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HJC FMX PILOT
PBA DEALER LISTING
• Polycarbonate Composite Shell: Lightweight, superior fit and comfort using advanced CAD
• 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.
• Plush, Nylex® Interior: Comfortable, removable and washable.
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PROTECT WHAT MATTERS
The Fox V2 Helmet is expertly crafted inside and out,
providing reliable protection and a graphically stunning
design. The helmet exceeds both 22.05 and D.O.T
certifications. A fibreglass shell provides durability, and a
dual density EPS liner offers trustworthy defence should you
end up taking a soil sample.
This helmet has exceptional ventilation to prevent
overheating on warm days. 10 intake and 4 exhaust vents
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
we ensure you find your exact fit. An accurate fit is
paramount because a motocross helmet won’t do you any
good if it’s sliding around on your head.
LEARN MORE AT FOXRACING.CO.ZA
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!!
CONTENTS: MARCH 2018
Office no (011) 979-5035
Dries vd Walt
18: COVER STORY: 2018 HUSQVARNA FE250 26: LOCAL LAUNCH: BMW G310GS
30: REBUILD: KAWASAKI KX50 38: FIRST RIDE: 2018 HONDA CRF’S
CALL 011 979 5035 OR EMAIL
Digital or hard copy.
56: EXTREME ENDURO: HELLS GATE 68: TESTED: KTM’S FACTORY MXGP BIKES
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Piston and Gasket Sets
Cranks, Conrods and Camshafts
Cylinder Kits, Rebores, Main Bearings and Clutch Plates
VALVES,STEM SEALS AND SPRINGS
no 4 Fifth avenue
011 425 1081/4
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
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
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
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
• Easy and quickly installed. No need to disassemble
• 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
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,
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
2018 Uswe Patriot 9
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
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
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:
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
four-layer face foam for a perfect fit – specification:
-1 expanded PUR layer with slow-memory closed
-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
– 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
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
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
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.
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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…
Cool stuff for your
KTM. KTM Powerparts
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
• LED technology,
for the Enduro set
• Very high light
• Light intensity
• 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
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
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
#FlightNight on the Starting Grid
LE Riche Trial Biking vs Jason Webb #DriftShow
#BrotherDuo Le Riche Trial Biking Show
Friday 12h00, 15h00, 17h00
Saturday 09h30, 13h00, 16h00
Sunday 11h30, 13h00, 16h30
*Times subject to change
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KYALAMI GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT
25 - 27 MAY
FRI & SAT
BIKE BUILD & GIVEAWAY
TRIAL BIKE VS
#FLIGHTNIGHT ON THE STARTING GRID
FRIDAY 18H00 I SATURDAY 18H00 I SUNDAY 10H00
TRIAL BIKING VS. JASON WEBB #DRIFTSHOW
FRIDAY 15H00 I SATURDAY 13H00 I SUNDAY 13H00
#BROTHERDUO LE RICHE TRIAL BIKING SHOW
FRIDAY 12H00, 15H00, 17H00 I SATURDAY 09H30, 13H00, 16H00
SUNDAY 11H30, 13H00, 16H30
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1 LUCKY VISITOR
WILL RIDE AWAY ON
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
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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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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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GRAHAM JARVIS 1ST BRITISH EXTREME CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 (OPENING ROUND)
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
destinations that few others would dare to aim for. The 2016 Husqvarna Motorcy
2-stroke enduro bikes rely on exceptional agility, a broad powerband and light
weight – letting you easily explore wherever you choose to go.
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
Holeshot Motorcycles, Boksburg – (011) 823-5830
Belville (021) 945 8019
MPUMALANGA - Vans Husqvarna, Middleburg – (013) 282 0766
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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
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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Four-way adjustable handlebar mounts and
Beefy Brakes slow things down...
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
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
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
The 2018 YZ65 will be available in
Team Yamaha Blue and arrive at Yamaha
dealers later this year.
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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
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
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
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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.
All quotes used to describe Kawasaki’s
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.
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
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
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
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
The KX500 had a dry weight of about
The last of the KX 500s had a bore and
stroke of 86mm x 86mm and was fed by a
Keihin PWK 39 carburettor.
The suspension was converted in 1990 to
46mm USD cartridge forks with 310mm of
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2018/02/13 11:37 AM
In August 2017, Gary accidently found the
bike stuffed in a corner at Powersports
Neil intended to rebuild it, but never had
After much haggling, Gary bought the
The bike had been standing without a
barrel or cylinder head. Gary took the bike
to Game where Charlie stripped the engine
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.
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
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 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
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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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
frame. The revised geometry allows
for improved cornering performance
through reduction of torsional
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
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
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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
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
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
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(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
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
Q: With all that hardware, what
are your biggest achievements
- 85 Pro Mini South African
- 125 High School South
African National champion
- 6x Gauteng Northern
- 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
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
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
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
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
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!
(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
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
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
• 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
• Disc brakes all round
• Weight 325KG.
• Ground clearance 175mm
• This one sells for R79995.00
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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
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
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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“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
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
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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
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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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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:
“What a sight
it was – once a
– even though
this dude wears
leathers and fierce
colours – we are all
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.
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When you’ve loaded up, you can wander into the
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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
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.
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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,”
It was a tough day out in MX2 for Joshua
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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
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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.”
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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rider Kyla Rraaff
Preliminary Results (As we go to
print, the race was yesterday):
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
Nate Mc Lellan Pro Mini
1 Raynard, Anthony (47 points)
2 Tennant, Caleb (41 points)
3 Purdon, Tristan (39 points)
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
1 Mlimi, Jonathan (47 points)
2 Mc Lellan, Nate (47 points)
3 Hayden Tully
Royce Griffin MX 1 no
stranger to the sand track
Wian Du Plooy 65cc class
Nat MX 2-stroke:
Zambian lady rider Leah
National Senior Support:
Maddy Malan back form his
Mark Carthy 125cc High
Dates and more info:
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
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
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
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
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
Best motocross rider of all time, no
doubt about that, broke all records, beat
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!
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
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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