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MAY 2015

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APRIL 2015

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook

page for the launch date at Linex Yamaha

Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

Now available

and selling fast!


Yamaha R3

Arriving April

book yours now!

Yamaha XT1200Z / ZE

Super Ténéré


You can choose to have either:

R7,500 Trade-in / Price assistance

or R7,500 Accessories

Prices are subject to change without notice. E&OE.

All prices mentioned

include VAT @ 14%

find us on

Tel: (011) 251 4000 • Fax: (011) 792 9998 • E-mail: info@linexyamaha.co.za

Cnr. Malibongwe Drive & Tungsten Road, Strydom Commercial Park, Randburg

VISIT OUR WEBSITE: www.linexyamaha.co.za


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Editor: Roley Foley

The other day on a ride, I was speeding down a

narrow, twisting, mountain road. Then along comes

a man who was driving very slowly uphill toward

me, honking his horn and shouting at me. “PIG!

PIG!!” he yelled. “PIG! PIG!!” So I flipped him the

finger and shouted back some things I dare not

repeat as I buzzed by him. Still thinking about this

awful man and his shouting, I turned the corner and

promptly collided with a pig.

The Pedestrian and the biker

A pedestrian stepped off the curb and into the

road without looking one day and promptly gets

knocked flat by a passing bike. “You were really

lucky there,” said the biker. “What on earth are

you talking about! That really hurt!” said the

pedestrian, still on the pavement, rubbing his head.

“Well, usually I drive a bus!” the biker replied.








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Touratech has improved adventure touring comfort with the Aventuro Carbon

helmet. This lightweight, carbon fibre helmet is comfortable, features a No-Drag

Visor, and easily transforms between street, dual-sport and dirt configurations.

They feel that some of the most popular adventure touring helmets are heavy,

generate excessive wind noise and are limited to just one configuration. Because

of these limitations, Touratech set out to make the ultimate helmet for adventure


Lightweight: They started with weight. Let’s face it, ADV riding and distance

touring means hours in the saddle and riding with a heavy helmet takes its toll

on your neck and shoulders contributing to fatigue. Touratech has used strong

but lightweight carbon fibre to create a helmet that weighs less than most of the

popular dual-sport models.

No-Drag Visor: The visors on most helmets tend to grab passing air, which limits

your range of motion and puts strain on your neck. The helmet’s No-Drag Visor

is designed with massive ports that allow air-flow to pass through the base of

the visor. Like a pressure release valve, it dumps air to reduce pull on the head

reducing strain and maximizing rider comfort. In sunny situations, the tip of the

visor can be extended with a quick pull on its adjustable end. They tell us that the

Aventuro Carbon has been sculpted to cut through the wind with less turbulence

and noise for the rider.

3 Modes - No Tools: Like a Transformer, the Aventuro Carbon helmet can be

converted between street, dual-sport, and off-road modes on the fly with no tools.

The visor can be removed for a long ride on the tarmac and installed quickly for

a few days of riding adventurous roads in the mountains. The shield can also

be removed completely to accommodate goggles for dusty riding or full-blown,

off-road racing. “Whether it’s a street bike day, adventure ride or single-track

weekend in the woods, the Aventuro Carbon can do it all in light-weight comfort.”

Available from Touratech: touratech@4mybike.co.za 0837035544



We were given a main line manufacturer as a gift

from Australia. 5 or six grands worth. Guess what?

It broke. Guess what? The importer here will not

repair it without receipts from (gulp ) Aus. So… why

spend all that loot without reasonable back up?

Here is a little knock of the same came for the

princely sum of R2500.00. and it works surprisingly

well – with good quality footage and very easy 4

button operation.

We were asked to test out an action sports camera

from Wirx Trading a few weeks back, first question

was - how long does the battery last? Answer: Out

of the 5 days we were riding anf recording on and

off in ET we charged it 3 times, not bad at all. The

video quality is fantastic recording at 1080p which is

HD. Technology comes with a recommendation for a

reason, we had some trouble at first recording and

couldn’t figure out what the story was. After reading

the manual we found out that the unit cannot use

an SD card bigger than a 32gb. Ours was 64 and it

kept overwriting itself. We slotted in a new card and

had no more hassles. This unit is very user friendly

and has a lot of PRO characteristics. The little LCD

screen on the back is a cool feature. It also takes

pictures while riding with a tap of a button. Retailing

around R2500 you have to ask yourself, why don’t

you have one?

Go try it for yourself. 082-336-9898.



The top of the line Ariette brand had just launched their latest collection for 2015.

We’ve used these goggles a lot over the last few years and have always found

thempacked with great technology, comfortable, exceptionally durable and long

lasting. 3 models: 07 line made up with AAA collection , COLOURS collection and

PALLADIUM collection. Priced from from R385 up to R950.

Available at dealers: www.trickbitz.co.za

4 MAY 2015



Travis Pastrana wrote the Freestyle Motocross

record books when he landed the first ever Double

Backflip on a dirt bike at the 2006 X Games. Now

Josh Sheehan will go bigger, attempting the most

dangerous trick in the history of Action Sports, the

world’s first ever Triple Backflip. The date has been

set for the 28th MAY 2015.

More news on how it went next month…

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The G-Form company makes protection gear for consumer

electronics and extreme athletic endeavours that makes use

of PORON XRD, which is a density changing and impact ratedependent

material. The basis of their product is RPT, which

is Reactive Protection Technology, and is a combination of the

PORON XRD material and their proprietary G-Form technology.

What the product does is stiffens instantly on an impact, and it

absorbs over 90% of the energy, providing excellent protection in

a lightweight and flexible format. They had a small demonstration

at Interbike this year, in which they dropped a bowling ball on

some M&Ms that were encased inside the product, and they

survived with very little damage, showing how much energy was

dissipated, and protection was provided. The change in durometer

of the material during impact is easy to test, and if you slowly

poke the material it’s soft, squishy and pliable and leaves an

obvious dent, while if you slam it fast and hard, it stiffens up

substantially with less penetration.

The G-Form exoskeleton armour comes in three different

versions currently, the Knee Pad, the Shin Pad and the Elbow

Pad.They also make a compressive shirt and crash shorts. The

slip-on armour utilizes an elastic fabric tube, made from a nylon

and spandex blend, in which the moulded RPT padding is flat

stitched onto the material. The top cuff of the tube has a silicone

gripper band, which offers adhesion, to prevent the armour from

creeping and moving downwards during use. The design mimics a

set of arm or knee warmers, and the fabric fits snugly to assist in

keeping things in place, and also provides compressive qualities.

They come in eight sizes, so they cover the gamut of body shapes

and girths. Their website has detailed sizing charts for each of

the versions to make sure you get the appropriate fitting set of


They all share the same sort of segmented pattern for the pads,

in the shape of a cross or diamond, with a circular section in the

middle, which then radiates outwards with smaller sections and

segments, with cut outs and depressions to facilitate flexing,

movement and articulation. The knee pad covers a larger surface

area, and has a protuberance that extends around the edge of

the knee to protect the joint, while the shin and elbow share the

exact same shape and size. The knee padding is slightly thicker

than the shin and elbow versions, approximately 8mm vs 6mm,

respectively. The fabric tube is black, while the padding comes in

either basic black or a bright neon yellow colour.

We’ve just got a whole lot in and will try it out over the next few

month. It fits pretty comfortably under our usual body armour

without making you sweat any more than usual…

For enquiries people can call 0861 754669 (ask for G-Form) or

email sales@g-form.co.za. Website is www.g-form.co.za


We’ve always enjoyed these well priced, comfortable lids. The new

lot have just arrived and are making their way into dealerships

nationwide. A mind boggling array of funky designs and colours –

that match your 2015 EKS Brand goggles.

Very cool stuff this… www.facebook.com/

Hendersonracingproducts for your nearest stockist.



If you have a tablet, a cell phone, a GPS, or any electronic

advice that you would like to attach to your bike, give the guys

from Holeshot on the East Rand a call. The sky is the limit for

a safe, secure fit for all of your electronic systems, complete

with charging units, adaptors etc… and you can interchange the

systems from car to bike, bike to bike to bicycle… you name it.

(011) 823-5830.

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Having hassles with a bum battery and you bike battles to start? Go and have a

look at a tecmate jumpstarter. It’s about the size of a cell phone and packs a huge

bunch of power to get you going. There are two models been the AA1 which is for

all petrol vehicles up to a 3.5L motor – so for most cars and all bikes and boats.

The second model is the AA5 unit which is suited for everything from small to

large but certainly needed for all diesel vehicles and any petrol vehicle bigger than

a 3.5L motor. The reason is the cranking power needed. The AA1 unit has a start

current of 200Amps and a Peak current of 400Amps. The AA5 model has a start

current of 400Amps with a peak current of 650Amps.

AA1 –R1744.00

AA5 –R2365.00

Available at dealers. www.bike-wise.co.za



Hullo Dirt And Trail.

To show our clients we appreciate their support, we announced a competition on

our face book. We asked the competitors to enter their quads with SSS Racing

products on and SSS will choose the best looking quad and then we asked all our

face book friends to vote for the winner. It was a lot of fun watching every one

compete against each other, and we received amazing photos of each competitors

quad. On Friday 10 April we had to choose a winner, the votes went crazy! Our

winner was Jaco Moller who entered his Raptor 700, it was nice to see how creative

they could be with the SSS Racing products as you can see on his photo that he

changed his SSS Racing iron cross bumper green – awesome! Our 2nd winner was

Roelf JC Burger who entered his beautiful LTR 450, in his photo you will notice the

SSS Racing rock guard and also the iron cross bumper. I wish that there was space

to show you all the amazing photos we received from these guys with all our other

products on their quads. Both winners received a gift pack with a helmet bag, boot

bag, tie downs, chain lube, chain wax from SSS Racing. Like our page on face book

to see when we announce the next competition! Thank you to all our clients for

supporting SSS Racing. This was

a thank you note we received from

Jaco Moller – I have been racing

for 5 years and been using SSS

Racing at every event and had no

issues or problems with the SSS

Racing design, No rock was big

enough to take me down, thanks

to SSS Racing.

Thank you and enjoy!




JT racings new lids have landed in SA. Two models,

one high end (2.0) and a second (1.0) designed to

fit the more budget conscious buyer. Wide range of

colours and designs available.

ALS 2.0 helmet from R5200.00

- A.C.T. (Advanced Composite Technology) fiberglass

shell construction.

- Made with integrating hand-laid interwoven layers

of fiberglass for high tensile strength and reduced


- Dual Density EPS System.

- Shell sizes and EPS sizes for a precise fit.

- Exceeds ECE, ECE/DOT, AS 1698 Certifications.

- 15 Intakes and exhaust vents for ultimate airflow

- Sold in America ECE/DOT

ALS 1.0 helmet from R3300.00

Light-weight poly-injected construction.

1350g +/- 50g (ece/dot).

High speed lift reduction visor engineering.

Dual density/full face eps liner system.

Ultra-plush, hygienically-treated, removable &

washable comfort liner.

Neck brace compatibility system.

Clean flow induction air ventilation system.

One-piece nose guard for ultimate roost protection.

Goggle grip eye port gasket.

Meets and exceeds dot & ece safety standards.

www.xstreme.co.za for your closest stockist.

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World of Accessories hosts biking trips, training and track


Does the thought of road tripping the beautiful Western Cape

get your motor running? Join World of Accessories Somerset

West and Hentie Fourie as he tours the spectacular roadways

of the province that hugs our continents southernmost tip.

If tar and gravel roads, gorgeous nature route, fine foods

and awesome company tickles your fancy? Join World of

Accessories, Somerset West on one of our monthly bike trips.

Email: somerset@woashop.co.za.

WOA Track Days:

If the crunch of dirt under your tyres is more up your alley,

join Wayne Farmer from World of Accessories Randburg, as

he hosts off-road training and track days at Terra Topia Dirt

Bike Club in Fourways, Johannesburg. For more information

on these events and other upcoming biking adventures, keep

visiting their Facebook page facebook.com/woashop, email

info@woashop.co.za or contact us on 087 945 0185.

Riders Macho Man Market 20 June

On the lookout for something exciting to do for Fathers Day

this year? Well look no further! World of Accessories, in

association with the Tshwane SPCA, is proud to present the

Riders Macho Market. The event will take place on Saturday

the 20th of June in the car park outside our store at the

Centurion Lifestyle Centre, between 9am and 3pm. Test your

skills on our wheelie bike on kick the tyres of one of our

demos while the kids tire themselves out on the jumping

castle. We will be dishing out some awesome giveaways

throughout the day so pop in for a boerie roll and support a

worthy cause.

For more information and even updates, visit their Facebook

page facebook.com/woashop or contact 087 945 0185.



Knox the original inventors of protective motorcycle padding

invent the ultimate high performance adventure gloves: We came

across these the other day, Guys these things are awesome –

pricey, but very cool.

• Pinnacle of the Off Road Collection

• Honeycomb Gel over the knuckles, encapsulated in a strong

outer shell

• Patented Dual Compound Knox Scaphoid Protection System

(SPS) on the palm to stop the grab effect in an impact so the rider

slides instead of gripping the ground. It also helps the rider to

remain steady on rough and bumpy ground by locking onto the

bars. This improves control on the bike.

• Unique BOA wrist closure system for a “Dialled in” micro

adjustable fit

• Seamless finger construction for superior comfort

• Single layer breathable performance palm for maximum feel

• Perforated Leather and Air Mesh upper with abrasion resistance

finger guards

• Terry cloth thumb panel to use as a wipe.

• Silicone finger prints for improved grip.

www.dmd.co.za for your nearest stockist.


We have always maintained that

somewhere in the universe, there is a

place for odd socks - and tie downs. We

bought a few sets of the new heavy duty

tie downs from Acerbis the other day - very

impressed... high quality and very strong

- and the clamps don’t just sommer slip

either. The hooks are plastic coated and

they come with soft extensions so that you

do not hook directly onto the handlebars or

triple clamps.

• TIE DOWNS (width 35 mm)

• Equipped with two spring catches to avoid

an accidental release

• Sold as pair

• Both practical and safe, these new tie-downs feature a 3.5cm


• 1 more than the standard, and a high maximum tensile strength.

• Material: Polyester.

• Length: 2 metres.

• Maximum load per strap: 900 kg.

• Closure with security carabiners.

• Adjustable with a snap of

gradual opening.

Available at dealers


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It had to happen – Sherco, who used to only do trials bikes has branched into little

trail machines…

The project Sherco X Ride was unveiled at Milan in late 2011. Since then, Sherco

teams have continued to work to move from project to production. The production

plant for this new model is Caldes of Montbui (Barcelona).

With the X-Ride, Sherco expands the range of models available on the market. This

is a new concept motorcycle which takes its place alongside ranges trial, enduro

and scooters.

The X-Ride is in it’s own class, it is a different bike with a world of possibilities

for use on any terrain. They say that the 290cc two stroke engine can overcome

any obstacle. The chassis will take you everywhere in extreme situations. The

generosity of its engine, smooth and quiet attached to his exemplary framework

you will use anywhere on a bike that is extremely comfortable and handy.

Top of Form

The X-Ride is not a race bike, but it uses all Sherco experience both from trials,

enduro and supermotard.

Good news – it will be roadworthy, so you can ride X-Ride to work and back. With

a fuel tank of 7 litres and good consumption, the X-Ride has a high degree of


Ground clearance of 325 mm. At a weight of 87 kg.

The production of the new bike is already a reality, and the first units have already

left the factory Sherco Caldes de Montbui to roll on 5 continents.

Full local story when it gets here…



It is a fact that motorcycle theft, like other bits and

bobs is on the increase. Many riders do not insure

goods because of the prohibitive cost involved –

ditto with vehicle tracking. A device like this just

might be the answer…

The Track X system is a rugged little weather proof

unit, smaller than a matchbox that you can mount

– or hide on just about anything. When we went to

look at the unit, Audrey had actually mounted a unit

onto het cat’s collar because he goes off wandering

long for – well you know. She dialled his unit and an

SMS came back with a link that you pop into google

maps. That shows you exactly where your missing

item is. It also shows the route taken, so you can

track your goods progress… interesting stuff – once

off cost and a lifetime, subscription free tracking

device. Makes sense… 082-294-7341.


We were invited to the launch of Bell Helmets in SA.

Lance Isaacs, Wade Hill and Grant Langston are the

men behind importing the famous helmet brand.

Bell helmets was established 60 years ago and are

famous for the slogan “If you have a 10 Dollar head

then buy a 10 Dollar helmet”. Their new helmet

range extends from top of the range carbon fibre

superbike helmets, to the ultra cool and now back in

fashion retro open face helmets. They also have a full

range of MX and adventure helmets. Bell has grown

worldwide with gross sales from 7 million to 60

million over 7 years. It’s great to see this iconic brand

back in SA. Massive amounts of comprehensive

testing, including their own wind tunnel testing, goes

into each and every helmet.

Bell SA already sponsor the likes of Kerim Fitzgerald

and a few pothers here in SA. For more info contact

011 608 0750 or email lance@xanamed.co.za.


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CONTACT AUDREY 082 294 7341

RAY 082 336 9898


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A semi frequent column about

off-road tyres from resident tyre

expert Bruce de Kock.

The Tyre Corner

One of the major headaches in off-road

riding/racing in Africa is punctures, due to

our terrain.

Our business receives queries daily for

products and solutions to alleviate this

problem. From weekend warriors, pro race

pilots and commercial or game farmers to

hunting lodges and mine and state organs

like the military, I have been asked by all

over the years.

This month, I’m focusing on insertable,

solid type products that can assist when

running a flat tyre (known in the industry as

run flat technology and not to be confused

with liquid-based tyre puncture sealants –

which are worthy of a column on their own).

The mechanics of a pneumatic tyre are

simple – it’s a rubber-based carcass

which contains a pocket of compressed air

between itself and the wheel. A flat tyre

results when the compressed air, which

acts as a buffer between tyre and wheel,

is released - either through the valve or

through a hole in the tyre. In tubeless tyres,

it can also escape if the actual wheel is


Most run flat technologies are designed to

work when the tyre itself goes flat i.e. loses

the compressed air inside the tyre.

Some products have been around for a

while, others are relatively new. Here we’ll

look at three popular options available on

the South African market. All have their

own pros and cons, but the most common

factor which creates restrictive usage in one

way or another across the board, is heat.

So what causes heat in a tyre when in use

- i.e. what causes deformation to occur –

and is continuous? Obviously, frequency

of rotation (speed) and tyre pressure will

determine the amount of deformation to

the tyre structure - so if the tyre is running

at a lower pressure, for example, more

deformation will result as there is a bigger

contact patch on the surface of the road.

Heat build-up will be even faster - which

is the case when using a run flat product,

because as soon as you lose pressure the

above scenario comes into play.

The hardness of the rubber also has a

direct effect on the heat generated as

soft compounds will deform quicker

and degenerate faster than a harder

compound tyre.

Dirt is another factor as it can cause

abrasion to the carcass and absorb the

lubricants used to reduce the frictional

heat caused by insertable run flat products.

The latest run flat technologies have moved

away from liquid-based lubricants to dry,

powder-based products to reduce frictional

heat (a product as

simple as talcum or

baby powder works

very well).

Tyre Balls are the

most commonly

known insertable run

flat product; these

are used almost

exclusively by

the serious pro

race segment and were, until recently, a

closely guarded secret among top pilots

(the high cost implications ensured their

exclusivity as well). The Tyre Ball product is

a multi-cell inflation system that comprises

individual air-inflated pods which are made

of a urethane that is (claimed to be) 10

times the strength of a heavy duty inner

tube. The individual pods have a basketball

type valve inflated with a standard needle.

Advantages include increased traction,

improved side wall stability and the obvious

run flat finish-the-race-or-get-me-home

capability. What I appreciate from Tyre

Ball manufacturers is their honesty about

the limitation of the product, which is heat

failure if the tyre surface tops the 93 degree

Celsius mark. As a result, they do not cover

heat failure in their warranty terms and


Tyre Blocks are a favourite of Kenny

Sanford, a passionate ATV

champion who is now

seriously into sideby-side

racing in

the States and has

his own tyre blocks

range. Says Kenny,

“In essence they (tyre

blocks) are custom-sized

foam wedges that take

the place of the majority of

empty space in your ATV tyre

carcass designed to hold compressed air.

The theory is quite simple: even without air

in the tyre, the foam wedges act like the

missing air and keep the tyre’s shape. This

can be crucial in getting a wounded quad

back out of the woods or finishing out a


The benefits of this product include an

extremely long lifespan - it will basically

last until you have no treads left and can

then transfer to your new tyres. If you do

run them on a flat, one or more of the

blocks can compress and

will then need replacement

and refitting. Again, the

added side wall stability and

improved traction is a definite

positive. This product definitely

performs, as Kenny outlines

in his company presentation.

The main con, which Kenny

- as the manufacturer

- admits, is that tyre blocks are

really hard to fit (actually extremely difficult

as we discovered the first time we tried to

get these foam inserts into the big side x

side tyres!). Kenny was nice enough to ship

over a tooling kit, without which I doubt we

would have succeeded. This does mean

that home installation is unlikely to be a

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eal option for most as, let’s face it, how many riders actually have

their own tyre changing machine and tooling equipment? If you

choose tyre blocks as your run flat solution, you’ll need to rely

on a professional fitment centre – one that has experience

with the product and therefore won’t damage your tyre

or wheel.

Tyre blocks when fitted inside the tyre.

Flat Tyre Defender Inserts, as explained by Frank

Stacey - the boss man at FDT in the USA – are a

“revolutionary energy absorbing technology” which

reduces the stress on a tyre’s tread and side wall when

under compression. FDT inserts reduce the risk of getting a

flat, plus improve ride comfort and increase traction.

I received six boxes of inserts which we fitted to the same tyre size

and type as with the Tyre Blocks and I must admit, the defender

inserts were way easier to use. However, we still required a

tooling system – and luckily we had Kenny’s to make use of for

this product as well.

Flat Tyre Defender Inserts are the only one of the three products

we tested that did not require a liquid lube. Instead, we used

talcum powder to make the fitment easier and obviously to reduce

the friction as I outlined earlier in this article.

As with all of these products, Frank claims that the light-weight

insert reduces un-sprung weight for less wheel bounce, thereby

improving handling and stability.

The material differs from the really stiff Tyre Blocks in that it is a

high-impact, high-density foam. However, you can still compress

it with your hand, which points to this product having the snuggest

fit in the carcass out of all three inserts that we tested. The fact

that the Flat Tyre Defender Inserts offer a tight fit and softer foam

is a definite pro as it means there is way less friction against

the outer diameter of the side wall on the inside of the tyre, so

it can withstand a much higher temperature. We ran this with a

seriously large side wall tear and it performed as it was supposed

to. The downside is that the blocks are not reusable, as we

discovered during testing, although Frank insists they have a long

lifespan. From our experience, you’d require a full replacement

pack per tyre that you run in a flat condition - especially in a race

scenario. In testing, the inserts that were run with the correct tyre

pressure and not in a flat tyre condition, looked brand new after 1


As I said at the beginning, heat plays a serious role in the

lifespan and performance of these types of products. However,

in our tests, we found that the Driven (front wheels) are far less

susceptible to heat issues and that the various products seem

to last and function better in the fronts than in the Drive (rear

wheels). Unfortunately rear tyres are normally larger than fronts,

and so rear inserts are more costly and do have to replaced more


The local distributor of Tyre Blocks (the USA brand) and the

FDT brand is Race Tyre Technologies, based in Kyalami. Contact

Warren Frazer on 082 902 1153. Tyre Balls have no official

distributor in South Africa, but some of the top pro riders import

them themselves.

There is a local Tyre Block manufacturer, namely BB Motorsport

owned by Brian Baragwanath. Contact him on 012 664 3086 – he

probably has a more cost-effective product than the overseas

versions. We have not had a chance to test the local product

range, so I cannot comment further on these tyre blocks.

Bruce de Kock

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new arai mx-v helmet

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loved VX-3 model. Years of experience can be

found in this ultimate off road helmet. The

perfect choice for MX, enduro and off road use.

Just as found in every Arai helmet, the basic

and simple organic shell shape is based on the

R75 Shape concept. The absence of exaggerated

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of creativity, but a commitment to maintaining

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We experiment in heRE.

We experiment in heRE.

Because we won't

experiment out here.

Because we won't

experiment out here.

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The 2015 BMW F800GS Adventure - the same bike, but better,

more features, more comfort, more fuel..... More Adventure

“ I really feel that BMW’s 800

Adventure has now moved into the

realm of “Pure Adventure Bike”.

Straddled up alongside its bigger

counterpart, the 1200 GSA - one

can see the similarity, and they

both look formidable. “

Craig Marshall - Rider

Test Ride Location

Our test ride location for all

the technical stuff is the DMTA

(Dualpurpose Motorcycle Training

Academy) at the Killarney Race Way

in Cape Town. Then we moved out into

the back tar roads of Contermanskloof

and via Durbanville to the glorious

Paarl region, up Jan Phillips Drive and

onto Paarl Mountains itself.

In the Paarl Mountain Reserve, the

gravel is fairly easy going, but there

are loads of tight corners and slippery

surfaces to give the F800GS Adventure

a fair testing.

And not to mention the ridiculous

views from Paarl Rock allowing for

photographic splendor.

Highlights of the new BMW F800GS

Adventure compared to the standard

F800 GS:

~ Based on the same versatile overall

concept as the F 800 GS, with powerful

twin-cylinder engine and agile

suspension, but with enhanced offroad

and globetrotting abilities.

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~ Robust and masculine GS Adventure

bodywork styling.

~ Balanced proportions, despite large

rear tank.

~ Larger, 24-liter fuel tank (+ 8 liters).

~ Extended range (by approx.160 kms).

~ ABS as standard, ASC as a factoryfitted

optional extra or as a special


~ Enduro mode as a new optional extra,

in combination with ASC.

~ Electronic Suspension Adjustment

(ESA) as a factory-fitted optional extra.

~ Reinforced rear subframe.

~ More comfortable bench seat.

~ Large windscreen.

~ Wide enduro footrests.

~ Adjustable, reinforced foot brake


~ Engine protection bar.

~ Pannier rack also serves as a tank

protection bar.

~ Wide range of dealer installed special

accessories and factory options.

Seat Comfort:

One of the initial smiles came from the

new “Bum Hugging” touring seat on

the new F800GS Adventure. A much

improved and much welcomed upgrade

to the old hard seat of the standard

F800GS. Although the seat height

is 10mm higher than the standard

F800GS - The option of purchasing

a “Low Rider” seat is available on

order of the bike dropping the 890mm

standard seat down to 860mm. Over

great distance, however, the comfort

seat can be restrictive - sometimes it’s

nice to be able to move around a bit...


The new F800GS Adventure is listed at

15kg more than the standard F800GS

- however its due to the addition of the

massive 24 Litre fuel tank - so its all

in the fuel. The bike does not handle

any worse because of this additional

weight. The centre of gravity feels

a bit lower and more solid than the

standard F800GS, all be it that there is

an extra 15kg of weight - the position of

the fuel tank under your bum, makes

for a much lower centre of gravity -

as opposed to the regular fuel tank

position of most motorcycles including

the R1200GS Advenuture.

Wind Protection:

The BMWF800GS Adventure has quite

a large standard screen - however, I

personally still found that I was getting

a fair amount of buffeting on my helmet

at speeds over 100km/h.

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In saying this, the other two riders with

me has different makes of helmets

and they did not experience the same


I did feel that perhaps a fraction higher

and it would be perfect. So maybe a addon

extension will be necessary for taller

riders, with more aggressive Motor-X

style off road helmets and Dualsport

helmets with big flat square sun peaks.

My Shoei Hornet was much more stable

at the same speeds incidentally.


Very similar to the older version F800GS

- from above 130km/h and above

5000RPM, the vibration is noticeable. Its

disconcerting at speeds of 150km/h and

above... but I hope we all don’t ride at

these speeds on a regular basis.

Off Road Handling with (ASC):

ASC = (Automatic Stability Control)

BMW have had Off-Road ASC for some

time now, and on the new F800GS

Adventure riders have the ability to

change it “On the Fly”, as the riding

surface changes in front of you.

BIG advantage over competing

manufacturers. However, as advanced

as the system is - I did experience

something not quite right with the

BMW ASC off road when testing the

boundaries of the system - in that,

you really have to make sure that you

change it to suit the riding surface.

For example, if you are riding in “Road

Mode” and you enter a section of very

steep and loose gravel - the ASC will

kick in instantly as the bike sensors

the slip on the rear wheel - the result

is that the bike is very “Jerky” and

almost splutters along until either you

decellerate - or change the ASC mode to

“Enduro” which offers a little more slip

and gives a more natural feel of riding

on loose gravel or sandy surfaces.

Unfortunately even on “Enduro” mode

- when you crank open the throttle

to accelerate, the ASC will begin to

retard the engine power again in a jerky

fashion - resulting in jerky spluttering

as it struggles to gain traction. So

riding light sand or deep sand is going

to be a BIG issue if you don’t either

select “Enduro” mode offering more

rear wheel slip - or alternatively switch

the ASC off totally - which defeats the

purpose of having it in the first place ?

BMW have not quite perfected offroad

Traction control or (ASC) yet in

my personal opinion, but its a vast

improvement on the earlier models

which didn’t have ASC at all.

Off Road Comfort & Suspension:

I really did enjoy the “Wide Enduro

Foot Pegs” - they make an amazing

difference when you are standing for

long periods of time on tough gravel

sections. As a standard feature, this is a

definite bonus.

With the older F800GS (2009 - 2011)

in previous testing, we found the front

fork suspension to be very hard, and in

washboard type surfaces, it was very

difficult to control. Now the new F800GS

Adventure and all F800GS models from

2012 onwards have a far superior feel of

stability to the front end. The suspension

is much softer and better suited to off


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With the factory optional extra of (ESA)

Electronic Suspension Adjustment , all

day touring either single riders and with

pillions - you’re going to have a much more

comfortable ride indeed.

This is what makes a great touring bike

- long distance comfort seat and plush

suspension off road = Great “Tour-ability” -

no monkey butt or fillings rattled loose from

your teeth.

Off Road ABS:

In the previous review of the older BMW

F800GS, the ABS system on the older

models just did not work off-road and it was

best to disable it for safer riding.

Now, BMW have an ABS system that truly

works on both Tar and gravel, wet or dry

road surfaces. You NEVER need to switch

it off, because it simply works - and we

pushed the limits in the testing.

We tested it in mud, loose gravel, light sand

and even wet tarred roads - each and every

time we grabbed a hand full of front brake,

the F800GS Adventure came to a grinding

halt - stable, efficient, and confidence

inspiring - thats what you want...

Road Handling:

It would be unfair to say that the F800GS

Adventure is a road bias motorcycle, cause

its definitely moved up a few notches in

the “Adventure Capability” rankings with

its new off-road technology. It is however

tremendous fun to ride on both tar and

gravel surfaces. Besides the vibration at

high RPM, the F800GS Adv will get you to

your destination in comfort and well on

time. I personally found that the F800GS

Adventure offered great seat comfort,

fantastic fuel economy and provided you

keep it below 150km/h - a smooth and

relaxing touring machine.

Cornering felt great and power delivery was

always pleasure play with, even at low RPM,

the torque is admirable.

General Opinion:

The F800GS Adventure takes the next step

into the comfort zone.

Lets face it, when we plan a multi-day tour,

the things that make the smallest things can

make the biggest differences.

Fuel range, seat comfort and some extra

bells and whistles can make a massive

difference out there in the real world of

adventure travel.

Although the retail price of the BMW F800GS

Adventure is a little high in comparison

to similar engine sized competitors - I

personally feel that its justified, because

the extras you are paying for are really

useful and make all the difference when

you’re actually touring and riding in various


The upgraded F800GS Adventure is not

just a cosmetic kit to make it look pretty

- its full functional and makes this bike

very desirable in the long distance touring


Personally, I will be purchasing a few

F800GS Adventures for our rental business

- its a definite winner for Southern African

Adventure Touring - Craig Marshall.

The bikes are available at your BMW dealer.


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At the Houston Supercross a few All Dungey needed on the

weeks ago, Ryan Dungey won night was a third place finish

his second 450 AMA Supercross - that would guarantee him an

Championship. This continues a insurmountable points lead over

curious streak of riders named second place rider Eli Tomac, even

“Ryan” winning the title, six if Tomac won. In typical chaotic

straight years now. It was not Supercross fashion, Dungey, who

much of a surprise that Dungey has been on fire with his top five

won the title — he has been farand-away

the most dominant and about tenth, his worst start of the

starts, rounded the first turn in

consistent racer of the season, now season. But Dungey’s maturity

with 13-straight podium finishes. as a racer is what makes him so

With three races to spare in the deadly in long championship races,

Supercross series, now RD can and he did not panic; luckily, his

focus on having fun, and getting main rival in the championship,

ready for the upcoming outdoor and the rider that absolutely

motocross Nationals. The Red Bull needed to win, Tomac, was behind

KTM team even put the cherry him. Dungey and Tomac started

on top of the evening when it was picking off riders, one by one, and

officially announced that Dungey suddenly, they were in second and

signed a two-year extension to third place, respectively. That’s

his contract, keeping him on the how it would finish, and Dungey

orange bikes through 2017. immediately paid tribute to the

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man that brought him into the

pro ranks, Red Bull KTM team

manager Roger Decoster, over the

finish line.

Maybe a bit lost in the commotion

of Dungey’s championship

celebration was Honda rider Cole

Seely’s big accomplishment: he

won his first ever 450 main event.

The rookie crop this year in the 450

class has been stacked with talent

and proven champions. In fact,

of the big name rookies in 2015

- Seely, Jason Anderson, Blake

Baggett, and Dean Wilson - Seely

is the only rider that has not won a

championship. But in 2015, he has

been a revelation; after starting the

series with two 14th place finishes

in a row, Seely has climbed up to

the top, and now, stands as one of

the six riders to win a race in 2015,

with some fast company.

Another championship was

wrapped up in Houston, as

Yamaha’s Cooper Webb clinched

the 250 West SX title. Webb has

been the dominant force in the 250

class on the west coast, and after

his series of Ironman-esque rides

this year, it is no surprise to see

him hoist the No. 1 plate. Webb

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race win.

Behind him, TLD KTM’s Shane

McElrath scored his second

straight podium with a second

place. McElrath, in his sophomore

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Written by Laren van der Westhuizen.

Photos by Brodalka Photography.

The start of the 1st Moto

in MX1 with Anthony

Raynard (23) and David

Goosen (21) followed by

Ross Broanch (4) from


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“Perfect” is a word you can use with round

2 of the Monster Energy TRP MX Nationals

in Cape Town. Perfect weather, perfect

track, perfect crowd, perfect racing and a

perfect after party! So basically, it was the

best national SA has seen in some time.

With the iconic Table Mountain as the

backdrop at Zone 7, things couldn’t have

been better. One thing that does change

when the profile of a sport is lifted, is the

level of competitiveness and pressure

on riders, which we definitely saw at this

event. Riders with BMT shining through

and the results certainly show that.

It is great to see the trend of 50cc racing

incorporating more and more of the big

tracks at national level. This is a great

advantage to the little guys who have to

make the jump to 65cc, which is a gearbox

bike with clutch and huge power, but at

least don’t have to now also learn new

track conditions. This new bigger track

provided some top class 50cc racing and

the eventual winner was a rider from

Zimbabwe, Emmanuel Bako, who has

spent a lot of time riding big tracks in his

country. Barend Du Toit won heat 1 and

has been the form rider, but a disaster

7th in heat 2, put him in 3rd overall. A new

name to the podium was Lucca Mynhardt

and he finished a credible 2nd on his

home track. Seth Young from Swaziland

was 4th.

The 65cc Class was dominated by Camden

Mc Lellan and even home town favourite,

Ike Klaasen couldn’t match his pace. Ike

was left to battle for 2nd with Jono Mlimi

who managed to get the better of Ike in

heat 1. In heat 2, issues on lap 1 made it

tough for Jono and he could only manage

a 3rd for 3rd overall. Ike rode a solid 2nd

and will be happy to be on the podium

after missing out in Harrismith. MR

Consistency, Hayden Tully was 4th overall.

The 85cc juniors are having a great

time racing with the pro-mini class. It

is certainly helping their pace and we

can look forward to a fast pro-mini class

in 2016. Dalton Venter had a serious

injury at this track and really had to fight

his demons to get back out there and

perform. I guess he decided to tackle

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them full speed and managed to win

both heats. The battle was really for 2nd

though as an improved Christiaan Cilliers

raced with home town “Sandman”, Justin

Sangster. Just finished 2nd in heat 1, but

Christiaan got the better of him in heat

2 and also got 2nd overall. Camden Mc

Lellan stepped off the 65cc and finished

4th in the 85 class ahead of Grant Hutton,

who will be loving that round 3 is on his

home track.

The Pro Mini Class had few riders, but

was fiercely contested. 4 riders in this

class can win at any time. Cameron

Durow is only 12, but rides with the

maturity and speed of any 15 year old.

He was fastest in practice and was

working his way to the front in heat 1

when he fell and could only manage a

4th. Seth Van Den Abeele is working

his way back to form and won heat 1

on his Yamaha. Cayle Dormehl was 2nd

in heat 1. Slade Smith had some bike

issues and only finished 3rd. Slade’s bike

issues continued in heat 2 and had to just

circulate slowly to finish in the points.

This time though, Cameron Durow got

the holeshot and didn’t look back. Seth

Van Den Abeele wheelied off the line and

had to shut off the throttle. He was dead

last out of the gate and knew he had to

fight. Slowly he caught Cayle for 2nd

and tried to make a run at Cam Durow

in front, but ran out of time. It was still

enough to win overall and will also be

happy to move to his home track next.

The High School Class saw a rider find

true form. Joshua Mlimi just woke up

on the right side of the bed. He was in

a class of his own on race day. With 2

wins on the day, he is now a serious

championship favourite. Charl Van

Eeden just couldn’t get going in heat

1, but a 2nd in heat 2 was good for 2nd

overall. Dirco Van Der Westhuizen had a

mediocre day by his standards and with

3rd overall, was clearly disappointed.

That’s what makes this class so tough, is

that everyone isn’t satisfied unless they

win. Expect more battles going forward.

The MX2 Class saw a clear winner like

the 125 class. Maddy Malan is now

entrenched at the top of the table with

4 wins from 4 starts. There was a good

battle for 2nd between Tristan Purdon,

Kerim Fitz-Gerald and home town

favourite, Ant Raynard. That would be

the way they finished overall, but have

to say that Ant Raynard was on fire, but

a crash in heat 1 and a terrible start

in heat 2, saw him finish 4th overall.

A great performance from TLB Yamaha lead pilot

Sacha Naude ended the weekend on a high note

with a 1st overall in MX1

A massive pile up in MX 3,the fact is that everybody

got up and went unscathed

After a missing out on the 1st Round in Harrismith

due to an injury TLB Yamaha’s Ca;eb Tennant had a

rough start mostley due to machanical issues

Anthony Raynard had a great weekend with a 3rd

overall in MX 1

Bernie Ekerold had his best finish, with

a 5th ahead of Reid Sinnicks and Garric

Pretorius who is starting to show some


The Ladies Class was a great

introduction and despite riding with MX3

and support, provided some great racing.

TLB Monster Energy Yamaha rider,

Nanda Swiegers won overall ahead of

local rider, Bo-Dene Scott and Roof of

Africa legend Toni Jardine. Nanda will be

heading to Europe to ride 2 rounds of the

ladies world championships and will be

missing PE national.

The Senior Support Class was won by a

top rider returning to the sport after a

long lay-off due to injury, Dylan Donald.

Dylan is hoping to find more sponsorship

and move back into the MX1 class where

he competed last year. 2nd overall was

Gerhard Grove, who adapted to the big

jumps of Zone 7 nicely and did his team

proud. Brian Carstens was 3rd.

The MX3 Class was great to watch.

Normally, Ian Topliss dominates the

class, but had his hands full with Dewald

Van Der Bergh who eventually won the

day. Ian had to settle for 2nd ahead of

Stuart Laing who is a real talent and

great to watch. Stuart will be the man to

beat at his home track in PE next.

Fernas Baptista from Angola and former Quad

Champion in MX2, as the years progress so

did his riding skills on 2 wheels

Jayden Ashwell from Zimbabwe doing the SA

National series this year.

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Garan Reck (810) from Monster SA in the start of the 2 nd Moto in MX 3

The MX1 Class saw a welcome return to

form for reigning champ, Sacha Naude. He

dug deep in heat 1 to fend off big pressure

from Ant Raynard. Those 2 checked out in

heat 1, leaving Kerim Fitz-Gerald in a lonely

3rd. It was sad to see Wyatt Avis crash on

lap 1 and taken to hospital. Wyatt had his

spleen removed and a kidney laceration

fixed, which means he will be out for some

time. We wish him all the best. In heat 2,

Kerim rectified his heat 1 bad start and

got the holeshot. Sacha was once again

fending off Ant Raynard on the Ace sports

Husqvarna. Michael Docherty flew through

the pack from way down and got into 2nd.

He had the pace to catch Kerim, but dropped

it with 2 laps to go. This put Sacha back in

2nd and would give him the overall. Caleb

Tennant was racing his first race back from

injury and was fastest in practice. Sadly, he

had bike trouble in both heats and could

only manage 6th. Shannon Terreblanche

was 4th and David Goosen was 5th on their

Husqvarnas. This class is really competitive

and is great to watch.

The racing was fast and furious in Cape

Town and we can expect it to continue in the

deep sand of PE.

Red Bull KTM’s Kerim Fitz Gerald finnished thew

weekend with a 2nd overall in MX1

The start of the 2 nd Moto with 50cc Pro class

The 125 High School class With TLB Yamaha’s

Dirco Van Der Westhuizen(12) and Husqvarna SA

Charl Van Eeden (57)

TLB Yamaha’s Tristan Purdon laying it flat over the table top.Tristan has been invited to race in

Holland at the end of the month

Rockstar Fast Kawasaki’s Michael Docherty in

MX1 ,not the weekend he wanted but machanical

problems was rife.


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High tech

race weapon

An exhilarating, high-revving power delivery and a

lightweight and agile chassis, make the FC 250 a

true contender in 250 4-stroke racing at all levels

worldwide. The 14,000 RPM rev limit and peak

power at well over 40 horsepower are benchmark

performance figures. High quality standard

equipment includes electric start, a hydraulic

clutch, Brembo brakes and a handlebar-mounted

map switch.


Technologically advanced solutions in engine layout and components ensure explosive engine

performance. The lightweight and compact DOHC 4-stroke engine has been designed to offer

top performance without compromise. The large titanium valves (32.5mm intake and 26.5mm

exhaust) weigh only 19.6g each on the intake side and 18g on the exhaust side. DLC coated

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power delivery of the 250cc engine. The handlebar mounted map switch is a standard feature

and allows the rider to switch between maps while riding, adjusting power delivery and engine

performance according to rider fatigue and track conditions.




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The Uber cool way to

go racing…in a Ford!

Or anywhere else you need to transport your motorcycle. Story and pics Clive Strugnell

One of the most important things

about riding motorcycles is that

you can’t ride them all the time.

For instance if you take part in MX,

enduro’s or road racing you have

to get your bike to the circuit or

startpoint, and you also have to take

a whole pile of other stuff along as

well. You also have to get people

there to help and support your

efforts. Before long this becomes

a real mission. The traditional way

is to fit a tow bar, hook a trailer

behind, load as much equipment

as you can onto the trailer, and pile

the rest of it into the car. If you have

done this before you know exactly

where this is going……so what’s

next? Bakkies are quite popular, but

what usually happens is that in no

time at all the back of the bakkie is

full, and the cab can only take two

people, maybe three with a squash..

and you still have to put the bikes

on a trailer.

For many years some riders used

VW Kombi’s, mainly because

they offered the beginnings of a

solution…at least lots of people

could come along to help…advise,

sympathise, and generally make

race day fun. The best solution has

always been a van, like the one’s we

saw in American or European MX

magazines. The downside was that

vans had lots of space for raceday,

but other than that they were just

a bit, well commercial, and quite

honestly, too uncool and basic for

use on the days we were not racing,

(which in fact was most of the time)

Recently some South African

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vehicle manufacturers have

introduced some very cool vans, able

to fulfill all the needs of a private

racer or small race team, whilst still

being sophisticated enough to be

used as everyday transport.

Ford, who used to offer the coolest

bakkie for racing and everyday use

in the V6 Cortina, sort of forgot

about the leisure use of commercial

vehicles for a long time. With their

new range of Transit vans they are

certainly making up for lost time.

They are fantastic, and sophisticated

enough to be uber-cool along with

being practical

Last year we used the very stylish

Transit Turnier custom Van…

with it’s monster 2.2 turbo diesel

engine, the same as the one in

their record breaking Ranger

bakkie, it looks a million dollars,

goes like the wind, sips fuel and

carries a lot in the back.

This year we used one again

to transport the “Team Classic

Suzuki” road racing bikes to the

Zwartkops circuit on the Highveld,

and then all the way down to

Killarney in the Cape. After the race

series was over we had to bring all

the bikes and paraphernalia back to

Benoni, along with three full sized

adventure bikes!

The model we used is the High

roof, long wheelbase 2.2 diesel

version. What a revelation. It literally

swallowed two very tall BMW 1200

LC adventure bikes, a mountain of

tools, baggage and assorted gear,

and happily towed a trailer with two

Suzuki 1100 road race bikes AND a

KTM 1190 Adventure bike. With this

full load it still cruised back from

Cape Town in 16 hrs and returned


When not carrying this load it proved

to be a wonderful change room,

resting place and entertainment

area. It was the place everyone

gathered when not on the racetrack.

It is also very convenient to be able

to pack everything inside and to lock

it all away from any prying eyes and

light fingers.

What’s more it is such a comfortable

vehicle to drive. Any long journey

was comfortable, quiet and, yes, we

can honestly say, fun.

All in all, this Hi-top van is the ideal

way to go racing, it really does offer

a solution to every circumstance

any rider or racer team needs to

consider, and makes it easy to

compete without having to worry

about anything else.


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A few pics from the adventure companies Cosmos and Cullinan ride held in JHB in April. Always huge fun and

a great turnout with people from all walks of life dusting bikes and quads off just to get them dirty again...

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Outside the Peter Mokaba

stadium, Polokwane. have

to wonder if it’s a white


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Most local adventure bike stories seem to

focus on the Cape, Lesotho and other far

flung exotic sounding places. When the

guys from DMD distributors asked us to

put together a trip for some international

visitors – with an African flair, we opted

to go recce North for a 1400 kilometre

adventure broken into nice bite-sized

chunks – and it is fantastic!!

The bikes:

We managed to scrag ourselves 3 of the

very latest Adventure offerings for the

trip. It was very short notice, so to the

guys who loaned us the bikes – a big

thank you. The smallest of the bunch was

the new spoke wheeled Suzuki DL 650.

In the mid-range, Triumph very kindly

loaned us their latest 800 XCX Tiger. Linex

Yamaha provided a slightly modified (pipe

and filter) Yamaha Super Tenere.

The routes:

Luckily, with the jobs we do, we know of

lots of little hideaways all over the show.

We’ll give more venue details when we do

the feature on the Givi Tour later this year.

The theme was South African Bushveld,

so on a Thursday afternoon we hit the

long freeway through the Springbok Flats

out to Bela Bela. From there, we worked

our way along the back roads and gravel

trails through the Waterberg Mountains

for the first sleep over.

The following day was a little bit longer

with lots of gravel in the morning.

Nothing scary but there are quite a

few interesting sandy patches and

washaways. Keep your wits about you and

it is great fun. The roads are lined with

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Blyde River Canyon...



game farms, so we saw giraffe, impala

and wildebeest munching away on the

side of the road. We found routes out past

the legends Golf estate and back on to tar

towards Potgietersrus. A quick stop for

a cup of coffee to get the caffeine levels

up at a quaint little spot, the Baobab

nursery – an interesting place for sure

with all sorts of nick-nacks on sale – be

sure to give their sexy signboard a little

drukkie as you go in. The road is great –

thick bushveld, no potholes and you can

send it all the way. A brief stop in Potties

for a more detailed map – and a copy of

Dirt and Trail magazine (yup no modern

technology on this trip…) and we headed

out on a back road that would bypass

Polokwane town. I cannot tell you exactly

where we found it, but we did find a great

gravel trail that cut out a long chunk of

tar, all along the base of the Steelpoort

mountains. We did turn off onto a smaller

road at one point – but the sand was very

thick – not that we are woosies, but we

figured that international riders who have

no off-road experience would not really

appreciate the fun…

Most of the bushveld surrounding

Polokwane appears to be well inhabited,

so we did not want to venture too far off

the beaten paths. Eventually we found

our way on the freeway that runs past the

platinum smelting plant. We hit a right

towards Louis Trichardt and had to stop

in for a pic at the massive Peter Mokaba

stadium that was built for the Soccer

world cup. We have to wonder if it is not a

white elephant…

From there we headed along the road

past the massive Zion City Moria church.

If you have travelled that way, you’ll know

that there were big road works always

going on. Great news: Almost done – and

the road is great. We stopped opposite

the church – they were still cleaning up

– a massive task given how many people

visit over the Easter weekend. Once you

go past Moria – you are in motorcycle

Nirvana, the mountain passes through to

Tzaneen are unreal. We stopped in at the

Iron Crown pub for some refreshments

– and then took a little ride through

the switchbacks to the breathtaking

Debengeni falls. Our overnight was at

the beautifully situated Magoebaskloof

ruskamp. Well situated, but the last time

that it had an overhaul was in 1965…

cheap but - very rustic. We wandered

across to the Pot and Plough pizzeria that

evening – great place!!

Day 3 took us from Magoebas, right

through Tzaneen. We found some more

excellent dirt trails, and the sweeping

Crossing over Tzaneen dam

- watch out for Hippo...

Legends golf estate...

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R94 949.00



Powerful V-Twin 650cc engine.

Absolute comfort .

Legendary Suzuki reliability.

Lots of loading space.

20 Litre fuel tank.

Touring accessories available.

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Best pancakes in Graskop...

Beautiful - Debengeni falls

Twee spoor concrete

through the forest.

tar roads are beeee-udiful! We found a big

baobab – and a little ghost town. Our route

carried along all the way through to Swadini.

It’s a great ride! We stopped in at Swadini

just to take a pic or two – man we live in a

beautiful country.

Then the push was on – we wanted to get

through to the Kruger Park in time for an

evening game drive – so fuel economy flew

out of the window as we headed via Graskop,

through to Hazyview to the Kruger gate. Man

– it’s a great ride, rolling mountain passes

and the roads are in great condition. Just a

word of warning - pasop for livestock on the

roads – it seems that the fences have all been

rolled up. ALSO – the road towards Kruger is

not wilderness any more – a small town has

sprung up next to the road, so watch out for

taxi’s and all sorts.

Our overnight was at Sabi River Bush Lodge

on the banks of the Sabi river – clean, comfy

and relatively inexpensive. The staff are great!

That evening, we booked for a game drive

and spent a few hours in the back of an open

truck checking out the bokkies. Something

sad happened that only Kyle and I noticed

sitting at the back. We heard the chugga

chugga of a chopper behind us. Looking back,

we saw a load attached to the bottom of the

helicopter. We took a snap and though nothing

more of it. When we got home, we zoomed in

on the picture to see that the load was in fact

a rhino suspended in a net. It is terrible what

is going on in SA.

Our last day was a bit of a whirlwind because

we were rushing to get back to the Big

Smoke. It is so easy to understand why

Mpumalanga is our biking capital. Forests

whizzed by in a blur as we hit the road

through Sabie and across Long Toms pass

towards Lydenburg. Man – it’s fantastic, no

other word for it. Dullstroom on a Sunday

afternoon is the furthest thing from a

sleepy town –the Harley’s had invaded. The

eateries were packed and traffic ground to

a standstill… being on adventure bikes – we

zipped along the sides eliciting some scowls

from the more road oriented crowd.

A quick blitz through to Belfast for a burger

at Steers, – and then the great trek along the

freeway all the way back to Jozi.

Man – even with all our political worries – we

do live in a beautiful country.

The bikes:

3 different bikes and each handled this trip

beautifully. We’ll start on the little one and

work our way up.

Blyde Dam...

Danny found a stunned little fisheagle on

the road just outside the kruger park...

The JG Strydom tunnel - a landmark in the


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Suzuki’s DL650XAL - R94 949.00.

The smallest bike on this ride – and we

won’t lie if we were a tad concerned about

having to cane it in order to keep up. For

2015, Suzuki gives us a 21 inch spoked

front wheel – how cool is that? Let’s hope

that this carries over to the bigger 1000cc


The 2015 V-Strom 650 XT ABS brings

back the good-old wire spokes to the

off-road game and with them, a massive

increase in the usability of the bike in

places where tar is not present and will

most likely never be.

As far as dimensions go, the 2015

V-Strom 650 XT ABS is pretty the same

as the steel rimmed ABS model for 2015.

This means an 835 mm height. The curb

weight is 215 kg, marginally lighter than

the standard V-Strom 650.

The bike is powered by a 645cc

90-degree injected v-twin with a manual

6-speed transmission and chain final

drive. Suzuki has tweaked the engine

for better fuelling. Small things like

camshaft and timing revisions result in

better fuel economy and longer range. A

20-litre tank for a 650 is a great feature,

especially when, like us, you plan to

venture far from the main inhabited


The 2015 V-Strom 650 XT ABS doesn’t

have any other fancy electronic features

– obviously Suzuki aims to keep the price


Guys and gals. Without getting into too

much more technical detail, we have to

say that this bike blew us away. No lies

– for the price it is a fantastic bike. Hell

even if it cost more it is still great.

First up: Power.

This bike is, literally in a class of its own.

It might be a small cc adventure tourer,

but it is like nothing else in this class.

When you think 650, you generally think

single cylinder – and a bit of hard work

on long tar freeways and excellent in

off-road conditions. Guess what? This

one is excellent on the freeways tearing

all the way up to just more than 180kph.

We have to mention, however that she

is really shouting then, she’s happier

cruising at the 165kph mark. How much

faster would you like to go? Hitting the

twisties through ET, you generally keep

her in fifth. The only time that you really

feel that you are on a smaller cc bike is

when you open up a hill exiting a corner,

she kinda wheezes a bit in sixth. Let’s

say this. In the 1400 odd kilometres thatb

we rode, the Suzuki did not keep anyone

waiting. She easily ran with the bigger



The biggest difference between this 650

and the other singles out there is the

comfort factor. Let’s not kid around, this

has a real, roomy big bike feel to it with

a very comfortable seat and excellent

ergonomics. The digital display is easy

to read, the screen offers excellent

protection and does not vibrate, rattle

and shake. We love the fact that it5 has

a proper carrier out back so you can

boppa your luggage on and it is well out

of the way. We understand that there are

top-boxes and panniers available for this

model, so the versatility is there.

Handling on – and off-road:

Suspension and handling is brilliant. It

might not have all the fancy settings that

the other two bikes offered, but we had no

complaints. On the tar, you can feel the

years of road expertise that Suzuki brings

to the table – smooth, predictable, well

sprung with excellent ABS brakes. Quite

frankly, you don’t even notice the ABS.

In the dirt, we were also very impressed.

Those spoked wheels make the world

of difference, but there is more to it

than just that. It’s easy and comfortable

to stand, power delivery is smooth and

predictable and the suspension handled

every bit of gravel that we threw at it

without bottoming out. Even the odd butt

clenching sandy bits that snuck up on us

were dealt with with a sneer. We’d never

venture onto anything other than a bad

gravel road on this bike – that’s for the

smaller, lighter singles, but for touring

this bike is brilliant! One thing that we

would because of the exposed exhaust

system is fit a protective skid plate – let’s

get a bike through to the Hyde’s they will

do it. South African tough.

After this long trip, we reluctantly gave

the bike back. Each tank of fuel got us

just further than 300 KM’s . Our butts

were not ridiculously sore. This is one

motorcycle that could easily find it’s way

into the Dirt And Trail Magazine garage.

At R95000.00, you cannot beat it in terms

of sheer value for money.

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The new Triumph 800XCX: R139 500.

We raved about this bike when it was

launched two months ago. Having owned

the original XC for a few years, you might

say that we were a little bit biased in our

write-up – but this trip just reinforced

what we said back then.

When the boffins at Hinckley sat down to

improve the 800, they drew up a short but

crucial hit list – to make it more refined,

better off road, more comfortable and

with a longer range.

For the first and second bits, they

made the throttle ride by wire, with no

mechanical cables in sight, and although

early Triumph ride-by-wire throttles,

such as that on the Tiger Explorer, were

a mite sensitive and twitchy until you

got used to them, this current version is

a work of art, giving delicate control of

power even at low speeds, which is just

what you need when you forsake tarmac

for the rough stuff.

For the third, there’s a slightly better

riding position, with the bars moved

forward and up slightly for faster turning

and more weight over the front wheel.

The engine is more efficient thanks

to new injectors and a bigger airbox,

improving economy by 17% and giving

a better range to get you between

filling stations. We saw just on 300KM’s

between each refuel – and consumption

on all three bikes was very close.

The Triumph also comes with traction

control and ABS as standard, which

along with a sump guard and engine

protection bars adds 6kg to the 215kg of

the previous version, but adds hugely to

safety and confidence, particularly on the

XCx version we rode, on which you can set

the power modes for road, which stops

the rear wheel sliding or locking under

harsh acceleration or braking even in

slippery conditions, off road, which allows

it to slip a bit, or bespoke, which allows

would-be Dakar Rally heroes to switch it

off completely.

In order to keep a very balanced view, our

Kyle Lawrenson rode this one for the bulk

of the trip. In fact we could not get the

little sod off the thing…

The raft of changes has made a great

bike even better. Kyle points out the bits

that really made an impression:

He says: They have taken the previous

model and made the new one “Hey Wow”.

Riding position: Triumph has changed the

bar position – it has made a big difference

– particularly when standing on the

gravel roads. Overall, the bike has that

big bike feel – roomy and comfortable,

perfect for lots of miles. The adjustable

screen does a great job at keeping the

bugs out of your teeth.

Electronics: Very user friendly when you

know how. Changing modes between

off-road, On road and rider, ABS, etc

is simple and it remembers your rider

setting when you go back to that specific

mode. The addition of mapping on this

bike is a great feature – and you can feel

a noticeable difference between modes.

Cruise control is very cool – especially

on the longer roads. The only criticism

is that the control is on the right,

which means that you have to let go of

the throttle to set it. Most other bikes

controls are on the right. Not a biggie, but

at first it was strange.

When Glenn came back from the launch,

he raved about the new suspension. I

tested it properly on this ride and can only

agree – it is really, really good, especially

in the gravel. I would have liked to set it

up a bit, but we were too busy riding to

fiddle. The ABS system works really well,

changing it for gravel to off-road, it gives

you more freedom to lock up the back

wheel – and it is very subtle.

Engine wise, although not a huge

difference, the engine does feel more

powerful and perky than our previous

bike. Triumph still has that unique triple

feel and sound that is amazing.

Handling is beautiful. Bear in mind that

my experience on tar is less than on

dirt-bikes, so I was a bit more timid in the

huge twisties through Mpumalanga – and

I did not really want to have to explain

to the good people at Triumph why I had

fallen over. Needless to say, the Triumph

made me a better rider – it is just such a

pleasure– it never feels intimidating.

Off the dirt and back on the road, the bike

was a gem, since Triumph has very wisely

kept all the bits that made the original

800 so good – the relatively light weight,

the perfect balance and a fork rake angle

which gives a perfect marriage of agility

and stability.

One black mark: Tube tyres. The only

bike of the three without a tubeless rim.

Bet that’s the next big feature for this

model. Luckily it was the only bike of the

three that did not get a puncture on this

ride. But we did carry tyre spoons and

tubes – which is quite bulky compared to

a compact tubeless repair kit…

checking the

front brakes...

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The 2015 XT 1200 ZE: R 179 500.00

This one was compliments of Linex

Yamaha. It was fitted with a pipe, a

Simota filter – and well – that was all.

If you remember from our launch story

a few months back, the latest version

of Yamaha’s grand Adventurer has gone

under the knife – and, even though

Yamaha touts it as an almost new bike, it

came back with just a few changes.

They changed the geometry of the

handlebars to make it a bit more user

friendly and comfortable. They added a

few extra horsepower to the parallel twin

engine – and biggest of all, they fitted

electronic suspension. Not major surgery

in the world of Adventure bikes, but the

original Super Ten already established

itself as a great contender the world over.

So – here’s the skinny. The Super

Ten is not the biggest, baddest,

fastest adventure bike out there, but

it is certainly one of the most refined

machines available on the market.

It is one of those bikes that simply

does everything well. It is ridiculously

comfortable – like a Gomma Gomma

couch, delivers some of the the

smoothest power around. It has all of the

electronic gizmo’s that are so popular

today – ABS, traction control, mapping,

cruise control - and best of all Yamaha

has invented the simplest method of

adjusting everything via easy to use


Electronically Controlled Suspension

is a fantastic new addition. This can be

misleading, because the system on the

ES is not fully active. Rather, as on the

FJR1300ES and some other adventure

bikes, the suspension is adjusted

electronically. And it’s fantastic. Damping

adjustments can be done on the fly, and

pre-load is adjustable when the bike

is stopped. Adjustments can be made

without taking your hands off the bar.

In total, there are 84 possible settings,

with four levels of pre-load, three levels

of damping, and seven levels of finely

tuned damping. The ES represents a huge

benefit over the previous Super Ten in

off-road use. Stiffening the suspension

takes the wallow out of cornering, and

it enables the bike to take bigger hits

without bottoming. There is a point at

which it can be made too stiff or harsh for

small chop, but the suspension remains

adjustable to the rider’s liking. On the

twisties and roads, a stiffer setting to be

comfortable, especially with all of Dannys

luggage. Part of Yamaha’s goal for the

new Super Ténéré was to increase the

bike’s relaxed touring appeal. Although

this Yamaha is one of the easier bikes to

ride at a consistent speed, the addition

of cruise does make the Ténéré a better

tourer. All the features are within reach

of your left thumb: On, Set, Accelerate,

Decrease, Resume. Application of either

brake, the clutch, or throttle puts the

system on hold; a touch of the Resume

button gets it back working. Also, the

system can be turned off quickly via the

cruise control power switch.

Unless you ride the latest Ténéré backto-back

with the previous model, it will

be hard to feel the mild power increase

(up a claimed two horsepower and 1.5

pound-feet of torque). The cylinder head

is new, with revised intake and exhaust

ports for improved throttle response.

The piston rings are new and the skirt

shape is changed to help reduce friction

for a smoother and faster revving engine,

but the big Yamaha parallel-twin feels

much the same as before. It has smooth,

deliberate power, but the Super T doesn’t

come across as punchy. Just smooth

cruising all the way…

The Ténéré keeps the same advanced

electronics it had. This includes the

three-mode traction control, two-position

drive mode setting and Yamaha’s Chip

Controlled-Throttle. A new meter with a

dual display screen provides a clear view

of seemingly endless information. The

menus are easy to navigate and you are

always a button press away from desired

information such as air temperature, fuel

mileage, suspension settings, or the allimportant

heated grips.

The new windscreen is a welcome

addition. It offers better wind protection

thanks to a new shape that’s 40mm wider

and 15mm taller. Buffeting was never an

issue on our ride, which took us from the

long flat freeways up to the mountainous

back roads around ET. There’s 60mm of

up-and-down windscreen adjustment,

but don’t try to make a change while

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A quick pic before they

spraypaint him...

riding—it’s a tool-less job but it requires

two hands. Behind the screen, Yamaha

has added a nice bar for mounting GPS

units, action cameras, extra gauges, or

whatever you’d like.

The Super Ténéré carries just more than

23 litres of fuel. We easily got 300 km’s

out of each tank. Its tank is slim and

positioned to keep the bulk of the fuel

weight low in the chassis. A new meter

display gives instant fuel mileage as well

as average consumption.

The Adjustable riding position is a great

feature. A two-position seat gives the

rider options for comfort and leg reach.

A lowboy seat is an available accessory

for the vertically challenged. Of note, the

2014 Super Ténéré has a new higherquality

three-piece top clamp that

helps reduce vibration. The aluminium

handlebar has been brought 10mm closer

to the rider.

So, back to the original question: Has

Yamaha improved the on-road feel of

the Super Ténéré while maintaining its

off-road worthiness? Undoubtedly. This

Yamaha remains one of the most well

rounded bikes on the market. It is a real

pleasure to ride on a trip like this.

This one came from Linex Yamaha – (011)


roads in the world for adventure riding –

and to be quite frank, the bikes are just

stupendously good. The Suzuki proved

that you do not need a big bike to do this

kind of thing in absolute comfort. The

Triumph has reasserted itself as one of

the very best middleweights ever made

– and the Super Tenere is one of those

bikes that just does everything so well

without breaking a sweat.

We’ll be off on this route again soon. If

you want to join us – drop us a mail.


Snickers for energy...

The Groot baobab tree in the middle of - well



At the risk of sounding like a scratched

record, man we do live in a fantastic

country. We have some of the very best

Standard South African nourishment - slap

chips and Mageu...

The tribute to the rangers at Kruger.




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Hard Enduro legend Chris Birch’s list of important things to avoid while riding your dirt bike.

Chris Birch 2 © Chris Birch Coaching. By Jerry Bernardo


Riding dirt bikes is supposed to be fun.

Chris Birch told me that once but

immediately insisted that I erase the

visions of hard enduro competitors

sucking wind while immersed in the

massive rocks of Karl’s Diner at the

Erzberg Rodeo. I agreed and asked him

nicely if he could possibly teach me some

things to work on in order to improve my

riding. While I could have very well signed

up for Chris Birch Coaching and taken

one of his classes, I was opting for a more

verbal approach and hoped he would just

tell me, not put me through some hands

on, ill-fated trial-by-fire. If he had his way

he would probably just toss me down a

steep hill in Romania.

Chris just grinned (as he always does)

and asked me, “How about I tell you some

things not to do when you go riding?”

Chris came up with 10 ‘deadly sins’ of

riding dirt bikes – all of which he has

seen - or committed himself - during his

two-wheel adventures.

1. Run out of fuel:

That is easier said than done sometimes;

dirt bikes are hard to push, especially

over any sort of distance. One time in

Lesotho we pulled into a town thinking

that there would be fuel available and

they didn’t have any petrol at all. This

African guy with a big smile on his face

pulled some fuel out of a barrel. I got

about five kilometers down the road

and the bike started to belch smoke. It

turns out he had sold us lamp oil. I found

out that a two-stroke will run on lamp

oil – not very well, but it will run. It was

enough to get us to the next town that

had some proper fuel. I can still see the

black cloud billowing out the back. We

used up three spark plugs as well.

2. Forget to bring tools:

I have this one kid that I have done a

fair bit of coaching with and I am always

trying to teach him to be self-reliant.

On this one particular ride he hadn’t

bothered to bring his tool bag with him.

When he fouled a plug I thought it would

be a chance to teach him a good lesson:

rather than just fix his bike for him I

made him sit there and wait for

us. As it turned out it ended up being a

really long ride, by the time we got back

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nine hours! Lets just say that kid never

forgot to bring his bum bag again. Even

if you don’t know how to use the tools,

if you have a spark plug and a spanner

that fits your bike you will usually find

someone that can fix it.

Bringing food is also important,

especially if you are a skinny guy like me

– once I get hungry it’s game over.

3. Fail to check tire pressures:

Having your tires set at the right pressure

is your first line of defense. As soon as

the terrain gets slippery or horrible you

need to let some pressure out. Doing that

gives the tire a bigger footprint, which

gives the bike better grip. When I am on

a group ride and someone asks me to

push their bike up a hill I will always air

the tire down first and tell them to give it

another go. Beginning any ride with low

tire pressure can backfire as well; do that

and you are just inviting a flat.

4. Leave the group:

A mate of ours fell off the back of the

group out trail riding once. Before we

noticed he was gone, he had become

lost. It took us so long to find him that

when we finally did, he was sitting on the

mountain on a digger (a large machine

that digs earth). He realized that he was

starting to get hypothermia and (being a

diesel mechanic) had managed to hotwire

the digger. He had the digger wide-open

on the rev limiter and was sitting on the

engine cover hugging the exhaust pipe to

keep warm.

If you ever decide to leave a trail ride, tell

someone first before you head off.

5. Don’t put your helmet down on a hill:

I have seen this happen a few times: guys

will take their helmet off and put it down

on the side of a hill and it just rolls away.

You have to be careful where you put it

down. Hang it off the handlebar or the

footpeg where it is not going to roll away.

The first year I did Romaniacs a guy came

in to the finish with no helmet on. He had

all these scratches on his head and his

hair was full of crap. It turns out he did

half of the ride with no helmet on because

he had placed it on a hill and it rolled away

down into the bowels of the Carpathians

Mountains never to be seen again.

6. Jump over something without looking first:

In the forestry near where I live they often

dig a big ditch and then pile the dirt up

on the other side in an attempt to stop

four-wheel drives from going through. At

first glance it looks like they have made

you a perfect jump. When I was a kid I

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Think to yourself first, ‘Where

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7. Turn and look at you own


This is the classic rookie error:

you come out of a corner and

give it a big handful, turn

around, look behind you and

say, ‘This is sweet!’ only to

ride straight into a tree. What

is behind you is in the past.

Always look ahead; that’s the

way you are going.

8. Don’t tell anyone you are

riding alone:

This is a basic rule of survival:

tell someone where you are

going. I have had some of the

biggest crashes in my life

trying to be careful. You have

to tell someone what area you

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Luckily I had the skills to get

myself out of there eventually

but it was at that precise

moment that I thought, “I am

such an idiot and I should know

better than this.” All of the basic

survival skills they teach you at

Boy Scouts I had failed to do.

9. Use the wrong tyres:

You should always use the right

tires of for right conditions.

You have to look at the bikes

tires as its shoes: you can’t go

dancing in bowling shoes, if

you know what I mean.

10: Forget that riding dirt bikes

is fun:

Riding motorbikes is supposed

to be fun. People start getting

carried away with trying to

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to win, beat all of their mates

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Sure, it really sucks, but if

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wrist 200 meters from the finish

line. He still reckons it was the

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two years. He got on the plane

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Story Clive Strugnell and friends pics

Glenn & Kyle

We love motorcycles, and almost anything

to do with them, just like you guys

out there. We are a cog in the media

machine feeding the insatiable desire for

knowledge, information and inspiration for

enthusiasts everywhere, and help a large

and sophisticated industry expose their

products and services to enthusiasts who

are passionate about motorcycling. We

have chosen to dabble mostly in off road

and dual purpose orientated motorcycling,

including quads, side by sides and the

growing off-road high performance exotic

tube framed specials. Occasionally we

also step into the 4x4 automotive world as


So, just like many of you we spend hours

debating the merits of the ever more

sophisticated top end so-called “Adventure

Bikes”, splitting hairs over the merits of

traction control, electronic ECU mapping

and all the wonderful evolutionary

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technology so many of us enjoy these

days. We also spend hours riding and

discussing the impressive capabilities of

modern off road bikes like the awesome

450 and similar four-stroke enduro and

MX bikes, comparing them to the equally

impressive two- stroke alternatives… and

so it all goes on.

But often the conversation turns to the

ever increasing cost of all of this, and

inevitably the question comes up “what

about the guys who just can’t afford all

this hi-tech new stuff?”

Or perhaps the enthusiast who just can’t

justify spending so much on a purely

leisure pastime? And what about the

people who see two wheels as a practical

part of their daily lives, like farmers

and outdoor maintenance contractors?

Businesses who need to deliver goods?

Many of them don’t need hi-tech

Kids - dont try this at home your folks

will kill you...

motorcycles, they just need a reliable and

economical way to get to point B.

So the idea popped up, let’s see what’s

available, brand new, for under 30K, and

find out what they are all about, and if

they offer a practical solution to anything.

Looking at what is currently available

locally at the bottom of the price range,

we assembled a list of eleven little bikes

which, as we discovered, are pretty

good sellers, mostly to riders we don’t

really ever talk about. The bikes we

chose are all used for agricultural and

other off road use, commuting, delivery

vehicles and of course play bikes for the

many riders who don’t race or head out

as “Weekend Warriors” on the latest

competition type machinery.

By the time we got all our ducks (well,

bikes really) in a row we were down to

six. Three of them carried the prestige

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Crossing the stinky Hennops...

Getting the guys off the track

was a challenge...

of big name Japanese brands,

Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha, one was

from TVS (an Indian manufacturer

associated with Suzuki for many

years) and the final two were

from Puzey, who has grown into

a successful local manufacturer

and assembler marketing quality

products sourced from places like

China, Taiwan and India. most of

them under 20 grand. Of the bikes

we rode, four of them were off-road

enduro type bikes, with the biggest

being an air-cooled four-stroke 250,

and two of them were straight forward

air-cooled single cylinder commuter

bikes, surprisingly both made in India.

Missing were bikes from Jonway

and Big Boy who had just unloaded

a shipment and because they were

prepping bikes for customers, could

not get the bikes ready in time for us.

SYM did not have a bike available for

us – all sold. Hyosung and Moto Mia

did not get back to us. Hopefully, we’ll

get all of these models together soon…

The bikes: At A Glance.

• XTZ 125R Yamaha: R 24,950.00. 5

speed. Standard equipment, carrier.

Spoke wheels 21” front. Drum brake

rear www.yamaha.co.za

• Honda XR150L: R 23,490.00. 5

speed. Standard equipment, carrier.

Drum brake rear. www.honda.co.za

• Puzey STX 250 TRAIL: R 29,990. 5

speed. Standard equipment, grab

handles, skid plate, brush guards.

Disc brake rear. Bikers warehouse

(011) 795-4122

• Puzey STX 200 TRAIL: R21,990. 5

speed. Standard equipment, skid

plate, grab handles. Drum brake rear.

Bikers warehouse (011) 795-4122

• TVS Apache 180: R21,990. 5 speed.

Standard equipment: crash bars,

grab rails. Disc brake rear. Bikers

warehouse (011) 795-4122

• Suzuki GS150R R18,500.00. Six

speed gearbox. Standard equipment,

grab handles. Drum brake rear. www.


All bikes are chain final drive, electric

and kick start. Air cooled. Road legal.

The ride:

We gathered a diverse gaggle of

riders and met at Zwartkops Raceway

just outside Pretoria. Our plan was…

well we didn’t actually have a real

plan, and if we had we wouldn’t have

stuck with it anyway. We did exactly

what any bunch of guys let loose

together would have done - we just

set off looking for some fun.

We decided to head out for part of the

Zwartkops Raceway used for testing

cars from nearby workshops to get

some pics before heading out in the

general direction of Harties. However

fifty meters from where we off loaded

we came across a skidpan used by

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the Mercedes and BMW advanced driving

schools at the track. It was deserted, so

in a flash we were laughing our heads off

splashing through the left over puddles.

Round and round we went only stopping

because one of the caretakers had

unlocked the gate to the circuit and was

waiting for us. So off we sped (yes, we did

go as fast as we could) to the track.

The plan was to all line up, take some

pics, and then scientifically evaluate each

bike one by one safely on the deserted

track. Well we never managed that,

because the minute each rider saw the

open space of the circuit they were off,

and a big dice ensued, everyone laughing

their heads off, going as fast as possible.

Eventually Glenn had to almost set up a

road block to get us to stop so that we

could at least do part of the original plan,

and go for a longish outride. Chastened

we all dutifully followed him off in the

direction of the open road. For another

ten meters only. We found the mother

of all off road tracks in the form of a 4x4

advanced driving course used by one of

the big motor manufacturers. As no-one

was there off we tore… Glenn in tow. Here

we happily spent the best part of another

hour hooning about on all the bikes, up

hills, over bridges and down stairs (Yup).

Of course the more off-road orientated

bikes were in their element her and huge

fun was had, but the two commuters

chugged after them. Reluctantly we

eventually headed for the open road, a

squad of six little bikes buzzing along.

And do you know what, at every robot or

stop street where there was traffic car

drivers waved and smiled at us, envious

of the obvious enjoyment we were having!

On the tar every one of them behaved

exactly like you would expect any good

commuter, and certainly more solidly

than any scooter. Soon we turned off

onto an unpaved district road through

the Skuurweberg hills and heading

towards Hartebeespoort dam. Once again

there wasn’t a bike amongst the group

that was out of its’ depth. They all just

hummed happily along. In fact, giving

some thought to the performance of the

two road orientated commuter bikes, they

are developed in a country with a massive

network of poor roads, and are designed

to cope being ridden by large people,

often two up, in atrocious conditions.

Hundreds of thousands of these types of

bikes are sold in third world countries

in Asia, Africa and South America, so we

should not really be surprised

about how good they really are.

What’s more it’s not unusual to

find these bikes with over 100

000km on the clock…achieved

with little or no maintenance

as well.

Once again, before we reached

our destination we were

distracted by a little path-way

up the side of quite a steep

hill, and off we went, straight

up a rocky track for the best

part of a kilometer to the top,

where we were rewarded with

a spectacular mid-afternoon

view westwards across the


Then it was back down again

and onwards towards the main

Hennops road. Talking of the

Hennops River, we crossed

it twice on our dirt road ride,

and it is amazing that only

45 minutes or so out of the

centre of the intensely built up

Sandton area we were riding in

country where time has stood

still…we could have been on the set of

the Indiana Jones movie. Once we hit the

tar we found ourselves in mid-afternoon

traffic heading back to Pretoria. No

problem for any of us. As had happened

throughout the day, we were having

fun, and taking advantage of all sorts of

diversions along the way, so it was no

surprise that on seeing the impressive

gateway of the Idle Winds Country Lodge

we realised that we had been riding since

late morning without even a drink and

that this might be a welcome refreshment


It certainly was… inside the lodge is

an oasis of fountains set in a beautiful

garden… the drinks were ice cold, the

service friendly and efficient, and the

toasted sarmie platter disappeared in

record time.

All too soon we were back at Zwartkops,

loaded and ready for the drive home.

And the conclusion? Motorcycles are

fun…no matter what. This collection

of unsophisticated, unpretentious

wonderful little bikes had given us a day

of enjoyment equal to anything we could

have had on the latest mega-muscle

adventure bikes. What’s more not once

did anything go wrong or break, no one

overcooked a corner or had a skrik trying

to stop quickly, we used a minute amount

of fuel and still had lots left after only

putting 50 bucks into each bike to start

with, and we laughed ourselves silly

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in the process. We went places heavy

bikes of any sort wouldn’t have managed

easily. We snooped through the industrial

part of Zwartkops without anyone being

bothered, we breezed past metro cops

who barely gave us a passing glance, and

none of us had sore bums at the end of it

all either.

Makes you think, doesn’t it?

Here is what the riders thought of the


Aldo from Touratech: I ride big bikes, 800

and 1200cc adventure bikes… this ride on

the smaller bikes was a real eye opener. I

enjoyed it tremendously, it is playtime all

the time and you don’t stress about the

weight of the bike or worrying that you

will drop it and then taking out a second

bond on the house to fix it. Would I ride it

to Cape Town… yes, I will take all the back

roads I can find, stop at all the places I

like, enjoy the country and still get to

Cape Town and I would have seen a lot

more that sitting at 120+vat on the paved

or dirt roads … I will ride smell the roses,

enjoy coffee, take pictures all over the

country and save on fuel…

Yamaha 125: Looks – This little 125 looks

aggressive and you know it’s bigger

brothers are off road guru’s.

Ride – this 125 has got power for loads

of fun, technical stuff like small hills,

bumps, down slopes and just playing

around. On the dirt roads it feels good,

you are not going to break any land-speed

record but no matter what the surface,

you are on control. It only becomes a bit

asthmatic when we rode up a side of a

mountain. Not too steep, but second gear

just was not strong enough, first gear

“lowrange” did it. The brakes are good

and I had no issues, seating was a bit

uncomfortable but if you spend time on it

your lower chassis will get used to it.

Honda 150: Looks – Same as Yamaha, it

looks cool, real off road look.

Ride – I liked this little red bike, solid feel,

good seating position, and the engine had

good power. The torque was impressive

for a 150cc. A rear disk brake would have

done it. The drum brake at the back had

me in a few “white knuckle death stare”

moments, BUT I really liked this little

bike. As commuter in the week - yes, as

toy off road on weekend – anytime.

Puzey 200: Looks – The long front

mudguard looks a bit out of place but

entire package is good. The square/

parallelogram mirrors where a bit weird

at start but got used to them very quickly.

Ride - This was my first ride, and our first

test wasa sort of mini race. I dropped

them all leaving the pack well behind.

Yes it runs out of steam on up-hills and

you have to gear down, but hey it’s a 200

cc not a twin… handled all the off road

stunts very well – loads of fun. I’d ride

this bike any-day – any-were. Just not on

the freeway…

Puzey 250: Looks – the decals and colour

scheme makes this one stand out a bit,

looks bigger than it really is.

Ride – I only had the chance to ride this

one on mostly paved roads with a bit of

dirt. It felt good, solid, you know where

the bike is all the time. You can feel the

power is stronger than the little bikes and

I could keep up with the traffic without

feeling hassled. OK we did not hit the

freeway and did not try to do 120km p/h

– but on the route we were on, the traffic

was doing 80-90KPH – no hassle.

Suzuki 150: Looks - this road orientated

scoot looks big and impressive.

Ride - I rode this one on paved roads,

turns and open stretches. It feels nice,

tight well designed ergonomically (except

the old fashioned gear lever), the seating

and riding position were good – I liked

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notes on the


it – only when you open the

throttle you realize it’s not a

big bike. But it’s not meant to

be big… to ride around town as

a commuter – anytime, really

comfortable and solid feel.

TVS180 – Unfortunately I did

not ride this one…

Grant Scott from Scott

Motorcycles: Must say I was

really impressed by the entry

level bikes we tested yesterday,

I am just wondering about the

fact that the Yamaha is the

only legal bike for a 16 year

old to ride, how much appeal

would there be for the others

by anyone above 18 years old??

I suppose the emphasis would

be on a limited budget and for

a couple of bucks extra these

are just as fun and even more

capable than a scooter..

Yamaha XTZ 125: Being the

smallest of the bunch it was

at a distinct disadvantage in

its lack of power, however its

build quality was noticeable,

one would not expect anything

less out of the Yamaha stable.

I think it would make a great

commuter and can handle a bit

more punishment than others

in its class, based on its price

I would say it seems to be very

good value.

Puzey STX 200: I was really

surprised by this bike, in most

cases trail bikes have short

gearing but this bike felt good

on slower dirt roads and it was

able to stretch its legs on the

open road to a very acceptable

speed, we rode the bikes in

some extreme conditions and

so we really tested durability,

although this bike was quite

capable I did not get the same

feeling of build quality that I

got from the others.

Puzey 250: This was a fun bike

to ride, I enjoyed having the

upper hand on the others with

a bit more speed in our short

sprint race, a very capable bike

within its size range, not quite

as smooth and refined as some

of the others but seemed to

handle all conditions with ease.

TVS Apache 180: This bike

would be my first choice for

a commuter, It’s a solid bike

that radiates quality. You get

a reassuring safe feel when

riding the bike, it handles

very well and manages a very

decent speed, best of all is that

the fuel gauge did not move!!

Definitely a good option.

Suzuki 150: Very similar feel

to the TVS, however noticeably

down on power, I found this

bike to be very comfortable,

it actually feels like a much

bigger bike, not a bad option,

a decision will probably come

down to pricing.

Honda 150: Definitely the

winner of our “extreme

enduro”, ok it was not that

hectic but that little test gave

us a good idea that this was a

superior product, all aspects

of the bikes anatomy showed

signs of refinement, it’s a nice

ride with suitable power for the

size of its engine.

Clive says:

Yamaha 125…..any schoolboy

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said about the TVS applies to the Suzuki

as well. Obviously the requirements

of commuting in India, other Asian

countries as well as parts of Africa like

Nigeria have been taken into account in

the design of this bike, and it is going

to become a backbone of Suzuki’s two

wheeled sales here in future. It looks

much bigger than it really is, and will

easily carry two quite hefty adults….who

knows what the traffic in this country will

be like in years to come, but if two wheel

commuting grows like the industry hopes

it will, this bike will be the ideal tool.

with a drizzle of adventure in his veins

will love this bike. It looks like a Roof

of Africa winner, it rides like any of

the full blown Yamaha enduro bikes,

and it features the quality Yamaha are

famous for. Apart from the styling and

performance it is fitted with quality parts

like a decent chain, cables that won’t rot

by the time you wake up tomorrow, and a

dealer network that has been established

for over 40 years. Although it had the

smallest engine in the group it is big

hearted and not left behind very often.

Honda XR150.. Together with the

Yamaha the best looking bike of the

group, and of course featured the same

quality as the most expensive Honda off

roader. Surprisingly it still has a drum

brake at the back, but other than that

this evolution of the charismatic and

unburstable Honda XR 200 delivers

everything Honda always promises, and

after two years will probably still be just

as solid and reliable, and will fetch more

than its current price on the used bike


Puzey 200: The bike with the most kays

on the clock in our group which was a

good thing as it shows just how far these

little chargers marketed by Mike Puzey

have come. It runs like a dream, doesn’t

rattle or clank, and looks good. For

someone not too fixated on a Japanese

label this is a great option. In fact Puzey

is building an enviable brand label of his

own, and this bike deserves all the praise

it got.

Puzey 250: All the praise we heaped on

the Puzey 250 goes for this bike as well.

As the biggest engine in the group it

was understandably more powerful and

faster than the others, but it still proved

light and handy and eagerly soaked up

everything we threw at it. It’s no surprise

that Puzey sell a lot of these two models.

TVS Apache 180: Definitely the sleeper

in this group. There is always a bike in

every group test that everyone likes to

ride the most, and this time it was the

Indian made TVS. Whilst it is every inch

a commuter, it exudes such a plush and

solid feel, combined with a free revving

and lively little single cylinder motor. It

handled rough dirt roads with aplomb,

chugged up the steepest rocky hills, and

like the little champ it is, stole everyone’s

heart at the end of the day.

Suzuki GS150R; This is a new model

just beginning to find its way onto South

African showroom floors, and comes

from India as well. Everything we have

Kyle says:

Sub 30 Grand, what can we expect?. In

the time that I have been at the magazine,

Chinese standards have gotten better.

Riding the Yamaha, Suzuki and Honda

you realise that the Japs are still king but

having said that, one of the bikes were

made in India and - well what a ride.

All of the bikes were surprisingly good,

there wasn’t one bike out there that felt

cheap and nasty. Rattles, clunks, broken

mirrors, sore bums and angry faces.

Nope nothing like that happened. Smiles,

wheelies, jumps, doughnuts and one little

fall over, brought tears of joy to the eyes









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of our speed racers on their little motors.

Each and every bike had its own

character, and was special in its own way.

The little Yammie was a blast on the dirt

roads - not the fastest but probably the

most rugged. Definitely need one for the


Honda, well it still has drum brakes

(aaargh), but on a little 150 who needs

brakes. Beefy little motor with lots of

torque. By far the best looking of the

bunch to me, wish my 230 would rub off

of the 150.

The Two Puzeys, we have ridden these to

death - well obviously not hard enough

because they are the same demos I rode

a year ago and they are still going strong,

enough said they are rough tough and


TVS, Most surprising to me, for a little

road, this one handles the dirt really well

even if you hit a pothole flat out, which

I did. One thing I did like is the glow in

the dark ignition switch, never have a

problem finding it – nice touch.

Suzuki, the cheapest of the pack - and a

prototype, this little 150 it blew me away.

Nothing rattled or fell off, which means

it is well made, I must say it does have a

nice bum, very 750 ish. Also nice big bike,

comfortable feel.

Gerrit says: Road bikes;

Apache TVS 180:- A great bike, nimble

along with good road manners.

Performance around the track was

impressive. Good value for money

Suzuki 150: Another good bike.

Performance was down compared to the

TVS but a PDS would have that sorted,

otherwise an excellent bike. Finish and

looks were tops, and nice to see the

“new” styling cues being enhanced in

White. My only criticism was that down

shifting from 3 - 2 puts you through the



These two road bikes were pretty close in all

aspects. Much like choosing between a BM

or a MERC! Hard choice here. The TVS takes

it on performance but the white Suzuki

takes it on style!.

Off road bikes.

Let’s start with the Big Brands -

Yamaha 125: A great bike. Build quality

excellent. Performance adequate for its

capacity. Rider comfort for a big guy like me

- that ironing board seat was uncomfortable,

but then again this bike isn’t meant for a 200

pound,6 footer either. My guess is that it’s

suited for a teenager or set to working the

rural areas. Definitely not for the long haul…

Honda 150: Probably my favourite here.

Ride was good except on the rutted gravel.

I felt every corrugation resonating through

my backside, (I never checked if it had

adjustable shocks). Otherwise excellent

finish and good performance.

Puzey 200 Trail:- This to me was a great

bike, though the finish wasn’t a match to

the two Jap bikes, performance was. The

bike tackled our bush trail with ease. Not

too much at fault here.

Puzey 250 Trail: Adark horse; Nothing good

or bad stood out for me, which is perhaps

both good and bad. Good in that it was right

up there with the big names, bad perhaps

that it’s what it is; an off road bike. It did

well both on the road and bush. A good all


Rob says:

Wow, the last time I rode a small cc bike

was back in ‘84 (aged 12)when I crashed

my brothers honda rd50 through a farm

fence nearly cutting my head off. Luckily

that event wasn’t at the forefront of my

mind when I arrived at Glenn’s house to

see six small bikes on the trailer. In fact I

was looking forward to the day.

Getting on the Yamaha I was immediately

reminded of how small and light these

bikes are. Yet I was very comfortable on it

and liked the look of it. The lack of power

took getting used to, especially on the

4x4 track where 1st gear was a ripper

but 2nd was too sluggish. A well built and

comfortable bike. Lighties all over S.A.

should be lining up for this bike.

Jumping into the honda I instantly liked

the extra power and better gearing. Much

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Puzey STX200

Yamaha XTZ125

Puzey STX250

Suzuki GS150

more user friendly and in my opinion the

nicest of the bikes there. Build quality and

finish appeared to be top notch. What a great

bike for only 23k.

The older puzey 200 was quite a revelation

to ride. Very comfortable on both tar and

gravel, and capable of over 100km/h, magic.

I could feel that the bike had been ridden far

and hard but was impressed that there were

no rattles and felt that with proper care this

bike would last a life time.

The power of the new puzey 250 over it’s

smaller brother was instantly noticeable as it

handled the rocky mountain path with ease,

staying mostly in 3rd gear and using 2nd

only once. The suspension took every bump

and rock in its stride, and I imagine it would

be just as comfortable with a pillion. What a

really neat bike.

Riding back to the track on the Suzuki I had

the chance to open up a bit and managed

to get 120 on the clock! Not bad for a 150cc

with a fat ass on the back. The build quality

is excellent and it felt much bigger than

it really is. Couldn’t believe this was the

cheapest bike of the day.

Getting to Swartkops, I quickly jumped on the

apache to experience what the others had

been raving about. True, this bike was solidly

built with a much lower centre of gravity that

had me begging to take it out on the track.

The power felt more like a 250 than a 180.

At R22k this is one bike to consider if you’re

looking for a commuter/weekend toy.

TVS Apache 180

Honda XR150R


Watching the 4 off road bikes riding abreast

on a dirt road, kicking up dust summed them

up perfectly: In this environment they were

all on a par. Looking at price, performance

and sheer riding pleasure, there is little to

separate them.

Kyle Lawrenson - The

Frustrated Racer

Grant - Scott


Gerrit - old

school biker.

Clive Black

Belt tester.

Aldo from


Rob the

chicken man.

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Brendon Fourie (Photo Keith Fuller)

Brett Swanepoel (Photo Skye Photography)

After not racing in Swaziland

for many years, the national

series returned to this popular

neighbouring country for the Swazi

Cowboyz 400 and the second round

of the 2015 TOTPAK National Offroad


The new racing structure was

successfully introduced at the first

event, competitors got into the

rhythm of the early morning timetrial

followed by the rest of the

race at 10h30. Due to the structure

of the race in Swaziland (a narrow

section and a river-crossing within

the first 50 metres after the start)

motorcycle and quad competitors

could not start together and quad

competitors started the time-trial

and the second racing section

before the bikes.

What a great turn-out with many

Swaziland riders supporting their

local event! The race took place

from the Usutu Forest Country

Club, an awesome sports club

that is being re-established after

the plantations were recently

bought by Montagny.

The time-trial showed that it was

going to be a tough race, but the

competitors were looking forward

to the race on a day with clear

blue skies awaiting them.

The two biggest classes – the OR3

(200cc) in the motorcycle category

and the Q1 Class in the quads

– were won by a Swanepoel (no

relation!) with Brett Swanepoel

(Proudly Bidvest Yamaha) taking

his second OR3 victory while Stefan

‘Swanie’ Swanepoel claimed his

first Q1 win since his return to the

national series this year.

Brett posted the fastest time

after the time-trial kept his

lead from start to finish. He was

followed in OR3 by Jarryd Coetzee

(Brother Leader Tread KTM)

and his team-mate, Swaziland

rider, Jonathan van Wyk, who

finished on the podium despite

crashing quite hard during the

time-trial. Darren Macleod (D&H

Engineering Works Yamaha)

was fourth with Botswana rider,

Dartagnan Lobjoit (Yamaha) fifth.

The standings after two races, are

Swanepoel, Coetzee, Van Wyk and

Macleod with Wilhelm Schonfeldt

(Helderberg Yamaha) rounding off

the top five.

There was a new winner in OR2

(250cc) with Nicholas Pienaar

(Ridgeway Racing Husqvarna)

beating Jaycee Nienaber (D&H

Engineering Works Yamaha) by

a mere 12 seconds! Nienaber’s

team-mate, Roan Lindsay,

rounded off the podium with

the 2014 Silver Class Challenge

winner, Shaun Mostert (KTM)

fourth and Brett Cummings (KTM)

fifth after starting the race from

the back due to him not finishing

the time-trial. Both Brother

Leader Tread KTM riders, Tyron

Miller (he injured his thumb) and

Louw Schmidt (he had mechanical

problems during time-trial) could

not finish the race.

Jaycee now leads Pienaar by one

point in the OR2 Championship

with Roan and Shaun not too far

behind while Louw still rounds off

the top five.

There was another new winner in

Swaziland – the OR1 (Open Class)

winner, Michael Pentecost (Kargo

Racing Yamaha) claimed his first

victory of the season. He was

followed by Brother Leader Tread

KTM team-mates, Louwrens

Mahoney and Ross Branch who

both had a crash during timetrial.

Jonathan Webster (Micks

Motorcycles Yamaha) was fourth

– they expected a faster race

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Swaziland rider Danny Heenan (Photo Keith Fuller)

and Jono struggled with the set-up of his bike) with

Swaziland hero, Danny Heenan (Yamaha) fifth. Kenny

Gilbert (Proudly Bidvest Yamaha) had some issues

during time-trial and could not start the race.

Ross is still leading the OR1 standings, only two points

ahead of Pentecost with Webster third and Kenny and

Louwrens only 2 points behind them.

On this note, it is important to keep in mind that only

the results of the best six of the seven races will count

at the end of the season meaning that riders who

could not finish a race, can ‘throw it away’.

The Senior Class standings looked exactly the same

as after round one with the defending champion,

Bollie van Rooyen (Brother Leader Tread KTM) taking

his second win of the season ahead of Wayne Farmer

(Roost KTM EC Security) and Kobus Jonck (Bert Smith

All Stars Racing Powered by RAD KTM). It was quite a

special event for these three riders who all competed

in the last national held in Swaziland in 2006. Justin

Broughton (Kawasaki) scored his first points of the

season by finishing fourth with the former champion,

Guy Henley (Yamaha) who also competed in Swaziland

in 2006, in fifth place.

Bollie, Wayne and Kobus are leading the standings

and the rest will have to play catch-up if they want any

part of it.

Welcome back to off-road racing, Hilton Hayward

(Proudly Bidvest Yamaha). Hilton is an enduro specialist

(he currently leads the Master Class Championship in

the Liquorland National Enduro Championship), but

loves to race in Swaziland and decided to compete

in this event – AND he won it despite claiming it was

too long a distance... Martin Poole (Yamaha) finished

second with motocross rider, Geoff Den (Suzuki) third

in his first national off-road season. Wade Miller (KTM),

who was on the podium after the first event, had to

settle for fourth place with Jan Berning (KTM Centurion

Liqui Moly Racing) fifth. Berning’s team-mate, Ian

Venter, won the first event, but crashed in Swazialnd

and had to settle for sixth place.

Poole now leads the standings, but he is only two points

ahead of Wade and Ian who are sharing the same

amount of points with Den fourth. It looks like this

championship is going to turn into an interesting battle...

Another new winner – this time in the High School

Class Championship. Brendan Fourie (Kawasaki) took

his first win of the season. These riders do a shorter

240 kilometres, but it was hard work in Swaziland. The

defending champ, Eduan Bester (KTM Centurion Liqui

Moly Racing) finished second after a cautious race with

Dean Lindsay (D&H Engineering Works Yamaha) third

(team-mate, Adriano Catalano was fifth)

The current standings at the top of this exciting class,

is quite close with Eduan leading Brendon by only

two points with Dean only three points behind the

Swaziland winner. Anything can happen...

Michael Pentecost (Photo Keith Fuller)

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Karen Geldenhuys

(Photo by Keith


Stefan Swanepoel

(Photo Keith Fuller)

Darren Pienaar (Ridgeway Racing KTM)

made a come-back after his injuries and

took the Silver Class Challenge ahead of

Nicholas Mauerberger (Barnard Vervoer

Yamaha) and Gerhard Grove (Yamaha)

third. Grove is however still leading the

class ahead of Mauerberger with Lodewyk

Jansen van Vuuren (BaseFit Racing KTM),

who was fifth in Swaziland, rounding off

the podium.

Mauerberger’s team-mate, Taye Perry

(KTM) won the Ladies Class – she also

took her first Combined Ladies Class win

for the season – with off-road newcomer,

Natasja Rugani (Yamaha) finished her

first ever off-road in second place after

completing 300 tough kilometres.


The defending champion, Brian

Baragwanath (Proudly Bidvest Yamaha)

experienced problems during the timetrial

already and he suffered a few flat

tyres with André Park (Yamaha) posting

the fastest time-trial time in Q1. Flat tyres

hampered Baragwanath’s going and he

settled for third place after a long battle

with Swanie with Park finishing second.

The race took its toll on the quad

competitors and only Jaco Moller

(Extreme ATV Tzaneen Raptor) managed

to finish the race. He had to thank his

little sister, Wilmari, who towed him in

and she claimed the Ladies Quad Class

victory while she finished second in

the Combined Ladies Class and is now

leading this championship.

It was a good weekend for the Geldenhuys

couple, Karen and Org (Abacus DIVISIONS

Racing) with Karen finishing second in

the Ladies Class while hubby Org was

second in the Master Class. Jade Schutte

(Yamaha), like Wilmari also still a scholar,

was third in the Ladies Quad Class after

their 300 kilometre race. Hats off to the

ladies who finished this gruelling race...

Class leader, Liezel Barnard (Barnard

Vervoer Can-Am) suffered her first ever

DNF due to mechanical problems.

Stuart Freeman (Yamaha) was the only

Senior Class rider who finished the race

– and this despite a huge scare when he

crashed down a steep hill. He managed

to get back onto the route with the help of

his team-mate, Russ Ferreira (Honda) and

other competitors.

The Master Class competitors (older than

46 years) do only 240 kilometres and here

Tony dos Santos (Factory Racing Suzuki)

took his first win ahead of Org and Milton

Thesen (Team Thesen’s Generators

Yamaha) with George Michaelides

(Yamaha) fourth. The defending champion,

George Twigge (Yamaha) fell by the

wayside due to mechanical issues.

There was some bad luck for Justin

Robert (Sign Wonder Honda) who crashed

and broke his shoulder; Leonard dos

Santos (Suzuki); Damien Lee (Honda)

and Gideon Jacobs (Suzuki) who all

experienced mechanical problems

while High School Class leader, Keenan

Hammon (KTM) ran out of fuel close to the

end and had to see another win disappear.

Ryno Trichardt (Yamaha) took his first

national victory in this class (he now leads

the class ahead of Hammon) while local

Swaziland rider, Gareth Emmett (KTM)

won the Silver Class Challenge ahead

of fellow Swazi rider, Keiran Thurgood

(Can-Am) with Gideon Stander (Honda)

rounding off the podium.

Looking at the current standings after

the first two rounds, Swanie now leads

Brian by a mere two points with Jaco and

André sharing the third place in Q1. With

Paul dos Santos (Factory Racing Suzuki)

no finishing the time-trial (mechanical

problems) and not doing the race and Ted

Barbier not racing, Freemand has quite

a comfortable lead in the Senior Class


Keep in mind that riders can throw one

bad race (or a DNF) away.

Milton leads the ‘Masters’ and is two

points ahead of Tony with Michaelides

third and Twigge slipping back to fourth

place. Tony’s son, TJ, won the Silver

Class Challenge at the first race, but had

mechanical problems in Swaziland. He is

now sharing the lead with Emmett.

The third round of the TOTPAK National

Off-road Championship, the Mooi River

National, takes place on 25 April. This

event will also form the second round

of the Raslouw Academy Junior National


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The halfway mark of the Liquorland

National Enduro Championship season

was characterised by a wet and cold KEI

National Enduro at Spring Valley outside

East London in the Eastern Cape, but

the rain made the race even better. The

KEI event, was welcomed back after the

organising club (ELMCC&CC) did not

host a national event last year, a few of

the championships look totally different.

The rain resulted in the route becoming

quite slippery with treacherous climbs

and wet rocks and the riders had to

show real ‘vasbyt’ and determination

to finish the event. Lady Luck

also interfered and the updated

championship standings after the East

London event will see new class leaders

and new chasers.

In E1 (200cc Class), Travis Teasdale

(Brother Leader Tread KTM) lost lots

of time in the sixth of the eight Special

Stages when he got stuck in a mud

hole. He had to settle for the sixth place

in E1 and lost his lead in this class

championship. A class victory for Brett

Swanepoel (Proudly Bidvest Yamaha)

resulted in him now in the lead with only

three more races to go.

The tight course and increasingly difficult

racing conditions resulted in many riders

not finishing the regularity sections

within the prescribed times and receiving

penalty points. In E1, only Swanepoel did

not get any penalty points.

Teasdale’s team-mates had a fairly good

outing with Dwayne Kleynhans finishing

second in E1 despite receiving penalties

while Wade Young claimed his first E2

victory of the season and Scott Bouverie

finishing second behind Young for the

third consecutive race. Jarryd Coetzee

is improving at each event and posted

more points at East London (he was

eighth in E1) while Louwrens Mahoney

finished was eighth in E2.

Back in E1, Kyle Flanagan (Ihobe

International KTM) rounded off the E1

podium despite a huge crash on the

last lap. Brandon Warwick-Oliver (Team

Liquorland Yamaha) was fourth in E1

with Henco Botha (KTM) fifth. Ross

Blackwell (Kargo Racing KTM) was


Blackwell’s team-mate, Tim Young

(Yamaha) finished ninth despite the pain

from a fractured thumb while motocross

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expert, Richie van der Westhuizen

(Yamaha) finished 10th after struggling

on the last lap with a bent sprocket that

was missing seven teeth.

‘Richie’ explained afterwards: “I

managed to bend my rear sprocket in

the first special, resulting in a couple of

broken teeth and a lot of wasted time. I

managed to bend it back as straight as

I could and carried on. We were hit with

a big cloudburst and this just turned the

course into a slippery nightmare. A lot of

the guys were getting stuck on difficult

sections, especially the extreme special.

It was a mess out there. It took forever

to do the last lap it seemed,” he said.

In E2 Kenny Gilbert (Proudly Bidvest

Yamaha) finished third for the day while

a bent front brake disk on the 13km

Enduro Special on the last lap hassled

Altus de Wet (Altus de Wet Racing

Sherco) and he finished fourth. Bronson

Louw (Husqvarna Factory Racing) was

fifth with his team-mate, Blake Gutzeit,

sixth. Gutzeit is currently visiting South

Africa to sort out his visa to continue his

international racing.

The rest of the E1 top ten consisted of

Nick Wade (Liquorland Husqvarna) –

seventh; Nicholas Pienaar (Ridgeway

Racing Husqvarna) – ninth and Mossel

Bay scholar, William Oosthuizen (KTM)


The three rounds of the Liquorland

National Enduro Championship

produced a new Senior Class winner

at each event while the championship

lead has also changed after the East

London race. After opening the season

with two third places, the defending

Senior Class champion, William Gillitt

Shaun Kirk

(Team AgriSales Peak Yamaha) settled

the score at the KEI National Enduro by

claiming his first national victory this

year. This will however not change his

current standing (third) in the Senior

Class championship, but it will move

him closer to his team-mate, Bruce May,

who is now leading the championship.

May finished second in East London and

Jody Engelbrecht (Yamaha), who won the

season opener, is now lying in a close

second behind May after finishing third

this weekend.

The Senior Class produced close racing

with Engelbrecht, who started the race

as the combined class leader with

May, posting the fastest times in the

class after two of the five stages. He

finished only 61 points (seconds) behind

May. Gillitt also took two Special Stage

victories with Graham Hedgcock (KTM

Cape Town), who finished fifth after

losing time with a damaged bike, also

claiming a stage win. Local East London

rider and former multiple SA Trials

Champion, Mark Fox (KTM) claimed

fourth place.

The conditions took its toll on Senior

Class competitors and four riders had

to call it a day. There were however

points for Thomas Eich (KTM) who was

sixth; Stuart Harvey (Yamaha Support)

who finished seventh; Gonubie rider,

Steve Landman (Team Liquorland

Yamaha) who was eighth (only 58 points

behind Harvey); Steven Carr (Roost KTM

EC Security) finished ninth and East

London’s Chris Lindhorst (KTM) who

rounded off the top ten.

There was also a hat trick for Master

Class championship leader, Hilton

Hayward (Proudly Bidvest Yamaha)

who has moved from the Seniors to the

Master Class at the beginning of the

season and is probably the ‘youngest’

in this class for riders older than 46

years of age. Hayward was followed

by his team-mate and multiple former

champion, Denzil Torlage, while Garth

Prost (Husqvarna Factory Racing) kept

his third place behind Hayward and

Torlage in the championship by finishing

third at ‘The Kei’.

Steve Botha (Team AgriSales Peak

Yamaha) was fourth with Shaun Kirk

(Beta Liqui Moly Racing SA) fifth after a

frustrating ‘nothing-went-right’ day in

the saddle. Carl Rohrbeck (KTM) was

sixth and the last Master Class finisher

to receive the chequered flag.

Morne Steynberg

MAY 2015


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Danie van Zyl

Mauritz Meiring

Nick Wade

The defending High School Class champion,

Eduan Bester (NUTS Racing / KTM

Centurion) continued his winning streak

with yet another victory in this class where

the young competitors between the ages

of 14 and 16 had to show their mettle

during this gruelling event. Daniel van Zyl

(Yamaha) finished second after experiencing

problems with a broken throttle casing

while Keegan Eich (KTM) – the son of

Senior Class rider, Thomas – posted his

first podium result this season by finishing

third. It was a close shave though as he

beat Dean Lindsay (D&H Engineering Works

Yamaha) by only one point (second). Lindsay

did however keep his third place in the High

School Class Championship behind leader

Bester and Van Zyl who is second.

Free State rider Carl-Reinhardt Cronje

(KTM) was fifth with Lindsay’s team-mate,

Adriano Catalano, sixth – only one point

separated Cronje from Catalano – while

Joshua Thorburn (KTM) was seventh

– it was his ‘home race’ as he is from

Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape – and

Jeandry Radyn (Time Freight / KTM Cape

Town) from the Cape was eighth.

The Silver Class Challenge received a

healthy amount of entries from a variety of

competitors – from experienced national

riders to younger and more inexperienced

riders tackled the race and had to complete

about 75% of the full distance. There was

no stopping the Matatiele scholar, Lloyd

Kirk (Pa Ma Racing Yamaha) who earned his

third victory of the season while Ladybrand

youngster Regardt van Nieuwenhuizen

(KTM) finished as the runner-up. Former

national rider, Stuart Gregory (FDBR

Racing) was third with East London’s Simon

Warne (KTM) fourth and lady rider, Kirsten

Landman (Brother Leader Tread KTM)

fifth after losing time not clocking in after

finishing the race.

The fourth round of the 2015 season, the

Ashton National Enduro, takes place on

May 2nd from the La Montagne Deli in the

Asthon / Bonnievale / Montagu area and this

race promises to be as enjoyable as always.


Lloyd Kirk

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