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In The Loop 0510-02 - Week 17 May allegedly by Hover Ho’ SPECIAL THINK BIKE ANNOUNCEMENTS General 2010 Annual General Meeting Due to some logistical problems, the nominations have reopened and the AGM has been postponed. Additional nominations can be made at http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=43123 Gauteng and Surrounds Charity Run from Gauteng to Cape Town Proposals for the various charities have been made and these will be announced soon. Keep your eyes on the thread for more information and announcement of the details of the trip. This is going to be an exciting event and much bigger than just THINK BIKE! http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=42121 Think Bike Winter Warmer Run – 20 June The second Noob and Social run for the year is around the corner! The run will be to Sun City and is a charity run as well – bring a blanket for the needy! http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=42848 Western and Eastern Cape 2010 Beeeg Charity Drive – 10 October Every year the THINK BIKE members in the Western Cape support Die Herberg home for abused and abandoned children. Entry fee is some toiletries for a child. http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=42043 AND http://www.charityride.co.za/ IN GENERAL Coffee Shop Challenge WILD CHILD is challenging other coffee shops to collect money for Edu Boards for a school for handicapped children in Kempton Park. http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=43110 Auto Alpina Track Day at Zwartkops – 23 May Joy from Auto Alpina managed to secure Zwartkops for a track day on Sunday 23 May. Cost is R300 for the entire day and the S1000RR and R1200GSA will be available to test ride. http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=43137 BMW Motorcycle Recall BMW issues global bike recall 19/05/2010 07:45 German luxury auto and motorcycle manufacturer BMW on Tuesday launched a global recall of 122 000 motorcycles owing to front brake problems. R-Series boxer-twins and K1200GT motorcycles, manufactured between August 2006 and May 2009, are to be recalled over A brake fluid leak issue. A BMW spokesman told AFP the company had uncovered a risk of leaks in the braking systems of its K 1200 GT motorcycles and other models built on the same base. The recall concerns motorcycles built between August 2006 and May 2009, some of which have already been checked, the spokesman told AFP. "Over time, it emerged that even corrected braking systems did not resolve the problem 100 percent," he said. Vibration generated by the motorcycle's operation were found to cause leaks that affected the front brake, the company said, while rear brakes continued to function normally. BMW has not heard of accidents linked to the problem but "would gladly have foregone having to make another recall," the spokesman said. The group is the leading manufacturer of luxury cars in the world and also sold 87 306 of its upmarket motorcycles last year. http://www.wheels24.co.za/BikesQuads...ecall-20100519 AND http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=43172 IN THE FUTURE Gauteng and Surrounds Parkview Bike Expo – 20-23 May Bike clubs all over Gauteng have been invited to start / end their breakfast run at Parkview Centre on this Bike Expo weekend. Five hundred free coffee vouchers from five restaurants (F.T.V, Rhapsody’s, Maxi’s, Karoo, Ciao Baby) for the exhibitors to hand out from their exhibition stand to the exhibition visitors. CMA Pretoria East will be doing an awareness campaign at Parkview Centre during this weekend. BMW Rider Academy will do motorcycle driving courses and demonstrations in the parking lot on 22 May. http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?p=649805 Pavilion Fair – 29 May Pavilion Fair Saturday, 29 May from 10:00 to 16:00 Refinery Road, corner Power Street, Germiston. This fun family day is open to all. There will be a beer garden, great food, wonderful art and amazing craft. The Out of the Box graduates are making the most beautiful ironing board covers, computer bags, hand bags, peg bags, doggy and kitty jackets to ban the winter cold. The Bedfordview Lions Club will be launching the newly renovated hall which will host training, special celebrations, functions, etc. Mr Porra will be serving mouth-watering Portuguese food at very reasonable prices. The Sandbox Express will be teaching special soft skills to all the little ones while the parents browse and enjoy. The Classic Motorcycle Club will gather astounding vintage motor cycles… if only these machines could talk!!! Share their stories and their journeys. Have a tour of the Out of the Box Skills Centre and share the experience of learning screen-printing, sewing, beading, candle-making, computer literacy, wood-carving, quilting, bag-making, weaving, carpentry, etc. Organised by http://www.outofthebox.org.za/ Out of the Box teaches skills to disadvantaged, unskilled and uneducated South Africans. We enable them to find sustainable income generating opportunities by becoming teachers of skills or starting their own small businesses. Help us to make a difference!!! Read more here: http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=43170 Gauteng Motor Show at Zwartkops – 5-6 June Bikes, Trucks, Cars, 4x4 Track, Boats and Accessories, Caravans and Trailers, Entertainment and food stalls and much, much more! THINK BIKE will have a stand there again and volunteers are required. http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=42847 Bikers’ Youth Day at Kyalami – 16 June To note in your diary. More information will be posted as soon as it becomes available. 1000 Bike Show at Germiston High School – 3-4 July To note in your diary. More information will be posted as soon as it becomes available. Diary Dates Parkview Bike Expo – 20-23 May Craig H at Liedjieboer – 27 May Paradise Rally – 28 May KZN Track Day – 29 May Pavilion Fair – 29 May MotoGP Mugello Italy – 30 May SBK Millar Motorsports United States – 31 May Defensive Road Riding Skills Course – 4 June Gauteng Motor Show – 5-6 June Moon Dogs Day Jol – 5 June MotoGP Silverstone Great Brittain – 6 June Bikers’ Youth Day – 16 June MotoGP Assen Netherlands – 26 June SBK Misano Adriatico San Marino Rep. – 27 June 1000 Bike Show – 3-4 July Frozen Butt Run – 3 July Aprilia Caponord Owner’s Meeting – 27 August Flowers in Namakwaland – End of August/ Beginning September 2010 Beeeg Charity Drive – 10 October IN THE PAST Golf Rally on a Lion Farm – 8-9 May ARAJENG hosted a run to this golf course with a difference. Great fun was had by all! Read more here: http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=42365 Midrand SPCA Run – 8 May This run was organised at very short notice but quite a lot of goodies were collected. A big run is being planned for September / October, so keep your eyes peeled! Apart from the normal blankets, bowls and food, the Midrand SPCA also needs handymen, paint, building material etc. If you can help, please contact Bev Jane at the SPCA on 082 332 8912. The Midrand SPCA’s website is http://www.midrandspca.co.za/ or read more here: http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=40519 SBK at Kyalami – 14-16 May Kyalami hosted a plethora of international riders for a few days. Hopefully it won’t be the last time the guys will race here, so keep your fingers crossed! As usual, THINK BIKE had a stand at Kyalami, manned by a number of volunteers. Race 1 Results Race 2 Results 1st – L Haslam – Suzuki 1st – M Fabrizio – Ducati 2nd – J Rea – Honda 2nd – C Checa – Ducati 3rd – M Biaggi – Aprilia 3rd – L Haslam – Suzuki 4th – C Crutchlow – Yamaha 4th – M Biaggi – Aprilia 5th - C Checa – Ducati 5th – J Rea – Honda 6th - J Toseland – Yamaha 6th – L Camier – Aprilia 7th - T Corser – BMW 7th – J Toseland – Yamaha 8th - M Fabrizio – Ducati 8th – C Crutchlow – Yamaha 9th - J Smrz – Ducati 9th – J Smrz – Ducati 10th - N Haga - Ducati 10th – S Guintoli – Suzuki Rider Standings Manufacturer Standings L Haslam – 197 Aprilia – 197 M Biaggi – 191 Suzuki – 197 C Checa – 130 Ducati – 174 J Rea – 121 Honda – 130 J Toseland – 115 Yamaha – 122 N Haga – 100 BMW – 99 T Corser – 96 Kawasaki – 37 M Fabrizio – 87 L Camier – 82 S Guintoli – 76 From: http://www.worldsbk.com/en/season.html HELPING HANDS Keanu In a previous edition of In The Loop we reported about Keanu’s condition and how we as the THINK BIKE family can help out. All help will be appreciated, whether it’s money or goods that can be donated to assist in caring for him. Read his whole story here: http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?p=652126 Craig H – 27 May In the previous edition (also a bit later in this one) we reported on Craig’s accident and his progress. There will be a music night at Liedjieboer in Midrand to collect money for Craig. Directions to Liedjieboer and more information can be found at: http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=42678 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 011 391 0300 STOLEN REYELS’ Suzuki RGV250 Project Bike Stolen in Bloemfontein, chassis nr: vj21a-120673. Its still in project form and was taken without the fairings. http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=42897 YOUR SAFETY Concentration How many times have you travelled somewhere and when you arrived, couldn’t remember the journey? This happens often when you travel a route that is well known to you – where every stop sign, school crossing and concealed driveway is mapped in your brain. When you get to your destination, you cannot remember any detail or unusual objects along your route. Riding a bike requires total and full-time concentration, especially when riding in traffic and on strange roads. We read about preventable accidents on a daily basis and it becomes clear that we are far too wrapped up in our daily chores and routines to properly keep ourselves safe. We think about that project we have to finish, the kids’ homework, this weekend’s social engagements, try to remember if it’s somebody’s birthday – all this while trying to arrive home alive. Next time you ride, try the following exercises: Getting dressed – note the order in which you put your clothes on – right leg or left leg first into the pants? Which boot is pulled on first? Which shirt do you choose and why? Left or right arm first into your jacket? Do you do the Velcro or clip on the sleeve up before you get to the bike or while you’re there? Which glove do you put on first? Then, getting on your bike – do you check the controls? Do you know if your tyres are in good order? Are all the straps or bolts on your luggage fastened properly? In the traffic, can you immediately tell which gear you’re in? Do you take note of unusual objects, such as a broken down car, or household furniture on the pavement? Will you be able to recall the number of cars with THINK BIKE stickers? Once you start exercising your observation skills you will also notice that you are an increasingly safer rider, which can only be a benefit! RIDES, RALLIES AND DAY JOLS Wellesley’s Wanderings Tales of Daring-Do of a Canadian Russ Bear Wells’ current foster family has finally revealed what they have been up to the past few weeks. Judging by their activities, it is no wonder that they didn’t want to share with the rest of the travellin family! But the good news is that he will probably be travelling to Gauteng really soon so that his morals can be sorted out. Follow his travels and shocking education on http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=41707 Gauteng and Surrounds Paradise Rally in Graskop – 28 May MARIUS1 is organising a group ride from Pretoria, with backup vehicle for luggage and a trailer. Contact Capie of the Tomahawks to join the fun! Read more here: http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=43162 Frozen Butt Run – 3 July The Frozen Butt Run is being planned for 3 July, so get your winter woollies out and get ready for some of the most fun you can have in winter! Read more here: http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=43103 Flowers in Namakwaland – End of August A great opportunity for the Think Bikers to meet up and view one of South Africa’s wonders of nature. Best time to go is around the end of August or beginning of September, all depending on the rains in that area. Start saving up and keep your eyes on this thread – http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=43103 FROM FAR AWAY Della Crewe Her snowy motorcycle adventure in 1915 From the archives of Harley-Davidson Motor Company In the first few decades of the Twentieth Century, the roads made motorcycle touring a rugged sport. Before concrete interstates and blacktop secondary roads, most roads were dirt or gravel trails. Venturing far outside the city required a flair for adventure, a lot of stamina and a rugged machine. The fact that men ventured forth under those conditions was unquestioned, but for the women to do the same caused a great deal of attention, because of their presumably passive role. Photograph courtesy of Harley-Davidson Motor Company Archives. Copyright Harley-Davidson. Even among these exceptional female motorcycle pioneers, some stood out... like a Waco, Texas, woman named Della Crewe. On June 24, 1915, she set out to see America by motorcycle, after rejecting both the train and steamship as being not only too expensive but also uninteresting. With only 10 days of riding experience on her 1914 Harley-Davidson V- twin, she filled her sidecar with 125 pounds of baggage, including her dog, appropriately named Trouble, and began her tour. Despite warnings from friends that she would get held up by hobos or kill herself in an accident, she wanted the freedom and mobility offered only by a motorcycle. Her first destination was the July 3 motorcycle races in Dodge City, Kansas. With today's modern roads it would be a one or two-day trip but things were different in 1915. An extremely wet winter and spring made roads across Texas and Oklahoma badly rutted mires of mud and sand. And if that weren't enough, there was the added danger of hidden stumps, logs and rocks in the so-called roads. All those miles of sand beds and rugged hills took their toll on both the rider and the motorcycle. Despite a collision with a stump which knocked her sidecar out of line, Della made it to the paved streets of Oklahoma City without a major mishap. The 75 miles of macadam in the city were a welcome relief to Della, but upon entering Kansas, heavy rains made the roads such a quagmire she had to install tire chains. Finally, even chains couldn't provide enough traction and with Trouble in the sidecar, Della struck out through four miles of Kansas wheatfields before finding a usable road. She made it to Dodge City in time for the race, one of the premier motorcycle events of the time. Deciding to head to New York and see the country along the way, the pair headed north through the beautiful scenery of Missouri. With good weather and fine roads, they made good time as they raced up one hill and down another. After a 15-cent ferry ride across the Mississippi River, they were into Illinois and more hills. The trip to Chicago and then to the Harley-Davidson factory in Milwaukee was comparatively quick and uneventful. To be continued… GET BETTER SOON! CraigH CRAIGH has moved from High Care back home, all within a week! Well done on the fast progress Craig, keep it up! Read more here: http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=42639 BIKE, GEAR AND GOODIES REVIEW CORNER Aprilia Mana I managed to very quickly get my hands on a Mana and I took it for a spin around the block. It has an 850cc (839cc actually) engine and has several gear settings – manual with seven gear ratios, three automatic gear settings (touring, sport and rain) and the rider can switch gear modes without stopping. Manual is actually semi-automatic which means that you gear up but it changes down automatically. Gears can be changed with a thumb paddle on the left handlebar or with the normal foot gear lever. I wanted to have fun and used the paddle, which takes a few minutes to get used to but once you have the hang of it, it’s a huge amount of fun. Gear changes in both automatic and semi-automatic were smooth without any jerking on the changes. I was happy with the distance the paddle was set from the normal hand position – not too deep so that I had to move my hand across to reach the paddle. It also has a lot to do with not having a clutch lever and I have an ongoing problem with the indicator switch on bikes – not easy to reach if you’re a woman with shorter fingers! The standard pipe is very quiet and I surprised quite a few motorists by suddenly appearing next to them! I rode around the suburbs for about half an hour and had to shuffle around on the seat until I could get comfortable – the handlebars are set quite high and I could move a little further back on the seat without losing control or feeling uncomfortable. It’s a short bike (2 080mm) and very nippy, perfect for commuting with the automatic setting, no need to ride the clutch in heavy traffic. The first time the gears changed down as I was slowing down, it went into neutral, or what felt like neutral, and I got a little panic attack as I felt that I was losing control, but it reacts very quickly and had no lag when I twisted the throttle again and it smoothly went into gear again. The next time I slowed down I expected the “neutral” change- down so it wasn’t a problem anymore. It isn’t a big looking bike, despite it being an 850cc V-twin and the model I rode was the naked version. Even with this size engine I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it as a beginner bike, simply because it is non-aggressive, quiet, light and very easy to handle. Seat height is only 800mm, which makes it perfect for female riders or those vertically challenged among us. HAPPY EVENTS Blackie and Helen BLACKIE and HELEN got married on the 8th May. We wish you many happy years together! http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=42877 Additions to the Family ACKS was adopted by two furries. He’s now looking for some ATGATT for them and will appreciate any information on where he can have them kitted out. … and Skittles Meet Rascal….. More here: http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=43158 New Forum Members Every now and again we see an upsurge in the number of new Forum registrations. Welcome to THINK BIKE and we hope you enjoy your stay with us. Why not think of becoming a fully fledged THINK BIKE Member? To find out how, go to http://www.thinkbike.co.za/join RANDOM THOUGHTS What a strange thing testosterone is! Why is it that when a woman rides a big bike it is an automatic invitation for a male to challenge her to a race? They would never dream of doing it when she’s on a smaller or less mean looking bike but, somehow, a big machine gives them the right to change character. This became clear when I was riding a black Triumph Sprint (1 050cc) and had to contend with a number of wannabe Hamiltons. This seldom happens while riding my CS and although also black, is not as big and mean looking as the Triumph, therefore no real challengers. Most drivers don’t realise that even a small bike is much quicker off the mark than a car but somehow a big bike with a woman on top changes all reasoning. I find it quite amusing! THE JOB HUNTER Senior Technical Tester SQL Developer 6 month Contract Position available in Melrose Arch for a Senior Technical Six month contract available in Melrose Arch for an SQL Tester. Please contact email@example.com for more Developer. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information more information http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=43113 http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=43112 SQL Developer six month contract My client is currently seeking an Accountant / Financial Manager that is available immediately. Suitable candidates will have no less than three years experience in the FMCG environment with extensive experience in Pastel Partner. The Accountant / Financial Manager will be responsible for the entire companies books. Please contact email@example.com for more information. http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=43181 SCRATCH PATCH Things to sell, buy, swap or give away as advertised on the THINK BIKE Forum. For Sale DVADER – BMW R1100 S Blue, 32 000km, R60 000, Mint condition. PROTON – Honda CG125 Titan R6500 http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=42691 2nd owner, excellent condition; 9 500km on clock; full set spare keys; original booklet and pouch; log JOLIEM – Wedding Dress book (with all fuel consumption, avg of 28km/l); valve Size 34 – 36; I bought my dress for R8 000, selling it clearances just set and serviced (including oils and for R5 000 (negotiable). Please contact me for more plug); Including large top box; starts first time every photos or to come have a look yourself. time and runs like day one! firstname.lastname@example.org http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=43079 http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=43187 Wanted TJOM – SV 1000 Pillion foot pegs Looking for the left-foot peg and willing to pay postage to Cape Town. http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=43157 SUPERFLYSA – Home wanted for his dog Three-year-old Alaskan Malamute, not good with children but needs a big yard. http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=43190 MARSHALLING Calendars May Friday Saturday Sunday 30 1 2 Amid 2010 Amid 2010 Amid 2010 Bikers Against Crime Club 100-Cradle; Cycle Lab 7 8 9 Club 100-Midrand; Cycle Lab 14 15 16 Club 100-Midrand; Cycle Lab WP Championship 21 22 23 Club 100-Midrand; Cycle Lab 28 29 30 Club 100-Cradle; Cycle Lab Interclub – New Horizons Red = Gauteng and Surrounds Blue = Western Cape June Saturday Sunday 5 6 Club 100-Cradle; Cycle Lab 12 13 Club 100-Midrand; Cycle Lab 19 20 Club 100-Midrand; Cycle Lab 26 27 Club 100-Cradle; Cycle Lab Red = Gauteng and Surrounds Blue = Western Cape Interclub Races – Gauteng 16 May – New Horizons (Cradle Route) – Please note, this has changed to the 30th May 1 August – Germiston Wheelers (John Boscoe Circuit) 28 August – Club 100 (John Boscoe Circuit) 3 October – Cycle Boys (Kempton park) 31 October – New Image (Kempton Park) COFFEE SHOPS Friday mornings are for coffee and talking nonsense with your fellow bikers! We have a number of coffee shops right across Gauteng and at least one in the Western Cape. Do you want to start your own coffee stop? Follow these steps: 1. Find a biker friendly venue that opens early, preferably 6:00 to 6:30 (people need to get to work) 2. Ask your fellow coffee addicts if it will be a viable venue (close to home or work or en-route) 3. Advertise the new venue with directions, opening times and prices! Western Cape Northern Suburbs Breakfast – Western Cape Every last and second Friday of the month at Starlite Diner in Bellville (021 949 6864) from 6am onwards. http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=32053&page=25 Gauteng Kopdood Coffee – Rivonia The original Friday morning coffee stop. Still the best coffee around! Nescafé Café in Sunninghill, just off the highway. See: http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=8472&page=67 Bikers’ Brew – Pretoria Bikers’ Brew in Pretoria has bottomless coffee for R13. Mugg & Bean, Cherry Lane (cnr Fehrsen and Middel) – opposite Brooklyn Mall – can serve coffee from 6:45 and Brekkie from 7:00. Right next to the Brooklyn traffic circle, opposite Brooklyn Mall. See: http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=28877 Kickstart – Edenvale Windmill on Van Riebeck Ave, Edenvale. Midway between The Doors Nightclub and Full Throttle. Every Friday from 6:30 till whenever you have to be at graft or go home. Best coffee stop; worth the ride from outlying areas. Halfway Cup’a – Midrand http://www.thinkbike.co.za/component/events/view_detail/2009/11/20/1766/icaldb?catids=36 and http://ourplace.co.za/halfcup/ GPS Co-ordinates: S 25deg 56’ 54.5”; E 28deg 08’ 26.9” WesKOPPIES Koffie – West Rand Upstairs from Tank Girls – Skinny’s shop. http://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showthread.php?t=18186&page=10 Renegades Coffee – Randburg Renegades Coffee, Da Francesca’s, Valley Centre, Jan Smuts Avenue, Randburg. From 6:30 until last person leaves. All Randburgers and friends welcome, coffee R9 a cup. Best Italian coffee this side of anywhere (for those that can drink coffee). Breakfast Panino (bacon, egg roll sarmie thing) R20. FEEDBACK/ CONTRIBUTIONS We plan on distributing I N T HE L OOP on a Tuesday or Wednesday so that you can plan your activities well in advance. Any contributions or feedback, constructive or not, please send to InTheLoop@ThinkBike.co.za. Contributions need to reach us by no later than the Friday before the publication.
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