Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Jail threat for traffic fine dodgers - CapeArgus - IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment | IOL.co.za

CAPE Town traffic officers are to start visiting offenders’ homes and offices to collect unpaid fines – and to arrest those who have warrants of arrest against their names and cannot pay what they owe.Almost half a million of the city’s drivers have warrants of arrest for unpaid traffic fines. Collectively they owe just more than R200 million.That figure is only about a third of the unpaid fines that traffic officials are battling to collect: they are sitting with more than 1.4 million fines to the the value of R592m.Traffic Services chief inspector Merle Lourens said officers were planning a crackdown in the next few weeks. She urged motorists to pay their fines and check whether they had arrest warrants before the city-wide operations started next week.A week-long roadblock on Cape Town’s busiest roads is planned and officers will also track offenders to their homes and workplaces to bring them to book, she said.Lourens said 446 232 motorists had arrest warrants against their names because of unpaid fines worth R207m.Earlier this month, Traffic Services issued 1 296 speeding fines in just one weekend. Between January and March, the city recorded an average of 20 000 speeding cases a week.Not all the unpaid fines are for speeding, but cover a range of offences. Lourens said that in the next few weeks, the city would intensify Operation Reclaim, which was launched in 2007 to nab offenders with warrants at roadblocks.Motorists who have outstanding fines, but no warrants, can pay their fines at roadblocks using instant payment machines.In the past three months alone, 2 247 outstanding warrants were detected at roadblocks, Lourens said. The unpaid fines that led to these amounted to R2.6m.Motorists caught with an outstanding warrant at a roadblock are arrested. During the week, they are taken to court. Over weekends offenders are booked in at the police station.Lourens said some motorists had tried to evade capture at roadblocks. In these cases, automatic number plate recognition vehicles had swooped in. The number plate was detected and the motorist was taken to the traffic services bus, where their warrants were checked.Scores of motorists had already been nabbed, Lourens said.“We are planning a special roadblock that will last for the entire week, concentrating on major roads that lead into and out of town.”Officers would also make house and business visits.She urged motorists to settle their fines in the next week to avoid legal action.“People are encouraged to pay their outstanding fines and to check whether they have warrants attached to their names and to sort these out before we hit the roads next week.”Meanwhile, earlier this week, the national Department of Transport said it would continue operations during which fines were issued, drunk drivers were arrested and vehicles were checked.Transport Minister S’bu Ndebele said that since the beginning of this year, 11 000 drivers countrywide had been arrested for drunken driving.He said traffic authorities would be stepping up their patrols and were aiming to check one million vehicles each month.Western Cape traffic spokesman Harold Williams said that between January and March, 510 motorists had been arrested for driving under the influence on the province’s roads.The authorities were still compiling the figures for April.Williams said that one of their main priorities was to target drunk driving. He explained that 50 percent of the accidents on the city’s roads were caused by alcohol. “We are going to increase our operations and tighten the screws on drunk drivers. We are very serious about eradicating this problem in the Western Cape.”l To find out if you have outstanding traffic fines call 0860 034 637.bronwynne.jooste@inl.co.za
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Kawa KX450F now with launch control - Kawasaki - IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment | IOL.co.za

Kawasaki is already revving up for the 2012 motocross season with substantially revised and updated MX1 (KX450F) and MX2 (KX250F) contenders - including the first launch control on a production motocross bike!The new KX450F also has three switchable maps for standard, hard and soft conditions, each of which can be modified or rewritten using the KX Fi calibration kit.New too are a four-position adjustable handlebar and two options for footpeg position, making the biggest KX one of the most ergonomic in the paddock.The outstanding feature on the quarter-litre bike is the dual-injector set-up; the downstream injector ensures smooth, instant response while the upstream injector is responsible for top-end power.As the throttle opens and the revs rise the emphasis switches from the downstream injector to the upstream unit and, depending on which gear the bike is in, the transition between the two is either progressive or almost instantaneous.A new, progressive linkage allows fine throttle modulation at small opening and instant response when full power is called for - and you can use all that power all the way down the longest, bumpiest straight, thanks to a works-style bridge bottom piston.The 2012 KX250F is also the only production MX2 machine that comes standard with Showa's SFF front suspension that separates damping and shock absorption duties to offer both smooth operating action and firm damping performance - and the rear Unitrak linkage has been updated to match.As soon as we know when the 2012 Team Green MX'ers will be available in South Africa, so will you.
Kawa KX450F now with launch control - Kawasaki - IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment | IOL.co.za

RAT 4Bs Evening not only for rodents - Bikes , Quads & Karts - IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment | IOL.co.za

They're calling it the 4Bs Evening - and, while it's directed mostly at RAT's, it's not only open to rodents. RAT, of course, is the Riders Association of Triumph, and all RATs are invited to pitch up on their Triumphs on Thursday, May 26 at Simply Good Food - conveniently situated opposite the headquarters of the Cape Town RAT chapter at Mike Hopkins Motorcycles in Bree Street.That's the first B.The big idea is to create the largest gathering of retro-style Triumphs - that's Rocket 3's, Thunderbirds, Speedmasters, Thruxtons, Scramblers and, of course, Bonnevilles - yet seen in one place, and because RATs are social animals.That's the second B.But the evening is also open to all RAT members, no matter what model they ride, and to members of the public who just want to revel in the fellowship and overdose on Britbike nostalgia. The bikes will begin to gather from 5.30pm and the party will go on till the last rider leaves.R30 gets you in and gets you a burger - that's the third B.The fourth B, of course, is for the necessary social lubricant (in moderation, of course - RATs never ride drunk).To put it more succinctly - Be in Bree Street on your Bonneville for Burgers and Beer at a very different RAT Run.
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Honda XR125L likes to play dirty - Bikes , Quads & Karts - IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment | IOL.co.za

Honda XR125L likes to play dirty - Bikes , Quads & Karts - IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment | IOL.co.za

Top SA rider for Isle of Man TT - Bikes , Quads & Karts - IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment | IOL.co.za

Former South African Superbike champion Hudson Kennaugh, now contesting the British Superbike series on a works-supported Aprilia RSV4, will join American Mark Miller on a pair of the ultra-quick V4s to take on the oldest, longest, scariest and most iconic road race of them all - the 60km Isle of Man TT.Kennaugh, never one to shy away from a challenge, will race in the fourth round of the British Superbike championship at Thruxton on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon, May 30, and then fly to the island in time (just) for the first practice session for the Centenary TT meeting that evening.TT practice is held very, very early in the morning or late in the evening because the rest of the time the 60km course is a public road.This will be the second time that Kennaugh, who finished runner-up in the 2010 BSB-Evo championship, has taken part in the historic event.He made his TT debut in 2010 and is looking forward to returning.“I love the TT, it's a fantastic event that just gets bigger each year, so to be coming back for a second attempt is just awesome,' he said.“I've always had an enormous amount of respect for those guys who raced the roads, and getting out there last year was a real buzz - it's great to get the chance to come back, even though I haven't ridden the Aprilia there before.”Miller is no stranger to the TT; the AMA circuit rider turned road racer has ridden on the Isle of Man and has also competed many times in the Macau GP, on the stone-walled streets of the former Portuguese colony, which he once described as “a walk in the park” compared to the TT.

Ducati goes behind the scenes of a motorcycle commerical | Clutch and Chrome

Ducati goes behind the scenes of a motorcycle commerical | Clutch and Chrome: "Ducati goes behind the scenes of a motorcycle commerical"

Ever wonder the work that goes into a modern motorcycle commercial?

Thanks to Ducati’s marketing team, riding enthusiasts can enjoy a behind the scenes look at the effort and planning that went into the sixty second commercial for its latest, hottest motorcycle, the Diavel.

Shot in in the magnificent setting of Cape Town, South Africa an full faced rider manages to catch the eye of everyone from a businessman driving his Mercedes (conveniently an advertising partner with Ducati) to a little boy in the back of a bus as well as a striking blond sipping on a cappuccino.

The buzzword that should leap out of would-be bike buyers is ‘magic’ according to Ducati’s Creative Center.

‘Magic is the necessary ingredient to communicate in a simple way the overwhelming magnetic effect that this jewel inspires in all those who are lucky enough to see it, even if only for a moment,’ Ducati explains.

Despite an Italian product and foreign location, American director Bo Platt led the production with three actors who were chosen for their ability to communicate feelings in an ‘evocative way’.

‘Above all, the most important emotion to be expressed was amazement,’ Ducati says.

The director reproduced on film the innocent amazement of a child, the artful amazement of a girl and finally the enthralled amazement of a man.

Peter Tischhauser, director of photography, was the man who discovered the most sensational angles for the shoot, with mountain settings and vineyards.

SA bikers feel the heat in ride through Africa - Times LIVE

SA bikers feel the heat in ride through Africa - Times LIVE: "They were pelted with stones, chased and spat at by villagers in remote areas, scorched by the sun and lashed by gale-force winds. But for three farmers and a businessman who rode 13000km in 46 days from Cape Town to Cairo on their motorbikes, it was all part of the adventure"

Rev up for Italian bike gathering - Bikes , Quads & Karts - IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment | IOL.co.za

Rev up for Italian bike gathering - Bikes , Quads & Karts - IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment | IOL.co.za: "An Italian motorcycle, it has been said, is not so much a machine as a mechanical mistress - and here's the perfect opportunity to get away for a naughty weekend with yours.

The Italian Motorcycle Owners Club of Cape Town will host South Africa's first national gathering of Italian motorcycles over the weekend of May 20-22 at the NA Smit resort in Oudtshoorn.

There are a number of fun events planned for the weekend including several outrides - or you can just chill and chat to fellow riders.

Entry is free, but you do have to pitch up on your Italian motorcycle, and your food and accommodation are for your own account.

Book your accommodation directly with the resort management at manager@nasmit.co.za or +27 44 272 2313. Tell them it's for the Italian Motorcycle Weekend - and don't forget to put your name down for the braai on Saturday.

For more information, contact thegathering@eversonscider.com."