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Photo by Josephine Flohr, Elephant at Camp, Namibia

I haven't been everywhere...
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Elephant at Camp, Namibia



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Old 17 Oct 2021
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Hey Shu, I don’t suppose you have access to the guy selling the Dirtnapper. It’s one of the lightest units I’ve seen and seems to work well. As I indicated in a previous post there is no way of contacting them using all the options given on their website. On my trip (RTW) the estimated weight is very close to the limit of the bike’s capacity, so a lighter lift is more than handy. Cheers Smoky
No, I don't have any other way of contacting him.

I just remember that he's always been behind on orders and kind of hard to get replies from. I think this is a backyard/garage industry that took off better than he imagined and there is much more demand than he can deal with.

Good product though. I agree with Grant ,too. I looked at the Moto Winch and thought they had really carefully designed their product to be very versatile. I had already bought mine by that time though, and I'm satisfied.

I used it in my garage the other day, when my DR650 came forward off the centerstand while I was removing the front wheel...aarrgg, I made every rookie mistake there is and I was aware of every one of them and still went right ahead with it.

Crash!!

Raising a moto with only one wheel attached is not easy. The Dirt Napper came in handy.

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Grant. Thanks for the added info. regarding the MotoWinch. I’ve learned a few things! Too be truthful, I was wondering if Keith may have succumbed to health issues.. in light of current events. I certainly hope not! I wish him the best. Smoky 126.
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Grant, thanks for additional info. about the motowinch. It’s for me I think. Now where is the dam credit card!!
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I’m in touch with eastbound in the Netherlands and will buy a few products as you suggested Grant. As they say here ‘it looks the goods’! Lightweight, adaptable, strong etc. I need to lighten the load on the bike and this gear will help, although some unkind person suggested that the rider is the main weight issue!!
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Just been having a look at the videos of how to use both companies products and very ingenious / effective they are. It strikes me though that there's something off kilter somewhere when you need a winch to pick up your (nominally at least) off road motorcycle. I don't suppose any of us are snowflakes so it can only be the industry inflating their products to the point where they now weigh more than a small car from yesteryear.
Or maybe, one is not quite ready to go gently into that good dark night just yet.
Personally, I find that my bike gets heavier with every passing year and I for one am not yet ready to give it all up and take up lawn bowls.
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Yeah I'd been riding the DRZ400 since spring, and got on the 1200 for the first time in 6 months recently - that thing has been eating like a pig!! Couldn't believe how heavy it is, yet I've ridden it in gnarly off-road single track and thought it was "ok" - never "great" - but certainly rideable. Not so sure now...

I'm reminded why I always recommend small bikes to learn to ride, especially off-road, and especially before riding a big bike off-road.
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Shu, thanks for the update info. regarding Keith and his products. I missed your message earlier so my apologies for the tardy acknowledgement on my part. I’m using a mobile phone for all tech work also at present and I suppose a small screen makes it hard to pick up everything.
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Grant, I took your comments on board about the motowinch from Eastbound and have purchased one. I haven't used it as yet. Bought the spanners as well. Thanks very much. I have not heard from Keithproducts at all. Regards Fernbrook.
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