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Blonde and lawyer quiz

A lawyer and a blonde are sitting next to each other on

a long flight from LA to NY. The lawyer leans over to her

and asks if she would like to play a fun game. The blonde

just wants to take a nap, so she politely declines and rolls

over to the window to catch a few winks.

The lawyer persists and explains that the game is really

easy and a lot of fun. He explains “I ask you a question,

and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me $5, and

visa-versa.” Again, she politely declines and tries to get

some sleep.

The lawyer, now somewhat agitated, says, “Okay, if you

don’t know the answer you pay me $5, and if I don’t

know the answer, I will pay you $50!” figuring that since

she is a blonde that he will easily win the match.

This catches the blonde’s attention and, figuring that

there will be no end to this torment unless she plays,

agrees to the game.

The lawyer asks the first question. “What’s the distance

from the earth to the moon?” The blonde doesn’t say a

word, reaches into her purse, pulls out a five-dollar bill

and hands it to the lawyer.

Now, it’s the blonde’s turn. She asks the lawyer “What

goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down with

four?” The lawyer looks at her with a puzzled look. He

takes out his laptop computer and searches all his

references. He taps into the Airphone with his modem

and searches the Net and the Library of Congress.

Frustrated, he sends E-mails to all his co-workers and

friends he knows. All to no avail.

After over an hour, he wakes the blonde and hands her

$50. The blonde politely takes the $50 and turns away to

get back to sleep.

The lawyer, who is more than a little miffed, wakes the

blonde and asks, “Well, so what IS the answer!?”

Without a word, the blonde reaches into her purse hands

the lawyer $5 and goes back to sleep.

CONTENTS: FEBRUARY 2017

THE TEAM:

EDITOR:

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DESIGN:

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CONTRIBUTORS:

Clive Strugnell

Kurt Beine

Grant Foley

Richard Sutherland

Zygmund Brodalka

Garth Roberts

Laren vd Westhuizen

Ian McClaren

Craig Barendson

Byron Rudman

Zenon Birkby

Sean Hendley

Tristan Foley

16: FEATURE: 2017 DAKAR RALLY

28: CLASSIC: YAMAHA TY250

34: FEATURE: RACE FITNESS

52: READERS RIDE: TWINS AT THE ROOF

62: FEATURE: BEST ADVENTURE BIKE?

70: FIRST RIDE: DUCATI DESERT SLED

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A quick flip to Nelspruit:

Our lot took a quick ride out to Nelspruit in Mpumalanga – home of cool gadgets

from the guys like Hyde products to check in on all of the local bike shops…

Two Cousins Bike Shop:

Mier Simpson is the friendly lady who runs the Two

Cousins dealership in old Pretoria Road. These guys are

an old school motorcycle dealership, focussed on general

repairs and servicing. And the coffee is great!

(013) 753-3036

Nelspruit ATV:

Pro-Tek is a specialised dirtbike and adventure What

a cool, friendly bunch. This lot have a whole heap

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Kawasaki, Linhai, Sym and Can-Am. They have a

monster workshop and a very friendly showroom

floor. They host a monthly breakfast run on the first

Sunday of every month, complete with lucky draws –

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Pitlane Motorcycle Accessories:

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raid. Dakar 2017 was difficult, even by Dakar’s standards, you might have some idea of what we’re on about.

Words: Elza Thiart-Botes

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The 39th Dakar Rally that took place

in South America from January 2nd to

14th, was not an easy one. This year’s

race route took in more than 5,500 miles

of South American terrain, including

sand dunes, mountain passes, powderdry

scrublands and flooded plains. In

fact, flooding was a bit of a theme for

Dakar 2017, with sections of the race

cut short or cancelled entirely due to

torrential rain, flooding and landslides.

It was a particularly miserable time for

competitors, spending hours on end

trapped in the mud, with only a washedout

camp to return to at the end of their

runs. That said, it was exceptionally bad

for the Argentineans who call the town

of Volcan (the worst-hit area) home, with

a decent chunk of their town washed

away or buried under mud. It was the fifth

time that the Dakar Rally raced through

South America and this year the race took

competitors from the start in Asunción in

Paraguy through Bolivia to the finish in

Buenos Aires in Argentinia.

Dakar 2017 claimed the egos (and luckily

not the lives) of some pretty big names.

Carlos Sainz, Sr – no stranger to off-road

driving – flipped spectacularly after running

wide on a mountain road. Last year’s

winner in the bike category, Australian Toby

Price, broke his leg in four separate places

and had to undergo immediate surgery,

rather than finish the race.

Southern Africa was well represented

with three local riders – David Thomas

was part of the HT Husqvarna Rally Raid

Team on his FR450 Rally; Joey Evans and

Walter Terblanche were both part of the

BAS Dakar Team on their KTM 450 Rally

bikes and Botswana’s Vincent Crosbie

raced in the Nomade Racing Assistance

team with his KTM 450.

Although they have all competed in

international rally raid events before, the

Dakar Rally was a first experience for all

of them.

Vinny had a dream Dakar. He’s an

awesome competitor who flew the

Botswana flag so high. The story about

Joey is a good one, and we’ve featured

him in Dirt And trail Magazine previously:

Joey was paralysed from his torso in

2007 after a motorcycle accident and

had to learn how to walk and ride his bike

again. His “Para to Dakar” dream has

come true. We reckon that the whole of

SA was pushing his bike along…

What was supposed to be a 9 000

kilometre race, turned into an event

where about 25% of the racing stages

was cancelled, including the long 786km

Stage 6 as well as the 977km Stage 9, of

which 406 kilometres would’ve been the

racing stage. Stage 8 was shortened.

Extreme weather conditions included

rain, flooding and even a landslide, which

was why these stages had to be altered

or cancelled with the organisers having to

render assistance to the village of Volcan.

Families lost their homes and lives were

lost due to the landslide that caused

the roads to be washed away - and

alternative routes and overnight bivouacs

had to be set up.

Many competitors spent longer than

usual on their bikes while assistance

teams struggled to get to bivvy points.

As usual, navigation played a major

role in the outcome of the race. Many

riders lost time from the start by ‘getting

lost’ in search of invisible waypoints. It

seems that the former multiple motorcycle

winner and now the Route Director of the

Dakar, Marc Coma, wanted to bring back

elements of the ‘traditional’ Dakar and not

have a waypoint-to-waypoint race.

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Almost everyone had their turn and the

standings at the front changed constantly.

A major factor was the high altitudes.

Competitors started the race in Paraguay

and almost as soon as they got into

the ‘Dakar rhythm’, they hit the high

altitudes that took them between 3 000

and 4 200m above sea level. These high

altitudes took huge toll on competitors,

their crews as well as the bikes that

struggled with a loss of power.

Stage 1

The race started with a win for Xavier de

Soultrait (Yamaha), but he was ‘fined’ for

speeding on a link stage which meant

that Juan Pedrero (Sherco) took the lead

after the first day’s 39 kilometre stage

while Sam Sunderland was sixth; his KTM

team-mate and the 2016 winner, Toby

Price was 17th. Joan Barreda (Honda)

finished seventh despite almost drowning

his bike.

The South Africans all made a safe

start to the race with Thomas finishing

44th, Crosbie 67th, Evans 103rd and

Terblanche 117th.

Stage 2:

The front changed during a very hot

second stage (275km stage and a total

of 802 kilometres in the saddle) when

Price took the victory – and the lead –

dodging many animals on the road. His

team-mate, Matthias Walkner was second

with Paulo Goncalves (Honda) third. De

Soultrait showed again how fast he was

and finished fourth. For Crosbie it was

like racing in Botswana and he finished

67th - 65th overall – while both Walter and

Joey experienced problems with the fork

seals on their shocks. David lost time at

a de-control when he had to look for the

official who took his time-card and did not

return it.

Stage 3:

There was a new winner – AND leader –

after another long day in the saddle (780

kilometres of which a total of 365kms

formed the timed section with racing taking

place at levels as high as 5 000 metres)

with Barreda winning for the first time.

Price struggled after getting lost-he lost 20

minutes to Barreda. Sunderland finished

second and moved to second place overall

while a ninth place for Price meant a drop

to fifth place on the overall standings, 16

minutes behind the new leader.

Disaster struck the SA camp. Riders

had to divide their bulky roadbooks

into two for each of the two parts of

the special stage and Thomas left the

second part behind in the service truck.

This meant that he had to race blind. He

crashed and had to hide under his bike in

a hail storm as the weather changed.

David finished 30th, 31st overall while

Vince’s 52nd place resulted in him moving

into 52nd place overall; Walter was 114th

(he dropped to 109th place) while Joey

dropped from 102nd to 118th place.

All were, however another day closer to

realizing their dreams.

Stage 4:

Another ‘biggie’ with a special stage of

416 kilometres. this was the stage that

last year’s winner Toby Price would like

to forget - he had a high speed accident

and broke his leg. It was also the stage

that saw Walter being forced to give up

Livio Metelli from Italia.

David Thomas

Joan-Barreda

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16DAKARS

UNDEFEATED

Winning once might be down to luck, but with 16 consecutive victories, KTM’s

Dakar domination is anything but circumstantial. With the READY TO RACE

attitude and a massive team effort, British KTM Factory rider Sam Sunderland

won the 2017 Dakar Rally, extending KTM’s undefeated record.

Congratulations to Sam and the team for this outstanding performance!

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his dream due to dirty petrol that damaged his bike. “The

feeling to wake up and realize that I will not be racing today

is indescribable. Must be the single biggest disappointment

of my life. I have worked so hard to reach my dream. I did

not come here to give up and quit. So to be DNF because

of fuel and injector problems is devastating and so, so

unfair. I want to puke just thinking about it,” Terblanche said

afterwards.

“We rode at 4995m where the bike struggled. This I knew

would happen. The bike had almost no power the day before

at 3500m. I could hardly ride out of small dunes in 1st gear.

The bike would stop when I pulled away and tried to go

into second gear. This was heartbreaking to see other guys

pass me. So much for a brand new engine. I think with the

injector/dirty fuel that the mapping sensor must have failed

and caused the engine to blow. Something was clearly not

right,” he said.

The fourth stage winner of the 2017 Dakar, was Walkner

who moved into second place with Pablo Quintanilla

(Husqvarna) taking the lead from Barreda who was penalised

for fuelling at the wrong place , dropping him back to seventh

place overall. A 30th place for Crosbie meant a jump to 44th

place while Joey jumped 12 places to the 106th place overall.

Thomas fell back somewhat and was now 67th.

Laia-Sanz

Stage 5:

Another long special stage (447 kilometres) with Sunderland

winning for the first time this year and moving into the top

spot on the overall standings. It was also the stage where SA

rider David Thomas crashed at a high speed and broke his

leg quite badly. Joey Evans got to him and assisted him until

he was airlifted to hospital. Joey continued the race with

Davids tribute sticker to his deceased brother Justin on his

bike. David and Justin were going to race Dakar together.

“My dream of completing Dakar is still the first thing that

comes to mind every morning as I wake up and look down

at my broken leg,” says David. About his crash he said: “It

was a tricky fast road with blind summits. The weather had

suddenly turned really bad and I think ice was forming on the

road. It was a high altitude stage and it happened so quickly.

I did absolutely everything I could to keep it upright, but

once I left the road into the rocks, there was nothing more I

could do.” “I am determined now more than ever to recover

well and get myself to the start of Dakar 2018. My Dakar was

short, but full of unforgettable memories and experiences

you only gain by getting to the start line of Dakar,” he said.

Stage 6:

Stage Six was cancelled, but it was still a long ride – and

drive – to the overnight bivouac and the rest day… time

to catch up and rest while the mechanics gave the bike a

proper overhaul. The conditions were terrible due to the rain,

the camp was a quagmire and the mechanics had to find a

dry spot to work on the machines.

Joey tackled the second half of his Dakar from the 102nd

place overall while Vince was now in 42nd place overall.

Botswana’s Vincent Crosbie

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Stage 7:

Stage seven was also shortened and this time Ricky Brabec

(Honda) took his first victory, but a third place for Sunderland

resulted in him moving back into the lead with Quintanilla

now second. Vince finished in an excellent 25th place (he

stayed 42nd overall) while Joey was 104th (and remained in

the 102nd place).

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Husky’s Ondrej Klymciw

Stage 8:

Stage eight was modified and shortened

with Honda’s Barreda Bort, whose team

was fighting his penalty, becoming

the first rider to take a second victory.

Sunderland finished third and remained

the leader while both Joey and Vince

moved up a few places.

Stage 9:

Then Stage Nine was cancelled.

With only three days to go, Barreda took

Stage 10 (a long 750 kilometres with 450

racing kilo’s). By now Sunderland must

have realised that a first Dakar victory

was on the cards and he played it safe

to finish 12th. Crosbie was flying and a

33rd place resulted in him moving into the

thirties (38th place).

It was a tough day for Joey who injured

his knee ligaments during the first half

of the Dakar and had to strap it every

day. He fell twice and damaged his front

wheel, but still finished 98th.

What a stage the penultimate stage

was! Barreda took the victory of this

760km stage (300km special stage).

But there was bad news for Evans who

found himself stuck in fesh-fesh (the thick,

powdery dust) and ended up having his

bike run over by a car! He managed to roll

out of the way and was unscathed. His

bike was badly damaged with the exhaust

flattened and pressed into the rear tyre;

the front fuel tank was broken off and the

fuel spilt out and his navigation tower was

damaged. He lost an hour fixing it as best

as he could and slowly got going again

Later he came across an abandoned

bike – the rider had been airlifted after he

crashed and broke his arm – and Joey

‘borrowed’ parts to fix his bike. He got to

the finish at 2:15am. You can’t take these

South Africans anywhere! What a story he

has for his grandkids one day!

Barreda took yet another victory with

Sunderland finishing fifth – and keeping

his overall lead. Vince was 28th and

moved to the 35th place on the overall

standings.

With a long 722 kilometres to go – and

only 64 to race – it was time for the last

day of the 2017 Dakar Rally and the riders

started in the reverse order.

Joey was late for the start but finished

his Dakar Dream in 93rd place overall

while Vince was 36th overall and 16th in

the Rookie Class.

Sam Sunderland became the first Britt

to win the Dakar Rally – it was also the

first time that he has completed the Dakar

Rally. Sunderland’s been in the fray for

a while now, and has shown flashes of

brilliance in the past, but hasn’t actually

finished a Dakar until this year. You have

to hand it to him – that’s finishing in style.

Taking his KTM 450 to task for a total time

of 32 hours, six minutes and 22 seconds,

Sunderland beat teammate Matthias

Walkner by more than half an hour overall

to claim victory.

Walkner finished second, his first finish

after three tries.

The privateer KTM rider, Gerard Farres,

was third and rounded off an all KTM

podium. Adrien van Beveren (Yamaha) was

fourth with Barreda Bort (Honda) rounding

off the top five.

This is KTM’s 16th successive Dakar win.

Of the 144 motorcycles who started the

race, 110 reached the Rest Day and 97

made it to the finish line.

Three Ladies finished in the motorcycle

category with the Spaniard, Laia Sanz

(KTM) finishing 16th. Her seventh meadal.

Nani Roma’s wife, Rosa Font, completed

the Dakar for the third time in 80th

and the Russian Anastasiya Nifontova

(Husqvarna) was 75th in her first Dakar.

The Estonian, Toomas Triisa (who came

here to race the Roof two years ago), won

the Malles-Moto category and finished

30th overall.

Husky’s Ondrej Klymciw

Sherco has made big inroads

at events like Dakar.

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Sam Sunderland 2017 Dakar winner

Matthias Walkner


Lyndon Poskitt’s malles moto entry into this unassisted

class is quite interesting…

Poskitt started riding when he was 10 years old and

competed in seven different types of bike disciplines before

2012 when he got involved with rallies. In 2013 he entered

Dakar (his dad was his mechanic) and finished 46th. Then

it became a bigger adventure. He went home and sold all

his possessions, converted an old 690 rally bike into an

adventure bike and set off around the world on his ‘Races to

Places’ mission. He has now raced at least one major rally

on all non-polar continents of the world and has competed

in five major international rallies on four different continents,

all except one of them on the very same, converted KTM 690

Factory Rally.

He says: ““It is amazing how much you can raise just by

selling all the junk you’ve amassed over the years. The only

things I couldn’t bring myself to part with was the KTM 450

on which I finished the Dakar in 2013, a 950 KTM Adventure

that I’ve done about 160,000 kilometres on and, of course the

690 which I’ve used on Races to Places. So far that particular

bike has raced the Dakar Rally and covered over 150,000

kilometres in 45 different countries. My original idea was to

rebuild my old Dakar 2013 bike and use it for the race but my

internet activity over recent years has drawn a bit of attention

to what I’ve been up to and attracted an opportunity that

allowed me to acquire a new 2017 KTM 450 RR. I’ve only

ridden it 200 kilometres so far but it is a fabulous machine.”

Visit his website (www.adventure-spec.com/blog/blog/

category/lyndon-poskitt) to read about his adventures.

A very happy Anasta

Anastasiya Nifontova

Quads:

This year, for the first time in a while, there were no SA riders

in the quad category. 37 quads started the race this year.

There were a few favourites, like Brazil’s Marcelo Medeiros,

the Argentine Pablo Copetti, Chile’s Ignacio Casale and the

Russian Sergey Karyakin as well as experienced riders like

Rafal Sonik and and Joseph Macachek – all on Yamaha

Raptors. 22 made it to the finish with the Karyakin taking

his first victory (he was fourth last year). He was followed

by Casale and Copetti for an all Yamaha podium and Sonik

finishing fourth.

The French lady, Camelia Liparotti finished her ninth Dakar

and was 13th for the third time.

Side By Sides:

Leandro Torres and co-driver Lourival Roldan have become

the very first Dakar SSV class winners, taking the 2017 title in

their factory Xtreme Plus Polaris RZR1000XT machine, by an

impressive 4h 42m.

One of five Polaris crews to enter the world’s toughest

race, Torres and Roldan dominated the second half of Dakar

2017, gradually extending their lead over fellow Polaris

crews, after all other rival manufacturer teams retired before

the mid-point rest day.

Brazilian winner Torres commented, “It is only my second

Dakar and I only started in cross country rallying just last

year. Now I take the victory of the first edition of the SSV

category in the Dakar and this is incredible. My dream has

come true.” “It was hard, but very different compared to last

year. I was more aggressive and I adored the special stages

with the many surface changes. The road connections were

tough too, as they were long and temperatures ranged from

five to 50 degrees. It was tough, but to win the Dakar is just

incredible.”

Mao Ruijin in his Dakar RZR

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Cars:

In the vehicle category, the South Africanbuilt

Toyota Hilux bakkies did quite well

despite their normally aspirated petrol

engines struggling with a loss of power

at high altitudes where the turbodiesel

Peugeots had a blast.

Three Hilux bakkies finished in the top

nine – the Spaniard, Nani Roma, was

fourth, Giniel de Villiers and his German

navigator, Dirk von Zitzewitz was fifth

(they had navigation issues and a few

flat tyres) while the Zimbabwian, Conrad

Rautenbach and his Jo’burg navigator,

Rob Howie, was ninth. Rautenbach won

the best rookie as he competed in his first

ever Dakar.

The race was won by six time

motorcycle winner, Stephane Peterhansel

(Peugeot) who took his seventh victory

in the car category at his 28th Dakar!

His team-mate and multiple World Rally

Champion, Sebastian Loeb came in

second and former multiple motorcycle

winner, Cyril Depres took third.

The Neil Woolridge built Ford Ranger

was 20th.

In the truck category, the Pretoria

technician, Sean Berriman, was in the

MAN assistance truck that completed the

race in 36th place.

What a race! Great entertainment for

the start of the year! Seldom has there

been so much hype around this event.

Roll on 2018!!

SA Cars arriving at the Dakar

Hanse Stacey

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Classic

TRIALS BIKE

THE TY250 TWINSHOCK

The other day on one of the rides we went along on, we noticed this rare old bike in immaculate

condition playing around on the trails. We discovered that it belongs to friends of ours, so we got in

touch with George and asked for the story behind it… Words: Roley Foley Pics: Zenon

This particular motorcycle is a 1975 Yamaha TY250B model 493.

George and his boys felt a little guilty about always having fun on

the rides and his wife, Maria, only being a back-up driver. So they

decided to look for an easy to ride bike that is low enough for her

and also for the boys to learn how to ride a 2 wheeler.

He then remembered his old TY250. It was left abandoned on his

father’s plot about 22 years ago after getting damaged in a fall.

After moving out, getting married and having kids, the bike was

almost forgotten.That’s when the idea came to restore it. The family

finished it just in time for Maria’s birthday in March 2015.

Both the boys have learned to ride 2 wheelers on it as well as

some of their cousins and friends. And the boss, Maria rides it too. It

has matching frame and engine numbers

It is painted in the similar colours and pattern as the original

factory colours of the TY250B model 493.

The motorcycle is almost 100% original excepting for some hard

to find components.


Here’s a bit of info on the bike.

The TY stands for “Trials Yamaha”. It was specifically designed

and built to take part in the European Trials championship. At

the time it was marketed as Yamaha’s first slow bike.

It was produced from 1972 to 1981

1968: A standard Yamaha DT250 is entered into the

European Trial Championship in Montbeliard France, ridden by

Swiss Hasler.

1970: Christian Rayer, six times French trials champion

suggests to Jean-Claude Olivier from Yamaha France the idea

of a Trials Yamaha.

1971: Christian Rayer, is contracted by the Japanese to help

develop a prototype Trials Yamaha. This photo shows Christian

in 1971 on a prototype trials he developed using a Yamaha 350

engine.

1972: Christian Rayer receives the first factory built TY 250.

1973: TY250 launched globally as a production Trials

Motorcycle.

1973: Yamaha recruits Mick Andrews, nicknamed ‘Magical

Mike’, 5 times winner of the Scottish Six Days Trial and twice

European champion. Mick Andrews continues the development

of the TY with Japanese engineers for the next 6 years. This

photo shows Mick Andrews riding a TY250 in Japan.

1981: Yamaha TY250 Twin Shock is discontinued and

replaced by the TY250 Monoshock. This photo shows the 1983

TY250 Monoshock.

The basic TY250 Specs

· 246cc Single cylinder 2 stroke, 17hp

· Weight 85kg in Trials version. 93kg in street version.

· 5 speed gearbox with ratios specially selected for trails

competition by ‘Magical Mike’

· Max speed 110km/h with street reduction of 53/17 on the

sprockets. Trials reduction was 53/12.

· Left rear swing arm houses an oil reservoir with automatic

chain oiler.

· Many parts such as the hubs, brakes, engine covers and fuel

tank are manufactured out of magnesium to reduce weight.

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COMPETITION EXTENDED!!!

Yamaha Launches bLU cRU

The Yamaha lifestyle package.

So, what is bLU cRU YAMAHA?

bLU cRU Yamaha is a massive, nationwide, Dealer and Yamaha SA driven, membership

programme for all Yamaha YZ, WR, and FX customers. Membership is free for all that

purchase a new YZ, WR or FX model via accredited Yamaha dealerships, but is deemed

as highly aspirational to the customer, and has a true sense of “belonging” to the Yamaha

family. Great initiative!

bLU cRU Yamaha membership provides the customer with all sorts of cool stuff:

* Free custom designed bLU cRU Yamaha T-Shirt (additional stock available for purchase).

* Free custom designed bLU cRU Yamaha Hoodie (additional stock available for purchase).

* Free bLU cRU Yamaha decals (additional stock available for purchase).

* Free Yamalube care pack.

* Free membership to bLU cRU Yamaha, with a virtual membership card.

* Enquire at your favourite Yamaha dealership about instore discounts and special deals.

* Dealer showroom and workshop based support, with great service.

* And the racing guys and gals will smile - trackside based support at club and regional

racing (very dealer driven) as well as National racing (both YDSA and dealer driven).

* Two national major events, one of them being the Roof of Africa, will be selected, and

Yamaha SA will provide full race support to any bLU cRU Yamaha rider racing these

events. Here the member will feel factory. bLU cRU Yamaha technicians take care of all

the bike preparation requirements during the multi day race, while the rider catches up

on some shuteye. The customer only pays for the parts he uses. All labour, lubes, bike

washes, tyre changes etc. are provided free of charge. Cool huh!

* An invitation to an annual bLU cRU Yamaha weekend, exclusively for bLU cRU Yamaha

members only, where lots of riding, fun, partying, prizes are the order of the weekend.

For more information, please contact your local Yamaha Dealer.

WIN WITH bLU cRU

Following the fantastic response to the last Blu Cru competition, Yamaha has decided to do it all again

– and we already have a lot of entries. Just send your pic of you and your Yamaha to foleyg@mweb.

co.za – we might just publish it – and you might just win.

All you have to do is send us a pic of yourself on your Yamaha - wheelie, stoppie or even a crash.

1st Place:

Yamaha Pro300

head phones

1st Place: Yamaha Pro300 head phones – blue in colour. 2nd place: Yamaha wrist watch – black in

colour.Yamaha will select the winning pictures and announce the winners in our May issue.

2nd place:

Yamaha

wrist watch


Ride Impressions:

We popped through to their place to

check the bike out and take a quick ride…

the first issue was to get it started – 15

dozen odd kicks and the owner arrived

home and started it first try. Gosh…

Guys and Gals – did you ever own one

of those chopper bicycles back in the day.

The whole seating position is kinda like

that – laid back with ape hangar like bars

and chilled posture. It’s like stepping back

a bit to a time when neighbourhoods were

terrorised by the bike brigades.

The two stroke mill is easy to start and

burbles along quietly. Remember – old

school – air cooled and large in size. The

seat is made for - well short rests – the

bike is undoubtedly a stand up machine.

The whole bike is very narrow. The pegs

are kinda skinny… were we to buy one

to live with wider pegs would be the first

addition. Other than that, the bike is pretty

straightforward and we love the classic

old school styling.

First gear is strong and very low – this is

where we spent most of our time messing

about at a rocky little place we know.

Very soft power delivery. The bike is well

balanced, you point at a ledge, open the

throttle and the trials tyres propel you up

in a hurry. You can put along in first doing

tight turns and hoiking up the front wheel,

enormous fun. Hit the open trails and we

saw a top speed close to the 90kph mark

so she’s no slouch and even though this

bike is almost as old as the guy riding it,

it feels fresh and is tremendous fun. Don’t

push your luck though – drum brakes do

not give the positive feedback that you’ve

come to appreciate with modern discs –

and the suspension… well it is nearly forty

years young.

It’s fantastic to see old bikes like these

still running about. If you thought that

KTM was on to something with their

Freeride –Yamaha already did it years

ago. This one is still ridden regularly –

and although it is already in fairly pristine

condition, plans are afoot to get it back to

brand new condition…

George Abehlo and his bike...

Christian Rayer

Mick Andrews

The whole family climbed in...

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FITNESS GOALS

G e t t h e m o s t o u t o f y o u r R i d i n g f o r 2 0 1 7

In the pursuit of improved riding performance, it’s important to utilize every training method at your

disposal. Too many riders get stuck on a single technique such as weight training or dig themselves into a

rut by thinking to ride for hours on end is enough – unfortunately it’s not. Words & Pics: Mandy Thomas

To get the most out of your riding

you need to step outside of your fitness

comfort zone and seek fresh, dynamic

programs. The answer is cross-training,

as it draws from a variety of disciplines

and incorporates them into vigorous

and productive workouts. This training

method combines several different

workout strategies (i.e. body building,

track and field, and boxing) in a single,

comprehensive training session.

The benefits of cross-training:

• Conditioning: By performing a variety

of exercises from different disciplines,

you are asking more of your body than

with a traditional, straight-forward

approach. The increased workload and

variety of movements cause your fitness

levels to grow. Cross-training workouts

aren’t tailored to a single goal, such as

gaining strength or getting faster, but

cater to all these needs simultaneously.

With cross-training, it’s possible to gain

muscle, lose fat, increase stamina all in a

single workout.

• Injury Prevention: Often when guys

get injured through exercise, it’s because

they are excessively doing a single

activity. Joints, ligaments, muscles and

tendons are under a tremendous amount

of stress though repeated movement, and

it’s important to give them the occasional

break. By mixing up your training you

give the over-used parts of your body

a chance to rest and the under-used a

chance to strengthen and catch-up.

• Active Recovery: Active recovery

is when you do an alternative type of

training to recover from your primary

training method. For instance, I might

give my riders swimming mixed with

isometric exercises to actively recover

from their high intensity sessions building

up to a race. Doing this actually speeds

up recovery by increasing blood flow and

the delivery of nutrients to stressed or

damaged muscle tissue.

• Mental Stimulation: The variety of

exercises and training methods used in

cross-training keeps the body guessing

and the mind interested. No two

workouts are the same with the variety

stemming not only from the different

disciplines but also the format of how the

sessions are brought together.

Try this sample Base Fit cross-training

program to kick-start your new routine

for 2017.

1 High Knees 50 (total reps)

2 Narrow Push Ups 20

3 Hip Flexor Pikes 10 (per leg)

4 Lateral Lunge Single Press 10 (per side)

Do exercise 1 only. Then repeat exercise

1 but add exercise 2. Then do exercise 1,

2 and 3. Finish with exercise 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Then move on to the next 4 exercises.

5 RDL’s 10 (per leg)

6 Bicycles 10 (per side)

7 Side Bridge Hold with Front raises 10

(per side)

8 Reverse Lunge Bicep Curl 10 (per leg)

Do exercise 5 only. Then repeat exercise

5 but add exercise 6. Then do exercise 5,

6 and 7. Finish with exercise 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Elisa Gianchino

(MTB and Olympic

Gold Medallist)

Lodewyk Jansen

van Vuuren (Enduro)

HIGH KNEES: (Hip Flexors, Cardio)

This is a high knee action jog on the spot.

Hold your hands out in front of you hip

height and try to get your knees to touch

your hands with each step action.

NARROW PUSH UPS (Core, Triceps)

Go into the push-up position on your hands and your feet, but place your hands directly

underneath your shoulders. Drop your body towards the floor by bending your arms (as

you would a normal push-up), but make sure your elbows are tucked in and brush up

against your sides as you lower your body (do not let them flare out to the side)

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Kirsten Landman

(Enduro)

BICYCLES (Core)

Lying on your back in the crunch position, bring your left elbow

to meet your right knee across your body. Your right elbow is

back towards the floor and your left leg is outstretch just over

floor; Now switch to bring your right elbow to your left knee,

while stretching out your right leg and left elbow.

HIP FLEXOR PIKES (Core, Hip Flexors)

Hold your hips up off the floor with your hands on a step. Keeping your legs straight lift

one leg as high as you can and hold that position for 1 second. Repeat on the other side.

SIDE BRIDGE HOLD WITH FRONT RAISES

Hold the side bridge position. Keeping your free arm straight

while holding a weight, touch the ground in front of your

chest, then lift the weight back up again (keep your arm

straight the entire time).

LATERAL LUNGE WITH SINGLE PRESS (Shoulders, core, quads, hamstrings, balance)

Hold a dumbbell at shoulder height in your right hand. Lunge laterally to the right

keeping the dumbbell shoulder height. As you return, bringing your feet together, do a

single shoulder press. Repeat all reps on one side before working the other side.

REVERSE LUNGES WITH BICEP CURLS (Legs and Biceps)

Holding a dumbbell in each hand, take a large step backward

into the lunge position. As you step backwards do a bicep curl.

Ensure each lunge and bicep curl are performed simultaneously.

Dwayne Kleinhans

(Enduro)

ROMANIAN DEADLIFTS (RDL) (Lower back, glutes, hamstrings)

Reach for the floor with both hands while lifting your right leg up behind, keeping both

legs straight. When your torso and right leg are parallel to the floor, stand back up straight.

If you have any questions regarding your fitness

training or need assistance putting a plan together for

the year please e-mail me on mandy@basefit.co.za.

Mandy Thomas – BASE FIT

www.basefit.co.za

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BLAKE

GUTZEIT


Off-road worktools

Clive strugnell Pics Kyle “digger” Lawrenson

STOUTA KUBOTA

THE UNDERGROUND KUBOTA RTV 900 XT SIDE BY SIDE.

South Africans are renowned for being

able to “maak n plan” and pioneering

many solutions to complex problems.

This is especially true in the mining

industry, where we are world leaders

in deep underground mining expertise.

Of course we have to thank the gold

and diamond mining industries for

this. One of the aspects of mining

where we also lead the World is

in mining safety. Considering the

thousands of underground workers

and the number of hours they toil

at the rock face our safety record is

second to none.

Deep down in the bowels of the

earth one of the most important tasks

is getting equipment, technicians

and all sorts of other supplies like

explosives from the shafts to the

rock face. This is a very complex

issue because of the layout of a deep

level mine. Hundreds of kilometers

of tunnel fan out from the shafts

leading to the surface. Everything

in these tunnels has to be brought

from the surface..personnel, air,

water, equipment, supplies and

much more. Originally all of this was

carried down in the “Cage” and then

either physically carried or loaded

onto wheeled trolleys. Nowadays

everything is mechanised, and a

surprising number of vehicles are

used underground.

Side-by-sides have proved ideally

suited for these tasks. In particular the

new Kubota RTV 900XT diesel is one

of the best, with several hundred now

in operation around the country. This

Kubota has several features which

make it ideal for many underground

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tasks. As delivered from the Kubota Tractor

company in Japan it is an excellent base vehicle.

It has a powerful diesel engine of just under

900 cc, it has a unique fluid drive transmission

system which can drive either the rear wheels

or all four, and it has also has a unique braking

system linked to the fluid drive transmission. In

addition to driver controlled braking through the

brake pedal, this side by side can only move if

the transmission is engaged and the throttle is

pressed. In any other mode there the wheels

cannot turn. If the engine is off the vehicle cannot

freewheel, so there is no chance of it running

away down an incline. If the throttle is not

pressed and the engine is idling the transmission

will not deliver enough fluid to turn the wheels,

so it cannot run away in that mode either.

Although the standard RTV900XT is an

excellent base vehicle the stringent requirements

underground mean that it must be specially

prepared for each of the specific tasks it must

undertake.

Maubra, one of the Kubota dealers in South

Africa, specialises in designing and preparing

them for underground use. Safety is of the

utmost performance, and the base vehicle is

fitted with a strengthened roll cage, special

purpose front and rear steel bumpers, steel

lattice driver and passenger doors, a full array

of Led auxillary lights, including nautical style

red and green side lights so that its’ direction of

travel can be seen at a glance in the dark, and

the entire floor surface in the cab and the load

bed is coated with a rubberised non slip material.

The minning unit that

spends most of its life

under ground...

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In addition to all of this every mine

has a strictly enforced speed limit

underground, with the fastest being

15km/h, so Maubra govern them to

the required limit. Thanks to the diesel

engine there is no HT electricity powering

the engine , and every other electrical

component is insulated to prevent

any chance of a spark igniting any

combustible vapour underground.

In this form the Kubota RTV900 XT is

used as an underground utility vehicle.

Maubra then modify them further for

other specific tasks. For instance more

safety precautions and extra equipment

is fitted to one carrying explosives.

There is a first aid version equipped to

reach accident victims quickly, provide

first response treatment and extract

them from the area. In some mines the

requirement is for all these vehicles, but

the low roof of certain tunnels requires

that the height of the vehicle must be less

than 1.4m. In these cases Maubra modify

the RTV 900 by lowering the floor-pan,

the seats and the height of the roll cage.

On comparing the price of a standard

900 Kubota diesel side by side one is

struck by the fact that they are close,

if not more, than a small utility pick up

truck in SA. So why would a farmer, a

mine or even a factory buy a side by

side instead of a bakkie? There are a

couple of reasons. Firstly they tell us

that long term maintenance and ease

of maintenance of the Kubota side by

side is far less than a bakkie. There is no

clutch, no brakes pads or shoes and a

very simple and rugged 3 cylinder diesel

engine. Furthermore the Kubota is much

simpler to operate, even a relatively

inexperienced person can learn to drive it

in minutes.

So although out of sight is often out of

mind, the Maubra Kubota side by sides

are playing an important part in keeping

one of the main contributors to our

economy churning over every day…

More info on the Kubota range: www.

kubotasa.co.za

The dash is clean and neat...

Jaco and Kevin from Maubra.

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Y O S H I M U R A

The Legend & the Brand

It’s one of the biggest name brands in the motorcycling industry, and has a racing pedigree of the highest

standards and it was all started by one man. Words: Clive Strugnell

Once in a while, quite unintentionally,

a man will have such an influence in his

chosen world that he becomes a real

legend….through his actions and his

character. In motorcycling one name

comes into mind instantly. Soichiro

Honda. He didn’t set out to become

famous, he just wanted to build a good

motorcycle. Not far from where Honda

lived (Japan is a small place) a man called

Hideo Yoshimura plied his trade as an

aircraft mechanic, which he had been

trained to do in the Japanese air force

towards the end of WW 2. After the war

the American armed forced occupied

Japan, and at the local air force base

“Pops” Yoshimura started repairing

motorcycles for American airmen based

there. Being young, probably quite bored

and living on a wide open airfield it’s just

natural that they tore around the perimeter

on their favourite BSA’s and Triumphs. In

no time at all they found out that not only

was Pops good at repairing their bikes, he

knew how to make them go faster!

It wasn’t long before Pops left the air

force and in 1954 he opened his own

motorcycle shop. His attempts at selling

four BMW’s he imported failed miserably,

but it wasn’t long before his tuning skills

became well known. Probably because

of the restraints of war he was incredibly

clever at modifying standard parts to

make motorcycles go faster. His wife and

children were drafted into the business

as it grew. Honda had started producing

small motorcycles in 1948, and by

the time the Yoshimura shop became

a thriving business Honda models

were becoming a familiar sight in his

neighbourhood.

Pops liked his American servicemen

customers, and from them learned

English, and heard about the famous

Daytona 200 motorcycle race. In 1969

Honda made history with their industry

changing four cylinder superbike, the CB

750, followed soon after by Kawasaki’s

eye-opening 900 four. Right from the

beginning Pops worked his magic on

these bikes and when he arrived to

open shop in Los Angeles in 1971 he

was ahead of the game when it came to

making them go faster. He was probably

the first to fit tuned 4:1 exhaust systems

in place of the standard four pipes on

these early superbikes, and his favourite

saying to customers as they wheeled their

bikes out of his workshop with their new

pipe in place was “Feel the Power”!

In the early days in the USA Pops let his

growing reputation do his marketing for

him. It wasn’t long before he expanded

his business and became the best known

tuner and supplier of performance parts

for Superbikes. By 1978 Yoshimura

was regularly winning important races,

including the iconic Daytona 200, and

his expertise was sought after by the

Japanese factories themselves. He

became very much part of the Suzuki

factory developed race bikes. One of the

main reasons Yoshimura developed such

a huge reputation was that Pops had an

incredible work ethic…he either worked,

worked some more at the racetrack, or

slept. Like his compatriot Soichiro Honda

he was old school Japanese…it had to be

done properly or not at all. His reputation

around the World grew, and in fact he has

left a legacy in the company he founded

which has never changed. Anyone who

uses Yoshimura products will always

“Feel the power”.

Pops died of cancer in 1995.

Fortunately his family, headed by his

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son Fujio Yoshimura, has grown

the business worldwide, with

manufacturing plants of their own in

the USA, Japan and Taiwan. They

have close associations with

several motorcycle manufacturers,

and Yoshimura has developed race

bikes win on race tracks around the

World, including Motocross, Endurance

racing, National Championships and

more recently in Classic bike racing.

Yoshimura is still recognised as the

leading innovators in performance

motorcycle exhaust technology.

Here in South Africa Yoshimura

enjoys the same reputation. Originally

imported here in the late 1970’s, the

brand really took off when Dirk du Plooy

became the National distributor in 1991,

with Yoshimura products becoming one

of the mainstay brands of his company,

TD Agencies. Dirk, once one

of the fastest

men in South

African road

racing,

Apart from Yoshimura,

TD Agencies also stock a

full wide range of SHAD

luggage systems.

having won the SA National

Championship on the most

fearsome race bike on the planet

at the time, a Yamaha TZ 750,

has many of the same qualities

that Pops himself infused into his

products. He has a great work

ethic, an unmatched knowledge of

all things motorcycling and an impeccable

reputation for his personal integrity.

TD Agencies is now the oldest

importers and distributors of motorcycle

clothing and accessories in the country

still being run by the original founder.

That is some going in a notoriously fragile

market where dealers, importers and

distributors rely on the sales of new

bikes. In fact TD Agencies is also

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Yoshimura products in the world.

Along with Yoshimura

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products at www.tdagencies.co.za

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Classic

Masterpiece

On our visit to pro Dirt bike in Vereeniging, we noticed a very pretty Honda Lurking in the corner. We

dragged it out into the sunshine and got the whole story…. Words: Roley Foley

A CR144? Yup that’s what it’s labelled

as. It started life as a very ratty, incomplete

1989 CR125 that was lying in some old

garage minus an engine. Honda Classic

enthusiast Mark Rowntree scragged the

chassis and started the rebuild… Around a

year later, here’s the bike.

Rebuild?

It’s more like a remanufacture much like

the big 500 that we featured a few months

ago. Mark runs a very neat workshop that

specialises in once off jobs. The entire

chassis was stripped, the frame repaired

and powder coated. All the bearings were

bashed out and replaced. New wheels

were sourced, anodised in the standard

gold finish and re-laced.

The suspension was stripped right

down, new Racetech inners and seals

fitted and reassembled.

A new oversized disc was fitted and

the standard calipers were completely

overhauled and reconditioned. Every

nut, bolt and screw on the bike was

reconditioned, polished up or replaced

with genuine Honda parts.

Renthal bars found their way to the

front with all standard levers and cables

– and yup – you can still source parts for

these old smokers. Mark had an old 125

motor in the shop – this was stripped to

the bones, completely rebuilt, new crank,

new seals, new bearing and gearbox

components and the top end was bored

out with a 144cc Wiseco piston. He

imported a 36ml Air Stryker carburettor –

pre jetted for our altitude and the bore.

Sprockets are by Talon and the fumes

are delivered by a full FMF fatty pipe.

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Now for the clever stuff…

Mark is a specialist builder – he has manufactured all sorts of

bits and bobs for this bike. Aluminium air filter, aluminium 8 litre

tank 9A –La VRP), all manufactured in the workshop. He also

made the flywheel cover and chain guard, complete with the

HRC logo and powder coated to look standard. He maintains

that the metal covers are stronger, more durable and just as

light as the standard Honda Fare. The overall finish is factory.

So what’s it like to ride?

Well – there’s the rub. This bike is not for riding. It’s got spark

and all that, but it’s been sold to a collector. Now how cool

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The Roof on Honda

Africa Twins

Every year, we follow the Roof on big trailies. Cobus Raubenheimer and friends did the same this year.

They tell us all about it. Words: Cobus Raubenheimer

A lot has been said about the past 2016

Motul Roof of Africa. Let’s be honest, over

the years the race has had its fair share of

controversy. Bearing in mind the history of

the event, committing yourself to enter the

Roof will have some risks. Nevertheless,

as enduro enthusiast we want to go

back for more. More adventure, more

adrenaline. If you are not entering the

Roof yourself or have to support a fellow

rider, what’s the next best option? Take an

adventure bike to Lesotho to experience

the Roof of Africa in completely different

way – and probably just as much fun…

On Friday 2 December, myself, Cobus

from Honda Wing Riverside based in the

Vaal, Gert (farmer with a BMW 1200GS

and KTM 990), Niekie (KTM 950 Super

Enduro rider), and Heine from ADA (the

guys in Magaliesburg giving adventure

riding training), set off to experience

Lesotho and parts of the Motul Roof of

Africa from the comfort of 4 x Honda

CRF1000 Africa Twins.

The journey started from the rondevu

point in Clarens, through Golden Gate

National Park taking a jeep track turn-off

just before Phudaditjaba and heading

to the Monontsha border post. Just as

everyone entered through the South

African side of the gate, stopping in front

of the Lesotho side border control, Heine

said he had a flat tyre. Immediately, the

BMW and KTM guys started talking

about the disadvantages/advantages of

tubeless vs tube tyres. Assistance was

given to Heine to change the tube on

his front wheel, and everyone started

checking tyre pressures and what not….

In the rush to get on the bikes in Clarens

one or two important checks might have

been overlooked. Sure enough, my front

tyre was also only 1.3 bar and I hoped it

wasn’t a slow puncture.

After going through the Monontsha

border post, the 4 adventure riders

proceeded on a lovely winding dirt road

following the Caledon river to Butha Buthe.

Sure enough, my bike had a front flat. We

pulled over underneath a rare Basotho

willow tree and quickly repaired that.

We set off again on the winding dirt

road with everyone getting more used to

the bike with the various traction control

settings which a can be changed “on the

fly”. As we descended from a small hill to

a water crossing, my front tyre was flat

again. Amazing how quickly one learns to

change tyres with some repetition and we

were off again in 10 minutes.

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The rest of the road to Butha Buthe was luckily uneventful

and only pure adventure biking bliss dirt road riding. From

Butha Butha we took the tar road through the Caledonspoort

border gate and made our way to Ladybrand to the guest

house where we stayed. I was concerned about finding a

supermarket open after 17h00 in a small country town and

pushed a little harder on the tar than normal.

Just as we entered Ladybrand, I had another front flat, and

we knew something was wrong. It must be an obstruction

stuck on the inside of the tyre or another tyre problem. I limped

the bike to the guest house where took time to investigate the

front tyre condition more carefully. It turned out the standard

Dunlop tyre had a pinch action from a blister and was grinding

away the tube on the exact same spot each time. At the

guesthouse where Niekie and Gert proceeded in getting a

braai going and having some cold beers, myself and Heine had

enough time to fix the tyre and tube permanently. Around the

braai, there was obviously a lot of discussions around Africa

Twin vs 1190 vs GS. At that stage, the general feeling from

the KTM and BMW owner was still very much in favour of the

German and Austrian manufacturer.

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The next day, Saturday 3 December,

we set off early to see and experience

some of the Roof adventure. Luckily

Niekie knows the general area, towns and

routes quite well, especially the location

where he finished the Roof next to a

toilet in 2012, so we were able to take

some nice dirt roads to refuelling points.

Exactly where we were, was somewhat

debateable, but we ended up spending

most of the day at a water crossing refuel

point. Seeing Jarvis and Gomez coming

through first with all the locals hot on their

heels was awesome. How do you explain

to someone the likes of Graham Jarvis

riding his bike right in front of your eyes?

It’s like watching Rossi live in action – the

best in the world right on your doorstep.

After having some leisure time in

the river, a braai, and sharing some

stories with fellow spectators, we set

off to Bushmans to the start/finish. After

two days of solid riding, everyone has

become a lot more used to the Africa

Twin and its handling – especially farmer

Gert who lost it on one short rocky

section and put the bike “gently” down

on its side.

At Bushmans, we made two more

stops, the first stop just after the famous

2012 “Finishing Toilet”, and second at

one of the last climbs before the finish.

Watching some of the weekend warriors

sweating it out and reaching the finish

gives one goose bumps and makes you

seriously consider entering the Roof

again. However, experiencing the beauty

of Lesotho and some of the camaraderie

from an Adventure bike perspective is

very appealing as well.

Saturday night at the dinner table at a

restaurant across the road from the guest

house, the Africa Twin, KTM and BMW

debate were still going strong. However,

there was a definite shift towards the Africa

Twin as a very capable all round, value for

money, adventure bike. Is it better than a

KTM or BMW? In the end it depends on

a couple of personal preferences, but it

would be hard to beat as a true Adventure

bike in African conditions.

Unfortunately, all good things have to

come to an end, and after a last gravel

road detour from Ladybrand to Ficksburg,

we reached Clarens where everyone

headed home after a short, but fantastic

Lesotho weekend.

For more info on the Honda African

Twin, please contact Honda Wing

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Yamaha 700

Viking

One of our readers tells us all about his SXS. Words: Brandon Leppan

I’ve toyed with the idea of a UTV or side by side for quite

some time now. I’ve done my time on the race track on my

BMW S1000RR and I’ve spent quite a few years on the saddle

of my LTZ. I wanted something that we could enjoy as a

family - and that could also work for us as a work tool. I trolled

the websites, read the magazine, looked at reviews from all

over but could not quite find what I was after. Some of the

performance machines are truly appealing, but the cost of the

big guns with our Rand being what it is are kind of scary.

I did not want to buy used - simply because I’m quite fussy

about looking after my own stuff - and buying new, you are

guaranteed that - bar a manufacturing default, you should

have many hassle free kilometers.

A friend of mine mentioned the 700 Viking, weird because

it is a 3 seater, great because it is a known, reputable name

brand. I remember reading something on this one in one of

your issues, but I could not find it. We are a family of 3 so

Either Michelle or I can drive with the little one safely strapped

between us. The convincing factor was when we heard that

Yamaha had dropped the price... from R299000 odd to 239.

That’s huge. We headed straight for Linex (saw their ad in the

mag) to place our order.

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Don’t get me wrong, that’s not chump change - but relatively

speaking, this has to be the best value in SA at the moment.

Naturally, waiting for the finance and all that to be approved

kept the family on tenterhooks - the service from Linex was

great, I was very impressed with Wesbank - all electronic and

hassle free. Excellent.

Our little one Abigail convinced us that we had to stop on the

way home to take it for a spin on one of our friends farms.

No Buyers remorse. Looking at the smile on her face is

worth a million bucks. Safely strapped in between mom and

dad and urging us to go faster... The Viking is pretty amazing.

I am so impressed at the off-road ability - it was quite muddy

out, and we aimed her at everything that we could find - she

sailed through with absolute ease - and I have to say that the

suspension and handling feels right up to the task.

To be fair, because it is still brand new, I have not yet given

her a proper burn, but the torque and smoothness through

the rev range is very impressive. We have tried the 4wd and

diff lock - and - it sure feels more capable than any bakkie I’ve

owned... We spent the afternoon clambering in and out of a

little quarry that we found.

In terms of comfort, the seats are really soft and plush and

the safety belts give that nice sense of security. the passengers

have a grab handle in front for when the going gets rough - and

the little doors do a great job at keeping arms and legs inside

the vehicle.The roof is a bonus - we were caught out in the rain

- and although you do get wet through the window - it helps. I

wonder if we can get a screen somewhere.

The “bak” out back is huge - I can see lots of family picnics

and braais coming right up. Were I a farmer, I’d have one as a

runabout - so much more convenient than clambering in and

out of a bakkie - and there is a sense of freedom.

Anyway - we thought you’d like to hear about it seeing that

you guys are the only ones who cover this market. I’ll keep you

posted from time to time on how it goes and we have a few

plans for some bolt- on goodies.

Thanks for a great Mag

Brandon Leppan

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The adventure bike market has exploded since Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman rode around the

world on 1150cc juggernauts across rivers, down highways and through sand, mud and gravel. This set the

scene for BMW to dominate the Adventure bike market. Words: DT Adventure team

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We often get the question – as the socalled

experts – what’s the best adventure

bike to buy? It’s not easy to answer

so we went for a ride to look for some

inspiration – which in turn led to a hearty

debate recently on our trip out to Jericho

Rock. 3 of us were on nimble little 650’s

(a Husky Terra, an oldish GS650 Dakar

and a Yammie XT660R). The other two

riders were on a big BMW 1150GS and a

Triumph 1200 Explorer.

Guess who had the most fun in the

thick sand? And we won’t even discuss

who did not ride to the top of the rock…

Why do you think Dakar bikes are limited

to 450cc’s? but then - who enjoyed the

open freeways more?

Today there are adventure bikes from

500cc with nothing more advanced than

electric start through to 1290cc with

more electronic gadgets than James

Bond and Inspector gadget combined.

Disregarding enduro bikes, we have

counted 55 adventure models available

globally, from Aprilia to Zero. If you

include the Ural Ranger outfit, it’s 56, and

if you just want some light dirt road riding,

you should probably also include some

of the scramblers. Soon there will be a

couple of new adventure niches when

Honda introduces its adventure scooter,

Kawasaki the little Versys, Zuk has made

the 250 V-strom and the BMW G 310 GS

is on its way...

IF the prices are right, these bikes

should make the adventure market grow

even more because they will appeal to

less-skilled off-road riders, women and

shorter people who are currently nervous

about the tall, heavy and powerful

adventure bikes. And they make great

commuters to work and back.

So what’s the best adventure bike?

The bad news is the answer is not easy,

but the good news is there is a bike

available that will fit your exact needs,

however, you should first seriously

examine your off-road skills and your

needs before walking into a dealer and

thumping down your hard-earned shekels

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simply because Charley rode one, your buddy rides one, the

sales person says it’s the one or simply because you’ve always

wanted that brand.

Interestingly, BMW openly admits that globally, about 90%

of R 1200 GS owners never put knobby tyres on the bike and

never even venture on to a dirt road, except for roadworks.

Many of the bigger-capacity adventure bikes that come from

Europe are really designed for riders to tackle cobblestone

streets, rather than our brilliant South African off-road

conditions.

Here’s an interesting snippet - when London recently

established a quick-response anti-terrorism group, they

mounted them on BMW F 800 GS bikes to plough through the

gridlock, over kerbs and down cobbled streets, rather than on a

bigger cc adventurer.

The essence of adventure riding is that you can tour to

interesting places on the road less travelled. Roads that we are

really blessed to enjoy in SA. Adventure bikes are a mixture

of road and off-road with varying degrees of ability in each

situation. If you want to go hard-core dirt riding, you’ll need a

bakkie and an enduro bike.

Adventure bike riding was created for riders who don’t

want the hassle of servicing their bike every few hours and

transporting it on a bakkie. Adventurers want to be able to

walk out to their garage, hop on a bike and ride hundreds

of kilometres on a highway in comfort and style, then hit the

forestry roads and outback tracks before turning around

and riding back down the highway, or maybe camping out

overnight thanks to the generous luggage capacity of the bike.

To determine the best bike for you, make a true confession to

yourself about your off-road riding skills. The less experienced

you are, the lighter the bike should be. In fact, to start off with,

we suggest that you buy the lightest bike you can that will do

all what you need.

A bigger bike can be a handfull

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Our Motley Crew debate in full swing...

Do NOT be peer-pressured into buying

a massive machine! Sadly, in South Africa

we have lost some great new models

like the Kawasaki KLR650, the Honda

XR and the Suzuki DR. This is thanks

to some clever oakes who decided that

they did not meet South Africa’s stringent

Emission control laws. Yup we are being

sarcastic… but there are some very wellpriced

used units lurking all over.

If you are just getting into the game, we

suggest perhaps looking at a more cost

effective used machine to start with, see

if the bug bites and then go and look at

what you decide will work.

There are lots of riders who bought

big and are now down-sizing because

they can’t handle the weight. That’s why

BMW has nine GS models from 650cc

to 1200cc – and the aforementioned

310 is on the way. That’s why KTM is

developing smaller cc bikes. Triumph

introduced the 800, Yamaha has the 660,

Suzuki the 650 V-Strom, Husky the 701…

You get the gist?

However – and people forget this it

also works the other way round– they buy

small and then need bigger because the

nearest and dearest wants to come along.

Will you be riding solo – or with your

buddy out back.

It’s difficult to get former road riders

to go down in capacity (In SA, bigger

is better?) because they think a smaller

bike will be uncomfortable on the tar

transport stages to the dirty weekend

fun. Many of the modern smallercapacity,

single-cylinder bikes have

comfortable seats, wind protection and

balancers in the engine.

More than proving their off-road ability,

bikes like the XT660 have proved that

they are comfortable on the highway. The

only down side is that sustained high

speeds are not always practical. That’s

where you want that big ass 1190R or

maybe the delectable Multistrada…

Work out what percentage of the

time you will be on the tar and what

percentage you will be on the dirt and

then go find the bike that is best suited

to that mix. Also work out what KIND of

dirt you are going to be riding… Will you

be riding solo – or with your other half out

back – in which case – a 650 might just

not be the right tool for the job.

Don’t worry, there is one out there to

suit your needs.

That’s the best adventure bike for you!

Big or small... Your choice

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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

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

details as soon as we are sorted... ONE WAY...

Have a great Christmas break!!!

The Adventure Company (011) 979-1363 / (011) 979-5035 Cell 072-177-0621 / 082-870-6134 / foleyg@mweb.co.za

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2nd opinion by Kallie Kaalvoet:

So the debate as to which is the best Adventure

Bike can be simplified down to what sort of rider

you are. In my opinion – and experience: Most

riders can be summarised into 3 easy groups:

Group 1 : Commuters

These guys (and gals) are primarily concerned

with costs, fuel efficiency, tyre life and etc.....

basically they’re after value for money and will buy

accordingly, secondary would be bike size, looks,

abilities and so on, these riders normally gravitate

towards the Honda NC 750, Kawasaki Versys,

Yamaha MT 07 and the like. Occasionally their

egos might insist on something bigger, that’s where

the used big cc Adventure bike comes into their

equation.

Group 2: Tourers

These riders are primarily looking a decent touring

bike that is not restricted tarmac, but equally

comfortable on dirt and tar over any distance. So

here rider comfort, engine performance, handling,

luggage space and etc become more important.

This rider wants to be able to cover huge distance

on tar comfortably, but then wants to be able to

cruise dirt roads, beaches, foot paths and the like

enjoying the wild life and beautiful scenery, once

in a while he (or she) might want to get their knee

down a bit on Long Tom Pass or some equally

exciting road. These are the guys that want to be

able to hit the road and go anywhere and not be

fatigued by an under performing machine due

to small engine capacity or diminutive sizing or

bad ergonomics. Secondary would be looks and

running costs. Generally these rider tend to be more

interested in the Honda Africa Twin, KTM 1190

Adventure, BMW GS Range, Yamaha Tenêrê range.

They also tend to be a lot more gadget conscious.

Group 3: My dong is bigger than your dong…

This rider values loud pipes, weight, performance

and handling above all else, this is the rider who

wants to out front kicking up dust, scaring the wild

life away and covering the scenery (and co-riders)

in a thick layer of dust. This rider wants to show his

mates how big and strong his dong is by going flat

out over any terrain, climb the highest and most

treacherous passes and koppies, jumping in and

out of ludicrous dongas but this rider also tends

to suffer unbearably on long tar sections because

their bike is generally a light weight purpose built

off road missile with equally dedicated tyres,

suspension and engine performance. These bikes

in a lot of instances tend to cover big tar mileage

on a trailer to their next riding venue. Favourites

amongst this crowd will be KTM 690’s, Husky

701’s, stripped down and modified XT’s, generally

all lightweight bike good for a maximum of about

300km’s per day.

So first work out what sort of rider you are and

then look at your budget and .... buy what makes

your heart happy anyway ..... because your heart

will always win eventually.

Although the KLR is

discontinued in SA -

there are still lots of used

units knocking about.

Big Bikes are more

difficult to pick up...

Smaller bikes are

easier in thick sand...

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DUNLOP DOMINATES 2016

WE RIDE

TO WIN

KAILUB RUSSELL

2016 GNCC XC1 CHAMPION

GEOMAX MX11 GEOMAX AT81 GEOMAX MX3S GEOMAX MX52

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FIRST RIDE

DIRTY SLED

The more dirt-oriented Scrambler Desert Sled.

“When you say this is the only bike you

have, does that mean the only bike you

have here or the only bike you have…

period?” I ask.

“The only bike, as in it’s the only one

like it that exists in the world right now,

and it’s got to be in one piece for all the

marketing assets we need to shoot,”

confirms Ducati North America Public

Relations Manager Nathon Verdugo.

My question is perhaps rhetorical; I

can already see the sweat pooling up

in his palms. But I ask anyway because

Ducati’s video team is proposing that

Words: Bradley Adams (Cycle World)

its video model, Drake McElroy, jump

the bike off of a berm, toward a down

slope 5-plus feet away, and straight into

a rather menacing sand wash. As far as

I’m concerned, that’s not something you

do with a bike that needs to stay in one

piece. And up until now, it’s definitely not

something you do with a bike wearing

Scrambler badges on its tank.

…We have a bigger fork. We changed

the swingarm. The spring. And it’s

good for real off-road.”

Either I was about to watch grown men

break out in tears or see the evolution

of the Scrambler unfold in front of my

very own eyes. Three, two… Wait, first a

closer look at Ducati’s all-new Scrambler

Desert Sled.

“We like to call this kind of bike

the second new Scrambler,” Ducati

Scrambler Brand Director Claudio de

Angeli says as we stand on the barren

El Mirage lake bed for a private shoot of

the Desert Sled, two months ahead of

its official unveil. “It’s the second new

bike because this kind of bike has almost

nothing to do with the other one. We have

a bigger fork. We changed the swingarm.

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The spring. And it’s good for real off-road.”

I try to not come off as a fanboy but admit that, for me,

he’s saying all the right things. For years, I’ve dreamed of a

scrambler that was an honest-to-god homage to the bikes

that ruled the Southern California desert in the ’60s and ’70s.

It didn’t have to be capable of winning Hare & Hound races,

but it needed at least to be willing to dip its toes in the dirt on

something other than graded fire roads, and do so without

rattling itself (or my insides) to pieces. Most of the Scrambler

line and its competition are not really meant for this, and Ducati

has known it.

“Even when we were in Palm Springs for the launch of the

original Scrambler in 2014, we had a few meters in off road,

and we immediately understood that we had to improve the

bike for this,” de Angeli admits. “So the Desert Sled was clear

in our mind since then.”

In the interim, many a Scrambler have been beaten, battered,

and bruised by riders asking them to be something they’re not.

Like, say, dirt bikes. Problem there was that the Scrambler’s

swingarm and frame weren’t designed for the abuse, and

plunging back to terra firma generally led to cracks in places

where, well, you don’t want cracks. On the Desert Sled, a pair

of plates hug the engine and support the swingarm—which

itself is reinforced and longer—so jumps won’t lead it to the

same fate. The frame is reinforced, the spoked front wheel is

now 19 inches, and the footpegs are bigger, too, for fancier

footwork as you work your way down a trail.

The 803cc engine goes untouched, but the fully adjustable

46mm Kayaba fork (versus 41mm) and longer shock add muchneeded

travel—a total of 7.9 inches at each end. A motocrossstyle

handlebar feels more tailored to standing up in the dirt,

and a small skid plate offers up at least a little protection.

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I had a chance to throw a leg over the bike before its

fateful jump and can say these changes do push the

bike further toward something I’d willingly tear through

the desert on. Power from that air-cooled mill still feels

relatively soft, but the user-friendly delivery means

you can break the rear loose with better control and

confidence. The bike doesn’t clatter, clank, or bottom out

over washouts and feels more than willing to tear down

moder ately technical single-track.

You’ll have to be careful you don’t confuse it for a fullon

dirt bike, as the weight (207 kilos) and wide front tyre

still catch you out in tricky, loose sections. It doesn’t feel

like you’re doing something you’re not supposed to be

though. And that’s the point.

I hint that this is an interesting evolution, but de Angeli

says, “I think if you look back at the first desert bikes,

it’s the same.” They got better in the dirt because riders

demanded more, he hints, and this is how those bikes

migrated away from a real “street” pretense.

I don’t know how far riders will be willing to push the

Desert Sled. But as I stand back and watch McElroy

launch off this berm-turned-impromptu-jump and square

into a sand wash, then circle back for “one more shot,” I

realize that they’ll have a lot more fun finding these new

limits. The Scrambler has evolved, and we can’t wait to

get our hands on one.

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A GENUINE SUPERHERO

South African Joey Evans finishes the Dakar Rally

All you need is inspiration, help from your physiotherapists – and litres of perspiration, to do the

hard yards of rehabilitation. Words: Wendy Hardy on behalf of The South African Society of Physiotherapy

Superhero: that’s the only title you

could give a man who completes the

2017 Dakar Rally on a motorbike – ten

years after a bike accident which left

him a paraplegic. And escapes death en

route on the second last day, jumping

off just in time as a competitor in the car

class races through, crushing his bike

(and not stopping to help). And hauls

his crumpled steed through the South

American bush, until he happens upon

another bike, abandoned by a biker who

was airlifted out. And settles down to

cannibalise that bike, fix his own and

go on to finish the Dakar Rally, making

it from Asunción, Paraguay to Buenos

Aires in Argentina in decent time –

something he has dreamed of for many

years.

But that is not the truly heroic part of

Joey Evans’ story, says physiotherapist

Sharné Bailey, who has worked with

Evans since about two years after

the bike accident which broke his

T8 and T9 vertebrae, crushing his

spinal cord and leaving him paralysed

from just below the chest. The true

heroism was the guts and grit and

persistence that saw him working daily

on the difficult job of rehabilitation with

physiotherapists like Bailey and Melanie

Harding, both dedicated and committed

physiotherapists.

A talented neurosurgeon fused the

two vertebrae to give him a 10% chance

of walking again. Harding worked with

Joey as an in-patient immediately after

the accident and spinal fusion. A 10%

chance was all a guy like Joey needed.

And once he was up on his feet, it was

inevitable that he would want to get back

on a bike. And that he’d start dreaming

Dakar dreams again.

“About five years ago, we started

talking about doing the Dakar,” says

Bailey. “Biking was his life: he had that

fire in him.”

Hard work, clever physiotherapy and

the persistence to overcome obstacles

(including riding into a cow at 120 kph

two years ago, and sustaining more

serious damage)… finally, Joey Evans

was at the starting line of the Dakar Rally.

Harding says, “He told me that any

competitor only has a 30% chance of

finishing the Dakar, so he reckoned he

had maybe a 10% chance – and that

was enough for him, since the doctors

had given him only a 10% chance of

ever walking again ten years ago. I am so

proud of him – it’s an amazing, amazing

achievement.”

Bailey says, “I’m so privileged to

have been part of his journey. He’s

an inspiration; just to know that it is

possible, if you are given a chance…

and that’s what I try to do with all my

patients, just give them a chance.”

The South African Society of

Physiotherapy welcomes Joey Evans

home from his achievement in South

America, and wishes him well!

Joey and the family upon his arrival home...

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SWAZI MANGALA

RIDE

3 nights, 2 days fantastic riding through Swaziland.

Dirtbikes, Quads and side by sides all welcome.

An awesome 300 km circular ride, Fantastic Mountains,

Forests, Rivers and Valleys

Mlilwane, Forbes reef, Mhlambanyattsi, Maguga, Malolotja.

When?

Long weekend, 27th - 30th April. Arrive on Thursday the 27th, just

3.5 hours from JHB - back home the 30th.

Where?

We start just outside Badplaas in Mpumalanga and ride a circular

route with two overnights in Swaziland. So yes – you need a valid

passport. Bike Papers? Nope very casual, we supply a record of

your bikes details to the borders before hands and we are issued

with permit numbers to cross through. If a trailer and car are coming

along, please bring the licence renewal.

Is it technical?

We’ll throw in a quite few gnarly bits and some single track bike only

trails but on the whole it is just fun trail riding. Not a single boring

section. And all marked so you can ride at your own pace.

Meals?

You bring n braai on Friday evening and breakfast on Saturday –

we’ll sort the rest.

Accommodation?

You can camp or we will arrange accommodation for you the whole

way in comfy chalets.

Fuel?

The first leg is 100 km. The second leg is 100. The third, 50 and the

fourth just over 50 – so you can solo- or bring a backup to meet you

all along. If you choose solo, we’ll get your fuel to the stops, but if

you break down, that could be a challenge… rather convince a mate

to bring your bakkie along, really cool holiday for him or her too.

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