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• Polycarbonate Composite Shell: Lightweight, superior fit and comfort using advanced CAD

technology.

• Large Eye Port: For maximum visibility and superior goggle fit.

• “ACS” Advanced Channeling Ventilation System: Full front to back airflow flushes heat and

humidity up and out.

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providing reliable protection and a graphically stunning

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dual density EPS liner offers trustworthy defence should you

end up taking a soil sample.

This helmet has exceptional ventilation to prevent

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provide fresh air and allow heat to escape. This system

supplies cooling relief from the smouldering heat.

By designing the helmet with 3 shells and 4 EPS dimensions

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EDITOR: ROLEY FOLEY

A pedestrian steps off the curb and into the road without looking and promptly

gets knocked fl at by a passing scooter.

“You were really lucky there,” says the scooter guy.

“What on earth are you talking about! That really hurt!” says the pedestrian, still

on the pavement, rubbing his head.

The scootisti replies, “Well, usually I drive a bus!”

What a start to the new year - a new boss in the union buildings, the rand is

strengthening, record numbers at all the races and events.... time for change in

SA, lets hope this is just the beginning. Have a great month and ride safe!!

THE TEAM:

EDITOR:

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Cranks, Conrods and Camshafts

Cylinder Kits, Rebores, Main Bearings and Clutch Plates

VALVES,STEM SEALS AND SPRINGS

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GP 2 The Bay – Q4Q

raising funds for QASA:

29th September 2018.

This four day event changes a bit this year, kicking off from

Carnival City on Saturday the 29th of September. The ride is 15

years old this year and organizers have changed the routes to

make it fresh and new for the riders who have done it before.

Everyone is welcome! Starts at Carnival – ends in Richards bay.

4 days. 1000km in the dirt for QASA. Always great and for such a

worthy cause.

www.adventurecompany.co.za

(011) 979-5035

Alberton Yamaha

Opened 20 years ago, Biketique is now also known as

Alberton Yamaha having taken on the Yamaha brand

5 years ago. The store is packed with a great range of

new and used motorcycles, off-road and on. Alberton

Yamaha has a massive range of accessories and

spares, and also has a fully operational workshop.

Really is a one-stop-shop in the Alberton area.

7 Jubili Street, Alberton. 011 869 2002

GIVI’s tool box

This nifty tool box from GIVI fits between the GIVI pannier

bracket and motorcycle. The box dimensions are 260mm

long, 90mm wide and 170mm high, allowing a compressor

and tyre repair kit to fit nicely. Made from reinforced

technopolymer, the box will be able to handle roughness and

it is water resistant. The lid can be mounted in both directions

(lock pointing upwards or downwards) for easy access. Fitted

with GIVI’s security lock key which is compatible with those of

GIVI cases/top cases/bags with the same system (purchasing

the SL105 kit). It is possible to fix it either on the right or left

side, depending on the bike’s configuration. Options of a

universal or bike specific fitting kit is available. The tool

box retails for R1395 (excl fitting kit). Visit www.dmd.

co.za or call DMD on 011 792 7691

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THE NEW DEFINITION

OF ADVENTURE

-

The ultimate adventure isn’t defined by limits. It is found by breaking through

your own perceived barriers, as you ride off into extreme terrain on the most powerful

production offroad bike available – the new KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R.

Look beyond what you thought was possible!

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: M. Chytka


Bikewise Screen Screws.

Individualise your ride

It seems that no part of a motorcycle is safe from

the customiser’s touch these days. Even the humble

screw that holds your adventure bikes screen on can

give your bike a dose of anodized individuality. All

rubbers and washers included, in red, gold, blue or

black.

RRP R155.00

For your nearest dealer visit: www.bikewise.co.za

Polisports New Disc and

fork bottom protectors

The innovative folks from Polisport have come up with

some pretty trick looking bits to protect your scoot.

High impact and abrasion resistant plastic guards

• Complete protection of the brake disc and bottom

fork guard

• Easy and quickly installed. No need to disassemble

the wheel

• Extended protection. Also guards the brake caliper

• Accepts oversized 295 mm brake discs

• Air intakes to cool Brake Disc

• Includes all mounting hardware

• Available in white, black and brand colours

• Developed to work with stock forks.

Polisports bottom fork protector also available.

Available from dealers.

MX24 – new shop in Cape Town

MX 24 is a brand new store in Edgemead, Cape

Town. They stock all of the most popular brands on

the market – all the goodies you need for MX and

enduro.

Phone 087-095-3298 / www.mx24.co.za

HJC’s new MX helmets:

The CS MX2

At just on 2 grand, this seems like great value. HJC

has always been on point when it comes to stylish,

affordable helmets.

Features: Polycarbonate Composite Shell

Lightweight, superior fit and comfort using

advanced CAD technology. ACS Advanced

Channeling Ventilation System Full front-to-back

airflow flushes heat and humidity up and out the

rear of the helmet. Plush, Nylex InteriorRemovable

and washable. Large Eyeport Optimal visibility and

superior goggle fit. And – as our kids say, they look

pretty “Dope” too. At dealers now.

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The most comfortable, quiet,

stable adventure helmet.

YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE!

Break free from all the boundaries of todays life with the new HORNET ADV.

With all the advantages an offroad helmet has for exploring new terrains, yet with

the comfort of a full face helmet at the same time, the Hornet ADV is your perfect

companion to join you on all your small and big adventures.

Optimum Safety. SRP from R7400.00 excl VAT

At Dealers across South Africa

DISTRIBUTED BY AMP

www.ampsa.co.za / 011 259 7750


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2018 Uswe Patriot 9

Backpacks

The PATRIOT 9 is super-slim for its 9L capacity and

keeps you totally covered with helmet, tool, food and

phone accommodations plus a premium Shape-Shift

2,5 liter hydration system that will keep you hydrated

all the way to the finish line. The suspension stretch

function in the shoulder straps reduces the pressure

on your shoulders and the elastic of the chest straps

allows full body movement and breathing capacity.

To boost comfort this pack is equipped with an

anti-slip airflow backpanel Air-Meg with two foam

stripes with anti-slip silicone strings keeping the pack

in place on your back. The stripe shape is designed

to give optimal fit and improve the circulation of air

over the back. If you want to carry an extra helmet

and protection gear, you will love the attachment

system on the PATRIOT 9. Inside the pack you’ll

find a specially designed compression-pocket for

the hydration bladder, a water resistant smartphone

pocket and an organizer

compartment for carry

tools, food, keys and

a first-aid kit.

X-Brands OTG Goggles

Around R650.00 at dealers.

UTV & OTG is based off of the popular GOX FLAT

OUT ELITE series goggle. The UTV & OTG series

has all the benefits of the GOX frame, complete

with an ultra-thick three layer face foam with

indents to accommodate the arms and frame of

your glasses or for wearing comfortably with a

helmet in your UTV with the Poly-Flex frame and

anti-fog coated, clear lens.

NOTE: THIS GOGGLE ONLY WORKS WITH

SMALLER EYE GLASSES.

Sidi Crossfire 3 Boots

Our lot has spent a few shekels on new gear for this

year – the latest addition to the DT family is a very cool

set of Sidi Crossfire 3 boots. The boots are stylish and

comfy and have all, of the safety features need for riding

dirtbikes. Some key features include:

• Patented flex system with hyper extension block •

Fully adjustable calf area • Wider calf upper (+ 3 cm) -

adjustable system between the calf, shin and leg upper

which allows to widen the circumference of the boot

and accommodate even the wider calves.

Available from dealers.

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Trickbitz: 2018 Ariette

goggles on the way

Ariette have eight different goggles ranging from

an economy type to the top of the range paladium.

We’ve owned a few sets and they are incredibly

durable .

The Aria entry level Range is compatible with all Ariete

goggles accessories/spare parts, strong and durable

frame. anti – UV colours. suitable for kids helmets.

Lens: policarbonate clear lens. anti-fog and antiscratch

treatment

Foam: super-soft technical foam with open cells

Strap: elastic strap with 1 anti-slip silicone bead

provided with pin to suit tear-off use.

The Paladiums are the high end stuff:

Main features:

Frame: Tough and flexible frame in PUR. Anti UV

laquer special metallic finish

Lens:– clear lens in Lexan®

– anti-fog and anti-scratch treatment

– provided with pins to suit roll-off or tear-off use

– UV-A, UV-B, UV-C 100% radiation protection

Foam:

four-layer face foam for a perfect fit – specification:

-1 expanded PUR layer with slow-memory closed

cells

-1 technical foam layer with closed cells

-1 super-soft technical foam layer with open cells

-1 red-coloured hypo-allergenic pile layer in contact

with the skin

Strap:

– elastic strap with 3 anti-slip silicone beads to grip

the helmet shell

– provided with pin to suit tear-off use

Notes: micro-fibre bag for lens cleaning

Available at dealers.

Acerbis new X-Rock Boots

When we heard that these have arrived we went and

grabbed a pair and – so far we are pretty impressed.

The boots are very comfortable withy clips and straps

that are really sensible and easy to operate. They are

available in three funky styles…

Leather and microfiber upper resistant to cutting and

abrasion.

Joints in the ankle area. Tibial protection by shin, lower

and upper shin, anatomically shaped

heel protection to facilitate the use of the gearbox at

start-up.

Medial protection and tip made with specially sealed

plastic for better impact absorption.

Grip Burn Guard in vulcanized rubber resistant to heat.

Closure by 4 buckles with new, large aluminum levers.

Breathable microfiber tibial gable

Sole Vibram® certified EN 13634: 2010 rubber shock

absorption “Double Composite”.

Antibacterial shock absorbing footbed in multilayer

structure.

Interior made in 3d Mesh for great comfort and

absorption of sweat.

Internal lining made of plastic / steel composite

material for greater stiffness and absorption on the foot

from compression-type bumps.

Available at dealers.

RRP: R5495.00

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Fox Shuttle 180 Kit Bag

Haul all your gear without breaking the

bank. The Shuttle 180 features a huge

main compartment with a large helmet

compartment at the front and a boot

compartment at the rear. Built on a roller

system, this shuttle gear bag is the only

way to travel. Guys its HUGE, good

quality, strong zips and all that…

At dealers.

Cool stuff for your

KTM. KTM Powerparts

Fuel Filter

Easy and safe: Filter fitted directly at the tank

opening. This means that no dirt enters the fuel tank

or the injection system during refuelling.

• Fits on all 3/4 in filler caps.

• Suggested Retail R 416.21

LED-Headlight – even

brighter

• LED technology,

specially developed

for the Enduro set

• Very high light

power

• Light intensity

1500 Lumen

• Light colour

approx. 5500 Kelvin

• Exceptionally robust

• Can be installed in standard headlight mask

• Suggested Retail R 3999.46

Available at KTM dealers.

Paulo Costa and Quad

Revolution to Katay Racing

We bumped in to this energetic lot on the Farm Ride

and caught up with what this family run company

is up to. They had one of the very first Polaris RZR

Dynamix suspension 1000cc turbo 168hp along for

the ride. The RZR looks awesome – full feature in

next months issue.

Big news is that Mr ATV, Paulo Costa has joined

Andrew and Heather in the busy dealership. He’ll

be there with all of his Quad revolution expertise on

hand for parts, service accessories and sales.

Boats, Bikes, Jestski’s watercraft…

Great team! www.katayracing.co.za. (011) 475-4892

New Ducati Multistrada

1260 arrives in SA

Ducati JHB and Ducati Cape Town have now received

stock of the all-new Multistrada 1260. It’s a gorgeous

motorcycle, just what you would expect from the

Italian brand. We are looking forward to testing the

new bike soon.

Also landing in SA was the new Monster 821 and

highly anticipated Panigale V4.

Both stores hosted launches of the new models,

where customers were treated not only to the stunning

machines but also fancy snacks and drinks.

Ducati have a full line-up of Demo models available so

get down and test ride one today.

Ducati JHB 011 919 1600 - Ducati CPT 021 000 2100.

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2018 Polaris RZR XP

Turbo Dynamix Edition

The off-road vehicle industry is a difficult one to stay

at the forefront of, but Polaris has managed to be at

the top year-in and year-out. A part of that is because

they aren’t afraid to innovate. Take, for instance,

their newest technology: the world’s first and only

intelligent suspension, which can be found in their

2018 RZR Turbo Dynamix Edition.

The tech is officially called RZR

Dynamix Active Suspension and,

let us tell you, it is impressive. The

system uses a series of sensors to

detect vehicle speed, orientation,

steering wheel position, pedal

position, and more. It

calculates that data at a rate of 200 times per second

and uses it to auto-adjust all of the vehicle’s shocks

independently of one another. So whether you’re

hauling ass over some whoop-de-dos, launching over

a dune, or slamming on the brakes to avoid debris –

the Dynamix will adjust accordingly to give you the

best possible performance. And, as of right now, the

system can only be found in the 168 horsepower

2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo – arriving at dealers soon.

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SA Bike Fest news:

Monster Energy introduces

Jason Webb drifting and

custom bike giveaway!

Monster Energy, will detonate into The AutoTrader

#SABikeFest on the 25-27 May for their third year as

Official Energy Drink Partner, returning with an even

bigger and better spectacle of death defying tricks,

jumps & stunts from the very best pilot riders with

TWO epic night-time performances taking place on

the Kyalami GP Circuit starting grid! As the sun goes

down at 18h00 on Friday and Saturday, the circuit

will transform into a mash up of Freestyle Motocross

(FMX), fiery pyrotechnics, electrifying lighting, mega

Monster Trucks, sizzling Monster Girls and fascinating

fire throwing in an acrobatic phenomenon aptly

named “#FLIGHTNIGHT”!

If this isn’t spoiling the visitors enough the crowdpleasing

funtastic “brother duo”, Brent and Bruce Le

Riche return to wow-crowds with their hair-raising

trial-bike show throughout the day and across the

festival weekend in a new location next to the ALL

NEW Monster Energy (MR1) #BigRig!

This year, there is an exciting addition to the Le Riche

Trial Biking Show – with one of SA’s top drifting

athletes, Jason Webb, joining the performance with

his epic Roush Ford Performance 5.0L supercharged

V8 Mustang once a day. Together, they will create the

most sensational 2-Wheel vs Drifting demonstration

South Africa has ever seen!

Never been done before at Kyalami GP Circuit,

Monster Energy, are making room for Cape Town

based builders Stoos Customs to demonstrate a LIVE

custom bike build on a Harley Roadster over the three

days. To really sweeten the deal, the Monster team

have decided to give THE ONE-OF-A-KIND Monstercross-Harley-cross-Stoos

Custom bike away to ONE

LUCKY VISITOR to ride home from #SABikeFest. The

giveaway will take place on the Sunday at 4pm on the

Monster #BigRig.

For those attending on Sunday 27 May, the FMX

show will then take place at 10am on the Starting Grid

straight after the Sunday Charity Ride and before the

Circuit Test Rides kick off from 11:30am.

The AutoTrader SA Bike Festival, powered by

Discovery Channel, is now the market-leading annual

showcase in the SA motorcycling calendar and the

third installment returns to the legendary Kyalami

Grand Prix Circuit from 25-27 May 2018. Tickets are

on sale now through southafricabikefestival.com and

YOU can save R50 off every ticket when using the

promotion code ‘MONSTER’ or ‘DIRT2018’ when

booking online TODAY!

Monster Energy Schedule:

Giveaway to one lucky visitor of the Monster-Harley-

Stoos Custom Motorcycle on the #MR1 on the

Sunday!

#FlightNight on the Starting Grid

Friday 18h00

Saturday 18h00

Sunday 10h00

LE Riche Trial Biking vs Jason Webb #DriftShow

Friday 15h00

Saturday 13h00

Sunday 13h00

#BrotherDuo Le Riche Trial Biking Show

Friday 12h00, 15h00, 17h00

Saturday 09h30, 13h00, 16h00

Sunday 11h30, 13h00, 16h30

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SPECS: HUSKY FE 250

Engine: 1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine

Suspension travel (front): 300mm

Suspension travel (rear): 330mm

Dry weight: 108.3Kg

Ground Clearance: 370 mm

Seat height: 970mm

Fuel capacity: 8.5L

Price: R114,699

www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com/za

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Big news for 2018 is the fact that Mr. (He has earned the title Mr., Sir, Boss,

whatever), Graham Jarvis will be using this machine in his campaign to continue

dominating the Extreme enduro scene. Graham will be riding the 250FE in some

of the Hard Races in 2018 he will also be riding the 2018 TE 300i, he will choose

between the Husqvarna 2-Stroke and 4-Stroke models throughout the season on

which bike he thinks will be best suited for each event.

This is not the first time that Jarvis has raced a four stroke – a few years

back he won the Roof on one. In saying that – this guy could probably beat

most of us on a Vespa in the rocks. So far in 2018 he’s won the Tough one,

2nd at Hells Gate, on a four stroke. Not too shabby.

This is the first time we’ve had a chance to check out the FE 250. This

bike has the same frame, rider geometry, and basic engine package as the

FC 250 that was updated in 2016.

It is literally slathered in high end components – WP suspension, Magura

Hydraulic clutch and brakes, all with sexy braided brake lines, a neat little

race console that transmits all sorts of info, tapered bars, Traction control…

and the list goes on. The only things we’d probably do on this one is replace

the standard brush guards with Cycra units and we’d look at a slightly

stronger bash plate.

The chassis has been tweaked with some frame flex changes for feel

and grip, the suspension has been upgraded at both ends, the bodywork

and ergonomics are revised to give a better ride experience. It is only 2.6kg

more in weight (measured without fuel) than the TE 250. That is damn good

engineering and just shows how far metallurgy has come in the past decade.

The engine hosts engine management refinements including gear specific

mapping, rider switchable maps and even a basic traction control system.

You have camshafts, valves, a large cylinder-head and valve seats and a

camshaft, tensioner, guides and still only 2.6kg more than the two-stroke

version of the same chassis. Amazing stuff…

Husky South Africa offered us the bike for a li’l feature and we took it out

to see what we thought. We had her out at Mamarok – and we each did

about 400 fast laps. Ok make that about 12 slowish ones. It has to be said

that this is a mighty accomplished motorcycle, perfect for this type of terrain

– and we enjoyed it immensely.

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Hus

Why?

There are a few reasons. There are lots of features crammed

into this quarter-litre beauty that combine to make it a truly

sweet bike to ride and one you could ride all day long…

It feels so light, nimble and flickable. Everything just seems

to fit. And best of all, this bike is quite exciting to ride – no lag

in power just nice pep all the way from the bottom.

Naturally with Jarvis’ move to four-stroke, you will want to

know how it copes with the rough stuff. The bike feels light and

puts out so much bottom end torque that it made mincemeat

of the gnarly climbs and rocks. A little bit of body language and

she simply climbs. And she does not stall. It’s quite clear that

Husky has used a lot of race experience to get this bike to find

traction. Even the ed who is not super keen on hopping logs

and stuff was caught in action hoiking the wheel up and over.

We had a closer look and this one is shod in high end Metzeler

six day extreme rubber. Not the most durable tyre on the

market but it sure offers loads of bite.

The gearbox shift is silky smooth both up and down; clutch

action is nice with good feel and modulation when needed into

slippery turns or getting drive or rpm ideal off turns.

“The bike feels light and

puts out so much bottom

end torque that it made

mincemeat of the gnarly

climbs and rocks. A little

bit of body language and

she simply climbs.”

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www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com

GRAHAM JARVIS 1ST BRITISH EXTREME CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 (OPENING ROUND)

WINNING FORMULA

BUI LT T O GO

A S FA R A S Y

SMART APPROACH FE 250

DAR E T O TAK

The FE 250 is the smallest capacity 4-stroke in the enduro

line-up. The small capacity means it is very lightweight and

shines in tough technical terrain while delivering a torquey

and manageable 4-stroke performance. Combined with class

leading WP suspension, selectable engine maps and Magura

hydraulic clutch, the FE 250 features an array of premium

components for unsurpassed quality and reliability.

THE 2016 2-STROKE ENDURO MODEL RANGE.

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

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Suspension – we did not fiddle – and to be quite frank, it

felt just fine for our bigger (As in heavier) and smaller riders.

KTM riders will tell you that it’s all the same between the two

brands – but:

The suspension on the FE 250 is different to the EXC-F’s

(KTM’s 250) setup. Both bikes have the WP Xplor 48 dual

spring, split function forks yet the FE has preload adjusters

on the top of each fork while you have to buy those as an

accessory for the KTM. Out back is the biggest difference

between these machines. The Husky has linkage, therefore

has a different shock than the KTM that has no linkage and

a specific Xplor PDS shock (mounted directly to the top of

the swingarm). There are all sorts of arguments in favour

and against linkages – we’ve never had a problem with

either system.

Smooth, soft landings, it soaks up the yumps and ruts

perfectly. The bike goes exactly where you point it and the

great torque will pull you out of – well just about anything.

The steering of the FE 250 is quick but accurate and once in

a turn it carves through even over bumps and undulations.

Everything worked well over the entire loop, whether on

the sharp bumps of the rocky single trail section, the sandy

switchbacks, the rutted sections or the climb up the hill, the

overall damping control meant the Metzeler Six Days tyres

remained on terra firma at all times.

So are we writing a glowing report? You bet! This is really a

great motorcycle. One of the most fun to ride 250cc enduro

bikes that we’ve ridden to date. We did not do much fast stuff

but what we felt on this great, tight track, we really did enjoy.

There are plenty of riders and racers out there who want

KTM-like performance without swimming with the orange

crowd; if this sounds like you, a new Husqvarna might just

be on your wish list.

At a Husky dealership near you.

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2018

Four-way adjustable handlebar mounts and

aluminum handlebars.

Beefy Brakes slow things down...

YAMAHAS NEW

YZ65

The 36mm coil spring Kayaba

forks hold up the front end.

The YZ65 engine features a

case reed-valve intake and a

mechanical Yamaha Power Valve

System (YPVS).

Yamaha has unveiled an all-new YZ65

youth motocross bike. It features an

all-new engine, chassis, suspension,

bodywork and more, the YZ65 is

designed to provide young riders with

top-notch performance and reliability.

“With the addition of this exciting new

youth motocross bike, aspiring young

riders who are beginning to experience the

thrill of competition can do so as members

of the bLU cRU,” said Yamaha Motorcycle

Product Line Manager, Mark Roach. “This

all-new bike builds on Yamaha’s history

of performance and durability, which

translates into great value for parents and

endless moto fun for their kids.”

These Yamaha YZ motocross bikes

offer the very latest technology and

performance features.

All-New Engine

The 2018 YZ65 utilizes a new 64.8cc

liquid-cooled, two-stroke engine that

features a case reed-valve intake and a

mechanical Yamaha Power Valve System

(YPVS). Designed for performance and

ease of use..

All-New Chassis and Optimized Ergonomics

The newly-designed semi-doublecradle

steel frame, removable aluminum

subframe and aluminum swing-arm of the

YZ65 provide a nimble feel and confident

handling. The ergonomics feature a

flat, comfortable seat and four-position

adjustable aluminum tapered handlebars

to provide comfort and ease of movement

for a wide range of young rider sizes.

Continuing in the YZ design language

of horizontal lines, the styling of the body,

colour and graphics are like those of

Yamaha’s flagship YZ450F.

Easily Tuned KYB Coil Spring Suspension

The new YZ65 features a fully adjustable

36mm KYB coil spring fork design, which

provides exceptional handling, bump

absorption and ease of set-up. The

KYB shock utilizes specially designed

damping characteristics to match the

new chassis.

The 2018 YZ65 will be available in

Team Yamaha Blue and arrive at Yamaha

dealers later this year.

www.yamaha.co.za

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SPECS: BMW G310 GS

Engine: Water-cooled, single-cylinder

four-stroke engine, 313cc

Power: 34 HP @ 9,500 rpm

Torque: 28 NM @ 7,500 rpm

Wet weight: 170Kg

Wheelbase: 1,374 mm

Seat height: 835mm

Fuel capacity: 11L

Price: R79,650

At a BMW dealer near you.

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You would have read all about this little bike in our feature on the World launch last year. The BMW G310 GS is the

second motorcycle to come from the BMW-TVS alliance. The G310 GS, as the name suggests, is based on the G310R

but is an adventure bike. It uses the same mechanicals as the street-fighter but gets tweaks to the design and

suspension for a better ride over rough roads. It is here and at dealerships – and the fine peeps from BMW South

Africa invited our Kyle Lawrenson along for a ride in the Fairest Cape…

We arrived to beautiful sunny

weather in George and were whisked

off to the famous Oubaai estate in

some fancy shmantz BMW sedans. A

great gathering of like-minded people

always makes for a great get together.

The evening was spent with technical

chats about how and why and where

the bike is made, all really interesting

with BMW’s single minded focus

to break into the entry level market.

You’ll know that they teamed up with

Indian giant TVS to build these bikes

on their behalf.

Bright and breezy the next day

we were up and at it. I was curious

to see how this little soft adventurer

compared with the more road

oriented G310R that I rode last year.

The GS shares the engine and fuel

injection – but that’s just about it.

Our route took us from the

hotel – 130kms through George,

up Montague pass, through the

famous seven passes, with lunch

at The Views Hotel. BMW spares

no budget on launches like this – a

boerie roll would have been great, but

we were treated to fine dining on the

beachfront. What a cool place to ride,

the Capies really do live in adventure

biking paradise.

From lunch it was urban commuting

all the way back to home base. The

130km loop gave us a perfect idea of

what this bike is all about.

Glenn shared his thoughts during

the launch in Spain – and I pretty

much have to agree with what he

had to say. BMW has built a very

unpretentious bike that is ideal

for commuting and – as BMW

themselves say, for soft adventure.

Performance in town is ideal, the bike

is light and nippy, perfect for buzzing

about, hauling to the shops and back

or for use as a commuter to work

and back.

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Open roads are fine too, the bike hits 140kph, but it will

happily run all day at 120, and at those speeds the single

cylinder engine is not revving its brains out. The Metzeler

tourance tyres are great for both on and off-road application.

In the dirt, gearing is great, the bike is stable – you can ride

hard without fear of crashing. Handling and suspension is

adequate for what the bike is designed to do. We had huge

fun dicing with some of the faster guys on the ride – and we all

ended up at the final stop with huge smiles all round.

The overall feel is quality, no rattles or untoward vibrations,

it’s a great all round package, comfortable and fun to ride. It’s

like the designers at BMW shrunk their best seller for the entry

level market. And how does it compare to the street version?

Totally different character, probably more practical – and the

performance is just about the same.

Go and ride both and decide which one you like.

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KEEPING THE OLD WHEELS TURNING

2001 KAWASAKI KX500

THE HOLY GRAIL BACK TO STANDARD - Gary Freeman Raced Kawasaki’s for 3 years in the 80’s. Took this up

as a hobby – and to keep the old wheels turning. The bike is back to standard. All original Kawasaki parts.

Gary always wanted to build a bike like

this but they are very rare. He looked at

importing one, but prices were prohibitive.

How rare is this bike? In South Africa,

10 were sold in 2000 and 10 in 2001.

‘Unrideable.’ ‘Violent.’

All quotes used to describe Kawasaki’s

legendary KX500.

For more than 20 years, it was generally

accepted that if any bike made more

power than a Kawasaki KX500, it was

impractical. The KX was seen as the upper

boundary of sanity. It might have been

true. Today’s 450 four-strokes make about

the same peak power as the first KX500

of 30 years ago. But what made the 500

so formidable was the narrower spread

and fearsome delivery. It was a bike for

real men. Unfortunately, it seemed that real

men were in short supply, and the market

gradually moved away from the KX500

and the other 500s that followed. When

it finally was dropped from the Kawasaki

line, it had been unchanged for more than

10 years, and its sales numbers were

unimpressive. The question of cause and

effect remains unanswered to this day. If

the KX had moved with the times, would

its era have lasted longer?

Interestingly enough, the KX500

remains competitive even now in one

very specialized realm. It was, perhaps,

the greatest desert racer of all time.

Motocross might have been its intended

mission, but it’s particular blend of

strengths meshed perfectly with the needs

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of the wild western off-road racers. The KX

was all but unbeatable in the National Hare

& Hound series as well as in Baja. Many top

desert racers say they would still ride it to

this day, if only they could.

THE YEARS

1983: The KX500 is born. Kawasaki might

have had the biggest bike in the class, but

that didn’t translate to performance. It was

fast, but had a poorly designed combustion

chamber that resulted in self-destructive

tendencies. The compression had to be

lowered, and that killed any performance

edge it might have had. The good news

was that Kawasaki had redesigned the

chassis and, for the first time, had excellent

suspension.

1985: This is the first of the great KX500s.

It got a new motor with liquid-cooling

and it was, for the first time in Kawasaki’s

history, the best bike in its class. The Honda

CR500R of the time was faster, but had

terrible power delivery and wicked handling.

The next year, Kawasaki gave the KX a

feature that no other 500cc two-stroke had

ever seen: a KIPS power valve.

1987: Updates came yearly in this

period, as Kawasaki and Honda were

locked in a battle for dominance of the

class. All the others had fallen by then;

Suzuki’s 500 was long gone, and Yamaha’s

air-cooled YZ490 was still in the line, but

rapidly becoming an antique. The Kawasaki

got a new frame and the side-access

Airbox design was abandoned. The rear

suspension was reconfigured, losing the

big rocker arm on top.

1988: The KX500 got its last big redesign,

becoming the bike we know. It got minor

mechanical changes and cosmetic updates

afterward, but the most significant event

was the arrival of the upside-down fork in

1990. In 1992, the ignition and crank were

changed as an unofficial acknowledgment

that the KX was being used more for offroad

riding than motocross. By the early

’90s, Honda had given up the horsepower

chase, leaving the KX uncontested as the

most powerful dirt bike made.

There was a brief challenge from KTM in

the 500 class, but the only years that proved

formidable were 1991 and 1992. There was

also a KTM 550DXC in that period that was

a very good bike.

The KX500 was officially discontinued in

2004.

FEATURES:

Brakes

The later models like this one have hydraulic

front brakes with a single disc and a twinpiston

floating caliper and the rear are

hydraulic with a single disc and a singlepiston

floating caliper.

Frame

The frame is a semi double-cradle unit

made of high-tensile steel. The frames were

prone to fracturing around the footpeg

brackets, which required re-welding and

strengthening.

Weight

The KX500 had a dry weight of about

100kg.

Engine

The last of the KX 500s had a bore and

stroke of 86mm x 86mm and was fed by a

Keihin PWK 39 carburettor.

Suspension

The suspension was converted in 1990 to

46mm USD cartridge forks with 310mm of

travel.

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This one:

In August 2017, Gary accidently found the

bike stuffed in a corner at Powersports

motorcycles.

Neil intended to rebuild it, but never had

the time.

After much haggling, Gary bought the

bike.

The bike had been standing without a

barrel or cylinder head. Gary took the bike

to Game where Charlie stripped the engine

right down.

It turns out that the bike had been heat

seized and it needed a complete rebuild.

The cause of the sieze was a buggered

radiator. They simply could not find new

Kawasaki units. Gary sourced some used

ones on E-Bay and had them refurbished.

The engine casings were vapour blasted

– amazing this process makes it all look

brand new. Charlie and Gary replated every

nut and bolt and the manifold rubbers were

replaced – all perished. The kickstart boss

was looking sad so they replaced that too.

New crank, piston, renikasil by NSC

Electroplating, bearings and all seals.

The bike had the incorrect carburetor – it

came with a Kei-Hin from a CR250. He

found a genuine KX 500 carb on E-bay. The

bike was missing a pipe – and amazingly

– Kawasaki South Africa sourced and

supplied a brand new unit. They also found

Gary the fenders and most of the rubbers.

The gaskets and bearing kits Gaskets etc

all came from Game Services and Charlie

swung the spanners.

Chassis:

Just like the engine, the chassis was

stripped right down. The subframe was

bent, so they managed to straighten it up.

The whole frame was stripped down, sand

blasted and repainted to original spec.

Note: Kawasaki did not powdercoat their

frames, they are all painted.

The bearings etc were all poked, so

they all needed replacing. The swingarm

(alluminium) was also vapour blasted. The

rims were stripped and vapour blasted.

Spokes and nuts were all replated.

All bearings, seals etc replaced.

The suspension was actually OK. They

replaced for seals and serviced and re

gassed the rear shock.

The pegs and springs were also OK but

were sent in for replating.

Once all of this was reassembled, it

was time to pay the bodywork some

attention and this turned out to be a bit

of a nightmare. The fenders and shrouds

were sourced by Kawasaki SA. The fuel

tank was faded, but still in good nick,

so Gary sent it along to our mate Mark

Rowntree from Pro Dirt Bike in Vereeniging

for reconditioning. You can’t believe how

beautifully it turned out.

Sidecovers were an issue – the right

one came from Kawasaki SA, after much

hunting, the left one was eventually found

at Korby’s Kawasaki in the UK. Gary spent

hours hunting…

From this: A very sad looking KX500 as it was discovered in the shed. Although

there was a barrel, the engine was incomplete.

To this: What a beauty she turned out to be....

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Then it was time for the decals:

Kawasaki only used this flip tone vinyl in 2001. Sourcing

an original kit is simply impossible, they do not exist. He

approached Richie from RaceStar Graphics, sourced the

Vinyl – and after 3 attempts, they got as close to standard as

they could. Gary says he’s not sure that Richie will take on a

job like this again anytime soon… “what a patient dude…”

Swingarm and tank decals were all made from old photies

of the original bike.

The only concession that Gary made from the original

bike is the fitment of the Kawasaki bend Renthal bars. The

originals were nowhere near as strong as the modern stuff.

The end result is a stunning machine. We had visitors

at our office when we took the photo’s and they were

absolutely gobsmacked at the final product. Pics don’t do

this bike justice – it’s as good as it was when it rolled off the

production line all those years ago.

The decals are copied

exactly from the original.

What’s Gary’s plan with the bike?

It runs –Gary started it while he was here, and it sure sounds

pretty - but it will not be ridden.

This is an original bike that might/must end up in a

motorcycle museum one day. For now, it takes pride of place

in the Man Cave next to Gary’s restored KDX200…

Thanks to all the guys for the workmanship:

Charlie at Game services for all the stripping, hours, love

and reassembly. (011) 849-7000.

Neil from Vapourworx in Alrode for the vapour blasting –

amazing process. 083-400-3990

Painting and all the replating – Nick from Bikecraft

restorations in Rosettenville – (011) 435-6764

KMSA and Holeshot Kawasaki for helping with all of the

original parts. (011) 823-5830

Radiators by: Alifab Motorcycle Engineering 073-655-2468

Hydroblasting makes the

engine look brand new...

Cool banana pipe equals

lots of power...

Aftermarket Renthal bars...

better than the original fare.

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It’s been a long time since our mob got to swing their legs over anything from Honda. This month, they surprised

us by delivering the new 2018 moto crossers to our offices. We roped in the services of three very talented riders

– New Zealander Stewart “Short Cut” Cooper, our regular tester Michael “Maverick” and the dynamite fast Jesse

Wright to give us some opinions. Jesse will become a regular fixture with DT for future MX tests…

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We took the bikes off to the famous Dirt

bronco track out near Krugersdorp – and

we were treated to a smorgasbord of – well

– lots of muddy talent. It’s a great track – if

you are keen on MX – go and check it out.

The bikes on test are the brand spankin

new CRF –R’s –and the votes are in…

These are some of the finest looking

motorcycles that we have ever seen. It

appears that Honda employed some

Europeans to assist with the styling.

Nothing conservative about them for sure!

It was a pretty casual day – the bikes

were brand new and not even run in – so

the boys were asked nicely to undertake

a few sighting laps just to get them a bit

loosened up. This was duly undertaken

with varying degrees of constraint. The

bikes were swapped around, chopped and

changed and the guys generally came to

grips with the new machines.

Forget the old CRF’s you know and

remember – these bikes have been

completely redesigned – the biggest

feature being the happy buttons… Yup!

Electric start comes standard – and about

time. The kickstarter is gone and the

bikes are fitted with a super lightweight

lithium Ion battery. Feedback on both

bikes was all about the awesome chassis

and handling characteristics, both bikes

turn exceptionally well and the boys

raved about the handling. Gone are the

air forks of 2017. In their place are Showa

coil-spring forks and a shock that is

mounted 39mm lower in the frame for a

more centralized feel. So, after a brief fling

with air shocks, Honda has gone back to

traditional fork setups.

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A returning feature on the Honda CRF’s for 2018 are the

three ECU maps. Map one is standard, map two is mellow, and

map three is aggressive. Map two makes the bike much easier

to ride. The power is less hard hitting and not as snappy as

the other two maps. Map three offers the maximum amount of

power, which is understandably what our boys preferred. Two

of those maps can be reprogrammed with Honda’s special

mapping tool. Technology these days is just so cool!

The 250R:

The engine is an all-new 250 with a major change in

architecture. Honda has abandoned the Unicam design that it

has had since 2004 and gone with a traditional DOHC motor

that is more oversquare than ever. As you can guess, this

change is about getting more revs out of the 249cc power

plant. Although it is an all-new CRF250R, the chassis—frame,

suspension and wheels are almost identical to the CRF450R,

which was redesigned last year. While the suspension

components are the same at the CRF450R, the 2018 Honda

CRF250R gets its own settings, and the rear tyre is narrower.

Here’s what the boys had to say about the 250:

1. Ergonomics are great. Even with having to make room

for two independent exhaust systems, the 2018 Honda

CRF250R’s ergonomics are perfect. The grips/seat/pegs

triangle was exactly to our liking. Moving around on the

comfortable seat is no problem. The boys did set the bars etc

up to their own liking.

2. We love electric start! Nothing beats pushing the button

to get the motor fired up, and it makes life so easy when you

race. The additional weight was of no concern.

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3. Everyone loves the CRF450R

suspension, and Honda nailed it on the

CRF250R. The 2018 Honda CRF250R’s

Showa feels balanced. Each end works

in harmony, as they both suck up the

small stuff while taking care of harder

hits. Bottoming never happened and

most of the time the CRF250R floated

over the terrain. There’s no diving during

hard braking, or squatting when getting

Aggressive. Especially in the muddy muck

we were playing in. All the riders felt that

with just a little bit of setup to suit the

individual, the bikes will be great race tools.

4. Braking is spot on. Smooth on initial

bite, the braking increases progressively

and confidently—this is true for both the

front and the back. Honda got the pads and

ratios just right.

5. Cornering is sharp. This bike turns

beautifully. The 2018 Honda CRF250R is

willing to take corners as they come. On

fast corners, it stays put against the berm,

and settles in exactly how you would want.

When diving in and squaring off the apex,

the CRF250R responds without the need to

sit on the gas cap. You can steer with the

back end coming out of corners, should the

conditions call for it, such as in flat corners.

The track was very muddy - all of the guys

would have loved to try it again in the dry.

6. At speed, the Honda CRF250R is

stable. Headshake isn’t an issue. This

makes you go faster.

7. Airtime is great. The CRF250R feels

light and can be moved around in the air

as needed. The suspension and chassis

lands beautifully.

One of the things that the guys battled to

get used to was the power delivery. All say

that the bike revs like a cat out of the toilet

and it has such long legs, but they battled to

get the power to the ground. Please do bear

in mind that the track was literally a slimy

pile of mud… So that would play a major

part in this. But all felt that the 250 will need

a bit of tweaking to get more bottom end

torque going. Maybe a pipe and filter and

you go racing?

We’ll quote Jesse on this one – “You

need to ride it like a 125. Aggressively with

lots of shifting.”

All of the riders played with the mapping

settings. On both bikes.

There are three power modes, and they

make a difference. The modes are Standard,

Smooth, and Aggressive. The power

delivery modifications come from changes

in ignition and fueling. They are easily

selected with a button on the left handlebar

and a flashing light confirms you choice.

Aggressive isn’t what you might think it

is. You would expect Aggressive to be the

most powerful performer on top. Instead,

it gives you more power down low and

quicker revving. This was the choice for all

of our guys. Without a doubt, the extra snap

helps on jumps and accelerating hard out of

corners—when you have the traction.

Smooth is smooth, and that’s not exciting.

The smooth mode makes the bikes easier

to ride. The power comes on softly on the

bottom, and it’s less fatiguing for the rider.

Our guys “Ran the bikes in” in this mode. All

preferred the hit of the Aggressive mode.

Standard mode splits the difference. This

is the mode the 2018 CRF250R is in when

you start it up. It’s a compromise between

Aggressive and Smooth.

“Cornering is sharp. This bike turns beautifully. The

2018 Honda CRF250R is willing to take corners as they

come. On fast corners, it stays put against the berm,

and settles in exactly how you would want.”

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The 450:

Now we need to say at the start

that none of our guys got to ride the

2017 model – and in 2017, this bike

underwent a total rebuild.

The looks: The look of the

CRF450R was drastically changed.

Part of the change of appearance

is the new plastic bodywork, which

features a smoother layout and

film-insert graphics for improved

appearance and durability. The

bike has an almost futuristic look to

it and cannot be mistaken for the

previous generation CRF450Rs.

The 2017 Honda CRF450R was

the 4th generation of the company’s

premiere class four-stroke

motocross bike, and it was all-new

from the ground up.

The major change to the

chassis was the new, lighter sixthgeneration

aluminum twin-spar

frame. The revised geometry allows

for improved cornering performance

through reduction of torsional

stiffness.

Honda replaced their air forks

with traditional spring forks. The

diameter of the Showa forks is

49mm—one mm larger than the

previous years and they are similar

to that of factory A-kit suspension.

They changed the CRF450R’s

fuel tank to titanium. Plastic tanks

have been the standard for years,

and this trick item has been used

on their factory race teams for

many years, and to see it come on

a production bike is very cool! The

only downside is that it is somewhat

hidden underneath a plastic cover

surrounding the fuel cap.

Honda’s engineers aimed to make

the bike faster out of the gate by

achieving increased power output

in the first 100 feet of the race.

Honda focused on pumping more

horsepower out the new engine

not just for better starts, but better

overall power. Air management

improved power. One of the

changes they made in order to

achieve this was designing a new

downdraft intake layout. This allows

the air traveling through the air box,

air boot, and throttle body to have

a much straighter shot into the

combustion chamber.

The 2017 was still kick start for

2018, this has changed.

The 2018 Honda CRF450R is

refined even more.

We didn’t expect any big changes,

maybe graphics alone would have

been acceptable after the ’17

redesign. However, Honda made

some key updates to improve their

big MX bike.

This year is the first for stock

electric start on Japanese moto

crossers (the 2018 Yamaha YZ450F

is also e-start). About time…

The E-start adds 2 and a bit

kilogrammes to the 2018 Honda

CRF450R, but the bulk of the weight

is near the center of gravity. It’s

a penalty most are happy to pay.

Honda removed the kick starter and

internal gears.

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“The bottom-end is

snappy, the midrange hits

hard, and the top-end pulls

strongly into the over-rev,

which is plentiful.”

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Honda re-mapped the ECU to

give the bike smoother pull off

the bottom end.

Honda felt that the 2017

chassis was too rigid, so they

made it more forgiving. To do

this, Honda added a little more

flex to the head stays.

The Showa suspension has

been recalibrated.

Our guys absolutely loved the

450. Being new, the suspension

still needed a bit of running in.

The national boys were out

testing their bike on the same

day – their manager Boog, spent

a bit of time doing some setup

on the 450 and the improvement

was immediately noticeable.

The standard power feels

really good – nothing explosive

but all controllable. The different

mapping switches that we

talked about earlier are very

evident on the 450. When exiting

corners the bike doesn’t feel

like it wants to jump out from

underneath you. This is a good

thing because the power band

is linear throughout and this

smoothness makes it easier to

use across the RPM range. On

the track, the engine is powerful

and aggressive. The bottomend

is snappy, the midrange

hits hard, and the top-end pulls

strongly into the over-rev, which

is plentiful. The seemingly neverending

top-end and over-rev

make each gear feel long and,

as a result, the bike requires less

shifting than some of the other

machines.

The bike rails through

the berms beautifully – and

even in standard trim, this

bike is smooth, rideable and

competitive. Lots of grunt – so

it’s not at all like the 250 where

you are constantly working the

gearbox. On this track you can

literally live in 3rd gear.

In conclusions – we asked

each rider the question: would

you buy one? The answer was

a unanimous yes. That’s high

praise.

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Mention the surname Mlimi in any bike-loving home and it will be known. Whether it be Eury (dad), Josh

(big brother) or Jono (little brother), the Mlimi’s are a Motocross loving family who are and have made their

mark in the sport.

Britt caught up with nineteen-year-old Josh Mlimi: what he’s achieved and where he’s going…

“My dream is to make it from Johannesburg to America “.

Q: What’s your earliest riding

memory and how did it all

start?

Wow, it all began with a dream

that my dad wanted to pursue

from when he was a kid and that

was racing dirtbikes. Coming

from Nelspruit Mpumalanga,

Joburg was where it was happening

in the racing scene. After he

chased that dream he decided to

get me a bike when I was little and

it quickly then became one of my

dreams and still is to this day.

Earliest memory I remember was

racing against my sister Jacqueline

and a few others and only to

see myself getting beaten by her!

I used to make excuses of being

tired haha, maybe I didn’t want to

accept the fact that I was beaten

by my sister, I don’t know and that

was that- and I just kept on riding

until there was an improvement.

Several years later I have some

hardware that I can look at upon

the shelves.

Q: With all that hardware, what

are your biggest achievements

thus far?

- 85 Pro Mini South African

National champion

- 125 High School South

African National champion

- 6x Gauteng Northern

Regions champion

- Selected to represent SA

at the Junior World championships

in 2014 and 2015

- 2017 AMU champion.

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Q: Where do you see yourself

in the next 5 years?

I would definitely like to see

myself racing overseas in the next

5 years, preferably in America.

My dream is to make it from

Johannesburg to America. That is

where I would like to see myself

and possibly racing Pro Motocross

and Supercross. And yes

that dream and hope is alive and

there!

Q: What’s it like, a day in the

life of Josh?

A day in the life of Josh- pretty

much the best day ever haha, I

just chill out a lot, enjoy spending

time with friends, listening to the

hottest tunes out and if I’m not

riding or training, anything that

a regular teenager gets up to. And

don’t forget playing PlayStation

and annihilating my brother.

Q: What’s a brief overview

of your training regime and

preparation for racing in the

competitive MX2 class?

I’m lucky enough to be hooked

up on Darrel Fitz-Gerald’s training

program. Every Tuesday and

Thursday we putting in the work

in the gym and then Wednesday

and Friday we out at the track to

get saddle time in. On the other

days I just do a little bit of my own

gym work just to keep up.

Q: Who are your role models

or inspirations?

I look up to the likes of James

Stewart. From his early racing

days, he’s always kept me entertained

with his riding skills and

I personally try and manipulate

his style, but I’ll never be like him

because he’s the first James Stewart

and I’m the first Josh Mlimi.

“I’m different and I hope

that one-day people look

up to me the way I look up

to him”.

Locally, I have a lot of respect for

riders like Richie Van der Westhuizen,

Kerim Fitz-Gerald and

Darrel Fitz-Gerald, just to name

a few. There’s definitely a lot more

but those mentioned are an example

of outgoing and humble people

and legends in my eyes.

Q: Who’s your biggest competitor/s

for the 2018 racing

season?

I have decided to take on the MX1

class this year so I will be competing

in two classes. My biggest

competitor will be who lines up on

the start line. The pool of talented

riders that can get the job done is

pretty big. We all have the same

goal and that is to win. I guess

we will have to see when the gate

drops.

Q: Before that gate drops, do

you have any pre-race traditions

or racer superstitions?

I am pretty religious so it’s the

Trinity- Father, Son and The Holy

Spirit before I race.

Q: What goes through your

mind the moment right before

the gate drops?

Getting to the corner first for me

is 90% of your race right there.

It is so much easier to put down

solid laps when you are out there

in front on your own and not worrying

about getting passed. Eating

other riders roost is not so fun.

Joshua Bubba Mlimi is a young

gun with loads of potential and

talent and definitely a rider to look

out for in the near future. He is

effortless, smooth and in control

on the bike and we wish him the

best for the 2018 race season!

Cuthbert’s Corner

(The first round of the SAMX

Nationals this year will be held in

Port Elizabeth, 17th February).

Brittany Cuthbert is a multiple South

African Supermoto and MX champ who

spent 2 years in the UK racing and raced

a few rounds of the FIM Women’s World

Championship. She frequents the motocross

and superbike scene cheering on

her family and the man in her life. She will

be RideFast and Dirt and Trail Magazines

roving eye at all the races and events.

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We noticed two little side by sides on the Waterberg ride in January. We’d never

seen them before, so we got chatting to the owners and set up a meet to find out

a bit more. This is a fledgling project for now – but they have big plans…

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Revaro is a company that imports and

services brickmaking machines of all

things. They imported these two Carretjies

and have had so much fun that they are

importing more – including bigger cc units.

They tell us that they have spent a lot of

time testing and driving them all over the

place. They also tell us that parts and

warranties are already sorted…

We need to stress that the UTV’s that we

tested are pretty entry level. Do not expect

RZR 1000 type performance, but if you are

looking for an unassuming fun toy, then

they are worth a second look.

Both of these are two wheel drive with

automatic gear actuation. Both include

safety features like seatbelts and bucket

seats. Both have grab handles for the

passengers. The 200 comes with safety

nets, the 400 has proper doors.

Our test track was a plot area full of little

hobbles and grassy step ups. Before long,

there was a figure of 8 track and there

was a discernable trail running around the

perimeter and up and down the grassy

slopes.

The Red 200:

This is the baby – 200cc’s of four stroke

power. It is roomy and comfortable, with

simple gear actuation and operation.

The little chain driven SXS trundles

along happily at a top speed just on the

35kph mark and is actually quite a lot

of fun. Nothing mind blowing, but we’d

happily pop the kids on board for a great

adventure out into the veld. Or we’d use it

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on the plot or farm as a light duty workhorse and

runabout.

It feels stable and predictable. The suspension

feels relatively good for the type of terrain that the

vehicle is designed for.

• Engine: 4 stroke oil cooled. 7.6 KW

• 2x4

• Disc brakes all round

• Weight 245KG.

• Ground clearance 152mm

• Great value at R54995.00

The Green 400:

A little more aggressive and powered by a liquid

cooled 400cc engine, this little Revaro is quite

accomplished. Bigger wheels mean just that

more ground clearance - and the aggressive tread

pattern on the tyres gives the car just that much

more – well traction. This one is shaft driven – with

a diff, which probably means that the final drive

should be virtually maintenance free.

The 400cc engine has a big heart – propelling

the car to a top speed just on the 60kph mark and

it has a lot more climbing ability than its sibling.

Interestingly, the cab is a bit smaller than the 200

– the guys tell us that plans are afoot to extend the

roof for more space for us big boertjies.

• Engine: 4 stroke water cooled. 15.2 KW

• 2x4

• Disc brakes all round

• Weight 325KG.

• Ground clearance 175mm

• This one sells for R79995.00

You can contact the guys from Revaro:

www.revaro.co.za / sales@revaro.co.za

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Mario Roman has won the 2018

Hell’s Gate Hard Enduro with

Graham Jarvis second and SA’s

Travis Teasdale in third.

Roman took his maiden Hell’s Gate

victory setting a strong pace and

taking the lead in the final lap of the

main afternoon race. The Sherco rider

was fast out the blocks in the evening

SuperEnduro to seal the victory.

After the race Roman was

understandably happy with his maiden

victory: “I feel so happy and so proud of

myself for this win. I start my career here,

it was almost one of my first extreme

races when it was very hard.”

“I think it was only two hours in this

afternoon. I passed Wade and Graham in

the last lap but I think if it would be longer

I could have made a better gap.”

“I started super-fast in the SuperEnduro

(evening race). With it being just twenty

minutes it was so important to be fast

and push hard from the beginning and

make no mistakes. Finally I get the win in

Hell’s Gate in my fourth attempt!”

arvis was his usual solid self in the Italian

Hard Enduro which he has won five

times: “It’s been a tough day but second

in the end was ok. It was pretty close

and it all came down to the last twenty

minutes race-off. The bike was feeling

good and I enjoyed the race.”

Travis Teasdale had been on song all

weekend at Hell’s Gate, topping timing

sheets through the prologue and morning

elimination rounds before the main race.

The Beta rider came home third in the

close-fought overall results: “The main race

was pretty tough – there was a riverbed

section that was very tough each lap. I’m

very happy with my overall performance

especially this morning races.”

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So – you want a bike that won’t beat you up. That’s fun to ride without being

intimidating. That can climb mountains and undertake the faster flowing stuff.

You might just want to have a look at KTM’s new 250 Freeride.

Pics by Vernon and Rene (The owners)

Let’s have a bit of a history lesson

first. KTM’s plan with the Freeride was

to produce an electric bike. But that was

delayed – and it would appear that they

had a bit of a quandary because so much

time and effort had already been spent

on the initial design of the bike. Being the

innovative peeps that they are, they took

their 350 four stroke mill, de tuned that and

made a bike.

We remember the very first time that

we rode that bike – we were somewhat

underwhelmed. It was a great concept,

but to put it quite plainly, there was just no

woody factor. The bike was pretty dull. It

did everything well, but just lacked any kind

of personality. With apologies to all 350

freeride owners.

A year or so on, KTM nailed it by fitting

a somewhat de-tuned 250 2-stroke

engine. Now you were talking – the bike

was fun, lively and – just as capable in the

tractorlike terrain that the hybrid guys and

gals are after.

In typical KTM fashion, they did not

sit still – and the latest rendition of the

Freeride comes with a very lively 250 fourstroke

engine.

We roped in two of our favourite

girlfriends and dragged the bike off – with

the old 350 for a ride at the now famous

Mamarok track out near Pretoria…

What’s it all about?

Freeride: KTM blended enduro and trial

traits and enticed riders of all levels to

enjoy off-road without pressure and with

the fun factor pushed to the fore. For 2018,

KTM has merged the freeride 350 and

2-stroke freeride 250R into the ktm freeride

250 f with a newly developed, state-of-theart

250cc dohc 4-stroke engine based on

the power plant of the competition enduro

ktm 250 exc-f.

This machine has a reworked composite

frame, slim bodywork with a new front

fender, a new headlight mask and a new

design. It looks as sporty as it is fun,

especially thanks to its low weight of less

than 99 kg.

“It combines the ability to explore

demanding and unknown off-road terrain,

while performing with low noise levels

and a confidence-inspiring power-delivery

combined with a comfortable, low seat

height. This bike is the ultimate all-rounder

for fun trails, trials and enduro.”

And they have done some homework,

“The Freeride is now fitted with new highend

WP Xplor suspension.”

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KTM

“Its torque-orientated power characteristics, as well

as an improved mass centralization thanks to the 250cc

engine generation’s compact, lighter and 20 mm shorter

engine over preceding models, ensures the all-new KTM

FREERIDE 250 F machine is the benchmark in terms of

wide-ranging riding possibilities.”

So that’s the blurb from KTM’s marketing guru’s, we

wanted to see how it shapes in real life.

Basically, KTM wanted to keep that novice-friendly

appeal while reaching out to riders with more experience

who want a fun trail bike that can hit a jump or go loghopping

in equal measure. And in our opinion – they

have nailed it! There’s a strong EXC influence to the new

Freeride, which is making a difference.

We we popped Mandy Van Den Heever who owns a

350 freeride and Maddy Lawrence who rides a Honda

CRF 230 into the saddle and asked for some opinions.

Both are seriously social riders. Then us slightly fatter

riders took the bike and put it through its paces.

Let’s start by saying that you cannot even begin to

compare the new four-stroke to its 350 predecessor – and

it is distinctly different to the two smoker.

The main upgrade to the 2018 model becomes clear

almost as soon as we started riding. Handed down

and softened slightly from the EXC range, the WP Xplor

forks and shock make a real difference in improving the

Freeride’s performance and handling over a wider mixture

of terrain. The Freeride chassis is still deliberately soft by

comparison to an EXC, but not as soft as the previous

Freeride set-up.

The fuel injected DOHC, four-stroke engine is a

restricted version of the 250 F you’ll find on the EXC

model. And it’s a great engine.

A KTM Power Parts map switch is available to increase

power from a stock 20.5HP and 18Nm (torque) to 26HP

and 22.1Nm. That aftermarket map switch would perk

the bike up and help more experienced riders enjoy the

ride better.

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Fundamentally, the Freeride is still the novice-friendly bike it

should be. We had a great time hurling it up and down the hills,

clambering through the rock beds and hopping logs and stuff.

The girls did look a bit wide eyed by the end of it all – interestingly,

Maddy preferred the really tame power from the 350, while Mandy

is pretty determined that she’ll be upgrading to the new 250 soon.

Its low seat height (915mm), light weight (98.5kg), short wheel

base (1418mm) plus precise and light controls means if you’re not

so confident riding, or you prefer a bike that is just so capable and

chilled to ride, then this bike is for you.

Now this 250 actually belongs to Vernon Schultz, a customer

of ours. He and his Mrs traded their 2-strokes in on these two. He

explains the though process behind it all:

“In January 2015, my wife Rene` and I took delivery of our new

KTM Freerides , 250 R 2 stroke. This after having “no name brands

“for a few months ! During the time that we had the KTM`s, we

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well as all the ADV co rides. As we are no longer youngsters, we

tended to opt for the easier rides but there were occasions that we

got stupid. Nonetheless, we enjoyed every second. Then last year

I heard that KTM were launching the 2018 Freeride model, a 250

4 stroke FI. I spent many hours on the net and found many facts

regarding the new bikes. We then decided to trade the old ones and

wait for the new ones to arrive. We took delivery of the bikes at end

November `17. What a shock to my system ! We could not believe

the difference! KTM has done a seriously great job. Just to mention

a few improvements; throttle response, torque, front and rear

brakes, clutch, handling in tight and twisty sections… everything

just feels good and right. A noticeable difference also comes on the

long straight and fast roads; the old one could just not cope.

Well, if Glenn gives me a few pages , I can go on and on about

these great bikes. Test and enjoy!”

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An inspirational story about a man and his

passion for bikes... get those issues ready.

Let’s start here…the accident. In November 2005 Jacob Kruger had

a major motor vehicle accident when a motorist in the lane next to him,

swerved into him. He sustained serious injuries and was in a coma for

almost a month, taking just over three months to become lucid again.

The serious physical injuries resulted in his loss of sight. Sadly, Jacob’s

wife was killed in the accident.

Doctors told Jacob that his brain moved around so much inside

his scull during the accident that his optical nerve tore where it was

attached to his brain – this caused his blindness.

He eventually left the hospital in March 2006, and started orientation

and mobility training, which included getting used to walking around

with a white cane, doing some cooking and so forth. The orientation and

mobility training helped Jacob, however, the greatest enlightenment for

him was finding out how to make use of technology without his sight,

and getting back to using a computer. Since Jacob is a web developer

and had basically lived on the internet since it became available in

South Africa around 1996, re-learning how to use a computer was very

important to him.

Jacob is completelly blind.

The Tattoo says it all...

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Raising Hell with the Hellrazors:

After his accident, Jacob did a Google

search for ‘blind motorcyclist’ and came

across a write-up about Billy Baxter, who

was part of the UK army’s motorcycle stunt

team before he became blind. Billy is now

in the Guiness Book of Records for doing

180mph on a bike after losing his sight.

Jacob found Billy to be very inspiring and

wanted to get back on a bike himself, but

just sitting at the back was never an option

for him.

When Jacob recovered, he was back at

work and back in the biking scene. He is a

member of a bike club called the Hellrazors

(named after the Ozzy Osbourne song).

The club members support Jacob in many

ways, including guiding him when he rides

his bike.

Ian Bottomley runs Action 4, a company

that, like QASA finds work skills for blind

and disabled people. Jacob is one of their

assistant technology consultant for their IT

department.

And an old friend

He owns a WR 250 and he suggested that

Jacob come and take it for a ride.

Ian the instructor aged

a few years...

Blind and dirtbike?

Does not really mix – although we’ve seen

some of the racer boys in the dust…

The date was set, Nicks Cycles serviced

the bikes and they headed out to a farm

in the Midvaal area. One with a wide open

fairly flat, tree free field.

Ian Howard is like a motorcyclists

guide dog. He undertook the instruction/

partnership for the day. Jacob and

Ian are good friends so they have an

understanding…

How did they do it?

Intercom from rider to rider. This was

Jacobs first ride in more than a year. He

hopped on, hit the starter, fiddled the clutch

and in his words – it was like meeting an old

friend again. And it’s really simple – kind of

Blind Faith.

Off you go. Left means start going

left. LEFT! LEFT means left a bit harder.

And LEFT LEFT LEFT! means holy cow!

Things are about to go wrong – turn LEFT

Dammit! Ian followed on Nicks Cycles

Suzuki Eiger quad, talking him through the

corners and turns.

What a sight it was – once a motorcyclist

always a motorcyclist – even though this

dude wears strange looking leathers and

fierce colours – we are all the same.

The joy of riding a bike

What a story, what an inspiration.

All in all about an hour of saddle time split

into two sessions. The smile said it all.

You can hook up with Jacob on the web:

blindza.co.za

“What a sight

it was – once a

motorcyclist always

a motorcyclist

– even though

this dude wears

strange looking

leathers and fierce

colours – we are all

the same.”

Next up is a track session

at Redstar... watch

RideFast for the story...

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Mamarock Enduro Track

A COOL PLACE TO RIDE

We’d heard that the old Riverside Mixer has been

reincarnated in the form of Mamarock Enduro park. We

dragged along a bunch of bikes and buddies to go and

have a looksee – and we really like what we saw.

It’s nestled in the koppies in Pretoria’s back yard, near

Mamelodi, just off the Cullinan offramp.

What’s it like?

Really cool. In fact, some of the top enduro boys seem to

really like it too. We bumped into all sorts of race snakes

while we were out playing about. It is essentially a 6km

lekker, tight, twisty single spoor that wends it’s way

through the bush. To make things exciting, the guys have

dumped piles of rocks all over the place, tractor tyres,

car tyres, drainage pipes and logs. Lots of logs. And the

natural trails include a few tight sandy trails, dongas,

roots earthen walls – it great fun.

But don’t despair. If you, like us are just mere mortals,

there are little sneak routes past all the man made stuff –

and even the sneaks are marked red for more tech and

blue for easy.

It’s a hugely entertaining track and even if you go along

as a spectator, you’ll be able to watch the guys who can,

tackle the rougher stuff.

Get there, go round and round and you’ll be a lot fitter

– it’s awesome.

100 bucks for the day – bikes only.

When you’ve loaded up, you can wander into the

clubhouse – really rustic with a cool splash pool, pub and

entertainment area.

www.mamarock.co.za

0836081554 (Rob)

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MX 2 start David Goosen

taking the holeshot

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

NATIONAL MX PORT ELIZABETH RACE REPORT

The first round of the National Motocross

season opened up in Port Elizabeth late

last month. What a race it was - and like

we say – If you’ve never been to watch the

action, get off your butt, pack the braai

and get to an MX meeting near you!

Purdon wins MX1. Raynard Wins MX2.

Sangster wins High School Class. Mlimi

wins pro mini…

Husky and KTM are on point, press

releases were out on the evening of the

race. Here’s what they say:

RED BULL KTM TEAM:

Kerim Fitz-Gerald was pleased to have

finished on the podium in MX1 today.

The rider admits to being slow off the

starting blocks in Moto 1 and worked hard

to fight his way back to third place: “By

the time I got to third the top guys had a

good lead, which is hard to close down on

a rough track like this,” he said.

He managed to get the holeshot in the

second heat, but fell back into third after

making a few mistakes halfway through

the race.

A similar story unfolded in MX2, where

Fitz-Gerald ended the day in fourth place:

“It honestly feels like a win to end the day

like I did. I had a rough start to the season

in PE last year, so I’m really happy to have

walked away with some decent points this

time around,” he commented.

KTM South Africa team

mates going at each

other Jonathan Mlimi (3)

and Nate McLellan (48)

CIT Husqvarna Dalton

Venter 125 cc High

School

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It was the orange young guns who

dominated the first race of the season.

Rising star Camden Mc Lellan made his

High School class debut, and is elated to

have taken third.

Jonathan Mlimi blazed his away over the

rough terrain to take the overall Pro Mini

win. Not far behind him was teammate

Nate Mc Lellan who snatched up the

second spot on the podium.

“I had a really good start in the second

heat and managed to take the lead. It

was my race after that and it felt really

good! I enjoy this kind of rough terrain,

but I’m glad to have PE out of the way,”

said Mlimi.

It was a tough day out in MX2 for Joshua

National Motorcross

Proudly Brought to you by:

Mlimi, who did not start the season as he

had hoped.

Glad to be done with the notorious track

of Port Elizabeth, Mlimi has taken some

valuable lessons from the race: “I’ve had

much better starts to the national season,

but I’ve taken a lot of positives out of

today. A few silly mistakes let me down,

and I’ll come back swinging in the next

round,” he said.

Missing from the Red Bull KTM team was

MX legend Ross Branch, who had to sit

the event out due to a lingering foot injury.

Q4 Fuel HUSQVARNA RACING TEAM:

It was Caleb Tennant who stole the show

from the moment he took the lead in the

first heat of MX1. A head-to-head battle

for victory unfolded in the second moto,

which saw Tennant tie for points and end

the day in an overall second place.

He started MX2 in a similar fashion when

he pulled away from the starting blocks to

finish the heat in first. With only four laps

to go in the second moto, Tennant made

a crucial error: “I dug the front end in and

couldn’t start the bike, and landed up

Red Bull KTM’s Kerim

FitzGerald

Husqvarna South Africa

CalebTennant MX 1

Dewald van den Berg

took the overall in MX3

Slade Smith MX2

Yamaha South Africa David

Goosen (21)

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finishing the lap in seventh. But still got an

overall second for the day - what a great

way to start the season!”

Making his return to the MX scene after a

lengthy time off due to injury was Maddy

Malan. It was a rough start in MX1 after

a collision with another rider. Malan

managed to stay composed and fight his

way back to an overall ninth place.

MX2 went better for the rider, who

overcame a slow start to finish the first

moto in fourth place.

Malan was off to a great start in the

second moto, but admits to getting tired

halfway through the heat: “It’s been

tough getting back into things - the

rough track definitely took its toll on me

in the second moto! But I’m happy to

walk away only ten points behind the

leader and look forward to what the rest

of the season holds,” he said.

Rising star Neil van der Vyver took an

overall sixth place in the 65cc class. The

young gun was beaming after the race and

said, “I’m just so glad to be racing again!

I had a great day out and know that the

season will just get better.”

Team D-Force:

What a fantastic day! Winning by 12

seconds, Kayla Raaff brings it home!

125 cc High School class Regan

Wasmuth(32) riding for the Lights

by Linea Race Team

Ian Topliss MX 3

Tirstan Purdon MX 1

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National Motorcross

Proudly Brought to you by:

D force ladies Team

rider Kyla Rraaff

Preliminary Results (As we go to

print, the race was yesterday):

MX1

1 Purdon, Tristan (47 points)

2 Tennant, Caleb (47 points)

3 Fitz-Gerald, Kerim (40 points)

Matt van Galan is back

after a couple of years of

the circuit

Nate Mc Lellan Pro Mini

MX2

1 Raynard, Anthony (47 points)

2 Tennant, Caleb (41 points)

3 Purdon, Tristan (39 points)

Highschool Class

1 Sangster, Justin (47 points)

2 Durow, Cameron (45 points)

3 Mc Lellan, Camden (42 points)

Justin Sangster 125cc High

School class taking overall for

the PE national

Nicol Smit taking the overall

for the day in the 50 cc class

Pro Mini

1 Mlimi, Jonathan (47 points)

2 Mc Lellan, Nate (47 points)

3 Hayden Tully

50cc

Smit, Nicol

Henley, Aiden

Mynhardt, Andrea

Royce Griffin MX 1 no

stranger to the sand track

of Rover.

Wian Du Plooy 65cc class

65cc

Bako, Emmanuel

Mynhardt, Lucca

Venter, Lucas

Ladies

Raaff, Kayla

Clowes, Nanda

Heygate, Leah

Nat MX 2-stroke:

Hixton, Ash

Zambian lady rider Leah

Heygate (76)

National Senior Support:

Fourie, Brendon

Hubbard, Jonathan

Bac, Adam

Maddy Malan back form his

years recovery

Mark Carthy 125cc High

School

Dates and more info:

www.mxsa.co.za

MSA National Motocross

- 07-Apr Thunder Valley KZN

- 19-May BORC FS

- 07-Jul Terra Topia GP

- 11-Aug Zone 7 WC

- 08-Sep Welkom MX Track FS

- 20-Oct Dirt Bronco GP

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Ten of the world’s greatest

Motocrossers

In no particular order - all household names

Words by auto-moto-time.com

1. Ricky Carmichael

He can ride outside his limits without

crashing, he was the most physically fit rider

of his day, hardest working, does not give

up, has style and talent for miles, and seems

to be genuinely kind and humble. Oh yes…

He has also won too many races to list, with

multiple championships and a X-games

Gold medal.

He makes motocrossers look like they

have never been on a bike before Modest,

fair, fast and style. Can sum him up

3. James Stewart

His style belied his age. He’s aggressively

intelligent. Every newcomer to the sport

would do well to watch the kinds of lines he

takes! We love him!

LEGEND that’s all we can say much

respects all the way from a little place called

North Devon. Super fast through whoops

goes hard doesn’t think about falling off and

always respects other riders.

4. Jeremy McGrath

Know the history of your sport before

you vote Emig and Henry above this guy

(anyone else remember how elated Emig

was to beat Mac in the last supercross of

1996; to which Mac had won every previous

race?). For that matter, 8 of the 10 racers

above him are in doubt. In number of wins,

consecutive wins, etc, he was The Man until

he retired. He has been a role model. We

love him! He’s freakin awesome! Jeremy

is the GOAT in Supercross. 7 titles and as

dominant as he was during his height of

success he should be number 1.

5. Antonio Cairoli

Cairoli is the best, his records are amazing.

Sadly Americans know very little about

motocross outside of US, that’s why he is

not up there.

He needs to have more confidence in his

own ability to beat the yanks in the AMA

Championship.

He is the best! Only reason he is not up

there is he doesn’t ride AMA.Amazing rider!

2. Ryan Villopoto

This needs to be updated. Villopoto easy

3rd best and will over take stewart for 2nd.

Should already be2nd but injury stop him

from 09 outdoor and 10 supercross and

outdoor.

The outdoor season 09, season 10 and

outdoors 2012 is the worst of Villopoto

because injurys, maybe win this years or not

never now but is style, titles and dedication

put on the top with guys like Carmichael,

Mcgrath and others

He is awesome.He is master.

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6. Chad Reed

He is the best! We Love Chad!

The only rider to go to America, win

and win often. But better yet is he is the

GOATS most respected competitor. Ricky

Carmichael always watched for 22 because

if anyone was going to challenge for the win

it’s Chad Reed. Legend!

Look when he had that nasty crash when

he hit that kicker and hit the floor quit nastily

and got up and got on his broken bike.

One of the best riders ever and plays

smart races fast and never says never...

7. Stefen Everts

Amazing! He won more than 100 GP’s

became world champion in 125 cc, 250 cc

and 500 cc. The only one who managed to

win 3 GP’s in one day (125, 250 and 500

cc).10 times world champion. Did win a

World championship on Suzuki, Honda and

Yamaha.

Best motocross rider of all time, no

doubt about that, broke all records, beat

everybody!

10 time World Champ. He beat Stewart at

least twice that we know of. He was looking

calm all the time..but he was flying.

8. Ryan Dungey

Ryan Dungey is an incredible motocross

racer, his training his ability to ride smoothly

no matter what conditions. He does not get

frustrated and rides with Incredible passion

and desire to win.We can go on and on,

Jeremy McGrath all the greats Villopoto...

Ryan is right there in the mix

He is an amazing fast rider, he won a 450

championship back in 2010 in his rookie

season. He is always one of the more fit

riders out there he is one of our favourite’s

He is a fast rider, and can still ride good

under a lot of pressure from the riders that

are challenging him for the big win and the

mx/sx championship. Or the mega million

for example he came second on his new

bike... what a talent!

9. Jeff Ward

The flying freckle was one of our all time

favourite’s. He was always near the front of

the pack in every race.

Jeff Ward ruled the 80’s like McGrath

ruled the 90’s and Carmichael after him!

Wardy and team green, match made in

heaven. From 125’s to the 500’s the guy

could just flat out ride. Always in the hunt

and more times than not on top. One of

the all time greats, if not the best! Gotta

be top 5 for sure. Sure do miss the 80’s of

motocross. A lot of really great riders and

rivalry’s. Take us back to the 80’s with Ward,

RJ, Glover, and Bailey. Miss that a lot!

10.Travis Pastrana

His racing and freestyle is what got many

of us interested in motocross in the first

place. Maybe not the best racer of all time,

but by far one of the best and should be

included in any list of best riders of all time.

Pastrana should be number 1 on this

list. All others are inferior compared to him.

Not only does he do motocross he helped

create Nitro Circus which an adreline rush

JUST TO WATCH IT! AND he drives in

NASCAR! The dudes awesome hands down

absolute best.

He landed the first double back flip of any

one in the world no one can disagree with

that so that’s why he is the best rider of all

time? Your welcome!

From our side he’s been a hero for as long

as we can remember all respect to Travis.

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ROBERT GARVIE

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2nd Enduro World Championship

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