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    Hiya folks...

    My 2 wheel love affair started as a 15 year kid scratching round my dad's uncles farm barn and unearthing a 1962 Vespa...beaten up and in pieces, it made the trip back to PE on the roofracks of our old Passat station wagon... restored over the next few years and became my ride after school when I went to study nature con at Saasveld in George..
    Three years biking round the garden route and little Karoo was awesome on that little bike and firmly entrenched me as someone who likes the joy of touring on small bikes - hillarious to see when you consider I am 6'4 in my socks...

    After studying took that little bike on a 3 month trip to Tanzania and back via Lake Malawi...
    Wrote that Vespa off at the '95 Buff in PE when a drunk cager took me out... mangled ankle, end of promising rugby career... but as soon as I could walk again after two and a bit years it was it was Vespa number 2 and a move to Cape Town...
    Here Vespa 3 and 4 followed... many happy memories of West Coast trips..

    2002 saw a move to Gauteng (via Vespa - 4 day trip) Here a few years later I made the biggest biking mistake of my life... traded in the Vespa on a brand spanking new Jonway Laguna 250cc cruiser... biggest piece of sh!t bike on the planet, almost killed me 3 times - just good protective gear and by now good riding skills saved me from becoming toast..
    After the last incident on it (the chain gaurd came loose and jammed between the back sprocket and chain - back wheel locked up at 110kmph) i gave it kick and pushed it over the edge of one of those storm water culverts where it smashed to pieces... if somebody travels from Gariep dam to Steynsburg (I think it was) check those culverts, its still lying there somewhere, rust in peace ya piece of crap... Hiked back to Pretoria.. 3 days on the road :P

    a 400cc 1989 Honda Steed followed....loved it to bits, but was stolen (uninsured) in 2011... Cash strapped...bikeless for almost a year and a half - Jonway had a special on their Gomoto Freedom 150cc ( cheap Chinese copy of that old classic - the Honda CG 125...)
    Kicking myself for a stupid moron... I bought it... a orange one ( take note here - the colour is kinda important...lol) and promtly named it BORG ( Bright Orange Rice Grinder)
    Lets just say this little machine has given me some of the greatest biking pleasure of my life... to date almost 40 000 km's with no hassles apart from a new back sprocket a while back and some lightbulbs..

    In 2013 I became enthralled by the KTM Duke 390... always thought naked bikes where kinda naff...but there was just something that drew me to this little pocket hooligan...
    Skrimped...saved... 2 days ago walked into Trax KTM Silverlakes to "just go have a look"...
    About 15 mins later I was on a demo model and heading for the N4... (I wont say to what I pushed it to cos that' s illegal driving at such speeds...)
    Blown away wasnt the word... put in my purchase this morning and now waiting till probably mid/end next week for some aftermarket goodies to be ordered and fitted... Just a shoutout to Jeff there at Trax for absolutely awesome service...

    So if you guys see a huge Dude with piles of luggage strapped to his Baby Duke carving passes round Limpopo and Mpumalanga (my first planned trip) - wave me a hallo...

    Well...that is my biking history over the past quarter century or so... never owned a cage...and never willl... small cc bikes for the win...

    Lonewolff

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    Welcome Lonewolff! Interesting reading......enjoy your new ride!
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    Great post and good memories. I grew up on Italian scooters, had a Vespa 50, then went on to Lambretta 125 and eventually a Lambretta 200, magic bike. Lately I had a Vespa 200GT, which I loved. One day. finances permitting, I will get another Vespa! Be safe out there on your little Orange Rocket!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LoneWolff View Post

    So if you guys see a huge Dude with piles AND luggage strapped to his Baby Duke carving passes round Limpopo and Mpumalanga (my first planned trip) - wave me a hallo...



    Good thing it isn't as I edited above!

    Welcome. Have fun here and out on the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMZ View Post
    Good thing it isn't as I edited above!

    Welcome. Have fun here and out on the road.
    Welcome....

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    Welcome!

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    Thanks folks...

    @Vespa 1 - I miss my Vespa's still to this day... maybe one day the right one will cross my path again and I wont be able to say no...
    @AMZ... I might be middle aged... but so far so good... no problems in the piles department...lol

    Was at Trax KTM (again) yesterday for some final paperwork and they said I can pick up the bike Monday afternoon... will be fitted with the aftermarkets(taller windscreen, crash bars and handlebar protectors) they got in stock and ready to go...
    Only thing is Im gonna have to wait about a week for the panniers, tank luggage bag and ergo comfort seat to be ordered... slightly worried now about having to wait for the seat after AMZ's piles chirp... have sat on softer rocks than that stock seat :P

    Planning on taking it out via Harties to go chill on a mates farm for the day near Brits on Teusday's public hols... get a good whack of kms done till its run in service at 1000km...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoneWolff View Post
    have sat on softer rocks than that stock seat :P
    The best and cheapest way to make any motorcycle seat more comfortable is is to simply go sit on a F800GS for around 20minutes, that's about how long it takes to realise that your own bike is really really comfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Az- View Post
    The best and cheapest way to make any motorcycle seat more comfortable is is to simply go sit on a F800GS for around 20minutes, that's about how long it takes to realise that your own bike is really really comfortable.
    I cannot disagree! Sitting on the bottom jaw of a hungry crocodile is more comfortable!

    @Lonewolff: Don't worry about the piles. You sit on that bike, the piles will hit the road in 3 minutes to go find another a-hole with a comfortable seat instead.

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    LW, welcome and lekker read that inspires us young ones. Amazing how those that stick it out started humbly, and not us new generation "big bike on credit purchase".
    I think having bought and built-up my '75 twin port beetle gave me an appreciation and love for cars, that even now I struggle driving my multiple airbags with abs and ebd! If only I didn't live in a complex, I'd have a vehicles, yes, vehicles that I'd tinker with each spare moment, and I think God is only to blame for plonking me in the Section Title home I own ��
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    Awesome Post! Well done and welcome! This is what I like. A good story, nicely written and a lot of thought to detail. Maybe only a few pictures would have "color" the world. I know its hassle getting old pic's scanned but it will be worth the effort!

    There's a lot of elements in your write-up that I can associate with! Just awesome reading and thanks for sharing!
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    The baby Duke is an awesome little bike, post pics of the mods please ! Remember to re move the rear footrests, cheapest mod you can make 😂
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