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CONTENTS

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18. COVER STORY:

2016 SHERCO 300

24. FIRST RIDE:

SUZUKI DR70

28. FIRST RIDE:

SENKE X6 250

32. FIRST RIDE:

BETA X-TRAINER

42. FEATURE:

REDBULL SEA TO SKY

50. FEATURE:

Q4Q 2015

Editor: Roley Foley

A grouse and moan this month... sorry.

Riding all over the country as we do, we do get to see

an awful lot of cool places. Only problem is that it would

appear that there is a sincere lack of pride for our country.

We are pretty sure that you have all noticed how much

litter there is all over the place cant the government get

schools involved in litter drives like we used to do in the

old days?

Just a thought - we do live in a beautiful country - we

should start looking after it a bit better. Anyone on govt

who reads the mag - let us know who we can talk to - we

have a few suggestions....

Anyway.

Ok here’s a funny anyway:

Did I read that sign right?

TOILET OUT OF ORDER. PLEASE USE FLOOR BELOW.

In a motorcycle accessory store:

BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS.

In an office:

WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDER

YESTERDAY PLEASE BRING IT BACK OR FURTHER STEPS

WILL BE TAKEN.

In an office:

AFTER TEA BREAK STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE TEAPOT

AND STAND UPSIDE DOWN ON THE DRAINING BOARD .

Outside a second hand shop:

WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING - BIKES, WASHING MACHINES,

ETC. WHY NOT BRING YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A

WONDERFUL BARGAIN?

Notice in health food shop window:

CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS

Notice in a farmer’s field:

THE FARMER ALLOWS MOTORCYCLES TO CROSS THE FIELD

FOR FREE, BUT THE BULL CHARGES.

On a bike shop shop door:

WE CAN REPAIR ANYTHING. (PLEASE KNOCK HARD - THE

BELL DOESN’T WORK)

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NEWS

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PRODUCTS FOR KTM

AVAILABLE AT SSS RACING

SSS RACING designs and manufactures KTM

products. Products available:

Universal Radiator braces R1170,

Universal front shark fin R890,

Heavy duty shock foot guard R640,

Universal rear shark fin R590

sssracing@mweb.co.za or Contact Fred 083 457 1666

or Yolanda 078 205 4651

VISION RACING,

TINSWALO, OUT OF

AFRICA YAMAHA MX

TEAM LAUNCHED.

For 2016, this dynamic outfit has

employed the services of some great

athletes to compete in the regional and

national MX series.

Team boss Grant Foley reckons

that they have a blend of youth and

experience and heaps of talent – 2016

is going to be a great racing year…

World campaigner and brit champ

Nev Bradshaw will be back for the

season heading the pack on his

YZ450 and 250 in the MX1 and 2

championship. Zimbabwe’s Jayden

Ashwell, the FIM MXOAN champ will

be competing in MX1.

His young Compatriot Regan Wasmuth

will be banging bars in the 125cc class

on his YZ. A consistent front runner.

He joins the dynamic Ricky Raaff and

Cape Towns Seth Van De Beele who is

currently leading the pro mini national

championship.

Travis Goosen is the new kid on the

block in the 125 class.

Added to the mix is the fact that the

team will bring in international wild

cards from all over the world for the

2016 season. It’s going to be awesome!

www.yamaha.co.za

JT RACING 2016 RIDER

SUPPORT PROGRAM

JT RACING SA, is pleased to announce its 2016

amateur and professional support programs.

Sponsorship is officially now open and will close on

November 30th 2015. JT RACING will be offering

a multi-level program and accepting a limited

number of sponsorship applications for each

level of amateur and professional athletes. For

consideration, please send a resume with a cover

letter and photo(s), presented in a professional

manner; by email to info@xstreme.co.za with the

subject line ‘’2016 Sponsorship’’. JT RACING is

seeking riders that excel on and off the track and

are looking to represent the brand in a positive

and professional manner. For 2016 JT RACING

is excited to announce a new line up including

goggles, protection and luggage. See our cover ad

for more info…

YAMAHA BLENDS MUSIC

AND MOTORCYCLES AT A

ROCKING EVENING

Last month we told you about Clint

Cunningham becoming a Yamaha brand

ambassador – this month we were

invited along to a fantastic evening

hosted by Yamaha, Clint and his friends,

the ever smiling, drum donnering Ghapi

and the amazingly talented Nianell.

Two of our favourite things – music and

motorcycles – keep an eye out for his

next fixture – it’s a great evening out…

we’ll try to rope him in on our next

Lesotho Adventure ride… And if you do

pop in to world of Yamaha – get other

Clint, Clint Waring the Yamaha Music

boss to play you a tune on the Piano –

that man can JAM!

www.yamaha.co.za

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NEWS

www.dirtandtrail.co.za

NEW RANGE OF BULL-IT JEANS ARE HERE:

PROTECTIVE GEAR OF NOTE

The new range of Bull-It jeans have just arrived and are landing at dealers

nationwide. We’ve been wearing them all over and – in our opinion they are

a lot more comfy than the first batch that we tried. Go and have a look at the

Bikewise pages for a proper report and full details…

At stockists all over…

ADVENTURE MX NEWS:

Adventure MX, the busy MX & Adventure bike workshop & Accessory shop

in PTA East stock a wide range of quality products. Owner- Peter is a rider

himself and has years of experience on KTM’s, Yamaha’s, Honda’s and

etc and can quite comfortably handle anything from an engine rebuild to

bikewash and everything in between, including some light engineering.

They also offer an “OFF-ROAD MAINTENANCE” service, where for a fixed

monthly fee you can drop off your bike or quad on a Monday morning after a

good week end of riding, they will wash your bike/quad, clean and lube the

air filter & clean, lube & adjust the chain, he will give your bike a good once

over & advise you of any maintenance/repairs that need to be done & quote

if need be. Give Peter a call on 082 376 2657.

OXFORD LIDLOCK HELMET LOCK LK390

Innovative security for your helmet when needing to leave

it on the bike. Stop worrying about carrying it around

everywhere. Lightweight alumium carabiner to attach to

your helmet’s D-rings or the special T-bar can be used

to attach to helmets with a quick release buckle. The

coil cable can be used to secure your clothing as well!!

The carabiner opens outward for ease of use and has a

combination lock to ensure it is locked properly.

R399 Suggested Retail incl Vat available at Linex Yamaha

(011) 251-4000

THE MOTION PRO Y-DRIVE – COMPACT

INNOVATION: POP ONE

INTO YOUR BUMBAG

Combo Y-Drive Wrench

· Innovative dual-use design

combines 6 tools into one

· 8 mm, 10 mm and 12 mm hex

socket

· 4 mm, 5 mm and 8 mm hex

drive

· Padded Y-shape for

excellent grip and leverage

· Compact design is ideal

for trail tool packs

· Chrome-Vanadium tool steel

· Lifetime Limited Warranty

For this and other great products visit www.desertlizzard.co.za.

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NEWS

www.dirtandtrail.co.za

LINEX BUILDS A

SUPER SINGLE:

How do you like this cool little YZ426

super-single standing at Linex Yamaha

in Malibongwe drive?.... Go and have a

looksee, we’ll ride it one of these days.

(011) 251-4000

METALIZE SUMMER JACKETS:

The new Metalize range of riding jackets are

appearing all over the place – we got to test ride one

of their new vented summer airflow numbers with

all the right protective CE armour – and are happy to

report that the styling is really cool, the jackets are

comfortable – and as per the namesake, the jackets

do allow a lot of airflow to the rider via mesh inserts

all over the place. And at just on R2200, they seem to

be excellent value for money.

Available at dealers…

OXFORD’S COMPACT TOOL KITS

The OXFORD Motorcycle Tool Kit Pro is a set of the

most essential

tools required to keep your motorcycle or scooter

on the road. A comprehensive 27 piece premium

motorcycle tool kit. Ergonomically designed with

soft gel handles for the best comfort. The sockets,

extension bar and hex keys are made of Chrome

vanadium steel that is very durable.

R599.00 Suggested Retail incl Vat Available at Nicks

cycles: (011) 395-2553

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OWN THE AWESOME

YAMAHA R1 M

FOR ONLY R5,767 PER MONTH

WITH 0% DEPOSIT

o% Deposit, maximum term is 72 months with a 35% baloon payment at the end of

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EVER WANTED TO OWN A BIKE BUT FELT THAT YOU COULD NOT AFFORD IT? WELL NOW YOU CAN!

YAMAHA R1 - 0% DEPOSIT

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YAMAHA MT-09 - 0% DEPOSIT

R2,096 PER MONTH

YAMAHA MT-07 - 0% DEPOSIT

R1,747 PER MONTH

YAMAHA MT-09 TRACER

0% DEPOSIT - R2,359 PER MONTH

YAMAHA SUPER TÉNÉRÉ

0% DEPOSIT - R2,963 PER MONTH

YAMAHA TMAX - 0% DEPOSIT

R1,827 PER MONTH

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

STREAKING AHEAD FOR OVER 30 YEARS

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NEWS

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BATT’S LONGER LASTING TYRES:

There’s a theme for this issue…We popped a set of BATT’s Storm tyres

onto our WR450 for the JHB – Durban in the dirt event last month. It’s not

their blue label, which is designed for extreme enduro with a very soft

compound, but it is a good all round, long lasting tyre – and if we remember

correctly, the pricing was right too. We had no issues with traction on any of

the more technical, tricky sections – and this is what they look like after a

full 1700 odd kilometres. The front still looks new – the rear is about 2/3rds

of the way worn still good for another couple of rides.

Great for trail riders who do not want to replace tyres after every ride and

the traction is more than adequate for most applications….

www.battholdings.co.za

NST’S NEW PRODUCTS

The busy PRO x importer in Benoni has just unpacked some great

aftermarket goodies:

NST Sprockets are available for most quads:

LTZ400 / LTR450 / BANSHEE / BLASTER / RAPTOR 660 & 700 / YFZ450 ETC

NST MX clutch kits are available for most MX bikes: CR80/85/125/250,

KX80/125/250 , KDX200 , RM80/85/125/250 KTM 85/125/200/250/300 &

MANY OTHER MODELS.

And they have some carburettor kits in stock:

YFS200 Blaster , YFZ350 Banshee , YFZ450 , YFM660 Raptor.

You’ll find them in O-Reilly merry road, Benoni.

011 8498495/011 8499289 / sales@ns2stroke.co.za

THE WANDERING LID: 2 YEARS IN THE WILDERNESS

Ok you have to be wondering what a dented old lid like this is doing in this

here magazine. In 2013 on the JHB – Durban ride, I stopped to assist at a

side by side that had broken down. While we were waiting for the backup

vehicle to arrive, I took off my helmet, put it on the back of my bike (I think),

and went to park off in the shade while I waited. I must have nodded off

– because once we had loaded up the damaged vehicle a while later – I

looked around and my helmet was GONE. Naturally all thoughts go through

your head – someone swiped my helmet etc etc etc… two years ago - and I

basically forgot all about it.

This year on the ride, I stopped at a village about 5 kays from where the

helmet went missing to give out some tennis balls. A little guy says “Wait

Here Mlungu!” and disappears off into one of the houses. He returned –

wearing my lid – complete with that year’s event number in place. He was

probably four or so – so there is

no way that he took the helmet…

life is a crazy thing – we bought

the helmet back for 20 bucks and

it now lives on the bar.

Glenn Foley

LEATT PRODUCTS NEW KIDNEY

BELT: THE KIDNEY BELT 3DF

All kidney belts are not the same. They tell us that this

is the only one that has CE impact tested and certified

lumbar impact protection…

Backed by scientific research and the collaboration

with highly esteemed players in the safety field, all

their products benefit from these continuous efforts

by Dr. Leatt and his team of designers and biomedical

engineers at the Leatt Lab in Cape Town, South Africa,

home of Leatt’s research and development. Lumbar

impact protection.

· Dual-action elastic closure for maximum support.

· 3DF foam for impact protection.

· Thermo-formed 3D air channels for maximum

ventilation.

· Extra-wide and comfortable waist stretch.

· Impact tested and CE Certified to EN 1621-1.

• Sizes (Adult):o S/M o L/XL o 2XL/3XL

At dealers nationwide…

KTM CENTURION – LATEST JT STOCKIST

Just off the N1 freeway - Main Road 13, Centurion Gate

Business Park, John Vorster Drive & Akkerboom Street,

Centurion. 012 643 1112

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THE HUSKY 701

IS ON ITS WAY

Husqvarna, owned by KTM, is about

to start deliveries in Europe of the

very impressive 701 Supermoto, a

street-legal supermoto-style bike

first seen as a concept at the EICMA

show in 2013.

The Husqvarna 701 Supermoto

is powered by KTM’s mighty

690cc liquid-cooled SOHC 4-valve

engine, the most powerful single

in production today. It delivers a

claimed 69 horsepower at 7,000 rpm

and 49.5 pound-feet of torque at 6,

500 rpm. This powerplant features a

102mm bore and a 84.5mm stroke,

together with 40mm inlet and 34mm

exhaust valves. The twin-sparkplug

ignition system has staggered

timing to obtain the most efficient

combustion, and the engine breathes

through a 46mm Keihin throttle

body. What’s more, the ride-by-wire

throttle has three response modes:

Soft, Standard, and Advanced.

Husqvarna says the engine in the

new 701 Supermoto is strong but

delivers power in a smooth fashion,

perfect for easily controlled power

slides on both tarmac and dirt,

aided by a hydraulically actuated

slipper clutch.

The new Husqvarna 701 Supermoto

looks lean and mean, tipping

the scales at 144Kg’s pounds

dry and standing tall on its long

travel (8.5 in.) 48mm inverted

WP fork and even longer travel

(9.8 in.) rear, which features an

aluminuim swingarm and a WP

shock absorber. Traditional Husky

style enhances the tough essence

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of this bike, a does a heavily

triangulated chrome-moly steel

tubing trellis frame. More massive

is the rear section, with substantial

body panels protecting the rearmounted

14 litre polyamide

fuel tank, which is made with a

rotational molding process and is

bolted to the rear subframe that

also supports the seat.

Besides a relatively compact 58.2-in.

wheelbase and a tall 35-in. seat, the

new Husqvarna 701 Supermoto has

27 degrees of steering rake (no trail

measurements were released) and

spoked 17-in. wheels shod with a

120/70-17 front and a 160/60-17 rear

radial. Disc brakes are by Brembo; a

single front 320mm rotor is teamed

with a radial-mount four-piston

caliper in front, while a 240mm rotor

and a single-piston floating caliper

are employed out back, the whole

system managed by two-channel

Bosch 9M+ ABS.

Lastly, starting this big new thumper

is made easier by a starter motor

and an adequately strong battery.

The price of the new Husqvarna 701

Supermoto is expected to be around

8,000 euros in Europe, which equates

to around $9,000 in the US.

With our exchange rate fluctuating

so much at the moment, SA

importers won’t give a price there

is a rumour that our leaders don’t

count well – so who knows – but the

bike arrives soon and they tell us

that there will be a backlog because

of pre orders…

Another vicious rumour is that this

bike will also be available in Enduro

guise. It sure is pretty – we’ll keep

you posted!!

www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION EN-

ROUTE ON YOUR DIRT BIKE ADVENTURE.

We are situated 30 km out of Zastron (3017’26.70 S

2720’28.86 E) South Eastern Free State and only 48km

from Mohale’s Hoek Lesotho border post.

We have two self-catering rondawels that sleep 3 each.

We can arrange dinner/ braai pack for the late and weary

and a packed breakfast for the early risers.

We charge R350 per rondawel per night.

Contact David 082 851 9312

admin@boomplaats.co.za / www.boomplaats.co.za

www.battholdings.co.za / 011 0500073

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www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com

www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com

BUILT TO GO

BUILT TO GO AS FAR AS YOU

AS FAR AS DARE YOU TO TAKE

DARE TO TAKE IT

THE 2016 2-STROKE ENDURO MODEL RANGE.

The joy of the ride is often in finding routes that nobody else has used – reaching

THE 2016 2-STROKE ENDURO MODEL RANGE.

destinations that few others would dare to aim for. The 2016 Husqvarna Motorcycles

The joy of the ride is often in finding routes that nobody else has used – reaching

2-stroke enduro bikes rely on exceptional agility, a broad powerband and light

destinations that few others would dare to aim for. The 2016 Husqvarna Motorcycles

weight – letting you easily explore wherever you choose to go.

2-stroke enduro bikes rely on exceptional agility, a broad powerband and light

weight – letting you easily explore wherever you choose to go.

Please make no attempt to imitate the illustrated riding scenes, always wear protective clothing and observe the applicable provisions of the road traffic regulations!

The illustrated vehicles may vary in selected details from the production models and some illustrations feature optional equipment available at additional cost.

Photo: R. Schedl

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ALL ABOUT RIMS:

A semi frequent column about offroad

tyres and things by resident

wheel expert Bruce de Kock.

The Tyre Corner

Hi Guys & Gals in my last article we covered

tyre sizes & ply ratings etc. so I trust

everybody has a better idea of tyre sizing

and the knowledge to choose the correct

tyre’s for your riding style, usage and

terrain requirements.

This month I want to cover wheel sizes, the

different types of wheels and understanding

how running OEM and aftermarket wheels

can affect the way your quad or side by side

operates over all aspects.

There is so much information out

there regarding wheels but most of it

is unnecessary technical jargon only

engineers understand so I will simplify.

How to Read Wheel Sizing

There are basically three core sets of

numbers you need to understand when you

read the wheel box or packaging.

If you need to provide the wheel info to a

supplier in order to get pricing or find out

availability of stock don’t panic this is how

to do it at home using one of your existing

wheels.

If looking for a 12 inch wheel for example

there will be a label in a similar core format

on the box:

BRAND: RACELINE

WHEEL SIZE: 12*7

WHEEL OFFSET: 4+3

WHEEL PCD: 4/156mm

WHEEL TYPE: BEAD LOCK

FINISH: POLISHED

NW: 7KG GW: 8KG

Explanation:

BRAND: The brand marking would be the

manufacturer’s brand name of the wheel

product in this case RACELINE.

WHEEL SIZE: The first number in this case

12 is the diameter in inches of the wheel

from the bead seat to the bead seat NOT

the diameter of the rim’s edge. The second

number in this case 7 is the overall width in

inches of the wheel from bead seat to bead

seat NOT rim edge to rim edge.

WHEEL OFFSET:

The offset of

a wheel is the

distance between

the mounting

surface of the

wheel to the true

centreline of the

rim. The two numbers separated by a plus

sign (+) in this case 4+3 the first number 4

it is the inside off set of the wheel from the

hub in inches. The second number 3 is the

outside offset of the wheel from the hub in

inches. These two numbers should add up

to the total width of the wheel i.e. 4+3 = 7

wheel width.

If the first number of the offset is larger

than the second number it is known as

a positive off set, if the numbers are the

same it is known as a neutral or zero

offset and if the first number is smaller

than the second then it is known as a

negative offset.

The offset has a significant effect on many

elements of the vehicles (using the term

vehicle as we are talking about quad &

side x side wheels) set up including the

suspension geometry, clearance between

the tyre, brake and suspension elements,

the scrub radius of the steering and the

width of the wheel face relative to the

fender coverage so let me explain the three

off set positions;

Zero (Neutral) Offset is when the hub

mounting surface is even with the centre

line of the wheel as per the first diagram.

Positive Offset is when the hub mounting

surface is shifted from the centre line

towards the outside of the wheel so the

bulk of the wheel will be on the inside as

per the second diagram. This is the most

popular and the best set up for most quads

& side by sides.

Negative Offset is when the hub mounting

surface is towards the back or brake side of

the wheels centre line which I call a deep

dish wheel.

WHEEL PCD: the first number in this case

4 indicates the number of bolt holes in the

wheel and the second number in this case

156 indicates the spacing of the bolt holes

(in millimetres). The PCD (Pitch Circle

Diameter) refers to the circumference of

the centre line of the bolt holes (bolt circle/

bolt pattern). So when you need to give

your PCD to a supplier measure as per the

diagram on most of the quads and side x

sides it will be a 4 bolt hole wheel so you

would measure from the middle of one bolt

hole diagonally across to the middle on the

opposite bolt hole.

WHEEL TYPE: In this case a bead lock

wheel which is a wheel designed to clamp

the tire bead between an outer and an inner

ring. The inner ring is formed as part of

the wheel during manufacturing. The outer

ring is then bolted onto the inner ring with

the bead clamped between them.

FINISH: In this case polished refers to the

cosmetic finish of the wheel.

NW: Net weight refers to the actual weight

of the wheel in this case 7KG and the GW:

gross weight refers to the total weight of

the packaging and

the wheel so always

take note of the net

weight marking.

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Explanations for some of the terms I have

used when explaining or describing wheel

features so you will be able to understand

what I am referring to.

Mounting Pad: The surface area on the back

of the wheels centre that makes contact

with the brake drum or rotor surface.

Back Spacing: The measurement from

the mounting pad to the inner edge of the

wheel.

Centre Bore: The hole in the centre of the

wheel is machined to match the hub of a

specified vehicle with hub centric wheels

and machined to a generic size with lug

centric wheels.

• Hub Centric is when the centre bore hole

of the wheel matches the hub diameter,

this centres the wheel via the centre hole

and not the lug nuts.

• Lug Centric is when the wheel is centred

by the bolt holes/lug nuts of the wheel

rather then the centre bore.

Bead Seat: The position where the tyre

seals on the inside of the wheel.

Safety Bead: The raised area circling the

rim of the wheel, located slightly inward

from the bead seat.

Rim Width: The width of the wheel

measured from bead seat to bead seat not

from edge to edge.

Rim Diameter: The overall diameter of the

wheels bead seat not the diameter of the

edge of the rim.

Rim Flange: The outermost edge of the

wheels rim where you would attach clip on

weights for balancing.

Last advice steer clear of negative off set

wheels of any kind they look cool when

sticking out from the fenders, making your

quad look like a cross drag motard beast

BUT don’t be taken the by the appearance,

real performance is not measured by the

look, popularity or perception but by the

actual performance.

Bruce de Kock.

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the new Bull-It

SR6 jeans

If you live in Gauteng, you would have been in a

box to miss the unbelievable heat wave that has

hit. Great biking weather but hot, dry – not really

comfortable at all. So it was with some pessimism

that we accepted a pair of the new SR6 Bull-it jeans

and opted to call on customers all over the place…

“It’s just like a normal pair of casual jeans”, they said, “But if

you do have an accident, you’ll be better protected.”

Now we’ll not lie, because we are so safety aware, there are

3 sets of Bull-it jeans in the bike gear cupboard, earmarked

exclusively for winter use. We won’t go in to too much detail

but the early models are great, but for us, they had a very

structured & snug fitting cut which made them a little warm

for summer use. The Covec lining – while fantastic was quite

close to your skin, so that added to the heat – and although

the jeans were touted as all weather, we only ever really used

them in winter time.

So enter the new range. We were asked to use the SR6 and

guess what?

The improvements over the early range are very impressive.

The cut is more relaxed – more comfortable & cooler in

summer, but warm enough for winter.

The fit is a little bit looser (I hear my mates in the industry

commenting on middle age spread…) same size as always

chaps - size 36!!!

You’ll see this month that we have been using the little 250

Senke to call on clients all over – it’s not particularly fast,

so the airflow is not as windy as on a big bike – but we are

impressed. To be absolutely fair, the jeans are not quite as

cool (as in cold) as an ordinary pair, but they are certainly not

uncomfortably hot either, especially when you consider that

the temperatures here have been hovering in the late 30’s.

It’s a stylish cut too, based on a LEVI 5 POCKET design - I’m

pretty sure that I caught more than one sales lady checking

out the goods…

Naturally a large part of calling on clients involves sitting

around, shooting the breeze and copious quantities of coffee.

This is hard work as you all must be aware.

Honest impression – the new range is very good – once again

we’ll comment that they are very slightly warmer but they are

not uncomfortably so – and the fact that you have the added

protection while you ride makes great sense.

So what makes Bull-It Jeans a good option?

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Standard jeans have no abrasion resistance to

speak of – these ones are lined with Covec – a

revolutionary fabric invented by NASA.

The techy stuff:

In 2004 NASA used the fibre inside Covec for the

airbag in the Mars Rover space mission because

of its resilience to change when in use. Nasa

observed, ‘appears from literature and testing to

date to be an ideal upgrade from Kevlar’.

Covec is perfect for motorcycle rider protection.

They are currently doing trials for the FIM for all

flat track events and is the only material used

in rider clothing that offers the following 4 key

elements.

· Low Thermal Conductivity -This provides minimal

heat transfer in a crash and also offers rider

temperature comfort keeping either the sun or the

cold out. (HMPE’s Such as Dyneema are opposite

to this and have a very low melting point, lower

than Nylon, so will melt when used in bike jeans in

a crash road friction scenario).

· Almost zero moisture regain – This prevents

chemical ingress(wear) through normal daily

use. (When compared to Aramids Covec offers

lifelong performance.)

· High Cut resistance – Tested by Kuraray to be

3 times greater cut resistance than Aramids

equivalent.

· Higher Impact Abrasion resistance – Covec

material is constructed to maximise impact

absorption whilst providing class leading CE

abrasion resistance testing results. Bull-it jeans

uses Covec to offer levels of protection, our

clients choose how they want to be protected, from

4.5 seconds up to 8 seconds of impact abrasion

resistances.

The Covec is sewn into the jeans at key impact

points – hips, butt and knees – and in addition to

this, they offer slip in and out sliders made from

a very soft rubber like material that hardens on

impact – it feels a bit like a harder version of

Prestik?

SR6 range, the jeans that we rode with are tested

to and certified CE EN 13595-1 Level 1 clause

5.4 for Abrasion resistance with 6 seconds in all

relevant zones…

So guys and gals – the new range is stylish and

comfortable. You wear a crash helmet? It makes

sense to invest in protective gear for your legs.

We love the product – innovative, comfortable and

stylish.

Need more convincing? Go to our facebook page

and check out the link for the abrasion drag test

that they did... very impressive.

www.facebook.com/dirtandtrail

Get to your local stockist and check these jeans out…

When a material retains moisture it will become weaker over time, with

chemicals often functioning as catalyst. Aramids for instance can retain up to 7%

of moisture, while Covec can only retain 0.01% of moisture. Sweat is an acid

between 3.3 and 5 pH, detergents are alkali between 9 and 11 pH, people use

bleach for washing, grease and oils are on bikes, etc. There are many chemicals

that can come into contact with riders gear in daily life. Many of these chemicals

can have a degenerating effect on polymers and some have a devastating effect.

For instance, bleach destroys Aramids rapidly (1 to 2 washes), while Aramids

have an overall good resistance to halogens, they are more severely attacked by

acids. The graph here below shows the relative scores on chemical resistance

per material and chemical type. 1=poor, 2=fair, 3= good:

Covec has low Flex fatigue: this is the loss of strength after repeated bending

or folding (in a washing machine, for instance) in the graph below you see the

relative scores.

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18 NOVEMBER 2015

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First Ride

SHERCO 300 FOUR STROKE SEF -R

CustommadE

FOR ENDURO

You know what guys and gals? If you

were to give us an open cheque book

today and tell us to go and buy ANY bike

we wanted, we’d be hard pressed to tell

you exactly which one we’d go and load

up. This Sherco is one sweet ride – it

would be right up there.

has created a range of products of a brand new one was delivered to our

Sherco was founded in 1998, by Marc

Teissier and the brand rapidly carved

a niche in the trials market from its

manufacturing base in Caldes de

Montbui, Spain

In 2002 Sherco acquired the HRD

company and opening their second

plant in Nimes devoted exclusively to

the production of Enduro machines.

Fired by a young company’s energy and

enthusiasm and backed by painstaking

research and development, Sherco

proven quality and durability. They have

propelled Graham Jarvis to the top of

extreme enduros and - with Jeremy

Tarroux and Fabian Planet - they are

currently 3rd in the Enduro World

Championship manufacturers standings.

In South Africa, Sherco is imported by the

guys from Toyscom in Centurion. They are

a well- established outfit who import the

GS moon and Hadjadu range of buggies –

and Kenny MX gear. They have been very

active promoting this high end brand with

riders like Altus De Wet competing in all

the national Enduro events as well as

some extreme stuff abroad…

We missed the 2016 world launch thanks

to a local event that we had to attend, but

all of the preliminary ride impressions

were pretty good for this lady. When

offices for testing, we took off on the

trails for a good spin.

We are the first to admit that we are

certainly not Roof riders – we do enjoy

a lekker trail ride with sections of tricky

stuff. We reckon that that accounts for

about 95 percent of the riding population

in SA. The bike was also brand new and

not run in, so we had a very relaxed,

social spin on this one. And guess what?

Huge fun, very capable, a well-designed,

fun to ride motorcycle. When it is run in

we’ll scrag it again and take off into the

mountains for some more gnarly terrain.

This bike looks the part – the graphics

are striking and the bodywork is slim

and modern. Attention to detail is

everywhere – Electronic fuel Injection,

Braided brake hoses, Hydraulic Brembo

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Clutch, black anodized wheels (complete

with striking dayglo Sherco branding),

very sexy and all top drawer stuff.

Brembo brakes complete with petal

discs bring things to a stop. Standard,

the bike comes with Teflon brush guards

and a sturdy bash plate. Radiator fans

are mounted for when the going gets hot

and front wheel direction is controlled

via tapered Oxia black finished bars. S3

waffle grips, very similar to the domino

grips feel perfect. The standard pipe

is compact and looks good and they

removed the restrictor, so it sounded

pretty good without being over the top in

the noise department.

The guys from Sherco fitted this one

with some aftermarket bits. The Hyde

guys have been commissioned to provide

protective gear, so clutch cover, swing

arm and steel braced brush guards

are all courtesy of this local specialist

manufacturer. Radiator braces are

courtesy of AXP racing – factory fit and

finish. Nice to know that race hard wear

is readily available for these bikes.

Servicing the air filter is a piece of cake

– the seat removes via a Dzuz clip at the

back of the seat with tool less removal of

the filter via a big easy to grab nut - nice.

Ergonomics are great, the seat is narrow

and offers good grip, position of the bars

in relation to seat and pegs is just about

perfect! The first thing you notice is just

how plush the bike feels and how low to

the ground the bike feels. We were near

flat footed when sitting stationary on the

300 SEF-R. Nice!. Quick lever adjustment

and we took off.

Here is something interesting – no

kick starter. The happy button worked

perfectly for the duration, but we always

appreciate a kick starter for just in case…

The ride:

We are quite lucky to work where we do

– we can literally ride out the gate and

head out into the surrounding farmlands

with such a diverse amount of terrain

that we could be almost anywhere.

Sure we don’t have Lesotho’s rocks or

Namibia’s dunes, but we do have a whole

bunch of lekker rivers and fast flowing

trails to enjoy.

We cruised down the main trail in 4th

gear mid throttle, when we came upon

a new (unexpected) dugout on our trail

about 3 foot wide and 2 feet deep with a

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it of water running through it. No choice but

to nail the throttle and hope the front end would

come up. Flip, that bike saved the day, didn’t

expect the bike to jump like it did. Fortunately,

bike and rider sailed right over the ditch. Here

is one of the best things; this is FACTORY

suspension. The bike soaked it up like nothing

was in my path…

The Sherco is quite simply – brilliant. It

feels exceptionally light and nimble. The WP

suspension is quite remarkable – and the 300cc

engine is just so smooth. It produces a nice clean

linear power spread. While the 2-stroke that we

rode a few months back left your mind trying

to catch up with what was going on around you

when you hit the meat of the power, the 300 fourstroke

is predictable and confidence inspiring.

300cc’s is such a great capacity – it offers more

torque than a 250 and is much easier to control

than a big 450. Make sense? This bike is so easy

to ride. We left the mapping switch in standard

mode for most of the ride and to be frank – that’s

probably exactly where we’d leave it. It’s not at

all surprising that many of the European brands

are building mid-range four strokes It is easily

as quick as most 450’s out there, but it is just so

– well at the risk of repeating ourselves - easy.

Nothing snatchy, you know exactly where your

throttle is all the time.

Sending it through the rivers – (ok, there is a

serious drought, so they are not deep) was a

blast, we had no sputtering from the engine

– this tells us that everything is well sealed.

Remember, the bike was brand new when it

was delivered – so we did take it easy, playing

through the rev range to get it all settled and

nicely run in. The engine provides amazing

tractability – we pointed her at quite a few steep,

slippery slopes and chugged up – the bottom

end torque is very impressive – smooth, easy

keeps coming to mind. Where on a 300 2-stroke

you tend to hold on for dear life, the 300 four

stroke delivers easy power for climbing. We

did flip the mapping switch and it’s actually a

mapping switch that works. You can really tell

the difference in power delivery. This is one

impressive little machine.

The WP suspension is truly very good –the small

square edged bumps and ruts were soaked

up with no fuss by the WP suspension. it is no

surprise that so many manufacturers have

chosen these units as original. The fan kicks on

and off quietly – keeping things cool and we saw

no hint of overheating.

So what’s the verdict?

Refer to paragraph 1. Seriously, Sherco is

right up there with the very best bikes on the

planet. Watch this space – when the bike is run

in properly, we’ll be heading out for a proper

weekend in the mountains…

SPECIFICATIONS

Engine: 4 stroke DOHC, 4 valve Sherco technology Displacement: 303.68 cc

Bore and stroke: 84 x 54.8 mm Fuel system: Synerject digital electronic

fuel injection Starter: Unique electric starting system Ignition: Shihlin

alternator 220 W Transmission: 6 speed sequential gearbox, primary

gear drive chain secondary drive Clutch: Hydraulic, multidisc in oil bath

Exhuast System: Stainless steel header pipe, stainless steel muffler with

catalytic converter meets Euro 3 stds. Frame: Half perimeter frame Chrome-

Molybdenum Front Suspension: WP telescopic fork, Ø 48 mm tubes rebound

and compression adjustable, 300 mm of travel Rear Suspension: WP

progressive, multi adjustable rear shock utilizing a linkage and rod system, 320

mm of travel Brakes Front: Hydraulically activated Brembo Ø 260 mm front

Brakes Rear: Hydraulically activated Brembo Ø 220 mm rear Tyre Front:

90/100 - 21 inch Michelin Enduro Competition Tyre Rear: 140/80 - 18 Inch

Michelin Enduro Competition Wheelbase: 1,480 mm Ground Clearance: 355

mm Fuel Tank: 8.5 Litres Dry Weight: 102 kg

2

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THE SUZUKI DR 70

BUILT TO

ENJOY!

We regular trail riding dads often get

roped into arguments with MX and race

dads. What bike do you buy for your

kids? The race dads are all 2-stroke

bedonnered, no man – let the kid learn

and kick and fall over – the only problem

is – that after picking your kid up for the

15th time after he or she falls over in a

river, the shine of a wild 2-stroke does

tend to fade a little bit…

It comes down to the question – what

does your kid want to do?

Ask them. In our experience – a little

guy or girl on a 2-stroke designed for MX

riding in the bush is going to end in tears.

A kid who wants to zoom around the track

is, however a different story…

Why four stroke?

There are a few reasons that we like fourstrokes.

Top of the list is the face that

they are generally far less wild than a two

stroke – so junior can get used to riding

a dirt bike without having the daylights

scared out of them.

A bike like this Suzuki is semi-automatic

– so that means, that junior can get used

to gears without having to worry about

actuating the clutch. To be absolutely

honest – with our kids, we put their bike

into third gear and let the kids ride like

an automatic. The deal was that until they

could change all the gear, a bigger bike

was not on the cards, as they got older

they figured gears out!

Another bonus: Happy button, electric

start. This, in our opinion is almost nonnegotiable

for small kids. Any dad knows.

As soon as junior falls or stalls, dad or

mom has to hop off and go kickstart…

AAARGH! Happy button, much easier. Kid

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Suzu


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FOR ALL OCCASIONS.

Go and pay your local dealer a visit and check out our great dirtbike range.

Built for serious on-track pleasure, the new game-changing GSX R-1000 now features sporty good

looks, that prove that beauty is much more than skin deep. Bred from the same DNA as our MotoGP

machines like the GSX-RR, this top performer not only allows you to ride in the position that suits you

best, but also provides greater comfort and control.

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hits button and off he or she goes.

BUT. And it gets complicated. Some kids

bikes ONLY have electric start, so when

the battery runs down – which it does,

you end up push starting the bike – which

can be real fun in the mud. SO – if you

can, get one with a kick starter too. Guess

what? The Suzuki 70 has one.

We popped our 6 year old Kyle Foley on

the bike – who has just moved up to a

slightly bigger CRF 80 Honda four-stroke

and asked his opinion on the Yellow

terror…

A few things he likes.

Electric start. His bike only has a kick

starter, “Dad, pushing the button is cool!”

and he managed to kickstart the bike,

which he has not quite mastered on his

bigger 80 just yet. It feels comfortable,

bigger than a 50 but smaller than an 80.

The power feels good – the little 70

willingly climbed all the (smaller) hills

that we could find at Rhino Park. “I like

the suspension, it’s not hard like my

bike (Bicycle), and the brakes are much

better than my bike.” Drum brakes – not

the best but on a new bike they always

feel a bit better. Drums do need constant

adjustment over time, but they are

adequate for little entry level bikes.

We quizzed him throughout the day as

he blasted through puddles and every

mud hole in sight and he had nothing

but praise for the little Zuk. “Dad, it’s not

as fast as my 80, but its’s cool!” “I like

the power and you can go fast and I feel

safe.” Then he aimed for the next puddle

and opened the throttle…

Conclusions:

Kick start check!

Electric start check!

Four stroke check!

Semi auto Check!

Nice power check!

That’s pretty much it. It’s a Suzuki, so

you know that the quality is there, parts

are no issue – a fantastic little entry level

motorcycle. Go and check one out, your

kids will love it.

DR-Z70 - R21 995.00

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THE SENKE X250 X6

STREET

28 NOVEMBER 2015

RUNABOUT

Our runabout for this month was a

little X6 sports bike from Senke...

This is a feisty little road bike – we

spent 300 kilometres in the saddle

calling on clients. R27999.00

Guys and gals. Everything in life

is relative – and we keep telling

everyone – you do get what you

pay for. Without trying to sound

arrogant – 27k is not that expensive

for a road bike – let’s face it even

Honda’s most basic dirtbike, the

CRF230 costs more than this one.

We had a blast.

This Chinese bike is a new addition to

the motorcycle family in South Africa.

We picked up a brand new unit.

What’s it got?

Cool styling. We rounded up a few

kids for their opinion and they all

commented on the classy look and

styling of the bike. Neat bodywork,

decent mirrors and nicely finished.

Tapered bars, modern analogue/

digital display, cool seat and

naked look tailpiece. The exhaust

is large but it looks stylish and

compliments the bike. The bike

comes standard with a main stand

as well as a side stand.

It’s powered by a very basic 250cc

twin cylinder engine and comes

standard with electric start, disc

brakes front and rear.

S

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Ride impressions:

It’s a nice nippy little runabout - from our place near JHB

international airport, out to Randburg, Pretoria and back,

we really gave this bike a good ride.

Power is not mind blowing, but it is steady and efficient,

with the bike happily chugging along at around the

90kph mark, even with a bigger (read heavier) rider in

the saddle. Open wide and she’ll climb to 120, but stay

wide awake on the freeways when you want to overtake.

Handling is great, you can confidently carve through

traffic, the suspension feels just fine and the disc brakes

are excellent.

Zooting around the suburbs is where this bike feels most

at home – it’s a great bike for runs to the shops or off

to kuier with your buddy. We stuck a pillion out back for

a few kilometres and surprisingly, the bike felt almost

exactly the same through the gears – no adverse handling

and the power feels the same almost right up to the top.

For the duration of our test, we only put in R200.00 worth

of fuel – and there were still two bars of fuel displayed

after 300 km – so we are really impressed with the fuel

economy of the bike. – around 60c a kilometre if our

maffs is right…

Conclusions:

Great little runabout. We had a whole heap of fun. Were

we to buy one – we’d change the exhaust for a bit more

power but that’s about it…

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THE NEW BETA 300 X-TRAINER

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Every now and then someone in the motorcycle

industry comes up with something brilliant….

sometimes incredibly off the wall and exotic,

and sometimes just so darn practical and

sensible that everyone wonders why it took so

long. By Clive Strugnell

Beta has done just that. Here’s the off road bike

everyone should have had long ago, and until now no

one thought about it. It’s called the “X Trainer”. Beta

wants it known this is an entry-level dirt bike, not a

trials bike on steroids, or dirt bike modified to perform

like a rock hopping trials bike. While the XTrainer’s

main purpose is entry-level riding, the bike’s size

and engine character make it a solid choice for more

extreme off-road terrain riding. The Beta XTrainer is

15% smaller overall and weighs three and a bit less

kilogrammes than the Beta 300 RR, the Italian firm’s

true full-sized enduro off-road bike.

First let’s take a look at the way all dirt bikes have

gone over the last decade and a half. Every single

manufacturer (OK not the entry level Asian kind)

producing serious off road bikes now sell models

capable of being taken out of the crate and used in

World Championship events just as they are…fill ‘em

up and race! To be quite honest, we love these bikes…

and so do thousands of customers world-wide.

What’s more these factory racers are exactly what

many riders are looking for. However, for some

riders who have absolutely no aspirations as

competitive riders for many reasons, the modern

“ready to race” models have some quite serious

drawbacks. For many riders they have just too much

performance, for others they are so technically

advanced they are beyond the maintenance skill of

many riders. So what do they do? Often they buy

much lower spec bikes which are really more suited

to commuting in traffic or plodding around a farm,

or they buy one of the high spec bikes and end up

not being able to use most of the performance and

taking them to a dealer for maintenance.

Someone at Beta opened their brain, took out their

ego, put it in a cupboard for an hour or two, and sat

down to design a bike for these riders.

The Beta XTrainer (aka Crosstrainer)

concept began about four years ago.

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Beta wanted to create an entrylevel

enduro – a bike that was

torquey two stroke motor. A big

riding is a smooth, exceptionally

less intimidating but still retained feature of this bike is the auxiliary

decent enduro performance. The oil tank and pump. Don’t worry

development process started with

a trials bike chassis that added

long travel suspension, but it didn’t

perform as well as expected. The

next attempt was a trials bike engine

in a full-sized off-road bike, but the

motor proved to be far from exciting.

In the end Beta went with its proven

engine from the 300 RR two-stroke,

detuned and made to deliver ultrasmooth

and rider friendly power. The

XTrainer retains the Keihin 36mm

carb on the RR model, but the cylinder

porting and power valve settings

are much different. A spacer in the

intake tract also mellows out the

power. Beta created a special exhaust

system, engineered to help produce

the electric-like delivery. Plus the

new exhaust shape and design tucks

in nicely on the XTrainer’s smaller

chassis.

Beta call it the XTrainer. Let’s just

take a moment to look at the bike

and see how brilliantly it handles the

needs of the “Unfactory rider”.

Firstly it looks like a full spec top of

the range European enduro bike. It

has top quality components and great

features, as well as modern geometry

which make riding anywhere

effortless. Assisting this effortless

about mixing oil into the fuel for this

two-stroke, it uses electronicallycontrolled

oil injection to feed just the

right amount of oil into the engine,

all based on rpm. The oil tank is

under the seat, easily accessible with

a push of the seat release button.

There are two warning lights on the

digital odometer; one is a low oil

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Starting is easy thanks to electric

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A temperature-controlled electric fan

makes sure the engine doesn’t boil

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The two stroke water cooled

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technical rider to repair. The

steel perimeter style frame is

15% smaller on the XTrainer,

with the seat height about

4cm lower than a Beta RR.

Since Beta enduro bikes

typically have lower seat

heights than competitors,

the XTrainer is about 6cm

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lower than other standard

sized off-road bikes. With

ultra-soft suspension and a

lot of squish, the seat height

drops even more when sitting

on the bike. The XTrainer uses

the same wheels as a 300 RR

but the spokes are thinner to

save weight. The swingarm is

also identical to that on the full

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Olle, a Spanish company, makes

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easy service, the 43mm fork houses

a spring in only the right leg with a

preload adjustment in the fork cap.

Adjustment to rebound lives on the

left fork cap. There is no compression

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Many of the features and components

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quick release seat, easy access air filter,

enduro computer and footpegs. Much

to our surprise the gas tank holds 8 and

a half litres, enough for a decent trail

ride, especially down in the low rpms the

XTrainer loves to be ridden.

Everything else on the bike is top drawer,

like the finish and the components,

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Talking of suspension this bike is set up

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The torque of the engine is so smooth

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the hydraulic clutch out near engine

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R O C K Y

ROAD

JARVIS WINS SEA TO SKY TO

DENY WALKER’S GRAND SLAM

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The Red Bull Sea to Sky is unique: Three

days of racing in the most beautiful

terrain, located right at the shore of the

Turkish Riviera. Each day has a different

format and terrain making this one of the

toughest and enjoyable races for hard

enduro riders the world over.

The fast growing sport of Extreme

Enduro has gathered more and more

attention, among the riders as well as

in media and Kemer has become THE

place to be. Truly outstanding racing

action over three days in three totally

different terrains combined with staying

in luxury resorts right at the beach of

the Turkish Riviera made this event

the favourite of all events – not only

recognized by the protagonists of the

scene such as Graham Jarvis, 2013

winner Jonny Walker and Alfredo Gomez,

but also more and more amateur riders

are coming to Kemer to enjoy the warm

summer at the very end of September –

when the weather usually already getting

rougher in the rest of Europe.

Graham Jarvis brought an epic hard

enduro season to a close with victory at

the Red Bull Sea to Sky.

With all eyes on Jonny Walker to see if

he could wrap up the perfect season by

winning in Turkey, Jarvis was determined

to keep the Grand Slam out of reach for

his fellow Brit.

In a reversal of fortune to when Walker

stopped Jarvis clinching the Grand Slam

in 2013, Jarvis became Walker’s spoiler

in the mix for 2015.

After his customary slow start, Jarvis got

his head down exiting the canyon section.

Up to third by half distance, he hunted

down both Walker and Wade Young, who

were trying to make a break for it.

“I really wanted that win. It’s been a long

season without one.” – Graham Jarvis

With the trio locked together, it looked

like becoming a battle to the finish, but

Jarvis had one card left up his sleeve

to play. Gambling on the final refuel

stop, he didn’t pit and hit the front of

the field as they headed towards the

final mountain climb. Pulling clear, he

crossed the finish-line as the clear and

certain winner.

“I really wanted that win. It’s been a long

season without one,” said an ecstatic

Jarvis. “I knew everyone would push for

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position early on so I let them get on with

it and settled into my own race.”

“I had a trick up my sleeve and skipped

the second fuel stop. I knew the trail

afterwards was going to be tight

singletrack, so if I was in front there

would be a good chance I could keep the

lead. The gamble paid off and I passed

Jonny when he was stopped.”

“It always sucks to lose – especially with

a perfect season to play for – but I rode a

good race.” – Jonny Walker

Despite giving it his best effort, Walker

didn’t have an answer for Jarvis on

Olympos Mountain. Leading for the

majority of the race, Walker could only

watch his hopes of winning the Grand

Slam disappear as Jarvis charged into

the distance.

“It always sucks to lose – especially with

a perfect season to play for – but I rode

a good race. Graham just had more pace

over the mountain,” admitted Walker. “I

felt like I did almost everything right early

on but I knew Graham was chasing and he

was on a mission today. The Grand Slam

would have been cool but overall I’ve had

a great year. I won five races and in a sport

as tough as this that’s a good record.”

Delivering a solid performance, Wade

Young challenged Jarvis and Walker until

the final few sections of the race. Keeping

them honest, the 19-year-old locked down

his first Sea to Sky podium.

“I’m happy to get my first Sea to Sky

podium,” said Young. “I really wanted

a good result here. Winning the Forest

Race gave me a lot of confidence for the

Mountain Race and I attacked hard from

the start. I had a few problems during the

second half of the race but other than that

it was a good run.”

Behind the top three, Paul

Bolton and Andreas Lettenbichler fought

it out for the remainder of the top five

positions. Passing Lettenbichler over the

final mountain mile, Bolton gladly took

fourth.

With the final race of 2015 now put to bed,

that elusive Hard Enduro Grand Slam

lives on.

Red Bull Sea to Sky 2015 Mountain Race

Results

1. Graham Jarvis (GBR) 3h8m35s

2. Jonny Walker (GBR) 3h11m10s

3. Wade Young (RSA) 3h19m13s

4. Paul Bolton (GBR) 3h20m19s

5. Andreas Lettenbichler (GER) 3h20m59s

6. Blake Gutzeit (RSA) 3h26m13s

7. Jonathan Richardson (GBR) 3h30m43s

8. Philipp Scholz (GER) 3h37m57s

9. Manuel Lettenbichler (GER) 3h38m35s

10. Ben Hemingway (GBR) 3h47m54s

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South African Lady (Kirsten

Landman) Finishes RED BULL

SEA TO SKY Earning Gold…

The first ever lady to do so.

2015 saw the first opportunity for Brother

Leader Tread KTM rider Kirsten Landman,

to make her pilgrimage to the Turkish

event, so we caught up with her upon her

return to SA.

Q: “Sea to Sky is quite a new event in the

grand scheme of things and the 2015 race

was the sixth edition. In six years of this

race being around, you are the first lady

in the world to receive a gold finisher’s

medal. How does that make you feel?”

Kirst: “Wow, after all the trials and

tribulations over the last few years and

the bad luck I had at Romanics this year,

it was finally good to have a strong result

and especially on an international scale.

Which couldn’t have come at a better

time for me personally and also of course

for the sponsors that have supported my

efforts thus far. It’s a good feeling to know

the hard work and dedication is paying off

in the form of such a result. I still can’t

explain exactly how I feel in words. It really

feels like a dream. I must say though that

the support from South African fans has

been amazing and I would like to thank

everyone for the messages of support, it’s

truly humbling knowing your country is

firstly following your progress but more

importantly sharing in your success.”

Q: “So we can safely say that this is your

career high point so far. What has lead you

to this? What made you want to ride dirt

bikes? Did you realise as a little girl you

wanted to be a dirt biker or did a family

member steer you towards the sport?”

Kirst: “Well first off you have to be a little

bit of a tom boy to want to enter into such

a male dominated sport. But my dad grew

up with dirt bikes and my uncle and cousin

rode. My cousin and I are close in age so

obviously I wanted a go too. At the time I

was very into my swimming and was trying

out for the provincial team so my dad said

if I made the team, he would buy me a dirt

bike. At the time I was 8. Well long story

short I got into the team and I was given

a peewee 80 and ever since then I have

been motorbike gaga! The progression

went from there to ATVs and then finally

I got and RM85, then an RM125, my first

real dirt bikes and I started entering the

local club hare-scrambles. Like most I

didn’t go fast at first but with more riding

I started placing well against the boys. I

will never forget how good it felt to place

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4th, then 3rd, then I actually started to beat

them. When my father saw I had a talent,

his effort levels into the sport increased

with us going to practise mid-week and

then race or practise on the weekend. I

never ever looked at it as a career path,

it was mostly a passion that I shared with

my dad and all I wanted to do was ride my

bike at every opportunity possible. Once

my schooling was complete, in fact the

next year, I took a gap year from studies

and my parents said I must do what makes

me happy for a year and having a car and

my independence, I chose dirt bikes. I got

picked up by a team and started competing

on a National level doing Enduros. Then

in 2012, what a terrible year, that was

the year I DNF-ed at the Roof at my first

attempt and I had loads of stupid injuries

that just slowed my development down, I

really thought at the time, “well this is as

far as I go with racing” because I hadn’t

shaped at all. That was when the legend

of SA Off Road and Enduro racing, Daryl

Curtis introduced me to my now team

manager, Franziska Brandl of KTM SA.

Having lost my ride, KTM were looking for

a lady rider and I was put in touch with

these great people who helped me when

no one else wanted to. It was like a fairy

tale actually, I met the boss and within

days was signing a contract to be in the

most envied team in South African dirt bike

competitions, I knew then 2013 was going

to be a very different year for me.”

Q: Tell us about that year. The unlucky

number 13 reared its ugly head.

Kirst: Well I was having a good year until

halfway through the season where I had a

high speed crash at the Desert Race and

well let’s just say it wasn’t pretty. I had to

be medevac’d and had some bad injuries.

I don’t regret the crash as it made me

hungrier than ever to succeed and I feel I

grew as a person and as a racer. I learnt to

live in the now as you never know when it

will all be taken away from you. The bulk

of the remainder of that year was spent

mending.”

Q: And last year (2014), it was a good one

wasn’t it?

Kirst:” Yes it so was! I got my first taste

of Hard Enduro when I went to Romanics.

What a challenge and what an honour

it was. Then after that was the Roof at

the end of the year which I finished, the

whole year felt like every time I raced

I improved and became more wise

and consistent. Obviously the National

Enduros were also great.

Q: Okay so back to Sea to Sky. Tell us about

the experience.

Kirst:“Well I had no expectations. Obviously

I had sponsors that I had to please with a

strong result but I just wanted to go and

have fun and most importantly finish. My

expectation was only to get as far as silver,

and I would have been happy with that

result. Then on the second day my best

friend and helper on the trip, Dan, said to

me that I can finish gold. Until that point

it hadn’t crossed my mind really. Straight

away I started thinking that no woman had

ever done it before and I really had a shot.

When I reached the finish I thought oh well

at least I got gold and was so blown away

when the media, organisers and all the

public at the finish went so wild about the

fact that I was the first lady rider to achieve

gold. The reaction was so overwhelming

and I literally had to pinch myself because

it was surreal. It really was and still is a

great feeling.”

Q: So tell us, what’s next?

Kirst: ”Well the National Enduro champs

are done so its Roof of Africa time! We

will take the race step by step, I don’t

want to create too much expectation and

pressure as Roof is after all the mother of

all hard enduro’s and anything can happen.

I’m currently taking a week off to catch

my breath and then we start with final

prep and training for the Roof. My goal

as always is just to finish. Anything can

happen in this race, the weather, fitness,

bike damage, navigation and long hours

make for a race where to finish, the stars

have to align for you from a luck point of

view but the prep is key of course. I have

entered Silver again this year so the plan is

to finish and finish well up in the order.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10

years?

Kirst: “Well being a sport of attrition and

your health and fitness being key to your

success, I plan to do as many extreme

races as I can. Erzberg for now is not

on that list as I find the prospect very

daunting. There is a possibility of me doing

some World Championship Woman’s Super

Enduro races and I am going to see where

that takes me. Away from racing, I have

just started to get the ball rolling on doing

my private pilot’s licence and hopefully this

will lead to a career after my racing.”

Q: “Anything you’d like to say to your fans

and followers out there?”

Kirst: ”Well all I want to say is thank you,

each and every one of you for your social

media posts and calls and emails and

every message I got, each and every one

of them touched my heart. I don’t plan on

letting anyone of you down soon. To my

sponsors, thank you. None of this would

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JOINING THE DOTS

JHB – TO DURBAN – TO JHB ALL FOR A GREAT CAUSE

By Alan Mayburry

This is the first time that I got around to doing this trip.

Being the crazy person that my friends know I am – I

opted to do the full tonk – ie: JHB to Dbn and back –

all on my big 500 KTM. I’ve long been watching this

famous ride – the cause is great and the whole concept

really appealed to my sense of adventure – but for one

reason or another, I just never got around to doing

it. Early this year, I made sure that the calendar was

cleared and I think that I was one of the first to get my

entry through for this 2000 or so kilometre ride.

A few observations:

The organisation that goes into an event like this is

quite mind boggling. I can only imagine the hours and

hours of time that these guys put in talking to officials,

landowners and caterers. I cannot imagine how they

get around to actually marking the entire route. I have

done a few GPS/navigational events in the past, which

is cool, but just seeing a little orange or pink dot in the

absolute middle of nowhere is a very comforting thing.

Instead of booking accommodation anywhere – we

decided that we would camp – the facilities are basic,

but ample hot showers and great camaraderie all

along the route made it fun. Admittedly, with a big

group, the facilities did take a bit of strain at some

of the venues but all in all they were just fine. This

is not lux camping by any means. We pitched our

tents on farmers fields, on a rugby field and on just a

vacant piece of ground – so for those who are looking

for hairdryers and electrical points – bring along a

generator. Camping in a group can be a pain – some

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of the guys go large until the early hours – but

generally, the guys were all quite considerate – this

is very much a social affair and there are lots of

family groups along.

The catering was generous and wholesome – basic good

food all the way and plenty of it – from a great self-braai

complete with pap and salads, to sheep on the spit,

tasty stews. Lunches were mixed up each day – boerie

rolls, burgers, chicken prego’s, there was no room for

complaints. The tannies in Weenen even baked us the

most amazing cakes for desert…

This is all included in your entry fee – in my opinion; you

cannot beat the value for money on offer at this event.

I did hear a few grumbles about day to day

information. Prior to the event, we were bombarded

with information and I thought it was quite thorough

– the mantra – leave a dust gap, check the markers

yourself, don’t just follow the bike in front of you still

rings in my ears… we were given a day to day briefing

in print of what to expect and if you take the time to

read it – it all made perfect sense. The general rules

on this event – drinking and riding is a big no – no

(Duh!); respect the people around you; look out for

danger signs; follow markers; have a good time.

In that order. And if you followed, you generally

have a hassle free ride. Some of the markers were

challenging, the hot weather baked the paint and

much of it faded, so you had to take time and look

nicely. Every morning a team ran ahead to check that

all is clear and to touch up – and to my knowledge –

everyone got in just fine.

Every evening the group meets at dinner for the next

days briefing – the only hassle is that quite a few

people did not get to the briefing. My opinion – in

racing or anywhere you have to attend, the team was

on hand every evening to answer questions and the

briefings were more than adequate. Our team had no

issues at all. So to the guys who ran out of fuel, next

time, maybe pay attention?

In terms of back-up, you are never alone. We saw the

organisers backup bakkie pop up all over the place

– marshals at most road crossings and riders just

stopping to check if you were OK. I saw the medics

quietly going about their business and helping out

all over the place. A really well-oiled machine. I was

very impressed.

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The ride:

Having spoken to people who had ridden this event

before – I did have a few expectations, but to be fair,

the expectations were exceeded. And that is always

great. 1000 odd kilometres is a long way, broken

in to four days each way – and I am very glad that I

did the ride both ways because it gave me time to

appreciate the places that we visited. Of course this

is not an enduro, there are lots of interesting places

and there are sections of great riding – but there are

also sections of district road – very necessary for

participants to be able to complete the day. It came

home to me that this is not a race – there are riders of

all skill levels – so whilst the fast guys were through at

the end by 1 and 2 in the afternoon, the stragglers were

still coming in close to sunset. The long roads around

Volksrust come to mind, going down, they seemed

quite quick, but on the return trip, they seemed to

go on for ever, thanks to the tremendous heat and

dry wind that sucked the breath out of you. But I’m

jumping around a bit…

Day 1:

The presentation and kick-off at Carnival City was great

– music, a great vibe – Brian Capper, the whole katoot

– a carnival atmosphere if you’ll excuse the pun – and

then we were off. The dust gap rule was immediate and

our posse hung back a bit, man it is just so dry out there.

The routes out of JHB were interesting, some great

river crossings as we crossed through the farmlands-

I’m not certain about exactly which way we went, but

the ride was interesting – nothing overly technical, but

entertaining – and with so many people along, there is

always entertainment. We saw people falling over in

the rivers, getting stuck – taking wrong turns – and all

sorts – obviously it takes a while for riders to become

accustomed to the bright pink arrows that led us out.

Great fun – a section of gravel – across a beautiful old

bridge and we were at the lunch stop and refuel. Your

back-up drivers (yes you do need one) meets you every

100 km or so – this is pretty cool because if you have any

issue, they can sort it out or load you up. Ours made sure

that the cokes were cold – we sure needed them.

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The ride continued in a blur – we went through a quaint

old town, crossed dams, rode through a flooded bridge

– met farmers who had come out to watch the fun… the

whole vibe and spirit of the ride was incredible – like

nothing I had experienced before. The guys and ladies

who came along were smiling and happy… really cool.

In Standerton we were greeted with a great braai at the

local school, we pitched tents on the field, and spent

the evening telling war stories about the day. Bench

racers extraordinary…

Day 2:

Having grown up near Standerton, I was very sad to

see what is happening – now it’s not my intention to be

negative, but I remember as a kid camping next to the

Vaal River and spending endless holidays playing in the

park along the river. We rode out along the river – and

the amount of trash that has been dumped there is

shameful… very sad.

We were in for the first section of gravel roads. Gravel

is tedious, so you open that throttle wide, we nailed

it quickly and crossed back on to the farms… this felt

like a long day and I was grateful to be on a big fourstroke,

despite Glenn’s regular Yamaha quips (more

about that later).

There is a great big muddy field that everyone needs

to get across, I believe that this year was not nearly as

muddy as previous years because of the drought, but

there were bikes, quads and Karretjies stuck all over

the place. Entertainment value 100 percent! Being the

superior KTM riders that we are, we aced it and parked

in the shade to watch the fun. The techniques were

mind boggling… incredible to see how stuck some

people can get. From there – back on to the roads up

into the mountains, the views are great and it was the

first time we came across an accident.

Some poor lady took a corner with her quad and

crashed into a fence. We initially thought that speed

was the cause but on closer inspection, it was

discovered that her tyre had come off the rim. Shame

she was sore, the medics arrived fairly quickly with a

backup vehicle in hot pursuit. Broken collar bone – the

lady was loaded up, the bike straightened out. Here is

something I’d not seen before – we had to re-seat the

tyre. The pump could not do it. One of the marshals

took a small capful of fuel, poured it into the wheel and

lit it…. POP, the wheel seated. Don’t try this at home.

We were soon back on the farms – great routes that

took us past an interesting grave – I can’t remember

exactly who, one of the generals from the Boer war,

we were one of the few groups stopped to have a look,

interesting place. Chatting to the organisers that

evening, we were told that the farm still belongs to that

generals direct descendants. Interesting.

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Talking about historic – lunch was at the base of the

famous Majuba Mountain – and then we headed for

one of the highlights of the day – maybe even the

trip. The route led into these old railway tunnels that

burrow through the heart of a mountain… what felt like

a kilometre of darkness and it was cold… awesome.

Then there was an excellent trail all the way down into

Newcastle for the evening – great views and the riding

was very cool.

There is always questions from the organisers, what

did we enjoy? Was the previous year’s route better and

so-on – nice to see that they do take suggestions. We

had not ridden the old routes so we couldn’t comment,

but we all enjoyed the trails.

The venue in Newcastle – super, big fields hot showers

and a great dinner followed by an auction where 20 odd

grand was raised through donated goods for QASA, a

fun evening, but I was a bit disappointed that so few

people attended the auction – I guess everyone was

tired - the hot weather really took it out of all of us…

Then the fun started – Natal is truly riding paradise

– the routes included breathtaking scenery, rocky

mountain passes, riverbeds and all sorts – on day three

there was not a single boring moment – and this was

reinforced on our up ride. The variety of terrain and

remote areas that we rode through was really beautiful

– it makes you feel good to be alive. We were warned

about the tendency of rural kids to throw stones at

the bikes – my team and I had no incidents and the

few things we heard about seemed to be small kids –

nobody was hurt and no big rocks as far as we know. We

were told that the team had worked hard on this issue

and it seems that the work really paid off this year.

The kids – and adults were friendly and excited to

see the bikes coming through. The one sad thing that

we experienced was when a child approached us at

one of the stops and asked us for WATER. Something

that we all take for granted – the drought out there

is unbelievable. All along the roads you see barrels

waiting to be filled by water tankers, we really were

not sure how the local government is going to cope if it

does not rain soon.

Our route took us down into the Tugela valley to the

tiny rural town of Weenen where the farmers and the

local church hosted us for the evening. I had a flat, so

booked the bike in with the friendly Cornel de Villiers

in the workshop, and took off to watch the rugby in the

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farmers’ hall. I remember that we beat the Scottish

and after a great dinner, it was time for a snooze –

tomorrow, we were told would be a long day.

Day 4:

I have to shake my head, despite the organisers asking

everyone not to leave early, the bikes started pulling

out early on Sunday morning. We waited to avoid the

inevitable dust gap and headed out. What a ride! We

were greeted by a monster rock pass where everyone

ended up getting stuck, huge fun - everyone rode

everyone else’s bikes out – it got better – enormous

forest trails as we headed down to the coast, perfect

scenery great riding, fast flowing trails to our lunch

stop in the middle of the forest. Great boerie roll and

we left for the last leg.

The valley of 1000 hills is a majestic place, unique

to Zululand with vista’s and views as far as the eye

can see. We were warned about the steep mountain

passes… sheer drop-offs – and the guys paid attention,

no incidents, everyone took it very easy and enjoyed

the ride. The local people were friendly as the bikes

thundered past this amazing, beautiful place. We saw

what looked like a domed cathedral in the middle of

nowhere right on top of a mountain – so we stopped to

take a look around. That’s what this trip is about - relax

and enjoy…

Our refuel was something unique, we crossed a bridge

and there was this little guy waving a chequered flag.

We pulled up into a spaza shop and joined the very

festive queue… the goggo who runs the place sold us

5 litres for R80.00 good business. R16 a litre, but – no

choice there was still a fair way to go.

After the refuel it got better – a steep quarry and a

great big river crossing where it felt as though every

kid in the village was swimming. They loved the action

and helped push bikes and quads across for the whole

afternoon – I’m pretty sure that they will be talking

about it until next years ride!

For our last leg in the routes wound their way through

sandy cane farms to the end venue at Cane Cutters. We

understand that some people overcooked it a bit and

the crew stayed back to sort an accident. Fortunately

not too serious big crash, broken ribs and things. We

arrived to the festive scene of bikes being loaded, cold

beers and a great party and many congratulations. It

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is a pity that the organisers were stuck out there –

they eventually only got in after dark when everyone

was loaded and ready to head for home. We all felt

that it would have been nice to have some form of

presentation – hey man! Well done! You did it.

The route back:

If I am not mistaken, there were only a few of us

who did the route both ways. It all started from Cane

Cutters, a smaller group, which was actually quite

cool. What was interesting to see was the group

dynamic – if I’m not mistaken, we had a bit of a racing

crowd with us on the up run as they call it – lekker but

different.

We found a riverbed section that we managed to miss

on the down ride – wow – cool fun – leave a dust gap.

I’m not going to bore you all with a day to day account,

it was more of the same – just – backwards, and really

quite different. The passes that we rode down, we now

rode up –and to be frank, bar the obvious, it actually

felt like a whole new ride a lot of the time. Once again

an incredible adventure – well executed and fun, just

switch off your race face and enjoy. I have ridden a lot

– even in places like the Kalahari up north and the Tuli

block in Botswana – but I have never been as hot and

uncomfortable as I was on the section from Majuba

Mountain to Standerton. It must have been 38 degrees

with the wind howling and blowing bikes and quads

alike around. Crazy stuff and the roads felt endless.

There were constant reminders about fire hazards and

I noticed that most people did pay attention, the few

people that I did see smoking stood on wide gravel

roads in order to avoid any unwanted sparks.

Suddenly the last day dawned. We were sad that it

was almost over – but glad to be getting home to my

own bed. The last leg went by in a blur, mud, rivers

all in reverse and suddenly in the distance were the

distinctive spires of Carnival City.

This time they were ready for us – we came round a

corner – and there under the trees was a bakkie load

of refreshments. Wow! We had done it.

It’s not a race, but there is a real sense of

achievement. I have to say a word about some of my

fellow riders:

To the people in wheelchairs who took part – it was

great to have you there you are an inspiration.

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To the kids who rode – well done, when I saw how grown adults were

battling along, you guys did a great job.

To the team who looked after us on this epic adventure. I have seldom

seen such a slick event, it is easy to understand why it is so popular.

I can only begin to imagine how much effort goes into running an

enormous ride of this nature. Your team was amazing – thank you!

Once most of the people arrived under the trees, we fired up for the

last 100metres in. It was pretty emotional crossing the road outside

Carnival following two quadriplegics in those ginormous side by

sides. I have to admit that I almost lost my composure when I saw

people in wheelchairs lining the entrance to see us in and to say

hello. It brought home to us what this event is actually all about –

and the hot dusty roads were forgotten in the euphoria of a sense

of achievement.

But it was not quite over yet – the music was booming away and we

were called up to the stage. Speeches of congratulations from two

guys in wheelchairs who had ridden with us. Wow! That’s all there

is to say.

I was touched to see people coming up to stage to hand over left

over fuel money, one of the local riding clubs collected money – and

the team from the adventure company handed across a cheque for a

cool 500k. Amazing!

To everyone I met, everyone I rode with, everyone who stopped to

say hi, thank you. This was a lifetime experience for me. I hope to be

back. Soon.

And to the noisy guy who kept chirping about the KTM’s (I think he

was on a Yamaha), you guys do a sterling job, you’ll be seeing a bit

more of me, hopefully with a few mates I’ll bring a tow rope along

for you…

Keep well. Thank you.

Some event donations:

• 5 donated wheelchairs into the community – to the Rudman family,

Round table Ballito

• A colour printer to a junior school. Thank you to brother copiers

and Mustek LTD.

• A fire fighting unit into the Inkwelo community. Money from entry

fees.

• About 1000 soccer balls and tennis balls with funds from parmelat

and The Adventure Company.

• 600 stationary packs courtesy of Bidvest Waltons stationers.

• Loads of extra stationary from span Harde Baarde…

• R600 000 to QASA

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RACING

Written by Laren van der Westhuizen.

Photos by Brodalka Photography.

TEARING UP TEZA

Once a year, MX riders in South Africa

head to a motocross track second to

none, TEZA.

Just north of Richards Bay, this

amazing track is set in the rolling hills

of Kwambonambi and is continuously

voted the best track in SA by riders

and spectators alike. A drought in the

area has made it tough for track owner

Leon van Eeden to prep the track to the

high levels we have come to expect, but

somehow still managed a magnificent

job to keep the dust down.

The 50cc class continued to produce

great racing and had one of the biggest

fields on the day. In practice, it looked

like Wian Du Plooy would be the man

to beat, but when the time sheets were

posted, it was clear that the fastest man

on track was James Thompson. James

would convert that speed in practice

into 2 holeshots and 2 wins. His smooth

easy riding style bodes well for a great

future. The battles would all be behind

James between championship leader,

Ace Raynard

Emmanuel Bako and 2nd place rider,

Wian DuPlooy. The 2 riders would swop

positions in the 2 heats and finished tie

on points for the day. Bako would claim

the 2nd courtesy of a better 2nd heat.

Lucca Mynhardt was 4th and Willem

Hough was 5th.

The MX2 class were the first on the

BIG track and with Maddy Malan only

needing a few points to secure the

championship, the question would

be how would he face the day. Kerim

Fitzgerald got the holeshot in heat 1.

Soon, he had the 2 big guns for Yamaha

on his tail, Neville Bradshaw and

championship leader Maddy Malan. In

true Kerim style, he proved to be a very

difficult man to beat when he is leading

and was able to hold on for a great win.

Neville held on for 2nd and Maddy was

3rd. Maddy did however hurt his ankle

during the race but only needing a 10th in

heat 2 to win the title, he could afford to

relax. Tristan Purdon finished heat 1 the

strongest and after a bad start was able

to fight to 4th right behind his teammate,

Maddy Malan. In heat 2, Neville Bradshaw

got to the front early and Tristan Purdon

got a much better start in 2nd. They

would stay in that order to the finish line.

Despite a sore ankle, Maddy was in 3rd

for most of the race. Only needing a 10th

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to take the title, he was happy to sit there.

A small crash 2 laps before the end, had

everybody worried, but he was able to

remount and finish 5th behind Kerim and

Ant Raynard. This was enough for the title.

The Pro-mini class has been very

competitive between 5 riders this year

and it is coming down to the wire between

3 of them, namely Cameron Durow, Slade

Smith and Seth Van Den Abeele. Cameron

Durow dominated the first half of the

season, with Slade Smith starting to do

all the winning on the back of the season.

Seth has been the consistent rider

without any DNF’s, but is a little back in

3rd after throw aways. Slade was around

4 seconds quicker than anyone else in

practice and continued his dominance

in the race with 2 wins. Slade knows he

has to win all 4 of the last heats to win

the title and with 2 out of 4 so far, the

pressure is back on early championship

leader Durow, who bravely rode with an

injured arm at Teza. Cameron finished

2nd and 3rd for 3rd overall and Seth had

a strong outing in heat 2 to finish 2nd

overall. This championship will be great

to watch at the last round.

The 85 junior class was once again all

about Dalton Venter. He won both heats and

has just about sewed up the championship.

Justin Sangster has really improved

through the year and a solid 2nd for the

day makes the race for 2nd in the champs

really close between him and Camden

McLellan who managed to finish 3rd.

The MX3’s was all about Ian Topliss and

has already sewn up the title. Ian won both

heats from James Van Staden who makes

a welcome return to national MX. Rod

Bergstrom proved you are never too old for

MX, with an awesome 3rd place overall.

The ladies class was a battle royale.

Nanda Swiegers, Toni Jardine

(championship leader) and Brittany

Cuthbert were going all out in the front.

In heat one, it came down to the line

between Nanda and Britt. Nanda was able

to win. Toni was back in 3rd, but was doing

enough to secure the title. In heat 2, Nanda

couldn’t hold off Brittany and with a win in

heat 2 for Cuthbert, she won the overall.

Nanda was 2nd and the 3rd for Toni Jardine

was enough to secure the title.

There was a strong field of Senior

Support class riders and was won by Cam

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Sacha Naude MX 1

Neville Bradshaw MX 1

The start of MX 2 with

Maddy Malan(57) and

Johan Vogelesang (18)

Thompson. Top off-road rider, Louw Schmidt was 2nd

and Rodney Odendaal was 3rd.

The 65cc class saw Camden McLellan qualify 4

seconds quicker than the rest. He was able to win both

heats and secure the 65cc title for a 2nd year in a row.

Jono Mlimi was 2nd, but it was the battle for 3rd that

has interested the people of late. 2 emerging riders

from Swaziland have been battling it out and Blake

Young coming away with a 3rd overall. Ike Klaasen

from Cape Town was 4th, just ahead of another Swazi

rider, Dylan Kirk, who had a great ride in heat 2. The 2

Swazi riders will be hot favourites in 2016.

The MX1 class had become a tight affair at the top

of the leader board, between Kerim Fitzgerald and

Sacha Naude. Kerim bolted out of the start in heat

1 and held off a charge from Sacha Naude and from

Neville Bradshaw through the 20min heat. In heat

2, Kerim got a big gap in the first 2 laps, as his main

rivals all got bad starts. Neville fought back to 2nd

again and David Goosen finished 3rd. With Sacha only

finishing 4th, this left him a little back in the points

going to the final round. This class has been really

competitive and we can’t wait till the final round to

declare a winner.

The High School class saw a new winner in 2015.

Justin Thompson freshly back from the USA, showed

what he has learnt there, with a flawless display of

mistake free riding. The championship contenders

had to fight it out for 2nd, with Charl van Eeden

winning that battle and now heads into the final

round tie on points with Yamaha rider, Dirco Van Der

Westhuizen. Josh Mlimi came off worst with bike

issues in heat 2 and will have to hope for a small twist

of fate in the last round to take the title. It will be hard

and aggressive for sure as these kamikaze pilots

battle for pride and a title.

The national was one of the hottest and most testing

of the year. None the less, the track was as fun as

ever and will remain a favourite for the riders.

Tristan Purdon MX 2

70 NOVEMBER 2015

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2015

NATIONAL OFF-ROAD

CHAMPIONSHIP

NERVE WRACKING

FINALE

Words Elza thiart / Pics: All photos by Daniel Darrah www.gophoto.co.za

Kenny Gilbert OR 1 champ.

Bollie van Rooyen Senior champ.

The final two rounds of

the TOTPAK National Offroad

Motorcycle and Quad

Championships, the BC 400,

turned out to be a proper test for

riders and their racing equipment

while the area from Brandvlei

Cellars, the venue from where

the racing took place, tested

competitors even further.

Yes, blistered hands, sore bodies

and hammered racing machines

were proof that the two BC

400 events will go down as the

hardest of the 2015 season.

Both days counted separately and

each day started with a time-trial

of between 50 and 55 kilometres

that determined the starting

order for the 300 km race.

Looking back, there were four

victories and three national

championship titles for

Proudly Bidvest Yamaha. In the

motorcycle category, Kenny

Gilbert secured the OR1 (Open)

championship with a victory

and a second place while Brett

Swanepoel claimed the OR3 title

by taking his fourth victory on

Thursday. Denzil Torlage won

the Master Class on both days

(he only started competing in the

national series from the third

round, but finished the season in

fourth place).

In the quad category, Brian

Baragwanath could not finish the

first day (engine problems) and

a second place on Saturday (he

started the race late due to a few

mechanical problems that kept

him busy) secured him his second

consecutive National Q1 title.

In the nail biting OR1 battle

(bikes), the class leader, Michael

Pentecost (Kargo Racing Yamaha)

had to settle for the second place

in the championship – only one

point behind Gilbert – after he

could not finish the second day.

Ross Branch (Brother Leader

Tread KTM) had problems on the

first day, but won on Saturday

to claim the third place for the

season while his team-mate,

Louwrens Mahoney, walked away

with a second and third place after

an exciting handle bar banging

race with Gilbert on Thursday.

Team Brother Leader Tread KTM

scored five wins and two titles

at Worcester. Louw Schmidt

won the OR2 (250cc) title after

adding two more victories to

his previous three this year

while two more wins for Juan

‘Bollie’ van Rooyen secured him

his second consecutive Senior

Class Championship title. Jarryd

Coetzee (he was injured on

the first day, but still finished

as the runner-up in the OR3

championship) and Tyron Miller

(he fell on the second day), had

a mixture of results with both

claiming a podium at the BC 400.

There were also good results

for the D&H Engineering Works

Yamaha team. Jaycee Nienaber

struggled with suspension issues,

but two more finishes saw him

finishing as the runner-up in the

OR2 championship with his teammate,

Roan Lindsay, finishing

the season in third place despite

breaking his wrist earlier this

year. Darren Macleod finished

the season in third place after

scoring two more great podium

results (third).

The Cape rider, David Ellis

(Eddy2Race Husqvarna) claimed

an OR2 podium (he was third on

Saturday) while the consistent

Shaun Mostert (KTM) finished

fourth for the season.

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Brett Swanepoel OR3 Champ.

Louw Schmit OR2 champ.

Martin Poole 2nd in

masters champs.

A second and fourth place for Dean Lindsay secured

him the runner-up position in the extremely

competitive High School Class Championship.

The OR3 title battle between Swanepoel and Coetzee

was settled on Thursday, but behind them, more great

racing took place. Charan Moore (Yamaha) followed

his second place (on Thursdsay) up with a victory

on the second day while the Cape riders, Wilhelm

Schonfeldt (Helderberg Yamaha) and Devan Marais

(Yamaha) impressed their home crowd with exciting

racing. They swopped fourth and fifth places during

the two days.

Anything could’ve still happened in the Senior Class

Championship. *Team Bert Smith All Stars Racing

Powered by RAD KTM’s Kobus Jonck claimed two

runner-up results with his team-mate, Pieter Holl,

as well as Wayne Farmer (Roost KTM / EC Security),

who was leading the class, also getting a chance on

the podium. Jonck finished as the runner-up in the

title chase with the consistent Farmer (the only one to

complete all the races) third after he had to drop his

worst set of results.

The race took its toll on the Master Class competitors

where only three managed to start the second day.

Behind Torlage, Martin Poole (Yamaha) also claimed

two podium results, but the title went to Ian Venter

(KTM Centurion Liqui Moly Racing) who crashed, but

still finished seventh on Thursday. Bert Smith Racing’s

Leon Gerber as well as the Cape’s Martin Lourens

(Yamaha) also finished on the podium at the BC 400.

A Cape youngster, Calvin Wiltshire (Yamaha) surprised

the ‘regulars’ in the High School Class by winning

both days with another local rider, Shannon Ackerman

(Yamaha) also finishing on the podium on Saturday. The

defending champion and class leader, Eduan Bester

(KTM Centurion Liqui Moly Racing) had mechanical

problems on Thursday, but finished fourth and a

second place on Saturday secured him the national

title. Erhardt Beukes (VAN’s Racing Division KTM) also

scored a podium result while Lindsay’s team-mate,

Adriano Catalano, finished in the top five at both events

despite experiencing some mechanical problems.

Ruan Merry (KTM) and Riaan Prinsloo (Yamaha) took

a Silver Class Challenge victory each, but the title

went to Nicholas Mauerberger (Barnard Vervoer

Racing Yamaha) who showed real determination after

a crash to finish both days. The Cape’s Leslie Holmes

(Husqvarna) finished third after both days.

Mauerberger’s team-mate, Taye Perry (KTM) won

the Ladies Class on both days and was followed by

motocross racer, Natasha Rugani (Yamaha).

In the quad category, Stefan Swanepoel (Yamaha

Raptor) won Q1 on the first day, but a broken axle on

Saturday saw his title chase slipping away. He still

finished as the runner-up behind Baragwanath. André

Park (Yamaha) followed a DNF (Did Not Finish) on

Thursday up with his first national victory on Saturday

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2015

NATIONAL OFF-ROAD

CHAMPIONSHIP

Brian Baragwanath

- Q1 Champ.

George Twigge -

senior champ.

Liezel Barnard

combined ladies

champ.

to secure a third place in the championship standings.

Both Damien Lee (Honda) and Jaco Moller (Extreme ATV

Tzaneen Yamaha) stepped on to the podium on Thursday

before they had to call it a day on the last day due to

mechanical problems.

Cape rider, Joshua Schenk (Yamaha) was the only other

Q1 finisher during the two days.

Paul dos Santos (Yamaha) was the only Senior Class rider

to finish both days and secured his second place in this

championship while Rick van Tonder (Honda) finished his

first race for the season on Thursday when he finished

third after a very long day in the saddle. The Garies rider,

Anton van den Berg (Suzuki) won this class on the first

day, but only competed in the Western Cape Regional

Championship on Saturday.

There were lots of ‘tactics’ in the Master Class where

George Twigge (Yamaha) claimed two more wins and a

second consecutive National Master Class title. Local

rider, Clive Crouse (Helderberg Yamaha) finished second

on both days with Roxy dos Santos (Suzuki) and Peter

Walter (Yamaha) both also visiting the podium. Milton

Thesen (Thesens Generators Yamaha) and his team-mate,

Roger Barnes (at 70 he is the oldest national competitor)

both completed both races with Tony dos Santos (Yamaha)

and Innes Moolman (Yamaha) completing one race.

The Cape was not good for George Michaelides (Yamaha)

who was second in the standings at one stage. He could

not finish any of the BC 400 races and dropped to sixth in

the championship points.

The youngsters in the High School Class showed great

sportsmanship with Ryno Trichardt (Yamaha) towing

in Keenan Hammon (KTM) during the time-trial on the

first day. Hammon took the victory on both days and

claimed the title with Trichardt finishing second for the

season after a runner-up result on Thursday (mechanical

problems prevented him from finishing the second day).

Ruan Stander (Yamaha) survived various mechanical

issues (a broken axle on the first day and starter problems

on the second day to mention but a afew), but he

persevered to finish both days on the podium. He is third

for the year.

In the Ladies Quad Class, the Namibian Julia Moths

(Yamaha) won on Thursday, but she could unfortunately not

follow that up with another result. Liezel Barnard (Barnard

Vervoer Can-Am) followed a second place on Thursday up

with a victory while Wilmari Moller (Extreme ATV Tazneen

Honda) also finished on the podium (Saturday) despite

being bruised after crashing on the first day.

Barnard also claimed her second consecutive national

title as the winner of the Combined Ladies Champion. This

is only the second time in the history of the national offroad

bike/quad championship that a SA National Ladies

Champion is being crowned – last year was the first time!

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2015

OR3 CHAMPIONSHIP

WINNER

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2015

NATIONAL OFF-ROAD

CHAMPIONSHIP

TOUGH RACING FOR

YOUNG CHAMPIONS

Words Elza thiart / Pics: Eugene from dwsphotovideo.com

Armand fourie 85cc junior title winner.

Kyle Wiltshire won the 85cc class.

After a year where a national offroad

championship did not exist

for junior motorcycle and quad

competitors, this year’s Raslouw

Academy Junior National

Championship was concluded

with the fifth round that took

place at the Brandvlei Cellars

outside Worcester.

The BC Juniors formed the fifth

and final round of the series that

started at Rysmierbult in the

Ventersdorp area from where

competitors travelled to Mooi

River in KwaZulu-Natal for the

second round and then to Stella

in the Kalahari for an extremely

cold round three. They tackled the

Bushveld at Louis Trichardt in the

Limpopo Province for round four

before rounding the season off in

the Western Cape.

Only the 65cc Class championship

had been settled before this race

with motocross rider, Hayden

Tully, winning the off-road title

and four victories. He did however

not race in the Cape due to an

injury. Quite a few Western Cape

riders, who had not competed

in the national series this year,

entered in the national class

for their ‘local’ race, but it was

Johannesburg’s Kyle Branson

(RAD Junior Racing KTM) who

walked away with his first win for

the season. This result secured

him his runner-up result in the

standings. The Cape’s Stefan

Zybrands (KTM) was second

followed by two more Cape

riders, Tristan Hedgecock (KTM)

and Matthew Nel Jackson (KTM).

Banie Barnard Jnr (Barnard

Vervoer Husqvarna) fell, but a

fifth place in the Cape meant a

solid third place in the standings

for the year.

In the Junior 85cc Class, local

Cape rider, Kyle Wiltshire

(Yamaha) took the victory in his

first national off-road for 2015. He

was followed by Armand Fourie

(RAD Junior Racing KTM) and

two more Cape riders, Etienne

Zybrands (KTM) and Chelsea-

Rose Droomer (Yamaha).

Unfortunately a few riders got

somewhat lost. Matthew Wilson

(KTM) was one of them, but

after winning the first two races

and scoring two more podium

results, he finished the season in

secone place behind Fourie who

claimed the title. Willie Botes

(Barnard Vervoer KTM) won the

previous two races and finished

the season in third place despite

a disappointed BC Junior event

while Heinrich Aust (KTM), who

only started racing from the

second event and score three

podium results this season,

finished fourth despite also not

having any luck in the Cape.

In the Senior 85cc Class, Stefan

van Deventer (Pa Ma Racing

KTM) took his fourth consecutive

win to win his second Junior

National Off-road Championship

title (he is also a former Junior

65cc Champion). He was followed

by Ryan Pelser (RAD Junior

Racing KTM) who also finished

the season in second place

while an eighth place for Barend

Pretorius (KTM) – he ended up on

the wrong route in the Cape, but

finished the race – was enough

for him to clinch the third place in

the championship.

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2015

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CHAMPIONSHIP

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Kyle Branso won

the 65cc class.

Cape riders Dean Gouws (KTM) and Troy Sullivan (KTM)

did their home crowd proud by finishing third and fourth

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