CAT-Boots for Real Men

Boots for Real Men

I believe that every manly man needs to have at least one decent pair of genuine leather boots. Now there are a wide variety of boots on the market, each tailored to meet the specific needs or requirements of prospective buyers. Caterpillar is one of those companies and although they are better known for their manufacturing of heavy duty machinery, they’ve also been producing quality footwear for many decades. I am of the opinion that in the same way that Toyota is known for their reliability so is Caterpillar (CATS) synonymous with durability, longevity and quality when it comes down to producing leather boots.  These are boots that will walk the walk and go that extra mile with you. When you are buying a pair of CATS….you are investing in five star accommodation for your feet.

Caterpillar has a huge variety of shoes and boots to choose from, depending on what you require your boots to do. My two favourite pairs in the range are the “Caterpillar Endure” and the “Caterpillar Second Shift”.

The “Endure” is a full grain leather boot with steel toe tip. It is ankle height with a slip resistant sole, padded side walls and ankle areas to provide extra protection. This boot is perfect for heavy industrial use while providing enough comfort and support to wear it all day long. When looking at this boot, it is clear that this is a boot on steroids….the monster-truck of working boots.

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In contrast, the “Second Shift” is a more every day, “Jack of all trades” kind of boot. It’s classic style with rugged detailing consisting also of full grain leather and a non-slip sole. This is the kind of boot that is equally at home with jeans or a pair of khaki shorts all year round…..as they say in Afrikaans “’n regte man se bos stewel”. These boots will easily last you the good part of 10 years given the proper care and is available in black or dark brown leather at selected stores.

Go buy yourself a pair of “Real Man” boots.

By: Pavlovski

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BMW R1150GS – Motorcycle

BMW R1150GS – Motorcycle

The perfect bike to take you around the world….

I bought my BMW R1150GS motorcycle 3yrs ago and for a 10year old motorcycle with just over 100 000kms on the clock, she is still going strong. The R1150GS replaced the R1100GS, which had a 1,085 cc engine and a five speed gearbox. DSC_0001

This duel-sport, adventure motorcycle has a 1,130 cc horizontally-opposed flat-twin, twin spark engine and shaft drive.  It is air/oil cooled with the kind of robust almost agricultural six speed gearbox, which you fall in love with as soon as you’ve got use to it. This old “Beemer” has immense torque; and it is almost as if it is blessed with an extraordinary poise. The 229kg (dry weight) bike is perfectly balanced and there’s probably no better bike in the wet. This old machine has standard equipment like ABS, heated grips and a complete tool kit with almost everything you need to strip this bike or access any part of it.  It is more than capable of handling the beaten track and is superbly comfortable on the open road, with the so called “sweet-spot” on 4000rpm doing 130km/h. I’ve found that the bike gives a combined fuel consumption of around 16km/L. It handles brilliantly and will most probably run forever….basically the only thing you might love more than your wife.

Power delivery puts the figures at 85hp/63Kw of power and 102Nm of torque. However, with a full Remus exhaust system and BMC performance air filter fitted, I was able to push these figures to approximately 70Kw and 112Nm. This bike is not built for speed, but will get you to see 180kp/h. With a full tank you will get a range of 380-420 km from the 22 litres tank capacity. I’ve found that when the reserve fuel light comes on you will be able to do approximately another 40 kilometres before you’ll have to push the bike. As required by the maintenance manual I service it every 10 000kms often making a social event out of a simple service by inviting my good friends over to assist and having a braai & coffee afterwards. However, one do need to keep some extra oil at hand as it does tend to use a maximum of 500ml of oil every 10 000kms. DSC_0165

My trusty dust donkey is also equipped with  panniers, top box, crash bars & bash plate, two 12V sockets, LED spots, GARMIN Zumo 660 GPS, Ztechnik touring screen, tank bag, cylinder head protectors, full Remus exhaust system, BMC performance air filter, headlight protector and off-road foot pegs. My 1150GS continues to serve me faithfully with its robust and reliable build, always getting me safely to my destinations with me smiling from ear-to-ear. The bike continues to impress me and handling it with respect it is very forgiving should you happen to make any mistake. I put this bike’s versatility to good use on a daily basis. Using it for practically everything…. from buying 25kg dog food for the pets, doing our monthly grocery shopping, commuting to doing off-road trips, going on holiday, breakfast runs and towing other bikes. The boxer engine is absolute music to my ears…it’s a sound I’ve fallen in love with. It’s a symphony of mechanics that works together to produce that signature BMW boxer-engine sound.

I will not trade this bike for any other motorcycle and will definitely recommend buying one for anyone who’s looking for a motorcycle that will outlive your grand children.

By: Pavlovski

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Technical Data

  • Displacement:     1130cc Boxer, 4valves per cyclinder
  • Power:                      62.5kw and 98Nm
  • Gears:                       6speed – Dry clutch hydraulic opperation
  • Tyres:                        Front- 110/80ZR/19  Rear- 150/70ZR/17
  • Brakes:                     ABS 2x320mm discs with 2piston Brembo                                                       calipers per disc (Front) and 1x276mm disc with                                           one 2 piston Brembo caliper (Rear)
  • Suspension:          Showa suspension 190mm travel (F) & 200mm(R)
  • Seat Height:          low/heigh  840mm/860mm
  • Fuel:                          95 Octane unleaded
  • Fuel Capacity:     22.1 litres
  • Reserve Fuel:       4 litres
  • Consumption:     approx. 5.5L/100km combined cycle
  • Weight:                    249kg (wet)
  • Top Speed:             194 km/h

 

 

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Magalies Park

Magalies Park

We were fortunate enough to arrange for a weekend away at the start of spring to Magalies Park. Magalies Park is part of the “First Resort” holiday group and is situated approximately 70km from the capital Pretoria close to the Hartebeespoort dam. The resort is not motorcycle friendly and allows no motorcycles on the premises.  The area has a typical Highveld climate, with temperatures ranging from 25-35 degrees Celsius.

On arrival we were well received with complementary coffee, biscuits, fruit juice and popcorn and check-in was speedily done. The chalet units were impressively equipped with a braai area, satellite TV, air-conditioning, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and a shower. In your chalet you will find everything you need to make your stay just that more pleasant. This includes; towels, blankets, cutlery and crockery, dishwashing liquid, soap, shampoo, body lotion etc. The resort has 185 thatch-roofed chalets of various sizes but no camping or caravan facilities. Among things to do while relaxing in the bush-veld environment is designated hiking and running trails, driving range, golf range, various swimming pools and heated indoor pool, mini golf, fishing, cycling (bicycles can be hired), outdoor chess, a Teen Zone with dedicated activities and well-priced restaurant that serves all meals. The area is rich in bird life and offers plenty opportunity for the bird lover to utilise his/her camera. There’s no need to leave the resort’s premises to go and shop whatever you forgot at home as there is a fully stocked mini-supermarket and tuck-shop on the premises. If however you do feel the urge to explore the local area there is plenty to do. This includes visits to the following; Ukutula Lion Park, Van Gaalens Cheese farm, Elephant sanctuary, Hartebeespoort Snake & Animal Park, Hot-air balloon safaris, The Ann van Dyk Cheetah centre, Cameleon Village Lion Park and a wide variety of restaurants and shops.

By: Pavlovski

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LED Lenser Headlamp – Light Up your Adventure

Light Up your Adventure

Any real outdoors man or adventurer will have something in his survival/outdoor pack that can provide good and long lasting light. One of the most recognised lighting brands on the market today is LED LENSER. They are known for developing products that provide maximum light utilising minimum power through LED (light emitting diode) light technology. A handy light source to have is a head-light and LED LENSER has a wide variety of such lights. I’ve grown quite dependant of my LED LENSER head-light. We have purchased one of their mid-range head-light products, namely the LED LENSER E OES. This light provides 180 lumens of light, covering a distance of up to 120m. The three AAA batteries will provide light via the LED light for up to 25hours. One is barely aware of this light when wearing it as it weighs in at a mere 105grams. It has three light functions; high/intense light, low light and a flickering/defence strobe light. One can switch between two lighting options; a lower light red coloured LED or a more intense white/ high end light. The adjustable elastic strap makes for comfortable wearing and over all the LED LENSER is easy to operate and extremely reliable.

By: Pavlovski

 

 

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Africanis – A Canine Companion for your African Adventure

The Africanis is a dog indigenous to South Africa with a proven lineage going back thousands of years. It’s also known as the African or Zulu dog and descended from the pariah dogs of ancient Africa. africanis3The Africanis is a land race and not a breed. This means that the Africanis is unique in that it was shaped by natural selection and not by human selection. It has evolved to be able to survive in harsh conditions, which entails that they are consistently healthy with a natural resistance to most external and internal parasites.

With regard to built – they generally have a short coat, are well-muscled and stand about 50-60cm tall measuring at the shoulders. They can be any colour, with or without markings, typically has a black/dark tipped snout and occasionally comes with a ridge back…a trait that caused to be used in the breeding of the Rhodesian Africanis_(1)Ridgeback. The face is expressive and it has a slender build, sometimes wrongly attributed to starvation; when in good condition, the animal’s ribs are just visible.

Because the Africanis has roamed freely in and around rural settlements for centuries, it has a need both for space and for human companionship. They are very fit, agile, and supple and can run at great speed.

The Africanis is well disposed without being obtrusive: a friendly and intelligent dog, showing watchful territorial behaviour. The dog displays unspoiled social canine behaviour with a high level of facial expressions and body language. Its nervous constitution is steady, but the dog is always cautious in approaching new situations. “In other words: it displays a high survival instinct.” They are extremely loyal and generally good with children. They are independent, highlyimages9D4YBMRV trainable and will gladly go the distance with a loving owner. There’s also no need for pampering or special food.

“The beauty of this dog is embodied in the simplicity and functionality of its built.” Gallant.

This is the kind of loyal companion you want with you when exploring Africa. And that’s why I am they happy owner of a three year old Africanis.??????????

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Riding To Richards Bay Caravan Park

In July of this year me and a group of friends rode to Richards Bay for the annual Bikers Church Men’s Camp. This is a trip that I’ve been planning for with my two best (we are known as the Three Musketeers) mates since 2013. So when the 24th of July finally arrived we met up with some other biker brothers 07:00 on that Thursday morning at the Sasol garage just after the Diamond Hill toll plaza on the N4. I was fortunate to do this trip with my dad, my two best mates and six of our biker brothers. My uncle rode ahead two days before to reach the camp site before us so that we may 20140724_165853have the best camping spot of all the more than 200 men who attended the camp on their motorcycles. After doing a quick road-side repair to my bike’s exhaust system we took to the road with our first stop being Ermelo. At each of our four stops enroute we stretched legs, rehydrated ourselves, filled the bikes and checked that all our luggage was still properly fastened. From Ermelo we headed to Piet Retief traveling at an average speed of 130km/h. My dad lead the group of nine motorcycles with his BMW K1600GTL and I rode at the rear of the group in the “sweeper” position….that way the group stayed together and it also enabled us to help a brother should something go wrong with his iron horse. Honouring our “no man left behind” moto for the trip. From Piet Retief we rode to Pongola where we had a refreshing break and enjoyed lunch at the Wimpy restaurant located at the Engen garage in Pongola. About 13km from our destination in Richards Bay, one of the boys experienced issues with his motorcycle. After an investigation of a 20140724_152449few minutes we discovered that the alternator was not charging the bike’s battery….but never fear when the CMA is near. We speedily made a plan and within in several minutes were we on our way. My two mates riding at the front with me following and towing the “dead”650cc V-Strom Suzuki at a steady 60km/h….and at the rear was Ryno on his BMW K1200GT riding with his hazard lights on. We were met by friendly staff at the Richards Bay Caravan Park. The camp site is well maintained and has more than enough clean ablution facilities. The site does however have a large troop of monkeys that can become a menace of you don’t keep your tent zipped closed. The park is only a few meters from the ocean and clean beach. We enjoyed our three day stay there, which gave us more than enough to explore Richards Bay on our bikes. 20140725_071800Three of us decided to be adventurous and left Richards Bay 23:30 on the Saturday evening and took the N3 toll route back to the capital, Pretoria. We experienced dense fog and sub-zero temperatures heading to and from Van Reenen’s pass. All-in-all we had a problem free journey and arrived back home safely.

 

Mens Camp 2015: www.cmasa.org.za

Richards Bay Caravan Park:  http://richardsbaycaravanpark.co.za/

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A Bang-Bang Saturday

So in the Jamieson family and extended family there are a few of us who are gun lovers. In particular small arms such as pistols and revolvers. Thus we decided to invite some friends and book a Saturday morning at the SWAT shooting range just outside Centurion close to the Zwartkops Race track. The SWAT shooting range has a variety of outdoor shooting ranges, ranging in distance from 15m – 50m, all with clear instructions on how to safely operate your firearm and ensure good shooting range practice. There is also a “Kill-House” where tactical manoeuvres and house penetration techniques can be safely practiced, and there’s the challenging Obstacle Course that’s designed to test marksmanship and fitness. Entry to the SWAT range is R100pp and can be visited from 06:00 to 18:00. Shooting targets are provided but we suggest that you bring a multitude of your own targets with if you are planning to spend a few hours on the range. There’s also well-equipped braai facilities available, should you feel the desire to pack some meat/food to munch on afterwards with fellow enthusiasts. We also suggest that you dress in your old denims if you are planning to do a variety of shooting exercises as there’s lots of dust in this “bush-veld” environment. We enjoyed a 3 hour session on the range with family and friends with the focus on safety and good shooting practices. We took a few flasks with coffee, some soft drinks and biscuits with to enjoy halfway through our three hour session on the range.

Be sure to book the “Kill-House”, Combat Alley or Obstacle Course far in advance as these three ranges are extremely popular.

www.swatshooting.co.za / (012) 329-5373

Targets purchased  from: www.gunfun.com

By: Pavlovski

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GPS4Africa – One-stop shop for all GPS and Motorcycle Touring Accessories.

Four years ago I got to know a small shop called GPS 4 Africa, via a family member.  GPS 4 Africa is a shop that needs to be visited if you are planning to purchase a GPS (Global Positioning System), whether it be for a motorcycle or motor vehicle.  They stock a wide variety of Garmin and Tom-Tom GPS’s, mounts, brackets, maps and wiring harnesses.  They also do fitment and set-up of said GPS’s and equipment on motorcycles.  Whether you are a motorcycle adventurer, commuter or simply someone who is looking to accessorize your motorcycle, then this shop must definitely be on the top of your list.  They stock various luggage options, tool-kits, lighting options, and protective equipment and attire.  With brands such as Touratech, Arai, Phillips, Globe Scout, SW-Motech, ATG, Wurth and IXS you have more than enough to choose from to make sure that you get the very best of the best.  There is a competent sales and fitment team in a first class workshop that’s awaiting your visit.

Also visit: www.gps4africa.co.za/ 012 665 2830

By: Pavlovski

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