brought it down to Cape Town (about 470 km)....unfortunately words fail me, can't even begin to express my thanks.

I hope I will be in a position to return the favour, as Tulie would not accept anything but thanks.

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Re: West Coast Recovery
« Reply #17 on: April 20, 2009, 01:41:35 pm »
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Re: West Coast Recovery
« Reply #18 on: April 20, 2009, 02:03:35 pm »
Well done tuco  :ricky:
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Re: West Coast Recovery
« Reply #19 on: April 20, 2009, 02:06:45 pm »
Tuco/Tulie jy is tops!
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