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16. 2016 BIKES:

TRIUMPH & DUCATI

24. COVER TEST:

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30. FIRST RIDE:

KUBOTA SXS

Editor: Roley Foley

It’s the silly season - here goes!

34. FEATURE:

BMW MOTORRAD DAYS

42. FEATURE:

REDBULL SEA TO SKY

While I was working as a store Santa, a boy asked me for a

dirtbike. “If you get your dirtbike,” I told him, “your dad is

going to want to play with it too. Is that all right?”

The boy became very quiet. So, moving the conversation

along,

I asked, “What else would you like Santa to bring you?”

He promptly replied, “Another dirtbike.”

As a little girl climbed onto Santa’s lap, Santa asked the

usual, “And what would you like for Christmas?” The child

stared at him open mouthed and horrified for a minute,

then gasped, “Didn’t you get my E-mail?”

I once bought my kid a set of batteries for Christmas with a

note on it saying “Toys not included.”

Q: What do you get if you cross Santa with a duck?

A: A Christmas quacker!

Q: What’s the most popular Christmas wine?

A: ‘I don’t like Brussels sprouts!’

Q: What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations?

A: Tinsilitis!

-Got my wife a wooden leg for Christmas.

-Not her main present, it’s just a stocking filler.

Patient: Doctor, Doctor I’m scared of Santa

Doctor: You’re suffering from Claus-trophobia.

And the last one...

Q: What is a lion’s favorite Christmas carol?

A: Jungle Bells.

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NEWS

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SSS Racings Mud Pax

Combo Special:

With Christmas around the corner they have lost of

combo’s on special. Check out their advert in the

magazine with all the combo’s available. Mud Pax

Combo as an awesome Christmas gift for only R400.

You get x1 helmet bag, X1 kit bag and a choice of x2

Xlube products to choose from (340ml tyre inflator,

400ml air filter cleaner, 400ml air filter oil, 400ml

chain cleaner or 400ml chain lube). These specials

are only available while stock last. Email your order

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

1666 or Yolanda 078 205 4651

GPS 4 Africa now Arai

concept store:

GPS 4 AFRICA in Centurion is the first ARAI

CONCEPT STORE in South Africa and now officially

stock all ARAI helmets of both the road and the

dirt variety, with the ARAI demo “RIDE B4 U BUY”

system fully operational. They also have a full

service “Walk in & Wait” Ari service centre , so you

can have your lid cleaned or adjusted while you

enjoy a cup of java or browse the impressive store.

Full selection of adventure and GPS equipment just

waiting for a spot under your Christmas tree.

Tel: 012 665 2830 / 012 665 2133

New Honda wing

Zambesi store:

Llewellyn Chipps, the Honda super

salesman called us to let us know

whats crackalacking at the busy Honda

dealership in Montana, Pretoria. They

have the full selection of delectable

Honda Dirtbikes and superbikes on the

floor. Great store, great vibe.

1101 Sefako Makgatho Dr, Pretoria,

0159 012 523 9500

On the sales floor: Llewellyn Chipps,

Fanie Schultz, Kobus Jacobs

In the workshop: The very qualified

Braam Duvenage and Tapiso Makazula.

The EZ Rack

loading system:

This is a bit different from similar

products that we have seen in that it

actually tilts – so no need for a bolt on

ramp – you take a run up and load your

bike one time, single handed no fuss.

Very innovative – but only suited to bigger

vehicles with proper tow bars!! Looks

very solid and well designed. The EZ

rack website only has the bicycle stuff

at the moment, but it will be upgraded

next week to incorporate the Bike rack

as well.

www.ezrack.co.za.

orders@ezrack.co.za.

EZ Rack 0828765923

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NEWS

Extreme machine news,

Pietermaritzburg.

Kawasaki Motorcycles South Africa has

appointed Extreme Machines at 201 Greyling

Street, Pietermaritzburg as an official service

centre for Kawasaki motorcycles and quads.

Extreme Machines, already a full dealer for

Aeon and Sym products, can now service and

repair Kawasaki products without affecting the

manufacturer’s warranty.

The Pietermaritzburg motorcycle shop was

selected as a service centre for Kawasaki after

the long-standing and fondly remembered

Kawasaki dealership, The Motorcycle Centre,

sadly closed down some months ago. Extreme

Machines workshop manager, Mervin

Koekemoer, was until he moved to Extreme

Machines five years ago, workshop manager

at The Motorcycle Centre, and spent 26 years

working on Kawasaki machines. A multiple

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KwaZulu-Natal motocross champion in the

‘70s he has always had a strong following in

Pietermaritzburg and the KZN Midlands and in

the last five years many riders whose Kawasakis

were out of warranty went to him at Extreme

Machines for servicing and repairs. With the

formal relationship that now exists with KMSA

he can now also service and repair machines

that are still under warranty and save customers

the 200 km round trip to the Durban dealership.

Anel Vlok, the owner of Extreme Machines, is

excited about the new situation. “We’ve bought

all the necessary Kawasaki-specific diagnostic

equipment and special tools, and the workshop

is undergoing a full revamp,” she says. “It’s

going well and the fact that we’re now part of

the official Kawasaki family is good for KMSA,

good for us, and most importantly, good for the

customer.”

Extreme Machines can be contacted on 033 394

2646.

Batt Holdings

distributors for STI

wheels in SA:

Batt Holdings is now the sole

distributor for STI Wheels & Tyres

in South Africa, the product will be

available from 1st December in South

Africa. STI Tyre & Wheel is a newer

brand name, but they have been

testing, developing, and manufacturing

tires and wheels for many years.

On the product-introduction side, they

have designed and delivered a wide

range of tyres, from the versatile Black

Diamond tyres to the Tech 4 sport

line to the Tech 2 MXC for off-road

motorcycles to the latest Outback Max

mud tyres.

On the wheel side of the market, from

12; 14; 15 & 17inch HD Alloy line that

includes the bold HD5 Beadlock’s for

today’s big-bore race Side x Sides, big

quads and UTVs.

These are top quality products whether

you are a weekend warrior or a pro

race pilot they say that they have a

wheel suitable for your needs and

vehicle.

For more info visit www.battholdings.

com or call 011 205 0216.

ATG Camp Sleeper:

Conrad tells us that this is one of the best travel

sleepers ever made! The ATG camp sleeper

offers the most comfort when a good night sleep

is of outmost importance. No need to go through

the day grumpy, sore and tired when you still

have to ride miles to your next destination. No

more deflated air mattresses –and it folds up

small – lightweight and compact…

Available at Offroad cycles (012) 333-6443

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2 nd Place

K15236

NEW

800

R149 500

R129 500

Now also

available in

“low” models

Now also

available in

“low” models

1200

R164 500

*

R139 500

*

*Contact your dealer for details.

Wherever the road, whatever the distance.

There is a Tiger to suit everyone. These motocycles are designed to deliver

whatever you want, no matter how you ride. On road or off, the new Tiger’s

manners, riding position, handling and responsive engines give the rider everything

required to enjoy every ride.

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TRAX

NEWS

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TRAX

Cool Oxford Stuff:

OXFORD X20 ADVENTURE STRAP-ON TANKBAG

BLACK OL230

Check out this Oxford tank bag for adventure-style

bikes. Easy to fit with a strap on base. It has a 20L

capacity and has an integrated sat nav/map holder.

Also converts into a backpack by zipping off the

base. R1900.00 Suggested

Retail.

Oxford cable repair Kit.

Used for the temporary

fix of broken cables. It

includes 2 coils of cable

and various solderless nipples

and supplied in a handy aluminium

storage tin. Perfect to store in your

bum bag…

R235.00 Suggested Retail

Multi faced brush for faster cleaning.

Here’s a good idea…

Keep your chain nice and clean with an

Oxford Chain Brush: Long bristles for

heavily soilded chains. Can prevent

premature wear and tear to chain with

regular use. Suitable for most chain sizes.

R235.00 Suggested Retail. Available from

dealers all over…

Trax KTM is

moving

The busy KTM dealer in Pretoria

is moving up the road (Solomon

Mahlangu) opposite MAKRO at the

end of November.Full story in the Jan

Bike Stands

at Biking

Accessories,

Pretoria:

Biking Accessories in Pretoria have

just unpacked a selection of tough,

issue, but it is bound to be a fantastic

showcase…

(New building across the road from

MAKRO)

P: +27 12 809 1670

C: +27 82 446 8852

riaan@traxktm.co.za

www.traxktm.co.za

reasonably priced dirt bike stands just

in time for Christmas...

3 different types are available:

Pop up with a shock for slow release

- R600.00

Pop-up - no shock R500.00

Tough aluminium stands R550.00

dealer enquiries are welcome.

Phone (012) 3426422/5

JT’s casual wear:

The guys from JT racing are about

to unpack a selection of their 2016

casual wear... very cool high end stuff,

all subtly branded.

It will hit stores in time for December.

www.xstreme.co.za

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NEWS

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Advertorial

Zambesi Auto BMW:

The dealership was established in October 2008, comprising of BMW New

Cars, BMW Premium Selection (Used Cars) , Approved Repair Centre

(Approved BMW Panel Shop), and BMW Motorrad.

In 2011, the MINI franchise was added to the group, and shortly thereafter a

dedicated BMW M division (one of only 3 in the world) was also established.

Last year Zambesi Auto built a dedicated Vehicle Delivery Centre on the

premises. The centre, which is run by an enthusiastic Customer Relations

Team, is responsible for delivering all New and Used Motor Vehicles and

Motorcycles to all customers that purchases a vehicle from the group. The

dealership is focused on delivering exceptional customer satisfaction. For

this reason, we are focused on ensuring that every vehicle and motorcycle

delivery is an extraordinary and memorable event. A delivery at Zambesi

Auto is therefor a 5 star experience and occasion not to be missed!

We are delighted that in October this year, we were appointed as a BMW i

Dealer. The result of all of this is that many visitors have commented on the

fact that “a visit to Zambesi Auto feels like a visit to a BMW City”.

Focusing on BMW Motorrad, we are very proud of the fact that we are

currently ranked amongst the Top Three BMW Motorrad dealerships in the

country.

The dealership sells New and Used BMW Motorcycles, services and

repairs BMW Motorcycles, sells Parts and Accessories and also has a

devoted Rider Gear department that carries a full range of the latest BMW

Rider Gear and Lifestyle products. An in house Finance and Insurance

Department ensures that any finance needs are catered for on the

premises.

The enthusiastic team at Zambesi Motorrad support the philosophy

of Zambesi Auto in ensuring that we are attentive to the needs and

requirements of all our customers. The nature of the purchase, as well as

the general atmosphere within the dealership ensures that most of our

customers become part of a greater “Zambesi Motorrad family “.

501 Breedt street, Montana gardens, Pretoria.

(012) 523-3600

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NEWS

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Wunderlich

Hybrid BMW

R1200GS LC With

Electric 2WD

BMW aftermarket parts specialist

Wunderlich really knows how to

promote itself. The German company

is known for its one-off machines

and concepts, some which have

tipped BMW’s hand when it comes to

new models. For a boutique German

brand, it is impressive that it is

known around the world.

So, it shouldn’t surprise us that

Wunderlich is grabbing headlines

once again, this time with an

intriguing concept: a two-wheel drive

BMW R1200GS that uses a hybrid

drivetrain with an electric frontend

that was developed with Italy’s

electric specialist Evolt.

Wunderlich calls its creation the

BMW R1200GS LC, and it features a

10 kW hub motor on its front wheel,

in addition to the GS’s boxer-twin

gas engine. The electric motor has

regenerative braking, which helps

charge its modest battery pack

(located under the front beak, to

our eye).

The front wheel motor is good

for roughly 12 mph when used

by itself, and can even go in

reverse – handy for when

you’re parking your nearly

600 lbs on a slope.

Like other two-wheel

drive off-roaders, namely

the bikes made by

Christini, the 2WD

system has advantages

when riding in the dirt,

namely that the frontwheel

drive can help pull

the motorcycle through

a turn, and add drive in slippery

conditions.

While the benefit is namely greater

for greener riders, we would

imagine that the Wunderlich system

would be a boon to a bike as heavy

as the BMW R1200GS when in the

thick stuff, no matter the rider’s

skill level.

We’re not sure how the 2WD

system knows how much power

to give and when, but the idea is

certainly a clever addition of a future

technology. Now, the big question is:

how long will it take before we see a

brand like BMW or KTM adopt it?

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Trade Enquiries Welcome

Contact us for your nearest stockist

Tel: 011 708 5905/06

Fax: 086 602 6391

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Arai helmets:Spoil your partner, or family with a top of the line Arai Helmet. Absolute

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them to the restaurant, wear them on your motorcycle.

Style, comfort, protection. The only jeans in the world with Covec, the

most protective abrasion resistant lightweight fabric on the planet -

and even in space. As used by NASA..

Optimate charger:

Keep your bikes battery fresh while you are on holiday.

Optimate chargers keep your battery in tip top condition and will save

neglected, deep discharged batteries other smart chargers can’t!”

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DNA Airfilters:

Imagine getting a lifetime airfilter as a gift. One of our lot gave his Mrs one and she did not quite appreciate it as much as we thought

- but WHAT A GIFT! the only motorcycle air filter in the world with a lifetime guarantee. Washable - 67.7 percent more filtration area.

More horsepower, better filtration and fuel efficiency... the last air filter that you will ever need to buy.

Pirelli tyre combo’s:

Scorpion trail 1 for your Adventure bike / Angel GT’s for your road bike / Diablo Rosso Corsa’s for your super bike.

Scorpion XC32 mid-soft for your MX bike (19 and 21 inch combo’s)

Bikewise accessories:

Puncture repair kits and replacement CO2 canisters / Tie Downs / Bike Covers / Cargo Nets / Motorcycle bolt and

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THE NEW TRIUMPH TIGER EXPLORER RANGE

CHOOSE EPIC.

UPDATES ON A FAVOURITE

The new Tiger Explorer family has been

conceived, designed and built to deliver

the ultimate transcontinental adventure

motorcycle for every adventure rider.

The new Triumph Explorer range is

divided into two distinct model variants

- the XR series, designed and optimised

to deliver the ultimate on-road ride,

and the XC series is designed to excel

off-road. Both the XR and XC models

are more than capable of performing in

either environment. The range-topping

Explorer XCa and Explorer XRt models

offer an unprecedented level of equipment

and technology to provide a motorcycle

completely prepared for any adventure –

no matter the distance or destination.

All models, from the range-entry Explorer

XR and Explorer XC through to the top

tier XCa and XRt, feature a 1215cc triple

engine, unique in the large capacity

adventure segment, delivering its power

through a final shaft drive. The triple

engine’s power is delivered smoothly and

progressively across the rev and speed

ranges through its linear torque curve. A

torque-assisted clutch makes the clutch

action incredibly light, in turn making both

long distances and stop-start urban riding

less demanding on the rider. The engine

performance is also enhanced through

a new exhaust system, with a distinctive

resonant note.

The new Tiger Explorer features a host of

technological upgrades with a particular

emphasis on state-of-the-art active

technology to ensure superb stability and

control.

These features include:

• Triumph Semi-active Suspension

• Corner optimised switchable ABS and

Traction Control

• The introduction of Rider Modes,

including a rider programmable mode

• Hill Hold control

The new Tiger Explorer’s overall

performance is given a new level of

dynamism through the use of WP

adjustable suspension on the two entry

level models. The other four models

feature the ground-breaking Triumph

Semi Active Suspension system. This

allows the rider to electronically control

the adjustment of the front and rear

suspension damping, automatically

adapting the rear shock absorber preload

settings to reflect the terrain being

covered and providing optimal grip and

drive in any situation.

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To give the rider the handling, control and response

they want to negotiate well-made roads and broken

terrain in all conditions, the Tiger Explorer offers as

standard multi-channel switchable ABS and traction

control on the entry level XR and XC models. The

other four variants come with cornering-optimised

ABS and traction control, to ensure superb stability

even when approaching the most challenging apex.

The Explorer XCx, XCa, XRx and XRT all feature an

Inertial Measurement Unit that, through a series

of strategically positioned sensors, monitors

and responds to the bike’s movement status,

calculates the lean angle of the bikes and uses

this measurement to ensure greater stability by

optimising the performance of the ABS and traction

control systems.

Add to this the choice of up to five different Rider

Modes – four which are pre-set and one which can

be programmed by the rider – which alters the

configuration of the bike to suit riding style, road and

weather conditions.

Additionally the new Hill Hold Control feature

prevents the motorcycle rolling back when

attempting to set off on a steep incline – particularly

beneficial when the motorcycle is fully-loaded or

carrying a passenger.

A new engine with more power, improved handling,

rider and active rider-focused technology packaged

in a family of bikes with a contemporary look and

style that are distinctly their own. Featuring sharp

new lines giving a stylish and muscular look and

combining to deliver enhanced rider and passenger

thermal comfort. Additionally all models introduce

a first-in-class electrically adjustable screen that

allows the rider to constantly tailor aero protection

and comfort whilst riding.

The new Triumph Tiger Explorer range, with its

choice of specifications and switchable, selectable

and programmable features, is a range of bikes that

allows riders to tailor their desired adventure, to go

anywhere and everywhere from the daily commute

to the corners of the earth.

Triumph South Africa will only import the Explorer

XC models as our South African consumers have

a strong preference for spoke wheeled adventure

motorcycles. The first shipment is expected early in

April 2016. Full local test to come then.

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DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1200 ENDURO

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If Ferrari said it would never build an SUV, the Ferrari of motorbikes, Ducati, is doing just that with this new

However, the Italians are quick to point

Multistrada 1200 Enduro - the company’s first maxi-enduro tourer.

out that no compromise on Ducati’s style

and technology has been made. The new

motorcycle has been built specifically to

handle the stress of off-road riding, while

continuing to offer the ride quality and

fun you would expect from a Ducati.

Its ability to cruise over a multitude of

surfaces makes the Ducati Multistrada

1200 Enduro perfect for long-distance

adventures due to its electronic semiactive

Sachs suspension both front and

rear, and a high-capacity 30-liter fuel

tank. This last

feature enables the Multistrada 1200

Enduro to travel up to 280 miles (450

kilometers) on a full tank of gas, which

will prove very useful in remote locations

where fuel is harder to come by.

And the Multistrada 1200 Enduro will

be perfectly capable of reaching those

locations. It comes with a spoked 19” front

wheel and 17” rear wheel, a hard-wearing

Multistrada 1200 frame coupled with a

twin-sided swingarm. The new Ducati

maxi-enduro is

powered by the 160 hp tried-and-tested

Ducati Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic

Variable Timing) engine and is fitted with

a new exhaust system. The “Multistrada”

part of the name is reflected in the Riding

Mode technology that allows the rider to

choose from Enduro, Touring, Sport and

Urban modes, virtually transforming the

1200 Enduro into a 4-in-1 motorcycle.

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The Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro is also equipped with a host

of electronic aids, of which the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)

distinguishes itself. Built by Bosch, this feature dynamically

measures pitch and roll angles as well as acceleration along

the three axes, which adds to the motorcycle’s performance and

safety standards.

The list of three-lettered acronyms extends further with

DCL (cornering lights), DTC (Ducati traction control), DWC

(Ducati wheelie control), DSS (the semi-active Ducati Skyhook

suspension with 200 mm of wheel travel), and VHC (vehicle hold

control, a first for Ducati).

The Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro comes in three colors

(Ducati Red, Phantom Grey and Star White Silk), but further

personalization is available via the Ducati Performance accessory

catalogue by Touratech, including the four Enduro, Touring, Sport

and Urban packages.

Arriving early 2016. Pricing starting from R242 900.

www.ducati.co.za

2016 Ducati

Multistrada Enduro Highlights:

• Ducati Testastretta DVT engine

• Inertial Measurement Unit(IMU) by Bosch

• Bosch-Brembo ABS9.1ME Cornering braking system

• Electronic cruise control

• Riding Modes

• Ducati Multimedia System (DMS)

• Ride-by-Wire Power Modes (PM)

• Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC)

• Ducati Traction Control (DTC)

• Vehicle Hold Control (VHC)

• Sachs semi-active electronic suspension (front and rear):

Ducati Skyhook Suspension

• (DSS) Evolution system

• Full LED headlight with Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL)

• Dashboard with full-TFT5” color screen

• Center stand

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2016 KAWASAKI KX450F

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What’s green, got lotsa muscle and loses its temper when

you give it stick? The Hulk! Yup, him too, but the 2016

KX450F is just the same.

We featured an international report

on this bike two issues back, but

we were actually the last South

African publication to swing our

leg over this newcomer and we got to take it out

to the famous Chestnut MX park on a balmy

(read 35 degree) Gauteng summer day.

This is good – and bad. Bad because it’s been

everywhere – good because it’s properly run in

and we were not too concerned about revving it

and also about scuffing a brand new bike.

When we got to the track, we were pleased to

see them busy with an earth mover undertaking

some maintenance. Chestnut is a great MX

track – clean toilets and decent facilities,

including a little tuck shop on the weekends.

The track is flowing, not too tight with lots of

big jumps and berms – all pretty well designed

with safe landings. There are not thousands

of whoops – only a small section really – and

it would be lekker if they were a bit bigger. A

great track for riders of all skill levels.

This heatwave is incredible – the car told

us that it was 35 degrees, but the beauty of

sneaking out during the week means that we

got the track to ourselves – no dust to contend

with. But the surrounding farmlands tell a

bleak tale – dust devils chased each other

across ploughed fields – without a cloud to be

seen…

When you read our feature two months back,

we mentioned all the changes on the new

model – we won’t bore you by repeating all

of the detail, but at a glance, here’s what

Kawasaki has done to their newest track eater:

For 2016, Kawasaki has released an all-new

KX450F that is as close to a factory bike as you

can get. A new chassis, engine, suspension

settings, and bodywork are just a few of

the numerous improvements done to

the 2016 KX450F.

With the engine, Kawasaki’s

goals were to shave weight

and increase power.

Internally, highlights

include a new

throttle body,

piston, intake

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NEW CHASSIS AND BODYWORK

A slimmer, lighter, aluminum perimeter frame

contributes to more agile handling while a flatter

seat and new bodywork contribute to improved

rider movement and a championship fit.

right from the bottom to the top.

The oversized front disc does

wonders! Braking later and

harder is a lot more effortless,

the newly designed tank gives

the bike a much better centre of

weight , making the bike a lot more

balanced and gives you a smoother ride.

The weight drop on the new rear shock

and front forks is big bonus with power to

weight ratio. The new wider foot pegs are

awesome, giving you better control while

standing through rough sections.

port, intake valves,

and camshafts. Also

new are the exhaust and

cases, along with a revised air box

that flows more air into the engine

for added power. Kawasaki says the

improvements are aimed at increasing

mid- to top-end power and over-rev,

while also smoothing the power delivery.

The frame is also completely new. It

weighs 1.4 kilogrammes less than the

previous frame, and it’s slimmer—

by 6mm—to improve rider comfort.

Targeted changes to the frame spars

are said to improve the bike’s handling.

These changes, together with slimmer

bodywork, make the 2016 KX450F look

and feel drastically different than last

year – we’ll talk about that shortly.

There’s also an improved swingarm with

better torsional rigidity for increased

rear-wheel traction. And although the

Showa suspension isn’t new, the forks

both have new settings to match the

chassis. The fork has new thinner inner

tubes that save weight and increase

rigidity.

ON THE TRACK

We gave the bike to our resident MX racer

Will Sutherland who owned and raced

the previous model – and he had nothing

but praise for the improvements on the

new model.

Here is his opinion on the new bike.

Lighter, slimmer and easier to ride.

The new engine design has created a

smoother power delivery and feels strong

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The slimmer frame has made cornering

a breeze on the new machine, with the

radiators also at an angle makes the bike

feel a lot more slender and easier to hold

on when squeezing with the knees. The

launch control system has been improved

much better than the previous model.

I really battled with the first generation of

KYB SSF air forks, they were quite harsh

and we could never quite get them set up

right. The front end on this bike felt way

better – and we rode the bike as we got it.

The new mapping tool is fantastic, letting

you save up to 7 different map presets,

way better than the 3 plugs you got with

the older models. They have also added a

resonator to the header pipe which gives

the bike a smoother sound and also a

smooth power curve.

Kawasaki have done some homework and

have produced another real competitive

machine right off the show room floor!

A great bike to ride – right up with the best

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T H E K U B O T A R T V X 9 0 0

THE PRINCE

OF DEED

Pics Will Sutherland, Tristan and Kyle Foley.

It’s amazing how diverse the World

of off-road vehicles, whether on

two wheels or four, really is. One

minute we were charging around

some mealie fields in the fastest

off-road experience on the planet,

and the next we were making our

way majestically around similar

field at a stately 32km/h…..the top

speed of the new Kubota 4x4 diesel

utility vehicle.

For all that this 4 wheeler is just as

high tech and purpose built as any

terrain gobbling speedster. This

one is for heavy duty use on the

farm or construction site. It has the

sturdiest chassis ever built into a

side by side, and the simple reason

is that this is a work horse. For an

engine, Kubota offers its proven

four-stroke diesel technology in

the form of an 898cc three-cylinder

diesel engine that is liquid cooled.

In the RTV, this puts out up to

21 horsepower and buckets of

torque. Getting that power to the

ground is a VHT (variable hydro

transmission). Unlike a belt drive

this setup never freewheels. This

also means that engine braking

takes place till the moment the

machine stops. In fact, this braking

action is so effective you’ll hardly

ever use the brakes, though it does

have them. The RTV uses front and

rear enclosed wet-type disc brakes.

Being fully enclosed, they are not

affected by water or debris and

their performance is consistent. It

comes standard with four wheel

drive with diff lock, high and low

ratio and lots of other features

made to cope with working in tough

conditions where a conventional 4x4

bakkie would struggle. Although it

is unlikely to fall over as a result of

the driver speeding, there is always

the possibility of a terrain induced

mishap, in which case the driver

and his helper will be protected by a

massive roll cage and lap seatbelts.

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Everything on the Kubota is about being

practical and doing a tough job. The

steering is a power-assist setup so

turning pin to pin is easy and the tight

turning circle assists in weaving in and

out of obstacles.To get you over the

rough stuff, the front end suspension is

an independent MacPherson strut-type

while the rear is a semi-independent

DeDion axle with leaf springs and shock

absorber. The low-point on the unit is

the axle where you still get 8.5-inches of

clearance. Vital underside components

are tucked up high and any vulnerable

arrears have guards and shields. The

air-cleaner is situated high up in the

nose of the vehicle, as is the radiator and

the brake system. The engine is midmounted

with the battery right alongside

in a protected position. The driver and his

mate have large, somewhat upright seats

with lap-belts and lots of handles to hold

onto when the going gets rough.

The prime purpose of this side by side

is to carry heavy loads. It has a huge,

very robust “bak” behind the front seats,

which can be unlocked and manually

tilted. This means that if it has a heavy

load, the load will have to be removed

before the load bed can be tilted, which

seems to defeat the objective a bit. It

has a tailgate which can be lowered for

unloading or carrying long cargo like

poles. The chassis is strong enough to fit

a towbar, and despite the low top speed it

has more than enough power and torque

to pull a trailer.

It is very pleasant to drive, and is quiet

and comfortable. The exhaust note is

pleasant and low toned, and it is easy to

carry on a normal conversation in the

vehicle. It has a cigarette lighter type

power socket and powerful hand brake.

A special feature is the Noddy car hooter,

guaranteed to make anyone stepping in

front leap back in shock….although for

sure they will smile at the toy town beep!

An interesting standard feature, which

we discovered when changing a tyre after

getting a puncture (and there is no spare,

or wheel changing tools, on an almost

R300 000 vehicle) is that each wheel

is held on by two studs and two wheel

nuts. We are not sure why, but there it

is. We didn’t drive it in the dark, but the

headlights look modern and capable, with

halogen globes, so this workhorse should

be able to continue working after hours

as well. This is not a small machine

and it’s not suited for swamp crossings,

racing around sand pits or jumping

anything. It is not that kind of ATV. What it

is suited for is work, and lots of it.

The diesel Kubota should appeal to those

who need a tough load carrying vehicle in

places where space is an issue, perhaps

a farm where space and terrain dictates

that a small vehicle is needed, or perhaps

in a mine, factory or aircraft hanger.

One thing is for sure, this is not a toy for

leisure use.. It’s one tough mutha ready

to do a full days’ work and then more.

www.kubotasa.co.za / 011 284 2068

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A DAY TO

REMEMBER

BMW MOTORRAD DAYS CLARENS 2015

“From the 6th to the 8th of November 2015

will see Clarens transformed into a hub of

adrenaline and adventure, attracting all

motorcycle enthusiasts from all brands to the

picturesque town of Clarens for the Motorrad

Days music and motorcycle festival.”

“The event promises to have a festival

atmosphere with the hum of BMW motorcycle

engines setting the scene. There will be a full

line-up of music and motorcycle activities

such as test rides, freestyle performances by

world-renowned stunt rider, Mattie Griffin.

So don’t miss out on this opportunity to join

other motorcycle riders in saluting the iconic

Motorrad brand and lifestyle experience.”

MAKE LIFE A RIDE. Story by Kurt Beine

Germany has been hosting this event for 14 years, a BMW

Expo of note, where BMW showcases their amazing variety

of bikes and gear, this was the inaugural event for BMW

South Africa, Clarens in the Free State was the town of

choice, reasonably central from most main centres, and a

holiday/weekend destination of note.

After a great ride down on Saturday morning on my

old faithful 990 I arrived in Clarens, it was packed with

BMWs, parking was hard to find, even for a motorcycle,

after checking in at the Protea Hotel I went off exploring,

camera in hand, BMW had cordoned off the entire town

square. Just short of 2000 people were booked to see the

festivities of the weekend, which started on Friday, through

until Sunday. I’m sure there were many more, all sorts of

bike brands were evident, but BMW was the brand to beat,

all genres of BMW, GS being the most popular, RT, RS, GT,

GTL, you name them, they were there.

First to be seen in the Expo area was the entire range,

with jaw dropping discounts on each model if you signed

up right there, I think quite a few people went to just see

the expo, but walked away with a brand new bike, I know

of one such a person, I could hear the grin over the phone,

Joe, enjoy your GSA LC...

On the other side of the tent was the entire BMW clothing

range and accessories, from the adventure gear to the

new style of clothing designed around the BMW R NineT,

as well as the entire range of BMW helmets. Thereafter

I found more exhibits, Touratech had a large range of

goodies, adventure kit of note, their own bikes blinged to

the hilt, Wild@heart had an impressive range of adventure

accessories, Safari 4X4 were right next door, sporting an

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equally impressive array of adventure goodies, Victorinox,

famous for their Swiss Knives were there, this time with

their equally fantastic range of timepieces. Stander

Customs were there with a very unique motorcycle tie

down system on show, SBK Eyewear had some pretty trick

sunglasses available, and Indigosat also had very compact

tracking systems available.

The only way to quench the thirst I had worked up from

all these mouth-watering items was to visit the VIP tent,

snacks and drinks were the order of the day, BMW always

go large, this event was no exception.

Mattie Griffith, Street Bike Freestyle Rider of note, with a

highly modified BMW 800 (engine is stock standard) put

on a show 3 times a day, I was there just in time to see the

2nd show of the day, Mattie does things with a motorcycle

which are beyond belief, he does not ride it, he WEARS it...

To describe his antics would be very difficult, they just had

to be seen to be fully appreciated....

In the afternoon I took a ride down to the bottom of town,

BMW had a large range of bikes available for test rides

to Fouriesburg and back, the whole day was fully booked,

the bikes worked hard, this gave any licensed rider the

ideal opportunity to look/see/feel/ride virtually any bike

they were interested in. Metzeler Tyres had a complete

tyre changing facility in a trailer well-stocked with tyres

for anyone in need of fresh rubber, and across the road

Country Trax had a short enduro track routed out where

people could test their skills on a 1200 GS or an 800 GS. The

ever smiling Jan Du Toit (Jan Staal) was in charge of this

attraction, various Coutry Trax instructors were on hand to

show people the way. I bumped into Jolandi Rust, the first

female to circumnavigate Africa solo by motorcycle, on the

best bike for the job at the time, a BMW 650 GS Dakar, she

is now an accredited off road instructor for Country Trax,

and certainly knows her stuff... one day, perhaps, she’ll

send us her story…

That night the VIP tent was the place to be again, various

SA bands had been shipped in to perform, Die Heuwels

Fantasties, Mean Mr. Mustard, Just Jinger, DJ Bon Tempo,

CrashCarBurn and local rock band, Rooibaardt all took

turns to entertain the crowds over the weekend, a job well

done. I missed one or two by only arriving on Saturday

morning, next time I’ll be there from Friday....

I chatted to the BMW team who put this event together

and they reckoned the event success had exceeded all

expectations. Feedback from the local community, festival

goers and exhibiters was overwhelmingly positive. Alex is

determined to make this BMW Motorrad Days Festival the

leading music and motorcycle event in South Africa.

Each night a lucky participant also walked away with either

a BMW F 800 R or a BMW R nineT in a lottery draw.

This event venue was an excellent choice, the Golden Gate

area and surrounding routes is very scenic, Clarens has

been a ‘Go To’ town for years, Lesotho is just down the road,

there are accommodation options to suit all pockets, which

I understand were all fully booked for this weekend, next

year, wherever the event is hosted, book well in advance...

BMW Motorrad Days partners included BMW Financial

Services, Engen Petroleum Ltd, Victoronix Swiss Army

Timepieces, Red Bull, Absolut Vodka, Jacaranda 94.2 FM

and Place in the Sun wines.

Thanks guys! It was a blast…

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Kyle Dohne, a South African farmer by trade, is a world record

holder for 24 hour paddling record on an Epic V10. The social rider

has never raced professionally but this year he aims to conquer

Roof of Africa.

Why are you participating in ROA?

It has always been on my bucket list to do, however I am also doing

it for my best friend Matthew MacDonald (28) who was diagnosed

with Leukaemia recently, thus I am dedicating this race to him and

all other Leukaemia patients fighting this dreaded disease.

What Class are you in for this year's ROA?

Gold. With the Roof of Africa being possibly one of the most

extreme races in the world, I have decided to do the Gold Class

because nobody ever prepares or trains for Leukaemia or the very

toxic and strenuous treatment that follows it.

How many times have you participated in ROA?

This is my first attempt.

What are your goals for this year ROA?

To have enough will power to cross the finish line for my friend,

Matthew MacDonald.

What can the spectators expect from you?

Keep a sharp look out for number 65 and throw me a tow rope

please.

I am an outgoing and bubbly 17 year old who is passionate about Extreme

Enduro as well as Motocross. I’ve been riding for just over four years, in

this time I’ve represented Team South Africa at the African MX of Nations

twice, at the Southern Off-road Challenge in Namibia, was placed third in

the Enduro World Cross Country Championship in 2014, was the

youngest woman to complete Bronze at the Roof Of Africa at the age of

sixteen in 2014, placed third at the 2015 African MX of Nations in the

Ladies and was placed third in the Ladies South African National

Motocross Championship in 2015.

What Class are you in for this year's ROA?

Silver

How many times have you participated in ROA?

2014 Roof of Africa, completed Bronze.

Why are you participating in ROA?

I love extreme Enduro and the challenge of pushing myself to the limit

and beyond. An event like the Roof takes you out of your comfort zone

mentally and physically.

What are your goals for this year’s ROA?

To finish silver.

A message for spectators?

The most rewarding part of my single Roof experience is the

overwhelming support I was showered in at the finish of Roof Of Africa

2014. The Cheering and positive vibe given by the spectators is what

keeps me going. I can’t wait to be a part of this again at the finish of Roof

Of Africa 2015! So look out for me on bike number 124!!

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ÉRIC GEBOERS

KNOWS THAT TECHNOLOGY

is an advantage open to anyone, but that it should not be the only one. Éric and

Dave Thorpe’s battles on their MX bikes became more and more epic and they

needed to take every advantage over one another at any price. Éric knew all

his technical choices would be held as a reference point for others, fooling his

competitors would lead to victory. Why not run a sighting lap on hard track tires

and switch to scoop tires just before the start? Keep your friends close, and your

enemies closer. Éric followed the MOTUL approach by predicting his challengers’

moves and going one better.

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First Ride

Smokin

2016 YAMAHA YZ250X

HOT

Yamaha’s 2-stroke trail bike. We love the smell of 2-stroke in the morning!

We are not entirely sure what happened with this manufacturer in the recent past, but all

of a sudden, they are building new dirt bikes in every shape, size and form that a petrol

head could possibly want - and that’s FANTASTIC!!!

Let’s start at the beginning: In 2015, Yamaha

unveiled the incredible new YZ250FX, an offroad

variant of its popular YZ250F motocross

model, along with an all-new WR250F. As

expected, the YZ250FX is a high-performing

machine. When the YZ250FX was released,

Yamaha was very clear that this was

a bike aimed at trail riding and more

gnarly terrain – and Young Brett

Swanepoel proved them correct at last

years Roof. But, as we all know, the

world is still two stroke crazy with the

European factories constantly refining

them and winning championships

all over the place on them – and the

Japanese bike fans had to modify their

smokers to try and compete.

Yamaha has gone a similar route to what

they did with the FX with the all-new YZ250X,

which is an off-road variant of the undeniably

brilliant YZ250 two-stroke motocross bike. If

ever there has been a bike that has stood the

test of time, this is one of them. While the YZ250FX

fits right between the WR250F enduro bike and the

YZ250F motocross bike, YZ250X sits in its own category

for Yamaha being its only two-stroke enduro bike,

which has been derived from the legendary YZ250 and

massaged into an off-road winner.

Yamaha fans have been BEGGING for a trail ready twostroke

from Yamaha and - at last they have delivered

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the first of what we hope is a barrage

of new models. And it all kinda makes

sense. Why the heck they didn’t do this

years ago is something only Yamaha can

tell you. The MX bikes two-stroke engine

is fast, crisp, and impressively powerful.

It boasts huge hit in the mid-range and

typically requires very little by way of

jetting changes in order to achieve great

bark and snappy throttle response.

The aluminium frame and KYB Speed

Sensitive Fork make for nimble handling

and amazing cornering. So it’s really a no

brainer.

Off the cuff we have to say that this bike

is custom made for tight, twisty trails.

Forget about long distance riding on

gravel roads, the vibration through the

pegs will have you itching like mad. But

please do go and ride the twistiest trails

you can find. We aimed at every single

spoor rutted road that we could find and

opened the throttle. If you’ve ever ridden

a YZ, you’ll know that for trail riding it can

be quite a handful with a huge midrange

hit and wild on-off characteristics.

With the X, Yamaha has not toned down

the power, but made it much more

manageable. They managed this without

adding flywheel weight, Yamaha got

some additional smoothness with less

compression but actually boosted the

So what have they done?

The features that make the bike more

specifically an off-road racer are the

18-inch rear wheel, rear brake protector,

aluminum side stand, sealed O-ring chain,

YZ-F style pegs, gripper seat, narrow fuel

tank, narrow expansion chamber wide

range transmission, fuel tank with reserve

position, updated digital CDI ignition

system and specific Dunlop enduro

tyres. The rest is quality fare – Nissn

petal disc brakes front and rear, tapered

handlebars, nothing too flash about the

plain black header pipe and crisp exhaust.

Ergonomics are exactly what you’d expect

from an honest, no nonsense motorcycle,

slim, light and not overly tall.

We spend a great couple of hours playing

on the new bike – and we had the added

bonus of being able to chop and change

between a new WR250 while we were

busy – so you get a pretty good idea of

the difference between 2-stroke and four

stroke application.

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overall power with a raised exhaust port.

Additionally the powervalve opens slower

and helps smooth the delivery. First gear

is quite long and the engine is plenty

strong, you hardly feel the wide ratio

spacing in the gears in shifts between

3-4-5. The traditional YZ sign-off at peak

power is gone in favour of a very long

over-rev character.

In the tight stuff, we found that the MX

characteristics of the YZ chassis have

been enhanced – this bike is just so well

behaved, nimble and forgiving. It has

every bit of YZ character that we love, the

sharp crisp power, light handling feel and

a chassis that has no extra bits that do

not need to be there. Enormous fun with

a capital F. As good as the four stroke WR

was on the day, in the tight stuff, the YZ-X

won the race hands down

The suspension is very plush – perfect

for trail riding. We found out that it rides

on the same springs as the YZ MX bike

but uses less low-speed compression

damping and a little more high-speed

compression valving internally to give

a ride that is much more compliant on

the small bumps. It uses more stroke

but stays away from ever being harsh.

We were very impressed at how well it

worked in all the terrain we rode both

fast and slow. This bike is just so easy

and is too much fun to ride.

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Gnarly terrain

The bike feels very light and nimble and

is not a handful to manoeuvre in the

rough stuff at all. The ground clearance

is perfect – we were worried that we’d

bash it a bit – as of yet the guys from

Biking have not fitted any Hyde goodies.

The bike also has plenty of bottom end

grunt, but we did find that in the really

silly stuff, she does tend to stall. From

what we’ve read up on the bike, Yamaha

did not weigh the flywheel – and for day

to day fun trail riding we’d say that that

would not be necessary – but, if you

are going to ride long sections of rocks,

we’d get that flywheel weighted for just

that bit of rotating mass that makes

it less of an issue. We’ll ride one with

a weighted flywheel soon and tell you

what that is like.

Conclusion:

This is quite possibly the most

unpretentious, simple, fun bike that we’ve

ridden all year. Forget about all the new

“Fancy schmancy” technologies hitting

the trails all over the place, Yamaha has

delivered a lightweight, fast, grin inducing

bike that begs to be ridden hard. The

bike feels like the complete package as

far as two-strokes go, boasting power on

tap, nimble and precise handling in tight

technical terrain, along with a sound that

brings a smile to your face. The only thing

that is missing is an electric start. We had

a complete blast. Go and take a ride

on one, you’ll see exactly

what we mean.

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ENGINE TYPE

249cc liquid-cooled 2-stroke;

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Constant mesh 5-speed,

multiplate wet clutch

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KYB® Speed-Sensitive System inverted

fork; fully adjustable, 11.8-in travel

SUSPENSION REAR

KYB® Monoshock; fully

adjustable, 12.4-in travel

SEAT HEIGHT 97cm

WET WEIGHT 103.8kg

GROUND CLEARANCE 36cm

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Remember the scene in

that famous Vietnam

war movie with the pilots

surging up a jungle

river in search of their prey with

Wagners “Ride of the Valkeries”

blaring through their earphones?

Those Hughey helicopters were

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that day…thundering up the tropical

waterway at low level to deliver

their awesome deadly payload to an

unsuspecting enemy.

Just as those helicopters were

the best machines possible in

that situation, the new Can-Am

Maverick is absolutely the ideal

vehicle for attacking a rough, twisty

off road route. Everything about it

is designed for one purpose only -

covering as much ground as quickly

as possible.

The latest Maverick has an

updated 1000cc turbocharged

powerplant (yup even stronger than

the first turbo unit…), the latest

Fox coil spring tuned long-travel

suspension, electrically assisted

power steering, disc brakes

all round capable of stopping

an eighteen wheeled truck, all

encapsulated in a high tech tubular

chassis, complete with protective

roll bar.

All it lacks is a quality sound

system and headphones to get the

driver in the mood with the same

“Ride of the Valkeries”!

It is absolutely incredible how the

original, rather agricultural and

toy-like two seater off road buggy

has evolved into this serious off

road missile.

Manufactured by Can Am in

Canada, MotoNetix in Midrand sells

and races these hi performance

funsters into South Africa.

Driving the Matrix is like no other

four wheeled vehicle. The driver

is strapped into a form hugging

bucket seat, the passenger

likewise, and with everything very

logically to hand the stage is set

for the adrenaline rush of the

century. The Matrix has the choice

of two or four wheel drive in either

sports or economy mode, and

also a three position setting for

the electric power steering. It has

a fully automatic gearbox which

features a high or low ratio setting,

as well as a strong handbrake, and

disc brakes on all four wheels. The

1000cc V twin turbo motor is mid

mounted, and well protected from

any possible impact damage, with

a high mounted air intake to make

crossing deep water easier. With

its’ high seating position and high

stance offering plenty of ground

clearance the driver certainly feels

in command.

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Werner also brought

along a few race Polaris

machines for his clients

to play with, and us...

On the move one feels immediately that

this is no playmobile.

The growl from the turbo motor is

aggressive, although very pleasing,

especially as the vehicle accelerates.

And boy, does it accelerate! As the

throttle is pressed it instantly picks up

speed with no turbo-lag whatsoever,

and it keeps accelerating as long as

the driver keeps his foot down. It will

literally hurtle down a path as fast as a

speeding bullet, the only limiting factor

being the skill and bravery of the driver.

Rough terrain, including rocks, logs

and erosion induced ruts are simply

skimmed over almost unnoticed as

the long travel and race proven shocks

soak up the bumps. Because of the

extremely light weight there is virtually

no wheelspin, even on loose sand in two

wheel drive. What makes driving the

Maverick fast (or in fact at any speed)

enjoyable is the complete lack of shock

or negative feedback through either the

suspension or the steering mechanism.

This thing is a machine, and the thrill

of driving it fast off road is unmatched

by even very much more expensive and

sophisticated racers. Everything is just

instant, like a big bore MX bike. It goes,

turns and stops without hesitation,

obediently delivering the drivers input

without the slightest hesitation and

with incredible force. If you want to

go fast its’ a rocket….ask it to stop it

does so with the power of a twenty ton

anchor heading for the seabed, turn

and it follows the steering input to the

millimeter.

The quality and performance of every

component is perfectly matched, and

the setup of the vehicle is exceptionally

good. The result is that anyone prepared

to ask any sort of speed from the

Maverick can go fast in safety. Every

driver feels like a champion.

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passenger with a very skilled driver

with lots of experience on the Maverick.

It’s like watching a master musician or

veteran combat pilot at work.

Watching Werner and Henno from

MotoNetix behind the wheel was like

watching a great performer on stage.

An interesting variation on the new

Maverick is the four seat version.

Mechanically, it is identical to the twoseater,

but of course it has a longer

wheelbase. Driving the longer wheelbase

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especially when cornering fast. It is

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and happily rails around even rough turns

at speed. One of the biggest differences

is that with four passengers on board

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Feedback from the passengers on the day

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At the end of the day the Can Am

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most comfortable 4 wheel drive vehicle

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The only time your 4x4 bakkie will be

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riding off road? Well nobody really, but

just look at what hits the trail every

Sunday morning. Certainly around

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and the Cape, a Sunday morning will

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safely, they have to find the right bike to

learn and gain experience on in the first

place.

So when Honda introduced us to their

latest tiddler XR125 and XR 150 we

decided to go back to grass roots and see

what they are all about.

The first thing that struck us about the

latest versions of a bike Honda has had

in their catalogue since the late seventies

is how modern and up to date they look.

Honda, in fact seems to lead mainstream

motorcycling when it comes to styling, and

these two little beauties are no exception.

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rims and glittering modern headlights.

The motors are both air-cooled, overhead

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(speedo and a few warning lights) to the

modern shaped indicators. They have

conventional front forks, single back

shock, square tube swing arm and trail

type tyres suitable for road and off road

work. In times gone by they would have

been called “Street scramblers” and it’s

a pity this term has fallen into disuse

because it describes them perfectly.

We decided to use them to go the Nite-X

event, and rode them from Benoni to

Randburg using as much off-road track

as possible, and when we had to find a

road, it would be either a dirt road or a

secondary one. With this objective in mind

we set off after having put R50 (just on 4

litres) worth of 93 octane into each tank.

Four and a half hours later we arrived at

Bikers Warehouse on Malibongwe Drive

in Randburg, a trip which usually takes

about 45 minutes in reasonable traffic

along the freeway!

Frustrating? Nah!

This was probably the most enjoyable four

and a half hours we have spent on a little

bike in a long time, simply because we

made the time. Firstly we haven’t tried to

get to Randburg from the East Rand on

dirt for years, and it proved to be quite a

challenge. Our long forgotten route, which

we could once use from Fourways to

Springs without using the tar at all is now

long gone. Vast tracts of once open area

are now closed housing estates, squatter

camps, gated suburbia or shopping

malls. It seems it won’t be too long before

Midrand becomes the ever expanding glue

joining Johannesburg and Pretoria into a

huge traffic besieged megatropolis! Quite

sad in many ways really.

Despite the ballooning of people’s living

space North and Eastwards, we still

found lots of back roads and country

pathways to meander our way westwards

toward Randburg.

The two little Hondas took everything into

their purring stride…they proved to be

willing and more than able to effortlessly

negotiate everything we threw at them.

And happily look for more. Firstly there

is nothing to tell the difference between

the two other than the XR 150 and XR

125 badges on the tank shroud. Even the

engines are difficult to tell apart. Once

on the move there is very little difference

either, except that the 150 has slightly

more power, which is only noticeable

on pull-off or up a steep incline. On the

road the 125 is able to close the initial

gap the bigger bike can pull by using the

slipstream effect. Once alongside the 150

they purr along together like a pair of

contented thoroughbreds.

One of the very nice aspects of riding

these bikes is that they are so quiet and

smooth…everyone likes them, and we

found ourselves chatting happily with

everyone we came across on our ride,

from two trail riders on their MX bikes to

a cyclist we shared a trail with for a while,

and even with people in cars we pulled

up alongside when we had to use and

ordinary road.

Even though they can by no means

be called fast, we never once found

ourselves in a situation where we felt

bored or irritated with having to ride at

speeds much slower than we usually

do. Of course they would be totally out

of place touring on the open road, but

then again this is subjective, and a group

of 16year olds on Honda XR125’s would

probably have the time of their lives

riding to Durban during a school holiday.

What’s more these bikes would make the

trip without missing a beat.

Why are they so good? Well for a start

Honda have been making these particular

models for a long time, and through

evolution an already sound design has

been updated and honed to be the best

small capacity dual purpose bike Honda

can possibly market at, what these days

is a very, very reasonable price. They

are bullet proof mechanically, they have

more comfortable saddles than almost

any other off road bike ever made, and

this includes some very expensive dual

purpose tourers.

They have front and rear disc brakes that

work well, their ergonomics suited anyone

from a small adolescent or a slender lady

to a very big and tall friend who took one

up a steep rocky hill. On the open freeway

during our return trip from Randburg we

rode them non-stop, in the dark, where

they also didn’t miss a beat, chasing their

headlight beams at a steady 100km/h.

What’s more, even after this frantic

freeway flogging, we didn’t switch onto

reserve, and in almost 150 km’s didn’t use

up the initial R100 we put in at the start.

Although the XR150l seems to be getting

the nod from most riders, the XR125l

still has a quality that the other hasn’t,

incredible fuel economy. We have a mate

who owns both and he says: “A 125 is a

125 and a 150 is a 150. I can squeeze as

much as 45 kilometers to a liter (eco run)

from the XR 125L. While normal riding

gets me anywhere between 36-40 km/l.

The XR150L yields 32-35 kilometers per

liter. Still not bad for a dual-purpose goanywhere

bike.”

So looking back on our Saturday adventure

on these two little Honda’s we came to the

conclusion that for about the same money

as a really good overhaul of a state of the

art race replica off road bike you could

have a bike which is wonderful fun off road

and a great commuter on the tar.

For a schoolboy restricted to a 125, the

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PURE ADRENALINE

PACKED ENDURO RACING

Story Clive Strugnell. Pics Glenn

Foley and Rich Sutherland.

What would you do if you had a

great big hole in your back garden?

If you are Mike Puzey you turn it

into an action packed, condensed

enduro circuit and invite a whole

bunch of adrenaline junkies to come

and race! And then invite all your

friends, and their friends, to come

and watch. And because you have

to work all day to earn a buck, as

do your friends, run the race under

lights at night. Oh sorry, Mikes’

race was on a Saturday, well then

at least you could get all the boring

stuff like playing golf and tennis,

kid’s swimming galas and all those

events out of the way first.

Mike Puzey owns a place called

“Puzey’s Biker Warehouse” out on

Malibongwe Drive heading towards

Lanseria, where he sells mainly off

road bikes, including Husqvarnas,

Puzeys and lots of other stuff, as

well as everything you can think of

for off road riding like the kit, parts,

specialist lubricants and much,

much more. Being a jet-fuelled

extrovert who can’t sit still for one

minute, organising four of these

Nite-X racing evenings a year is kids

stuff for him, and anyone leaving

a frigging big hole in his back yard

with a pond at the bottom is just

asking for trouble! In two -twos

he has sorted the whole (no pun

intended) out into an awesome off

road circuit, complete with some

highly technical sections like the

“Rock garden”, the “See-saw”, the

“Hanging Bridge”, it’s partner the

“Floating Bridge”, a real “Freestyle”

ramp over the water for the braver

riders to leap a vertical cliff, and

much, much more. For riders it’s

challenging, in fact it’s downright

intimidating.

For spectators, who are there as

Mike Puzey and some of his friends

in the trades’ guests, as there is

no admission fee, the entire show

can be seen from almost any point

around the rim of the big hole.

It is even more spectacular than

watching moto-x in a stadium.

What makes it more awesome is

that in many places the bikes are

racing just centimetres away from

the natural grandstand. The whole

(that unintended pun again) place

is floodlit, and the atmosphere

is unmatched by any other two

wheeled event. There is also a pub

floating in the middle of the pond at

the bottom, where the racers roar

past each side during a lap if you

really want to be close to the action!

The excitement of the setting and

the anticipation of the spectators

seems to motivate the competitors

almost into a frenzy….there is

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never a boring moment when the bikes

are racing…nose to tail they glitter in

the well-lit parts of the track, and the

spectacle as they flash from obstacle to

obstacle, often disappearing into unlit

areas through the thorn trees only to

re-emerge into the light seconds later

like bolts of snarling lightning, is just

incredible.

The action is fast and furious, with

classes ranging from junior novice to

toughened expert seniors, Many of the

big names compete - and the system

of heats leading to the finals of each

class is well thought out and provides

non-stop action all the way. A huge

crowd of spectators, massed several

deep right around the course also adds

to the excitement. Surprisingly this is a

very safe form of racing, and there were

very few injuries, with battered pride

seeming to be the most serious, as

most spills were at slow speed.

At the end of the evening everyone, from

the racers, spectators and sponsors

seemed to have had a great time, and

Mike Puzey has managed to have found

the right formula and introduced the

first event for a long time which is as

exciting as the old speedway and hotrod

meetings so many of us enjoyed

growing up in Johannesburg…

Give them a call for info on the next race

and get your butts out there! It’s a great

evening out for the whole family.

(011) 795-4122

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Written by Mark Sangster.

Photos by Brodalka Photography.

Kerim Fitz Gerald in MX 1 taking the holeshot

NORTH VS SOUTH

WOMZA Inter-provincial

Never did we imagine that the

WOMZA North Vs South /

Interprovincial could get any bigger,

better, or attract in excess of 250

entries. Well, we was pleasantly

surprised yet again!! This has become

a massive annual gathering of the South

African MX fraternity, and has afforded

so many regional and club riders a

platform to display their talents and

emerging skills, and challenge riders

from around the country.

Heart-warming about an event

like this is the camaraderie

and support amongst the

riders and the teams. We

witnessed a number of “acts

of kindness” where riders lent

bikes to fellow competitors to

enable them to race, helped to

fix bikes and lined the fences to

cheer each other on!

This year the event will be

televised – getting MX out there

and giving even more riders

the exposure they deserve.

The day started with a

welcome, an address by the

CoC Marius Reynders, followed

by a short message and prayer

from Donald Futter (Christian

Bikers Association). We then

launched into the action!

The practice and qualification

‘in one’ was easily understood

by the riders and this set the

stage for the intense racing we

enjoyed throughout the day.

What was so different from the

usual racing was the fact that

there were ‘races within races’

– this, due to the fact that

most classes drew substantial

numbers. In fact, the MX 3

class had to be split up due

to the fact that all the gates

were full! This is something

that has not been seen in SA

motocross for many years!

To see so many 50cc and

65cc riders on the line is also

really encouraging. This is

an indication that WOMZA

is achieving one of its core

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The start of the 50

cc pro class ,James

Thompson (57)

getting the holesot

followed by Freestate

Pieter Brink (227)

goals – to grow and develop motocross

in the junior ranks so that our sport will

continue for many years to come.

Derek Peek, the commentator, kept the

crowds entertained and the many stalls

selling products, MX paraphernalia

and food kept the riders and spectators

interested all through the day. Yet again,

the regions came out in their specifically

designed Interprovincial race jerseys,

looking so smart and very professional.

Well done to the team managers and

team captains. Your contribution added

to the spirit and atmosphere on the day.

With 11 classes, a full race report is

beyond this article but please visit ESMK

to see all the results.

As for the competition, Gauteng, for a

third year in a row, walked off with that

coveted Interprovincial cup, and yes, the

NORTH narrowly beat the South.

Western Province’s Luke Du Toit in MX2 banging

up the dry burm exploding out of the dust

Here are the results of the two

competitions:

INTERPROVINCIAL

Gauteng: 1647

Free State: 986

Western Cape: 849

Limpopo: 808

Eastern Cape: 669

KZN: 349

Justin Thompson (16) and Charl Van Eeden (57)

banging bars with each other

Emmanual Bako from Zimbabwe in the 50 cc Pro class

Camden Mc Llelan

(122) and hot on

his heels in Justin

Sangster ( 51) in

the 85cc class

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Eastern

Province’s

Tristan Purdon

in MX 2

Charl van Eeden in the 125 cc class

had a great weekend with a 2-2,

Charl is on his way to the States

going to train under our own World

Champion Tyla Rattray.

NORTH vs SOUTH

NORTH (Gauteng and Limpopo) – 592

SOUTH (Free State, WC, EC & KZN) – 565

A new feature in the programme this year was the

Senior Super Final, where the fastest riders of the day

challenged each other to a sprint race. Well done to

all who participated and entertained us at the end of

the day, and congratulations to Kerim Fitz-Gerald who

took top honours!

Incorporated into this event was the fourth and final

round of the Sunoco Super Series.

Congratulations to the WOMZA SSS National

champions.

Below are the winners of the respective classes:

50cc Novice – Nathan Kuhn

50cc Pro – Wian Du Plooy

65cc – Jonathan Mlimi

85cc (SW) – Dalton Venter

Pro mini – Matthew Kruger

125c High School – Joshua Mlimi

MX2 – Joshua Mlimi

MX1 – David Goosen

MX3 – Raymond Prout-Jones

MX 4 Ladies – Amy-Leigh Sawyer

Support – Cam Thompson

Anthony Raynard in MX 2

Michael Docherty looking back

at Bernard Ecerold (31) over the

massive step up

Lastly, thanks to each and every rider who participated –

this is your event and you owned it!!

Thanks also to the BORC club for hosting the event – they

faced many challenges – not least the fact that the Free

State has not had rain for 4 months and has endured

sweltering hot weather and wind!

Well done one and all for your sterling efforts. I am proud

to have been associated with this fantastic event.

I can confirm that the event will be hosted once again by

Bloemfontein in 2016 – more details about this and an

exciting new series will be sent out in the next few weeks.

Brittany Cuthbert

form the Limpopo

Province in the WMX

class showing her

experainced gained

in the UK

Sacha Naude

Joshua Mlimi in the

125 cc class

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