Dirt and Trail Magazine July 2017 issue

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July issue of SA's only Adventure and Offroad magazine

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It’s not often that

we get to write a

REAL eds column,

there really is not

that much to say

usually - but for

this issue we need

to comment on a

couple of things...

Bike thefts seem to be all over the news again

- please read our piece, use it, don’t use it, your call, but

take care.

We have had to carry some good stuff over to next month

- It looks like we are going to incorporate some “Afrikaans

Kultuur” with the addition of Altus Theart - he of getroud

met Rugby and all sorts fame to our freelance team. He

sent us a cool feature... but space is always an issue, so

that carries to next month along with plenty of other good

stuff that we could not quite squeeze in... So next month

he goes racing with Trax for the first time, then he’s off on

an adventure trip to Mpumalanga... really good stuff...

Racing: We get all sorts of requests to run race features

etc in the magazine and on our social media pages.

EDITOR: ROLEY FOLEY

CONTENTS: JULY 2017

PLEASE do try to understand that we CANNOT cover

everything - there is a cost to printing more pages etc, if

there is space we’ll gladly punt, but, our customers who

are prepared to put in a couple of shekels do get some

preference. We all need to earn a living and this is the fair

way to do it. We also need to maintain a fair balance in the

magazine - we cannot only focus on racing - simply not

possible.

We have always covered all of the national series, this is

sport at the premium level, so we will continue to do so.

Kapish? Any queries, give us a call.

What else? Lekker magazine for you this month - enjoy it

please and if you have suggestions, queries, etc, we are

usually pretty good at getting back to you.

OH YES!!! turn the magazine to the centrespread quickly...

Is there a UNIT sticker stuck on to the page? If there

is you’ve won a cool Unit hamper compliments of

Henderson Racing Products...

Send us a pic of yourself with the mag opened at the

centrespread, and all your contact details in order to claim

your prize. we’ll be in touch and arrange to get it all to you!

Thats it! Ride safe out there.

The Dirt And Trail Magazine team.

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the very neat Gravel Pit Motorcycles, but that

degenerated when the cam shaft came loose and oil

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shop and don’t have too much to do with the rubber

jobbie that fits onto GS suspension – as we told you

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taking care of bike sales and all sorts. They have a

clean selection of pre-owned bikes on the floor and

are always on the prowl for more stock, so if you

are selling, or buying, give him a call. The Famous,

friendly motorcycle legend and coffee machine

Bobby Scott takes care of the workshop. A great

family business.

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RST Adventure Jackets

A new jacket from RST, the leathers and all sorts

company, RST Pro Series Adventure 3 Textile

Jacket. RST have taken on-board feedback

from the previous generation jacket and have

added large external TPU shoulder protectors,

improved the parachute strap and made subtle

improvements to the fit. You’ll find multiple large

adjustable vented panels, a removable thermal

lining and a separate removable waterproof lining,

so from the depths of a wet Cape winter to the

heat of the Karoo, they tell us that the Adventure

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FIRST ASCENT TENTS AND

ACCESSORIES


ought to you by

Ducati Multistrada 1200

Enduro Pro launched

The new Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro rougher,

tougher and built to take on the BMW GS Rallye…

Over the last few years the Ducati Multistrada 1200

has steadily transformed itself from a bulbous sports

tourer into a credible off-road machine and now it’s

taking another step towards the dirt. The new 1200

Enduro Pro builds on the foundations laid by the

Multistrada 1200 Enduro and Ducati says that the

Pro is “designed for riders eager to get off-road and

get exploring”, so what’s new?

Enduro’s new clothes

A big part of the adventure bike craze is the look

and that where many of the big changes come

on the Enduro Pro. The whole bike has a new

sand coloured paint scheme that is reflected in the

new two-tone saddle. To keep the sleek looks the

subframe is now painted black, as are the alternator

and clutch covers. Completing the rally look and

helping with a better view of the road is a low screen.

To tempt you further off the beaten path, the

Enduro Pro is fitted with Pirelli Scorpion Rally tyres

as standard and if those tyres take you places

where it all gets out of hand, the Pro has a set of

crash protection bars made by Touratech. A Ducati

wouldn’t be a Ducati without the sound track either,

so the Pro also comes with a titanium Termignoni

exhaust.

The rest of the bike is the same, so it shares the

standard Enduro’s 1200cc Testrastretta DVT engine,

which pumps out 160hp and 100lbft of torque. It’s

also got the same traction control, wheelie control,

power modes and cornering ABS. It’s also retained

the comforts of the standard Enduro including cruise

control, hill-hold control, a 30l fuel tank and semiactive

suspension.

It’s fairly clear that the Enduro Pro has been designed

to compete directly with the new BMW R1200GS

Rallye, as it shares the same hardcore off-road focus

while maintaining some road going sensibilities and

comfort. While the electronic packages of both bikes

are similar, the BMW has ‘Pro’ modes attached to

its electronics that are suited towards aggressive

off-road riding. In practice they work very well,

the brakes especially, so the Ducati may be a little

behind in those stakes. The Rallye has generated a

lot of interest for BMW and Ducati will be hoping the

Enduro Pro will do the same.

It also leaves the door open for a Multistrada 950

Enduro, perhaps with a 21” front wheel to compete

with the equally off-road focused to compete with

the KTM 1090 Adventure R. There’s been no word

from Ducati about such a bike but 113bhp from a

200kg enduro bike – yes please!

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Bike SA not Bike SA

but now Bike SA

It was with much surprise that we read that bike

SA would no longer be printing – and were pretty

sad because – hey we all grew up with the famous

Fourie publication. Well there is news, the iconic

magazine will continue – It has been bought by Mr

George Portman – father of RideFast Magazines Rob

Portman. We wish them well in their endeavors.

Limited edition WR450F

and WR250F from Yamaha

Yamaha are releasing two new limited edition

enduro models alongside the new YZ450F. The

WR450F and WR250F EnduroGP models are

aimed at closed circuit enduro riders and have been

primarily designed as competition machines.

Yamaha also offer an optional power tuner to be

fitted to the bike. The unit allows riders to easily

adjust ignition and fuel mapping to suit the track,

weather conditions and riding style to suit their

needs.

The two bikes also come kitted out in the Yamaha

Enduro team-inspired factory graphic kit too and are

finally fitted with Acerbic Tri-fit handguards.

The price and exact numbers that will be produced

have yet to be announced

Both models feature a titanium Akrapovic slip-on

silencer and have had the ECU map modified to suit

the new exhaust.

Leatt’s GPX 5.5 Enduro Jacket

A Water-Resistant Heavy Duty Off-Road Jacket.

They tell us that this jacket is designed to make your

day – even in the most demanding environments.

Very durable for tougher conditions, it is equipped

with an internal hydration pocket with a bladder

suspension system that prevents sagging of the

bladder.

The water resistant and dirt repellent shell keeps you

dry, whilst the adjustable ventilation will keep you

cool in hot conditions. The elbows are reinforced with

Brush Guard, an ultra-thin flex film that is featherlight

and greatly increases the scratch and abrasion

resistance of the material. The jacket has a tailored fit,

allowing you to go riding with or without body armor,

and the Leatt collar works well with or without a neck

brace. Available at dealers.

Trade enquiries www.leatt.com

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Bitubo’s GS components

Bitubo Suspension has been manufacturing

upgraded suspension units for race and street

motorcycle since 1963. From innovative engineering

and classic Italian design, Bitubo have created

upgrades to replace the OEM front and rear

suspension units on the BMW R1200GS and GS

Adventurer motorcycles (Available to replace either

WP or Showa OEM suspension units.)

Fully adjustable for rebound and preload, (PLUS

compression adjustment on the VXU rear

suspension. You can choose to use standard

spring, or also upgrade this to the Bitubo spring for

enhanced ride quality.

Trade enquiries: www.trickbitz.co.za

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Two cool new products

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Desert Fox delivered two cool products to our

offices earlier this week and asked us to try

them out.

Desert Fox fuel cell. Kurt has used this piece of

kit and here’s what he says:

Anyone wanting to go off the

beaten where fuel availability is

a problem, the Desert Fox fuel

cell is the answer, 5L capacity,

folds flat when empty, can

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Many an overlander has

utilized this fuel cell, once full it can be secured on top

of any luggage, or inside luggage if there is space,

which there should be, no experienced overlander

leaves home with bursting luggage.

This fuel cell can handle heat when filled, is easy to

pour fuel into any bike, an essential piece of kit. I have

used one on occasion, my 990 has limited fuel range,

often a problem in countries outside SA, it came in

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Contact Bikegear in PE,

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or chat to your local

adventure dealer…

The Desert Fox adventure

helmet – the Desert Fox Enduro

3-in-1

Some features:

We are impressed that it is Supplied standard

out of the box as a Dual sport adventure helmet.

All components required to convert to a Full

Face Street or Enduro or MX are included.

An additional peak (black/white) is included

for personal customization. Also included is a

storage helmet protection bag.The outer shell is

constructed using HCM technology (High Density

Copolymer Matrix) while the EPS inner shell is

designed to have a gradual fracturing process,

with consecutive yielding points. A removable

chin guard reduces ambient noise and draughts

from underneath the helmet. Ergonomic top

vents have purposely been placed in line to the

wind (and not at right angles) to create a cooling

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air flow that does not act as a noise inducing duct.

The peak has a solid 4 point mount system to reduce

turbulence and vibration. Cheek pads include an easy

emergency release in case of an accident.

Optically correct 3D Convex face shield constructed

from German Bayer Science High Tech 2mm

Makrolon®. This is the same material used for the

visors of Formula 1 drivers. Anti-fog and Anti-Scratch

Visor, that includes an interior Anti-fog active coating

and exterior Anti-scratch coating.

They tell us that this helmet is safety tested and

certified to the European ECE 22.05 standard, which

is used internationally in over 50 countries including

Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Austria, Sweden,

Belgium, United Kingdom, Japan and Australia.

All Desert Fox helmets are also homologated and

approved by the NRCS/SABS for use in South Africa.

Ventilation ports are provided at the chin, forehead

and rear. The adjustable top vents have been

designed to be used with gloves in mind.

They have also fitted a buckle that allows you to lock

the helmet to your bike for peace of mind.

We rode with it very briefly the other day. Initial

impressions – very plain understated graphics which

we really like. The fit is comfortable. The helmet does

not feel heavy or cumbersome. Even at freeway

speeds, the helmet is reasonably quiet and feels very

stable. Access to the visor with gloves on is the best

we’ve found yet. We have always been great fans

of D-Ring chin straps because they have proved to

be almost infallible, this one comes with a click fit

system. Vision is very good especially in terms of your

peripheral view. This is something we always look for

with any goggle or helmet.

We’ll use it a bit more over coming weeks and give

you lot some more feedback.

This one retails at Plain White R 2600.00. Pain Black

R 2600.00. White Decal R 2900.00 (on special at the

moment for R 2600.00). Black Decal R 2900.00

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This sum can be used as a deposit on a new bike, or

to boost the trade-in value of your existing bike. Or

you can use it to purchase accessories and apparel

for you or your bike. You can even bank the money

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Husqvarna unveils

updated FS 450 Supermoto

Hot on the heels of the Witpillen, Husky has

announced updates to their FS 450 Supermoto

motorcycle.

The 2018 machine gets a new slipper clutch that

was developed by Suter Industries helping to keep

the bike stable under hard breaking and when

downshifting.

The 450cc engine is housed in a new lightweight

chromoly frame that has been developed by WP

with calculated parameters of longitudinal and

torsional flex with the rear subframe being uniquely

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constructed using 30% carbon fibre for reduced

weight and increased strength.

The bike has a launch control feature that can be

accessed from a switch on the handlebars, which

is also used to change the engine map. Helping

deliver the power of the machine is a 44mm Keihin

throttle body.

Finally, complementing the updates comes a new

graphic design for the motorcycle.

More news soon.

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BMW Motorrad South Africa carries out a service

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2017 Erzberg

Red Bull Hare Scramble

This is one event that we love

covering simply because - well it’s so

flippen manic! Point the worlds best

extreme riders at piles and piles of

rocks and horrible unrideable stuff...

and off you go! Our Saffers seem to

love it - and it’s quite incredible to see

how competitive our lot are on one of

the biggest stages of them all!

So if Travis Teasdale or Wade Young

and co invite you for a little trail ride -

rather tell them to go away...

KTM mounted Spaniard Alfredo

Gomez (you met him at last years Roof

Of Africa), has claimed a career first

ErzbergRodeo win, topping the Red Bull

Hare Scramble in convincing style.

Despite a small fall during the early

stages of the race, Gomez worked

himself into the race lead shortly after

the one-hour mark. Then powering his

way through the rock-littered infamous

Karl’s Dinner section he extended

his lead over early pace-setter Jonny

Walker. Extending his lead he never

looked back, taking the later sections

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Great spirit from Webb and Teasdale...

of the course in his stride to win by

close to three-and-a-half minutes.

“It’s an amazing feeling to have

won the Hare Scramble,’ explained

Gomez at the finish. “I knew it

would be difficult, like Erzberg

always is, so I worked really hard

to be ready for this race. That hard

work with my team has really paid

off. The race went really well for me,

apart from a small crash about 300

meters from the start. That lost me

some time, but I managed to catch

up quite quickly and I knew I could

do it. I felt good, got through most

of the difficult sections well. It was

such a great feeling to get to the

top of the last major climb. This is

the biggest win of my career, it feels

incredible.”

Second to Gomez was the

ever-green Graham Jarvis. As he

often does, the 2016 winner made

a cautious start to the race before

upping his pace as the technicality

of the race increased. Moving into

the runner-up position as he exited

Karl’s Dinner, Graham earned yet

another well-deserved Erzberg

result in second.

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Roof Champ Graham Jarvis

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Clawing up Machine...

“I’m happy with second,” commented Jarvis.

“Hats off to Alfredo he was very strong, he rode

a great race. I didn’t get a good start and then

lost five or six positions when I messed up one

of the hills. But I felt pretty strong during the

second half of the race. I pushed through Karl’s

Dinner and made up some time. I don’t have

any complaints, it was a difficult but great race.

Rounding out the podium to earn his second

consecutive Hare Scramble finish was American

racer Cody Webb. Despite suffering with arm

pump the US rider got himself in the mix from

the start of the race, swapping the lead with

Jonny Walker and Wade Young. One of only

a handful of riders to lead the race, Cody was

pleased with third.

“Second last year, third this year, I’m pleased

with that,” explained Webb. Alfredo and Graham

were really strong, congrats to them. I got a

great start but I possibly pushed a little too

hard. I suffered with my arms – they locked

solid. I kept pushing and thankfully they freed

off. Back-to-back podiums is awesome.”

Winner Freddie Gomes

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POWER UP

YOUR ROAD TRIP

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-Start up the 1.301 cc engine, tuck in and prepare for an unrivalled high-speed getaway.

Opening the throttle on a KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S turns the ride itself into the

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about its daring intentions, as it carves fearlessly through endless bends along the way.

Photo: R. Schedl


6 SA boys in the 25 finishers...

South Africa’s Wade Young ended

his race in fourth having spent a little

time leading early on. Making a small

mistake in one of the early forest sections

he managed to get himself back in

contention with Jonny Walker before

passing the Brit to ear fourth.

Spending one-hour leading the race

Jonny Walker set a strong pace from the

start following an impressive holeshot.

Falling behind Alfredo Gomez during

Karl’s Dinner, he dropped behind Jarvis

and Webb before being passed by Young

during the final stages of the race.

Five minutes behind Walker, Paul Bolton

reached the finish 15 minutes behind

winner Gomez. Rounding out the top 10

were Billy Bolt, Manni Lettenbichler, Mario

Roman and our own Travis Teasdale.

25 riders completed the full race in the

allotted four hours. Six are South Africans!

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!

After having two goes at the Prologue,

the best 500 riders started this year’s

Erzbergrodeo only 25 made it to the finish

- of which 5 were South Africans!

Well done to all our competitors who

tackled this toughest of hard enduro events.

4th - Wade Young (Sherco)

10th - Travis Teasdale (KTM)

12th - Scott Bouverie (KTM)

16th - Blake Gutzeit (Yamaha)

19th - Brett Swanepoel (Husqvarna) first

time at Erzberg... he says:

“I am totally stoked to have finished

my first Erzberg Rodeo,” Brett, who

competed as part of the official

Husqvarna team admitted. “This is the

hardest one-day enduro in the world and

it was a really tough day out there — I

definitely learned a lot and we will come

back stronger. “Thanks to everyone for

the help and support — especially to Fred

Fensham and Iain Pepper from Pepson

Plastics Husqvarna SA and Andreas Hölzl

of Husqvarna Austria for making this

happen.”

Swanepoel

Bouverie

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Teasdale

Teasdale and Bouverie at the finish

Swanepoel and Teasdale at the finish

Swanepoel at the finish


Kleynhans

Kyle Flanagan (Yamaha) got to CP 24 of 25;

Dwayne Kleynhans (KTM) got to Checkpoint 19

from 25 while Altus de Wet (Yamaha) reached

CP18 - well done guys.

Results – ErzbergRodeo Red Bull Hare

Scramble 2017

1. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 2:17:06

2. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) +00:03:22

3. Cody Webb (KTM) +00:05:04

4. Wade Young (Sherco) +00:09:31

5. Jonny Walker (KTM) +00:10:41

6. Paul Bolton (KTM) +00:15:53

7. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) +00:18:24

8. Manni Lettenbichler (KTM) +00:24:47

9. Mario Roman (Sherco) +00:30:20

10. Travis Teasdale (KTM) +00:34:06…

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Tough to beat

D i r t , g r a v e l , c o m f o r t .

T h e n e w 6 5 0 V - S t r o m

A month or two ago we featured the

new 650 V-Strom, with an international

launch feature and a more street oriented

review. The bike is here…. We rode it.

The bike has been launched locally – we

went along for the road bike (GSXR1000,

SV650 and GSX250R) launch at Redstar

and to our great Joy, they rolled out the

new V-Strom.

And it got even better; they told us that

we could take it home and ride the wheels

off it for a whole week. Which is exactly

what we did!

Let’s tell you lot this: Without prejudice.

At 119900.00 this is, without a doubt,

one of the very best value for money

motorcycles on the planet at the moment.

Why?

That’s easy to answer. Most single cylinder

modern dirtbikes are nudging the Suzuki’s

price… the big bore single cylinder

adventure bikes generally cost more and

are very dirt focused in application. The

previous models were just so underrated,

but now that motorcycle pricing has come

to the fore – in our eyes anyway, this bike is

a flippen shining superstar. Just Look at the

technology that Suzuki has packed into it –

and it reads something like this:

V-Twin (Two-cylinder), fuel injected big

bike. Tubeless, signature gold spoked

wheels – (mixed feelings on the gold), but

the mags are gone. A 20 litre tank that

gave us a range of 350km’s, ABS (3 levels

Nogal), traction Control, Digital display.

A new dash cluster borrowed from

the V-Strom 1000 features an analog

tachometer combined with a host of LCD

display functions. The rider is able to select

information on the LCD display or choose

a TC setting utilizing a switch located on

the left handle bar. The dash also now

includes a 12v DC lighter-type outlet for

powering electronic accessories. Unique

to the V-Strom 650XT are hand guards and

the engine under cowling (not a skid plate)

adding to the adventure bike appearance.

The fairing is updated and flaunts a

distinctive beak styling. Suzuki started the

beak look for adventure bikes on the 1991

DR-Z Dakar rally racebike, and it continues

to shout that you’re not on a traditional

street or dirt bike. Not just a styling

exercise, the new fairing also enhances

the ride by reducing noise and buffeting.

The windscreen is adjustable, though

regrettably requires Allen sockets for the

job. It’s definitely quieter, though it will take

time to determine which of three height

positions is best for you. Chuck in the

sculpted seat with real world comfort for a

pillion and great performance for street with

genuine gravel cred.

Do you get our drift?

AND here’s a big plus – it’s a Suzuki, proven

technology, so you know for sure that

quality and reliability is right up there with

the best.

Are we raving about it? Bet your ass we are!

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So what’s it like to ride?

In the land where bigger is better, some

people might scoff at the fact that this is

only a 650 – but there is nothing wrong

with this bikes performance. Down low for

commuting or general street use there is

plenty of grunt for scarving through traffic.

The exhaust note is just so sweet – as a

V-Twin should be.

The bike has an updated powertrain

that adopts the same 645cc liquid-cooled

V-twin that served as the centerpiece of the

new for 2016 SV650. Perhaps the biggest

news here is the inclusion of traction control

allowing the rider a choice of two levels of

intervention along with the ability to override

the system. In addition to improved low-tomidrange

power and tractability comes the

convenience of Suzuki Easy Start System in

which engine startup will now only require a

momentary one-push of the starter button.

Another recent “SV-derived” feature is Low

RPM Assist that helps avoid stalling the

motor when pulling away from a standing

stop. It’s a pretty slick feature that raises

idle rpm when the bike is in gear and the

clutch is engaged. Take her out on to the

freeway and open her up. Acceleration is

not quite as exciting as the big 1000’s, but

it’s plenty fast enough for getting away from

big traffic snarls – and so smooth. She runs

strong all the way up to around the 180KPH

mark. Nothing manic, but a smooth,

exciting bike to ride…

Road handling – just spot-on. Excellent

cornering and braking – there is nothing

to fault.

Pillion:

You do feel a pillion a bit, She is happiest at

about the 140KPH mark, but when you need

to go, you gear down and she’ll head up to

the 160 mark easily. And the pillions all felt

super comfortable – which is very important

when considering a bike like this. For touring,

the bike comes standard with a neat cast

carrier out back and mounting points for

panniers.

Of course being an adventure magazine,

we took her out on some good gravel roads

and for a splash through our local river

crossing. With it’s 19” front wheel, the Suzuki

is not particularly happy in thick sand, but on

the gravel, even with the more road biased

Bridgestone Battlax tyres, it feels great. We

would probably look at a slightly stiffer front

spring in the forks for any heavy going – we

did feel the corrugations when we pushed

her. We love the fact that you don’t need long

legs to maneuver her about. Stand up riding

is comfortable for when you need to attack.

Ground clearance is just fine – but we’d

look at fitting a sturdy skid plate if we were

going to do any proper adventuring….

Conclusion:

What a bike! In todays market – the

absolute best value for money around! Get

to your Suzuki dealer and see for yourself.

Second opinions:

We gave the bike to Corinne Andrews

(www.adventurecompany.co.za) who rode

the old one for almost two years – and

here’s what she had to say:

I Love the new look – the yellow and

black is gorgeous.

It feels a lot less bulky than the old model

-same height which is cool because that’s

not too tall. Power is snappy and smooth

through the gears all the way up to sixth.

Very comfortable – but I was not happy

with the high screen position.Iit offers great

protection but because I’m short, I need to

look through it and I don’t like that. I would

fiddle with the adjustment to lower it (that

seemed to be quite complicated), or have

to find a shorter screen.

Ergonomics – placement of pegs, levers

and bars are spot on.

Fantastic bike! Sharper all round, still

retaining that classic V-Strom feel.

Exciting, fun to ride – not too different

from the old one – and I love the new

spoked wheels.

And here’s what Kurt has to say: www.

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Suzuki V-Strom DL 650 2017

So, I arrive at Dirt & Trail for a quick coffee,

there stands the 2017 650 V-Strom, Glenn

hands me the keys before I get chance to

take off my helmet and gloves, take it for

spin he says, I don’t need telling twice, I’ve

always had a soft spot for the Suzuki DL

650, it has always been the best value for

money, very under-rated 650 out there…..

Off I go down the road, wow, it pulls

really well, considering I arrived at Dirt &

Trail on a 1290 R KTM, the dash is very

informative, sitting position is nice, wind

protection is good, I hit the first dirt road

I can find, Traction Control was already

off, I did not have time to find out how to

switch the ABS off, ah well, I know it will

stop…The new V-Strom now has spoked

tubeless wheels, wonderful, the previous

model 3 spoked magnesium rims scared

me a bit, these new spoked wheels, gold

rims and all, really look the part. The dirt

road changed to a farm track, no worries,

suspension felt good, handling was easy,

no surprises. I was not very comfortable

standing, maybe I’m a bit tall for the current

setup, maybe the handlebars could be

lifted a bit, but I was quite comfortable

seated, the V-twin 650 motor has very

useable torque for dirt use, and once back

on tar I could open it up a bit, more than

enough power to go way over the highway

speed limit, this is a very versatile bike.

Two up with luggage will be no problem,

providing both people are the sensible side

of average weight, and I’m told 300km + on

a 17L tank is no problem, at R120K this has

got to be the most value for money bike

around, and it is a lot of fun to ride, the DL

650 Suzuki has just got better….

Now for the coffee….

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Giddy Up Linhai!

Horses and quads…

We vote for the mechanical variety, the organic

ones have serious emission control issues, crappy

brakes and emission control issues… here’s a cool

feature about how utility ATV’s compliment the work

environment… Horses and ATV’s on the same trails in

the cape winelands. That’s cool!

So quiet and efficient are her Linhai Rustler 260 quad

bikes, iconic horsewoman, Michelle Mazurkiewicz, uses

them side-by-side with the horses on her trails. “We have

many situations where some members of a family want to

go on our beautiful trails but for one reason or another do

not want to do them on horseback. So instead of being left

out they join the ride on a Linhai quad,” she says.

Michelle adds that the Linhai machines are perfectly suited

for this activity. “They are safe, easy to handle, they run

quietly and are powerful enough to handle any terrain. Of

course, our horses have got used to moving alongside these

machines and we have never had any trouble,” she says.

But horses are generally comfortable around Michelle

who is one of this country’s greatest horsewomen. She is a

qualified SANEF (now Equestrian Qualifications Authority of

Southern Africa) and British Horse Society (BHS) instructor.

Her expertise covers most horse activities, including

show jumping, eventing, endurance riding, horse racing,

polocross, polo driving and film work. “I have been involved

with horses for the past 28 years and have run my own yard

of over 280 horses for the past 15 years,” she says.

Michelle also runs quad-only trails at the beautiful

Rhebokskloof Wine Estate in Paarl to where she moved her

business, Wine Valley Horse Trails, in 1998. “Our trails are

typical of the Paarl Valley area. Spectacular views and a

particularly pleasant micro-climate make them accessible

to children and adults alike the whole year round.”

She adds that what she likes about the Linhai is how

they fit into this environment. “Some machines just don’t

cut it in this sublime atmosphere but these Linhai’s,

even though they are powerful, are somehow gentle and

environmentally appropriate,” she says.

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Michelle also praised Maverick Motorsport, Linhai dealer in the

Western Cape, for their excellent customer service. “We recently

bought our 15th machine which indicates our satisfaction with

their performance and, of course, the excellent service that we

get from Leon and his team at Maverick. Machine quality without

the service in times of need is not worth much,” she says. “I

would not have considered purchasing the Linhais without this

standard of service”.

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The Linhai Rustler 260 XL 2x4 Quad Bike is one of Linhai’s bestsellers

the world over. “This quad bike is the perfect entry level

quad. Its light weight and automatic transmission makes it easy

to use, a blast to ride, yet with the racks and hitch, still capable

of helping out with the chores,” says SPE’s Mark Chittenden “It’s

quite amazing what Michelle has done with her business and we

hope to be able to be of service to her for many years to come,”

he concluded.

Key features of the Linhai 260 2X4 Quad

257 cc, 4 stroke, single cylinder SOHC, liquid cooled engine;

Electric starter; High/Low range with reverse gear; 200kg tow

capacity; 2015mm x 1140mm x 1195mm (LxWxH) dimensions;

Dry weight 280kg.

For your closest Linhai dealer:

Smith Power Equipment

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It is your problem!

We’ll kind of but hey, let us carry the risk for you (www.

omnigroup.co.za – specialist motorcycle insurers…)

We are not fond of doom and gloom in this here quality

publication, but woefully, we live in a country where nothing

that is not welded down or concreted in - ok those too seem

to be fair game for nefarious individuals.

Glenn Foley - There seems to be a spike in bike thefts at the moment

and the crooks appear to be getting smarter and smarter as they go?

Omni Group - This is correct, syndicates have realized that there is

decent value in the stolen motorcycle and potentially it is far easier

than Hi Jacking or stealing a motor vehicle.

Glenn Foley - The vast majority of riders do not insure their dirtbikes

and quads - maybe we should start - its only about 3 percent of the

value of the bike per month - so on a 100k bike - R300 suddenly does

not sound so serious. We genuinely thought it was more than that...

not so bad, a grudge purchase but better than paying for another bike

when the chops have removed your bike from the garage...

Omni Group – Agreed, insurance is buying a non-tangible service

that seems like a grudge purchase until you realise the value when a

loss occurs. You may be able to replace your R50k of road toy with

savings but can you cover the third parties damages when your bike

jumps off the trailer on the highway and smashes into a new Bmw/

Merc? If you have NO insurance you will still need to pay which will

leave you financially stranded, my opinion “rather be safe than sorry”

Glenn Foley - Dirtbikes are so easy to pinch because most are not

licensed or registered. Where do they end up? who knows? We’ve

heard lots of theories, quads make great ploughs they don’t need

food, so check neighbouring states. We’ve seen beautiful Ducati’s in

Maputo... where they come from, who the heck can tell. Probably

Sandton. Who knows?

Omni Group – Dirt bikes are a very easy target (No coded keys, no

papers potentially, no anti-theft devices) For the small premium you

will pay it will be worth every cent enquiring on what we can offer

you…

Glenn Foley - The guys are so brazen. Now that we are maplotters,

we are on all sorts of crime groups and you won’t believe the crap that


we see and hear about. They get past the dog, the horse, through the pigsty,

open the garage and remove the bikes. Hectic. The other day a buddy of

ours zipped his bike across to a mates house, loaded it for the next morning

- and the bakkie the bike was on was pinched.

Omni Group – This is a thief ’s prized move, get the bike’s, car & or trailer

in one hit. Our advice would be don’t advertise you are going on an

outride, load and off load the same day..

So they are watching, they know what is going on and are far more alert

than you and I.

See the guys going through the garbage bags for recycling?

It could be them passing along the info. Not saying everyone is bad, but

people are desperate for money, so who knows what info a 20 will buy.

You know the wheelie bins you leave outside? They make great ladders to

hop over your wall...

Here are a few tips - use them, don’t use them PS (Omni Group endorses

our sentiments)

Where is your bike right now?

LOCK YOUR BIKES UP: Rather get up early to load or whatever. leaving

bikes in view on a trailer or bakkie is an open invitation... out of sight is

out of mind. Thieves prefer to work in the dark. Be particularly cautious at

night about where you park your bike.

Alarm on the garage: If the crooks do open the garage a screamer goes off

and hopefully scares them of. At the very least you can hear them and get

the baseball bat out. link the alarm to a light. If you are away from home

make sure you nominate a friend or neighbour to monitor your property

and garage.

Ultimately the machines static location needs to be located before there’s

any chance of the police effectively becoming involved.

These should definitely be considered if you have one or two year old

superbike, or expensive classic bike, some of which are worth a lot.

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Professional Thieves

Professionals commit the majority of auto thefts.

They prefer high-performance cars, as well as less exotic, more popular

models whose parts are interchangeable. Same with bikes.

These thieves usually turn the cars and bikes they steal over to “chop

shops,” who dismantle them and sell the parts.

They also steal for export to other countries, often “stealing to order” to

fulfill requests for certain types of vehicles.

Watch for dodgy sales deals: Don’t get duped into a scam. One of our mates

was called from an ad he placed on a sales site. The guy on the other end

said he’d take the bike without seeing it. Sent him a so-called deposit slip

for a cash payment and asked for the bike to be delivered, He was from out

of town and met him at a garage in plain sight. Without checking with his

bank first, he delivered. The bike was gone. the buyer never answered his

call again. End of story. very sad. This is a common hustle - make sure that

your money is in the bank and cleared. Even some very wide awake dealers

have been conned like this...

Guys - just a few pointers, eyes wide open, don’t be a victim. Don’t become

complacent. They want your bike and we live in a place where the cops

have far more pressing matters to attend to...

Disc lock: Through the brake disc - a pain, we know especially when you

forget about it, but you can’t roll the bike away in a hurry. Or a groot chain

and padlock, but nothing is infallible.

Basic alarm on the bike: if you can afford a high end alarm then cool, but

a cheap solution is a small mercury switch hidden in the handlebar and

linked to a hooter. Chat to your dealer about this. The moment the bike

moves, the mercury closes the circuit and the hooter blares, hopefully you

hear it and give em hell!

Keep your bikes in view when you are out and about: One of our mates

lost his bikes when an enterprising crook simply unhitched his trailer at a

restaurant on the way back from a ride. Either pay a car guard to watch or

sit where your vehicle is in plain view and don’t all go to the loo at once...

Hectic, we know, ridiculous for sure but these are the times we live in...

Look around. Be aware of your surroundings, especially in garages, parking

lots and gas stations.

Know where you’re going. When traveling, avoid known high crime areas

even if the alternate route takes longer.

Do your research and consider fitting a tracking device. Not everyone

can afford one of these but several good arrests were made and high value

motorcycles recovered because a tracking device was fitted.

There are now quite a few on the market and some are reasonably priced. It

is however important that research is done and comparisons are made as to

what they individually offer and their specifications do vary. Ask about any

successes made in previously tracing and recovering vehicles.

Finding stolen bikes on the move is rare. Signal penetration is important

particularly if a stolen bike is hidden in a van, container or building.

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The Ducati 950 Multistrada and the KTM Adventure 1090R

We got our hands on a couple of new adventure bikes this weekend and headed out for a bit of a bash around the bush,

both bikes had a 70/30 split off road vs road capabilities but were completely opposite to each other, sort of like Chuck

Norris vs James Bond, the orange one is a full on skop, skiet and donder type whilst the red is a lot more elegant and

refined… Words: Sean Hendley and Kurt Beine Pics: Kyle Lawrenson, Glenn Foley

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Last month you’d have read all about the

new KTM Adventure lineup and in that we

gave you all the specs as well as some fairly

detailed insights into what we thought.

We have not, however told you much

about the latest Multistrada from Ducati,

because – well they don’t really keep us

that informed. We did however, crack the

nod to borrow one and hey presto! We can

share our thoughts on what is – another

brilliant bike.

All about the 950 Multistrada: www.

ducati.co.za

On the surface, it looks very similar to

the Multistrada 1200. But is it simply a case

of scaling down or is there more to this

‘smaller’ Multistrada than meets the eye? To

better understand what makes this new 950

tick, we are took a look into what separates

it from the 1200.

Engine

As the name itself suggests, the Multistrada

950 is running a smaller motor when

compared to the Multistrada 1200.

That’s not to say that this motor is just

a smaller capacity version of the larger

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one, the Multistrada 950 borrows

the Testastretta 11o motor from the

Hypermotard. This 937cc, L-Twin,

liquid-cooled motor features four

valves per cylinder and is capable

of producing 113hp of peak power

coming in at 9,000rpm, and a

maximum torque figure of 96.2Nm that

comes in at 7,750rpm.

Suspension

Both the Multistrada 950 and the 1200

feature 48mm KYB fully adjustable

upside-down forks at the front and a

fully adjustable Sachs monoshock at

the back. However, the 1200S variant

has a few suspension tricks up its

sleeve. It get the Ducati Skyhook

Suspension (DSS) system which

allows riders to electronically change

suspension parameters such as

preload, rebound and compression

damping. All the rider has to do is

change the riding mode and the bike

can either pull up suspension settings

to match that mode or they can even

set custom suspension parameters.

Suspension travel across the 950, 1200

and 1200S remains identical at 170mm

(for both front and rear).

Wheels

Not only is the alloy wheel design on

the Multistrada 950 different from that

of the 1200, there’s one other crucial

difference as well. Just like the 1200’s

Enduro variant, the 950 features a 19-

inch front wheel. Rear wheel size for

the regular Multistrada 1200 and 950

remain the same at 17-inch. And while

both the bikes run Pirelli Scorpion Trail

II tyres with the same 120/70 section/

profile, the 1200 gets a fatter 190/55

rear tyre as compared to the 950’s

170/60 rubber.

The larger front wheel makes for

some different front-end geometry for

the 950 though. It has a larger rake

angle at 25.2 degree, as compared

to the 1200’s 24 degree. The trail on

the other hand is marginally shorter

at 105.7mm for the 950, whereas the

1200’s trail measures in at 106mm. We

would love to see a spoked wheel with

a 21 inch front, but to our knowledge

this is not on the cards…

Swingarm

Again, this is one area where the

Multistrada 950 borrows from the

Multistrada 1200 Enduro. While the

1200 and 1200S sports a gorgeous

single-sided swingarm unit, the 950

gets the Enduro’s more rugged doublesided

swingarm. This ensures that the

950 has a lot more off-road chops than

the standard 1200 and the 1200S.

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Size and weight

Thanks to the bigger double-sided

swingarm, combined with the larger 19-

inch front wheel, the Multistrada 950 has a

1,594mm wheelbase. This is the same as

the 1200 Enduro, but significantly longer

than standard 1200 and 1200S. This does

add to the overall length of the 950, making

it about 80mm longer in totality as compare

to the Multistrada 1200. And while there’s

no difference in overall height, the 950 has

a fixed seat height of 840mm, while the

1200’s can be adjusted from 825-845mm.

Surprisingly, there’s not a huge weight

difference between the two models. The

950 has a kerb weight of 229kg, while the

‘larger’ 1200 and the 1200S are heavier by

3kg and 6kg, respectively. But the 950 feels

lighter than that, as Ducati ditched some

centre panels for this bike (much like they

did on the 1200 Enduro), which makes it

narrower right under the saddle.

Electronics

The Multistrada 1200 really set the

benchmark when it came to electronic aids

on adventure touring motorcycles. The

electronics on the Multistrada 950 are a

much simpler. There are four riding modes

– Urban, Touring, Sport and Enduro – just

like in the 1200, but there’s pretty much a

conventional wheel-speed-based eightlevel

traction control system managing grip,

and a basic three-step ABS which doesn’t

take cornering into consideration. The 950

doesn’t feature any wheelie control either.

Equipment

The Multistrada 950 and the base 1200

share the same all-LCD instrument cluster

and even switchgear is more or less the

same. However, the 1200S gets a very

smart-looking full-colour TFT display

and a five-way direction pad on the left

switchgear to navigate menus on the

instrument screen. The 1200 also gets

cruise control as standard, a feature notably

missing on the 950.

This from Sean:

The two bikes we rode were the new Ducati

950 Multistrada and the all new KTM 1090

Adventure R, both gorgeous in their own

rights and both exceptionally capable in

different areas. An instant giveaway is the

fact that the orange brigade have fitted a 21

inch spoked wheel, whilst the Italians went

for a gorgeous 19 inch mag wheel up front.

Initially, Kurt thought that the Multistrada

was a 1200cc and was quite stunned to

find it was “only” a 950cc. The motor is very

perky with good punch off the line, a more

than acceptable top end and has such a

sexy snarl when you yank on the throttle

that I spent most of the time playing with it

quite inappropriately.

The 950 Multistrada is road bike with

very good off road capabilities. It has a

beautifully sculpted low slung seat and

bodywork that has you sitting inside the

bike as opposed to on top of the bike, so

you feel integrated into the bike, at one

with the bike which translates to more

confidence in the handling and better

comfort on the long distance fast tar

sections. Ergonomically the bike is more

suited to the medium to shorter rider but

was quite comfortable for my lanky 2m

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frame. The easily adjustable windshield,

(one handed operation on the fly), was very

effective in keeping the wind off me and

very cleverly it is situated quite close to the

rider which minimises the effect of the low

pressure cell that normally builds up behind

taller windshield situated quite far forward

away from the rider.

Road handling is absolutely superb, you

can get your knee down in the corners with

without needing the adventure rated brown

underpants and high speed, straight line

stability is as good as you would expect

from any premium model big bore street

bike. I got it up to 210kmh and ran out of

open road. As it is I had to bob and weave

past other traffic to get an open section

of tar, which the Multistrada did quite

eloquently and easily, never once hesitating

under quick demand acceleration. The

brakes reigned the speed back in without

any effort.

Once we hit the dirt I figured I had better

take it easy because this bike felt so good

on the tar that it might be a bit dodgy off

road. I had no need to worry.

Even with the street bias Pirelli Scorpion

Trail 2’s the Multistrada is sure footed

on good quality dirt roads building up

respectable speeds without any fuss or faf.

I honestly couldn’t tell you if it was fitted

with any electronic nannies or gizmo’s

because even in the really rough sections

I never felt I had any need for them nor did

I feel them interfering with my riding style.

My only small gripe, and this has nothing

to do with the bike but more my build and

riding style, is that I found the foot pegs to

be a little too tight up against the frame and

the handle a little low for when I needed to

stand up but I am 2m’s tall.

In the great scheme of things, the 950cc

Ducati Multistrada is an exceptionally good

bike all around, looks gorgeous, has a

sexy but quite elegant snarl and if Ducati’s

pricing strategy is anything to go by, I’m

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guessing it is quite affordable as well.

This would undoubtedly be one of my top

choices if I were looking for an a softer dual

purpose.

Endless horisons in absolute comfort.

The KTM 1090R www.ktm.com

If it’s excitement that you are looking for

then this one delivers in spades!

You can take a gander at last

months issue for all of the technicalities

surrounding the new 1090, this is about

what it’s like to ride…

Where the Multistrada is the capable but

elegant James Bond, the KTM 1090 R has

the full skop, skiet and donder Chuck Norris

feel about it. It is a muscular and rugged off

road bike that can handle itself beautifully

on the tar. It feels like a big, very powerful

dirt bike when riding off road. It has huge

amounts of suspension travel with really

good damping and rebound, grippy big

block knobbly tyres and a motor with power

that seems to know no end. Because of

its off road bias you don’t sit in the bike

like the Multistrada, but on top of it as you

would expect from a dirt bike, which gives

you more freedom of movement on the

technical dirt tracks, over rocks, through

mud and etc, but this does make it a little

less comfortable on long tar sections.

The KTM 1090 R has plenty of power

and - far more top end than the knobbly

tyres fitted were spec’d for, or the quite

asthmatic sounding standard exhaust

would belie, (I highly recommend a good

aftermarket can as an immediate upgrade

when purchasing this bike).

We got up to 217kmh and the KTM just

wanted to give more, but we chickened out

in a bit of traffic.

Once again, being on the longer side of

tall, I did find the handle bars a bit low for

me when standing up, but that can easily

be rectified with some adjustment and the

standard repositioning settings, or if you

wish, the procurement of some taller bars.

Once up on the pegs I easily cruised over

most dirt section at 100kmh plus with very

little concern, the KTM is very sure footed in

any kind of dirt, rock or mud.

It’s everything that I’ve heard about. A

hard core adventurer.

All in all, both bikes are fantastic, if you

spend the majority of your time cruising

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down tar roads but want an adventure

that is comfortable on long distance,

lightweight, fast and very elegant but is not

scared of a dirt trail or a goat path then the

Ducati Multistrada 950 should be high on

your list. If you want a “meneer” dirt bike

that is light, easy to throw around and great

fun in serious dirt but can tackle any fast tar

trip with lots of off road sections thrown in,

the KTM 1090 R is right up there with the

big boys…

This in from seasoned campaigner Kurt

Beine – www.roamafrica.co.za

Ducati Multistrada 950

A call from Glenn, ‘wanna go for a ride on

Sunday? I have the Ducati Multistrada and

the KTM 1090 R’. No need to twist my

arm, there like a bear, aboard my new KTM

1290 R.

Our route took us through the farmlands

in the Bapsfontein area, along railway lines,

tracks and a bit of tar. I did not ride the 1090

R much because I had already experienced

its excellence on the recent KTM media

launch, so i left the fun of riding the KTM

1090 R up to Kyle and Sean. Besides,

I wasn’t too hard done by on my 1290

R. Riding behind Kyle and Sean as they

alternated bikes, Sean very reluctantly gave

up the Ducati Multistrada, he was in his

element, but Kyle wasn’t too upset having to

ride the KTM 1090 R most of the time either.

Eventually it was my turn to ride the

Ducati, first on tar for a while and then dirt,

and some pretty nasty dirt…..the Ducati

immediately felt very comfortable, a quick

check of the comprehensive fully digital

dash to see I was in the correct mode, off I

went, I like a bike that I sit ‘in’ and not ‘on’,

and the Ducati is a bike that you sit ‘in’,

extremely comfortable, the screen worked

well, easy to adjust to my tall height, I was

very impressed with the torque and power

of this motor, and was quite surprised when

Glenn told me it is ‘only’ a 950, I assumed

it was a 1200, it has to be one of the

strongest smoothest 950’s out there, I later

learnt the performance figures, 113 hp, 95

Nm of torque, pretty strong for a motor just

under 950cc. There are 1000cc and bigger

bikes out there that make less.

Ground clearance is ok for dirt, not super

high, but for the market this bike is aimed

at, more than enough. Service intervals

of 15000km, all the safety systems like

ABS and traction control included, superb

seated comfort, a very nice exhaust note

from standard a very tucked in compact

exhaust, an excellent standard package. My

only gripe was standing comfort, the sides

of the bike in my calf area protruded too

much for my liking, but dirt road handling

while seated was quite good, one would

only need to stand through the tough

stuff, no need to stand all the time while

on dirt. Footpeg rubbers are removeable

for more aggressive dirt road use, and

all the luggage options are available to

make this ‘little’ Ducati a very competent

tourer, pillion or solo, in fact a very versatile

bike, a commuter during the week, some

adventure on the weekends.

To compare the Ducati 950 to the KTM

1090 R is not really fai… the Ducati is

more suited for long distance pillion or solo

touring, good surface dirt roads, where the

KTM 1090 R is more suited to solo touring,

and any kind of gnarly dirt you care to throw

at it, perhaps the KTM 1090 Adventure

would be fairer comparison to the Ducati, I

can’t think of a bike offhand at the moment

to compare to the KTM 1090 R.

SPECS: DUCATI MULTISTRADA 950

Engine: 937cc Testastretta, L-Twin cylinder, LC

Power: 113hp @ 9,000rpm

Torque: 96Nm @ 7,750rpm

Wet weight: 229kg

Seat height: 840mm

Fuel capacity: 20L

Price: R176,000 (Red) R180,000 (White)

Detailed specs: www.ducati.co.za

SPECS: KTM 1090 ADVENTURE R

Engine: 1050cc 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°

Power: 125hp @ 8,500rpm

Torque: 109Nm @ 6,500rpm

Wet weight: 244kg

Seat height: 890mm

Fuel capacity: 23L

Price: R181,000

Detailed specs: www.ktm.co.za

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Three bikes came along, the famous 300

four-stroke, which in our opinion is one of

the best balanced dirt bikes on the market.

Full stop. Also along was a rare SER-F

Factory edition 450 and an even rarer 250

Cross country.

250 Rarer?

Yup. Sherco’s bikes are still bench built –

not on a production line. Our South African

importers approached them with the aim of

building a bike more suited to cross country

racing – something akin to Yamaha and

Husky’s FX’s and the the KTM XC models.

So, it’s basically a 250 enduro bike with

more pep than the stock 250 machine.

Why would they build it?

For cross country GNCC type racing –

perfect for our off-road racing conditions

and for GNCC in the States. Now bear

in mind that Sherco could not take the

shortcut of simply fitting an MX inspired

engine – they don’t build MX bikes.

The bike is based on the SE-R F

250 with a whole new top-end – higher

compression piston, a bit of work on the

cylinder head. They have played with the

mapping to get more torque and bottom

end but still revs out.

4 bikes have been built and shipped to

South Africa. The only four in the world.

How’s that for cool? Very interesting...

It comes with closed cartridge forks

and a beefier than standard unit out back.

Akarapovic pipe with power bomb is

standard. MMMM so nice!

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The very rare 250 Cross Country

The 450 SEF-R Factory:

The four-stroke Factory models are

unique. Matthew Phillips won the World

Championship on a 300 SEF-R in 2016. The

2017 Factory replicas are extremely close

to being the same bike as he rode including

the graphics and components.

The bikes include the new WP Xplor

suspensions, an Akrapovic exhaust, a

Pyramid saddle, anodized wheels... and of

course the factory graphics kit, that is similar

to the factory Sherco. A larger translucent fuel

tank finishes the bike off.

From any angle, this bike is a head turner –

something just a little bit unique. This one was

fitted with a very trick TRAX WP rear shock*.

Both bikes have the mapping switch

for a softer ride – or a more aggressive

power curve. Both bikes feel very small

and compact and a big bonus is that they

are not overly tall. Great ground clearance,

but easy to get your feet down. Both bikes

are fuel injected. Both bikes share the

high end components found on all Sherco

motorcycles. Added extra’s include Cycra

hand guards and the 450 has some pretty

PSP protectors fitted.

The 450 beast

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The ride:

We spent a cool few hours on the bikes.

The only thing lacking at this venue are

any hard core rocks – it’s a shame that the

koppie is off limits.

Our first stop was at the tight twisty trail

that runs through the forest – perfect to

test how nimble a bike really is. The 250

shines in this terrain – so small – and at just

on 100 KG’s light too. The power is more

peppy than the stock 250, but it’s still very

user friendly and less aggressive than other

FX’s that we have ridden. The suspension

is spot-on.

The 450 was noticeably different. You

can immediately feel extra 10 KG’s, so you

need to be a bit more awake scarving along

the tight stuff – or she will push you around.

We were immediately impressed at how

user friendly – the word linear is overused

sometimes but that describes this bike

perfectly. The big 450 mill is – not weak by

any means – but not brutal like many of the

big cc machines out there.

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In to the quarry we went – just for some

showboating and – the very cool photo’s

that you are looking at. More of the same

really – the 250 is very light and nimble –

and it LOVES to be revved. The 450 stays

well planted with lots of bottom end torque.

Fantastic fun!

Then it was time for the loop – a badly

rutted, horrible whooped out section where

you can really get the feel for the bikes in

race conditions. To be quite frank, sections

of this loop are just plain horrible…

The 250’s lightness again came in to play

easy to choose the best line and stay on the

revs, it’s easy to hoik the wheel out of the

ruts. Suspension on this bike was set up

for a very light rider so we fatter guys would

have preferred it to be a bit stiffer. But that’s

just setup..

The 450 was quite simply amazing.

The added weight and power feels better

planted and you can feel that this bike

was well set up. It’s fast through ruts and

whoops and holds the line beautifully. Really

– outstanding in this terrain.

Back into the trees and the 250 was the

boss again – small, nimble and so easy

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A great day

in the office

National MX, Dirt Bronco

MX 2 start with Johsua Mlimi 259 and Richie van der

Westhuizen 717 batteling it out for the holeshot

Pics by Zygmund Brodalka and Tristan Foley

The fourth round of the 2017 Monster Energy TRP Distributors SA

National Motocross Championship took place at Dirt Bronco a couple

of weeks ago.

It was Fantastic – with record numbers of entries and spectators

making their way to the circuit…

If you have never been to a National MX meet – get your sorry ass off

the couch and go and spectate. It is FANTASTIC to watch the big dawgs

fighting it out.

Despite the cold, racers knew that the day was going to be huge when

they fell in line and waited about 20 minutes to get into the track. Spirits

were high and there was huge anticipation for the racing ahead. The

excitement was matched by the spectators that attended. Saturday the

3rd of June, warmed up nicely and racers soon began to prepare their

nerves for some awesome dirt biking.

We watched in awe as hordes of lighties lines up on their little

screamers to bash bars – the future of MX looks very bright at the

moment!

This round was packed with competitive racing as well as some serious

upsets in MX2 where Husky’s Maddy Malan had a bad day in the office

after 6 consecutive wins going down in heat 1 and crashing out of heat 2.

It was here that Yamaha’s David Goosen capitalized, but it wasn’t all easy

for him…

Goosen went down early in heat 1 while going for the pass for the lead

but managed to salvage points by making his way back up to 4th. A win

in heat 2 saw him take 2nd for the day and the points lead – giving him

the red plate.

African Champion

Neil van der Vyver

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In MX1 it was the former multiple SA

Champion, Husqvarna’s Richard van der

Westhuizen claimed the day. He finished

4th in the first heat, but took an early lead

in heat 2 and ran away from the field for

the win.

Yamaha’s Tristan Purdon, came firing

into this round like a man on a mission

after some trouble at round 3 in Bloem,

he put in a solid effort going 3-2 for 3rd

overall and retains his points lead in the

series.

Racing got underway and the crowd

was kept enthralled and captivated with

some of the closest racing seen in ages.

In the MX1 Premier class, it was veteran

and past SA Champion, Richard van

der Westhuizen from Husqvarna Racing

who took the overall win. Despite only a

fourth place in Heat 1, he knocked it out

of the park in Heat 2 with a first place

that reminded us why he is a multiple

champion, and that gave him the top spot.

Damon Strydom, from Grainger Racing,

put in an excellent performance and took

first place in Heat 1. He lost Heat 2, but

recovered and walked away with second

place for the day.

Tristan Purdon, from Tintswalo Out of

Africa Yamaha, retained his points lead

with his consistent performance and took

third and second place in Heats 1 and 2

respectively. He ended in the third place

overall for the day.

The biggest upset came in the Premier

MX2 class. After six wins, Husqvarna

Racing’s Matthew ‘Maddy’ Malan’s day

started out badly when he went down in

the first corner with eight other riders in

the Heat 1 start. Maddy fought hard to get

to fourth place in the race before a small

mistake saw him fall back again.

The crowd was blown away by the

amazing performance of Cape Town rider

Anthony Raynard, from GAC Laser Ace

Sports Racing, and his win in Heat 1.

Again, Heat 2 again did not go as

planned for Maddy. Despite every effort,

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he crashed hard and ended his hopes for

points for that race. It was incredible to

see how hard he fought to work his way to

the front, but once again the sport showed

how unforgiving it can be.

Anthony put in another excellent

performance, but it was David Goosen,

from Tintswalo Out of Africa Yamaha, who

took 1st place in Heat 2.

Anthony took the overall first prize,

with David in second and Kerim Fitz-

Gerald, from Red Bull KTM, third. A solid

performance for him, but not what he

would have wanted on a home track.

We caught up with David & Tristan after

the racing to get a view from where they

stand and how they plan to hold onto

those red plates.

David: Congratulations on taking the

lead in MX2 David! Can you run us through

your ride on the weekend?

Thanks guys, so rounding up my ride

on the weekend at Dirt Bronco. It was

a great escape from my current work

schedule. I was feeling good on the bike,

even though Broncos’ is my home track,

the competition is still very tough with the

top 8 riders in the series all being on top

of their game. I really just came into this

round with an open mind that anything

could happen, even though I was still able

to capitalise on Maddy being out, I still

made a few mistakes of my own that I was

fortunate to recover from. I’m super happy

to have the red plate which I’ll be trying

my best to hold onto.Looking forward

to the next round in Pietermaritzburg

in 6 weeks, the points are really close

right now so no one can afford any slip

ups. I’m just going to continue working

hard towards that championship goal!

Thanks to my sponsors and everyone that

continues to support me.

Tristan: Well done on retaining your

lead in MX1! How did it go down at Dirt

Bronco?

I was feeling good going into Broncos’,

I just wanted to prove I could bag another

win after the bad ride that I had in Bloem

in the last round. I like the track a lot, it’s

always changing up so everyone has a

fair chance. It has big ruts and is quite

rough, it reminds me a lot of the European

tracks. To add to that I’m super happy

to add even more points to my lead in

the championship, although we’re only

halfway through the battle. I’m just going

to stay focused and consistent! I’d just like

to say shout out to everyone behind me, I

really appreciate it!

Ladies:

14 ladies lined up at the gates. Some

interesting racing for the day as Natasha

Rugani finished on the 2nd step of the

Current points leader MX

1 Tristan Purdon

Current points leader in

MX2 Maddy Malan

Kevin Moran from 2nd Gear

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podium. Kayla Raaff led the second

heat, but unfortunately dropped it in a

corner which left her 3rd for the day.

Nanda Clowes took the top step and

championship points lead.

It was a record entry day for Dirt

Bronco and the number of spectators

overwhelmed the committee who had

put the race day together.

“The last time we saw so many

people was 25 years ago at the National

Motorcross event,” said John Errington,

senior developer at Dirt Bronco.

The riders aged from about four years

old all the way up to the grand veteran

of South African motocross, Johnny

Nell, who is still actively competing at

the age of 67.

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Results

MX1

1st Richard van der

Westhuizen

2nd Damon Strydom

3rd Tristan Purdon

MX2

1st Anthony Raynard

2nd David Goosen

3rd Kerim Fitz-Gerald

MX3

1st Ian Topliss

2nd Brett Bircher

3rd Kevin Moran

125 High School

1st Slade Smith

2nd Ricky Raaff

3rd Cameron Durow

Ladies

1st Nanda Clowes

2nd Natasha Rugani

3rd Kayla Raaff

Pro Mini

1st Camden Mc Lellan

2nd Dalton Venter

3rd Jonathan Mlimi

85cc Juniors

1st Blake Young

2nd Nate Mc Lellan

3rd Dylan Kirk

65cc

1st Daiyaan Manuel

2nd Tyler Tarantino

3rd Emmanuel Bako

50cc

1st Neil van der Vyver

2nd Jordan van Wyk

3rd Liam Botha

Round 5 of the

championship will take

place in Maritzburg,

KZN on 22 July

Western Capes Anthony Raynard in MX 2

David Goosen MX 1

Bubba Mlimi railling

the ruts in the snd

Moto MX 2

Kerim Fitz Gerald MX 1 Richard van der Westhuizen MX 1

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Liquorland National

Enduro Championship

Round 3 SA Champs - Robertson

After a 2 month layoff, the National

Enduro Scene rolled into the drought

stricken Western Cape. The venue is in an

area called Agterkliphoogte, around 30km

from the Winelands town of Robertson.

The CSMX team with guidance of route

director Denzil Torlage, set the bar high,

with riders and teams saying it was the best

organised race in ages.

The course set up, was spectator friendly,

and all within 2km of main control, with the

X special at main control.

A shorter that normal loop of 31km, meant

the E1 & E2 classes would have to do 5 laps

with 3 special stages per lap. The course

was fast and flowing to begin with, and then

the club slowly but surely tightened it up.

All the top national teams and riders

entered, but the question was, would TT

(Travis Teasdale) continue to dominate. After

4 laps, it looked like he would, but Wade

Youngs last lap was just too good, and he

took the overall win by just 17 seconds.

CSMX the hosting club did a super job in

organising the event and the track did not

disappoint. Pro classes had to complete five

laps of a 32 km loop while silver class riders

were required to complete four laps. The

race time for each lap came in just over an

hour and with riders all managing to meet

their regularity times, they could shift focus

to racing the special stages. The special

stage consisted of a very fast 8km Enduro

special test followed by a 1.1km Extreme

special test and ended off by a spectator

friendly 3km cross test.

Brother Leader Tread KTM’s Dwayne

Kleynhans and Scott Bouverie, top

contenders and race favourites in the

E1 class, were set on bringing home the

silverware. Both riders enjoyed the course,

feeling strong and comfortable both found

their rhythm from lap two.

Disaster struck for Bouverie heading into

the cross test on lap 2 when he caught

wire in his wheel which caused irreparable

damage to his KTM 250 EXC-F and forced

the talented youngster from Harding, KZN,

to retire from the race.

Kleynhans did not disappoint. He

continued to post the fastest times in the

E1 class, bringing home the E1 class win

and adding valuable points towards the

championship score.


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“I’m so happy to have taken the win in the

E1 class on my 250 XC-F. I enjoyed all the

specials, they suited my riding style and a

big ‘Thank you’ goes out to the organisers

who put together a really nice race. The

marking was great, the regularity times were

well calculated and the special tests were

really fun to race.” said Kleynhans.

This is high praise as “Dwayno” has been

quite outspoken about some of the routes

earlier in the year.

The battle of the day took place in the

E2 class when Brother Leader Tread KTM’s

Travis Teasdale and Sherco’s Wade Young

battled it out for the E2 and overall win.

Seconds separated the two riders and it was

Teasdale who had to settle for second place

in the E2 class and overall. This was a much

better result than the Pietermaritzburg rider

anticipated, as he headed into round three

suffering from flu and not feeling as fighting

fit as he would have liked to be.

“I couldn’t ride the whole week due to

flu and was a bit rusty on the first lap, but

I managed to loosen up from the second

lap. My KTM 250 XC-W went really well,

the Cross special was a lot of fun and the

Enduro special was quite fast. I enjoyed

the race and I’m glad that I managed to put

some good times in. I’m looking forward

to the rest of the season.” said Teasdale

who posted the fastest times on the Enduro

special.

The Silver class was yet again dominated

by Brother Leader Tread KTM’s Kirsten

Landman. She is evidently feeling at home

on board her KTM 150 XC-W weapon of

choice:

“I did some good preparation leading up

to the race. It’s the strongest I’ve ever felt

on the bike. I’m so comfortable on my 150

XC-W and could feel that I could push. The

specials were really nice, but I got stuck on

the Enduro special on my third lap for about

two minutes. I, however, managed to catch

up from there, it was a great race and I can’t

wait for the next one!” said Landman.

In the Masters class, only three seconds

separated Hilton Hayward (WP Suspension

KTM) from second placed William Gillitt.

Both former SA champions, Hayward came

out on top this time and is holding on to his

championship lead in the Masters class.

What a race great series – coming soon to

a spot near you…

E1

1 Dwayne Kleyhans (KTM)

2 Altus de Wet (Yamaha)

3 Kyle Flanagan (Yamaha)

E2

1 Wade Young (Sherco)

2 Travis Teasdale (KTM)

3 Blake Gutzeit (Yamaha)

Seniors

1 Brian Capper (Yamaha)

2 Bruce May (Yamaha)

3 Graham Hedgcock (Sherco)

Master

1 Hilton Haywood (KTM)

2 Willian Gillit (KTM)

3 Gideon Malherbe (Husqvarna)

High school

1 Matthew Green

2 Stefan v Deventer

3 Marcel Henle


A TRIP TO THE WATERBERG

A SLIPPERY TALE

This article is dedicated to the memory of my friend and colleague Clive Strugnell, who’s sudden

passing saw me called in to take his place on this memorable ride. May Clive ride even faster, tell

bigger stories and brighten many more lives where he is now, as he brightened all of ours, for so long.

Words and photos by Patrick Moore

During December of 2016 Africa

Dream Adventure’s (A.D.A.) owner Heine

Engelbrecht, my friend Roger Gannaway

and I rode the Waterberg, in search of

routes and venues that Heine could use

for guided tours. We were successful

and so I was delighted to be offered the

spot on the first tour, over the weekend

of the 25th and 26th February. I expected

a pleasant if unremarkable ride, but

Mother Africa and her weather spirits

had other plans… As an experienced

adventure biker I had forgotten the

challenges and rewards of learning

to ride on difficult roads, until I joined

the other guests on this tour from the

Magaliesberg to the Waterberg and back.

Heavy rain had turned some roads into

slippery quagmires with puddles like

small dams and several of our party were

inexperienced off-roaders, which turned

out to be a real challenge.

After slabbing it up to Thabazimbi,

where the Crocodile River had burst its

bank, we headed east, onto dirt. Mist and

rain shrouded Bakkers Pass’s spectacular

scenery, whilst transforming its red sand

road into ultra-slippery ooze, on which

our Africa Twins’ original equipment

tyres could find little to no grip. Tyre

deflation helped a bit, but ultimately it

was teamwork and hands on assistance

from Heine and his assistant Ivo Leyte

that got us through. Alone not one of us

would have made it up, but together we

triumphed….so always ride challenging

terrain with help handy and believe that it

can actually be conquered, was what we

learned.

Once over the Pass we were

confronted with more mud and puddles,

but with damp sand and wet rock too.

Some of us were inclined to slow right

down, but after more words of advice and

encouragement from Heine and Ivo, they

accelerated and learned that sufficient

speed is an ally on gravel roads, because

it actually whisks you across slippery

patches before they can take you down.

All that’s needed is enough courage and

self-confidence to go for it, which will be

rewarded with the satisfaction of realising

that you and your bike can actually handle

whatever is thrown at you! Wearing the

best safety equipment that you can afford

will prevent serious injuries on most dirt

roads anyway and even if you do manage

to bin yourself, quality medical attention is

never too far away in most parts of South

Africa.

Having reached our overnight stop

near Melk Rivier, muddied and shaken,

but better riders than we had started

out, a real surprise greeted us. Eventieria

Wildlife Park is a world class facility

where orphaned, injured or neglected

birds and animals are nursed to life, then

housed in custom built enclosures and

fed what they really need. The variety of

birds, buck, carnivores, monkeys and

reptiles there is amazing and includes

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see elsewhere in Africa. Looking out of my comfortable

room’s bathroom window, to see six tigers and as many

lions staring at me, was an early morning experience that

I’ll never forget, as was being warmly greeted by a friendly

lady cheetah. The breakfast provided was almost equally

memorable, after which we hit the road back to Vaalwater,

Rankin’s Pass, Rooiberg and then the tarmac near

Beestekraal.

At least the rain had stopped and the sun was out, but if

anyone was hoping for a smooth, dry road home, they were

to be disappointed. The first dirt road that Heine turned

onto had a ROAD CLOSED sign, in front of a partially

collapsed bridge, but our newly kindled confidence saw

us all safely across it and into the great unknown beyond.

The good part of it was the plentiful game that we saw from

our saddles, as bushpigs, giraffes, kudu, nyala and sable

antelopes stared at us from behind their game fences. One

brave wild porker even raced our lone XL thumper rider

over a flying kilometre, before dashing back to his family

with his tail aloft in victory salute - which proves, possibly,

that one or two HOGS are actually quite quick!

The challenging part was heavily potholed, slimy roads

with churned up sections and more dam like puddles

that really focussed our minds on staying upright despite

gravity’s standing invitation to become level with the wet

gravel. A few of us succumbed of course, but our flawlessly

reliable Africa Twins were unaffected and carried their riders

onwards, once relieved of their burden of surplus mud

and vegetation. Once again advice was given and applied,

experience gained and confidence increased in direct

proportion to effort made. Six hundred and seventy six

kilometres after we set out, our African Dream Adventure

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facility, on Broederstroom’s famous ‘radar road’. We were

all tired but happily proud of ourselves, so let me conclude

this tale with some feedback from the heroic riders

themselves:

battered but unbowed - Johan carries on

Bakkers Pass conference

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Waterberg biking formation

Fifty year old Willem Piek is a treasury manager and

owner of his own Africa Twin, which he bought in April

of 2016. His 22 year old son Keegan accompanied him

on a Triumph 800. They both rated Bakker’s Pass as

overwhelming, having dropped their bikes (as did I) and

doubted their ability to make it up, but had high praise for

the way that Heine and Ivo helped them to conquer it. Dirt

road novice Willem said that he had learned to read terrain,

to see ridable lines and stand up while looking well ahead,

after which he really enjoyed the ride, gaining confidence in

himself and his bike. Now he realises just how challenging

riding dirt can be and will definitely do more rider training

with A.D.A. Willem is really happy with his Africa Twin,

saying it’s user-friendly, versatile (he commutes on it too)

and totally reliable, with just enough electronic assistance

and a reassuringly low centre of gravity. He finds it totally

unintimidating, even on a ride such as we were on and

gives it full marks for build quality.

He and Keegan enjoyed the riding and socialising with

everyone else at Eventieria, describing it all as “a really

enjoyable learning experience – what life’s all about”.

They’re both looking forward to exploring a lot more of

South Africa on their bikes and really appreciate Heine and

Ivo’s help in getting them so well started.

Gerhard Buys is a 53 year old dental technician who

likes new technology and has been riding off road for many

years. He owns a couple of adventure bikes already, but

bought a new DCT Africa Twin earlier this year, despite his

doubts that it would be effective on dirt. He has high praise

for the professional way that Offroad Cycles in Pretoria

East accessorised it for him, recommending their services

wholeheartedly to everyone.

As for his new bike’s performance he told me how mud

and sand used to be his downfall, but during our ride he

actually started riding on them deliberately, because the

DCT gearbox’s performance on them is ‘the best thing

since sex’.

I can’t comment on the quality of his private life, but

reckon that this has to be a motorcycling first….so well

done Honda! Gerhard is equally pleased with the rest of his

Africa Twin, rating its build quality, braking, handling and

balance as excellent, especially as he didn’t fall once, when

he had expected to have several offs. He also pointed out

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that he’s really looking forward to riding

with his wife as a passenger, because the

D.C.T.’s ultra-smooth shifting will eliminate

the helmet bonking from behind that they

normally experience, as a result of his

aggressive manual gear-changing. When

an experienced rider like Gerhard says

that the DCT’s system’s ability to let him

concentrate on accelerating, braking and

steering only, with it always putting him in

the right gear, this is serious praise indeed,

so maybe other manufacturers should

investigate this type of gearbox too…..

Gerhard was also impressed by

Heine and Ivo’s management of the ride,

especially the way that the inexperienced

riders were looked after, with our pace

matched to theirs, not the fastest

riders. He also liked our overnight

accommodation and plans to buy some

special Africa Twin tools from A.D.A.,

do their next intermediate rider training

course and then come on many more of

their rides, in future.

Fifty one year old Johann de Kock is

a digital marketing agency owner, who

had never ridden on dirt before this

tour, having used his BMW 800 only for

tarmac commuting and touring. As an

experienced underwater hockey player

and distance runner, he knows all about

overcoming challenges, but admits that

this ride was his most difficult, so far.

Bakkers Pass’s slimy mud, where he fell

hard, made him doubt his ability to carry

on but Heine’s help and encouragement

got him up and over it. His next challenge

was riding numerous slippery black clay

patches, where his natural reaction was

to slow right down. Fortunately Ivo was at

hand to advise him to speed up to around

70kph instead, looking across the mud to

where he wanted to be and to Johann’s

surprise and relief, doing so worked

perfectly every time. In his own words

‘the moment that I listened to Ivo I relaxed

and everything became easier’, to the

extent that he was able to finish the ride

with only one more fall, whilst trying to

ride around a massive puddle too quickly.

Once again everyone came together to

help him out, after which he completed

the ride without further incident. The fact

that no-one lost patience with him really

impressed Johann, to the extent that

he rates the assistance given to each

other as being on par with his personal

gold medal in succeeding where he

often expected to fail, as the trip’s most

important and rewarding aspects, for him.

A.D.A.’s purpose is about helping

people to grow through overcoming

challenges in off-road vehicles and in

Willem, Gerhard and Johann’s opinions, it

succeeded absolutely on this Waterberg

trip. As a result they unanimously

recommend Heine and Ivo’s services to

anyone else looking for a true adventure,

whether with their own bike or one of

A.D.A.’s fleet of stalwart Honda Africa

Twins. On a personal note, I also learned

a thing or two on the ride, most notably

that it is actually possible to ride wet,

muddy dirt roads on worn 70% road /

30% dirt tyres, by concentrating hard

enough on keeping upright, careful

throttle control and looking hard for

relatively dry lines. Next time Heine asks

me along I’ll insist on semi knobblies, or

ride my own bike, but it was definitely a

personal growth experience for me too.

In a world where electronic experiences

are rapidly being substituted for real

ones, rides like this are increasingly

rare but necessary reminders of the real

rules of action/reaction/consequence

and the rewards of interacting with and

helping other people with interests like

our own. If life is a journey during which

we’re expected to gather wisdom, then

the Honda Africa Twin is an excellent

vehicle to use on it and A.D.A.’s tours

of the beautifully scenic, fascinating

Waterberg would be a really enjoyable

choice to include into your own journey.

Contact Heine on 083 226 1494 if you’re

interested, or check our A.D.A.’s website,

www.adasa.co.za.

Ride safely and enjoy yourself.

PATRICK MOORE

wet pitstop

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NEXT ROUND OF ENTRIES


F I R S T L O O K : 2 0 1 8

Yamaha YZ450F

On a consistent schedule of renovation

every four years, the 2018 Yamaha YZ450F

is an all-new racing motorcycle from the

ground up that shares only incidental parts

with the previous edition. The YZ250F has

been enjoying great success in the racing,

and Yamaha is hoping for the same level of

adoption for the 2018 YZ450F.

Here are the essential fast fasts you need

to know about the all-new 2018 Yamaha

YZ450F motocross bike.

1. Electric starting comes to the YZ450F.

It took forever for companies to get electric

start onto big-bore four-stroke motocross

machines, and now Yamaha joins KTM and

Honda in putting this essential feature on

their MXers. To minimize the weight gain,

the starter is positioned behind the cylinder,

and the lithium-ion battery weighs just 1.5

pounds.

2. The new YZ450F motor’s power

delivery is focused on ease-of-use at lower

rpm, and more power on top. The new

engine has a straighter intake angle than

before, as well as higher-lift cams that

open and close sooner. Plus, valve timing

overlap is increased by eight degrees over

the previous YZ450F. The header pipe is

lengthened by 12mm, and the diameter

is down three millimetres at the silencer

mounting.

3. To boost top-end power on the 2018

YZ450F, the engine gets a new piston. The

crown is 2.3mm thinner, and the supports

redesigned. This lowers the weight of the

piston by six grammes. Also, the piston pin

is now DLC-coated. Additionally, the spark

plug electrode is longer to ignite the centre

of the combustion chamber better, the ECU

settings are updated, and the throttle body

is now from Mikuni. Plus, there’s a new

cold-start button.

4. E-start actually means more rearwheel

power. With the battery supplying

power, there is less stator drag on the

engine at all engine speeds, with the

biggest difference at lower rpm.

5. The new crankshaft assembly means

a smoother ride. Yamaha upped the effect

of the counterbalancer. There’s also more

crankshaft inertia, though this is offset by

less inertia from the stator and rotor.

6. A new clutch is designed for smoother

operation. Changes include a new pressure

plate, new steel plate treatments, and

smoother operating springs. For durability,

2nd, 3rd and 4th gears are now one

millimetre wider.

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7. The new chassis focuses on more

nimble handling, plus stability. Still a

familiar twin-spar aluminium frame, the

two main spars are now extruded, rather

than hydroformed. The tension pipe,

which holds the frame together below the

steering head and above the motor, is now

forged, rather than extruded. According to

Yamaha, rigidity is increased 25 percent

vertically, 9 percent horizontally, and 15

percent torsionally. Yamaha claims a

smoother flexing of the frame, along with

the increased rigidity, makes the YZ450F

both more responsive and more predictably

stable. Also adding to stability is a threemillimeter

increase in trail due to moving

the steering stem forward six millimetres.

8. Engine mounting is changed for

increased traction. The mounting points for

the motor are lower and more compact,

plus the mounting brackets are aluminium

rather than steel. Also, the cylinder is

more vertical; it’s tilted back 6.2 degrees,

compared to 8.2 degrees last year.

9. The KYB suspension is new, but not

revolutionary. The KYB Speed Sensitive

System fork gets a one-millimeter larger

damping piston, and the mid-speed

damping valve is now leaf-spring rather

than coil. The shock’s piggybank reservoir

has a capacity increase of 30cc, while the

shock spring is thinner, stiffer, and over

seven ounces lighter.

10. Ergonomics have been changed. The

seat is flatter and lower than before, with

the seat almost an inch lower at the rear

fender. The footpeg location is unchanged,

so there’s a bit less legroom, but your

arms will notice that the grips are now five

millimetres higher and six millimetre farther

forward. Although the bend is the same,

the YZ450F gets a new handlebar that has

a thinner wall and loses nearly four ounces,

much of it at the bar ends for maximum

impact.

11. All the plastic is new for the 2018

Yamaha YZ450F. Yamaha worked to make

rider transitions smoother, with all-new

plastic, including a smaller fuel tank (down

1.4 quarts) that still has adequate capacity

for long National motos. The frame is a

bit narrower at the swingarm, and nearly

an inch narrow at the seat/tank junction

and the radiator shrouds. The radiator is

also more vertically mounted and closer

to the centre of the frame, even as it has

a 4.5 percent larger core. New airflow

management better directs air to the

radiator.

12. Servicing the air filter is easier.

There’s only one Dzus

fastener on the airbox lid,

which is still right behind the

steering stem. The filter is now

flat and the intake volume is

up 29 percent, and needs no

tools to be replaced.

13. The 2018 Yamaha

YZ450F gets sophisticated

electronic tuning and

diagnostics first used on

the YZF-R1S superbike.

Tune it with your cell phone!

Using password-protected

WiFi, the YZ450F communicates with the

Yamaha Smartphone Power Tuner app

on your smartphone. Fuel and ignition

mapping is now easier, wider ranging,

and uses 3D graphics. A race log allows

you to quickly switch engine settings for

different tracks and conditions. There’s

also real-time monitoring of engine speed,

throttle position, coolant temperature, air

temperature, atmospheric pressure, and

battery power. Three user-defined hourmeters

make managing maintenance

easier. Plus, diagnostic codes help solve

motor problems.

14. Along with Yamaha Blue, there’s a

new colour. The white version of the 2018

Yamaha YZ450F now includes teal accents.

The Yamaha Blue version gets anodized

blue rims, with the White bike going with

black rims. Functionally, the two bikes are

identical and will both be priced around

R100k. They should be available around

the beginning of August.

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Golden Oldie

RESTORED

RED

ROCKET

Pro Dirt Bike in Vereeniging is responsible for some of the coolest

bike builds in SA. We paid them a visit to check out this fairly unique

1981 450R. This bike was only built for 1 year – and you’ll see why.

Mark has built the bike from the ground up and it has been sold to a

local buyer who will be hanging it up in his pub.

Pro Dirt Bike Vereeniging: 082-333-5253

markrowntree@mweb.co.za

Here’s a little bit about a very historical “for all the wrong reasons” Honda.

Honda’s first Open class motocross

machine, the 1981 CR450R Elsinore.

By Tony Blazier…

“In 1981, Honda finally gave the buying public the bike they had been

begging for half a decade to receive. The all-new CR450R, certainly

looked the part, but underneath that sexy exterior beat the heart of a

swine…”

The worst dirtbike that Honda ever built?

Perhaps no machine in history was been as hotly anticipated as the 1981

Honda CR450R Elsinore. Throughout the seventies, Honda raced Factory

bikes in the Open class, but held off on actually producing a 500 class

machine. Riders like Pierre Karsmakers, Jim Pomeroy, Marty Smith and

Brad Lackey took the fire-breathing Factory Honda Open bikes to victory,

while Joe Motocross was left to sit on the sidelines with dreams of a big

bore Honda.

In the later part of the decade, desperate Honda devotees took to

punching out their CR250R’s in an effort to build a 500 class Honda of

their own. Using 360cc kits from Mugen, the Elsinore could be made into

a competitive Open class racer. The 360 kit punched up the ponies, but

did nothing for the stock CR250R’s high-strung nature. Much more akin to

an ultra-powerful 125 than a trench digging 500, the Mugen 360 was fast,

but demanding. For Open class racers looking to ride red, the Mugen

kit was a viable alternative, but it was no substitute for a factory built

machine.

By 1980, desire for a factory built Honda 500 was reaching a fevered

pitch. Team Honda was coming off back-to-back 500 World Motocross

Championships (and an AMA 500 National Title) and riders were anxious

to get their hands on a genuine RC500 replica. Early spy photo’s showed

a bike that looked remarkably like the Factory machines and only served

to feed the flames of consumer desire. The new CR’s looked to be the

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trickest Hondas ever offered, with tons of new technology stolen

right off the works machines of Malberbe, DeCoster and Sun.

When buyers ponied up their hard earned $2138 for the new

CR450R, they certainly thought they were getting a production

version of Roger DeCoster’s RC500. Unfortunately, the only

things the two bikes turned out to have in common were two

wheels and a coat of red paint.

For 1981, Honda scrapped their complete lineup (with the

exception of the new for ’80 CR80R) and came out with all

new full size machines. Best of all, for the first time, an Open

class Elsinore joined the CR125R and CR250R. It adopted the

Pro-Link single-shock system used by the Factory team in 1980

mated to a set of massive (for the time) 41mm Kayaba forks.

The motor retained a traditional air-cooled configuration (both

the CR125R and CR250R picked up water-cooling in ’81) mated

to a new four-speed trans. New bodywork and a fresh coat of

fire engine red paint were spec’d to finish off the trick new CR.

Once the bikes were released, there was no doubt the new

Elsie’s looked the part. Spacy styling highlighted a package that

sweated trickness from stem to stern. Little details like a sidepull

throttle, dual-leading shoe brakes and quality switchgear

throughout pointed at Honda’s apparent attention to detail.

Once you dug a little deeper, however, there were problems.

First, and probably most concerning, was the new Honda’s

motor, which was completely out of step with the Open class

fashions of the time. In 1981, torque was the name of the game

and big bore brutes like the Maico 490 and Yamaha YZ465

ruled the roost. They offered blistering performance, but mated

it to a chugging and chunky style of power. They were like big

powerful turbo diesels, friendly on the surface, with gobs of tyre

shredding torque in reserve.

On the track, the 431cc mill punched out an abrupt and very

quick-revving style of ponies. Power was extremely explosive,

with a sudden delivery and quick turnover. Low end was poor,

before hitting like a ton of bricks in the midrange, as all 38

pound-feet of torque pored out in one massive blast. Then, just

as fast as it had started, the party was over and the big Elsie

demanded another shift. Thrust was non-existent above the

midrange and revving it out only made it go slower.

With its frenzied delivery and short powerband, gear selection

became critical and here the CR once again went astray. On the

best Open bikes of the day, a rider could place his beast in third

and rarely shift, as he rode the bikes tremendous torque curve.

On the CR, that was just not possible, as its peaky powerband

and quick-revving motor demanded constant shifts to keep it

in its narrow sweet spot. Power delivery on the big Honda was

much closer to a breathed on 250 than a monster 500, and

timing these shifts was imperative to making the most of its

limited power spread.

Unfortunately, nailing these shifts was no easy matter on the

450R. When building the new bike, Honda decided to fit the bike

with only four gears. While this in and of itself was not an issue,

the bike’s poorly spaced gears were. On the Elsinore, first was

incredibly tall and fourth was too short. This meant just getting

the CR going from a standstill required a good deal of clutch

slippage (something its pathetic 250 sourced clutch was not up

to) and if you were not careful, the Elsie would cough and stall.

Once you managed to get it in motion, then the CR’s razor

thin powerband and widely spaced gears left riders in a bit of

a quandary. If you revved it out to pull the next gear, then the

Honda fell flat on its face, if you tried to short shift it to keep it

on the torque curve, then the 450 would bog. Even worse, if

you geared it down to tighten up the spaces, then you were left

constantly grabbing for a fifth gear that was not there. It was a

Forks: Up front, the CR450R used a set of 41mm Kayaba sliders that

punched out a full 12 inches of travel. These units offered no external

damping adjustment, but they did have the ability to add or subtract air

pressure to fine tune the ride via a Schrader valve on each fork cap. In

stock condition, these damper-rod units were badly undersprung and

underdamped for the Elsinore’s prodigious weight. On the track, they hung

down in the stroke and slammed to the stops with a metal-to-metal thud

on any decent sized impact. In the rough, they made the bike a complete

handful, offering little or no damping in either direction.

Rear Shock: While the ’81 CR450R’s suspension looks similar to later

machines, its adjustability was far more limited. The remote reservoir

offered no adjustable compression damping and served only to prevent

fading. The Pro-Link rear’s sole damping adjustment was a four position

rebound screw at the base of the Showa shock

Engine: Pretty in Red but… At 431cc’s, the CR450R gave up significant

amount of displacement to its big bore competition. Its short stroke and

light flywheel gave it a hard hitting and quick revving style of power that

combined with its gappy four-speed trans, made it much harder to ride than

torquey tractors like the Maico 490 Mega 2 and Yamaha YZ465.

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classic case of lose-lose, with no easy

way to rectify its mismatched powertrain.

While the 450R’s power was certainly

a major concern, it was far from the last

of the big Elsinore’s maladies. First and

foremost was probably the Honda’s

bloated weight, which tipped the scales

at a waistband-busting 115 KG’s. This

was a staggering 13 kilo’s more than the

class-leading Maico MC490 Mega Two and

actually heavier than Yamaha’s original (and

notoriously porky) YZ400F four-stroke!

This eye-opening weight figure

impacted every facet of the bike’s

performance and handicapped it before it

even set foot on the track. At 42.8 hp, the

450R started out with 5 less horsepower

than the mighty Maico and that gap

widened even more when you added in

the excess suet it was lugging around.

On the track, the bike felt every bit of its

114 pounds and smashed into obstacles

lighter bikes floated over. In the turns, it

was fairly accurate, but at speed it was

a runaway tractor-trailer with bald tires

and a bad steering rack. Headshake was

of the soil-your-pants variety and the CR

could literally wrench your hands from the

bars at any time without warning.

In the suspension department, the

CR’s components were no match for

its absurd power delivery and portly

disposition. Up front, a set of 41mm

Kayaba forks offered 12 inches of travel

and no external damping adjustment. As

delivered, they were badly undersprung

and underdamped, with virtually no

control in either direction. Under

Front number plate: Made in house By Pro Dirt

Bike: By far the most unique feature of the

1981 CR450R Elsinore was this ridiculous front

number plate. Designed with airflow in mind,

it was supposed to allow for better cooling to

the overtaxed Elsi’s engine. In practice, all it

did was make scoring a nightmare and proved

no more useful than a simple vented plate

would have been. Critics compared it to a snow

shovel or hangnail, and most riders ditched it

before the ridicule reached critical mass.

deceleration they dove excessively and

any moderate sized bump sent them

crashing to the stops. Rebound was

nearly non-existent and the forks were

like giant pogo sticks in the rough.

Out back, the outlook was slightly

better, with a huge dose of new

technology. New for ’81, was Honda’s

works inspired Pro-Link single shock

suspension system. The Pro-Link was

Honda’s first attempt at a single shock

linkage system and it incorporated much

of what we still see in use today. There

was a beefy alloy swingarm, mated to

a bell crank linkage and bolted to the

bottom of a single Showa damper. The

purpose of this linkage was to vary shock

piston speed as the rear wheel moved

through its travel and provide better

bottoming control, while maintaining

a smooth ride at low speeds. On the

Honda, this linkage was mounted low and

below the shock, offering a much lower

center of gravity than the Suzuki and

Kawasaki single shock systems.

On the track, the new Pro-Link had

the basic idea right, but the execution all

wrong. At low speeds, the damping was

too light and it liked to blow through the

stroke. In the mid-stroke, the shock hit

a virtual wall of damping and refused to

move in the last six inches of the travel.

It was both too soft and too hard at the

same time and virtually worthless as a

racing instrument.

Unfortunately, the Honda’s problems

did not end with its X-ACTO knife

powerband, plump proportions and

Front Brakes: State of the art: Would you

believe Motocross Action actually advised

caution in 1981 when applying these worksstyle

brakes? The dual leading shoe design

used a set of linkages to push the shoes

apart from both sides. This offered twice the

surface area when applying the brakes and

a huge improvement in stopping force. For a

time, these dual-leading shoe brakes actually

rivaled the early disc designs for power,

while offering much better feel. By 1985, all

the manufactures had retired this innovative

design in favor of hydraulic discs.

confused suspension. The motor pinged,

fouled plugs and blew gaskets. The shock

faded like a snowman in July, the air

filter sucked dirt like a Hoover and frame

cracked like a defendant under cross in

an episode of the Nkandla saga.

Making matters even worse was the CR

reliability, or more accurately, lack thereof.

Tops on the hit list, was the Honda’s

clutch, which was stolen directly off the

CR250R. This unit had proven woefully

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inadequate on the 250, so it

did not take a lot of imagination

to predict how it was going to

handle an over-geared 500.

Any amount of clutch abuse

(a necessary evil on the Elsie)

was enough to smoke this

pathetic unit and turn it into a

lurching and dragging mess. If

the clutch stayed in one piece,

then it was only a matter of

time until the base gasket blew.

If that defied the odds, then

the frame and swingarm were

sure to crack. Shock hoses

blew, air filters leaked and

plugs fouled. Overnight, the

bike that people had dreamed

of for nearly a decade, turned

into a nightmare of epic

proportions…

Overall, the new CR450R

proved to be a massive

disappointment for Honda.

While they sold thousands of

them on anticipation alone, the

actual product turned out to

be a colossal dud. It was an

ill-handling, unruly, unreliable

and overweight beast that

disappointed everyone who

shelled out their hard earned

pay cheque to buy it. Quickly,

Roger DeCoster and the

Honda engineers realized they

had made some unfortunate

choices with the 450 and set

about making amends with a

hugely improved Open class

Honda. The 1982 CR480R

rectified most of the 450’s

deficiencies and turned a sow’s

ear into a silk purse overnight.

The 480 was everything the

reviled 450 was not and sowed

the seeds for a decade of

Honda dominance…

Swingarm: While the basic Pro-Link layout has proven to be a winning

design, its first iteration left something to be desired. The Showa shock was

too soft initially, before slamming into a wall of damping force as the shock

moved through its travel. Hammered kidneys and sore backsides were a

common malady for Honda pilots in 1981.

Rear Chain Drive: Conical hubs and a full floating rear brake highlighted the

rear of the all-new CR450R.

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