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Old 03-30-2009, 08:49 PM   #61
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D'ya really think I could organize something like that all on my own?

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Old 03-30-2009, 10:59 PM   #62
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and Splat is in da house!!!

Fantastic report, Douf - having loads of fun reliving the trip
Glad to see your sense of humour hasn't changed. At least there's something positive the Brits gave us
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Old 03-31-2009, 12:30 AM   #63
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My son spent a year in south Africa as a exchange student, It has been such a pleasure to see photos of that wonderful country again. Your report is outstanding. What a unique route selection. Thank you!
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Old 03-31-2009, 12:31 AM   #64
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Dipped beam is almost no difference to High beam, High beam on the GS seems to light up the passing tree tops mainly

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Old 03-31-2009, 04:40 AM   #65
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Dipped beam is almost no difference to High beam, High beam on the GS seems to light up the passing tree tops mainly
Did you ever get the Xenon light mount fixed? What did BMW put the value of that hardware at?

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Old 03-31-2009, 04:47 AM   #66
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Did you ever get the Xenon light mount fixed? What did BMW put the value of that hardware at?

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The little spot light?? Its still the same, cable tied as we repaired it.
Didnt even ask BMW about the price, but a mate who replaced his, says its R250, just the bracket, the spot light comes apart and the bracket can be replaced, doesnt sound too bad.
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Old 03-31-2009, 04:58 AM   #67
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My son spent a year in south Africa as a exchange student, It has been such a pleasure to see photos of that wonderful country again. Your report is outstanding. What a unique route selection. Thank you!
Thanks for reading the report. Actually going back through the picture archive, even between eight of us, it struck me how few photos we got of the stuff that was really worth seeing. At least the pillions were shooting a few action shots as we rode along; I barely got any. My motivation is primarily to be out there riding and I really don't want to spend too much time stopping to take 'proper' photos; but I'd be happy to take more 'snaps' if I could come up with an appropriate contraption. Something along the lines of a helmet mounted camera with a bar mounted shutter release (maybe bluetooth) would definitely improve the situation. Apparently the skydiving community uses the sort of thing that might work, but if anyone's got any specific recommendations
Suffice it to say that if this collection of gas station and restaurant pics, coupled with my limited descriptive powers is inspiring; then the reality of South Africa is so much better

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Old 03-31-2009, 05:11 AM   #68
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Fantastic report, Douf - having loads of fun reliving the trip
Glad to see your sense of humour hasn't changed. At least there's something positive the Brits gave us
British humour? Living on that shitty little rainsoaked island for over a thousand years, I can't imagine how the population developed such a cynical outlook on life It doesn't really fit that well in SA though, since the country's so inspiring. Oh wait, there is your political 'system' to fall back on

Welcome Paul: Thanks for reading: I've had a had a lot of fun writing it.

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Old 03-31-2009, 05:22 AM   #69
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The little spot light?? Its still the same, cable tied as we repaired it.
Didnt even ask BMW about the price, but a mate who replaced his, says its R250, just the bracket, the spot light comes apart and the bracket can be replaced, doesnt sound too bad.
That sounds reasonable. They must be making all their profit on F800 headlights, eh Gary?
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Old 03-31-2009, 05:23 AM   #70
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That sounds reasonable. They must be making all their profit on F800 headlights, eh Gary?
Nah definitely on the Mudguard Bolt, that cost me R800 to replace
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Old 03-31-2009, 05:33 AM   #71
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Nah definitely on the Mudguard Bolt, that cost me R800 to replace
Damn! I dread to think how much Paul's piston rings'll end up costing

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About as much as my service cost after that little trip Thank god for warrany cos the instrument cluster went belly up too- all those sand roads Hate to think what that would have cost to replace
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Old 03-31-2009, 06:46 AM   #73
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About as much as my service cost after that little trip Thank god for warrany cos the instrument cluster went belly up too- all those sand roads Hate to think what that would have cost to replace
Please keep all stories of BMW questionable reliability coming: it's good therapy for me and my friends over at Orange Crush Actually, that F800 was the epitome of reliability though: even the chain didn't need adjusting in over 5000 miles (might've just been the Fluid Film working its' magic though)

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Old 03-31-2009, 07:29 AM   #74
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great pictures, looks like you all are having a blast!
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Old 03-31-2009, 08:05 AM   #75
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great pictures, looks like you all are having a blast!
Thanks - There were even a few wild animals that weren't riding motorcycles. I'll post probably post a few pics of them in the not to distant future

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