Saturday, December 25, 2010

Preventing biker's road rash with high-tech space material

Preventing biker's road rash with high-tech space material
: "A French company has found business success by blending high-tech fibers used in ESA space mission with old-fashioned denim to create comfortable, stylish protective gear for bikers.

US biker survives 157mph crash - Motorcycle news : General news - Visordown

US biker survives 157mph crash - Motorcycle news : General news - Visordown
: "THIS IS ALL that's left of a 19-year-old's 2004 Yamaha after crashing at 157mph while being chased by state police.

The rider, Marcos Calazo, is said to be in a critical condition after crashing at just after 2 a.m. local time on Sunday, in San Tan Valley, Arizona. It's believed the rider was drunk at the time of the crash.

Prior to the accident Police had clocked the bike at 157 mph.

The motorcycle disintegrated on impact with a lamp post; both front forks and engine were ripped from the machine in the crash.

'The motorcycle was nearly disintegrated on impact and Calazo flew an additional 104 feet through the air before striking the ground,' Police said in a news release.

Calazo, who had already been banned from driving, suffered extensive injuries. He will face multiple charges, inlcuding drink-driving, should he recover from his injuries.

KL Bikers Club makes history with first woman president

KL Bikers Club makes history with first woman president
: "PETALING JAYA: For the first time in its 12-year history, the Kuala Lumpur Bikers Club will be headed by a biker chick.

TV personality Maznah Zolkifli, in her early 30s, said her active biking lifestyle had led to her appointment as the president of the male-dominated club of 150 members.

“I believe that I gained recognition as a biker in an equal way among the rest of the members. I can answer anything they ask me about biking, but sometimes the same isn’t true the other way around. They even say I ride like a speed demon,” she said with a laugh.

In fact, she has also earned the nickname “Highway Star” by her four brothers, who are also bikers.

“Even my mother calls me ‘Mazlan’ since I ride bikes like the boys. But in truth, I’m very feminine,” said Maznah, who hosted television programmes like “Medik TV”, “Dapat Auto” and “Malaysia 2020.”

She will officially be appointed as the club president today in conjunction with the Kuala Lumpur Bike Week.

Asked why she loved motorcycles, Maznah said it was a unique machine and riding it was like an art that required skills.

“It is also sexy. Riding a bike is like how you dance the salsa. You need to twist left and right,” she said, adding that riding in groups for road trips was also fun.

Maznah’s passion for motorcycles started when she was 21 after she was impressed by the models displayed at a superbike shop.

“I bought my first bike – a Kawasaki 750cc H2 model, worth RM23,000. It was so huge that I looked like a rat riding on an elephant,” she said, adding that she kept the motorcycle a secret from her parents for three months before they found out about it.

“I kept the bike at my friend’s house and every week, the motorcycle’s former owner would teach me things like how to clean and maintain it,” said Maznah, whose parents eventually gave their blessing for her passion for bikes.

“Currently the club has only a few women bikers. But I intend to draw in more female members to the club,” she said, adding that men do not look down on women and were actually supportive of them.

“You can’t say that biking is dangerous. It is only dangerous if you are overconfident, impulsive and overlook safety measures,” she said.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010


December 21, 2010 at 2:17am
Subject: Hi there,

Can you please send the word, if the bikers want to join us at the viewing and then follow to the church. They are all welcome.

Thanks alot


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Woman causes crash shaving bikini area while driving - WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida

Woman causes crash shaving bikini area while driving - WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida
: "KEY WEST: A woman shaving her bikini area while driving caused a car accident on Cudjoe Key, near Key West, according to a report in

Troopers told the reporter that 37-year-old Megan Mariah Barnes was meeting her boyfriend in Key West and wanted to be properly groomed for the visit.

So during the drive, she decided to shave.

Her ex-husband, who was in the passenger's seat, took the wheel while she focused on other areas, according to the report.

The site also noted that Barnes was convicted of DUI and driving without a license the day before the crash.

The vehicle she was driving struck another car from behind, causing minor injuries to the occupants.

The report says she and her ex-husband drove another half-mile after the crash and switched seats, so it looked like he was driving.

But burns on his chest from the passenger-side airbag sank their story – since the site reports the driver's airbag wasn't deployed by the impact.

Troopers charged Barnes with driving with a revoked license, reckless driving, leaving the scene of a wreck with injuries and driving with no insurance.

Eyewitness News: War against drunk driving moves up a gear

Eyewitness News: War against drunk driving moves up a gear: "Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle believes the province’s second Safely Home Anti-Drunk Driving War-Room (Shadow) will turn up the heat on drunken drivers.

It was officially opened in George on Thursday morning.

These 24-hour facilities enable officials to subject drivers to on-the-spot breathalyser and blood tests.

Carlisle said the centre began operating immediately.

“It is an absolute state-of-the-art institution. It also has the capacity for the drawing blood if necessary. It will be under the control of the provincial traffic police,” he added.

Carlisle said the first Shadow centre opened in Athlone, Cape Town a year ago.

“Since then we’ve had 6,000 people through there – about 2,500 of those were over the limit. That constitutes more than 50 percent of all the people arrested for drunk driving in the whole of South Africa,” Carlisle said.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Police raid Hells Angels bikers allegedly planning rival murder - The Local

Police raid Hells Angels bikers allegedly planning rival murder - The Local
: "More than 900 officers took part in searching 22 apartments and four other buildings in Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Bavaria. They had an arrest warrant for at least one Hells Angels member on charges of attempted murder, prosecutors in the Baden-W├╝rttemberg town of Pforzheim said.

The raids came in response to a brawl in late November between the Hells Angels and an association of doormen called United Tribuns. At least three gang members were injured during the fight in Pforzheim, with one person sustaining life-threatening wounds. Shots were fired during the clash, after which police arrested more than 20 suspects.

Monday’s raids centred on stemming an alleged revenge attack on leaders of United Tribuns, the prosecutors said.

The actions followed another series of raids last week in the state of Hesse. There police are investigating the alleged collusion of several high-level law enforcement officials with the biker gang.

Apartments and offices belonging to several police officers with contact to the gang were searched, the Hessian state Office of Criminal Investigation (LKA) said.

Among the suspects is one of the LKA’s own chief inspectors, they said. The 50-year-old allegedly gave Hells Angels confidential police information about bribery cases.

Five police officers suspected of involvement were suspended from duty with immediate effect.

The raids were organised as part of a drug dealing investigation against the Hells Angels run by the Frankfurt and Darmstadt state prosecutors' offices.

They followed November 24 searches that came in response to a Hells Angels holdup of another motorcycle club.

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Biker buddies open old Route 66 motorcycle museum |

Biker buddies open old Route 66 motorcycle museum | "That’s the short version of how two biker buddies ended up owning an old filling station on a lonely stretch of State Highway 66. Today, Seaba Station, as the 5,000-square-foot brick building listed on the National Register of Historic Places is called these days, is a motorcycle museum that houses about 75 vintage motorcycles, most from a collection put together by Tims.

Biker in 130 mph police chase says the throttle was stuck - JSOnline

Biker in 130 mph police chase says the throttle was stuck - JSOnline: "A Virginia motorcyclist whose throttle was stuck open has had his conviction for driving at least 130 mph thrown out in court.

The Virginian-Pilot reports a judge overturned 27-year-old Frank Parker's conviction on charges of reckless driving and eluding police.

The Virginia Beach resident says he was heading home from work in August when the nightmare occurred on U.S. 58. During the incident Parker was involved in a 2-mile police chase. He was able to bring the bike to a stop after holding in the clutch.

Parker got the conviction overturned last week after he produced a repair order from a motorcycle shop.

Parker had bought the motorcycle about three months before to save gas. Now he says he's just happy to be alive.

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Eyewitness News: Mpumalanga motorist caught driving at 205 km/h

Eyewitness News: Mpumalanga motorist caught driving at 205 km/h: "A Mpumalanga motorist ended up behind bars on Tuesday afternoon after he was caught driving at 205 kilometres per hour.

The man was driving on the N4 from Mpumalanga to Pretoria in an Alfa Romeo.

The Gauteng Department of Community Safety’s Thapelo Moiloa said, “He is due to appear tomorrow in the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrate’s Court on charges of reckless and negligent [driving] as well as speeding.”

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

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Google introduces path finder for Ottawa cyclists

Centretown News Online - Google introduces path finder for Ottawa cyclists: "As Ottawa undertakes new initiatives to improve bike paths and lanes in the city, Internet juggernaut Google is helping make the routes easier to navigate.

The company recently launched a new feature from Google Maps that allows users to map bike routes by entering a place of origin and destination. Users are offered different routes that are most convenient for cyclists, including roads with bike lanes or bike paths.

The new feature was announced in Ottawa at the Sustainable Mobility Conference in November. The launch occurred in seven cities across Canada, including Calgary, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Toronto.

Dave Woodbridge, publisher of the website OutdoorOttawa, says this is a step in the right direction for getting more Ottawa residents on their bikes.

“If you know that you could hop on your bike and anywhere you are, you can punch in your route and Google will give you a nice car-free, traffic-free route, it might encourage you to get on your bike,” says Woodbridge.

Woodbridge says the feature is beneficial for recreational cyclists who may be encouraged to bike more often if they could avoid busy roads or those without bike lanes.

NCC spokesperson Jasmine Leduc says the federal agency for the capital and the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau have all worked together to improve the region’s bike routes and agrees that the Google feature will encourage people to use them.

“The new feature provides a route that is optimal for cycling and it enables the user to take advantage of all the recreation pathways, bike lanes and the bike-friendly streets,” says Leduc.

Mona Abouhenidy, the City of Ottawa’s program manager for transportation planning, says 150 kilometres of bike lanes and multi-use paths will be created in the city by the end of this year.

Other cycling initiatives include the recently approved pilot project to create a segregated bike lane along Laurier Avenue.

More projects to improving cycling routes are being planned, and as the city adds more bike lanes, Google will update the map information.

Abouhenidy says the goal of Google bike maps is to encourage more people to become comfortable with cycling in the city and knowing appropriate routes.

“The people who are confident in traffic are already on the roads. We are trying to attract people who feel less confident cycling in traffic, by going to Google Maps and looking at the options,” says Abouhenidy.

Abouhenidy said not all routes follow paths or bike lanes, but notes that Google clearly indicates when a cyclist must take a street without bike lanes.

She says this allows cyclists to decide on a preferred route, adapted to their cycling abilities and confidence.

“Now they can go and try different options and make a more intelligent and educated decision on which road they can take based on their skill-level,” says Abouhenidy.

Though enthusiastic about the feature, Woodbridge acknowledges some shortcomings of the Google Maps system. When Woodbridge tried mapping a route through Ottawa, he says the site directed him to cycle along the east side of the canal, along a strip that is currently under construction.

To help prevent such glitches, Google encourages users to send in updated information so changes can be made to route recommendations.

Woodbridge says it’s important to take into account that the site can provide incorrect directions and bikers should not feel overconfident.

“There’s already tension between bikers and drivers, and if you’ve got Google Maps backing you up, you might be more emboldened as a biker,” says Woodbridge, explaining that bikers still need to respect car traffic.

Despite potential problems, Woodbridge is optimistic about the future of cycling in Ottawa, pointing to the various cycling initiatives as signs of progress.

“The segregated bike lane and the bike paths on Google maps, these are two huge steps forward for cycling in our town,” says Woodbridge.

“I’m looking forward to see how they play out.”

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Boomer bikers are riding into the sunset

Boomer bikers are riding into the sunset
: "Boomers are a spoiled lot. Our sheer numbers and deep wallets have dominated markets from the automotive to the financial for so long that we've come to expect cradle-to-grave pandering in all we touch.

Too old to fit into the Porsches we loved in the '80s -- although loathe to admit it -- we single-handedly created the gas-guzzling luxury sport-ute. Clothing stores, recreational facilities and fusion restaurants all abound to cater to our very demanding needs. House, condo and cottage sales have boomed and busted according to our whims and, if economists such as William Sterling and Stephen Waite (authors of Boomernomics) are to be believed, every market the 48-to-64-year-old cohort has sashayed through has reaped the rewards of our largesse and then suffered from the detritus left behind when we move on.

Boomers have also been the fatted calf upon which the motorcycle industry has feasted these last 15 years. Like the lowly SUV that was once but a buggy to take fishermen to their favourite watering holes, what was once a marginal sport in the 1960s to '80s blossomed into an industry catering to wealthy Boomers obsessed with more--more power, more chrome, more luxury and, well, more of everything, including the money required to buy into the world of motorcycling.

Unfortunately, the next big market we Boomers will dominate looks to be retirement homes. Depending on who you believe -- the American Motorcycle Association, Canada's own Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council or market giant Harley-Davidson -- average motorcyclists are somewhere between their early and late 40s and, despite the self-serving Yuppie contention that 50 is the new 40, it means a whole lot of us are going to be abandoning our motorcycles for RVs.

More worrisome is that there are precious few behind us to take up the slack. Having feasted on Boomer largesse, motorcycle manufacturers have, until recently, largely ignored the beginner-bike market. What few lower-priced models were available lacked imagination. While we ageing bikers started out progressing from tiddler to superbike -- what fiftysomething biker never rode a Honda CB350? -- newcomers have grown accustomed to shopping in the 600-cubic-centimetre engine range simply because there was nothing attractive offered in lower displacements. Where we grew up with a wide variety of fun, exciting small-displacement machines to choose from -- Yamaha's YCS1 180 and RD350 and the Suzuki X6 Hustler all come to mind -- the mid-sized segment was left untapped simply because there was so much more profit to be made in satiating the Boomer lust for ever pricier two-wheeled trinkets.

Now, as the market implodes, motorcycle manufacturers have suddenly 'discovered' they need new blood if they are to prosper or even survive. (And, as unthinkable as it might seem to a generation weaned on the might of the Japanese motorcycle industry, there is no guarantee that all four members of Nippon Inc. will survive this latest prolonged downturn, no matter what they do.)

This is certainly a change of heart that has come reluctantly. Token efforts such as Honda's Rebel 250 and the Yamaha V-Star hardly set young bikers' imaginations afire. More recent efforts -- Honda's CBR125 and 250 and Kawasaki's Ninja 250 both come to mind -- paint a rosier picture. Ditto Harley's Super Low. However, they are but a small step in the right direction if we are going to recruit our replacements to the sport.

Kawasaki, for instance, needs a 125 to complete its lineup just as Honda needs a 400-cc-class machine. Suzuki needs to build beyond the TU250 retro tiddler it is introducing. And there has to be a massive expansion of initiatives such as Honda's CBR125R Challenge and Junior Red Rider programs.

Most importantly, Boomers need to stop passing judgment on what the next generation wants from its motorcycles. In recent years, the motorcycling establishment has railed against the antics of young stunters as they so callously undermined the safety-first vision of motorcycling Boomers have spent the last 20 years cultivating. Until quite recently, we, the aged male kahunas of the motorcycling set, snickered when women wanted to join the ranks of the riding rather than the ridden. And, the entire time we forgot it doesn't matter why or what they ride--just that they ride.

I have not a single, solitary clue what the young want from their motorcycles. But I know this: It matters not if the young rebel against our homogenized view of motorcycling, wear ridiculous tartan kilts with their Doc Martens while shopping at motorcycle shows or how many tongue piercings might be ablating their tooth enamel. They are the future of motorcycling. And we are its past.

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Bikers held over teen attack in Sydney | Herald Sun

Bikers held over teen attack in Sydney | Herald Sun: "TWO alleged members of rival biker gangs have been arrested after an attack on a teenage woman in Sydney's western suburbs.

The 18-year-old victim was assaulted at a car park in Union Lane, Penrith, about 2pm on December 2, police said.

After she fell to the ground, a man allegedly stole a sum of cash and fled the scene.

A 25-year-old male, who is an alleged member of the Nomads OMCG, was arrested at a home in Emu Heights at 8am today

He was taken to Penrith police station, where he was charged with robbery, affray and possession of a restricted substance.

He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Saturday.

A 29-year-old male, who is an alleged member of the Rebels OMCG, was also arrested.

He was charged at Penrith police station with affray, assault and possession of a restricted substance and later granted bail to appear at Penrith Local Court on December 20.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Kawasaki Racing Latest News

Kawasaki Racing Latest News: "Team Green | 12/9/2010
FRIDAY FEATURE: Editor’s First Look at the All-New Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
FRIDAY FEATURE: Editor’s First Look at the All-New Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
This week’s Friday Feature takes us to the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R press launch from Road Atlanta. The editors were able to take the all-new Ninja to the track and push the limits of the ZX-10R. Check out what new features the editors liked the most.

East Coast Motorcycle Launch.

The largest motorcycle dealership in KwaZulu-Natal is celebrating its newfound bigger and better status with a bang.....and You are Invited! When: 11 December 2010Time: 2.00pm to 9.00pm (or thereabouts depending on festivities)Kawasaki Motors South Africa's flagship dealership in the province, East Coast Motorcycles in Meridian Drive, Umhlanga Ridge (Gateway) is throwing a soiree for all its motorcycling friends. We will cele...brate:· East Coast Motorcycles has doubled its floor space making it by far the biggest motorcycle dealership in KwaZulu-Natal.· We will want to see your faces when the new 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja is unveiled in our province for the first time · Meet our own multiple superbike champion Sheridan Morais at East Coast Motorcycles and ogle his 2011 S.A. Superbike at the East Coast Motorcycles launch. · We are now the proud representative of the prestigious Aprilia motorcycles alongside its existing Kawasaki, Triumph, Aeon, PGO and Zongshen brands. · See the Triumph Tiger 800 "teaser." · Top drag race team owner Pierre Labuschagne of Bear Racing is bringing his stunning race transporter full of toys down from Gauteng for the occasion. These include his 500+ horsepower Turbo ZX-12 Ghost Rider. · Great news for owners of Arai helmets is that KMSA's Jeff Farris will have his mobile Arai Service Centre down in Durban to give your lid a bit of a tweak and a tune-up. · There'll be lots of lucky draw prizes & plenty of bargains· The beers will be cold and the barmaids hot!· The all girl-band Amethyst will keep you entertained with lots of great music. · KMSA Managing Director Chris Speight will be there along with his Triumph and Aprilia brand managers Arnold Olivier and Andre van Rooyen.Invite your friends in motorcycling and enjoy this splendid opportunity to look at motorcycles, talk about motorcycles, drool over motorcycles and mingle with other people who simply love the things. See you here!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Regulators "BurnOut" 2010

We have decided to include a short mass ride for those who are interested. Riders to meet at 13h30 at McDonald's N1 City. Mass ride to D'Watergat to leave at 13h45.

Contact Craig for further detail - 082 938 7298

Africa's Next Top Model/Motorcycle Rider

Africa's Next Top Model/Motorcycle Rider
: "Kate Peck is a Aussie model with an international career who is taking over a month off to tour South Africa on her Kawasaki supporting YGAP 'Y-Generation Against Poverty.' While my title for this article is a pun, Kate actually got her big break from a TV series called 'Search for A Supermodel.' Well not only is she stunning, the woman rides hard and has a heart of gold.

Her charity tour began on November 24th and ends on January 13th and already her blog '' has some great reads and has me hooked on her venture. Throughout her journey Kate will be visiting development projects throughout the country, documenting her learning's and reactions. For a portion of her journey her father and step-mother, who are also riders, will join her.

The point of the whole trip is to establish a working relationship between South Africa and her YGAP charity. Additionally the media and content Kate will be producing is sure to inspire and educate both motorcycle enthusiast and fashion enthusiasts, whole will undoubtedly be following her journey online.

Kate will be visiting a number of important locations such as the Christian Welfare and Development Center, a Women's Shelter for victims of domestic violence and a center called the Nonceba Family which is a refuge for young victims of sexual abuse. Each stop she is planning to spend lots of time with the coordinators and victims, listening to their stories and capturing media.

Her blog is already filling up with pictures and stories, I highly recommend checking it out and researching some of the amazing organizations she is working with. Her venture is truly an inspiring gesture and excellent application of her position as a international model.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Monstrous Jet Bike from Maddox! | Walyou

The Monstrous Jet Bike from Maddox! | Walyou
: "If you know who Bob Maddox is then you probably would know how crazy he can get with his creations. No doubt about the fact that he has been one great motorcycle inventor but man you need to know the limits.

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DEC WEEKEND 10-12...2010

Friday 10 DEC Bike SA
Namib Desert Run
Kuruman to Swakopmund
Bike SA
011 782 5521

Saturday 11 DEC Xcalibur, Road Eagles,
Red Heart Riders Christmas Bash
West Rand R50Metal
Mr. H
082 496 0409
082 929 6417

Saturday 11 DEC Mac's Toy Run
Kloof Golf Club
Mass ride departs Kloof Golf Club @ 10:00. Please donate a toy!
074 471 7837


for sale

2001 YAMAHA YZF 1000 THUNDER ACE ( R 46,500 )

Honda CRF 250X Offroad Bike ( R 49,000 )

BMW 1200 GSA GS Adventure ( R 115,000 )

2007 SUZUKI RMZ 450 ( R 38,900 )

Honda Cub C90 1970 ( R 15,000 )

Honda CB600F Hornet ( R 48,000 )

2007 CAN AM OUTLANDER 800 MAX ( R 65,000 )

2004 YAMAHA YZ450 F ( R 30,000 )

BRAND NEW SUZUKI GSXR 1000 L01 ( R 140,000 )

YAMAHA TDM 850 ( R 35,000 )

2009 CAN AM SPYDER 990 ( R 149,995 )

2009 BMW R1200 GS ( R 140,000 )

2008 SUZUKI LTF 160 ( R 22,000 )

2007 YAMAHA YFM 660 RAPTOR ( R 45,000 )

2006 Aprilia RS125 ( R 38,500 )


Harley Davidson Softail Custom Screaming Eagle ( R 129,000 )

Suzuki GS500 ( R 10,500 )

Wanted: Honda Crf 450 Engine ( Please contact )

PGO T-REX 125 Scooter, with RWC!!! ( R 7,750 )

2008 Honda ANF 125 Deputy ( R 5,500 )

2008 Suzuki LTZ400 ( R 32,000 )

2006 Kawasaki ZX10 Titanium. ( R 69,000 )

Daytona 350 ( R 32,500 )

Gomoto Transporter 100cc ( R 5,900 )

ER500 ( R 14,000 )

1997 HARLEY DAVIDSON 1200 SPORTSTER ( R 49,995 )

Bashan x-Plode 125 ( R 13,500 )

Low miles Jialing (HONDA XL 125 engine) 125 Scrambler ( R 5,500 )

2010 Honda CRF250R ( R 42,000 )

300 TRX QUAD BIKE ( R 32,000 )

Bashan X-Plode 200 ( R 12,990 )

2009 Suzuki AN400 Burgman ( R 36,000 )

Kawasaki VN 900 for sale ( R 50,000 )

Jonway Galactica 125 ( R 9,500 )

BMW 650 DAKAR ( R 42,000 )

Bajaj Pulsar 220 F ( R 21,900 )

Jonway El-Ninjo 125/150cc ( R 9,600 )

Wanted: Ducati Monster Seat Cowl wanted ( Please contact )

2007 BMW R1200GS ABS ( R 94,000 )

HONDA STEED 600cc ( Please contact )

Gomoto Yesterday 125/150cc ( R 8,900 )

Kawasaki Klx 250 ( R 8,000 )

2009 Yamaha YBR 125 ( R 7,500 )

pitbike ( R 3,800 )

HONDA PC 800 ( R 40,000 )


1997 KAWASAKI ZZR 400 ( R 29,995 )

2007 HONDA CBR 150 MONSTER ( R 19,900 )

BMW F800GS ( R 79,500 )


We invited all the Bike Clubs for that day.We support the CANSA RELAY in Parys.We also invited all the differrent towns BIKE CLUBS to come and support Cansa that day.We also invited the Police Members to come and bring a team for the day.
Relay For Life is a unique event that offers everyone in a community the opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. It honours the memory of those lost to cancer, gives support to... those who face cancer and offers hope that one day cancer will be beaten.
At Relay For Life, team members take turns to walk or run around a track for 12 to 24 hours. Participants enjoy camping-out, entertainment, good food, games and community camaraderie. People who join-in all share a common purpose - to help CANSA in the fight against cancer. Relay For Life is:
• a celebration of life for cancer survivors
• an opportunity to remember the precious moments of loved ones lost to cancer
• a community joining forces to fight cancer
• an excuse to stay up all night and celebrate life with family and friends


With the festive season upon us I am reaching out for a helping hand for a very good cause.

In Brakpan we have a "white squatter camp" who we would like to bless a little over the festive season.
I am doing this to assist Rose from Bikerboyz and know how generous our biker community can be.
This camp has 140 adults, 25 children ( 3-17yrs old) and three babies, mostly abused women and children.

We have plenty clothes and blankets etc and would like to appeal for any non-perishable goods such as
Canned foods, sugar, maize meal, flour, oil etc. Toiletries such as bars of soap, toilet paper etc would be
Highly appreciated.

If anyone is willing to make a donation, no matter how small I will collect from you. We will be taking the donations
To the camp on Sunday morning.

Please help me to bless these people a little over the festive season.

Presidents, I will be at the EPC yearend function on Friday night and if you could ask your members each to bring
A can of food or a toiletry I will be there with a bakkie to collect.


Debbie Singer
(c) 072 663 9556

Renegades Mc December 7 at 8:37am Reply . Report

R180.00 each
The profits of the tshirts will go towards the Bra Wee Benificiary fund.
Please support our brother in need.

We will be placing order for tshirts 5 January 2011.
Our Paypal system will be up and running this week.


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SAfrica to start buying dope

SAfrica to start buying subsidised green power | Reuters: "JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa will start a much-delayed plan to buy electricity from green energy plants next year under a new subsidies programme to help boost private investment in renewable power, a senior official said on Monday.

Monday, December 6, 2010

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9 days & counting down! WHOOP-WHOOP!!!!!

Remember the stunt competition - person to do the best stunt on a 110cc pit bike will be taking the bike home as the first prize!

Bar will be open from Friday (15:00) 10 Dec to Sunday 12 Dec (12:00) so pitch your tent & spend the week-end!

For more info call me on 079 322 3650

Regulators "BurnOut" Dayjol 2010

Our BurnOut Dayjol on 18 December 2010 has been revised to only allow entry to persons over the age of 18.

We will be forced to turn children away. No exceptions.

Thanking you in anticipation of your co-operation.



10th December _ Friday
3pm at the Rat and Barrel Petit
R40-00 Braai pack includes two salads rolls, or pap gravy.
Cloth badges available @ R15-00

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To all that attended the Poison Rally this past weekend, if you have heard of anyone who lost their engagement ring at the rally, please could you ask them to drop me a mail.
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Eyewitness News: Biker killed in Cape Town

Eyewitness News: Biker killed in Cape Town: "A motorcyclist has been killed in an accident outside Cape Town on Sunday morning.

The incident occurred on the N1 near Monte Vista.

Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said the biker was allegedly on the wrong side of the road when he was hit by a vehicle.

“A motor cyclist on the N1 drove on the incorrect side of the roadway and collided with a motor vehicle head on. The motor cyclist died at the scene,” he said.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Ex-Hells Angel named in long-unsolved murder

Ex-Hells Angel named in long-unsolved murder
: "MONTREAL - A man already charged in connection with a double-murder in Montreal has been named as the killer in a long unsolved homicide in Nova Scotia.

Jeffrey Albert Lynds, 42, a former member of the Hells Angels has been named in an indictment filed in Nova Scotia concerning the 1999 death of Randy Mersereau, also a former member of the biker gang’s Nova Scotia chapter.

Lynds has not been charged with Mersereau’s death. But he is named as the person behind Mersereau’s murder in a charge alleging a Nova Scotia man named Gerald MacCabe acted as an accessory after the fact to Mersereau’s murder. MacCabe was charged in a Nova Scotia court of Thursday.

Lynds was charged earlier this year with the Jan 24 shooting deaths of two men in Notre Dame de Grace. His case in Montreal court is scheduled to return before a judge on Jan. 11.

The victims, Kirk Murray, 47, and Anthony Onesi, 51, both lived on the South Shore. They were shot to death as they sat inside a car parked in a lot outside a McDonald’s restaurant on St. Jacques St. W.

Two brothers, Timothy, 45, and Robert William Simpson, 48, have been charged along with Lynds in the double murder in NDG. The brothers appeared in Montreal last week for a formality hearing where one of the brothers complained he was having difficulty finding a lawyer. He said he has already switched lawyers six times. Both men are expected to return to Montreal court on Dec. 8.

Yesterday, the RCMP was searching a wooded area in Nova Scotia’s Colchester County as part of their investigation. They are searching for Mersereau’s remains.

Sgt. Brigdit Leger, of the RCMP, said the search of the area is expect to continue Friday and carry on until the end of the weekend. She said the RCMP will use forensics experts and members from its various detachments in Nova Scotia to help in the search.

She said Mersereau’s body has yet to be found.

The RCMP had also searched a different part of Nova Scotia in October. Leger said that search was based on “new information that came to light” in the RCMP’s investigation of Mersereau’s disappearance.

Leger said that only MacCabe has been charged in connection with Mersereau’s death.

Mersereau was a longtime Hells Angel before he left the gang in the late 1990’s, reportedly to form a rival organization that would traffic in drugs in Nova Scotia. He was last seen alive on Oct. 31, 1999. His car was later recovered along a highway in Nova Scotia between Halifax and Truro. Weeks later, Dany Kane, a man who was a member of the Rockers, a Montreal-based puppet gang for the Hells Angels, while also working as a police informant for the Surete du Quebec, told investigators Mersereau had been shot to death. However, Kane, who has since died, did not know the whereabouts of the body.

Before leaving the Hells Angels, Mersereau had strong ties to the biker gang’s members in Quebec. He and three other members of the Halifax chapter were acquitted, in 1987, in a high profile murder trial in Montreal involving the deaths of five Hells Angels who were purged from the gang. The five bikers were killed at a Hells Angels bunker near Sherbrooke in what came to be known as the Lennoxville Purge.

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Motorcyclists less at risk in pursuits - police - National - NZ Herald News

Motorcyclists less at risk in pursuits - police - National - NZ Herald News: "Motorcyclists appear to be at less risk of crashing than other vehicles during a police pursuit, despite a perception to the contrary, police say.

A report released today cleared police of any blame over two separate pursuits involving three deaths, including a motorcyclist and his passenger, earlier this year.

But the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) reiterated a recommendation made last year that police track motorcycles separately, to ascertain whether they were at greater risk during pursuits.

Steven John Gorrie and his pillion passenger Makoto Izumi died after the 1200cc motorcycle they were travelling on hit an oncoming car on April 4 in Dome Valley, near Warkworth, north of Auckland.

Acting road policing manager Rob Morgan told NZPA that police started tracking all vehicle types involved in pursuits after the IPCA's recommendation last year, discovering that motorcyclists were at less risk of crashing during a pursuit than other vehicles.

'That came out as a result of probably a perception that chasing motorbikes is more risky than chasing other vehicles, but that's not actually really showing up in the statistics.'

He said 9.7 per cent of motorcycles crashed during a pursuit, compared to 15.8 per cent of all pursuits.

'We're basically saying that it doesn't indicate a different way to treat motorcycles.'

Already, police did not use spikes in motorcycle pursuits, as they did for cars, for the safety of riders. 'That would really raise their risk of falling off.'

The new tracking system meant police could be alert to any trends that showed up relating to pursuits.

The IPCA found last year that motorcyclists were involved in a disproportionate number of road crashes, but did not have enough information to determine whether it was more dangerous to pursue a motorcycle than another vehicle.

Authority chairwoman Justice Lowell Goddard said today that in the two 2010 cases it reviewed, all decisions, acts and conduct of the police officers were lawful, reasonable and justified.

Ricky Allan Forbes died after a Subaru Impreza driven by his cousin crashed into a tree near Murchison, south of Nelson in February. They were being pursued for dangerous driving and failing to stop.

Mr Forbes' cousin, Danny Forbes, later pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to four years imprisonment.

The authority again found the police officer was justified in starting the pursuit, and complied with policy throughout.

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Drink-drive campaign gets ugly - Crime & Courts - IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment |

Drink-drive campaign gets ugly - Crime & Courts - IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment | "TO MEN who drink and drive the message is simple yet effective: get caught this festive season and get gang-raped in jail.

The controversial anti-drunk driving advertisement produced for Brandhouse’s “Drive Dry” campaign has been applauded by sober driving campaigners and a prisoner rights organisation.

In an attempt to drive home the annual festive road-safety message, the advertisement’s creators have pulled out all the stops to ram home the message using shock tactics.

They want to scare motorists into obeying the rules of the road by portraying the consequences that have become a reality for many finding themselves behind bars.

- Sent using Google Toolbar" | news | sa news | Motorist clocks 234km/h | news | sa news | Motorist clocks 234km/h: "A motorist was caught driving at 234km/h on the N4 highway on Friday morning.

Gauteng traffic police said the motorist was travelling from Pretoria towards Witbank when he was arrested. He told police that he was testing his Mercedes-Benz C65.

The traffic police's Zakhele Nkabinde said the man was released on bail.

'The motorist will be charged with reckless and negligent driving,' he said.

'He was released on R1000 bail until his court appearance on Monday.'

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Cars in Action Online

Cars in Action Online
: "Saturday sees the retrospective of one of South Africa’s most popular race meetings with the 9-hour races at Kyalami - and a chance for a little Christmas goodwill - if you donate a toy at the gate, you will get into the track for free.

The Execuline 9-Hour will once again see a horde of classic racers gracing the great Kyalami track ranging from monster Porsche 917s, Lola T70s and GT40s to Minis and Anglias with everything between - it’s a meeting not to be missed by the race aficinado and forms round one of the Springbok Series for Historic cars. Round two heads to East London on December 18 and the final round at Cape Town’s Killarney on February 5 and 6.

Although the original 9-Hour blasted around Grand Central and not Kyalami in 1958, it moved up the road to the new Midrand circuit and made a name for itself on the international scene. The event offered a fascinating mix of out and out sports cars and hot family saloons, and featured some of the biggest names in motorsport history

Over the course of nine hours the race leader would change as often as the carnival-like atmosphere. Late on the sun would drop down behind the famous Sunset corner and there would more often than not be a heavy thunderstorm thrown into the mix. Legends like David Piper, Dave Charlton, Geoff Mortimer and the Porter brothers rose to the fore. The vibe was electric.

These feel good memories are what the Execuline Kyalami 9-Hour Retro hopes to a series of shorter endurance races totalling nine hours all together with a 3-Hour endurance for cars older than 1974, a 2-Hour for cars built between 1974 and 1977 and a 1-Hour for cars manufactured between 1977 and 1984. There will also be sprint races for Marque cars and Formula Vee as well as a 90 minute race for Lotus 7 type cars and sports cars built between 1977 and 1984.

The Midrand Lions Club will be running its annual Toy!-Toy! at the 9-Hour, collecting toys at the gate and redistributing them to the needy just in time for the festive season and of course spectators donating a toy at the gate get in free. Tickets will cost R40 for each day but it is strongly recommended to bring toys instead.

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Yamaha R1 - Life In The Fast Lane Sweepstakes

Yamaha R1 - Life In The Fast Lane Sweepstakes
: "Yamaha and the Palms Casino Resort “Life in the Fast Lane” Sweepstakes will reward one lucky winner with an all inclusive trip for two to the Palms Casino Resort and a new Palms ‘themed’ Yamaha YZF-R1 supersport motorcycle designed and customized by Nick Anglada Originals and loaded with exciting Yamaha and aftermarket parts and accessories.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

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BRAND NEW DRZ 400 2010 WITH 56.3 KM ON THE CLOCK ( R 47,500 )

BMW 1200GS ( R 104,000 )

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YZ250F WR gearbox-PRICED TO GO ( R 29,500 )

Yamaha XT600e panniers ( R 3,850 )

Jonway 2008 - LOW km Scooter for sale WITH HELMETS ( R 7,500 )

Johnway 250CC Scrambler ( R 7,000 )

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KLE500 ( R 29,900 )

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YAMAHA TTR230 ( R 21,995 )

YZ250 ( R 22,995 )

Child's motorcycle Helmet ( R 250 )

SFX KTM 250 Supermotard ( R 35,000 )

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2007 Suzuki RM 85 big wheel ( R 19,000 )

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KYMCO MAXXER 300 ( R 12,000 )

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Biker revs up and heads to Timbuktu for charity mission - News - getwokingham - The Wokingham Times

Biker revs up and heads to Timbuktu for charity mission - News - getwokingham - The Wokingham Times: "A Finchampstead man is riding his way to Timbuktu and back in a 7,000km challenge for charity.

Dave Alexander, of Arnett Avenue, is roaring his way across the globe in a BMW R 1200 GS Adventure motorcycle to raise funds for Crohn’s and Colitis UK.

The 51-year-old set off from BMW Motorrad UK’s headquarters in Bracknell on Friday, November 5, to take on the mammoth three-week ride to Timbuktu.

He said: “Timbuktu is one of those mythical places that many people think doesn’t actually exist. It’s a dream destination for a challenge like this and a great journey to cross off the list.”

And it is not the first time the BMW parts and accessories manager has taken to the road for a motorcycle challenge, having competed in two Heroes Legend Paris-Dakar events on his 1994 R 80 G/S motorcycle. This time he is switching his bike for a different model to see how it will fare on the journey across bumpy paths from the UK down to Barcelona and beyond.

He said: “I’m sure I’ll be revisiting some of the classic Dakar routes from the two Heroes Legend rides, but this time it will be less competitive so there will be time to make the most of the local life and culture, and see some of the sights.

“I don’t want to risk anything so I’ll be making a few minor modifications to protect the bits that could be vulnerable in the event of a crash, just to ensure that I can complete the challenge.

“As for spares, I’m working on a list but will probably take an emergency rocker cover, tyre repair kit, spare clutch and brake levers, gas canisters, tyre plugs and travel foot-pump, just in case.”

Mr Alexander headed for Barcelona where he was set to meet 22 other challengers coming from Holland and Belgium. The riders will then board the ferry to Tangiers where they will ride through Morocco and Western Sahara before going inland and crossing into Mali and eventually pulling up in Timbuktu.

But the adventure does not stop there, as the group will then loop round and head to Bamako via Djenne, which is home to the world’s largest mud mosque. In Bamako the riders will crate up their bikes ready for them to be shipped back to Europe.

Mr Alexander is taking on the challenge to raise funds for people suffering from inflammatory bowel disease, the most common forms of which are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, which affect around 250,000 people in the United Kingdom.

People can follow Mr Alexander’s journey to Timbuktu via satellite tracking at or on Twitter @bmwtimbuktu.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

My right car mirror was intentionally broken by a motorcyclist, what to do now?

My right car mirror was intentionally broken by a motorcyclist, what to do now?: "I bought my new car a month ago and now it's damaged, it's a Ford Figo Ambiente. This morning while driving from Krugersdorp on the N14 highway towards Pretoria on the fast lane, some motorcyclist came out of nowhere, drove past my right side and intentionally hit my mirror and the mirror itself came off. I was shocked for a moment as I initially thought that I hit him or something. The same motorcyclist seemed as if he broke the mirror of a car in front of me since the car was on the fast lane as well, and also because seconds later that car stopped on the side of the road, probably to look at the damage done to the car.

It's not like I was driving below 120km/h, I think I was doing about 140km/h, but this motorcyclist decided to just break my mirror. He could have overtaken me on the left lane since the highway was not busy at all and there was no car on my left side at that moment. I think this motorcyclist is on a mission to break people's car's mirrors if those cars are driving on the fast lane. I wanted to chase him but motorbikes are fast and there was no way for me to catch up with him.

Unfortunately I didn't get any details of that bike, I didn't see any number plates, i didn't take any picture and I can't tell what color that bike was, so going to the cops and have that guy caught is not going to happen, unless the car in front of me got his details. I should have stopped next to the car that stopped on the side of the road, but that thought hit me after a few minutes.

My question is, what do I do now? Should I go to the police and open a case of damage to property? Should I inform my insurance company? I'm with Budget Insurance and my excess is R3250. I don't think opening a case will make a difference because there's no way for the cops to catch that guy since I have insufficient information for them to work on. I'm not sure how much it will cost to install another mirror, it's only the mirror that came off but sure panel beaters will replace the whole mirror casing as well just to make money .

- Sent using Google Toolbar" - Hundreds of riders honour fallen comrades - Hundreds of riders honour fallen comrades
: "The Biker's Church in Brackenfell, north of Cape Town, was full to the eaves - literally standing room only - at the weekend for the eighth annual memorial service for riders who had died on Western Cape roads in the past year.

But, even so, the huge space - it's actually a converted warehouse - was unusually quiet this year, the riders even more sombre than the occasion would normally warrant.

And the reason became clear when two members of the congregation idled their machines down the aisles, bringing the plaques with the names of the fallen riders to stand in front of the stage
One lost on the roads is one too many; 42 is almost an obscenity

There were a lot more names than in any previous year - more than 40 of them, each one somebody's child, somebody's father, mother, brother or sister.

In a tightly-knit community where one lost on the roads is one too many, 42 is almost an obscenity.

Pastor George Lehman picked up on the undercurrent running through the gathering, saying that he'd buried too many bikers in the past year to make this another funeral.

Instead, he said, he would speak to the living, taking as his text Psalm 116, verses 7, 8 and 9:

Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the lord has been good to you.
For you, O Lord, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling,
That I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

David, he said, knew what he was talking about; he'd suffered many tragedies in his life but he remained convinced that every day was given him to make the best of it
'The Lord made this day - but it's up to us what we make of it'

Yesterday, Lehman said, couldn't be changed and tomorrow was never guaranteed; all we had was today.

'The Lord made this day,' he said, 'but it's up to us what we make of it.'

Motorcyclists Association of the Western Cape president Bruce Reynolds then knelt by the plaques and read out the names of the riders who'd died in the past year.

It seemed to take forever, as relatives and riding buddies came forward; each stood holding a candle, its tiny flame a symbol of life, so precious and ultimately so fragile.

Jeremy Rochefort of Think Bike urged riders to speak out rather than remain silent, to ask a friend who'd had one too many to get a lift home or stay over, to explain to non-biking friends and family how to look out for bikes on the road, to talk to teenagers on scooters and 125's about wearing protective gear and staying out of cars' blind spots.

If we all speak up, he said, we can make the roads safer for everybody, one mindset at a time.

But I couldn't help feeling a chill as the riders picked up the plaques, so full of names, and rumbled gently out of the building. 2010 was a bad year for Cape Town's bikers.

- Sent using Google Toolbar" | news | sa news | Biker killed in Cape crash | news | sa news | Biker killed in Cape crash: "A man was killed when his motorbike collided with a bakkie in Rondebosch in Cape Town on Wednesday morning, emergency personnel said.

'The collision occurred at the intersection of the M3 and Rhodes Avenue [at 8.30am]... A motorcyclist was allegedly travelling in the direction of [the CBD] when he collided with a bakkie,' said ER24 spokesperson Andre Visser.

'[Paramedics] could see that the collision was severe due to the amount of damage sustained to both of the vehicles.'

The motorcyclist, in his thirties, died on the scene and the driver of the bakkie had to be extricated from the vehicle but sustained only minor injuries.

The bakkie was carrying a load of blue paint which spilled onto the road.

The intersection would remain closed for 'quite some time'.

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No mercy on the roads in December: News24: South Africa: Politics

No mercy on the roads in December: News24: South Africa: Politics: "Johannesburg - This year's festive season road safety campaign will focus on driver and vehicle fitness as well as moving violations, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele announced on Thursday.

'Traffic enforcement will be visible, proactive and effective... absolutely no mercy will be shown to drunk motorists,' Ndebele said.

'At all times traffic personnel will act in a professional and ethical manner ensuring that motorists' support for road safety is secured.'

Ndebele was speaking at Ikageng Stadium in Potchefstroom, where he announced road safety plans for the December 2010 and January 2011 period.

High volumes of traffic during this period will be monitored along key arterial routes - such as the N3 to Durban, the N1 to Limpopo, the N4 to Witbank and Mpumalanga, and will also include roads along various urban and rural locations.

Besides driver and vehicle fitness, the state of tyres, brakes, lights and shock absorbers will be checked and the use of seatbelts will be rigorously enforced, Ndebele said.

'Drivers are urged to ensure all passengers in their vehicles are buckled up,' he said.

At random

Traffic officers will also be on the lookout for drunk pedestrians, pedestrians on highways and jay-walking.

'Since the 2010 Soccer World Cup, an average of 2 000 motorists were arrested monthly nationwide for driving under the influence,' Ndebele said, adding that random operations would continue on various routes and at various times.

'We will also use the 'draw-blood' method to secure prosecutions.' Motorists who do not display registration plates, deliberately obscure plates or display fraudulent plates, will be treated as suspects and dealt with accordingly.

'Number plate recognition devices will be used to detect errant vehicles.'

Overloaded and unroadworthy public transport vehicles will be removed from the roads, and their drivers fined heavily.

In addition, there will be zero tolerance for drivers who continue to travel at excessive speeds 'with impunity'.

'In some authorities, mobile violation recorders will be used to detect moving violations while others will use 'Distance over Time' technology to determine average speeds,' Ndebele said.

Million a month

Underscoring the National Rolling Enforcement Plan (NREP), the target is to stop and check a minimum of one million vehicles and drivers nationwide every month.

'The principles of interpersonal, active stopping and checking a minimum of 15 vehicles per officer, per eight hour shift, will be enforced by all participating authorities.

'Additional support of the Saps and other relevant stakeholders such as justice, defence, education and health will be secured at various tiers in order to realise our objectives,' he said

Special blitzes, announced and unannounced, will also be conducted nation-wide by various traffic authorities.

'This would ensure that habitual and reckless drivers who have no respect for road safety are dealt with severely.'

He said leave days for uniformed officers had been curtailed and all senior officers had been instructed to be out on the roads during peak traffic flow periods to assist with monitoring and supervision.

'Wear your seatbelt, do not drink and drive, adhere to the prescribed speed limits... fatigue is a silent killer, so for every stretch of 200km driven, pull aside and rest or stretch, and pedestrians and cyclists (should) wear bright clothes at all times when using the roads,' Ndebele said.


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Thursday, November 18, 2010 - Thrills and (oil) spills at ZX-10R finale - Thrills and (oil) spills at ZX-10R finale: "Newly crowned champion Gavin Lightfoot was unable to race the final round of the 2010 ZX-10R Masters Cup at Kyalami due to business commitments in Japan but his absence didn't detract from a brilliant spectacle.

Stewart Macleod took pole ahead of Brad Stark, Sergio da Silva and Pieter de Vos - but there was drama almost immediately in the first race when Malcolm Cochrane lost the front under braking at the top of the hill and took the unfortunate Pierre le Roux with him.

The red flags came out and medics rushed to scoop Le Roux up off the circuit but fortunately he wasn't seriously hurt
The track temperature was nudging 55 degrees

At the restart Macleod led the from lights to flag, hotly pursued by Stark and the smooth-riding da Silva. They were almost 20sec clear of a closely-fought battle for fourth which saw De Vos get the verdict ahead of Royden Bennett and Joe Shearer.

Brian Bontekoning won the battle for seventh from Simon Bezuidenhout and Stander as Alan Ryan rounded off the top 10.

By the time Race 2 started the ambient temperature in the pits was hovering around 38 degrees but the track temperature was nudging 55 so looking after tyres was more critical than ever.

Macleod's experience told as he showed the form that won him a National Superbike title, romping off into the distance unaware of the drama that unfolded behind him.

De Vos was looking good in second but retired with engine problems, which left Stark and da Silva to dispute the position
The tortured bike hand-grenaded at the Esses

With three laps remaining Stark was also suffering engine problems but dropped out of the top six and tried to nurse the bike home.

Then, with little more than a lap to go, the tortured bike hand-grenaded at the Esses. By now the leaders were on their final lap and da Silva was running second ahead of Shearer - until they found the oil Stark's bike had deposited and went down together in a spectacular cloud of dust.

That left the hard-riding Bennett to take second, way ahead of Bontekoning, who admitted he wasn't on top of his game.

Bezuidenhout held off a fired up Andre van Vollensteen for fourth place and, not far behind them, Stander came out in front of a huge dice for sixth that saw Richard Carmody, Joe Alves, Stewart Christie and Ryan in a mad sprint for the line

- Sent using Google Toolbar" - International riders gear up for the 'Roof' - International riders gear up for the 'Roof': "Entries are still streaming in for the 42nd running of the traditional Roof of Africa enduro. More than 250 riders from all over the world have already confirmed their participation in the 2010 Roof, to be run over November 25-27 in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.

Most of the top international extreme enduro motorcycle riders have entered, as this race will count towards the 2011 World Xtreme Enduro championship. So far more than 20 entries have been received from around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Mexico and the UK.

The race organisers expect more than 300 entrants to start the three day event on Thursday, November 25
Double Roof of Africa winner Chris Birch will be aiming for a hat trick

Double Roof of Africa winner Chris Birch from New Zealand, riding a KTM, will be aiming for a hat trick after winning this race in 2008 and 2009.

Birch also won the gruelling Romaniacs for the first time earlier in 2010 and will be a tough contender. Two more New Zealanders - Michael Skinner and Philip Cheater - will join him, each also on a KTM.

British extreme enduro rider Paul Bolton (on a Katoom - what else?) will be riding in his first roof. Privateer Bolton is rated as one of the Top 10 extreme enduro riders in the world, having originally honed his skills as a trials rider.

He has finished on the podium at some of the world's toughest races, including third at the 2008 Erzberg Harescramble.

The Husqvarna riders will be out to prove a point
The international riders will not have it all their own way
. Andreas 'Letti' Lettenbichler, who won the 2009 Romaniacs, impressed friends and rivals alike in 2009 when he was amongst the last starters after receiving a penalty during the time trial but fought his way back into overall contention by the end of Friday.

Unfortunately, he damaged his BMW G450X only a few kilometres from the finish and couldn't finish the race. In 2010 he'll be riding a two-stroke Husqvarna.

Simo Kirssi was born in Finland but now lives in Germany; this multiple European and German Cross Country champion will join Letti for his first extreme enduro race on a Husqvarna.

Letti and Kirssi will be joined by BMW G450X rider Gerhard Foster (at 43 one of the oldest entrants) who was runner-up at the Romaniacs in 2007 and 2008.

Mexican rider Jesus Zavala (Husaberg) will also be aiming for a top-10 position in his first Roof. Zavala is a regular at the Romaniacs and Erzberg Rodeo, and other endurance events all around the world.

The international riders will, however, not have it all their own way and the South Africans have trained hard during the course of the year and will do their utmost to keep the trophy in Africa.

The 2010 SA Off-Road and Enduro champion, Jade Gutzeit (Yamaha) will be a strong contender and would like to convert his second and third places at the previous two Roof of Africa races into a win.

He won the Roof in 2003 and finished amongst the top riders in his first attempt at the Bull Romaniacs in 2010. He also scored a top-10 finish at the Erzberg Rodeo in Austria earlier in 2010.

KTM riders Darryl Curtis (winner in 1996 and 2004), Swiss racer Lionel Seydoux who has been living and competing in South Africa and finished in the top 10 in Romania earlier in 2010, Altus de Wet and Riaan van Niekerk will also be riding for SA pride.

So will Kenneth Gilbert (Yamaha) whose US racing experience will come in handy, multiple Supermoto and former Trials champion, Brian Capper (KTM) - who also competed in the National Enduro championship this season.

Brent and Bruce Le Riche (Gas Gas), who have 10 South African Trials titles between them as well as trials experience in the US and Europe, will tackle the Roof of Africa for the first time.

The battle at the front promises to be fierce; fitness, mental toughness and bike preservation will play a big role on deciding who wins (and indeed, who finishes) the 2010 Roof.

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Things my motorcycle has taught me

The only good view of a thunderstorm is in your rear view mirror.

People ask us why we ride a motorcycle. For those who have experienced the
joy, no explanation is necessary; for those who have not, no explanation is

Four wheels move the body; two wheels move the soul.

Most motorcycle problems are caused by the nut that connects the handlebars
to the saddle.

Life may begin at 40, but it doesn't get real interesting until about 140

You start the game of life with a full pot of luck and an empty pot of
experience. The object is to fill the pot of experience before you empty the
pot of luck.

If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.

Midnight bugs taste just as bad as noon time bugs.

Saddlebags can never hold everything you want, but they CAN hold everything
you need.

Don't ride so late into the night that you sleep through the sunrise.

Sometimes it takes a whole tank full of gas before you can think straight.

Never hesitate to ride past the last street light at the edge of town.

Never do less than forty miles before breakfast.

A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.

Respect the person who has seen the dark side of motorcycling and lived, and
still rides.

Young riders pick a destination and go. Old riders pick a direction and go.

A good mechanic will let you watch without charging you for it.

Sometimes the fastest way to get there is to stop for the night.

Always back your bike into the curb and sit where you can see it.

There are drunk riders and there are old riders, but there are not many old,
drunk riders.

Two-lane blacktop isn't a highway - it's an attitude.

When you look down the road, it seems to never end; but you better believe
it does!

Winter is nature's way of telling you to test the electrics.

Keep your bike in good repair. Motorcycle boots are not all that comfortable
for walking.

People are like motorcycles; each is customized a bit differently.

Sometimes, the best communication happens when you're on separate bikes.

When you're riding lead, don't spit.

A friend is someone who'll get out of bed at 2 a.m.. to drive his pickup to
the middle of nowhere to get you when you're broken down.

Catching a bee in your shirt @ 70 mph can double your vocabulary.

Catching a bee in your helmet will triple that special vocabulary.

There's something ugly about a NEW bike on a trailer.

Everyone crashes. Some get back on. Some don't. Some can't.

If you can't get it going with bungee cords and duct tape, it's serious.

If you ride like there's no tomorrow, today will be a BLAST!

The best modifications cannot be seen from the outside..

Always replace the cheapest parts first.

You can forget what you do for a living when your knees are in the breeze.

Only a biker knows why a dog sticks his head out of a car window.

Keep the painted side up, and the rubber side down!

Mariette Joubert