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70: FEATURE: VISORS AND LENSES


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and Motul clean up at

Roof of Africa 2016:

If you were at the Motul Roof Of Africa, you would have

seen the huge bike wash set up at the start/finish area.

It was initiated by Motul and our friends from Goscor

power products. Goscor Power Products (GPP) is

a leading Southern African distributor of generators,

engines and pumps.

The products supplied by GPP consisted of seven

Lutian 206 bar pressure washers, regulated to 180 bar,

each with its own 300 litre water tank and a 400 cc

single-cylinder petrol engine, as well as a 30 metre hose

and lance, on a frame-mounted hose reel.

Additional equipment provided included a Lutian twoinch

water pump for water transfer, and three Lutian 6.5

kW generators to power the air pumps for the inflatable

tunnels and banners at the ‘start’ and ‘finish’ area. A

pneumatic 4 m light tower was also supplied in case of

any night work needed during the event.

“The washer-and-tank combination offered by Lutian is

ideally suited for applications where water and power

supply are limited, making it an ideal solution for the

Roof in Africa 2016 event, which is staged in rural and

mountainous terrain,” GPP Technical & Training Manager

Wayne Allen comments. Additional applications for

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operations and car washes, for example.

A total of 600 bikes passed through the Motul/GPP Bike

wash during the three-day event, with 100 pump and

engine stop-starts daily, and not a single failure on any

of the equipment. “It offered exceptional reliability and

economy, even in the heat-wave conditions recorded

during the event,” Allen highlights.

Such was the performance of the Lutian high-pressure

washers that GPP dealer Kevcor – which covers

Bloemfontein, Kimberley, and Maseru in Lesotho –

was able to secure the sale of all the used equipment

immediately after the event, says Kevin Corrigan of Kevcor.

In addition to transporting all the GPP equipment from

Johannesburg to Maseru, Kevcor supplied two 5 000

litre tanks for water storage at the remote ‘start’ and

‘finish’ area. Kevcor stocks a full range of petrol, diesel,

electric, and domestic pressure washers at its three

branches. The range is also available at selected GPP

dealers countrywide, and in most SADC (Southern

African Development Community) countries.

The off-road motorcycles were cleaned in two

dedicated wash bays at the Motul/GPP Bike Wash.

The express wash bay afforded riders the opportunity

to park their motorcycles, which were then subjected

to a quick wash by the cleaning team. Meanwhile, the

self-service lane allowed riders to have personal input

into the cleaning process if need be.

Covering over 425 km of the harshest terrain known to

man in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, the Roof of

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Africa is one of the most treacherous and demanding

hard enduro racing routes in the world. Presented for the

49th time, the 2016 event saw 385 competitors, including

13 international entrants, of which only 206 finished.

GPP, part of the Goscor Group of Companies, has 30

years’ experience in the power product industry, supplying

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Goscor Power Products (Pty) Ltd. is a leading distributor

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Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s extreme

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Switching from a promising career in the World Trials

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grown ups?

It isn’t the first time that Lego have

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measures 18cm high, 33cm long and

10cm wide. The bike will be available later

this year.

The box suggests an age range of 10-

16 years but that isn’t going to stop us

getting our order in…

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Honda’s new CRF250 Rally:

Now, this is more like it. If you’re in the market for the

250, then surely this has to be top of your list? Just look

at it! Pure Dakar coolness.

With styling DNA drawn directly from the HRC CRF450

Rally Dakar racer, the CRF250 Rally gets a similar

‘floating’ screen, while fairing and radiator shrouds

provide further wind protection. The asymmetric

headlights are LED, as are the indicators.

The facts

24.4bhp

157kg

Seat height 895mm

While most of the bike, including the engine, is identical

to the CRF250L, the Rally gets a larger 10.1l fuel tank

Blazusiak bows out in style:

Enduro legend Taddy Blazusiak has finished his career in winning

style, taking victory in the first round of the new SuperEnduro

World Championship at home in Poland as his final competitive

venture on two wheels.

The win brings to an end a stunning career that has saw the KTM

racer take five victories in the incredibly tough Erzbergrodeo, as

well as dominating the SuperEnduro series in recent years with six

world titles, five US championships and four gold medals at the

X Games.

Admitting after the night’s racing in front of 13,000 fans in

Krakow’s Tauron Arena that he had worked hard to end his career

on a high, it worked out for the 32-year-old with a dominant

overall victory backed up with two out of three heat wins.

“No words can describe how happy I am. It’s crazy how things

have panned out for me these past few months. I worked really

hard to get back after my injury in EnduroCross and then decided

to skip the last round to get my thumb good again. It paid off and

I was able to push 100% in Poland. It’s such an amazing feeling

racing in front of my home fans so I gave it all I had on the track.”

“I have been thinking about this decision for a while now. I have

always told myself that I will make that call when I feel the time is

right. I’ve been racing around the world for a long time. I trained

the best and hardest I could, and I raced for every race win and

championship I entered like there is no tomorrow. I achieved

more than I ever thought I could, and I’m grateful for all the great

memories from all my years of racing.”

Marquez returns to his roots with enduro entry:

MotoGP champion Marc Marquez and brother Alex have

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that Honda say will get you huge mileage.

Extra long-travel suspension and high ground clearance

enhance its long-distance off-road ability, but do mean

a clamber up to 895mm to park your posterior. The

L’s fork is replaced with a 43mm Showa unit boasting

longer legs and rally-tweaked settings, and black

Alumite aluminium rims replace plain for the Rally,

while they’ve grown to a 21-inch front and 18” rear

combination, allowing for more focused off-road tyre

choices.

The front-end gets a larger floating front disc – while

ABS is present, but can be switched off for the rear

wheel. A skid plate protects the machine’s underside

and the gear lever features a folding tip to give it a little

more chance of surviving tumbles, or tangles with the

scenery. Whether you’re in Parys or Pretoria, it’s a great

looking beast to be seen on…

returned to their childhood roots by competing in an enduro race

in their hometown of Lleida last month, with the duo competing

off-road for the first time in years at the Enduro del Segre.

Completing the six-hour race out of contention for the win

after first being penalised for entering a control early and then

cracking the sump of his CRF450 Honda, the world champion

nonetheless says it was nice to return to his roots with the race.

“I had raced enduro as a kid and that is precisely what led me

to play in the Enduro del Segre. I am a big fan of off road and

wanted to return to my childhood for a day, with the Moto

Club Segre and surrounded by friends. It has been a very nice

experience.

“I have had a lot of fun, and it has been a very nice experience. If

there is a new opportunity in the future and the dates after the end

of the MotoGP season, why not repeat?”

Brother Alex also had fun on his outing, admitting that despite the

hard course it was an enjoyable experience.

“It has been a beautiful experience. I have enjoyed and I have

suffered; there have been moments of everything. The important

thing was to finish and we got it, so I end up very happy.”

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These are the first decent images of KTM’s next

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expected to arrive in dealers until early 2019. KTM

CEO, Stefan Pierer, recently confirmed to press

that this model was under development, but also

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enough manners and refinement to tour on tarmac

in comfort over long distances. Think of it more as

an oversized versatile Dakar bike than an undersized

globetrotter. It’s the true spiritual successor to the

640 Adventure that ran from 1997 to 2007 – and

which was possibly a decade ahead of its time.

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Ducati’s baby Multistrada

gets the off-road treatment:

New 950 Multistrada to go off-road with 1200 Enduroinspired

components.

Ducati has held the official world media launch of the new

Multistrada 950 with one of the most interesting things to

come from the launch a spoke wheel variant that’s ready to

go anywhere.

While the 950 with spoked wheels and off-road equipment

won’t be a standalone model in the 2017 Ducati range, it

does show that the new mid-sized machine will be a great

mid-sized option for adventure riders.

“There won’t be wire/spoke-wheel variant, but there will be

the option of either an Enduro accessory kit that will include

the wheels and some other ruggedised components or

purchasing just the wheels as an accessory,” said Ducati

Australia’s Warren Lee.

On the machine pictured those off-road components include

a radiator guard, rear disc saver, chunky footpegs and

levers, bashplate, wire wheels and Pirelli Scorpion Rally tyres

to make it look just like a baby 1200 Enduro!

Ducati offering stylised accessory kits is no new thing with

the 1200 Multistrada range available with Sport, Touring,

Enduro and Urban component packages to better tailor

each machine to different kinds of environs.

Designed to put great performance within everyone’s grasp,

the Multistrada 950 is made for riders who want to get in

some touring – perhaps even two-up – and those who want

an agile fun bike that’s ideal for everyday use.

Set to arrive in SA in the new year, prices, colours and final

specification for the Multistrada 950 is yet to be confirmed.

For more details on the Ducati range in SA or the location of

your nearest dealer head to www.ducati.co.za.

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Fuel injected

2-strokes a reality...

If you were at The Motul Roof Of Africa, you might have

seen two international stars, Lars Enockl and Andreas

Lettenbichler on board some plain looking KTM 300’s.

On closer inspection, we discovered that the bikes

were missing some vital components such as… errr

carburettors.

Every time we went close enough to get snaps we were

politely distracted until they figured out that it was too

late, images had gone international and we all knew

what was going on.

The bikes ran faultlessly for the duration of the race –

Lars unfortunately had a little crash and damaged his

radiator, but the experienced campaigner Letti achieved

his best Roof result ever.

Why EFI?

It all comes down to emission control laws – apparently,

these bikes run at a 200/1 oil fuel mixture. This means

less than half the oil is used when compared to the

current smoker’s which are running at around 70/1 (70

parts fuel to 1 part 2-stroke).

We chatted to Letti during

the race – he rode

with Gomez for a

while – and even

Gomez was

complimenting the

bikes performance.

“It sounds crisp

and it revs clear”, was

his comment after day

2’s race. Letti was very

complimentary about the

system – “No problems”,

he said in his usual stoic

fashion. “It is very good.”

Here’s the rub. Not only will we soon all be saving

a buck or two on 2-stroke and doing our bit for the

environment – but we’ll be saving a whole whack on

fuel. Looking at the 2017’s which were quite low on fuel

after time trial, the Fuel injected bikes still had about ¾ of

a tank to go…

We live in exciting times, 2018 is going to bring some

very cool technology…

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By Clive and Glenn. Pics by the Dirt And Trail Magazine Army…

THE MOTUL ROOF OF AFRICA

ROARS INTO MASERU

JOY,SADNESS,TEARS, BLOOD, SWEAT...

This years Roof sure was fun to

watch. The launching spot was simply

put – one of the best that we’ve seen to

date, FANTASTIC and we could see the

riders for miles as they left and returned.

Round the houses was as spectacular as

ever with some AWESOME dices – and

we were privileged to have some of the

worlds very best enduro riders come and

join the action…

It was South Africa’s KTM pilot “Scotty

B” Bouverie who took the top South

African honours in Gold and third place on

the podium. He has had a fantastic year.

Jarvis was on the top step again – man

that feller certainly is amazing. But one

of the stories of The Roof has to be the

enormous dice that he had with a certain

Mr “Freddie” Gomez. We watched these

two battle it out throughout the race,

switching positions all the time – and a

significant distance ahead of the chasers…

Let’s not forget the other gold

international stars like Billy Bolt, who we

believe will be riding Husky next year as

jarvis’ team mate - we were concerned

that he might succumb to the heat and

hours in the saddle – but he did not, Letti

who achieved his best result ever – on

the new KTM fuel injected prototype

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(more about that…), and French national

motocross champion Marc Bourgeois who came

to visit for the first time. Finally Lars Enockl was

alsoback for another try.

Our boys shone – Trav Teasdale (4th) enhanced

his reputation by stopping his race to help some

silver bronze riders climb a pass after they had

helped him. Blake Gutzeid showed his mettle

literally manhandling his Yammie back onto the

race line after following an unrideable ridge up

Bushmans Pass. Brett Swanepoel was dicing the

whole way he won 2 of the three days but day

2 got the better of him. He came in sixth. Altus

de Wet, Henco Botha, Dwayne Kleinhans, Kyle

Flannagan and Kirsten Landman. Yes, you read

it right, Kirsten, a gal… she has been setting

records at many tough races around the World,

and had now set her sights on a good result in

the Roof. So looking at this lot – it could have

realistically been anyone’s day.

The Roof of Africa never had humble

beginnings. Right from the start 49 years ago

in 1967 it has always been an in your face

challenge of man and machine against the

elements and terrain.

It has always challenged the dare devils, the

adrenaline junkies and the best of the best, once

upon a time in cars, racing off-road specials,

bakkies and later quads. In one of the very early

races, maybe the second or third one, a hard

core motorcyclist, Barry Broady, entered a Honda

350 scrambler. There wasn’t even a class for him

back then, so he just pulled in with the cars. He

did that for two years in a row, and won overall

both times. The rest is history…

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Fast forward a few years and the Roof of Africa had

already established itself as one of the toughest off road

events on the planet. Cars and bikes raced over the

same route, but eventually were separated and after a

while the cars, bakkies and buggies found it too tough

once the race moved further in to the real mountains

that make up the awesome Maluti range. This was

because the race organisers had to move away from

the roads used regularly by the Basuto people, and also

because the ever-evolving sophistication of off road

racing motorcycles required more and more difficult

racing routes. Riders revelled in the harsh conditions,

and heroes were made over the tracks of the remotest

areas of Lesotho. Over the years names like Letele Pass,

Rampia’s Pass, the T Junction, Blue Mountain and God

Help Me Pass, Baboons Pass and many more first struck

fear into the hearts of competitors, but as time passed

they became part of the modern road infrastructure of

Lesotho, and have been replaced by new challenges like

Snake Bite Pass, Pulane Pass, Bushman’s Spiderman,

Mad Cow, Puke, and many more.

Over the years the fame, reputation and often

notoriety of the Roof of Africa has spread around the

World, and led by the famous Malcolm Smith who came

here in 1975 to give all the South African riders a real

lesson in not only riding skill, but also to show how

real off road racing should be done. His input changed

the race forever. If you don’t know who Malcolm is,

download the best motorcycling movie ever made, “On

Any Sunday” to find out. Malcolm, sponsored by the

then importer of KTM, Italo Lupini, opened the way for a

steady flow of top off road racers coming to Lesotho to

face, and often conquer this magnificent challenge.

So we come to 2016, the 49th Roof of Africa. Quite

recently it has attracted the attention of some serious

sponsors, and this year Motul hitched their name to the

event, assisted by Red Bull and quite a few subsidiary

sponsors, one of them yours truly, Dirt & Trail, who have

been media partners for the past three years . This year we

spread our wings a little, and included the internationally

famous off road racing journalist and super enthusiast

Peter Schluter in our team. He runs two very successful on

line magazines with the most incredible following of over

150 000 members throughout the World. (Catch him on

Zona Enduro and Hard Enduro World)… and he gave the

Roof and all the facets that make it up a good punt.

The field was divided into three groups, as it has

been for several years. In the Gold class all the top

seeded riders as well as over 120 of our fastest national

competitors race over the longest and most difficult route.

The second group is the Silver class, which features a

very mixed selection of fast riders, from up and coming

youngsters to fast national championship riders and

several past top National contenders now riding more for

fun, but still very capable of taking home trophies in this

group. They rode a route almost as long and as difficult

as the Gold class. However the edge was just nipped off

it to make it a little easier than the top class.

Finally there is the Bronze class. This consists mainly

of youngsters riding their first Roof, or weekend warriors

who feel skilled and fit enough to take on the challenge

that is the Roof. Inevitably in both the Silver and Bronze

class there are a few sleepers who should be in one of

the more skilled classes.

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On to the bikes, as usual the bulk of

the field were KTM mounted, including a

few of the new lightweight KTM 150, that

proved itself by winning both the Bronze

an silver classes. See our story on that

bike elsewhere…

Two of the bigger KTM’s were

prototype 2018 fuel injected 2 stroke

300’s for Lettie and Lars Enockl. A

few mentions of them in the social

media covering the Roof sent KTM fans

around the world into a frenzy, and they

became a talking point all weekend.

Then there were a significant number of

Husqvarna’s, including that of Graham

Jarvis. There were a few Beta’s, a pair

of Sherco’s, two Honda’s but sadly no

Kawasaki’s or Suzuki’s. One is left to

wonder just how is it possible that two

companies who have been so prominent

in off road racing in the past can have

fallen of the bus so completely? Yamaha,

now with a good range of excellent race

bikes, some of which were developed at

The Roof, and some of the best riders in

SA, introduced a fantastic promotion for

anyone racing one of their bikes called

the “Blu-Cru” They offered full factory

backing with technicians, parts and back

up. All for just the cost of parts at special

prices. Really impressive.

Raceday 1 loomed scorchingly hot and

sunny, and the weather complimented

the brightly garbed riders and public who

turned out to watch the famous “Round

the Houses” where riders rip around the

streets of Maseru, Lesotho’s capital city.

This street race was originally held to

show the towns people of Lesotho the

vehicles and bikes which would race

over the Mountain Kingdom for the next

three days. It was always used as the

prologue and to set the starting times

for competitors on the first real racing

day on the Friday. More recently it hasn’t

been used for this purpose but more

as a parade event. For this year it was

decided to revert back to the old method

of racing on the city streets followed by a

70k or so mountain loop and combining

the times of the two to count towards the

overall race time as well as determining

the starting positions for Friday morning.

This placed a lot more importance on

each riders overall time, and the racing

was certainly spectacular. This is the only

pure road race in Africa, and it certainly

rivals anything in the Road racing capitals

of the world, Northern Ireland and the Isle

of Man. It certainly takes a very special

rider to win one of these races, and

that is what Frenchman Marc Bougeois

showed when he led the first race from

flag to flag, hurling his Yamaha around

the streets like a speedway bike!

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As soon as the riders finished their

Round the Houses event they had to

head off to the start of the off-road leg of

the prologue, which was set up at the top

of Bushman’s Pass. In fact this site was

to be the start and finish for each days’

leg. The organisers did a great job of

setting up a mini town on the side of the

hill, and it throbbed with excitement and

energy the entire weekend. Each rider set

off at will, and raced against the clock to

set a time for the Friday start.

At the end of a long day the time

sheets showed the top riders pretty

much as everyone expected with Brett

Swanepoel taking just a few seconds

less than Graham Jarvis to put himself

in the lead of the Roof on day one. The

rest of the field roared in pretty much as

in their order on the program. One or two

guys ran out of fuel before the end, which

was worrying, especially as most of the

bikes had very little fuel as they crossed

the line. Perhaps it was the extreme heat

and altitude making the bikes run richer

than expected. An exception were the

two KTM fuel injected prototypes, which

were visibly running superbly and which

finished with more than a half tank of fuel.

It is said their oil to petrol ratio is in the

region of 200:1!

A 6am start had the boys on the road,

well the track really, and within minutes

the Gold class settled into a pattern

which it was to maintain for the next

two days. Jarvis, who normally likes to

pace the leading rider and the pull a lead

over the last half of the race changed his

tactic and took the lead early, chased

very closely by “Freddy” Gomez. At

every reporting post and on the internet

race map they remained glued together,

followed by Teasdale, Bouverie, Gutzeit

and Billy Bolt. Overseas journalists who

follow the overseas hard enduro races

predicted that Billy would, as usual,

hang on to the leaders with his blinding

pace, and then crash. They were wrong,

he hung on doggedly right to the end…

watch him next year now that he knows

what the Roof is about.

A huge crowd of spectators and

helpers spread themselves across half of

Lesotho following the race from the many

service and spectator points provided by

the organisers. No Roof has ever been

followed by as many spectators as this

one, and the event, which has always

been important to Lesotho Tourism,

must now be the single most important

money generator they have. In addition

to actual spectators and service crews,

modern media spreads the events of the

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French visitor Marc

Bourgeois blitzed

around the houses

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weekend to every corner on Earth, with literally hundreds

of thousands of followers soaking up every twist and turn

of this exciting event.

At the end of day one Jarvis had held on to his short

lead by only mere seconds from Gomez, with a pod of

SA’s young “Rat Pack” right behind them, with Billy Bolt

resolutely right in the middle of them.

However, as exciting as the battle between the front

runners in the Gold class was, an even bigger drama was

unfolding out in the Maluti Mountains.

As is always the way, a number of small factors and a

route error led to many Bronze and Silver riders reaching a

pass called “Snakebite” an hour or two before they should

have and finding themselves in a traffic jam of racing

bikes as they struggled up a pass meant for Gold riders

only. Some of them were stuck there for long enough to

run out of light and they had to spend the night out in the

mountains. The leading riders arrived to find their route in

chaos, but somehow most of them managed to struggle

over and around the floundering lower order riders.

Confronted by this unexpected crisis, officials along the

route sent riders back to the start on the tar and started

everyone early the next morning.

The third and final day was all about Jarvis and Gomez.

They set off only seconds apart, and that’s how they raced

all day. They treated spectators and on line followers to

an almost 9 hr super-cross race over the toughest terrain

imaginable. No quarter was asked or given, and Freddie

Gomez watched a master class in hard enduro racing from

the best seat in the house… his own KTM only seconds

behind the Roof Master. Even on the run down over the

open hilltops just before the finish, where everyone though

the younger Gomes would find something extra to pass the

forty something year old Jarvis, the Husqvarna rider had

his lead covered, and actually pulled out a few hundred

meters from the flying Freddie... it was one of the the most

spectacular finishes in the history of the event.

Graham Jarvis won by a mere by 22 seconds, to win his

4th Roof of Africa. Only one rider has won it more times,

South African Alfie Cox, who has 11 first place trophies on

his mantelpiece.

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While the drama for the lead was

playing out over the mountains the was

also plenty of action going on behind

them. Two of the stars of the show were

the prototype 300cc fuel injected KTM

two strokes of Andreas Lettenbichler and

Lars Enockl. We weren’t supposed to

know about them, but they were actually

a pretty poorly kept secret. Lars actually

denied knowing what we were talking

about when we asked him about it. He ran

consistently in around 8th place until he

dropped it and broke the radiator. Once

the water became a problem a sensor in

the electronics cut the motor to prevent

any damage and that was his race done

on the last day. Lettie’s bike ran faultlessly

right to the end, with the fuel consumption

being one of the outstanding benefits of

the fuel injection. It seems quite certain

that it will be launched as a 2018 model

during KTM’s traditional launch function

sometime in the middle of next year. Two

of the new 150cc KTM’s each won their

class, one in Silver and one in Bronze,

proving how good these little bikes are

todays’ tough and technical conditions.

History, it seems, is repeating itself.

Remember how successful the under

200cc bikes of the past were? The Honda

XL200, Yamaha’s IT 175 which launched

Darryl Curtis’ career, the Suzuki PE 175

and the indestructible Kawasaki KDX 200.

Kirsten Landman became the first

woman ever to finish the Roof in the

Premier class on her KTM Freeride.

We’ve heard it said that The Roof is only

really about the gold riders. It is a fact

that most of us aspire to be as good as

these guys – and they certainly are very

entertaining. But don’t be fooled, it’s the

bronze and silver lots who spend the most

time in the saddles. Here’s an idea – Jarvis

completed the Roof in 16 hours 15 mins.

According to race Timing, the last bronze

finisher Pascal Oscar Semakula from team

Ikageng was out there for a total of almost

30 hours…

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And the Roof is about the spectators.

They are all over in vehicles and on bikes

of all shapes and sizes. Our trusty steeds

were supplied by Honda, Husqvarna and

KTM in the form of the awesome little

701, the Africa Twin and the big boss

Super Adventure. Spectating on a bike

just makes so much sense – its quick and

easy and you can get to points where

the cars battle… the mountains are full of

people EVERYWHERE!!!

Our lot spent a lot of time walking the

mountains – and we found ourselves on

some of the passes where the Bronze

and silver riders were sent. Guys – it’s not

a haircut. Everyone who completes the

Roof Of Africa is a damn good rider in our

opinion. We watched young Calvin Garvie

obliterate the opposition in the silver

class – he was followed home by Chris

Barnes and Brett Peckham.

Bronze was a very mixed affair,

dominated by a talent in the form of

young KTM rider Heinrich Zellhuber,

who was followed home by BCR Arrow

Yamaha Racings veteran racer Garth

Prost. Husqvarna was taken to the third

step by Paul Van Der Nest.

The problems faced because of the

bottleneck on Snakebite pass on Friday

will certainly be addressed by some very

competent people and next year and

thereafter events should benefit from

lessons learned in 2016.

The Toughest enduro race in the World

turns 50 next year, and looks set to make

off road history, as well as being the most

important tourist event in Lesotho for the

next 50 years. We’ll see you there…

Enjoy the pics… see you at the

racing…

Full results@ www.racecontrol.co.za

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Ending off a fantastic season with a bang, here’s what #BrotherLeaderTreadKTM #RiderScott Bouverie has to say about his Roof

experience, his year so far and what we can expect from him next year - “I had a very consistent roof and felt I rode really well. I managed

to get into 3rd on Friday and maintain it into the final day. I lost time on Graham and Alfredo on day 1 but managed to close the gap way

down on the final day. Overall it was a tough roof which helped me on the first day. Day 2 was a lot faster so I struggled to get away.

I’ve had a good year with no injuries and by far my best international results. A 5th at Romaniacs, 3rd at Sea to Sky and a 3rd at Roof. To

be on the podium in 2 international Redbull events feels really special. My highlight would be sea to sky because it’s my first podium and

gave me a lot of confidence in what I’m capable of.

I’d like to try be on the podium as much as possible and focus on closing down on the top 2 spots. I’ve had a great year to build on and

learnt a lot having racing a full season. My passion is the extreme races but it would be good to get a championship in national series too.”

#roofofafrica #2016 #extremeenduro #extreme #seatosky #ktmsouthafrica@brothersouthafrica @leader_tread_ @ktmsouthafrica #enduro

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ATV - Yamaha Distributors Southern Africa / Dave Freeman –

Regional Manager – Western Cape – Yamaha Distributors Soutern

Africa / Pascal Tomek – Boss man – Motul France

Alexandre Kowalski – Boss Man of World Enduro Championship

and World Rallye Championships – Yamaha Factory Racing / Torrin

Wainwright – Top mechanic at Linex Yamaha / Nikolay Bogomolov –

Russian Journalist for VIM.

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The Recked Industries Hole Shot

Glory and Big Whip Competition was

held at Zone 7 in Cape Town. For a

first time event it went really well well

with some decent support form the

local motorsport enthusiasts as well

as a few athletes who enjoyed the

event concept and cannot wait for

the next madness in 2017.

Hole Shot is basically like a MX

dirt bike drag race !! Two riders tear

down a straight, around some tyres

and back across the finish line. It’s a

knock out series with the top riders

battling it out for Prize money. Winner

takes all which means high intensity

action which gets you pretty ‘Revved’

up as the intensity increases as the

riders get closer to the final rounds.

The Big Whip competition takes

place with the guys hitting a metal

ramp and landing on a dirt landing.

The gap between is around 22m of

pretty much nothing. To the general

rider, this is terrifying. The guys hit a

ramp and whip their bike out as far as

they can before trying to get it back

in line for the landing or face eating

dirt. These guys get it pretty much

backwards. The points are judged by

style as well as how huge the whip is.

Crowd support plays a huge part

as well when it comes to deciding

who wins.

The competition was dominated by

the 3 big guns on the day. Hole Shot

Glory went to Tristan Purdon in 1st,

Caleb Tennant in 2nd and Seth Van

Den Abeele in 3rd.

The Big Whip honours went to Caleb

Tennant in 1st, Seth Van Den Abeele in

2nd and Tristan Purdon in 3rd.

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THE HINDUSTAN

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TWO SOUTH AFRICAN EXPLORERS ON

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED… PART 2

Port Elizabeth couple, Harry Pienaar and Linda van der Mey, have

motorcycled across South and South-East Asia on 2 BMW X-Country’s. They

call their trips Pikipiki2 (www.pikipiki2.co.za) which is Swahili for motorcycle.

1.We ride in the agricultural Punjab region of India. Then,

out of the blue, clusters of branches lie across the road.

2. Branches become full-on trees! But other bikes zig-zag along merrily.

So, we follow, although we are double the size and double the weight!

3.It gets busy in places.

4. And it starts feeling wrong. Group after group

of guys halt us and shout for us to go back!

5. Others, a little friendlier, urge us to go

on, but quickly.

6.We duck and dive as quickly as

we can.

7.Once across the bridge, the guys become a

little friendlier and very curious. Harry gets to

hold a sword while they check out his bike.

8.Cellphones come out to snap the bike.

Harry snaps back with the helmet camera

… catching swords and spears and all.

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9. Here they beckon Harry to join me, in the

midst of my own interesting encounter.

11.They tell of their holy book torn up by

enemies. We tell of our visit to their Golden

Temple in Amritsar. We are rewarded with, not

cups-full, but bowls-full of tea!

11. We share stories .And feel Solidarity!

12. Harry gets a turban and I get a shawl with a

proud Sikh sword between us. A boy is summoned

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14.This is the Golden Temple in Amritsar is the

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Winner: Guy Gore: The Shoei VFX-W Helmet.

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lot of fun loops through the surrounding farmlands and lay on a cool Christmas lunch for all

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KTM’s Factory

Rally 450

As preparations for the 39th Dakar Rally near completion, the KTM Factory Rally Team opened its

doors and gave a few journalists a rare chance to test the Factory Rally 450 machines…

A small industrial unit in the back

streets of Igualada, Spain, about an hour

west of Barcelona near the Montserrat

mountain range. It’s an anonymouslooking

housing some of the most

extraordinary motorcycles on this earth.

Inside, the KTM Factory Rally 450s are

sitting up on benches, still scuffed from

KTM Rally Team riders Toby Price, Sam

Sunderland, Mathias Walkner and Laia

Sanz testing the previous day.

Designed solely with the purpose of

winning the world’s toughest motorcycle

race, the Dakar Rally, the Factory Rally

450 is as impressive a motorcycle as

you will see. Compare them to factory

motocross or enduro machines, stand

them bar-end to bar-end with a MotoGP

bike and the Rally bike easily hold its own.

Like few other manufacturers entering

the Dakar, KTM’s Factory Rally 450 is a

thoroughbred. From drawing board up it

is tailor-made for the purpose of winning

Dakar. Like no other race machine it has

to capable of conquering every kind of

terrain. Arguably that means the Factory

Rally 450 can hold its head higher than

a MotoGP or MXGP bike because of its

unbelievable skill set. So much more is

required than just buzzing round a track,

railing berms or hopping over logs. A

Rally bike must do it all and be as hard as

nails too.

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KTM’s Factory

Rally 450

By design, KTM created a

mechanically simple and robust

machine in the Factory Rally 450

because the Dakar dishes out

such a tough test. If a bike can’t

cope with punishment it’s no use

to the Factory, team or rider. At

any pace of rider the Dakar is an

immense test of a motorcycle,

an unbelievably tough test

mechanically at race winning

speeds. For the 2017 Dakar that

test will be 8188 kilometres in

total, over 4000kms of which will

be raced special stages. Rule

changes in recent years means

engine have to be fast but they

have to go the distance reliably

too or they won’t make that 12th

stage finish line in Buenos Aires.

These are statistics no MX or

MotoGP machine can match.

The chassis hasn’t changed

much on KTM’s 450 Rally bike

since conception in 2014.

Though WP have made huge

leaps and bounds in recent

years it’s also true to say the

52mm Cone Valve forks and

Trax suspension are not a

million miles away from the

parts you could fit to your bike.

Sure, suspension is dialed in

to individual rider’s needs and

beefed-up to cope with the

extra weight of the Rally bikes

but there’s nothing too ‘Factory

special’ about this WP kit.

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KTM’s Factory

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Dakar terrain varies

massively from hard pack,

rocky desert to flour-like soft

sand, so easy changes are

increasingly important not

just to make the life of enduro

riders easier, but to make the

job of winning races easier –

put like this it is easy to see

how racing feeds production

bike development.

In a sport where the margins

between riders is becoming

seconds and not minutes

being able to manually

change the suspension via

clicker adjusters it going in

importance. On the move or

at fuel stops riders can adjust

the character of the bike as

the fuel gets used up (weight

bias changes dramatically as

the 33 litres of fuel burns over

250kms or so).

Although it is awesome in so

many ways, when you actually

get to sit on a KTM Factory

Rally 450 it actually feels pretty

normal. The fuel to make

the distance and navigation

equipment to find the way

are a huge part of Rally and

therefore a huge part of a rally

bike. Beyond the big fuel tanks

and Nav tower however, the

bike is not so unfamiliar as a

dirt bike, at least not as much

as you expect.

Stability is a key part of

the KTM Factory Rally 450’s

ability off-road. It’s a beast

and obviously needs to go

very fast, but it behaves itself

too, encouraging rather than

frightening the life out of you.

As Antoine Meo puts it, “the

first sensation in the beginning

is strange, but quickly you’ll

get a good feeling with the

bike. She’s an animal, but she

gives you a lot of confidence.

She’s very stable, heavy yes,

but when you’re close to the

limit she’s super aggressive!”

Our test was mostly ridden

on dry, dusty and rocky tracks

– typical Spanish tracks you

might say. Despite being given

a full-factory and incredibly

valuable machine to ride,

the nerves you might expect

to find were washed away

quickly. Truly this is a bike

that rewards confidence with

surprising agility and delivers

a fun-factor you don’t expect.

Check out some of the official

pre-Dakar press images of

Toby Price laying down some

full-on MX moves on his bike

and you can easily see what

we mean.

To cope with the unreal

speeds and the enormous

weight of the full fuel tanks the

Rally 450 is also very stable.

The steel trellis frame is closer

to KTM adventure bikes than

the back-bone type on KTM

enduro and MX bikes, making

it stronger and more stable

naturally at speed.

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KTM’s Factory

Rally 450

That’s not to say it isn’t agile. Our

testing route took us along many

lanes learning the skills of navigation

with roadbooks – no easy task it turns

out. But if nothing else the navigation

training (reading errors!) gave the

journalists chance to practice their

U-turn skills. Again, rather than be

awkward or difficult to whip round in a

tight space, the KTM Factory Rally 450

is eager you treat it just like any other

dirt bike; stick a foot down, spin her

round and crack on. It’s almost like it is

pre-programmed to not waste time.

Factory race bikes are often difficult

for normal humans like us to ride.

Tony Cairoli’s KTM Factory motocross

machine, for example is just that,

awkward to ride because it is set up

in such a specific way that only the

very best in the world can live with. Of

course, it is perfect if you are Tony and

you want to win MXGP motos but for a

mere mortal it feels too much.

You can’t say the same of the Factory

Rally machines. Honestly it was a

surprise how good they feel from the

off. Before I’d left the Rally Team’s yard

I’d grabbed a cheeky step jump off a

footpath down the side of the industrial

unit. It felt eager straight away, like the

Rally 450 was saying, “come on, let’s

go man!” After we hit the dirt and it was

quickly clear this bike is way more userfriendly

than you’d imagine.

The precision of controls helps

constantly too. From the Brembo brake

system pumping 300mm MotoMaster

front brakes (240mm at the rear) to the

throttle drawing on 42mm Keihin carbs,

everything is pin-sharp and packed

with feel. Good feel is exactly what you

need when you’re doing 150kmh across

a rocky desert of course. Consistency,

precision and feel are also just as

important when you’re picking your way

down a rutted ravine or ducking your

way through an overgrown riverbed too.

See a run of rolling jumps, climbing

ahead of you up a lazy hillclimb?

Wind her up and knock it through the

gears and go for it, she’s ready. Turn

the corner and find you’re heading up

a narrow and rocky gully? Again, no

problem, knock it down to first and pick

your way through. Tall gearing? What

tall gearing? Despite that and the long

wheelbase, it still takes on a trials-like

gully with relative ease.

That’s not to say it is like riding a

Freeride. It remains a big bike by most

standards and that means you’ve got

to be confident to get over any barriers

of size, weight or of course power. The

quicker you get over that barrier though

and push a bit harder, the quicker and

easier it is to get a taste of just how

awesome these bikes can be in the

right hands.

Relative Rally new boy (though five

times World Enduro Champion), Antoine

Meo, agrees: “The first sensation in the

beginning is strange, but quickly you’ll

get a good feeling with the bike. When

you’re sliding, everything is moving

together, she’s an animal, but she gives

you a lot of confidence.”

The hand-made Akrapovic titanium

exhaust system is a work of art. By

comparison to other off-road exhausts

it is a whopper, big enough to fit your

arm inside it seems. The extra power

(and noise) coming from this 449.3cc,

4v SOHC KTM motor is stark contrast

to most other 450s you’ll ride. Almost

70hp and 52.5Nm are high numbers,

peak power is high up the range too,

around 7500rpm. That translates to a

progressive delivery with no great steps

of power, to put it simply that means

the more you twist the more it goes and

it keeps pulling strongly through all six

gears. When you’re knocking between

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third and fifth gears, braking,

sliding and power-sliding out

of turns on a trail it is tractable

power as well as an addictive

pleasure.

The biggest positive from

the rider’s point of view is

the standing riding position.

Natural as a walk in the park the

position and bend of the Neken

bars on the various bikes,

plus the super-wide Raptor

footpegs, make a standing

riding position so good you feel,

in principle at least, you too

could ride for six or seven hours

too just like the pros.

In the sport of Rally, at the

Dakar especially, that kind of

accommodation is incredibly

important in terms of rider

fatigue. The longest stage

in the 2017 Dakar will be

977kilometres, the day before

that 892km, of which just

(just!) 492km are special test.

It is no use to anyone having a

difficult bike to ride when riders

are being put through those

distances.

KTM’s continued commitment

to Rally is surely what other

teams and manufacturers

measure themselves against.

To repeatedly come up with the

goods and win the Dakar for the

last 15 years speaks volumes

about the Austrian factory’s

commitment and dedication to

the cause.

Step away from a few,

tantalising and brilliant hours

riding a Factory Rally 450 and

you can’t help but want more.

It’s big and we’re collectively

glad (if not a little intrigued) not

to have been riding the bikes

full of fuel. But it is also a lot

less daunting to ride than you’d

expect.

Multi-skilled, multi-purpose

you could imagine it being the

best trail bike in the world,

capable of taking you across

a desert one day and not to

proud to just be popping to the

shops the next. Does that make

it the best adventure bike in the

world or the best dirt bike in the

world? Quite likely the KTM 450

Factory Rally is the best bike in

the world.

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Visors and goggles.

T i n t e d , s m o k e d , c l e a r , w h a t ’ s b e s t ?

Guys and gals.

This is a much debated topic among

our group of riding friends. What are the

pro’s and cons of a tinted visor or tinted

lenses on your goggles.

A few factors come in to play and we

are quite happy to acknowledge that

nothing looks cooler than a tinted or

smoked visor or goggles, especially at

photograph time when you hit that whoop

or speed bump at Mach 4 by accident

and you don’t want people to see the

fear.... They do have definite value in

terms of sun protection and stopping

glare to some extent, but when it starts

getting dark...

Coloured lenses might look trick, but

they do tint the colour of things you see

through them. For example a blue tint

visor will make red lights look purple etc.

Plain iridium (or carra coated visors)

are basically just a dark tint visor with

iridium coating. The iridium coating

generally doesn’t distort colour too much

(it can even improve contrasts) but it

does reduce light passing through the

visor. This means that an iridium visor

will appear to have a heavier tint than the

tinted visor it was made from.

Clear visors can obviously be a

problem in bright sunlight conditions or

where there’s significant road glare.

Tinted visors are legal in SA but

opthologists have gone on record and

stated that in some circumstances up

to 80% light reduction visors could be

beneficial. Many people who ride with

heavy tinted visors also carry a clear visor

for when the sun starts to set. But it’s a

pain changing - and carrying an extra pair

of goggles with you in the dirt... well.

We’ve found that some tinted goggles

makes it difficult to see markers when

you are out racing and we’ll bet that a lot

of racers out there have experienced this

issue. Some lenses - particularly those

yellow ones can actually enhance certain

colours.

If you want every possible advantage

out there, it is important to know how to

choose the best lens colour and tint for

your eyes. Believe it or not, lens tint plays

a huge role in overall vision and how well

you see the road, track or trail. Choosing

the right lens based on light conditions

can drastically help

improve vision,

increasing both your

speed and safety.

Here are the most

common goggle

lens colours with

descriptions of

what conditions

they are best for.

Manufacturers make

dozens of different

lens colours in order

to give you the best

visibility for each

condition. The type of

lenses you choose depends on when and

where you will be riding…

One general, and somewhat obvious

rule, is to understand that the darker the

tint, the more light the lens absorbs. So,

darker lenses are better on sunny days,

while lighter lenses are better for overcast

days or night time.

Clear lens or visor:

Clear lenses are great all-purpose lenses

because they let in the most amount

of light. Most clear lenses are anti fog

and scratch resistant, yet have no UV

protection. They provide maximum visible

light transmission, and are often just

straightforward plastic lenses. They are

not great in intense sunlight.

Grey Tint: On the opposite side of

clear tint are grey tinted lenses. Grey

is excellent for minimizing light while

still maintaining colours to their true

hues. Grey lenses are best for reducing

glare from direct sunlight. Varying

darkness of the grey hue are sold. The

darker the grey, the more light the lens will

absorb and the less light will hit your eye.

Note that if the conditions become

overcast, it can be hard to pick up on

track lines and ruts.

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Visors and goggles.

Yellow: Yellow increases depth of field

and visual clarity in overcast conditions

with low or flat light. A yellow lens will

cut glare and improve contrast. Yellow

lenses are great for days with minimal

light. They allow you to see better without

needing a lot of light, while also cutting

down on glare and improving depth

perception.

Blue: Blue lenses are unique in that they

help to maximize visual clarity in all light

conditions. Sometimes, you will see

blue lenses used by pros while racing

in muddy conditions.

Rose Tint: A rose lens offers improved

depth perception in all weather

conditions, especially slightly

overcast or flat light conditions. Rose

lenses also give high contrast and

can be ”soothing” to the eyes, while

still providing excellent light and glare

protection. Many pro off-road racers can

be seen wearing rose lenses because of

the varying conditions throughout a long

enduro or hare scramble.

Mirror Coating: Clear lenses with

flash mirror coating are definitely a

popular choice as an alternative to clear

lenses… especially for riders in bright

sunny places like SA. Besides offering

an “super cool” look when all geared

up, mirrored lenses, similar to grey

lenses, offer excellent glare reduction

from direct sunlight. However take note

that if conditions become overcast, it

can be hard to see. One major negative

with mirrored lenses is that they scratch

very easily.

Amber and Orange: Amber and Orange

tinted lenses reduce the amount of blue

light, which is what causes glare. These

lens colors also help to increase contrast,

“brighten” in lower lit conditions, and

enhance detail. Amber lenses are another

great overall-use lens as an alternative

choice to clear.

Brown: Brown lenses cut glare and

work well in variable light conditions.

The darker lens color is suitable for

sunny conditions, as well as “all-around”

riding. They also provide excellent

contrast.

Green: General conditions - enhance

contrast in low light but reduce eyestrain

A green lens will enhances contrast in

low light conditions and will also reduce

eyestrain in bright conditions for great

visual detail. Green lenses are yet another

great “all-around” lens and possibly the

best general purpose lens…. excellent in

the most general conditions.

Transitional: Variable

conditions – automatically adjusts to light

conditions. Pinlock lenses are available for

road and adventure helmets, but pricey….

Pro Grip makes an off-road goggle with

lenses like this. Shoei has visors for their

lids that do this.

Transitional lenses, also called

“Photochronic”, automatically adjust to

the amount of ultraviolet light. They are

specifically designed to adjust, allowing

you to ride from dusk to dawn without

changing the lenses. This is probably the

best solution when choosing a lens for your

lid or goggles...

When UV light is removed, a chemical

reaction driven by ambient heat reconverts

the activated photochromic molecules to

their original, clear form and the lens fades.

The simple fact is it’s your life and

you make your choices. Riding in poor

lighting conditions with a heavy tinted

visor or goggles can be pretty

dangerous.

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the new

pocket Rocket

R I D E R S R I D E - 2 0 1 7 K T M 1 5 0 X C - W

Calvin Hume Silver class winner Motul Roof Of Africa on the new KTM 150XC-W…

we asked him his impressions on the brand new bike from KTM…

“KTM’s 2017 150 XC-W was built with

the serious off-road enthusiast in mind.

144cc of power, a 96.52 cm seat height,

and a price of R89.999 differentiate

this KTM in what has become a highly

competitive segment of the motorcycle

market. Built in Austria but ridden the

world over, the 150 XC-W was designed

to be taken straight off the showroom

floor and ridden away from your bakkie

and into the elements. A nine and a half

litre tank provides fuel for the journey.

Of course, a wide variety of mods for

the 150 XC-W are available through a

number of aftermarket companies in

order to help you fine-tune this KTM to

your exact liking, although some of these

changes may render it a competition-only

machine.”

Calvin has raced the 200 XC-W for two

years and won the national high school

class, as well as the KZN WFO series and

the X-country series. When KTM Durban

asked him to race the 2017 150 for the

Roof, Calvin was worried that the bike

would not deliver with low down torque

and power range...

As they say that’s now history. One

cannot compare the two bikes as the

new 150 is new technology against old.

Calvins first impression from the bike

was how easy it was to ride it feels lighter

than the 200. But it really had a problem

and we felt this at the launch earlier this

year - at low revs it would bog and run

very rich. With that said, Wayne from

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R I D E R S R I D E - 2 0 1 7 K T M 1 5 0 X C - W

KTM Durban spent many hours testing jetting and

power spring settings and finally they got it right .

Calvin raced the bike at a WfO Enduro in the

KZN Midlands and was very impressed with the

performance all round.

Roof setup:

The first changes made was to replace the rear

sprocket to a 52 tooth from the 50, fit a radiator fan

and braces, bash plate and hand guards, as well as

disc brake protection.

Last and most important was the exhaust cage as

this is a weak point on the bike. The pipe and is too

soft for extreme enduro’s. If one is racing off-road

then a carbon guard will do.

Experience on the Roof?

Calvin really enjoyed the bike and compared it to his

last years roof on his 200 XCW.

Once again, he said how easy the bike was to ride

and felt the bike was so light and balanced - easy

to control. It’s also very easy to pivot and pick up

over the rocks. He was impressed with the power

delivery up the hills and did not have to work and fan

the clutch. As far as the acceleration, it is very quick

through the gears and was fun to race in the tech

stuff. He said you don’t get tired and can ride all day

long. The biggest plus Calvin found that the new WP

Xplor suspension is far better than the 2016 model.

He found that he could race down the steep rocky

passes and because the bike is so light (Just on

100KG’s), it flies over the rocks.

As for comfort, the seat is great and all-round the

bike is easy to ride and very comfortable.

To sum it up, the 150 has proved itself at the Roof,

taken top spot in the bronze spot with Heinrich

Zellhuber and Calvin top spot in the silver, and to top

it up it came in amongst the top gold riders.

A true pocket rocket, a serious enduro weapon for

the lighter rider up to 75 kg mark.

The 150 had to fill big shoes from the 200 and it’s

done that with easy margin and from the rider himself

- a better bike than 200…

www.ktm.com

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SAFARI

Zebula Golf Estate and Spa, certainly

one of the most successful golf estates in

South Africa, says that its diverse offering

of entertainment is one of the important

reasons for its sustained success over

the years. “Bush walks and drives,

spa treatments, golf on a world-class

layout, interactions with animals, fishing,

archery, clay target shooting, tennis and

horseback and quad safaris are just some

of the of the entertainment opportunities

available for all members of the family,”

says Zebula’s Carla Groenewald.

She adds that Zebula’s quad safaris

have become one of the most popular

activities at the resort and for this reason

they recently bolstered their fleet with

eight new Linhai Rustler 260 XL 2X4

Quad Bikes, which are distributed in

South Africa by Smith Power Equipment.

“This quad is the perfect entry level

machine. Its light weight and automatic

transmission makes it easy to use, great

to ride and is perfect for our visitors who

aren’t necessarily experienced quad

riders,” says Groenewald.

In fact, it is for these very reasons the

Linhai Rustler 260 XL 2X4 has become

one of South Africa’s most popular quads

says Linhai’s Mark Chittenden.

Located on 1100 hectares of pristine

bushveld in the shadow of the Waterberg

mountains, Zebula commands a

most spectacular setting. Undulating,

indigenous tree-covered hills and wideopen

grasslands are punctuated with

frequent dams and waterholes – a diverse

landscape that supports a wide variety of

game, birds and small wildlife. “Quadding

is a perfect way to enjoy this magnificent

outdoor facility and it is of course very

important for Zebula to choose bikes

that are not only easy to use but are also

efficient, reliable and are supported by

excellent service. These Linhai bikes fit

the bill in every way,” says Groenewald.

Linhai, a manufacturing powerhouse

with expertise and experience dating

back to 1956,

is a leader in the manufacture of

affordable, high quality motorsport

products. “The quality of Linhai

engines has become world

renowned,” says Chittenden.

“Many competing manufacturers

have approached Linhai to use

their engines but, contrary to many

manufacturers, Linhai refuses to

sell engines as they understand

that it could dilute the Linhai

brand. The engine is the heart of

any ATV, and to build a credible

brand, you must have a credible engine.”

The Linhai Rustler 260 XL 2X4 has a

257 cc, 4 stroke, single cylinder SOHC,

liquid-cooled engine,

electric starter, high/low range

transmission with reverse gear and a dry

weight of only 280kg.

Chittenden says that more and

more resort-type operations, which

own multiple machines, are realising

the benefit of the Linhai brand, which

is extremely cost-effective without

compromising on quality. “Zebula is a

good example. It is a highly professional

operation, which doesn’t make capital

investments without proper investigation

and Linhai is their choice for long term

return on investment,” he concludes.

Linhai SA: Tel: (011) 284.2000

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From reducing traffic congestion to new modes of

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save the

dates

We are going to keep you busy in 2017!!!

Here is the Plan for the first half of the new year...

Save the dates... Social off road rides all over!! All welcome.

Weekend of the 27th of January : Waterberg Mountain Ride.

A firm favourite with fantastic loops through the bushveld and farmlands

in Mookgepong which used to be Naboomspruit. Full package

or self-catering... Bookings are open, drop us a mail, we’ll send it

along.

Day Ride Feb 25th (Saturday) :

On the farms out near Parys. Brilliant mountain loops, fast flowing

Train to win

stuff an awesome day out...

Weekend of the March 31st : Volksrust.

It is spectacularly beautiful, great accommodation, awesome

chows... come join the fun.

April 27th - 30th : Swazi Mangala.

A new trip on the calendar Two and a bit days of riding through

the kingdom of Swaziland. School holidays. travel down on the

27th freedom day. Full days riding Friday the 28th, Sat the 29th.

Travel home on the 30’th and take the 1st to chill at home. You need

passports. An amazing ride, come and join the fun.

Day Ride May 13th (Saturday) :

Mothers day ride - a day in the saddle on the East Rand - going to be

great, then on Sunday you can take the goose out for lunch.

June the 30th : TRI NATIONS.

SA, Swaziland, all the way to the beach in Mozambique... an awesome

trip. Save the date.

October 5th : Durban to JHB in the Dirt.

Raising funds for QASA kicks off on the 5th of October... we’ll send out

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Have a great Christmas break!!!

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