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Wannabe. Dammit, but in this economy being self-employed, despite being a risk, is the best way to go with the ability to change models etc. So sorry to hear of the current problems but let's hope we are able to help each other somehow. 

Hairy: ahem, yes.  

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1 hour ago, Wannabe said:

 

Used to be in Corporate Cleaning, trying to get my own little cleaning Company going, but finding it tough in the current situation.

Also used most of my savings (maybe a not so clever move) to buy the rights to sell and install a liquid rubber product similar to the well known Ecorubber, in Western Cape. Good product, good business model, but bad timing, as product can't be applied in the wet, for obvious reasons. Luckily lots of peeps are now wanting to have their leaking roofs sorted out, so lots of interest in my product and services. Due to the rain we're having, I'm unfortunately sitting at home, banging away at the keyboard, and not on roofs making money. Lol....

Yeah roofing and air conditioning is very seasonal in Gauteng too.

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So I drove my car for the first time in a VERY long time to site on Saturday morning, as it would not have been a good idea to be on the roads with a motorbike in the bad weather we had.

It is so strange, you start the car and pull it out the driveway and wonder if the engine is actually running ............... and then you drive and wonder if the brakes are on as there is so little power and acceleration :P

I need a faster car and louder exhaust !

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4 hours ago, Hairy on a Davidson said:

So I drove my car for the first time in a VERY long time to site on Saturday morning, as it would not have been a good idea to be on the roads with a motorbike in the bad weather we had.

It is so strange, you start the car and pull it out the driveway and wonder if the engine is actually running ............... and then you drive and wonder if the brakes are on as there is so little power and acceleration :P

I need a faster car and louder exhaust !

But did you try and lanesplit at the red traffic light?

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On 7/1/2021 at 9:45 AM, Wannabe said:

All I took out of this, is that you lost your Job. Sorry to hear, especially in the current climes. I truly hope you have something to fall back on.

I lost my job end of December (instead of the expected small Bonus, I got a dear John letter instead) Since then I've been looking for other gainful employment, with no success (too old, too white and too Afrikaans, lol.....) Still fighting with UIF to just acknowledge my claim or to give me an indication if and when I can expect a payout. Used most of my savings to survive up to now, and also trying to get a new business established. But hey, I've managed to keep all my accounts up to date, and food on my table, so I can't complain, there is a lot of people worse of than me.

Best of luck for you going forward.

Been trying to DM you, but on this new Hub, I'm not sure if you're getting my messages, as I cannot find the sent messages, would like to chat about a potential opportunity!

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2 hours ago, Stretched@Birth said:

Been trying to DM you, but on this new Hub, I'm not sure if you're getting my messages, as I cannot find the sent messages, would like to chat about a potential opportunity!

I got both your DM's, and replied on the last one. 

Will send you a WhatsApp message a bit later on the number you supplied.

 

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MT50 off to MOT today... nearly 4 months of enjoyment rebuilding and recommisioning this little bike. Hope it passes. 

About 1800 quid in now and its not show room yet but in winter i will take it apart and send frame for powder coating an wheels for re chroming then 100% ..another couple of hundred quid at most. 

 

Still have no idea why it does not post the pics right way up. :( 

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On 7/4/2021 at 12:53 PM, Hairy on a Davidson said:

So I drove my car for the first time in a VERY long time to site on Saturday morning, as it would not have been a good idea to be on the roads with a motorbike in the bad weather we had.

It is so strange, you start the car and pull it out the driveway and wonder if the engine is actually running ............... and then you drive and wonder if the brakes are on as there is so little power and acceleration :P

I need a faster car and louder exhaust !

Its a Harley, we understand. More noise than motion.

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Seems that things turned out for the better (really thankful for this). The bit of play on the crankshaft/flywheel is apparently normal according to the manual of the bike - 0.30mm to 0.50mm tolerance allowed. We did ask for an opinion at BMW Stellenbosch, so the alternator also has a small bearing that counters for it. We should just monitor it but for time being, the bike must be ridden and enjoyed!

New stator was fitted and indeed working as confirmed today with my friend's voltmeter - the alternator is finally charging the battery!

The next challenge is to get a new bike stand since it broke off. I know of Rockfox that specialises in stuff like this, will make a stop at them to ask if they can assist.

Now to get my confidence levels back.

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Went to meet with a client on site, pulled up on the HD and a little after he pulled up on his Honda Valkyrie .... I regret not taking a pic of the two bikes parked next to eachother!

Was also fun leaving with him and riding part of the way back ... have not purposely ridden with another rider yet.

It was also my first "night ride" .... what a feeling, and you can smell the ground and ocean so much more in the cold crisp air, I wanted to just keep going. It also turns out that sound travels a little further in the evening when things quite down before curfew, so the wife heard me coming and made sure to open the garage door for me and have a cup of tea ready .... must of heard me a little way off then :)

Left Woodstock at 8pm and back home in Sunningdale by 8:20pm ... would not do that sort of time in a car :P.

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