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Post by Marnus on 5th January 2010, 23:02

I've stumbled across the following on e-dirt:

Dirt Bunny @ e-dirt wrote:

Just a heads up for anyone wanting to do Sani, unless your bike is
licensed, with all the relevant mirrors etc, you will be turned around
(if not fined) at the South African border post.

We got kitted up and wanted to make our way to the top for a pub lunch on the 31st and were told no further by the cops so turned around and made our way back home.

The
cops reckon it is a national road (albeit a gravel road) as it links 2
countries and no un-licensed vehicles/bikes are permitted on the road.
There is an A4 sign on the window of the office, which is not on an
official letter head stating that this new law has come into effect.

When
I asked when this came into effect I was told last week! Apparently we
were 'lucky' the traffic cops were not there otherwise he would have
fined us........

The local tour operater tells us that that this is as a result of the bikes tearing up the road..... And the licensed cars and dual purpose bikes don't!

Anyhow, now to save up for an adventure bike


Now this is not totally sad news for me. At least now we will only have to contend with big 4x4's and not a swarm of quads & 2T's too
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Post by Wahl on 6th January 2010, 08:53

I would LOVE to see the reaction of the WD forum on this
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Post by tj on 6th January 2010, 09:01

Makes complete sense to me.

A public road is what it says and only licenced vehicles are allowed... even if it is just a dirt road linking farms.

Sani Pass is not a playground. As the official mentions it is a road linking two countries and requires the necessary respect.

Nothing wrong with riding up and down off course.

As a quad cannot the 'road licensed' they should also not be able/allowed to go up Sani anymore. There was a loophole in the regulations that was closed some years ago already. Quad salesman do use this salestick to clients. One can still 'license' the quad but that is only for identification purposes (when stolen/insurance, etc) and NOT for using on a public road.

I support the above 100%.

We have a major problem with off-road bikes and quads playing on the dirt roads in Bredell, just because it is dirt. They are now being confiscated and impounded and requiring a MAJOR effort to get released.
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Post by Mud Pooh-bah on 6th January 2010, 09:06

Should be logic that non-roadworthy vehicles can not be allowed on a public road. Buggers can be glad that they were not arrested or fined.

I saw a full roadworthy Yamaha WRF250 yesterday at Hatfield Yamaha. In Europe all non-circuit (non-MX) off-road bikes must be licensed. It is a matter of time before it gets implemented in South Africa.


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