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OCTOBER 2015 RSA R29.50
IN THIS ISSUE:
2016 YAMAHA 1000 SXS
2016 KAWASAKI KX450F
SOME LOCAL CLASSIC BIKES
MX OF AFRICA NATIONS
GIVI ADVENTURE TOUR
Tested at Syringa
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16. COVER STORY:
2016 HUSKY MX
24. FIRST LOOK:
2016 YAMAHA SXS
X-FIGHTERS SA 2015
42. FIRST LOOK:
2016 KAWASAKI KX450F
GIVI ADVENTURE TOUR
Editor: Roley Foley
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Clint is no stranger to South African audiences.
He has been an entertainer since the mid 80’s. “I
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8 OCTOBER 2015
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This from the organizers, Extreme
Competitors: We hope you are training hard
and staying focussed on your goal – to finish
the Roof of Africa. Whatever class you have
entered, you have challenged yourself to an
incredible challenge of your own ability and
we wish you Good luck!
On the organising side, things have been
going quietly ahead. The last few months we
have been out most weekends looking for
new links and passes and we are now 90%
done and now just need to put it all together
and finalise the logistics like distances, fuel
points, service and spectator points. This is
never an easy exercise in Lesotho to try and
keep everybody happy!
Obviously we are not going to tell you the
route, but what we can tell you is that it will
be a shorter, more compact route, but just
as demanding as the Roof always dictates!
We will tell you that the Start and Finish
will, following on last year’s success, be at
Ha Patrick. This area was hugely popular
as it provided easy access, ample space
and parking for everybody as well as a
spectacular finish line.
What’s new this year? Well, not a lot;
the last two years saw Extreme Off Road
Promotions introduce all sorts of new
innovations such as the transponder scoring
system and the satellite tracking system to
bring the Roof of Africa to the forefront in
standards expected of International extreme
enduro events. These innovations were
hugely successful and contributed greatly to
the smoother and safer running of the event
and we will continue with these.
Last year the tracking system was untested
and we were hesitant to make too big a
deal about making the tracking available to
the public, however it was a great success
and all spectators, service crews and fans
will this year be able to follow competitors
via their cell phones or tablets from
anywhere in the world via the Yellow Brick
App. Having said that, there is nothing like
experiencing the Roof live as a spectator
and with the December date, we hope that
many families turn out to be part of this
Last year the Round the Houses was
changed significantly, by taking the event
in to the Maseru Soccer Club “Arena” This
really worked well in terms of creating a
real spectacle along with the enormously
popular FMX show. We will be sticking by
this winning formula.
In a bid to showcase the event and the
riders, technical inspection has been
scheduled for Gold Class competitors. This
will be held on Wednesday afternoon in one
of Maseru’s popular and busy Shopping Malls
and will give the general public a chance to
mingle with their heroes and get autographs
signed. The technical inspection will be kept
to the minimum and will be pretty much
confined to a decal check and recording
of frame and engine numbers. Press and
Media Interviews will take place at the same
venue and we are confident that this will be
a popular event with the teams, competitors,
spectators and general public alike.
The Roof remains hugely popular with entries
sitting at 380 and we now eagerly await to
see which competitors from overseas will be
competing. Watch this space!
For those of you that didn’t see it in action
last year, here is the link to the Yellow
Brick Satellite tracking for the 2014 Roof
of Africa. You can replay the whole race
and see where anybody was at any specific
time. This same system will be available to
the public again this year either for you to
follow on your PC or you can download the
app to your cellphone/tablet. Remember
that if you want to follow it in Lesotho to buy
a local sim card and data from ECONET at
Registration to avoid using roaming data
which is very expensive. Here is the link
A word from Motul: One of the headline
Motul is proud to continue our partnership
with the Roof of Africa for 2015. We can
also confirm that once again all riders will
have access to the complimentary Motul MC
Care Bike Wash. We had a few requests last
year from riders wanting to wash their own
bikes, so this year competitors will have the
option of washing their bikes themselves,
or taking advantage of the full service wash
similar to last year.
Motul will also be offering Motul Care Packs
which will be available at your nearest
Motul dealer as well as at the event and will
include the following items:
Motul air filter oil. Motul off-road chain
lube. Motul helmet interior cleaner. Motul
This year, we will have a mobile printing
studio with all of the photo’s from the Dirt
And Trail photographers of the event up on
display, so every evening, you can purchase
a printed copy during the ride, or you can
380 riders booked so far!
More Roof News next month…
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38 riders compete in the FIM
MXOAN – Zimbabwe 29th and
By Grant Foley. Pics by Traxtion
photography Annie Allen.
The two-day Continental
Championship attracted a record
number of competitors with 200
junior and senior riders from
Botswana, Kenya, South Africa,
Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and
the host nation Zimbabwe.
The Zim organising committee,
led by the former Chairman
of the Bogwheelers club, Gary
Grainger, and the club’s current
Chairman, Shaun Whyte, staged
a world class event on Saturday
and Sunday. The Donnybrook
track in Harare sorted the men
from the boys. Even with the
challenges that Zim faces, the
track is still one of the best in
The South African Team
won this event for the third
year in a row with 895 points
securing a landslide win in the
The stars of the show include the
likes of Yamaha’s Maddy Malan,
Zims Jayden Ashwell (KTM450),
Uganda’s Jurgen Kuppers (Kawa
450), SA’s Jonathan and Joshua
Mlimi, both on KTM.
Maddy took honours in the MX 2
class (250cc). He was followed
home by team mate Tristan
Purdon and third place went to
Ashley Thixton from Zims. Three
Yamaha’s on the podium.
Jayden placed first in MX1
(450cc). He was chased by last
years champ Ross Branch from
Bots and Wade Den (Suzuki).
In the Vets class, Uganda’s
Jurgen Kurpers surprised
everyone when he beat multiple
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Team Sa: Willem Hough, James Thompson, Lucas Venter, Luke Grundy, Wian Du Plooy, Jonathan Mlimi, Hayden
Tully, Leonard Du Toit, James Moore, Thomas Schoeman, Dalton Venter, Christiaan Cilliers, Matthew Green,
Slade Smith, Wikus Van Sandwyk, Slade Botha, Joshua Mlimi, Dirco Van Der Westhuizen, Michael Wolhuter,
Jordan Venter, Janes Van Sandwyk, Matthew Malan, Tristan Purdon, Garric Pretorius, Anton Henriksen,
Michael Docherty, Andrew Wren, Justin Buist, Wade Den, Ian Topliss, Raymond Prout-Jones, Andre Joubert ,
Geoff Den, Francois Du Plooy, Mark Beverley, Toni Jardine, Bo-Dene Scott, Natasha Rugani, Brittany Cuthbert.
SA champ Ian Topliss (Kawa). Third place
went to the six years retired Warren
Thorne on a KTM, who was drafted into
the Zim side for this event.
In the 125’s, Dirko Van der Westhuisen
took top honours on his TLB Yamaha,
followed by KTM’s Regan Wasmuth, who
had the ride of his life. Joshua Mlimi
came in third after being taken out in the
third heat in an unfortunate “Botsing”. He
was left with a tyre track across his back
– he says he’s back next year to win it!!
MX Lites (85cc) junior rider Dalton Venter
won overall. Matthew green placed
second and Husqvarna’s Slade Smith
third. He won two heats and suffered a
DNF… Quick mention must be made of
Zims Davin Cocker who placed fourth
after an amazing ride.
Last year’s champ Jonathan Mlimi did
it again on his Katoom. He edged out
Hayden Tully with third place going to
Zim competitor Daiyaan Manuel. This is
the first time that Swaziland entered this
event - their Blake Young came in fifth
just behind Zims Kude Mhene.
The 50cc class was the best bar banging
racing of the whole event. These kids are
spectacular to watch on an extremely
difficult, sandy circuit. 28 kids lined up. 3
on the podium in the form of SA’s James
Thomson in first place. He was followed
by Wian Du Plooy. Third place was tied
by Emmanuel Bako (Zim) and SA’s Luke
Grundy. Emmanuel took third overall,
narrowly beating Grundy in the third heat.
The Swazi and Kenyan riders have to be
mentioned, the improvement over last
year’s event is phenomenal!
In the ladies division, Zambia’s Leah
Heygate was unbeatable. This young girl
was amazing to watch and she’s come
out of nowhere to beat the other ten
lady riders. Our South Africans did us
proud with the next four places – Brittany
Cuthbert, second, our Roof star Natasha
Rugani third, Bo-Dene Scott fourth and
Toni Jardine, fifth after eating some
serious Donnybrook dirt.
The FIM Africa Motocross of African
Nations Championship is one of the
few motorcycle events recognised as a
“Team” event, where the points of the
official riders are tallied to determine
who the winning African Nation will be for
that particular year.
Well done to the South African Team!
South Africa 895.
Swaziland (first year competing)
Next year, there is a possibility that
Madagascar and Angola will join the series,
it will be great to see them in action!
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work hard play harder
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rst visor system good enough for Arai helmets.
At Arai, they won’t be rushed in the pursuit of convenience at
the expense of protection. Beacuase they won’t compromise the
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Now they are proud to introduce the Arai Pro Shade System
accessory. Replacing the stock shield on any Arai helmet that uses
the SAI type shield, the Pro Shade System reduces excess ambient
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Most important, in every way it performs like an Arai.
• Mounted on clear MAX Vision visor with Pinlock lens
• Protects againts sun glare, fogging and misting
• Locks in position
• Enhances aerodynamics, improves stability
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Have a gander at the latest designs on the Tour X 4 range of adventure, a 3 in one helmet
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NEW RXV 7 ROAD HELMET.
Arai are showing their new premium race
helmet to the world for the first time.
Here’s our guide to the five most important
Relocated visor pivot
The visor pivot point sits 24mm lower
than on the existing RX-7GP. This means
a smooth shape over a larger area of the
shell to promote an action Arai call ‘glancing
off’ in the event of an accident. The idea
is that a smooth shape is better able to
spread the impact load and help reduce the
amount of energy transfer to the rider’s
brain. The new visor mount
are smaller and
sit outside the
as the most
of the helmet
Formula One visor lock/open tab
The small tab to either lock an Arai visor
open or closed can be fiddly to operate. The
new version is adopted from Arai’s racing
helmets for F1 drivers. It’s more substantial
and is easier to use.
The plastic spoiler on top of the helmet is
there to help extract hot air from inside the
helmet, and this one is 20mm longer than
before, to increase airflow and improve
high-speed aerodynamics. Arai say the new
helmet flows 11% more air than the existing
helmet, thanks to the diffuser and air intakes
that are 19% larger than the current lid.
It looks just the same as before, because
Arai insist a smooth rounded shell is the
most protective, but it’s 30g lighter thanks to
a new type of resin. The changes around the
repositioning of the visor pivot mean there’s
an extra 3mm of room for the rider’s mouth
Different thicknesses of foam for the comfort
lining mean riders can alter the fit to suit
their head shape. The lining is made from a
new material called Eco-Pure, which is antibacterial
Arai’s scratch MX helmets
have evolved over the years.
The absence of exaggerated
protrusions on the shell is not due
to a lack of creativity, but just like
their road helmets, there are less
surfaces to hook up...
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16 OCTOBER 2015
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S A L A U N C H
2016 HUSQVARNA MX
Husqvarna is a manufacturer that is on a
mission. Last month, we brought you the
news about the new MX lineup. Husqvarna
SA invited a motley bunch to meet and
mingle with the new bikes.
It’s quite amazing that a relatively small
importer can host such a fantastic event.
We have to doff our caps to Husqvarna
SA, this launch was on a par with any of
the big ones that we have been to. They
flew bikes in from Austria for the launch,
brought along all of their National MX
riders and hosted us at the excellent
Syringa track for the day.
The press were given the opportunity
to ride, and it was awesome to have the
dealers from all over SA along to swap
war stories. This is a company on a
You would have read about them all in last
months feature, so this is a recap with our
local MX ace, and top SA contender Ryan
Angilley’s take on the bikes.
In a nutshell, Husky has redesigned
the machines from the ground up, they
have shed weight across the range and
Ergonomically, Ryan is impressed with
the bikes across the board. He loves the
lower bars, they make the bike turn that
much easier, the narrower feel up front,
the redesigned rear shrouds because
they no longer hook on your knee guards.
He commented on the flatter seat - easy
to move around on as you blitz the berms
At the presentation we were told that
the 2016 250 is stronger than a modified
2015. Here’s something interesting.
Ryan was not at that presentation and
the moment he got off the new 250 his
words were “My bike has everything
to make it go faster - and this one is
better…” Makes you think.
In only its third true year of
producing bikes in Austria, Husky
has an all new line of 2016 MX bikes.
Four brand new from the ground
up. And say what you will with the
connections with another brand, but
that name was not even mentioned
during whole introduction. You have
to look at it in the same way large
auto manufacturers use a similar
platform across different brands.
Then the large amount of R&D Euro’s
necessary for development can be
realised with larger unit sales of
similar, yet different versions of the
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So from here we’re talking
exclusively Husky knowing full
well what these bikes are very
similar to. But they are distinctly
“I would personally run a slightly
bigger rear sprocket, but I’m a bit
bigger than this bikes intended
audience.” “It is so stable over
the bumps down the straight and
because it is so light you really
can chuck it around”.
The TC 125
The TC 125 is a full size all new
bike dropping a serious number
of Kilo’s over the previous model
through the new tiny motor and
the chassis that is shared with the
FC’s for the most part. The little
bike is impressive and makes
the long, smooth and flowing
power that is characteristic of
the 125cc engine family. It runs
every bit as good as any 125 we
have ridden, if not better, feeling
super controlled for a high-strung
engine. Husky is claiming 40 HP
at the output shaft. Out the box.
Not too shabby. Of course that
drops quite a bit once it hits the
rear wheel but it does make good,
sweet power. The clutch control
is excellent and the bike feels
lighter than you can imagine. It
really highlights the agility and
light weight of the new chassis.
Ryan reckons that of all the
bikes, this was the most fun to
ride, he enjoyed it immensely. “It
handles and corners brilliantly”,
The FC 250
On to the all-new four strokes and
starting with the FC250, they are
The big differentiation from the
KTM line is the rear subframe and
the plastics. Made from a carbon
composite material the sub-frame
attributes to the massive weight
drop from the previous Husqvarna
FC250 and a serious reduction in
both the visual width of the bike
as well as how thick it feels the
whole bike through. In fact these
bikes are seriously thin from
radiator shroud to rear fender
and Ryan commented on the fact
that he never hooked or snagged
on anything. There is also plenty
of stuff to grab on to with knees
and ankles and a gripper seat
as a bonus. The 250 has an
awesome amount of torque right
off the bottom that any rider will
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appreciate. And advanced riders
will love it in the off-camber
sections—Syringa had plenty of
those. Then the engine comes
alive and is very strong running,
especially in the mid-range and
especially when compared to
the 2015 bike that felt somewhat
muted by the air box.
This one is not. Shifting is
excellent and the clutch is what
other bikes aspire too.
Ryan was quite simply blown away
and thats cool, because he rides
this years model. “Proper!” was
his comment with a grin. “I can’t
believe the improvements - it is
faster than my modified bike - it
goes where you point it and it
feels lighter.” “It has an amazing
front end feel and is extremely
easy to ride.” “The increase in HP
is unreal, more bottom end and
better over rev…”
Theres a huge difference
between the 250 and the 350.
“Its extremely fast with amazing
bottom and midrange.” “ It’s got
the same feel, but somehow its a
bit plusher.” “Jumping off the 250,
I tried to ride this bike the same
way, but there is no need to rev
her - just select a higher gear and
this bike does the rest.” “This is
probably the best cornering bike
that I’ve ever ridden.” High praise.
The FC350 was very impressive
and could be the real surprise
in the line. On this track it had
abundant torque for the slow
speed sections and ripping
power on the top as well. The
power is smooth, seamless
and impressive. The motor and
chassis feel like they are mated
perfectly. “This bike can be a
hand-full, take it easy and get
used to it, you’ll love the 350.”
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“ This bike is scary fast and needs
much respect!”Said Ryan after
climbing off. “Very smooth though
and the handling is quite possibly
the best of the lot.”
“The FC450 really feels heavy
in this bunch but not because
of any other reason than it is a
powerhouse. The power is so
smooth and so abundant it really
is up to the throttle hand to make
the decision on what you want.
This power creates a heavier
rotational mass/weight feel and
the twisting torque of the engine,
compared to other bikes we rode
today, causes the motorcycle to
want to stand up and go when
applying ample throttle. Yet it
feels lighter than most 450s that
I’ve ridden.” “Big power, great
handling - and it’s light. What
more do you want?”
And that, in a nutshell is what
these bikes have to offer, nimble,
powerful - and we all have to
agree, flippen good looking… the
dealers are a friendly bunch, give
them a call, go and ride the bikes,
you’ll like them as much as we did.
For your closest dealer: www.
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Yamaha has made a lot of
contributions to the UTV market
in the form of the Rhino, Viking
and Wolverine. But for years,
UTV enthusiasts clamoured for
a true sport UTV. Where was
Yamaha’s answer to the Polaris
RZR or the Can-Am Maverick?
Yamaha has finally
responded in the form
of the 2016 YXZ1000R,
a supersport sideby-side
new concepts to a
high-thrills class of
Yamaha has certainly made
a splash with the YXZ. It’s
a dune-shredding machine
with acceleration and speed
capabilities worth bragging
about. It’s clear that Yamaha’s
engineers have put in the time
to really determine how the YXZ
could build upon a sport sideby-side
legacy that has already
been established by other
Engine and Transmission
One of the most exciting
elements of the YXZ1000R is its
engine. Sporting an industry-first
three cylinders, the 998cc engine
offers an incredible experience
with an 11.3:1 compression ratio
and a 10,500 RPM redline.
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Naturally, an effective intake and exhaust
system is necessary to handle the YXZ’s
powerful engine. Two air filters are
employed for high capacity air flow. The
primary filter is foam and strategically
positioned to allow for easy maintenance.
The secondary filter is viscous paper.
Both filters can be replaced without tools.
The exhaust system utilizes equal-length
triple header pipes and a center-mounted
muffler tuned to capitalize on the
engine’s impressive power output.
Another first for the industry is the
YXZ1000R’s five-speed sequential-shift
transmission, rather than the traditional
CVT bet drive system. This places shifting
more completely in the driver’s control.
As a result, the YXZ enjoys incredible
acceleration. The transmission employs
a new 21-plate hydraulic clutch to ensure
that shifting feels natural and intuitive.
The YXZ1000R utilizes Yamaha’s On-
Command® 4WD for maximum traction
in difficult terrain. It also uses an efficient
drivetrain to ensure that the machine’s
power is transmitted to the wheels in the
most effective manner possible.
Yamaha hasn’t released official figures
for the horsepower output, but various
documents are pointing towards 111 hp.
Body and Suspension
To complement the engine and
transmission, the YXZ1000R includes
state-of-the-art Fox 2.5” Podium RC2
shocks that absorb whatever is thrown
in their way and deliver an exceptional
handling experience. The front shocks
extend above the hood, offering a unique
appearance that enables the YXZ to fully
take advantage of the suspension.
The YXZ also includes 245mm disc brakes
on all four wheels for increased stopping
power. Additionally, electronic power
steering (EPS) makes driving the YXZ
an enjoyable experience in a variety of
The body and chassis design of the
YXZ1000R is styled aggressively, providing
the machine with a unique look.
The 130KG cargo capacity, impressive
LED headlights and convenient suntop
make the YXZ1000R not only an
entertaining vehicle but a capable one as
well. Yamaha has also designed a variety
of additional accessories to provide some
excellent customization options.
Watch this space, it’s coming soon…
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Where were you sitting...
We aren’t going to bore you to death with a whole lot
of info on the Pretoria event – pictures do speak a
French rider Tom Pages took the gold, with Australia’s
Clinton Moore in second and one of our favourite
riders, Japanese rider Taka Hagashino in third.
17.000 frantic fans witness the best ever final in
Tom Pagès of France and Clinton Moore of Australia
delivered a Final for the ages on Saturday in front
of 17,000 wild fans at the return of the Red Bull
X-Fighters World Tour to Pretoria, South Africa. Pagès
claimed the top step of the podium with Moore in
second, while Taka Higashino of Japan took third.
France’s Tom Pagès, the innovator who has changed
the game in freestyle motocross, shook up the 2015
World Tour standings as well with an electrifying
triumph in the Red Bull X-Fighters return to Pretoria,
South Africa on September 12. Moore drew roars from
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Things happen so quickly that
you can only see the detail in
freeze frame - Tom Pages
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the 17,000 spectators, delivering his signature
Bundy and the first dirt-to-dirt Volt ever landed
in competition on the unique track’s double
line. But Pagès has the biggest bag of tricks in
the sport, and, going last, he rode like a man
possessed. The Frenchman threw down his
signature Alley-Oop Flair, Bike Flip and Special
Flip, as well as the Transfer Flip he just added
to his tricklist, to claim the unanimous votes of
all five judges.
What a showcase of sheer talent, what a vibe!!
Events like this are SO cool for SA, it gets
people outside our industry to see how cool
bikes are and hopefully, they all rush off and
An awesome, awesome event. Make sure you
get there when they come again…
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The brilliant Johnny Clegg entertained
the crowd between heats.
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Danny Torres 9
Pages first, Moore second, Taka third...
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Story and pics Clive Strugnell
Finally we crack the nod to attend this BMW event… Only three days
before the weekend. Our Clive Strugnell went along…
What do you get when you get almost 900 BMW GS riders together in
a BMW “village” in the middle of the most awesome riding country
over a weekend? One of the best motorcycling weekends ever!
BMW Motorrad South Africa, under the leadership of its’ new(ish)
General Manager Alexander Baraka, invited everyone who rides any
BMW GS model to gather over the second weekend of September to
watch the finals of the 2015 BMW GS Trophy. This is a team event held
throughout the year where competitions are held in each province
to choose a three man team to take part in the final. The final was
held in a paddock at the Drakensville ATKV resort on the Friday and
Drakensville, a resort belonging to the ATKV (Afrikaanse Taal
en Kultuur Vereeninging), was turned into “BMWville” by the
enthusiastic BMW staff led by Cora Forsmann. Like any good
General, Cora made sure the planning and execution of the event was
run with military precision, with the emphasis on team work. By the
time the first rider arrived at the resort on Thursday an incredible
amount of work had been done. A massive Bedouin-style tend
spanned an area the size of a rugby field. Inside the covered area was
a dining room easily capable of seating the almost 900 riders and
pillions that had registered. Scattered about the front of the tent were
casual tables and benches, as well as several leather lounge suites
and cushions. Colourful umbrellas and awnings provided shelter
from the sun, or occasionally on Saturday, light drizzle. Several TV
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screens showed Currie cup Rugby,
and the all round relaxed and jovial
atmosphere, complete with music and
two full time bars, boerie-roll vendor
and more, ensured that everyone
chilled out and enjoyed themselves.
BMW and its navigation partners put
on a great display of new product as
well as a good display of BMW gear
and accessories. Metzler, thorough
its distributor AMP led by general
manager Mark Roach and Metzeler
product manager Wayne Doran
provided a very welcome tyre service,
helping many riders who would have
had their weekend spoiled by tyre
Although luxury and comfort was
provided at “BMWville”, the emphasis
was actually on riding. The hard
working team scouted out and marked
several off-road loops though the
surrounding Drakensberg mountains
and foothills. These ranged from a
relatively easy “Green” and “Orange”,
through “Red One”, “Red Two”, “Blue”
and finally the “Black”route. Each of
them covered anything from 80 to 240
km, and most riders were expected to
take about 6 hours completing each
route. In addition there were two all
tar routes through the Eastern Free
State Highlands and the nearby Natal
Midlands. These two routes covered
some interesting historical sites like
the Spioenkop Battlefield and many
comfortable and quaint restaurants
and coffee shops...and more.
So the scene was set for some epic
adventures and lots of experiences
which of course would provide the
content of many animated “Bench
racing” stories back in the comfort of
There were many of these, and stories
were told of riders fixing burst tyres
with plastic packets, holding front
tyres onto the rim with zip ties when
all other efforts to fix them failed.
Riders pulled into the resort with
screens missing, mud covering every
centimeter of both the rider and bike.
To BMW’s credit, mechanical problems
were just not an issue…there wasn’t
even a workshop to repair anything.
It just wasn’t necessary. And despite
some really desperate sounding
situations everyone was smiling.
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One of the stories going around was of the rider who, travelling
alone, decided to use his GS 800 (well, actually Zambesi Auto’s
demo bike) as it was intended, and used as many gravel roads
as possible to get there. After having ridden from Vrede through
Verkykerskop towards Harrismith, he came across a group of
riders from Bavarian Motorcycles in Centurion about 80 km from
Drakensville. They had also taken unpaved backroads and stopped
to regroup. On joining them and asking if they knew the way, they
pointed to not one, but four different GPS’, and said “Of course we
do!” As they got going, about half an hour before dark, the rider
decided he may as well travel with them. 200km later the tired and
hungry group eventually arrived…..luckily the ever thoughtful Cora
had arranged for an excellent camp dinner to be kept for them.
Another story was of the guy who had meticulously restored an
original GS 1100, and was invited by a group of mates to join them
on the trip. Gerrit Barnard is his name. On Saturday morning they
all decided to go on an out ride, and tackle one of the routes. Off
they set, telling Gerrit that is was one of the shorter ones, and
that they would be back in time to watch Currie Cup Rugby. Gerrit,
trusting his friends implicitly, packed a bottle of water and happily
followed. Soon they turned off the tar onto a road marked “Piet
Retief Pass” and casually followed a canal, which is part of the
Highlands water project, for about 12 km. They passed through a
farmyard and then some cattle pastures, and started down the side
of the mountain. That’s when Gerrit realized that his day was about
to change. As a novice rider the route was intimidating, to say the
least. After several heart stopping descents, Gerrit realized that he
was in this for the long haul. There was no way he was going to get
his pride and joy, gleaming restored GS 1100, back up the mountain
he had just ridden down. So he persevered. The cool cloud cover
lifted, and the Sun warmed the surrounding countryside. A lot.
In no time at all he finished his water, and began to wish he had
stayed at the resort. As the Sun shone down the valley which he
was now in got hotter, the dust got dustier, and each rise became
more of a challenge. To make matters worse he had suffered
a sleep shattering case of “Deli-belly” the night before, and
hadn’t been feeling great to start with. What’s more, his riding
companions also started to feel the strain of coaxing their 1200
GS’ along a route which was a challenge for a purpose built Roof
of Africa enduro bike, so they started concentrating on getting
themselves along the route, and quite often had to help each other
after small falls and steep climbs. Gradually Gerrit fell further and
further behind, and without the help and riding advice from his now
former friends, found the going more and more difficult. Eventually
after another few kays of battling along, he found he just didn’t
have the energy and skill to carry on. His bike had mutinied up a
short stony incline and had dumped Gerrit, turned 180 degrees just
before the top and had charged back down the trail, only to fall over
half way down in the most awkward position possible….horizontally
across the path with its wheels facing uphill. Petrol was spilling out
the tank, which was the lowest point of the bike, and the left mirror
had broken off. On top of all that, poor old Gerrit had suffered a
burn somehow on his knee where his riding pants had melted. He
looked down at his now dented pride and joy, and shouted “oh golly,
what a pickle” or words to that effect.
There was no way he was ever going to pick it up, which meant that
unless someone came to fetch him, this is where he was going to
stay for the foreseeable future.
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Just then one of his friends, Gavin van Rooy, arrived back
on the scene. He had realise that they hadn’t seen, heard
or helped Gerrit for some time, and rode back to find him.
Now unless you have ever been in a similar situation, you
will not know how difficult it is to ride when your confidence
in your own ability has gone, and you are so bone tired that
even lifting a finger to wipe a drop of sweat off your brow
before it drops into your eye and stings the crap out of it
is an impossible task. That’s the point Gerrit had reached.
Anyway, although for them the story still had a few hours to
run, Gavin got Gerrit’s bike back on its wheels and pointing in
the right direction, shared some water with him, lied to him
that they only had a short way to go and it was pretty easy,
and coaxed him home with a combination of praise, cajoling,
lies, and some swearing. Gerrit rose to the occasion as well.
From somewhere he dug deep and got himself going, and
grimly followed Gavin back to the resort. Only when he got
back did they tell him he had completed one of the most
difficult routes! Although his wasn’t the only story like this
he was given a special prize at the prize giving in recognition
of all the riders who tackled the mountain trails and pushed
themselves beyond their comfort zones and completed
routes they would normally not have attempted.
This is really what the GS Trophy weekend is all about. Riding
these unbelievably capable motorcycles in tough conditions,
enjoying pushing the envelope with old and new friends.
Enjoying the camaraderie of fellow riders, and at the end
of the day relaxing with a cold one and sharing wonderful
experiences in this beautiful country we live in.
The pictures are all about the GS Trophy, a series of
team challenges, riding slowly around cones, blindfolded
riding, carrying your bike over a big tree and several other
interesting exercises devised by the riding academy. Very
entertaining to watch…
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42 OCTOBER 2015
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Is this the Lightest, Fastest 450cc Motocrosser?
While the 2016 250 only has mild changes over
last years model, the 450 is an all new bike.
When we were at Holeshot, we saw one of the
very first ones in the country. Unfortunately
- none were available for test at the time we
were going to print, but, we’ll get into the
queue and with a bit of luck, sometime in the
future, we’ll give it a thrashing.
Here’s what some of the international
boys are saying:
difference compared to the rear steering
feeling of 2015. Whipping the bike in the
air takes less work and scrubbing jumps is
made easier with the KX450F’s newfound
“The Kawasaki KX450F has been referred to by
testers the past couple years as heavy, bulky,
and one of the more difficult bikes to corner
in comparison to some of the other brands.
For 2016, Kawasaki dropped 1.4 KG’s off the
chassis and an additional 2 kilogrammes off
the engine, resulting in a 3.5 kilogramme
overall weight savings compared to the 2015
model. The new frame spars are narrowed by
6mm, which resulted in a nimble and slimmer
feeling bike on the track. The new frame
lets the KX450F have increased
front wheel traction and aid in
front end control when
we entered corners. It is
now much easier to throw
around in the turns and
in the air, compared to last year’s model.
Coming into corners, the ‘16 KX450F lays
into ruts easier and feels like there
is front end traction,
which is a huge
WHAT’S NEW ON THE 2016 KAWASAKI KX450F
1. Revised cylinder head. The engine is tuned
such that the torque curve follows the limit
of running resistance for as long as possible.
Cylinder is offset (8.5 mm forward), reducing
friction and enabling more efficient power
2. Revised intake valves and intake cam timing
change are designed to complement cylinder
exhaust system revisions. Intake ports are less
curved, contributing to increased performance
at all rpm. Revised intake cam timing
(advanced 2-degrees) contributes to increased
low-rpm performance. Intake valves have a
revised head area. The
new design, with
slimmer throat angle
and reduced recess
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LAUNCH CONTROL MODEMAXIMIZES TRACTION
AND ACCELERATION OUT OF THE GATE
• Race-team-derived feature for grabbing
the holeshot • Engages with a press of a
button • Functions in first and second gear•
Precise ignition timing helps ensure quicker
acceleration with less slippage
to valves on supersport models),
contributes to increased high-rpm
3. Piston crown design matches the
revised intake valves and maintains the
compression ratio at 12.8:1, contributing
to the engine’s increased performance.
4. The addition of a new resonator (US
and Canadian models only) effectively
increases the exhaust pipe length
and reduces exhaust noise volume by
approximately 2 dB.
5. Excess meat was trimmed from
transmission gears and shafts to reduce
weight by approximately 260 grams (9.2
6. New KX FI Calibration Kit (Accessory)
features the handheld KX FI Calibration
Controller, which enables riders to
adjust engine characteristics (by
rewriting actual data maps) to suit their
preference. This simple tool can be used
without a PC, simply by plugging into
the engine’s ECU. There are 7 preset
engine maps included.
9. Oversized 270 mm front brake rotor.
10. Flatter seat and tank to facilitate
riding position changes. Top of the fuel
tank is lower, allowing an even flatter
progression from the seat to the tank.
11. Adjustable Ergonomics with
4-position handlebar and 2-position
12. Intake ducts added below the rear of
the seat contribute to improved throttle
13. Weighs in at 108.7 KG’s.
14. SFF-Air TAC front fork locates its
damping assembly in the left fork tube
and a pneumatic spring, comprised
of three pressurized air chambers, in
the right. Light weight, low friction,
easy adjustability, a wide setting range
and precise settings are some of the
advantages. Super-hard titanium
coating protects the fork from wear
abrasion. Self-lubricating alumite
coating creates a hard, low-friction
surface on the outer tube, further
reducing friction to promote smooth
15. Aggressive new bodywork makes
the bike look more compact and is
complemented by factory-style design
and graphics. Black alumite1 rims,
black fork guards, and green highlights
help create a distinctive Kawasaki
identity. Green alumite1 finish on the
suspension adjusters and green finish
on some of the engine trim add to the
KX450F’s high-performance image.
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HOW KAWASAKI SAVED WEIGHT
1. A thorough revision of engine and chassis components yielded
3.4 kg in weight savings, bringing the weight of the KX450F down
to a trim 108.7 kg. The lighter weight contributes to quicker turn-in
and sharper overall handling.
2. Savings from the engine group (including intake and exhaust
systems) amounted to approximately 2.0 kg. Savings from chassis
components totaled approximately 1.4 kg.
3. Previously an extruded part, the redesigned down tube is now
a combination forged/cast piece (front part is forged; rear part
is cast). The new piece, along with a revised head pipe and brace
tubes, contributes to greater front-end feel.
4. Width across the main frames is approximately 6mm slimmer.
This facilitates position changes, making it easier for riders to
slide forward and backward. Weighing 400 grams (14 ounces) less
than the previous unit (thanks in large part to revised head pipe
and upper/lower rear shock brackets), the frame’s lighter weight
contributes to the bike’s quicker handling.
5. Ridigity of the swingarm was also revised. The cast front portion
is taller with thinner walls, and the wall thickness of the spars was
idealized, with thinner side walls and thicker top/bottom walls. The
new construction saves approximately 220 grams.
6. Smaller fuel tank has a lower top. This lowers the bike’s center
of gravity, further contributing to the sharper handling.
7. Revised for rigidity, the KX450F’s new frame
features a slimmer design and lighter overall
walls for the subframe
8. Aggressive design of the new front
fender adds to the racy looks and saves 50
grams in weight.
9. New design for the aluminum rear
sprocket contributes to the bike’s
sharp looks and saves 50
Kawa has the technology -
how about another enduro
bike sometime Huh?
At your Kawasaki dealership.
• Handheld FI calibration kit eliminates need
for laptop and 12V battery at the track• Allows
the user to adjust fuel and ignition settings for
ultimate performance • Can store up to seven
preset maps for different tracks
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Adventure tour 2015
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Most people are familiar with the
Givi range of protective gear and bike
products. Every year they host a ride
for their international dealer network
somewhere in the world. This year,
through DMD, the local Givi importer,
they selected beautiful South Africa.
We joined them for the ride, took lots
of photo’s and came to understand
why SA is such a great adventure bike
From the Givi Blog…
Sitting at the table at beautiful
Euphoria estate near a little town
called Mookgepong in the Limpopo
province, everyone is discussing
yesterday’s ride and talking about
what to expect today.
Yesterday was a day of contrasts, from
the bustling streets of Johannesburg
to the tranquil wide open gravel roads
leading to our resort for the evening.
It is challenging riding on the left
side of the road, but we all became
accustomed to this English trend
South Africa has a vast network of
fast flowing freeways and the first leg
took us along the outskirts of Pretoria
and through the agricultural hub of
the Springbok flats vast open lands
where in the days of the voortrekker
(pioneers) thousands of springbok,
South Africa’s national animal used
to roam. A small side road took us
through Warmbaths, a town famous
for the natural mineral springs that
are reputed to have healing powers.
A beautiful sunny South African day
with lots of refreshment breaks to
quench thirsts and fill tanks.
Then the fun started.
Our tour guides stopped at a small
road outside Nylstroom and sent the
photographers ahead. That’s when
you know… A glorious gravel road
wound its way into the Waterberg
Mountains with sweeping turns
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and breath taking vista’s wherever you look.
Probably about forty kilometres of stunning
riding, the guys and girls loved it! There was
one small incident when Wisnu, a blogger from
Indonesia tried to adjust his Gopro “on the fly”
and had a little tumble… he was unhurt but his
XT needed a bit of panelbeating.
It was incredible to see the wide open spaces
and unspoiled bush. South Africans live in a
After a brief stop to exchange war stories
and tales of heroism, we made our way to
Euphoria. What a great day in the saddle,
topped off by a traditional African braai on the
veranda of our bushveld hotel…
More to follow tomorrow, we’ll update you as
we go along.
Today turned out to be a very long day. We only
arrived at our overnight stop, the Coach House,
a grand old hotel buried in the mountains well
after dark. And this was after a ride of only
around 300 kilometres…
It all started at the second section of gravel
road. At the start everyone was game, but
as we progressed, the sand monster bit. The
guys battled, very tough. The area is so dry
and dusty. A few of our riders opted to rather
take the tar loop. They were sensible. It took
more than two hours to get around 15 of our
riders along a forty kilometre section. Glorious
bushveld through the nature reserves in
The Waterberg Mountains. We saw Giraffe,
warthog, wildebeest, monkeys and lots of
small antelope. And the silence when the
engines are turned off is absolute… like
nothing that we have experienced before.
Eventually we regrouped at the road outside
the salubrious Legend Golf estate for well
needed refreshments. 32 degrees and the sun
was blazing down.
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A quick scenic tar route took us to the town
of Mokopane for a lunch at one of the famous
South African Steak houses. No Hurry In
Africa! More than two hours for a light lunch…
Back on the bikes and out through town, the
surroundings start changing, the country
became very dry and almost desert like. The
tar roads are excellent all the way to the
quaint African town of Total Nobody. We even
saw signs to Bolivia guesthouse, we were
concerned that we were a little bit lost…
After a while we started to climb, past the
largest church in South Africa – The ZCC
village outside Total Nobody, again the world
changes, suddenly the world goes green huge
plantations and alpine like mountains with
glorious sweeping mountain passes. Due to
water shortages, our hotel has changed – and
our GPS got us lost. Tried to turn us into gravel
roads into the forests and by now the sun is
starting to set… Quick pow-wow among the
guides – if all else fails ask directions…
Back on the correct route, we cut through
the town of Tzaneen and back up into the
mountains, beautiful roads, but quite badly
potholed, so you need to keep your eyes wide
open. Soon the welcoming lights of the hotel
are in the distance… 7pm we arrive – what a
day! What a ride.
Baobab trees, Boats and Baboons…
The day started early because we had a lot of
distance to cover. The route took us from our
hotel into some stunningly beautiful mountain
passes. The day was sunny and warm, the
views coming through the mountains around
Tzaneen, breath taking. After a refuel at the
Sasol garage (Sasol is South Africa’s local
petrol manufacturer), we took off for our lunch
stop in the Blyde River Canyon.
The ride was one of contrasts, through
poorer rural areas into verdant farmlands
and eventually, game reserves all along the
roads for as far as the eye can see. Everyone
was amazed to see the huge electric fences
that are erected round the farms to keep the
animals in – and poachers out.
A two-hour ride saw us enter the stunning
mountains of the Drakensberg (Dragons
teeth). Swadini is a nature reserve in the
Blyde canyon. The Blyde River runs through
the canyon, which is the third largest canyon
in the world, after the Grand in the USA and
the Fish River also in South Africa. We spent
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to our tour guide telling us a little bit about the
area where we were. Very beautiful.
In the afternoon, our ride took us right up into the
high mountains through winding passes, forests
and mountains for as far as the eye can see.
The last 40 km piece took us down to our
overnight at the beautiful Protea Kruger Park
hotel, which actually goes into the famous
Kruger Park. Earlier in the day, they had to
chase the elephants away from the dining
area. Fantastic. We enjoyed a traditional South
African braai (barbeque) under the stars
listening to the sounds of a local marimba
band…. There is something special about
dancing under the African sky.
Up bright and early for a game drive through
Kruger Park. Although it is the beginning of
summer here, it was cold, so we all huddled up
in our Hevik Riding jackets under our blankets
in the trucks. We saw lots – Elephant, Rhino,
Lions in the distance, Giraffe, Hippo, Monkeys,
Hyena – a fabulous, unspoiled piece of Africa…
We were lucky enough to be able to stop in the
park on a rocky Koppie (small hill) to just take
in the peace and vastness of the place. Really
Day 4 was a rest day, so some stayed at the
hotel while others took off for a scenic ride
around the Mpumalanga lowveld, stopping
at the quaint mining town of Pilgrims Rest.
Mountain passes, great scenery and the roads
are all in pretty good shape bar the few potholes
here and there. We had the opportunity to buy
some curios – you never accept the first price
asked so we haggled our way through many
of the stall. A glorious ride was enjoyed by all
and it was really interesting to see how many
motorcycles were out and about on the roads.
Our guides tell us that Mpumalanga is one of
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South Africa’s most famous riding areas. At
four, we went for a second drive into the park,
Buffalo, Civets, Hares, Jackal, Honey badgers,
Elephant, Rhino… and the vast African night
under a full moon.
Dinner in the lapa and everyone was in bed
really early, quite well worn out for the day,
tomorrow, we head on our final leg … we are
told it’s another great ride, so far, a really
great African adventure…
OUR LAST TWO DAYS:
All good things come to an end and it was
with sad hearts that we bid South Africa’s
largest game reserve farewell. A quick photo
under the brooding bust of Paul Kruger, South
Africa’s first state president and the founder
of the park and we were on our way back up
the mountains. Awesome views and sweeping
mountain roads greeted us. It was amazing to
see all of the other motorcycles on the routes,
it turns out that the Economy run, a time
trial to measure fuel usage on motorcycles,
and a rally - a gathering of motorcyclists was
happening on that weekend. There were bikes
of all shapes and sizes enjoying the balmy
weather and great roads.
A stopover at South Africa’s famous Long Tom
Pass was arranged - one of the last places
that a Long Tom Cannon saw action during
the Boer war. A fascinating place, great photo
opportunity with breath taking views in every
Fast, wide roads took us all along the
escarpment and into the vast Lowveld city
of Nelspruit. A quick lunch stop at fantastic,
cheap seafood joint gave everyone a breather...
and then we were off again.
Here is something interesting. A mountain
pass took us up to the little settlement of Kaap
se Hoop, a remote village where wild horses
roam free. We saw the horses, fat, sleek and
free roaming the forests. Very beautiful.
Our refuel was at the bottom of the mountain
- a blot on the landscape is the huge paper
mill that belches smoke and bad smells into
the air... from there it was a quick ride to our
overnight stop at the very friendly, comfortable
The farewell dinner was hosted, with a video
and photographs of all the highlights of the
trip. People were in high spirits, although there
was a bit of sadness that the trip was almost at
After a good night’s rest our first group
departed for the route back to Johannesburg
and OR Tambo International Airport. South
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Africa’s freeways are really good and well
surfaced. Once again we were joined by a
multitude of motorcycles making their way
back to the big city after a weekend of riding.
There was one small glitch. Our illustrious
tour organizer Mr Givi, Joseph Perucca
managed to run out of fuel, having not filled
at the previous days top-up... when his bike
ground to a halt on the freeway, there was
steam coming out from under his helmet...
anyway, all part of the fun. Reserve fuel was
procured and we continued along without
further incident to Johannesburg.
Upon a arrival, the moto GP was on and
we watch the amazing Valentino Rossi blitz
everyone in the rain. What a way to round of
What a ride! What a fabulous event and a
beautiful country. If you want to visit South
Africa, we can recommend it very highly. The
hotels and infrastucture that we experienced
are world class. The food is great, the people
are so friendly.
This was a great experience... we will be back
– we have only seen a very small piece of this
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A very sad looking YZ250.
Carb float bowl off.
The bike before the build started.
All the linkage bearings
Check that the jets and needle
holes are all clear.
Forks stripped and ready for rebuild.
Let’s face it – not all of us have a zillion bucks to buy
new bikes. Times are tough and friends are few… but
there are plenty of great used bargains out there.
We recently bought and old fixer upper. The bike in
question is a 1996 YZ250. It seemed to be in pretty
good nick, but had been standing for a long time.
Some stuff we’ve learned:
• Check and re-check the year model of the bike you
are buying. We initially thought that this bike was a
lot newer – and so did the seller. Given the condition
of the bike the price was fair but – not a bargain. We
would have preferred to pay around 12k.
• TIP: if the bike has hydraulic brake or clutch hoses,
there is usually a date and batch number on the
piping. Bet you didn’t know that? (bet you gonna go
look now…, we did).
The first trick was to see whether it actually ran – so
we roped in the services of long time bike mechanic
and Bike fixer Bryan Schwim from Tarstone for all the
hard, more technical work. The bike was stripped on
the bench and the carb removed. The fuel was Vrot
Vrot – so he drained all of that, fresh petrol 40:1 Motul
• The carb was seriously gummed up and it seemed
as though someone had been fiddling because the
float level was set almost to the max. A good clean
with Velocity racing carb cleaner, re- adjustment of
the float and we bolted the carb back on. Note: Check
that the main and pilot jets are clear of gunk. Also
check that the channel under the needle is clear –
that’s where the fuel comes in.
• Replace worn perished fuel and breather pipes on
• Gave the bike a kick. Nothing, nada. No spark.
Checked all wires, all ok – dud plug. (More on that
later). Replace plug and kick.
Three kicks, the bike roars to life with a bellow of blue
smoke forcing us to abandon the workshop. Open all
the windows… the engine sounds pretty good – no
funny knock or strange noises. How is the gearbox?
• Drain and replace gearbox oil (Motul).
• Drain and replace radiator coolant (Velocity).
Hop on, and a quick spin, she shifts nicely, clutch and
gear box are perfect BUT, the suspension out back
has collapsed and there is a strange thumping noise
coming from the back.
Bike back on the bench for mechanical inspection.
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pressing the new bearings in
The bearing kits come
complete with seals.
Rear shock stripped.
The piping on the
carbs was brittle.
This is what the old linkage
bearings looked like...
Stripped and ready for
One times dud plug.
The front forks
leaked all over...
• The rear suspension has indeed collapsed and the
bush on the swing arm has a lot of play.
• The tyres are basically rotten.
• The front fork seals are peeing oil EVERYWHERE.
• The tyres are somewhat on the knackered side…
• Brake pads, Sprockets and chain seem to be in good
Plan of action:
Right to be sure to be sure – strip out the suspension
and wheels – source tyres – a call to Bruce from BATT
tyres procures some blue labels….
Hmmm very nice. But that’s the easy part.
• Bearings and bushes:
We took the decision to replace all of the swing arm
and linkage bearings – seeing that we were stripping
anyway, it made good sense. The wheel bearings
appeared to have been replaced quite recently, so we
left those alone.
• TIP: have a big box that everything goes in to so that
you don’t lose stuff. Also label what came out of where
if you are not certain. Use a Koki pen or even Tip Ex to
mark specific bolts and things.
• Tip: Before you strip anything take lots of pics on
your cellphone so you can put them back again.
For ease of use, we stripped out samples and took
them along to the Pivot Works importers, Game
Services in Benoni. So convenient, the bearing kits
include all spacers and seals. We also sourced a rear
shock kit – Game is like a gold mine for stuff like this.
For the front suspension, we called on NS 2-stroke
– the Pro-X importers. They also had a full front
suspension kit in stock. Amazing to think that it was
so simple to get parts for an old
bike like this.
The suspension bits were handed
back to Bryan who stripped and
rebuilt the suspension for us. We
replaced all the oils with Motul
Fork oil. The rear shock went
back to Game they have the right
equipment to re-gas.
From there – all the bits were brought back to
the DT workshop for assembly.
The Mrs bought us a 166 piece Mastercraft
tool set a while back – guys the price is right and
even after 2 or so years of abuse, everything works.
And there are enough tools in there for just about any
rebuild job including tube sockets torque key fittings
and, for the fords a “Groot” hammer.
The key to building any bike is to have a tidy workshop
and a good selection of tools. More time is wasted in
our lives hunting for the correct tool than anything
• A bench vice is also useful, boppa the swingarm and
linkages into the vice and carefully press out all of
the old bearings and bushes. Take note of the circlips
and don’t let them ping off into the recesses of your
• TIP buy a big packet of assorted circlips…they are
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• A light coat of grease helps to slip the
new bearings back in, not a difficult job,
just make sure that you line everything up
nicely… and replace the circlips – use the
Mastercraft Circlip pliers – much simpler
than old screwdrivers.
Once the bearings and bushes are all in
place, it’s time for reassembly.
Now remember we said make a note of
what went where? If you did this, you’ll
save time reassembling…
• Make sure all the nuts and bolts are
tightened correctly – we always use
Loctite on the key suspension bolts –
Loctite ensures that the bolts don’t work
• ALSO – take this opportunity to replace
any worn bolts with shiny new ones. We
bought a trick Bolt kit from SSS racing,
all kinds of bolts in non-rust finish and
correct threads for Japanese or European
models. Very convenient in shiny chrome
Long story short: reassembled
with all of the old body kit
and headed out for a good
long ride on Tri Nations. This
gives an idea of what else is
necessary. The bike runs like the
clappers – its amazing that an old
bike is still so much fun.
BUT we picked up a problem:
• For every tank of fuel (40:1
mixture with Motul 2-stroke), we
burned a plug. It’s not fouling and looks
perfect – but it just stops working…
This is going to be an expensive bike to
run… we went to the experts at
Pongola Yamaha. They told
us that the chances are
good that the bike is
running too rich.
Drop the needle
the main jet for a
smaller one. If that does
not solve the problem, the
bike might need a new
piston and rings.
We did not have a jet,
but we did drop the needle. Now the bike
uses 1 plug to every 2 tanks.
Better – but still
Costs to date:
Used Bike purchase R16.000
Front suspension kit NS 2 stroke,
seals, scrapers etc R500.00:
NS (011) 849-8495
Rear suspension kit, bearings
and bushes kit: R1000
New Rear Shock Bump Rubber
Shock re- gas and adjust R200.00
Game Services (011) 849-7000
Pro pack Bolt kit SSS racing: R180.00. The
large 200 piece is around R450.00
Lubes, carb cleaner and oils Motul and
Velocity racing: Around R300.00
Blue label tyres and heavy duty tubes
from Batt, not really rebuild parts, but
Plugs, NGK: 4 so far at R30 each R120.00
Mechanical Labour, carb, suspension etc:
Around 4 hours or so. Tarstone racing
Total cost to date: R21500.00 odd still not
bad for a good bike that runs beautifully!!
Hopefully a bit of jetting will solve the plug
Next month: The bike has been stripped
right down to frame and engine. The
frame is still Ok so we are not going to re
•Time to make the bike look pretty and
solve the jetting issue.
The wheels are going in for wrapping –
we’ll let you know
how that goes.
Lots of in house
polishing and elbow
grease coming up…
New plastics from
Airtime pretty stuff
from SSS racing.
A new decal kit
from new kids on
the block, Laminin
Graphics in Pretoria.
Protective gear from
Hand guards from
Grips from Ariette.
Full costs and final product next month (If
the arty okes can meet the deadlines).
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The Braveman enduro took place on 4 & 5
September at the Elisenheim Guest Farm,
15km outside Windhoek. 39 riders from
Namibia and South Africa started in three
different classes in the biggest Namibian
Extreme Enduro event of the year, but only
23 finished the race.
The Prologue was a highlight in the
Namibian motorsport scene and drew
hundreds of spectators. The 2015 winner
is 27 year old Enduro rider Dwayne
Kleynhans, who conquered the tough
obstacle course with the best lap time,
ahead of SA favourites Wade Young and
Louw Schmidt, all well-known names from
Namibian rider Kai Hennes was injured
on one of the obstacles and was unable to
participate in the main race on Saturday. The
time laps of the Prologue determined the
starting order of the next day’s main race.
Henner Rusch started in 8th position and
Ingo Waldschmidt commenced 14th in line.
On the Saturday Wade Young took 1st prize
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for the 2nd consecutive year as goldclass
winner of the Red Bull Braveman
2015. 2nd place went out to Dwayne
Kleynhans, finishing 10 minutes later
and Altus de Wet took the third place in 5
hours and 23 minutes. Namibians Henner
Rusch and Jörn Greiter finished the race
in 5th and 6th place respectively.
“It was definitely tougher than last
year, but the scenery was much more
enjoyable this time. Great track.” said
Wade Young, after finishing 3 technical
loops, a total of 120km in 4 hours and
46 minutes. Silver class winner, Kirsten
Landman as only female participant
completed the track one hour before
second placed Namibian Tommy Gous.
Olaf Pack was crowned the winner of the
bronze class with a finishing time of 3
hours and 9 minutes.
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Photos by: Niels & Sasha Hatzmann – Dutch Rallye Press
For Roberts Racing Rallye, the
2015 Amageza Rally was one for
great expectation and challenge
that was to test man, machine and
crew over 5000km.
Team Roberts Racing Rallye was
made up of a diverse number
of riders, riders #3 Simon
Schimmel (Dutch) a Shop Front
Fitter, #128 Paul Bredenkamp
a Croc Farmer in Tzaneen, #7
Pieter Labuschagne a Farmer
in Hoopstad, #27 Alex Ruprecht
banker and semi pro mountaineer
and #21 Erik van Donselaar
(Dutch) in the tent and camp
industry. Our crew made up of
Garth Roberts (Team Manager/
Crew Chief), Steven Ansley (Chief
Mechanic), Twan Van Driel (Dutch
mechanic), Wickus Erasmus
(Team Logistics) and Derek Beyers
(Team Logistics). Roberts Racing
Rallye’s official sponsors Pirelli
and Liqui Moly partnered with the
team to support the rally as the
official Tyre and Oil partner for the
rally to assist all riders with a tyre
service and the Malle-Moto riders
(rider does all his own servicing)
with a FREE oil Service.
Who is Roberts Racing Rallye?
Four of the team bikes were built
by Roberts Racing Rallye with a
3rd Generation RR450/500 XC-
Rallye making its debut at this
year’s Amageza Rally. Roberts
Racing Rallye’s team structure
and crew is designed to offer
riders of all levels, a professional
rally team service level and the
feeling of being a pro rider with
all the peripherals a pro rider
would have. This will include
mechanics, team kitchen area
with healthy meals at any time
of the day when they arrive at
bivouac, B&B accommodation at
each town, daily team road book
briefing for the next stage. We also
take care of all the riders’ race
logistics from fuel money in both
currencies, marathon stage over
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kit & spare air filters packed on the bike,
and so much more, all this to make sure
we get the rider to the finish home and
make it as comfortable and stress free as
The Rallye started and finished in
Kimberly (N.Cape), featuring a first time
ever 3 stages in Botswana, with the aim
of including Namibian Dunes in the near
future. Technical inspection, known as
scrutineering at S.A. races, was held in
Kimberly under the exact stringent rules
as Dakar. It is the aim of the organisers to
get S.A. rallye riders onto the same level
as Dakar competitors.
The first 2 stages to Van Zyls Rus and then
Kang (Botswana) was a Marathon stage.
This meant that the overnight in Van Zyls
Rus had no service crew or any assistance;
riders had to get to the end of Stage 2 in
Kang. Sadly the Special (Racing Section) in
Stage 2 was cancelled due to the chopper
being grounded, not having the required
approvals to fly into Botswana. Having
trained there myself in the Khawa Dunes
area along the Kgalagadi Transfontier
Park, this would have been the most
demanding Special of the rally! Roberts
Racing Rallye’s crew had one long night
ahead after Stage 2 in Kang to repair and
service the bikes after almost 1400km, the
last bike was completed and ready to race
at 5am with the start at 7am.
Most rallyes are more demanding on
crew than on the riders and it takes a
special and determined individual to have
3-4 hrs sleep a night, drive and average
of 600km the next day, set up the bivouac
for the team, then work until 3am the
next morning to get the bikes race ready,
and at times work straight through, for
a 6am start, for 7 days straight. This
is exactly what Stephen, Twan, Wickus
Derek and Garth had to do and have a
smile on their faces when riders arrived
at the bivouac at 11pm for a 2-3 hr prep
if there was no crash damage…. but “Erik
the Shredder” kept us busy most nights
repairing his crash damaged or Botswana
“doorings” riddled bike.
Stage 3 to Ghanzi was fast with most riders
having issues with the road book, but we
managed to navigate and get the bikes in
at a reasonable hour. Stage 4 was no better
in respect of navigation and was extremely
tricky to correlate the road book and the
tracks but again our riders managed to
get into the bivouac very late. Needless to
say the chatter in the bivouac was not too
positive, even among our own riders.
Stage 5 back to South Africa was
exceptionally fast, with the average speed
of over 105km/h which pretty much
destroyed most tyres and mousses…
however with the great support from
Pirelli, Roberts Racing Rallye riders
where well covered, and managed to lend
a hand to a few of the other riders.
Simon and Paul our most experienced
riders in navigation both in the top 15 had
incurred almost 3 hours penalties due to
questionable road book navigation errors
and timing issues, that dropped them
both down the leader board an similarly
for Pieter. Both Alex and Erik where on
survival mode to get their bikes and
bodies to the finish.
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Stage 6 and 7 ended up the two longest
stages of the rally, 850km per stage, not
much navigation and also pretty fast. The
last stage was cut short to get the riders to
the finish early, but sadly, no podium finish
for us, which was a bit of a let-down for the
riders after a gruelling 5000km rally.
The Amageza Rally has a huge amount of
potential, to the extent of even rivalling
the Dakar Rally in terms of terrain and
location. However the organisers need to
pay serious attention to the road books and
pre runners to increase the safety level, as
well as look at their choice of bivouacs and
the long distances that crews need to travel
to get to the next bivouac.
It is was not all doom and gloom as all
5 Team Roberts Racing Rallye riders
finished the rallye with no mechanical
issues, thanks to a great Crew!!!
Amageza is a rally that team Roberts
Racing Rallye will return to should the
organisers make the much needed
changes, and as a team we are absolutely
sure Amageza has a great future as a
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Former formula atlantic single
seater champ, production bike
champ and racer extraordinaire
Story and pics Clive Strugnell
Motorcycling is all about people,
bikes and the things we do with
them…it’s about friendships
and shared experiences. To
enjoy new things it’s important
to have experienced old stuff.
After all, much more time is
spend talking biking and all that
goes along with it than actually
riding. It’s all part of the fun.
So whilst out and about
during the last week or so we
came across some fabulous
Firstly just look at this fabulous
Kenny Roberts tribute dirt track
500 Yamaha built by Bobby Scott
Firstly Bobby is a really
interesting character. Along
with his son Grant, Bobby
owns Scott Motorcycles in the
North of Pretoria. This great
little bike shop is always a hive
of activity, and sells, services
and repairs anything from the
latest superbikes to adventure
bikes and commuters. He is
also a past stock car racer, SA
Formula Atlantic single seater
SA champ and an ace on and off
road bike racer.
Along the way Bobby came
across an 80’s Yamaha SR 500.
This was a road going version
of the famous XT 500 Street
scrambler. Bobby turned the
sad looking traffic warrior into
a replica of the famous Yamaha
dirt track bike ridden into the
history books by multi-American
and several times World
Champion Kenny Roberts.
It took him four years to
completely rebuild the bike, with
the motor using a big carburetor
and a high compression piston,
a trick cam and reworked
cylinder head. The chassis
has been refurbished in gloss
black from the ground up, and
the front and rear suspension
redone, as well as the brakes
and electrics. An exhaust from
a Suzuki GSXR 1000 looks like a
genuine factory race pipe, and
the black and yellow paintwork
is exactly like the USA Yamaha
racing colours. The finished
product could easily be a
museum piece. Bobby says
this will never happen with this
bike… he built it to ride, and we
can expect to see it out on track
soon in some of the historic
racing events during the year.
It starts on the first prod of the
kick start, and underneath the
front race number-board lurks a
headlight and the other goodies
needed to ride it on the road.
Although he has been offered
significant money for this bike,
Bobby says it will never be sold,
and will ultimately be passed
down to his grandson when he
is big enough to ride it…
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A bit later during the week we happened
to visit Andre at Shimwells Yamaha in
their Boksburg shop.
Standing in pride of place just inside the
front door is a magnificently restored
Yamaha IT 490 enduro racer. This big two
stroke was one of the bikes that really put
Yamaha on the map in off-road racing in
South Africa, and invokes memories of
Alan Smith and Chris Davies leading the
field in races like the Bapsfontein GP,
the Roof of Africa and the Toyota 1000
desert race. This particular one belongs
to East Rand off road hero Gray Dick. Not
only does he own this wonderful big bore
stroker, but at the top of the stairs leading
to the Shimwells admin floor stands a
pair of stark white Yamaha MX bikes Circa
late 70’s early 80’s. The YZ 80 mini racer
and the significantly bigger YZ 100 also
belong to Gray, and were his first MX
bikes. Andre, Braham and the good folk at
Shimwells, who have supported and often
sponsored Gray throughout his racing
career, are responsible for the many
hours of work finding parts and lovingly
restoring these bikes.
It’s interesting to see how many old bikes
of every genre’ are behind pulled out from
dusty corners and being restored. Each
one of them has a story to tell, and we are
so fortunate that the people who know the
stories of these bikes and their original
riders are around and happy to pass them
on for future generation to enjoy.
Then there is the 1974 Husqvarna 450
desert racer that Belongs to Kalie from
Puzey’s Biker Warehouse.
Steve McQueen, in the iconic motorcycle
film “On any Sunday” rode a Husqvarna
big bore two stroke enduro bike much
like this one, and together with co-stars
Malcolm Smith and Mert Lawill put
the brand on the map…seldom has a
motorcycle achieved so much fame in
such a short time. “Husky’s, as everyone
call them to this day, were state of the
art MX and “desert racer” bikes back
then, and set the standard for every
manufacturer at the time. Since then
the factory, like most European brands,
has experienced many highs and lows,
including several changes of ownership.
The most recent one for Husqvarna has
been its’ acquisition by KTM of Austria.
Fortunately the KTM management and
marketing people realise the value of
a famous brand name and its’ history,
and have given the marque the respect
it deserves as one of the World’s best off
road racing brands.
Recently we spotted an early seventies
big bore two stroke Husqvarna desert
race bike in the window of Mike Puzey’s
Biker’s Warehouse in Randburg, and
having just spent a bit of time admiring
a selection of restored Yamaha off road
racers decided to include this fabulous
old Husky as well.
This one has a racing history in South
Africa, although we don’t know who
rode it back when it was new. At the
time there were a lot of them around,
and in fact Butch Hirsch was one of the
people who put them on the map before
he got involved with KTM. Some of the
well-known riders who made a name for
themselves on these fiercesome
racers were Rob Wicks, Butch
Hirsch, Chris Brand, Roger
Gledhill, Dereck Purcell, Clive
McIlrath and many more.
Kallie has rebuilt the bike from
the ground up, but very wisely
refrained from repainting the
tank and frame, leaving the
bike with a beautiful patina of
loving care over the years. For
instance the original tank has
a chrome finish on each side,
surrounded by a hand-painted
oval pinstripe which highlights
the black enamel finish on the
rest of it….this is how it came
from the factory, with the name
Husqvarna emblazoned across
the bottom, also exquisitely
hand painted. Standing in
pride of place in the Biker
warehouse showroom it is certainly not
overshadowed by any of its’ brand new
Pop in to the shops and go and have a
looksee. A little piece of our motorcycling
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Shimwells Boksburg: Just off the N12
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Bikers Warehouse in Malibongwe drive:
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Written by Elza Thiart Botes
AND THAT IS ANOTHER NATIONAL
ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP WRAP!
Whew, what a final! The recent
Liquorland Winterberg National Enduro
hosted by the Rover Club and held
outside Port Elizabeth, was a real
humdinger and it was not only the front
runners who felt the pressure, but as
this was the season finale, everyone
wanted to better their position and score
the last points in the 2015 Liquorland
National Enduro Championship.
When competitors got to the venue the
day before the race, it was extremely wet
and certain sections of the route had to
be altered or removed due to the amount
of rain that fell early on Friday morning
(before Saturday’s race). The race
still consisted of three Special Stages
(one was shortened) and E1 and E2
competitors had to complete 11 stages;
Senior Class, High School competitors
and Silver Class riders were in for eight
stages while Master Class riders did five.
One of the class championships where
the tension was especially high, was the
Senior Class. Before the race, Bruce
May (Team AgriSales Peak Yamaha) was
leading Jody Engelbrecht (Yamaha) by a
mere two points, but May fell ini some
old truck tyres on the first Special Stage
and lost 45 seconds. He raced hard to
play catch-up, but it was not enough
and he finished a mere eight points
(seconds) behind Engelbrecht who
E2 Champion Wade Young
walked away with the SA national title.
Graham Hedgcock (KTM Cape Town)
finished in a close third place and was
followed by local PE hero, Juan ‘Bollie’
van Rooyen (Brother Leader Tread
KTM), a former ‘Winterberg’ winner
who competed in the national enduro
series for the first time this year. Steven
Carr (Roost KTM / EC Security) rounded
off the top five. Steve Landman (Team
Liquorland Yamaha Racing) was sixth;
Ryan Pretorius (KTM) finished seventh
and Chris Lindhorst (KTM) was eighth.
The defending title holder, William ‘Wild
Will’ Gillitt (May’s team-mate) could not
compete due to his knee injury and he
had to settle for the fifth place in the
The young guns were at each other’s
throats in the E1 Championship where
the Pietermaritzburg scholar, Travis
Teasdale (Brother Leader Tread KTM)
and Ballito rider, Brett Swanepoel
(Proudly Bidvest Yamaha) both aimed for
their first (senior) national enduro title.
After a neck to neck season, Teasdale
led Swanepoel by only two points before
the race, but it was not a good day for
Swanepoel who crashed twice on the
first lap. He eventually had to settle
for second place behind Teasdale who
claimed his fifth E1 victory and the 2015
Teasdale’s team-mate, Dwayne
Kleynhans, finished third (he suffered
from food poisoning the previous day
and was even admitted to hospital –
and he checked himself out!) with Kyle
Flanagan (KTM) fourth and Brandon
Warwick-Oliver (Team Liquorland Racing
Yamaha) in fifth place.
Richie van der Westhuizen (Yamaha)
finished not too far behind in sixth place
despite a huge crash towards the end
of the race. Michael Pentecost (Kargo
Racing Yamaha) was seventh; Dylan
Barker (Pa Ma Racing Yamaha) finished
eighth, only 13 points ahead of Chayse
Orsmond (Ihobe International KTM) with
Kyle Erasmus (Kargo Racing Yamaha)
a single point behind Orsmond in tenth
place. Marc Torlage (Roost KTM / EC
Security) was back in his happy place
and doing well until a crash caused the
clutch master cylinder to break on the
ninth of the 11 Special Stages. (News is
that Marc is back with Proudly Bidvest
and on Yamaha for next year!)
Wade Young (Brother Leader Tread
KTM) and Flanagan were involved in a
mugging incident in Umtata on their
way to the race, but this did not stop
him from claiming his sixth consecutive
victory and his first E2 title (he won
the E1 / 200cc title in 2014 and 2013).
Kenny Gilbert (Proudly Bidvest Yamaha)
finished in a solid second place. Young’s
team-mate, Scott Bouverie, had a
careful race as he will be undering a
knee operation and finished third. He
beat Altus de Wet (Altus de Wet Racing
Sherco) by a single point (second).
Bronson Louw (ABE Midas Husqvarna
Factory Racing) was fifth while his
team-mate, Mark Garland who has
not competed this year, finished ninth.
Roan Lindsay (D&H Engineering
Works Yamaha) was sixth followed by
Nick Wade (Team Liquorland Racing
Husqvarna); Sage McGregor (KTM)
eighth and Riaan van der Walt (KTM)
Hilton Hayward (Proudly Bidvest
Yamaha) went to the ‘Winterberg’
with five victories in the Master Class
championship behind his name and the
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title was within his reach if he
kept it all together. Well, the
suspension guru did just that
to claim a sixth consecutive
victory and the 2015 SA
National Championship title.
He was chased by his teammate,
Denzil Torlage, who
finished second after beating
the defending champion, Alfie
Cox (KTM), by a mere six points
(seconds). Shaun Kirk (Beta
Liqui Moly Racing SA) finished
fourth with Gideon Malherbe
(Eddy2Race KTM) fifth; Steven
Botha (Team AgriSales Peak
Yamaha) was sixth and Carl
Rohrbeck (KTM) finished
Like Young and Hayward, there
was also a sixth victory for
Eduan Bester (NUTS Racing
/ KTM Centurion) who took
the High School Class win
and bagged the title – his
second consecutive national
enduro championship title as
he won this class last year
after it was introduced into the
championship for the first time.
He had to fight for it though as
he crashed during the first lap
of the race and lost valuable
time. Daniel van Zyl (Pa Ma
Racing Yamaha) finished
second on the smaller 125cc
bike with Dean Lindsay (D&H
Engineering Works Yamaha)
rounding off the podium.
The youngsters had to stand
their man in some really testing
Special Stages this season,
but they proved that they can
race with the best. Bryce van
Heerden (KTM) finished fourth
with Keegan Eich (KTM) fifth;
Max Jordaan (KTM) was sixth;
Carl-Reinhardt Cronje (KTM)
was seventh and Grahamstown
scholar, Joshua Thorburn
(KTM), in eighth place.
The Silver Class Challenge
might not be a championship
class – it is a challenge – but
the winner gets free entries
into next year’s national enduro
season. The young Matatiele
scholar, Lloyd Kirk (Pa Ma
Racing Yamaha) confirmed
his ‘prize’ by claiming a sixth
victory this year (his teammate,
Dylan Barker, who
is from neigbouring town,
Kokstad, did the same last year
when he won all six rounds
of the 2014 national series).
Stuart Gregory (FDBR Racing)
was second with Sonwabile
Eddie Mdodana (Mens Clinic
KTM) posting his best result of
the season by finishing third.
Altus de Wet
Daniël van Zyl
SILVER CLASS CHALLENGE
Reghardt van Nieuwenhuizen
E1 Champion Travis Teasdale
High School Champion Enduan Bester
Master Class Champion Hilton Hayward
Silver Class Challenge Winner Lloyd
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