Dirt and Trail October 2018

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Hi guys

We’ve carried over lots of content for next

months issue - so to all the guys that we

chased for features - we’ve not forgotten you

it’s purely a space issue...

Busy busy - this motorcycle trade is hectic

at the moment plenty going on and lots of

bums in saddles.

Van der Merwe goes to Paris to watch the

Boks take on the Brits at the world cup.

Whilst in Paris, he walks around, gaping

and staring at everything - so much so that

he walks smack bang into a fi re hydrant

which hits him so hard on the family jewels

that he has to be rushed to hospital where

the doctors tell him they have to remove his

testicles.

Van goes berserk, he bites and snarls at

every one and he won’t let anybody within

10 metres of him. Eventually they fi nd a

South African doctor in the hospital and get

him to talk to Van.

He walks up to Van and tells him “Hey Van,

die ouens moet jou knaters uithaal.”

Van replies “O, okay, ek dog die bliksems wil

my test tickets vat.”

Have a great month - enjoy the read and you

Adventure riders better enter the competition!

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Honda Announces 2019 Off-Road Models

All-new models include the CRF450L and CRF250RX…

Honda has announced its 2019 off-road motorcycles,

including two all-new models such as the closedcourse

CRF250RX and road-legal CRF450L. Other

bikes receive a number of updates include the

CRF450RX and CRF450X.

Buts let’s look at the two that caught our eye…

Honda CRF450L

About time – this thing looks proper!!

One of the most notable changes to Honda’s 2019

off-road lineup is the new CRF450L model, a bike

intended to be a full-fledged off-road machine and

road legal as well. Architecturally, the Unicam engine

looks fairly similar to the CRF450R motocrosser, but

is different in several ways including an increased

crank mass (up 12 percent over the CRF450R)

designed to provide better tractability in technical

conditions, a new three-ring design piston, a

wide-ratio six-speed transmission, a special

clutch design for easier lever pull, a highercapacity

lithium-ion battery, a larger-capacity

radiator, an electric fan, and a 2-gallon

titanium fuel tank.

The CRF450L comes with similar suspension

components as the CRF450R including a Showa

49mm fork and Showa shock, but both units have

dedicated settings designed to handle on- and

off-road use. The aluminum frame is similar to

the CRF450R, and so is the front brake. However,

the CRF450L’s front brake is designed with better

fading resistance due to the thicker discs and largercapacity

reservoir. It also has a urethane-injected

swingarm designed to reduce road noise, a black

Renthal 7/8-inch handlebar with a red bar pad, and

a gas cap with a cut-off valve to prevent fuel from

flowing out of tank if the bike is on its side.

The CRF450L has an IRC GP21 front tyre and

IRC GP22 rear tyre, both mounted to black rims.

Additionally, to make it street legal, it has a dedicated

single-silencer

exhaust system

that meets emission

requirements,

mirrors, and LED

lights.

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Honda CRF250RX

A 250 enduro machine! About time!

The second new model to Honda’s off-road lineup is

the CRF250RX. The all-new machine is based on the

CRF250R motocross bike and joins the CRF450RX

as another one of Honda’s closed-course, off-road

competition bikes.

The CRF250RX is equipped with off-road-specific

parts in stock form, including a 2.2-gallon resin

fuel tank, an 18-inch rear wheel, and a kickstand.

The electric-start-equipped DOHC engine has dual

exhaust ports, a 44mm throttle body, a downdraft

intake layout similar to the CRF250R motocrosser,

and ECU settings tailored for off-road riding

conditions.

The Showa 49mm coil-spring fork and Showa shock

are similar to the CRF250R, but both suspension

components are set up specifically for off-road use.

Also, the top triple clamp features two handlebar

holder locations for moving the handlebar rearward

and forward by 26mm, and the bar can be moved an

additional 10mm from the base position, resulting in

four total unique riding positions.

The CRF250RX comes with HRC launch control,

a Renthal Fatbar handlebar, and Dunlop AT81 tires

fitted to black rims.

As soon as Honda lets us know the bikes are

available, we’ll grab them and take em for a test ride.

Cannot wait!

2019 Kawasaki KX450 here soon.

The new 2019 Kawasaki KX450 motocross bike,

boasts a more powerful engine and a lighter

aluminium chassis than its predecessor.

Aimed squarely at intermediate to advanced-level offroaders,

other features of the bike include an electric

start, launch control and Kawasaki’s first hydraulic

clutch for a motocross machine.

With a kerb weight of just 110kg, Kawasaki has

re-worked the bike’s single-cylinder 449cc engine to

produce an extra 3.4bhp in peak power. Meanwhile,

a flatter torque curve will also help riders get on the

power earlier.

In the event of a spill, a new electric start will also

help riders get back up and going quicker, with the

hydraulic clutch offering a lighter lever action and less

play as it generates heat during use.

A weight-saving frame

As well as working on the bike’s internals, Kawasaki

has gifted the 450 with a lightweight aluminium

perimeter frame, which uses the engine as a stressed

member and helps improve the bike’s rigidity.

This is then complemented by a new swingarm,

which together help increase the traction from the

rear wheel – allowing for more drive on corner exit

and along straights.

To help control the bike, the Japanese firm have also

worked on the 450’s suspension and brakes, giving

the KX new 49mm inverted coil spring forks, the

same diameter inner tubes as their factory race bikes

and a 270mm front and 250mm rear disc, as well as

new front brake master cylinder.

Bodywork changes

Tweaks have been made to the bike’s aesthetics too,

with only the front fender and number plate remaining

the same as the 2018 machine.

To help with rider movement, the panels have

been made longer and smoother, with the petrol

tank lowered and flattened – meaning you can sit

further forward. The engine covers have also been

smoothed.

To ensure the bike is adjusted to exactly how you

want it, there is also a choice of four handlebar and

two foot peg positions. It is also only available on

lime green.

Coming soon to a dealer near you! We’ll do a local

test soon!

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2019 Suzuki RM-Z250 full details released

The full details of the 2019 Suzuki RM-Z250 have

been released and it has a raft of upgrades from the

current model, including a brand-new chassis and an

uprated engine.

Taking inspiration from the Suzuki RM-Z450, the

MX2 machine (the second tier of motocross) gets

improved rigidity from a new frame and swing arm,

and sharpened handling from a new rear shock and

updated forks.

Engine

The changes to the RM-Z250’s engine are intended

to increase power across the rev range. Airflow has

been improved by using a new cylinder head, intake

and exhaust ports and a 30% larger air filter aperture.

A second injector has been added nearer the air

box which improves the fuel/air mixture, and the

main injector in the throttle body is angled upwards

to hit the butterfly valve directly. All of this will mean

improved fueling and throttle response.

Frame

Weight reduction is the name of the game with

the new and improved frame design. Suzuki’s

engineers have managed to shave 370g off the

weight of the last frame, while also increasing

torsional rigidity by 10%.

The improvements continue with the new

hydroformed swingarm, which uses a tapered crosssection

to retain rigidity despite weighing 80g less

than the outgoing version.

Changes to the bars, pegs and seat adjust the rider’s

position on the bike, and make it easier for them to

move around.

Suspension

KYB have supplied the fully adjustable suspension,

but it’s all change here too. The air forks on the

outgoing model make way for springs, and a Moto

GP-derived thin wire diameter spring on the rear

shock saves 370g.

Brakes

All of this new power and torque means the new

RM-Z250 needs plenty of stopping power too, which

comes courtesy of a new front brake with a bigger

disc and enhanced grip from new Dunlop tyres. The

front disc changes from a 250mm to a 270mm while

new pads will also improve rider feel.

A revised rear brake master cylinder will improve

operation but also prevent dirt from making its way

into the system.

Electronics

Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC) gives the

rider two modes which either advance or retard

ignition timing to get off the line quicker depending

on the surface.

In both modes, S-HAC deactivates and ignition is

returned to normal timing after six seconds,

when the rider shifts in fourth gear or when

the throttle is closed.

The traction control system differs to a road

version in that it ignores rear wheel

spin. The ECU monitors throttle

position, engine speed and

gear position and uses the

information to adjust the

ignition timing and fuel injection

rate for maximum traction.

ECU updates and the

adoption of twin injectors

on the 2019 model

will mean improved

traction control overall.

We chatted to Suzuki

SA: If there is enough

demand for the bike –

they will bring some in.

Go and see your dealer.

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Yamaha’s T7, Tenere 700 World raid

Production model due at Eicma later this year

In 2016, Yamaha teased the world with the

introduction of its T7 prototype and the adventure

community went crazy with speculation.

As reports surfaced, a few facts began to solidify:

It was powered by the same 689 cc parallel twin

used in the FZ-07. With a claimed 74 horsepower

and 50 foot-pounds of torque, the engine makes

more power than a big single and remains relatively

composed on the highway, but it didn’t add too

much weight over a large thumper.

The bike takes its core values from over three

decades of Yamaha rally production models. Starting

with the XT 600 back in 1984, Yamaha have been

opening the back roads and mountains to those

willing to explore with model after model that built on

and expanded Yamaha’s rally bred spirit.

The 21-inch front tyre and 18-inch rear meant

there are a ton of options for fitting off-road tyres.

Reportedly, the fork used was a fully adjustable KYB

unit off of a WR450F sporting more than 11 inches of

travel to absorb all of the off-road abuse you wanted

to throw its way. It also features a long, flat, dirt-style

saddle which allows for a wide range of motion for

moving around on the bike.

At long last it seems that the bike will be here early

next year – and we cannot wait!

While it became clear that Yamaha would have to dial

it back a bit for a production model, many of us were

hopeful they wouldn’t take it too far in the opposite

direction. As the dates for EICMA ‘17 drew near, we

silently crossed our fingers for a production version

of the T7. Instead, the world received the Ténéré 700

World Raid Prototype, an updated version of the T7.

But there is great news for Yamaha Afficionado’s. We

have it on good authority that the production model

will be at Eicma ’18. That means that it should be

here and ready for riders in ’19.

We cannot wait!

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Grizzly Special edition here

We don’t get to see or hear about

too many new quads these days –

but Yamaha SA has a few of these

in stock – and they are very purdy!

The Special Edition features,

all-new 27” Maxxis ‘Zilla tyres on

14” cast aluminum wheels.

• Independent Double Wishbone

Front and Rear Suspension:

Independent double wishbone

suspension, with 7.6” of front

wheel travel and 9.1” at the rear,

provides excellent rider comfort,

thanks to nitrogen-charged shocks

with 5-way adjustable preload.

• Power Steering: Minimize fatigue

and attack every corner with

Yamaha’s Electric Power Steering

(EPS).

• Underseat Fuel Tank: An

optimized 4.76-gallon fuel tank

is located under the seat for

excellent mass centralization and

handling.

• Plush Saddle: A long, plush

seat improves rider comfort for

extended days exploring every

trail, with plenty of room for the

rider to move during aggressive

riding.

• New Instrument Package: For

2019, the Grizzly EPS SE receives

a new instrument cluster with

larger all-LCD readouts for visibility.

We’ve asked for a ride – we’ll have

to see… very limited quantities are

in SA. No idea on price just yet but

we like!

Chat to your Yamaha dealer.

BMW’s 1250GS

As we type this, the world launch

for the new GS 1250 is next week

in Portugal.

Why R1250GS? Because it’s a

BMW naming thing. First was the

R1100GS, then The R1150GS.

The next big thing was the

R1200GS, followed by the watercooled

R1200GSLC. Now it’s time

for the R1250. It’s not just about

the name: The engine will probably

have a bigger displacement.

The 2019 R1250GS will be

available in its two traditional

versions: standard and adventure,

but the GS and the GSA won’t be

revealed at the same time. The

basic GS will be the first one to

come.

Variable Valve Timing

The new boxer engine will feature

variable valve timing to increase

the power and torque. This news is

not confirmed either, but it’s been

about a year since the first rumour

appeared in the market. Although

the best-selling big adventure

motorcycle on the market, the

big GS is facing a

tough competition from

companies like KTM

and Ducati, who come

up with 160 hp, while

the R1200GS features

only 125. Most GS

owners say that 125 hp

and 125 NM of torque is

enough for an adventure

motorcycle, but there’s

some serious pressure

from the competition.

So the new GS will

feature the most

powerful boxer engine

ever produced. It will

probably be capable of

140-150 horsepower.

We don’t think it will

match the KTM and

Ducati figures. When we crack the

nod to ride it eventually – we’ll tell

you all about it.

A terrific brand with a terrific dealer

network in SA.

More news on this bike in next

months issue.

Chat to your BMW dealer.

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Ewan and Charley ride again

They have been around the world

and down it, but now Ewan

McGregor and Charley Boorman

are planning a new adventure;

riding up from the southern

tip of South America to the

northernmost point of Alaska and

filming it for a new TV series set

to be called The Long Way Up.

“We are very much in the early

planning stages at the moment,”

Boorman told us. “I’m scared to

say too much in case I jinx it, but

hopefully it is going to happen.

“We are still trying to figure out

how we are going to do it, but

I’m so excited about the thought

of getting the old team together

again.”

Although still being discussed,

the likelihood is that the route

will start at Ushuaia, Argentina,

which is the southernmost tip

of South America, and the pair

will then ride north to Barrow,

Alaska, which is North America’s

northernmost city.

This route will see the pair cover

in the region of 15,000 road

miles, so it is far from a small

undertaking.

“It will definitely take a few

months, South America is a

beautiful continent to ride through

so we won’t want to rush it,” said

Boorman.

“It will be work, but it will also be

great fun and to do it with the

old team of Ewan, Russ Malkin

(the producer of the first two

adventures), and the rest of the

Long Way crew will be fantastic.

“We are all dead keen to make it

happen so fingers crossed we will

be able to do it in 2019. I honestly

can’t wait.”

Another interesting aspect still

to be decided is which bikes

McGregor and Boorman will use

this time, having earlier used

BMW GS Adventure models.

You’ll remember that KTM turned

them down the last time round…

Boorman is currently an

ambassador for Triumph, but with

a new BMW GS on the cards for

2019 they’re certainly not going to

be left short of offers.

SBS launches new

brake disc line:

SBS is expanding their range of

brake components now to include

brake discs. The new range

consists of replacement OE style

discs, as well as upgrade discs to

improve performance. From fixed

to full floating, from round edge to

wavy, even oversize, SBS does it all.

Launching in SA now. At dealers.

For more info please contact

Bikewise on 011 566 0333

Domino A360 Grips

Now these are cool: Domino’s

new A360 grips feature a new

raised sheeting logo which has

the following functions:

Improved hand grip, giving a

higher sense of control. Improved

bioclimatology (howzat!) by

reducing sweating. Helps to clean

the palm of the glove in extreme

conditions

Another important feature of

this new grip is two stress

reduction zones which have been

ergonomically placed in the two

most highly stressed contact

points at either end of the grip.

These zones have been developed

with a special soft texture which

has been proven to significantly

reduce the onset of blisters.

The grip also has proper seats to

allow the use of lock wire to enhance

the security of the grip without

interfering with the palm of the hand.

Available at dealers.

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Gun manufacturer Kalashnikov unveils two

new electric motorcycles: Make Love Not War.

Russian arms producers Kalashnikov have revealed

two new electric motorcycles, with both machines

offering rugged all-terrain looks and trail bike inspired

characteristics.

Produced by the same firm that brought the world

the AK-47 assault rifle, the UM-1 and SM-1 both

come complete with knobbly tyres and long-travel

suspension, as well as bash plates and smatterings

of crash protection, implying they are intended to be

used off road

Although details are scant, the civilian-market-inspired

UM-1, or Urban Moto, is said to capable of speeds

of up to 100km/h, producing 15kw of power with a

range of 150 kilometres. The bike also uses a chain

drive and is said to weigh between 165kg and 245kg.

Using a brushless DC motor with water cooling, there

is also a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, hydraulic

shock and upside down forks.

Whether they are able to stand the test of time like

the world-proof AK remains to be seen though and in

typical Iron Curtain fashion, no details are available as

yet of potential production start dates or availability.

Introducing the SM-1

Even fewer details are available on the militant-looking

SM-1, however the firm do claim a top speed of

90km/h, as well as a battery life of 150km.

Argente racing now open

There is a new Accessory store just off the M2 in the

Motor City in Malibongwe Drive, Randburg. Awesome

to see so many motorcycle stores in such a close

radius. It makes Saturday mornings really interesting!

When we popped in, they were still busy with

shopfitting and stocking the store - but it looks slick

and professional - and the team look very enthusiastic

about the new business.

“We’ll stock a comprehensive range”, says manager

Grant Foley. “If you ride a dirtbike, superbike, ATV

or adventure bike, you can pop in and get your gear

from us!”

Watch this space - and we’ll do a feature once they

are locked stocked loaded and trading.

Shop 7, Motor City, Cnr Malibongwe Dr and Hammer

Road, Strydom Park, 2194.

Phone Grant 071 536 5512

From Left to right: Carl Argente, Traci Chandler, Grant

Foley, Malcolm Argente, Denzil Cochrane.

The Bully Hanger Bar: Keep your kit in order

We’ve got them here and we’ve checked them out

and we’ll be auctioning some off on the annual

Q4Q fundraiser – but you need a couple of these in

your garage!

The Bully Hanger Bar is a heavy duty storage and

hanging solution. You can mount it indoors or

outdoors – and it will never rust at the seaside coz it’s

made from stainless steel. You can hang stuff on the

lines – or you can utilize the supplied S - hooks. The

stand is rated to hold around 250KG’s so even if your

kit is full of mud, you won’t break it.

The Bully bar is strong as well as aesthetically

pleasing and is made of pure stainless steel. Available

in the following sizes: 1.5m; 2m and 2.5m.

@ R1 699.00 for 1,5m. @R1 999.99 for 2m

Trade enquiries are welcome. To order: info@nssc.co.za

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FOX Vue goggles

Developed with MX champ Ken Roczen, the new

Fox Vue Goggles feature an injection molded

Polycarbonate lens and the Fox exclusive Tru Lock

quick change lens system. 360 venting keeps the

rider cool and reduces fogging. A 45mm strap with

backing silicone provides superior helmet grip.

A soft TPR faceplate shapes to rider’s face with

durable ABS/Nylon outer frame to resist roost.

Another nice touch: A 5 pack of non- laminated

Tear-offs is included.

FOX V1 helmets

The all new V1 uses Fox’s patented MVRS visor

system to manage rotational forces, four specific

shell and EPS sizes and best in class airflow

setting a new standard for value performance.

• (MVRS) Magnetic Visor Release System releases

in the event of a crash.

• Lightweight injection-molded polycarbonate and

• ABS shell construction disperses energy in the

event of a crash.

• Four shell and four EPS sizes for a precise fit.

• Removable and washable comfort liner and

cheek pads.

• Nine intake and four exhaust vents for optimum

airflow.

• Exceeds ECE 22.05 and DOT certifications.

Acerbis x seat

The Acerbis X-Seat it’s one advanced looking piece of kit.

It’s a fully waterproof one-piece saddle with a tonne of antislip

grips moulded into the external plastic shell to keep you

sitting in all the appropriate places when riding. This means

less sliding off the rear when your saddle gets greasy and

slippery with mud.

A unique central groove relief canal has been incorporated

to ensure correct weight distribution and offer a more

comfortable ride.

Three areas of the seat uniquely designed for specific

purposes, the X-SEAT is tailored for braking, riding and

accelerating.

The innovation that makes the X-SEAT truly unique is the

central groove – inspired by bicycle seats – designed to

ensure correct distribution of the weight of the rider, avoiding

compression of the pelvic area and decreasing backlash.

Made entirely of one piece, fully waterproof . Exceptional

durability. Fully external plastic shell with anti-slip grip.

Internal soft expanded foam for maximum comfort. Soft

Version For Better Comfort.

We’ve ordered one, we’ll try it out and give you guys some

more feedback.

Available at dealers in soft or hard compound.

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You would have seen in our July

issue that there is a new importer

for the Touratech range of

adventure gear.

The guys from GPS 4 Africa have

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and stock a great selection of this

famous bavarian brand. All sorts

from crash bars to suspension,

top boxes to spotlights.

A very friendly bunch, go and pay

them a visit at Highveld 1. No 5

Bellingham Road in Centurion.

Phone (012) 665-2830

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Erasmus, Elani Swanepoel, Pauli Massyn and

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C O V E R S T O R Y

THE NEW

KTM790R

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If there is one company that

manages to stay ahead of

the curve, it is KTM.

For years, adventure riders

have been debating just

what the perfect adventure

bike might be. Many riders

find the big bikes a bit large

and intimidating for “True”

adventure.

The smaller, single cylinder bikes are

kind of polar opposites – great in the dirt

but too slow for sustained freeway riding

to get where you need to go.

BMW and Triumph enjoyed huge

success with their 800cc offerings – but

to be quite frank, as great as these bikes

are, they are defi nitely happier on tar than

what they are in the dirt. KTM’s smallest

offering to date is the 690 – and as good

as that is – it is defi nitely more of a big dirt

bike than it is a road going machine.

There are quite a few manufacturers

that have the tech to build a blend of

the two – and they have been teasing

consumers for quite some time – but it

seems to us that KTM might just be the

fi rst to bring out a production machine.

An adventure bike that is nimble like

the 690, but can run at sustained speeds

on the open road.

What makes it tick:

Guys, you need to see this bike in the

fl esh. KTM has defi nitely drawn on their

Rallye pedigree when they started the

design. We’ve seem blurry spy pics over

the last couple of months – then we saw

pics of Chris Birch playing with it - but

in the fl esh this has to be one of the

prettiest bikes out there.

At the heart of the matter sits the tried

and tested parallel twin engine found

in the road going 790 Duke that was

launched just a few months ago. That

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bike runs to the 200KPH mark – easily as fast

as the current 800’s. The beauty of a parallel

is the fact they are so smooth. It is also very

compact – which allows bike builders to make

less bulky motorcycles. The road model puts

out a claimed 105 hp (78 kW) @ 8,500 rpm.

We have an idea that this engine will be

tuned for more torque rather than just street

performance.

This prototype is fitted with an Akarapovic

full system but we are pretty sure that the

production model will have a factory pipe fitted.

The bike is mounted on Excel wheels –

which we all know are designed for dirt – a 21

inch front and an 18 inch rear. TKC Tyres are

mounted on this prototype. Great big Moto

Master discs mated to beefy calipers bring

things to a halt. ABS and Off-Road ABS is

standard. Braided brake lines… nice touch.

The wheels are connected to fully

adjustable suspension from WP with long

travel and PDS strut. It looked to us as if the

front forks on this one actually have spacers

fitted – perhaps KTM is looking at fitting more

beefy forks? Time will tell.

We hope that they retain this seat – wide

and plush for lotsa comfort for road mileage.

Sitting on the bike, it feels a bit lower than the

690 – and that’s cool!

KTM tells us that the bike is capable of

more than 400KM’s on a full tank of fuel. To

this end, they have the conventional tank

that extends right to the bottom centre of

the bike, with some boxer engine looking

like protrusions for the extra volume. The

design looks smart – not only do you get the

added volume, but the extra mass looks like

it should improve the handling with its low

centre of gravity.

Then there are all the little “hey wow”

touches that KTM is famous for - like the LED

lighting all over the place – wide, ready to race

foot pegs, anodized triple clamps and other

bits and pieces all over.

No-one here has ridden the bike yet,

but some international hardcore riders have

already been given the opportunity to put an

early pre-production version of the 790 under

the magnifying glass. One of these riders is

Chris Birch – eight-time New Zealand Enduro

We’ve been teased for months

with pics like this...

Champion, three-time winner of the Roof of

Africa and winner of the Red Bull Romaniacs

in 2010.

His comments after testing the new bike:

“I’m completely thrilled with the new KTM

790 ADVENTURE R. Of course I have a lot of

experience on enduro bikes and I know about

the talents of the big volume KTM Adventure

models, but this new bike feels like the perfect

mix of both. I only tested a prototype, but it

feels fantastic. I cannot wait to swing a leg over

the finished product! “

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C O V E R S T O R Y

Austrian Trade Commissioner

Johannes Brunner, KTM’s

Franziska and Deputy Trade

Commissioner Andreas Pfleger

with the youngest Austrian.

KTM’s marketing man Riaan Neveling, says: “This new

KTM will be the most performance-focused mid-range travel

enduro on the market, with specifications that will outshine

even those with much larger displacement”.

This very bike was here in SA and put up on display at the

KTM Rally in Swaziland. It stole the show – and we know for

sure that orders and deposits are already being placed with

dealers in order to secure bikes from the first shipment. Early

2019 is the expected arrival time – No word on pricing just yet,

watch this space.

Anyway. It looks the part. We cannot wait to ride it and are

more than a little bit envious of the blokes who won the trip to

Merzouga to race them.

This brings KTM’s tally of Adventure models to an almost

mind boggling 6 different current models from the venerable

690, to the 790, to two versions of the 1090, right up to the

mighty KTM1290R.

Watch this space – we’ll keep you posted.

www.ktm.com

Moto master

provides the brakes

on this one.

The prototype has a Rallye

tower. Yours will have a

modern digital dash.

Interesting long range tank design.

Wide pegs and anodised details all over.

Austrian Trade Commissioner

Johannes Brunner, KTM’s

Franziska

This bikes

and

front

Deputy

is all LED

Trade

but

Commissioner

we suspect that

Andreas

the production

Pfleger

with

model

the youngest

will have

Austrian.

a more

conventional KTM array.

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F I R S T R I D E

2019

YAMAHA

WEAPON

A WHOLE NEW

Yamaha Calls – Hey guys – you want to come ride the new 2019 YZ250F? You can pit it against

Davids 2018 Race bike and tell us what you think. Oh – and Dave will be along to put in a few laps…

Good one! We roped in our resident MX tester and headed for the Terra Topia track.

YZ250F

Chassis from the 450:

The aluminum bilateral beam frame is

completely new for 2019, designed

to improve contact to the ground and

provide the best possible balance of

stiffness for better bump absorption and

cornering. It features a redesigned swing

arm pivot area along with redesigned

upper frame bracing and rear frame spars.

They tell us that the new engine mounts

centralize mass and increase rigidity on

lateral, horizontal, and vertical axes.

New Suspension Settings:

The Yamaha YZ250F retains the Speed-

Sensitive System (SSS) coil-spring-type

fork found on the previous-generation

machine but with updated settings, larger

pistons, and newly designed fork lugs/

axle brackets designed to provide a good

balance between handling and bump

absorption. The KYB shock has new

damping characteristics to match the

new chassis as well as a new, lighterweight

spring. Lastly, the shock reservoir

has been increased by 30cc to increase

damping control during long motos.

Engine Updates:

For 2019, Yamaha has refi ned its distinct

rearward-slanted cylinder design for the

engine. Using a compact starter motor

and lightweight lithium-ion battery, the

2019 YZ250F is now equipped with

electric start, and the liquid-cooled,

DOHC, four-valve, fuel-injected engine

features a forward-positioned straight

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downdraft intake with symmetrical

intake and exhaust ports. Fuel is

delivered by a lighter 44mm throttle

body through a new 12-hole Denso

injector. A new, higher-compression

fl at-top forged piston has a bridgebox

design for additional strength with

minimal weight. The piston, rings, and

DLC-coated piston pin, along with the

offset cylinder confi guration, are all

designed to reduce friction loss and

contribute to quicker response.

The radiators and exhaust system

have also been modifi ed for improved

performance and weight distribution.

The updated radiators are larger and

angled more directly into the incoming

airstream for improved cooling.

The wraparound exhaust pipe

design improves mass concentration

and power development, with revised

geometry for 2019. The new layout

moves the rear end of the exhaust

pipe farther forward and enables a

silencer position closer to the bike’s

center of mass.

Electronic Wizardry:

The 2019 YZ250F now has the

capability to be tuned in different ways,

including dual-mode switchable engine

mapping, which can be done with the

push of a button. Taking after what

was fi rst implemented on the YZ450F

last year, the all-new YZ250F now

features a wireless smartphone-based

engine tuner that can be accessed by

connecting to the bike’s onboard CANbus

network via a Communication

Control Unit (CCU) by Wi-Fi. Android

and iOS users can download the

Power Tuner app to adjust air-fuel

mixture and ignition timing maps to

tune engine performance for track

conditions, record race log information,

and monitor a range of data such as

maintenance and system diagnosis,

engine run time, and much more.

Larger radiators are angled more directly

into the incoming airstream are designed to

improve cooling, while the wraparound exhaust

pipe design has revised geometry intended to

improve power and mass concentration.

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What is bLU cRU?

bLU cRU is a nationwide membership programme for all Yamaha YZ, WR, and FX customers.

Membership is free for anyone who buys a new YZ, WR or FX model.

Benefits include:

•A bLU cRU Yamaha t-shirt, and decals • Yamalube care pack • Discount on spare parts

•Preferential showroom and workshop support • Trackside support at club and regional racing events

ALL-NEW 2019

YZ250F

IS HERE!

2019 YAMAHA YZ250F

For 2019 season Yamaha introduce the all-new

YZ250F, the most sophisticated model in its

class. Featuring a newly designed high-performance

electric start engine and an agile new

chassis, this state of the art 250cc 4-stroke

opens up a new era in wireless connectivity and

trackside tuneability with its Yamaha Power

Tuner smartphone app.

2019 MOTOCROSS RANGE

NEW

NEW

Yamaha PW50

R21 450

Yamaha TTR50

R22 950

Yamaha TTR110

R37 950

Yamaha YZ65

R59 950

Yamaha YZ85

R64 950

NEW

NEW

Yamaha YZ125

R69 950

Yamaha YZ250

R82 950

Yamaha YZ250F

R102 950

Yamaha YZ450F

R107 950

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F I R S T R I D E

“THE NEW 250

DEFINITELY FEELS

MUCH SLIMMER

THAN THE PREVIOUS

MODEL AND THIS IS

GREAT - BECAUSE

IT GIVES IT A MUCH

BETTER FEEL WHEN

SITTING UP IN FRONT

ON THE CORNERS.”

“THE NEW BIKE

DEFINITELY HAS

LONGER LEGS THAN

THE PREVIOUS MODEL

- A LONGER 3RD GEAR

WITH PLENTY OF

BOTTOM-END GRUNT

WHICH ALLOWS YOU

TO BE MORE RELAXED

THROUGH THE GEARS

WITHOUT HAVING TO

SHIFT ALL THE TIME

TO KEEP THE POWER

ON, WHICH WAS

AWESOME. “

Ride Impressions: By Mike Maverick.

More slender, faster, even better…

It was great having the 2018 and 2019 to ride together

– it makes it a lot easier to compare – and to appreciate

the differences.

I absolutely loved the 2019 YZ 250f , it feels just like

a slightly slower version of the 2018 450. This must be

because it shares the same chassis as its bigger brother

and it felt very familiar when putting it on the track.

The new 250 definitely feels much slimmer than the

previous model and this is great - because it gives it a

much better feel when sitting up in front on the corners.

The new bike definitely has longer legs than the

previous model - a longer 3rd gear with plenty of

bottom-end grunt which allows you to be more relaxed

through the gears without having to shift all the time to

keep the power on, which was awesome.

Yamaha did a good job with this bike as it handles

great. The suspension is plush and forgiving and the

new Bridgestone tyres really grip to the dirt making this

bike super simple to ride for every level of rider.

Although I was not on the pace as David Goosen,

this bike felt safe to ride and very user friendly and I

could adapt to its handling capabilities almost instantly.

The electric start is awesome and the bike didn’t

hesitate to start once – the days of kickstarting a hot

bike are over!

Would I buy one?

Yes I think I would – and this from a guy more

comfortable on a 450. The bike is smooth and feels very

robust as well as up to date with the new mapping tech

which can easily be altered using the Yamaha App on

your smart phone.

I love tech! You can set up your bike while relaxing on

a chair without lifting a single spanner or plugging in a

harness. The future is here!

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F I R S T R I D E

2nd opinion from David Goosen

The 2019 YZ 250F is fi nally here and we were

able to take it for a back to back test with my

current 2018 race bike. The bike I am racing

with right now has defi nitely been tried and

tested for the last two seasons. Last year

winning the 2017 MX 2 championship.

The 19’ 250f model has followed in

its big brother the 450s footsteps chassis

and plastics wise. that bike was all new for

2017. The fi rst initial big talking point is the

electric start, it’s not needed and doesn’t help

performance wise but man it is amazing and

like my 450, it really is just a happy button.

Riding the bike was also great, the

narrowness of the new chassis and seat

feeling has defi nitely improved. The older

18’ model has a signifi cantly wider tank

shroud and feels more sat ‘into’ the seating

position where the 19’ feels on top. Power

delivery has got a lot more torque to the bike

and found it easier to get the power to the

ground. One of the nicest features is the new

mapping and power tuning done through

your mobile phone like the 450. One new

feature is the mapping switch on the handle

bar which you can pre-set 2 maps and

change this while riding.

We tested it and it’s a great feature to the

new bike.

All in all the 2019 is a serious weapon for

either a championship rider or the guy that

enjoys his weekend rides with mates. You

can’t go wrong with this bike. It handles like

a dream, its ability to be set up to all types of

riding styles and abilities is second to none. I

can’t wait to put more time into this bike and

be sure to check it out at the last round of

the national motocross at Dirt Bronco as I will

defi nitely be racing it.

KEY SPECS YZ250F

Engine: 250cc liquid-cooled DOHC

4-stroke; 4 valves

Transmission: Constant-mesh 5-speed;

multiplate wet clutch

Fuel Capacity: 6 litres

Max Groud Clearance: 33.5cm

Seat height: 970cm

Wheelbase: 1,475 mm

Wet weight: 106 KG’s - Last years model

104.78 BUT- no battery or starter.

Price: R64 950 (At Yamaha Dealers now)

“ALL IN ALL THE 2019 IS

A SERIOUS WEAPON FOR

EITHER A CHAMPIONSHIP

RIDER OR THE GUY THAT

ENJOYS HIS WEEKEND RIDES

WITH MATES. YOU CAN’T GO

WRONG WITH THIS BIKE.”

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W O R L D E N D U R O

WADE YOUNG

DOES IT AGAIN!

For 51 weeks of the year, Europe’s largest coal mine in Belchatow, Poland echoes to the sound of heavy

industry. For one weekend last month, the mining machinery moved out and over 1,000 hard enduro

racers flood in to take on the Red Bull 111 Megawatt course laid out amid the mine’s massive slag

heaps and sand hills. This is the brainchild of Polish hard enduro legend Taddy Blazusiak.

Pics by Red Bull Content Pool


SA’s own Wade Young claimed his second

consecutive win in the World Enduro Super

Series on the weekend.

Pulling clear from his World Enduro Super

Series rivals, Wade Young tamed Europe’s

largest coal mine to secure the top step of the

podium at Red Bull 111 Megawatt in Poland

over home hero Taddy Blazusiak and Billy Bolt.

The 2018 WESS championship was

turned on its head when series leader Jonny

Walker crashed heavily while leading and

failed to finish. After fighting his way up to

fourth, Manuel Lettenbichler becomes the

new championship leader, with three rounds

remaining.

For Young, the 2018 edition of 111

Megawatt was a race that went like clockwork.

Knowing the three laps around the deep sandy

quarry would be a gruelling affair, he eased his

way into things. Steady on lap one and happy

to sit behind leader Walker, he then hit his

stride on lap two, when Walker crashed out.

Building his advantage, he made short work of

the gigantic sand mounds and quicksand-like

terrain to claim victory by over two minutes.

“I got myself close to the

front, and then ahead of

Johnny when he crashed,”

said Young at the finish. “I

think we would have had a

great battle – it’s not nice to

see a rider crash out. It was

so important to manage this

race well. I felt good

and to win here after

winning at

Red Bull

Romaniacs is awesome.

“I feel like I almost had a

perfect race. I saw the flag

drop at the start, but I was

a little behind so I kept it flat

out around the outside to

get fourth. I had a few little

crashes along the way, but

managed to settle things

down. It’s awesome to get

the win.


W O R L D E N D U R O

After a tough start to this year’s WESS, Blazusiak

showed he’s back to his best with second in his

home race. Despite nursing a broken finger, the Polish

maestro put in a calculated performance to finish as

runner-up.

“I broke a finger at Romaniacs and I have more-orless

no strength or movement in it,” said Blazusiak. “I

had to take things carefully on the motocross section,

because I was struggling to keep my hands on the

handlebars where it was so rough.

“I was second during the first lap and the guys

ahead of me were really charging. I got a little arm

pump, but once that eased I started to push hard. I

feel like I’m starting to turn things around and to be

able to get second here in Poland is awesome.”

With the fight for the final steps of the podium

coming down to the wire, Bolt shadowed Blazusiak

across the line for third, while Lettenbichler took fourth

ahead of Saturday’s top qualifier, Nathan Watson.

“I felt like had a good race, but a terrible start. I was

buried in the pack and the dust made it so, so hard,”

said Lettenbichler after crossing the line. “I managed

to catch up to Watson and could see Bolt as well,

and battled with those guys. It’s nice to be the new

championship leader, but I didn’t earn it like I wanted

to. I hope Jonny’s okay, it’s always bad when someone

crashes heavily.”

The World Enduro Super Series continues with

round six at Great Britain’s Hawkstone Park Cross-

Country on September 22–23.


Travis Teasdale throwing

his bike up the hill.

Billy Bolt flying high -

finishing in 3rd place.

Johnny Walker had a huge

crash on his 350.

2018 Red Bull 111 Megawatt results

1 Wade Young (Sherco – RSA) 2h 10m 52.04s

2 Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 2h 13m 01.82s

3 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GBR) 2h 13m 08.63s

4 Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – DEU) 2h 14m 15.07s

5 Nathan Watson (KTM – GBR) 2h 15m 34.21s

6 Josep García (KTM – ESP) 2h 17m 54.59s

7 Blake Gutzeit (Yamaha – RSA) 2h 19m 07.06s

8 Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GBR) 2h 19m 37.07

9 Alfredo Gómez (Husqvarna – ESP) 2h 20m 45.11s

10 Paul Bolton (KTM – GBR) 2h 22m 24.86s

World Enduro Super Series standings (After Round 5 of 8)

1 Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 3,405 points

2 Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GBR) 3,290

3 Wade Young (Sherco – RSA) 3,220

4 Jonny Walker (KTM – GBR) 2,900

5 Josep García (KTM – ESP) 2,320

6 Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GBR) 2,308

7 Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 2,295

8 Paul Bolton (KTM – GBR) 2,262

9 Nathan Watson (KTM – GBR) 1,928

10 Travis Teasdale (Beta – RSA) 1,790


2019 KAWASAKI

KX450F


Chain Components

Standard or Roller Chain.

Roller chains are used on most

motorcycles to transmit the power from

the engine to the rear wheel. There are 2

types of roller chain for motorcycle, which

is the Non-Sealed chain and sealed chain.

Non-sealed chains are normally applied for

lower displacement models, mainly lower

125cc, while sealed chains are applied

for higher displacement models, mainly

over 125cc. Motocrossers and racers also

favour roller chains because they offer less

resistance than a sealed chain. This means

– more horsepower, even though the chain

is not nearly as durable as a sealed chain.

The Structure of a Chain.

Chains are connected alternately with

outer links and inner links. Outer links are

composed of pins and an outer plate,

while inner links are composed of a bush

and inner plate. The pin of the outer links

pass through the bush of the inner links,

allowing the chain to flex by sliding around

the pin and bush. A roller is applied to

protect the bush by absorbing the impact

from the sprocket teeth during high

speed operation. Lubrication is necessary

for smooth sliding between metals.

Lubrication is supplied by the grease

between the pin and bush. Once the

grease runs out, the pin and bush will start

rubbing and wear occurs.

Sealed chains – O-Ring, X-Ring

In order to maintain the grease between

the pin and bush as long as possible,

a seal is applied. Chains like these are

called sealed chains. Chain without seals

are called non-sealed or standard roller

chain. At a glance, applying seals onto a

chain might look simple. However, it is not

easy to assemble the seals into the chain

without harming the seals and maintaining

the performance, as the seal is soft rubber

material, while other chain components are

all hard metal materials.

BUSH

GREASE

SEAL RING

• A 120 Link Seal chain is made of 840 Component.

• With 1 pcs of NC Component the chain is defect

chain.

A 120 link 520 sealed chain is made up of

840 components. Even if one component

has a defect, the whole chain is weakened.

Therefore manufacture of the chain

requires high level of quality control.

Chain wear:

The effect of wear on a chain increases the

pitch, causing the chain to grow longer,

which is called “Elongation”. This is due

to wear at the pins and bushes, not from

actual stretching of the metal. A 4 series

chain has a standard pitch of 12.7mm,

while a 5 series chain has a standard

pitch of 15.875mm, as defined at the

ANSI standard. Wear of the pin and bush

occurs during meshing of chain onto the

sprockets. The maximum curvature of

the chain occurs when the chain meshes

ROLLER

INNER

PLATE

Pin

Pin can be a shaft of connecting pins and can absorb

weight of chain. By stretching, pin would rub against

inner bush and wear-out. This phenomenon is called

elongation.

Bush

Absorb impact weight over roller when mesh with

sprocket. Also, bush has bearing function, so quality of

shock resistance and abrasion resistance is requested.

Roller

Rotate freely against bush and inner plate. Need

lubrication on a regular basis as frictional wear occurs

when absorb high load against bushes as meshing with

sprocket.

Plate

Absorb load with pin and transit its power.

Sealed Ring

Seal Ring sets between outer and inner plate and seal

grease inside of pin and bush.

Special nitrile material is used as this material is good for

abrasion resistance, heat resistance, weather resistance,

and low coefficient of friction.

to the front sprocket, but the maximum

curvature is only a very shallow angle. On

a motorcycle, the direction of the rotation

is only one directional. As a result, the

wear of the pin and bush does not occur

entirely, but only at the part where the pin

and bush hits each other, an uneven wear

occurs during chain elongation.

2018/9/13 RK CHAIN TECHNICAL TRAINING 1

Elongation (%)

PIN

1,50

1,00

0,50

0,00

OUTER

PLATE

• Graph and km

The Chart shows a comparison

of Sealed Chain and Non-

Sealed Chain.

A standard non-seal chain,does not have

the ability to hold the grease for a long

time. Therefore the elongation is faster

than on a sealed chain.

A non-sealed chain shows an elongation

proportionally to the mileage. The

elongation limit of non-sealed chain is +2%

Elongation and Application Limits

Non-Seal Chain

Wear Chart

Seal Ring Chain

0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180 200

Time (Hr)

• Non seal chain stretches out proportionately. Application limits for non-seal chain is +2% from initial length.

Ex) 420 100L = 1,270[mm], 2% = 25.4[mm] Wear of the pin= 0.25[mm]

• For seal ring chain, as long as the grease remains, it would not elongate after the initial elongation.

However, it would elongate as it towards to the application limits. Thus, when the seal ring chain elongate, it is time

to change. Application limits for seal ring chain is +1% from initial length.

Ex):520 120L = 1,905[mm], 1% = 19.05[mm] Wear of the pin = 0.15[mm]

2017/3/2 RK CHAIN MEISTER 2017 3

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compared to initial length. For example,

a 100 links 420 chain has an initial length

of 1,270[mm]. 2% of the initial length is

25.4[mm], converting to the wear of each

pin, it is just 0.25[mm] of wear for each pin.

In case of a sealed chain, due to the

application of seal, it has the ability to

maintain the grease between the pin and

bush. Therefore a sealed chain does not

show elongation after the initial wear of

the chain. However, at the end of the chain

life, due to reasons such as damaged

seal olack of lubrication on certain links

(failure), a sealed chain will start to show

elongation. The elongation that occurs

on a sealed chain will most likely be a

partial elongation where only the part

of the chain with failure will elongated.

Therefore it is rather difficult to be aware

of the elongation. However, once there is

a failure on the chain, it is very dangerous

to operate a motorcycle. As stated above,

compared to a non-sealed chain, a sealed

chain is equipped for bigger displacement

models, thus, a sealed chain should be

replaced once elongation occurs. The

elongation limit of a sealed chain is more

strict compared to a non-seal chain. The

elongation limit of sealed chain is just

+1% compared to the original length.

For example, a 120 links 520 chain has

an initial length of 1,905[mm]. 1% of the

initial length is 19.05[mm], converting to

the wear of each pin, it is just 0.15[mm] of

wear for each pin.

Wear differs depending on the model and

usage of motorcycle, in general, on the

road, a chains life of a sealed chain is

20,000[km], while a non-sealed Chain is

5,000[km] for on-road Usage. Keep your

chain adjusted to just on an inch of free

play. keep it well lubed and clean. When

your chain needs replacing, change your

sprockets at the same time. Wear does

not occur just on a Chain, but also on

sprocket. Therefore it is very important

to replace front and rear sprocket when

replacing a Chain.

If a new chain is applied on an old

sprocket, the pitch of the chain will not fit

the sprocket teeth profile correctly, and

result in bad performance and shorten

chain life.

The Shiga Factory of Takasago Tekko K.K.

was established in 1932 after succeeding

the operations of Kuriyama Manufacturing

Inc. (Otsu City) whchi manufactured steel

hinges. In 1944 the factory moved its

site completely to Yagura, Kusatsu-cho.

(Present Location)

The Factory changed its name to the

Kusatsu Factory after the War and

started manufacturing operations for

bicycles and their components. In 1947

the Chain Department was established

in the Shimura Factory and started trial

production of chains for bicycles with the

purpose of increasing the quality of chains.

RK offers the best quality O-ring chains

in the industry. All RK O-ring chains are

constructed of hi-carbon alloy steel for

strength and durability. RK utilizes Nitrite

Butadiene O-rings to seal in lubrication and

deliver smooth power with no O-ring drag

or loss of horsepower.

GB520MXZ4 (And Non-Gold 520MXZ4)

HEAVY DUTY MOTOCROSS

MXZ4 is The Lightest Motocross Chain

available on the market today. Made for the

professional motocross racer, GB520MXZ4

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chains featuring RK’s new deeper gold

sideplates.

MXZ4 chains feature chromoly steel

construction with seamless rollers and

bushings, and oversized special alloy pins

for added strength.

All components are heat treated using RK’s

exclusive HIT (Heat Induction Transfer)

process, MXZ3 has a maximum tensile

strength rated at 39.1 kN, weighs a mere

1.36Kg for 100 links, and can handle any

MX race application from 125~500cc.

GB520EXW (And Non-Gold 520EXW)

GB520EXW is specifically designed for

ATV/Quads and Off-Road vehicles and is

the best high-speed, extreme heat, offroad

performance chain available today.

EXW chains were developed to survive the

abrasive conditions that exist in hostile offroad

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EXW features XW-ring seals composed of

Nitrite Butadiene with three contact lips

and two convex inner/outer stabilizers.

This means three lubrication pools to

protect against high-speed abrasion,

and the loss of lubricant under these

extreme conditions.

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A F R I C A N B A T T L E

FLYING THE FLAG AT

MXOAN

Kitwe, Zambia, August. South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda…

This was a great trip! We were invited to the annual Mxoan and for a change – we could get there!

Zambia. The details were a bit vague, we got the flight details 8 hours before departure and we

were on deadline. But we got there – so that was pretty cool in itself!

Looking down from the sky,

you look at the vast open areas

below. Landing in Ndola, which we

must say is kinda like landing in

the Kruger, we were greeted by an

immigration officer dressed to the

nines in a 1940s bomb shelter. This

was the international arrivals hall –

Africa style.

After many discussions with

border control we were allowed into

Zambia. We waited in the car only to

discover half the people in our group

had disappeared.

The story was “Why wait in the

car park when there is an open

pub?” That’s where we found

the rest of the crowd. The local

beer in hand is Mosi, carbonated

beer flavoured water. Something

you have to try. As we speak

the exchange rate is R1,43 to 1

kwatcha.

We got knobbed R6 a kwatcha

at the pub. A beer cost K20. You do

the maths.

Not European but close enough.

Leaving the airport, we jumped

in to our taxi and made our way to

Kitwe. This was a real experience.

We have it good at home, driver

wise at least.

Looking at some of the old

architecture was amazing. Real

Sandton houses among low cost

houses and shacks. We passed

a stunning stadium; Next year’s

supercross venue?

Well at least that is what where

we think is should be.

What a cool place!

We stayed at the Copper Pot

- at least that’s what the tourists

call it. Locals call it Barlow’s – it’s

a mine house owned by Barlow’s

in SA. Dinner was held at an Indian

restaurant called Mukwa Kitwe,

and the bench racing started early

between the youngsters and ladies.

The first night in Zambia and

there were quite a few headaches at

the track the next morning.

On day 2, we were collected late

morning and took a gap to go and

get some bottled water. The water

situation is pretty bad in Zambia.

So much so that Kyle was man

down for 3 days after returning.

Bottled water is relatively cheap. We

bought a 12 pack of 750 ml water

for K33. That almost R28 for half a

case of water. That is at the correct

exchange rate. R1,43 for 1Kwatcha.

As a precaution buy water by the

dozen and keep them on hand.

Malaria is a huge concern. We

would suggest taking the relevant

medical courses before coming

through. If you don’t, the locals have

a good plan too. Gin and tonic, but

here comes the fine print,

approximately 40 G&T’s is

equivalent to 1 Malaria tablet.

Between you and I – you won’t be

very functional if you take that route.

Ndola Internation Airport, The waiting area

Ndola Stadium, this is were the next Supercross event should happen

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Team Botswana

Team Kenya

Team South Africa

Team Uganda

Team Zambia

Team Zimbabwe

Lady riders

Motul always showing face.

The lesotho boys swiming in the Croc infested dam

(at least they thought it was croc infested)

The local grandstands.

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Race prep day.

The 9 kilometre drive to the track took 1

hour thanks to the really shocking roads. But

wow! Worth every second.

What a sight. Jumps, jumps, jumps, earth

moving machines and more jumps.

Dear MSA please come and witness this.

The time and money spent here is amazing.

A passion driven sport with the help of

Mopani Mines, no not an open cheque book,

just a passion for the sport. In fact all sports.

Mopani Mines has a budget to help all

local sports in the area. From fishing to

soccer. These guys make a huge impact!

The track has a large dam as the back

drop- so if you don’t want to ride, you

can go fishing or enjoy a cruise or a drive

through the game farm.

If you are caught drinking and riding -

these locals will give you a snot klap. So

much so that bikes are not even allowed

near the water.

This is all on the Mopani Mines property.

The bikes and riders made their way

for scrutineering, and the roaring sound

of revving bikes fill up the air as they were

decibel tested.

Above the roars of the bikes you could

hear the sound of the Lesotho boys Charan

Moore and Co. swimming in the dam,

Swimming having fun like a bunch of 12

year olds. Oblivious to the fact that there are

crocs in the dam… No crocs in Lesotho.

It was a successful day with 174 bikes

ready to race in the morning.

The day was rounded off with

refreshments while we watched an eagle

having a dogfight with a pair if brave

Zambian Pigeons and a crow. Africa is

amazing.

Sadly, there was not a large South

African contingent. This was due to the fact

that there had been a national race in South

Africa the weekend before.

The story behind it all is that, MXOAN

is meant to be 2 weeks after a National for

teams to get bikes and team ready. At least

that is what it is meant to be on the South

African calendar.

Somehow – our lot got it wrong.

Practice day and a fresh early start.

The day started with the 65s and worked up

to the big boys.

The smaller cc races had a much smaller

track minus the big jumps. It was fantastic

to see so many small riders on the line, they

are the future of this sport.

After practice, they moved on to

qualifying. Don’t be fooled, the South

Africans are not always the fastest.

Lunch was on the cards, not sure what

we ordered but we got a hot dog roll with

a sausage that come from Chernobyl. At

least that’s wat it looked like. We were

entertained by a stunter on his bicycle

showing everyone how it’s done. Freestyle

riding at its best. Getting a cheer from the

crowd.

It’s always great to see the locals

enjoying motorcross as much as the riders.

And the racing started with the fearless

lighties on 50s.

An exciting race saw the South Africans

take the win.

The 65s did the same – tough racing

full tilt!.

85’s took the cake with an amazing

battle between Uganda and South Africa.

Uganda took the win.

Then the ladies were underway with the

Zambians dominating - Jenna and Leah

Heygate were followed by South Africas

Yanke Pieterse.

The Battle of the Toppies saw Zambia

taking the vets and SA taking masters.

Don’t be fooled – the older you get, the

faster you are!

The kamikaze pilots are off to a

spectacular start - wheelies down the start

line and into the first corner. Zimbabwe led the

way followed by South Africa and Uganda.

The 125 riders living up to their reputation

screaming along like bats out of hell.

Then it was time for the big boys.

It was a great start of MX2 for the South

Africans holding both first and second.

Unfortunately, Josh Mlimi had to retire due

to a bike fault.

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Mx1 started in good old MX fashion. Bar

bashing throughout.

Husky’s Maddy Malan took the lead and

never looked back. The battle for second

was hot. SA vs Zimbabwe with Zim walking

out the winner.

A fast, intense race.

5 seconds faster a lap than the MX2

riders. A great day of racing. That’s only day

one. One more day to go…

Day two of racing took us to the track

bright and early as the sun was rising.

Practice was on the go, followed by the

team parades.

What a cool sight, seeing the teams walk

over a few jumps and stand together as the

anthem plays.

Then it was RACE ON as MX1’s Maddy

Malan took SA to the win from the first

corner. The fight for second was something

out of the text books. Sa vs Zim. Bar

bashing and tyre tapping. A minor glitch

saw Zim lose 2nd with SA taking the

Second spot and Zim third.

In the ladies class, the Zambians

dominated.

The talent of the Zambian girls is most

definitely MX2 quality. A big thumbs up to all

the ladies for keeping this class going. Really

is great to see so many of you in this class.

From 85s to 250s – Nice one!

The smaller bikes had some tough terrain

with deep ruts and muddy sections. Uganda

took full advantage in these classes.

In Mx 2, the battle was on. Zim, Zam

and SA. The fight was on, with their fellow

teams backing them up from the rear.

Josh Mlimi finally took the win on a

borrowed bike.

The MX1 final was a battle from the start

with Kerim Fitzgerald taking the holeshot

and finishing 3rd. The race between SA and

Zim was something out of the movies.

Zim most definitely made SA nervous,

but at the end the SA riders pulled it

together and took the win.

With a kick to the bee hive, the 50s were

off again and team South Africa cleaned

up. The final race between classes saw

some strong battles, not only in the front

but even mid class as every point helped to

make the best country win.

Uganda really showing the team spirit

and hard work as they pushed their way

onto the podiums.

MX2 was the best battle for the day.

Mlimi didn’t finish race one but won both

race 2 and 3.

Helping our team SA on the podium.

What an amazing two days of racing! It

is so cool to see the passion that the other

teams bring to this sport.

Every rider was awarded a medal for

joining the event.

Race faces were off but the pace was

fierce during the after party.

FIM has a big say in what happens at

events like this. We saw quite a few bikes

pulled off the track to be inspected, as

some of the laps were a lot faster than

predicted. The bikes in question were taken

to an observation room where they were

stripped down and scrutineered from top to

bottom inside out.

From the squish to piston size you name

it. Nobody was found cheating. Cool!

The highlight of the trip must have been

the Ugandan journo we met.

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He was so passionate about his job he even looked

like robo cop. On his DSR camera he had a video camera

mounted. He had kneepads on so that he could crawl

around the track, a go-pro recording everything he saw

on his head and just in case he missed something a drone

flying catching the action from above.

A brief history on Uganda taking part in this event. As told

by Laren VD Westhuisen.

This was a long time ago and the finer details are very

rough but here are the highlights of the story:

Two Ugandan MX2 riders took a bus to Zim to try and

compete in the AMU.

This was around round about 2007. “Very rusty brain”

he says.

These 2 chaps took a bus down to Zim with their bikes

strapped to the roof. This brings a whole new mean to

“Roof of Africa.” The two guys got stopped at a border

as they were not allowed to enter the country with their

motorcycles. They eventually negotiated their way through.

Unfortunately, their bus had left them behind as the bus

couldn’t wait.

They managed to arrange a lift to the venue 1 day late.

The officials allowed them to attend the event. Their bikes

were not even in working order!

The local riding community came together to help them

out. They were so determined to race this event. They

arrived with nothing. Not even petrol.

These two chaps spent every cent they had to get to the

AMU (The Original Name for MXOAN). This is how important

this event is in Africa. Time for the race came and these two

guys stood together. They did the parade together just the

two of them and left a soft spot in everyone’s heart. Since

then, Uganda enters a team every year.

The same team had 2 guys come down to Zambia one

year and they arrived with shorts, Vellies and MX shirts.

That is how they were going to race this event.

A decade later, the Uganda riders came along and

showed everyone what you can do with a little bit of help…

All in all this is one trip that should be experienced

by all MX fans. Just to see the teams come together the

comradery between riders and the passion for the sport.

Next year it will be held in Zimbabwe and we are told

to make sure we have our big girl panties on as this will be

one event to not miss.

A huge thank you to the Bohling family for looking after

us during this trip.

It really is appreciated.

What a great weekend of racing.

Africa’s got style!

Final results:

50s: SA, Uganda, Zim

65s: SA, Uganda, Zim

85s: SA, Uganda, Zim

Ladies: Zam, SA, Zim

Masters: SA, Zam, Zim

Vets: Zim, Bots, Zam

125s: Zim, Uganda, Zam

MX2: SA, Zim, Zam

Mx1 SA Zim zam

Overall winners SA, Zim, Zambia

A hotdog from chernobyl

Blinged up abmbo

Laren Van Der westhuisen and Race Director Jack Cheney

The Local entertainment for

the day

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MAN MACHINE

10-11 AUGUST 2018

Man and Machine is a very

popular 2 day enduro which

is held once a year in the KZN

Midlands area. Each rider is

required to follow the track

using a gps unit mounted on

the motorcycle.

This years Man and Machine event was

held in Boston KZN, halfway between

Howick and Underberg. Entries filled up

quickly. Of those entries a record breaking

entry of 26 lady riders lined up on the

start line, adding a bit of glamour to the

once “men only” sport. There are two

tracks set by the organisers catering for

the Intermediate and Hard skilled levels.

The distances per day of about 80km

proved quite tough due to wet conditions.

The object of the event is to complete

2 days of gruelling riding and to cross

the finish line to receive a well-deserved

Finishers Trophy.

On Thursday the 9th of August the small

town of Boston was swamped by dirt

bikers and their families and friends.

Thursday was the day where all riders were

required to register and get their gps’s

loaded for the next 2 days of riding.

On Friday..Day 1.. in the early hours the

rain began to pour down on the Boston

area and continued until after the start

which was at 8am. Many riders preferred

the idea of staying in bed and were hoping

for a later start. Only the really tough

pitched up on time for riders briefing

and the start. However an hour or two

into the day the sun started making its

appearance, and those that braved the

early morning conditions were soon

rewarded with slippery but great riding.

Many riders were time barred at the refuel,

indicating how much the rain had slowed

down the average riding speed.

Saturday..Day 2..

brought more starters than on the previous

day because of perfect riding conditions

promising to provide perfect traction.

Everyone managed to get through the

time bar on time, but there was still plenty

of “vasbyt” needed to reach the finish

line. The second half of Day 2 after refuel

proved to be very tough with rivers being

full from the previous days rain.

All in all it was a great weekend with about

an 80% finish rate which is higher than

previous years. This shows that fitness

levels are up and so is the determination

of all the riders. Even on the Intermediate

loop there were some very demanding

sections. The organisers would like to

thank the sponsors. “Without the sponsors

we cannot maintain an organised event

with an affordable entry fee.”

Trimborn Agency

Scottys Plant Hire

Motul

Yamaha

KS Enduro

Fairfield Dairy

Shoei

Acerbis

Impendle Municipality

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G I R L S O N T R A C K

D-FORCE GIRLS

You would have noticed over the

years that we’ve often made

reference to the d-force ladies

team in most of the national MX

features. Recently, while we were

at the guys from HRP, we found a

bevy of beauties in the office. We

didn’t recognize them because

they were not wearing their

helmets and were relatively well

groomed. Tiegan Reed and Kayla

Raaff are synonymous with MX.

We got together for a little chat

and to hear their story.

The d-force team was founded in 2016.

Two riders took to the MX circuit. Nanda

Clowes in nationals and Tiegan Reed in

club races. It was a year of learning and

they were up against some very talented

riders like Brittany Cuthbert, Kayla Raaff

(on her brothers 2012 YZ) and Toni Jardine.

That year, Brit took the championship with

Nanda hot on her heels in 2nd place.

In 2017, the team approached Kayla Raaff

(Pocket Rocket), and offered her a ride.

She raced for the d-force team that year

on Tiegans 2016 KTM125 – and came in

3rd overall.

With Coach, Andre David

from Big 5 Ventures

It was a great year for the team – Nanda

took the gold, with Kayla on the third step.

Two of their team in the top 3.

2018 saw Nanda moving away from MX

and her spot has been filled by a junior

development rider – 14 year old Kayla

Williams who has just moved up from 85’s

to a 125.

It’s been fantastic so far – at the last

national in Welkom, Kayla Raaff extended

her lead with an enormous (36 odd) points

lead over the rest of the field.

With only one national left, it looks like the

Gold is in the bag. Watch this space.

After a shoulder op earlier this year, Tiegan

is slowly working her way back up the field

and getting her fitness back to scratch.

After much coaching and encouragement

from coach, Andre David of Big 5 Ventures

all 3 girls are in the top 5 in both the regional

race series and the very popular Inland

series.

A bit more about the girls:

Kayla Williams: Age 14.

This is quite a story. Kayla was born with

a few disabilities. She is missing some

digits on her throttle hand and her left leg

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G I R L S O N T R A C K

is underdeveloped with her left foot half the

length of her right foot.

She jumped on to her brothers motorcycle,

a KTM 65 last year – and the bug bit.

She did not even let her mom know that

she was riding – and her dad allowed her

to take part in all the Smoking Pistons

fun days and she smiled the whole way

through.

She met Pocket Rocket at the track,

became a fan - and even hosted a d-force

themed 13th birthday party. Now that’s how

you get yourself onto a team!

The d-force girls showed up at the party

and that was the beginning. In 2018

she joined the team as the junior rider

competing in the regional and inland series

on her KTM125.

So far – so good – she is steadily moving

her way up – top 5 in regionals and top 3 in

the inland series.

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G I R L S O N T R A C K

Tiegan Reed: Age 18 (as we type it’s

her Birfday!)

Tiegan started riding 3 years ago. She had a

KTM 200 and a freeride and was a frequent

visitor at the Rhino Park venue out near

Cullinan. She saw Toni Jardine racing at

Nitex – and approached her about maybe

training her and taking her to MX. That was

the beginning.

Toni took her under her wing – and she

entered the Diamonds And Dirt series. That

year she managed to break her handand

to dislocate her shoulder a few times. Turns

out – she’s double jointed – which is what

caused the pops – so she has had to learn

to deal with it.

She soon outgrew the Diamonds series –

and it was time to enter a bigger field – the

Mayfair Gearbox series in 2016. It was a

year of learning – often coming in at the

back of the pack and the hand took quite a

long time to heal.

2017 was her first year of regionals – and

nationals. She arranged a KTM 250 SX

for that series. It was completely nerve

wracking – and she tells us that she’d often

burst into tears on the start line. But she

does admit that she much prefers the fourstroke

to the two.

She raced a full year with a top 10 in

nationals and top five in the regional series.

2018 started really badly – her shoulder

gave her lots of grief and she decided to

have an op to get it all sorted. This put her

out for a lot of the races. She rejoined the

national circuit mid-year and 3 races in she

is lying in the top 10.

Her plan is to finish out the year and hit the

circuit hard in 2019.

Tiegan takes the lead at Terra Topia

Tiegan puts on her Race Face

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G I R L S O N T R A C K

Kayla “Pocket Rocket” Raaff : Age 15

Started riding – at the age of 5 – on a PW 80.

She was to be found mostly on the

MX track with a little bit of Oval out in

Walkerville.

She started racing at 7 – on a KTM Junior

50. Fun races to start – club races at

Zeemans and Smoking Pistons.

When she was 9, the family decided to

enter her into regionals on a KTM65. She

gave the boys a proper run for their money

drilling half the field. She finished out the

year in the top 5.

She followed suit for the next 3 years – with

regular podiums, moving up to the 85cc

class in 2014.

After a year on the 85 – swapping brands

through the year to see what suited her, she

moved up to a YZ 125 in 2015.

She competed in her first race, the last

national of the year, in the ladies class at

Smoking Pistons – and she pulled a 3rd

place for the day. That was the start of her

national journey.

In 2016 she competed in the full series as a

privateer with help from Sunoco and Liqui

Moly. A dislocated wrist and concussion

ruled her out of two races – CT and

Harrismith – and she came in 5th overall for

the year.

In 2017 she was approached by the

d-force team. She moved onto Tiegans

125 and suddenly had a bit of support and

sponsorship. She shocked everyone by

winning the first race in PE – and went on to

take 3rd overall for the year.

You can read the first part of this feature

to see how she is doing in 2018… there is

serious potential for a national championship.

What a cool bunch of ladies. Coming soon

to a track near you…

Follow the team on facebook: facebook.

com/dforcegirls

www.dforcegirls.com

Kayla on the podium in Welkom

Red Plate in the

dunes - Atlantis

Pocket in full flight

ERORA


KTM RALLY 2018

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SWAZILANDS

INVASION

KTM hosted their Adventure Rally in Swaziland last month.

It was massive – huge fun with happy grins all around. We

chatted to some of the participants and got their take on, what

is destined to become one of the biggest adventure events on

the busy South African calendar.

Pics by ZC Marketing Consulting PTY LTD - www.zcmc.co.za

Swaziland was one of six locations chosen

by KTM globally to showcase some of the

most scenic and adventurous trails on earth.

Close to 300 riders arrived at Lugogo

Sun Hotel for registration on Thursday, with

the likes motorsport legends Lyndon Poskitt,

Ross Branch and Alfi e Cox in the mix.

“This kind of event is really important for

the adventure community we have in South

Africa. It brings us all together and keeps our

passion for this lifestyle alive,” said Cox.

For some riders, the appeal of this event

in particular came from far more than the

promise of an untamed Swaziland adventure.

For international participants, the rally was

an opportunity to experience the unique and

truly South African sense of adventure.

Harrison Norton from KTM Australia was

moved by not only the heart-felt support from

local Swazi people, but the wild and carefree

spirit of South African riders.

“It’s been wild! Every time we rode past

the locals, they were genuinely so excited

and would run out to see us... I’ve never

seen that kind of thing in Australia. The

South African people are really incredible

- small issues like the rain on Friday didn’t

dampen the mood at all. They’re just so

ready to make the most of every situation

and the friendliest group of people I’ve come

across,” Norton enthused.

A stand-out aspect of this event was

that it not only catered for bike-mad dad’s

and ‘beers and the boys’, but was an allinclusive

family experience.

Many wives signed up as pillions, even for

the tougher and more technical orange route.

After 234 km’s of wet and windy trails on

Friday, BeauAnn Jordaan commented:

“I’ll admit that sometimes I turn that

microphone off when I need a break from

all the banter! But on a serious note, being

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KTM RALLY 2018

a pillion creates an incredible bonding

experience with my husband. I’d really

encourage more women to try it.”

Morag Campbell shares her

thoughts:

We got into the riding mode early,

meeting the ‘gang’ at RADMoto at 8am

for coffee and breakfast, and riding

down with Andy on his mixed tar/gravel/

sand route, seeing some outlying areas.

The border crossing at Sandlane was

a breeze, and the hotel abuzz with

energetic excitement of hundreds of

people and a variety of orange bikes

lining the parking.

Day 01’s scenery was varied,

overcast, rain, forests, open plains,

passes, rutted routes, which I rode

defensively in the mud, (I’m not

too sure/convinced about Motoz

tractionator tyres capacity in mud?)

I enjoyed riding the 1090R; enjoy the

lightness of the bike, I find it nimble and

maneuverable, responsive. I thought it

might be an issue that I can’t touch the

ground but once going, no real need for

it unless for the occasional dab.

For the few tricky bits, I could always

rely on fellow KTM enthusiasts to

encourage and assist, and occasionally

the local residents!… like up the steep

mud hill Day 01, (traction-control-on,

is definitely not good in off-road-mode

on slippery mud!! Day 02 showed

second gear with traction-off works a

charm on the mud hills); or some rocky

sections…. and Day 02 donga, where

I was just trying to hide-the-evidenceof-riding-the-orange-bike

- but as I hear

it, according to folklore, it’s not a drop

unless the bars touch the ground …

I enjoyed meeting new people, and

legends including Gerry van der Byl,

Joey Evans, Alfie Cox, and of course

Lyndon Poskitt (of who’s Races to

Places Jaycen and I are avid fans)…

but the heroes of the weekend were the

riders, the friends, enjoying the rides, the

scenery, engaging with local residents,

meeting the challenges of the day,

helping each other, laughing together.

Thank you KTM South Africa and all

those involved for a great weekend, I

definitely hope to attend the next one.

Pauli Armstrong: 4 years on

tar; 2 years adventure

The KTM Adventure rally reminded me

again why I wanted to own an orange

beast in the first place. The obvious

Passion and loyalty to the brand and

between riders - just being part of the

orange family. They are fun, exciting,

adventurous, competitive and HOT!

Being a single lady rider, going on these

trips on my own was daunting at first,

but soon I discovered that these men

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were amazing caring humans! I have to date,

not dropped my bike once without some

random rider picking it up for me, and more

than once fixing what I had broken!

Suffering from a bad case of FOMO, I

entered the Adventure rally before I knew what

I was in for... but it sounded like fun right!

It was EPIC, conditions were challenging

even for the experienced riders! And there I

was on my PINK 1050, first time on gravel

in over a year. My bike not ideal for these

conditions, specifically because my feet

don’t really touch the ground. Unfortunately

the 1050 is the lowest option in the Orange

range - so it was KTM style, Just Do It,

Never Give Up.

So I did. With the help of my fellow male

riders, I managed rock surface, mud, clay, river

crossings sand etc. I was proud, if someone

showed me some of the obstacles before the

ride, I would have said NEVER! My favorite part

of the challenge - looking at the pictures and

remembering how I felt at the time.

My worst part - being so tired after a day’s

riding that I was in bed by 10pm!

Next year I will make sure that I am ride and

party fit! Hopefully more girls will join as solo- or

pillion riders.

It’s huge fun! Swaziland and it’s people is a

bucket list item! Definitely worth the trip!

An experience and memory I will always

remember!

A little snooze is in order...

KTM champ Ross Branch

suckered someone into

getting on the back...

Happiness is... a pink 1050.

Mr and Mrs Evans.

Claudia in a sea of orange.

KTM owners coerce the kids

from a very young age...

South African Girls are the best!

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Above: A father on his KTM 1290

Super Adventure R with his son

riding as pillion.

Left: Swazi supporters run out

to greet riders as they pass

through local villages.

Motorsport legend Alfie Cox

signs for a fan

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KTM RALLY 2018

The skills challenge is always fun to watch...

Riders competed for a spot at the Ultimate Race.

KTM’s Marketing man shows Lynton

Poskitt what came out of his ear...

A parting shot from Belgium’s Yve’s Grofils,

who flew out for the KTM Adventure Rally

for the second year in a row:

“When KTM decided to organise this event, I just couldn’t

miss it! I arrived here and was welcomed by the same

South African motorcycling family I’ve grown to love, and

this adventure in Swaziland with them this weekend was

everything I expected and more.”

The star of the show had to be the new

790 Adventure... Arriving soon.

Riaan Neveling, Marketing Manager of

KTM South Africa, had hearts racing

when he invited riders to compete in the

‘Ultimate Race’ for a prize worth R500,000.

Specific challenges were presented over the weekend,

and the two top competitors, Christiaan Odendaal and

Greg Hodgskin, were awarded an all-inclusive trip to the

iconic 2019 Merzouga Rally in Morocco.

To top things off, the lucky riders will be given a brand

new KTM 790 Adventure R to tour with.

Nice one! See you there, August 2019!

Venue TBA – watch this space!

Specific challenges were

presented over the weekend,

and the two top competitors,

Christiaan Odendaal and Greg

Hodgskin, were awarded an

all-inclusive trip to the iconic 2019

Merzouga Rally in Morocco.

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UNDERSTANDING

MODERN RIDING AIDS

Breaking down the most common rider assistance functions. Words: Matthew Shields

Most electronic aids

have been developed

for race and road

bikes on tracks around

the globe - but, more

and more, they are

making their way onto

adventure machines...

To be absolutely honest, the toppies at

this here publication feel that many of

the electronic gizmo’s found on modern

motorcycles are quite simply overkill. We

feel that many of these things can be a

distraction - what mode am I in? Is the

ABS engaged? What setting is traction

control set to? All of this, instead of just

enjoying the ride.

But we do live in an era where bikes are

reaching supersonic levels of performance

- and all of this power needs to be

enhanced and kept under control. Here

is a breakdown of most of the electronic

wizardry found on modern machines - and

a brief explanation of how it works and

why it is fitted.

Q: What is a mode selector

and how does it work?

A: Each manufacturer has an acronym

or catchy name for what is essentially a

switch that changes engine characteristics.

Some machines have a system that allows

you to switch between engine maps and

alter spark timing and fuel delivery to

change the speed and amount of power

that is delivered. Other systems that

have a ride-by-wire throttle change the

relationship between the twist grip and the

injectors so while you are doing the same

thing at the handlebar, the power comes

on differently. Those systems also allow

power output to be moderated and can

work in combination with other electronic

systems like suspension and ABS to

create a very different feeling machine allround

at the tap of a button.

Q: I’ve heard of a slipper

clutch, but what is an

assist and slipper clutch?

A: As its name suggests, the assist and

slipper clutch aids riders with a lighter

clutch pull and ensures the rear wheel

doesn’t lock on deceleration. A&S systems

in general use two types of cams (an

assist cam and a slipper cam) to either

drive the clutch hub and operating plate

together or apart. Under normal operation,

the assist cam functions as a self-servo

mechanism, pulling the clutch hub and

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operating plate together to compress the

clutch plates. This allows the total clutch

spring load to be reduced, which translates

to a lighter clutch lever feel when operating

the clutch. When excessive engine braking

occurs – as a result of quick or accidental

downshifts – the slipper cam comes into

play, forcing the clutch hub and operating

plate apart. This relieves pressure on the

clutch plates to reduce back-torque and

help prevent the rear tyre from hopping and

skidding.

Q: How is a quick-shifter of

benefit to me?

A: Although quick-shifters are designed to

maximise acceleration on the track, when

used on adventure bikes they can give

smooth, clutch-less gear changes which

can be a godsend on a tight twisty road

or in tricky riding conditions. The systems

operate by cutting the ECU when a gear

change is detected and on down changes

an auto throttle blip to facilitate a smooth

change is present.

Q: How does ABS work and

are all systems the same?

A: ABS has been around in many guised

for a number of years. It was with us

long before there was traction control or

stability control.

On a motorcycle fitted with an anti-lock

braking system, the ABS control unit

Having top notch modern

day riding aids available on

most new bikes makes doing

things like this a bit easier.

Now you don’t always have

to land on your head while

trying to be Chris Birch.

constantly monitors the speed of the

wheels using wheel-speed sensors. If a

wheel threatens to lock during hard braking

or on slippery roads, the ABS regulates

the braking pressure in a targeted manner,

thereby ensuring optimum braking. In this

way, the riding stability and maneuverability

of the motorcycle is maintained, even

where there are adverse riding conditions

such as sand, gravel or water. Not every

system is the same and, in general, varies

through the amount of sensors they use.

The most basic systems purely measure

the difference between front and rear wheel

speed, while the most advanced use an

Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and can

distribute brake pressure between front and

rear wheels.

When encountering rods like

this, rider aids are a must.

Q: How does traction

control work?

A: Not every system is the same and, at

the end of the day, it all comes down to the

type and number of sensors a bike uses

to detect rear wheel spin and intervene.

The more basic systems use wheel speed

sensors to monitor front and rear wheel

speed and when it detects wheel spin,

engine power is reduced to allow rear wheel

grip to be regained. To reduce the engine

power, systems either retard the ignition

timing, skip fuel injection or electronically

adjust the throttle if it is fitted with a RBW

system. The more advanced systems,

however, rely on separate ECUs with an

accelerometer that measure lean angle and

acceleration or multiple accelerometers and

gyroscopes to give a more complete picture

of what the bike is doing.

Q: We’ve heard about

motorcycle stability

control. How is this

different to ABS and

traction control?

A: MSC is in essence a combination of

ABS and traction control with the primary

objective of keeping the motorcycle

safely on the road. The system constantly

measures all key motorcycle data –

wheel speed, lean angle, pitch angle,

acceleration, braking pressure and many

more. This data allows the system to

recognize critical situations and intervene,

thereby preventing the wheels from

locking when braking, stopping the wheels

spinning, mitigating the rear wheel from

lifting, as well as making sure that the front

wheel stays on the ground.

So there you have it. We might be limits

as to how fast we can build bikes, or how

quickly we can make them accelerate, but

electronic aids are here to stay.

They make things just that much safer.

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444 Evel Knievel esque

Caleb Tennant

WELKOM MX NATIONAL

It was fantastic to arrive at a new venue in the chilly freestate weather, to see the awesome effort put in by the

organising club to upgrade what was clearly a very good club/regional track into a top class national venue.

Words by Greg Moloney / Pics by Zygs Brodalka

Many of the riders initially felt that it might

be a bit too rough but it was great to see

a real motocross track again and one that

would not just turn into a one line affair with

no opportunities for passing. No no! This

was going to test our national and regional

riders big time - it was another combination

of the TRP National Championship and the

TeleRadio NR Championship.

MX1 continued where it ended in the

Mother City with SA’s finest and fastest

riders going at it hammer and tongs.

David Goosen (Out of Africa Yamaha) had

his eyes firmly set on moving ahead of

his 2nd placed team mate Tristan Purdon

and closing in on the championship leader

Caleb Tennant (Q4Fuels Husqvarna). In

heat one Goosen showed some class

and lead into turn two with Tennant and

his team mate Maddy Malan had a huge

Dong-dong with Red Bull KTM mounted

Kerim Fitzgerald for the rest of the podium

places. Incredibly, Malan’s rear shock blew

with just a few laps to go and then there

was more drama as hard charging Tristan

Purdon crashed, remounting and eventually

finishing 5th.

Goosen hung on to win the first moto

ahead of Fitzgerald and Tennant.

Race 2 and a double double victory

seemed imminent after another fantastic

start by Goosen in both the national and

regional championship. He had to fight off

the two Husqvarna boys who were just

ahead of a surprise front runner Royce

Griffin. Griffin fought hard to be the first

KTM in the field but eventually buckled

under the pressure to finish behind fellow

KTM stable mates Anthony Raynard (Lights

by Linea), Jayden Ashwell and Fitzgerald.

Tennant leaves the Phakisa track still with

the Red plate and with it the championship

lead heading into the final round.

MX2 saw a complete turn around of

luck for the #21 Yamaha man though

as Goosen, who was sitting second in

the championship, had a nightmare and

finished 7th and 16th in the two races.

Caleb Tennant needed to extend his lead

and with his win by a big margin in Moto

1, it looked like he was on song for more

domination. But... lets go back to my first

statement about how awesome this track

looked and that it was a “real” MX track that

was going to test our riders.

Never mind that Tennant is one of our riders

who has loads of international experience

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National Motorcross

Proudly Brought to you by:

Out of Africa Yamaha rider

David Goosen MX1

Red Bull KTM rider Kerim

Fitz Gerald

Jaden Ashwell from

Zimbabwe MX1

Out of Africa Yamaha rider

Tristan Purdon MX1

on all types of tracks, even so - they can and do bite

on occasions. Race 2 was one of those times. Tennant

crashed, highsiding himself out of the top berm. He lost his

peak and front mud guard and soldiered on looking very

“Evel Knievel”esque to still secure a 3rd overall and the lead

in the championship.

This opened the door for Purdon to step up for the win in

heat two and over all and Raynard 2nd for the day.

This class title will go down to the Final too, exactly what

race fans want.

MX3 has been a two horse race and once again the top

two battled big time for the honours. just like in Cape Town,

the lead changed hands from Ian Topliss to Dewald vd

Berg. This time out the tables turned again into Topliss’

favour with his two wins. Who ever does the double at the

Final will take the win overall.

Our top two ladies were once again in fine form and looked

to mix it up with the Snr Support and 2 Strokes. Leah

Heygate ( KTM SA) got the initial drop on the field and was

disappearing into the distance - but this came to an abrupt

halt when she crashed out of the first heat. She managed

to remount her bike and bravely finishing the race, incredibly

in 2nd but she collapsed in the parc ferme and the medics

Q4Fuels Husqvarna man

Maddy Malan

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who attended to her suggested she did not

ride again. This left Kayla Raaf on her own

to win both heats. Jenna Bohling took the

second spot in race 2 and Bo-Dene Scott

got her first race podium and 3rd overall.

Great racing!

Alec Combrink didnt have it all his own way

in the Snr support class, sharing first and

second with Ian Rall. The 2 Strokes went to

Dean Pienaar with his two wins on the day.

Shared victories were also the way things

turned out in the High School class,

with Dalton Venter (CIT Husqvarna) and

Cameron Durow ( Reef Tankers KTM) each

taking one a piece. But this was still not

enough to drop Justin Sangster off his

championship lead and red plate.

Pro Mini looked almost wrapped up with

another two wins by Jono Mlimi ( Red Bull

TRP KTM). He was hounded for a while by

his stable mate Nate Mc Lellan but this was

short lived and Nate was left to battle for

a share of 2nd and 3rd in both heats with

Swazilands finest Blake Young.

85cc Jnr was a bit more of a monopoly

with the top contenders fighting hard on a

very difficult curcuit for the slightly smaller

wheeled bikes. Wesley McGavin with a 2nd

and 1st in the two heats took the overall

for the day. Emmanuel Bako came back

from Zone 7 disappointment to finish 2nd

and Troy Muraour despite not on the finish

podium officially having only finished 4th

behind Luke Grundy, was gifted with the

much sort after red plate.

Unbelievably the Mynhardt road show

continued in 65cc with another double

for Lucca, two uncharacteristically bad

starts from younger brother Andrea left him

second overall in the 50s. This gave both

Damien Venter and Blade Tiley chances to

win their first heats in the nationals.

All of this means that every single class

will be fought for at the TRP National

Championship Final on the 20th of October.

You definitely do not want to miss out on

this incredible journey’s conclusion.

See you there!

Cameron Durow at the start

of 125 cc High School class

Ladies class

CIT Husqvarna Dalton

Venter 125cc High School

Ian Topliss gets the

holeshot in MX3

Dewald van der Berg MX3

MX 2 start with Caleb Tennant

(444) at the front

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National Motorcross

Proudly Brought to you by:

Royce Griffin MX1

Lights by Linea Anthony

Raynard

Justin Sangster

Lucca Mynhardt

65cc class

Nate Mc’Lellan

Pro Mini

Andrea Mynhardt

50cc

Blade Tilley 50cc

class

Jono Mlimi

(124) Bo-Dene Scott

Wesley McGavin

85cc Class

Troy Muraour

85cc Class

Blake Young from

Swaziland in 85cc class

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D I R T Y S T U F F

Where in the world can you ride dirt bikes at 01h00 in the morning, without a light and without having to

worry about anything? Most people will say no-where, some people will say they know some places but

their spots are usually illegal or you will be reported by the fun police. By Greg Moloney

Well I have found a spot where you can literally ride all

night and possibly run out of fuel before you run out of

place to ride. I was invited to join the Muddy Face team at

one of their biggest events of the year, the Makgadikgadi

Moonlight Adventure. Ross Branch, multiple SA offroad

Champion, as well as back to back winner of the

Desert 1000 Race, along with one of Botswana’s busiest

motocross moms, Lola Berrie, have created Muddy

Face as the events company, handling a unique series

of Botswana’s off-road related events. The two of them

along with their team, put together events throughout

the year and open it up to all riders and families from

Botswana and surrounds and the Makgadikgadi

Moonlight Adventure is definitely the most unique.

It fell over the weekend of the Lunar Eclipse as well

as a Full moon over the Makgadikgadi Pans in the

north of Botswana. So literally the first night we arrived

we experienced the full moon being changed into a

“BloodMoon” as the eclipse changed the light and very

bright moon into a big red ball in the sky, giving everyone

on the pan a chance to see a sky that is probably not

matched anywhere in the world. The Milky Way literally

from horizon to horizon and an almost complete dome of

stars with the red moon in the middle.

The second night of course being the complete opposite,

with the full moon rising and literally lighting the entire pan

to almost daylight and giving you a false sense of time, as

one would think the sun actually never set.

While this spectacle was happening in front of your eyes,

the Muddy Face team were busy behind the scenes

setting things up for a weekend of pure off-road, camping

fun. From the House of the Rising Sun sponsored Night

Enduro Cross for the more extreme riders, to an Oval

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Track race set up on the pans to get the less extreme riders

into some fun on their bikes or quads, sponsored by the Great

Plains Foundation. Never mind the fact that there is a separate

little oval track race for all the kids at the venue with prizes

donated for every child by The Jolly Bushman Botswana,

The Great Plains Foundation in conjunction with Elephants

for Africa, being the CSI aspect to this incredible event. Great

Plains of course sponsoring an awesome prize for 2 people

for 2 nights at one of their venues in the Okavango Delta,

which included transfer flights from Maun to the camp as well

as food and drinks during your stay. The prize for the very

exciting night enduro cross race was 7 nights for 8 people at

the House of the Rising Sun in Guinjata Bay, Mozambique,

worth well over R30 000.00.

On top of this, entertainment was provided for the families and

friends each night by a really awesome bunch of guys called

Djembe Monks, who got the parties started both nights we

were there.

Muddy Face literally set up a tent town in the middle of the Pans

and imported a whole infrastructure to cater for the nearly 400

people who came up to have what can only be said as some

of the best fun you can have on not only two wheels but in any

form of vehicle you can get there. Examples being 2 stroke and

4 Stroke bikes and quads, but also side by sides, dune buggies,

to off road and 4x4 trucks and bakkies as well as yours truly’s

Suzuki Vitara All Grip. If you’re not into motorized vehicles then

there is a separate mountain bike sector set up as well, which

you can ride all day and into the night.

In order to enjoy the full flood of skies above, Muddy Face

set up three loops all lit by different coloured glow sticks for

riders and drivers to follow into the night in case your night

vision was not so good under the blood moon too. A 25km, a

10km for motorized vehicles and an 8km MTB loop too. These

of course are for the night time riding but during the day the

pans are then open for all to have fun under the sun, with one

provisory, that you don’t go out on your own and that at least

one of your group has a gps with you. But as stated in the

beginning you will probably run out of fuel before your run out

of pan. That’s how big this place is. It is absolutely incredible

actually and only one way to truly experience it and that’s to

get to the next one which is already in my diary but let’s make

sure you all have it in yours too - 12 to 16 July 2019.

A few things you guys are going to need to do:

Book early and if you do you might be able to secure one of

the pre-set up tents

Otherwise bring all your camping gear for three days and two

nights

Nights can get a bit chilly so bring some warm kit too

On the opposite, the days can be pretty warm, shorts and

T-shirts are in order

Biking gear

Food and water etc

Bring some extra Rands or Pula with you because we do

auction the racers off to raise funds for the Elephants for Africa

and this year’s pool ended up being just under Pula 4000.00

Bring your party shoes and be prepared to have fun for literally

48 Hours

GPS in your car as well as a portable one would be handy

But best bet is to get in contact with Muddy Face on Facebook

or via their website www.muddyfacebotswana.co.bw and they

will send you all the details for this awesome event.

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By Klint Mills Pics: Rich Sutherland

COMES BACK TO TOWN

THE MALIBONGWE TRACK ROARS BACK TO LIFE

After a lengthy absence, the Nitex

event has been revitalized with some

new hands at the helm.

How did it come about? A early

morning call to Klint Mills from the

always enthusiastic Mike Puzey, a

telephonic agreement, a flight to view

the site and bang we bonded on the

same page with the same intentions.

The Powasol Eventing team arrived the week prior to the

event, the bases were covered. A TLB was arranged by

Francois Du Toit of Raceworx KTM and the “CREW”.

It was a nice early start on Monday morning with the

“blank canvas” in sight. The idea was to start with the

basics - and that was a clean up of the pit. This ended

up being a 1 and half day job on its own. But soon we

got into a rhythm and the track started taking shape.

Throughout the week, sponsors and riders popped in to

check the progress and understand the thinking behind

the design, they never argued or questioned the thinking.

For the first time, the plan was to run a Live-Stream link

via social media with the help of LiveX Productions and

fast line speed provided by Comsol Networks, KulumaTV

Magic Mike Cornali and Turbo Troy Wells were camera

ready with the 6 Photographers Daryn Varney, Rich

Sutherland, Kerry Hughes, Zikala Erasmus and Chan-Lee

Van Wyk. A massive thanks to “H” Helena Harrison for

helping facilitate everything.

Also a new media feature were the digital screens

provided by BrandFit Digital Sports Network.

The pits looked amazing with gazebos, team branding,

vendors, people and sponsors all lining the Aureole Road

and banks of the track. It was a dream come true for the

Mills clan, “we felt that at that moment we had achieved

almost everything we’d set out to achieve”, says Klint.

Non Timed practice started with the Micro-mini 50cc

riders screaming down a neatly marked track that

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Soon after them, the 65cc Juniors, 85cc

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Once all had had their Non Timed

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As usual - the action thereafter was

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Results:

65cc

1 Matt Stevens 65cc KTM

2 Levi Bekker 65cc Yamaha

3 REECE LODEWICK 65cc KTM

4 Luke Battersby 65cc husquvana

5 Thor Johnson 65cc KTM

85cc:

1 Dylan Jones 85cc KTM

2 Armand Fourie KTM

3 Matthew Wilson 85cc Husqvarna

4 kevin leigh 85cc ktm sx85

5 Luke Walker 85cc Husqvarna

Experts:

1 Heinrich Aust Expert KTM

2 Adam Bac Expert Yamaha

3 Adriano Catalano Expert YAMAHA

4 Paul Grobler Expert Zongshen

5 Ruann Maré Expert Husqvarna

Hobby and Old School:

1 Shaun Kirk Old School KTM

2 Peter Haines Old School Husqvarna

3 Henlo Meyer Old School 2 KTM

21 Clayton Codd Hobby KTM

22 Dale Campbell Hobby Yamaha

23 Tyron Payne Hobby KTM

24 Kieran Brown Hobby KTM

25 Oz Osborne Hobby Ktm

Micro mini’s:

1 Enzo Kuun Micro Mini KTM

2 Jake Pretorius Micro Mini KTM

3 Cody Greger Micro Mini KTM

4 Gerhard Vosloo Micro Mini KTM

5 2Jordan Feliciano Micro Mini Husqvarna

Pro’s:

1 Blake Gutzeit Pro 2 Yamaha

2 Luke Walker Pro Husky

3 Mauritz Meiring Pro 1 KTM

4 Matthew Green Pro Husqvarna

5 Erhardt Beukes Pro Husqvarna

6 Kyle Purchase Pro Ktm

7 Altus De Wet Pro

8 Calvin Garvie Pro KTM

Superpole:

1 Blake Gutzeit Pro Yamaha

2 Erhardt Beukes Pro Husqvarna

3 Luke Walker Pro Husky

4 Kyle Purchase Pro Ktm

5 Matthew Green Pro Husqvarna

6 Mauritz Meiring Pro KTM

7 Altus De Wet Pro

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