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AUGUST 2018 RSA R35.00
9 771815 337001
FIRST LOOK PASTRANA DOES ADVENTURE RIDE
2019 SHERCO’S SOMETHING EVEL ACROSS THE CAPE
PLUS: // IMPI HARD ENDURO
// BOTSWANA DESERT RACE
// 2019 HUSQVARNA MX // NATIONAL MOTOCROSS
// LATEST GEAR // TO FLY THE SA FLAG?
& LOADS MORE!
The Adventure awaits
Universal spray guard
TREKKER 52 ltr top-case
TREKKER 33 ltr side-case
TanklockED bag , 20 lt
Lower your G310 GS
35mm by replacing front springs and add rear link - 55mm by replacing front springs and rear shock
HYPERPRO EMULSION SHOCK
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)
The HYPERPRO STREETBOX!
contains a 460 type emulsion
shock with rebound adjustment,
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
BE ONE OF US!
General Catalogue 2018
GAUTENG ZEEMANS MOTORCYCLES 011 435 7177
ZEEMANS BIKING ACCESSORIES MOTORCYCLES 011 012435 3427177
BIKING GAUTENG FACTORY ACCESSORIES RACING
FACTORY ZEEMANS GAME MOTOR RACING MOTORCYCLES SERVICES
012 011 342 8677474
011867 435 8490092
GAME BIKING MOTO-MATE MOTOR ACCESSORIES RIVONIA SERVICES 012 011849 234 3427000
FACTORY MOTO-MATE RACING RIVONIA STONERIDGE 011234 867 6095275
MOTO-MATE GAME JUST BIKING MOTOR STONERIDGE SERVICES 011 016609 849 4210944
JUST MOTO-MATE KCR MOTORCYCLE BIKING RIVONIA FANATIX 016 011 421 234 9751153
KCR MOTO-MATE OFF-ROAD MOTORCYCLE CYCLES STONERIDGE FANATIX 011 012975 609 3335405
OFF-ROAD JUST PRIMROSE BIKING MOTORCYCLES 012 016 011 333 828 4216443
PRIMROSE KCR RANDBURG MOTORCYCLE MOTORCYCLES FANATIX 011828 975 7929091
RANDBURG OFF-ROAD WAYNE HEASMAN MOTORCYCLES RACING 012 011792 955 3336829
WAYNE PRIMROSE HEASMAN MOTORCYCLES RACING 011 955 8285960
RANDBURG MPUMALANGA MOTORCYCLES 011 792 6829
WAYNE BIKE CITY HEASMAN RACING 011 013 955 244 5960 2143
CITY 013 244 2143
SALLEYS YAMAHA 051 430 3326
BIKE CITY 013 244 2143
SALLEYS YAMAHA 051 430 3326
SALLEYS YAMAHA 051 430 3326
PBA DEALER LISTING
PBA DEALER LISTING
PBA DEALER LISTING
BIKERS PARADISE 018 297 4700
BIKERS INSANE PARADISE BIKERS 018 014297 5944700
MOTORS BIKERS @ KLERKSDORP
MOTORS BIKERS WATER RITE PARADISE @ KLERKSDORP MOTORCYCLES
014 018594 4682111
018468 297 7711800
WATER INSANE RITE BIKERS MOTORCYCLES 018 014771 5945050
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
015 297 3291
KZN PERRY’S M/CYCLES BALITO 084 353 2713
PERRY’S ROCKET M/CYCLES RACING PINETOWN BALITO 084 031353 7022713
ROCKET RACING PINETOWN MARITZBURG 031 033702 2642606
ROCKET PERRY’S RBS YAMAHA RACING M/CYCLES MARITZBURG BALITO 033 084 031264 353 7013240
RBS ROCKET YAMAHA RACING PINETOWN 031 701 7021311
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
PERRY’S ZEEMANS M/CYCLES MOTORCYCLES UMHLANGA HILLCREST 031 011566 765 4357411
PERRY’S RIDE BIKING HIGH ACCESSORIES M/CYCLES WITH YAMAHA HILLCREST 031 035 012765 789 3422560
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
CAPE TRAC-MAC MOTO-MATE PROVINCE BELVILLE PAARDEN-EILAND STONERIDGE 021 011945 510 6093724
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
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
SALLEYS YAMAHA 051 430 3326
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
“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
Office no (011) 979-5035
18: FIRST RIDE: 2019 YAMAHA YZ85 24: ADV RIDE: ENGLISHMAN IN SA
42: EXTREME: PASTRANA “EVEL” JUMP 46: NEW BIKES: 2019 SHERCO & HUSQVARNA’S
CALL 011 979 5035 OR EMAIL
Digital or hard copy.
60: NAT RACING: MX, ENDURO & OFFROAD 78: HOT TOPIC: CALVIN VLAANDEREN
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Piston and Gasket Sets
Cranks, Conrods and Camshafts
Cylinder Kits, Rebores, Main Bearings and Clutch Plates
VALVES,STEM SEALS AND SPRINGS
no 4 Fifth avenue
011 425 1081/4
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
Its almost 1000 km’s of fantastic dirtbike riding,
raising funds the the QuadPara association of South
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
An awesome experience for such a great cause.
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
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
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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Big Boy TSR250
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
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
For more info or to find a dealer,
visit SAM’s website: www.
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
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
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
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
• Shorter overall height making it the
premier women’s race boot on the
• All day comfort and support.
• Race-bonded outsole.
• Soft touch aluminum buckles for easy
• Plastic shin plate medial guard provides
At dealers or www.foxracing.co.za
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On track, trail, road or farm, Big Boy’s range delivers, affordably.
CONGRATS to our TSR250 Competition
Winner- Mr. Russell Harvey
Utility ATV 250
D860 Max R75,999.00
D860 Std. R69,999.00
Junior and senior pit bikes.
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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Acerbis’s new adventure bike gear:
This lot have branched into the world of adventure
biking with a range of very practical riding gear.
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.
Inner: Removable padding quilted inner lining and
removable UREAMAX membrane, H2O resistance
• 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.
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…
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
The pants attach to the Acerbis jackets via a sturdy
• Inner Quilted lining and UREAMAX 5000/5000 ml.
• 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
· Oil- and gasoline-resistant rubber sole.
· 3 plastic hooks with micrometric adjustment straps
and adjustable upper Velcro closure.
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Dunlop has just introduced the
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
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
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
At dealers. Available for most motocross and enduro
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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rider gear accessories adv jackets youth mx
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
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
Watch this space - www.scssa.co.za
Bike Kings now open in PTA:
A massive new motorcycle accessories store has just
opened in Lynwood, Pretoria. They stock everything you
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.
Call 012 271 0070 - www.bikekings.co.za
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C O V E R S T O R Y
KEY SPECS YZ85
Engine: 85cc liquid-cooled 2-stroke; reedvalve
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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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
going to be a whole lot more
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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C O V E R S T O R Y
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
• 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
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
· 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
· 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
· The front brake is excellent – the rear is
adequate but needs some sorting. It feels a bit
· 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
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
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
That’s fl ippen fast for an 85.
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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
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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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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 …
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’
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’
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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
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
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
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!
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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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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
nails all three of
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 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
“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
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
￼ 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
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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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
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
– 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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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
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
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
– 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.
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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.
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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
The all-new TC 50, TC 65 and TC 85
are two-stroke machines that pack both
Husky’s premium technology and top-shelf
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
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
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
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Monster Energy Yamaha’s
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.
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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
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
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)
High School 125 cc start Salton Venter (151) and Mark Carthy (24)
Husqvarna’s Maddy Malan
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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!
Justin Sangster 125cc
125cc High School
Cameron Durow 125
cc High School
Dewald van der Berg
(51) MX 3
Brett Bircher MX3
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Leah Haygate Ladies class
Kyla Raaff Ladies class
1st David Goosen
2nd Anthony Raynard
3rd Caleb Tennant
4th Tristan Purdon
5th Jayden Ashwell
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
1st Ian Topliss
2nd Dewald van der Berg
3rd Leonard Peterson
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
1st Jonathan Mlimi
2nd Mark-Anthony Filip
3rd Blake Young
1st Luke John Grundy
2nd Emmanuel Bako
3rd Wesley McGavin
Grundy 65 cc
1st Emmanuel Bako
2nd Barend Du Toit
3rd Lucca Mynhardt
Neil van der Vyver 65 cc Wesley McGavin 85 cc Emmanuel Bako 65 cc
1st Jack Pullen
2nd Louis Mostert
3rd Andrea Mynhardt
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NATIONAL ENDURO: IMPI HARD ENDURO
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
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
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
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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NATIONAL OFFROAD RACING
DESERT RACE 2018
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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...
Jarryd Coetzee, OR3
This is why they call him
the Kalahari Ferrari.
Franziska and Fred
having a chat in the
A D V E R T O R I A L
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• William Oosthuisen. 3rd overall Impi hard Enduro
• Matthew Green. 6th overall Impi Hard Enduro.
• Alex Salvini 1st Trentino GP, world Enduro GP
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• 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
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
That makes her SA’s
number 1 quad racer.
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
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
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
man on her
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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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Just remember boys… she’s black
Her no 1 supporter
- Mom Vera.
Happiness it - lets
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
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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Calvin Vlaanderen could end up on the
Dutch Motocross of Nations squad
(Honda Racing Corporation).
“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
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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!
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
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.
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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