Dirt and Trail Magazine January 2018

RobRidefast

Dirt and Trail Magazine January 2018

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• BMW GS800 ADVENTURE

• POWASOL SUPER ENDURO

• HONDA’S CRF250L & RALLY

• SA RIDERS TO DAKAR

• SUNFIELD RIDE

• BAJA DESERT RACE

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EDITOR: ROLEY FOLEY

An Irish motorcyclist was terribly overweight,

huffi ng and puffi ng all over the place -

especially when he had to pick up his big

450 on the mountains.

He he went of to visit his doc.

The doctor put him on a diet.I want you to

eat regularly for 2 days, then skip a full day,

and repeat this procedure for 2 weeks.

The next time I see you, you should have lost

at least 5 pounds.

‘When the Irishman returned, he shocked the

doctor by having lost nearly 60 POUNDS!

Why that’s amazing!’ the doctor said, ‘Did

you follow my Instructions?’

The Irishman nodded...’I’ll tell you though,

fl ip, I t’aut I were going to drop dead on dat

3rd day.’

‘From hunger, you mean?’

‘ No from the’ skippin’, the Irishman said.

Have a great 2018!

CONTENTS: JANUARY 2018

THE TEAM:

EDITOR:

Glenn Foley

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DESIGN:

Rob Portman

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Office no (011) 979-5035

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Tristan Foley

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ought to you by

3 generations of de Rappers...

Holeshot Motorcycles

family business moves,

grows and revamps

Established in 1983, this busy lot on the East Rand

(see the Golden mile Feature) really are growing.

A few months back, we brought you the news about

their Husqvarna dealership. They are doing good

things with the brandand the new fuel injected

2-strokes have landed and are on the floor.

They are one of South Africa’s most successful

Kawasaki dealerships and the Sym and Triumph

brands are all a part of the family.

They have just moved to a stunning, modern store

– right next to where they used to be. Twice the

size, ultra modern – a very cool place to visit with a

massive accessory store, new and used motorcycles,

scooters and ATV’s.

Phone (011) 823-583

SCOOTER

Accessory specialist, Elvis

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Brandon, Morne and Doreen in parts dept

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Photo: R. Schedl

BUILT TO

CONQUER

KTM 300 EXC TPI

The new KTM 300 EXC TPI sets the benchmark all over again,

as the world’s first 2-stroke enduro bike with TPI (Transfer Port Injection).

Eliminating the need to change jets and thanks to the oil pump,

no more premixing oil either! Improved fuel-combustion means crisper

throttle response at all times and better fuel consumption, for longer days

of hardcore enduro domination.

Please make no attempt to imitate the illustrated riding scenes, always wear protective clothing, and observe

the applicable provisions of the road traffic regulations! The illustrated vehicles may vary in selected details

from the production models and some illustrations feature optional equipment available at additional cost.


ought to you by

Rings New Range Of

Smart Chargers

A few issues ago, we brought you all the skinny on

that compact tyre pump from Ring.

They have just landed a brand new range of smart

chargers.

Did you know that you get several kinds of automotive

batteries:

• Lead acid, the most common that most of us know

about. Used in most motorcycles.

• AGM: Glass matt type battery. Used for starter

batteries and can be used for leisure application

(Deep cycle). Perfect for Solar. And in imported

modern cars that switch off at the traffic lights.

• Gel Batteries. Used for leisure applications perfect

for solar.

• Calcium. Similar to lead Acid fairly common sealed

batteries.

• Lithium Ion. New technology, small compact, light

and high power.

• Lead Crystal. Also a derivative of a lead acid battery

perfect for deep cycle tech.

There are 3 types of battery Charger:

Standard: Only charges the battery. No auto switch

will continue to supply power even when a battery

is full. Generally low amp. Old technology. They can

overcharge batteries causing damage over time.

Automatic Chargers: Charges until full, picks up

resistance and lowers charge into battery eventually

switching off. It will not turn on again. You need to do

that manually.

Standard and auto chargers are generally cheap.

These two types generally only cater for lead acid

batteries.

Smart Charger: Slightly more costly, but: plug in and

walk away.

Smart chargers read the batteries requirements and

charge the battery on a predetermined algorithym for

different battery types. They determine how much

charge is required. Once the battery is charged, they

then go into standby and will automatically supply

power again when needed to keep your battery

healthy.

Perfect for all kinds of battery technologies. Ring

currently has 3 types on the market:

The 1 amp is their basic unit. Perfect for 6 and 12 volt

batteries. This thing is tiny – only 23mm thick and

roughly the size of a smart phone. Perfect for smaller

scooter batteries or for a compact charger for travel

and general maintenance of your battery.

The 4 amp is perfect for 12v batteries. Ideal for

maintenance (Leave the battery plugged in to

the wall socket while your bike is not in use). All

touch operated with indicators telling you what is

happening. Red light means there is a fault. Flashing

green means charging. Solid green – the battery

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is fully charged. Works on all automotive batteries

except Lithium Ion.

The 6 Amp also perfect for 12 Volt, ALL battery types

including lithium Ion and start stop AGM batteries. It

is pricier but they reckon that it is just about the only

charger that you’ll ever buy again.

Also touch operated, very classy finish. The charger

determines your battery type – except lithium – that

you select yourself – and the charger does the rest

for you.

Also available from Ring is a battery monitoring

system – a traffic light system that you leave plugged

onto your vehicles battery in the garage – and it

displays the state of charge of the battery.

Technology is amazing!

There is a stronger 10 amp 2-in-1 charger on the way

– more info on that soon.

Available at dealers – distributed by Autocycle Centre.

Trade Enquiries: (011) 879-6470

Louis now at Redstar Race Shop

Louis Kraukamp is a very well known name in the

motorcycle accessories market. He had been with

Full Throttle for over 20 years and has now moved

to the race shop situated at Redstar Raceway out

in Delmas. Louis will be running the shop, which is

packed with all your motorcycle accessory needs.

Call him on 082 722 2111.

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road Enduro and Touring motorcycles.

ULTIMA-T RANGE - UT803

Waterproof Cargo bag, 40 ltr. Aimed at both road

Enduro and Touring motorcycles.

ULTIMA-T RANGE - UT806

Water resistant top bag, 65 ltr. Aimed at both

road Enduro and Touring motorcycles.

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Expandable cargo bag water resistant, 20 ltr.

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Water resistant side bags (25 ltr on each side).

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Waterproof compact backpack, 25 ltr.

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Waterproof tank bag, 6 ltr capacity with universal

belt / strap attachment system which can be

fitted to any make / model of motorcycle.

GRAVEL-T RANGE - GRT707

Universal tool bag, aimed at offroad Enduro

motorcycles.

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Pair of side bags waterproof (15 ltr on each

side), aimed at off-road Enduro motorcycles.

For your nearest dealer visit www.dmd.co.za or call 011 792 7691. E&OE


ought to you by

Rings Brighter ideas

A brand new XENON headlamp globe is on the

market.

150 percent more light on the road. Longer lasting.

Tougher filaments. Perfect for dirt, Adventure and

road bikes. Designed and manufactured in Europe.

• Up to 150% more light on the road ahead allows

the driver to see more at a distance of 75m

• See and be seen with a beam pattern up to 80m

longer than a standard globe

• Better visibility of road markings and signs.

• A whiter look in the headlamp compared to a

standard globe.

• No changes to vehicle wiring required. Standard

wattage.

Makes sense to us.

Available in singles or sets.

Available at dealers – distributed by Autocycle Centre.

Trade Enquiries: (011) 879-6470

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Acerbis has just

landed their new

Aquapacks

When the going gets hot or you just

need a thirst quench you will be glad

you have one of these on your back!

It has been proven that maintaining

fluid intake whilst riding helps keep

you alert and more responsive.

• 100% Polyester.

• Back pack capacity: 3 litres.

• Hydro bag capacity: 2 litres.

Polisports See-Thru Plastics

Polisport Exclusive Clear replica parts are available

for some brands and models in Polisport’s complete

kit. This unique plastic, an exclusive from Polisport,

will give your bike a completely different look that will

make it stand out from the crowd.

You can replace a full set, or just make the

combination with other part colours.

Available at dealers…

Acerbis Vision Handguards

The Acerbis Vision Handguard is an innovative

handguard, fitted with adjustable LED lights (LED for

low power consumption running off 4 watts p/side),

giving you effective, additional light for extreme

conditions. In addition to a headlight, the Vision

Handguards provide additional visibility both at

night and during the day with a combined luminous

efficiency off 300 lumens. The handguards mount to

both ends of the bar and have an on/off switch, which

can also be mounted on the handlebars. The Vision

is built around an aluminum bar for added durability

and deflection from debris and the elements. It is a

great addition to any off-road bike, ATV, or dual road.

A universal mount kit, which fits most applications, is

included.

Now that’s cool! Chat to your dealer!

• Easy to clean thanks to the large

cap.

• Drinking pipe with adjustable

opening and closing valve.

• Ideal for those who need a supply of

water and want to replace the carrier

with a back pack.

• Removable pocket and trousse for

tools .

• Braces at X with quick release

center and adjustments with 4 velcro

straps.

• Breathable fabric in the area in

contact with the back.

Full review soon – available at dealers.

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Just1 2018 lids

The 2018 lids are landing as you read this and will be

in dealerships shortly. This is a very innovative helmet

brand:

Just 1 J12 Carbon Stamp Helmet (L):

The Just 1 J12 carbon helmet was developed with

the primary goal of safety and comfort for the rider.

Utilizing a full Carbon fiber shell for high rigidity/

reduced weight and a forward thinking design that

incorporates Just 1’s exclusive N.B.F.F. (Neck Brace

Front Fit) that fits an entire neck brace in to the lower

profile of the shell, Just 1 is on the leading edge of the

next generation of motocross helmets. A protective

internal polystyrene foam shell protects riders head

from impacts. Aggressive styling with multiple air

vents throughout the helmet pulls in and extracts air

to keep riders cool. Safety features such as removable

emergency cheek pads – J.1.E.R (JUST 1 Emergency

Remove) and ECE 22/05 rating ensures the Just 1 J12

carbon is your helmet of choice.

J32:

Just1 J32 helmet was developed with the primary

goal of safety and comfort for the rider. During the

design phase, the helmet was designed from the

inside out in order to have the best possible and a

radical ventilation system.

SCOOTER

The Metzeler Midsoft

MC360 ridden hard

At the end of last year, we fitted the Metzeler MidSoft

MC 360 to our Yamaha 250 FX. That bike has been

used for everything from part of the JHB to Durban

event, rocky trails in Lesotho, slippery mud, river

crossings – basically all the stuff we love – probably

about 800kms so far and it’s still in really good nick.

It’s a great tyre, offering excellent traction and

importantly, it has lasted really well. You get softer

more groppy compounds – but in our business we

need tyres with a decent lifespan too. The Metzeler

MC360 tyre is that all-rounder that covers all of the

bases. The MC360 tyre was designed to be versatile

and durable, yet suitable for performance use in all

applications – it seems like an ideal ‘all-rounder’

Available at your dealer.

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ought to you by

FOX RACING MX18

“BUILT FOR SUMMER”

AIRLINE 180 MASTAR GEAR

When riding in hot conditions, ventilation is critical to

maximize comfort and riding performance. Staying

cool is critical to help you make smart decisions.

The 180 Mastar Airline Jersey and Pant use a large

hole polyester mesh for unrivaled breathability. The

light stretch mesh cuffs on the jersey offer a sleek and

airy fit. And the asymmetrical mesh collar improves

the fit as well as aids in airflow. Strategic stretch

paneling in the knee, rear yoke and crotch of the

pants give you flexibility where you need it most.

Leather burn guards offer protection from heat and

abrasion. And the Rider Attack Position Construction

provides a precise fit while on the bike. This is the

perfect jersey and pants combo for riding when the

temperatures rise.

For more information, and to view the full range of

new Fox products, visit a local Fox Dealer or www.

foxracing.com (Global Site) and www.foxracing.co.za

(South African Site).

2018 X-Brand Goggles here soon

EKS BRAND introduced the GOX FLAT OUT series

a few years ago and it has become one of thier best

selling goggles to date. The Flat Out series has all

the benefits of the GOX frame, complete with a three

layer face foam, Poly-Flex frame and anti fog coated,

clear lens.

FRAME - A lightweight, “urethane blend” frame

has a firm yet pliable feel for the ultimate in comfort

and protection. The material known as “Poly-Flex”

allows the frame to form much easier to different face

shapes.

LENS - The “GOX” frame is equipped with the highest

quality, Polycarbonate, shatter-resistant,

anti-scratch & anti-fog coated lens available. It has

100% UVA protection and it is the leader in lens

attributes and function.

Tear off posts are integrated into the lens for ease of

use and function.

FOAM - 100-PPI “reticulated” vent foam allows the

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Spirit’s new MX helmets

have arrived

Local helmet brand, Spirit Motorcycle Accessories

has set their sights on the off road industry. Spirit’s

brand new range of MX helmets are leaps and

bounds above their previous models. Some of the

new features of the new range includes Acrylonitrile

Butadiene Styrene shell construction, ultra plush

removable moisture wicking comfort liner, race ready

DD ring chin strap closure system and more.

These helmets have Dual Density expanded

polystyrene offering heightened impact absorption,

the large peripheral viewing port provides more open

space around the rider’s face, facilitating better air

flow, a necessity under the more strenuous nature of

off-road riding.

These helmets are ECE 22.05 and DOT FMVSS 218

safety certified as well as SABS compliant ensuring

that the rider’s protection is top priority.

www.spiritmotorcycles.co.za. Tel: 021-551-7767 or

email info@spiritmotorcycles.co.za.

ultimate in airflow while keeping the dust and debris

out. This special vent foam is designed to allow

moisture and condensation to escape freely.

17mm thick, 4-layer face-foam is backed with a

moisture wicking fleece lining providing the best anti

drip, sweat protection available.

FEATURES - An adjustable, double buckle woven

strap is silicone backed for the ultimate in strap

placement and hold.

“Anti static” smudge resistant goggle bag comes

standard in every box.

Available at dealers.

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BUI LT T O GO

A S FA R A S

DAR E T O TA

REVOLUTIONARY 2-STROKE

SMART APPROACH

Delivering unrivalled versatility, the TE 300i harnesses the

perfect balance of power and lightweight agility. With the

addition of electronic fuel injection, the trusted 2-stroke is

exceedingly simple to manage. By ensuring the perfect fuel

delivery for each changing condition, the system delivers

a smooth and precise power delivery every time while also

eliminating the need for jetting changes. By using a seperate

oil tank and pump, 2-stroke oil is delivered independently at

regulated ratios eliminating the need to premix oil and fuel.

THE 2016 2-STROKE ENDURO MODEL RANGE.

The joy of the ride is often in nding routes that nobody else has used – rea

destinations that few others would dare to aim for. The 2016 Husqvarna Mo

2-stroke enduro bikes rely on exceptional agility, a broad powerband and li

weight – letting you easily explore wherever you choose to go.

TE 300i

Please make no attempt to imitate the illustrated riding scenes, always wear protective clothing and observe the applicable provisions of the road traffic regulations!

The illustrated vehicles may vary in selected details from the production models and some illustrations feature optional equipment available at additional cost.

Photo: H. Mitterbauer

FREESTATE - Husqvarna Central, Bloemfontein – (051) 430 1237

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ought to you by

DAKAR : “A CHALLENGE FOR THOSE WHO TAKE PART, A DREAM FOR

THOSE WHO STAY” THIERRY SABINE, FOUNDER OF THE DAKAR.

On 6 January 2018 South Africa will have no less

than 4 participants in the motorcycle category in the

iconic Dakar 2018 , its 40th year , the 10th year in

South America. One of the most grueling sporting

events in the world , the second largest motorsport

event in the world , a survival of the fittest where up

to half of riders fall out due to injury or exhaustion

often caused by the snowball effect of 14 days

high speed racing concentrating on complicated

navigation , dodging obstacles all whilst experiencing

mechanical problems , crashes, lack of sleep ,

extreme heat but also blistering cold , sand storms ,

fesh fesh , miles of soft, churned-up sand dunes and

also mountainous rocky terrain at heights over 3000

meters which causing altitude sickness.

As you read this, chances are great that they are

already battling it out.

We take a peek into the minds of David Thomas ,

Willem du Toit , Donovan van de Langeberg and

Gerry van der Byl to find out what makes them able

to rise to the challenge. What makes them volunteer

to step in the gladiator’s rink to beat the odds.

By Renette Rauch

Nr 45 David Thomas:

David Thomas is on the come-back as Dakar 2017

saw a high speed crash in a corner put an end to

his then Dakar dream. No roadbook can predict that

hard packed surface could change to slippery red

clay in an instant after a blind rise. David spent 20

agonizing minutes with a knee shattered in 7 places

till help arrived and then the helicopter did not have

enough power to take off in the 4000 meters altitude,

the medic first had to get off .

5 riders needed helicopters on that same day 5, the

route was shortened .

Resilience stayed with him when others would have

felt defeated and he booked for Dakar 2018 from his

Bolivian hospital bed, lying next to Tobie Price. At the

time of his crash David was the 5th quickest rider of

the day and 19th overall which is a huge achievement

as he was competing against approximately 50

professional “factory” riders on superior motorcycles.

Working for himself he had to raise his own capital

outlay of well over a million rand whilst still not being

able to actually ride a motorcycle till a few short

months ago. For Dakar 2018 his leg is still only 80%

healed, but he is determined that as long as he does

not have to push the bike, he will finish .

The hardships of the last year have made him

stronger and he is ready to tackle the pinnacle

of his career at age 41. Being prepared, highly

motivated, good project management skills and

ability to manage himself is his strengths as well

as good navigation and sand riding abilities . He

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comes with an excellent racing pedigree , his father ,

Paul Thomas finished 19 Roof of Africa’s and David

himself finished 5. He is also 9 times Western Cape

Enduro champion and has completed the Abu -Dhabi

Challenge in 10th overall place and the Merzouga

Rally in 18th overall place which sees him move up to

45th place this year’s Dakar ranking.

David eats healthily and also cross trains with

swimming and cycling. Fesh fesh and dunes of over

400 meters high will be a challenge, but he is not

planning to do the chicken run around them .

Crowds go mad seeing the riders, they camp

overnight and are seen in huge numbers in even the

most desolate of spots, especially the Bolivians. This

helps motivate the riders . The atmosphere at Dakar

is unbelievable and the camaraderie and assistance

between riders is part of what makes the Dakar so

exhilarating as well as the spectacular natural beauty

that they ride in. He has the utmost faith in his

Husqvarna 450 and Eddy to Race’s support and his

Dakar team is the HT Husqvarna team from Holland

which also has 8 other international riders.

David counts Alfie Cox and his late brother Justin

as inspiration. Justin, who was tragically killed in a

motorcar accident loved surprising David at the Roof

all the way from Australia and David is riding the

Dakar in his memory . We wish him all the best .

Support David Thomas on his website :

http://journeytodakar.co.za/

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ought to you by

Willem du Toit , Nr 59

Since childhood Willem, age 38, had an interest in

all things with an engine, but had very little exposure

to racing. Some of the first racing he watched on

TV was of the Dakar each January during school

holidays. Apart from the racing, the adventure and

physical and mental challenge also appeal to him

Willem started racing surprisingly late in his career

and entered his first off road bike race in 2012 and

progressed from there to regional races and entered

his first navigational rally, the Amageza Rally, in 2013

where he managed to finish second. During 2014

and 2015 he continued racing regional events as

well as the Amageza Rally, but had horrible luck with

mechanical issues.

In 2015 he raced the Botswana 1000, which he didn’t

finish due to crashing and braking his rear brake

caliper completely. He then started racing off road

cars and even secured a win before more bad luck

struck. Undeterred he raced the 2016 Amageza for

which the now deceased organizer Alexander Nel

had organized a Dakar challenge, which Willem won,

securing his entry for Dakar 2018.

Willem has done a few endurance events like

Iron Man and the Absa Cape Epic so training and

suffering is normal for him although during 2017 his

injuries, like fractured ribs 10 days before the 2017

Badlands rally did hamper him. There he learned the

value of pain meds!

His main emotional challenge has been to make sure

his wife and two very young sons are not neglected

as the Dakar has taken up a lot of time as well as

mental energy.

The mental challenge is to keep focused and

motivated to keep training, and to stay out of trouble.

It’s a fine balance you have to maintain, you have to

keep riding, but cannot afford injuries and he finds

it frustrating to hold back and not ride at 100%.

That may come in handy at Dakar, as you have to

be disciplined enough to ride at a pace that you can

maintain for two weeks , as well as navigate , plan the

refueling and make all the right decisions. Having said

that he feels that being overly conservative is not a

good strategy , the quickest safest way to finish each

day is the best. That way you have less traffic, more

time for recovery and less dust.

He believes that a positive attitude is crucial ,

especially when things are not going your way and

he is of the opinion that all Dakar competitors have

above average levels of courage and determination,

you need that just to get to the start.

Willem likes the fact that at Dakar it is not just high

speed racing that that counts , but that luck, tactics,

mental strength, determination, ability to manage

oneself and good navigation play a crucial role and

this helped him secure his Dakar entry against faster

riders .

Willem is confident that he has prepared himself

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physically and mentally to finish the hardest , most

dangerous motor sport event in the world . The one

thing he is not looking forward to is the cold or if it

were to rain like in 2017. He is from the Kalahari, and

doesn’t do well in cold and wet! On the positive

side the Dakar 2018 will have a lots of sand in very

hot conditions especially in Peru and to an Upington

local this will feel like home. Willem said if you ask his

wife she will tell you that he is very competitive. He is

always up for a challenge, and like to be challenged.

Having said that winning doesn’t consume him.

He chose Team BAS trucking for support. A few of

the other South African riders have used them in the

past and the feedback is very positive. He met the

team manager, Bart van de Velde, and found him

to be a brilliant guy and he feels very comfortable

with him. He chose a KTM 450 as it is the brand

that he has raced with most of his life . The main

consideration was that of support, more than 60% of

the bikes on the Dakar are KTM and KTM themselves

have a truck full of spares available to competitors. It

just makes the logistics a whole lot easier .

Willem is very excited to fulfil his life-long dream and

cannot wait to arrive in Lima and get all the admin

sorted out and to start racing so that his butterflies

can settle.

He admires Alfie Cox, Stephane Peterhansel and

Marc Coma and thanks his sponsors as well as

Sean du Toit for his efforts with fund raising, much

appreciated

You can follow him on Facebook @willemdakar and

Instagram on Willemmdakar2018 as well as join his

Whatsapp group. The Dakar website also have live

tracking where you can follow him, race number 59.

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Donovan van de Langeberg, nr 125

As if Donovan believes entering the Dakar is not hard

enough, he is only South African to take on this year’s

rally Malle Moto (Original by Motul is the new class

name, the original way the Dakar started in the 70’s)

In the Malle Moto class. A Dakar rider faces all the

same trials and tribulations, highs and lows, losses

and triumphs– but he faces them completely on his

own. There is no help. From anyone. No assistance,

no professional support crew, no backup team, and

no extras. It’s just you, your bike, your smarts, and

one metal box with your essential spare gear. He

does love being part of a group of crazy people

all experiencing the same trials and tribulations,

standing together and fighting to the end.

He says he needs to ride at a pace safe enough not

to crash and then fast enough not fall behind putting

him on the back foot when it comes to preparations

for the next day.

Sleep is critical and if he can manage to be organised

in the bivouac he will be ok. It will be tough but he

says: ”I am Ready”.

For Donovan it’s the next big adventure, a daring one

that he have dreamed about since he was a kid. The

racing environment with the navigational challenges,

pushing his own limits over several days in the

world’s toughest conditions. Let’s do this.

Donovan grew up with a bike but has never raced

competitively. Adventure biking and the start of the

Amageza rally ignited a dream that the Dakar could

one day be a reality. Partaking in his first navigational

rally, The Amageza, in 2013 lead to wanting more of

this multi day multi stage madness called rallying.

Each year he was better prepared and fitter he

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moved up the Amageza field each year to coming

first in the Male Moto class and 2nd in the open

class. He has did Western Cape Regional Off road

races since 2013 to increase his skills and to keep

that competitive racing edge.

Previous Dakar competitors warned him that the

most difficult part of the Dakar is getting to the Dakar

and he has experienced this fully. As an average Joe

with a family life and working for a boss full time,

2017 was a long, tough year and raising funds is

not easy. He knows just how hard , putting the time

aside to raise the funds is a massive challenge that

he could only do at night in time stolen from sleeping.

The challenge was to keep the eye on the dream

and deal with the little sleep . Mentally he had to stay

strong as he had specific deadlines with regards to

entry payment dates and emotionally it was draining

as he never had cash in his account for longer than a

couple of days, but managed to scrape it all together

always just in time.

Donovan believes that a positive attitude,

determination and riding experience coupled with

luck is crucial as well as the courage to make the

decision to take on the Dakar. He found it an easy

decision to enter as he likes to make things difficult

for himself . He says he has a positive attitude

to keep his head up so that he will be ready for

whatever the Dakar throws at him and then you need

“Balls” to make it to the finish line. He says we will

see coming January if he has the “Balls” but he is

sure ready to do just that, to FINISH. He has a kannidood

attitude and that is his best asset .

He feels comfortable with his Navigation, the balance

between reading the road book and doing it at

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pace is tricky but once you get into a rhythm it’s

exhilarating. Lucky for him he loves sand riding and

he says it’s his strong point. Growing up in the Cape

Town area he says we are blessed with the amount

of sand we have in our area . Peru , with its endless

dunes will be his favourite country in the 9000 km

race . He says he is very competitive but always

cautious when racing others, racing another rider has

its rewards but accidents happen fast and he likes to

be there at the end.

His strategy is to race to race the next day. He and

his family have sacrificed 2017 for this once in a

lifetime opportunity and financially he will not be able

to do the Dakar again. He wants to enjoy the Dakar

spirit and come back to his family in one piece. This

is #mydaringadventure to Dakar 2018.

A work colleague, Gabriel Kriel, introduced him to

an all-natural diet, so he and his wife eats mostly

vegetable as raw as possible as well as fruits and

nuts, to digest faster and using a lot less energy

doing so. He found it quite challenging but it gave

him the opportunity to spend time in the kitchen with

his wife who loves this crazy diet.

He feels that because he is doing the Dakar Malle

Moto style he has to give himself the best chance

of getting to the finish line and the KTM 450 Rally

Factory Replica is purposefully build for the Dakar . If

looked after, it will get you there with a smile.

He thanks his lovely wife, Janice, for keeping him

strong when he was down and for giving him time

to chase his dream, he says he is so glad to have

her in his life . He was lucky to know people that

bought into his Dakar dream like Ian Sanderson,

Kalahari Bruwer, LJ le Roux, Tiaan Swarts, Werner

Tenten, Charles and Charlene from African Unity,

Kobus Potgieter, Mario van Dyk, Eddy Vermeulen,

Eben Carstens and Jaco van Tonder just to name a

few and then all his friends that kept me focus and

motivated all year long. He also thanks his good

sponsors, too many to mention

People can follow Donovan at :

Facebook page, Mydaringadventure – DonnyDakar

www.mydaringadventure.co.za

He will post a link to his whats app group on his

facebook page closer to the start.

STREET

Gerry van der Byl , nr 129 , age 50

Happily married to wife Gina for 24 years, Gerry from

Knysna, Cape also loves kite surfing and mountain

biking. Gerry believes that the Dakar is the pinnacle

of offload racing. Doing the Dakar is like cycling the

Tour de France, riding MotoGP, driving Formula 1,

playing Wimbledon. It’s the adventure, challenge and

experience that he has dreamed about for 20 years,

while glued to the television every January.

Gerry says he doesn’t have a racing pedigree.

He has never won or featured in a National

Championship. But he has been riding bikes since

he was 14. When he was 18 he stole his father’s GPZ

750, and crashed it into a 7 ton truck that ignored

a stop sign. That resulted in no walking for three

months, while his body repaired itself.

Life took over, and he couldn’t afford to ride bikes

until 1998 when he started racing quad bikes on the

regional and national off-road circuit for a few years.

In 2000, he decided to learn to balance, and started

riding dirt-bikes, then raced the off-road circuit in

South Africa until 2006 when he stopped racing, but

he kept riding bikes. In 2015 Dave Griffin invited him

to ride Jozi2Kozi with him, and he absolutely fell in

love with riding dirt-bikes all over again. This resulted

in entering for the 2015 Amageza with the RAD

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team. It was the first time he rode with a roadbook

and he was shocked at how difficult it was , but

he rose to the challenge and loved the experience.

Unfortunately on day 6 he had a terrible crash. It took

a long time to heal, but eventually he did. He wasn’t

able to let the Amageza beat him, so he went back

and raced in again in 2016, but this time he finished.

He then entered and finish the Merzouga in Morocco

in 2017, so that he could experience an international

rally, learn from the best, and qualify for Dakar.

He says at age 50 , his body doesn’t heal as fast as it

once did and he has to train harder than ever before,

but still to remain healthy and not get injured. Another

challenge is making time available for training and

preparation , because family life, work, and all other

aspects of life compete for attention. Reaching the

start-line is incredibly difficult, as there are so many

things to take care of. The mental preparation is very

tough. How do you prepare your mind to face the

toughest challenge of your life? His particular mental

challenges are that he feels that he is too old, not fast

enough, not good enough, not strong enough, not fit

enough. Overcoming all these mental obstacles are

not easy. Financial challenge are quite significant,

because he is not a professionally sponsored rider

and must bear most of the costs himself . Fortunately

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he is launching a new app at Dakar for people to

follow journeys.

Gerry believes that a positive attitude, ability to stay

motivated when things go wrong, and ability to

find a way to keep going when you are completely

exhausted is very important. It takes courage to do

an entry, but he doesn’t believe it takes any courage

to participate, just a bit of crazy! Riding experience

is necessary, but a positive, can- do attitude is much

more important.

He is confident that his navigation is his strongest

point. You can only ride as fast as you can navigate

in the Dakar – he is not the fastest, or most capable

rider, but he believes his navigation is good. Learning

to navigate in the dunes in Morocco was a vertical

learning curve, particularly using the ERTF system for

waypoints. Navigating using a roadbook requires a

different level of focus, but he really does enjoy it now.

In Dakar 2018 there will be so many challenges ,

but he suspects that the biggest challenges for him

will be the sleep deprivation, eating when nervous,

staying motivated and finding a way to keep going

when everything tells you to stop. Altitude sickness

in Bolivia is an issue and he worries about the terrain

and the route, because this is the 40th edition of the

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Dakar, so he expect it’s going to be really tough.

He says his sand riding is ok, but it’s not great. He

has tried to train as much as possible, but riding

sand in Knysna and Johannesburg is not easy. He

has done some training at Atlantis dunes in Cape

Town, and in the Northern Cape and Botswana and

ridden in Morocco but he does not have enough

experience on them. Unfortunately there is not much

that he can do about it, so he has tried to prepare

himself physically and mentally for the challenges of

the dunes.

He says that he is competitive or he wouldn’t have

entered the biggest and toughest motorsport event

in the world. But he has learnt to switch off the red

mist and let other riders go, because his big picture of

finishing is more important. It is always difficult to hear

someone behind you, and to let them go past without

chasing, or fighting for position, but in Rally it’s more

important to ride with your head. He has learnt this

the hard way - missing a waypoint because you’re so

busy chasing will cost a lot more time.

He chased the Dakar as a spectator on a motorbike in

2016, through all of Argentina and Bolivia. Argentina

is amazing, and he really love it there. In Bolivia the

altitude is a killer, so he is not excited about riding

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there again, but the scenery is absolutely beautiful.

He has never been to Peru, so he is excited about

riding there. He admires podium racers as it shows

a different level of skill and commitment , but he also

respects the riders at the back of the field. These guys

find a way to get through every single day, they suffer

a lot more, struggle with lack of sleep. They ride for

many more hours than the leaders every day.

Gerry is riding in the BAS Trucks Van der Velden

Motoren team. Doing the Dakar is a once in a lifetime

opportunity, and he feels that being part of the BAS

team certainly increases his chances of making it to

the finish. He raced the Merzouga Rally in Morocco

with them, and really enjoyed the team and the

camaraderie. Almost the entire Merzouga team will

be at Dakar together, so it’s going to be quite an

amazing reunion.

Gerry is riding the KTM 450 Rally Factory Replica,

“RFR” because of its reliability and safety. He

believes it has the best suspension and longest travel

and is the most stable bike he has ever ridden. This

is all of critical importance when riding a dirt bike for

this many hours a day - there will always be those

moments when your focus is off, or you’re checking

the road-book, and you get caught by surprise by a

ditch, a rock, a hole, or something. The suspension

needs to absorb these surprises, so that you don’t

end up in hospital. But being as safe as it is, it makes

the seat height really high. Not being the tallest guy in

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a room, his feet cannot touch the ground on the RFR

but it is worth the price to avoid bottoming out. The

RFR is also super strong and yet as light as can be

with a durable engine and clutch. Clearly Gerry is a

man who loves and believes in his bike of choice.

Gerry believes that Dakar 2018 is his opportunity to

do something great. However much he want to sleep,

how much pain he is in, how tired he is, how much he

is suffering, will all be gone tomorrow, but he will have

to live with the memory of either doing something

great, or not. He chooses to do something great!

His personal motto will be to ride one kilometer at a

time and one roadbook instruction at a time. The rest

will take care of itself.

People can follow him on Facebook - Gerry’s Dakar

Journey.

#GerryDakarJourney

@GerryDakarJourney

But most importantly, he is launching a new app that

he hopes with change the way people follow events,

activities, adventures, challenges, etc. it is called

Journey – this will collect data across all platforms

and put it in a timeline to show a seamless journey to

the spectators.

Gerry’s Dakar dream is being sponsored by

RADMoto, F61, Alpinestars, Bell Helmets, Leatt, EVS,

EKS, Junto Journey, FuelltechSystems, VW Strijdom

Park, Adtive Education, and SuperSport Let’s Play.

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KTM’s 2018 300 TPI

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ELECTRONIC

WIZARDRY

In 2004, KTM decided that it was time to address the issue of making 2-strokes more efficient and less

smokey. Last year at The Roof Of Africa we saw a couple of prototypes in the hands of Lars Enokl and

Letti – all kind of hush-hush in your face. This year the six days arrived and sold steadily. We finally

got our mitts onto one of them after this years Roof when we were invited for a little trail ride at the

SA launch with Letti and Co. Our Kyle went along.

All about two strokes:

Two-stroke engines fire on every

crankshaft cycle rather than every other

cycle, meaning they can make almost 50

percent more power than four-strokes

for a given displacement. In other words,

two-strokes offer more power with less

weight. Part of that extra power comes

from a two-stroke engine’s capacity to

more easily rev up to higher rpm than

a four-stroke, which needs to contend

with additional moving parts (valves and

camshafts) to control the flow of air and

fuel into the cylinders.

However, the two-stroke comes with

an Achilles heel. Small amounts of fuel

passing through the open ports of the

cylinder are not burned, resulting in

high fuel consumption and elevated

emissions. Furthermore, two-strokes burn

an oil and gas mixture that also lubricates

the engine, and the resulting clouds of

blue exhaust aren’t exactly clean. In

California, emissions testing even for offroad

bikes has rendered two-strokes all

but illegal. Two-strokes are nimble, fast,

and fun—but also dirty and inefficient.

What if you could keep the good and

nix the bad? The holy grail of offroad

motorcycling is a reliable, highperformance,

fuel-injected two-stroke

engine with optimized combustion so

unburned fuel doesn’t foul exhaust fumes

so horribly. KTM is going for just that with

its new bikes.

WHICH MODELS GET TPI?

At this stage, only the 250 and 300EXC

enduro models (and the up-specced Six

Day machines based off them) get the

new TPI fuel-injection system. We only

got to ride the 300.

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TESTED:

KTM’s 2018 300 TPI

Some Techy stuff:

HOW DOES THE TPI SYSTEM WORK?

Fuel is now injected into the barrel’s

transfer ports via two injectors. By injecting

the fuel against the airflow direction in

those ports (rather than injecting directly

into the combustion chamber), KTM found

it created a much better mixing of fuel

and air, and a more efficient combustion.

The oil still finds its way into the engine’s

crankcases, but that’s now via a 39mm

throttle body, not a carb. The oil is fed

at low pressure from a 700ml tank that’s

mounted under the seat, and atomised

by the reed block. By separating the way

fuel and oil are ingested by the engine,

there no longer needs to be a compromise

in the fuel-to-oil ratio to ensure engine

parts are adequately lubricated. Instead

of the 50 or 60:1 ratio recommended for

KTM’s carb-fed two-strokes, the 2018

bikes run at anywhere between 70 and

100:1, depending on a number of engine

parameters (RPM, throttle position, load,

etc). No special oil is required for the TPI

machines. KTM recommends you use the

same Motorex oil (Cross Power 2T) as you

did to premix your fuel with the carburetted

two-strokes.

bikes’ performance – in terms of outright

power, feel and sound (yep, KTM was

adamant that that certain something that

makes a two-stroke a two-stroke – much

of which has got to do with their trademark

exhaust note – was not compromised).

“We wanted to keep the rideability and

engine characteristics as close as possible

to our well-established carburetted engine,

while eliminating the disadvantages of

the carburetted engines – the need for rejetting

for different elevations, humidity, etc,

for instance.”

WHAT ABOUT KTM’s MX MODELS?

KTM has only fitted the TPI fuel injection

system to its enduro bikes. Their SX

models will remain carb-fed (for the time

being, anyway).

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TPI?

The obvious benefits of the TPI system

are: lower emissions (by up to 50%), less

smoke, lower fuel consumption (20-40%),

and the system’s automatic adjustment for

altitude changes means no need to ever

re-jet the machines. On top of that, you

WHAT HAPPENED TO KTM’S DIRECT-

INJECTION SYSTEM?

At the launch, KTM confirmed that they

had developed two main direct-injection

systems for their two-strokes, but none of

them managed to match the carburetted

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TESTED:

KTM’s 2018 300 TPI

have some practical advantages – such

as no fuel spillage or flooding when the

bike is upside-down on a mountainside (or

in the back of your van), no need to carry

premix oil in your backpack (the 700ml oil

tank lasts for four to six tanks of fuel). From

a performance point of view, it facilitates

easier starting and idling, and a smoother

and more rideable power delivery.

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK?

No more pre mix. The bike has a 700ml

reservoir that KTM tells us is good for 7

tanks of fuel. Kyles 2014 300 runs 3 tanks

to 700ml’s.

The low oil light comes on when you have

one tank of fuel left. If you do happen to run

out of oil, the bike comes with a wake up

connector function that primes the oil lines

rather than you getting air into the system.

Local testing has shown that the bikes get

between 80 and 100 kilometres to a tank.

Naturally if you race along flat roads, you’ll

use more fuel than if you are riding tight

twisty trails. A longer range tank will be

available next year.

MIXTURES, RATIOS AND STUFF:

This is really cunning tech. The bike has

two injectors. On idle the bike runs with

a single injector. Open the throttle and

the second one kicks in. Depending

on how aggressively you ride, the bike

automatically adjusts the oil ratio’s between

60 and 100:1.

WHAT ARE THE COSTS?

Getting rid of the carb saves some weight,

but by the time the TPI bikes are fitted with

the new oil tank, fuel pump and associated

sensors and electrical system mods, there’s

a net increase in weight of 2.5-3kg.

WHAT ABOUT RE-MAPPING OR

TRACTION CONTROL?

There is an alternative (softer, traction) map

already programmed into the bike, which

can be activated by disconnecting the map

cable behind the headlight (a map select

switch only comes as standard on the Six

Days models, or can be purchased from

KTM’s PowerParts range for standard

models). As with KTM’s four-strokes, it is

not possible to create custom maps for

the 2018 two-strokes. And despite many

people thinking that the more sophisticated

EMS required for these injected twostrokes

would also pave the way for

traction control, KTM’s design team says

traction control for their two-stroke models

is at least three years off.

SPRINGS AND STUFF:

The carb models have 3 springs in the

power valve – Green for tame, yellow for

midling and red for a more MX’y Feel.

These are gone on the injected model. The

fuel management system takes this all over.

WILL WORKING ON THE BIKES BE ANY

HARDER?

Not much has changed on the cylinder

design. Now, to remove the barrel,

the only additional step required is the

disconnecting of two electrical connectors

and the fuel line that runs to the injectors.

This is a simple dry-break connector, as

used on the fuel-injected four-strokes.

The addition of the oil tank makes it a

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TESTED:

KTM’s 2018 300 TPI

little more cluttered around the top shock

mount, but as far as we can tell, access

to key components for maintenance or

adjustment has not been affected. KTM

tells us that recommended service intervals

for the TPI and carburetted models are the

same or very similar.

WHAT ABOUT RELIABILITY?

KTM acknowledges that the system is

more complex and involves more parts

(there’s a fuel pump, oil pump, injectors

and sensors that are not required on

carburetted models). But they also make

the point they’ve tested the system

extensively and found no issues, and that

many of the new hardware parts are the

same or similar to those that have proven

their reliability in their four-stroke models.

DO THE 2018 MODELS GET ANY

OTHER MODS?

Yep, but only a few. Aside from the new

graphics, the hand guards are now white,

the fork protectors are now black and the

radiator louvres are redesigned to prevent

them from clogging up with mud as easily.

Plus the front of the two-strokes’ fuel tanks

have been modified slightly to create more

room for the oil filler cap (which now sits

on the frame’s backbone, just behind the

steering head). But the biggest change is

to the settings in the WP Xplor fork that

was introduced across KTM’s entire enduro

range last year. By better marrying the flex

characteristics of the Xplor fork’s inner and

outer tubes, KTM found that they could

get a more compliant action from the fork

over small bumps, and this has allowed

them to firm up the fork’s compression

damping. Spring rates remain unchanged

on all models, but the bolstered damping

across the range helps hold the fork up in

its stroke better, improves progression and

assists bottoming resistance.

THE RIDE:

KTM took a motley bunch of off-road

scribes and pointed them in the direction

of the Roof Of Africa’s time trial. Riding

heaven and exactly what these bikes are

designed for. Make no mistake – more than

tough enough for your average hobby rider

and great terrain where we could get a feel

for the bikes.

Our Kyle Lawrenson owns a 2014 300, so

it was a perfect opportunity to compare

how the new tech shapes. Kyle came up

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with an interesting comment. “They have

not changed the bike very much. It is still

definitely a 300, it’s just smoother and easier

to ride.” And that’s exactly what you want.

We made that comment about another

brand that we tested a few issues back.

Although the bike had had a multitude of

changes – at the core it still felt so similar to

the previous model.

No doubt this comment will raise a few

eyebrows – but why radically change a bike

that is so successful? And guess what – we

were correct:

“[TPI bikes] make more or less the exactly

the same power numbers as the carbureted

bikes,” says Michael Viertlmayr, KTM’s

lead engineer for off-road and motocross

engines. “The power delivery at wide-open

throttle is very similar, and the tractability is

much better in the lower load areas.”

Kyle continues:

“Throttle response is excellent – there is no

traditional 2-stroke lag – it pulls all the way

from the bottom and she still revs to the

moon. When the power band hits she gives

you a firm kick in the ass.”

“Although the bike reportedly weighs more

than the carbureted model, you don’t feel it.

It’s quite easy to understand why the KTM

300 is so successful.”

They rode every type of terrain imaginable

under the patient guidance of the Letti duo

who are generally not accustomed to riding

with hobby riders. They were super-cool,

riding bikes up the more gnarly sections for

the less experienced guys.

So they raced The Roof – and then assisted

this bunch without any moans or groans.

In conclusion:

KTM has taken an already great bike – and

packed it with more efficient technology,

without impacting the bikes overall feel. Not

having to pre-mix oil is a marvelous thing –

and the fact that the bike runs so efficiently

brings the cost of ownership right down.

Smooth and easy to ride, it seems to be a

simpler bike from an owners point of view.

No need to change springs or hassle with

Jetting, the fuel injection system takes care

of all of this, adapting itself to your riding

style. Ultimately, this bike should make you

a better rider.

Best of all. It runs clean. Great for the

environment too.

At your KTM dealer.

www.ktm.com

2018 KTM 300 EXC TPI Specs

Engine: 1-cylinder, 2-stroke

Displacement: 293.2 cm³

Bore/Stroke: 72 mm

Frame: Chrome-moly steel, Cast aluminum swingarm

Front suspension: WP Xplor 48 upside-down fork

(300 mm travel)

Rear suspension: KTM Progressive Damping System

(PDS) (310 mm travel)

Wheelbase: 1,482mm

Ground Clearance: 370mm

Seat height: 960 mm

Fuel tank capacity: Approx: 9 l

Dry weight: Approx: 103 kg

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Race

SA’s Junior

Champ

Neil Van Der Vyver

From a PW 50 to a two time 50cc South-African and African MX champion at the age

of 9. This is surely the start of a great racing career. Pics & Words by: Zigz Brodalka (Brodalka.com)

Neil van der Vyver started riding at the very

tender age of 3½ on his PW 50 in front of

their house.

He and his dad always had a great love for

building jumps for his BMX.

His dad took him to Zone 7 and this is

where Neil’s love for MX started.

After a few training sessions with former

MX2 champion, Enzo Grande. Neil’s

dad, Werner saw how much he liked the

competitive nature and adrenaline of the

sport. He also saw that he was blessed

with a real talent and natural feel for the

sport.

Soon they teamed up with multiple SA

champ, Anthony Raynard, who taught Neil

most of what he knows about MX today

and Anthony instilled the belief in Neil to

want to become a champion one day.

2015 saw Neil participating in his first full

year of nationals at the age of 7. At the

end of the year Neil finished with an overall

10th spot and was the only junior in the

top 10. With the top 7 guys moving to the

65 cc class in 2016, Werner knew that Neil

had a realistic chance of winning the 50cc

Pro class in 2016. The planning started

and it was decided to get additional help

from Dean Hoffman, one of the best MX

coaches in the country. Dean focused on

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off-the-track training and technical and

mental skills!

After a lot of on-and-off the track practice,

careful planning and working on mental

and physical fitness, Neil was ready for

2016.

Everything went according to plan and Neil

won the first 5 nationals, winning 9 of the

10 first heats and taking 8/10 hole shots,

he came 2nd at the 6th national and only

had to finish the first national to become

the 2016 MX 50cc Pro champion, which

he did! Neil was also chosen to represent

South-Africa at the African champs in

Kenya and managed to win all 3 heats. He

was awarded national colours for MX at the

end of 2016.

With Neil’s confidence on a natural high

and his commitment, dedication and

competitive spirit in tune, Neil set himself

a goal to win all the heats and races in the

2017 season.

The 2017 season saw Neil all fired up and

dominating 50 cc racing. Neil won 7 of

7 nationals with 13 of 14 race holeshots

and he also won the African champs in

Botswana to end off a perfect 2017 season.

The planning for 2018 has already started

and for all Neil’s hard work he has attracted

some serious sponsors for the 2018

season.

Neil will be joining the factory Husqvarna

SA MX team in the 65cc class and will be

rubbing shoulders with the likes of Maddy

Malan, Caleb Tennant and Jason Visser, all

of whom are former SA champs in different

classes.

Neil looks forward to work with his

sponsors who looked so well after him

this year who include Eddy2Race, Leatt

Protectives, Bykleyn Graphics, Automagic

Parow and Barloworld leading logistics.

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WORLD

ENDURO

SUPER SERIES

2018 RACE DATES

New 2018 World Enduro Super Series brings

together some of the most iconic events on the

calendar.

The World Enduro Super Series has been launched

for the 2018 season and will bring together some of

the most iconic events on the calendar.

It will lead to a first world enduro champion being

crowned at the end of the campaign, which begins

in Portugal next May.

The WESS will include Hard Enduro, Classic

Enduro, Cross-Country and Beach Racing-style

events, with riders permitted to ride on their

preferred make and style of motorcycle.

Such events will keep their same format but with a

new, uniformed points-scoring system across the

board.

In all, the series will include eight events from the

Extreme XL Lagares on May 11-13 to the season

finale, Red Bull Knock Out in the Netherlands, on

November 10.

WESS managing director Philipp Stossier said:

“To us, enduro means many things but, most

importantly, it represents inclusion of competitors,

diversity of events and terrain and a considered mix

of authenticity and modernity – all elements that sit

at the heart of WESS.”

“We’re not reinventing the wheel, we’re bringing

together well-established enduro competitions

run the way they’ve always been run onto a larger

communications platform to ensure endure sports

receives the focused, global exposure it deserves.”

Wade Young

Blake Gudzeit

Brett Swanepoel

World Enduro Super Series schedule for 2018

Rnd 1. Extreme XL Lagares (Portugal) May 11-13

Rnd 2. Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble

(Austria) May 31 – June 3

Rnd 3. Trefle Lozerien AMV (France) June 8-10

Rnd 4. Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 24-28

Rnd 5. Red Bull 111 Megawatt (Poland)

September (Date TBC)

Rnd 6. TBA

Rnd 7. Gotland Grand National (Sweden)

October 26/27

Rnd 8. Red Bull Knock Out (The Netherlands)

November 10

Billy Bolt

With a bit of luck, Dirt And Trail Magazine will

cover them all... Courtesy of Metzeler tyres

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Ride More Stress Less


NOT JUST

PRETTY FACES

SUZUKI’S DL 1000 AND DL650 V-STROMS

A few issues back we brought you the world

launch of Suzuki’s DL1000 XT. It’s been in SA

for a while and the guys from Suzuki SA sent it

on a road show to all of their dealers to invite

customers to ride the newcomer. We finally got

our mitts onto it for a day and made the most

of it – clocking up about 250 kilometres. To

sweeten the pot, we also grabbed the 650XT to

come along for the ride…

Pics by: Tristan Foley Words: K&G expertise.

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One of our most favouritist (Howzaat?)

bikes of all time has to be the old TL1000.

Not the R – the S. Ok – it’s a road bike,

but that bike was a V-Twin 1000 and

Suzuki dominated the charts with a very

unapologetic machine that was just so

much fun to ride.

Twenty (gulp) or so years on, Suzuki has

done the same thing. Forget about refined.

The new 1000 is a strong brute – happiest

being nailed through the corners at Mach

4 or so…

Urban adventure. That’s what this ride was.

Nothing too hectic – we kind of did what

90 percent of adventure bike riders do with

their bikes. If you do your research, Suzuki

actually does not market this bike for the

dirt. But she is very capable at that too.

Our route took us from The Bikers

Warehouse dealership – in the pouring

rain (Again – sorry to our Cape Friends),

down the Hectic freeway with all the solar

powered car drivers, to our offices in the

Far East. On that little 60 kay ride we got

a good feel for the bike, big, comfortable,

powerful and nimble. Nothing we could do

about the thunderstorm though – the wet

boots and gear were spread through the

house as we searched for a hot shower.

The next morning – bright and breezy –

(and sunny most importantly), we climbed

aboard – onto some winding country

back roads via Delmas and the republic

of Bapsfontein, via the famous Que Sera

Venue for a Bikers Breakfast – and out

to visit the famous Fort Klapperkop just

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efore our capital. After a few pics and a bit of hooliganism,

we routed through the streets of Pretoria, Said Huzzit to

Oom Paul, and gawked at the union buildings. A quick blip

through town – out on Zambezi drive and we opted to take

the Cullinan road. The great news about this road is that it is

absolutely buggered – they have ripped the tar – so there is

quite a scenic Bad gravel section all the way in to Rayton. It’s

actually quite a horrible, rough road lots of stones and loose

stuff and corrugated, perfect for checking out suspension.

But you do get to check out the diamond mine, which is

pretty interesting. Eventually we hit the tar which brought us

back Past the Rhino Park track, back through Bappies and

home again.

All in all a lekker little jaunt and a great way to kill a few hours.

The DL’s are designed for trips like these. They look identical

and share features like the digital clocks, tubeless wheels

and general look and feel. Both of these engines are

liquid-cooled, 90-degree V-twins, with four valves and two

camshafts per cylinder, and electronic fuel injection. The

1000 puts out a little over 99 horsepower at 8,000 rpm, and

over 60 lb-ft of torque all the way from 4,000 to 8,000 rpm—

that is pulling power. The 650 has almost 65 horses at 9,000

rpm, and more than 40 lb-ft of torque from 5,000 to 8,000

rpm, really useful stuff. Six speeds in the transmissions.

What has made V-Stroms so popular over the years is their

versatility. They may not be the most powerful or the lightest

or the most sophisticated bikes in the adventure touring

segment, but V-Stroms are jacks-of-all-trades that deliver

serious bang for the buck.

The 1000 V-Strom:

Easy to ride and manageable, the 1000 delivers loads of

low and midrange grunt. It is, perhaps a bit less refined that

the smaller 650 – definitely more attitude and heaps more

bruteishness. The hydraulic clutch is light, the gearbox

typically smooth for Suzuki and with minimum throttle it’s

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easy to pull away to negotiate city streets. It feels instantly like

a true V-Strom and very quickly you realize there is no point

in revving it too hard – but you will, because that is so much

fun. It will go to just over 9000rpm, but it’s really happy at

around 8000rpm. Most of the grunt is delivered from 4000 to

6000rpm, which makes the ride effortless.

You can throw it around with confidence and it’s backed up by

excellent traction control and ABS. The big news is the threeaxis

Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that ties in with a

new braking system. There’s ABS, of course, but now it has

access to the V-Strom’s yaw (left and right), roll (left and right),

and pitch (down only). You don’t even know that it’s there. To

add functionality, there’s a new combined braking system that

works differently than you expect.

The riding position is roomy and natural, the bars high and

wide enough without forcing the rider to over-stretch - and the

brilliantly simple screen easy to adjust on the move. It offers

decent protection from the elements. The bike it flows nicely in

and out of corners, helped by a 150- tyre that makes it easier

to turn. The suspension control is surprisingly sophisticated,

too. The front neither dives dramatically on the brakes nor

wallows. The brakes are quite simply ridiculously good.

The 1000 is comfortable, natural, frugal and simple – yet

still has neat touches like an adjustable ratchet screen and

panniers incorporated into the design. It looks good, there’s

a comprehensive list of accessories and… it’s great value

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The DL650:

If you read our launch story on this bike, you’ll know

that we absolutely raved about it. This one is just sheer

value for money. This ride reinforced that opinion. The

bike feels smaller, lighter and a bit less serious than its

big brother.

The Suzuki DL650 V-Strom’s seat’s wide and

comfortable with ample room for a pillion and luggage

for touring. The mirrors are excellent and the Suzuki

DL650 V-Strom’s screen works perfectly!

If you think that a 650 engine is too small – think

again – this bike easily runs with bikes in the 800 to

1000cc class. That engine is sublime, with mountains

of really useable power where you want it, it’s a real

performer. The retuned SV650 engine is the Suzuki

DL650 V-Strom’s strongest feature. Tweaked for more

midrange, boy it delivers. Peak torque kicks in at

7600rpm but anywhere between 4-9000rpm will have

you grinning like a maniac. The Suzuki DL650 V-Strom

offers smooth, fuel-injected power delivery and a top

speed of around 180KPH… Fantastic.

Handling’s great for fast, twisty roads; protection’s

ample for freeways; and the riding position’s perfect

for urban commutes. Brakes, suspension and gearing

are all top-notch. The Suzuki DL650 V-Strom’s sturdy

chassis makes it stable and it turns quickly.

The Suzuki DL650 V-Strom is a tourer, a sportsbike

and a commuter all handily wrapped together in one.

Against other, trail-style middleweights, the Suzuki

DL650 V-Strom has a ridiculously competitive price

tag and you’re really getting a top all-rounder for your

money.

Dirt:

Suzuki has improved on the original by including brush

guards and wire wheels – but they have still not fitted

a 21 inch front. Suspension on both bikes is quite soft,

ample for good dirt and the easy power makes the

bikes effortless to ride. The Bridgestone Battlax tyres

are more road oriented. We’d stick with good gravel on

these ones. We did take the big ‘Strom up and down a

fairly gnarly hill, but it was no fun.

She needs a bit more suspension if you fancy this kind

of terrain.

Conclusions:

Great performers. Powerful, comfortable, both bikes

represent unbelievable value for money looking at the

current trend and costings. Go and ride one – and then

head out for the ver verlaate vlagtes… you’ll love it!

And its Suzuki so you know it’s going to last.

www.suzuki.co.za for your closest dealer.

SPECS: Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT

Engine: Liquid-cooled, transverse 90-degree

V-twin, DOHC, 4 valves per cyl.

Displacement: 1,037cc

Transmission: 6-speed,

hydraulically actuated wet clutch

Final Drive: O-ring chain

Seat Height: 85.09cm

Claimed Wet Weight: 231.2KG’s

Fuel Capacity: 20.06 litres

Price: R165 900

SPECS:

Suzuki V-Strom 650XT

Engine Type:

Liquid-cooled, transverse 90-degree V-twin,

DOHC, 4 valves per cyl.

Displacement: 645cc

Transmission: 6-speed,

cable-actuated wet clutch

Final Drive: O-ring chain

Seat Height: 83.5cm

Wet Weight: 211.82 KG’s

Fuel Capacity: 20.06 litres

Price: R119900

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BOGWHEELING

ON THE HONDA 250’S

You’ll remember that a few issues ago, we featured the launch of Honda’s 250 L and Rally. Next month we

are going to feature a proper adventure with the rally on the Roosters CRF Rally Raid. This month we took

the little bikes for a jaunt with the boys from Honda Wing Zambezi…

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When we were a bit less grey – one of our

favourite pass times was to pick a random

path in suburbia – and follow it. At the

time we were on small air cooled bikes

like the Z200 and I think there was a DT

125. One of my mates even had an old

Honda CB550 four. It was uncomplicated

fun, just nip off the road and follow along

until you run out of trail or until some ol

plod came along to tell you that bikes

were not allowed there. We used to call

it “Bogwheeling”, not sure why, maybe

we got stuck a few times, but that was

the name for it and every opportunity that

came along, that’s how we did it.

At one stage we found a route all the

way from Benoni to close to End Street in

Joburg, little footpaths and by ways – man

how things have changed. We explored

mine dumps, vast tracts of the Jukskei.

The only thing – and this is sad – there

was an awful lot less crap being dumped

all over the place…

On our way to Honda Wing Zambezi,

we saw a little pathway that appeared to

meander off along the river and up the

mountain. We were on the perfect bikes

for this, so we entered a very tight, twisty

riverine trail – and off we went. It was just

like the old days and these little bikes with

their user friendly power and slender lines

were just right. Tight paths found their way

through an acacia forest (Much to my boy

Tristans disgust…) he squealed as the

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thorns worked their way into his jeans… the life of a

motorcycle photographer.

Lots of stops and starts and performing for the

cam – and it was just like the old days, we had an

absolute hoot on the bikes – this is what they are

designed for – not hectic dirt – but gravel explorers

– top notch. Nice dirt inspired Showa suspension,

good ground clearance (21 inch front wheel).

Definitely more versatile in the tight twisties then

say – an Africa Twin. If we were farmers – there

would be a 250L or two parked in the shed. The fact

that these two were fitted with dirtbike tyres made

even more sense…

On the roads through suburbia the bikes are

such a hoot, nimble and just quick enough. Perfect

for commuting, zipping out to the shops – and, of

course in the rally’s case – looking cool. Of the two,

that bike specifically is a little head turner. Absolutely

gorgeously put together and designed with top

quality components. The knobbies will wear quite

quickly coz these bikes inspire wheelies and lots of

buggering about…

Freeways can be frustrating, great between JHB

and Pretoria, but if you are planning a trip down to

Durbs, rather stick to side roads and we guarantee

that you’ll have a blast! Or trailer them and use them

at your favourite holiday spot.

That’s it – two lekker entry level adventurers.

Next month we’ll tell you all about a proper

adventure trip that took place on these bikes late last

year. Epic stuff in our Feb issue.

These two are from Honda Wing Zambezi, the

Honda guys in Pretoria

(012) 523-9500

Rally: R84900.00

250L: 74900.00

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The

Lesotho

Adventure

There are few things in life as lekker as spectating the Roof Of Africa from the saddle of an adventure bike.

If you have never done it – then you are missing out on a huge chunk of motorcycle culture. It’s the only

way to do it. No Maseru traffic jams – and you can get from DSP to DSP in good time to see your favourite

top rider go through. Except this year. This year they were simply too fast…

By Kyle Lawrenson. Pics by Tazz Bayley

Our choice for 2017 was the BMW 800

Adventure. It has been ages since we last

rode or reviewed on of these famous bikes

– so we figured that it would be a great

choice. Kyle up front, Tazz on the back –

and the ride was on… in absolute comfort.

The 800 Adventure has been around for a

while now – more-or-less unchanged since

its inception – and it is a firm SA favourite.

All about the bike:

For 2017 BMW was forced to make some

fairly big changes to their entire range of

bikes in the F800 and F700 families in order

to meet Euro4 emissions regulations.

Changes include a new exhaust, full rideby-wire

throttle, different riding modes,

a revised dashboard and new paint

finishes. The GS Adventure also gets new

galvanized radiator trim and a revised

ignition lock casing.

Overall, this is a mild refresh in terms of

cosmetics but the mechanical updates to

introduce ride-by-wire have given the bike

a noticeably different feel compared to the

outgoing model.

Ride-by-wire control is a key part of

meeting Euro4 as it more directly meters

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out the throttle input, with sensors replacing

the cables. Twistgrip movements are

translated into an electrical signal that controls

the opening of the throttle valve for much more

precise fuel delivery.

This is the single biggest improvement to the

feel at the bars, giving much smoother delivery

from the parallel-twin, and eradicating the old

bike’s tendency for a slightly jerky action at

light throttle openings. Ride-by-wire has also

now enabled the provision of multiple rider

modes, as found on other BMW models. Rain

and Road modes are standard to all models,

while the F800GS and GS Adventure models

are also available with Enduro and Enduro

Pro modes as optional extras to provide even

more electronic rider assistance when riding

off-road.

Rain and Road modes are aimed squarely at

riding on the tarmac, with rain mode softening

the throttle response and upping ABS and

traction control intervention. Road, meanwhile,

makes the throttle sharper, and reduces the

ABS and traction control intervention.

Enduro is aimed at light off-road use with road

tyres; it backs off the TC and ABS intervention

to suit loose surfaces, and put more control

back into the rider’s hands. Enduro Pro is

designed to work with off-road tyres and

changes the throttle response and turns

off the rear ABS. ABS and TC can also be

deactivated regardless of mode.

The R1200GS and its even larger Adventure

siblings are great bikes with exceptionally

devoted followings, and have become the

benchmark for the class – but riding one

can be a daunting prospect because of their

considerable size and weight. The 800 in

our opinion is very often a far more sensible

alternative. Why – well coz it’s smaller, lighter

and a lot less intimidating.

This one was fitted with Conti TKC 80 trail

tyres – great for the Lesotho gravel roads.

The ride:

Day 1 was a bit of a writeoff – you all heard

about the inclement weather, so we loaded

the bike and bakkied it through to Maseru.

Thursday was just plain mizz, so the bike kept

the hotel a bit of company for the day.

Bright and early on Friday, we took the roads

out to Bushmans pass – we had to be at

the start at 5am. It was flippen chilly – the

temp gauge on the Beemer read four (that’s

“The 800 in our opinion is very often

a far more sensible alternative. Why

– well coz it’s smaller, lighter and a

lot less intimidating.”

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4) degrees. By the time we reached the

pass – it was minus three. It’s the first time

I’ve ever used heated grips – combined

with the brush guards the hands were a lot

toastier than the rest of us.

We need to comment on the overall feel.

The screen deflects the cold really nicely –

even wearing an MX helmet our necks were

not wobbling about. Looking through the

screen, the road is clear without any of that

nasty distortion.

The dash is very simple to use and easy to

manage – the fuel gauge, however needs a

bit of work. It does not display exactly how

much fuel you have – it starts on half with

an arrow facing up. When you get below

half the arrow disappears – and you start

stressing a bit. But there was no issue – we

got 306 km’s until the warning light came

on. The headlights on this bike are amongst

the best that we’ve ever used, they cut a

swathe of light through Lesotho and on

those tight roads in the early morning, you

really do need them.

The seat is perfectly shaped – and you

sit in the bike rather than on it. Position of

bars, to seat to pegs is all pretty sensible

for long hours in the saddle. The passenger

snuggles in behind the rider – Tazz is quite

tall, but she complimented the ergonomics

and there was no moaning after long

hours in the saddle.

Switching between the modes is very

simple, push the button, release the throttle

and off you go. In the wet – rain makes

the bike a lot tamer and easier to ride in

“Simply put, it does everything well and It

is quite easy to understand why Beemer

has kept this bike in their range for so long.

A good choice as an entrance to the big

adventure bike game…”

the slip. In the dirt we turned the traction

control off and had a lot of fun. In street

mode – full power, she sings along all day.

Because of the tyres mounted, BMW had

a recommendation of 160kph top speed

– but we took her up to around the 180

mark on the straight roads. Generally, we

were in the lower speeds all day, enjoying

the twisties and views that only a place like

Lesotho can offer.

The handling is very predictable – with

the TKC’s you do tend to be a bit more

cautious around the corners on the tar,

it’s great rubber – but for road use we’d

probably run the Conti Escape – one of our

favourite DP treads.

We were, however very grateful for the

TKC’s on the gravel shortcuts that we took,

they are fantastic.

Most of the adventure machines seem

to be moving to WP suspension – and

on this bike it works a treat. The rear

suspension is PDS – ie- no linkage. We

found going slowly in the rough stuff that

the suspension was just fine, the faster you

go, the better it tends to work.

The tried and tested BMW Parallel twin

makes decent power for all kinds of terrain.

63 kW (85 hp) and 83 Nm at 5,750 rpm

provides for lots of riding pleasure. We had

no complaints. There are bigger, faster

bikes out there, but the Beemer sings along

happily all day long.

Day two was much of the same – dicing

the racers from point to point – and arriving

just in time to see Sherco’s Wade Young

take the gold.

A great choice for this kind of ride.

The last day was the great trek back to

JHB – we cruised along at 160 the whole

way – this bike eats up the distance. Four

and a bit hours from hotel to office with a

quick coffee stop and kuier at our favourite

Fouriesburg Country inn.

Conclusions:

The BMW F800Adventure is a solid,

unassuming motorcycle with long legs and

decent comfort for the roads less travelled.

Simply put, it does everything well and It

is quite easy to understand why Beemer

has kept this bike in their range for so long.

A good choice as an entrance to the big

adventure bike game…

At your closest BMW dealer.

www.bmwmotorrad.com

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Powasol EnduroX Series

"Tough, tight man made obstacles. Not for the faint of heart!"

With the run up to the final round of

the Powasol EnduroX Series event we

soon realized that events like this in the

Gauteng are more difficult than one can

imagine. We are Durbanites, our contacts

are Durban and South Coast based, for

a minute we felt rather nervous about

getting this event off the ground. We

had nothing, no sand, no rocks, no logs

simply no obstacles what so ever. The

next problem was we didn’t have an

actual signed agreement with Carnival

City until about a week before the event.

We were stressing to say the least.

After a successful week building the track

within the amazing grounds of Carnival

City in Brakpan we were ready in the

dying minutes on Friday. Riders started

setting up their Gazebos and doing

final race prep on their machines. Track

walks started nice and early amidst the

final touches needed to make the track

perfect for race hour.

We were ready our MSA representatives

Karen Vorster and Graham Odendaal

and Powasol Team Brenda Mills, Andrew

Smale, Jayden Humphries, Rachael

Chatterton and Caitlin Mills were set and

ready to get the show on the road. Then

a massive rain shower damping the start

time by 30mins but not the spirit of all

present.

To get the proceedings under way we

lined the Pro Class of 7 riders up under

the Motul Arch to help break the lines in

for the 5 min practice, followed by the 22

strong Expert Class, 19 strong Bronze

Class, 7 strong 85cc Class, 10 strong

65cc class.

Heat one was a sigh of relief, we had

manage to pull off the impossible.

An EnduroX event away from “home” in a

town where we thought putting obstacles

together would be almost impossible.

The tension was high the final event of


Powasol EnduroX Series

2017 was about to kick off. Pro Class off

first and Blake Gutzeit (Proudly Bidvest

Yamaha) took the win followed by Luke

Walker (Team Leadertread KTM), David

Goosen (Out of Africa Tinstwalo Yamaha),

Brian Capper (BCR Motul Arrow RedBull

Yamaha), Chris Barnes (Perry Bikes

Husqvarna), Bradley Cox (ACR RedBull

KTM) and Justin Flemmer (TRAX KTM).

Next up the Expert Class the biggest

class on the weekend, Top 3 of Batch A

Heat 1 Matthew Barnes (Rocket Racing),

Robert Garvie (TRAX KTM) and Paul

Grobler (Privateer).

Top 3 of Batch B Kayde Mate (RBS

Yamaha), Steve Katlego (Team Ikegeng)

and Pierre Botha (The Roost KTM).

The Hobby Class was super exciting to

watch right up to the dying moments Top3

Batch A Heat 1 Luke Davis, James Du Toit

(The Roost KTM) and Chris De Bruyn.

Batch B Reinhardt Basson (The Roost

KTM), Piwe Zulu (Herbalife Blu Cru

Yamaha) and Daryl Coull.

85cc Class Top 3 Josh Henderson, Matt

Henderson and Joshua Johnson. 65cc

Class Top 3 Cobus Bester, Luke Walker

and Justin Swanepoel (Concept Cyclery

Ballito).

Friday night racing under flood lights

takes a lot of skill and concentration.

Riders found themselves relying on

momentum and speed through the

technical rock garden and making sure

the wet tar sections were ridden with car

as the track became very slippery. Wet

and muddy but still a great spectator

friendly evening.

Saturday morning riders started rolling in

from as early as 6am, excited to get the

main race day under way. The weather

was perfect and the track held up well

from the evenings racing. The racing was

electric, all classes putting on an amazing

show for our spectators.

Battles between Pro riders like Gutzeit,

Capper and Barnes throughout the day

as well as Cox and Goosen the two

MX specialists looking super confident

throughout the weekend. The Expert

Riders came our swinging every time with


Powasol EnduroX Series

Rob Garvie & Matt Barnes tussling non

stop for the first slot.

Mante a young up and coming Expert

Champion in the making was aggressive

and great to watch, Team Ikageng rider

Katlego coming on in leaps and bounds

also added some flair to the top end of

the Expert Class mix. Hobby riders where

the depth of the sport is right now saw

many great upsets through the weekend

with Davis, Sequeira, Basson and

Schoeman adding excitement to the mix.

The dice for 1 & 2 always came down to

the final seconds of each race.

The Junior Pro Mini Class on 85cc

Machines was a great class to watch

with Josh Henderson (Extreme Enduro &

Off-road Champion for 2017) came to win

the final round and close off his year with

a win overall in the EnduroX Series as well.

But Henderson had his work cut out for

him, never seen at a Powasol Event before

with some background in Motocross the

young Davin Cocker came to cause a

upset but just couldn’t keep it together

when it counted. The only 85cc riders to

jump the double throughout the day and a

talent to watch in the future for sure!

Our “Pocket Rockets” the 65cc Juniors

came down to the wire, Luke Walker the

Extreme Enduro and EnduroX Champion

overall for 2017 came to sweep the

field clean but came up unstuck in the

main event where we saw the furiously

competitive Justin Swanepoel take the

lead and not give-up until he came over the

finish line to take the win of the weekend.

To add some fun in the main break

and just before the Dash 4 Cash we

introduced a Micro Mini Class, the future

of the sport the 50cc “Babies” here we

saw Alexandria Leigh taking the win in

both heats over Gerhard Vosloo and Codi

Greger (whom stole the show with his

brake checks around the corners, only 4

years old)

All in all a fantastic weekend at Carnival

City and we would like to thank all the

sponsors, riders, spectators, Medics,

Carnival City Team and the Powasol Team.

A quick call to our friends on the

East Rand and the problems started

to become a distant memory. Dolf

Oosterhuizen (Brookfield Heavy

Transport), James du Toit (Alpha

Corrosion Protection) and then the

“Mayor” of Springs Mr Ron Bailey of The

Roost KTM.

These three men were unbelievable, I

could not believe how quickly they were

able to round up a crew of supporters on

the event, from heavy duty machinery,

to sponsors, to race entries and even

rounding up spectators.

With the help to get our JOC application

in place Mike from Mibern Media-Call

came to the party in a big way, the guys

from Alpha Corrosion & Protection,

Brookfield Heavy Transport, RMN Plant

Hire, Afrisand & Stone, Reclam and most

of all NCA Plant Hire came together with

all the machinery and obstacles needed

to make this event a possibility. Under

the guidance from Grant Leibbrandt our

Safety Officer from Extreme Safety, Grant

was the foundation of the event.

The Southern African EnduroX Challenge

starts in January 2018 at the SuperDigger

EnduroX Track in Peacevale KZN near

Hillcrest.

Online entries can be found at www.

powasolevents.co.za, limited to 20 riders

per class. R 12 000 Cash Prize money up

for grabs plus Dash 4 Cash. First 30 paid

entries get a FREE Powasol Bike Wash.

Spectators pay at the gate.


Dash4Cash winner Brian

Capper walked away with

R12,000


EXPLORING

Botswana

A bit of wanderlust for Christmas time. Adventure Biking in the Tuli Block. Words: Patrick Moore

The opportunity to ride our bikes close to

wild animals, in their natural environment is

one of the things that makes our adventure

riding special.

When Heine Engelbrecht of African

Dream Adventures (ADA) called to invite

me on a trip to Botswana’s Tuli Block, I

accepted immediately.

The Tuli Block is almost entirely given

over to game reserves and bush lodges,

in which kilometres of dirt roads and trails

wind between magnificent rock formations

and across broad, sandy river beds. The

plentiful game there is all protected by

Botswana’s strict conservation laws, so

visitors will probably encounter any of the

big five, plus lots of antelopes, giraffes,

eagles, hawks, owls and many smaller

creatures such as tortoises, hares and

porcupines.

Heine was using the ride to explore

potential synergies with Tuli Adventures,

a company established by John Gilbert

and Mark Hartley, who have exclusive

rights to bring adventure bikers to stay at

the Molema bush camp and Serolo luxury

tented camp on the banks of the Limpopo

river, some forty kilometres from the Pont

Drift border post. John and Mark’s tour

experiences have shown a need for rider

training, while ADA is always looking for

new, quality rides for its clients, so there

was an obvious opportunity for beneficial

cooperation. I was invited along to produce

this account of our journey and contribute

what I could to the overall experience.

The opportunity to meet and interview

Barbara Muszynski, the lone lady who had

just successfully completed Honda’s True

Adventure Quest event in Namibia, was

also too good to miss.

Most of the trip’s participants rode to

Botswana from Gauteng under Mark’s

guidance, while Heine and I enjoyed the

comfort of John’s Land Cruiser, which is

Tuli Adventure’s backup vehicle, complete

with trailer and tools. We had been

provided with comprehensive information

about what to bring and expect, so the

border crossing formalities were hassle

free. Overnight rain had created some

muddy, slippery dirt road surfaces, so our

only pillion passenger Hannelie Oelofsen

soon joined us in the Cruiser. Fortunately,

we all made it safely to Molema bush

camp, where a tasty curry supper and a

few beers put everyone at ease around the

camp fire.

Saturday morning saw us off to an

early start to visit Kgakala (“far away”)

camp, about twenty kilometres further into

Botswana. As with all rides organised by

Our fleet of reliable Honda’s

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Tuli Adventures, we were escorted by an

armed ranger driving a game viewing Land

Rover, so the appearance of elephant,

giraffes and some extraordinarily large

Eland bulls did not bother us, but looming

black clouds and flickering lightning did.

Then the rainy season’s first thunder

storm broke, sending a barrage of driving

rain onto the parched soil. Within minutes

dry water courses were full of seething

water, across which we had to aim our

bikes to reach muddy banks on the other

side. I was glad to be riding a light Honda

CRF250 Rally, which was ideal for these

conditions, while everyone else muscled

their Africa Twins and GS1200s through the

mud. Luckily the lightning left us alone, so

everyone made it safely to Kgakala camp,

where we could dry off and then enjoy a

delicious brunch.

Shortly afterwards, the sun came out

and we witnessed something usually only

seen on National Geographic television

documentaries. Kgakala camp was

bordered by a bone dry, sandy stream

bed, into which life restoring storm water

began to run, spreading nutrients and

much needed moisture, on its way to

the Limpopo river. Almost immediately I

noticed a change in our collective mood,

as the unexpected appearance of water,

with its promise of new life, was reflected

in a happier, more relaxed atmosphere.

I suspect that some deep, genetic

programming from our remote hunter

gatherer ancestors had kicked in with this

sign of returning good times, thus it was

a happy bunch of bikers that boarded the

Land Rover for a trip to Eagle Rock.

Twenty minutes later we debussed and

were given a short talk about game related

safety procedures, before starting our walk

up a stony path to a rocky ridge. Our route

took us over the remains of a Late Iron Age

settlement dating to Mapungbwe times,

before we emerged onto an elevated area

with natural rock pools and a magnificent

view over the massive Macloutsie river bed.

Black eagles drifted overhead as we looked

down into their nest, while Fish eagles

scoured the river banks below for prey.

Apparently, the site’s previous inhabitants

had made offerings to the powerful spirits

that they believed lived in the world

beneath the rock pools limpid waters.

Their beliefs were easy to understand in

this inspiringly beautiful place, as mankind

has always associated deities with

extraordinary natural beauty, so we all felt

priviledged to share in the awe that Eagle

Rock inspired in us.

Back at Kgakala camp I surrendered the

CRF250 Rally to Barbara, who was keen

to discover if its performance matched the

glowing reviews written about it in Dirt And

Trail a few months back. The previously

flooded water courses were now muddy

trenches which required total concentration

to navigate successfully, so I was pleased

to be riding an Africa Twin, with its spot-on

handling, excellent suspension and dirt

effective ABS brakes. Barbara and I agreed

that the CRF250Rally’s only drawback is

its relatively modest power output, so we

are hoping that rumours of a forthcoming

450cc version are true. Add on and off

road power modes and a DCT gearbox

option and I reckon that Honda would sell

thousands of them, especially to shorter

riders, who could then keep up with bigger

bikes in all conditions.

Dinner that night was an excellent braai,

after which a few of us walked down to

nearby river pools, to check out submerged

crocodiles, their eyes glinting eerily in

our torchlight. The discovery of fresh

elephant dung a few metres from my tent

the following morning, brought home to

me that we truly were guests in Tuli’s wild

kingdom, where its animal inhabitants and

not humans rule the roost!

A fairly close elephant encounter

Armed ranger keeping watch at Eagle Rock

At Kgakala bush camp

Barbara at Mane Dame

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Barbara, Kat and Hannerley counterbalancing Johan’s trailer

Bush coffee with Ronen

First rains arrive

Giraffe en route to Eagle Rock

Sunday morning saw us setting off

for Mane dam along sandy roads with

occasional muddy stretches.

Mark set a brisk pace upfront and after

a few kilometres I could appreciate why

he and John felt that ADA’s rider training

would benefit their generally inexperienced

clients. Whipping the little 250 Honda

along narrow, corrugated and rutted dirt

roads was great fun, but it took all my

intermediate level skills to keep out of

trouble, where a less proficient rider would

have been forced to slow right down.

There is nothing wrong with that of course,

but being able to ride challenging roads

quickly is satisfying, with rider training and

constant practice being the price of such

rewards.

Brunch at the dam was as good as the

previous day’s, after which we tackled a

gnarly loop, before heading back to base.

The CRF250’s low seat and effective

suspension allowed me to ride the loop

sitting down, as if on my old Ducati 250cc

scrambler, so the old muscle memory

kicked in and we were able to pip some

much bigger bikes to the finish. Not exactly

what we were supposed to be doing

perhaps, but a truly satisfying proof that it

is not how much power you have, but how

much you can use that matters.

All that excitement meant that we took it

easy on the way back to base, after which

John drove Heine, myself, Bruce and Rudi

across to Serolo luxury camp to check

out its facilities. We were very impressed

by them, even a little envious perhaps

but we were compensated when, on our

way back to Molema camp, we saw fresh

lion spoor and stopped at an exquisite

riverside viewpoint. Bikes are not permitted

at Serolo itself, so John ferries his biking

guests there in his LandCruiser. Once

back at camp I spent an hour interviewing

Barbara Muszynski, who is a seriously

good rider and a courageous, capable lady.

No gender concessions were made to her

during the Quest event, but she overcame

all the challenges, to emerge as brand

ambassador for the Honda Africa Twin.

Barbara has been riding since she was

fifteen and currently owns 5 bikes, soon to

be 6 when she adds the DCT, which she

enjoyed riding during the Quest, to her

collection.

Barbara is definitely one committed lady

adventure biker!

That evening the treats continued, as

we were taken on a night game drive,

as a prelude to a superb, open-air, starlit

supper. A visit to a Spotted Hyaena den

was the highlight of the game drive, as we

were scrutinised by the curious hyaena

pups standing just a few metres from us.

Our ranger kept us informed with a wealth

of information about their habits, before

we headed off in search of more animals

and then on to our atmospheric supper.

Just after we finished eating John made

a speech thanking us for coming on his

Tuli Adventures trip, but of course we all

felt that we should be thanking him, Mark

and Mark’s girlfriend Cat, for their excellent

efforts on our behalf. Heine, Barbara, her

partner Johan Botha and I all rated this

trip as one of our most enjoyable ever

adventure biking experiences, but we are

all old hands at the game, so let me rather

give you some of the feedback I gathered

from three of the ride’s other participants.

Ronen Gold is a 48 year old Israeli

medical equipment importer, who sent

his new Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro

up from Cape Town, then flew up to join

the trip. He rides like a demon and makes

Turkish coffee to die for, but his extensive

business experience gave him insight into

John and Mark’s efforts. He remarked …

“they did an awesome job of looking after

us, so they’ll definitely be successful”. He

continued heaping praise on the riding

opportunities, facilities, his bike and the

ride’s other participants, from whom he

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said that he had learnt a lot. His riding

experiences had been tarmac based up to

now, but after this trip he felt that a whole

new chapter of riding possibilities had been

opened up for him. He was delighted to

have bought a Multistrada and itching to

get it onto some dirt roads back home.

Johan and Hannerlie Oelofsen are

a 50 something year old couple from

Pretoria, where Johan works as a steel

manufacturing supervisor. As a relative

dirt road newbie, Johan found Botswana’s

slippery roads a real challenge, but he

perservered and, with help from Mark

and John, mastered most of them. He

will be signing up for ADA rider training

soon, because the whole Tuli Adventures

experience was so enjoyable, “awesome”

in fact, that he and Hannelie want to

be able to do lots more tours like it.

“Affordable excellence” was their verdict

about our trip, which far exceeded their

expectations. Johan is delighted with his

GS1200’s performance and like Ronen, is

determined to use it more on the dirt, as he

wishes he had done a lot earlier on in life.

Rudi Pieters is a 48 year old ex-teacher

and IT security specialist, who is rated

as one of South Africa’s top 10 GS1200

BMW Eco Challenge riders. He joined

the trip to discover if he could enjoy a

non-competitive biking experience where

he wasn’t in charge, for a change. Our

thunderstorm riding was a bonus for him,

but overall Rudi enjoyed being able to

relax and go with the flow on his bike, so

he was definitely glad that he came along.

Rudi also rated the tour’s organisation and

facilities as excellent, whilst suggesting that

John and Mark could use the nearby river

bed as a sand riding training area.

This would help them to evaluate guests’

riding abilities, so they could then manage/

coach them accordingly out on the trails.

John is already working on this and will

also incorporate easier escape sections

into his routes. Rudi is also interested in

helping with ADA’s training courses, where

his teaching background would be useful.

So there you have it – three very satisfied

customers’ favourable feedback, which

represents the entire tour group’s feelings

about their Tuli Adventures experience.

If you are interested in knowing more the

website address is www.tuli-adventures.

co.za where you can also learn more about

their photographic, bird watching and

mountain biking offerings, find out about

costs and do your bookings. John, Mark

and I will soon be exploring other, cooler

riding areas for the hot summer months,

about which I will be reporting on in future.

Contact Heine on 083 2261494 about

ADA’s excellent rider training courses, or if

you know of any quality rides that African

Dream Adventures might be interested in.

ADA’s website is www.adasa.co.za , where

you will also find lots of useful information.

Ride Safely and Enjoy Yourself.

Paddy Moore

Cubs at the hyena cave

Heine prepares for a dip

Heine surveying the landscape

Heine, Barbara and Johan Botha at Mane Dam

Johan & Hannerley crossing Limpopo river

Mark helping out Johan

Tricky stream crossing

Our starlit supper

Tuli block sunset

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So what is the Baja 1000? It’s the longest point-to-point race in the world. The course takes place on

the Baja Peninsula of Mexico and serpentines from Ensenada to La Paz over approximately 1000 miles.

A variety of vehicles can enter the race. You’ll see everything from Trophy Trucks worth half a million

dollars down to Class 11, unmodified pre-1982 VW Beetles – and of course, lots of dirt bikes. Like The

Roof, this year was this events 50th anniversary edition...

“Are you ready for the most rewarding and exciting

experience you will ever be a part of? The Score

International Baja Race Series is underway and you

can be part of it. It’s all about the competition, the

rewards, the dust, the fans, fifth gear pinned, topping

the whoops, the commitment, the perfectly prepared

Honda race bike, teamwork, being able to say “I raced

Baja!”, the support, and of course FINISHING.”

That’s what hooked two of our multiple champ

winning racers, Graham Maclachlan and Brian

Bontekoning into signing up to take part in this historic

race. Not too shabby – they pulled off a 3rd place in the

Pro Moto 50 class.

After the race, we sent them a Q and A about the

event – because, let’s face it – not too many of us know

what it’s all about.

Boys, how did this all come about?

Alan Jullien, ex SA MX and Off-road racer who now

lives in Los Angeles called me and asked if I would

like to sign up for the 50th Baja 1000 with the Hero,

Bikebandit.com, Honda racing team?

I accepted on one condition, I needed to

include another teammate from South Africa and so

it fell in place. We called Brain Bontekoning and he

accepted. We ended up being 12 riders on the team.

6 in the over 40 class (Team 410X) and 6 in the over 50

class (Team 510X). Brian and I were in the 510X team

The Baja was a great experience and a great

adventure. WHAT A RACE!!!

Mexico – cool place?

Mexico is a great place. We were on the peninsula

which is a very small part of Mexico. We spent a lot of

time at coastal towns which is a lot like our west coast.

Compare it to Langebaan.

The terrain we rode was a lot like our Karoo

Some of the cool things you saw in the pits?

Safety first but you can race through the pits, you can

refuel while sitting on the bike and you pit on your own

time. Very different compared to the pits here. Too many

rules with our pits in SA.

The pit is off the race line and that works very well.

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Give us the timeline on a typical day at

Baja:

The race is 1850km’s so each rider will

have a different day:

My day started at 07:00 when I drove in

a van for 320Km up to my section. Our bike

arrived at 15h15 after the previous rider had

started in Esenada @ 00:47 and already

done about 800km. We changed tyres,

replaced the Air-filter and checked the oil. I

then did a road section of about 25 km with

a speed restriction of 100km/h.

They have a “Stella GPS Tracker to track

your speed. If you go too fast, you get

penalties. I started my section proper at

16:05 and it gets dark @ 17:00. The racing

at night is actually quite easy. You have

huge lights and you just focus on what you

can see.

I handed the bike over to Brian at about

20:30. That stage was about 200km. I then

took a van to my next stage...about 125 km

away and waited for our race bike to arrive

out of the dark... It arrived at about 23:45,

I hopped on and did my stage of about

100km to hand over again to Brian again @

01:30. I had to wait for a lift.

By luck I ended up with the McMillan

Race team in their pits. Their truck was

leading..so we waited...and then the

message came in that it had an issue with

the back suspension. We ended up going

to another farmer and their team replaced

the shock...

Anyway… I only got to La Paz where the

finish was @ 13:00 the next day....

This Baja was a team event – how many

hours a day did you guys spend in the saddle?

We spent 3 days pre running our section

and then we did the race...we spent many

hours in the saddle.

Did you treat it as a holiday ride – or as a

proper race?

The pre-running was great fun and like a

fun ride/holiday. We treated the race proper

as we wanted to try and win our class

and finish in the top 10 overall. We did not

suceed in doing that so I will have to go

again and try again some year...

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How would you rate the terrain. Similar

to our Desert 1000?

Some of the sections are very similar to the

TDR 1000. I would say a combination of

Karoo and Botswana. The section I did was

more rocky though.

Why is the Honda 450X the bike of

choice for this event?

I am not sure, we did speak about it and

many of the other brands are starting to

come in. I think Honda has claimed the win

here on many occasions and they put in

the top teams. This has paid off for them.

Highlights?

My highlight is the new friends I have

made. We are all the same, we all enjoy

having a good time and helping each other

out. We are racers and we look out for each

other even while we are competing 100%

Downers?

Downers? Naaah, none of those...I had

to “down” a couple of tequilas...OK, I did

down a lot of tequilas....LOLOL

Overall?

Great honour, great experience and I look

forward to doing it again. I would like to

take more of my friends so that I can share

this wonderful experience...it’s too good

not to share!

Obviously we hear plenty about Dakar –

are you guys looking at racing that some

time?

Nope, that is way too expensive, Baja is

affordable, Dakar is just way over the top.

“If you were to ask me to sum up my

Baja 1000 experience I would most likely

squint my eyes in concentration, think

deeply about the 48 hours I was awake,

and shake my head because that intense

blur of actions and emotions are impossible

to put into so few words.”

No matter the obstacles that lie ahead, all

of the racers had one thing on their mind…

WINNING!

It is a team effort. Without the backup

trucks and team you will not get to the end...

PRO MOTO 50 (Riders over 50 years old)

1. 549x Robert Gates, 75, Victorville, Calif./

Lou Franco, 54, Simi Valley, Calif./Jeff

Kaplan, Thousands, Calif./Mike Johnson/

Bob Johnson/David Potts/Chris Goolsby/

Steve Williams, 59/Doug Smith, Upland,

Calif., Honda CRF450X, 27:29:46 (41.26

mph).

2. 515x Robert Creemers, 53, New

Zealand/Sean Clark, 50, New Zealand/Pete

Heard, 53, New Zealand/Doug Herbert,

50, New Zealand/Kevin Archer, 50, New

Zealand, Honda CRF450X, 28:40:51.

3. 510x Giovanni Spinali, 51, El Cajon,

Calif./John Griffin, 51, Hillcrest, Calif./Earl

Roberts, 55, Mexicali, Mexico/Troy Pearce,

50, Ramona, Calif./ Brian Bontekoning,

51, South Africa/Graham Maclachlan, 50,

South Africa, Honda CRF450X, 30:50:57.

DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE JANUARY 2018 73


A GUIDE AND CHECKLIST FOR BUYING A

USED MOTORCYCLE

In an ideal world we’d all have a selection of brand new bikes in our garage. From

the latest dirt missile to the most powerful adventure bike on the market, they’d be

lined up in the man-cave, box fresh and ready to ride.

But back in the real world, we can’t all

afford to fork out the considerable amounts

for new metal. Yes it would be nice, but the

reality is that a good proportion of us will

go for second hand motorcycle purchases,

allowing someone else to take a hit on the

initial depreciation on the brand spankers.

But if you are going to buy a used,

pre-owned, pre-loved or second-hand

motorcycle there are a lot of different ways

to buy and a multitude of ways to get

burned. So in an effort to make the buying

process a whole lot easier, we thought

we’d put together a list of the important

things you need to bear in mind before you

part with your hard earned rands.

BEFORE WE EVEN START:

SELLERS make sure that funds are cleared

and in your account before you release

your pride and joy to a buyer. Don’t take

bank deposit slips as proof of payment.

DO YOUR RESEARCH

Before you start looking around for your

next purchase, you need to decide what

bike you actually want and what your

realistic budget is, and whether those two

things go together. If you are looking to get

a year-old Africa Twin and you’ve only got

50k, then you are wasting your time even

looking, but if it’s a 2013 EXC300 you’re

after and you can go up to 55k, then you

are far more likely to find the bike you want.

Do your research beforehand so that you

know the rough price that you should be

paying for the bike you want. Only go

above that if the bike is truly exceptional

or comes with a massive list of useful

aftermarket accessories or spares.

DEALER OR PRIVATE

So your next problem is whether to go

safe and head for the dealerships or take

your chances on the private market. Both

have their advantages and both have their

pitfalls, so it’s impossible to say one is

better than the other.

On the dealer side of things, one of the

main advantages is that if there are things

wrong with the bike, you will generally have

some help if you intend to buy, which is

unlikely for a private sale. Dealers can also

arrange finance and they have access to

parts and accessories for the bike.

The other major factor is that you have

theoretical legal protection if the bike you

have bought turns out to be a complete

lemon. In most countries, consumer law

will protect you from buying things that are

not fit for purchase, and most reputable

dealers will usually do their best to sort out

any realistic issues you have. That said, if

you buy a second-hand crosser and it goes

bang after a month of racing, don’t expect

your man to give you your money back –

realistic is the key word here!

But for this right to recourse after your

purchase, there’s a price to pay and buying

second-hand from a dealer will mean you

will pay a bit more than a private sale. If a

used bike is really cheap in a motorcycle

shop it’s that price for a reason!

As with private buyers, there are good and

bad dealers out there.

Keep away from the wrong ‘uns and

support the good ones, particularly if they

are small independent businesses. If you

don’t, they won’t survive and we’ll be stuck

with just the megastores…

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BUYING FROM DEALERS DOES

REDUCE YOUR RISKS.

For a private sale there are much higher

risks. Not only of buying a bad bike, but

also of buying a bike that does not and

never did belong to the person selling it.

You have to trust your instincts here, so

if things look wrong, they probably are

wrong. Ask for receipts. Road bikes HAVE

TO HAVE PAPERS. Many dirtbikes and

quads do not –many were bought for cash

and not financed.

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components are functioning and you are

generally happy with what you are going to

shell out for.

Four-strokes should not smoke at all and in

reality, two-stokes should smoke too much.

Throttle response should be crisp and

immediate, clutch action should be smooth

and progressive and the transmission

should not be jerky or noisy.

If the owner claims to have carried out

recent rebuilds, find out why and ask for

receipts that show the work was done by a

reputable company.

If the owner will not let you ride the bike

– as is likely with an off-road bike – then

ask them to run the bike up and down and

go through the gears. If they say no – you

might need to ask yourself why!

If the seller looks dodgy – WALK AWAY.

You need to establish really quickly whether

you trust the seller enough to part with the

cash. Ask yourself :-

• Do they look like a motorcyclist?

• Can they answer all of your questions

about the bike?

• Is the bike stored in a clean garage

surrounded by quality tools?

If the answer to all three is no, you should

be walking away.

THINK GLOBAL, BUY LOCAL

The wonders of the internet can easily lull

us into thinking that the world has shrunk.

When a simple google search can bring

up bikes from all over the country, it’s easy

to forget that 600 kilometres is still 600

kilometres, and buying a massive distance

away from your home increases the risk of

you buying the wrong bike.

Why so? Because if you have driven that

distance to see a bike – whether from

a dealer or from a private buyer – the

chances of you buying it have naturally

increased, because otherwise you’ve

wasted a full day and all that fuel to come

away empty-handed. And the seller will

know this, which will in turn reduce both

your bargaining power and their willingness

to negotiate. If you walk away, they’ve lost

nothing but you have already spent which

reduces the amount of money you’ve got

to spend on the bike you do buy. This is not

smart thinking.

Try to find a bike that is reasonably close to

your home – that way you may already be

aware of where the dodgy areas are without

driving halfway across the country to find

out. It also means that if the bikes all good

you can haggle and come away with the

prize and if it’s wrong, you’re no worse off.

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

However you buy, there is no substitute

for thoroughly inspecting any bike before

parting with the greenbacks. Online dealer

listings and auction sites make it really easy

to purchase without doing this and the risks

are vast. A bike that looks like a minter in

the photos can turn out to be a dud when

you see it, and if you’ve already paid the

money, getting it back could be really

protracted and difficult.

If you are determined to buy online, don’t

part with your cash until you have done

all the necessary checks, seen the bike,

heard the engine running and checked that

everything the seller has said about the

bike is true. If it’s not, be prepared to walk

away and don’t become unduly worried

about receiving a negative rating – it’s

better than being saddled with a clunker.

The same goes for sellers: Make sure your

money has cleared in your bank before you

let it go!

THE SECOND HAND MOTORCYCLE

CHECKLIST

So whether you are buying a second hand

motorcycle private or from a dealer, you

should be thoroughly checking out the bike

you’ve come to buy. Don’t assume that all

bikes in a dealership are perfect – they are

not so you need to do the checks. It’s easy

to jetwash a bike and cover it in silicone

spray and fancy stickers, but bear in mind

that in the trade that same spray is often

known as ‘Bullshit Spray’…

So what should we be looking at?

ENGINE:

As the most expensive component on

the motorcycle, the motor is key. If it’s not

right, the rest of the machine makes little

difference. You need to hear it starting,

running and ideally take it for a test ride

so that the engine gets up to full operating

temperature and you can make sure

all gears engage correctly, all electrical

FRAME

Any second hand motorcycle you buy

should show absolutely no signs of frame

damage. Any indication of impacts, cracks

or repairs – do not buy. Have a look from

the back and the front and try to spot

whether anything is out of line. Is the

subframe twisted, are the forks straight

when the handlebars are, does the saddle

sit correctly on the frame rails? Check

around the headstock and major weld

points for any signs of stress. Look under

the bike and check if the frame has been

dragged over rocks and things…

SUSPENSION

OK so it’s going to be difficult to test this

without a test ride and for pure off-road

bikes don’t be surprised if the seller or

dealer won’t allow you to rip down the road

and risk never being seen again.

But what you can check on the suspension

is for smooth action, that there are no

leaks, squeaks or grinding noises, and

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all the components look cared for. Forks

should be entirely free from oil and any

pitting on the stanchions and should move

freely. It’s not a big job to change fork seals,

but it’s a pain and even more so on a big

adventure bike.

As for the rear shock, this could similarly

move freely and show no signs of leaks. A

new unit or rebuild will cost, so if you see

problems either don’t buy or use it as a

major bargaining point if you are entirely

confident what the problem is.

BEARINGS

You need to be checking all the bearings on

any bike you’re looking to buy whether dirt

bike, adventure motorcycle or road bike.

Starting with the round bits, that means

grabbing hold of both wheels and trying

to rock them sideways on the spindle. If

they won’t budge, that’s good but if they

move it’s not. Changing wheel bearings is

not difficult, but it’s an indication whether

the seller has looked after the machine as

much as they say. It’s going to cost you

cash, so that’s another bargaining point.

Head bearings can also become worn and

notchy. On roads bikes they tend to stay in

the same position for miles on end so tend

to wear in the same central position which

causes a tight spot, whereas for off-road

bikes these bearings take a lot of pounding

so will wear quicker all round.

So with the bike upright, hold the front

brake on and rock the bike back and forth

to check there is no play in the headstock.

If the bike has a centre stand, put the bike

on it and with the front wheel off the ground

– get the owner to push down on the back

of the bike – check the bars move left to

right easily and without any sign of tight

spots or notches. Then move to the front

of the bike, and again with the front wheel

off the ground, hold the bottom of the forks

and see whether there is any movement in

the steering head when you try to rock the

forks back and forward.

For off-road bikes, do these tests with the

bike on a paddock or push up stand.

Like the wheel bearings, it’s not a major

job on a small off-roader, but if you have to

do it on a fully faired adventure bike, this

is major surgery that will take hours if you

do it yourself or cost a fortune if you get a

dealer to do the work.

OFF ROAD BIKES AND QUADS GET A

LOT OF ABUSE SO CHECK EVERYTHING.

DRIVE TRAIN

The more a motorcycle gets used, the more

the chain and sprockets wear. Any second

hand motorcycle you buy should not need

these replacing straight away, but if you are

buying a motocross bike or pure off-road

machine, don’t get hung up on a bit of

wear – this is inevitable and easy to fix.If,

however the sprockets teeth are curved or

broken, you have a bit of bargaining power.

For road and adventure motorcycles, a

full replacement could be costly so ideally

this shouldn’t be something you have do

immediately after buying. As with the MX

bikes, don’t get too hung up on this as

long as what is on the bike is in reasonable

condition and consistent with the rest of the

bike. But if the sprockets are hooked and

the chain knackered and rusty, chances are

that’s what the rest of the bike is like under

those shiny plastics.

CABLES AND WIRING

All the cables and wires on your prospective

purchase should be in good condition and

do exactly what they should. Throttles should

snap back as the manufacturer intended,

clutches should be smooth and progressive

and any other associated cables should be

free running and functional. Replacements

are so cheap on most machines, there’s little

excuse for not replacing.

Electrical wires should all look original and

unmolested, not exposed or badly repaired

and all electrical components should be in

working order from the off.

BRAKES

As the bits that are going to bring your new

bike to a stop, the brakes are an important

part of the package. Check that all discs

are the correct thickness, unwarped and

free from scoring. Pads should have plenty

of braking material left on them and fluids

should look new and light in colour, not

brown and murky.

Check over the hydraulic hoses for signs of

wear and leakage, make sure all the bleed

nipples are in place and don’t look seized.

WHEELS AND TYRES

Let’s not overthink this. The wheels should

be in good condition, run straight and be

relativelly free from dings. The tyres are

maybe less important, unless on a road bike

they are thrashed to chicken-strips in which

case the owner has been caning that engine

to the rev-limiter. Check the life on dirtbike

and ATV tyres, replacement is costly.

In general, tyres can be quickly and easily

replaced, but factor the cost into your offer

if you will need to do this before the bike is

rideable.

BODYWORK

Bodywork is singularly the worst indication

of the motorcycles condition. New fairings

and plastics on bikes might make it look

pretty but that can hide a multitude of

sins underneath. With off-road plastic kits

costing less and less, a seller can easily

smarten up a tired motorcycle with a fresh

set and if he’s really trying to fool you, a

cool set of graphics might just seal the deal.

It’s important that the bike looks good, but

look under it all. Don’t be dazzled by pretty

colours and don’t necessarily be put off by

scratched panels – it’s what is underneath

that matters.

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COME JOIN

THE FUN

THE SUNFIELDS RIDE is one of those real feel good rides where motorcyclists really give back.

this ride is hosted for the benefit of the Sunfields home for disabled peeps and they really need

our help.

Bakkie loads of goods were delivered, huge smiles all round and not a dry eye in the house as

the residents said thank you and Merry Christmas.

Come and do it next year. Thank you to all the farmers and land owners who open the farms to

the riders - a great mixup of terrain and a great day in the saddle.

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Hi Guys

These are the proposed dates for next year and we’ll do our darndest stick to the menu.

The plan is to also do a couple of Dual purpose rides for the big trailies, we will keep you

posted.

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We are just awaiting confirmations here and there – but come and join the fun – some of

the best trail rides you’ll ever do.

Weekend Jan 26th – Waterberg Mountain Ride - Naboomspruit.

A firm favourite rivers, sandy trails, rocks, beautiful bushveld!

Sat 17th Feb – farm ride in Parys. Always lekker!

March 3rd – Cosmos Ride on the East Rand. A long ride, Beautiful, scenic, rocks, rivers -

and we’ll see lots of Cosmos.

Easter weekend: 30th March standby just confirming the venue.

April 27th – Tentative Swazi Mangala long weekend – a two day ride across Swaziland.

Fantastic fun.

May 26th Day ride in or around JHB.

June 16th – Youth day ride – South of JHB.

June 29th – Tri Nations – SA, Swaziland Mozambique… an excellent adventure of some

note!

August 25th – Day ride

Oct 5th Durban 2 JHB in the dirt – a whole new route, we are busy with the recce and

will keep you posted.

October 27th – We’ll host a day ride.

November 16th – Lesotho.

December 1st - Sunfields ride, Balfour.

So – lots to keep you busy! Come and join the fun!

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