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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Kamchat, Jan 10, 2010.
Lol! - Well you know what they say :-
the love parade!!!!!
Hi Hoody R6 in SA..... and welcome to the forum
Thanks a lot for the great post and the 'thumbs up' for the thread .... You are right, I am very lucky ....and believe me I know it.
It sounds like you are pretty blessed too .....( I look forward to seeing some of your rideout pics). We could do with some of your great weather right now but at least when I encounter a 'zebra crossing' here I know it wont knock me off Lol! ( Do you have many encounters with wildlife on your rides? :eek1 )
Nice bikes btw. Is there a big sportsbike scene over there? I kind of imagined it would be mostly big trail/adventure bikes, BMW GS's etc.
Cheers again for the cool comments.
... you guys are goin' waaaaaay too slow - the bike's almost falling over!
Gotta work on that...
Honestly - you gotta LOVE those!!
I'd take them w/o second thought. Tell Stewart he's got a fan.
You know, I'm not the "owner" of this thread - but I really like your post! So here's to you guys over in SA.
I envy you for your riding weather (and for having bikes... ) - not for the "charitable causes", though...
It's just always cool to see people from the other side of the world doing the same thing, loving the same things.
Keep it up!
Lol! - Not in the DR of Congo .... surely ! ? :huh
Lol! - Yeah we are stationary - the sidestands are down - I just 'shopped' them out of the pics.
He'll be thrilled to hear he is a fashion icon.
Look at that. A brand new CBR with Termi.
You guys are like, The SuperSquids of Scotland, aren't you?
I think some of us are too old to be Squids...... we just aspire to be Squids.
Well spotted on the Termi sticker...... That is Stewart's custom exhaust, it was a standard CBR exhaust he got off e-bay for an incredible £0.50p! (plus postage) which he has gutted (removed cat n baffles from)...... it's a tad loud! :huh
Few more from Sunday ...
The Inn in Strathyre ..
He so should be!
Btw - on this shot it looks as if he had the same weird "grip"-technique as me. Holding on to the bar end with thumb and index and breaking with the other three....
I don't know how and why I do that, but it's always been that way. :huh
Great shots as usual.
Just take it easy guys, especially at this time of the year (I'm not saying at your age ).
Seriously, I had enough bad news for a life time lately.
I know you are good riders and most probably know what you're doing - just.. oh well. Am I now your babysitter or what..? Sorry, mate.
Just keep the rubber side down and stay in the saddle.
Now this thread is getting hot as the temp in Summer Keep the pics coming. More bikes, more scenic, more B'Fasts
.....what a great laugh I've just had hey, hadn't laughed that much and/or that loud in yonks I tell you!
Unfortunately(or maybe I should say fortunately) the only "wildlife" I encounter on my rides are the riding buddies, and other such like minded hooligans! We do have the odd, very small game farm situated about 1.5 to 2hrs drive outside of town, but none of them would be stocked abundantly enough to make the trip worth while I'm afraid. Forunately we have more to fear out here from a certain human element than we do from any sort of wildlife...............................gosh, most of our population would live an entire lifetime without ever seeing any sort of game in real life. In order for us to see and experience real big and wild animals we'd have to undertake a road trip of at least 8-10hrs, depending on which direction one chooses to go and what you wish to see at your destination.
I do suppose I'm blessed in that regard as my job as a project manager for a rather big shopfitting company has over the years afforded me the opportunity to travel nationaly as well as internationaly on more occassions than I'd ever care to remember, and In so doing I have been exceptionally fortunate enough to see many places, see and experience many things, meet and be-friend very many people, and experience many different cultures all over the world......................all while being paid to do so! Ain't life grand hey...
As for the superbike scene over here, and biking in general for that matter........................we are HUGE over here guys!!! Our bikes are generally well priced, whether new or used, and the fair majority of blokes can afford a new(or another) bike every few years or so. It'd be mostly the younger yuppie upstart bikers who'd still be seen riding the "older" model bikes, and even then it's not long before the "upgrade" comes along. Our dirt bike/off road/GS market is also quite big, to the extent where my local BMW dealer/service agent reports the 1200GS as their best selling model every year for 4yrs running now. That's good business in anyones books I'd say!
Due to the vastness of our country, with the virtually unlimited network good roads and fantastic destinations, bike touring is quite popular over here, whether it be of the on or off road type. Day trips are an almost weekly activity for most, with weekends away also being quite popular for the fortuante few who can manage to get away from the rat race which is every day life for most folks these days.
So jaa, life in general is rather good to us out here, and I do suppose we are rather blessed, some folks more so than others...................and especially so when compared to most other African countries.
Do make it one of the things on your "to do" list to come out and visit our beautiful country some time before "time-out" occurs...........and who knows, you may just be very pleasantly surprised mate...
......Ps: I see the couple on "my" K13GT admiring your bikes outside the Strathyre Inn......................
'at our age' - Lol! .... They say ''with age comes wisdom' ...... although I can confirm that sometimes 'age comes alone'. .
We will do our best to stay 'in the saddle' ...... One of the hazards on Sunday was the amount of stones and debris in the centre of the road at times (a common hazard at the end of winter) the tyre of the bike in front would spit them back at you ( like a shotun blast at times, with stones ricocheting off my helmet :eek1) At the end of the run Graeme discovered a crack in the 999's windscreen caused by this.
Rest assured, I'll do my best ......
Few more from Sunday ....
I would love to come back to Africa one day, I was born and grew up in Kenya but have not been back since I was 19 yrs old..... things have probabaly changed...( just a bit! ).....
I suppose the lack of roadside wildlife is a good thing really....... hitting a rhino at xxxmph on a sportsbike would probably not be good..... we think sheep are bad enough! :eek1 Although rideout pics with bikes and elephants etc. would be pretty awesome.
Cool to hear that sportsbikes are huge out there! I would never have thought it (like I said, I imagined mostly adventure bikes being ridden) ...will be good to see some pics of your rideouts when you get the chance.
Another sunny Sunday in March! The season is off to a good start and we had a good turnout today - 15 bikes in all.....
Including Gary on his R1 ex race bike
The group in Callander
and on the ride up ...