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« Reply #20 on: March 07, 2007, 03:04:52 pm »
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Are we stopping at robots in Joburg this week? :D

Or are we trying not to in case the car window cleaner is doing a more
enthusiastic job than one normally expects?
And taking the whole car?

Anyone ever been bike-jacked?

I'm kind of curious..if many people don't stop at robots due to hijack fears...what's the accident rate at intersections?

Or does this only happen at certain times of the day (outside peak hour) in certain places around the city?

So much to learn, so little time. :roll:


No, it's not that bad...generally don't stop at robots if it's after 22:00 and there is zero traffic.

Never heard of a bike-jacking  :D
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« Reply #21 on: March 07, 2007, 03:08:37 pm »
Bike jacking only happens in my garage when I need to work on it.
I've heard of only 1 instance where a guy riding offroad alone was robbed of his possetions.
 

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« Reply #22 on: March 07, 2007, 03:25:58 pm »
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Bike jacking only happens in my garage when I need to work on it.
I've heard of only 1 instance where a guy riding offroad alone was robbed of his possetions.


And he was on a KTM?
Whew..that's good to know.  :lol:  :lol:

I heard a story years ago that a bloke riding thru  Rosebury (Syd suburb. Quite safe at night normally.) pulled up at a robot at night on his Harley.
Two blokes jumped off the back of truck that pulled up next to him.
Pushed him over, gave him a kicking.
Pulled out plank and loaded Harley onto back of truck and drove off.

Lots of Harley's get stolen here...but that was the only hijack story I know of.
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« Reply #23 on: March 07, 2007, 03:31:39 pm »
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Bike jacking only happens in my garage when I need to work on it.
I've heard of only 1 instance where a guy riding offroad alone was robbed of his possetions.


Agree. Surviving the cities/towns on the bike will mean not being taken out by cages/taxi's.

Robot skipping is prime sport of taxi's and some cages as well. Be aware of that.

Employ normal good diligence when riding and you should be OK.

When "sight seeing", protect your valuables. I.e. Do not leave your bags/camera/wallet etc. un-attended.

The street/robot vendors will also leave you alone on a bike. I've yet to experience a robot vendor approaching me to try and sell something to me when I'm on the bike.

Quite a different situation in the cage. They WILL try and speak to you. Just  keep your windows up if in a cage and approaching robots intersections. NEVER let the window down, despite their frantic attempts at trying you to do that.

Some scary rumours going around about needles being stuck into people etc.  :shock:
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« Reply #24 on: March 07, 2007, 03:38:52 pm »
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I'm kind of curious..if many people don't stop at robots due to hijack fears...what's the accident rate at intersections?

Or does this only happen at certain times of the day (outside peak hour) in certain places around the city?

So much to learn, so little time. :roll:


Eish! Happens 24/7. Be aware at night. Drunk driving is also a major past time in SA. Across the board. Cages/taxi's, bikes. Oh. And drunk pedestrians.

Some of our South Africans have difficulty in judging distance and speed. Be awre of jay walkers.

Shees! I make it sound like SA is rough. :shock:  
I'm sure the same priciples applies in the rest of the world regarding safe riding.  :wink:
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« Reply #25 on: March 07, 2007, 04:47:13 pm »
Yeah...riding is riding, don't matter what country you're in.

Cagers are cagers and taxis are taxis.

And drunks are drunks.

We don't have folks car-jacking you at robots with guns here however...or if we do it's such a rare occurence that it would be big news.

Just trying to pick up on SA riders survival techniques in terms of on road banditry. :D
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« Reply #26 on: March 07, 2007, 06:06:03 pm »
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Cagers are cagers and taxis are taxis.

Just trying to pick up on SA riders survival techniques in terms of on road banditry. :D


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Guys,  don't you think we must post a few pictures of taxi's for Jaq.  We are very proud of our taxi's ,  they are absolutely in a class of their own.

Jaq.  We will start our taxi training routine as soon as we see you the first time.  Taxi 101.
 

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« Reply #27 on: March 08, 2007, 06:04:49 pm »
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Quote from: "Jaqhama"

Cagers are cagers and taxis are taxis.

Just trying to pick up on SA riders survival techniques in terms of on road banditry. :D


 :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:

Guys,  don't you think we must post a few pictures of taxi's for Jaq.  We are very proud of our taxi's ,  they are absolutely in a class of their own.

Jaq.  We will start our taxi training routine as soon as we see you the first time.  Taxi 101.


Hmmm....lets see...chinese drivers are pretty bad. As are Indian/Pakistani taxi drivers.
Mum's picking kids up from school in SUV wagons.
Young people driving around on a Fri and Sat night.
Young people riding around on popular bike roads on a Sat and Sun.
Old people in cars who wear hats.
Old people driving old cars.
Anyone driving a Volvo.
Anyone on a mobile phone. (Technically illegal here.)

I don't think the country really matters...the make-up of road users is normally the same.
Sometimes the skin color or vehicle changes is all.
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« Reply #28 on: March 08, 2007, 08:05:30 pm »
Jaq these guys do lane splitting with a packed minibus (15+ occupants) in peak traffic (gridlock) on the highway at speeds that puts a biker to shame!  :shock:  :shock:
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« Reply #29 on: March 08, 2007, 08:35:52 pm »
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Yeah...riding is riding, don't matter what country you're in.

Cagers are cagers and taxis are taxis.

And drunks are drunks.

We don't have folks car-jacking you at robots with guns here however...or if we do it's such a rare occurence that it would be big news.

Just trying to pick up on SA riders survival techniques in terms of on road banditry. :D


Jack,
You have a total misconception, you still relate to a "Taxi" like a London Cab or a Yellow etc etc, semi polite but talking continuous drivel, not what we are on about.

This is an "uncontrolled informal public transport system, which ignores all known road use rules and the Police".

Average driver has a "questionable licence" probably illegal.

Vehicles are not questionably roadworthy "European Style" they are questionable for the next km.

Factual:
Driver pulled over with 10 passengers no steering wheel using a Molegrip wrench on the steering  stem.

Driver kills 5 in another vehicle not "managing to stop at a 4 way" investigation showed he had cardboard in his brakes to stop the grinding not drum shoes.

No not Urban legends, facts.

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« Reply #30 on: March 09, 2007, 01:38:02 pm »
But otherwise its a nice country to travel in.... :D

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« Reply #31 on: March 09, 2007, 01:57:42 pm »
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But otherwise its a nice country to travel in.... :D

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