Author: OneMan Spanner

Petrol stations: Come on! You can do better than that!

I begin by warning that what I am about to narrate is brutal and disgusting in nature and if you have a weak spirit it will ruin you forever. I offer you the opportunity to stop reading this immediately and think yourself lucky to have escaped with your innocence intact. A couple of months ago, some two gentlemen of my acquaintance convinced me to accompany them on a ride to Masinga Dam. I loved the idea because it was an opportunity for me to see how three bikes I love compare on the road. I was on a Bajaj...

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What bike to buy in 2017

I love listening to people go through the agony of choosing which bike to buy. My friend Eric aptly calls it “Kung-fu”. In his mind, a sick one I might add, a person agonising over whether to pick a KTM Duke 200 with ABS or one without, is akin to a Kung fu fighter kicking, chopping and performing all manner of violent acts in the air before finally settling on top of a mountain with one foot on the ground and another held up. When the agony moves to whether it’s actually worth it spending a fortune on the...

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A banana split and a trouser split – not a good recipe on a bike

The life of a broke man is not one to be envied. It is full of trials and tribulations, which can only be understood by readers of the book of Job in the Bible. When you are broke, nothing ever works, the simplest plans never succeed, the easiest tasks turn out to be a real mess and you are generally unlucky with everything. I had the full package with complementary add-ons, of broke man’s luck just after I left university and was trying to forge a career. For fear of invoking painful memories and hence shedding a bucketful of...

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Availability of Bikes and Spare Parts

Whenever I hear older people speak, the talk is mostly about the past and how wonderful it was. No doubt it must have been great in the 70s when girls wore very short skirts, having only two wives showed you lacked ambition and Lungula Transmitted Diseases (LTDs) were as harmless as a light headache. It all sounds wonderful until they get to the part of the story where they had to have a minor surgical procedure and the only pain relief that could be found in the whole country was a piece of wood to bite into. It was...

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Suzuki Gixxer SF

Suzuki Gixxer SF Top Speed (kph) Fuel Efficiency (km/l) The Suzuki Gixxer SF is one of those bikes that surprise you the more you know about it. First it was developed in the same wind-tunnel where the legendary Hayabusa, GSX-R and MotoGP machines are developed. It’s a full-fairing motorcycle that genuinely looks great because there is lots of balance and harmony across the design. The 155cc engine with SEP technology delivers great power without compromising efficiency. Throw in elements such as the aluminum exhaust end cover, clear lens indicators and wheel pinstripes and it tugs at the heartstrings of every...

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