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PLEASE TAKE NOTE ! ! !

Letters from Members of the Vmax Owners Group South Africa are only published in this Forum if they are of general interest to Vmaxers and Vmax fans.

All other letters from Vmax Owners Group South Africa Members are published in the Monthly VMOG S.A. eNewsletters.

 

 

 MEET & COMMUNICATE WITH  SOUTH AFRICAN & INTERNATIONAL VMAXERS & ENTHUSIASTS 

ANIMATED EMAIL BUTSend your Comments & Opinions to
 Hans Knop
mail@awol.co.za

 

 
 

DOES ANYONE KNOW THIS VMAXER ? ? ?
nov2012
Dome Riders MCC Pimp and Prosi Certificate
nov2012
MEMBERSHIP CERTIFICATES
may 2010
CALLING ALL VMAX ENTHUSIASTS LIVING
on the beautiful Indian Ocean island of Mauritius
29june 2009
FINAL DRIVE (Diff) problems
A common Vmax problem............? ? ?
Can somebody enlighten me.........! ! !
26june 2009
LETTERS FROM OUR LATEST CAPE TOWN #131 MEMBER
4june 2009
  AN INTERESTING STORY FROM A NEW VMAXER WHO  LIKES TO TAKE QUICK ACTION
28mar 2009
BELIEVE IT OR NOT..............!!!!!
HE has been racing motorbikes for many years.........

LOST one leg in a motorbike accident

AND still continued racing motorbikes

LAST year he bought a Vmax

DECEMBER last year.....whilst riding his Max with a friend following him on another bike..... a car swerved in front of them....killing his friend instantly....

HE hit the car with his right foot which had to be amputated.....

DESPITE his impediments........it is his intention to keep racing bikes and will buy a lighter bike for road use........

HE has put his Max up for sale as it will be to heavy for him to ride....

WE SALUTE YOU "BUSHY"...

YOU ARE A REAL BIKER

26jan 2009

I truly feel very welcome

 july2008

Vmax greetings from DOWN-UNDER  nico venter

 july2008
STARTER MOTOR PROBLEMS
Can anyone HELP.........!!!!


  july2008
ROD SOLD HIS RADIATOR COVER via our
Vmax Market Plac
e
  june2008
OUR NEW VMAX OWNERS GROUP S.A. COLOURS
VmaxOwners Group SA
          june2008
COMMENTS & OPINIONS ABOUT THE NEW MAX
june2008
Just a short note to inform you what has been happening to my
VMAX

june2008
THE NEW MAX SOUNDS LIKE IT IS GOING TO BE A MACHINE OF NOTE.
may2008
Thanks for the mods you made to my pics,it looks great.
I realy look forwood to the max rally

may2008
1st GROUP COLOURS GOING TO Oz!!
may2008
Hallo uit Oz!!
JJ has moved from S.A to Austraaaalia.............

And suffered Vmax withdrawal symptoms.......!  !  !
may2008
LOOKING FOR ADVICE
" FUEL STARVATION PROBLEMS "
 GILES, Houston, Texas, USA.
jan2008
LETTER FROM THE VMAX CLUB FINLAND
dec2007
I AM HOOKED
Freddy Cape Town

nov2007
Hi my name is Jaco and I am from Vredendal on the West Coast.....
nov2007

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
oct2007

Russel Jerome - Howick, KZN.
A new Vmax enthusiast
oct2007

RADAR JAMMERS......?
BE WARNED.........! ! ! !

sept2007
KARL MOVIUS ACCIDENT
july2007
PATCH LOGO
Marthinus Lee
july2007
PATCH LOGO
Arrie Venter
july2007

MOTORCYCLE.COM - SHOOT-OUT: 2007  POWER CRUISERS
june2007

One wonders how much coincidence plays a part in our lives?
 
I have not heard from you in ages, nor exchanged notes with Hans Knop since the Odyssey Rally – then the first two emails I open this morning is yours, along with the VMax pic and write-up and one from Hans himself, the founder of the VMax Owners Club!

may 2007
*I would just like to say thanks for the Exactrep radiator grill which I won in the late lucky draw. It looks great on the bike. (Gary van Niekerk)
*My Max was cutting out at every stop street and the power delivery was erratic. (Gary van Niekerk)
*Thanks for sharing your experience with us. It strengthens our group and it is great to know that one can draw from the experience of others.
(Carl Talbot)
ICE
(In Case of Emergency)

may 2007
A few words - 2006 Vmax Odyssey Rally
by Carl Talbot

Wednesday, April 04, 2007
1st CAPE TOWN VMAX MEMBER
Friday, March 23, 2007
HELP ! !
went to to street drags in Midrand

Thursday, March 22, 2007
any one going to the Buff Rally...?
Thursday, February 01, 2007

Own and ride a living legend-Vmax
Tuesday, February 06, 2007

I would like to put upside down forks on my Max. Is there anyone specific you can recommend to do this kind of conversion for me ?
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Thank you for the opportunity of becoming a member of the Vmax Owners Group.
Thursday, January 18 2007

 

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2005-2006

 

DISCLAIMER

      

DOES ANYONE KNOW THIS VMAXER ? ??

Does any one know this Vmaxer ? ? ? This pic of a well equipped Max with Trailer (the only one in SA? ? ?) was copied from the Dome Riders MCC, Parys 2012 Rally Facebook page.

Dome Riders MCC Pimp and Prosi Certificate

----- Original Message ---

Sent: Sunday, December 02, 2012 7:38 PM

Subject: FW: VMAX OWNERS GROUP CERTIFICATE

Hi Hans and vmax friends. Long time no talking to you. I recently attended the dome riders “PIMP AND PROSI” dayjol in hometown parys. I proudly wore my vmax owners group colours and got some great reaction from fellow bikers. By representing the v maxers, I was awarded a certificate and a nice bottle of semi sweet wine. I hereby sent a pic of the certificate, but sadly the wine met its destiny happily. Regards and happy Christmas and save riding in 2013. From Chris Loggenberg, vmog no. 178.

MEMBERSHIP CERTIFICATES

----- Original Message -----

From: Lieb Liebenberg

To: VMOG

Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 12:57 PM

Subject: Re: Did you get your Membership Certificate...........?????

 Hallo Hans,

 Sorry for the late reply. We have a terrible time with our online connections. This is the first time to get connected in a long time!

Thanks Hans, I did receive the certificate and it is awesome!!! It already has the place of honour in my living room for all to see.

 Thanks again

 Cheers with Namibian greetings

 Lieb Liebenberg 


----- Original Message -----

From: John Pizer

To: VMOG

Sent: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 11:42 AM

Subject: RE: Attached your Membership Certificate

 Thanks for my cert. looks great on my office wall and a copy will hang in the pub, can you please forward Hendrik Pelser and Wolf Heildebrand cert. as well as they are off line at this stage. I am positive that I will attend rally.

Regards

John


----- Original Message -----

From: Lieb Liebenberg

To: Hans Knop

Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 12:30 PM

Subject: MEMBERSHIP CERTIFICATE

 Hi Hans,

 You really outdid yourself with the certificate concept!!

I would love to have one please.

 Ondangwa-Max greetings


----- Original Message -----

From: Carel van Niekerk

To: VMOG

Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 2:49 PM

Subject: RE: Attached your Membership Certificate

Good afternoon Hans

Printed it immediately it looks great Thanks

CAREL


----- Original Message -----

From: Carel van Niekerk

To: VMOG

Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 2:49 PM

Subject: RE: Attached your Membership Certificate

Good afternoon Hans

Printed it immediately it looks great Thanks

CAREL


----- Original Message -----

From: Paul von Wildenrath

To: VMOG

Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 12:04 PM

Subject: Re: Attached your improved Certificate.

 Thanks, Hans.

I didn't notice the difference either!

 Paul.


 ----- Original Message -----

From: Jan Nell

To: 'VMOG'

Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 7:06 PM

Subject: RE: eNEWSLETTER #90 - (H-J)

 Hi Hans

That there certificate looks like theGOODS,I will go for one!

Jan Nell


 ----- Original Message -----

From: Andre Blignaut

To: hans.knop@awol.co.za

Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 2:35 PM

Subject: MEMBERSHIP CERTIFICATE

 Hi Hans

 I like the idea of the Membership Certificate and would like to have one myself.

I think it will look very good on the wall in my office for all to see.

It is not very clear if I must Email you or John van Nieuwenhuizen for the electronic copy.

 Please let me know how I can get hold of the file.

 Vmaxxes greetings

 André & Linda Blignaut  (068)


  ----- Original Message -----

From: "Carel van Niekerk" <CarelVanNiekerk@flysaa.com>

To: <vmaxownersgroup@awol.co.za>

Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 3:13 PM

Subject: MEMBERSHIP CERTIFICATE


        Hi Hans
        I think it is a great idea
        The one you designed look great.
        Please send me one when you get a gap.

        Still struggling to get my bike going.
        spares for my bike ARE QUITE EXPENSIVE
        initially it didn't look too bad but on
        closer inspection there as a lot more
        damage to it.
        Carel

CALLING ALL VMAX ENTHUSIASTS LIVING
on the beautiful Indian Ocean island of Mauritius
 

Lately we had quite a few visitors from  your beautiful island on our website................

We are anxious to talk to you about Vmax matters and other things ............! ! ! ! ! ! !

Hans Knop
Chairman
Vmax Owners Group South Africa
Please contact me at:
vmaxownersgroup@awol.co.za

29june 2009


 26june 2009
FINAL DRIVE (Diff) problems
A common Vmax problem............? ? ?
Can somebody enlighten me.........! ! !

This week the Drive Pinion Gear of my Final Drive( Diff)  broke and I therefore had to replace the whole Diff.
Whilst sourcing for a replacement Diff I discovered that this is a common problem with Vmaxes in general.

Can somebody please enlighten me what's the cause of the Drive Pinion Gears breaking.............?????????

Hans Knop
hansknop@awol.co.za
(sorry.......due to JunkMail & Spam had to disable eMail link)

PLEASE NOTE....!  !  !
OCCASIONALLY EMAIL SENT TO US DISAPPEARS INTO CYBERSPACE AND NEVER REACHES US..........
IF WE HAVEN'T ANSWERED YOUR MAIL WITHIN THREE DAYS PLEASE SEND A REPEAT MAIL..........! ! ! !
26june 2009


LETTERS FROM OUR LATEST CAPE TOWN #131 MEMBER

----- Original Message -----

From: Wessel Kruger

To: Hans Knop Bamminger

Sent: Tuesday, June 17, 2008 10:53 AM

Subject: RE: VMAX 002

Hi Hans,

 Thank you very much for your input. I really appreciate it!

 I will keep you updated with what I find and or decide, and when I get my MAX, I would definitely like to join and or attend some of the V-Max rallies!!

 Thanks again,  

Wessel

V-Nice! 


 ----- Original Message -----

From: Wessel Kruger

To: 'Hans Knop Bamminger'

Sent: Friday, May 29, 2009 2:11 PM

Subject: RE: VMAX 002

 Hi Hans,

I finally did it, I finally took the launch and bought myself a V-max!

I have multiple questions regarding this, I hope you can help or even forward this on to someone that might be able to help:

·         I hear a lot of the front shock brace and the frame brace, I’m definitely doing this mod, but would first like some DYI information if possible, I’ve done all the reading and understand all the problems etc going with this, but I’m not that handy with a welding machine etc…

Please note my max:

Model: 1992 (Claimed to be, I have suspicion it is an 1988)

Got V-boost and 44 000 miles.

Still goes like snot, nothing wrong and not smoking etc, bought for 24K…

First Ride Report: http://www.damduiker.co.za/?p=458

Kind regards,

Wessel Kruger


----- Original Message -----

From: Wessel Kruger

To: 'zollie@damduiker.co.za'

Sent: Monday, June 01, 2009 8:59 AM

Subject: Vmax onder die lem..

Hi almal,

Net ‘n vinnige fyi – ek’t dit maar net goed gedink siende ek en MEV Max ‘n week saam gaan deurbring in verskuie dele van ons land, het ek dit maar goed gedink om haar vir ‘n paar operasies te sponsor voor die tyd – ek wil haar ook darem op haar beste vertoon as ek ‘n gas is in verkeie dorpies.

Ek’t begin met ‘n Tuck job om van die oortollige Selluiet ontslae te raak, met so groot ou duk gat het al die Harleys so om haar kom brom.. En nee sies ek Wil nie Halrey Olie orals oor my max gespat he nie!!

Die lipo suction was darem nie te duur nie, en het net ‘n skrale R150 uit my sak geroof.

Volgende aan die beurt was die eye tuck, haar wenkbroue was GROOT en LELIK en het ‘n hele nuwe betekenis vir UNI-Brow gegee.. Sy’t nou mooi sexy wenkbroue!

Soos baie van julle weet is die MAX sooo kragtig, hehe ek love om te overexagurate, anyhow, maar as jy haar oor te hard draai dan trek haar arme fram heel skeuf.. Het toe maar vir haar Draaitjies / “braces” aangewerk, en ja dit spoil die look van die Motor bietjie, maar immers gaan sy my nie nou afgooi as ek en sy so bietjie mekaar misverstaan nie..!

SUTHERLAD, CALVINIA, VICTORIA WEST, PLETT, HOU ‘N OOR OOP, WANT EK EN MEV MAX IS OPPAD!!!


 ----- Original Message -----

From: Wessel Kruger

To: 'VMAX OWNERS GROUP'

Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 3:10 PM

Subject: RE: CONGRATULATIONS with your new Max.

 Hi Hans,

Firstly thanks for all the info and docs you sent.

Also I would very much like be part of the V-max Owners group, it will be an honor – please note attached document wrt notice of payment.

I’m also attaching more relevant information, e.g. Member form, some Pix etc. I will send better ones with time.. K hehe..

I’m planning a +2 000km around 13 – 18 June, will type a nice report and send it on.

Curious, do you perhaps know who can assist in some basic questions, e.g. front shock pressure? Was at 2bar brought down to 1.5.. Feels better but still a bit stiff to my liking..

I’m also trying to track down a service manual for download… J

Kind regards from a cold and wet Cape Town..

Wessel Kruger

082 997 29 23


From: renier erasmus

To: VMAX OWNERS GROUP

Sent: Sunday, May 17, 2009 2:05 PM

Hallo Hans

 Enjoyed ur news letter #74...Very much... Love the new V MAX... Maybe oneday... in the meantime...I love my old V Max.. Hehe..Ill be joining the V MAX ralley later this year and got 3 friends also with V MAXes.. go Well Renier

 ----- Original Message -----

From: Charlie Ceronio

To: Hans Knop Bamminger

Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2008 4:07 PM

Subject: RE: CHARLIE CERONIO # 108 - WELCOME TO THE Vmax Owners Group S.A -

Hi Hans

Thanx, I truly feel very welcome and grateful to be part of the group. My Vmax is standard, no nothing and I am going to keep it that way. I had the engine overhauled last year November by Yamaha, heavy knock in the engine on a breakfast run. Bit disappointed, a few simple things was overlooked, Price R 22000.00 but it is not my intension to try and knock Yamaha, I will sort it out on my own with time.

I will try my best to join the rally in September and meet you personally, if not have a wonderful time and safe riding.

Warm Regards

Charlie

----- Original Message -----

From: Karl Spaleck

To: mail@awol.co.za

Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2008 9:20 AM

Subject: V - Max greetings from down under. 

Hi Hans & Marlies,

Ek hoop dit gan goed met julle .Ek het baie tyd hier en met broadband kan ek nou lekker kyk na alles op die V -max site.Hans , nogmaals dankie vir wat jy vir ons gedoen het met die V - Max Owners groep en die beste Max site ooit.Sodra ek terug is begin van Augustus sal ek jou ons rally gelde stuur.Ek het vergeet om die e-pos adres van JJ saam te bring,kan jy asb. weer stuur.

Ek skryf weer en `n langer brief want ek wil gou gaan draf voor donker.

V - Maximus groete,

Nico Venter.  

COMMENTS & OPINIONS ABOUT THE NEW MAX


----- Original Message -----

From: Trevor Bruce

To: 'Hans Knop 

Sent: Thursday, June 05, 2008 2:38 PM

Subject: RE: eNEWSLETTER #49 (R-W) - THE NEW MAX was Yesterday Launched in Madrid and at 20:00 hours on the Internet

hans, thanks very much. sounds fantastic but why have they gone for 18 in wheels - we'll be in the same boat in a few years time as we are now. i agree that it'll probably be easy to de-restrict the 220km/h top end but who needs more at our age. it does sound as if it's going to be seriously expenisve though.

cheers, trevor


----- Original Message -----

From: Gerrit Dokter

To: 'Hans Knop '

Sent: Friday, June 06, 2008 2:34 PM

Subject: RE: Sponsorship 03 - YAMAHAS MARKETING PLOY

 Hi Hans,

I have been devouring the newsletters and scouring the internet for all the V-Max dope. Looks damn interesting hey – though I am disappointed at the weight of 310 kg and the small tank. Jeez, you would have thought that they would do something about getting a bigger fuel tank – like perhaps putting fuel in the frame. Or is it that they believe or know that the new chip controlled fuel injection will give better consumption? I suppose an after-market long range tank is again called for.

 The saddle height of 775 mm I need to look at. I am such a short legged bugger and this sort of thing is critical to me. I am going to measure my bike saddle this weekend. A heavy bike does not want a rider that controls it on tippy toes – you are then just looking for the bike to fall over. Imagine picking up a 310 kg bike (and also picking up what’s left of your dignity). Heh Heh.

I do not think that I will buy a new V-Max. I will shortly have 2 in  my garage (the project bike is having a new crank fitted) and I would need to get rid of the project bike in order to get the new one, which would be a crying shame as the project bike will be brand spanking new just about. Whether the new V-Max is going to be worth it I don’t know yet. My current Mr Max is faster – not bragging, merely a truthful statement (mine goes off the clock yet the new Mr Max is governed at 220km? - which seems like a huge shame). But I dare say that there will be inventive ways and means of overcoming the governing chips?

Never-the-less, I certainly look forward to seeing the new Mr Max in the flesh. I figure we will probably see one in 2009. It will no doubt be awe inspiring and arse clenching – which will thereafter probably quickly turn into a “must-have-one”. Ag ja wat. My cheque book will take a pounding at some stage; I can already see it.

Stay well Hans,

V-Maximus greetings,

Dok


From: Brian Davies

To: Hans Bamminger

Sent: Friday, June 06, 2008 4:29 AM

Subject: Hero

Hi there HansThe new max is awesome.Its worth a couple of extra months in `Paradise`
Brian

VmaxOwners Group SAOUR NEW VMAX OWNERS GROUP S.A. COLOURS
     

----- Original Message -----

From: Moller, Herman

To: Hans Knop Bamminger

Cc: Buckle, Ian

Sent: Friday, June 20, 2008 7:29 AM

Subject: RE: Hey Herman.......how are you doing.........??????????

 Hello Hans

We are well thank you. Both our MAXES are going strong and we are very proud of them. They both recieve much attention and respect in our part of the world.

I can't speak for Ian, butX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (EDITED)

 But even if I don't attend, be sure my heart is always with the V MAX group and I am proud to be part of them although not with you. We will wear the badges with pride and show the world that we belong to a group of people who proudly ride the best BIKE EVER BUILT.

 Thanks for keeping us up to date with your mails, we appreciate everyone of them.

 Warm regards

Herman 


-----Original Message-----
From: Hans Knop [mailto:mail@awol.co.za]
Sent: 19 June 2008 02:10 PM
To: Moller, Herman
Subject: Hey Herman.......how are you doing.........??????????
Hey Herman.......how are you doing.........??????????

Long time no hear no see.......

How is Ian.........and how is the Max doing.............???????

Is there any change that we might see you guys at the Rally this year.............??????

Thanx for your payment. As soon as I get the badges I will mail them to Ian by registered mail.

Vmaximus greetings
Hans


 ----- Original Message -----

From: Moller, Herman

To: Hans Knop

Sent: Thursday, June 19, 2008 1:23 PM

 Afternoon Hans

Attached please find proof of money deposited for 4 small badges @ R 78 = R312

2 Badges are for Herman Moller

2 Badges are for Ian Buckle

Please send the badges to   

V MAX Greetings

Herman Moller and Ian Buckle

----- Original Message -----

From: Arries Venter

To: Hans Knop Sent: Monday, May 26, 2008 8:01 AM

Subject: Re: GROUP COLOURS

Goeie more Hans,

Baie dankie vir die "eNEWSLETTER". Ek sien uit daarna om die nuwe V-MAX te sien , glo dit gaan iets vir die oog wees !

Baie dankie vir die mooi "colours" wat jy laat maak, dit sal die mense laat sien dat ons 'n baie "smart" groep is.

 Have a blessed week.

Arrie Venter.


 ----- Original Message -----

From: "Carel van Niekerk" <CarelVanNiekerk@flysaa.com>

To: "Hans  Knop " <vmaxworld@awol.co.za>

Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 10:22 PM

Subject: VMAX COLOURS FOR CAREL VAN NIEKERK (MEMBER # 95)

HI HANS
COULD YOU PLEASE RUSH ONE OWNERS GROUP COLOURS BADGE TO ME IT
LOOKS QUITE GREAT AND I WILL WEAR IT PROUDLY. ATTACHED IS THE SCANNED
DEPOSIT SLIP.

MY SON SAYS THAT ONLY OLD MEN WILL PUT THEIR COLOURS ON A HI VISIBILITY
VEST (I THINK IT IS A GREAT IDEA AND WILL DO THE SAME).
ALL OTHER RIDERS WILL USE A VANDALIZED DENIM JACKET

THANK YOU FOR DOING A GREAT JOB

I AM ENJOYING YOUR Enewsletters


Carel


----- Original Message -----

From: <coenroux@webmail.co.za>

To: "Hans Knop " <vmaxworld@awol.co.za>

Sent: Saturday, May 24, 2008 7:03 PM

hi Hans thankx for  all the mail.I will make my payment 4 that good
looking identivication of being a proud maxer i need 2.
Remember i will be at rally and i must still make my payment ..
dankie baie vir updates on everything
groete da
coen en charlotte Roux Aliwal north e cape

 

STARTER MOTOR PROBLEMS....!!!!!

----- Original Message -----

From: "Jan Nell" <j.nell@ru.ac.za>

To: "'Hans Knop '" <mail@awol.co.za>

Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 2008 4:02 PM

Subject: start problem

  Hi Hans
 I am hoping for some advice on my bike.
 Had some problems with MR Max from the beginning. The starter motor turns but not the engine, accompanied by the sound of a tin bucket of bolts being shaken.
I have now installed a new battery, cleaned the water and rust out of the fuel tank, stripped and cleaned carbs, cleaned all electrical connections, stripped and checked the starter motor, opened the starter clutch.
 Here things started getting interesting, the gears that go between the
 starter splines and the driven gear were incorrectly assembled, in other words they were put in in the wrong order. Just the friction of the gears running next to each other was starting the bike, sometimes.
 So it had seemed like I had it licked, it started perfectly for a
 while. However it has started to do the same thing, not start, starter spins but wont turn engine.

 So back to pulling things apart, first checked the starter motor, all in order there. Opened starter clutch again (keeping in mind that I have not pulled the alternator out). Everything looked all right, but on closer inspection found that the driven gear can move backwards and forwards about half a centimetre, it appears as if when under load it slips past the gear that drives it, is this possible?

 I did all the usual stuff like new plugs, oil,driveshaft oil,fork oil,air filter,oil filter,stripped and cleaned brake callipers,and anything else that looked dodgy.

 I also noticed that my clutch is dragging and that is probably aggravating the situation. I will bleed that tomorrow. Would appreciate any input I can get, I am at wits end with it.

 Max thanks
 Jan Nell

 GO TO  "STARTER MOTOR PROBLEMS" TO GET THE WHOLE STORY

 ----- Original Message -----

From: Rod Seed

To: Hans JP Knop Chairman

Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 12:28 PM

Subject: Radiator cover

 Hi Hans,

 Hope all is well with you.

 Thank you for the assistance with selling my radiator cover, it has now been sold due to you, thanks again for your help.

 Regards,

 Rod.


 Rod's Radiator Cover was advertised in  our Website and eNewsletter

----- Original Message ---

From: "Carel van Niekerk" <CarelVanNiekerk@flysaa.com>

To: "Hans Knop" <vmaxworld@awol.co.za>

Sent: Monday, June 02, 2008 10:34 AM

Subject: VMAX MODS

 Hi Hans
Just a short note to inform you what has been happening to my
VMAX

1) I fitted an oil press gauge. It is quite alarming to see how lo the
oil press goes when the engine is hot.
2) Fitted frame braces from Mike van Rensburg as advertised on the VMAX
"awol" website. I cannot feel any difference in handling? But the braces
do a great job for looks.
3) Had a worrying front end wobble very bad when decelerating thru 80
km/hr.  Done the FURBUR fix but it only made a slight difference to my
wobble problem
I then imported a new set of springs and Emulators from Race Tech in the
USA. After fitment of kit I cannot describe the improvement in handling
and the wobble is all gone. I now can take my hands off the handlebars.
For my bike this was money well spent.
I now get a weave at higher speeds that I did not notice before, but I
can live with that.
4) My back tyre the original Dunlop had to be replaced at 9765 km I now
have a Bridgestone Evedra fitted
5) Fitted K & N lifetime Air-filter and removed the Y from the top of
the Air box.

Carel (member #95)

Ps. Received the colours it looks great. Will wear them with pride.

----- Original Message -----
From: Jacobus Byloo

To: Hans J P Knop Bamminger

Sent: Sunday, May 18, 2008 6:39 AM

Subject: Re: eNEWSLETTER #45 (I-L) - BREAKING NEWS ABOUT NEW VMAX - OUROWNERS GROUP COLOURS - ROADHOLDI

HI HANS

THE NEW MAX SOUNDS LIKE IT IS GOING TO BE A MACHINE OF NOTE. IT IS JUST UNFORTUNATE THAT IT IS GOING TO BE SO EXPENSIVE. I THINK IT IS GOING TO TAKE THE SAME ROUTE AS THE MT01 DID, BEING SO EXPENSIVE THAT IT WILL PRICE ITSELF OUT OF THE MARKET , AND OUT OF REACH OF 90% OF SOUTH AFRICAN V-MAX LOVERS THAT WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO AFFORD ONE. WELL AT LEAST WE KNOW WHAT WE HAVE WITH OUR MAXXES, WITH ALL THE SMALL PROBLEMS CREEPING IN NOW AND THEN.

CHEERS

KOBIE

----- Original Message -----
From: "jaco" <ACDCELECTRICAL@BLUEBOTTLE.COM>
To: "Hans J P Knop Bamminger" <hansknop@awol.co.za>
Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2008 10:54 PM
Subject: HOPE YOU GET THIS

HI HANS
Hope you get this
sorrry for the late reply but Ihad a bit of modem problems.
Al is well in Vredendal exept that the sun shines when I work and it rains
or the wind realy blows when im of ,so no riding mr max.
Thanks for the mods you made to my pics,it looks great.
I realy look forwood to the max rally,but before I can confirm that Im going
, I first have to finish a cuple of work related projects.I will let you
know in advance if I can make it.Before I forget , my wife would like to
know if we can make the rally,if she can ride along on her yamaha XJR.
Thanks for the mail and a grrrrate website

Jaco van zyl
VREDENDAL
WESTERN CAPE

[LOUD PIPES saves lifes]

---- Original Message -----

From: JJ & Mariana

To: 'Hans J P Knop Bamminger'

Sent: Saturday, May 17, 2008 9:09 AM

Subject: Club colours

Hi Hans,

I am most impressed with the colours. I shall wear it with proud – down under!!! I just have to sort out my payment to your account.

Regards,

JJ

----- Original Message -----

From: JJ & Mariana

To: mail@awol.co.za

Sent: Monday, May 05, 2008 1:52 PM

Subject: Hallo uit Oz!!

 Hallo Hans,

Ja Mate, it’s been a while, but I must tell you, (as you would know Hans), it is not easy to leave your country of birth!! We are still raw here and we are longing home – not to the crime though.

We’ve been here now 20 weeks and it is so different. Not the people, they are actually amazing, the prices my Mate!! Somehow, you manage to buy what you want with the money you have, except a Vmax!! I haven’t seen ONE since we arrived!!

Now you’ll probably ask me where my Max is. I sold it in the end to a friend due to roomers. Everybody told me that you will have major difficulty registering your Max in Oz, that it would be unroadworthy etc etc, therefor I sold it. Today, I phoned my friend and tell him that that bike shall come to Oz! Big decision. They are very strict here and I think I shall have a problem with my pipes – but so be it.  I shall then just borrow pipes, if I will be able to source a Vmax on this big island.

I started the process today by getting quotes and completing the paperwork, then it is just a matter of time. Probably after the winter, but that will also suit me – anything will suit me as long as I can have him!

Harley is big here and some of the oaks are so windgat, you cant imagine. Biking is big over weekends, but it seems to me that it is getting bigger now with the increasing fuel prices. Unleaded’s price is $1.50 per liter and the Rand is more-or-less R7 to 1AUD, that boils down to about R10.50. Grog (dop) is also very deur (expensive) at R210 for a case of beers.

We stay in a quiet little town with the name of Lemon Tree Passage NSW. It is about 180km North of Sydney and enjoy it. The Max will however start everybody’s day a bit earlier, as I start work at 6 in the morning, knock-off at 4 and only work Monday to Thursday. Plenty of time to use the Max!

I hope everybody is well and on top of the Maxes – just stay there guys. Regards to all of you and enjoy!!!
Vmaximus from Oz
JJ

FUEL STARVATION PROBLEMS

LETTER SEQUENCE:
1st LETTER AT BOTTOM OF THIS COLUMN

 ----- Original Message -----

From: Giles

To: Hans J P Knop Bamminger

Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2008 4:39 AM

Subject: Re: GILES, Houston, Texas, USA. FUEL STARVATION PROBLEMS 003

Thanks Hans,  I will get to look at this over the few days when I get a couple of hours free. Dok emailed me, thanks for that also. I will let you know how it goes with the fix.

    Giles

----- Original Message -----

From: Hans J P Knop Bamminger

To: Giles

Sent: Monday, February 04, 2008 8:18 AM

Subject: Fw: GILES, Houston, Texas, USA. FUEL STARVATION PROBLEMS 003


----- Original Message -----

From: Hans J P Knop Bamminger

To: Giles

Sent: Monday, February 04, 2008 4:18 PM

Subject: Fw: GILES, Houston, Texas, USA. FUEL STARVATION PROBLEMS 003

 Hi Giles

John van Nieuwenhuizen  has the following advice re your problems.

Vmaximus greetings
Hans Knop


----- Original Message -----

From: John van Nieuwenhuizen

To: Hans J P Knop Bamminger

Sent: Monday, February 04, 2008 12:04 PM

Subject: Re: GILES, Houston, Texas, USA. FUEL STARVATION PROBLEMS 002

Hi Hans,

He seems to be getting fuel through the system. He must check the intake ducts starting with the air filter rubber connecting hoses between the air box and carbs, these he must check for cracks those carbs do not like too much direct air. Also check the intake manifold ducts oil seal between the barrels and the intake. His is an air problem. This I am sure of. It is not a co incidence that all the carbs are not firing . If it was one carb then it would still rev up and not splutter like he says The MAX can run on three carbs and still rev up.

He says when he uses the choke it runs that means more fuel less air intake, so obviously he is getting too much air from some where

Hope this helps

Cheers

John 


 -------Original Message-------

 From: Hans J P Knop Bamminger

Date: 02/04/08 11:54:25

To: John van Nieuwenhuizen

Subject: GILES, Houston, Texas, USA. FUEL STARVATION PROBLEMS 002

 Hi John

What you write makes sense to me.

However, in the mean time Giles has done some other things to try and solve the problem. Your comment on that please.............????????
Vmaximus greetings
Hans Knop


----- Original Message -----

From: Hans J P Knop Bamminger

To: Giles

Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2008 10:56 AM

Subject: CARL'S CLAMPS & FUEL STARVATION PROBLEMS 002

 Hi Giles

I Have forwarded the paragraph re Carl's clamps to Dok Dokter together with your contact-info. He will contact you.

 I suppose from now on it would be easier for you and Dok to communicate directly.

CONTACT INFO:

Dok Dokter

Polokwane, Northern Province, South Africa.

 YOUR CARB STORY

The strange thing to me is; with 2 different carbs you get 2 different symptoms

From that you would say it should be the carbs causing the problem. However, you never know, even professionals some times come up with a wrong diagnosis.

One of our members wrote the following in response to your problem:


----- Original Message -----

From: Willem Botha

To: Hans J P Knop Bamminger ; Undisclosed-Recipient:;

Sent: Friday, February 01, 2008 12:16 PM

Subject: RE: GILES, Houston, Texas, USA. FUEL STARVATION PROBLEMS............. (L-W)
WHAT ABOUT EARTHING, I KNOW THAT HAVE THE SAME EFFECT


Corroded or improper earth connections can  cause numerous problems.

My Max is from 1995.

During 2006 and 2007 I had problems with my batteries. Within 8 months from buying them new, they sometimes didn't charge properly on long runs and only lasted 12 to 16 months. When I finally bought a very good one of a well know brand, and after 3 months was getting the same problems as with the previous batteries, I took Max to the professionals. They came to the conclusion that the Alternator and voltage regulator were working properly. All they did now was, check for corrosion at the voltage regulator, make some extra earth connections and hey presto my battery was, and still is, now working like a charm.

In one of the tech articles I got on my site it is being mentioned that a regular occurrence with Vmaxes is corrosion between the voltage regulator and the frame which then impairs the proper functioning of the regulator.

 Vmaximus greetings
Hans Knop


----- Original Message -----

From: Giles

To: Hans J P Knop Bamminger

Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2008 3:12 AM

Subject: Re: GILES, Houston, Texas, USA. FUEL STARVATION PROBLEMS 002

 Hans, thanks for the assistance on the clamps that is awesome. its a 2000 so 43mm forks, please let me know how much and how I can pay your member, please pass on my thanks to them also.

 So the latest on my trouble shooting efforts.

 I decided to pull the carbs out and tear them down, all four carbs pilot jets were blocked solid, so I cleaned everything and put them back on the bike, same scenario as before, only way it would run is on full choke, I try to "blip" the throttle and it dies (seems like the fuel starvation). Frustrated as I am I took the set of carbs I had won on eBay, dirty/black and installed them (less than15mins). fired the bike up and after a few cranks it came to life, running better than before but still very rough, I can now back the choke to off and rev the engine, its rough popping and crackling, I stuck the air box and filter back on and it cleaned it up a little. the bike is sitting idling at 1000rpm then without human intervention starts revving up to 3K rpm back to 1K rpm, not in any particular pattern?????? that's were I'm currently at, frustrated, smelling of gas most nights (which the wife loves of coarse). and slightly more frustrated but not willing to take it the a mechanic.

 So these are my next steps,

 Take me original set of carbs, pull everything apart and soak them in a heavy duty Carb cleaner solvent, this should clean out all the unreachable circuits in the Carb (hopefully) buy a new Carb rebuild set, install these.

 As this problem steems from the sitting in my garage for so long when I was adjusting the valve shims, I am going to readjust the valves back to the original way before I serviced them. The intake shims were the only ones that were off and I set/installed new shims to the tolerances in the service manual. install the new carbs and see where we are from there.

 Who knows what next, the revving between 1k rpm and 3k rpm indicates fuel/air deciding to do its own thing, I'm not sure?? but not losing faith just riding time.....

 thanks, Giles


----- Original Message -----

From: Hans J P Knop Bamminger

To: Giles

Sent: Friday, February 01, 2008 12:08 PM

Subject: GILES, Houston, Texas, USA. FUEL STARVATION PROBLEMS 002

 Hi Giles

 One of our members is offering to have a pair of Carl's clamps made for you.

If you just can let me know the diameter of your forks. Should be 40 or 43 mm.

Vmaximus greetings
Hans Knop


----- Original Message -----

 From: Dok Dokter

To: 'Hans J P Knop Bamminger'

Sent: Friday, February 01, 2008 11:49 AM

Subject: RE: GILES, Houston, Texas, USA. FUEL STARVATION PROBLEMS............. (G-K)

 Hi Hans.

Just thought that I would let you know that I also fitted the Carl clamps to my front forks. At the same time I also had my swing arm re-enforced with the same re-enforcing as is shown on the Exactrep.com webpage.

The result is that my Mr Max at top speed (which is past the max on the speedo dial) now does NOT have that arse clenching – terror inducing wobble.

I do not know whether this very satisfying result is because of the Carl clamps or because of the swing arm modification. I have not taken the trouble to take off the clamps in an attempt to find out which modification was responsible – I’m just happy with the result !

If Giles could let me know what size forks he has I will arrange some clamps for him. I know that the thickness of the forks changed at some stage, hence the reason for my asking.

Regards,

Dok


 ----- Original Message -----

From: Hans J P Knop Bamminger

To: Giles

Sent: Friday, February 01, 2008 11:02 AM

Subject:  FUEL STARVING PROBLEMS

 Hi Giles

I have mailed your Fuel Starving Problem to all Members on our Mailing List. Let's hope we get some problem solving  answers.

  Vmaximus greetings
Hans Knop


----- Original Message -----

From: Giles

To: Hans J P Knop Bamminger

Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 3:03 AM

Subject: Re: CARL CLAMPS 002

 Thanks Carl, no I'm right Houston Texas, it's just that all the fabricators don't want to be bothered with making a "one of" they want bulk. Any information on the problem would be appreciated.

    Giles

----- Original Message -----

From: Hans J P Knop Bamminger

To: Giles

Sent: Monday, January 21, 2008 10:58 PM

Subject: Re: CARL CLAMPS 002

 Hi Giles

Am quite surprised to hear of your problems finding fabricators for the Carl Clamps. I always sought things like that were so easy to organize in the USA due it being such a sophisticated consumer market country.Are you perhaps living somewhere in Texas far away from civilization or so.............?

As to your other problem, yes it sounds like fuel starvation, I can remember vaguely that, last year, one of our members also seemed to have something like that of a problem, just trying to remember who that person was........Will make some enquiries.

Vmaximus greetings
Hans Knop


----- Original Message -----

From: Giles

To: Hans J P Knop Bamminger

Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 1:45 AM

Subject: Re: CARL CLAMPS 002

 Hi Hans, best wishes to you too, No 09 in my near future, but its a nice thought.  As far as the Carl Clamps I had emailed a couple of fabricators to see what they could do for me but never got a response back from them, in the mean time my max has been up on blocks for valve adjustment, go that done (took me a while finding the right tool) and now I have either a fuel delivery problem or ignition issue. Everything checks out good per the book but still not running to good. Runs at about 2k rpm with the choke fully on, then dies as soon as I twist to throttle, seems like classic fuel starvation, stripped and cleaned the carbs all the way to the bone same issue, any ideas?

 On the Carl clamps, anyone building them over there?

 Thanks

    Giles

A LETTER FROM THE VMAX CLUB FINLAND

From: "Rike" <rike@sci.fi>

To: <vmaxworld@awol.co.za>

Sent: Saturday, December 08, 2007 12:28 PM

Subject: Greetings from Finland

 Hi there, I found your messages from our club guestbook, it was a nice here greetings from far away :)

I'm a Rike, webmaster of Vmax Club Finland (and from 1.1.2008 I'm going to be a chairman of our club)
We have a very strong club in here, at the moment we have a 343 members. And as we know, in Finland we have a about 900 vmax on the road, it means that every thrid Finnish vmaxxer is member of our club :)
Now we have a wintertime here and all bikes were in the carage and we wait a christmas. I hope that Santa Claus remember me and give me a lot new nice parts to my vmax :)
Last summer we had a first Nordic Vmax meet in here, Finland. You can find more information what is that Nordic Vmax meet from our community web pages, www.nordicvmaxmeet.com
Next summer we are going to Sweden and that time we are a guest, last summer was very hard because we take care of first NVM meeting. But it was a success, we hade a more that 180 visitor and about 100 Vmax together in same place. It was a biggest Vmax meeting in Scandinavia ever :) We had a about 40 people from outside of Finland, lot of people from Sweden and Denmark, some from Norway, Belgium, Netherland, Swiss and so on ...
Greetings from all vmaxxers in there, remember when you ride, keep the
rubber side downwards  :)
Rike #337
***********************************************************
Risto Syrjä
GSM +358 40 750 9040
e-mail: rike@sci.fi
homepages:   www.sci.fi/~rike
***********************************************************
"What is the Vmax? It is not a Harley, nor a cruiser,
 nor a squid, nor a ST. It is a muscle bike.
For the few who dare, it is The Muscle Bike.
The need for speed. There is Only One, The Max!"

From: Frederick Pick

To: mail@awol.co.za

Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 3:25 PM

Subject: MEMBERS REGISTER. My Profile
 Hi There

 I have just bought a VMax 31000 miles on the clock

Its been a dream of mine to own one from the first time I saw one . 

I have had a spam of bikes from a YB 100cc Yamaha I bought from my neighbor 25 years ago .BMW 650 GPZ1100 ,Z1100 zx1000 750.900 Ninja xs1100 11 Special etc. etc etc.I have three sons all almost bikers (no licence) twins 17 years and a ten year oldAccording to them I am a twice recycled teenager/dinosaur.I tinker on bikes myself Learned a lot from this site I AM HOOKED.

Kind regards
Freddy

----- Original Message -----

From: "Jaco Van Zyl"

To: <mail@awol.co.za>

Sent: Sunday, November 11, 2007 9:10 PM

Subject: Awol membership

Hi my name is jaco and I am from vredendal on the west coast.I really enjoy your (maxasaurisrex) . Will be sending more as soon as I get my application approved

Jaco Van Zyl

For me it was LOVE at first sight at age 11 when I saw my first  V MAX in a Honda show room of all places, and immediately told my Father when i grow up I want one of those bikes. It took me 20 years ,in which I had a couple of bikes but now I am set for life.

-----Original Message-----
From: "Nico Marais"
To:mail@awal.co.za
Subject: New kid

Hi Hans

 New kid on the block - Freeway Park, Boksburg.
I've always had a liking in the V-Max. Not really based on performance, but the way it looked. Mean!!!
And so it happens 10 years later after I first saw a V-Max, I bought one. I'm now 34 and I've got my first bike, a V-MAX.

Its a 2004 and what a machine. I am very impress and what makes me even more exciting is the fact that there are more people like myself out there. Feeling the same way about there V-Max as I do.
Now that I'm riding a V-Max I can understand the passion all your members have for their "baby". I'm definately joining the group, because I want to hear these guys boasting about their rides around a braai and join in on the excitement.
I find your site while searching for accessories; Sissy bar and fly screen.
Do you still have small windscreens (smoked) for R650.00?
Also do know where I can find a Sissy bar?
Please, if can let me know.
Love the web-site.
Regards
Nico L. Marais
X-press Courier Services
(X-border & National Distribution &
International Courier)
Tel: (+2711) 893-1556
Fax: (+2711) 893-1517

 

 ----- Original Message -----

From: Russel A Jerome

To: mail@awol.co.za

Cc: 'Gerrit Dokter'

Sent: Thursday, October 04, 2007 11:30 AM

Subject: From Russel Jerome: Vmax club membership, etc.

Greetings Hans

Many thanks for the info and for the invitation for membership – will complete and submit shortly.

Thanks also to Dok for forwarding my correspondence.

Look forward to joining you guys at some stage.

Hope I can bring a friend along on his supercharged Harley (another project I am busy with).

We are in the process of acquiring a second Vmax which will also get the “treatment”.

I will get some pics of the current Vmax project together which you might find interesting.

Best regards,

Russel Jerome

Howick, KZN

+27 82 5528080


----- Original Message -----

From: Hans J P Knop Bamminger
To: Russel A Jerome

Sent: Wednesday, October 03, 2007 7:31 PM

Subject: VmaxWorld SA Owners Group

Hi Russel

Dok Dokter mailed me his and your correspondence.

 

I am the Chairman of the VmaxWorld S.A. Owners Group.

Our membership at present count is 84, and they are from all over the country.

We regularly send an eNewsletter around to all our members with the latest news and technical tips and technical questions. I have attached a Membership form in case you are interested in becoming a member. Membership is free.

 

We have got a special 2 pages with profiles and info of all our members on our site. All members get a special Pix album page in their own name if they send 2 or more Pix about themselves and their Max. Some members even include a long list of all the improvements they did to their Maxes.

Our Technical Tips pages are very popular by Vmaxers from all over the world. We get a monthly  average of visitors from  32 countries on our site.

 At present their are quite a few motorbike dealers in the JHB area who import second hand Vmaxes. It appears that our Maxes getting more popular by  the month.

 I have mailed you 2 of our eNewsletters for your perusal.

 I live in La Lucia, so if you are interested, we can get together one day when your Max is ready.

Vmaximus greetings
Hans


----- Original Message -----

From: Gerrit Dokter

To: 'Russel A Jerome'

Cc: HANS KNOP ; Carl Talbot

Sent: Monday, September 17, 2007 7:25 AM

Subject: RE: From: Russel Jerome, Vmax owner - Durban

Hi Russel,

No sweat, you can contact me at any time. My cell number and landline numbers are below 

I have copied Hans Knop from Durban and also Carl Talbot from Pietersburg with this email.

Hans is the convener of the SA VMax rally (which in fact took place in Durban during the weekend of 14 to 16 September), and also runs the SA VMax web page. Hans, could you please contact Russel with a view to elaborating on all the advantages of becoming a member.

Carl Talbot is in my opinion a guru on Mr. Max. Whilst Carl Talbot has not yet had to strip his VMax engine, he has touched on just about every “non-engine” VMax issue since he bought his VMax some 3 years ago. Carl is a lawyer with a sense of purpose and curiosity second to none. If he does not know something, you better believe that he will find out.

I have had nothing but the best service from Exactrep, and I can recommend them with absolutely no hesitation. Tracey herself rides a VMax and “H” the owner has had a VMax since Pa fell of the bus. They may be a bit more expensive (Pound vs. Rand), but then again you are not buying your standard old VMax parts; you are buying after-market and improved looks parts. My bike is shown on the Exactrep web page, but has since that picture also undergone further changes. I will be updating the photo in the near future. Also, if you look at the webpage that Hans will familiarize you with, you will note lots of photographs of SA VMaxes, together with a host of technical info which Hans has diligently and meticulously put together over a period of time, together with web links to other VMax pages.

I have a second VMax which I will hopefully soon be handing over to a friend to put together for me. It has a blown engine, but I have bought a second engine. The rest of the bike is in pristine shape, and absolutely standard with VBoost. I just do not have to guts or the technical know-how to try and put it together myself, so my “project bike” is becoming someone else’s’ headache soon.

Best regards,

VMaximus Greetings,

Dok

Cell 0827444081

Off 015 2931500


From: Russel A Jerome [mailto:russelj@mweb.co.za]
Sent: 11 September 2007 13:08
To: gdokter@impaladistributors.co.za
Subject: From: Russel Jerome, Vmax owner - Durban

Greetings Gerrit

I have been given your name my Tracey at Exactrep, UK as I have been looking for someone in SA who can assist me with various custom parts / advice, etc. for a Vmax re-build that I am busy with.

Maybe you can, or at least point me in the right direction.

I typically build custom American V-twins, but I am particularly fond of the Vmax as a pure muscle bike.

My unit is a 1990 model with 9000km on the clock, bought in August.

I like the stuff available from Exactrep … and they are a lot more helpful than the American Vmax parts suppliers.

I might contact you from time to time for advice etc. … if that’s OK ?

My cell number is 082-5528080

Best regards,

Russel Jerome

Howick, KZN

+27 82 5528080


 

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2007 7:18 AM

Subject: Radar Jammer

Hi Hans,

 I was entering XXXXXX. I was traveling behind a bakkie that was well within the speed limit. I was not speeding but the jammer was on. I did not see the speed trap at all as I was concentrating on the bakkie in front of me, which was pulling over to the side of the road. Suddenly a speed cop jumped out into the road and stopped me. I immediately switched off my jammer (as we had heard that the police in XXXXXXX and surrounds were aware of the jammers) and waited for the cop. His opening statement was “Sir, it is my belief that you have a speed trap jamming device in your vehicle. You have committed a very serious offence by preventing me from doing my duty, and I regret to inform you that I am placing you under arrest for interfering with the duties of a police officer”. By that time he had walked to the front of the bike, saw the jammer, and actually pointed it out to me. I told him that I had no idea what he was talking about as I had bought the bike “as is” and have no idea what the jammer unit was. He was not interested, asked me for the bike keys, which I handed over. He asked me to accompany him so that he could show me how they detected the device.

 Their speed trap radar was a unit manufactured by Truvello of Pretoria. I think it is one of the Denel divisions. They manufacture devices that are attached to traffic lights that take photos when you cross a red light and also record the speed as you cross the red light. They also manufacture automated speed trapping devices which you see a lot of these days on the Gauteng freeways.

 Anyway, he indicated to me that there were 3 small screens on their radar gun. First screen reflects the target speed limit (set on 69 k / hr) the second screen would show the actual speed of the vehicle. The third screen showed the word JAMMED. This he indicated to me was as a result of my radar jammer. He then took my license and ID and asked me about my personal details – where I worked and so on.

 He then asked his colleague to call for their towing vehicle, whilst informing me that my vehicle was being confiscated pending an investigation. He then informed me that I could call my lawyer to see me at the Police Station where I would be charged with Obstruction of Justice. He also told me that as it was Saturday; that there was no possibility of a bail hearing until Monday and that I would be detained in jail until the Monday bail hearing. By this time I had had enough and asked him what the likely fine would be. “Sir, you have committed a very very serious offence. It is a criminal charge. I do not know what the fine will be but it will surely be very very high.” His colleague agreed with him on this. I told them again that I had no idea what the device was, that I would definitely have it removed, and thanked them for pointing it out to me. I then said that I did not know what the “protocol” was, but is there perhaps a spot fine that I could pay? They scoffed at the idea, but I could see from their body language that I was on the right track. I then asked them if I could perhaps make a donation to their children’s’ school fees. They spoke to each other in their own language. The one got up and walked away whilst the other backed off about 2 meters. He asked me what my donation would be. I asked him whether R 200 would be OK. He told me to put the money into a crack that was in a wooden pole in front of me and to then walk to my bike. He followed me and gave me my license and ID and told me in no uncertain terms that the unit had to be removed. They now had my name (easy to remember) and there would be no second chance.

 These guys knew their jobs. They had obviously been very well briefed by a departmental head that knew his story. 

I discussed this issue with XXXXXXX, him being an attorney, and also he too has a jammer fitted to his bike. XXXXXXXX was not certain that they could have made it stick as there were no cases that he was aware of where convictions had been obtained on the basis of obstruction of justice. Never-the-less a weekend in jail could not have been prevented as the arrest would have been for obstruction of justice – not speeding. The case would have hinged on whether the device was actually the cause of the Truvello jamming, which clearly was the case. 

I have decided that I will rather face and pay a traffic fine than even a few hours in jail. In a way I am quite happy that this has also reminded me that I should perhaps ride a bit slower and smell the roses; see the scenery; keep one wheel on the ground so to speak.

 I have since then discovered that Denel also manufactures radar jamming devices for aircraft which allows the jamming of missile radars and so forth. I have also in the past seen on movies certain scenes where aircraft pilots maintain that “they have been jammed”. I therefore conclude that Denel are now using this same technology to enhance their speed jamming product by providing the info on the screen that the unit has been jammed.

 Regards,

XXXXXXXXXXX

----- Original Message -----

From: Karl Movius

To: mail@awol.co.za

Sent: Monday, July 16, 2007 12:24 PM

Subject: GENERAL

Hi Hans and other V-maxers

4 weeks ago I fell off my bike, and slid it down the road,

     Damage to the bike is only cosmetic, but damage to myself is little more than cosmetic.

          After 2 operations on my left knee and 1 on my right knee, I should be walking in about 3 week’s time,

                  I am trying to recover quickly so I can come to the rally. But the doctor says he does not think I will have full use of my

                           Left knee, so there is a possibility that I might miss it.

I will let you know…..
 Regards Karl Movius

----- Original Message -----

From: Marthinus

To: 'Hans J P Knop'

Sent: Monday, July 16, 2007 11:05 AM 

HI HANS

I trust you and Marlies are well. It is incredible to see that nearly a year has passed since the first  rally which was to me and my family an unforgetable experience. It is therefore with regret that I have to inform you that due to prior commitments we will not be able to attend this years event. We have tried to cancell but unfortunately it was not possible  I saw in the Bike SA cover of the Impala Rally under the club badges that there was a person with the VMAX World emblem as per the rally T Shirts on his back. A lot of our members are not members of  a club and I suspect not intrested in joining a formal club. Maybe we should look at having back patches made and sold to those members who would be intrested in wearing them.The idea is not

 to divide the group into club members and non club members but will give the independants an opportunity to also belong to a collective and to recognize other serious VMAXERS and to be recognized as serious VMAXERS at rallies and biking events.

 Good luck with the rally and may it be even better than last year.

 V MAXIMUS GREETING

 ----- Original Message -----

From: Arries Venter

To: HANS JP KNOP

Cc: Nico Venter

Sent: Sunday, July 01, 2007 9:23 PM

Subject: LOGO
Naand Hans.

Ek het een voorstel, kan ons nie ons logo / embleem op iets plaas wat dan op die agterkant van ons baadjies vas gesit kan word nie. Ek en Nico het daaroor gepraat , he voel dit is 'n goeie idee. Wat dink jy ? Laat weet my en stuur my die logo en ek kyk wat ek kan doen.

Dankie weer vir die geleentheid om deel te wees van die groep.

                                Gauteng groete,  Arrie Venter.

----- Original Message -----
From:
Carl Talbot

To: Hans ; John van Nieuwenhuizen

Cc: John van Nieuwenhuizen

Sent: Friday, June 22, 2007 9:31 AM

Subject: www.motorcycle.com Shoot out; 2007 power cruisers

MOTORCYCLE.COM - SHOOT-OUT: 2007 POWER CRUISERS

Hi there
I went to above web site and when you click on shoot out there is a section on 2007 power cruisers.Here they test in detail a few 2007 model power cruisers namely 2 American(HD and Victory) and 2 Jap cruisers(Kawasaki and Yamaha).

 Interestingly(and not surprisingly)the editor threw in a 5th bike which they always refer to as their "wild card ".Here they pay homage to the bike that started it all with a deservedly strong image for over 20 years.What they wanted to see was how a bike that was once the definition of power( that has hardly changed at all),would stack up against modern bikes with things like feul injection and usd forks.

 Many would scoff at the idea but according to the editor it was surprising how well the 20 year plus technology held up against the rest.

 In the discussion of their wild card the editor has the following to say:

-Long before the term "power cruiser " existed, Yamaha already made one way back in 1984

-Designers had a central theme "a V4 hot rod" and a job "well done"

-At the time no other bike looked or performed like it.

-It is easy to see why it has lasted as an icon of power  for over 20 years and spawning countless web resources and obtaining cult like status

-It deserves all the glory ever heaped on it.

-It has an instantly recognisable style.

-There is an unmistakeable sound and "this thing sounds deadly even before the throttle is twisted"

 Yes there were negatives too but remember they can be cured...beter radial tyres,braced frame and metal engine mounts,swing arm brace,fork clamps etc

 Read the entire article in
http://www.motorcycle.com/shoot-outs/2007-power-cruisers-shootout-13559.html .

 Finally all I can say is that even today there are an elite few bikes that can reach 120 horsepower at the rear wheel.A standard Vmax is capable of 115 hp at the rear wheel.With exhaust,air box and jetting mods it is possible to reach 120 hp.All the bikes in this power group are modern new technology bikes.The Vmax is still up there 23 years after its release....awesome.

 The Vmax is an emotion,a sensation a legend that is a high votage live wire.

Vmaximus maximus

Carl

how much coincidence

----- Original Message -----
From:
David V Davy

To: Hans J P Knop

Sent: Friday, April 20, 2007 8:23 AM

Subject: FW: To all you VMaxers

Hi Hans

Trying this email as first transmission was returned.

Regards

Dave    

From: David V Davy [mailto:asaf@mweb.co.za]
Sent: 19 April 2007 08:23
To: 'Sascha Lipka'; 'Deon Van Wyk'; 'SCM Michael Wood'; 'SCM Dave Davy'
Cc: Hans (VMax) Knop Bamminger; VO Pieter Erasmus (vicm@mailbox.co.za); VO Coenie Labaschagne; VO Gerhard Herbst; VO Ian.Murchie@za.nampak.com; VO Martin van Niekerk (tinkie@polka.co.za); VO Piet van de Westhuizen (pietvdw01@mweb.co.za)
Subject: RE: To all you VMaxers

Hello Sascha (and all ya copied Big Vee boytjies!!)

Nice to hear from you again and hope Leora and the two boys are doing well. Perhaps I should be asking how you are doing? Have you adapted to Joshua’s inclusion in the family, a handful I betcha!! Two lively Lipka’s on the go, huh??

One wonders how much coincidence plays a part in our lives? I have not heard from you in ages, nor exchanged notes with Hans Knop since the Odyssey Rally – then the first two emails I open this morning is yours, along with the VMax pic and write-up and one from Hans himself, the founder of the VMax Owners Club!

Coincidence or what??

 We copy Hans here as he would be interested to know our club has some ardent VMaxers! Let me see?? (not all have email addresses but those that do have are copied here too) We have Ben Neumann of Vereeniging, Hennie Viljoen of Stutterheim, Martin van Niekerk of Welkom, Deon van Wyk of course (our Mr. Max) Michael Wood and Neil Hamiliton-Wood of Hatfield (both VMax owners and Neil still active at 74!! Gerard Herbst of Witbank, Herman Moller of Klerksdorp (listed owner only) Coenie Labaschagne of Pretoria, Ian Murchie of Pretoria, Piet van der Westhuizen of Pretoria (although I am not sure of his status as he has bought a new cruiser too!) then new member Pieter Erasmus of Randfontein - and then of course, myself, where Red Runner shares accommodation with four other Yammie babies.

 Well, I had better get on with some work – I still have to answer Hans’ email personally but will have to leave that until later. When will we see you on the road again Biker?? Do it just for the bikes sake hey??

Luv ya guyz!

Dave

David V.Davy (VO 001)

Founder & Administrator

V-OWNERS GROUP (V.O.G.)

PO BOX 12805
QUEENSWOOD 0121
PRETORIA
TEL. 083 722 4958
FAX. 086 612 9912

EMAIL:  info@vog.co.za

WEBSITE: www.vog.co.za

 Love it, Live it & Ride it!

 

 
----- Original Message -----
From: Carl Talbot
To: Gary van Niekerk
Cc: Hans ; Stefan van Wyk ; Deon van Wyk ; Jacobus Byloo ; JJ van Zyl ; Derek Mabin ; Guy Shehan ; Ian Murphy ; Len Groskie ; Nico Venter ; Mike Van Rensburg ; Gerrit Dokter ; John van Nieuwenhuizen
Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2007 3:32 PM
Subject: Re: V-MAX Problem
Gary

Thanks for sharing your experience with us.It strenghtens our group and it is great to know that one can draw from the experience of others.

Please continue to send contributions and messages to fellow Vmaxers.Anything at all....share your experiences and tips no matter What...it may help other Maxers.

You are absolutely right about the PAJ problems.

Your findings confirm that generally the fault in bad performance of a Vmax is the PAJ,s that is blocked.Good show!

Gary,please continue sending things and keep contact with the other Maxers.

Vmaximus Maximus

Carl Talbot   

 
----- Original Message -----
From: Gary van Niekerk
To: Carl Talbot
Cc:
Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2007 9:26 AM
Subject: V-MAX Problem

Hi All,

I Would just like to say thanks for the Exactrep radiator grill which I won in the late lucky draw. It looks great on the bike.

I have been very bussy with a Project for the last 5 months and haven't had much time for anything else. I went for a ride on the 21st of January and my Max was cutting out at every stop street and the power delivery was eratic.

When i got home I noticed that there was blue fuel smoke when I reved it and I had done 110Km on a full tank. I thought that maybe the V-boost had stuck open and was causing the overfueling. I finally got time to work on the Max on Friday afternoon and desided to try the cleaning of PAJ 1 and 2 as described on the web page under Cleaning Pilot Jets as this was easyer than stripping everything. This only took about 2hours and was well worth it. I found that 1 jet passage was compleatly blocked and the others were very dirty. Carb cleaner melted the dirt and and I could blow it out.

I went for a ride on Sunday, and I now know what a Max should pull like. The responce is instant, the V-Boost kicks and My Bike felt so smooth it didn't even wobble.

Thanks

Gary van Niekerk

078 451 6778.


ICE
(In Case of Emergency)

may07
THIS SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD IDEA ! !

Following a disaster in London , the East Anglican Ambulance Service has launched a national "In case of Emergency (ICE)" campaign.

We all carry our mobile phones with hundreds of names/ numbers stored in its memory but yet nobody, other than ourselves, know which of these numbers belong to our near and dear ones?

In case we are involved in an accident or had a heart attack and the people attending us get hold of our mobile phone but don't know which number to call to inform our family members. Yes, there are many numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency?

For this reason, we must have one or more telephone numbers stored under the name ICE (In case of Emergency) in our mobile phones.

Recently, the concept of "ICE" is catching up quickly. It is simple, an  important method of contact during emergency situations.

As cell phones are carried by majority of the population, just store the number of a contact person or person who should be contacted at during emergency as ICE" (meaning In Case of Emergency).

The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when they went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients, but they didn't know which number to call.

He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally  recognized name for this purpose.

In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital staff  would then be able to quickly contact your next of kin, by simply dialling the number stored as "ICE".

Please forward this. It won't take too many "forwards" before every body will know about this.

It really could save your life, or put a loved one's mind at rest.

For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc. A great idea that will make a difference!

Let's spread the concept of ICE by storing an ICE number in our mobile  phones today! Please forward to your all nearest and dearest
Regards
 Abdul Samad

----- Original Message -----

From: Carl Talbot

To: mail@awol.co.za John van Nieuwenhuizen

Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2007 1:19 PM

Subject: A few words -2006 Vmax Odyssey Rally

 A VMAX RALLY?

To say that a meeting of fellow Vmaxers from all over the country was an ideal come true is putting it mildly.There is only one word to describe most Vmaxers.......passionate.

 It was this passion for the original hot rod cruiser muscle bike that set the chain of events that led to not only the historic first Vmax get together, however also a dedicated web page for Vmaxers to share everything Vmax related.

 INTRODUCTION

Prior to 1994 South African bikers had little choice of motorcycles and in general you either saddled an off-road or a road bike.Choices where limited.Lately it is however very clear that in particular cruiser bikes are becoming more and more popular.I was amazed at the growth in numbers of cruiser bikers on our roads and particularly the increase in numbers of the so called power cruisers.The Vmax was the first power cruiser and arguably the standard by which performance cruisers are measured ,even 23 years after it was unveiled in 1984 in the USA.

 BIKE SA LETTERS

During 2004 and 2005 I wrote several letters (with specific Vmax content) to Bike SA for publication.These letters gave historic information on the Vmax and welcomed the newer kids on the block to the power cruiser arena namely the HD Vrod and The Triumph Rocket III.Hans Knop also responded to these letters via Bike SA.Len Graskie from Amanzimtoti also added contributions.

 Similarly I made contact with Vmaxer Nico Venter in 2005 ,who himself has informally organised rides with other Vmaxers on the Witwatersrand.Nico put me in contact with another Vmaxer Jim Bramley from the Johannesburg area to whom I also spoke too also.There clearly seemed a shared passion for the Vmax all over the country.

 Hans published a letter in Bike SA in 2005 advising that he was hosting a dedicated web page for Vmax enthusiasts.

At that stage a Vmaxer from PE,John van Nieuwenhuizen had also made contact with Hans.John beat me to becoming the first member and I officially became the second member.

 What followed was many months of e-mail and telephone conversations between the 3 of us.As time passed more and more members joined and the web page started to grow in size and stature.The next logical step was a get together of Vmaxers.I was very intrigued about the prospect of meeting the other Vmaxers.

 2006 Vmax Odyssey

After Hans relocated from Ermelo to Durban he single handedly proceeded to organise the first Rally in October 2006.Hans jokingly refers to himself now as officially middle aged now that he is 70 years old.It takes a big man to saddle a Vmax at that age.Hans is a true Vmaxer.

 An unfortunate turn of events took place several days before the rally.While Hans was riding with his mate Hans Vroilijk, he fell and was hospitalised with broken ribs, shoulder-blade and collarbone.It clearly seemed that he would not be able to attend the rally and the entire event seemed to hang in the balance.Concerned Vmaxers like Guy Sheehan from Salt Rock,KZN  suggested that we take a mass ride to the hospital to see Hans which was a good suggestion by Guy.

 Surprisingly Hans got himself discharged on the Friday and attended the event that he had organised .Clearly Hans was in a lot of pain and his wounds where still bleeding,however he remained present for the entire weekend .

 1000KM JOURNEY 

Many Vmaxers made the journey from the Witwatersrand.Mike and John made the 1000km trip from PE. Our ride to the rally was great.I was joined by fellow Vmaxers Gerrit(Dok)Dokter and Wilhelm(Billy)Willemse.We decided that we would ride the roads less travelled and experience new routes as much as possible.

 On Friday morning the three of us left Pietersburg at 5:00am.The air was crisp and cool and the weather was perfect for the almost 1000km ride.We took the alternative route through bushveld country via Potgietersrus and Naboomspruit .Just outside of Nylstroom we passed the site of the Poison Rally at Avuxeni Resort.The resort was gravely quiet and the few km's to Nylstroom was in stark contrast to the busy road filled with bikes on the days of the Poison Rally.Nylstroom was equally quiet without a hint of the hundreds of bikers that invade this sleepy town during the Poison Rally.

 After filling up at Nylstroom and stretching our legs we headed for the N1 Tolgate at Kranskop and pushed on at higher freeway speeds.At Petroport we stopped for our second fuel stop.From Petroport we followed the N1 South and at Rigel Avenue we turned off to Babsfontein.This part of the route was entirely new to us and we passed through Delmas and Leandra where we had our third fuel stop .Here we lingered a little and enjoyed coldrinks to keep us hydrated.This leg of the route was nice insofar that it is a typical route along the back roads through real country areas.

 From Leandra we went to Standerton and then Volksrust.The route through Standerton took us through the city and suburbs and although we did not stop we encountered several bikers ,presumably en route to  Harrismith.

 The Vmaxes were  roaring like proud lions and I could not help laughing out loud at the sensation of sitting on top of a powerful huge naked engine suspended between two wheels..just twist the throttle and an instantaneous burst of power propels you forward...Vmax style.

 The stretch from Standerton to Volksrust was hilly and one immediately new that you where on the verge between Mpumalanga and KZN .The clouds where also building up and I could feel the much cooler air .When we reached Volksrust we joined up with fellow Vmaxer Jacobus(Kobie)Byloo and his wife Estelle.Kobie himself is the Vise President of a biker club and he volunteered to take the lead and show us some more roads less travelled.

 After filling up with fuel and a few minutes of chatting, we decided that we would stop for lunch at Newcastle.Clearly we where now in KZN ,it was raining gently and we where riding up and down mountains and wet twisty sections of road.I do not mind riding in the rain and really prefer riding in cooler temperatures.By now we where rather hungry and all bailed into the Wimpy for hot drinks and lunch.The general topic of conversation centered around the ride ,the rally and other topics Vmax related.

 An hour or so later we left  Newcastle through more country roads and hardly saw any other vehicles on the road.The area was lush green with typical hilly bendy type of roads.The very light rain persisted and it was coolish most of the way through the towns of Ladysmith and Colenso whereafter we joined  the N3 .

 At the filling station we did our fifth fuel stop,stretched our legs and had some more coffee.At this stage we bumped into two other Vmaxers on their way to the rally.I believe it was Les Dorfling and company however they declined to ride with us and opted to ride at their pace of 100 km/h .

 The last section to the rally site was on the freeway in very overcast and rainy conditions so it was simply a question of riding sensibly and getting there.We reached Pietermaritzburg but for some or other reason spent ages finding the rally site however we eventually got there.

THE RALLY

We where greeted by smiling faces of other Vmaxers  and a welcome round of cold beers.Now we where there and we finally got to meet the other Vmaxers who up to now were only known to us from email and telephone calls.

 Later Hans Knop made his entrance to the amazement of everyone.He was pale,arm in a sling and wounds still bandaged and bleeding.We applauded Hans ...he's a man.After his bike was repaired and he healed up,he was out riding his Vmax again.This rally was different from other rallies ...it was small,everyone met everyone,there were no tents, we slept in rooms and 95 % of the bikes were Vmaxes.

 Most of the time the topics of conversation were the bikes themselves,changes done,improvements,tips and ideas etc.Friendships were developed and forged and it was a historic first in Africa...the first ever Vmax rally...22 years after the icon was born in the USA. All meals were had in a dining room and there was plenty of time for conversation and getting to know one another.A huge bonfire was lit and a jovial atmosphere existed at the bar/bonfire area until the early hours of the morning.

 THE MASS RIDE 

After breakfast everyone went on a mass ride to Durban and in particular Gateway near Umhlanga.It was awesome so see,hear and be part of that mass ride.

 At Gateway we stopped at the Dros and generally continued to enjoy the atmosphere.The Harley dealer was across from the Dros and a few of us walked over there and had a conversation with the Harley salesman and looked at their lifestyle goods.

 From there we left in mass ride to the Life Saver Club which overlooks the ocean.Here we continued the atmosphere and high spirits.The ride back to the rally site was equally satisfying and the sound of thunder bellowed through the streets and freeways as the mass ride snaked its way through bends and over the valley of a thousand Hills.Truly a beautiful part of South Africa.            

 After lunch a group of  Vmaxers headed into the Valley of a Thousand Hills and crawled a few pubs in the vicinity.The general sensation of fellowship and camaraderie was second to none.

 The rest of the afternoon was devoted to a concourse de elegance and there where some stunning examples of original and customised Vmaxes.On one side of the spectrum there was an original 1985 model Vmax and on the other side there was what looked like a 2005/6 model too.There were examples of all model Vmaxes namely the USA 49 states model,the Canadian model,the California model and the Japanese/European model. 

After the voting on the bikes (by the Vmaxers themselves)took place, a braai was held.At the prize giving various lucky draw prizes where awarded and in the concourse the second and third places were shared by Billy Willemse,Willem Retters,Nico Venter and Travis Bramley.Overall prize went to Gerrit(Dok)Dokter.

 The next morning we left at dawn and took back with us fond memories of the unique and historic event that we had the pleasure of attending and being part of.   

 Vmaximus maximus-long live the king of hotrod motorbikes 

----- Original Message -----
From: <manus@ravemail.co.za>
To: "Hans J P Knop"
Sent: Friday, March 23, 2007 1:27 PM
Subject: Hello Hans

Hello Hans.
It was wonderful getting your response. I feel very honoured to be the
first Cape Town member. The first step has been taken, now i need others
to follow suite. I will send you some pics very soon. I took 'THE MAX' up
to the buffalo rally in Mosselbay the weekend gone and had a great ride.
What a awesome piece of machine. everywhere i went people looked at my
bike. what a feeling. I am busy restoring it to full glory. The guy who
had it before me did not look after it very well. But, it still runs like
a dream! I will send pics of all the changes i make so it can be posted on
the site!
Keep VMAXING!

Cape Towns only member and proud of it!!

Manus Bester

-----Original Message-----
From: Dean [mailto:dean@mill.co.za]
Sent: 17 March 2007 08:16 PM

Subject: Hans help.

hi Hans,
hope all is well.
I have not signed up yet but am still keen.
I have a hugh problem.
I went to to street drags in midrand last night. Was called out, and lost to
a standard suzuki gsxr presling with a 91 wp motor. i never knew this was
possible but i got whiped on the qaurtermile. I have a 86 original vmax,
calafornian model with tank carb. I changed pipes to slash cuts and feel a
performance drop. are there basic modifications i can do for performance.
who can i talk to. is there a max guru in jhb. see attached pic.
regards
dean
long walk of shame
please tell your member i am sorry for letting the maxes down

 
----- Original Message -----
From:
John van Nieuwenhuizen

Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2007 9:37 AM
Hi There
I would like to link up with any one going to the Buff. We could arrange an impromptu meeting of VMAX enthusiasts

Maximus greeting
John

----- Original Message -----
From: Carl Talbot

Sent:
Tuesday, February 06, 2007 10:26 AM
Subject: Own and ride a living legend-Vmax-

Hans

I trust that Marlies and you are are fine and that all is well at home.Have you and Mr Max recovered and have you been able to ride again?Has your vboost been sorted out?

I have been off-line since October 2006 however by no means out of touch.I am now back with email etc. I still tried to keep in touch and my passion for the greatest,meanest ,baddest, iconic,legendary musclebike,hot rod ,supercruiser has not dwindled .

Every time I have ridden this bike in the company of every conceivable modern bike the positives still outweigh the negatives.I am still willing to accept the few negatives however the positives still make me keep this "old warhorse".The Vmax is truly a bike deserving of its legendary status.

Yes I have ridden in the company of

- the modern 1000cc sportbikes...GSXR,YZFR1,Ninja,Fireblade

- the modern touring bikes...FJR 1300,Pan European 1300,BMW 1200 R T,BMW K1200GT,BMW R1200GS

-hyperbikes like the Hayabusa and ZX 1200

I have however only once ridden in convoy to a rally with a bunch of Japanese cruisers...Shadows,XVs,Marauders,etc

I have never ridden with Harleys though...and only because I have never had the invite to do so.I have passed many groups of Harleys though.It is generally seldom that one sees a lone Harley on the road.

What was my most memorable mass ride?...definitely the mass ride with the Vmaxers at the Vmax rally.The sound of thundering Vmaxes was something to see.These bikes don't just look and sound fast....they are actually fast.

Long live the living legend

Vmaximus

Carl Talbot 

----- Original Message -----
From:
John van Nieuwenhuizen
 

Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2007 9:37 AM
Subject: BUFF RALLY
Hi All

I would like to link up with any one going to the Buff. We could arrange an impromptu meeting of VMAX enthusiasts

Maximus greeting
John
(H0) Tel 041 360 4871  
073 214 6047
john.olbro@tiscali.co.za

----- Original Message -----


From: Brett Nicholas

Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 12:16 PM

Subject: GENERAL
Hello,
I would like to put upside down forks on my Max. Is there anyone specific you can recommend to do this kind of conversion for me ? I would also like to know which forks fit the Max and how much of a conversion is needed, to rake angle, rims, hoses  etc....
Thanks
Brett
Brett Nicholas
Team Manager
Cold Rolling Mills
Columbus Stainless
Tel: +27 82 449 6264
 +27 13 247 3150
Fax: +27 13 247 2130

----- Original Message -----

From: "Eddie Kings" <Eddie.Kings@eskom.co.za>

 

Sent: Thursday, January 18, 2007 3:32 PM

Subject: New member

Hi Hans,

Thank you for the opportunity of becoming a member of the Vmax Owners Group.
I was "invited" to apply by a good friend of mine - John van Nieuwenhuizen of Port Elizabeth.

Attached is my application form and a few photos of me and Black Max. These were taken a while back but I'll have some more taken in the near future for your web site.
Max 1&2 where taken April 2004 on route to the Ulysses/Lions club rally in Kommetjie before disaster struck (will maybe tell you more later - not to proud) then Black Max 1&2 September 2005 after rebuild and spray, top box came later.

May I at this stage ask a favour? I have been looking for a CDI for Max for a while now to no
avail. I'm currently using one from a local rider here in George who's bike is off the road for an engine rebuild. The number of the one I'm looking for is: 3JP11. It comes out of a Vmax with engine number:
2WE-XXXXXX. Should you hear of anyone who has one for sale please let me know or pass on my contact details below as I desperately need one.

Many thanks again,

Take Care,
Kindest Regards
E J Kings

ESKOM Telecommunications
Engineering Division
Western Region
37 Market St
George
6529

Telkom: 044 - 801 2618
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Pax: 8822 - 2618
Fax: 8822 - 2626
Cell: 082-6689 729
E Mail
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