Dirt and Trail August 2018

RobRidefast

August 2018 issue of SA's only offroad and adventure magazine

Ride More Stress Less

www.dirtandtrailmag.com

AUGUST 2018

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The Adventure awaits

Universal spray guard

Touring screen

TREKKER 52 ltr top-case

Crash bars

TREKKER 33 ltr side-case

TanklockED bag , 20 lt

Led spotlights

Lower your G310 GS

35mm by replacing front springs and add rear link - 55mm by replacing front springs and rear shock

HYPERPRO EMULSION SHOCK

FEATURES

The Hyperpro emulsion shock, has

rebound adjustment with 50 clicks, and

manual preload adjustment. It has all the

benefits of the high performance shocks.

Rebound adjustment: 50 clicks

Manual spring preload adjuster

Hyperpro progressive spring (linear spring

available upon request)

optional: Hydraulic Preload Adjuster &

length adjustment (depending on model)

HYPERPRO STREETBOX

FEATURES

The HYPERPRO STREETBOX!

contains a 460 type emulsion

shock with rebound adjustment,

Hyperpro progressive

front fork springs and oil, and

comes with recommended

settings for your bike.

To find your nearest dealer - Tel: 011 792 7691 Web: www.dmd.co.za

Prices mentioned are at recommended retail including VAT. E&OE


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General Catalogue 2018

GAUTENG

GAUTENG ZEEMANS MOTORCYCLES 011 435 7177

ZEEMANS BIKING ACCESSORIES MOTORCYCLES 011 012435 3427177

7474

BIKING GAUTENG FACTORY ACCESSORIES RACING

FACTORY ZEEMANS GAME MOTOR RACING MOTORCYCLES SERVICES

012 011 342 8677474

0092

011867 435 8490092

7177 7000

GAME BIKING MOTO-MATE MOTOR ACCESSORIES RIVONIA SERVICES 012 011849 234 3427000

5275 7474

FACTORY MOTO-MATE RACING RIVONIA STONERIDGE 011234 867 6095275

0092 0944

MOTO-MATE GAME JUST BIKING MOTOR STONERIDGE SERVICES 011 016609 849 4210944

7000 1153

JUST MOTO-MATE KCR MOTORCYCLE BIKING RIVONIA FANATIX 016 011 421 234 9751153

5275 5405

KCR MOTO-MATE OFF-ROAD MOTORCYCLE CYCLES STONERIDGE FANATIX 011 012975 609 3335405

0944 6443

OFF-ROAD JUST PRIMROSE BIKING MOTORCYCLES 012 016 011 333 828 4216443

9091 1153

PRIMROSE KCR RANDBURG MOTORCYCLE MOTORCYCLES FANATIX 011828 975 7929091

5405 6829

RANDBURG OFF-ROAD WAYNE HEASMAN MOTORCYCLES RACING 012 011792 955 3336829

5960 6443

WAYNE PRIMROSE HEASMAN MOTORCYCLES RACING 011 955 8285960

9091

RANDBURG MPUMALANGA MOTORCYCLES 011 792 6829

MPUMALANGA

WAYNE BIKE CITY HEASMAN RACING 011 013 955 244 5960 2143

BIKE

FREESTATE

CITY 013 244 2143

MPUMALANGA

FREESTATE

SALLEYS YAMAHA 051 430 3326

BIKE CITY 013 244 2143

SALLEYS YAMAHA 051 430 3326

FREESTATE

SALLEYS YAMAHA 051 430 3326

PBA DEALER LISTING

PBA DEALER LISTING

PBA DEALER LISTING

NORTHWEST

NORTHWEST

BIKERS PARADISE 018 297 4700

BIKERS INSANE PARADISE BIKERS 018 014297 5944700

2111

INSANE NORTHWEST

MOTORS BIKERS @ KLERKSDORP

MOTORS BIKERS WATER RITE PARADISE @ KLERKSDORP MOTORCYCLES

014 018594 4682111

1800

018468 297 7711800

4700 5050

WATER INSANE RITE BIKERS MOTORCYCLES 018 014771 5945050

2111

MOTORS LIMPOPO@ KLERKSDORP 018 468 1800

LIMPOPO WATER K.R.MOTORCYCLES RITE MOTORCYCLES 018 015 771 297 5050 3291

K.R.MOTORCYCLES 015 297 3291

LIMPOPO

K.R.MOTORCYCLES

KZN

015 297 3291

KZN PERRY’S M/CYCLES BALITO 084 353 2713

PERRY’S ROCKET M/CYCLES RACING PINETOWN BALITO 084 031353 7022713

2606

KZN

ROCKET RACING PINETOWN MARITZBURG 031 033702 2642606

3240

ROCKET PERRY’S RBS YAMAHA RACING M/CYCLES MARITZBURG BALITO 033 084 031264 353 7013240

2713 1311

RBS ROCKET YAMAHA RACING PINETOWN 031 701 7021311

2606

ROCKET RACING MARITZBURG 033 264 3240

RBS YAMAHA 031 701 1311

RIDE HIGH WITH YAMAHA 035 789 1851

RIDE PERRY’S GAUTENG HIGH M/CYCLES WITH YAMAHA UMHLANGA 035 031789 5661851

7411

PERRY’S ZEEMANS M/CYCLES MOTORCYCLES UMHLANGA HILLCREST 031 011566 765 4357411

2560 7177

PERRY’S RIDE BIKING HIGH ACCESSORIES M/CYCLES WITH YAMAHA HILLCREST 031 035 012765 789 3422560

1851 7474

PERRY’S CAPE FACTORY PROVINCE M/CYCLES RACING UMHLANGA 031 011 566 867 7411 0092

CAPE PERRY’S CRAIGS GAME PROVINCE MOTOR M/CYCLES SERVICES FITMENT HILLCREST 031 021 011 765 939 849 2560 8944 7000

CRAIGS TRAC-MAC MOTO-MATE M/CYCLE BELVILLE RIVONIA FITMENT 021 011939 945 2348944

3724 5275

CAPE TRAC-MAC MOTO-MATE PROVINCE BELVILLE PAARDEN-EILAND STONERIDGE 021 011945 510 6093724

2258 0944

CRAIGS TRAC-MAC JUST BIKING M/CYCLE PAARDEN-EILAND WYNBURG FITMENT 021 016510 939 761 4212258

8944 4220 1153

TRAC-MAC MIKE KCR MOTORCYCLE HOPKINS WYNBURG BELVILLE MOTORCYCLES FANATIX 021 011761 945 461 9754220

3724 5167 5405

MIKE TRAC-MAC NEVES OFF-ROAD HOPKINS MOTORCYCLE PAARDEN-EILAND CYCLES MOTORCYCLES WORLD CC 021 012461 510 930 3335167

2258 5917 6443

NEVES TRAC-MAC PRIMROSE MOTORCYCLE WYNBURG MOTORCYCLES WORLD CC 021 011930 761 8285917

4220 9091

MIKE EASTERN RANDBURG HOPKINS CAPE MOTORCYCLES 021 011 461 792 5167 6829

EASTERN NEVES IMOLA WAYNE MOTORSPORT MOTORCYCLE HEASMAN CAPE RACING WORLD CC 021 043 011 930 955 722 5917 5960 1157

IMOLA MOTORSPORT 043 722 1157

EASTERN MPUMALANGA CAPE

IMOLA BIKE CITY MOTORSPORT 043 013 722 244 1157 2143

FREESTATE

SALLEYS YAMAHA 051 430 3326

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EDITOR: ROLEY FOLEY

A man is riding his bike at night. He suddenly

swerves to avoid hitting a warthog, loses

control and lands in a ditch, severely banging

his head. Dazed and confused, he crawls out

of the ditch to the edge of the road, when

a shiny new car pulls up. A very beautiful

woman calls from the car, “Are you okay?”

He notices she is wearing a low cut blouse

with cleavage to die for.

“I’m okay I think,” he replies as he gets to his

feet. The woman opens a car door and says,

“Get in and I’ll take you home so I can clean

and bandage that nasty scrape on your

head.”

“That’s nice of you,” he answers, “but I don’t

think my wife will like me doing that!”

“Oh, come now, I’m a nurse,” she insists. “I

need to see if you have any more scrapes

and then treat them properly.” Well, she is

very pretty and very persuasive and he’s

rather shaken and weak. He agrees, but

mutters as he gets in the car, “I’m sure my

wife won’t like this.”

She drives them to her place which was just

few miles away and, after a couple of cold

beers and the bandaging, they’re sitting

together on the couch. He rises unsteadily

to his feet and says, “I feel a lot better, but I

know my wife is going to be really upset so

I’d better go now.”

“Don’t be silly!” she says with a smile, “Stay

for a while. She won’t know. After all, where

is she now?”

“Oh,” the man says, “still in the ditch with my

bike, I guess.”

Have a great month!

CONTENTS: AUGUST 2018

THE TEAM:

EDITOR:

Glenn Foley

foleyg@mweb.co.za

DESIGN:

Rob Portman

rob@ridefast.co.za

ADVERTISING:

Sinead Foley

foleyg@mweb.co.za

Kyle Lawrenson

lawrensonk@mweb.co.za

ACCOUNTS &

SUBSCRIPTIONS:

Anette

anette.acc@mweb.co.za

Office no (011) 979-5035

(011) 979-0053

CONTRIBUTORS:

Kurt Beine

Richard Sutherland

Zygmund Brodalka

Byron Rudman

Sean Hendley

Tristan Foley

Mike Wessels

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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

Email:G124@mweb.co.za

no 4 Fifth avenue

Northmead

Benoni

011 425 1081/4


JHB 2 Richards bay in the dirt for QASA:

Dirt bikes, Adventure bikes, side by sides, quads and off road buggies all welcome!

This is one of the most fun social events on the South

African Motorcycle calendar and kicks off at the end

of September.

Its almost 1000 km’s of fantastic dirtbike riding,

raising funds the the QuadPara association of South

Africa.

Leaves JHB on Saturday the 29th Sept arrives

Richards Bay Oct 2nd.

Over the last 14 years, this ride has generated in

excess of 9 million rand for QASA.

Do We Need to take our own food?

Bring snacky things and pocket money, but dinners,

lunches and breakfasts are all included in the entry

fee. And it is fantastic you will not go hungry.

Accommodation en route?:

Your fee includes camping the whole way, so bring

along your tents and camping gear. You may,

however book into bed and breakfasts all along the

route. Give the guys a shout for details.

Who can come?

Anyone really – as long as you have an adventure

bike (Dual Purpose), off road bike, quad, go-kart or

side-by-side. We do suggest nothing less than a

200cc though.

An awesome experience for such a great cause.

www.adventurecompany.co.za

foleyg@mweb.co.za

Tel: (011) 979-0053

Adventure/ Dual purpose riders: This ride is definitely

for you guys too, we mark you around the more

technical bits and you’ll see so many interesting

places it will make your eyes water!

Do you need a backup?

You have to have a bakkie for backup – say 1 bakkie

and trailer per five riders.

EPS Courier services sends along a truck or two to

help out.

Backup vehicles do not travel along the same route

as the bikes and quads.

Is it technical?

There are lots of technical bits, but the bulk of the ride

is easy with beautiful scenery. Fantastic trail riding.

There is approximately 10 kays of tar on the whole

route, the rest is in the dirt.

Do we load and tow on any of the sections?

No – you ride the whole way. The total distance is just

more than 900 kays with sleepovers in the towns and

villages in between. This years event is basically a

whole new ride!


KTM Adventure Rally:

Calling all KTM Adventure riders...

KTM adventure bike riders are invited to discover

the true meaning of adventure in Swaziland next

month. The annual KTM ADVENTURE RALLY gives

like-minded riders the opportunity to explore the rich

beauty and extreme territory from 23-26 August.

Set with the backdrop of Ezulwini Valley, rightfully

described as the “Valley of Heaven”, each day will

start and end at the Lugogo Sun and offers two skill

level routes.

If charging down dirt roads and powering through

uncharted forests wasn’t enticing enough, KTM has

announced an added bonus for the 2018 event.

Adventure-seekers have been offered the possibility

of earning a place at the Ultimate Race – an event

that will take place as part of the 2019 Merzouga

Rally in Morocco with a fully supported ride on the allnew

KTM 790 ADVENTURE R. now that’s cool!

The brief is clear, for a shot at winning the incredible

prize, riders need to be “Ready to Race’.

All participants on a twin cylinder machine can

sign-up to compete in a qualifying section during the

course of each event. The top two riders overall will

be awarded the Ultimate Race experience.

The fully supported prize not only offers the

excitement of exploring Morocco on a KTM

790 Adventure R, but also includes flights,

accommodation, entry fees, and a full race service.

Not done yet…

As the winners wind through some the world’s most

exquisite terrain, they will be treated like factory riders

and given the opportunity to be coached by some of

the world’s finest and fastest offroad bikers.

The Merzouga Rally is a race over five days with

a prologue, and includes a marathon stage in the

Moroccan Desert. Stages are varied, navigation is

key, and entries come with a wide range of abilities

from amateur rally riders to the factory pros.

For more details visit /www.ktm-adventure-rally.com

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SA Motorcycle’s

Big Boy TSR250

Competition Winner

announced.

SA Motorcycles, South Africa’s

top selling motorcycle brand up

to 250cc, recently ran a national

competition where one lucky buyer

of a road legal product would win

themselves a Big Boy TSR250

trail bike worth R23,499.00. The

competition took place over a

6 week period at over 80 SAM

dealers countrywide and all kinds

of models were sold between their

three brands; Big Boy, Jonway and

GoMoto.

Congratulations were in order to

the lucky winner of the TSR250,

Mr. Russell Harvey from Durban,

who had bought his son a red

RCT170 scooter for commuting

purposes at Jonway KZN in

Durban central. Pictured here

at the prize handover at the

dealership are prize winner Mr.

Harvey with Andre and Wilna

Pelser, owners of Jonway KZN.

The TSR250 is Big Boy’s roadlegal

250cc commuter / trail bike

and offers incredible value for

money. The economical counterbalanced

4-stroke motor, 5-speed

manual gearbox, disc brakes,

electric start, built-in USB charger

and easy, manoeuvrable handling

all make for a highly enjoyable

ride, on or off road. The TSR

also comes with a 3 Year Factory

Warranty which is common to all

of SAM’s road-legal motorcycle

products.

For more info or to find a dealer,

visit SAM’s website: www.

samotorcycles.co.za

Steve McQueen’s ‘On Any Sunday’

Husky to be Auctioned…

Bonhams Los Angeles is selling a 1970 Husqvarna 400

Cross owned and ridden by Steve McQueen in the film

On Any Sunday.

The bike, which featured in the cult film about America’s

relationship with the motorcycle will be sold at auction on

Saturday, October 6 at the Barber Motorsports Museum

in Birmingham, Alabama.

Included with the bike is a trove of documentation

including McQueen’s ownership card from the California

Department of Motor Vehicles, his entry form for the

1970 Saddleback 500 Senior Race, and a lucky penny

found tucked away between the engine and frame…

That’s a rarity we’ll let you know how much the bike

fetches…

BS Batteries: Available for

bikes, quads and most stuff…

BS’s SLA batteries are sealed/non spillable,

factory activated and maintenance free.

A new environment for powersport battery :

they are supplied ready to use, are extremely

simple to install and carry, all at a attractive

price levels.

Huge range of models.

1 Year warranty (thats new…)

Available at dealers…

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Powerbronze Adventure bike screens:

Powerbronze manufacture standard motorcycle screens for

most bikes, from modern machines through to many old

machines from the past, they have been trading for over 30

years.

Most of the screens are produced in a range of colours, and

they guarantee that these will fit the standard fixtures on your

bike using the original fasteners. Fitment will be in every way

as good as the one that your bike was supplied with.

Powerbronze screens all have TUV and ABE type approval,

and are manufactured in their own factory in England using

state of the art CNC laser cutting equipment. Each item is

then polished and or inspected by a skilled craftsman to

ensure that they are 100 per cent perfect before being sent out

to suppliers. Available for most populat road and adventure

bikes. Including high lift.

Powerbronze BMW 1200GS LC adjustable screen kits:

The Powerbronze Adjustable Screen kits allow you to change

both the angle and height of your screen in seconds, using

the cam lock mechanism. The brackets will allow adjustment

of the screen by 11 mm, 22 mm, 33 mm, 44 mm and 55 mm,

and can be used with both OEM and Powerbronze screens.

You do not need to drill your bike to fix the brackets as they fit

in the original screen mounting points, using the OEM fixings.

Brackets are supplied in a black finish.

Available at dealers.

Foxy boots from Fox:

These are the new Comp 5 boots from

Fox. Designed specifically for ladies – and

guys who maybe like pink stuff, the Fox

Women’s Comp 5 Boot sports a femalespecific

fit with less calf volume and a

shorter overall height. Plastic shin plates

give excellent coverage and support.

The alloy buckles are easy to operate and

provide a secure closure every time.

And they look pretty cool too!

• Unique female-specific fit with less calf

volume.

• Shorter overall height making it the

premier women’s race boot on the

market.

• All day comfort and support.

• Race-bonded outsole.

• Soft touch aluminum buckles for easy

closure.

• Plastic shin plate medial guard provides

great coverage.

At dealers or www.foxracing.co.za

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On track, trail, road or farm, Big Boy’s range delivers, affordably.

TTR125S R13,499.00

TTX125J R12,499.00

JNR90 R9,999.00

CONGRATS to our TSR250 Competition

Winner- Mr. Russell Harvey

from Durban!

Utility ATV 250

R52,999.00

D860 Max R75,999.00

D860 Std. R69,999.00

Junior and senior pit bikes.

TSR125 R21,499.00

TSR250 R23,499.00

The entry-level adventure bike.

The ideal ATV

for general utility use.

The workaholic utility

vehicle with 1001 uses.

For the full scooter, motorcycle, ATV and commercial range visit: www.samotorcycles.co.za

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Prices include VAT and pre-delivery inspection only. Prices exclude licence, registration and any service costs unless specified. Prices are correct at the time of going to print and may

change without notice due to currency fluctuations or at dealers who are located in outer-lying areas. All advertised models are available at the time of going to print unless specified.

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Acerbis’s new adventure bike gear:

This lot have branched into the world of adventure

biking with a range of very practical riding gear.

Jackets:

The Adventure Jackets features a removable quilted

inner lining and a UREAMAX membrane with

5000/5000 ml water proofing, that they say allows this

jacket to be worn in a variety of weather conditions.

It features zip off sleeves for warmer weather,

articulated elbows for comfort, multiple vents to stay

cool and deep cargo pockets to pack your stuff. The

Jacket also attaches to the Adventure pants with an

internal ¾ body zip.

Features:

Inner: Removable padding quilted inner lining and

removable UREAMAX membrane, H2O resistance

5000/5000 ml

• Outer: Nylon and Polyester

• Touring fit

• Designed to integrate a Drink System

• Ventilation provided by front and rear hidden panels

• Double zip on sleeves for better ventilation;

Removable, adjustable sleeves.

• Adjustable waist

• Neck with 2 buttons regulation closure

Adjustable waist with draw string

• Reflective inserts front and rear

• 10 pockets

• Zipper attachment to pants

· Abrasion-resistant heat protection.

· Shin protection and gear pad made in TPR.

· Waterproof and breathable interior membrane.

· Toe, heel and ankle protections.

· Reflective inserts.

Gloves

ACERBIS CARBON “G” 3.0 GLOVES

· Silicone inserts on fingertips for maximum grip.

· No seams on fingertips.

· Wrist closure with soft rubber patches.

· Carbon-effect protection on knuckles.

· Soft rubber reinforcements on fingers.

· Reflective piping.

· Use of fluo colours.

· Touchscreen gloves.

MATERIALS: Back of hand: Neoprene panel.

Palm: Single panel in vented Nano front

At your nearest Acerbis dealer…

Pants:

The Acerbis adventure pant is a dual-road/dual-sport

pant made out of a waterproof durable high-density

polyester material. They feature a quilted membrane

that is removable based on weather conditions.

Additional ventilation located on the hips allows airflow

when needed. An adjustable hook and button

closure and adjustable elastic straps at the waist

allow for a comfortable fit around the waist. The pants

also have two pockets and front and rear reflective

inserts.

The pants attach to the Acerbis jackets via a sturdy

zip.

• Inner Quilted lining and UREAMAX 5000/5000 ml.

removable membrane

• Outer High density Polyester

• Ventilation on the hips

• Adjustable waist with elastic strap

• Hook and buttons closure

• Front and rear reflective inserts

Acerbis new Adventure Boots:

These look pretty slick! The Acerbis Adventure boot

incorporates:

· Oil- and gasoline-resistant rubber sole.

· 3 plastic hooks with micrometric adjustment straps

and adjustable upper Velcro closure.

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Dunlops new

adventure tyres:

Dunlop has just introduced the

Trailsmart Max.

With the Trailsmart, Dunlop’s

mission was to broaden the

range of sizes and increase

longevity without losing any of the

existing sporting prowess in their

Adventure tyre range.

The company has worked hard on

the tread pattern. Even though at

first glance it looks similar to their

TR91, the Trailsmart loses some

grooves on the shoulder and there

is a greater frequency of grooves

in the centre, to help bite on loose

surfaces and shed water on wet

roads.

The compound uses a different

type of silica, a substance that is

well known for its ability to grip

in the wet, and reduce heat

build-up and hence improve

longevity. The Trailsmart

compound is now similar

to that used in Dunlop’s

Roadsmart II sports

touring tyre.

Dunlop is staying quiet

on how much mileage

to expect from the new

tyre, saying it is impossible

to estimate because the

rider’s riding style, roads

used and maintenance

routine will all affect the

longevity of a tyre. But they

say internal tests suggest the

Trailsmart will last 14% longer

than the outgoing TR91. Dunlop’s

marketing team also say they

don’t expect class-leading mileage

as Dunlop’s brand is more about

offering performance and grip –

and top-line durability would come

at the cost of those factors.

Available at Dunlop dealers ands

we’ll try some out soon.

Hiflo MX filters now available:

Clean your airfilter after every ride. That’s our mantra –

and you’ll save a lot of shekels on maintenance. Hiflo

makes a range of dirtbike fiters that are available for

most popular makes and models. Their Dual-Stage

Racing Foam Air Filters are competition off-road air

filters manufactured in the Netherlands using a special

dual-layer foam, formulated for maximum filtration and

optimum air flow for improved power.

The can be used over and over again without any loss

of performance.

At dealers. Available for most motocross and enduro

models.

BATTERY BUDDY Q6 TORCH

RRP R1450 incl VAT

We love gadgets and this

thing is a perfect gift idea.

That’s a hint for sure!

Stuck in the dark with a faulty battery and your phones

power indicator is making you sweat?

The Q6T is a powerful battery bank combined with a ultra

bright LED flashlight and jump starter. The unit has the

capability to jump start any vehicle with a 12V battery:

motorcycles, ATV’s, petrol engines up to 4.0L and diesel

motors up to 2.5 L.

The battery bank can quickly charge mobile phones,

cameras, tablets or whatever.

Crocodile clips and all other charging wires and goodies

are supplied with the Q6T.

At dealers or www.dmd.co.za for your closest stockist.

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100%

ACERBIS

rider gear accessories adv jackets youth mx

skid plates

plastic kits

disc covers

handguards

frame

protectors

chain guides

sliders kit

rider

protections

race

materials

Acerbis products are imported and distributed by AMP.

To find your nearest Acerbis dealer call 011 259 7750.


Leatt’s new 25L Cargo

Back pack with 2.0L Hydration:

The brand new, all-in-one DBX XL 2.0 hydration pack

offers 2.0L waist hydration, 25L cargo capacity, and Level

2 Back Protection. The lightweight chest harness and new

shoulder adjuster system provide a comfy fit fit, with ample

AirLine back ventilation to keep you cool, and a reflective

back panel to keep your liquid both hot or cool. It comes

standard with the new Horizontal CleanTech bladder,

which has an inverted port to allow for maximum fluid

drainage, and the tube allows for two-way routing,

whether over the shoulder or under the arm. This

hydration pack has a tough, water-resistant outer shell

equipped with several pockets and compartments,

including a waterproof mobile phone pocket. It is

designed with a helmet and neck brace carrier system

for your convenience.

• Retail from R2150.00incl.

Available at dealers.

The SCS range of Bluetooth

motorcycle headsets:

Our lot have just taken delivery of two SCS Blue tooth head

sets for a trip that they have planned for early next week.

New to the SA market, Kyle has already mounted the S1 to

his Just1 adventure lid and is raving about it. He bluetooths

Madonna and Kylie Minogue while he cruises around and

he can accept calls while on the go. He says that the clarity

is really good - just ensure that you mount the spacer

that SCS provides. He phoned his goose at least seven

times at all sorts of speeds and she said that she could,

unfortunately still hear him clearly in all situations... even

young Siri worked on this unit which is pretty cool - voice

prompt, no need to even touch your phone.

He says that the system does not affect the comfort of his

helmet in any way.

We also have the more advanced S3 which comes with an

FM tuner so that you can listen to Mix FM 93.8 while you

are on the go. Glenn will fit this to his helmet for the trip -

and the boys will be able to chat as they go along. We’ll

give a more in depth review in the next issue - but for the

time being, they appear to be great quality units - we are

very impressed...

Watch this space - www.scssa.co.za

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could possibly want or need - from riding gear, road or dirt,

to general accessories such as tyres, chains, sprockets etc.

Great store, nice people - Louis Kraukamp, man with loads

of experience in the game, is at the helm.

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C O V E R S T O R Y

KEY SPECS YZ85

Engine: 85cc liquid-cooled 2-stroke; reedvalve

inducted

Transmission: Constant-mesh 6-speed;

multiplate wet clutch

Fuel Capacity: 5litres

Groud Clearance: 33cm

Seat height: 84cm

Wet weight: 73KG’s

Price: R64 950 (At Yamaha Dealers now)

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FUTURE

2019

YAMAHA

YZ85

STARS

Two future SA MX stars test out Yamaha’s Future MX star - the new YZ85

Here’s the thing. From what we

can see, Yamaha has moved the

goalposts. You see – for quite some

time, the Europeans have simply

had no competition in the small

bike market. Yamaha has just

changed all that – and the mini

motocross

scene is

going to be a whole lot more

interesting…

And it’s about time. We met two

very talented young Out Of Africa

riders at the famous Terra Topia track

in JHB and asked them to put the bike

through its paces.

The brief was quite simple – don’t

hold back – go and ride the bike at

race-pace – we are going to time you

– compare figures with laps on your

own race bikes and get your opinion

on the new machine.

Yamaha was quick to stress that,

bar some jetting adjustments for JHB

altitude, the bike is stock standard.

The riders are very fast - and pretty

well qualified – Hayden Tulley and

Garrick Henley both race nationals

on 85’s and both do really well. We

were very impressed at the knowledge

these kids have – and the manner in

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Here’s a recap on the new machine:

• Upgraded Engine: The 85cc liquid-cooled, two-stroke

engine now features the Yamaha Power Valve System for

broad, tractable power across the rev range without losing

peak power at high rpm. Redesigned from the ground

up, the new YZ85 has been built with a new YPVS power

valve-equipped engine, complete with revised intake,

exhaust and gearbox. The gearbox increases the width of

selected gears to provide enhanced gear engagement and

smoother shifts. The Light, single radiator has large cores

and louvers, and the water pump features a cast aluminum

(vs. resin) impeller for better cooling efficiency.

• New Airbox: The airbox design ensures excellent air

cleaning performance and easy maintenance.

• Suspension: The 36mm KYB inverted cartridge fork

features 10.8 inches of travel with compression and

rebound damping adjustability with low-friction outer tubes

and internals. The rear suspension features fully adjustable

Kayaba link-type shock with 282mm of travel and race

tested compression valving. The progressive linkage-type

design improves bottoming resistance. Updated settings

improved bump absorption and bottoming resistance.

• New Swingarm: The redesigned swingarm features

a new composite chain guide as well as updated chain

adjusters for easier maintenance. The compact rear subframe

is removable to allow easy maintenance.

• Upgraded Wheels and Brakes: 17-inch front and 14-inch

rear rims. 220mm and 190mm disc brakes. Dunlop MX3S

knobbies.

• New Adjustable Rider Ergonomics: New four-position

adjustable handlebar mounts and taper-style handlebars

allows the rider to tune the handlebar position to suit their

size and preferences.

• Brakes: For 2019, a new front brake line and wave-style

brake discs. 220mm front disc and 190mm rear disc.

• Wheels: The 17-inch front and 14-inch rear.

Many of the new YZ85 parts are interchangeable with the

smaller YZ65 that we reviewed an issue or two ago, making

the step up even less hassle for your young gun’s mechanic

and sponsor – also known as dad. Nice touch!

“THE YZ FEELS REALLY WELL

BALANCED IN THE AIR, IT DOES

NOT DIP ON THE JUMPS.”

which they described the ride experience

and how the bikes felt. They have moved

up the ranks – through the 50cc and

65cc classes with Hayden winning the

65cc championship in 2016.

Garrick has had frequent podiums

with a 5th place overall in nationals and

a 3rd in regionals last year. He also races

off-road on his 85.

We chatted to the boys separately

– when Hayden came in after a moto,

Garrick jumped onto the bike and took

off – then we sat and quizzed him.

Garrick came back in and we chatted

to him.

The boys had no idea what the other

had said – and what was fascinating is

the fact that both said basically the same

thing. ‘Strue I tell you!

Here’s what our riders said:

· The bike feels light, narrow and

comfortable. Signifi cantly narrower than

our bikes.

· The bars feel a bit narrow, but you get

used to them very quickly.

· Garrick felt that the seat was a bit

dipped up front – it feels like you are

sitting in the bike. He prefers a fl atter

seat. Hayden had no complaints.

· Kickstarting is very simple.

· The softest clutch we’ve ever felt –

lighter than a hydraulic unit.

· Compared to our bikes, the YZ85 revs

really well – it does not run out of revs at

the top.

· It feels fast.

· The YZ feels really well balanced in the

air, it does not dip on the jumps.

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· It turns really well – very positive and quick

through the corners.

· The rear suspension needs a bit of setting up.

The front end feels perfect, loose with positive

action.

· The front brake is excellent – the rear is

adequate but needs some sorting. It feels a bit

blunt.

· Quite a balanced view from what we can see

but the proof is in the eating as they say. Each

rider did a hot lap on their race bikes – and then

threw a leg over the new Yammie and did the

same.

Hayden shaved 4 seconds off his lap…

Garrick shaved 2. That’s huge in racing and very

impressive. We also asked the boys to do a few

comparative launches just like they would in a

race – and we were very impressed with what

we saw.

Top speeds were also measured. The top

speed achieved on the Terra Topia track was

90kph. Out on a long road, Hayden got the bike

to 111KPH.

That’s fl ippen fast for an 85.

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Africa Grin

An Englishman in The Cape. Our overseas adventure agent Julian Challis finally

gets his butt to the best biking country in the world…

“It doesn’t get better

than this. I’m on the pegs,

piloting the Africa Twin up

a steep rocky climb in the

middle of the vast Cederberg

wilderness. Ahead of me a

troop of baboons scatters

away from the track and up

into the deep red cliffs, the

alpha male hanging back long

enough to make me suitably

nervous. Further down the

track, my riding companion

Laurie follows on the BMW

and as for Toby, well he’s on

the KTM 690 and is nowhere

to be seen. But no matter - I’m

riding one of the most iconic

adventure bikes ever made in

the very country that inspired

it some thirty years earlier. I

literally could not be happier.”

The chain of events that took me to this

somewhat enviable position perhaps need

explaining. Toby - the KTM pilot - runs a

tour company called Ride Expeditions who

I’ve ridden with quite a few times in India,

Cambodia and Vietnam. Apropos of just

about nothing, he had recently decided

to relocate his head offi ce to sunny Cape

Town in South Africa. Now, apart from the

obvious problem of the region being in the

grip being the worst drought in the country’s

recent history, it seemed like a smart move

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The three riders on a grey start

– great weather, fantastic beaches and

more importantly, the prospect of some

incredible riding.

So, with little more than a month’s

notice, Toby fairly easily twisted my arm

and roped me into a recce ride to test

the terrain, check which bikes might

be most suitable and generally get the

feel for the riding possibilities in his new

home. The planned bikes were at both

ends of the adventure spectrum with a

hired Africa Twin pitted against Toby’s

recently purchased KTM 690 Enduro,

so two very different riding experiences

were guaranteed. When a few weeks

later Toby’s older brother Laurie was

drafted into the ride, the addition meant

we could extend to a third option in the

form of a BMW GS800 Adventure. This

was becoming not only a recce ride, it

was of a three-way fi ght between some

of the most popular adventure machines

– now that’s my type of trip.

With Laurie arriving just after me and

Toby on airport collection duties, I grab

the keys for the Katoosh and head off to

explore the area to the South of Cape

Town. Outside the city and away from

the uncomfortable sights of the sprawling

townships, I head down the south coast.

It’s a strange mix of familiar sights and

even more familiar names - the towns

look unsettlingly British, as are a vast

proportion of the people. In the course

of an hour I pass through Scarborough,

Polperro and Llandudno, a journey

that would have taken the best part

of a day in the UK, their South African

counterparts bearing little resemblance

to their namesakes in the UK. The KTM

is a joy to ride and even on off-road

rubber, I’m grinning all the way to the

Cape of Good Hope, the iconic point

at which the Atlantic and Indian Ocean

meet. I take my turn for the obligatory

selfi es with the sign, hardly believing that

I’m at the very tip of Africa on a dirt bike!

Monday morning comes and with

the brothers off to fetch the BM, I take

an Uber to grab the AT from Somerset

West, some 40km out of Cape Town.

With the paperwork signed I take my life

in my hands to tackle to horrendous rush

hour traffi c and the homicidal minibus

taxi drivers. Arriving at Toby’s, there’s a

palpable sense of excitement as we set

up our bikes and attach our luggage.

We all keep it central and sensible, Laurie

with a suitably small holdall on the KTM,

me with a SW Motech Dry bag on the AT

and Toby using the freebie top box we

managed to blag with the hire.

At just after 10, much to my OCD

‘leave on the hour’ annoyance, we hit

the road, blasting through central Cape

Town and heading due north towards

Table View. The irony of the name is not

missed as the decidedly British weather

means that Table Mountain is all but

invisible. The road soon becomes pencil

Breakfast planning with coffee

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Moody skies and adventure bikes

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Left or right - Toby and Laurie

straight and temptingly smooth, but with the

690 dictating the pace, the Honda and BMW

are kept to sensible speeds, a theme that

will continue all week, albeit reversed on the

off-road sections!

Today is all about covering distance to

get to the good stuff, so out fi rst off-road

section comes just before lunch with a wide

and sweeping track following the rolling

countryside. It looks great, but the realisation

that this is the fi rst of many near corrugated

tracks takes the sugar off a tad. The surface

literally shakes my eyes as the Honda’s forks

struggle to deal with the incessant stutter

bumps. After lunch there’s more off-road in

prospect as we’re picking up a fantastically

long service road that follows the iron ore

railway line. It’s theoretically private, but a

twenty rand note to the guard see’s the

gates kept open for nearly fi fty kilometres of

open and deserted red trails. Of the three

bikes, the Honda is the least stable thanks

to those more road-based tyres that make

the front feel vague and the back lack real

grip. We take a brief detour onto some trails

marked ‘4 x 4 only’ but the deep sand and

the adventure bikes don’t go well, so we bail

before disaster and pain loom.

As the sun fades for the day, we hit more

blacktop to cross vast swathes of arable

land on the way to the Lambert’s Bay, a town

whose name promises more than it’s faded

glory can deliver. With steaks and beers in the

tank, it’s back to the Air B & B for a scotch

and bed - a great fi rst day.

Day 2:

We’re on the road early on day two, keen

to leave the straight roads and coast for the

twisties and the trails in the mountains. We’ve

swapped rides, so I get the Beemer, Laurie the

Honda and Toby the KTM. There’s a bit more

rail road, then some fantastically sweeping

trails before we hit the black top and I’m loving

how stable and planted the GS feels with that

enduro front hoop leading the way. Once we

reach the road, it’s a beautifully smooth and

empty ribbon of tarmac that threads its way

up into the mountains as we head for the

Cederberg wilderness. The Beemer’s good

off-road manners are matched on the road

particularly in the way it drops effortlessly into

fast corners, and we make swift progress to

Clan William, the biggest town in the area.

Trailside break in the mountains

Time to remove those footpeg rubbers

Toby in intricate planning mode

Tarmac stops here

The gang right there

The support bike had

seen better days

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Some sweet metal

Julian blasts the sand

on the Africa Twin

Africa Twin in attack mode

We stop to refuel as we’re unsure where the next stop

will be, and while Toby pores over the map, the lure of the

Colonel is too strong from the KFC that shares space at

the filling station. Chicken Zinger for Brunch – perfect. It’s

clear that the map we’re using lacks much detail, so we

nip into the town and buy a Slingsby map from the local

Spar – if you are heading to SA you need these maps in

your travel pack.

Suitably informed, we set off into the Cederberg proper,

with some incredible roads taking us high into the deserted

and utterly stunning landscape. It’s a bit like the Himalayas

in places, except that the roads are totally perfect and lack

the uncertainty of the Indian equivalent. After an hour or so,

we take a long gravel road that will lead us to our overnight

stop Enjo Farm, it’s a wonderfully whimsical and dreamy

place set some twenty or so miles from anything else. Run

by a family that live on site, there’s a central farmhouse with

a series of individual cottages dotted about the wide valley,

each self-contained and basic like a Scottish crofter’s

cottage. We unload the bikes and while Laurie and I are

happy to just chill, Toby is keen to investigate a ‘pub’ that

is supposedly 25km further up the trail.

His instincts prove spot on, as after a short drive we

are rewarded by an enthusiastic and warm welcome from

a family that has set up ‘Bikers Heaven’ as a dirt biker’s

resort of sorts. It’s all a bit homespun and cluttered with

Graham Jarvis’ Roof of Africa Husaberg sitting among a

collection of dirt bikes, but they’ve got a fridge full of beer, a

whole lot of enthusiasm for bikes and plenty of tales to tell

until the sun goes down. Returning to our cottage hours

later, we collect the braai pack that the farm has prepared

for us and spend the rest of the evening cooking and

eating under a star-filled sky.

Day 3

In the morning we’re reticent to leave this bit of paradise,

but with more ground to cover, we load up before heading

up to the farmhouse as luckily, they’ve got 200 litres of

unleaded in the store to replenish our tanks. In a curious

appreciation of the owner’s hospitality, Toby manages to

spill almost half a litre of unleaded over her shoes, but

she’s too polite to mention it. Suitably filled, we head away

from the farm on the long trail out and then pick up some

more sweeping roads that take us on to Wuppertal. We’re

hoping for a real African village, but the reality is something

almost French, with an ornate church, a whitewashed

café and shop and rows of flower bedecked cottages with

smiling and waving locals.

Leaving the village we head into the rocky stuff. I’m

back on the Honda and Laurie on the BM and as we follow

the sinuous track Toby is a like a caged animal desperate

to slip the leash and open the taps on the KTM. When we

reach the junction that will take us high into the mountains,

he can’t resist and is gone, but it’s no matter - I’m loving

the challenge of taking the Africa Twin up this epic trail, the

big engine powering over 200 kilos of bike up impossibly

rough climbs without missing a beat. Given his relative lack

of recent off-road riding, Laurie is doing in an impressive

job on the GS and we eventually catch up with Toby at the

top of the pass, the sense of achievement is huge.

Laurie and Toby begin the

descent from Swartburg

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Climbing the Swartberg Pass

This is adventure riding

racked up to 11 and it is

simply wonderful.

The afternoon trails are filled with long and gravel strewn

trails, but with the gravel more like polished marbles, I’m

glad to have swapped to the orange bike, it’s good tyres

and nimble handling making short work of the terrain.

Toby has to use a tad more body English on the Honda,

but within a few hours we arrive at the Oasis backpacker’s

campsite for the night. As it’s only early, there’s time to ride

over to see some incredible caves and cave paintings in

the Staadsall nature reserve. The place is utterly deserted

save for a handful of dassies or rock hyrax that now inhabit

the caves, but there’s a calming spirituality about the

experience that stays with us all well into the evening and

our deep sleep under canvas.

Day 4:

After another fuel top up at the campsite, we set out early

on day four. We’ve some big mileage to cover if we are to

reach Suurbaak before dark, so I’m pleased to be on the

Beemer. The route is split between gravel and hardpack

dirt for almost the entire time as we make our way through

the astounding landscapes of the Grootriver and Blinkberg

Passes. We hang a left to travel over the equally awesome

Katbakkies Pass that climbs off the valley floor to a high

peak, the final sections conveniently and unexpectedly

tamacced to increase the grin factor. From the top we

overlook a vast plain beneath use, sweeping down the

appropriately named Skittery Pass to reach the bottom.

From here it’s a dead straight 50km on a loose and

regularly corrugated road that the follows the valley floor

seemingly endlessly. Unbelievably there are hikers walking

this road, baking under the midday sun on arguably

Crusty trailies

Get on the pegs and ride

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the most featureless roads in Africa. We

eventually hit tarmac which is a huge relief

from the vibration white-knuckle we are all

developing, Left or right and - Toby we press and Laurie on trying to ignore

the lack of fuel in the KTM. The decision

catches up with us and although we find a

pump, it’s frustratingly years out of use, and

we resort to a quick siphon from the Honda

to get us to Montagu for a fill up.

The final part of the day sees us on the

twisting and utterly life affirming Tradouws

Pass that sweeps down for miles to our

overnight in Suurbaak. There’s a barbecue

ready to go but we take a night off the meat

and I cook pasta for the team.

Trying out the tractor...

of metres up to the summit before sweeping

down again in a series of tight hairpins to

reach the most anticipated part of the trip –

the Road to The Hel.

Ok it sounds a bit overdramatic, but for

sure it’s a fantastic route that goes on for a

staggering 48km of incredible riding along

the edge of a series of valleys and passes.

We were told not to start it after 3pm, so

checking the watch at 4 when we pass the

sign is not a good start. But it’s a joyful route,

and as I’ve got the KTM it’s made all the

more fun as we power over rocks, sand,

gravel and even some water on our way. The

Hell itself is an anti-climax as there’s nothing

much there, but we press on for another

12km to reach our overnight stop in virtual

darkness, all of us hiding a creeping feeling

that we are lost.

When we eventually

stop the engines,

it’s been a long and

challenging day, so

perhaps the decision

to celebrate with a

bottle of rum and

was ill advised …

Day 5:

In the morning we’ve got another long

day ahead, so after retracing the pass, we

breakfast at Diesel and Crème, a quaint

and funky diner on Route 62 just outside

Barrydale. The whole area is swamped with

BMW riders attending a rally, but our lack

of head-to-toe co-ordinated Motorrad kit

sees us out of the club as we wolf down the

Full English. Further up the road we stop at

the infamous Ronnie’s Sex Shop, which is

neither a shop or has anything to do with sex.

Legend has it that Ron’s mates painted the

word sex on his fruit shop one drunken night,

and from that point more people started

calling in. These days, it’s a bit of a grubby

bar bedecked with underwear and foreign

currency, not worth more than a ‘been there’

photo stop.

Miles of fast roads allow us to stretch

the big bikes’ legs, and Laurie tops 200 kph

on the Africa Twin. His grin almost visible

through his helmet when we stop for my

obligatory pilgrimage to a junk shop. Suitably

stocked with a darling little clock, we follow

a beautifully sweeping trail up a long river

valley, the water a distant memory in the

drought, before heading up to the impressive

Swartberg Pass. The road rises thousands

The road to ‘The Hel’

Pose for the camera lads

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Day 6:

Sure enough the next morning we are all

suffering, so after siphoning more fuel into the

KTM, we limp on to the nearest campsite for

a restorative breakfast among the collected

junk and folk art. The owner clearly doesn’t

see many visitors and we’re hard pushed to

get away from her stream of conversation.

Our route retraces our path back to the base

of the Swartberg Pass, giving a second

helping of the Hel road.

If we thought the scenery was done

impressing, we were hugely wrong. The next

section drops down through a deep and

craggy valley, the road barely clinging to the

sides of the rock. When we hit the bottom a

crystal-clear river fl ows alongside the gravel

trail, sweeping left and right for kilometre after

kilometre till it eventually opens up as we

meet the road to Prince Albert – no giggling

please. We lunch and fuel in this delightfully

quaint and almost New England looking town

before heading back and beginning our drop

down towards the Indian Ocean and our fi nal

overnight stop. We travel through another

amazing gorge under the shadow of the

Tierberg peak before the landscape opens up

once more.

The road to Mossel bay is a great to ride,

as the landscape seems to resemble so many

other places I’ve ridden in. One moment it’s

like rural Wiltshire in the UK, the next were

in alpine forests like the climb from Geneva

to the French border. I might be on the KTM

and limited to around 115 kmh, but I’ve got

a chance to take in the scenery. When we

eventually arrive and fi nd a beachside guest

house, were all pretty convinced that today

has been a pretty good day, and to seal it off

we dine on fresh seafood and South African

wine.

The final Day:

The fi nal day dawns, and with the bikes due

back a mere 450 km away, then there’s little

option but to munch the miles. I’m on the

Africa Twin so happy to take on the sweeping

roads through the Western Capes wheat

belt and on to the vineyards. We eventually

cut down towards Hermanus and onto the

Whale Coast route which tracks the beautiful

coastline. Epic road follows epic road as we

click off the kilometres. Our lunch stop is

at the cutely named Betty’s Beach, a place

made all the more cute by the colony of

penguins that nest and generally fool about

on the beach.

Although our plan might have been to

take in the bottom of the Cape once more

before returning home, time is against us,

so we stop the engines for chips and beer

at a beach side bar in Gordon’s Bay. We’ve

travelled nearly 2200 km over some of the

most stunning and incredible landscapes on

three different yet all hugely enjoyable and

capable bikes. Despite the last-minute nature

of the trip and our relative lack of preparation,

all the plans have worked like clockwork

from the accommodation to the lack of any

mechanical issues or incredibly any punctures

on really challenging and at times punishing

terrain. This is adventure motorcycling as it

should be and as I said in the intro – it doesn’t

get better than this…

What’s South Africa Like?

OK so given the adverse press that the

country often gets, you might imagine that

heading to South Africa is as smart as

juggling with a loaded gun. Yet arriving in

Cape Town, it’s evident that media coverage

is unnecessarily negative and doesn’t refl ect

well on this vibrant and growing country.

Yes, there are still often some uncomfortable

divisions between the way the white and

black people live, but things are changing for

the good and there is a positive feeling about

the future.

As regards riding here, the roads are

excellent, and the trails are just as good.

Fuel stations can be a real issue in remote

areas though so good planning is needed if

you decide to go solo, but mobile coverage

is good if you do get caught out. The towns

are very western and have all the things you

would expect back home – this is not a case

of grass huts and a donkey …

As a place for a

holiday, South Africa

has a lot to offer. As a

place for motorcycle

riding, the Western

Cape knocks it out

of the park!

For more information, go to www.

rideexpeditions.com

Nothing beats that sunset ride shot...

Laurie plays the BMW

Leaving the cottage in The Hell

Life under canvas at Oasis Cedreberg

Smooth tarmac and clear roads

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2018 TRI

NATIONS

Come join the Fun!

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The Tri nations ride is one of the most popular

social motorcycle events on the SA calendar –

and for good reason.

It’s really good fun.

It’s great! Here are some pics.

For more info and for details on next years ride:

www.adventurecompany.co.za

This year was no exception and a whole herd

of weekend warriors made their way through

the trails – all the way to the beach in Ponta Do

Oura.


2018 TRI

NATIONS

Come join the Fun!

www.adventurecompany.co.za


TRAVIS PASTRANA

CEASERS PALACE FOUNTAIN “EVEL KNIEVEL” JUMP


F E A T U R E : P A S T R A N A J U M P S

Travis Pastrana

nails all three of

Evel Knievel’s

Historic Jumps

Words & Pics: Missy Sullivan - The History Channel

At the end of the day, Travis Pastrana made leaping

over 52 cars, 16 buses and the notorious fountain

at Caesars Palace on two wheels look easy. Even in

100-plus-degree weather. Even using a heavy, stiff,

flat-track bike unlike anything the action-sports stunt

icon is used to jumping with.

The three back-to-back motorcycle stunts were planned as

part of an ambitious night of daredevilry and endurance called

Evel Live! Produced by The HISTORY Channel in conjunction

with Nitro Sports, the event was designed to honour Evel Knievel,

the history-making stunt biker and showman who became a popculture

sensation in the 1960s and 70s—and inspired Pastrana’s

own stunt-performance career, along with others of his generation.

Pastrana sought to nail three of Knievel’s most outrageous jumps

over a single, three-hour period. It’s something not even Knievel

himself ever tried.

It was a daunting proposition even for the 34-year-old freestyle

motocross and X-sports legend, who has done some pretty crazy

things in his career. Among them: the first-ever dirt-bike double

back flip, stunning crowds at the 2006 X Games; backflipping

a motorcycle between two rooftops; and skydiving without a

parachute. He won his first motocross title at age 14, and has been

a dominant force in the sport ever since.

Looking relaxed and confident throughout the three-hour live

event, Pastrana alternated highly demanding stunt performances

with quick hits of on-camera commentary.

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What inspired him most about Knievel?

“Evel was never afraid to fail,” Pastrana

said. “He never had a regret that I could

see… He lived every day to the fullest.”

The original

The first two jumps took place at a site set up behind Planet

Hollywood Resort & Casino, Paris Las Vegas and Bally’s Las Vegas,

For his first attempt, he leapt 52 cars, arrayed 13 abreast, as

red-white-and-blue pyrotechnics shot up on either side. Host Matt

Iseman announced the distance as 143 feet (44 meters). In 1973 at

the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Knievel had jumped 120 feet

(37 meters), over 50 cars.

“I’m actually feeling pretty good,” said Pastrana after completing

the jump, despite the fact that he is rehabbing a wrist injury.

Pastrana made the jumps not on a lightweight dirt bike like the

ones he has used throughout his celebrated motocross-stunt

career. Instead, to best simulate the historic jumps, he rode a

custom-built Indian Scout FTR750—an American motorcycle with

a V-Twin engine that’s a modern-day evolution of the big, stiff Harley

flat-track bike Knievel rode half a century ago. At 154kgs, Pastrana

said, it’s more than 45kgs heavier than the bikes he normally uses

in his more acrobatic jumps—with far more power and far less

suspension.

“This bike is not meant to fly,” said Bob Sorokanich, deputy

online editor for Road & Track during the broadcast. “It’s hard to

accelerate, it’s hard to launch off the ramp.”

For his second jump, Pastrana soared 59 meters to clear 16

buses, compared with Knievel’s leap over 14 buses and 41 meters

in October 1975 at King’s Island in Ohio.

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F E A T U R E : P A S T R A N A J U M P S

Nearly five months before that feat,

at Wembley Stadium in London, Knievel

had attempted to jump 13 single-decker

buses—which didn’t go well. He hit the

last one, crashing in spectacular fashion

and breaking his pelvis and his back. At

King’s Island, after successfully spanning

41 meters, Evel announced to the crowd

that he’d “jumped far enough.” He would

continue performing, but never any longer

distances.

In Las Vegas, the 16 Greyhound buses

that Pastrana cleared are each 5 inches

wider and 5 inches taller than the ones Evel

leaped. Of the three jumps of the night, this

one required the highest speed and the

longest run-in.

 After successfully completing his first

two stunts, Pastrana was police-escorted

through the streets of Las Vegas to the

final jump site of the night: Caesars Palace.

Along the way, he was high-fiving and

taking selfies with passers-by, popping

wheelies and spinning burnouts.

In 1967, Knievel missed the jump over

the Caesars fountain, but made a splash

nonetheless. It was the longest attempt

of his career—43 meters—and perhaps

the most notorious. When he missed the

landing, crashing at around 145 kph, he

tumbled head-over-heels, over and over. In

the process, he crushed his pelvis, broke

his left hip, right ankle, hands and wrists.

And he suffered a concussion that put

him in the hospital, in a coma, for nearly a

month. After that, TV and promoters came

calling.

And after that, jumping the fountain at

Caesars Palace became a holy grail for stunt

motorcyclists. “This is the most iconic jump in

stunt lore….because he never landed it,” said

Pastrana, who’s no stranger to injury himself,

having sustained more than 200 fractures

during his career.

While not as long as the other two jumps,

this one was seen as far more dangerous

and far more technical—since the area

has been built up significantly shortened

since Knievel’s day, shortening the ramp-up

distance. “I will need every ounce of speed,”

said Pastrana, who had roughly half the room

Evel had to ramp up ahead of the water. He

estimated that he needed to get the bike up

to 115 kph in less than 61 meters.

Right before the final jump, technicians

were blowing cool air into the motorcycle’s

engine, which was overheating due to the

high air temperatures. Pastrana made a

quick practice run on the fountain’s steep

approach ramp before his final run. Then

he sped up the ramp, sailed over—and

landed hard, losing his footing on the right

side of the bike and snapping his head

forward hard. But he kept his balance and

finished out the jump, which clocked in,

distancewise, at 45 meters.

“It’s such an honour to live a day in

Evel’s boots,” Pastrana said of his threepart

feat. Then he peeled off and took a

celebratory dive into the fountain.

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The original jump way

back when it went wrong

Captions: Top left & right: Travis Pastrana & Evel Knievel jumping over the fountain at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Middle left: Travis

Pastrana with his wife and two daughters. Middle right: For his first attempt, he leapt 52 cars, arrayed 13 abreast, as red-white-and-blue

pyrotechnics shot up on either side. Bottom: Travis Pastrana clearing 16 Greyhound buses.

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N E W B I K E S

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NEW

LOOK

2019 Sherco Racing & Factory lineup

Sherco has launched

their 2019 off-road

lineup and revealed a

new range of crosscountry

models, a 500

four-stroke and a host

of changes to the Racing

and Factory bikes.

The French maker revealed both twostroke

and four-stroke off-road models in

addition to showing its trials line. Sherco

currently has factories in both Spain and

France, but with the completion of a huge

new plant last year, production of all models

is scheduled to soon move to France. The

new plant has the capacity to make Sherco

the second-largest maker of dirt bikes in

Europe. That’s big news…

This aggressive French motorcycle

manufacturer has continued to expand

its extensive range with the addition of a

brand-new cross-country range and a 500

four-stroke.

The all-new 500 is based on the 450 SEF

but with its own cylinder, larger 98mm piston,

versus 95mm from the 450, and runs on its

own mapping. We cannot wait to ride it!

Special order only in SA…

Sherco’s updated model line-up brings

in a host of changes in 2019 aimed at

broadening the French manufacturer’s

appeal and spicing up the existing range.

They have a full line-up of XC Cross

Country models (125/250/300 two-stroke,

250/300/450/500 four stroke.

The up-specced Factory edition models

remain - now with KYB suspension…

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N E W B I K E S

2019 Upgrades across all models

– More flexible chassis, lighter by 400 grams

– Neken triple clamps 90 grams lighter

– Reinforced rear hub

– Michelin tyres

– New graphics and reinforced rear fender

– New regulator with increased cooling

– 10mm larger radiators (2T Models)

– New wiring harness (2T Models)

– FMF exhaust (2T models)

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N E W B I K E S

Two-Stroke Specific Upgrades

125

– New piston

– Improved lubrication and new crankshaft bearings

250 & 300

– New cylinder 15% lighter with improved cooling

and reduced friction between piston and cylinder

– New exhaust valve actuation system

– New ignition management system

– Lighter stator to reduce inertia

– More powerful ignition coil reduces fouling rate

and claims to improve engine efficiency

– New carburettor settings

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Four-Stroke Specific Upgrades

250 & 300

– New bore x stroke on 250 SEF – 2019 = 78 x 52.2mm

(versus 76 x 54.80mm in 2018)

– Tweaked intake and exhaust ports

– New mapping

– Improved camshaft profile

– New 31mm intake and 26mm exhaust valves

– Lighter clutch basket

450 & 500

– Reinforced head gasket

– Increased compression ratio from 11.8 to 12.3

– New balancing mechanism

– New mapping

– New cylinder (500)

– 98mm piston (500)

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N E W B I K E S

2019 Factory Model Highlights

– Closed-cartridge KYB fork and KYB shock

– EXCEL rims anodised blue

– Alloy/steel rear sprocket

– Galfer solid brake discs

– Skid plate

– New Graphics

– Selle Dalle Valle gripper seat cover

– Neken handlebar pad

– Dual-compound Domino grips

– Cooling fan

– Full FMF (2T) or Akrapovic (4T( exhaust system

– Lithium-ion battery 1300 grams lighter

Good news for anyone who wants a current 2018 or 2017.

To make way for the new arrivals, Sherco South Africa has sharpened the prices on all models in

stock. Go and ride something unique. Great bikes. Nice people. www.toyscom.co.za

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N E W B I K E S

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ON TRACK

Husqvarna’s2019 Motocross Models

Husqvarna Motorcycles has released their complete frame that is fi nished off in blue powder coating. For MY19,

line-up of 2019 motocross models - a new generation of fi ve it features an increase in longitudinal rigidity that results in

premium machines redesigned in order to offer professional

and amateur motocross riders the highest level of technology

available on the market today.

Collecting feedback from world-class racers and

combining it with extensive in-house testing and development,

Husqvarna’s engineers have introduced a long list of upgrades.

Combining state-of-the-art technology and premium-quality

components with innovative technological and functional

improvements, the all-new for 2019 Husqvarna motocross

machines are designed with the goal of allowing riders of all

levels chart new territory in their motocross riding careers.

ONE BIG STEP AHEAD

For model year 2019 Husqvarna Motorcycles have introduced

a new generation of fi ve 2-stroke and 4-stroke machines, from

the nimble TC 125 to the potent FC 450 4-stroke machine.

Standing out among a long list of upgrades is the new

improved rider feedback. Receiving new settings to perfectly

match the new frame characteristics, WP AER forks and

a DCC shock help further improve energy absorption and

straight-line stability.

With all fi ve models receiving a series of red improvements

in the engine department, the fl agship FC 450 has a

redesigned and more compact SOHC cylinder head that

reduces the engine’s total weight by another 500 g. To further

enhance performance while keeping weight to a minimum,

the exhaust systems on all 2-stroke and 4-stroke models have

additionally received major changes for 2019.

With all new bikes featuring high-quality ProTaper

handlebars and new spoke nipples on the D.I.D wheels, the

FC 4-stroke machines also have new compact Li-ion 2.0 Ah

batteries with improved output consistency. The bikes also

have fresh new bodywork.

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N E W B I K E S

TC250

WHAT’S NEW FOR MY19 at a glance:

– Redesigned bodywork.

– Redesigned SOHC cylinder head on the FC 450 (500 g lighter).

– Blue coated frame featuring increased longitudinal rigidity.

– New 2-piece subframe design (250 g lighter).

– Updated setting on the WP AER 48 forks.

– WP DCC shock featuring new piston & updated setting.

– New silencers on 2-strokes, redesigned header pipe on TC 250.

– Chain adjustment length increased by 5 mm.

– Triple clamp protector integrated into front number plate.

– Traction & launch control with updated settings [4-strokes].

– New throttle cable routing for easier maintenance.

– Flow-designed resonance chambers & more compact silencers

on 4-strokes.

– New generation Li-ion 2.0 Ah battery.

– Updated cooling system with new center tube.

– External fuel line moved inward for extra protection.

– Pro Taper handlebar with new bend.

– D.I.D. wheels with new spoke nipples.

Coming soon to a track near you.

www.huqvarna-motorcycles.co.za

FC450

FC350

FC250

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www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com

MASTERSTROKE

BALANCED PERFORMANCE

The pinnacle of Husqvarna motocross, the FC 450 uses

advanced engineering techniques to not only draw 63 hp

from the 450cc motor, but also position the engine closer

to the centre of gravity to vastly improve handling and

manoeuvrability. The addition of launch control means perfect

acceleration off the line, while class-leading ergonomics and

traction control keep the rider in full control.

BUI LT T O GO

A S FA R A S Y

DAR E T O TA

THE 2016 2-STROKE ENDURO MODEL RANGE.

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

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

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

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

FC450

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

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N E W B I K E S

Husqvarna’s new TC 50, TC 65 and TC

85 mini motocross bikes, the complete

junior two-stroke line-up.

Austrian bike manufacturer Husqvarna

announced a new addition to their 2019

line-up in the form of no less than three mini

motocross motorcycles.

The all-new TC 50, TC 65 and TC 85

are two-stroke machines that pack both

Husky’s premium technology and top-shelf

components.

True racing machines, the new smalldisplacement

Huskies boast the same

ergonomics and bold looks of the bigger, fullsize

beasts, albeit in a form factor that makes

them suitable for kids.

Husqvarna TC 50

Powered by one of the brawniest 2-stroke

engines in the category, the TC 50 has its

mass centralized inside the steel frame.

Equipped with a WP AER 35 fork that

offers 205 mm of travel, the TC 50 front can

be effortlessly adjusted with an air pump,

while the WP rear monoshock allows for a

matching 185 mm of travel.

The 3-shaft engine is mated to a

centrifugal clutch assembly that makes riding

intuitive and less complex for the youngsters.

Even more, a special Husqvarna Motorcycles

Accessories kit allows supervisors to tame

the nerve of this little beast, reducing the

power output to 5.5 hp.

The TC 50 comes with wave rotors, black

aluminium rims shod with Maxxis tires, radiator

spoilers, alu handlebars and crash pads as

standard, and white-yellow-blue bodywork

graphics inspired by the full-size range.

Husqvarna TC 65

One step up the displacement ladder we

meet the Husqvarna TC 65, a bike for those

who already started to master the secrets

of a hydraulic clutch and manual gearbox.

And speaking of transmission features, the

TC 65 has a full-fledged 6-speed gearbox,

offering youngsters total control of the bike

for the first time.

The bike is also equipped with a pressurecontrolled

exhaust valve to maximize engine

performance under various riding conditions,

and an intelligent cooling circuit. Husqvarna

opted for a cast aluminium swingarm mated

to a 270 mm travel WP rear monoshock. The

fork is a WP AER 35 unit, but with a 215 mm

excursion, 10 mm longer than that of the TC

50. The waved rotor assortment sees 198

mm and 160 mm diameters for the front and

rear, respectively.

Husqvarna TC 85

The powerplant of the Husqvarna TC 85 is

the key element designed to raise the bar

in this category. The main feature of the

engine is the power valve system that allows

enhanced power and torque delivery, plus a

higher degree of controllability.

Power gets to the rear wheel by means of

a Formula hydraulic diaphragm spring clutch

mated to a manual six-speed transmission.

The engine sits in a frame that incorporates

an aluminium subframe and one-piece alu

swingarm.

Suspension comes from WP, obviously,

with a split-function WP AER 43 fork, holding

air in the left leg and oil in the right one.

Settings can be easily modified with clickers

and an air pump supplied with the bike. The

rear of the TC 85 sits on a WP XPlore PDS

shock that’s fully adjustable for preload,

compression and rebound.

To the feature list of the TC 85, Husqvarna

adds a self-cleaning gear shifter, no-dirt

footpegs, free play adjustment for the throttle

assembly and ODI lock-on grips, tool-less

air filter access, Excel wheels and Formula

calipers and brake discs (240 mm front, 210

mm rear).

A dealers nationwide.


Pics by Zygmund Brodalka

Monster Energy Yamaha’s

David Goosen

Terrific Terra Topia

Round 4 of the 2018 TRP Distributors SA Motocross National Championship came to Terra Topia in Johannesburg and continued the

battle for national championship honours. The well prepped track, with some added changes, roughed out during the day and tested

the rider’s physical and mental fitness. What an amazing racing day it was! Our Zygmund Brodalka caught all of the action.

MX1 proved to be the most exciting of the day

with heated battles in both races. In Heat 1, David

Goosen got out in front and put in some god laps

before an issue with his throttle saw him drop back

to 6th place. Caleb Tennant, undoubtedly the fastest

man on the track, made his way into 1st place to

take the win. Anthony Raynard followed in 2nd with

Jayden Ashwell in 3rd.

Tennant looked great out the gate in Heat 2 but

dropped it in the second corner. He remounted and

put down an impressive charge from last place to

cross the line in 6th. Goosen grabbed the holeshot

and lead for most of the race until he had pressure

from Tristan Purdon in the closing laps of the race.

Swapping positions through the last two laps,

Goosen managed to hold onto the lead with Purdon

finishing in 2nd. Raynard took the 3rd place position.

Start MX1

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Ricky Raaff

National Motorcross

Proudly Brought to you by:

KTM rider Kerim Fitzgerald

Overall David Goosen came out on top with

his 6-1 finish. Anthony Raynard took home

2nd with his 2-3. Caleb Tennant finished in

3rd with his 1-6, and he still hangs onto the

championship plate.

MX2 was dominated by the Husqvarna team

riders of Caleb Tennant and Maddy Malan.

Both riders shared the top two podium

positions and swapped 1st and 2nd in the

two race heats, Malan taking Heat 1 and

Tennant taking Heat 2. Kerim Fitz-Gerald

managed to hold off the hard charging David

Goosen, Anthony Raynard and Slade Smith

to take 3rd place in both races.

The overall result saw Caleb Tennant take

victory with his 2-1, Maddy Mallan followed

in 2nd with 1-2, Kerim Fitz-Gerald finished

3rd with 3-3. Tennant holds onto the

championship plate in MX2.

MX3: Ian Topliss went on to win both heats

in the MX3 Class followed closely Dewald

van der Berg. Brett Bircher battled this

weekend and after a 3rd in the first heat only

managed a 7th in the second. This allowed

Leonard Petersen a chance to get onto the

podium with a 4th and a 3rd in each heat for

3rd overall.

125cc: In the highly competitive 125cc High

School Class, Cameron Durow put down a

master-class by taking a double win. Justin

Sangster finished 2nd and Dalton Venter

followed in 3rd.

Ladies: Looking for redemption after the

Bloem round, Kayla Raaff did exactly that and

went on to take the win in the Ladies Class.

Leah Heygate finished in 2nd place with

Yanke Pieterse back on the podium in 3rd.

MX 2 Start Jasson Viiser (14) Maddy Malan (57) and Slade Smith (737)

Bradley Cox

Triston Purdon

High School 125 cc start Salton Venter (151) and Mark Carthy (24)

Husqvarna’s Maddy Malan

Caleb Tennant

Anthony Raynard

Willow Rock Shopping Centre, Solomon Mahlangu Drive, Equestria,

Pretoria East LANDLINE: 012 111 0190 / 012 809 1670


Pics by Zygmund Brodalka

Pro Mini’s: The Pro Mini Class saw a

double win for Jonathan Mlimi followed by

Mark Anthony and Blake Young whom both

swapped out the available 2nd’s and 3rd’s.

85cc: In the 85cc Juniors, Luke Grundy

took the overall spoils for his 2nd and 1st

in the two Heats. He was pushed in both

heats with Emmanuel Bako who finished in

2nd with Wesley McGavin following in 3rd.

65cc was a tough affair as always - and

despite KTM and Husqvarna dominance

in this class, big news came in the form

of Luca Mynhardt who gave Yamaha their

first podium in the second heat with a great

3rd. He would also finish 3rd overall behind

the two most aggressive riders on the day,

Emmanuel Bako and Barend Du Toit who

finished 1st and 2nd respectively.

The 50cc Class saw wins from both Andrea

Mynhardt and Jack Pullen, with the latter

eventually topping the overall podium and

Mynhardt dropping to 3rd.

A 2nd and 3rd in the two races from Louis

Mostert saw take 2nd overall.

What a fantastic day of racing. Awesome

entertainment for the crowds and such

amazing talent from all of the riders. See you

out there soon!

Dalton Venter

Justin Sangster 125cc

High School

Regan Wasmuth

125cc High School

Cameron Durow 125

cc High School

Dewald van der Berg

(51) MX 3

Brett Bircher MX3

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National Motorcross

Proudly Brought to you by:

Ian Topliss MX 3

2018 SA

Motocross

Nationals Terra

Topia Results:

Leah Haygate Ladies class

Kyla Raaff Ladies class

MX1

1st David Goosen

2nd Anthony Raynard

3rd Caleb Tennant

4th Tristan Purdon

5th Jayden Ashwell

MX2

1st Caleb Tennant

2nd Maddy Malan

3rd Kerim Fitz-Gerald

4th David Goosen

5th Tristan Purdon

Jonathan Mlimi Pro Mini

Mark-Anthony Pilip Pro Mini

Blake Young Pro Mini

MX3

1st Ian Topliss

2nd Dewald van der Berg

3rd Leonard Peterson

Ladies

1st Kayla Raaff

2nd Leah Heygate

3rd Yanke Pieterse

125 High School

1st Cameron Durow

2nd Justin Sangster

3rd Dalton Venter

50cc Start with Jake Pullen (31) Andrea

Mynhardt (5) and Blake Frost (29)

Lucca Mynhardt 65cc

Pro Mini

1st Jonathan Mlimi

2nd Mark-Anthony Filip

3rd Blake Young

85cc Juniors

1st Luke John Grundy

2nd Emmanuel Bako

3rd Wesley McGavin

Luke John

Grundy 65 cc

Nicol Smit

50cc

65cc

1st Emmanuel Bako

2nd Barend Du Toit

3rd Lucca Mynhardt

Neil van der Vyver 65 cc Wesley McGavin 85 cc Emmanuel Bako 65 cc

50cc

1st Jack Pullen

2nd Louis Mostert

3rd Andrea Mynhardt

Willow Rock Shopping Centre, Solomon Mahlangu Drive, Equestria,

Pretoria East LANDLINE: 012 111 0190 / 012 809 1670


NATIONAL ENDURO: IMPI HARD ENDURO

ZULULAND ROARS

Round three of the National

Enduro Championship took racers

to a small town called, Tugela

Ferry, situated in the KZN region.

This round formed part of the

very popular Impi Hard Enduro

and counted for one and a half

championship points due to the

double round cancelled earlier in

the year.

Bikes crawled across every path for the

weekend of the 29th and 30th of June, with

the IMPI registration making camp on the

beautiful banks of the Tugela river.

Set against the backdrop of the rugged

and mountainous landscape, the venue of this

year’s event served as an impressive central

headquarters for what was a well-supported

event. With 480 riders in attendance, the

community and energy of the pits and

campsite was the boost the participants

needed in what has been the toughest Impi

to date.

With no room to ease into proceedings,

Thursday’s time trial gave the riders the first

taste of the merciless track that lay before

them. Displaying some tough technical

stretches, riders were put through their paces

in preparation for the first day of real racing.

Friday morning’s wakeup call sounded loud

and clear through the valley as the smoky

pits were flooded with the deep revs of bikes


eady and rearing for the day. Loops loaded,

tracks set and refuels dispatched, each rider

set out to tackle unforgiving passes and

seemingly impossible climbs. The ultimate test

had begun. Boasting the perfect combination

of brisk open plain riding and exhausting

technical climbs, man and machine forged

through paths never ridden before. With

messages of encouragement spray painted

on the hefty rocks that blocked their paths, the

riders each persisted through the pain. Bronze

(78-80kms), Silver (115km) and Gold (150km)

each pushed their riders to their limit as tired

and muddied faces passed through the pits

as Day 1 came to close.

Despite the tribulations on the field, the

pits were filled once more with steel and

determination in the morning of Day 2.

Swopping the two Bronze loops and reversing

the Silver kept the riders on their toes as

they strived to attain that final elusive finish.

Spectators crowded and cheered on the

banks of the river as the riders confronted

and bested their final barrier, truly earning their

IMPI finishes. The country’s top contenders

gave it their all to compete for the title of IMPI

champion and this year the young Blake

Gutzeit managed to conquer them all to claim

his first place spot on the Gold podium. With

Kyle Flanagan and William Slater putting up

a close fight at 2nd and 3rd respectively,

the quality of riding has clearly grown from

strength to greater strength.

With a powerful support from Total and

Michelin, sponsorship of riding helmets by HJC,

drinks enjoyed by Red Bull, aQuella, Hammer

Nutrition, Joekels Tea and Fairfield Dairy and

food from Racefood, the high standard of the

race was able to be maintained.

Many riders complete the IMPI with wild

pride as they look back on the enormous

challenge they have conquered. Others, who

are unable to complete this mammoth race

prepare to return next year to ultimately take on

the beast once more.


From Team Pepson Plastics Husqvarna racing:

“I’d say that was a pretty positive weekend for

Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing,” Husqvarna

Motorcycles South Africa brand manager Fred

Fensham concluded. “We never struck any gold

in the Tugela River Valley, but both our riders

scored well to see William Oosthuizen into the

championship lead, while young Matthew Green

delivered his best result so far, so we head into

the second half of the SA enduro season on a

strong footing.”

Born as a training race to test riders on their

path to the rocky mountains of Roof of Africa, the

riders now express that the Roof may be better

served as a tester for IMPI….

From Team Yamaha:

“We are very pleased with the performance from both our riders, and team. Both of our

riders took the top step of the podium in the E1 and E2 classes respectively, and we

managed to clinch the manufacturers win too. This round proved to be a key point in the

championship as it put both of our riders back into title contention after a difficult start to

the season. We look forward to the Umzumbe rounds where we hope to continue with

our positive momentum.”


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THE KALAHARI FERRARI WINS IN HIS HOME TOWN.

The Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000

Desert Race took place from 22 to 24

June over a distance of a thousand

kilometres from the Jwaneng sport

complex in Botswana. It was dominated

by the local Botswana rider Ross

‘Kalahari Ferrari’ Branch (Brother Leader

Tread KTM) who claimed a hat-trick by

winning the motorcycle category for the

third consecutive year overall.

Branch posted the fastest time after

the 35 kilometre time trial on Friday

that determined the starting order for

Saturday’s race and he was again the

fastest bike after almost 450 kilometres

of racing. On Sunday he did it again

and won in front of his home-crowd to

take the victory for rounds three and

four of the SA National Cross Country

Championship as well as the overall

win and the overall victory in OR1

(Open Class).

Branch’s arch rival, Kenny Gilbert

(Pepson Plastics Husqvarna) fi nished as

the runner-up on the overall standings

as well as in OR1 after two solid

results. Both Branch and Gilbert used

the TDR 1000 as preparation for their

participation in the 2019 Dakar Rally

where they will be racing for two weeks

in South America.

The third place belonged to the talented

Jaycee Nienaber (Holeshot Husqvarna)

who also claimed the fi nal podium spot

in OR1 after a fourth and third place.

The route for this year’s desert race was

not only fast, but also tight and tricky

and it seemed to benefi t the bigger

motorcycles.

Fourth overall and winning OR2 (250cc),

was Gareth Cole (KTM Durban) who

battled it out with Taki Bogiages

(Pepson Plastics Husqvarna) for the

best place on the overall standings as

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well as for the OR2 crown. After three days

and almost a thousand kilometres, Bogiages,

who took the class on Saturday, had to

settle for the runner-up result in OR2 and

the fi fth place overall as a mere 73 seconds

separated him from Cole who had a victory

and a runner-up result behind his name.

The second Botswana rider in the top 10,

was former OR3 (200cc) champion, Yamaha’s

Dartagnan Lobjoit who now also competes

in OR1. A solid result consisting of a fi fth and

a third on his home turf meant lots of points

on the scoreboard and a happy homecrowd.

The battle for the best overall position

between Lobjoit and the Brother Leader

Tread KTM team-mates, Louw Schmidt and

Jarryd Coetzee, was extremely tight as they

were covered by a blanket of only 1 minute

52 seconds after the three days. Schmidt

fi nished a minute and a half behind Lobjoit

and was fi fth in OR1 while Coetzee trailed his

team-mate by a mere 22 seconds to clinch

the OR3 victory for the fi rst time this season.

He won the class on both days.

He had to look over his shoulder for Wynand

Delport (Trax KTM) who made a come-back

to off-road racing after not competing since

2009. Delport rounded off the OR2 podium

and fi nished ninth overall, only a minute and 29

seconds behind Coetzee. Ian Rall (KTM) had

a good race and fi nished 10th while he was

second in OR3 after two runner-up results.

There is just no stopping the three times

Senior Class champion, Juan ‘Bollie’

van Rooyen (Brother Leader Tread KTM)

showed the younger riders how to tackle

the Botswana desert by winning his class

on both days and fi nishing 11th overall.

He had a healthy gap to Hentie Hanekom

(Husqvarna) who took the runner-up result

in the class after fi nishing third each day.

Hanekom was 14th overall, only a minute

and 27 seconds ahead of Bruce Viljoen

(Bikers Warehouse Husqvarna) who fi lled the

fi nal step of the Senior Class podium and

rounded off the top 15.

In between the more senior and experienced

riders, were younger competitors who are

Kenny G storms through.

2nd overall..

still building on their desert race experience.

Former High School champion, Stefan van

Deventer (Motul Alfi e Cox KTM) fi nished

third in OR3 and was 12th overall while his

team-mate, Bradley Cox, who is following in

dad Alfi e’s footsteps and competed in his fi rst

desert race, had to settle for fourth in OR3

after he experienced gearbox problems. He

was 13th overall.

Also in the top 20 were Hein van Niekerk

(Holeshot Husqvarna) who fi nished 16th

overall and fourth in OR2, only 62 seconds

behind Viljoen; Maarten van Jaarsveld (Bikers

Warehouse Husqvarna) was 17th and fi fth

in OR3; Wilhelm Schönfeldt (Yamaha) was

18th overall and sixth in OR3; Travis Gehlig

(Pepson Plastics Husqvarna) fi nished 19th

and fi fth in OR2 and former desert race quad

winner and champion, Hannes Saaijman

(Q-KON EMD Racing KTM) posted the 20th

fastest time and fi nished fourth overall in the

Senior Class.

A total of 30 riders completed the full national

race distance with Kirsten Landman (Brother

Leader Tread KTM) the only lady rider to do

so. It was an emotional event for Landman

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who ended in hospital fi ve years ago when

she crashed at this event. She fi nished 10th

in OR3.

The High School Class was won by Frans

Kock (KTM) who was 24th overall. He was

also the only High School competitor who

managed to complete both rounds of the

national championship in Botswana. There

was some bad luck for the championship

leader, Nardus Rabe (KTM) as well

as Storm Viljoen (Bikers Warehouse

Husqvarna) and Ryan Pelser (TRP RAD

Moto KTM) who won on Saturday, but they

all bagged some points for their efforts in

Botswana.

In the Master Class, multiple champions,

Pieter Holl (Berth Smith All Stars Racing

KTM) and Wayne Farmer (Bikers

Warehouse Husqvarna) continued their

ongoing battle with Hall pipping Farmer by

a mere 1 minute 33 seconds in the desert.

Holl won on both days followed closely

by Farmer. Chris Opperman (Husqvarna)

rounded off the Master Class podium after

two solid third places with the track car

racing driver, Iain Pepper (Pepson Plastics

Husqvarna) fourth and Bert Smith (Bert

Smith All Stars Racing KTM) fi fth overall

after a tough three days in the saddle for

these ‘older’ riders.

Patrick Moore (Live Lesotho Yamaha) won

the Silver Class Interprovincial Challenge

followed by Kyle Schutte (KTM) and Eugene

Bierman (Q-KON EMD Racing KTM).

Some of the riders who experienced

problems at the TDR 1000 and could not

complete the full race distance over three

days but managed to score some points

towards the SA National Cross Country

Championship, included former desert race

winner, Louwrens Mahoney (Brother Leader

Tread KTM) who could not fi nish the race

on Saturday, but managed a fi fth place

overall and second in OR2 on Sunday.

Charan Moore (Live Lesotho Yamaha)

was also unlucky although he fi nished and

scored points on Saturday. Two more riders

who are eyeing the 2019 Dakar Rally, Ryan

Bland (KTM) and Stuart Gregory (KTM)

took on the Botswana desert with Gregory

fi nishing 28th overall.

This event formed rounds two and three of

the Botswana Motorsport National Off-road

Championship (BMS) while the TDR 1000

Desert Adventure Race, ideally for quad

riders, but also for motorcycle riders who

did not compete in the SA National Cross

Country Championship, also attracted

entries.

Three of the fi ve quads completed the

full race distance with Paul dos Santos

(Yamaha) winning followed by Riaan Dique

(Yamaha) and lady rider, Carly Botha

(Yamaha). Izak van Wyk (Husqvarna) won

the Senior Class (bikes) while Marcel

Breytenbach (KTM) won the Master Class.

John Kelly (Kawasaki) won the BMS

Championship overall as well as OR1

followed by Allan Ryan (KTM) who also

took the Senior Class with Boineelo Rantao

(Kawasaki) third overall and taking OR3.

SA 1st enduro lady

Kirsten Landman raced

the desert for the first

time since her accident...

Taki B on the gas...

Charan Moore

Jarryd Coetzee, OR3

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• Blake Gutzeit, winner Impi Hard Enduro.

• Kyle Flanagan. 2nd Impi hard Enduro

• William Oosthuisen. 3rd overall Impi hard Enduro

• Matthew Green. 6th overall Impi Hard Enduro.

• Alex Salvini 1st Trentino GP, world Enduro GP

• Steve Holcombe 2nd trentinoGP, World Enduro GP.

• Loic Larrieu 3rd Trentino GP, World enduro GP.

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S A L A D Y R A C E R

BEATING THE BOYS

Carly Botha

Racing runs in this family’s veins – 22 year old Carly is the girlfriend of Attie Saaijman – brother of Dakar

racer Hannes. Along with 8 other riders, she races in the Q-Kon race team on her YFZ450 Quad…

She started riding socially at the age of 7. Her first quad

was a Dinli Helix 100… from there – there is a long list of

quads from Honda TRX300’s, to LTZ400’s.

Her first race bike was a 2005 TRX450R, complete with

Elka suspension – and (gulp) that horrible forward kickstarter.

Then she sold all the quads… And took a 2 year break when

she took up Karate (Yup, boys, she’s Black Belt!).

But the bug bites. She bought a Yammie YFZ450 and

started racing again. Her first race was one of the Northern

Regions races where she came first against big names at the

time like Liesel Barnard and Karen Geldenhuys.

That was when she figured that racing is a great idea.

2016 she bought a Yammie YZ250 and raced GXCC

socially – one on the bike, next one on the quad. All for

training and to figure out what she actually wanted to race. It

was a learning year in the WOW class with several podiums.

WOW is a mixed class, boys and girls.

2017 was proper race time…

With national quad racing falling away, GXCC is really the

only series in Gauteng that offers quad riders the opportunity

to go racing. Last year, Carly was on the podium in every

“Last year, Carly

was on the podium

in every race – and

she won the off-road

ladies championship.

That makes her SA’s

number 1 quad racer.

Incidentally, her

boyfriend and race

partner Attie won

the mens open class

series. A great year.”

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race – and she won the off-road ladies

championship. That makes her SA’s number

1 quad racer. Incidentally, her boyfriend and

race partner Attie won the mens open class

series. A great year.

In 2018, her dream was to race the

Toyota Desert 1000.

She signed a deal with the Q-Kon team,

went hunting for sponsors and is now

taking her racing to the next level…

With the EWXC ladies B motorcycle

championship already in the bag, her eye

is on the quad trophy again this year. She’s

won two of the races so far this year with

an additional 2nd place so its looking quite

good so far.

The highlight of her race career so far

was the Toyota desert race.

Despite many politics, road license

misunderstandings and all sorts, this year,

quads were once again included in the

Botswana Desert 1000. Because it is not a

part of any series for SA quad champs, she

was the only lady who entered the Quad

Adventure class – 1000 kilometers over 2

and a bit, days of racing.

Bear in mind that the ladies class is

500KM’s, so the 1000km Adventure class

is actually for the “Manne…” with all of

the politics in ladies racing, she wanted to

prove her point and race against the boys.

Of the 50 motorcycle and quad finishers,

“Bear in mind that

the ladies class is

500KM’s, so the

1000km Adventure

class is actually for

the “Manne…” with

all of the politics in

ladies racing, she

wanted to prove

her point and race

against the boys.”

Carly ended 3rd on the podium in the Quad

Adventure class.

As far as we know, this is the first time

that a lady quad rider has been on the

podium in this event…

She loved the race – super safe with a

carnival atmosphere. “The riders are very

professional and courteous. The 35 KM

Time trial was great fast and flat… I flew

along it suited me perfectly.”

Race day: In the first 50kms of the race,

she lost her GPS and had to turn around

to look for it – through the bush. After 20

minutes hunting, she gave up and had to

start catching up with everyone who had

now overtaken. “Hectic dust… I crashed

and rolled the quad. Bent the steering

column and broke the swingarm bolt, which

in turn broke an engine mount…”

She rolled the quad upright and limped

into the refuel where fellow competitor and

Mr Nice Guy, Steed Wilkinson loaned her

one of his GPS’s. She continued the race

but managed to make up a lot of places by

the end of the day.

The night was spent swinging spanners

and getting a massage from Mom… she

felt like one big walking bruise. She was

ready to throw in the towel, but hard words

from her team mates saw her back on her

quad the following morning.

It was a freezing start – the dust was

Racing Iron

man on her

KTM 250.

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HECTIC, but everything went her way.

The route was a lot tighter, so she was

able to work her way up the field. At the

first pit stop, the smile was back and

she figured that she was actually having

a lot of fun. “Let’s finish” – loads of

crashes and breakdowns, including her

team mate Attie, she had to change her

mindset and pace herself to finish.

She says that the last 20 kilometres

were killer. Although she felt good

physically, the 3 days of racing had taken

its toll on her psyche. She really had to

dig deep to get the job done – and the

whoops felt never ending…

The finish line made it all worthwhile,

when she saw her mom and Attie

waiting, she knew that it was job done.

But she had no idea of where she had

come in. She was not even aware that

she had hit the podium and was actually

in the shower when at the prizegiving,

she was announced.

3rd overall in the Adventure class, and

the only ladies finisher in the quad class.

Quite an achievement.

As we type, she is preparing for her

next race, with her eye firmly on the

ladies quad championship for 2018.

Watch this space…

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belt karate…

Her no 1 supporter

- Mom Vera.

Happiness it - lets

go racing!

Some of the Q-Kon team.

With the family and

the trophy in bots.

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H O T T O P I C

CONTROVERSY?

FLYING THE FLAG?

T H E V L A A N D E R E N F L A G D E B A C L E

Here is a hot potato. Calvin

Vlaanderin is one of our MX boys

who races MX GP in Europe. It

appears that MSA, our motorsport

regulatory body has objected to

him riding and racing under the

South African Flag? It sounds

ridiculous. We have Emailed MSA

on this topic and requested some

clarity… Their reply is below – and

rules, perhaps are rules.

“You are Dutch again this week, so I

guess you are just changing that every

week depending on how you feel?”

There is actually a big story about that.

This from Calvin:

“This week MSA, which is Motorsport

South Africa, they complained to

Youthstream because I have not

asked them for permission to ride

with the South African flag. I think it

is ridiculous. I am really p*** off about

it. That is why I just said, You know

what? Screw that. I am going with the

Dutch flag from now on.”

“MSA have never helped me in my

career, never once. Now I am really

proud to represent South Africa and

to put them on the top step of the

podium and also on the podiums

before that. When I hear that they

complained, because I did not ask

them for permission to ride with the

flag, that is just ridiculous. I am really

p**** off about it.”

I am obviously still a South African

and I am proud to be South African, but

I am also half Dutch and now I am also

proud to be half Dutch.”

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“How does that work then? Why would you

even have to ask permission? If you are

South African, you get that. You do not have

to ask anyone. They do not control the flag. It

just sounds a bit f**** up.”

“It is a bit f***** up. Sorry for my language,

but it is f**** up. I have a Dutch passport and

I ride with a Dutch license and the Dutch

Federation helped me with that. They paid for

my world championship license. I chose to

ride with the South African flag and, because

I am riding with a Dutch license, I think they

complained because I am not on a South

African license or some s*** like that. So,

anyway, I am going to post something about

it this week on social media, because I am

quite p***** off and I hope all my South African

fans will understand me and my decision to

go with the Dutch flag.”

“How does that work then?

Why would you even have to ask

permission? If you are South African,

you get that. You do not have to ask

anyone. They do not control the flag...”

Can you ride for Holland in the ‘Nations

then? Are you enough Dutch to do that

or how does that work? Are they going

to let you ride for South Africa?

“There is also a lot of talk with what is going

on with the ‘Nations and things like that. It is

cool. I am excited. We will see what happens.

I cannot really say what I am going to do yet.”

Obviously not going to ride for South

Africa. I probably could ride for Holland. We

have a good team with Jeffrey [Herlings] and

Glenn [Coldenhoff]. We could go for the win

actually. We will see what happens. I think the

Dutch Federation will let me ride if I want to.”

I am just not happy with some Dutch fans.

They do not really understand. They do not

really accept me riding for Holland, because

I am not truly Dutch. It hurts sometimes to

see all the posts and some people talking s***

about me, because I am not truly Dutch and

riding with the Dutch flag.”

(Massive confusion among the Dutch fans

because they do not know the politics behind

the scenes.)

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CONTROVERSY?

But we will see what happens. I think I just

need to do what I want to do and that is it…”

Here is the reply from MSA, one of

South Africa’s sports controlling bodies:

MSA, as the FIM affiliate for South Africa, is

duty bound to follow the rules and policies

of the FIM. It was for this reason that MSA

queried the position with the FIM when it

became evident that Calvin Vlaanderen was

listed as South African on the entry list for

the FIM motocross world championship

while he races on a Dutch-issued

competition licence (and on which licence

his nationality is listed as “Netherlands”).

MSA did not wish to unwittingly find itself to

be in contravention of any FIM policies or

regulations, hence the query made. MSA

did not, and does not, seek to prevent

Calvin from racing as a South African if

he wishes to do so in terms of his dual

nationality and the FIM has no objection to

him doing so.

So there you have it – perhaps a storm

in a teacup!

Our opinion:

Kevin Anderson lives and plays most of his

tennis in the USA. He is still South African

and is a fantastic ambassador for our

country. It’s great to see that riders like Ryan

are still proud of the association with SA –

and in our humble opinion, we should say

thank you to guys like this for flying the flag.

Calvin Vlaanderen was born in Port

Elizabeth before moving with the family to

Cape Town, when he was two years old.

He started motocross riding at the age

of three on a pocket bike 50cc, while the

following year he began racing at club level

with some struggles in terms of results

early on.

He then became South African

champion in the 50cc, 65cc and 125cc

classes, before making a first appearance in

Europe at the age of 12 in the 85cc World

Championship in the Netherlands – and he

managed to qualify for the race. In 2011,

Calvin took part in some European races,

while the following year he got a call from a

German team to go racing in the European

Championship: this is when Vlaanderen

started to live full time in Europe.

“I was living in Germany, alone, and I

was just 15 years old! It was tough at the

beginning, but then you get used to it.”

In 2013, Calvin was third in the

European Championship – 125cc – and

fifth in the quarter-litre class. He then

moved up to MX2 in 2015 with a three-year

contract, before joining Team HRC at the

end of last year.

CAREER INFORMATION

2003 50cc South African National Champion

2007 85cc Junior South African National Champion

2010 Pro Mini Class South African National Champion

2011 125 High School South African National Champion

2013 Junior World Championship 125cc 2nd

2013 EMX125 European Championship 3rd

2016 MX2 World Championship 12th

2017 MX2 World Championship 13th

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