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• DUCATI MULTISTRADA ENDURO LOCAL TEST

• REDBULL ERZBERG RODEO 2016

• DAY IN THE DUNES: FREERIDING ATLANTIS

• A TRICK YAMAHA YZ250X

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EDITOR: ROLEY FOLEY

Two Mexican Baja racers are stuck in the desert,

wandering aimlessly and close to death. The bikes

are out of petrol - they are off course and have run

out of energy bars and hydrate.

They are close to just lying down and waiting for the

inevitable, when

all of a sudden...

“Hey Pepe, do you smell what I smell. Ees bacon, I

is sure of eet”.

“Si, Luis, eet smells like bacon to meee”.

So, with renewed strength, they struggle off up the

next sand dune, and there, in the distance, is a tree,

just loaded with bacon.

There’s raw bacon, dripping with moisture, there’s

fried bacon, back

bacon, double smoked bacon...every imaginable

kind of cured meat you can imagine!!

“Pepe, Pepe, we ees saved. Eees a bacon tree”.

“Luis, are sure ees not a meerage? We ees in the

desert, don’ forget”.

“Pepe, when deed you ever hear of a meerage that

smell of bacon...ees no

meerage, ees a bacon tree”.

And with that...Luis races towards the tree. He gets

to within 5 metres,

Pepe following closely behind, when all of a

sudden, a machine gun opens

fire, and Luis is stopped in his tracks.

He turn around and with renewed vigour runs back.

“Pepe...go back man, you was right, ees not a

bacon tree”

“Luis, Luis mi amigo...what ees eet?”

“Pepe...ees not a bacon tree.... Ees, a Ham Bush”

CONTENTS: JULY 2016

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74: TESTED: TRICK YZ250X

4 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE JULY 2016


NEWS

brought to you by

Raceworx KTM in Clearwater: On a mission.

You’ll see Raceworx’s cover ad

that they are starting to think out

of the box about making biking

more affordable - while still

offering top of the line service.

They employ some of the best

KTM technicians in the country

and found that clients were

servicing and maintaining their

own bikes, or taking the bikes to

non-official KTM mechanics.

Herman, the man in charge,

called up some of the clients to

find a reason why this was so

- and the unanimous reply was

that the cost of servicing at an

official dealership was perceived

to be too high.

It came home when Raceworx

needed to service their Toyota

van - more than 100 000km’s

on the clock and out of warranty

and all that. They called a wellknown

general service centre

for a quote, and then they called

a Toyota dealer. They were

surprised to discover that the

genuine dealer was almost half

the price.

So he did a bit of homework,

found out what the going labour

rates are virtually nationwide.

He then approached KTM’s

technical division for a yardstick

on how long a job should take.

The result is the Raceworx

service “Menu” that they have

developed. Much like in a

restaurant - pretty funky.

Starters include a basic check

over, air filter and the small

stuff and includes a bike wash.

Main course is for the bigger

work with a genuine idea of the

length of time that your bike

is booked for. The menu also

gives options - would you like

Motul, or would you like Bel Ray,

etc. It also gives a firm price on

genuine parts - or if you prefer,

the aftermarket option.

Bear in mind, that they will

collect your pride and joy for

you (within a reasonable radius

of the shop), and they are fully

insured for any incidentals whilst

your bike is in their care...

In our opinion, this is a fantastic

product for the consumer and

it all kinda makes sense. We’ll

watch this space and see how

well it all works out. Raceworx

employs some of the most

experienced technicians in the

country and are one of the only

dealerships with the full range of

genuine KTM specialised tools

and electronic equipment.

Raceworx KTM (011) 027 9922

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The choice of champions: Specifically

for desert racing and rallies.

Selling or buying a bike, car, boat,

bakkie privately? Need finance?

The guys from Raceworx KTM now offer

finance facilities for just about anything

you can imagine. So if you are selling a

bike or something similar on the net or in

the classies, if a buyer needs finance, you

can pop down to the shop and talk to

the friendly, professional people in the F&I

department. It’s risk free and takes the

hassle out of selling your assets. Same

if you buying and you don’t have the

shekels in your pocket...

All bikes, Boats, Trucks... you get the

idea. Great service on offer for sure!

Raceworx KTM (011) 027 9922

SCORPION TRAIL 2

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6 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE JULY 2016


NEWS

brought to you by

Tyre Balls are back

Tyre balls were first introduced way back in the early 2000’s,

prior to the invention of mousse’s and even the pneumatic

tyre… ok not really – but back then it was already a popular

anti-flat system. We have tested them on quads, and we are

in the process of rigging up a system for one of our dirtbikes.

What are Tire Balls? Tire Balls are individual, inflated air cells,

made of a urethane that are more puncture resistant than a

heavy duty tube, creating a type of run‐flat technology. Each

Tire Ball has a valve similar to a basketball and is inflated by a

standard needle. Basically you inflate each ball to the desired

pressure and you fill the tyre with them, and then pop the tyre

on to your rim… they tell us that up to 25 percent of the balls

can fail before you’ll feel any difference. The beauty of the

balls is that they last forever so when you change tyres you

simply re-fit them and replace any punctured balls.

www.racetyretech.com 082-902-1153

The Tiron portable

“tyre putter onner…”

Ok Fitment device.

Now heres a cool invention. No more

pinching tubes or marking the rims – and

you don’t need to use tyre irons to install a

new tyre and tube.

What a nifty gadget.

1. If you need to remove your tyre – that’s

through the conventional method, levers

and elbow grease – but to re-install, this

thing is great.

• Push the tyre onto the rim to get started,

place the tube into the tyre.

• Place the Tyron into the centre bearing

and literally crank the lever and rotate the

wheel, the tyre pops on without fuss or

the need for tyre irons.

Guys – this is a fascinating invention and

it works really well, one man – or lady

operation. check it out for yourself. Pop

it onto the bakkie when you are heading

out, it makes life too much easier.

Enquiries: Steven: 082-887-5474. Warren:

082-902-1153

www.racetyretech.com

ANGEL GT

The highest mileage sport touring

tyre: 100% italian gran turismo.

Ariettes more affordable Goggles

European quality at a great SA price, Ariette has just landed

the new “c” range better priced than their Riding Crows

– more entry level at great European Quality. Available at

dealers from around R450 a pair…

Nearest dealer: www.trickbitz.co.za

ANGEL ST

The first tyre with a double soul.

HOLDER OF 7 WORLD RECORDS!

On March 15th 2009, 15

Journalists and 12 Pirelli Testers

set 7 FIM World Duration Records

at Nardò Technical Center in

Southern Italy.

On just one set of Angel ST tyres

they covered a distance of 5,135

km at an average speed of 214

km/h in a tough 24H non stop trial

which proved the consistency and

the performance of ANGEL ST.

Pirelli tyres distributed by

www.bike-wise.co.za

8 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE JULY 2016


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NEWS

brought to you by

Just1 Helmet’s new range arrives

in SA with matching goggles.

So how’s this for all the fashion conscious menses out there?

Just1 is one of the first companies we’ve heard of that build

quality goggles to match their helmets. 2 new Just1’s are out.

The J12 (above) is a full carbon fibre helmet as used by the

likes of Blake Bagget and Alex Salvini. Plenty of cool designs

to choose from.

The more affordable J32 (below) design is also here. The

thermoplastic unit weighs in at just on 1200 grammes. Still

a full spec lid and also available in kiddie sizes with a smaller

shell. Cool huh?

Imported by HRP and available at dealers all over… (011)

708-5905 for your closest stockist.

Batt Holdings

lightweight, compact

anti-gravity batteries

Dirtbikes, quads, superbikes, motards…

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.

(011) 205-0216. www.battholdings.co.za

2016

JHB to Durbs and

back in the dirt: Starts

29th Sept 2016.

MX MID SOFT 32

Specifically for soft surfaces such

as mud or sand and intermediate

surfaces such as grass or compact

and dry ground.

MX MID HARD

Newest option for medium to

hard terrain–from loose, grassy

surfaces to compact dirt and

stones–conditions most commonly

encountered on everyday

motocross tracks.

Pirelli tyres distributed by

www.bike-wise.co.za

10 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE JULY 2016


NEWS

brought to you by

Musgrave Racing News

NOT Biquip – a new shop, fresh idea’s and service…

We popped in to the very friendly Musgrave Racing in Pretoria

east to have a gander and a bit of a chat. The shop is

situated in the east of Pretoria and specializes in the service

and repair of all major Road and Adventure bikes, as well as

service, repair spares and sales of all Off-Roads and Quads.

Musgrave Racing houses a fully functional workshop offering

all work on engines, suspension, wheels, tyres, pre-race

preparation and post-race maintenance. They also supply a

wide range of off-road spares.

From the road bike division, they offer diagnostics, services,

chains, brakes, discs, sprockets, tyre supply and fitment, as

well as balancing.

On the showroom floor you’ll find a variety of new and preloved

bikes and quads at competitive prices as well as all the

accessories to go along with them…

“At Musgrave Racing we are passionate about bikes, people

and great service. Being bike riders ourselves, we understand

the need for attention to detail, awesome client care and

expert advice!” Says the big boss Jonathan.

“Please don’t mistake us for the previous owners – we are

NOT Biquip, this is a new shop fresh staff and a great outlook.

Come and pop in and see what we can do for you…”

1279A De Villebois Mareuil Drive, Moreleta Park, Pretoria.

Phone: 012 997 1030 / Cell: 082 623 5320

Fax: 086 666 5833 / Email: info@musgraveracing.co.za

/ sales@musgraveracing.co.za

New hardware

from Metalize

Metalize, the adventure wear people are

expanding a bit and have introduced a

few new products…

Superbike stands both front and rear,

are on the way – as well as a very cool

hydraulic scizzor lift type dirtbike stand.

We’ve got one and it’s properly useful for

working on your pride and joy.

They also have a very useful hydraulic

centre stand… great stuff this.

Imported by HRP and available at

dealers all over… (011) 708-5905 for

your closest stockist.

SCORPION MT90

Tyres for enduro road races

of all engine sizes, capable of

adapting to daily urban use and to

adventures at weekends.

SCORPION RALLY

The choice of champions: Specifically

for desert racing and rallies.

SCORPION TRAIL 2

A new path for adventure

Pirelli tyres distributed by

www.bike-wise.co.za

12 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE JULY 2016


SPORTY. RELIABLE. EFFICENT.

THERE AND BACK

ON THE SNIFF OF AN

OIL RAG

MOTORCYCLES

32 Hulbert Str

New Centre

Johannesburg

011 493 6001

www.senke.co.za


NEWS

brought to you by

PW Parts from the Peewee guy

Speak to anyone that started

riding a motorcycle at an early

age and chances are they started

on a PW50 or PW80. The iconic

little 2 strokes from Yamaha that

have been putting smiles on

young boys and girls faces since

1981. Fast forward 35 years

and these little gems can be

found lying all over the country in

Micro Start XP1 from

Batt Holdings

Batt Holdings has secured the sole rights for the

USA brand Anti-Gravity Batteries & 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

various states of disrepair

From this PeeWee Parts was

born, an importer of good

quality aftermarket spare parts

for PW50’s and PW80’s. Peewee

Parts, a small family run business

operating from the south of

Johannesburg, stocks over 250

individual parts for peewees from

cosmetic items like plastic and

decal sets, to mechanical parts

like engine rebuild kits, bearings,

gaskets, cables, carburettors,

etc, they even stock some

performance upgrade parts to

give your peewee a little extra go.

They send goods country wide

with RAM hand to hand couriers

daily, and tracking numbers

provided to follow your goods to

your door. They also buy, fix and

sell peewees and normally always

have bikes in stock for sale.

They say that all parts are in

stock all the time, and we keep

a constant flow of stock from

our overseas partners, and

some parts are supplemented

with genuine Yamaha parts

where they cannot source

the aftermarket part, making

peewee parts a one stop shop.

They have a fully interactive

e-commerce website, where

orders can be placed and paid

for online. So if your Peewee

needs a bit of love give them

a call on 081 813 5017 or visit

www.pwparts.co.za or mail

info@pwparts.co.za

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 Bruce’s 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 enduro jacket pocket. What a pleasure.

Stock arrives at Batt Holdings soon. Trade

enquiries are welcome.

Priced from R1500.00

(011) 205-0216. www.battholdings.co.za

ANGEL GT

The highest mileage sport touring

tyre: 100% italian gran turismo.

ANGEL ST

The first tyre with a double soul.

HOLDER OF 7 WORLD RECORDS!

On March 15th 2009, 15

Journalists and 12 Pirelli Testers

set 7 FIM World Duration Records

at Nardò Technical Center in

Southern Italy.

On just one set of Angel ST tyres

they covered a distance of 5,135

km at an average speed of 214

km/h in a tough 24H non stop trial

which proved the consistency and

the performance of ANGEL ST.

Pirelli tyres distributed by

www.bike-wise.co.za

14 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE JULY 2016


HEAD & BRAIN PROTECTION

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NEWS

brought to you by

Roof News: Motul Oil’s Involvement in the Roof Of Africa

Last month you would have seen

our feature on the Bronze Roof

qualifier in Lesotho. We thought

we’d delve a bit into the sponsors

and what they do for the sport.

By now, unless you live under a

rock... you are aware that Motul

is and has been synonymous with

the Roof Of Africa since 2014.

Their involvement not only covers

the Roof of Africa but extends to

the Bronze Roof Qualifier. This

year, Motul product was handed

out to every rider that crossed

the finish line after the great route

set out by the organizers. In

addition to putting funds towards

the running of the event, Motul

sponsored goodie bags for the

top 3 riders in both the Bronze,

Ladies and the WOW classes.

You would have seen their

magnificent bike wash in action at

the Roof ... it will be back at the

famous race in December.

Not only are they involved with the

bigger National Teams, they also

support regional and club riders

through their Dealer network

and ongoing relationships.

Of particular interest is the

involvement with 3 riders that

competed in the Roof of Africa

2015, Kyle Dough the extreme

athlete who completed gold first

time out last year, Natasha Rugani

(silver) and Quinton Ralph (Silver).

For the last two years, Motul

has sponsored the screening

of the Roof of Africa on Motors

TV which is broadcast in more

than 40 European countries and

with a viewership of 46 million

households. In 2015the event

was also aired on M5, a French

TV Sports programme.

Last year, they brought a French

journalist through whose articles

exposed the Roof in several

European bike publications.

Roof of Africa Entries:

Entries for Gold & Bronze open at

10h00 on 1st August (not 1st July

as previously advised to Bronze

competitors). Entries for Silver will

open two weeks later on the 15th

August also at 10h00.

A reminder to Bronze competitors

who qualified but do not intend to

race, to please let Roof organisers

know as soon as possible to

make space for others.

More details will follow closer to

the time.

In the meantime, rest assured that

they are busy with preparations

for the event and it will be another

great Roof.

Happy training! See you there.

MX MID SOFT 32

Specifically for soft surfaces such

as mud or sand and intermediate

surfaces such as grass or compact

and dry ground.

MX MID HARD

Newest option for medium to

hard terrain–from loose, grassy

surfaces to compact dirt and

stones–conditions most commonly

encountered on everyday

motocross tracks.

Pirelli tyres distributed by

www.bike-wise.co.za

16 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE JULY 2016


YAMAHA SA


NEWS

brought to you by

Just arrived, the new funky Forma

Terrain TX boots in fluo colours.

The Forma terrain TX is a great Mid-range MX boot in a new

vibrant colour range. The boot has leather and synthetic

uppers with a personalised MX compound double density

rubber sole and the usual protective features. The inner has

soft polymer padding with memory foam and steel shank

support. The inner sole has Forma’s famous Air pump

system sole.

Launch price is R4500 at dealers… www.dmd.co.za for your

closest stockist.

Renthal Ultra-Tack

Grips Released

Renthal Ultra-Tacky Dual Compound

grips have been developed to increase

traction between the glove and the

grip, increasing control and reducing

rider fatigue. The unique Ultra-Tacky

compound constantly produces and

renews a sticky surface coating which

when combined with the Renthal soft

compound offers an incredibly grippy yet

comfortable surface.

Suitable for use in all types of riding

conditions, this grip is particularly

applicable where riders are looking for

increased control of the handlebars, like

wet or muddy conditions. The sticky

surface will last for the lifetime of the

grip, if the surface feels like it’s losing

some of its tackiness at any point,

simply wash with clean water and allow

the grip to air dry to re-activate

The construction of the grip is the same

as our bestselling Dual Compound Grip

Tech with a firm base layer for increased

durability and a soft outer layer where

the hand is in contact with the grip

including the inner flange.

The RRP inclusive is approximately

R245.00 available at dealers.

SCORPION MT90

Tyres for enduro road races

of all engine sizes, capable of

adapting to daily urban use and to

adventures at weekends.

SCORPION RALLY

The choice of champions: Specifically

for desert racing and rallies.

Custom ATV radiator grilles

available at SSS Racing

SSS Racing designs and manufacture their own radiator

grills. Their stainless steel grills are of the best quality.

They can also custom make a grille for you, for an extra

cost. Drop them a mail sssracingproducts@gmail.com any

picture in DXF or DWG Format and they will design and

make it for you. There are many more designs available, go

to the web page www.sss-racing.co.za, search your bike

and have a look at all the designs available. The stainless

steel grills sell for R340 each. Available for - Raptor 660,

Raptor 700 and Banshee. We also have a radiator grill

available for LTZ 400, stainless steel R460 in a different

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Super star studded team of SA Veteran

Motocross Champions to enter the USA world

vets race in California in November

The largest team of South African

top Veteran Motocross riders

are set to tackle the International

USA World Veteran race in

California in November, 55 year

old Tony Riddell ex GP rider

and multiple Motocross national

champion has put together

the most colourful team of

professional South African riders

ever to race together as a team

These South African national,

springboks, and world

champions, all respective heroes

in there day still well known

throughout the world and in this

country will be coming together

to attempt to take the overall

honours in this World Champion

event in November.

The race is the largest World

Vets event ever to be staged

and will see riders from over 36

countries taking part, organisers

in the past have registered of 50

000 spectators through the gate

over the weekend of racing.

The proposed team of 15

formidable riders are the best

of the best, multiple World

Motocross Champions, USA

based riders Greg Abertyn,

Grant Langston, and Tyler

Rattray have all shown their

interest of being in the SA Team,

joining them will be GP rider

and multiple national German

based rider Colin Dugmore, 45

year old Ryan Hunt Springbok

and Protea award winner a

previous Pro Veteran winner plus

international rider and multiple

SA national champion who is

still riding today and going for

his 3 Decade SA National title

championship win, Ryan is also

one of the first supporters for the

team with his famous Tork Craft

Brand. Tony Riddell GP and SA

National Champion, 43 year

old Greg Skinny G Aspinall, SA

National Champion and multiple

Regional champion 37 year old

Andre David and Billy Flanagan

both well-known GP riders

and a host of top provincial

champions Dylan Smith, Gareth

Swanepoel, James van Staden,

35 year old Mark Ansley, 39 year

old Dean Strydom and 34 year

old Malcolm Ralphs

“Never before has a Motocross

team with so much talent

and past success’s been put

together to take on Motocross

Vets from all over the World

at this major event, knowing

Motocross and these very

capable riders, South Africa has

a very good chance of taking an

overall victory in the states,” said

Roger Mc Cleery and leading

legend in SA Motorsport.

The team headed up by Tony

Riddell have got it all together,

but are looking for outside

funds to make it all happen.

“The huge expenses for the

hired motorcycles, travel

accommodation, entry fees,

team support, transport, tyres,

fuel and parts etc. is our biggest

challenge,” said Tony Riddell.

“The great thing for the sponsors

that come on board get a bonus

as our 3 World Champions

Greg, Grant and Tyler all live in

the States, the supporter that

comes to the party gets these

guys at a tremendous deal as

these guys are already there and

don’t need much support.”

“ To make it all happen the

team need in the region of R

500 000 for a full exclusive team

deal, or smaller brands can be

accommodated for a 20% stake

in the team, the team riders

themselves will be paying in a

similar amount as the complete

program will come to just short

of million rand.”

“The media coverage for this

event includes international

media support, the plan is to

have all this available for our

local media and TV, plans are

to put out the pre publicity

campaign right up until we

leave, and feedback of results

and images for the racing from

our camera support lady Annie

Allen who will be with the team

will feedback all the copy results,

images and video footage for

the huge planned post media

program,” said Riddell

Interested supporters, partners

and sponsors can contact Tony

Riddell on 079 442 1651 e-mail

tonyriddell4@gmail.com

Or Annie Allen on 011 516 009

/ 082 922 3667 e-mail annie@

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Batt Holdings launch new competition

soft Enduro Mousse range

The soft Enduro mousse (0.4 bar) is available now in an

80/100-21 front & 140/80-18 rear with the full range of

sizes being available from 1st August. Batt Holdings tells us

that they have increased the tear strength by 15% which

surpasses any other mousse brand on the market.

Darren Gray’s comment after racing on the mousse - Quote

“The amount of grip was unbelievable, it’s honestly a weapon

and it will be a perfect mousse to use from brand new for the

Roof of Africa”…

(011) 205-0216. www.battholdings.co.za

Yamaha’s YXZ1000R arrives in SA

Yamaha has landed two of these monsters so far. You would

have read about them when they were launched a few

months ago, in this here publication – and although we were

not invited along, it sure looks like a barrel of fun. Since we

saw one of the machines at the Kyalami show, we have been

petitioning Yamaha to please allow us to ride or test the unit –

but all to no avail. We hear a rumour that maybe, maybe we’ll

get a ride/drive soon – but only the mayors of fun know when

that will be. In the interim, here are some lekker pics and a

few specs. Pricing is unconfirmed as of yet, but man-o-man,

the SXS wars are heating up…

New torque rich 3-cylinder 998cc DOHC engine.

Class leading acceleration and top speed .

Rally-style sequential 5-speed transmission .

On-Command 2WD/4WD/4WD Diff-Lock .

Aggressive and unique styling.

Stable and agile chassis with all

round protection.

Ultra-long travel Fox Podium

shocks.

Fighter pilot style cockpit

with supersport

instrumentation.

Get to your

local Yamaha

dealer with any

queries…

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Red Bull Braveman – The toughest 1 day Enduro in Africa?

Red Bull Braveman, touted as

the toughest one day enduro in

Africa, will again take place in

2016 on 2 & 3 September at the

Elisenheim Guest Farm 15km

outside Windhoek.

Riders from all over Namibia and

South Africa joined the battle

in 2015 to participate in either

Gold, Silver or Bronze Class.

This year, all of the classes

will need to ride with GPS. No

transponder system will be

used. For the first time, the

Red Bull Braveman has drawn

international attention in the

rider’s scene.

On Friday, 2nd September at

18:00 the Prologue will start at

Elisenheim Guest Farm where

participants will compete to

determine the starting order for

themain race. Each class will

battle individually. The adrenaline

pumping prologue draws many

spectators.

On Saturday, 3rd September

at 6:00 the main race will

commence to battle out who

is the bravest of them all on

an extreme track laid out

between the scenic Elisenheim

Mountains, Farm Hoffnung and

other land under the authority of

private farmers.

According to the route

designers, this year the Gold

track will be even more difficult

and will truly challenge the

professional riders.

In 2015 Wade Young from South

Africa took 1st prize for the 2nd

consecutive year in the Gold

class, Kirsten Landman, the only

female rider, won Silver Class

and Namibian Rider Olaf Pack

was crowned the winner of the

bronze class.

Dwayne Kleynhans conquered

the tough obstacle course with

the best lap time overall and

finished the Gold class closely

after Wade.

“A very exciting change to the

main race is our pit area. We

have shifted the pit area 2.5km

into the mountains on a hillside

with spectacular views of the

race, unlike we have ever had

before”, says Jacques Coetzer,

CEO of Interpack Namibia and

designer of the Braveman track.

Dirt and Trail Magazine will run a

full feature on the race when it’s

been run. Going to be epic!!

More details on the event under

www.interpackcc.com or on

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NEWS

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MMA fighter sponsored by Giant

Loop Luggage and Desert lizard

Up and coming Port Elizabeth MMA fighter, Reece van

der Merwe (PESFA), has been chosen to represent

South Africa in the IMMAF World Championships in

Las Vegas in July. On the 11th of June, along with

the MMA South Africa team, Reece was awarded his

South African colours.

Because he needs to pay his own way to Las Vegas,

Harold from Giant Loop Soft Luggage along with

Desert Lizard South Africa helped contribute to his trip.

Thank you Giant Loop for your generous support!

We wish Reece all the best for his upcoming

adventure!

One of our lot stopped in at most of the dealerships

in Maritzburg for a quick gander. Here are some of

Durban Dealers: the stores you can visit in that neck of the woods.

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Rocket racing PMB:

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Pinetown store. It’s a lekker little shop with

Mike (brother of Wild Will Gillit) and Wayne, two of

the most knowledgeable dirtbike people in the area.

Service, parts and sales of most things motorcycle,

but they do specialise in dirtbikes… (033)2643240

KTM Durban Opens:

There’s a new KTM dealer in Durban North at Shop

11, Park Boulevard 11 Brownsdrift Road, Umgeni

Park. A really top-class KTM dealership with all the

delectable orange machines on the floor. They have

stayed true to the KTM brand, by stocking and

sourcing genuine KTM Powerparts and Powerwear,

as well as associating themselveswith other

allied KTM partners, like RedBull and Kini. Wayne

O’Neale is in the workshop and Garth Monk is on

the counters. (031) 035 0090

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On just one set of Angel ST tyres

they covered a distance of 5,135

km at an average speed of 214

km/h in a tough 24H non stop trial

which proved the consistency and

the performance of ANGEL ST.

Pirelli tyres distributed by

www.bike-wise.co.za

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Durban Dealers:

One of our lot stopped in at most of the dealerships

in Maritzburg for a quick gander. Here are some of

the stores you can visit in that neck of the woods.

Midlands Bike Tyre News:

This friendly, busy shop in Maritzburg,

Natal specialises in supply and fitment of all

consumables, from Tyres, to pads, chains, helmets

and all the usual riding clobber. They are well

known for their great deals, services and stock

holdings. Marius and Gaynor Stander are the

people to talk to.

(033) 386-0679 / 083-229-7856

Ekerold Yamaha:

One of the best known Yammie dealers in PMB,

Ekerold Yamaha is headed up by the friendly

Chris Malan and team. It’s a quality concern with

professional workshop facilities, a great accessories

bar and a very neat showroom. Good selection of

new and used stock always on the floor.

(033) 3453503

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and dry ground.

Accessories Unlimited:

Headed up by Bernadette and Andre Kriel,

Accessories Unlimited in PMB is exactly what

its name implies, a large selection of all sorts of

motorcycling bits from helmets to tyes and more

delectable bolt on bits like bars, plastics pegs and

so-on. They also have a workshop and fitment

centre… (033) 3424480

Extreme machines:

Extreme machines is the official Kawasaki Parts

and service centre for the PMB area and surrounds.

They are scooter specialists with an amazing range

of parts and expertise on most scooter brands –

and they stock Sym, Big boy and Jonway scoots,

with the legendary Mervyn Koekemoer heading up

the workshop… (033)345-5597

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It takes you places!

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KTM 2017 ENDURO

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KTM has pulled the covers off

its complete range of 2017 EXC-F

and EXC enduro models, featuring

substantial updates across the board

that result in a lighter, stronger and

faster package that’s Ready to Race

regardless of your preferred choice.

KTM had three major development

targets when creating its brand new

era in off-road riding: Weight reduction

and centralisation of masses for better

rideability, improved performance and

power delivery, plus a new state-of-theart

appearance.

The massive range for 2017

includes a mixture of models, led in

the market by its 500, 450, 350 and

250 EXC-Fs, as well as the 300 and

250 EXCs. The 200 has been officially

discontinued.

On top of those, there’s the XC-W

range of a 125, 250 and 300. And then on

top of that, there’s the 450, 350 and 250

XC-F models. For those not familiar, these

are cross country bikes heavily based

upon the SX-F and SX range.

The lightweight chrome-moly steel

frame, the base of the MY17 enduro

series, features

increased torsional

rigidity by 20

percent thanks to

wider but lower

profiles for

the steering

triangle

combined

with hydro-formed side tubes, providing

more cornering and track stability.

In addition, the longitudinal stiffness

was reduced by 30 percent which results

in better absorption of the impact energy

from the suspension. Laterally attached,

lightweight engine head stays also

contribute to a reduced vibration level.

The brand new sub-frame is also

featured with a 20 percent weight saving

over the previous generation. Overall

the MY17 EXC frame is 350 grams

lighter than its predecessor and a full

kilogram lighter than that of the lightest

competitor’s frame.

To compliment the revised frame

design, the MY17 range features the

all-new WP XPlor 48 upside-down

fork, a split fork developed by WP in

close collaboration with KTM, featuring

springs on both sides and the damping

action is split between the fork legs –

compression is on the left side and

rebound is on the right.

The forks are easily adjusted

for compression and rebound by

twisting the individual dials on

top of the fork tubes (30 clicks

each). In addition, a longer and

sealed hydro-stop guarantees

better resistance against

bottoming-out.

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The new XPlor 48 forks with 300mm

of travel have weight savings of around

200grams over the previous generation

of forks. In addition, a new, optional

pre-load adjuster allows to quickly dial

up one of three different spring pre-load

settings without any tools.

To match the new XPlor fork, the

MY17 range features the newlydeveloped

WP XPlor rear shock,

which retains the signature

KTM PDS design where the

shock absorber is directly

connected to the upper-side

of the swingarm without a

linkage system.

The PDS’s been re-designed

with a new frame and

swingarm architecture in

mind. It boasts the best

possible mounting geometry, provides

even more progressive damping and

features an all-new shock absorber

body with a smaller piston and a larger

reservoir that’s positioned five millimetres

more central.

Ergonomically the seat height is

approximately 10-20mm lower than last

year, while reworked exhaust systems

across the range improves performance

despite being quieter and, again, are

mass centralised.

In addition, the new Lithium-Ion battery

is 1000g lighter with higher starting

safety, plus the newly-designed airbox

and intake snorkels result in better

performance. The new filter and filter

support system make filter changes

easier and safer.

Brakes have been upgraded with a

new front brake hose protection tube

with integrated channel for speedo cable,

there’s a new brake disc design made

by Galfer, and the new rear pedal is

10mm longer, with a 24mm brake caliper

piston rather than 26. They have ‘No-Dirt’

footpegs that are six millimetres higher

than the SX.

As we’ve come to expect from the

Austrian manufacturer, the KTM-designed

throttle assembly has been refined for

all models and the four-strokes have

different inserts for different opening

characteristics. There are also new lockon

grips made by ODI.

From this point we’ll get into the

specific models, starting with the 500

EXC-F and working our way down the

order through the four-strokes, into the

EXC two-strokes and then onto the XC

and Six Days editions.

DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE JULY 2016 31


500 EXC-F:

For 2017, the KTM 500 EXC-F boasts

notable weight savings for a higher-thanever

power to weight ratio.

At the same time, the enhanced mass

centralisation and geometry delivered by

an even more compact engine layout,

among others, makes for an increase in

rideability, which is absolutely essential

to convert the power into a true racing

benefit.

The 500 EXC-F’s fuel-injected engine

has been redesigned in order to make it

the most compact and lightweight 500

on the market, while still delivering strong

torque and power figures across the

entire rev range thanks to a revised single

overhead camshaft cylinder head and the

latest-generation electronic fuel injection.

450 EXC-F:

The MY17 450 EXC-F’s fuel-injected

SOHC powerhouse has been redesigned

with the aim of making it the most

compact and lightest 450 on the market,

while delivering great torque and power

figures over the entire rev range.

There’s a re-designed single overhead

camshaft cylinder head and the latest

Keihin Engine Management System with

electronic fuel injection featuring an allnew

42mm throttle body, a new feature

on all MY17 EXC-F models.

Thanks to its unique injector position,

the 450 EX-F is said to feature a more

direct response than ever before. At the

same time, an Euro IV homologation

makes clear the environmental

performance is also on par.

350 EXC-F:

For MY17 the 350 EXC-F has once again

been re-designed to be more compact

and lighter while delivering increased

torque and power across the entire rev

range. The new design featuring an

optimised shaft configuration makes the

engine 20mm shorter for added mass

centralisation and increased rideability.

A major benefit of the new design

is the weight reduction by which,

including the electric start system, is

down to 28.5kg, a 1.9kg decrease over

the previous model. Two overhead

camshafts activate friction-optimised

finger followers, now with a 30 percent

harder DLC coating. Their revised timing

is optimised for strong low-end torque.

Four lightweight titanium valves with

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new valve springs, retainers and highflow

ports maximise the flow rate for

a wide powerband and outstanding

performance across an impressive rev

range extending up to 12,000 rpm.

The completely new design of the diecast

engine case also allows for a much

more centralised shaft configuration,

moving the crankshaft closer to the bike’s

centre of gravity, while the clutch shaft

position has moved 11.1mm to the rear

and 26.9mm upwards.

This shortens the engine by two

centimetres, contributing to the handling

benefits of increased mass centralisation.

Newly designed engine covers also

feature an advanced surface structure in

order to reduce the wear caused by the

rider’s boots.

The 350 EXC-F’s updated crankshaft

employs a six millimetre shorter

connecting rod, which also contributes

to the compact and lightweight engine

layout as well as the responsive power

delivery.

250 EXC-F:

The MY17 250 EXC-F DOHC engine has

been redesigned to be more compact

and feature further weight improvements,

while delivering class-leading torque

and power figures across the board. Its

foundation shares many of the same

updates and components with the 350

EXC-F engine and enjoys class leading

performance with plenty of torque thanks

to its advanced fuel injection system.

The centrepiece of the compact DOHC

250 is its cutting-edge cylinder head. Its

twin overhead camshafts shed another

150 grams for MY17 and the frictionoptimised

finger followers receive a 30

percent harder DLC coating along with a

revised valve drive.

Four light-weight titanium valves

and high-flow ports maximise the flow

rate for an optimal power delivery and

outstanding performance across the rev

range that reaches up to 12,800 rpm.

The new 250 EXC-F, like its 2017 EXC-F

counterparts, also features KTM’s

‘No Dirt’ footpegs which have been

placed 6mm higher than the SX

versions for increased ground

clearance.

Stiffer radiators are also featured

for increased durability. An 8.5

litre fuel tank features across the

range for long journeys and a

new seat design, new air box design,

updated body work and plastics, Neken

handlebars and revised speedometer

have also been fitted.

250/300 EXC:

For MY17, KTM has continued their

commitment to two-stroke technology

by re-designing their 250cc and 300cc

powerplants. An all-new design with a

new shaft arrangement ensures improved

mass centralisation.

There is a new cylinder with a twinvalve

controlled power valve, a new

counter balance shaft and both the 250

& 300 feature a newly developed cylinder

with a bore of 66.4mm (250 EXC) and

72mm (300 EXC) with all-new ports.

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This system features a sophisticated

mechanism for the lateral support

exhaust ports, providing smooth and

controllable power on tap at all times.

The crankshaft’s 72mm stroke remains

the same, but otherwise, the component

has been fully re-designed, which

includes re-balancing and setting it up

with a counter balance shaft against

vibrations.

Compared to the SX range, it has more

inertia due to a heavier ignition rotor.

This helps the rider remain smooth and

roll on the power for maximum traction

in difficult conditions. The 250 and 300

two-stroke engine is equipped with a

new electric starter located below the

engine. Compared to previous models,

the new starter system is less complex

and more reliable.

125/150/300 XC-W:

For 2017 the 125 EXC has been replaced

by the new 125 XC-W, which features

all of the latest chassis and engine

technology of the larger EXC models, but

without any homologation features or

power restrictions.

The ‘XC’ stands for cross country,

while the ‘W’ signifies a wide-ratio enduro

gear box. Otherwise, these bikes are

still largely based on the EXC models,

retaining the same type of chassis

hardware as well as the latest engine

technology.

Being very similar to the EXC models,

the main difference is that they are

not street-legal as they do not comply

with current homologation rules from

the outset – the XC-Ws are defined for

closed-course competition use only.

There are also XC-W 150 and 300 models

available in limited numbers.

KTM-designed lightweight die-cast

engine cases featuring a high crankshaft

and clutch shaft position, located close

to the centre of gravity, which results in

a tight mass centralisation for improved

rideability.

In addition, the engine body is

extremely lightweight and compact, while

still able to house an optional electric

starter. The newly designed engine covers

also feature an advanced, highly durable

new surface structure in order to reduce

the wear caused by the riders boots.

Increased power and impressive

amounts of torque across a wide power

band have been achieved in this new

design which has been packaged in an

extremely compact layout that is two

kilograms lighter than the previous model.

450/350/250 XC-F and 300/250 XC:

KTM will also have on offer the XC-F and

XC cross country variants, with a mixture

of off-road and motocross features,

including the 450 XC-F, 350 XC-F, 250

XC-F four-strokes, as well as the XC 300

and XC 250 two-strokes.

These are largely based off the MY17

SX-F and SX range, including the new

and highly anticipated WP AER 48

front fork, as well as Traction Control

and Launch Control. There’s also an

assortment of cross country features

including revised transmissions, fuel tank

sizing, side-stand, wheel sizing and more.

Six Days:

In addition to the new cross country XC

range, KTM will also offer the popular

Six Days range of motorcycles, which

includes various models from across the

MY17 line-up.

The Six Days range is based largely off

the EXC range featuring the same WP

XPlor 48 upside-down fork along with a

predominately white colour scheme and

select features aimed at extended lengths

of time out on the trail.

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The bikes are here but we have yet to

get our mitts on to it. Next month we’ll

do a full local test, but in the interim –

here’s a teaser…

Triumph’s big three-cylinder ADV get

big updates.

The English Society for the Preservation

of Letters warned last night that national

stocks of X, C and R were critically low.

“If this goes on, people will be diving

ars, the banks will un out of ash and we’ll

have nothing to mark the spot with,” said

ESPL president Roger Witherspoon, a

retired librarian from Tunbridge Wells. “Not

to mention the implications for Scrabble.”

“And it’s all Triumph’s fault. First they

introduced the Tiger 800 XC, XCx, XR and

XRx, and now they’ve come up with the

Explorer XC, XCx, XR, XCA, XRx and XRT.”

Triumph have been producing a bike

called a Tiger since 1937 or so, and

while it has morphed a lot over that

time,(thank goodness) it has always had

an adventurous travel quality. Ted Simon

wrote Jupiter’s Travels about his ride

around the world on his Tiger, so one

could understand if Triumph didn’t want to

take any risks with such an iconic name.

Instead, they have done something that

could be seen as bold, by adding more

electronic features and integrating them

at a deeper level than any Triumph model

before (and indeed, on the cutting edge

for any brand). These electronics aren’t

peripheral gimmicks, they are at the heart

of the bike, so if Triumph got it wrong,

they risked tainting a name that carries a

lot of heritage.

The hard parts of the bike, including

frame, engine and ergonomics, are all

updated from the previous version,

but the big changes start with the

suspension. Triumph is now using WP

suspension, and while WP is owned by

KTM and the components look similar

to those on a 1290 Adventure from the

outside, Triumph is responsible for its

own chassis development and has taken

a very different approach compared to

KTM for tuning. Additionally, they have

worked with Continental to develop

an IMU (inertial measuring unit) that

manages cornering ABS, traction control,

and the electronic suspension actively

on the versions that come so equipped.

Within this same control scheme,

they have added a layer of engine

management via throttle-by-wire that

allows them to give very different engine

characteristics in different modes.

There are not many options to select

on the Tiger Explorer–instead Triumph

offers tiered trim variations; packages

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that can be interpreted as basic, mid-level, and

fully equipped. The more street oriented bikes

with cast wheels are called XRs (base XR, mid

XRx, and topshelf XRa), and the more off-road

friendly spoked-wheel version XC (XCx mid

and XCa top).

To date, the Spoked XCX and the XCA are

here, with the mag shod XRX and XRT on their

way soon.

All have the full complement of electronics,

which is probably the biggest news. The

XR and XC lines share suspension, wheel

sizes (19 in. front, 17 in. rear), engine output,

and so on. So for a buyer, the decision will

probably come down to which version the

dealer has in stock and which wheel type is

more appealing for the buyer’s intended riding

terrain.

On models equipped with electronic

suspension, the bike has nine on-road and

nine off-road suspension presets, ranging from

Comfort on the soft end, to Sport on the firm

end. The adjustment is made by a solenoid

acting on the shim pack, so these are not

simple clicker bleed adjustments, but rather,

completely different damping curves for each

setting.

In addition to the suspension settings, there

are electronic settings for engine output,

throttle response, traction control, and ABS.

In theory, there are hundreds of possible

combinations between all these settings, and it

is easy to imagine getting lost. But in practice,

this is unlikely. Triumph has recognized that

there are really only a few combos that make

sense and they have grouped them into modes

(Sport, Road, Rain, Off-road, and Rider).

So, for example, Sport mode has sharp

throttle response, ABS and TC with less

intervention, and stiffer suspension. Road

mode moderates each of these settings

somewhat, and Rain mode softens them

again and cuts the engine output back to

100 horsepower to reduce the chance of

wheelspin. Off-road mode allows the rear

brake to be locked while allowing more

aggressive ABS on loose surfaces, and limits

output. Rider mode is a wildcard that allows

the owner to customize each and every aspect

as desired.

Within each ride mode, the rider has an

option to tune suspension settings on the fly.

At a stop, one can toggle into the menus and

change all preferences within the mode. These

preferences are durable, so it will remember

after you switch the bike off and back on what

you like in each mode.

If your eyes are glazing over, ours are too.

But they tell us that once you are out on the

road, it all makes sense, and doesn’t distract

from the riding experience. It sounds like

Triumph have taken the right approach in

allowing the rider access to all the finer details,

but curating them into usable groups that truly

improve the function of the bike without being

distracting or gimmicky.

Triumph refers to these bikes as a

transcontinental bike – something that would be

used not only on fun roads at a destination but

as a mile-eater to get there.

We’ve booked one From Triumph SA for a

proper test in the next issue. We’ll give you our

ride impressions. We love the 800XCX. The

previous Explorer is great but it is definitely

more of a road oriented machine, it will be very

interesting to see whether they have managed

to build a true blue big adventure bike…

Watch this space…

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Standard Equipment

· Superior active safety with Optimised

Cornering ABS and Traction Control

· 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit

· Triumph Semi Active Suspension (TSAS) with

WP forks and RSU

· Dedicated Off-Road Riding Mode

· Cruise Control

· Advanced On Board computer

· Self-cancelling LED indicators

· Heated Grips

· Hand Guards

· Additional 12V Power Socket

· Aluminium sump guard

· Engine Protection Bars

· Stainless radiator guard

Additional to Tiger Explorer XCA

· Hill Hold Control system

· Two extra Riding Modes - the dynamic Sport

and the fully customizable Rider

· Electrically adjustable Touring screen

· LED auxiliary fog lights

· Heated rider and passenger seat

· Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

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· Pannier rails ready for Triumph Adventure

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WER

D u c a t i M u l t i s t r a d a E n d u r o

PACKAGE

Superbike power in a cross-country package

A few years ago, we had the opportunity to ride

the more road oriented Ducati Multistrada that we

borrowed for a day from Moto Frisoli in Edenvale.

At the time, the bike was significantly more

expensive than any other adventure-ish machine

out there - and we were a tad nervous about

taking it anywhere that might cause bodily harm.

This one is a proper adventure bike.

Over the past 15 years or so “niche” brands,

like Ducati, MV Agusta and KTM have gradually

joined their European counterpart BMW to

become mainstream players in the motorcycle

industry. It is interesting to note the same process

has taken place with many of the exotic car

brands. Lamborghini in particular springs to mind

because it and Ducati are now part of the VW-

Audi-Porsche stable.

With the launch of the new Ducati Multistrada

Enduro, Ducati has released a bike that is just

about on a Par with the cost of the other big

adventure bikes out there. We have to make

mention of the fact that Ducati JHB is one of the

very few importers who have just about every

bike available for demo purposes. Bums in seats

sells bikes. Well done chaps. They gave us the

Multistrada 1200 enduro for a day and we rode

the wheels off the thing.

So what makes this different to the regular

Multistrada?

Well - according to Ducati, the Multistrada

1200 Enduro has 266 all new parts, and that

excludes the nuts and bolts. The gearbox gets

a more off-road friendly final gearing and new

mapping. The new suspension is tuned for offroad

riding, with 30mm more travel front and rear.

The front Axle has been off-set, which gives the

bike an additional degree of rake and four more

millimetres of trail. The single sided swingarm is

gone, exchanged for a beefier double sided unit

with a new hub and redesigned rear brake system.

All just for you adventure fundi’s.

You’ll find a 17 inch spoked wheel out back

with a 19 inch front, shod in the Pirelli Scorpion

Rally Tyre. The wheels have traditional spokes,

laced like BMW so that the wheels can use

tubeless tyres. One feature that caught our eye

was the absolutely gorgeous wheel hubs which

are cast alloy and are intricately machined for

lightness without compromising strength. If you

are wondering how anyone could spend time

admiring a wheel-hub, take a moment to look

at the hubs on the next Multistrada you come

across. Only Italians could have done this. Fuel

capacity has been bumped up to 30 litres -

perfect for long distances. We managed to ride

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out a whole tank, in excess of

300kms’s but sorry chaps for

some reason we did not get

exact smileage.

So how does all this

technical effort translate into

performance on the road?

For a start the Ducati’s new

owners must have persuaded

the Italian R&D department to

actually go and buy one each

of the competitors’ bikes and

find out how they go about

their business. In the past

Ducati Multistrada’s have

been quite different to most

adventure bikes and often not

really competitive with the likes

of BMW’s GS range. Ducati’s

new Multistrada changes all

that. This bike takes on the

best, and more. It has the

comfort of the big BMW, the

performance of most of the

KTM’s and added to all of

this it has style! Italians make

gorgeous bikes and cars, and

the Multistrada is no exception.

Initial impressions:

Collecting the bike, we

realised that few bikes are

as beautifully crafted as this

one. Only the Eyeties would

get away with some of the

innovations that they have

included, but it’s a head turner

from every angle. In the flesh,

well although beauty is in

the eye of the beholder, it is

absolutely stunning. In a snap

survey amongst as many

motorcyclists as we could

find gathered on a Sunday

breakfast run, most of them

agreed. Ducati does not seem

to do mass production. Things

that might look odd on a Jap

bike look right at home on this

one - from the strange stubby

pipe, to the brushed aluminium

tank covers, the attention to

detail is pretty awesome.

This is no lightweight.

When we fetched, we were

immediately given a sense of

- well bigness. From the wide

seat, to the protective faring,

this bike is on a par in size with

BMW’s 1200 Adventure.

Climbing aboard, we were

impressed that the seat height

is not ridiculous - and you get

a sense of sitting in the bike

rather than on it. The large

tank wraps around the front

of your knees. Wide bars give

you control and the simple,

adjustable screen offers

excellent wind protection.

The LED display is huge and

easy to read - and switching

through all of the electronics

(There are lots of those) is

all a pretty simple affair. The

Ducati Multistrada features all

the electronics we have come

to expect on modern high

performance Adventure bikes.

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It has several levels of traction

control, ABS, three different

performance maps, heated grips

and a remote key system. (There

is no keyhole for the ignition key,

you keep it in your pocket and

simply press an “on” button and

then the starter once the bike has

come to life.) All of these systems

are controlled by handlebar

switches, and all work whilst the

bike is on the move (except of

course the start button!) The Ducati

has the best instrument cluster

and selector switch for all this

electronic trickery… it is positioned

perfectly for quick reference and

all the electronic choices are

very easy to select. Every bit of

information is easy to understand

with just a quick glance, which

must add to the safety factor. We

have ridden bikes where a degree

is needed to select anything,

and trying to follow the selection

process on the instruments means

taking your eyes of the road for a

dangerously long time.

Having not ridden any form

of Ducati for a few years made

this bike especially intriguing to

us - how would a brand famous

for their road bikes fare with their

adventure offering. At a standstill,

the bike did feel rather large and

heavy...

Hit the starter... man there is

something just so unique about

the sound that a snarling Ducati

makes. It’s a proper roar emitted

through the beautifully crafted

stubby pipe - not overly loud, but

unmistakeably Ducati.

Snick her into gear and muscle

her around. At standstill she felt a

tad top heavy, but this went away

as soon as the wheels started

turning. Talking of wheels, these

spoked units were shod in very

off-roady Pirelli rubber. The tyres

were pretty noisy on the tar and

we reckon that they won’t last too

long. We would probably opt for

a more road oriented tyre for any

bike like this.

Making our way down the manic

(read heavily congested, suicidal

taxi operators and general I don’t

give a damn Joburg Traffic) William

Nicol drive, you get a sense of

indestructability as you roar along.

Yup it’s big, but it’s also pretty

nimble, with 160BHP on tap for

you to play with. The engine is a

90 degree 1200cc V twin derived

from the very successful Panigale

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superbike. It features Ducati’s patented

desmodromic valve system (don’t worry

what this is, just take it from us, it works

and helps this engine make serious

power and torque at any speed).

Hit the freeway and this is where the

Ducati starts to show its racing pedigree.

There is something quite raw about

the Ducati engine – it’s perhaps not as

refined as some of the big bore offerings

out there - but we like that. The rider is

ensconced in a bubble as you open the

throttle and she leaps forward to eat

up the kilometres. Best you watch out

though, the fuzz is just waiting for bikes

like this. It does not feel as fast as it

really is and before you know it you are

blitzing along at Mach 4. Best to set the

cruise control to 125kph odd and be a

responsible citizen. The combination of

shape, width and firmness is excellent,

and makes long hours on the move easy

to cope with.

Damn there’s lots to do today - but

what the heck – let’s take the long way

round. Hit a route for over Fishers Hill

where we used to go and look over

the lights of JHB with our favourite

girlfriends... Times they are a-changing,

Fishers Hill is all fenced in now - nowhere

to stop and take a snap... real shame,

but the twisties are still super cool as you

open the throttle and imagine that you

are Carl Fogarty.

The seat is comfortable - but there is

a bit of engine heat radiating through.

Fine for winter, but we’ll check it out

again in summer. The screen offers great

protection and can be adjusted up or

down on the fly via a clever clip system.

Heading for home in the evening, the

lights cut a swathe showing the way. One

of the coolest bikes we’ve ridden this

year... Tomorrow its off-road time...

Day 2 saw us in the dirt.

Guys we are going to say this... You

need to ride this bike to understand how

good it is in the dirt. The suspension

and handling is simply superb. We are

not sure how Ducati has achieved this

but, despite the size of this machine, we

literally hurled it around on the tracks and

trails on some of our favourite haunts.

Every time we hit a little lurker or rocky

piece, we kinda waited for things to go

wrong - and they didn’t...

On good gravel, it is

tremendous, excitingly powerful

and really stable. On the small

single spoors, we threaded

our way over small rocky

pieces through the veld and the

bike felt perfectly at home with

the Pirelli tyres finding great traction. And

standing is perfectly natural, with the

rubber mounted bars helping to absorb

the lurkers.

When we started getting airborne, the

editor of this here publication decided

that it was perhaps time to call it a day.

Quit while we’re ahead. It’s easy to

forget that you are actually on a massive

adventure machine.

Conclusions:

Adventure aficionados, this bike is

simply amazing. We love the rawness of

the Ducati engine. We love the overall

distance comfort and we are blown away

by how good this bike is off the beaten

tracks. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea -

we’ve often been quoted that the big

adventure machines are simply too big

for the kind of riding that we enjoy.

But man - oh man - if you are into the

whole big Adventure phenomenon, best

you go and ride one.

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ADVENTURE

ADVENTURE BIKING AT

OPPIDAM.

AN MPUMALANGA GEM

Mpumalanga’s rolling green hills and

winding roads are my favourite riding

ground, so when Rassie Schoeman

invited me and a few friends to recce

his new resort on Vygeboom Dam

near Badplaas, I grabbed my phone

and started dialing. Within minutes

riding stalwarts Rodger Gannaway and

Arne Herz had signed on, whereafter

Frans Havinga agreed to represent the

BMW Central Region Motorrad Club.

They’re always looking for new places

to visit, so Frans’s role was to evaluate

Oppidam’s potential for his club.

An early Friday morning exit through

Springs and on to Devon, then Leandra

saw us riding past huge fields of

cosmos, before we reached the coal

and power station belt near Kriel. Here

we deflated our tyres for the dirt and

potholed tarmac to come. Fortunately

cool morning air kept the sand firm,

not fluffy, so we arrived in Carolina

unscathed, but in serious need of a

protein and sucrose top-up. Messrs

Wimpy and Coca Cola soon sorted

that out, after which we toured happily

down to Badplaas, where Rodger’s

gal Jenny met us in their Toyota

grondbuster. From there it was a quick

ten kilometer trip on the R38 past the

turnoff to Swaziland and the R541 to

Waterval Boven, before Vygeboom

Dam’s turnoff appeared on our left.

A bit of sand dancing saw us safely

around the dam to Rassie’s place,

where a warm welcome, comfortable,

homely accommodation and delicious

supper awaited us.

by PATRICK MOORE

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Too much power and the wrong

back tyre sees Rodger down

Bromberg looms over

Vygeboom Dam

Rassie’s Oppidam setup can

accommodate up to eighty guests

in a combination of houses, modern

caravans, luxury tents and even

houseboats, while his well stocked

shop will supply you with world

class, carefully matured steak and

lots of other goodies too, for your

stay. He’ll also be stocking spare

tubes, tyres, clutch cables and

other biking essentials, while his

fully equipped workshop will make

light work of any repairs required, as

Arne discovered.

Saturday morning saw us up

early for a motorized assault on

the looming Bromberg, which

towers over the road to Waterval

Boven like a sleeping sphinx.

Underground activity causes it to

rumble periodically, hence its name,

so I checked my XT’s ejector seat

thoroughly before setting off, just in

case a rapid exit became necessary.

Luckily the mountain was quiet that

morning, but our bikes certainly

weren’t as we revved, wheelspun,

slipped and slithered over its grassy,

rubble strewn surface. Eventually

a combination of my XT’s pulling

power, a soft Metzeller Karoo 3

back tyre, luck and determination

allowed me to scramble and claw

my way up to Bromberg’s summit,

where I collapsed on a sunny

rock, surrounded by superb views

of Vygeboom Dam and a distant

Swaziland border.

Copious water and several

glucose tablets later I’d recovered

enough to resume my journey

on up the trail, to a mini plateau,

where weathered surrounding

rocks reminded me of the upland

scenes from the Lord of the Rings

movie. Fortunately there weren’t

any marauding mountain trolls

around, so I resumed the trail up

an old firebreak and over some

gnarly rocks, until a heathery section

started taking me westwards, away

from my friends and civilisation.

Bromberg scenery

The trail back down Bromberg

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Arne fixing his Dakar in

Rassie’s workshop

Oppidam house

On the way up Bromberg

Exploring further was definitely a job for

another day, so I executed a smart about

turn and slid my way back down Bromberg

over millions of loose rocks, to where

Rassie and my mates were waiting.

Debriefing over, we headed for the

nearby Badplaas resort and Nature

Reserve, where Rassie’s quad tour

manager Steve Hands was waiting.

Steve’s an ex headmaster, so we all

listened carefully when he explained

the drill, then followed him quietly into

the reserve itself. Quad mounted Jenny

photographed us as we idled gently

past herds of blesbok, hartebees, eland,

impala, buffalo and a lone giraffe, then

pulled up for a breather at a beautiful new

bass dam. Time constraints prevented us

from exploring the reserve’s remoter areas,

but we’d seen enough for Frans to agree

that his dirt newbie Club members would

enjoy the experience too, then headed

back to Oppidam for a special treat.

Houseboats are new to me, but as

soon as we stepped on board one of

Rassie’s ten seaters I felt comfortable in

its stable embrace. Several cold Amstels,

plenty of delicious snacks, good music

and a glowing sunset, followed by a star

shot night sky, eased us into moods of

mellow contentment that made even our

aches feel good. Fine booze, excellent

company and a remarkable environment

were followed by a feast of gargantuan

proportions, prepared by Rassie’s wife

Valerie’s own fair hands. I’ve eaten some

great steaks, but Valerie’s butcher’s

carefully matured and perfectly braaied

specimens were simply sublime – real

melt in your mouth perfection….available

from Oppidam’s store too when you

visit. Several hours later we all staggered

and rolled off to our comfortable beds,

having enjoyed food and hospitality fit

for the gods, from two of the best hosts

that anyone could ever wish to meet. I

slept exceptionally well that night, as the

outstanding food and drink eased away

the aches and pains that were the price of

conquering Bromberg.

Sunday morning saw Frans slabbing

it home to his family, happy that my

promises about Oppidam’s potential

for BMW Club visits were true. Arne,

Rodger and I decided to take the long

way back, so after thanking Rassie and

Valerie for their wonderful care, we headed

off eastwards towards Barberton. At

Nelshoogte we turned left onto a rough

4WD only track, that took us through

forests and across rivers to the Nkomati

Mine. Rodger’s GPS saved us from

a serious detour or two as there are

plenty of forks in the trail, but very few

signboards,……. rather like life itself.

Out of Nkomati Mine the tarmac twisties

were simply superb, until we turned right

down the dirt road to Waterval Boven.

Three years have elapsed since I was last

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GS1200, XT660 and reserve bokke

on it, during which time nature’s been

busy, but the roads department definitely

hasn’t. Crater like ruts, rocks and swampy

mud runs were the order of the day as we

picked our way along, with relative newbie

Arne getting an excellent opportunity to

practice his recently acquired riding skills.

The view overlooking Waterval Boven

made it all worthwhile however, as Rodger

and I basked in it and the warm sunshine

of a late Highveld summer. A fill up down

below gave Rodger the opportunity to

confirm that Jenny was safely home, then

he and Arne slabbed it back along the

toll road, while I sniffed out some more

excellent dirt to Belfast, before jumping

onto the hard stuff too.

Thumpers don’t make the best tarmac

cruisers, but a reupholstered saddle eased

my way back home to the wife and dogs,

followed by one of her tasty chicken

suppers. Relaxing in a warm bath gave

me the opportunity to reflect once more,

about how people like Rassie and Valerie

make ours the best adventure biking

country in the world, so if you also want

to enjoy a sublime break at Oppidam, just

call Valerie on 082 458 5713 to arrange

your booking…

The resort is at S57 52’7” E30 36’49”

and there’s lots of watersport stuff to do

as well as the biking. Children are most

welcome, grandparents too and you

can even bring your boat or fly down to

the airstrip nearby. Dirt bikes are NOT

welcome however, but you can always hire

some of the fleet of family friendly quads

there for a bumble around, or a trip up

Bromberg itself.

Taking on Bromberg bikewise can be

arranged through Rassie himself, but

please fit good semi knobblies, wear

proper safety kit and have a full hydration

pack too. Successful riders will receive

appropriate recognition as well as a

special steak supper.

RIDE SAFELY AND ENJOY YOURSELF

PATRICK MOORE

The manne at Badplaas waterfall

Where we stayed at Oppidam

Rassie at the houseboat’s helm

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WINTERTON

NATIONAL

ENDURO

Riders braved the elements as the Liquorland National Enduro

Championship made its way to a cold, wet, windy and

muddy Port Elizabeth at the weekend.

The provisional top five were Travis Teasdale, Wade Young, Brett

Swanepoel, Altus de Wet and Scott Bouverie.

We arrived in PE the friendly City on Thursday morning. We were

fortunate enough to stay at the Protea Marine on the beachfront

with an amazing view of the beach. No time to sight see we met with

Darren Bishop of Rover Motorcycle Club and partner of Race Control;

immediately we all got stuck into finishing touches on what was

set to be the best round of the Liquorland National Enduro Series to

date.

With a cancellation after no results in Heidelberg collectively we had

our hands full, we had to pull together in all ways possible to make

sure we had what the Winterberg is known for – one of the best and

most historic events on the South African Enduro Championship

calendar.

Set at the Oval out on the Mission Road, a perfect setting for what

was to be a brilliant National Enduro. One problem was trying to

put tent pegs in the ground; when you call for a Jack Hammer from

Talisman Hire in PE you know the natural soil is like concrete.

Teams arrived with drills and long drill bits ready to drill holes prior

to hammering tent pegs. Funny at first, but no joke when pits are the

forefront of any team or racer.

Thursday night the wind picked up in true traditional PE fashion,

it was howling like a wolf calling its pack for a hunt of the “Prize”,

synonymous with the riders in transit to race at the historic Winterberg

for their fight for the prize. Then early morning rain started, the

start of what was to come for the riders on Saturday being “D-day”.

Wet, cold, windy and muddy conditions did not make it an easy task

for organisers, pit crew and riders.

The excitement was imminent at riders registration; riders had the

sense of peace that their previous worries of no result was in the

past. Race Control came to the party after a previous let down of

no results at the Heidelberg National which after all had the results

cancelled, calling the event a non-championship round. With the

negatives behind us we were ready to race.

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The Rover Club had worked hard to pull everything together

to make sure that Round 2 was a great success, Powasol Events

in support as Race Promoters and Race Control as the Timing

Team.

Cold, wet, windy and muddy – that was the challenge ahead for

the riders, beside for an amazing faultless track put together

by Track Director Scott Woods riders were in for a race to be

remembered.

We started at 8am sharp with these top 20 riders

lined up and ready to twist the throttle in batches

of two per row.

Riders sped off under the Liquorland Arch

and head into a well prepared Regularity

then the start of the first Special – an

Extreme Special of 2.8Klms. Here, riders

experienced the full extent of the wet,

muddy conditions. Slippery rocks and

clay off camber sections caused some testing

times as the day progressed.

Special 2 was the Enduro Special, set in pure

Winterberg fashion – rocky climbs, slippery ups and

downs and single track. Special 3 was the Cross Special

set near the finish line – a neatly prepared track with a

grass section and a quarry with some man made obstacles.

Riders were enjoying the track.

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RESULTS

CLUB OPEN

1 104 : Tim Young

2 D1 : Juan Van Rooyen

3 217 : Max Jordaan

4 37 : Dale Stock

5 E116 : Andrew Wren

CLUB SENIORS

1 C293 : Brenton Von Waltsleben

2 707 : Cj Basson

3 E175 : Gary Thomas

CLUB SILVER

1 949 : Johan Van Eyk

2 C862 : Kyle-Ross Rehse

3 C839 : Philippe Lapere

4 C161 : Jacques Pieterse

5 C360 : Leon Lochner

NATIONAL E1

1 111 : Brett Swanepoel

2 771 : Scott Bouverie

3 77 : Kyle Flanagan

4 E118 : Mauritz Meiring

5 E11 : Eduan Bester

NATIONAL E2

1 E1 : Travis Teasdale

2 55 : Wade Young

3 166 : Altus De Wet

4 1 : Kenny Gilbert

5 E717 : Richie Van Der Westhuizen

NATIONAL HIGHSCHOOL

1 E121 : Calvin Hume

2 217 : Max Jordaan

3 E41 : Stefan Van Deventer

4 E477 : Matthew Green

national master

1 E31 : Hilton Hayward

2 E32 : Denzil Torlage

3 24 : Justin Broughton

4 540 : Garth Prost

5 598 : Warner Trimmer

national senior

1 E22 : Bruce May

2 63 : Wynand Kleynhans

3 340 : William Gillitt

4 E52 : Graham Hedgcock

5 D1 : Juan Van Rooyen

national silver

1 E117 : Kirsten Landman

2 328 : Sonwabile Eddie Mdodana

3 880 : Matthew Van Niekerk

4 494 : Dirk Olivier

5 782 : Francois Aucamp

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MX

RACING

Written by Mark Sangster.

Photos by Brodalka Photography.

PICS BY ZYGMUND BRODOLKA

Anthony Raynard

H I G H F L Y I N G I N

THE FREESTATE

Fitz-Gerald takes control of SA National MX Champs in Bloemfontein.

Bloemfontein, Saturday 28 May – During a

very consistent race day, Kerim Fitz-Gerald

enjoyed great starts and amazing finishes to

take both the MX1 and MX2 divisions in fine

style. It was a perfect day for competing,

with the morning coolness soon offset by

the nice afternoon warmth, and the great

BORC track that was tacky all day, despite

the dryness. Fitz-Gerald had obviously been

training hard, and was determined to regain

his form at this event. His hard work and

competitive edge came through as he put in

an excellent day’s work on the track.

In the second MX2 heat it was quite the

tussle between Kerim, Anthony Raynard

and Tristan Purdon. It was hometown rider

Johan Vogelesang who got the holeshot, and

started off the heat in the lead for the first

few laps, which was a great moment for the

local rider. Ant then snuck into the lead and

managed to stay ahead for a few laps before

Tristan came out of nowhere to take the

lead from him. He managed to hold the lead

for the rest of the race, and looked like he

was heading for victory before Kerim snuck

past him on the outside on one of the last

corners for an exciting win.

“I wasn’t feeling so good at practice, and the

track felt a bit thick, so I was a bit surprised

at getting pole position, but I really wanted

to be there, you know, I was excited to be

in Bloem,” said Fitz-Gerald. “I got good

starts in my MX1 races, and Ant and I were

yoyo-ing back and forth up front, but I

managed to get through a little bit quicker

than him. In the MX2 races I also got two

really good starts and controlled the races

from the offset. I was really happy with my

performance on the day.”

The MX1 division saw Fitz-Gerald

dominating from the start, along with

Anthony Raynard, but Kerim proved his

superiority and form to keep Ant at bay

throughout, putting down two division wins

for the day.

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Raynard posted pocket 3rd places in both

the MX1 and MX2 divisions, which saw him

retain the lead in MX2, and sneak ahead of

Neville Bradshaw in MX1, to place him as

points leader in both MX1 and MX2 going

into the next event.

Ian Topliss was back to his comfortable spot

up front of the MX3 divisions, where he took

both heats with comfortable leads. Ryan

Hunt was in the chase throughout, as was

Brett Bircher, but Topliss managed to stave

them off for the win.

In the MX Ladies division it was once again

all about Brittany Cuthbert, who stayed out

front all day pretty much. Nanda Clows and

Toni Jardine chased her hard, but neither of

them was quick enough to get into the lead.

In the 125 High School Division Marco De

Vrye was looking like a winner, and held

onto the lead for most of the 2nd heat with

ease. Slade Smith however managed to

close the gap with some smooth riding and

shot into the lead while De Vrye ran out of

steam and fell back a few places to take

third behind Smith and Keegan Hickson-

Mahony in second.

A massive turnout and some great racing

made for a very special day and a great

welcome back into the SA Nationals for

Richie van der

Westhuizen MX 1

Bloemfontein. The BORC track impressed

all, and was well maintained throughout

the day.

The next event in the Monster Energy TRP

Distributors SA National MX Champs is set

to take place at Syringa, Muldersdrift SA

on 2 July.

Johan Vogelesang

MX 2

Neil van der

Vyver 50cc Pro

Camdon M cllelan

FINAL RESULTS:

MX1

1. Kerim Fitz-Gerald

2. Sacha Naude

3. Anthony Raynard

MX2

1. Kerim Fitz-Gerald

2. Tristan Purdon

3. Anthony Raynard

MX3

1. Ian Topliss

2. Ryan Hunt

3. Brett Bircher

HIGH SCHOOL

1. Slade Smith

2. Keegan Hickson-

Mahony

3. Marco De Vrye

LADIES

1. Brittany Cuthbert

2. Toni Jardine

3. Nanda Clowes

Kerim Fitz-Gerld MX 2

SENIOR SUPPORT

1. Bevan Christie

2. Jay van der Walt

3. Mason Buist

85CC JUNIORS

1. Jonathan Mimi

2. Ike Klaasen

3. Hayden Tully

PRO MINI

1. Cameron Durow

2. Camden Mc

Lellan

3. Dalton Venter

50CC

1. Neil van der Vyver

2. Jordan Van Wyk

3. Kyle Townsend

65CC

1. Hayden Tully

2. Daiyaan Manuel

3. Blake Young

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3oo’s

two gre

ADVENTURE

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at

Let’s face it. Most of the time when you see a Sherco, its busy battling

its way up some gnarly slope or a rocky gully, usually in the hands of an

extreme rider like Wade Young , or it’s flying through the air in the hands

of young Kyle Flanagan. We thought we’d borrow them and take them

for an everyday outride like most of us mere mortals enjoy.

The bikes:

Toyscom had two of these sexy blue numbers available for us to put

through their paces, the very Svelte 2016 6-day 300 two stroke, and a

very clean 2015 300 four stroke SEF-R. We’d ridden both before but we

thought it might be a nice plan to compare 2 to 4-stroke - and of course,

the excuse to swing our legs over one of the most exotic brands on the

planet did not do any harm to the plan.

The six day is equipped trick Brembo brakes. It comes with a

performance FMF full system and a special gripper seat. Naturally it also

boasts a trick decal set.

We were hosting a ride, so we used the bikes to go out and check the

markers, make sure that everything was rideable and - generally have a

good time. The route incorporated everything, from fast flowing trails to

deep muddy rivers - and there was even a short rock hoppers section

chucked in for the Roof Of Africa type riders. Bottom line - we rode

the wheels off both of these bikes and were able to test them in every

concievable condition.

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Marking trails is a trying task on a big

cc bike. Just when you get going, you

have to stop to put up a marker - so the

constant start, stop puts a bit of pressure

on the bikes in terms of heat and starting.

Despite the fact that neither bike has a

kick-starter, both Sherco’s were flawless,

the batteries never ran down, and we

did not experience any overheating. The

four-strokes fan quietly kicked on and off

for the duration. We never had the two

strokes fan kick in.

Ditto on the rocks. The inclusion of

a cooling fan for more extreme stuff is

a non- negotiable. Sherco has done a

good job on both bikes, without stealing

too much power from the battery.

HOWEVER... we would still prefer a

kickstart included for just in case...

What is the difference riding the bikes?

Well – the two stroke is significantly

quicker off the line, through the gears and

up to the top. It’s a wildly exciting bike to

ride, nimble and sharp as a razor. They

feel a bit lighter than the four stroke - and

this is all immediately noticeable when

you get going. We specifically aimed this

bike at the gnarliest rocks that we could

find, ground clearance is excellent and

the bottom end torque for rock hopping

is exactly what the doc ordered.

The 300 four stroke is also very nimble

and easy to manouver - but it is infinitely

more controllable, which will appeal to

many riders out there. It’s just that little

bit more torquey than a 250 four stroke,

which makes it really good whether you

want to go fast or trundle along slowly.

The bike feels slightly heavier in the

rocks, but the nice grunt makes it very

easy to tackle step-ups and so-on.

Things that the bikes share:

One of the best features on both of

these bikes is that fact that they are not

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overly tall. For some inexplicable reason, many of the

manufacturers have opted to go with stand on your

toe height enduro machines - and just about every

time we fall over its coz we can’t get our feet onto

the ground. The height is often attributed to ground

clearance - but to be fair, we never really klapped the

skid plates on the rocks.

Both bikes are equipped with WP suspension, front

and rear and whether you go flat out or creep along,

we loved the handling. They also soak up the big hits

on landing with absolute ease.

The 300 four-stroke was fitted with Super Moose

Mousses. It’s quite interesting to note how far

mousses have come along. A few years back, you

could feel the hardness when compared to a tube. The

compounds they use now are pretty soft and if you did

not know, you’d swear that you were on a tube tyre.

Both bikes were fitted with soft Mitas Tyres. Even

though they were pretty well used, the traction that these

tyres gave was suberb in the faster and slower stuff.

Both bikes are well thought-out in terms of

ergonomics. The seats are relatively comfortable, the

pegs are wide and the handlebars and levers are all

positioned perfectly.

We tackled every river crossing that we could find -

and even though we managed to drop the 4T into one

of the rivers, she took in no water and fired up straight

away - testimony to the good air filter design.

So in conclusion:

These bikes are simply brilliant. We are not going to beat

around the bush, they are also a bit more expensive than

some of the other brands out there - largely thanks to

the value of our rand. But if you have the means and are

looking for something a bit unique, then go and check

them out. The one thing that was mentioned amongst

all of the riders who took the bikes for spin, was the fact

that they are so easy to ride. With this brands focus on

racing in recent years, they have created some awesome

fun machines that everyone can enjoy.

200 odd kilometres in the saddle proved that they are

well designed, quality motorcycles.

Get down to Toyscom and have a looksee for yourself.

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EXTREME ENDURO

ERZBERG

R O D E O 2 0 1 6

GRAHAM JARVIS WINS THE 2016 RED BULL HARE

SCRAMBLE. ONLY 9 FINISHERS THIS YEAR...

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Husqvarna rider beats Cody

Webb and Alfredo Gómez to

victory in another Mad Ass event.

Last year, for the first time

in its history the Red Bull Hare

Scramble saw more than one

winner. Graham Jarvis, Jonny

Walker, Alfredo Gómez and

Andreas Lettenbichler teamed

up to clear the treacherous

Downtown section of the course

last year before making the

unanimous decision to cross the

finish line together.

It was the feel good story of

the 2015 Hard Enduro season, as

the riders put aside their rivalries

to join forces to defeat the Iron

Giant. But that was then and

this and now, and every biker

heading to Austria with even an

ounce of ambition wanted to

stand alone on the top step of

the podium this time around. And

Jarvis made sure with his most

emphatic win to boot, with a

victory by more than 30 minutes

at the 2016 Erzbergrodeo.

The Husqvarna rider blasted

his way from a second-row start

to make up ground on all those

in front of him, and by the time

he took the chequered flag there

wasn’t a soul in sight of the Brit.

Jarvis rode a masterful race

to complete the course – which

measures just over 30km in

length – in just shy of 2h20m,

barely putting a wheel wrong on

his way to the win.

“It’s fantastic! I can’t believe

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it. I got a fairly good start and got

through the pack. I kept my head

together and stayed relaxed. It’s

been a team effort.

American rider Cody Webb caught

Alfredo Gómez at Lazy Noon, the

penultimate checkpoint of the 25

stages the riders had to negotiate

on a gruelling course, as the pair

struggled to overcome a particularly

difficult climb.

Each rider had to make multiple

attempts to conquer the steep rise,

and it was Webb who managed to

do so first. Gómez, under intense

pressure and seeing his hopes of

making the podium hang in the

balance with the chasing riders

breathing down his neck, dug deep

and reached the summit. He brought

his KTM home in third to round out

the rostrum.

With a four hour time limit on the

race, there was still plenty of drama

to be had as a handful of riders gave

everything they had to make it to the

chequered flag.

Spaniard Mario Roman swept

through to take fourth place,

while British youngster Billy Bolt

capitalised on the fact that Lazy

Noon proved a stumbling block for

others to rocket up the climb and

secure fifth. The 18-year-old was

something of a revelation at this

year’s event.

SA’s wunderkind Wade Young and

UK’s Paul Bolton both got the better

of five-time winner Taddy Blazusiak,

who had a broken brake lever and

damaged clutch to content with, but

who still managed to finish within the

allotted time.

Philipp Scholz was the ninth and

final finisher, as the Iron Giant again

showed its unforgiving insanity.

Red Bull Hare Scramble 2016

finishers

1. Graham Jarvis (GBR) 2h18m47s

2. Cody Webb (USA) +33m07s

3. Alfredo Gómez (ESP) +36m02s

4. Mario Roman (ESP) +58m19s

5. Billy Bolt (GBR) +1h08m46s

6. Wade Young (RSA) +1h12m28s

7. Paul Bolton (GBR) +1h19m35s

8. Taddy Blazusiak (POL)

+1h23m08s

9. Philipp Scholz (DEU) +1h37m24s

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ENDURO

WEAPON

O N E T r i c k Y Z 2 5 0 X

With the glut of 2017 models on their

way, there is very little in the 2016

ranges that have not been tested or

featured in this here quality publication.

One of our mates, Wayne Philips

bought a 2016 YZ250X (Two Stroke) and

threw some money at it…

Three or four months ago we did an

extensive test on this new model from the

Yamaha stable – and we’ll quote from the

story that we ran there – “One of the most

unassuming bikes on the market”. After

riding Waynes one, we’ll stand by what

we said, this relative newcomer is a peach

of a bike.

Wayne is related to the BCR Arrow

racing team, headed up by some

experienced names like Mark Garland and

Brian Capper. Garland was one of the first

in the country to race the new YZ and he

has spent quite a bit of time making the

bike better suited to enduro.

Wayne is forty-something and trying to

keep up with his racing teenage son, so

he was looking for a bike that is easy to

ride – and in our opinion, he got it right!

This YZ has gone under the knife. One

of the things we mentioned in the first

story we ran was the fact that it was prone

to stalling, often at precisely the wrong

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time in the gnarly stuff. To overcome this,

a weighted flywheel has been fitted. The

flywheel is heavier than standard and

gives the crank a bit more inertia, which

in turn helps prevent stalling and gives

the bike a bit more bottom end chugalug.

In the gearbox, they have changed the

long-ish 1st and second gear cogs to

make it rev out quicker – shorter gearing.

This allows the bike to make a bit more

power lower down, which is exactly what

you are after when riding rox.

He also took the liberty of fitting a

Rekluse clutch – we have featured several

of these in the past, but just a re-cap – and

a very short version. The Rekluse replaces

your standard clutch allowing you to either

use the clutch in the traditional form – OR

to ride your bike like a semi auto. In other

words: You can stop without pulling in

the clutch and the bike does not stall, it

carries on purring away. Ditto on pulling

off, no clutch, just open the throttle. Some

people like it, others are not convinced.

Our opinion does not really matter – but

we have to say that it does make rock

hopping a bit easier – even though the

purists prefer a standard clutch setup.

Other than that, Wayne has fitted Moose

mousses, Metzeler 6-day extreme, soft

tyres… and that’s it for the performance

part really. Protective gear is courtesy of

the famous Hyde bunch – a carbon pipe

cover, plastic skidplate and brush guards.

It was a sunny Highveld day when

we fired her up and headed out into the

bush on a glorious Friday. What a way to

spend it!

Our day out at Tussen Koppies in

the south (or Souf) of JHB provided a

fantastic blend of flowing and technical

rocky stuff to put any bike through

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its paces. For scientific, comparative

purposes, we dragged along the

YZ250FX four-stroke to join the fun.

Riding the two stroke, you are

immediately aware of the bikes inherent

lightness and the fact that it is shorter

than its four-stroke cousin. And you

can immediately feel the motocross

genes, the bike feels light, compact and

taught. It’s also deceptively quick, a

few impromptu drag races against the

newer technology four stroke FX proved

it quicker through the gears and up at

the top. Not by miles, but the 2-smokes

quickness is significant. Top of the pile

has to be the fun factor when you ride a

bike like this.

You don’t have to look too hard to

find the rocks and pretty soon, we

were heading up some great little rock

gardens…

Two things work in the two strokes

favour over the four – it feels lighter, and

it is easier to get your feet down. Once

again it explains why two-strokes are still

a firm favourite for technical trails.

The Rekluse took a bit of getting used

to – we literally crept up the rocks, rather

than blasting them, to appreciate the

improvements over the standard bike.

Did it stall? Not at all and it felt really

nimble and the Rekluse did the job. The

moment that you should stall, you touch

the throttle and it kicks in and pulls you

along. Quite a weird feeling if you are not

accustomed to the system.

The shorter gearing makes a huge

difference in technical terrain – we barely

got out of third gear where we were riding.

All in – money well spent on a great

bike. It all just makes life that much

easier. All that’s missing now is that

happy button.

This bike was built by the race team,

but most of the Yammie dealers out there

know all the secrets. In our opinion, the

bike is great in standard trim, but if you

have the loot and are looking for a more

technical rock hopper then consider

these modifications…

DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE JULY 2016 77


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To find your nearest Dunlop dealer contact:

· Henderson Racing Products - 011 708 5905

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FOR THE ULTIMATE GRIP

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