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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlieboy View Post
    Sadly I cant make it on the scooter run. Its a toss up between the charity or the scoot.
    I will be doing the charity run on Sunday and climbing the mewntin with wifey on Monday mornin. Gots to keep wifey happy. One of these days she will join me on the bike but atgatt first and K53 test tomoro for me. Hold thumbs.

    I have had many responses from my ad on Gumtree promoting the scooter run so I hope that lot also pitches up.

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    Did the route with the Blade suspension settings on "race" hard.....bit bumpy here and there...but, scooters should enjoy the trip.
    Managed to get 2 or 3 Can Am spiders joining us for the run......thanks Staffie....

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    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for a lekker run. For once I were able to keep up!

    Well done to the marshals who did a great job!

    Ps. My first TB Forum post.

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    An absolutely awesome day out!

    Just got back home after Dirk and I escorted BTR back to Durbanville they same way we came.

    Bum got bumped a bit through on the old Atlantis road stretch (hard suspension FTL...), but what an awesome ride. I don't think I've EVER seen that many bikes/scooters on a TB ride before!

    Thanks a million to Slang for arranging this initiative, and to Clock and Wolf for doing a stirling job marshalling such a huge group.

    Budah - awaiting those photo's and vids (:wink, mate!
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    Well done guys. Looks like it was a blast.
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    Hell, who would have thought - man, this was one HUGE run:verypale::verypale:

    A HUGE thank you to everyone who attended - we really do appreciate the support. Please put the bumper stickers and DNR sticker to good use. Your support today and adding the stickers to cars goes a long way in making the campaign a success

    Can't remember the exact numbers but there must have been close to if not more than 100 scoots and bikesops:ops:

    It then also goes to show that there is a definite need to accommodate the smaller two wheel community!

    What surprised me was the willingness of the bikers to join the scoots - and no drama with any of them - respect

    A special thanks must go to Slang for organising a Scooter Run which was beyond the expectation of everyone concerned. Nice one boet - you make us proud!

    A BIG thanks to the marshals who helped on the day, Slang, Mishado, DDavis, Cheshire Cat, Wolf and the others who helped along the way - I don't remember everyone

    We learnt a lot today - and that will only go a long way towards the organisation into the future


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    Smoke Break and catchup for the slower scoots





    Must have been quite a shock for the little town of Philedelphia - the cafe owner was smiling . We filled the main street!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    What an awesome ride ... was awesome to see so many bikes and scoots together.

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    WoW What an AWEsOmE eVeNt Thanks all riders for the execellent promotion on rider safety, no matter what the ride. Don't want to single out peeps, but IeSh bra-SLANG, DJY RUK MOS OUTJIE! (In Inglesh but translated to afrikaans just to accomodate dem behind dem wors curtain peeps who don't know how to - StIeK yT dJuLle oSseWaGeNs, wat maak die western provins julle weer sjkaaaaaam???)

    So here's some pics to wet da whistle to those peeps who could not make it to this run. See ya next time, and OH .... mmmm ...... OH ....... OOOOOH .... a ScOoTeR CAN regretably, some pics with motion enhanced capabilities could not be posted due to some obvious reasons. But if you were dhere, you'd know what followed moments after that blue scoot lined up .... a ScOoTeR CAN
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    The Capies Rock!

    Awesome guys, so lekker to see a run this size and everyone enjoying the ride. Well done to all involved and many thanks for the pics ... and now I wanna see the other pics of the blue scooter on the back wheel :wink:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Budah View Post
    WoW What an AWEsOmE eVeNt Thanks all riders for the execellent promotion on rider safety, no matter what the ride. Don't want to single out peeps, but IeSh bra-SLANG, DJY RUK MOS OUTJIE! (In Inglesh but translated to afrikaans just to accomodate dem behind dem wors curtain peeps who don't know how to - StIeK yT dJuLle oSseWaGeNs, wat maak die western provins julle weer sjkaaaaaam???)

    So here's some pics to wet da whistle to those peeps who could not make it to this run. See ya next time, and OH .... mmmm ...... OH ....... OOOOOH .... a ScOoTeR CAN regretably, some pics with motion enhanced capabilities could not be posted due to some obvious reasons. But if you were dhere, you'd know what followed moments after that blue scoot lined up .... a ScOoTeR CAN
    Nice one, dude! Glad to see you managed to capture the best-looking bike on the run as well!
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    Yeah, it was certainly an awesome run! Had a lot of fun and it was great putting names to faces. Frikkie, hopefully the ride back took less than 2 hours?
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    A huge thanks to everyone that attended this event.....I was shocked to see the amount of bikes....parked next to road and almost a line 400m long...just bikes...AWESOME!!!

    I prepared an event report and forwarded to Clock for changes and approval...will post here and on SA Scooters.
    Some people got upset about the driving skills of some of the riders....and some got upset about some things that happened. The event report will deal with those items as well.

    Thanks again to everyone that helped out....... RESPECT...

    Now...off to bed....felt like I rode a horse to meet a man to talk about a dog.......got **** blisters.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nocturnity View Post
    Frikkie, hopefully the ride back took less than 2 hours?
    I led the group of the 3 of us - a constant 90 on my clock, and the little 125 managed that just fine.

    Was actually a great ride back! Nice & relaxing, giving a chance to enjoy the scenery, which we couldn't really do on the way there - too much concentration on newby riders all around you...

    Probably took around 40 minutes, doing the same route back to Durbanville at that speed.
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    Wooooooooooow, what an amazing day I had.

    To Slang and Think Bike a big thank you for an amazing day out.

    This was my first mass ride and what an amazing feeling. To Frikkie and Dirk a big thank you for the escort back home, believe me my throttle was wide open, I had to back off at times as I was in the red. One thing I realized is that I need more power. I sat working on the hubby last night.

    To Budah and all the numerous members that I met, it was really nice meeting you guys.

    And last but not least to my hubby for doing all the house work yesterday while I was out playing a big thank you.

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    Event Report done......I can not thank all the people that helped with this run enough.....When I win the Lotto this coming Saturday (they have already phoned me... to play along) I will have a huge celebration and personally invite all of you.

    SCOOTER RUN - 27 APRIL 2009 – EVENT REPORT

    Wow!! What a Run..!!? The first scooter run was blessed with a total of 8 scooters and a few bigger bikes. This one had more than 50 scooters, with a guessed total of more than 90 bikes. I tried counting all the people at this event. Got to about 140 and lost count. The weather turned out perfect for the day.

    ATTENDANCE LIST
    Not everyone indicated their name and contact details on the list. And some people must be doctors, as I am currently busy with some serious deciphering of some of the handwriting. Maybe it was the excitement and cold before the run that resulted in the scruffy handwriting. There is a huge task ahead to log and add everyone into the SA Scooters database. If someone does not receive this report, please let me know. This report will also be available on the web site. If you want to be added to the database, send your name and contact details to admin@sascooters.co.za.

    START VENUE
    Starlight Diner and the adjacent parking area proved to be an ideal start venue for something like the scooter run. Attendees could enjoy a cup of coffee and toilets were at hand. We are currently investigating other start and end venues. If you have any suggestions, please inform us.

    I had to collect some documents before the run and came down Hume Rd. towards Starlight Diner. My first thoughts were, “there must be some other event also planned”, seeing the huge amount of scooters, bikes and people gathered there. To my surprise, everyone was there to attend the scooter run. Slowly more and more scooters and bikes arrived. At one stage the amount of attendees got very overwhelming and I am sure the guys and girls that came to support this run, was also pleasantly surprised by the huge numbers attending.

    A short introductory talk was held. And we all left. First to leave was the bigger bikes, which took a shorter route, guided by Doan and many of the bigger bikes, joining the scooters, on their route.

    THE ROUTE
    The route took us up Hume Rd. Past Tygervalley shopping centre until we got to Racecourse Rd. Through Durbanville, taking the old Phillidelphia Rd. All the way to the N7. Where we took a detour, via the old Atlantis Rd. to Melkbosstrand. About 60km one way. Taking us about 2 hours. We stopped to regroup just before the R304 intersection and again in Phillidelphia.

    Although the run was without major incidents, we had some scooter and bike riders that still need to learn many aspects of safe and responsible riding. At our first stop, some riders showed off with wheelies, etc. This type of behavior on scooter runs is not the accepted norm and should be seen as such.

    During the ride some unsafe riding behavior was spotted and brought to my attention. People that just stopped dead in the road, because their cell phones rang etc etc.

    But, in the end, I believe that the majority of riders enjoyed the run and that they had fun and hopefully saw a side of scootering that they can associate themselves with. We move forward and can only learn from these experiences!




    OBJECTIVE OF SA SCOOTERS
    SA Scooters objective is to provide a dedicated platform for scooter riders and any persons wanting to get involved in all aspects of scooters and scooter related issues. Various safety aspects and responsible driving skills are promoted and supported. We are not a traffic policing authority and strive to provide any interested person/s a fun, safe and learning environment. SA Scooters will, with the help of various other organizations, endeavor to promote this environment. We support the Think Bike Awareness Campaign and will at all times try to contribute to the values and ideals of Think Bike. Members of SA Scooters are also encouraged to become members of Think Bike and support their objectives.

    INCIDENTS

    I want to deal with the incident that happened at the first stop as I believe that some people were not happy with the actions that happened at this stop. None of this behavior is condoned and SA Scooters will never condone unsafe and irresponsible driving. It should be noted that this was not intended to defeat the purpose and objectives of Think Bike!

    Let’s look at the broader picture. The scooter runs is attended by a very diverse group of people. And riding skills vary from just being able to keep the scooter in a straight line, to people that also do professional racing on other types of motorcycles. Safety knowledge also varies from people that battle to understand the bare minimum, to people that specialize in many safety related aspects. The biggest, governing factor on these types of runs, is the various levels of experience and the exposure people had to biking in general.

    The objective is to get the people with the bare minimum of experience and knowledge to an accepted level - a level where they feel comfortable and can start to enjoy their time on the road - with confidence. Some people saw a scooter do a wheelie for the first time today. Some people did not realize the speed and power that some of the newer and bigger bikes have and for many, it was an eye opener. It was allowed because I got several of the riders that wanted to show off their skills at the end venue and the environment there was not favourable for this type of display.

    We asked Think Bike to assist with keeping things safe and orderly and we made sure that things did not get out of hand. It should be noted that this took place on a road mostly used by farmers, with excellent clear views to either side.

    Further to this argument, I believe that the people that complained (I believe it was the more experienced and knowledgeable riders) about this incident forget the ways and means they started biking when they were young - and the foolish things they did! Luckily, today’s learning rider has us to guide him. Back then, you learned through trial and error. I would rather stand and protect some person acting foolishly, and have a talk to them afterwards and explain the dangers they were putting themselves and others in, than shake my head, leave and not try to make a difference!

    Secondly - To all the riders that got so excited that they forgot to follow the normal rules of the road. These scooter runs are a huge learning curve for all of us and we are there to teach and guide our newer riders. Nobody can be expected to be a veteran in the two wheeled world after only a short exposure!

    On the whole, the run was done in an orderly fashion with people enjoying themselves – that is the sole purpose of these runs. Comment from Think Bike was that the run was controlled, done in an orderly manner and a positive initiative and has their full backing into the future!

    THINK BIKE
    Thanks a million to the guys and girls from Think Bike that made sure we all got the end venue safely. I think everyone was surprised by the huge amount of people that attended this run. And to have Think Bike Marshals standing and watching over the riders at dangerous intersections is a huge blessing. Thanks also for the informative pamphlets and stickers you gave several of the riders. I believe there are many helmets being cleaned and branded with the Think Bike “Do Not Remove” stickers.

    CLUB RIDERS
    I could not believe the amount of club riders joining us. You’re experience and advice you are willing to share with others is of much value. It also shows the scooter riders that they are accepted into the biking fraternity - but only if they are willing to show respect. As they, are shown your respect, with your attendance of this run. Many of the current scooter riders will eventually end up owning a bigger bike. And if you, specially the bikers present today, can teach them about the needed respect, the current biking fraternity will only gain in the future.

    SA SCOOTER @ SCHOOLS
    SA Scooters is busy talking to schools to get them involved with this initiative as well. There rests a moral duty on each and every one of us to educate people and teach them the correct skills needed to survive on our roads.
    Members of SA Scooters are working very hard behind the scenes to accomplish this almost inhumane task.
    People that want to get involved, or feel that they have the necessary skills and devotion to assist us, are more than welcome to help us. There is no golden handbook or manual on how to accomplish this. Your input would be invaluable.

    FUTURE EVENTS
    Future Scooter Runs will be planned on the SA Scooters forum. And once a date and route is decided on, all other members will be informed. So, again, your input is valued. Tell everyone if you have any ideas and suggestions about future events.

    PHOTOS
    We were very fortunate to have a few photographers with us. And many pictures and videos were made of this run. If you are interested in a copy of a DVD of this run, please request such on the forum. I will give you the contact numbers and you can arrange directly with the photographers. I will load some compressed, lesser quality photos on the gallery portion of the website as well.

    THANKS

    To all that attended this run. You are pioneers. You experienced the start of something that can only grow as big as you allow it to grow.

    You all made a huge difference today. You showed to everyone that two wheels move the soul. Those two wheels gave you the freedom to be part of a huge group of like-minded people. You showed them respect and they gave you respect back. You felt a feeling today that can not be explained. If the scooter run did not touch your mind and changed your way of thinking even a little bit, sell your scooter!

    Hope to see you all again soon!!!!
    I believe everyone made it home without any problems. So it was only me, standing on Contermanskloof RD, on the way back, with a blown main fuse. But, after using some wire from a nearby fence, I was mobile again.

    So, what’s your excuse? Join SA Scooters immediately!!

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    Nice one guys and gals!!

    Budah you take awesome shots mate!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueSteel View Post
    Nice one guys and gals!!

    Budah you take awesome shots mate!!
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    Ja dankie OOM, tequila, springbokkie, diesel&gin, whisky&arcenic acid but rum with a dash of breakfluid's my favorite shots. Waar was djy dan gister hmmm? en eergister? Sien Charlie is nou "Ghost Rider" wat sal daai laaities by die Herberg vi jou gedoop het met dai meanie? hallo Jakobus af]

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