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Old 21-10-2016, 03:29 AM   #1
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If ever you get to punt a bike around South Africa, the first thing you need to check on your bike is the hazard lights. Be familiar with them. You'll use them between 50 and 150 times on a typical 400k day. Whenever you're cruising down the highway at 120, and a truck, car, minibus pulls off into the emergency lane to let you past, you flash your hazard lights twice to say thanks, and they flash their high beam to say "you're welcome". It happens constantly.
At one stage this afternoon we were cruising at 130 in a120 zone and an f250 and a BMW SUV came up from behind at 160, so we pulled over to let them pass, they flashed their hazards, and we flicked the high beam. It felt oddly good.

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Old 21-10-2016, 06:27 AM   #2
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Hi,
have a good time over there in Africa!
In Europe, the Truck-Driver use the flashlights and high beams
even for such as communications.
Itīs a kind of friendly life together on the road.

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Old 21-10-2016, 08:16 AM   #3
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Hazzard lights here mean "I can double park with immunity".

The locals will already know this, but in Australia the truckies use a highbeam flash to indicate when an overtaking truck has cleared and can safely pull in front. The overtaking truck then responds with a left/right/left indicator as a "Thanks mate!"
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Old 21-10-2016, 08:30 AM   #4
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[QUOTE=John & Johnny;66980]Hazzard lights here mean "I can double park with immunity".

Usually an emergency... eg mobile phone!
Got to txt urgently or someone has posted a new picture or comment on Fakesbook
The driver must ensure however that when double parking, that the 2 RH side wheels shall remain on the road and said vehicle shall remain partially within the traffic lane....

Back on topic, Moike I,m very much looking forward to your RR
I have recently read "Round The World On A Motorcycle" by Zoltan Solkowsky and currently reading "Jupiter travels" by Ted Simon.
Both books recall of Africa as "entering your soul" (not a quote)
despite the first book being from travels in c1930 and Teds book c1973.
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