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RECORD-BREAKER - Michael Dunlop does the double with Superbike

and Senior TT win, setting a new record lap of 133.962mph.








Dunlop Tyres reaffirmed its status as the most successful tyre manufacturer in the history of the Isle of

Man TT, leaving the Island with three victories; Superbike, TT Zero and Senior TT and two race records.

• Dunlop creates 133mph Club

• Wins across Superbike, TT Zero and Senior TT

• Secures 13th consecutive Senior TT win

• Provides first sub 17 minute lap

• Takes absolute IOMTT Mountain course record

• Four Dunlop-shod riders in the top six

• Tyres of choice on nine different makes of bike

• 40 of 72 Senior TT riders on Dunlop tyres



As I type this I have just finished watching the Assen

MotoGP race. What an incredible race. The wet

weather sure does make things interesting. You

have to take your hat off to these guys, riding a

MotoGP bike in those conditions must be one of

the hardest things on the planet to do. It’s crazy, and

just proves what gladiators these guys really are.

What an incredible ride from Jack Miller, who

proved all his doubters, are there are loads out

there, wrong by winning his first ever MotoGP race,

and comfortably it must be said. He came from

nowhere and to be honest I was, and I’m sure not

the only one, waiting for him to make a mistake

and crash out, as he has done many times before.

But, it never happened and he cruised home for a

historic win.

A big, uncharacteristic mistake from Rossi who

was looking so comfortable and on course to close

the gap on Marquez at the top of the standings. It

was not to be and you could see by his reaction

that he knows that was probably the end of his title

challenge. Although, if there is anyone that can pull

off a miracle it’s THE DOCTOR!

Speaking of The G.O.A.T, we have a review of

his new game in this issue - Valentino Rossi: The

Game, as well as an exclusive competition where

you could win one of 5 copies of the game. Full

details on page 17.

As for our hero, Brad Binder, well he once again

showed that he is the man to beat in the Moto3

class. Yes he had bad luck and ran off track to only

finish in 12th place but he was lucky to stay on the

bike. What a huge moment and I could hear the

whole of SA gasp as it happened. It was a minor

setback but despite that he still managed to extend

his lead in the championship by a few extra points.

I was lucky enough to meet up with Brad and

Darryn on their brief visit back to SA. Always love

chatting and catching up with these 2 superstars,

who have plenty of gossip and inside news. All off

the record of course so unfortunately I can’t spill

the beans. What I can tell you is that I did ask him

about his future plans, which are looking very good

indeed. He had some great offers on the table, but

in the end I think he made the best decision. He will

out his plans in the near future and has promised us

exclusive so keep a look out on our Facebook page.

We have an exclusive Q&A in this

issue with Brad, who tells us a bit more

about his training and race day routines.

I am also happy to announce that

RideFast has signed an exclusive

license with Brad and his manager to

do all Brad Binder merchandise. Some

exciting designs coming soon, from

caps to sticker kits, for men, ladies and

kids so look out!

It’s very exciting times for SA riders

overseas, and we have a page in our

paddock news filling you in of some of

the top performers. This has without

a doubt put a huge spark in the SA motorcycling

industry. Everyone seems to be buzzing and

despite going through tough times, seems to be

on the up.

The all-new, re-vamped Kyalami Grand Prix

circuit held the first ever South Africa Bike Festival

from 27-29 May. What an amazing event it was.

Thousands upon thousands of motorcyclists

flooded to the track, making it one of the best

ever biking events ever seen here in SA. I even

managed to get out on track and do a few laps

on the circuit testing new Michelin tyres (full story

in next montsh issue), which I can tell you is

absolutely world class! Toby Venter and his team

have done a great job, not only with the change of

layout, but the facilities as well. Felt like I was at a

world GP circuit never mind in JHB.

A big thanks to all who came and not only

supported the event, but also our stand that we

had there. We just about sold out of all the Brad

Binder merch we had on sale, and it’s always

great chatting to our passionate readers. The

response to what we are doing here at RideFast

was phenomenal, and I can assure you that we will

do everything to keep up the high standard that we

have set.

One of those passionate readers, Mr Wayne van

Tonder, has even come onboard and will be helping

us out with some articles. He covers the SA Bike

Festival as well as the Isle of Man TT event for us in

this issue. Check out his blog for some other great

articles - wayneswordblog.wordpress.com.

Our hidden identity freak, The Singh, is back

once again for part 3 of our Sportsbike road test,

this time on the gorgeous Ducati Panigale 1299

S. He also helps us out on our main feature in this

issue - the 6 bike Multi test, where we take bikes

that don’t always get the spotlight and put them

through their paces on some famous breakfast run

roads here in SA.

So, I’m done and time to pack as I am off to

World Ducati Week, an event that I have always

dreamed of going to and finally will be.

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Audi has no intentions to sell Ducati, not now, and not for the

mid-term future, Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Mueller says.

Ducati is, for VW AG, a jewel, he adds, and the rumours that it

would be sold are, well, false.

Over the last month, rumours emerged online mentioned that the Volkswagen

Group would be allegedly looking for a buyer willing to pay what they demanded

in exchange for Ducati. Such a move was, reportedly, motivated by the need to

reduce the massive impact of the “Dieselgate.”

We remind you that Volkswagen was confronted with evidence that they had

altered the emissions results for a large number of cars, and are now forced to pay

billions to fix the issue.

Financial sources estimate that the VW Group could get as much as one billion

Euro (a trillion rand) if they sold Ducati, as the money invested by Audi in the Italian

maker led to an increase in the company’s performance.

From a maker suffocated by debts that reached several hundred million Euro to a

company that started breaking economic records never thought possible in nine

decades, Ducati evolved into a valuable asset for the VW Group.

Thanks to the business plans laid out by Ducati and Audi, and using the financial

support of the German company, Borgo Panigale appears to grow stronger by the

year as more and more models are added to the range.

Also, Ducati recently started to open up to the younger demographic, shifting a bit

their position in the market to reach more customers. However, even with a sale

value of one billion euros, this money would be rather insignificant in the big VW

Group picture, as the German giant is valued at 213 billion euros (a gazzillion rand),

so selling it would not exactly mean a huge step up in the books.

And with over 700 million euros (and growing) annual revenue from Ducati, selling

the company doesn’t make too much sense. Mueller also mentioned that Ducati

will remain in the Germans’ portofolio, with even better prospects for the future,

and the employees have nothing to fear.





The newly formed Team Hygenica Yamaha Racing

was created in the early parts of 2016 with the view

of running SA’s International Road Racer AJ Venter

in the SuperGP Champions Trophy. Team Hygenica

Yamaha Racing have joined forces with “up and

coming” youngster Gareth Laverick to compete in the

remaining 2016 SuperGP category. Gareth, the 2015

Regional Formula Extreme Champion will be riding

the teams second 2016 Yamaha R1 prepared by Ricky

Morais from Emtek Racing.

“I am pleased to announce the combination of Gareth

and Team Hygenica Yamaha racing for the balance of

the 2016 season. Gareth has not had an ideal start to

his 2016 campaign due to unforeseen circumstances

out of his control and now with the new team and an

experienced rider in AJ Venter, the plan is to help turn

the season around for the young 22-year old and get

him to the front where he belongs” mentioned Gary

van den Berg (Team Manager Team Hygenica Racing).

Further news on Gareth and the team’s progress will

be updated within the next few weeks building up to

the next SuperGP Round at Redstar Raceway on the

30th July.

“I would just like to thank all those who are involved

in Team Hyenica Racing for this great opportunity. I

am really humbled and honored to be chosen to join

such a #Lekka team. I cannot wait to give my all to

my new team and my racing career. I hope to be able

to represent the team at their level of expectation

and excel passed it. It is an honor and privilege

to be teamed up with AJ Venter. I see it as a great

opportunity to learn from him, with all his years and

experience as an international racer there is no better

mentor I could ask for. A big thank you to the team

for having the confidence in me to get the job done.

A further thank you to We Sell Parts for helping and

supporting me from the start of my racing career to

making this opportunity possible.” – Gareth Laverick

Hygenica Racing Yamaha would like to thank all the

sponsors involved with the team who make it possible

for all involved to be able to compete in 2016.



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New Lock up bike garage

Dyno By Quint have seperate lock up garages now available for your

motorcycle. If finding a place to park your bike is a problem this could very

well be the solution. They are fully waterproof and lockable. Available now at

R20,000 each. Call 011 609 9275.

Batt Holdings lightweight, compact antigravity

batteries - Superbikes, motards…etc

Anti gravity batteries are with extremely powerful and lightweight lithium

cells but with the case moulded as tightly as possible to make for the most

compact motorcycle batteries available.

Though great for everyday use, they are often chosen by those seeking the

most compact fit and lightest weight possible. The compact fit allows for

more room in the battery tray for electronics like Power Commander, while

the extremely light weight helps with handling, braking, acceleration and

even mileage. They tell us that these batteries deliver huge cranking power

and that they do not require a trickle charge even after standing for long

periods. We’ll try it for ourselves soon.

These are a Universal-fit battery that come with adhesive backed foam for

installation. They offer a one bolt top-mount low profile terminals.

Yamaha R3 now available in

Rossi replica colours

Bred from the ground up using Yamaha R Series DNA,

the Yamaha R3 features a punchy 320cc, liquid-cooled,

in-line two-cyclinder fuel injected motor, delivering

decent amounts of power and performance.

The styling of the bike stays true to the racy R series,

and now even more so with the addition of the Rossi

MotoGP race colours, which are now available in SA.

If you were lucky enough to make it to the SA Bike

Festival held at Kyalami at the end of May, you would

have caught a glimpse of this stunning new replica on

the Yamaha stand.

Yamaha dealers through-out the country have been

stocked up with the new Rossi inspired R3 models,

and priced at only R64,999, we can’t see them staying

on showroom floors for very long so make sure you

don’t miss out.

(011) 205-0216. www.battholdings.co.za Test rides and new Thruxton R

available at Centurion Lifestyle


The premium Kawasaki, Triumph and SYM dealer out

in Centurion, Pretoria, recently held a demo ride day

where customers and potential buyers got to take

various models out for a ride. One of the favourite





was the all-new Triumph Thruxton R, which has

just landed in SA and is now available at Centurion

Lifestyle. To book a test ride, or to see the full line-up

of Triumph, Kawasaki and SYM scooters, call them on

0861 460 460.




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All across the world in various championships, SA riders showing their worth

It’s been a great year so far for SA riders

racing in overseas championships, and the

great results just keep coming in.

Not only is Brad binder dominating in

the Moto3 class, but the likes of Steven

Odendaal, Dorren Lourerio, Byron Bester,

Troy Bezuidenhout and Mathew Scholtz, have

all proved what world class riders they are

picking up great results at the highest level.

Steven Odendaal (#40), racing in the Spanish

Moto2 championship, went into round

two after picking up his first ever win in the

category at round one in Valencia.

Odendaal would once again stamp his

authority in round two by taking a clean sweep

- pole position and 2 race wins.

That put the current SA 600cc champion top

of the pile in the points standing heading into

round three at Catalunya.

Steven managed another front row start

but unfortunately luck was not on his side

as he suffered a puncture to his rear tyre in

the opening stages of race 1. He bounced

back in race two and was stood back on the

podium, where he finished in third position,

extending his championship lead to 39 points

from Alan Techer.

Moving over to America where current SA

SuperGP championship leader, Mathew

Scholtz (#720), filled in for the injured Shez

Morais (Shez tells all in his exclusive column

later on in this issue).

Mathew’s first outing was at road America

where he managed to qualify 2nd fastest

Superstock bike. He managed a thrilling

3rd place finish in race one. After another

intense battle in race two, he was

unfortunately hit off track by another rider

pretty much ending his race.

Mathew then travelled to Barber Motorsports

park and under the expert guidance of Shez

and Ricky Morais once again impressed,

picking up another podium finish in race one.

He managed to back that up with a 5th place

in race two. Those great results secured

Scholtz a ride in the Westby/Yamahalube

team for the remainder of the season. His first

race for the new team was at Utah and again

Mathew impressed, picking up 2nd place in

the superstock class in both races.

Cam Petersen also had another good race

weekend by picking up two 4th place finishes

in the supersport class.

Mathew will continue to also race here in SA

for Team Emtek/Nashua Yamaha, where he is

looking to win the SuperGP title.

In the European Junior Cup, Dorren Lourerio

(#20), Troy Bezuidenhout and Byron Bester

(#12) continue to improve.

The three youngsters were once again in

action at the Donnington round of the WSBK

championship. Dorren managed his best race

result in his two year EJC campaign finishing

5th overall and just over a second from the

winner (Perez). Dorren was involved in a six

way battle for the lead for the entire race and

was as high as second position at one stage.

Byron went into race one recovering from a

big crash in the Friday practice session and

had a poor start to the race and fell back

to 23rd position in the first lap, making it

difficult to fight back on this evenly matched

machinery. He did however manage to gain

a few positions and finished 18th overall for

the day. Troy was forced wide in the Fogarty

Esses (turn 9) by another competitor resulting

in a crash on lap 2 of the race. That would

see him miss the next round at Misano,

leaving Dorren and Byron to fly the SA flag.

Dorren was on form all weekend and again

qualified fifth as he did in the previous round

in Donnington, UK, but a crash on lap 3 of

the race ruled him out of another top points

scoring position. Byron struggled getting

to terms with the circuit and managed a

sixteenth place qualification. His race start and

some determined manoeuvres gained him

track position and a ninth place finish overall,

his first top ten in the championship.


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Jorge Lorenzo’s Crew Will Not Follow Him at Ducati

It’s off to a new start for Jorge Lorenzo at the post-race test in

Valencia when he will ride a Desmosedici GP bike for the first

time as an official Ducati factory pilot. Still, there’s more than

the motorcycle that will introduce the novelty factor - the entire

team, save for one single man, will also be new.

That is, only one member of his current crew will follow the

2015 MotoGP World Champion from Yamaha at Ducati. The

guy who will exchange the racing blue livery with the Ducati red

one is Juan Llansa Hernandez, his trustworthy mechanic with

whom Lorenzo worked from day one in Grand Prix racing.

Juan Llansa worked with Lorenzo from his debut in the 125cc

class through Moto2 and MotoGP, and he said that he will

follow the Mallorcan wherever he might go. And thinking that

he is willing to leave from one of the best teams in MotoGP...

As we said, Llansa is the only Yamaha crew member who

will follow Lorenzo at Ducati. The chief mechanic Ramon

Forcada, alongside Wilco Zeelenberg, electronics specialist

Davide Marelli and mechanics Javier Ullate, Ian Gilpin and Juri

Pellegrini will all stay with Yamaha.

Forcada, who has been on Lorenzo’s team since his arrival in

the premier class in 2008, already said that he will take over

the same role in Maverick Vinales’ outfit.

Jorge Lorenzo managed to hide his disappointment and

replied: “It is a choice that I respect, it is not that easy to leave

a team such as Yamaha.”

It’s still a bit of a mystery how all the decisions were made

because Spanish magazines also mention that the significant

differences between the two motorcycles and the fact that

Ducati was not too happy to lay off people also weighed a lot.

Either way, both Ducati and Lorenzo have a lot of work ahead,

and until they set off on a new adventure together, we’re curious

to see who will be the new crew chief. It looks like the two

names tipped for the position are those of Christian Gabarrini,

who worked with Casey Stoner, and Daniele Romagnoli,

currently working for Danilo Petrucci at Pramac Ducati.


Rins to Suzuki, Espargaro brothers also on the move

There was some big news confirmed before and at the Assen

round of the 2016 MotoGP championship. The biggest being that

of Moto2 rider Alex Rins, who signed a two-year deal with the

factory Suzuki team. That defined the Team Suzuki MotoGP rider

line-up for 2017 and 2018 with Rins alongside Andrea Iannone

aboard the factory GSX-RR. A really impressive duo who are sure

to shine on the ever improving Suzuki machine.

That move pretty much pushed a not so happy Aleix Espargaro

out the door at Suzuki. Not soon after the Rins news broke,

rumours surfaced that Aleix was in talks with Aprilia, and not too

long after that the Italian manufacturer confirmed he would be

riding for them in 2017 alongside Sam Lowes. Aleix Espargaro

had offers from both Kawasaki and Yamaha to join their respective

teams in World Superbike. Also, in MotoGP, Aspar Ducati wanted

him but Aleix sought a factory team. Espargaro signed a two-year

deal with Aprilia, with the option to end the contract after one year

in case either part will be unhappy with the results.

No news yet about the plans of Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista,

only rumours about a possible Aprilia satellite team that would

retain the two. We hope to see them move to WSBK to give the

likes of Rea, Sykes and Davies a good run for their money...

Pol Espargaro, younger brother to Aleix, was also on the move as

he stepped out of the Tech3 Yamaha team for 2017 and into the

newly formed KTM Factory team. He joins a familiar face in the

team, Bradley smith, who has been his team-mate in the Tech3

Yamaha team for the past 2 years.


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360FLY ACTION CAMERA: Now available in SA

Imagine riding your motorbike on your favourite stretch of road and filming the riders alongside

you as well as the passing scenery. That is now possible with the new 360Fly action camera.

The 360Fly action camera is somewhere between a small tennis ball

or big squash ball. It can be hand held or mounted to your bike

or helmet, although it might create a bit of aero resistance. Its

field of view is 360 degrees horizontally and 240 degrees

vertically, which the company, EyeSee360, claims is the

widest viewing camera in the world. Video is captured

at a resolution of 1500 x1500px at 30 frames a second.

The camera weighs only 120g and is waterproof up to

5m, so creek crossings are definitely possible!

The entry level action camera has 16GB of memory

which can record two hours of video. There are expected

to be more expensive models with more memory capacity.

The 360Fly is now available in SA, being imported by

Langston Motorsports. Available at leading motorcycle

stores nation-wide. Retail: R9,000, 32 gig HD.

SHEZ MORAIS: Hoods and Shirts

We here at RideFast Magazine do everything we can to support

our SA racing heros. We recently did a range of Brad Binder

shirts and hoods and will be doing a new full range in the near

future after having been given the exclusive rights. Our

other rider that we are doing merch for is Shez Morais.

We have a awesome printed, high quality hoodie

and shirt available in sizes from small

right up to 2xl. The new gear is now

available at Randburg Motorcycles

in, well, Randburg. If you buy a

shirt or hood from them you

go into the draw to win a

exclusive signed one of a

kind Shez Morais Arai RX-

7GP helmet! Shirt are R215

and Hoodies are R375. Only

While stocks, don’t miss out!

Call 011 792 6829 or visit their

store at 3 Rabie Street, Randburg.

MICRO START: Jump Starters

Batt Holdings has secured the sole rights for

the USA brand Anti-Gravity Batteries and the

Micro Jump Starters.

We looked at the Micro-Start XP-1 from Batt

racing. The zipped pouch that it comes in is

no bigger than a biggish calculator. Inside is

a mad array of adapters for charging various

electronic devices from phones to laptops,

and a ridiculously lightweight (15 ounces),

225-amp-hour lithium/ion battery, just one

by three by six inches, which, incidentally,

can also be used to jump-start your BAKKIE.

What? It’s true. The pouch includes a set

of battery-post clamps, and the company

claims the power pack will start a V8-engined

vehicle—not once, but several times.

Could this mean the end of jumper cables?

We’ve always hated those things, and

especially hate what happens when we play

good Samaritan to jump some poor bloke’s

dead ATV, Bakkie, superbike or SXS. And

then – they take off with your jumper cables.

With the Micro-Start you are in complete

control of the situation. And of course if

your own vehicle becomes stranded you

are completely removed from the need for a

donor vehicle—handy if you are in the middle

of nowhere.

So how well does the XP-1 work?

We disconnected Bruces’ Batt Racings

Bakkie Battery (That’s lots of B’s) to give it

a try by clamping the leads directly to the

battery cables. Hit the starter and it sounded

just like the bakkies standard battery was

swinging things. Ain’t technology grand? This

little job will slip into your bumbag or even

your jacket pocket. What a pleasure.

Stock arrives at Batt Holdings soon. Trade

enquiries are welcome.

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• Rossi Story – Experience the career of

Valentino from his perspective in 20 challenges

from 1996 to 2015

• Career – Start from the VR|46 Academy and

work your way up to World Championship under

the guidance of Valentino

• Game Modes – Test your racing skills in

several different race types: Flat Track, Rally,

Drift, and R1M-only races

• Online – Prove yourself in the toughest of

environments, facing off against up to 12 players

• Roster – Includes all official riders from

MotoGP 2016

• 18 official tracks from 2016 season + 5

historical tracks

Milestone has built a reputation for

creating interesting racing games over the

last decade, from taking over development

of the MotoGP games in 2007, to the

more hardcore simulation of its SBK series,

proving that it is a developer capable of

breathing new life into the motorcycle subgenre

of racing games.

When Milestone took over the WRC

series in 2010, and particularly when it

returned to the series with WRC 2 in 2011,

it began to build a robust career mode that

included building a rally team and bringing

in new mechanics and other team members

to help grow the brand and keep the player

competitive as they moved up from an

amateur driver, all the way up to a potential

WRC champion. In Valentino Rossi: The

Game, the developer has brought that same

energy into the world of motorcycle racing.

Instead of creating your own team however,

the focus is shifted to a more personal level

as you’re tasked with creating your own

rider with the aim of taking them to the top

level of MotoGP racing.

With Valentino Rossi, one of the

biggest names ever to grace the world

of motorcycle racing, your rider will

be guided through the various sports

on offer in this new game. He will be

with you when you start your career,

competing at his MotorRanch track

and learning how to handle a bike.

The odd thing about this opening race

is that it’s not actually on a traditional

circuit, instead focusing on the new

Flat Track style which is essentially dirt

bikes, handling very differently to the

Moto 3 bikes you’ll be racing on initially.

It throws you in at the deep end, trying to

teach you how the handling model works

and how shifting weight around quickly can

throw the bike off-balance through twisting

chicanes, but it doesn’t punish the player

for not winning. It is designed as a tutorial of

sorts, and once you’ve completed that race

you’re free to explore in any way you see fit.

There is plenty to explore here, too.

There is the full career mode mentioned

earlier, in which you move from the lower

Moto3 class all the way up to MotoGP;

there is the standard MotoGP mode in

which you can run a championship at the

top level right from the off, based on the

current 2016 season; the VR46 mode

allows you to take part in the various Riders’

Academy events, such as the Flat Track

races and even rally and drifting events.

On top of these modes, there are even

historical challenges in which you will be

taken back to various points in Valentino

Rossi’s career, and tasked with recreating

those events in-game. It sounds tedious

and is definitely a bit too much of an advert

for the titular rider, but it adds an extra layer

to an already generous amount of content in

the game.

The handling here is incredibly realistic

but, much like its four-wheeled counterparts

in the Forza Motorsport and F1 series, can

be tailored to suit almost any player. Braking

and steering assists can aid new players,

along with a racing line to help them learn

how to ride each track, and a realistic

physics option can be applied for the

more hardcore player, recreating the more

punishing style of Milestone’s SBK series.

This game also introduces something

that all racing game studios could learn

from: a guided set-up for tweaking the

handling during practice runs. Just tell the

mechanics how the bike is behaving, via

a simple menu, and they’ll tweak the bike


Racing itself is great fun, even on lower

difficulties it can offer some exciting and

tense races against over 30 opponents,


thanks to its full grids. The AI is a bit too

aggressive though, as it rigidly sticks to

the racing line like in a PS2 game, no

matter who is in its way. It doesn’t stop

the game from being fun, but it’s definitely

frustrating when you’re on a qualifying lap

and a slow rider just blocks your path.

Luckily, the rewind feature made popular

by other games enables you to correct

these mistakes – or mistakes of your own,

as you inevitably take a spill off your bike

during your career.

Visually it has some nice lighting and

some sharp textures, but trackside detail

is lacking a tad, making it look like a game

that was developed for the PS4/Xbox One

launch, rather than a game released over

two years into their lifespan. It is detailed

in places and night races or wet races

look very nice, plus the framerate is silky

smooth, but perhaps it will take another

release in 2017 to get things 100% right.

Overall, the breadth of content available

in Valentino Rossi: The Game is astonishing,

and will keep players going for months at

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2 0 1 6 S O U T H A F R I C A B I K E F E S T I V A L


The inaugural South Africa Bike Festival celebrated huge success at the all new Kyalami Grand

Prix Circuit. Words: Wayne van Tonder - wayneswordblog.wordpress.com and Rob Pics: SA Bike Festival, Rob and Zenon

This weekend of the 27-29th of May

saw the South Africa Bike Festival

hit a newly renovated Kyalami

Grand Prix Circuit, and what an amazing

job they have done with the place.

I remember coming to these bike

weekends with my Dad and brother when I

was younger, watching them go out of the

pits onto the track for a ride around, going

through the pit garages seeing all the latest

models from the top manufactures, seeing

all the latest accessories and all the while

having a great day out with friends and

family with plenty to keep you engaged

and some really great food too from the

food trucks and stalls.

The Singh posing with Julien

They did a fantastic job reignighting

those memories from years gone by,

and made it even better with great

entertainment, live music on each day

echoing through the pits while the sound

of motorcycles flying down the pit straight

brought a real feeling of excitement.

I really enjoyed the day out, going

through on Sunday, the final day of the

event. I never ended up going around

on the track, which was a pity (there is

always next year), however I did meet up

with someone who did, and that someone

was Rob Portman, editor of this great

magazine, who has been a massive

influence for me starting my blog and

writing about the things I am passionate

about. The passion and amount of work

he puts into RideFast Magazine is truly

inspiring. It really is a quality magazine and

I never miss an issue. Thank you Rob!

While visting the RideFast stall I picked

up a Brad Binder shirt, Go Brad! Rob and

Ridefast are now also the official supplier

of Brad Binder merchandise, which is really

great because Brad is doing South Africa

proud and we need to get behind him and

support him. I spoke to Rob about Brad

and he says that Brad is truly determined

to win the championship and that riders

like Valentino Rossi are big fans of Brad,

that along with what he has achieved so


far shows what a bright future he has. “At

20 he has the world at his feet”, said Rob.

I mentioned that all first as that was a

true highlight of my day, however before

that point I had gone through the pit

garages having a look at some of the latest

motorcycles. The new 959 Ducati Panigale

being one that really caught my eye, the

first time I’ve seen it in person, what a

beautiful machine! (getting a picture of it

proving a difficult task as it was clearly a

favourite at the festival).

Suzuki and Yamaha had MotoGP

race replicas on show, that exciting me

obviously, not hesitating for a second to

get a picture with both. Yamaha had the

Valentino Rossi colours, while Suzuki going

with the Aleix Espargaro colours for their

replica, that brining me to another point.

The Suzuki paint scheme for their 2016

bikes is absolutely stunning, the MotoGP

colours now on their road bike and what

a great choice that is as those Suzuki

MotoGP bikes are beautiful!

The other two bikes to catch my

attention were from Honda and Yamaha.

The Honda Fireblade, as old as

it may be now in comparison to the

latest technology filled bikes from their

competitors, to me is still one of the best

looking around, especially in that beautiful

HRC finish.

Of course I can’t not mention the new

R1. What a stunner! Yamaha had the 60th

anniversary model on show and while

having a look at the one on display, the one

out on track came screaming down the

main straight of Kyalami, what a gorgeous

sound that MotoGP inspired machine



As for the venue itself, it looks incredible! An all new

modern design. I truly hope that with a circuit that looks

this good we will see both national and international racing

here soon, there is no doubt I will be there to watch the

racing. How great would it be to see Valentino Rossi race

at Kyalami before he retires? Not only that but how great

it would be to see Brad Binder and Darryn Binder race

around Kyalami in MotoGP?

In the end it was a fantastic day out and I can already

feel the vibe of a race weekend flowing around the place,

not only that but it was a really friendly environment. Well

done to the organisers of the event, you did a stellar job

and I am confident that all who attended would agree.

The South African bike industry seems to have plenty

support and with a number of South African riders racing

in different series around the world, things look good for

the future of motorcycles in this country. With guys like Rob

Portman in the industry doing great things and Brad Binder

showing the world how it’s done, it’s in good hands.



After what has been a tough past 5 or so years, the SA

motorcycle industry got a much needed boost with the

South Africa Bike Festival, at the re-vamped Kyalami

Grand Prix Circuit. Over 24 000 visitors, 124 industry

related exhibitors, 16 motorcycle manufacturers, 20

of Joburg’s finest food trucks and 13 of South Africa’s

favourite bands, all had the unique opportunity to

experience the brand new circuit facilities at the newly

refurbished and much anticipated re-opening of Kyalami

Grand Prix Circuit.

The highlight for 2016, apart from the RideFast Magazine

stand, was undoubtedly the Michelin SuperBike

School Circuit Test Rides on offer from participating

manufacturers BMW, Triumph, Kawasaki, Polaris,

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

Husqvarna, Victory, Indian, Ducati, and Harley Davidson

showcasing their latest models throughout the weekend.

Those with a motorcycle license had the opportunity to

test the new circuit on a total of 74 models to choose

from. More than 2500 visitor test rides took place over

the three days, from cruisers to cutting-edge sports bikes

and more. The festival also hosted a variety of stunts and

jumps with International Stunt & Wheelie Champion, Julien

“RazorBack” Welsch entertaining viewers with his amazing

freestyle tricks on a Triumph Street Triple R (exclusive Q&A

interview coming up on next couple of pages).

Mass rides, mini-motos, supermotards, anything and

everything to do with motorcycling was on display at what

can only be described as a very successful event.

A big shout out to Jan Schoeman, one of our many

passionate readers who rode his Yamaha R1 all the way

from Piketberg (1458km away), to come enjoy the festival

and visit our stand. Thanks Jan!

Jan and his “Lady” as he calls it...




One of the main acts at this years South Africa Bike Festival was

world renowned stunt rider - Julien Welsch. The Singh managed to

catch up with the Triumph stunt rider at Centurion Lifestyle for an

exclusive one on one interview.

Words: The Singh Pics: The Singh and SA Bike Festival

When I inadvertently stopped for my weekly

cup of coffee at Centurion Lifestyle or

Triumph centurion, I tend to get confused.

Theunis mentioned that Julien Welsh would be

performing at the Kyalami Bike Festival. I squinted

a bit and innocently asked who? To which I got a

tirade of expletives and finally an explanation as to

who this guy is. In short, a few months back there

was an XDL video that was exploding its way across

social media with a maniac who was using an R6 as

one would use a Frisbee. YES. That’s the guy. Julien

“Razorback” Welsch.

I arrived slightly early for the interview and one can

imagine my surprise when Theunis introduced me to

this charming French stunt rider. Who, was as humble

as the Dalai Lama at a peace prize ceremony. He

came complete with a French

accent and a friendly disposition.

He shook my hand firmly and

went back to tinkering with his

bike. I politely stepped back and

watched in amazement as he

wheelied the bike in the distance

it would take the average person

to open a door.

I must add the only time I get the

front wheel off the ground is by mistake

and apart from my cousin who lifted a ZX14 R

up Long Tom Pass in the wet, most of the people I

know, have no idea what it looks like when a

professional does it.

Please check out www.julienwelsch.com.

He then placed it down gently

and smiled happily in my direction. His

accolades are pretty impressive with

multiple podium finishes across the

world and as a Test rider for Triumph

International; this young inspiring fellow is

easy to talk to and even offered me a few

stunt lessons which I declined. Due mostly,

to a lack of courage and fear of injury on

my part.

I asked him a series of questions that

we at Ride Fast hope the reader finds

entertaining and informative.

Q: How did you become a test rider for


Two years ago I was the international

stunt rider for Triumph and proposed

to them that I could assist with on

road testing of their new products and

with press launches of their products


The Singh posing with Julien

Q: What does testing a bike entail?

I am not the factory test rider, I ride the

finished product and make sure the

press understands the bike and answer

any questions around it.


Q: How many people test a bike before it is

released to the public?

10 -15 professional riders work on the

bikes before us. There are various stages

of testing like the ABS, Traction Control,

Handling. Engineers work with these testers

every step of the way.

Q: Is it good money?

I get paid per event, so it is not a

traditional monthly salary. I am also

paid by Triumph for the press

launches, So, it is per project.

Q: How many hours do you


I train for 2 hours every

day on fitness, normally

from 10-12 after I have

communicated with

me sponsors and

employers. I then train

on the motorbike in the

parking lot close

to my home for

2-3 hours or as

needed. But I

train every day,

rain, shine, snow. I

still train.

Q: What’s the worst injury you’ve

sustained in stunting?

I have many injuries, the most

severe one was a knee injury that

dislocated my patella and because I cannot

earn if I do not ride I continued riding with

it broken knee cap. After 6 dislocations

I could not walk for 6 months, but I still

practiced as I was helped to get onto the

bike by loved ones.

Q: Do you fear anything when you stunt?

A dissatisfied crowd.

Q: How many years have you been riding?

16 years, pro for 6.

Q: What goes into your bike prep?

Crash bars, big sprockets, rear brake

button like GP riders and lots of callipers on

back wheel. Rear pressure, 3.5 and Front


Q: How do you choose what stunt to


We have various routines and we work from


Q: It is said no one else can do the 360

rotation that you do, what inspired you to

attempt it?

It was discovered by mistake but only 4

people in the world can do it.

Q: What’s your favourite race track?

It is national race track in France, lots of

elevation changes.

Q: How easy is it to learn to wheelie?

Very easy, it is coming down safely that is

the problem. If you want to wheelie, known

that at some point you will crash. So once

you make peace with that, It is easy.

Q: What s your advice to anyone who

would like to become a professional stunt


Practice , practice, and have no fear, If you

want to make money rather play football. I

do this for passion not money.

Q: What do you do in your spare time?

Wife, kid and music.

Q: Any pets?

Dogs – jack Russell, who is hyperactive like


Q: Favourite movie?

The wolf of wall street

Q: Favourite book?

Harry Potter.

Q: Who is your role model?

Tom Paguet and Usain Bolt.

Q: Favourite bike for everyday use?

Tiger 800XC.


Some say that Lego made a

minifig of him but could not

match his skin tone. Others say

that Chuck Norris asks him for

riding advice, we don’t know

about that but what we do know

is that “The Singh” will test bikes

for us no matter the weather...





In Part 3 of our Sportsbike road test, “The Singh” takes the red hot Ducati

Panigale 1299 S out on test in the freezing cold.

The Ducati 1199 was one of the most

spellbinding bikes that had ever been

conceived. From its smouldering

press launch to its chess based

campaign it truly promised an exhilarating

experience. It oozed sexuality like a superstar

at an audition for a local drama. It bespoke

volumes about its unexplored potential and

whether you loved the brand or hated it, you

were enthralled from the first moment that

you glimpsed this spectacle.

Unfortunately, apart from its looks and

sound, it was a terribly disappointing bike

for me. It was wildly erratic, unpredictable

and an uncomfortable ride, the poor folk

that forked out 289K for these bikes were

not the most satisfied customers in the

biking world at that stage. I know many a

disgruntled owner that was offered ridiculous

trade in values when trying to upgrade.

The brand though, appeals to a more

discerning customer who may not balk at

losing a 100k after only a 1000km of use.

For me personally, I would have a complete

breakdown if my bike lost value like that. But

I am just the average guy on the street, and

most of us mortals still have to finance our

toys, so it is by far an interesting model to

watch going further.

Like a pre-ordered game that failed to

even satisfy one deliverable, the 1199 was

bought and rapidly sold at large losses. Yes,

there were die-hard Ducati fans who testified

to its grand character and poise, but even

they would not be caught riding it for longer

than the occasional ego-trip to a cafe.

Then Ducati did an amazing thing and

released the 1299, bigger engine, more

torque, an upgraded suspension system,

higher screen and a comfier seat are some of

the big improvements on the previous model.

It also has been graced with auto blip and

cornering ABS, which could mostly prevent

those unwanted low sides.

My scenic ride on the Ducati 1299 S at

Red Star had me immediately fall in love

with this bike. The 1299 is a huge and

evolutionary step forward from the much

ignored 1199. The new bike feels lighter,

more responsive and much more predictable

than the old model.


For the little while that I had the bike, I was fortunate to

ride it in frigid temperatures’ where the engine heat was

very welcome to my frozen anatomy. Without heated grips,

the 4 degree odd ride was managed by the voluminous

induction noise and the whip like crack of the quick shifter,

which made me forget the cold.

Whether I could do it every day just because of the

orgasmic sounds the bike creates, is a discussion for

another time. Suffice to say, the gunshots and backfire the

Akrapovics generate will not only turn heads, but will even

wake up the dead from any nearby cemeteries, you may

happen to traverse on your ride. YES. It is that f%$#ing

loud, but oh so satisfying.

The screen and electronics menus are easy to navigate,

although the position of the indicators and switches could

have been simpler. The different modes are precise and

definite in what they present. Rain mode really keeps

you slow and race is as rigid as a bucking bronco. Sport

was used for the test and would probably be the most

convenient mode to navigate corners and traffic with.

The twin accelerates you like the proverbial bat

out of hell and keeps going till the 11k limit where you

realize there is gleefully another gear to go. The power is

relentless and the bikes fueling with the full system on is


The test bike is a year old and being a demo, I do not

think it receives the level of care that a privately owned

bike will. I am saying this because the paintwork and the

some of the levers etc look tired. Nothing some TLC will

not remedy but it will be interesting to see what a regularly

used bike looks like after 20000 km.

Add the sex appeal, new power delivery and comfort of

the 1299 S and you have a truly versatile and under-rated

bike. The fact that Ducati SA will not increase the price

(R274,400) for now is another great benefit in considering

this bike as a unique and over-looked weekend cruiser

and commuter.


Heat 10 (winter) - 4

Steering 9

Fuel 6 (hard to ride slowly)

Acceleration 9 (never stops accelerating)

Throttle 8 (twist, hold on)

Traffic 7 (they will stop, just to stare)

Servicing 4 (it’s a Ducati, better use DRP)

Lights 10 (it’s so pretty, like a rainbow)

Wind 8 (not for taller rider’s - works for Rob)

New Rider 3 (if you are suicidal, then yes)

Total: 74/100 (winter test) - 68/100

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It has been a really long time

since I have had the pleasure

of writing to you all, and I

am ecstatic that I finally have

something to write about.

It has been a tough year so far

to say the least, so let me break

it down from where I was first

declared unfit to ride for you.

At the New Jersey Motorsports

round of the MotoAmerica

championship I took a tumble and

smashed my head into the earth

while tumbling, which had me

asking weird things to the assisting

marshals, and as it turned out,

not only did I have a concussion

but also bad whiplash. Due to the

concussion, I was immediately

put onto the “Unfit” list. I guess

that flying back all the way to the

mother land never helped my

cause, but I came back home

for one week and managed to

get out to Redstar Raceway and

get in a few laps to test not only

myself, but also some setup for my

MotoAmerica Yamaha R1.

It was then onto Virginia

Raceway where we were on form

from the get go and setting fast

lap times on a brand new track

for me. Then it happened again, I

took a massive blow to my head

and was stumbling around like a

fool after what was a huge high

speed crash. Concussed for the

2nd time in 2 weeks, I was once

again put onto the “Unfit” list and

Dr Rossi (no, not Valentino) was

concerned for my safety after

taking two big blows to the head,

and so close together. I had 2 full

weeks of unwanted rest after that

and then went to Donnington Park

for World Superbikes, for Team

Grillini Kawasaki, who I had just

signed for.

I was pretty fast on day 1 but

never felt right on the bike. Ran off

track a couple of times due to lack

of concentration and even had a

small tip over on the 3rd mistake in

the gravel (my short legs once again

not helping). I put it down to jet lag

from all the travelling I had done in

the weeks leading up to the race.

Because of my reports from the

MotoAmerica Dr Rossi to WSBK’s

doctors, I had to perform a test to

be passed riding fit to take part in

the weekends racing.

The following day I went out for

the morning session and after just

2 laps I was off track again and

not feeling good at all. I was dizzy

and overwhelmed, which had me

confused as to what the hell was

going on. I went to the doctors and

was again declared unfit to ride for

30 days, or until they had received

my MRI scans. Finally, our great

friend Paul Pacheco, arranged

for me to have the MRI done in

Portugal. It took 10 days to receive

the results, but when we did get

the report it showed that all of my

fluids and functions were normal

but there was a little swelling from

trauma. I then missed a further 2

race meeting in MotoAmerica, and

arranged Mathew Scholtz to fill in

for me along with my pops to come

along and help. They did a great

job with my Team Rabid Transit

Yamaha R1 and developed the bike

really well. My team arranged for

me to take an R6 to a track day to

test. I felt really rusty but none of

my previous issues showed up and

by the end of the day I was on the

gas and churning out some fast

times. This had me ready to give

Miller Motorsport Park a go, and

man I am happy I did.

Understandably, I was rusty after

not having ridden for 2 months

but by the end of the weekend I

managed to fight at the front of

the group and collected decent

championship points with 2 top 6

finishes in the superstock class.

The support I received from

everyone has been overwhelming

and I am too happy to be back.

Unfortunately, because I was

forced to miss the Misano WSBK

race, the Grillini team decided to

go with another rider for the rest

of the season. That leaves me

to concentrate fully on getting

some wins in the MotoAmerica


Now it’s onto Laguna Seca

where I have no doubt that we are

ready to pick up some race wins!

Shez #32 (86)










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We think it’s safe to say that Brad Binder

is the talk of the town at the moment. His

world class, mature, skilful rides so far this

season have earned him top spot on the

Moto3 standings and favourite to become

world champion.

We have followed and supported Brad’s

career from day one, releasing his first race

column back when he was just 14 racing

in the RedBull rookies Cup. Since then we

have watched him grow into the insanely

fast rider he is today.

We managed to catch up with him and

ask him some questions. We even got a

couple of our readers to post questions on

our Facebook page that they would like


Q: What is your training program and

diet like?

It’s actually quite simple. The first thing I

do in the morning after I wake up is go get

some cardio done, 90% of the time I go

cycling, otherwise I go for a run. Then in the

afternoon it’s time to hit the gym, which I do

4 days of the week. Then I also try and get

some supermotard riding in at least once or

twice a week.

As for my diet, I follow a strict eating plan

that Adelene Morais (wife of Shez) did up

for me. Just try to eat as clean as possible

and as much protein as I can.

Q. How do you prepare for a race?

What do you eat and drink on race day

and how do you warm up or stretch?

First thing I do as I get to the track is have

a bit of breakfast. Then before I head out

on the bike I do a bit of stretching, and

something my old Italian trainer use to call

mobility. It’s a bit weird, I look a bit strange

when I’m doing it, I have to swing my arms

and legs around like a ballerina.

Then just before the race I go to Arai to

drop my helmet off for a quick service.

Then I head off to what we call the RedBull

Energy Station for some white pasta,

always have white pasta an hour before

the race. Then 30 minutes before the race

I have half a can of RedBull, just to give me

some sugar and caffeine. Obviously I drink

water as well leading up to the race to keep

me hydrated.

Q: Do you get along with all the other

riders in the paddock?

Yes, I feel like I get along with everyone I

ever meet. Obviously there are a few of us

that don’t talk that much, but 90% of us in

Moto3 and Moto2 are all good mates.

Q: Is there a lot of drama in the


No, well, basically I feel the media do blow

things up a bit bigger than they actually are.

Everything in the paddock actually seems

super chilled.

Q: We notice that you don’t do the leg

out riding style that most do these

days. Have you tried doing it or just

don’t feel the need too?

Yes I have tried the leg out riding style

before, but I feel like on a Moto3 bike they

are so light and easy to manoeuvre it really

doesn’t change much, and you don’t

gain an advantage by it. I feel a lot more

comfortable with my toes on the pegs. I do

think that when I get onto the bigger bikes

it might be a different story.

Q: Most riders here in SA don’t use

back brake. Do you, and if so how

much and when?

This was the biggest thing I had to learn

when riding a GP bike. Everyone in the

MotoGP championship uses the back

brake. It’s one of those things that can

definitely help you. Besides just the

stopping power, it helps keep the bike

more stable, and it makes it easier for you

to enter the corners. The correct time to

use your back brake is just after you have

finished down shifting through the gears

and entering the apex, it helps keep the

bike in line and allows you to pull the front

brake a bit harder. Also helps you to brake

that little bit later.

I also tend to drag the back brake until the

moment I touch the throttle, that’s when I

release all pressure on the back brake.

Q: What are your future plans? Did you

get any offers for MotoGP?

My future plans are not 100% decided

yet but definitely with the better results I

have been getting lately I have a few good

options on the table. At this stage I am just

trying to stay focussed on the job in Moto3

so that hopefully next time I come home it

will be with the number one plate.

Q: So you might be moving up to Moto2

next year. One of our readers, Kewyn

Snyman, would like to know what your

thoughts were after testing Zarco‘s

Moto2 bike? How different is it to the

600’s you have ridden in the past?

When I tested Zarco’s bike at Valencia it

was really strange. The engine had a lot

more power than a normal 600, but the big

difference was how rigid the Moto2 bikes

chassis is. It was a great experience and I

loved every lap on the bike.

Q: Aldo Rollandi would like to know

could you plot the best possible path for

a young South African to make his way

up to MotoGP... From literally 3 years

old, what form of bike racing to take up

and how to progress if possible?

The best advice for any young rider is just

to practise as much as possible, and then

once you are winning on the local scene

try and apply for the RedBull Rookies,

because when you get into the RedBull

Rookies Cup you get to travel and race

with the MotoGP guys, so you get to

expose your talent to potential teams in

Moto3. That’s the way I went.

Q: Trisha Moolman “Are you aware of

your South African fan base & do you

see all our posts about you?”

Yes I do and its overwhelming to see the

amount of support I get. I do see and read

all the messages on Facebook but it would

take me days to reply to them all. I really do

appreciate all the messages and support,

it definitely helps motivate me and get me

through the hard times.





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A definitive guide towards the differences between WSBK and MotoGP race bikes.

Many race fans out their are still quite

unaware of the differences between

the race bikes in WSBK (world Superbike

Championship) against their MotoGP


The short answer is that MotoGP bikes

are in fact purpose built prototype race

machines while WSBK machines are series

production road bikes that have been

specially tuned for racing.

In relation to the world of car racing,

think of MotoGP as the two-wheeled

equivalent to Formula 1 while WSBK is the

two-wheeled equivalent of GT cars.

Still don’t get it? Well, don’t worry because

here comes our version of the long answer.


Words: Thoriq Azmi - www.bikesrepublic.com

To make things easier, we’ve separated our

guides into key sections accompanied with a

detailed explanation with it.


MotoGP and WSBK conform to different

sets of technical regulations set by Dorna,

the commercial rights holder of both

championships, and the FIM ruling body.

These regulations are designed to keep

competition as fair as possible in each

respective class.

A quick overview reveals that MotoGP

benefits from lesser restrictions, giving

manufacturers more flexibility towards

engine construction and chassis designs.

What’s the difference?

This also explains the extensive use of

lightweight and exotic materials like carbon

fibre, titanium and magnesium alloys in

building a modern GP bike.

WSBK, on the other hand, is much

more restricted. All bikes must retain their

original production chassis constructions

and designs whilst the use of carbon fibre,

titanium and magnesium alloys are limited.

Notably, the FIM has banned carbon

fibre wheels in both classes. Carbon brake

rotors are banned in WSBK, along with

the use of titanium when constructing the

chassis, front forks, handlebars,swingarms,

the swingarm spindles and the wheel

spindles as well.


Minimum weight

Both classes have minimum weight figures to meet. While

MotoGP’s stands at 157kg, WSBK’s minimum figure stands a

little heavier at 168kg instead. Interestingly, both classes employ

competition ballast as a means to counter the varied sizes and

weights of its riders too.


MotoGP’s ruling in this area quite simple. Designs are

open so as long the displacement doesn’t exceed

1,000cc, the bore figure can be no greater than 81mm

and have a maximum of four cylinders. Since 2012, twostroke

engines are banned and most teams today use a V4

cylinder arrangement design.

The story is a little more complicated in WSBK though.

Again, two-stroke engines are banned here. The class

welcomes production-based three- and four-cylinder

engines with a minimum capacity of 750cc and

maximum of 1,000cc. Also permitted are productionbased

four-stroke two-cylinder engines with a

minimum capacity of 850cc and maximum of


While some engine types have their own

respective advantages over the other, the

competition is again kept levelled thanks to

the use of competition air restrictors. The air

restrictor’s sizes are then adjusted by FIM

officials depending on engine type and or the

bike’s performance in the championship season.

The beauty of WSBK’s ruling is the greater

variation in bikes and engine types that line up

the grid. Highlights here include the V4 engine


On the left is the 2016 Pata Yamaha R1

World SBK machine dash along with

all the Playstation buttons, and on the

right is the 2016 Ducati MotoGP

bike dash and buttons.

found in Aprilia RSV4, the V-twin mill

powering the Ducati Panigale R, in-line

fours from Yamaha, Honda and MV Agusta.

Equalisers – Spec ECU and tuning


The starkest difference between the two lies

in their ‘great equalisers’. MotoGP keeps

its playing field levelled thanks to its newly

introduced standardised onboard electronics

and software or ‘Spec ECU’ ruling.

Starting this year, all MotoGP bikes

have had their powertrains and

electronics paired with the Magentti

Marelli-supplied ECU and software that

acts as a digital power cap. Together with

the minimum weight ruling, it theoretically

keeps all MotoGP bikes equal in

performance despite the varied engine and

powertrain designs.

WSBK, on the other hand, restricts

the amount of changes or modifications

allowed in the top part of the bike’s stock

engine, and displacement increases are

banned as well. This explains why the

hardware in WSBK race bikes closely mirror

what is already available in their

road-going base bikes


A clear example of this is the Ducati

WSBK machine based on the current Ducati

Panigale R model. When the improved

new Ducati 1299 Panigale road bike was

launched, it succeeded the previous 1199

Panigale model with a new and larger

1,285cc V-twin. Only the Panigale R variant

retained the previous bike’s 1,198cc V-twin

engine, allowing Ducati to use it as the basis

of its WSBK machine.

Never before has MotoGP and WSBK technology featured so prominently in production based

motorcycles that are available to the public. Bikes such as the Ducati Panigale R, Yamaha R1 and R1M

and Aprilia’s 2016 RSV4 R-FW, which is basically a 230hp+ MotoGP Bike, are now available to buy at

ridiculous amounts of money.





We take 6 very underated, and different motorcycles on one of JHB’s most famous breakfast runs.

Words: The Sing & Clive Strugnell Pics: Kyle Lawrenson & others


Since we managed to convince Rob that

there is life after Redstar, he has begun

his sojourn in the hopes of becoming a real

biker and not a race track rock-star.

Cold frigid winds, crappy roads, push

starting bikes and even the occasional

run-away native are all becoming part of his

evolving bike repertoire.

We chose a stable of bikes from the

thundering S1000XR to the ferociously

under-rated Kawasaki Versys. These

machines have certain sport blood lines in

their genetics and like cross breeds in the

equine kingdom show moments of genius

coupled with stages of practicality.

The six bikes we tested were BMW’s S

1000XR, a bike that at its launch was slated

as the next “superbike” killer. Straddled

with a detuned S1000RR engine and

the comfort levels of the over-sold BMW

1200GS, it promised incredible performance

with solid practicality.

The all new KTM 1290 GT which, love it

or hate it, is a conversation starter with its

vulture like looks and bright orange paintjob.

It was dismally launched at the Kyalami Bike

Festival where the “privileged press” were

given one slippery, skittish lap around the

new circuit at a pace that would have made

a tortoise blush and then we were sent on

our way wondering about the overload of

electronic options on the new bike.

A beautifully rendered Ducati 1200S

Multistrada, which with the advent of the new

Enduro Model, is scheduled to take on the

BMW dominated adventure market soon.

The strangely alien looking Honda 800

Cross Runner, which apparently has sold

less models than the Helen Zille’s biography

and who I had not even known existed.

The revised and updated 3 cylinder

Yamaha Tracer MT09, which in the previous

incarnation received much critism for its

wallowy suspension and irregular fueling

system. The new model looks like the

lovechild of an angry Multistrada and a

PMSing XR.

And finally the guest bike of the test,

the new and improved bumblebee

yellow Kawasaki Versys 650. A bike that

I thought was similar to the NC700, but,

was I so wrong.

With bike tests, like when filming a movie

it’s all about location, location, location.


And, as we had six bikes to test and not much time to travel, we

chose the closest road with a few twisties. This was represented

in the form of the nature reserve and wildlife infested Kromdraai.

I felt we cannot compare all the bikes on the same level as

the “Big” three were not only double the price of the others but

also double the performance. Realistically buyers in this segment

would either be looking at bike over 180K or wondering how

much fuel they can conserve with the other three.

BMW was clever enough to lend us an XR that had not been

run in, so it was annoyingly limited to 9000rpm or 203km/h.

Clad with an Akrapovic slip on, auto blipping and all the usual

bells and whistles, the BMW was the brutal go to bike during the

test. Relentless power, razor-sharp handling and butter smooth

gearbox, The XR delivered (although restricted) flawlessly on all

fronts. It’s a high bike so if you cannot change a room’s lighbulb

without a ladder I would look at other options.

The Multistrada with 10000km on it and river sand in the air

box, felt clunky and aged in comparison. Like a boxer who has

taken one too many head shots or perhaps a demo bike with

one too many cold starts. The Ducati is fast, aggressive and

turns with precision. The challenge I had was that this particular

bike felt ragged and abused. As journalists our impressions

and emotions are normally transferred to text, so it makes me

wonder whether the dealers care or our opinion might as well be

like political promises. Of no substance.

The KTM 1290 GT is an impressive little vixen that bares its

teeth at the merest feathering of the throttle and is relentless in

its acceleration. Dynamically stable at speed, the bike displays

odd stability characteristics at very slow speeds. It’s has a new

fully electronic suspension system so perhaps it’s demonstrating

some ghosts in that new machine. Its looks shorter than the











other bikes but is in itself quiet tall as well. Its possibly the

predatory long beak that makes it appear lower than the others.

The Honda Cross Runner was not a successful bike four years

ago when the original model was launched and it continues its

desolate sales figures. With this bike, Honda also tried to tackle

the half sports/half adventure market and unlike Ducati and BMW

failed to make much of an impact. There is nothing distinctly

critical or adversely complementary about the Cross Runner as it

stands. It is well assembled, easy to ride, not harsh on the eye and

comfortable. So why is it that I have not seen one on the road.

The Yamaha is sporty, fun and just different enough to attract

some casual interest at a parking lot. It’s a bike that you can

commute on and ride the odd corner here and there without too

much effort. With three power modes which felt like they only

needed two. A set of brightly lit headlights and smoothly restful

riding position, the Tracer was rapid and pulled very strongly for

a three cylinder.

The bike that impressed me the most in the class for sheer

performance and value for money was the Kawasaki Versys. An

under-rated and under-priced motorcycle, this little fire-cracker

joined the test by sheer co-incidence as the Miss Singh had

pillioned with me to the venue and then felt that she also needed

to ride. Do not get me wrong, it is a simple bike, no electronics,

no power modes and nothing to make you feel more skilful than

you are. Like a good home cooked meal the Versys delivers a

skilful, well built and cost effective bike that can easily fulfil the

role of the sports tourer, adventure bike for half, and sometimes

a third, of the cost. You will not beat anybody or set a new lap

record at the Isle of Man but if you saving R120K does it matter?

As a road test you have two trinities within this group, The

BMW, Ducati and KTM followed by the Honda, Yamaha and

Kawasaki. For the daily grind of traffic riding there is nothing

in it between the top three apart from the god-awful seat of

the KTM and ineffectual heated grips of the XR. Twist the

throttle and all these Sports bikes will leave most things in the

dust, including the infamous GS, Tenere and Africa Twin. I say

most things because in a flat race these bikes will more than

hold their own against most current superbikes. Up to about

175km/h after that, well, it’s pretty much over.

That, is the advantage of straight line acceleration, any half-wit

can open the throttle, hold on and the bike will do the rest.

The true test of riding combines cornering, acceleration and

braking. The high positions of these bikes handle bars and

the incredible grip that these machines offer implies that as a

superbike rider you will have to work pretty hard to keep up with

these three rides in the right hands. I say right hands because

these top three bikes have ballistic speed and wrist-wrenching

And here we thought

The Singh was the tallest

animal on the planet...

Editors Notes

So once again I have discovered that there is life outside

the track. Really enjoyed this test, not only the bikes and

the riding but also hanging out and having a big laugh with

mates. Froze my heinie off but did enjoy it.

This test was really more about bikes that don’t get enough

attention in the market. Bikes that are never the brides but

rather always the bridesmaids. In fact, they are more like

that couple that you were forced to invite to the wedding so

you put them at the table right at the back by the kitchen.

So we decided to give them some time in the spotlight

and they really did shine. Each bike represents strong

characteristics and have great selling points. From

performance, build quality to price, they are bikes that

should seriously be considered.

So many times I have seen models come into SA and

wonder whether or not they can actually work in our brutal

motorcycling market, where only the big bad wolfs seem

to survive.

The 6 bikes we have on test here are a good blend of

performance and comfort, which is really what we are all

looking for in a motorcycle. Oh yes, and they won’t leave you

eating beans and soup for the rest of your life.

This test opened my eyes to a new spectrum of motorcycles

that can be enjoyed, even by a horse power, performance,

sportsbike junky like myself. It was one big love affair for

me, jumper from lover to lover. Each bike impressed me in

their own little way, but the BMW and the Yamaha really did

leave me with the biggest smile on my face.


Editors Notes

You can’t help but be impressed with KTM and Ducati.

Even though they are not as BIG as the Japanese and German

manufacturers, they still manages to produce exquisite motorcycles.

KTM’s all-new Superduke GT is a great blend of everything you

could ask for in a road motorcycle. It will take you a couple of rides

to fully understand the phenomenal electronics package on the GT.

There is so much available in terms of adjustment, and it is so easy

to operate and use. And finally, KTM have put a quick-shifter on their

road bike. It needs a little fine tuning but at least it’s there.

Also featured for the first time is the new semi-active WP

electronic suspension. It’s a good first attempt by KTM and WP, but

just like the shifter it could use a tweak here and there.

The 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75° 1301 cm³ LC8 motor still produces

huge amounts of power, maybe even a bit more than you actually need

on a bike like this, but you have to admire KTM pushing the limits.

Although I do think it’s a bit long in the tooth now, having been used in

previous models like the RC8 and 1290 Superduke naked. I suppose

they went with the old “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” expression, and

I really do think now that they are back in MotoGP it’s only a matter

of time before we see a new “mind blowing” motor come out of the

Austrian factory. Exciting times ahead for the big oranges...

The Ducati is a gorgeous piece of art, and it goes just as good as

it looks. The same can pretty much be said for all the bikes on test

here. They all have a cheeky sporty side to them just waiting to come

out at a split seconds notice for the odd thrash, while still offering that

comfortable, satisfactory joyride that you need on a 400km plus ride

such as the one we did.

It amazes me that we do not see more of these models out on our

roads. Especially the BMW S1000XR. What a machine! While cruising

on the BMW my mind would often wonder, to me thrashing it around

the 22. Let me tell you, this bike would makes some of the best

sportsbikes on the market today blush. Zie Germans have done an

incredible job with the XR.

I have always been a huge admirer of 3-cyclinder engines, so it

was no huge surprise that I loved the Yamaha Tracer. That sound the

engines produces is sexual, and the aggressive, yet easy to handle

throttle gets the heart racing every time.

It’s a thrilling ride in every sense of the word, and was no slouch

against the 3 bigger dogs in this test, like an annoying Jack Russell

that thinks he is bigger than he actually is trying to take on dogs twice

his size. You just got to love the attitude of the bike.

thrust. Coupled with plenty of

horsepower and it is mighty

easy to get it wrong. So, from a

cautionary point of view handle

these monsters with care.

The other three in the utopian

idealist world of commuting, would

be right up there with the BMW

3 series that represents a hint of

the M4 but not the real deal. They

are all practical, reasonably priced

and fun to ride. (I am still trying to

remember if I have ever seen a

Cross Runner on the roads).

But this is a road test of

adrenaline and forbidden

performance that would make

a traffic cop blanch. The BMW

stands confidently above the rest.

It growls and can be flung around

like an experienced pole dancer,

never flinching, always inviting you,

tempting you be harder, faster and

take absolute control. It was so

popular in fact that one of the other

testers, who has been riding bikes

since Moses was discovered in

the reeds, had to be pried off the

XR, inch by painful inch (will hear

what Clive “The Relic” has to say a

bit later). The Ducati on the other

hand is like the 1st princess, quick,

pretty and will still turn heads, but

unfortunately she never gets to

wear the crown. She will always be

the bike that could have been, but

never quiet had it all.
















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As you can see, the

brakes on the Versys

do work...

The KTM needs to be judged on its

own merits, take the 1290 Adventure and

combine it with a healthy dollop of the

Super-duke 1290R and voila you have the

1290GT. Brilliant, dominant but just missing a

little something. Perhaps the next update will

fill those almost perfect gaps in its appeal.

The top three are all within a pinstripe of

each other but my vote goes in favour of the

BMW 1000XR.

The other three hybrid commuters have

to be looked at for what they represent

and after gathering my information of retail

cost and servicing I must re-evaluate my

initial choice of bike. Sadly the Versys

has to give way to the Yamaha Tracer

as the choice of bike for first place here.

This particular market is an odd segment

considering the price variances. A few

months ago the older Versys was 79K,

now it’s above a hundred. That’s a massive

jump not only in affordability but in choice.

For the Yamaha the thrust of the

three cylinders and the hostile lights

just give it the edge over the other two.

The Honda, although exceptional just

feels lackadaisical and lacklustre when

one places it near the other two. The

Versys in its bright canary yellow paint is

physically not the most attractive of the

bunch but is good value for money.

Editors Notes

I can’t really rave or fault the Honda CrossRunner

or Kawasaki Versys. Both bikes are, well, nice, nothing

more and nothing less, just nice. The Honda’s 4-stroke

16-valve DOHC 90° V-4 engine is tried and tested over

many years, and a legend for many. Again, it’s just nice

for me. It could use a couple of extra ponies but then

again it’s not aimed at horsepower addicts. The same

can be said for the 4-stroke, four valves per cylinder

parallel twin 649cc Versys. The engines power will far

from rip your arms out their sockets.

Both bikes are simplistic but enjoyable, good for

the odd thrash, or, kind of thrash. Their oddly attractive

styling do somewhat paint a different picture, as they

do look a lot faster and sporty than they actually are.

Whilst 200hp, or close to, motorcycles are still my

preferred choice, I have come to enjoy and appreciate

the lighter side of biking, and these two machines

played a big part in that.

Here are the approximate running costs of these bikes over a standard two year cycle:



R247 090

1000km R1600

10 000km R2100

20 000km R2100

R12.64/km including retail value


R231 500

1000km R2500

15 000km R2500

30 000km R10 000

R8.21/km including retail value


R230 000

1000km R1500

15 000km R2000

30 000km R5000

R7.95/km including retail value


R139 950

1000km R1000

10 000km R1800

20 000km R2800

R7.72/km including retail value


R150 000

1000km R1200

12 000km R1800

24 000km R3500

R6.52/km including retail value


R105 995

1000km R1300

6000km R2800

12 000km R3000

R9.42/km including retail value

ONTO THE RATINGS: Heat - The amount of physical heat the bike generates in traffic. Does the fan help, is the heat diffused reasonably well. The higher the number the better the

heat management. Steering - The lightness of the bike in turning in tight situations, the higher the number the quicker it turns. Fuel Consumption - The higher the number the better the

consumption. Acceleration - The physical power of the bike. Throttle response - How light and progressive the throttle is, a high number hear signifies quick light throttle. Traffic Comfort

- Sometimes it bumper to bumper for 50km, the high number signifies a more comfortable ride related rider position, foot pegs, weight on wrists. Servicing Costs - The costs of servicing,

tyres, etc... Lights - Day time visibility of the bike and night time visibility for the rider. Wind protection - For the Rider. New Rider - Ease of bike for a new rider to use.


Heat 10

Steering 9

Fuel 8

Acceleration 9

Throttle 9

Traffic 8

Servicing 7

Lights 6

Wind 9

New Rider 7

Total: 82/100


Heat 10

Steering 9

Fuel 6

Acceleration 9

Throttle 8

Traffic 8

Servicing 4

Lights 9

Wind 9

New Rider 7

Total: 79/100


Heat 10

Steering 9

Fuel 7

Acceleration 9

Throttle 8

Traffic 8

Servicing 6

Lights 7

Wind 7

New Rider 7

Total: 78/100


Heat 10

Steering 8

Fuel 8

Acceleration 6

Throttle 7

Traffic 9

Servicing 6

Lights 9

Wind 8

New Rider 9

Total: 80/100


Heat 10

Steering 8

Fuel 8

Acceleration 6

Throttle 5

Traffic 7

Servicing 6

Lights 6

Wind 8

New Rider 9

Total: 73/100


Heat 10

Steering 8

Fuel 10

Acceleration 4

Throttle 5

Traffic 10

Servicing 6

Lights 6

Wind 8

New Rider 10

Total: 77/100





Clive “The Classic” Strugnell says:

It is always fascinating to compare the

conclusions each person in a group of

riders reach after riding the same bikes

on the same day over exactly the same

route. There are times when some of

the impressions are totally different. This

was one of those times. If it is difficult

for a small group of us to agree on the

merits and feel of a particular bike how

do the manufacturers ever manage to

successfully cope with the thousands of

riders worldwide form who they design and

develop that particular model?

Let’s start with what was the most

contentious bike in this group, the Honda

800 Cross Tourer. Most of us agreed that

it was one of the best looking bikes in the

bunch….but we only realized this when we

parked them all together for group picture.

Have a look and see what you think.

The Honda delivers exactly what it

promises.. excellent design, superb

engineering, careful finish and attention

to detail, and a very capable package

designed to provide everything a sports

touring rider could ask for. Firstly this

bike has an absolute gem of an engine. It

starts instantly at the touch of the button,

and won’t stop until the rider switches it

off. No matter if it is held on the red line

all the way to Cape Town for 12 hours, or

lugged through the heaviest traffic, this

engine never gets hot, and simply purrs

along. Talking about running at the red

line, this occurs at just over 11 000 rpm,

and winding it through the silky smooth

gearbox at full bore hurls the bike forward

with a thrilling V4 shriek. The ergonomics

are great, the seat is continent crossingly

comfortable, it will stop on a dime with no

fuss thanks to the linked brakes and ABS.

The only bit of electronic trickery is three

stage traction control, which is selected

by one big button on the handlebar

marked “T” It really is a versatile and

satisfying bike which will top 200km/h at

11 000rpm in 4th gear!

The Ducati Multistrada is superb. It

matches the big KTM for size, weight and

performance, and is more comfortable. It

has the best instrument panel of the bunch,

and also has the most user friendly selector

system for the state of the art electronic

menu. It matches any bike

on the road for performance

delivered by the awesome

90 degree four cam V twin

motor derived from Ducati’s

World Superbike race winning

Panigale engine. The fit and

finish and the quality of the

components used on the bike

match anything on the market

as well. Here comes the

clincher. This bike is beautiful,

and full of very pleasing “Character” that

only Italians can combine into a practical

package. It’s the one bike you would park

in your lounge when you aren’t riding it

because it is so good to look at.

The new KTM 1290 GT is a new kettle

of fish in this market sector. It is derived

from the KTM factory parts bin, and is

an incredibly capable and satisfying bike

to ride. It’s styling is, well, very orange,

very aquiline and predatory, and if Cagiva

hadn’t used the name “Raptor” long ago

this would be ideal for this bike. Man

is this thing fast! The 60 degree V twin

matches the Ducati for grunt but makes

a completely different noise. Like the

Honda V 4 the KTM delivers an intoxicating

induction roar that makes you want to keep

the throttle WFO all the time. If you wanted

to get somewhere far in a hurry this bike is

the business.

The new S1000XR BMW is so different

from the tow big V twins in every way

except it delivers pure performance on the

road. In terms of handling, comfort and

speed this bike in the right hands will easily

keep the twins in it’s rear view mirrors. The

in-line double cam four cylinder engine just

pumps out fuel injected power from idle

to eye watering red-line, and remains rock

steady whilst doing so. It uses the now

standard uber-electronic package of ABS,

traction control and suspension adjustment,

and adds a little more in the form of an

electronic quick-shifter for those who need

that millisecond faster rush through the very

slick gearbox. With these superfast bikes,

who cares if the windscreens are just a tad

too high, or low, or the exhaust is a little

ugly. Just find an open road, tuck in and

blast off…


The Yamaha Tracer triple seems a

little overawed by this competition, and

perhaps it is. However, not everyone can

manage one of the maxi- sportsters,

and on one of these you certainly won’t

be left behind or out run on the twisties

if that’s the kind of riding you enjoy. The

styling is very Japanese and reminds one

of those awesomely fierce Samurai suits

of armour…it’s impressive in a martial art

kind of way. This is accentuated by the

impressive scowling headlight design. The

three cylinder motor has it’s own charm,

and certainly delivers a strong punch every

time the throttle is twisted. What’s more it is

nice and low and the stretch to the ground

is less than any other bike in the group.

In fact, when all is said and done, this is a

great bike.

No-one seems to know quite why the

Kawasaki Versys ended up as part of this

group, but it was welcomed along anyway,

and added a certain bit of down to earth

perspective. After all, it is an almost basic

parallel twin four stroke commuter type of

machine, It proved, however, that a good

design and good packaging can get the job

done well, and we all enjoyed it’s cheerful

nature and willingness to chase anything in

the group for all it’s worth. It was certainly

not left far behind very often, and we were

happy to have spent some time on it.

Glenn “Roley” Foley says:

I think that the Singh is quite right in

dividing the bikes into two groups cost is

a major factor when you consider any bike


So the big 3:

For me there was a social misfit in this

group in the form of the KTM - and I’ll

support this comment by saying that - of

all the bikes on test, it felt the most to me

like a true blue sports bike. All the others

were sit-up and beg position, whilst you

are in a proper sports bike crouch on the

big Katoom. In saying this, KTM has made

something really special in this bike - and

I’d love to have one parked in my garage...

massive power from the big twin, faultless

handling and distinctive looks - a proper

hooligan machine.

Although the big Ducati had a lot of

kilometres on the clock, it still ran like the

stink and handled like a charm. In my

opinion, it is the most comfortable for

distance of the three big machines and

really fits the sports tourer niche perfectly. A

fantastic, fun to ride bike. PLEASE Mr bank

manager can I get one... I reckon for me -

this one would just edge out the Beemer for

top honours and this is purely thanks to the

beautiful twin cylinder donk.

I had the pleasure of being invited for

a 600 odd km ride on BMW’s XR when

they launched it, so I kinda know the bike

intimately. It is an amazing machine in no

uncertain terms, and BMW has married

their sports prowess with a bit of adventure

quite seamlessly. But - perhaps, to me the

bike is just a bit too perfect... make sense?

A fantastic bike by all accounts - if you are

a BMW aficionado, or even if you aren’t

you’ll fall in love all over again.

And for the smaller bikes:

Once again, I have to comment that,

perhaps the Versys was out of it’s depth in

a test like this - but I was proved wrong.

This is an honest no frills bike that you

can use to work and back - and then

you can head out on the weekend for a

sedate breakfast run - or you can head out

to ET for a bit of touring. It has the most

comfortable seat on the group, a great

faring that offers lots of protection and is

very un-intimidating to ride. The price has

escalated a lot in recent months but the

simple fact is that old stock has run out

and we are now buying bikes with a weaker

rand. It would be great to compare this bike

with the new NC750.

This was the first time that I got to ride

the VFR powered 800 X-Runner and the

Singh is quite right - I have not seen

too many of these things

around. Honda has

a knack of purpose

building quality

motorcycles and

whilst I really enjoyed

the V-4 motor

and the excellent

handling - for me

the woody factor

was missing. Its a

great bike that does

everything really well,

but does it make sense to

say that it lacks a little bit of

personality? At 150k It’s good value

in todays terms...

The Yamaha Tracer. HMMM. Ask

anyone who knows me and they will

tell you how I extol the virtues of a big

triple cylinder engine. The engine is

then single outstanding feature on this

motorcycle - seamless power all the way

from the bottom to the top. Rider comfort

is more than adequate and this bike sings

along happily all day. Of the 3 smaller bikes,

the 140k price tag seems spot on. This

bike is less hooligan than her MT09 cousin

- an incredibly well rounded, well thought

out bike.

Kyle “One wheel” Lawrenson says:

2016 BMW S 1000XR - (The CEO). As an

all round bike the BMW really is something

special. The one we rode still had its rev

limiter set at 9000rpm, quiet frankly I am

nowhere near fast enough for anything

more. I enjoyed the ergonomics of the bike,

comfort was most definitely kept in mind.

Smooth controllable power but an absolute

blast once in the revs.

2016 Ducati 1200 Multistrada - (The

Supermodel). Having spent a week with the

bike, I really got to grips with the Multistrada.

The controls were very simple and easy to

use whilst on the go. Flick of the thumb,

there you have it. I did find the bike to be

rather top heavy but having said that you

don’t notice it hurling along the roads and

sweeping bends.

2016 KTM 1290 GT - (The Hooligan).

I loved every second in the saddle. The seat

might not be as comfy, but whilst on the

back wheel its the last thing on your mind.

The GT is more of a superbike and is way

more aggressive than other sports tourers.

But in the right hands it can do wheelies

from robot to robot and still be a bike that

you can tour down the 22 in style.















2016 Honda 800 X-Runner - (The

Lawyer) Smooth, stylish and comfortable.

You don’t see many of the on the road, but

after riding the Honda you have to ask why.

This bike just does everything well. There

were even debates about whether this is the

best looking or not.

2016 Kawasaki 650 Versys - (The

Teacher) I love this bike, most underrated

motorcycle Kawasaki has ever made. Would

I buy one? Yes.

Woefully, I did not get to swing a leg over

the Tracer.

Zenon “Zenooobs” Birkby says:

Ducati’s Multistrada was my favourite as it

felt like a couch I could ride on the bike all

day it was planted on the road and best

of all, for the biggest bike on the test had

the lowest seat height so turning the bike

around during our photo shoots was a

breeze. The throttle response was perfect

as were the brakes in my books best sports

tourer out there.

Second for me was the BMW XR. I was

lucky enough to go on the SA launch and

the electronics package literally saved my

life. Its a good all rounder just the seat height

is a bit high and it feels a little heavy when

balancing on your on your toes. Otherwise,

its the best cross over between an all out

sportsbike and tourer.

In at number three for me is the Honda.

Yip your eyes are not deceiving you, its a

straight forward no-nonsense bike. Now I

ride on average 5hrs a day on a motorcycle

so I tackle highways peak hour traffic and

suburban back roads. The only electronics

is the traction control, so in a way, less is

more it just did everything the way I wanted

it to for the riding I do. Oh, and the front

headlights looked so pretty.

Number four and not far off the

Honda was the Yamaha Tracer. Also not

mountains of electronics which the 1000cc

plus bikes can get away with and, in

today’s world NEED. The styling alone just

invites you to jump on and go for a ride.

The second shortest in the group when it

comes to ride height so that’s big browny

points in my book. The only dislike are the

hand guards. They did not quite cover my

hands in the coldest day of the year when

we did this test...

Now I see a few frowns coming my way

from the other testers, when I put the KTM

GT so far down the list. Its not a bad bike at

all in any way, I just think it wasn’t in the right

class of motorcycle for this story. It’s actually

the benchmark for the next generation of

sports X tourer. This bike is sure to have

your missus stabbing you in the sides when

you grab a fist full of throttle.

The baby Kawasaki Versys wasn’t last,

it just was with the wrong bunch of bikes,

the Versys should have been taking on the

NC750 Honda and Yamaha MT07. It’s very

tall for a 650 , so not many beginner or lady

riders will swing a leg over this one.

The styling has improved ten fold over

the previous models, also a bike with no

frills of thrills so as a pure commuter a very

respectable thumbs up...

Mieke “Miss Singh” Oelofson says:

I can only comment on the Yamaha Tracer

and ducati Multistrada as they were the only

two bikes that I could comfortably touch

both my tiny feet on the ground with.

The Yamaha Tracer is a real hooligan tool

in a middleweight package, full of character

and with enough grunt to make the ride

a thrill. Definitely one for a lady looking to

broaden her horizons.

Winking at you with big bug like eyes as

you approach, the distinct Ducati rumble

emphasizes its powerful capabilities, and

once on the road, the acute handling

makes you wish the road goes on forever.

The only complaint was from my battered

knee, which had been injured in a previous

occasion and did not cope well with the

aggressive riding position.



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By Clive “The Classic” Strugnell



If you live in Gauteng and anyone

Smith or Jones so that they could have

The one thing that hasn’t changed

mentions the Breakfast Run it is

bacon and eggs. That done everyone would though is how much fun it is to sit and tell

immediately accepted that you mean race off as fast as they could to the hotel. biking stories with all your mates and their

a motorcycle ride from anywhere on the

Reef to somewhere around Hartebeespoort

Dam. The funny thing about the Breakfast

Run is that it started off as quite a formal

thing… a bunch of guys who had bought

the motorcycle that really changed the

world, the original Honda CB 750, wanted

somewhere to go where they could ride

fast, and where there was hardly any traffic

(or Spietcops). This was back in 1970,

especially at 7am on a Sunday morning.

Guys with the first real production superbike

would meet at the old Bryanston Post Office,

count how many people had pitched, and

phone Mrs Gray at the old Hartebeespoort

Hotel opposite the Zoo, (it’s now a steak

house) to tell her how many s she should

prepare. The Jewish guys left their

yarmulkes at home and called themselves

Breakfast was a great event, more for the

rubbish that everyone talked than the food.

It was just a laugh a minute from beginning

to the end. It was also the place to show off

anything new and was just so enjoyable.

Over the years a lot has changed. The

bikes are better and faster, there are lots

more of them, the old Hotel is long gone

but it has been replaced by literally dozens

of really cool breakfast places. The roads

have actually got worse and the traffic is

hectic, partly because where this part of

the Magaliesberg used to be a backward

place where robbers and highwaymen hid

from the cops it’s now one huge up-market

suburb. So it’s now an ever better place to

show off all the best biking stuff at trendy

coffee spots.

mates well - everyone’s mates.

So when we recently decided to try out

a collection of the latest super touring bikes

we decided the only way to do this properly

was to go on a Breakfast Run. Being a bit

old school I thought this meant meeting

at the designated spot at about 7 am. No

way Jose’…this is 2016, we met at 10am.

Frikadel….maybe we will be in time for

lunch. Anyway, we eventually all managed

to find our group, and after confusing each

other properly trying to get photo’s with cell

phones and a Go Pro, we decided to swop

bikes. The idea was to ride each of them

and then build up a story with everyone’s

opinions combined. So we stopped at the

Cradle where lots of guys in funny tights

hissed past us on pedal bikes, and moved

to the next bike.


One of them was the new Ducati

Multistrada, a bike full of electronic trickery,

just like most of the others in the group. Of

course being fast and sexy we all made a

bee line for it. It was like a Le Mans start

every time we swopped. Most of the time

we would just leave the bikes in neutral with

the engine running so that once aboard we

could take off as fast as possible to stay in

front. The big Duc was no exception, except

that more than once the poor guy riding the

bike pulled off only to grind to a halt a few

meters later with a dead engine. The reason

was that this bike has one more electronic

gizmo than any of the others. It has a trick

electronic key. You put it in your pocket and

as long as you are on the bike or standing

right next to it all you have to do is press

the starter. Move away and it switches off

completely. No idle, no light, no hooter.

Nada. So what would happen in the rush to

jump onto something new the Ducati rider

would leap onto another bike and rush off

with the electronic key still in his pocket.

The new Ducati rider, especially those who

didn’t know about the key yet, would be

left standing, desperately trying to work

out what had happened, which included

trying to find the key slot….of

course there isn’t

one. Everyone else had hurtled off over the

horizon by this time, and only kays away

would they realise the Ducati was missing.

Then the delinquent with the key had to go

back in disgrace. When we eventually sat

down for breakfast (at lunchtime) everyone

hosed themselves at the expense of the

guys left stranded. And so we got talking

about mishaps that had befallen riders on

other groups. There were many, each one

funnier than the next.

The story that topped them all though

featured the famous Zenon Birkby, who

works for Rob at RideFast. Zenoob as he is

known, is that one guy that always seems

to land in the worst situations. The story

that had us cracking up on this particular

breakfast was how, on a previous foray

down to the Lowveld, the group stopped for

lunch. As always happens just as everyone

is finished eating, drinking, smoking and

generally fussing about and is ready to

saddle up and leave, someone needs the

loo…invariably it’s The Great Zenoob. On

this occasion no one noticed that he had

gone to the crapper and everyone rode off,

only to discover a while later that he was

missing. So after waiting for a while and

no sign of him, Rob got a bit worried, as

one does (sometimes) and headed back

to find him. When he got to the lunch spot

Zenoob’s bike was still standing outside.

After a quick look around Rob came to the

only conclusion; He must have

gone to the toilet, so off he

went in search of the

missing person.

First thing he saw on entering the gents

was a pair of bike boots behind a partly

closed loo door. Peeking around the door

there was Zenoob, lying on the floor groggily

shaking his head. “Geez Zen, that must

have been some dump” called Rob, only to

be met by a gradually refocusing stare….

In the end it turned out that whilst sitting on

the throne, with the door not quite closed

because of a broken lock, someone had

bashed it open in haste thinking the cubicle

was empty. The door hit the Z flat on his

bowed head, dropping him senseless

on the spot. The offender dashed off in

embarrassment not knowing the result of

his rush to the toilet. Needless to say this

story will become an urban legend and live

forever, perfect fodder for many Breakfast

run meals to come!

But we digress. 200 odd kilometres for

the day, from the East Rand, to the garage

at the bottom of Krugersdorp hill and then

off to the Cradle of Mankind to visit the

friendly giraffe at the Rhino park restaurant.

From there, a circular route around harties

and back to the Oos. A great ride with lots

to see, plenty of twisties and some really

brilliant machines…


2 0 1 6 I S L E O F M A N T T


The 2016 TT was all about two gladiators, both on BMW S1000RR machines.

Words: Wayne van Tonder - wayneswordblog.wordpress.com

The Isle of Man called for late

evenings and early mornings

in order to catch the featured

races that in fact were highlights.

It’s unfortunate really that we have

to watch the races like this. Watching

live coverage would be amazing. I feel

like more should be invested in getting

live coverage of these races because

in all honesty we are watching history

being made every time these guys

go around this historic track. Not only

that but it is breathtaking racing!

This years TT was the tale of two

men, Ian Hutchinson and Michael


Dunlop started it all off with a win

in the Superbike race. Hutchinson

then took three wins in a row with the

Supersport and Superstock races

going his way and by some distance

too. Dunlop being disqualified from

the first Supersport race with the use

of a part deemed to be illegal.

With Hutchinson dominating the

mountain course it seemed Dunlop

was out of it and all money was

suddenly on Hutchinson to take the

Senior as well. Dunlop however would

have the final say, breaking every

course record on the way to victory in

the Senior TT.

The post race interviews got

heated when Hutchinson got his turn

to speak, making note of what had

taken place behind the scenes with

Michael Dunlop and his team. A little

Rossi, Marquez and Lorenzo moment

going down at the Isle of Man.

Hutchinson very surprisingly stating

that it may take some convincing

to get him back to the TT next year

because of everything that happened.

Let’s hope for the sake of the Isle of

Man and the racing that he was just

speaking out emotion.

Back to the racing itself though

and I will admit that the Supersport



aces are my personal favourite. Watching these guys ride those

600’s to the absolute limit is just extraordinary. Hearing the

600cc engines scream their way around the mountain course,

there is nothing else like it and in this particular race you can

see why 600’s are still great bikes. Long live the 600 class!

As for the Superbikes and Superstock races. The speed of

those machines is unbelievable and in the hands of these guys

it’s frankly scary to watch but at the same time you can’t take

your eyes off the screen.

As old as the Honda Fireblade may be in comparison to the

new technological wonders, it still amazes and competes. It

actually is still preferred ahead of the likes of the new Yamaha

R1 by the top guys. Not only that but I still think it’s a beautiful

bike. Honda got it right with that bike and with rumours from

the commentators, backed up by McGuinness in the post race

interviews, that Honda will have a new bike for next years race,

they have a lot to live up to.


The BMW’s though were supremely quick, especially

in the hands of Hutchinson and Dunlop.

As I expected the Honda RC213V of Bruce Anstey,

sounded extraordinary. Maybe a new race could be

born from it, (hint hint MotoGP manufacturers). The road

replicas of course. How amazing would that be. What

a beautiful soundtrack that would produce around the

Isle. Unfortunately Anstey was not fully fit, however he

did take a victory in the week, winning the Zero TT.

One of the stories of the week though was

undoubtedly Dean Harrison. The young gun having a

great week. No doubt he will be one to watch next year

and records may again be falling, look out Hutchinson

and Dunlop. Even the commentators saying Harrison

doesn’t know just how good he is yet.

On the other end of the scale though, we may have

seen the end to the reign of John McGuinness. He

took no victories this year and it seems the younger

guys now have his number. He however did say he

will be back to ride the new Honda next year and with

McGuinness you just never know.

The Lightweight class was won by Ivan Lintin while

the two sidecar races, not my cup of tea I have to say,

went to John Holde and Andrew Winkle in race one.

Race two going to brothers Ben and Tom Birchall.

All in all it was another year of unbelievable racing.

Next year already seems as though it will be a tasty

one with new Honda’s set to line up and let’s not forget

Suzuki’s new Gixxer will be out. Let’s hope one of the

top guys will be on it and maybe the R1’s will make a

better showing. Bike wise, it should be an interesting

watch, rider wise it could be much closer.

Hutchinson took the overall points win with Harrison

second, Dunlop third.

Sadly there were four deaths in the week with Paul

Shoesmith, Andrew Soar, Dwight Bear and Ian Bell


Great to see former SA champ

Arushen Moodley back racing on his

Dynamic Express services Kawasaki.

Pic by Eugene’s Digital Images

Words & Pics: Adriaan Venter—www.rainmakerbell.com

Red Square Kawasaki ZX10R Masters:


CHAPTER FIVE: / You can take a picture

of something you see/ In the future where

will I be?/ You can climb a ladder up to the

sun/ Or write a song nobody has sung/ Or

do something that’s never been done/ … —

Coldplay, Talk

I stare at Bloubergstrand. The leadenblue

sea has some kind of gravitational

force, dragging me closer and closer to the

water’s edge. The wind hits me mercilessly

in my face. Through my watery eyes, I see

Table Mountain in the backdrop. And as

far as the eye can see, kitesurfers take to

the wind, in all their glory, in all the colours

of the rainbow. Their inexhaustible energy

makes me want to stay. And it’s exactly

what I did…

Not far from here is Killarney racetrack,

one of the first international racing circuits.

If I’m finished here (with my deep stare into

the dull blue), taking pictures, I would like

to visit the old lady. Maybe, just maybe,

there is thunder, something to grace her old

coarse skin, giving her a voice again.

I finally got to the main gate, and there

is was … the bleak thunder. A mundane

public track day, unfolding into something

not very exciting, not very exhilarating at

all. White collars, abusing their normal

9-5-cars (without number plates), for a few

thrilling rounds. Are they aware that the

Extreme Festival plays host to this type of

“genre”, the Extreme Supercars? There is

a Lotus Exige, a yellow one, standing in

the pit lane; a Mercedes V8 Bi-turbo GTS;

an old Nissan Skyline; a very slow Nissan

GTR, and about 20 common cars under


As the thunder dissipates into turn one,

I think of the Red Square Kawasaki ZX10R

Masters in the silence. I wonder, how it all

“plays” out.


due east, lies Aldo Scribante. This weekend,

the Kawasaki Masters will put the thunder

properly back into the black. Two new

faces are on the books: Wayne Spicer and

Arushen Moodley—WELCOME!

Eighteen superbikes riders, 18 Kawasaki

ZX10R superbikes, 72 Bridgestone Battlax

R10 tyres; Red Square Reload, Crabbie’s,

Carlsberg, and Red Square colours, by the

case load. And … they are ready to bring

the sky down over Port Elizabeth. Without

further ado, here they are: Arushen Moodley

#21, Pieter de Vos #17, Sven Grüne #66,

Kyle Robinson #18, Jaco Gous #43, Teddy

Brooke #93, Johan Le Roux #44, Sanjiv

Singh #12, Jason Joshua #76, Raymond

Keel #33, Michael Smit #49, Russ Page

#46, Abrie Marais #48, Henk Schuiling #69,

Ian Harwood #24, Mike McSkimming #71,

Etienne Louw #56, Wayne Spicer #90.

The winter has finally shown her face.

It is not a cruel one, just one that we all

expected. My things are not packed. I still

lie in bed, watching the ceiling, waiting for

the damn white light to appear, and for

some vague spectre to touch my feet. (This

happens from time to time to me.) Port

Elizabeth is not seeing me this year. It’s

actually a pity. In some reluctant sense I do


Kyle Robinson

understand the Club’s decision. Sometimes

we are left behind for the greater good,

whatever that means. The Aliens never

came, neither Judgement Day. Graeme Van

Breda (#1), took a leave of absence, off to

America, or somewhere exotic; and Bono

(U2) sings: it’s a beautiful day.

(For those who still don’t know me, my

name is Adriaan Venter (abc@rainmakerbell.

com)—creative/freestyle writer and

photographer for the Red Square Kawasaki

ZX10R Masters. Well, I try my utmost.

Unfortunately, I’m useless, when it comes

to writing unstimulating race-reports. That

would just kill me, probably the Club too.

Motorsport has more to it than you can

ever imagine: there is a world within a world

connecting us all, since the beginning of

time. Remember the BIG BANG? And THIS

is what I love to write about: the thunder, the

thrills, the spills, the people; and the smell of

race fuel in the morning. And many thanks

to RideFast Magazine, for advancing my

words/features, beyond further.)

I can only assume that most of the

wives, ladies, if you prefer, will remain

behind. Just like me. To man the stove,

doing dishes, darning a few socks, or

even vacuum the carpets in a sensual/

provocative way. I never do dishes, or push

anything with wheels, unless it’s a shopping

cart. Keeping the “Atom Heart Mother”,

from killing my wallet. Oh! This is going to

hurt, the next time they see me. May God

have mercy on me.

Away in PE, we can entertain our

thoughts, by believing, that they will work

their hands to stumps. Wrong! Cooking

shows make up their intrinsic, delicate

characteristics, believe me; SuperSport

8 (channel 208), 2Wheels (and other high

octane channels), is what makes up our

“true” alter egos. Will they ever understand

us? Hmmm. No!

Subject yourself to the ordinary, to the

mundane in life, and old age will surely come

looking for you. These Masters engage

themselves in THIS genre: to test life’s limits,

to defy the bump-and-grind of common

life, to launch inspirational moments—to be

the pinnacle, of what we take for granted.

Great—Red Square—moments, define our

lives (to some extend)…

As the wind wells my eyes (and the

thought of not being there), I can only image

what it must be like at Aldo Scribante …

The Internet is a great source of

information, Lynette (Fourie) too: Practice

session one, recorded Kyle Robinson, in

top spot; second Sven Grüne; and in third,

Teddy Brooke, racing a new 2016 Kawasaki

ZX10R. Practice 2: Arushen Moodley,

Sven, Kyle. Pieter De Vos, just missed

third. Newcomer, Wayne Spicer, recorded

a twelve place. Practice 3: #21, #66, #17.

These results show potential, hoping Pieter,

will capitalize on the absence of Graeme.

(Pieter is an old hand of the track, not

always realising his own greatness.)

I can only imagine: I have never ridden

a superbike in my life. How it must feel.

The agony these riders must go through

(except Johan Le Roux #44, he’s a machine

in his own sense). From turn to turn, down

the pit straight, lap after lap, keeping your

senses, letting the muscle come

through. White knuckles, as

they turn full throttle, hitting the

brakes, releasing the clutch-lever.


Sven Grüne, Arushen

Moodley (21), Kyle


Sustaining full composure for 12 laps.

Reflect on this for a moment, next time

you feel agitated with your life. There

are people doing it for sport; these

Masters, are doing it, to defy the laws of

life. Rejuvenating the senses, we forgot

we have.

The parallel universe: “It is a

hypothetical self-contained reality coexisting

with one’s own.” That would

be mine. On the west end of my reality

lives my ego; on the east end of the

tunnel, presumably it’s a tunnel, lives my

alter ego—the Kawasaki Masters realm.

The waves break over my feet, wetting

my shoes. Kitesurfers take to the sky,

living every moment. On the east end,

Arushan Moodley takes a double

chequered flag for the day, disrupting

the order of things. Pieter took second

in heat one. Congratulations, to the

“Terrier”. Sven, just missed the second

rung. How will this affect him, you may

ask. Retaliation is the answer to most of

our niggling problems. He (Sven) took

second, in heat two, making space for

the amazing Kyle Robinson. Johan Le

Roux took the fourth place with the

same expression as the Cheshire Cat.

The “Terrier” ended up in fifth. Buoyant,

Russ Page, recorded a 12 and 13 for

the day. How does this affect the points

standing: Season favourite Kyle, is in

second, with 116, towered by Sven

with 139. Third is Pieter (98). Fourth,

tenacious Johan Le Roux (97), followed

by Teddy Brooke (80). Closing the gate

in sixth, Graeme Van Breda, with 75.

The sun drags itself over the horizon

with difficulty. I don’t want it to go, but

that’s life. / So you run and you run to

catch up with the sun but it’s sinking/

Racing around to come up behind you

again/ The sun is the same in a relative

way but you’re older/ Shorter of breath

and one day closer to death/...

It has become time to leave

the beach behind. The kitesurfers

detached themselves from what is wet

and wonderful. On the east end, the

flames lick the evening sky. Coolers

flip open, the smell of matured steak

fills the evening air. The day is over (for

me), my parallel universe collapses,

making way for new thoughts, for new

moments. I was there. —Godspeed!

[Upcoming Race Meetings: 9 July,

BMSC (East London); 9 August,

Zwartkops Raceway.]


anyone under the age of 18. SMOKING KILLS.)

Pieter De Vos,

Johan Le Roux.



This Season has had a lot of ups, and quite a few

downs, but nevertheless it has been a great first half

of the season and it has put a lot of good strain on

the team. We are working harder on the bike and in

the gym to get things better.

The season started off quite badly with a crash

on the second lap of the first heat. This puts a lot

of doubt in ones head for the rest of the season,

but we took good data away and looked forward

to the next round. Through out the year we have

tried a lot to get to the top, since we are backed

by the NO.1 Sportbike Magazine in South Africa,

Ridefast! We were trying to live up to their name and


The season so far has been great, with great

people by my side pushing me harder and after

the last round at Zwartkops on the 21st of May,

we are currently leading the Sub10 Superbike

Championship, which is just going to make us work

harder and push more to ensure that we bring home

that No.1 plate!

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The 2016 SuperGP National championship so far been nothing short of spectacular. World class racing from world

class riders. The glory days might just be on their way back. Words: Rob Portman Pics: Eric Buijs / Eugene Liebenberg

It pleases me to be writing positive stuff

about our local SuperGP Championship.

For long there was not much to get that

excited about but the 2016 season has reignited

the old flame.

Packed grids and world class racing

is what this season has been about so

far, and I have been lucky enough to have

the best seat in the house behind the

microphone commentating on what has

literally been throat tearing stuff. I have lost

count on the amount of times I have lost my

voice whilst commentating this year, good

thing I have the voice of motorsport himself,

Greg Moloney next to me to bail me out.

The season got off to a bang at round

one held at Redstar Raceway. New riders

and new teams were out to do battle, and

battle they did.

It was familiar faces out front in the

Super 600 category, with 2015 champ,

Steven Odendaal, no longer with anassis

Racing but rather his own private team,

taking on young gun and new Anassis

racing star, Adolf Boshoff.

After banging elbows from the first

corner to last it was Adolf that drew first

blood, taking the win ahead of the number

1 plate holder. Odendaal would get his

revenge in race number two, stamping his

authority on the race and showing why he

is the champion.

It was a welcome return to racing in SA

for Suzuki, who under the Uncle Andy’s

Racing banner, would run two GSXR600’s

in the Super600 class and one GSXR1000

in the SuperGP class. Durban hot shot,


Blaze Baker was joined by 2014 Northern

regions 600cc champion Darien Kayser.

Baker would go on to pick up two 3rd

place finishes for the Suzuki team, not bad

for their first time back.

In the SuperGP class it was all about the

Clint Seller and Mathew Scholtz rivalry. The

Yamaha R1 mounted riders would once

again go at it, and it was Seller who had

the upper-hand in the opening laps of race

one, pulling out a 2.5 second lead in the

first 3 laps. Pole man Scholtz had showed

great pace through-out the practise

sessions and started to recover after a not

so good start and slowly closed the gap

on the leader. Seller would then make the

first big mistake of the season, crashing his

Neo Life Yamaha big style going into the

final turn. Seller admitted to just pushing to

hard. That left Scholtz to go and take the

flag and the first 25-points of the season.

Anthony Shelley, who is sadly no longer

with us, took a well deserved second place

on his new Fercor construction Yamaha R1

ahead of BMW mounted Daryn Upton, who

surprised all with his great pace on his full

return to National Superbike racing.

Seller would suffer further

disappointment as he was not able to

make it out for race two as his bike was

too badly damaged after the crash. That

pretty much left Scholtz out front all on

his lonesome, but the battle behind him

was heating up. Newcomer to the 1000cc

category for 2016 was 2015 600cc runnerup,

Michael White, who had also opted to

go with a Yamaha R1 for the 2016 season,

backed by Consortium Shipping.

Michael did not have much time on the

bike leading up to the race, yet somehow

still managed to find great pace after

picking up a well deserved 4th place in

race one first time out on the big bike.

Race two and White was a little more

comfortable on the bike and it showed. He

was now right on the tail pipe of Shelley,

pushing him every lap trying to force

a mistake out of the 19-year old. That

mistake never came and Shelley would

pull a slight gap on White in the closing

stages of the race, but a great ride from the

newcomer. That was the first, and certainly

not the last podium sweep for Yamaha so

far this season.

Round two moved onto Phakisa

Freeway out in Welkom and after what was

a sunny Friday practise, quickly turned

into a nightmare as an overnight storm/

hurricane hit the small town pretty much

destroying the track and its facilities.

I arrived at the track bright and early

on Saturday morning and what I saw

was something out of a Zombie movie.

Destroyed team gazebos were lying

stranded everywhere while the pits were

knee deep in water thanks to blocked

drains. How all the teams managed to get

everything sorted and go racing is still a

mystery to me but as they say “The show

must go on”, and on it went.

4-time SA champ Clint Seller was

determined to out what was a disastrous

Redstar race meeting behind, and

focussed on clawing back the 50-points he

had lost to Scholtz.

The SuperGP grid looked more like a

World Superstock grid with big names like

David McFadden, Greg Gildenhuys and

Nicolas Grobler all making an appearance.

Seller was out to prove a point and

that he did by dominating the weekends

racing, winning both races in style and

somehow posting super fast lap times on

the not ideal track.

Scholtz would pick up 2nd place in race

one and then disaster struck in race two

when he crashed out in a freaky way. On

the warm-up lap, Scholtz had dug his knee

in the grass, ripping his knee slider off in the

process. Little did he know how costly that

would be as a couple of laps into the race

that same knee slider was hit up by Seller

and somehow found its way under the front

wheel of Scholtz, who was sent down in a

big heap of dust. No points for the leader

who lost 30-points to his main rival.

Michael White would go on to have

another impressive weekend picking up

a 4th place in race one, just behind 3rd

place Lance Isaacs after a race long battle

with the veteran, and another podium

finish in race two, this time in 2nd. That put

him just a couple of points behind Scholtz

in the standings heading into the next

round at Zwartkops.

It was all action happened behind the

leading pair. The fight for the final podium

position was a nine-way struggle that saw

the lead swap almost every lap. Isaacs

eventually emerged on top taking third

from Daryn Upton (Turnskill Engineering

BMW S1000RR), Dean Vos (Trolan Bikes

Kawasaki ZX10R) and Gildenhuys (~Kreepy

Krauly Kawasaki)




The Super600 class was once again all

about Odendaal and Boshoff, and just like

at Redstar, they would go onto to share the

days spoils with a win and a second place

each. Both riders displayed breathtaking

bike skills and some of the passes they

pulled off left me speechless, and that’s not

an easy thing to do...

Blaze baker would again go on to pick

up two more podium finishes and getting

more data out of his Suzuki GSXR600.

Next up it was Zwartkops and it was

great to see a massive crowd come to

enjoy the days racing, even though it

was freezing cold on raceday. The crowd

certainly did get their moneys worth as

the racing on track was nothing short of

spectacular. Everyone quickly forgot about

the cold conditions as the racing action

was so hot it warmed the body and soul.

By now things were really starting to get

tasty between the Yamaha riders in both the

SuperGP and Super600 championships.

Seller has always been a hard man to beat,

especially at the Zwartkops track where

he seems to find that bit extra. It was up

to Scholtz and White to try and stop Seller,

who was determined to get himself back to

the top of the standing and go for his 5th

SA title in a row.

The lap times set in practise and

qualifying were simply outrageous, with

both Seller and Scholtz going under the

1,01 minute mark. Those kind of lap times

have not been seen in a long time.

Scholtz would take pole position, setting

a unbelievable 1,01.2, ahead of Seller and

Gildenhuys who made a welcomed return

to the front row. Going into the Zwartkops

race and there was a new contender for

podium finishes. AJ Venter had started

the season off on the Uncle Andy’s racing

Suzuki GSXR1000, but parted ways with

the team after Phakisa. He soon joined

the new Hygenica Racing team on board

another Yamaha R1. Venter would make an

immediate impact picking up 3rd place in

race one first time out on the new machine,

showing what a talent he is and how good

the R1 machine is.

Seller dominated race one, after opting

to go out on a new set of sticky Pirelli

tyres while Scholtz opted to use his slightly

used Pirelli tyres from qualifying, keeping

his new set for race number two. That

proved to be a big factor as Seller had to

push hard at the start of race two to keep

Scholtz at bay. The Emtek rider eventually

making his way past after showing better

pace. It was up to Seller to try and disrupt

Scholtz’ rhythm, something he is very

good at doing, trust me, I have been there.

Disaster would strike the Neo Life Yamaha

rider once again, this time brake fade

heading into the very fast, and dangerous

for me, turn number 4. Seller used all his

experience and through his R1 machine to

the ground to avoid hitting the wall head

on. Seller went head over heals in a huge

crash that looked very bad. Somehow he


managed to walk away with only minor

injuries but it was another 25-points lost

to Scholtz who went on to win by miles.

Behind him Isaacs had worked his

way up to second on the road but a

30 second penalty for jumping the

start dropped the veteran down to

tenth in the overall results. The battle

for the remaining podium positions

eventually came down to a two-way

fight between Gildenhuys and White,

with Gidenhuys just taking second.

Venter recovered from a poor start to

take fourth ahead of Dean Vos (Trolan

Bikes Yamaha R1) with Brandon

Goode not far behind in sixth.

Boshoff was proving to be the

master of Super600 qualifying as

he took his third pole position of the

season at Zwartkops. Watching this kid

throw his Neo life Yamaha R6 into turn

one really was a scary yet impressive

sight. NO FEAR! Odendaal had to be

content with second with Blaze Baker

completing the front row.

The opening race was not even a

lap old when the red flags came out

after Baker had a spectacular accident

through turn 7. While he was not

hurt the same cannot be said for his

bike and he was forced to become a

spectator. From the re-start it was all

about Odendaal and Boshoff at the

front of the field with the pair swapping

positions, and paint, in 16 laps of

thrilling racing. In the end it was Boshoff

who was in front when it counted,

taking the win by just 0.111 seconds.

Behind the leading duo, the

impressive Dylan Barnard had his best

result of the season, taking third ahead

of lady rider Nicole van Aswegen.

Race two provided more thrilling

action at the front with Odendaal and

Boshoff again pulling away from the

rest of the pack. Boshoff’s bike almost

threw him off when the rear tyre started

to lose grip and, when a back-marker

caused him drop further back, he

decided to settle for second. Baker’s

pit crew had done an amazing job

to get his bike back together for the

second race although he was forced to

start from pit lane after a problem with

his bike on the grid. He didn’t let this

worry him however, and fought his way

through the field eventually joining the

battle for the final podium spot, at that

time being fought out between Barnard

and van Aswegen, with a couple of

laps to go. Baker was able to get past

van Aswegen just ran out laps before

he could find a way past Barnard and

had to settle for fourth. Van Aswegen

ended the race in fifth ahead of Jesse

Boshoff (Kawasaki ZX6).

The championship moved to the

latest instalment of what had already

been a mouth watering season. The

Killarney track down in Cape Town

hosted round 4, and this, without a

doubt, had to be one of the best racing

weekends I have seen in SA in a very

long time, if not ever!

From the KTM RC390 Junior Cup

right up to the SuperGP class, the racing

action was thrilling and intense. This is

where my poor voice stood no chance!

Seller got off to a great start in

race one, barging his way through on

Scholtz who had got the holeshot.

Seller looked to have it in the bag after

pulling out a comfortable lead in the

opening laps. That was until Scholtz put

in lap record after lap record. He closed

the gap down to Seller, who looked to

be struggling with arm pump. Seller,

being the fighter he is, tried to fight

back at Scholtz heading into the final

turn but was forced to run wide and off

track after going in just a little too fast.

Maybe that feeling of having no brakes

at Zwartkops came back to haunt him,

something that happens to me very

often after a similar incident happened

to me back in 2013. Nasty feeling...

That mistake dropped Seller down

to 4th position behind White and

Gildenhuys, who was starting to look

really good on the new 2016 Kawasaki.

That was more points for Scholtz

who headed into race two with a

comfortable lead over Seller and White

in the overall standings.

In race two it was White who led the

way in the early stages with Seller and

Scholtz chasing hard. White looked

calm and comfortable out front and

actually started to pull away from the

rest. Slowly but surely both seller and

Scholtz closed the gap to White, and

close on half way through the race

is when things really got heated. The

leaders caught the back markers





Championship points:

Mathew Scholtz - 165

Michael White - 118

Clint Seller - 108

and Seller used them to his advantage,

muscling his way through on White who

had been held up slightly by a back marker

in turn one. One thing you need to know

about Seller is that he don’t need no

second invitation and if he sees a gap he

takes it, and that he did, almost like a bully

on the school playground stealing another

kids candy. There was a big coming

together between Seller and White, with

coming out worst dropping down to fourth

after having to run off track. That promoted

Scholtz to the lead followed by the hard

charging Seller and Gildenhuys, and that’s

how it would finish.

Although hard it was a good lesson for

White who I’m sure will never let himself be

bullied like that again. What doesn’t kill you

makes you stronger hey...

Once again Adolf Boshoff showed what

an amazing talent he is by posting a time

in qualifying that would have put him in 4th

position on the 1000cc grid. A 1,11.4 on

his 600cc machine. Incredible stuff. Clearly

he was motivated by the fact that his

closest rival, Steven Odendaal was away

on international duties, and doing a great

job mind you winning in the Spanish Moto2

championship. You would think Adolf might

sit back and take it easy, well if you did

think that then you don’t know the man

at all. Boshoff came out charging harder

than ever and once again watching this

guy in action in both frightening and super

impressive at the same time. It’s amazing

what he can do, in and out of corners. And

yes, you guessed it, he took the double win

on the day, but, it must be said that he did

not have it all his own way in race number

two especially. While he cruised home to

a comfortable win in race one, race two

was a different ball game. Suzuki’s Blaze

Baker was sick of the sight of the Yamaha

rider ahead of him and set out to get his,

and Suzuki’s first win of the season. The

GSXR600 was fast, really fast making up

bike lengths down the two long straights.

While Boshoff still hand the upper-hand


Championship points:

Adolf Boshoff - 185

Steven Odendaal - 135

Blaze Baker - 117

under braking, Baker was becoming a big

nuisance to the championship leader, who

was having to ride harder and take more

chances than he would have liked I’m sure.

In the end it came right down to the

wire, with Boshoff just taking the win ahead

of Baker, and local man Hayden Jonas

who was racing the Yamaha R6 vacated by

Steven Odendaal for the weekend in hopes

that the local lad would be able to take

some points away from Boshoff. It was

not to be but a great ride from Jonas none

the less. The local riders always manage

to shine down at Killarney and once again

they did. Warren Guantario and Alex van

den Berg both challenging right up at the

sharp end of the field, and while Guantario

did mange to get himself on the podium in

both races, was entered as a regional rider

so did not stand on the National podium.

But, he did prove that he has what it takes

to run at the front, as did van den Berg

who picked up a podium finish himself.

I must also give a mention to the riders

in the KTM RC390 Cup. They really have

put on a great show so far this year,

especially at Killarney where it was similar

to the Mugello Moto3 race that had

happened the week before, and we all

know how frantic that was, and yes, a KTM

rider won that as well I believe, a certain Mr

Brad Binder... you beauty!

Well, these young riders are certainly

on their way to becoming the next Brad

Binder, the racing they put on in Cape town

was world class. 6 riders dicing for top

spot, and all 6 more often that not side by

side rubbing fairing, elbows and whatever

else. What’s even more impressive is how

they still respect each other, both on and

off the track. Really is great to see the

future of SA racing in good hands. Now it’s

just up to the rest of us to do as much as

we can to help support them and get them

to the world stage, where SA riders are

proving they belong.

A big thanks to all who come out and

support our local racing. You really don’t

know what a huge impact you have and

I hope it continues. The crowd down in

Cape Town always impress and we down

here in JHB can learn a thing or two

from them about supporting and being

passionate about your local motorsport.

Long may this hype surrounding

two-wheeled motorcycle racing at the

moment live!




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