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Faerie (May 30, 2012, 15:46:31 PM):
Some charitable people out there:

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Heartbroken man sceptical about new bike
2012-05-30 14:00

Cape Town - A man, who lost his bike in a shack fire in Pretoria while he was looking for work, said on Wednesday afternoon that he refused to believe he would be given a new bike.

Honda Kyalami in Johannesburg said it would give a brand new motorcycle to Chengetai Chauke.

Chauke told News24 that he could not believe that he had been offered the new bike and would only believe it when he saw it.

A heartbroken Chauke, 26, said he had paid R3 350 for the bike, and had been working to fix it and get it roadworthy when it was destroyed in a fire.

The bike was destroyed when a gas stove fell over and ignited on Tuesday morning, reducing 10 shacks, including Chauke’s, to ashes, in Woodlane informal settlement in Pretoria.

Chauke hoped that having the bike would help him gain employment.

Craig Langton, owner of the Honda Kyalami dealership told News24 that it had a brand new Honda Ace 125cc motorcycle valued at R8 900 to give Chauke.


Rigil Kent (May 30, 2012, 20:53:55 PM):
Quite a snappy looking little scoot. Reportedly especially made for African markets.
Zulumoose (May 31, 2012, 08:38:53 AM):
For R9k it is a bargain, considering that it is from a trusted big name brand.

At that price it would pay for itself in 6 months just in savings compared to covering the same distance in a car, when you consider insurance,fuel,interest etc.

Hell I do 3000km in a month, and for the average newish budget car that means payments of R2-R3k, insurance up to R1k, and fuel of R2-2.5k. That is half the cost of the bike right there in the first month.
brianvds (May 31, 2012, 08:45:38 AM):
For R9k it is a bargain, considering that it is from a trusted big name brand.

At that price it would pay for itself in 6 months just in savings compared to covering the same distance in a car, when you consider insurance,fuel,interest etc.

Hell I do 3000km in a month, and for the average newish budget car that means payments of R2-R3k, insurance up to R1k, and fuel of R2-2.5k. That is half the cost of the bike right there in the first month.

Even if someone gave me a car for free, I wouldn't be able to afford to keep it on the road. I bought myself a small motorbike some six years ago, for something like R6500, and it has not given me any trouble yet, with 35000 km on the clock. I'm surprised that many more people do not switch to such vehicles. They are suicide machines, mind you...

Rigil Kent (May 31, 2012, 08:46:32 AM):
At that price it would pay for itself in 6 months just in savings compared to covering the same distance in a car, when you consider insurance,fuel,interest etc

That is true. Bicycles excluded, you'd be hard pressed to find a better in-town commuting tool than a small motorcycle or scooter, both for their frugal natures and traffic splitting capabilities.

I'm surprised that many more people do not switch to such vehicles. They are suicide machines, mind you...

I'm equally surprised. During the last seven years I've done about 55,000 km shared between two bikes, and I only remember one very close shave. But yes, they are obviously inherently more dangerous than a car. One has to be super careful.

Rigil

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