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All prices mentioned

include VAT @ 14%

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Happy 2016 everyone and we hope that it’s

going to be even better than last year!!!


Man who wants pretty nurse, must be patient.

Lady who goes camping must beware of evil intent.

Man who leaps off cliff jumps to conclusion.

Man who runs in front of bike gets tired, man who

runs behind bike gets exhausted.

Man who eats many prunes get good run for


War does not determine who is right, it determines

who is left.

Man who stands on toilet is high on pot.

Man who live in glass house should change clothes

in basement.

Finally, CONFUCIUS DID SAY. . ...

“A lion will not cheat on his wife, but a Tiger Wood!”

Thats it! Enjoy the read...




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Rob Portman



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Kurt Beine

Grant Foley

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& many more...






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What do you think about the KTM 1290

Super Enduro that will take on the 2016


Having “enduro” and “KTM 1290

Super Duke R” in the same, nonnegative

sentence is obviously weird.

However, it looks like this is not the

case for everyone, and the Czech

racer Jiri Heinik has the perfect proof.

Meet his KTM 1290 Super Enduro,

a cross-breed between the Super

Duke R and the Super Adventure


And making things even crazier,

you should also know that Jiri has

serious plans to take this bike to the

Erzbergrodeo next year.

Obviously, the Erzberg mountain

is the most unlikely place to prove

the abilities of a 180kg (397 lb),

180 hp motorcycle, but with the

modifications Jiri added to the Super

Duke R and his skills, we’re dying to

see this.

One of the funny aspects is seeing

Jiri finding the right mapping for the

Erzberg. The 1290 Super Duke R was

not nicknamed the Beast for nothing;

it is a savage motorcycle that’s hard

to master even with all the electronic

systems active and taming it.

Putting 180 horsepower to work in

the grueling conditions of the Austrian

race seems to be one of the true

challenges. If the 1290 Super Enduro

can tackle the most brutal parts,

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such as Carl’s Diner, its explosive

power might give it the upper hand

in climbing smoother gradients, as it

can build up momentum and speed

much more easily than a 450cc bike.

1290 Super Adventure

suspensions needed to

accommodate bigger wheels

Jiri took a 1290 Super Adventure

fork and replaced that of the Beast.

The longer suspension travel was

mandatory for the project, as the

street-focused forks of the 1290

Super Duke R were nowhere near fit

for the job.

Also, Heinik installed new, bigger

Kineo rims, shod with knobby tires

for mud, puddles, and rocks, and

with the proper suspension setup, the

bike has good odds to behave like a

natural born enduro machine.

The weight of the 1290 is, however,

one of the things that might impact

the bike’s performance negatively in

the Erzbergrodeo. The photos don’t

show any engine protection installed

on the bike now, but we know Jiri

would not leave his baby unprotected

in the fight with the Iron Giant.

So here’s one more reason to check

out this race next year!

Sunoco Race Shop now

open and ready to serve you

Sunoco racing fuels have opened a race shop

out in Vanderbijlpark. Sunoco Race Shop was

established to serve the greater racing and biking

community. They pride themselves on personal

service and delivering products of excellence to

your office or Home.

The shop is situated next door to VR Motorsport,

who do services, repairs and have a dyno and

tyre changing facilities.

Sunoco race shop are the official distributor of

Shift MX gear and Sunoco race, with fuel for any

type of motorised motorsport. Michael Barnard,

Cloete van Rensburg (owner of VR Motorsport)

and Dean Warner are always on had to give you

some great advice. Ryan Shapiro is the man

behind Sunoco Speed TV as well as running the

Sunoco mobile workshop at all race events.

Give them a call 016 9339987, order what

you want and one of their personal accessory

consultants will deliver your goods to your door!


The Tour-X 4 must be one of the most versatile

helmets ever: adventure, grand touring or off road,

and without the peak looks pretty good on a naked

bike too! No matter the riding conditions, the Tour-X 4

is ready for it. Can be used without visor with goggles,

without peak but with visor, any way that suits you.

Full range available now from your nearest dealer.

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2015 low Km 1050, 1190 & 1290 Adventure models at great prices!

As Good as New!

Call now for pricing!



Come check out our new shop in Solomon

Mahlangu drive opposite MAKRO Pretoria east.

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Trax Outgrows

and does the

Groot Trek

Popped into the new Trax

shop in Silverlakes Pretoria

the other day, very cool

store - all the KTM stuff your

little heart’s desire... and

not too far from where they

used to be just up/down

the road opposite Makro in

Soloman Mahlangu drive….

(012) 111 0190

Peter Herbert Motorcyle Repairs

Peter Herbert, of Peter Herbert Motorcycles, has

26 successful years in the South African motorcycle

industry. He takes great care of all motorcycles that

he works on and caters for all motorcycles - dirt

road or adventure.

If your ride needs a service, accident quote or race

prep, give Peter a call on 011 793 4613.

Willam Sutherland opens MX School

Willstar Sutherland MX man extraordinary is offering

his schools to young riders in Gauteng. Great for

kids and adults – go and spend a day with this

talented man, he is a great teacher – your riding will

improve… full story soon. 076-900-6850

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Camp Master raises R250 000 for

RAGE’s anti-poaching campaign:

This is a great initiative…

South Africa’s leading outdoor brand, Camp Master has raised a total of R250,

000 for the Rhino Action Group Effort (RAGE) through the sale of vehicle mirror

socks at selected Massmart stores.

Camp Master matched the contributions from Game, Makro and Builders’

customers to reach a grand total of R250, 000. The cheque was handed to

RAGE at Massmart’s offices in Sunninghill on Thursday 3 December 2015 to

aid its anti-poaching initiatives and help create awareness about the need to

combat rhino poaching.

Camp Master brand ambassador, Stacey Lee Read , comments: “We are

delighted to have partnered with RAGE on this meaningful awareness campaign.

But, we must also thank our customers for not only donating towards this worthy

cause but visibly demonstrating their rage against the devastating and criminal

attacks on this beautiful creature.”

“Rhino poaching remains a critical conservation challenge in South Africa and

we believe that investing our efforts in educating the public through raising

awareness has been an effective step toward finding ways to save our rhinos.”

RAGE spokesman Andy Rice says: “We are hugely grateful to Camp Master for

this large investment in RAGE’s activities – and to its customers for helping to

create awareness of the ongoing challenge we face by using the mirror socks

on their vehicles. The funds will help to sustain critical RAGE initiatives, with 95%

of all funds raised deployed directly for on-the-ground activities. A visit to www.

rhinorage.org provides information on all of our campaigns.”

For more information please visit www.rhinorage.org OR www.campmaster.co.za

About RAGE

RAGE is a Non Profit Company that is audited and administered by KPMG.

Contributions to RAGE are allocated to anti-poaching initiatives prioritised by a

committee of volunteer experts comprising ecologists, game reserve owners,

members of government, media professionals and economists, whilst KPMG

ensures strict accounting measures.

About Camp Master

Since 1998 Camp Master has been synonymous in the Southern African

market with outdoor and camping and has grown to be South Africa’s number

1 outdoor camping brand. Camp Master offers a range of products including

tents, chairs, gazebos, trailers and all other forms of outdoor products which

are designed to help you have the best adventure possible from family

camping trips at the local dam to hiking adventures to long stays in the wild.

“Camp Master, Adventure by design.”


Moose racing Gear:

Scar Race Gear is the newest importer of the

famous Moose Racing brand of MX Clothing to

South Africa. Scar Race Gear has stock of the

FULL 2016 line of kit from Goggles to socks and

everything in between.

As the new kid on the block, Scar Race Gear has

taken a unique approach to bring it’s products and

services to you. Their retail store is on wheels and

will be moving around the Kwazulu Natal landscape

shortly. The other provinces will be an integral part of

the growth phase, but please don’t feel left out, you

can still shop online from anywhere in the world.

For more information contact Andrew Ehlers

Phone: 082 775 7408

Email: sales@scarracing.bike


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Cayenne Now TCX & Richa importers:

Cayenne announced that they have been appointed as the official importers

and distributors for TCX boots and Richa riding gear.

Richa rider gear has now made its way to SA, with Cayenne World now the

official distributor. A wide range of Richa gear is now available at the Cayenne

World accessory store based in the massive dealership in Midrand.

Featured here are two top of the range jackets, the Mugello leather and

Airstream textile jackets.

Airstream Textile Jacket

The Airstream jacket speaks for itself: thanks to the full mesh zones on sleeves

and body, you will enjoy a high level of ventilation when riding on hot SA

summer days (had a few of those lately). But the functionality does not end

there: you can easily insert or remove the thermo liner, which allows you to

keep wearing this sportive blouson from spring time till autumn. The breathable

membrane will protect you against an unexpected rain shower, and can be

removed on radiant, dry days. The D3O protectors provide maximum safety.

The Mugello leather jacket retails for R4100.

Looking for gasket sets? NS 2-stroke:

Some oldies & also some new models that are now

available: Honda: MBX50, XL185, CD200, NSR250

MC18/21/28, XR200, XL250S, NS400R,

VFR400NC30, XL500S , XR500RE

Yamaha: PW50, RZ/DT50LC, PW80, BWS100,

RD/RZ125LC, TZR125, RD350LC,

RD/RZ350YPVS, TZR250 1KT/3MA/3XV, XT500

Suzuki: LT50, RG50, TS/TF125ER, TS/TF185ER,


VJ21/22, GT750 TRIPLE.

Kawasaki: KE/KH100, AR125, KE/KH125, KDX200/


Aprilia: RS125

Cagiva: MITO125

Polaris: PREDATOR 500

All the gasket sets are viewable on the website:

www.ns2stroke.co.za / 011 849 8495

Mugello Leather Jacket

The high quality of the Richa-leather is to be found in the new Mugello jacket.

With its extraordinary sportive look and track-like details, it is an ideal choice

for anyone looking for a stylish, sportive design to use for daily cruising as well

as on the circuit. The high-quality leather and the use of the premium D3O

protectors for shoulders, elbows and back, provide the best sense of safety

one can imagine. Thanks to the Air-Vent system, you will be able to cool down

on a hot day. No need to stop riding once summer is over, as the detachable

thermo liner will extend the seasonal use of the jacket.

The Mugello leather jacket retails for R7499.

TCX Comp EVO Michelin

As many motorcyclists are aware, TCX manufacture OEM for BMW, Ducati

and more recently KTM. The all new Comp Evo Michelin was released at the

EICMA show and is expected in SA as soon as January 2016.

Call or visit Cayenne World now to see full range. 011 244 1900.

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Optimate Solar Powered battery charger…

from Bikewise. No more Eskom Required:

The Optimate Solar - (6W panel/Charge

Controller) Solar pulse charge system)

2Amps - 2 to 240Ah batteries - 4 stages

The sales blurb: This is a 100% true

desulphating charger – the only one of

its kind in the world. The panel is a high

density panel of exceptional quality. This is

the only solar management system in the

world that pulses a higher current which

is the best way to achieve a good state

of health for the battery and will certainly

prolong the life of the battery.

Perfect for maintaining large batteries as

well that just need to be kept topped up.

Tested By Eric Lawrenson…

OptiMate Solar employs an innovative

charging technology to charge and

effectively maintain your 12V battery from a

standard solar panel.

OptiMate Solar converts the low power

from the solar panel to high current

pulses more effective for charging and

maintenance of a 12V battery.

The OptiMate charge controller is separate

to the panel and can be placed close

to the vehicle or battery so that charge

and maintenance progress can be easily


We were given a model TM524 Solar

powered battery charging system to look

at and investigate.

This little system consists of a 6W solar

panel, an inline controller unit, and a range

of different cables to allow connection to

batteries in a number of different ways. It is

quite a clever little device in the way it works.

You see, under normal circumstances a

6W solar panel is only capable of delivering

a current of around

500mA (0.5A) into a 12 V

battery under optimal sun


But this little number

makes use of whatever

solar power is available

(within reason) and stores

it internally until there is

enough power available to

supply the battery with a 3

Amp - 5 Amp pulse charge

of very short time duration,

after which it stores power

from the panel again until it is ready to

supply another pulse. Obviously, the more

sunlight that falls on the panel, the more

frequently are the charge pulses going to the

battery and the more efficient is the system.

A benefit of this type of pulse charging

system is the fact that it assists in desulphating

the battery, a benefit not derived

from regular constant voltage chargers.

In measurements done, we found that the

panel was supplying between 280m A and

380m A of current into the controller in

bright sunlight, while this dropped down

to around 55m A to 120m A in overcast

conditions. In extreme cases where there

is not enough power coming from the

solar panel the controller shuts down

and awaits more light before waking

up automatically again.

In conclusion: a very clever setup as

mentioned before, and one that can

be used very constructively off grid

to charge a range of batteries. The

kits are available with 3W, 6W (the

one we tested), 12W, and 15W solar

panels apparently.

So, can this system be used to

charge a big 105AH battery (the type

typically used to drive 12V freezers

etc?) - in theory yes, but it would

take a while... and it is unlikely to

charge the battery if there is a load

on it. Can it be used as a charging

system on a touring bike battery to

supplement the power used at night to

drive camping lights, cell and camera

charger, etc. - Yes it can. Only thing to

be aware of would be the packing

requirement for the panel,

it is a bit large, at around

50x40x20 cm for the one

we tested.

We still having a look at the

DC-DC charge controller and

can have some feedback on

this one for the

next issue.

Prices range

between R1200

and R1500. (011)

566-0333 for your

closest stockist.

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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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SA Bike Festival to be held at all new Kyalami

Clarion Events UK are thrilled to

announce the launch of South Africa

Bike Festival, powered by Discovery

Channel, to be held at the newly

rejuvenated Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit

in Gauteng. From Friday 27 May

to Sunday 29 May 2016, Kyalami will

open its gates for 3 days of fun-filled

live music and entertainment, new

adventures, leisure pursuits and all things

engine, petrol and motorcycling!

The event aims to become South

Africa’s Premier Motorcycle, Music and

Lifestyle Festival that will showcase

entertainment for families as well as

educate and encourage the new youthful

market about safe and responsible

motorcycling. Over 20,000 visitors

will have the unique opportunity to

experience the brand new circuit facilities

at the newly refurbished and much

anticipated re-opening of The Kyalami

Grand Prix Circuit.

Together with the manufactures,

associated brands and industry

members, Clarion Events UK aim to

combine event entertainment experience,

international media partnerships and local

market expertise to ensure the festival

becomes THE MUST ATTEND annual

motorcycle show in Southern Africa. The

festival will offer entertainment, action,

products, services and information to

consumers and the trade.

Focusing the event on safe biking, South

Africa Bike Festival will provide visitors

with the opportunity to experience the

benefits of biking in a safe and controlled

environment, direct from the brands and

experts. From young children through to

the retired, there will be an opportunity

to try, ride and buy motorcycles as well

as see and be part of other motorcycle

related pursuits.

Nicole Muller, Portfolio Director at

Clarion Events adds: “Our long term

aim in creating this event will be to

drive awareness to a potential new

target audience each year and create a

sustainable, annual and internationally

recognised brand that will bring

together the experienced and the young

motivators to encourage and grow a

new generation of motorcyclists in South

Africa and beyond”.

Headline media partner,

Discovery Channel and confirmed

manufacturers BMW, Triumph, Kawasaki,

Indian & Victory, Polaris, Linhai Suzuki,

Yamaha, Honda, SYM, KTM, Can-Am,

Husqvarna and Ducati, to name a few,

are looking forward to showcasing their

brands alongside exciting live music

and celebrities, motorcycle parades,

custom bike competitions and displays,

as well as stunt and enduro-cross

entertainment, local food and drink and

much, much more!

“We are incredibly excited to be

partnering with the inaugural South Africa

Bike Festival,” said James Gibbons, EVP

& Country Manager, Emerging Business,

Discovery Networks CEEMEA. “Turbo is

one of the biggest programming genres

on Discovery Channel, so South Africa

Bike Festival presents a great opportunity

to reach out to new and existing local

viewers who love everything fast and


Clarion Events UK are calling all

sponsors/exhibitors/food trucks

interested in partaking - contact the

team today by emailing Kasia on Kasia.

Pienaar@clarionevents.com. Ticket prices

start from R190 and for more information

on the South African Bike Festival visit


Tickets go on sale soon, visitors are

encouraged to register via the website for

the early-bird ticket specials.

Check out all the social media platforms.

For press enquiries and accreditation

please contact Leigh at Butter Knife PR

on leigh@butterknife.co.za

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New Oxford tools from DMD:

The Inspector Mirror:

This is the Oxford 55mm inspector mirror with

24-71.5cm telescopic range and extendable

(16-63.5cm) magnetic pick up tool. Very easy

to grip and the shaft is made of stainless

steel which means it is very durable. Geat for

when you drop a bolt down into

an engine, or you need to check

that the Phlux capacitor is correctly

bolted on to the neon fliburator…

R175.00 Suggested Retail

Compact Oxford Sockets:

Quality tools from Oxford made

from chrome vanadium steel. This

set includes ratchet driver, T-bar

handle, driver adaptor & extension

bar and 9 sockets between 5mm &

13mm to suit most motorcycles.

Contents: 1 Ratchet screw driver,

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bar, 16 Chrome vanadium steel bits

included: Hex: H4, H5, H6, Philips:

PH0, PH1, PH2, PH3, Torx: T10,

T15, T20, T25, T30, Slotted:

3mm, 5mm, 6mm, 7mm.

www.dmd.co.za for your

closest stockist.

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R159 500

R129 500

Now also

available in

“low” models

Now also

available in

“low” models


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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Story by Clive Strugnell. Pics by the Dirt And Trail Army: Glenn Foley, Ian Mclaren, Byron Rudman, Craig Barendson, Wayne Phillips and

Irina Gorodniakova. Jay Groat got the cover shot this year for Motul.

Guys and gals. The focus on this feature is on the

incredible battle between the top gold riders who

entertained us so well for the weekend. It is impossible

to tell everyone’s story but we have to doff our collective

hats to everyone who took part in this year’s Roof Of Africa.

Silver and Bronze riders, we are in awe of what you guys

achieved and we ask the following:

For the Febuary issue, please send us your story – with a

pic or two. We’ll make space for the second Roof feature and

share your experiences… foleyg@mweb.co.za

For years The Roof has attracted top riders from all over

the World, its’ reputation as the hardest extreme enduro

ensuring that competing in the event is very prestigious on a

riders’ racing CV. Finishing in the top ten is really cool, and of

course winning it puts the rider into an elite group…

For many years overseas riders came, saw and

conquered. Every now and then they had a glitch when

a local like Alfie Cox, Jeremy Davies or one or two local

champions pulled off a win, but in general for quite a

long time it was almost a foregone conclusion that top

International riders would take home all the silverware. It isn’t

always like that, and every now and then we would have

a superb bunch of local riders capable of winning against

anyone. Names like Tissen, Brand, Wicks, Rogers, Beattie,

Falconer, Curtis and Van Niekerk, to mention a few, are

engraved on the Roof trophy.

More recently South Africa has produced a crop of fabulous

young riders not only capable of winning the Roof against any

competition, but they have been taking the fight to the Internationals

in their own backyard in events like Erzberg, Sea to Sky, Romaniacs

and many others.

This year any one of several local young guns were in the hunt for

the honours after 3 days of racing. Wade Young, Brett Swanepoel,

Travis Teasdale, William Gillett, Altus de Wet, Charan Moore, Jade

Gutzeit and Kenny Gilbert were all closely bunched in the top 20.

Wade Young was the hot favourite, having won it for the first time in

2012 and again in 2014. Just a short few months before the event,

none of the top International riders had even entered. For the first

time in ages it looked as though the fight for the lead would be an all

local one, with the home boys lining up for a shot at the title.

One of the reasons for this was that the finals of the world indoor

enduro series was held on the same weekend, this despite the fact

that organiser Peter Luck had moved the Roof date for 2015 to as

late as possible in December to avoid a clash. Despite this the FIM,

who sanction all these events, allowed the indoor organisers to hold

their event really close...

Another reason, dare we say it, is that the reputation of our top

youngsters and the impressive performance they put in last year scared

the Internationals away? After all, no works rider with a big reputation

internationally wants to come all the way to Lesotho to eat dust!

Just hours before the closing date for entries former winner,

veteran Graham Jarvis from the UK, agreed to come back again,


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Classic Roof of Africa shot...

riding a Husqvarna prepared by the South

African importers.

Despite the lack of top overseas entries

the competition between KTM, Husqvarna,

Yamaha, Beta and relative newcomers

Sherco posing a threat, is more intense

than ever before. It is an absolute shame,

in our opinion that more motorcycle brands

are not well represented, someone please

get the other big 3 to build competitive

enduro machines…

KTM dominated by sheer weight of

numbers, with not only the Importer

team but with several dealer teams as

well. Outfits like Alfie Cox racing, Traxx

Dwayne Kleynhans...

from Pretoria, KTM Cape Town and

several others looking impressive and

very competitive. Yamaha South Africa

set up “Yamaha City” in the parking lot of

the Avani Maseru Hotel (Old Maseru Sun)

to assist any Yamaha riders with a full

spares and technical back up an awesome

initiative from the blue brand. If you raced

a Yamaha, you were looked after by the

importer. Now that is cool!

All three classes, Gold, Silver and

Bronze were fully subscribed, with Bronze

class riders having to qualify at an event

earlier in the year. This requirement was

brought in last year after the organisers had

to turn away literally dozens of entrants.

One of the reasons for this is that the

Roof is an iconic event like the Comrades

marathon, and which many sportsmen put

on a bucket list of things they would like to

achieve someday. One of the results of this

type of entrant is that in the past many of

them were not really properly prepared, and

stretched the resources of the organisers

trying to find and help when they got stuck

out in the mountains during the first day of

racing. The new system saw more Bronze

riders making the finish than ever before

– and a whole bunch of silver riders, who

jumped bronze being time barred.

Garland on the new

2-stroke Yammie...

Estonian Priit Biene


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Kenny Gilbert - Proudly Bidvest Yamaha.

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Another feature of the modern Roof of Africa races is

that dedicated spectator points and spectator facilities are

identified along the route and facilities are provided so that

enthusiasts, friends and supporters can get out into the

mountains and follow the race as it progresses. In addition

to this a very sophisticated on line app called “yellow brick”

was introduced last year, and has proved to be a real winner.

Each rider hires a satellite tracker, specially imported for the

Roof, and through this can be monitored continuously during

the race. The safety aspect of this is obvious, but is also

completely eliminates any chance of a rider taking a short

cut. Combined with this is a dedicated race GPS devices

pre-loaded with the route carried by each rider… Aaah, the

wonders of modern technology!

The community of Lesotho is also becoming involved with

the event more each year, and a huge part of the organisers’

task is to liaise with villagers along the route to help with

marking the route, marshalling and running the service

and spectator points. For instance at every service point,

the Lesotho Government supplied and erected a green

and white tent for the locals to use to provide take away

refreshment points and even protection from the weather for

spectators. Co-ordinating all of this is a completely unseen

and unsung part of the organisers’ task each year, and

coping with the different requirements and local politics in

the villages along the route is one of the reasons why they

are literally out on their feet with exhaustion by the time the

event is over. It is actually amazing that Peter and Justin

manage to run the event as smoothly and efficiently as they

do with such a small team of volunteers.

The race turned out to be a nail biting affair. The top guys

showed their intention right from the start of the ceremonial

round the houses race, where they threw caution to the

wind and simply tore around the streets of the capital

Maseru, finishing in just about the same order as they did in

Altie takes a swim.


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the actual race. Talking of the “Round the Houses” race,

this was originally the actual time trial used to determine

the starting order for the first race day. When cars still

took part as well it was an even more spectacular event,

with some of South Africa’s top racing drivers of the time

like Paddy Driver and Eddie Keizan storming around the

streets in 800hp V8 trucks! The “Round the Houses”

is a traditional part of the Roof, and there is now talk

of timing the event again, and making it part of the

Thursday time trial.

Paul Van Aswegen gets boosted

by the cheerleaders...

Time Trial:

The rumours of the time trial being very tough and

designed to thin out the field on the first day proved

to be unfounded when most competitors completed it

considerably faster than expected. In fact most riders

arrived at the finish line smiling and looking pretty fresh,

despite the very hot and dry weather. It seemed that

the most difficult part of the route was choking dust

rather than the track. Wade Young (KTM) arrived first

as expected, although he faced a strong challenge

from local rider Charan Moore (KTM), Brett Swanepoel

(Yamaha) Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) and to every one’s

surprise, the out of retirement Jade Gutzeit, also on a

Yamaha. He had not raced off road at all for almost three

years, and although having a reputation as a fearsome

rider, this layoff, kept him off the pundits’ radar.

Whilst the riders disappeared early on Thursday night,

and the service crews worked late preparing the bikes

for an early start in the morning, the experts ( 2500 of us

scattered all over that side of Lesotho), sagely discussed

the results of the time trial and confidently predicted

the leaders for the next day, and the entire race. Some

of the predictions were spot on… most of the experts

said Young, Swanepoel, Teasdale, Gillet and Gilbert

and few others would be up front. The end of Friday’s

racing section, where they predicted Gutzeit and Jarvis

weren’t up the pace set by the young guns, proved to

be completely wrong.


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2 legends, Jade and Richie...



Adventure riders come from all over to spectate.

Beta’s Sean Kirk

Clint Rieper the COC with Thabo the route marker...

Bronson louw pulls the chix...

Future Roof Racers...

Francois and family from Wild West.

Kenny G moves to Husky this year. We think

Yamaha will miss him...


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Deon Neethling does a victory shuffle...

The Basotho’s help Jacques Van

Heerden up Music Box.

Day two Friday

KTM’s Wade Young set off first at 6am, followed some

five minutes later by a snarling group of riders. Amongst

the leading bunch were Jarvis and Gutzeit. From the

start the race was enthralling. After the first service

point Wade Young, Brett Swanepoel, Travis Teasdale

and Graham Jarvis pulled away from the second group

of Jade Gutzeit and Kenny Gilbert, who were in turn

almost 20 minutes ahead of the remainder of riders

filling out the top ten places. Through Whispering

Death pass and all sorts of gnarly terrain.The pace up

front was ferocious, and by half way the leaders again

arrived nearly an hour quicker than expected, although

the pace was expected to become much slower over

the second half of the route, much of it over trails not

used before. On the YB tracking app, the top four were

glued together, indicated by little Pacman-like dots,

then the unthinkable happened… Wade Young started

to fall back, his little dot drifting away to just ahead of

Gutzeit. It was obvious that he had a problem. Lucky

for him Gutzeit was unaware of it, because he is such

an intensely competitive rider if he just got a sniff of the

possibility of overtaking the favourite he would redouble

his efforts. So now it was a three way battle with

Teasdale in front, followed by Swanepoel and Jarvis.

Gilbert also managed to hold off Young and Gutzeit for

4th place. At the end the top 10 riders still looked fresh

enough to continue their furious pace again on the third

and final day, and their bikes looked pretty good as well,

especially Jarvis’ Husky. It didn’t have a scratch or ding

on it, testimony to his conservative and skillful riding

style. The same couldn’t be said for their tyres though.

As in every other form of bike racing, tyres have become

an incredibly important factor. In the roof this year a

needle match between Metzler, Mitas and to some

extent Pirelli had developed. All of the top riders had

used their rubber to the maximum, with very little margin

left at the end of the day.

Wade Young had his GPS fall off and he had to stop

to find and refit it, giving the others the chance to pass

him. Gutzeit had got ahead of Gilbert at one stage, but

dropped back after having to sort out a loose pressure

overflow pipe on his radiator and replace a sidecover on

his waterpump.

Kevern Pelser helps with

a top end rebuild.

Eddie Vermeulin


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Day three Saturday

It was now clear who the leading bunch was going to

be, with Brett Swanepoel setting off first on his Yamaha,

followed by Jarvis, Teasdale, Young, Gilbert and Gutzeit.

Sherco’s Altus de Wet had quietly been gaining ground

and was also in the top ten. They all looked fresh and

ready to go, amazing after the conditions they had

already faced and testimony to the incredibly professional

sportsmen they have become. The experts, perhaps from

having been up late and guarding against dehydration

with lots of golden liquid, seemed to all agree…Wade will

still do it, Jarvis is good for a top five, Swanepoel could

be a dark horse, Teasdale could also take it and Gutzeit

will definitely be done by lunchtime….in fact he probably

would struggle to stay in the top ten.

By service point one Wade Young was back in front,

with Brett Swanepoel in close attendance, followed by

Jarvis. Some minutes back, which equates to a kilometer

or two, Gilbert and Gutzeit continued their battle.

Service point two was a real “Gasoline Alley” in the

Maluti’s and was just before the most difficult part of the

Roof, where the organisers promised a lot of new terrain

which would really test everyone to the limit. Once again the

time taken by the leaders over the first half of the final day’s

racing route took everyone far less time than expected. This

was probably due to several factors. Firstly the leaders were

engrossed in a battle royal, with no quarter asked and none

given. The weather was hot and dry, with just a smattering

of rain from the odd isolated thundershower in the late

afternoon, so it didn’t really affect the leaders. Off they went

up the side of a humungeous mountain, into “Mokopu Pass”

and when they thought they had reached the top it went up

even more!

As the afternoon wore on, those tracking the race on the

online app saw that Young and Jarvis had pulled away from

Swanepoel, who in turn was now just ahead of Teasdale

and Gilbert. Then about an hour before the final service

point Jarvis made his move, and in the toughest part of

the race up to that point, passed and began to pull away

from Young. Slowly, but ever so surely the wily Englishman,

using all his experience, pulled away from the South African

champion. By the time Jarvis pulled into the final service

point he was about 13 minutes ahead of Young, the

biggest lead anyone had held since the start of the race.

We were there – and suddenly it seemed as though the

silent assassin had finally found the throttle as he screamed

past on the way to the end point. Jarvis had planned his

move all along, using his skill and experience in the most

technical part of the race to open up enough of a lead so

that he could keep ahead in the faster terrain near the end.

As it turned out Wade Young and Brett Swanepoel had no

answer, and just concentrated on holding their position.

Jarvis actually managed to increase his lead slightly

over the last 5 km of the race, and simply popped along

to the end, pulling in to the cheers of a huge group

of spectators crammed along the top of the natural

grandstand of a Maluti mountaintop at Ha Patrick. Behind

him there was still plenty of drama. Wade Young was flying

to make sure the chasing pack wasn’t going to catch him,

and Teasdale was right on Swanepoel’s back wheel, with

Altus de Wet not far behind them. Jade G had got ahead

of Gilbert, and tenaciously clung to the opportunity of

using the slightest mistake by any of the trio to pass them

before the finish line.

Richie VD Westhuisen.

Justin louwrens under the

Mitas Balloon.

Jade Gudzeit


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Team Christini



Team Husky KTM pit poppies...

Team ABE Midas Husqvarna...

Team KTM

The Amazing Kirsten and

Sarah Mingay twins.

The boys from Raceworx KTM Wynand

Badenhorst and Francois du Toit.

The crazy freestyle boys

entertained the crowds...

The happy bunch from team Liquorland.

The Hyde Hounds...

The crews work hard to keep the bikes all going properly...

Russel Stone and the Princes Benoni Boys...


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On the last day Jarvis found his throttle...

Graham Jarvis was already into his

second bottle of water and had washed

the dust off his face when Wade Young

literally leaped over the finish line. A couple

of minutes behind him Swanepoel and

Teasdale looked like they were on the last

lap of an MX race as they scrapped wheel

to wheel at every corner of the last 5km,

with Brett just managing to hold on by

millimeters over the finish line. Altus came

in smoothly and surely in 4th place with the

veteran Jade Gutzeit thundering up in a

very remarkable 5th place. In the post race

interviews it seemed that in the top 10 no

one really had any issues, although Wade

Young, when asked if he had any problems

during the day remarked “Yes, I had a big

problem today…Graham Jarvis!”

Kirsten Landman on a Freeride in the

Silver class was the first lady rider home.

This after a horrendous previous day of

running out of fuel when her fuel pipe

split. We watched Kirsty on a few of the

technical sections and she really has the

skills and race maturity befitting a top


A wonderful finish in the bronze class

saw Priit Blene of Estonia, a country

with it’s own “Koppie alleen” being it’s

only mountain, and it’s only 300 meters

high anyway, winning with his team mate

Toomas Trissa coming home 2nd to a

rapturous welcome from their families and

a few friends. Next year, they will have to

enter Silver…


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Some famous people...

The friendly mob from Motul...

Spectators everywhere...

Sherco’s Flanagan eyes the finish...

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So ended one of the most

competitive Roof of Africa’s to date.

Now not far off 50 years old, the Roof

is one of the oldest races of its kind in

the World. Dirt And Trail Magazine along

with Peter Luck and some of the past

Roof greats will be putting a coffee table

book together to commemorate this

milestone. Past Roofies – we need your

input, photo’s and stories. Go and dig

through the archives please and get in


As usual, this year there were plenty

of surprises along the way, and no-one

was able to really guess the outcome

properly. There were a record number

of finishers this year, and one very

encouraging thing was the number of

new young riders in the top 16 of the

gold class. Some of them didn’t even

look tired at the end, which bodes well

for racing in SA. Lots of credit must go

to the organisers, who seemed to have

hit the right combination of distance and

difficulty this year…maybe this will bring

the big International names back next


Jarvis takes the win


Top ten by class


1: GJ0 : Graham Jarvis

2: 1 Wade Young KTM

3: 2 Brett Swanepoel Yamaha

4: 1 Travis Teasdale KTM

5: 24 Jade Gutzeit Yamaha

6: 4 Kenny Gilbert Yamaha

7: 3 Altus de Wet Sherco

8: 7 Henco Botha KTM

9: 9 Dwayne Kleynhans KTM

10: 69 Wesley Redinger KTM

Brett Swanepoel - third overall...


1: 105 Eduan Beste KTM

2: 109 Oliver Santoro KTM

3: 101 Dalan Hall Sherco

4: 229 Travis Holman

5: 152 Jarryd Coetzee KTM

6: ED0 Ethan Depiazzi

7: GB0 Grady Byrne

8: 242 Brett Peckham KTM

9: 194 Hein Jnr van Niekerk KTM

10: 189 Christo Nel KTM

2nd place Wade Young

Travis rode the race of his life

finishing a brilliant fourth...


1: PB1 Priit Biene

2: TT0 Toomas Triisa

3: 357 Dirk Olivier Yamaha

4: 306 Wihan Le Hanie Yamaha

5: 343 Luke Walker KTM

6: 301 Garth Prost Yamaha

7: 314 Francois Aucamp KTM

8: 309 Greyling Pedlar KTM

9: 393 Josias (Jnr) Zerwick KTM

10: 313 Gareth Laubscher KTM


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Conrad Oosthuizen on the final climb to the end.

A birds eye view of the finish...

A very happy Francois Aukamp

Altie and Kenny...

A kiss for the finisher...

Brandon - double trouble...

The roar when

this Basotho

rider crested

was amazing...

The Lauter fan club...

The Saaijman brothers...

The toughest

girl we know

after our

wives. Kirsten


The Trax KTM supporters team.

This says it all... Wesley Redinger.

Two Yamaha legends.... Denzil Torlage with

Steve Thompson

Will Gillit entertains the locals - always fun...

Jarvis entertains the crowds...


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Laren with previous roof organiser and gold racer Charan Moore.

Macattack... Kyle Dohne rode his first ever Roof - gold class and

finished for his mate Matthew who has been diagnosed with leukemia.

International Press man Pieter Schluter

with friend.

Joseph Motenane and Victor Matekane,

basotho riders...

local support is massive...

Roof legend Alec Salley and family...

One of the only honda’s on the Roof - a

two stroke CR250 engine in a CRF-X

frame. Brendon Rees.

Very happy Austrian Importers...


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10 December 2015

Roof of Africa 2015 - Supermoose

One of the most important aspects of a riders career in this sport is how they feel

on the bike, the comfort that gives you the confidence to go faster than the


I was fortunate enough to be able to test the new Supermoose mooses at this

years Roof of Africa. The mooses arrived just before the Roof, so there was not

too much time for testing but after putting these mooses in and going for a quick

little ride to bed them in I could immediately feel the difference.

As a racer you are always looking for a particular feel on the bike. I personally

love the feel of tubes in the wheels, it does not roll and you get much more

response from both the front end and the rear. Now at a National or International

event you cannot risk using tubes and you are forced to use mooses that have

been traditionally very heavy and result in a lot of tyre roll and flex.

The feeling I got with the Supermoose is something I have never experienced

before, the front end feel is exactly the same as running tubes with the safety of

a moose. Hands down the best front moose I have ever used. Then the back

moose felt slightly hard brand new in the tyre but was significantly lighter than a

normal mousse and I was pleasantly surprised at how it tracked in the Lesotho

mountains. Usually a hard moose would equal a very tough time in Lesotho but

the more I rode the better the moose felt and the more confidence I had with the

back end. The ultimate offroad and enduro moose in my opinion.

I was able to finish Round the Houses in 2nd Overall, finish the Time Trial in 7th

Overall. And run in the Top 10 Overall for majority of day 1 until I was forced to

retire due to a knee injury.

Now the next issue you always have with current mooses on the market is that

they hardly last, either shrinking or getting impact tears especially in Lesotho.

When I took the mooses out I could not believe how they had lasted, I was

expecting to see at least one or two impact tears or at least slight shrinking but

they looked brand new as if they had not even been used.

The compound of the Supermoose is new to the industry and something that I

believe to be an undisputable winner. After one weekend of riding the mooses I

felt more confident than ever on the bike.

Excellent price, superior feel, longer lasting. I will not use any other moose.



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The Sunfields 2015


The guys from Family Adventures have a pet project. In exchange for the farmers opening their land

for a great trail ride, they invite people to come and support the Sunfields home for the disabled.

A roaring success, with some great

routes worked through the farmlands,

hundreds of eager riders dug deep to

support the home this year. Guys – we

saw people donating so much – we

know that Auto Alpina in Boksburg send

a truckload of stuff, SSS Racing made a

huge donation, the Webster family and

Liebenbergs, de Carvalho’s, Botes’ and so

many other that we do not know of dug

deep. We saw washing machines, tumble

dryers, microwave ovens all being offloaded

into the house. Guys you have no

idea what this means to a place like this,

from all of us a huge thank you!!

The routes were excellent fun with a

great mixup of rock for the tweelies and

flowing trails for the family riders out there…

Spare a thought for the farmers, the

drought is having a real impact. Please if

you are out and about on the trails watch

out for your stompies.

Lots of rides are planned for this year

– keep an eye on the website – www.

familyadventures.co.za and watch Dirt And

Trail magazine for updates.


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The Sunfields 2015


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By Clive Strugnell pics supplied by Honda.


The all new Honda Africa Twin

“The underlying geometry, the choice

of suspension, the riding position and

even the texture of the handgrips has

been honed by a team of people who

really know what they are doing. There

are no compromises on this bike. The

initial goal was to make the successor

of the original Africa Twin the best

Adventure bike on the road.”

Every now and then a particular motorcycle becomes

an icon, often highly sought after long after production

has stopped. So many factors contribute to this, and it’s

very seldom that the iconic status was planned by the

manufacturer in any way. In fact most times the exact

opposite happens, the manufacturer introduces a bike

planned right from the beginning to be something special,

and in the end it turns out to be nothing of the sort.

The number of really iconic Japanese bikes is

actually pretty small considering the hundreds of

different models they have produced since the early

sixties. Honda in particular have some very impressive

milestones, most notably the mighty four cylinder

CB750, introduced in 1969. It was the bike that

changed the face of motorcycling forever. Who knows

what expectations the men at Honda had at the time….


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they must have known it was going to be a

winner, but there is no way they could have

known just what an impact it would have. The

directors of Honda in Japan should have a

picture of the men who conceived that bike

and at the door when they come to work

every day, and they should doff their corporate

hats and thank them every morning. And

thank them again when they go home.

Then there was the original Africa Twin.

First produced in 1988 as a 650 V twin

“Adventure Bike” the Africa Twin used the

basic looks and configuration to tackle a

market that was beginning to emerge, mainly

in Europe, for a nimble touring bike that

could tackle unpaved back roads as well as

the paved highways and byways. We can

only guess, but the Honda engineers and

marketing men probably thought that the

very successful XR/XL range was a good

starting point for a bike capable of some

long distance touring, and based the bike

roughly on that range. The original Africa

Twin had spoke wheels, 21” in front, 18’

in the back, long travel suspension and a

fairing copied from the Honda Dakar racers

of the time. The Dakar race was a big thing

already, and Honda used the image of a

cross continental racer to market their new

baby. It was an immediate success, and by

1989 had grown to a 750, still with the V twin

motor. For the next 14 years the Honda Africa

Twin was a strong seller around the world,

and successfully pounded its’ way along

dirt, sand and paved roads across every

continent. It was also just as successful being

used as a commuter in cities everywhere.

Then Honda seemed to get sidetracked.

They stopped production in 2003, and

concentrated on their new adventure bike

offering, the 1000cc Varadero, no doubt

seeing it as the successor to the now ageing

Africa Twin and in line with the more modern

offerings like the V Strom from Suzuki and

the BMW line up. The Varadero however, was

quite a lot different to the Africa Twin, and was

discontinued in 2013.

In the meantime the reputation of the

Africa Twin soared, and even 15 years after

the last one rolled off the production line used

examples change hands for much more than

they sold for when new!

The motorcycling World has also moved

on, and over the past ten years the biggest

sector in motorcycle sales has become the

Adventure Bike market. For many reasons,

not the least being that the baby-boomer

generation that drove the sales of race

replica superbikes like the Fireblade to the

top of the charts were now getting bored

with Superbike culture, not to mention

that their older bones no longer fit into

racer-style riding positions. They happily

embraced the Adventure bike culture and

all the opportunities for a more relaxed

and widespread riding experience it offers.

Honda-men around the world obviously spent

many long hours trying to figure out how one

of the most innovative motorcycle companies

in the world could become a bigger part of

this fast growing market. Somewhere a light

flashed and the answer was obvious.



With 98Nm of torque, the Africa Twin is built

to take you all the way from tarmac touring to

off-road rally.

The roaring dual exhaust pipes run from

underneath the bike to the rear.

The new Africa Twin packs an all-new 4-stroke

1000cc parallel twin engine. It has the muscle to

take on extreme off-road environments, offers

smooth comfort for long distance touring, and

sprightly agility for the everyday commute.

Up and down the gears

The standard manual version of the Africa Twin

has a lightweight six-speed manual gearbox that

uses the same shift-cam design found on the

trusty CRF250R/450R – and is equipped with an

assist slipper clutch. Coupled with a large 18.8

litre fuel tank and top fuel efficiency, it has a

range of up to 400km. Enough to get where you

wanted (or weren’t expecting) to go.


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The bikes chief designers, Naoshi Iizuka

and Tetsuya-Kudo, were here in SA for

the world launch.

About the bikes:

There are two distinctly different versions

of the CRF 1000L. The first is the standard

model, and it is fitted with a conventional 6

speed gearbox with an ordinary foot gear

lever and clutch lever on the handlebar.

The second is the “CRT” top of the range

model. Although the technical people were

keen to explain how everything worked, and

the guys in charge of showing us the way

and making sure we behaved on the road

tried hard to make us concentrate, they

were fighting a losing battle and they knew

it. We wanted to be on the bikes and riding!

However, as we turned to the bikes and

the moment arrived to actually get on them

most of us were struck by the sheer good

looks of Honda’s new baby.

Resurrect the Africa Twin!

Once that was decided, way back in 2009,

mighty Honda set to work.

Six year later the new Honda Africa Twin

has been launched, and how fantastic

was it that the introduction to the World

motorcycle Press was in South Africa. Not

only was the launch held here, ten South

African journalists were invited to be the

first to ride the new bike. Following us

were another 70 writers from the biggest

circulating magazines, TV shows and online

media from around the World.

From the start it was obvious how much

effort, care and pure passion Honda have

put into this bike. On arriving at Aquila

private game reserve near Ceres in the

Cape, we were introduced to many of

the team responsible for the bike we saw

lurking under an afdak as we checked

in. Over an informal drink in a thatched

lounge the obviously very proud President

of Honda Africa, Mr Yoshiaki Nakamura

welcomed us as the first group to arrive.

Flanking him was the new bike, this one

very understated in a satin black. At

that point, to be quite honest, it was just

another nice looking new bike, quite similar

to one of the older model Africa Twins just

outside the door.

The team that was sent to run the

launch were also all present, and it was

noticeable how nervous and apprehensive

they all were. It’s one thing to hear

comments on the look of the bike at an

international Motorcycle Exhibition, but

here it was going to face a test by fire…

the first time a group of experienced riders

completely free to voice any opinion they

liked were going to ride them.

There were introductions

to various Honda people, like the

overall project leader Mr Naoshi Lizuka,

one of his right hand men Mr

Tetsuya Kudo, the leader of the

Italian based styling centre,

one of the men responsible for

a lot of the prototype testing, Ian Bland,

and several more. A very welcoming face

was that of Heine Engelbrecht and his son

Dieter from ADA. They were responsible

for choosing the route, both on and off

road as well as playing a very big part in

running the riding part of the launch. It was

soon obvious that these people were here

to answer any question thrown at them as

openly as they could. We couldn’t wait to

get onto the bikes and out onto the road.

After a quick breakfast we were all ready

to rock and roll. First, however, we were

given a very good briefing on the bikes.

The Africa Twin is full of neat

little design touches that

nod to the past. Brilliant design

withstands the test of time

– and the Africa Twin is no

different. Whether it’s the dual

headlights with their handsome

looks and great visibility, or the

range of rally paintwork to choose

from, the new Africa Twin pays

homage to the original with classic

styling that still looks great today.


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“Swinging a leg over the two colour single

piece saddle is a doddle. Although Honda

have given the Africa Twin very generous

ground clearance they have managed to

keep the saddle height low enough for

shorter riders.”

The design team has done a fabulous job of

capturing the essence of the original, especially the

two combinations of the original red, white and blue

Honda Dakar racing colours. The styling captures

the feel of the old race bike, but is completely

modern and very good looking. Somehow out in

the open the bike looks much slimmer and smaller

than the black one standing in the lounge the

evening before.

Swinging a leg over the two colour single piece

saddle is a doddle. Although Honda have given

the Africa Twin very generous ground clearance

they have managed to keep the saddle height low

enough for shorter riders. They have also made it

extremely quick and easy to change the seat height

to a lower position. Simply use the ignition key

to spring it open, lift it and replace in the second

position. It is quicker to do than to explain. On the

lowest position it is low enough to suit a very short

rider… also making it easy for lady riders to feel

comfortable. Once on the bike everything

is just in the right place. Footpeg height,

handlebar height and bend, screen height,

tank width and reach to the bars is just so

well thought out. Talking of the footpegs, they

are the current modern wide design, and have

a removable rubber insert for riding

in the wet when more grip on the

soles of your boots is needed.

Talking of saddle height another

nice feature is that the bike will

start in neutral with the stand

down. This means that it is

possible to sit on the bike

with both feet on the pegs

and start it, ready to pull

off and flip up the stand just

before engaging a gear… great

if you are short, or really tired

after a tough off road ride.


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Electronic wizardry:

The DCT version has no gear lever,

although one is available as an optional

extra… everyone smiled when they heard

that! It also doesn’t have a clutch lever.

It does have strong looking enduro

type plastic handlebar protectors, the

instrument panel is easy to read and

electronically shows everything you need

to know, including the riding mode settings

and other normal stuff like the time, your

speed, water temp, fuel and the rest. It

has another nice feature to help the rider

remember exactly what setting he has

chosen. On the left handlebar control there

are the dim and bright headlight switch,

indicator toggle, and a headlamp flasher,

as well as the hooter. Normal so far. Then

it also has a spring loaded toggle in front

operated by a flick of your pointing finger,

and one on the back to press with your

thumb. They both fall very naturally in

place, and the rider is able to change gears

manually. Simply flick a finger or thumb to

move up or down through the conventional

6 speed gearbox. The changes are

absolutely instant and as smooth as silk.

No rider can possibly hope to match them

manually with conventional controls. On

the right hand cluster you find the normal

starter button and kill switch and a rocker

switch marked S and M… you guessed it -

sport and manual.

In manual mode the bike works exactly

like the manual version, and holds the

selected gear to whatever rpm you want

(although a rev limiter kicks in just over the

red line) it will also change down to a lower

gear any time you select one, even if you

do so at too high a speed for the lower

gear. Select “S” and a little bar graph pops

up on the instrument panel. Lightly tap

the rocker lever and each time you do so

it adds or subtracts a bar. One bar is for

automatic in sport mode, for riding briskly

but conservatively, flick it to two bars and

it changes gears a bit higher up in the rev

range for more spirited riding. Select three

bars and have the full power available from

the excellent parallel twin motor. In this

mode the rider controls the bike entirely

through the throttle and the brakes, and

it automatically changes gears at exactly

the right time. Race your mate and ride

very aggressively and it even knows to

change down two gears as you get to a

sharp corner. If by some chance it has

selected too low a gear for that particular

corner it instantly and smoothly flicks

into the right gear. How does it do that?

Well you will have to ask Honda. If you

remember, because it is just so much fun.

Maybe you still don’t trust all this

electronic trickery? No problem, you can


The switchgear for both manual and DCT

machine has been designed to improve rider

control and ease of use. The dash functions are

controlled from a button on the left switchgear,

as is control of HSTC, with the indicator switch

set closer to the handlebar. The right hand

switchgear has an integrated start/engine stop

switch, plus a hazard light button.

To manage the CRF1000L Africa Twin in DCT form

the left switchgear incorporates an ‘up’ shift

trigger on its rear – in a place naturally found

by a forefinger – with the ‘down’ shift trigger on

the front ready for a thumb. The right switchgear

features an AT/MT (automatic/manual) select

button and N-D-S (neutral, drive, sport) switch.

The parking brake is operated by pulling a lever

on the left handlebar, with four levels of braking

force to suit conditions – up to an 18% gradient

with two people and full load – and slipping

on the small lock lever; it’s taken off by simply

squeezing the lever. A plastic guard shields the

parking brake caliper and rear disc.

manually override the automatic mode any

time you like and manually select the gear

you think you need. In general it’s more like a

comfort blanket when you do so, and as you

get more used to it the less you will over-ride

it. If you choose the optional extra foot gear

lever you can use this instead of the toggle

switch to change gear. Quite honestly it’s just

not worth the bother, because in less than

100 meters you will have forgotten about a

foot gear change anyway.

If you think that’s all space age

technology which sounds too good to be

true, there’s even more. The electronics

employ some smart technology which

analyses your riding style over a very short

distance, and it adjusts the way the bike

performs accordingly. For instance if you

deliberately select the most aggressive

sport three mode, but ride more gently

and conservatively than the sport mode is

capable of, it will automatically reprogram

itself to suit your riding style. Alternatively


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if you happen to be pottering

along enjoying the scenery in

sport one, and suddenly decide

to chase your mate who has

just blasted past, the electronics

will immediately pick up your

more aggressive riding style

and adjust accordingly. That all

describes the go part.

The stopping bit is

just as clever.

In default the bike (both versions

have the same ABS system)

is set to full ABS. This controls

both the front and the rear

brakes. In addition to the ABS

on the front brake Honda use

their dual braking technique

where pressing the back brake

always puts some braking

force on the front as well. It

works so well the rider can’t

even feel it, other than the bike

stops incredibly smoothly and

efficiently. What’s more the ABS

works under all conditions. (well

we couldn’t try it on ice because

the air temp was over 36 C

most of the time) It does work

exceptionally well on unpaved

surfaces…even when there is

just a layer of dust on a hard

packed surface. For most riding

it’s best just to leave it on. It can

be turned off, mostly for use on

heavy sand and dirt surfaces

where locking the back wheel

helps turn the bike, for instance

around sharp, slow turns.

Interestingly even though the

dash light shows the ABS is off, it

still operates on the front wheel.

But wait folks, Honda still has

one more electronic safety trick

on this bike. It has a four stage

traction control system. Default

is full traction control, indicated

by three bars on the dash panel.

With a flick of a switch this

can be reduced to a marginal

one bar, or it can be switched

off completely when the bike

is stationary. With three bars

showing it is very restrictive,

cutting the power very quickly

and comprehensively. It’s

probably excellent in heavy

rain and perhaps black ice,

but too much everywhere else.

The other modes work well,

and it’s easy to find one to suit

the conditions. It’s as good a

safety aid as the ABS. Then

the CRT model has one last

trick up its sleeve. All of this

wizardry is made possible by

the latest version of Honda’s

dual clutch technology. In

normal operation to ensure silky

smooth gearshifts, both up and

down, and to give the bike an

absolutely seamless ride from

standstill to top speed there

“But wait folks, Honda still

has one more electronic

safety trick on this bike. It

has a four stage traction

control system.”


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is some “slippage” between the

two clutches and the gearbox.

It is ever so slight, and almost

unnoticeable. However it does

rob a little bit of performance, so

to remove this, Honda has fitted

a button marked “G” just below

the screen on the panel. Press it

once and the clutches and all the

other bits work like demons…

still smooth and seamless, but

with a pleasing taughtness

that combined with a fabulous

induction howl make canyon riding

enormous fun.

Ok so now that we’ve

done our best to

explain how it all

works, what is it like

to ride?

On the fully automatic DCT version

it only takes 30 seconds from

selecting 1st gear with the right

hand rocker switch and turning

the throttle to pull off to forget that

bikes ever even had things like

clutch and gear levers! Everything

just feels so natural and it all works

so well. We were put into groups

of five, each behind a riding leader,

and told not to pass him, which

we dutifully did not do… for about

five kays. It was a brilliant Karoo

summer day, with such clear air

we could probably have seen

Madagascar from the top of one

of the nearby hills. After 5 kays

we came to a T junction, and all

of us had the same thought in

mind. If we were expected to ride

the 150 something km route like

this we were going to turn right

at the first opportunity when the

riding leader turned left. Luckily

for us Heine and Dieter second

guessed us and we were asked

to follow a film crew in a truck

one by one for some video shots,

so we forgot about riding away

from our minders. After that we

were taken on a succession of

brilliant mountain passes, and at

speeds we all enjoyed, and which

exposed the new Africa Twin to

real, fast touring conditions. One

of the great things about riding

in South Africa is that the roads

are generally in great condition,

traffic is sparse and policing is

minimal. Our minders proved to

be excellent riders and kept us

all at a fast but safe pace. As

the day wore on we stopped

quite often and the entire group

“One of the great things about

riding in South Africa is that

the roads are generally in great

condition, traffic is sparse and

policing is minimal.”


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of South African journalists naturally

sorted themselves into groups who were

comfortable riding together.

At speed on the open road, fitted with

Dunlop adventure type tyres the new Africa

Twin proved to be a fabulously capable

tourer. It is so comfortable, and so capable.

The 270 degree crank angle makes the

parallel twin engine sound and feel like a

V-twin, and is very pleasant. There has

been serious attention paid to the build

quality of this bike. It is so smooth, rattle

free and effortless. In fact there isn’t

another bike on the road that comes

close in these areas’. Unlike some of the

competition there are no strange engine

noises, no gear box clunks, and no rattling

plastic. It does make a fabulous induction

roar when pressed hard, and this makes it

very tempting to keep the revs up as much

as possible. Another nice feature is that the

one piece saddle does have a fashionable

dip in the front, but unlike several others

allows the rider to move around freely

during a long ride. The density and the

texture of the saddle cover is also just right.

An entire team must have been tasked

to make sure a rider could comfortably

ride from Cape to Cairo in one shot if they

chose to.

After lunch time we swopped bikes,

and moving on to the fully manual version

which, was not as different as one would

expect. It just goes to show how well

Honda have done their homework in

“Unlike some of the

competition there are no

strange engine noises,

no gear box clunks, and

no rattling plastic. It does

make a fabulous induction

roar when pressed hard,

and this makes it very

tempting to keep the revs

up as much as possible.”

making riding the DCT bike as natural and

effortless as possible.

The manual Africa Twin is just as capable

as its’ twin (ha ha, funny!). The ergonomics

and geometry and in fact everything except

the electronic wizardry is exactly the same.

As the day went by we were in riding

heaven. As we got more used to the bike

one thing became very clear. The underlying

geometry, the choice of suspension, the

riding position and even the texture of

the handgrips has been honed by a team

of people who really know what they are

doing. There are no compromises on

this bike. The initial goal was to make the

successor of the original Africa Twin the

best Adventure bike on the road.

At the end of day one we certainly

thought they had pretty much succeeded

as a touring or “Adventure” road bike.

After a day in the saddle we got home full

of enthusiasm and ready for the next day

which was to be on the dirt.

A very interesting thing had happened

during the day. Almost to a man everyone

of the Honda team, many who have been

directly involved in the original conception

and subsequent development of the bike

eagerly approached each of the journalists.

This was the first time the bike had really

been ridden by anyone not directly linked

to Honda in some way. All of the journalists

there have had lots of experience on

every other adventure bike currently on

the market. The questions were always

the same “What do you think?” They were

so enthusiastic and so passionate - and

apprehensive as well. It would have been

devastating if something had been wrong,

or if there was anything we didn’t like.

When we got back to the game lodge

we had a very pleasant dinner out in the

bush after a great game drive where a

teenaged bull elephant threatened us

and a lioness decided someone on the

game viewing vehicle might be a nice

snack. Once again the Honda staff split up

amongst the riders. The wonderful thing

was how informal everyone was, and how

willing they were to answer even the most

difficult of questions. This was not what

we have come to expect from the normally


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very reserved Japanese, especially those

from the inner sanctums of the various

R&D departments.

Of course we all talked amongst

ourselves, comparing notes and discussing

every facet of both bikes. By the time

we went to bed we seemed quite evenly

split between our preference for the

conventional and the DCT bikes. Of course

the perennial subject of electronics, and

ABS in particular was a hot topic. Many

riders keep saying they prefer to be in

control completely and would like no

electronics at all. Then there are some

who love the electronics and delight in

being able to ride faster, safer and easier

as they become better. We all left thinking

that the day on the dirt will be the most


At breakfast the next morning, opinions

had hardened during the night, with some

riders declaring outright which system they


When we got to the bikes we found

they had been fitted with Continental off

road tyres, which gave us a clue to the day

Honda had in store for us. At the briefing

we found that we had a new set of lead

riders, Oliver and Martin, who turned out

to be masters of off road, but so friendly

and helpful, just like our road guides Adrian

(Adie) and Ian had been the day before. We

were briefed on the off-road loop we would

ride, which included a gnarly uphill track

more suited to a 450 enduro bike.

The loop covered fast hard pack

semi desert, some thick sand, a water

crossing and some fast, eroded winding

and undulating sections very similar to a

national off road race like the Toyota 1000.

On the face of it very brave stuff for Honda

to entrust their bikes to riders they didn’t

really know.

Anyway, off we went, once again

grouped behind a control rider, who set

a smart pace right away. Within a very

short distance it was clear that the new

Africa Twin is a really competent off

road bike. The terrain was far more

suited to a well sorted enduro bike,

especially for the riders capable of

picking up the pace and using the

ample, seamless power of the new

Honda engine. And what a revelation

the CRT proved to be. Riding in any

mode was just so much fun. The

very conventional, non electronically

adjustable suspension easily handled

everything that came it’s way. The

brakes are outstanding, even with the

ABS fully on. The biggest surprise of

all was how good the automatic CRT

bike is. With traction control off, ABS

off, sports mode three selected and

the “G” button pressed this bike

is like a rattle-free Dakar racer! It

is awesome!

Up the gnarly rocky mountain

climb one of our fellow scribes

who is not a picture of fitness

and who loudly proclaimed

that he “didn’t do dirt” and

wasn’t going up any off road hill

under any circumstances, was

persuaded by team leader Martin

to just try on the CRT bike. Martin

assured him he would help all the

way, and that under no circumstances

would the bike stall. Minutes later

our colleague crested the hill with such a

huge smile that if he hadn’t had a helmet

strapped on his head would have split

in two. Minutes later he had ridden back

down the hill, and back up again on the

conventional manual model!

After one more loop of the dirt circuit

which we all tried to do as fast as possible,

we reluctantly headed for home, the riding

part of our job done. Of course back at the

ranch the team were waiting, this time with

beaming smiles..

”Whaddoyouthink?” was the first thing

we were asked by Mr Kudo, in charge of

the final development. Honestly, this bike

is awesomely good. Time will tell if the

resurrected Honda Africa Twin will become

as famous as its’ ancestor. I suspect it

will. No bike will satisfy everyone, but this

one will excite and satisfy a huge group

of serious Adventure bike customers,

attracted not only by what a good

motorcycle this is, but also by the fact that

it’s a Honda, backed up by all the qualities

Honda is rightly famous for.

The bikes are due to arrive here around

April. We don’t know the price because

the illustrious chaps in our parliament keep

duffing the value of the rand. More on this

bike soon…


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It’s quite difficult to believe that this bike has only been

around for a year or so - in fact the YZ250 FX made its

official debut, just a year ago at the 2014 Roof Of Africa.

Straight after that Roof, we got to ride the new models

(FX and WR), and these were impressive- even out of

the box. The bikes have brought Yamaha some pretty

good sales successes and just as importantly, great

results in the hands of some talented riders. We slightly

less talented riders borrowed Brett Swanepoels Roof

machine for a quick spin after it came third at this years

Roof Of Africa...

By now you will have read every review about these

incredible machines - its as though Yamaha Japan said

“stuff it” and took a sledge hammer to the traditional

250cc enduro market. Naturally to ride extreme enduro’s

like the Roof, a bike needs a bit of TLC to protect it and

make it - well tough enough to go the distance. The guys

from Bidvest Yamaha spend quite a bit of time on each

Roof bike to make sure that it is up to race scratch - and

looking at the results this year, they sure did a great job.

What have they done to this one...

Local is lekker:

South Africa is quite famous for making components

for hard enduro. The brake protectors and shark fin out

back are polished aluminium polished components made

by PSP in the Cape. Same with the radiator guards.

This custom manufacturer has a huge variety of ready to

race parts on offer - top quality, bolt-on goodies for most

makes and models.

The famous Hyde outfit are responsible for the protective

skid plate mounted beneath the engine.

It’s great to see so much good local stuff making its way

on to some of the worlds top bikes.


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Imported stuff;

Tyres and mousses are compliments of

Metzeler tyres. The pipe is FMF. We notice

that the KYB suspension has been set

up by suspension tuning wizard Hilton

Hayward - he dials the bike in according to

the riders weight, riding style and of course

- the application.

The bike is liberally littered with light speed

carbon components - on the front brake,

the fork protector and the little brake guard

out back. light weight and looks very trick.

Looking a bit closer, we notice that a

second fan has been fitted, so one on each

radiator. For the rocks at the Roof this is

probably one of the most critical additions

to avoid overheating when you are battling

up a snotty slope. And it all looks really

neat and factory.

Cycra hand guards are mounted, some

of the toughest in the biz. It’s great to see

that even a rider like Brett has a lifting strap

bolted at the back of the seat, we thought

it was only us mere mortals who have to lift

our bikes out of trouble.

Looking at the bike, you’d never say that

this bike had just come third in a Gold

Roof. Testimony to the skills that these top

riders have. We were, in fact convinced

that the bike had not even fallen over - until

we watched the Roof footage on Ignition

- Brett did put her down on Whispering

Death pass.

Riding it, it just feels so crisp and fresh. Our

Kyle Lawrenson probably weighs around

the same as Brett and constantly went on

about how good the suspension feels.

What a bike! light, nimble and so fast -

easily as fast as an old generation 450. Its

very easy to understand why it has done so

well in such a short space of time.

A four stroke up against the most popular

two stroke race machines on the planet.

Great to see how well this bike does...

We’ll get our mitts on to some of the other

top Roof bikes soon.


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Year End Roam To Ganora Lodge, Eastern Cape

The day finally arrived, Friday 27th November,

time to depart to the inaugural year end gettogether

at Ganora Lodge, a few km from

Nieu Bethesda in the Eastern Cape, the venue

was chosen partly because it is fairly central

between Cape Town and Johannesburg, and because it

came highly recommended by Dorsland/Johan Steyn, a

local farmer in the area.

I was fortunate enough to get a BMW XR 1000

for the event the day before, more on this awesome

machine later, I hastily kitted it out with a fruit salad of

luggage, Famsa universal tailbag, Touratech drybag,

SW Motech tankbag, bolted on my trusty Garmin 276C

GPS, packed my kit and was good to go...

Early on Friday morning I met up with Debbie/Go Girl

on her KTM 950, and Tony on his KTM 1190 Adv, and

Michelle, Tony’s daughter who very bravely decided to

join her dad for the weekend, I say brave because to

take on 800 km as pillion with very little road time takes

some doing, somehow she maintained a smile and a

sense of humour the rest of the weekend.

RoamAfrica is a fairly new adventure forum, www.

roamafrica.co.za, owned by people with a very wide

variety of motorcycle adventure knowledge and

experience, populated by a great bunch of ‘fairly mature’

members, all very keen to share their experiences, and

learn from others, and not just motorcycle adventure,

all types of adventure, be it cycling, 4X4ing, kayaking,


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walking, whatever, as long as you’re

having an adventure....

We met up at Kroonvaal Plaza,

refuelled, refreshed with a quick

breakfast, and off we went. Due

to work pressure we had to leave

on Friday and do the distance in

one day, others more fortunate had

left on Wednesday and Thursday

already, doing as much dirt as

possible along the way, Pierre/

Geotraveler had the misfortune to hit

a sheep on the way, and was unable

to make it, next year is another

year... We stopped just after one of

the toll gates on the N1 for a break,

this a really monotonous road, and

just as I mentioned to the others that

we might meet up with Tom/TVB1

along the road, Tom arrived, he had

only been a few kays behind us, on

his brand new Honda NC 750, so

now we were 4 bikes. We stopped

for fuel as needed, but kept a good

pace, I was revelling in the pleasure

of riding the BMW XR 1000, which

in my opinion is a superbike that

you sit on properly, upright and

comfortable, not like a grasshopper

hiding behind a screen, the XR

1000 was launched in South Africa

a few months back, I was fortunate

to be on that media launch as well,

now I finally had the opportunity

to ride the XR my way, live with

it for a few days, an ideal way to

examine the bike and it’s abilities at

my pace. And man oh man, was I

having fun, the XR has a quickshifter

fitted as standard, caning it off

from standstill, holding the throttle

pinned, no clutch, hook the gear

lever, it changes gears like a F1

car, a major adrenaline rush each

time....the XR 1000 has the same

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Our last fuel stop was Middelburg, and

I would be wise to listen to a student in my

search for rusks, Michelle knew just where

to shop for rusks, and Debbie proved this

by popping into a coffee shop across the

road from the gas station, one just HAS

to have proper boere rusks with coffee for

breakfast....our last stretch included a 30km

dirt road to Ganora Lodge, now while the XR

1000 has no pretences of being a dual sport

bike, it coped very well, 17” front wheel, firm

suspension and all, the dirt road was in fairly

good condition, the XR coped a lot better

than I thought it would, speedshifters are

great fun even on dirt.

We arrived late afternoon at our venue,

Ganora Lodge, www.ganora.co.za, most

people had arrived before us, some serious

chilling out was being done...Ganora

Lodge is a guest lodge/farm near to Nieu

Bethesda, run by Hester and JP, which

offers all types of accommodation, self

catering 6 sleeper cottage, (which I had),

catered 2 sleeper accommodation, rough

and ready barn for groups, camping, you

name it, Ganora caters for all. That night

we all enjoyed a festive braai, meeting new

faces and catching up with old friends,

unwinding from the hectic life most of us

endure. There is an onsite honesty bar,

awesome food, and very attentive hosts;

one cannot fault Ganora Lodge...

Saturday morning after breakfast, those

that had not gone off to explore the dirt

routes in the area, headed to Nieu Bethesda,

a town where time seems to have frozen

about 40 years ago, the main highlight being

the Owl House, where Helen Martins lived

for many years, creating various sculptures

of owls, camels, people, a place you just

have to visit, it would take pages to highlight

the aspects of this museum, Google it for

more info...thereafter we visited the Fossil

Museum, well worth a visit, then off to the

Brewery on outskirts of town, a chill zone

of note, in fact I was so relaxed by then the

ride back to Ganora Lodge became quite an

arduous task, but once back at the lodge all

was well. After the mandatory group photo

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and laughing at other’s experiences over

the years....After a fully catered dinner

and a short speech by our Roam Africa IT

guru Andre, the fun continued, we met an

American lady from New York by the name

of Pat, who is a volunteer at Ganora Lodge,

she has travelled the world, worked on sloth

rehabilitation centres, performed root canal

treatment on a polar bear, (the bear was

unconscious, not even Chuck Norris would

do root treatment on a fully conscious polar

bear), she operates off a website called www.

workaway.info, check it out if you want to

tour the world on a strict budget, her stories

could keep her going for hours.

Sunday dawned all too soon, our group

packed the bikes and departed for home

after saying cheers to everyone else going in

different directions, now minus Tom who had

a week to get home, and a very exiting route

and plan, we refuelled in Middelburg again ,

had breakfast in Colesburg, myself and Tony

swapped bikes, I wanted his and Michelle’s

opinions of the XR, and enjoy it they did...

Michelle reckoned she could see better

because the XR 1000 has a higher pillion

saddle, she enjoyed the wind protection as

long as her helmet was not directly behind

her dad’s helmet, but preferred the saddle

of the KTM 1190 Adv. I got my XR back in

Bloemfontein, I had now become very used

to it, I loved the power, the quickshifter, the

response of that awesome 4 cylinder motor,

returning this bike to BMW was going to be

very difficult....

We arrived back home mid afternoon,

somehow shaving an hour off the time we

took on Friday for the same distance...

The first Year End Roam was now under

the belt, a fantastic weekend, well organised,

no issues, it was great to meet those that I

had not met before, great to chat to those

that I already knew, sad for those that had to

cancel, next year is going to be difficult, we

will have to at least equal the experience, not

sure how we will better it.....


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By Pat Roux and Clive Strungell pics by William Sutherland

It was one of those days that only come around very seldom,

sparked by the opportunity to ride the 1190 and 1290 KTM

Adventures. In fact it was supposed to be a chance to ride the

1050 as well but unfortunately that will wait for a future issue.

Oh the decisions on where to go….should we head east out of

KTM’s head office in Randburg, or west? Perhaps south would be

a good choice?

In the end we decided to go north, from Randburg towards

Rustenberg, passing through Hekpoort and Magaliesberg on

the way. First up on the 1290 was Pat Roux, a very experienced

adventure rider on about his 400th BMW GS. This was to be his

first ride on a KTM. His instructions were short and sweet….ride it

with an absolute open mind, and give your honest opinion. Those

who know Pat, and there are an awful lot of you, know that with a

brief like this an honest answer is what you will get.


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Pat takes up the story

The very first impression of the new big

KTM is that the rider sits very much on top

of the bike, rather than being cushioned

at a lower lever IN the bike, as on a big

BM. Also the difference in the weight

distribution is immediately noticeable… the

KTM has a much higher centre of gravity

than the BM, which makes quick changes

in direction, for example changing lanes

on the freeway, feel very different. The next

big difference is the wonderfully planted

feeling from the front wheel, especially on

turn in to a corner, whether at speed or

even at walking pace. Weight-wise the two

bikes feel much the same. The thing that

impresses most on the 1290 is the never

ending surge of power, even from low rpm

in 6th gear… the bike is really a rocket.

So with Pat happily leading the way on the

1290, and William cradling the Dirt & Trail

camera for six photo’s on the back of the

1190, the duo quickly left the hustle and

bustle of the northern edge of Randburg

behind, and popped off past the historic

Muldersdrift Hotel, where so many prize

giving ceremonies from the golden era of

Motocross at nearby Syringa Spa were

held. Folklore has it that visiting American

MX Superstar Rex Staten once even faced

down a gun-toting drunken local there after

one of the Syringa Series rounds!

Anyway after passing the hotel it was

on ever northwards, past the “Cradle of

Mankind” and Sterkfontein Caves, where

we all know the remains of the oldest

known Tannie in the world, Mrs Ples, were

found. Just after her final resting place at

Sterkfontein (that’s not really true, because

what’s left of her is now at Wits University)

we passed Maanhaarand, the sight of

one of the early Boer war battles. Here

the Boers managed to give the English

Army a big wake-up call early in the war,

although when the South African generals

took stock a bit later they realised this army

of young men following old traditions was

going to give them a lot more trouble than

they first thought.

The main road to Rustenburg from

Krugersdorp now folds itself over the hills

and valleys of this old battleground and

we hummed our way past in a symphony

of V-twin music, on our way to the equally

historic Olifantsnek, where the road

breaches the Magaliesberg on its’ way to

Rustenberg, where Oom Paul Kruger set

up home for a while. There’s now a dam at

the foot of the hills next to Olifantsnek, and

it’s worth stopping at the top of the pass

and looking back across the dam and the

characteristic bushveld of the area. How

awesome is it to be just an hour or so from

the centre of Johannesburg, and be in the

real African bush? Just over 200 years ago

this area was teeming with Elephant, which

gave the original old pass its’ name.

After soaking up the awesome view from

the top of Olifantsnek we retraced our

tracks down the hill for just a kilometer or so

and pulled in at the “Brauhaus am Damm”,

the brewery on the banks of the dam.

It’s new in the area, and is a magnificent

modern building housing the old brewery

brought from Dannhauser in Natal near

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master-brewer who operated

it died a few years ago, and

the new owners relocated it

to Olifantsnek… lucky for us!

After a very satisfying German

influenced lunch we reluctantly

headed back to Randburg.

About halfway back, after

having enjoyed whistling back

up Hekpoort itself, we came

across a crowd of people

standing on the side of the

road, gazing into a field right

on the edge of the road. Being

a nosy bunch we stopped,

and to our amazement, there

just 5 meters from the road

was a full grown lioness lying

languidly flat on her back with

legs flayed out in abandon,

enjoying the shade of a thorn

tree, just as lion probably spend

many afternoons for hundreds,

if not thousands of years in this

area. Even though she was

completely oblivious of the little

crowd gathered on the side of

the road, we were quite happy

there was a fence between her

and us!

After this enjoyable interlude

we got going again, only to

find another little huddle on

the side of the road not 100

meters further along. Again

we stopped, but this time the

centre of attraction was a full

grown male white Tiger! Not

something we ever expected to

see anywhere in Africa, never

mind here 45 minutes as the

KTM flies from Sandton City.

What’s more this big fella was

just as indifferent to the humans

gawping at him as the lioness

was, and slowly rolled over onto

his back, legs outspread, no

doubt to get some cool air on

his overheated private parts!

Pat was riding the 1190 KTM

by this time and remarked on

several aspects of the bike, like

how it felt quite different from its’

bigger brother. For one thing the

handlebars, the windscreen, and

the seat are all a lot different,

and while the big KTM gives a

riding position similar to the BM,

the 1190 is a lot different. The

engine is almost just as strong,

and the handling and brakes are

so good. The biggest difference

from the riders point of view

is the windscreen. The one

on the 1290 is larger, and has

much more complicated shape,

including a slot on the face at

eye level, it’s quite irritating for

a rider of Pats size and height,

whereas the screen on the

1190 is much plainer and more

practical. It’s also noticeable

how noisy a chain is for

someone used to a drive shaft,

but most riders do get used to it

and don’t notice it after a while.

So after a couple of very happy

hours in the saddle, having

visited the place of Elephants,

and having seen a white Tiger

and a lioness right next to the

road, our day came to an end

negotiating the late afternoon

traffic. Here again the two KTM’s

proved remarkable comfortable

and capable.

The verdict at the end of the

day was that even though some

riders may favour one brand of

bike over another, there was no

doubt whatsoever that these

two KTMs, and especially the

1290, are certainly at the top

of the pile when it comes to

comfort and capability and are

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Toni Jardine Ends the 2015

Season on a high note

At the start of the 2015 season Toni made the decision

to include MX to her already busy 2015 calendar to

assist her with her cornering and speed. Little did she

know that she would take to it like a duck to water and

become one of her main focuses. Her goal for the season was

to be able to ride along side SA’s previous Ladies MX Champion

Nanda Swiegers and learn from her. Toni has all the respect in the

world for Nanda as she has raced successfully against the guys

in the MX2 class for the last 6 years as there was no Ladies class

due to poor numbers. she won 3 Ladies MX Championships and

been awarded her South African Protea Colours.

At the first race of the season MXSA called a meeting with

the ladies and offered the ladies a class provided they kept the

numbers up - and so, a ladies class was back for the first time in

6 years. Toni who took on the challenge. Enlisting the support and

training from John Wakefield (Pelotrain) and Darrel Fitzgerald, Toni

set herself personal goals on how she was going to tackle the job

at hand. Halfway through the year Toni made the decision to drop

Enduro and focus on Off Road and MX. The conflict between the

two styles was holding her back and she now also had more time

to focus on her MX training.

With great support from her various Sponsors, Toni managed

to wrap up the Ladies Championship at the penultimate race held

at Teza. With one race to go, Toni focused on her original goal and

beat Nanda…

Toni’s ultimate success story of the year was being recognized

for all her years of hard work and dedication to the sport by being

awarded her South African Protea Colours at the MSA awards.

Toni would like to take this opportunity to thank all her sponsors

that have helped make 2015 the success it has been, without the

support she receives none of this would have been possible:

Mr.Move Worldwide Botswana, WM Digital Solutions, Yamaha,

EVS, EKS Brand, Cycra, DRD, Maxima Racing Oils, Dunlop,

Hydrapak, JT Racing, Solid Decals, Pelotrain, 32Gi, Just 1

Helmets, PSP, Nithrone and Hayward Suspension.

Thanks to Motorsport South Africa (MSA), Women in

Motorsport (WIM) and Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme

(FIM) for their continued support.


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