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Still unpacking (and the Sand Monster got me!)
« on: June 21, 2007, 05:31:53 pm »
Haven't had much time for the forum lately, since we've just moved house to Betty's Bay. It's really great here and the ADSL works better than expected (although it took us months to find a house with a landline, wat nog te se^ ADSL :o).

There are 2 paved roads in Bettys and no robots: the dirt starts right in front of my house ;D (photo taken during recent Cape storms):



Obviously, now that the essentials have been unpacked, the rest is just standing around in (and out of) boxes, calling out for attention.

The garage:


(Actually, just having a garage - after 7 years in UK land - is a luxury)


It's great riding around here - even the 2km to the shop has some nice potholes and muddy corners to practice on! I tried my hand at some sand this afternoon (near the Silver Sands dune) - just for "practice". And I had my first fall! :-\ Fortunately, all that was broken was the lefthand mirror stem:




Some locals helped me to pick up the bike - gone is any illusion that I could do it by myself :-[. Ek sal meer mieliepap moet eet...
 

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Re: Still unpacking (and the Sand Monster got me!)
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2007, 08:26:34 pm »
You can pick up a bike by yourself matey.

You just need the right technique.

http://ibmwr.org/otech/pickup.html

http://www.pinkribbonrides.com/dropped.html

Two diff techniques here:
http://www.dps.state.mn.us/mmsc/latest/MMSCHomeSecondary.asp?cid=5&mid=32&scat=27

Practice on soft grass.
I'm not convinced wearing a short skirt makes any difference to picking a bike up...but hey whatever you feel comfy in. ;D

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« Last Edit: June 21, 2007, 08:28:04 pm by Jaqhama »
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Re: Still unpacking (and the Sand Monster got me!)
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2007, 08:24:20 am »
Firstly, the wine racks are empty, granny will be very disapointed that her sewing machine is dusty and stored on the garage floor, and secondly, where is your wetsuit? How the hell are you going to get the crayfish without a wetsuit? ;D

Bettys Bay has as many crayfish as Durban has cockroaches. >:D
 

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Re: Still unpacking (and the Sand Monster got me!)
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2007, 08:39:05 am »
Nice.

I also learned the hard way.. when you plan to ride sand, it is advisable to take the mirrors off, you will save 200 odd runt for the little holder screw thingy.

Mirrors can easily be taken off with the 2 spanners provided in the toolkit.

 

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Re: Still unpacking (and the Sand Monster got me!)
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2007, 08:44:56 am »
Mr Blaar, you don't need to learn the hard way.  There are simple, easy and fun ways too.  Make friends with Jan du Toit or his Cape connections and do some formal training.  It will change your standard of living more than that garage in Betty's.

Welcome back to SA, enjoy the ride.   :)
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Re: Still unpacking (and the Sand Monster got me!)
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2007, 09:37:44 am »
Well done Growweblaar

Does this mean you almost done with the 'moving' thing and that you will be joining us on more rides??

Glad things went well and if you dont mind,show me that sandy patch close to ur home one day. Should make a nice day trip from town. Twisty tar from Gordans bay,play in the dirt,then good tar back home. Eish -ek smile weer!

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Re: Still unpacking (and the Sand Monster got me!)
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2007, 09:45:16 am »
nice! so when are we all coming round for a braai?
 

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Re: Still unpacking (and the Sand Monster got me!)
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2007, 11:39:54 am »
nice! so when are we all coming round for a braai?

+1   ;)
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Re: Still unpacking (and the Sand Monster got me!)
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2007, 12:20:53 pm »
Don't invite the bikers along, they'll make a mess of the pools infront of your place !!!!
 

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Re: Still unpacking (and the Sand Monster got me!)
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2007, 02:23:24 pm »
You can pick up a bike by yourself matey.

You just need the right technique.

http://ibmwr.org/otech/pickup.html

Two diff techniques here:
http://www.dps.state.mn.us/mmsc/latest/MMSCHomeSecondary.asp?cid=5&mid=32&scat=27

I tried the bum-on-seat method, but it didn't work as planned. The bike kept shifting around in the loose sand (I did try some rocks under the wheels). That handlebar method looks good - I'll try it next time.

Those girls are cheating! They only do it with a boxer engine, which means the bike isn't even close to lying flat on the ground. And it's on pavement. They should try a tall single cylinder in loose sand...  O0
 

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Re: Still unpacking (and the Sand Monster got me!)
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2007, 02:24:47 pm »
Firstly, the wine racks are empty, granny will be very disapointed that her sewing machine is dusty and stored on the garage floor, and secondly, where is your wetsuit? How the hell are you going to get the crayfish without a wetsuit? ;D

Bettys Bay has as many crayfish as Durban has cockroaches. >:D

Hey, I saw my wetsuit in a box somewhere. Now which one was it...?
 

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« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2007, 02:25:54 pm »
I also learned the hard way.. when you plan to ride sand, it is advisable to take the mirrors off, you will save 200 odd runt for the little holder screw thingy.

Yeah, I suppose you're right. 2Wiel tells me that little bolt/nut thingie costs R180 - R180!!! For a bolt?? Oops, sorry, yes, I did buy a BMW  :-X
 

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« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2007, 02:29:13 pm »
Mr Blaar, you don't need to learn the hard way.  Make friends with Jan du Toit or his Cape connections...

Ja. I should do that off-road course. Apparently, the 1st thing they teach you is how to pick up your bike ^-^
 

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Re: Still unpacking (and the Sand Monster got me!)
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2007, 02:31:09 pm »
Firstly, the wine racks are empty, granny will be very disapointed that her sewing machine is dusty and stored on the garage floor, and secondly, where is your wetsuit? How the hell are you going to get the crayfish without a wetsuit? ;D

Bettys Bay has as many crayfish as Durban has cockroaches. >:D

Hey, I saw my wetsuit in a box somewhere. Now which one was it...?

Does it still fit? ;D
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Re: Still unpacking (and the Sand Monster got me!)
« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2007, 02:31:45 pm »
nice! so when are we all coming round for a braai?

+1   ;)

Yes, a braai sounds kwaai! Perhaps preceded by a recce of the surrounding area. Google Earth shows lots of nice little back-roads (some dirt, some not) around here - I still wanted to check them out for a future Wild Dogs ride. Let me consult SWMBO regarding timing - I see there are lots of things on my todo list already... :-[
 

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Re: Still unpacking (and the Sand Monster got me!)
« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2007, 02:41:26 pm »
You can pick up a bike by yourself matey.

You just need the right technique.

http://ibmwr.org/otech/pickup.html

Two diff techniques here:
http://www.dps.state.mn.us/mmsc/latest/MMSCHomeSecondary.asp?cid=5&mid=32&scat=27

I tried the bum-on-seat method, but it didn't work as planned. The bike kept shifting around in the loose sand (I did try some rocks under the wheels). That handlebar method looks good - I'll try it next time.

Those girls are cheating! They only do it with a boxer engine, which means the bike isn't even close to lying flat on the ground. And it's on pavement. They should try a tall single cylinder in loose sand...  O0

To stop the bike shifting around too much, make sure it is in gear, stops back wheel turning.
Also: Tie a bit of string, bandana, whatever, over throttle binding the front brake.
Now it wont roll backwards or forwards. ;)
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« Reply #16 on: June 22, 2007, 04:01:56 pm »
To stop the bike shifting around too much, make sure it is in gear, stops back wheel turning.
Also: Tie a bit of string, bandana, whatever, over throttle binding the front brake.
Now it wont roll backwards or forwards. ;)

Bind the front brake :)... Now why didn't I think about that...?
I think it was in gear - it was when I left the seat  ;D
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Re: Still unpacking (and the Sand Monster got me!)
« Reply #17 on: June 22, 2007, 04:23:47 pm »
How the hell are you going to get the crayfish without a wetsuit? ;D

Hey, I saw my wetsuit in a box somewhere. Now which one was it...?

Does it still fit? ;D

Hehehe ;D. Actually, I think it should! Fortunately, neoprene has LOOOTS of stretch...
 

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Re: Still unpacking (and the Sand Monster got me!)
« Reply #18 on: June 22, 2007, 04:59:23 pm »
Blaar...

Seriously -that avatar pic of urs - is that really you??

The resemblance is quite uncanny  - or am I just blond and its always meant to be a pic of you!!

lemme know when you feel like exploring -love finding new routes
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« Reply #19 on: June 22, 2007, 05:56:26 pm »
Hehe :D. It's my Yahoo Instant Messenger avatar - it gives you some control over face shape, hair colour, etc., but I must have a very common face 'cause it really looks just like me (well, almost, I'm slightly more handsome, don't you agree?  :angel4:).