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THE PERFECT

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IN THIS ISSUE:

DAKAR 2016 / ROCKY FX125

2016 YAMAHA 450’S TESTED

KTM 500 RALLYE BIKE

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EDITOR: ROLEY FOLEY

Phwoar!

Lots going on - interesting start to 2016 - the

rand has seen its arse (are we allowed to say

that?), following the Dakar race has been insane

- and we’ve lost a great friend to the motorcycle

fraternity, all in less than a month. Our heartfelt

condolences go out to Jannie’s family and

friends, he just quietly went about getting the job

done - he will be sorely missed. On the up side

we’ve got some great new bikes making their

way onto showroom floors and we do live in the

best darn riding country on the planet. Don’t

panic stay calm, ride more, stress less - even if

its on an older bike, just keep it serviced and you

can have as much fun as the folks on the

high-end stuff. That’s the beauty of motorcycles

- it does not matter what you ride - they are all

awesome fun! And living here - you can point

your bike in just about any direction and you are

in for a GREAT ride.

Ride safe! See you out on the trails. And to Kyle

Lawrenson Dirt And Trails Mr do it all - welcome

back, we hope that you enjoyed your holiday!

1 down, 5 up lets go!

CONTENTS: FEBRUARY 2016

THE TEAM:

EDITOR:

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Byron Rudman

Zenon Birkby

Sean Hendley

Tristan Foley

14: COVER STORY: HUSKY 701

22: TESTED: 2016 YAMAHA 450’S

28: TESTED: TIGER FULLY LOADED

32: PLAYBIKE: ROCKY FX125

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38: FEATURE: DAKAR 2016

60: FEATURE: BIKING AUSTRALIA

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NEWS

brought to you by

The Husqvarna 701

launched in SA

The sexy new bikes were unveiled

at a glitzy function at the Bikers

Warehouse in Malibongwe drive.

Husqvarna is quite aggressive with

their introduction of new models, this

one has evolved from the famous 690

– and there are two street models on

their way soon… watch this space.

Elsewhere in the mag, we have a

launch story on the enduro version of

the 701 – and we’ll do a local test as

soon as they become available.

www.husqvarnamotorcycles.com for

your closest dealer.

SSS Racing now

manufacturing bash plates for

dirtbikes - from R1150.00

Bash plates, or sump guards are designed to

protect your bike’s front and bottom frame

and engine from damage caused by rocks and

stones out on the trails. SSS Manufacture theirs

from 4.5mm aluminium and include all stainless

steel mnounting nuts, bolts and brackets. The

plates are available for a variety of makes and

models. The good news is, if you do not have

a bash plate for your bike, take you bike in and

they will design and manufacture one for you that

will fit your bike 100%. Most dirt bike riders will

inevitably say riding without one is not worth the

risk. The cost of a bash plate is small compared

to what you’d need to pay to replace your cases,

shifters, and brake pedals . One stone will easily

put a hole in your casing, make you lose all your

oil and seize your engine.

Email sssracing@mweb.co.za

Arai helmets distributed by www.bike-wise.co.za

READY FOR ANYTHING

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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NEWS

brought to you by

EVS’ Wrist brace:

When our Kyle Lawrenson hurt his

wrist a few months back, it put a bit

of a kybosh on his riding. To protect

the injured joint, he purchased the

EVS wrist brace – The wrist is better

but it still niggles a bit.

Injured wrists are pretty common

among bikers and can plague you

for months or even years after they

happen. Looking after them during

rehabilitation is key. The EVS wrist

brace features twin straps, two

support strips and a Velcro-adjustable

Neoprene sleeve.

We found that it can be worn both

ways and fits right and left joints. It

does its job brilliantly, and, with the

Velcro sleeve fitting, you can easily

put the brace on without removing

your gloves.

This means you can ride without it on

less gnarly sections of the trail but slip

it on without too much hassle when

things start getting wilder. That’s just

the time when an injured rider will be

in need of some extra protection and

peace of mind.

Available at dealers

Some cool Renthal goodies for

your bike. Available at dealers –

imported by Bikewise.

Renthal chain lube is 100% lubricant, zero propellant. So

this new 250ml bottle size combines high performance

and value. The all-new formula Chain Lube is specially

designed to penetrate all parts of the chain. The high

film strength and stable viscosity, across a range of

temperatures, gives superb adhesion and anti-fling

properties.

This all-condition lube is compatible with all o-ring

and non o-ring chains. The new twist-nozzle allows

for accurate application, to ensure full coverage and

protection. We’ve just got ourselves some – a bit different

to the usual spray on stuff, we’ll try it out over a couple of

bike washes and report back on what we think.

We also took the plunge and invested in some classy

looking high end Renthal intellilevers for our new FX. The

design of the Gen2 Intellilever allows the lever to dislocate

during a crash, then easily pop back into place. The design

of the lever allows it to dislocate in a full 270 degrees of

motion in any direction, not just up and down or forward

like most other unbreakable levers on the market.

They tell us that improvements to rider ergonomics,

finish, fit, feel and function are all part of the new

Gen2 Intellilever. We’ll try them out – hopefully

without crashing – and report back in a bit…

Get more protection for

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Trickbitz have a new full range of Puig

crash bars available for most adventure

bikes - GS, Versys, 1190, DL, Triumph

Explorer, Tracer and XTZ660.

For more info check out www.trickbitz.

co.za or call 011 672 6599.

Arai helmets distributed by www.bike-wise.co.za

THE BENCHMARK

The RX-7V represents the summit of Arai’s

knowledge, experience and know-how in helmet

technology. With a completely new PB-SNC² outer

shell, the revolutionary VAS (“Variable Axis System”)

visor system and a significant increased smoother

area around the temples, the RX-7V offers the new

benchmark in the premium helmet segment.

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NEWS

brought to you by

Raceworx KTM news:

Would we do a story on the shop With a guy like Ross and his

please?

experienced team in the workshop,

Sure – it’s a great big cave full of along with all the specialized KTM

delicious orange road, Adventure and tools, they will keep you and your

dirt motorcycles and accessories. bike well sorted.

Herman and his team do a great job www.raceworxktm.co.za

at making you feel welcome while (011) 027-9922

you browse your way through the Next month we focus on Holeshot

delectable range.

Motorcycles on the East Rand.

Arai helmets distributed by www.bike-wise.co.za

READY FOR ANYTHING

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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NEWS

brought to you by

The Polaris RZR1000 TURBO launched at Katay Racing

The guys from Katay Racing in

Weltevreden Park hosted a shindig to

launch the arrival of Polaris’ latest dirt

buster, the RZR1000 Turbo.

Phil Greenall the man from importer

Smith power equipment was on hand

to tell the visitors a bit more about

this go-fast machine...

It is quite some machine, the

new 2016 Polaris RZR XP Turbo

EPSproduces a claimed 144

horsepower...

“Unlike other turbo offerings on the

market and true to RZR’s heritage

of building complete machines

that set the vehicles apart from the

competition, the new RZR XP Turbo

EPS is completely engineered, front

to back, to translate industry-leading

power into unmatched performance,”

Polaris says in a release. “To deliver

maximum durability and performance,

Polaris has performed substantial

testing on the engine with enough

test miles to travel around the world

more than nine times; and paired

the engine with an all-new stronger

driveline to ensure all the power gets

to the ground reliably.”

Polaris controls all that power with

what it calls “the most preciselytuned

suspension,” which features

FOX Podium Internal Bypass Shocks.

Large diameter shock bodies (3.0

in. rear, 2.5 in. front), adjustable

remote reservoirs, and increased

fluid capacity are designed to provide

improvements in heat dissipation,

fade resistance, and durability. The

internal bypass technology uses

five compression zones to provide

progressive damping as the shock

absorbs bumps and stiffens to

prevent bottoming. As well, the

shocks offer three zones of rebound

damping, which are designed to

minimize pitching and harsh top out.”

Sounds heck of an impressive - we’ll

sort a full test for the next issue of Dirt

And trail magazine. If you want one

though - you’ll need to order - the

first shipment is sold out...

Katay Racing (011) 475-4892

Arai helmets distributed by www.bike-wise.co.za

BMW G310R coming in 2016

A new two-wheel roadster has been introduced

by BMW Motorrad. Called the BMW G310R, it’s

the first bike by Motorrad to have a single cylinder,

small displacement engine. Production of the bike

will take place in India, in cooperation with TVS

Motor Company.

In total, the G310R’s unladen weight is 158.5

kg. Between those two wheels is a newlydeveloped

single cylinder 313 cc liquid-cooled

motor with four valves and two overhead cams

with electronic fuel injection. The engine has a

backward-tilted cylinder in an open-deck design.

In addition to that, the cylinder head is rotated

by 180 degrees, this allows for the intake tract

to be positioned in front. As a whole, the engine

produces 34 hp at 9,500 rpm and 28 Nm of

torque at 7,500 rpm. According to BMW, the new

engine is designed for the global market – this

means that it can run on all grades of petrol and

still meet emission standards.

Should arrive in SA middle of the year. Contact

your nearest BMW Motorrad dealer for more info.

The MX-V evolved from the much loved VX-3 model.

Years of experience can be found in this ultimate off

road helmet. The perfect choice for MX, Enduro and

Off-road use. Just as found in every Arai helmet, the

basic and simple organic shell shape is based on the

R75 Shape concept. The absence of exaggerated

edges or protrusions on the shell is not a lack of

creativity, but a commitment to maintaining the integrity

of the shell with real world impact performance.

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Batt Holdings brings latest technology to the

ATV and UTV tyre markets!

Nylon cord layer production- a critical part of tyre production.

Hi-tech compound development

and testing facility.

Batt Holdings, one of SA’s leading providers of race tyres, has

proved its competitive edge once again by launching two brand

new sets of high-tech tyres for the local ATV and UTV markets.

The Terache-branded tyres are manufactured in state-of-the-art

laboratories abroad using dual compounds. Both feature excellent

new tread designs, as well as superior grip, and are proven

to perform well on African-type terrain. Bruce de Kock, owner

of Batt Holdings, comments: “These new tyres are the perfect

complement to our existing range of premium quality tyres - Batt

Blue - which already competes with top global brands. By introducing

Terache products into our stable, we’re showing our

continued commitment to research and development, to testing

new technology, and to providing our clients with choices they

can trust.”

Batt Blue tyres currently service a wide range of racing disciplines,

including off-road, enduro, motocross, ATV and side-xside,

as well as the leisure and commercial tyre sectors. Initially,

the Terache prototype tyres will only cater for clients in the ATV

and UTV markets who have specialised racing requirements.

However, development will continue – in conjunction with Batt

Holdings – until 2018, so that all sectors can benefit from the latest

tyre technology. “Our goal is to provide an extensive, worldclass

service offering to all race enthusiasts, not just those with

unique needs,” explains de Kock. “As a result, within two years,

we’ll offer Terache tyres to the motocross, off-road, kart and e-

bike markets too – though our Batt Blue brand will always remain

our key offering.”

The first Terache, dual compound, prototype product is the T-

Force tyre, a lightweight ATV design that features raised centre

technology for extra bite on one’s early laps. The tyre has a

side knob for perfect cornering and protection and is available

in two sizes – the larger of which offers impact skin protection

technology. UTV riders are catered for with two general purpose

tyres – one with aggressive tread and paddle-style centre knobs,

and the other with a more classic pattern for excellent grip. Both

these tyres offer sidewall protection in deep ruts and also guard

the tyre rim.

Despite rising costs and the new technology involved, Batt

Holdings has committed to keep Terache pricing competitive.

“We view development as an important investment,” says de

Kock. “It would be easy to just import a brand and distribute it to

the local biking industry, but I prefer to be involved in the development

of every tyre that Batt offers.”

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON BATT BLUE, TERACHE

OR ANY RACE TYRE REQUIREMENTS, CALL 011 205 0126

OR VISIT WWW.BATTHOLDINGS.COM.

56 AM

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FIRST

LOOK

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MACHINE

The 701 Enduro Arrives in SA

We’ve been begging to ride these beasts since they arrived in SA at the

end of last year – but alas – officialdom decrees that homologation of

the bikes has taken twice as long as it should have, so they may not be

ridden. In the interim, we had a cover booked, so we looked to our friends

abroad for a feature from the world launch in Portugal which was rudely

interrupted by some torrential downpours – this is what they sent and

we’ll do a local ride as soon as the bikes become available…

Lagos – Portugal.

This is where Husqvarna gathered a small group of moto-press to

unveil two new motorcycles in its growing lineup: The 2016 701

Supermoto and Enduro.

These bikes mark a logical direction for the supermoto pioneer

renowned for its off-road heritage. When the new Husqvarna

brand was born in 2013, the future began to look much brighter

for the legendary Swedish marque. Shortly after the change

of ownership, promises were made to improve product

quality and expand the model line. Those promises

are being kept. Expect the trend to

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continue as spokesmen hinted about more product

announcements coming soon.

We’ve known since we featured the prototype in

2013, that the 701 was based on the famous 690.

Husqvarna maintains that their machines will be more

‘user-friendly’ than their Austrian counterparts, ‘less

extreme’ according to product manager Justin Maxwell.

In the case of the 701 Enduro, ‘more for travel,’ he

said. To that end, the tank, which is also the polyamide

sub-frame, is one litre bigger than the 690, meaning a

13-litre capacity.

Beating at the heart of both Huskies is a SOHC,

four-valve, 690cc (102.0 x 84.5mm) single-cylinder

engine boasting a claimed 67 peak horsepower and

66 Nm of torque. Engine management is handled by a

46mm Keihin throttle body with ride-by-wire technology

(a first for any Husqvarna motorcycle) and three ride

modes: Standard, Soft, and Advanced. The chromemoly-steel

trellis frame is manufactured by yet another

sister company, WP Performance Systems. The molded

polyamide rear sub frame pulls double duty as both a

structural component and a fuel tank.

Our attention was brought to the new, ribbed seat,

extending virtually from handlebar to tail light, and to

the narrowness of the new bodywork, allowing the rider

freedom to move around. Interesting is the fact that the

bikes that arrived in SA here have black seats – seems

that the seat factory could not keep up with demand, so

the correct seats will be here soon so the early buyers

will get two seats. Cool huh?

WP provides the fully adjustable suspension. Up front

is a separate-function fork with the right leg dedicated to

rebound damping and the left to compression, while out

back is a single, linkage-actuated, gas-charged shock.

Rider aids include a Magura hydraulically actuated

slipper clutch and an advanced Bosch ABS that is

capable of being switched off. An optional plug-in under

the seat gives the rider a third setting that provides ABS

to the front wheel only. The Enduro is outfitted with

21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels wrapped with

Continental TKC 80 knobbies. Brembo is responsible for

stopping power with a two-piston front on the Enduro

and a single-piston rear.

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The ride:

The words ‘user-friendly’ and ‘travel’ weren’t ones I found

myself saying as the launch test ride got underway. With

a claimed seat height of 910 mm, the same as the orange

bike, this bike is tall. I’m 5’9” and my feet were dangling

if I tried to get both down at once. Even my tiptoes didn’t

bridge the gap. So instead I had one foot flat on the

ground and my bum half off the seat. Kicking the sidestand

up from that position is pretty awkward. You’ve got

to do it before you get on. That’s all fine I suppose. The

clue’s in the name: ‘Enduro’.

I’m comfortable riding off-road but a long way from

expert. Happy on trails but not likely to enter an extreme

enduro race ever in my lifetime. For me, the height of

the 701 threatened to be inconvenient off-road too. If I

came to something particularly awkward, that I wanted to

paddle over with my feet, I wouldn’t be able too. Notice

these thoughts still didn’t include the words ‘user-friendly’

or ‘travel’.

A road leading to a trail was flooded. A couple of

Husqvarna’s riders found a way of bypassing it, but it

involved a near-vertical descent of about 50 metres down

a slippery, muddy hillside onto the road on the other side

of the water. One journalist attempted it and arrived at

bottom on his arse. Another, one of the most experienced

off-road, looked down from the top, made his excuses

and turned back. I saw the descent and said: ‘Are you

f****** kidding me?’ So another route was found.

But as we eventually arrived at some trails, climbing,

dropping and twisting through wooded and grassy hills

along the coast, the 701 Enduro quickly inspired me with

confidence. There’s no need to worry about reaching the

ground when you’ve got loads of low-down torque and a

RIDE-BY-WIRE THROTTLE

The Keihin electronic fuel injection system features

a 46 mm throttle body with no mechanical linkage

to the throttle grip. As the rider twists the throttle

open or closed, the throttle valve is electronically

controlled by the engine management system (EMS).

The EMS continuously compares engine parameters

with data from sensors, and adjusts the throttle valve

accordingly, resulting in perfect power delivery and

throttle response.

ENGINE & GEARBOX

The single overhead cam, liquid cooled, single cylinder

engine features the latest in design and electronic

technology. An outstanding maximum power output

of 49 kW (67 hp) at 7,000 rpm and torque of 67

Nm at 6,500 rpm leave the rider in no doubt of the

performance packed inside this lightweight unit.

A lightweight 6 speed gearbox with smooth and

precise shifting gives riders perfect control and

confidence even in extreme conditions.

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21-inch front wheel that seems to float over

anything in the way, the upside-down fork,

with compression and rebound damping

adjustment, soaking it up like it’s not there.

Both the fork and shock are from WP and

offer a claimed 275mm of wheel travel.

Now the 701 Enduro did take on a

dimension of user-friendliness. The gear

selector is stubby and fat. It folds back, so

it’s less likely to bend if it goes down, and

that fat profile also makes it easy to feel

and operate with the side of your foot, even

through a tough off-road boot. That made it

easy to shift up a gear while standing on the

pegs. The six-speed box seemed to resist

finding neutral when I stopped, though.

Although the 690cc twin-spark engine

has strong, helpful torque from way down in

the range, the throttle response is forgiving,

not too aggressive. The throttle is ride-bywire

and there are three fuel maps to choose

from – soft, standard and advanced – using

a switch located under the seat. The test

bikes were on the standard setting.

At one point we came to a trail that was

thick with wet mud and I opted to dodge

a section by riding on some grass around

the edge. The grass turned out to be

submerged, the blades poking out from a

few inches of water. For a moment I thought

I was going to have to put my feet down

as the front slipped and twisted about in

the mush, and that ominous sense of the

reach to the ground returned. But the userfriendly

(yes, now I was thinking it) throttle

response gave me the confidence to gas it

a tiny bit, which slightly unloaded the front

and let it find a way through, my feet never

leaving the pegs. Demonstrating, possibly,

why a very high seat isn’t necessarily so

bad. Lacking the sins of many ride-by-wire

motorcycles, the Keihin EFI delivered power

in a smooth, predictable manner. There was

no noticeable dead spot, delay or lurching.

Invisible is the word that comes to mind,

which is a good thing.

Getting back on tarmac meant crossing

v-shaped concrete roadside gutter, about

two-feet across and a foot deep. Some

riders popped a small wheelie as they

crossed, so the front never went in the

dip. Showing less skill, I just rode through

it. The front dropped in and popped out

with a grace that almost suggested I knew

what I was doing.

BRAKES

The latest ABS technology from Bosch features

an advanced setting for offroad conditions and

is combined with high performance brakes

from Brembo: a two piston floating calliper

and disc at the front as well as a single piston

calliper and disc at the rear (both floating wave

discs, 300 and 240 mm diameter respectively).

The perfectly placed controls allow for optimal

feel and balance under all conditions.

SLIPPER CLUTCH

The APTC (Adler Power Torque

Clutch) from Adler allows for greater

speeds going into and coming out of

corners by maximising rear wheel

grip under hard acceleration as well

as preventing rear wheel instability

and chatter when braking hard into

turns. The rider thus enjoys maximum

control and perfect down-shifting.

SUSPENSION

WP Performance Systems has

developed a closed cartridge

4CS fork specifically for

the 701 ENDURO. The four

chamber fork has improved

damping characteristics

and is also lighter than a

conventional upsidedown

fork. As with all

4CS forks by WP, the

clicker settings can be

easily and quickly adjusted via

the dials on the top of the fork tubes.

The high performance rear shocks

made by WP Performance Systems are

completely adjustable for compression and

rebound. Connected to a linkage system with offroad

geometry, they permit 275 mm of rear wheel travel for

unbeatable all-terrain capability.

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The 701 Enduro could clearly cope with far more

than I’m capable of putting it through but it’s also

flattering to the average rider, letting Mr Ordinary

feel like he might have some talent. In that sense,

it’s a user-friendly street-enduro bike, with few true

competitors. Big-bore singles have a reputation for

being buzzy. With the 701 there is a bit of vibration,

but it’s not at an unpleasant level. In fact, while

straight-lining it down the highway I made a concerted

effort to notice vibration and could not force myself

to be annoyed by it. Watching water splash back and

forth in my half-filled goggles, as if I were SCUBA

diving, was another matter! The Enduro displayed

more vibration than the Supermoto on the pavement

due to its semi knobby tyres.

Accessories include a tall screen, and Husqvarna

says luggage options will be available soon. The trailie

Continental Twinduro tyres were good off road, but in

the mud and snot that we were riding, full knobblies

would have been a better option. The single wavey

disc and two-pot Brembo caliper, provided reassuring

stopping force.

Dashboard equipment is almost absent. The small

rectangular digital display has no rev counter and no

fuel gauge, although there is a low fuel warning light.

ABS comes as standard and can be deactivated at

the rear wheel by plugging in a dongle under the seat.

If the Husqvarna is any more adapted to travel, it’s

probably by virtue of its one-litre extra fuel capacity. A

bolt-on seven-litre accessory tank takes total capacity

to 20 litres and range to a claimed 400 Km.

As soon as the local constabulary release the

homologation papers, we’ll be allowed to take the

bikes for a local spin – maybe a quick squirt out to

see Jan van Staal at Country Tracks…. Until then

contact your local dealer and go and have a looksee.

Something unique, very pretty – that’s the 701.

Engine: 690cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled SOHC Power: 67hp @ 7,000rpm Torque: 66Nm @6,500rpm Weight without fuel: 145kg

Frame: steel trellis, made by WP Tank capacity: 13 litres Seat height: 910mm Availability: Orders being taken now for delivery from November 30

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THE NEW

FROM YAMAHA

Yamaha is having a great time with new models

at the moment; few Japanese manufacturers

can boast the new equipment on offer that these

guys have introduced. Between the YZ and WR

full-sized non-street legal line, Yamaha now

offers nine different models to pick and choose

from. Their latest additions are the very Svelte

60th anniversary edition WR450 and the lean

mean YZ 450FX. We roped in some awesome

talent in the form of Brian Capper and Cam

Petersen, who is on a sabbatical from the States,

headed out to the ver verlaate vlaktes near the

Terra Topia track – nothing technical, just some

lekker wide open trails.

The bikes

For 2016, Yamaha has introduced two distinct 450

enduro models, one is for aggressive trail riding, the

other is designed for winning enduros.

Both are powered by the potent fuel injected fourstroke

449cc engine normally found in the YZ450F

motocrosser. This means the new 450’s have the

YZ450F’s rearward-slanted cylinder, replete with

a straight intake on the front of said cylinder.

Mass centralization is the idea here, and the

cylinder head, the titanium valves, the

cam timing, the compression ratio and

even the 44mm

throttle body

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are exactly the same as those of the

YZ450F. In addition to the expected

wide-ratio five-speed transmission, the

new 450’s are fitted with enduro-specific

multiplate clutches built to handle the

abuse of riding hard in tough conditions.

The bikes share things like a happy

button and both have side stands, but

the WR comes with a headlamp, tail

light, LED speedo and a cooling fan.

Why a Yellow WR? Well it’s a limited

edition 60th anniversary model, but

the bike is also available in blue. In the

early days Yamaha USA was yellow

and in Europe they were red and white.

We think it looks absolutely flippen

gorgeous. The WR will be raced in world

enduro champs. It’s a trail bike or offroad

racer depending on who you are.

The WR comes equipped with plush

valved suspension for woods and trail

riding, a mechanical-style muffler that is

not only quiet but also a spark arrestor

and an ECU that is tuned for trail riding

and limited for sound. It runs the same

chassis as the yz 450 f. The WR weighs

in 4KG’s heavier than the FX.

The FX looks far more racey, with

distinctive lines and a number board

rather than a headlamp – and it’s

missing a fan, but the mountings are

there for you to fit one. It is much like

the YZ250FX that was released last

year, just substantially more powerful

definitely more race bike. Like we said,

it is built off the YZ450F motocross bike

but made for off-road. Pure YZ and pure

competition with the parts one would

expect from ride like this, 18-inch rear

wheel, and it rides on the YZ motocross

chassis for accurate handling. For sure

this bike is plenty capable of racing offroad,

tackling a grand prix or even a day

at the motocross track if you want. The

FX is only available in 3 markets where

we breed horsepower hungry racers –

The USA, South Africa and Australia.

The bikes have different silencers –

the WR’s is a bit quieter and is designed

to tone the power down a bit – the FX

pipe is basically straight off the YZ.

So which bike?

Cam and Brian really put both bikes

through their paces – from some

huge jumps, to fast open trails and

deep water crossings (yes – we found

some), they wrung these bikes throttles

-sometimes it is more fun for mere

mortals like us just to sit back and watch

the fun rather than actually riding.

Chatting after the ride was pretty

interesting. Brian, a seasoned

campaigner seemed to lean more

towards the WR – “It’s a lot more

forgiving, smoother, softer (As a 450

goes) a bit lower in the seat and

generally easier to ride, especially for

a rider who enjoys trail riding. For a

guy who loves to ride MX track AND

enduro and is a really above average

rider, the FX is the answer – but for the

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Yam


ONE BIKE,

TWO SOULS

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The two souls of the Dark Side

The MT-09 Tracer is an uncompromising action tourer that combines an

aggressive character with serious long distance potential.

Equipped with a sharp looking cowling as well as a large capacity fuel

tank - and benefiting from an adjustable riding position - the Tracer is

built to take you all the way in comfort.

But this is no ordinary tourer. The MT-09 Tracer’s torque laden triple

cylinder engine with traction control is built to thrill. With its lightweight

aluminium chassis as well as high-tech brakes and ABS, the Tracer lives

for the next corner. One bike, two souls.

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average trail rider/racer, the WR is more than plenty – a

great combination of supple suspension, handling and

horsepower.”

Cam who is younger really loved the aggression

that the FX delivers. “I really enjoyed the WR, but, man

I loved the FX. It’s so much fun – very similar to my YZ,

I enjoy the stiffer suspension – it makes it more solid in

the jumps and for very aggressive riding”

Brian continues: At the end of the test when the

camera stopped rolling, Cam and I gave it proper

horns, found a bit of an open section and had a proper

old fashioned dice. We both fully expected the FX

to kill the WR because it just feels so snappy. It was

interesting to see that the WR held its own right up

to around fourth when the FX slowly started to pull

away…” So there is not actually a whole lot between

the power delivery of these two…

So – which bike is for you?

This is actually an easy one. The WR is a bit more

chilled – if you can call a modern 450 that. It is

a better trail-only bike, softer power delivery and

suspension. The FX is a racehorse designed as an offroad

racer that has more aggressive suspension and

motor settings that work well for a recreational track

rider yet do not punish a slower trail rider off-road

like a strict motocross bike does. Small suspension

adjustments will make the FX pretty compliant for

trail riding pace. Additionally the motor on both bikes,

through the Yamaha GYTR Power Tuner can be

mapped, both on fueling and ignition curves, as docile

as the WR or as wickedly wild as the YZ motocrosser.

If you are keen on big horses, go and ride one of

these bikes – you’ll love it!

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Revisiting thE

It’s been a while since we got to swing

our leg over the saddle of Triumphs

Tiger - unashamedly one of our very

favourite adventure bikes. When we

were returning a road bike to the

Triumph headquarters from a test for

Ride Fast Magazine, we saw this fully

kitted machine standing proudly in the

workshop. We traded keys and took

off for a ride.

The bike:

It turns out that the XCX belongs to

Triumph SA’s big boss Arnold Olivier,

and he has kitted it out the way

that he likes it with genuine Triumph

products. The XCX comes standard

with bash plate, crash bars and a

centre stand - very handy stuff, but

Arnold had added a few more genuine

Triumph bits and pieces. He tells us

that Triumph develops the goods with

the bikes and they all come with an

unlimited mileage two year warranty.

For years, we rode the first model

- and you’ll know that since then,

Triumph has upgraded the bike - most

significantly improving the suspension

with WP units.

Riding off the tar is where

you’ll notice the difference and

improvements - the WP suspension

instantly made the bike even more

nimble and manageable.

So good were the improvements

in fact, that last year, during the

interesting bike of the year awards,

the XCX was placed second behind

Kawasaki’s giant ZX...

But we digress.

Sometimes you just want to ride a

bike again - and hopping aboard this

XCX was like greeting an old friend.

The feel and sound is just so familiar.

Our Tiger was left pretty stock. This

one has all of the groceries.

Most noticeable is the smooth

bellow delivered by the bolt-on Arrow

exhaust. Although it sounds a lot

more meaty - at standstill, it is not

obnoxious - and in our opinion looks

pretty cool. After riding the bike for a

while though, we did find the drone

from the pipe a bit louder than we’d

like - but that’s horses for courses or

whatever the saying is - some people

will love it.

Checking out the dash, we were

greeted by some unfamiliar buttons

on the left handlebar - one for the

heated grips and the other for the

LED spotlights. Now seriously, being

the simple oakes that we are - we’ve

never really needed heated grips - but

for winter riding, they are pretty handy

- and on this ride, we got soaked in a

torrential downpour near Gilloolys. We

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made our soggy way into the Edenvale Maccy

Dee’s and drowned our sorrows in a double

thick choc shake. When the rain let up, we

climbed back on and turned on the heated

grips. They did a grand job drying the gloves

out. Cool huh! Multi functional.

Having spots makes you feel like king of

the road - and there is a sense of security

putting then on when the weather it truly crap.

You get the feeling that you are more visible to

other road users.

When we collected the bike, Arnold took

time to point out a small innovation - a front

mudguard extender that bolts on to the

bottom of your mudguard. This stops the

rubbish from splashing on to the exhausts,

rather diverting it to the aluminium bash

guard. I wish that they’d had these when we

had our Triumph. When we sold the bike, clay

was well and truly baked into the header pipe

- and the only way to get that off is to remove

the pipes and wire brush them down. we took

a short cut home through the mud - and yes it

works like a charm.

We’ve never been big fans of hard

panniers, so for this story we asked that they

be left off. Its not that they are impractical for

world travel - but for commuting through JHB

traffic, we are always nervous about leaving

race stripes down someones fancy car. They

just make the bike feel bulky in serious traffic.

This one did have the topbox mounted which

was very cool coz we could fit the camera and

briefcase out of the wet. The clip mechanism

is top notch - It works with the Triumphs key

and opens and shuts dead easily. Nice is the

backrest pat that boppa’s onto the box, the

Mrs loved it - very comfortable. The brackets

are all very neat and unobstrusive - and most

importantly there were no shakes or rattles.

Up front, Arnold has fitted short handlebar

raisers and Triumphs adjustable touring

screen - real quality fare. The screen offers

far more protection that the standard bikini

screen and it does not interfere in any way

with your view of the road. It also suits the

look of the bike - not an obvious bolt-on

accessory.

The last touch is the headlamp protector. If

you are going to do some gravel passes with

your mates, this plexiglass cover protects the

headlight from stonechips.

Tiger 800 XCx R159 500

all of the extras are available from your

local dealer.

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THE GEAR: LONG,

LONG TERM TEST.

While we were riding, we got chatting about

bike gear and costing, how long it lasts and

all that - and we figured - that since all of

the gear that we bought years ago is still

current - we’d run through what we use.

interestingly, we were scrolling through back

issues the other day and we bought all of

this gear to shoot a cover in 2011 - so all of

this gear is five years and literally thousands

of kilometres old. At the time, the gear was

pricey and with the rand doing what it is

doing now, we expect prices to increase.

We do have cheaper gear here that has not

fared even remotely as well as this stuff -

maybe look at spending a bit more when

you initially get yourself kitted out.

Boots: Forma Adventure boot.

These are the Without a single doubt, the

most comfortable boots or shoes that we

own. We’ve probably abused them over

a zillion kilometres in all kinds of weather,

all over the world - and the lifespan for

adventuring is truly astonishing. To give you

an idea - since we bought these, we’ve

been through about 3 sets of MX boots and

four pairs of Hi Tec takkies. Without a single

qualm, we can tell you to get to a retailer

and check out a pair - we love them. They

are starting to look a bit tatty so chances are

excellent we’ll buy the same again.

Jacket and pants:

Both sets have built in body armour and

we’ve never removed it. Our clobber get

chucked in the wash with then whites much

to the handbags dismay...

Jacket:

The jacket is a Macna Jura. Initially we felt

that it would be a bit warm for SA riding -

but after removing all the lining, it is quite

practical. What impresses us is that none

of the zips have failed - although the jacket

has faded a bit, and the stick/iron on Macna

branding on the sleeves is peeling off, it is

still in perfect nick. Even the velcro adjusters

work perfectly nothwithstanding the

increasing waistline.

Macna Nomad Pants:

We removed the winter lining from these

and have no clue where we put them, but

you don’t need it. If there is one fault on

these pants it is that they could use a bit

more venting in summer - but in terms of

durability, these things have proved to be

indestructable. We reckon that pants and

boots are probably the hardest working

pieces of kit on a bike. One zip on the right

hand pocket has broken - everything else,

from the boot zips to the plastic belt holder

to the suspenders that hold them up are still

perfect. Great value. We understand that the

Nomads have been replaced with the new

Bedoine range.

Get to your local dealer - ask about these

products - they definitely get the DT abuse

teams stamp of approval...

Imported by www.dmd.co.za for your

closest stockist.

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Playtime!

the Rocky FX125

Is it a bicycle? Is it a dirtbike?

Nope – its – neither…

We love innovation and this is

something pretty cool, kinda

a cross between a pitty and

a trials bike. The Rocky is a

cool entry level machine –

or a playbike for the more

experienced rider…

The guys at Bikers Warehouse have

been talking about this bike for a

while now… an affordable, entry level

bike that just about anyone can ride.

And if you can ride – you can ride it

almost anywhere.

It is powered by a very simple

four stroke semi-automatic ( yup you

read that correctly) 125cc engine.

This means – no clutch. So it’s like a

semi auto quad – you snick her up

or down a gear – and off you go.

Suspension is in the form of

upside down forks up front and

a beefy monoshock out back.

Single pot calipers mounted on

vented discs front and rear bring

proceedings to a stoppie – err we

mean stop.

Wide MX bars keep the direction

more or less in order while the soft,

skinny 21” (front and rear) tyres seek

the route and traction. The seat is

long and slender and the pegs are

lekker wide and offer great grip.

Other bits to mention are that

fact that it is carburetted with the 3.4

litre fuel tank built in to the chassis.

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SPECIFICATIONS

Type: 4-stroke, air-cooled, single cylinder

Displacement: 123.67cc

Max Power kW/RPM: 6.3@7,500RPM

Max Torque NM/RPM: 8.8@5,500RPM

Max Speed: 90km/h

Transmission: 4-Speed

Clutch Type: Semi-auto

Final Transmission: KMC 428 Chain

Starting System: Electric CDI and kickstart

Brakes: Front and rear ventilated hydraulic disc brakes

Tyre Size: Front and rear 80/100-21

Suspension: Front: USD hydraulic forks

Rear: camlink Handlebar

Length (L x W x H): 2,000 x 760 x 1,160mm

Seat Height: 840mm

Wheelbase: 1,320mm

Minimum Ground Clearance: 350mm

Dry Weight: 72kg

Tank Capacity: 3.2 litres

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This keeps things nice and slender. No rear brake pedal…

remember we said semi auto? Well there is a brake lever

on each bar, so don’t go grabbing the clutch… also – no

electric start – but easy to kickstart in neutral.

Ride impressions:

Forget about being a rock star – leave your ego at home –

switch off the brain and just have fun. That’s what this little

plaything is all about. We opted to test it out at the Nitex

track at the Warehouse and were quite surprised at just

how capable this little (it’s big enough for a big rider and

small enough for a small rider) machine is. All about torque

as you aim for a hill and zoot on up. Light and narrow, so

you can haul it over a rock pile and if things do get a bit

squirly, you can easily put your feet down – or open the

throttle to accelerate out. check the pics - the ground

clearance is a pretty massive 39 cm’s so you should not

bottom out anywhere.

And best of all – it only weighs in at 72 kilogrammes, so

it you do get stuck it is really easy to manhandle around.

So who would buy this bike?

Well anyone really. Someone who has never ridden

before will pick it all up in a flash coz there’s no clutch.

Experienced riders might take a short while to get used

to the semi auto actuation – but will be flying around in

no time. Get it for a fun bike, get it as a runabout on the

farm. Get it for your kids to play on – it really is a fun little

bike for everyone.

Available from the bikers warehouse – (011)795-4122

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If you watch social media you’ll

see that few people locally give

this event as much attention as

our own Elza Thiart. Day by day,

we were kept up to date with

images and news as the rallye

progressed. She shares her

thoughts on this year’s event…

To be a finisher of the 2016 Dakar Rally,

you had to be on your seat (or in your

vehicle) for almost 9 500 kilometres, race

13 stages for 15 days in two countries

in South America. Temperatures varied

between 4°C and 50°C and altitudes

went as high as 4 700m above sea level.

If you ‘survived’, you were part of 63%

of the starters who managed to finish

the race… Our SA men were among

that lot…

Some of our South Africans were a part

of this ‘elite’ group who tackled and

finished the toughest off-road racing

adventure in the world – the 38th Dakar

Rally – and brought home some great

results including two overall podiums

and two class victories!

There were quite a few avenues for

those who love following the Dakar at

the beginning of each year and various

WhatsApp groups as well as Facebook;

websites and other media kept everyone

informed – and biting their nails.

Team Rhide SA returned to the Dakar

for a second consecutive year and this

year their team was not only bigger

(four competitors), but it also included a

motorcycle rider, Wessel Bosman (57),

who is a South African, but as the owner

of the Afri-Ski resort on the Lesotho

border, entered his second Dakar as

the first ever competitor from Lesotho

to tackle the race. The rest of the team

consisted of multiple SA National

Champions, Brian Baragwanath

and George Twigge as well as

the ever consistent, Ted Barbier

on their Yamaha Raptors.

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Team Rhide SA

And what a ride it was! Baragwanath, who had to

exit the 2015 race quite early as a result of flat tyres,

brought back a bronze medal for finishing third in

the extremely competitive quad category where 45

riders (including four former winners) started and

23 finished. But that’s not all – Brian also claimed

South Africa’s only three stage victories and received

mentions like “the troublemaker” for racing with (and

beating) the two Patronelli brothers from Argentina,

Marcos and Alejandro, at certain stages. Marcos

claimed his third Dakar victory by winning this year

while his older brother, Alejandro, finished second (he

has won twice before).

Baragwanath had the pace and experienced no

problems with the tricky navigation and was it not for

a few little issues that caused him time penalties, an

even better result was on the cards for him.

Ted is known in local racing for always finishing

races and for conserving his quad. Unfortunately he

experienced fuel management problems from the

start of the race and there was just not enough time

to have it sorted out. He pushed through Bolivia

when his quad died on him a few times and he

needed help to get it going again. Ten days of wet

feet was the worst, according to Ted. Trying to sleep

in wet bedding sucks. He even got stuck in the sand

for six and a half hours in 52°C and watched how

many competitors gave up and pressed the buttons

on their machines to inform the organisers that they

are not racing anymore. He did not give up.

Brian Baragwanath.

Ted got stuck in the desert

for almost 6 hours.

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THAT day, one of the two Century Racing teams, Collin

Matthews and Rodney Burke, also got stuck with their twowheel

drive buggy. After many hours and after running out of

water – Ted shared his water with them – a truck pulled both

Ted and the buggy out.

Although it was not easy, he says that expected his first Dakar

to be more difficult. He enjoyed the scenery and even stopped

to really take it all in (or maybe it was just to stay awake). He

was amazed at how cool the locals were - giving him a rain

coat along the way and then following him to the Rest Day to

take photos with him and get a signed cap and t-shirt!

Unfortunately team Rhide SA’s George Twigge had to call it a

day the first after the Rest Day due to a conrod through the

block. The double SA National Master Quad Champion from

Hartswater was doing well and even survived a huge crash

(he still finished 13th for the day!) that required the assistance

of spectators to bend his Yamaha straight so that he could

finish with a damaged navigation system. He even finished two

stages in 11th and 13th places, but then had to call it a day.

The quad riders did not experience any altitude sickness,

but their crew did. The Namibians, Philipie Baard and Frank

Stein, who were there last year as well and the American Mike

Cafro and Aziz Wookey had their work cut out for them as

the conditions were really testing with torrential rain and dust

storms; extremely long distances to travel; almost no sleep

at all (like many other crews, they worked a few nights right

through) and pressure was all part of the job...

Wessel Bosman, a former Springbok hurdles athlete, tackled

his second Dakar Rally being more prepared and aiming again

to finish. He was doing well – until Stage 6 when he fell making

way for a passing vehicle and broke both his wrists; fractured

both hands and his left elbow.

Wessel Bosman

George Twigge

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When the medics told him that he had to retire, he asked if

he could at least ride to the finish and was only allowed to

do that if he could manage a push-up – which he did!

Will it be ‘Bring On 2017 Dakar’ for this die-hard

motorcycle rider?

Kobus Potgieter (49) also tackled his first Dakar Rally – as a

50th birthday present to himself. In his own words, it took 16

years, and after many, many sacrifices like 365 days of rehab

in hospitals after he fell during the Australasian Safari, 22

motorbikes, 50 000 kilometres of riding, two marriages and

over a hundred days of travelling each year to get to the start

of his first Dakar.

He was very ill in Bolivia due to the high altitude (headaches,

nausea, lack of concentration) and even raced with an

oxygen canister on him. He listened to all the advice for a

‘cure’ and even used Viagra and other medication, but in the

end, it was cocoa leaves given to him by an old lady, that

pulled him through.

He broke his finger early in the race, but an “I’ve got nine

more fingers left” attitude and support from his Dutch team,

BAS Dakar, saw Kobus in his specially designed Superman

kit, reaching the finish in 80th place overall with his KTM

450 Rallye.

He becomes only the seventh South African motorcycle

rider to have finished the Dakar Rally – and is the oldest to

have completed this race. Alfie Cox, Tom Classen, Riaan van

Niekerk, Darryl Curtis, Brett Cummings and Albert Hintenaus

have also finished the Dakar on two-wheels.

Kobus Potgieter

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Toby Price

The motorcycle category was won by the

Australian, Toby Price (KTM) who became

the first Australian to win any category in this

race. Tobys story is an amazing one – just a

few years ago, he broke his neck – and this

year he won the Dakar… more about him in

future issues. Only 84 riders of the 136 who

started, finished this race that saw a few

stages being controversially shortened due

to either extreme heat or the high water level

of the rivers.

In the vehicle category, Giniel de Villiers and

his German navigator, Dirk von Zitzewitz,

brought their Gazoo Toyota Hilux home in

the third place overall and won the category

for petrol vehicles. Their team-mates, Leeroy

Poulter and Rob Howie, also did a fine job

by finishing fifth overall. While it was De

Villiers’ 13th Dakar Rally, it was only Poulter’s

third. Poulter and Howie had quite a scary

moment when a fence pole hit their window

right in front of Howie and they had to finish

the day with a hole in the window.

The race was won by Stephane Peterhansel

in the turbodiesel Peugeot buggy who

claimed his sixth victory in a vehicle. He has

also won the motorcycle category six times.

He might, however be penalised later as a

protest regarding illegal refuelling was lodged

against him. Nasser Al-Attiya (Mini) was

second. The normally aspirated V8 Hilux

bakkies struggled in the high altitudes where

the turbodiesel-powered Peugeots and

Mini’s had an advantage.

All three of the Gazoo Toyota Hilux bakkies

finished. There were five SA built Toyota’s in

the Top 15. Various other teams raced SA

built vehicles. Two Ford Racing Rangers built

by Neil Woolridge Motorsport, two Renault

Dusters built by Thompson Racing and the

Red-Lined Motorsport Nissan Navara with

an all SA crew. There were also two Century

Racing buggies with SA competitors.

It was a second Dakar attempt for Century

Propery’s CEO, Mark Corbett and his

navigator Juan Mohr, they have not

competed together in the Dakar before

although they’ve been a team in local racing

for many years. They finished 17th overall

and were the first privateer team home. They

also won the 2WD Petrol Class with their

Stephane Peterhansel

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Sherco is making waves in the

world of racing. Alain Duclos.

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team-mates, Collin Matthews and Rodney Burke

who won the Dakar Challenge and an entry into

the race, third in this class and 39th overall after

quite a challenging race.

Sean Reitz and Riaan Greyling were ecstatic

with their 37th place overall (67 teams finished)

taking into consideration that Reitz has only

been competing in off-road racing for about

three years! They clawed their way up from 88th

place after electrical problems and a roll slowed

them down. Corbett also rolled once and Poulter

landed on his side during the race. The huge

learning curve did not hold them back.

There was a huge disappointment for our

german South Africans Jurgen and Daniel

Schröder who rolled their SA built Nissan Navara

the day before the finish.

In the truck category, SA’s Sean Berriman in a

DAF truck #555 finished 33rd.

As always, there are so many stories to be

told after the Dakar Rally, but for now: thumbs

up to all the SA competitors; their crew and

technical support and supporters at home

for their participation (and great results) in the

2016 Dakar Rally.

Leeroy Poulter in action

Giniel and Brian

Stéphane Peterhansel celebrates his Dakar

2016 victory with team mate Cyril Despres.

Giniel (right) celebrates

with his team at finish

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KTM


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Building a rallye bike

The 2016 RR500 XC-RALLYE

Generation 3.1

Once again it is Dakar and

Africa ECO Rally fever, most

of us who ride dirt bikes

at one point in time would

like own a rally bike, maybe

because of the aesthetics

as a fashion bike or because

we really want to race a rally

at one point of our racing

careers…

It’s been a while since Roberts

Racing Rallye has done a story

on our rally builds, and for a good

reason… their 3rd Generation bike

has been going under a lot of testing

and changes to further improve the

overall feel and handling as well as

functionality of certain components

on the bike.

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Ergonomics & Fuel

This build, the RR500XC-RALLYE,

3.1 Generation is for Wiam Nel to

compete at the Baja & Amageza

Rally 2016. The focus was centered

on weight distribution and handling

of the bike, 28.5L (400-450km

range) causes “fuel splash weight”.

Essentially what this means, the

fuel splashes from left to right as the

bike is leaned over in corners and

throws added weight to the left or

right of the bike.

This was one of the biggest

points we had to address, by

including a lower mounted fuel

tank with an external pump. This

setup moved most of the weight

to the bottom of the bike, but also

centred it for a much better balance

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and overall feel. Most factories are now focusing on

this, along with building smaller bikes that are under

180kg, which is the current weight of the KTM RR

450 Rally Replica. Even with the final weight of the

RRR500XC-RALLYE fully laden at 150kg, the lower

mounted tank has made such an improvement, that

the bike still feels like an enduro model. Now most

would ask, “Won’t the low tank get damaged”, well

after 10,000 Km of rally km, on 2 bikes and even after

a big G-Out with Dutch rider Simon Schimmel who is

2m tall and 100kg, all he damaged was the alli plate,

that we could repair, and he was on his way the next

stage. This setup also allows the rider to control fuel

weight from top to bottom depending on how long a

stage is.

roberts racing also fit braided hoses on the fuel

tank which prevents vapour locks in the fuel systems.

Comfort

The other area we focused on was none other than

the “chafed arse”, may not sound important, but

when you doing 150km of liaison on tar and a 580km

Special, riders develop what we call “Monkey Butt”

and Fissan paste is much needed to soothe the raw

cheeks. Roberts Racing Rallye has used a Tall Soft

seat for the past 2 years which worked well but did

not cover the entire area as it is still as narrow as a

stock seat. Our new seat design is still a Tall, Soft

seat to allow the rider comfort and vision over the

Navigation Tower, but most importantly a much wider

area towards the rear of the seat for more improved

comfort over long stages….was most certainly a win

in our riders eyes!

Navigation

The Navigation equipment, Roberts Racing Rallye

fits 2 RNS XL Tripmasters which is the OEM on the

Rally Replica, and a RNS Cap Repeater, as well as

the Migtec Road book designed and Manufactured

by HRC HONDA Rally Team Chief mechanic Miguel

Nabais… and yes all crash tested by Bareda and it still

got him home! The RNS Cap Repeater is essentially a

digital compass that displays the degrees in the same

size as the trip meter, instead of using a small gps

screen to get the cap heading.

RNS also supplies us with a multi switch controller

housed in a solid alli-casing, that controls 2 trip

masters and the road book all in 1. All this Nav

gear wiring goes through a central fuse box and

independent switches so that the rider can isolate

and solve a problem without affecting any other nav

equipment. Wiring the nav gear is the bulk of our

work, to design the wire harness and make up the

harness by hand, and ensure that it is protected with

special braided sleeving, and routed to avoid any

possible friction which is a rally bike’s worst enemy.

All the controls and a detail of the nav tower.

A side view of the Nav tower, note the clearance...

Check this cool fairing - LED Headlamps. Hyde protectors.

Nav. Tower

The tower is handmade in Italy, along with the screen

and faring which creates a much better vision through

the Nav Gear, and because of its flexibility has way

more protection over some of the old fibre glass

fairings. It can be removed in less than a minute in 1

piece with quick release clips.

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Suspension

The stock suspension on a 500 XCW enduro bike,

built into a rally bike is way too soft for the big hits

and high speed stability that is required for a rally

bike, so we fitted this bike with a once in a life time

opportunity, Factory Rally Replica forks and a Factory

setup Trax Shock…

Do we really need to say more about this

suspension, except that Wiam will need to go

much faster!!!

Chasis Build & Prep

The Chassis stock off the floor even on a new bike

needs an incredible amount of work to ensure that

the bike will last 5000km of harsh terrain for over

11hrs a day. The major prep work on the chassis

lies in the bearings and fluids where they replace all

grease with Liqui Moly LM50 Hi-temperature grease,

and they replace all wheel bearings with special hi

speed bearings.

They replace the coolant with a much higher temp

KFS-12 plus coolant from LM - and they replace all of

the stock hoses with silicone units that do not expand.

They also replace all the brake and clutch fluids

with a with a Liqui Moly Racing Fluid that handles

much higher heat ranges, especially when the

clutch is worked in technical and sand sections. The

engine oil is also replaced with Liqui Moly 10/50 Fully

Synthetic engine oil to improve the clutch life and

engine life, especially due to the high speeds and hi

revving that the motor goes through for 5000km.

The entire bike is stripped down and reassembled

with a Loctite 246 to ensure that bolts do not come

loose, (a practice one should do on any bike) this

is done because vibration over such long distances

causes external parts to vibrate loose, another

common issue on rally bikes. All external parts like

exhaust, gear levers etc are lock wired to ensure no

parts are damaged….building a rally bike is all about

what can happen and prepare for it, rather than how

you repair it!

Stock grips are replaced with Ariete Rally Grips,

the stock or any enduro grips are way too hard for

5000km, which causes irreparable damage to your

hands especially in hard and sandy terrain, the Ariete

Rally Grips adds to that rider softness, absorbtion and

comfort that may not seem important now, but after

3 days of 3000 plus km, it becomes a different ball

game on your hands.

The front brake calliper is also machined and

prepared to house 2 sensor cables for the 2 RNS

XL-Trip Masters and the cables are wrapped to

protect them against external damage.

Roberts Racing Rallye uses wide rally foot pegs

that allow them to adjust the height of the pegs for

taller riders and the angle of the cleats to add to rider

position on the bike, comfort and stability.

The protection of the bikes parts and rider is

covered by HYDE Developments, for swing arms,

bash plates and hand guards. They also fit HYDE

Carbon fibre Pipe, Clutch and Stator covers for

protection against hi- speed impact from cut off tree

stumps and rocks which is common on a rallye bike.

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Moto hose silicone hoses and Trax factory setup shock...

wide pegs, Hyde Swingarm guard,

KTM rally sprocket...

Veshi has been building these bikes

for 2 years... doing his appyship.

Luke removed all the plastics himself

and he’s only 3... Factory mechanic...

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The low rally front fender allows more air to the

motor especially as the motor is covered with tanks

and protection. Garths choice of tyre is the Scorpion

Rally or the Rally Cross for sand.

Wiring

All the bike’s wiring is designed to be on separate

circuits, the Nav Equipment, Bike Electronics and the

road worthy parts. This is so that any problems that

might occur does not affect the other and it’s easier

for the rider or mechanic to problem solve especially

when the rider arrives at 1am from a stage.

The bike has to conform to FIM rallye

specifications which means the bike has to be fully

road worthy, and this takes a long time on its own to

set up and make sure this wiring is completely on a

separate circuit, all the nav gear and the bikes main

electronics are not affected in any way from the road

worthy parts or wiring.

Bottom fuel tank lowers the COG on the bike and Hyde exhaust guard

Gearing

Stock gearing is around 13/49. We run longer gearing

for more top end (175kph on the 500 ). We also

import special hi life sprockets that last up to 5000

km’s at high speed.

The pipe is from Pro Circuit, it delivers more power

and gives a bit more overrev - we tend to leave the

engines stock - they are more reliable that way.

Final Stage

After the bike is completed, which takes a whopping

280-300hrs (about2-3months) man hours with 2

mechanics, the bike is tested for a month, and any

issues are fixed or changed according to what the

rider prefers.

Building rally bikes are challenging, every part of

the build is a build on its own that can take a day at

the minimum, but generally 3-4 days of R&D, as every

part that is fitted has a snow ball effect, so one always

has to think 4-6 steps ahead, but, makes the end

result all worth it!

Tel 083 732 5566 for more info.

This is what the wiring looks like. Each

circuit is separate and best left to a pro

to install... Note the marks on each bolt.

Proud owner Wiam Nel...

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CUSTOMER

Farming with Wayne’S TE300

Wayne Farmer has chosen his

implement for the year in the form

of a very sexy 2016 Husqvarna

TE 300. Its been about four years

we caught up with this veteran

two stroke fan, at the time he

was racing a Gas Gas - we had a

quick chat and grabbed some pics

before the heavens opened and

we all scurried for cover from the

downpour...

The Bike: The new Husqvarna TE 300

Wayne is super chuffed to be back on a bike

with a linkage - he knows that there are nay

sayers out there that will tell you that the linkage

hooks up and all that but his words - never

happened to him in 20 odd years of racing...

and he just likes the feel of the suspension

with a linkage - and if you reckon you can beat

him then you go and argue with him. And he

reckons that if you are worried about hooking up

- Carbon Teck builds a great protector...

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The bike, built and prepped by bikers Warehouse,

is blinged out a bit - purpose built for racing. His

choice of tyres - the Batt blue labels - well priced

and they do offer great traction - his words.

Always use protection:

Acerbis built his front disc protector - its a quality

bolt- on item that you cannot do without for racing.

They are also responsible for the swingarm guards.

The left fork is protected by a beautifully turned

Enduro Engineering alley bolt on unit.

A Hyde skid plate is mounted - local is lekker and

the Hyde stuff has proved its worth over and over

again. We were surprised that Wayne has not fitted

an exhaust protector - he says that he does not

like them. Personal preference - and he must stay

upright more than we do...

Carbon Teck has crafted some beautiful bits for

this machine - the stator and starter cover, anodized

hydraulic caps (blue of course to match the theme),

clutch cover, radiator braces - these guys seem to

do it all and the bike is literally littered with their parts.

The rear sprocket is protected by a TM designs

brace. Levers are protected by Cycra Pro Bends,

some of the best in the business - and in the cockpit,

you’ll find a Scotts steering damper.

Ready to race?

“Itching” says Wayne after the disappointments

of last years season. “Last year, I had an amazing

season on Roosts KTM 300, I was on the podium

every race except for the last where i placed 4th and

I was the only senior to finish every national - I was

ahead on points - but a ruling last year meant that

I had to throw away my worst points - and I ended

third overall. But that’s racing for you...no need to cry

in your coffee - go for it again!”

This year, he’ll be racing for the Bikers Warehouse

Doorzone race team. They are fielding a team of four

riders, all on Husky’s and are trying to cover most

things - but the simple fact is that there are just too

many series to choose from. National offroad, GXCC

- Northern regions, NiteX and a few of the National

Enduro’s is where you’ll try to catch them...

Wayne is the running the accessory division at

Bikers warehouse. Pop down and say hi - he has a

wealth of experience...

Brake disc protector

Cycra Handguards

Clutch cover guard

Carbon Teck bits litter the bike

Swingarm guard

Scott steering damper

WP Suspension

TM Designs brace

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Wade Young signs with Sherco

Sherco has announced the signing of South African enduro

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The Paddock rider is well known in the world extreme

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Kenny Gilbert to Husqvarna

“As of the 31st of December 2015, my journey on board

the Bidvest Yamaha racing team has ended. A few years

ago, I joined the team as a young ambitious athlete

and with the support of Yamaha, I managed to clinch 3

consecutive National Titles. Their support was incredible,

but that being said, it is time for me to take a new

exciting step in my Career.

I am honored to announce that I have signed with Kargo

Husqvarna , and that with the support of our incredible

sponsors, we are ready to take on 2016 with my number

one plate and contend for some more championships!

I will be competing in both the National Offroads,

National Enduro’s, some local races, and a few

selected international events.”

Follow their Team on Facebook for more updates! @

kargoracing

Altus De Wet

to Yamaha

“I would like to start by giving a

big thanks to Ben Du Toit and

Hanlie Du Toit from Toyscom

and Sherco for all their support

in 2015. They are good people

and I think we achieved a lot in

a short time.”

Due to other commitments,

Sherco can not support me

anymore for 2016.

So for 2016 I’ll be joining

forces with Yamaha.

In the last two days Peter

Wilkins from Yamaha has

really gone out of his way

to try help me for 2016.

I can only thank Yamaha

for believing in me and

giving me this chance.

I will still run as ALTiE

in Altus de Wet Racing

together with all my very

loyal sponsors Cargo

Tac, RIC, UMSO, Rock

oil, Leatt, Buffalo Toyota

and JT racing. I am

very grateful to have

such good friends and

sponsors that back me no

matter what.

For 2016 I will focus more

on SA races again including

Romaniacs and possibly six

days.

I will also make an appearance

at National off roads again for

some fun.

ALTiE wants to extend the

riding school side too and start

giving back to up and coming

riders.

Thanks for all the support from

everyone involved and see you

guys for some fun at the races!

Dungey extends points lead

Ryan Dungey picked up his second-consecutive 450SX Main Event

win Saturday night at Angel Stadium in Anaheim after passing Davi

Millsaps early on in the race.

In doing so, Dungey has extended his points lead and is already

establishing himself as the man to beat after just 3 of 17 rounds. He

has finished on the podium in the last 18 450SX Mains.

Behind Dungey at the line were Chad Reed and Ken Roczen, Roczen

taking third on the final lap after Eli Tomac fell from that position.

250 SX: Cooper Webb Wins - Anaheim 2 - 2016

In the 250SX Main, Cooper Webb took his third victory of the season

and his seventh consecutive win – but not without some competition.

As he has often this season, Webb got off to a poor start at the

beginning of the Main. He had, however, been able to work his way

up into third position by the time that Joey Savatgy – who had been

running in second – made a mistake and went down. Webb then

found himself by Christian Craig, the rider who had won their heat

race at the start of the night.

Turn-after-turn, Craig and Webb traded the lead for multiple laps until

Webb finally emerged triumphant, while Zach Osborne and Craig

rounded out the podium.

Tel: (011) 027 9922 Fax: (086) 650 4987 / www.raceworxktm.co.za

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By Ian Lloyd Neubauer

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At first I think it’s a willy-willy – a dust

cloud thick enough to block out the sun.

But as I ride closer I see the culprit – the

rear end of a 4WD – the first of many I

will need to contend with on the heavily

corrugated roads of Cape York, that

fire- and flood-prone crocodileinfested

peninsula on the very

northern tip of Australia.

Dropping a gear, I skip across

to the righthand side and

prepare to overtake when I

see death incarnate – two faint

headlights charging through the dust

storm on collision course with my life.

I retreat into my lane only moments

before a second dust storm with another

dreaded 4WD at its centre roars past in

the opposite direction. The experience

is so rattling I can actually feel my

heartbeat in my hands. Yet it’s just one

of a series of countless challenges

the Australian Outback will throw at

me over the next three days during a

marathon backcountry sprint from Seisia,

the northernmost deepwater port in

Australia, to the city of Cairns, 1,400km

to the south. And it’ll begin with a face-off

with one of the gnarliest and historically

rich thoroughfares in the country: the

130-year-old Old Telegraph Track.

ROY’S TOYS

When the telegraph arrived in Australia

in the mid-1800s, it changed everything.

Where it once it took three months for

mail to reach England, the telegraph

could send a Morse Code message in

seven hours. Outback towns and stations

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previously accessible only by camel were

suddenly linked to cities and the outside world

as a vast web of telegraph lines spread across

the continent.

Because of its remoteness, Cape York was one of

the last places in Australia to get the telegraph.

The last few hundreds miles of lines were laid

in the mid 1880s along a straight-ish line from

Cooktown on the east coast right up to the

northern tip of mainland Australia, along with a

service road. But straight lines aren’t the ideal

way to build roads because things like cliffs,

rivers and hills will ultimately get in the way. It’s

for this reason the remaining 100km stretch of

the Old Telegraph Road has been reinvented as

the holy grail of bush-bashers in Australia.

Getting to the ‘Tele’ is a mission in itself. In my

case the journey involves a three-hour flight

from Sydney to Cairns, an overnighter at an

airport hotel, an early morning flight to Horn

Island in the Torres Strait and a ferry to Seisia.

There I rendezvous with Roy Kundra of Cape York

Motorcycle Tours – a fast-riding, fast-talking

northerner whose been showing this Mad Max

part of the world to visiting riders for 25 years.

Roy is riding a formidable Husaberg FE501.

For me he’s brought a Suzuki DR-Z400E, a

mass-market tractor he rents to riders on his

company’s trophy 8-day tour from Cairns to the

tip of Cape York. Attempting to do it in three

days, I thought, was be testament to my mettle,

until I learn Roy once did it in 10 hours and 45

minutes. I have difficulty imagining how such

a record is even possible when, an hour after

leaving Seisia, I spend 10 minutes stuck behind

the aforementioned dust-encased 4WD until I

can safely overtake. Not a minute after making

the pass, I see Roy waiting patiently for me at an

unmarked goat track.

“Have you had much experience on sand?” he

asks before we get stuck into it.

“Heaps,” I reply, lying through my teeth.

“Sweat. Then follow me.”

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And so the pain begins. The sand is

foot-deep in parts and there are tangles

of roots sticking out of the ground – any

one of which will cause total carnage

if catches one of my boots. The DR-Z

has enough grunt to churn through the

muck at any gear I choose, but the sheer

weight of the thing (see ‘My Ride’) and the

awkward seating position mean I have to

work twice as hard to keep my lines. Ten

kilometers into it I’m already feeling the

strain when I see Roy parked by a sign

that marks the start of the Old Telegraph

Track. “This is where it gets interesting,”

he says, shooting roost into the air.

SAND TRAPS & FRUIT BATS:

Interesting isn’t the word I’d use to

describe the road ahead. It has the

deepest rut I have seen in a decade on

the trails – a muddy groove that sinks a

meter deep on one side of the track. On

our bikes we simply ride along the top

half, but any 4WD coming this way would

end up tilted on a 45-degree angle.

A few minutes later we reach Nolan’s

Brook, the first of dozens of creek

crossings intersecting the track. There

are no crocodiles here but the water

is too deep to cross on our bikes and

we have the wheel them across a log

bridge. Not a bridge made of logs, but

two everyday logs Roy has placed across

a steep section of the bank – one for the

bike and another for the rider, a solution

that leaves no room for error.

Then there’s the sand, endless reams of

the stuff that make the front end of my

Suzuki shake like mad. After Roy sees me

struggling with it, he pulls over to offer

me a few points. “When the front end

starts wondering, the only way out of it

to accelerate,” he explains, “even though

your instincts tell you to decelerate. Once

that becomes second nature, the sand will

get a lot easier.”

After 25km of sandy hell we reach a

section of the Tele linked by a gravel

bypass road. It has detours leading to

three popular attractions on the Jardine

River: Eliot Falls, Twin Falls and Fruit

Bat Ball Falls, the latter of which is often

described as the best swimming spot in

all of Australia.

Set under the edge of a large semicircular

cascade with gin-clear water and

a sandy bottom, Fruit Bat Falls is almost

too beautiful to be true. We jump in for a

quick swim, refill our Cambelbaks in the

pool and in no time whatsoever we’re back

on the road. We follow it for 15km before

meeting the second and most difficult

section of the Tele: a straight-as-piss

70km line centered by the most infamous

off-road obstacle in all of Australia.

THE GUNSHOT CROSSING

As we stand there looking at, I find it

hard to believe that any 4WD can actually

surmount Gunshot Crossing. And by the

look on the faces of the bush-bashers

whose vehicles are lined up benignly to

our rear, neither apparently do they.

If one puts aside for a moment the

fact that what we are dealing with is a

4m-tall, 60-degree clay wall covered with

the scars of what look like unsuccessful

attempts to winch cars up its craggy,

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slippery face, one still has to contend

with the deep muddy bog in front of it.

The mud is soggy, wet and grey, and

you can be assured it’ll wipe away the

inertia of any vehicle that approaches,

as Roy discovers when he tries to get his

Husaberg through it. He doesn’t get far

and we spend the next 10 minutes waistdeep

in slimy lukewarm mud wrestling

the damn thing out.

After a short breather and much

encouragement from our 4WDing

spectators, Roy attempts a different

crossing – one of half a dozen different

that’ve been cut into the river bank over

the years. A shallow gravel-bottomed

section of riverbed makes for a much

easier run up and he makes a good start.

But the incline is covered with huge

bulbous bumps and when his Husaberg’s

bash plate hits one, he flies over the

handlebars and the bike gets jammed

in a groove in the wall. With his rear

tyre now spinning hopelessly in thin air,

there’s nowhere to go but back down to

the bottom.

Not one to be defeated, Roy tries a third

time, this time on an incline with a

slightly less punishing gradient. Fanging

it in first, he races up the slope and over a

lip that slingshots him into a hairpin bend

edged by eucalyptus trees. Coming to a

halt only centimeters before impact with

a very hard trunk, he looks at me and

says: “Your turn, mate.”

If I were a better rider, this would be

where I tell you how I cleared Gunshot

Crossing on my first attempt. But I’m

not and journalistic integrity requires

me to admit that Roy did it for me. I did,

however, over the next 50km, become

increasingly confident while churning

through the sand. I had a couple of close

calls and came off on one occasion, but

it didn’t take away from my sense of

achievement when we pull into Bramwell

Junction Roadhouse late in the afternoon.

Bramwell is an iconic Outback

service station, known for its big juicy

hamburgers, expensive fuel and as the

last redoubt of civilization for northbound

bush-bashers gearing up to tackle the

Tele track. Covered in red dust and grey

crusty mud, we draw inquisitive looks

from these folk. But we have no time to

tarry as we still have 160km of gravel

road to cover to reach our camping spot

at Arthur River. And after that we have

two more days solid riding to reach the

finish line in Cairns. So, after refueling

our bikes, we shove a couple of meat

pies down out throats and ride off into

the blood-run sunset of Cape York,

that tropical wonderland on the tip of

Australia.

D.I.Y.

Cape York Motorcycle Adventures

(capeyorkmotorcycles.com.au, 07 4055

0050) take in the Old Telegraph Track

during their 8-day tour from Cairns to

the tip of Cape York. Tours run from May

to November and cost $5,500. The fee

includes use of a Suzuki Dr-Z400E, riding

gear if needed, food, accommodation,

national parks permits, ferry rides and a

return flight from Horn Island to Cairns.

There are another half a dozen

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companies that do the same thing, some

for a bit less money, but CYMA are the

original. They’ve been doing it non-stop

for 25 years and their tours run like welloiled

machines.

MY RIDE: SUZUKI DR-Z400E

You would be hard pressed to find an

enduro bikes as divisive as Suzuki’s

DR-Z400 series. Those who swear by

them are quick to point out that for

less than $8,000, the DR-Z represents

incredible bang for your buck. “It’s half

the price of a KTM, requires a quarter

as much maintenance, receives a better

resale price and suites novice and expert

riders alike on the trails we cover,” says

Renae Kundra Cape York Motorcycles

Adventures. I was quite skeptical at

first, but after three days on a DR-Z, I’ll

happily to admit there are few bikes in its

class and none near its price range that

are as good for tackling long, hot, dusty

stretches of gravel. The top end power

is awesome and I didn’t get shaken to

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Yet it was a different story when we hit

the trails, where I had to work twice as

hard to stay upright as I would have on

a KTM or Husaberg. The DR-Z’s frontend

suspension is stuck in the 1990s. It

handles like a dog’s breakfast around

corners at both low and high speeds.

And at 140kg (119kg dry plus a 20L safari

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On the one occasion my bars hit the

ground, it took all of my strength – and

two attempts – to get the DR-Z up again.

Do that three or four times in the tropical

heat and you’ll hate yourself for getting

out of bed in the morning. For this reason

alone, I would never buy a DR-Z. But

that’s just me. Let’s not forget, this is

one of the world’s best-selling enduro

machines.

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It’s first new model since the launch of the

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Its chassis is developed by world-renowned

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Simplicity and endurance is the key of the new

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