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« on: January 24, 2007, 01:05:21 pm »
while my bike is parked in the garage? (apart from getting a lisense as soon as possible :D )
do I need to do some kind of maintenance?
how do I keep the battery from going flat whilst not riding it?
is it good or bad to just start the bike and let it idle for awhile? should I rather ask someone to ride it a few km's

I wont be able to ride the bike for at least another two months, so do I need to do anything?
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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2007, 01:28:47 pm »
Hi BoJ.
I do't know if you have space avialible at your place, but if you can find some open grassy area, I would say start getting used to the bike.

Do some slow circles, fig. 8's, slaloms, etc. to get the hang of the handleing.  In the same time you get ride!!!! :D

By the way Congrats once more on the bike, I know you will enjoy it.  8)

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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2007, 01:46:41 pm »
What? Two months before you ride it! No way, you are going to join us on a lekker ride when Me and MM get there in Feb.
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2007, 03:33:49 pm »
Hi Stofstreep  :happy7:
the bike is parked at my daughter's workshop (still  :oops: ) no grass there :roll: and I can only bring it home once I've arranged insurance

nice to hear from you

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I estimated two months because Im helping out in another dept at work (will be here till end Feb)and it's so darn busy here I hardly have time to breathe :roll:
I cant leave the office to make an appointment at the traffic dept, once I do that it will take approx three weeks to get a actual appointment. :roll:
so two months it is :cry:  :evil:

but I look forward to seeing you anyway if you're heading this way :D
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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2007, 03:50:33 pm »
BoJ. I feel your frustration. I also had to go through a almost 2 month period of no riding when I got the bike.  Hang in there. It worth the wait and the risks are too great IMO

(I did venture out once or twice at HUGE risk but could not help myself. Stupid, I know.  :oops: No insurance. No accident or third party cover. No life insurance pay out in case of death. :shock: Only huge law suits should you cause third party damage and God forbid, death to a third party :( )

Here's the strange thing:

I did have insurance though, in a twisted way.

I wanted to insure the bike against theft from my home only for the period I did not have a learners. No go. They did not want to do it despite my threats about cancelling the whole policy and going to the ombud.

They were however, willing to give the bike cover for accident damage, theft and third party insurance if I nominated a different person with a valid license as the person who will ride the bike. :roll:  Luckily I had a friend who were willing to do this.


What's your current situation regarding theft?
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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2007, 04:13:24 pm »
Aah! That makes a difference.
In that case I would start it at least every week for 10 min.

Better way maybe to ask some one to take it for a ride........ and you can ride pillion :D

Not the best position on the bike, but ont he bike at least :D
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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2007, 05:09:03 pm »
thanks Stofstreep
someone mentioned it does damage to the bike if you just idle it without riding it, so I dont want to cause any damage

JM
security is not a problem where I live (the bike will be in a garage)  its just that I wont ride it without a license (although the temptation is sooo big :D ) have to get the license first before I can move it. :roll:

maybe I'll put the phone system on silent tomorrow 8)  and slip away to the traffic dept :wink:  :)
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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2007, 05:52:27 pm »
Letting it idle is not a good idea as the oil will not get upto operating temperature. Get a battery tender for the bike or someone you trust to take it for a 15 or so km ride.
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« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2007, 07:54:16 am »
thanks DD  8)
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« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2007, 08:04:59 am »
BJ, could you get away to go and apply for a license yet?  

I don't know how you could have stayed off that bike for so long.  I would not have been able to do it.  It must be like waiting for Christmas before you open your presents.  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:    

Isn't there a quiet place or a parking lot where you can practice?  My ever patient husband took me to a parking lot and stood there with a straight face while I was trying to make figure eights staying 100% upright at about 2km/h.  He didn't laugh once (that I could see).  I made some progress.  I am doing now standing up at about 10km/h. :D  :D  :D
 

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« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2007, 10:58:48 am »
Follow DD's advice. Letting the bike idle every now and again is not good for the engine. Oil doesn't get to the top of the motor in sufficient quantities which causes excessive wear and possible damage. No battery tender then rather get someone to take it for a ride once a week. Insurance is a problem though. Another option is to disconect the battery and then just drool over bike until you have licence and insurance. :wink:
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« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2007, 11:46:48 am »
Red,
Nope, wont be able to today either :(  I've been in a meeting with the Labour Dept all morning and the rest of the day is skills development training..... (funny how one's job description grows but not your salary :evil: )

thanks Billbob  :flower:
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« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2007, 11:58:41 am »
Quote from: "digitaldan"
Letting it idle is not a good idea as the oil will not get upto operating temperature. Get a battery tender for the bike or someone you trust to take it for a 15 or so km ride.

It is true. Idling the engine not only causes excessive wear but it pollutes and wastes fuel for no returned benefit.
Rather get a trickle charger from Midas or ask a friend to take it for a spin now and then.
Of course, if it were me, I'd just get on the bike and ride it illegally. But in no way am I encouraging you to break the law. Please don't be tempted to do so. It could all end in tears.