Before any trip, your bike should be inspected, here’s a handy worksheet to help make sure you don’t miss anything.
As a greybeard once told me “Mechanical failure on a bike is not like a car, it’s more like mechanical failure on an aeroplane.”
T — Tires & Wheels
C — Controls
L — Lights
O — Oil
C — Chassis
K — Kickstand
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Suzuki South Africa have a FREE trackday for all Suzuki riders at Red Star Raceway on 27 August 2017. The day concentrates on road safety. There will be the normal groups from fast to beginner with road safety classroom sessions for those wanting to attend. The day is open to all makes! Non-suzuki riders pay only R300 for the day and all the proceeds will be donated to the Claw – Community Led Animal Welfare charity. Should you be a Suzuki rider and wish to donate as well, PLEASE FEEL FREE do so, they do need all our help! Enter with Michaela at email@example.com or call 011 793 4255. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL to avoid disappointment! If we are full, you are a spectator, track space is limited!
Download the entry form here: http://www.superbikemag.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Suzuki-Day-2017-entry.pdf
The R716 between Vereeniging and Deneysville is badly damaged by potholes that span the entire road and there is a large section where the tar has been dug up for construction of a new road.
Please avoid this road unless you want to take your GS on an adventure.
Over the last couple of months I have become very concerned about dealing with emergency situations and how unprepared I am for an event that is out of the norm.
One of the main issues is how does somebody quickly find out who I am if I were to be in a bike accident? Yes, I do carry my driver’s license with me but this does not give anybody quick access to my ICE (In Case of Emergency) contacts. On my phone there are a few contacts listed as ICE but due to me being paranoid that some stranger reads my e-mails, the phone is locked with with a PIN code. This is where I started investigating ICE apps for smartphones, that put your ICE details on the lock screen of the phone. During this search I found many apps but also found that a lot of them want money for the app and if you are like me, free is your favorite price. That’s when it dawned on me, there is something on your phone that is always visible, the wallpaper!
Using your favorite drawing app, (Paint, Skitch, Gimp, PhotoShop) make a simple picture with some text on it and e-mail it to yourself. Save the emailed picture and set it as your wallpaper, et voila! ICE details that anybody can see without unlocking your phone. Here is an example of mine.
If you need some help making your own ICE wallpaper, email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Or if you want to make your own one like I did, go download Skitch at https://evernote.com/skitch/ for iPhone, Android, Windows os Mac.