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EDITOR: ROLEY FOLEY
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
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…
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
that meets emission
mirrors, and LED
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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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
• Underseat Fuel Tank: An
optimized 4.76-gallon fuel tank
is located under the seat for
excellent mass centralization and
• 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
• 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
Chat to your Yamaha dealer.
As we type this, the world launch
for the new GS 1250 is next week
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
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
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
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
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
This route will see the pair cover
in the region of 15,000 road
miles, so it is far from a small
“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
“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
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
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
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
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
The Bully Hanger Bar is a heavy duty storage and
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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”
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
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
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
Watch this space – we’ll keep you posted.
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
is all LED
we suspect that
conventional KTM array.
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F I R S T R I D E
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.
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.
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.
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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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
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F I R S T R I D E
“THE NEW 250
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
LONGER LEGS THAN
THE PREVIOUS MODEL
- A LONGER 3RD GEAR
WITH PLENTY OF
WHICH ALLOWS YOU
TO BE MORE RELAXED
THROUGH THE GEARS
WITHOUT HAVING TO
SHIFT ALL THE TIME
TO KEEP THE POWER
ON, WHICH WAS
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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.
• A 120 Link Seal chain is made of 840 Component.
• With 1 pcs of NC Component the chain is defect
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.
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
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
Absorb impact weight over roller when mesh with
sprocket. Also, bush has bearing function, so quality of
shock resistance and abrasion resistance is requested.
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
Absorb load with pin and transit its power.
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
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0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180 200
• 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]
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FLYING THE FLAG AT
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 –
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
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
We got knobbed R6 a kwatcha
at the pub. A beer cost K20. You do
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
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 South Africa
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
What a cool sight, seeing the teams walk
over a few jumps and stand together as the
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
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
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”
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
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!
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
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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
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
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.
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.”
Scottys Plant Hire
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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
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
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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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
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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Tiegan Reed: Age 18 (as we type it’s
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
Toni took her under her wing – and she
entered the Diamonds And Dirt series. That
year she managed to break her hand – and
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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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
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
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
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.
Kayla on the podium in Welkom
Red Plate in the
dunes - Atlantis
Pocket in full flight
KTM RALLY 2018
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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.
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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
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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a pillion creates an incredible bonding
experience with my husband. I’d really
encourage more women to try it.”
Morag Campbell shares her
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
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
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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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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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
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
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
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
When encountering rods like
this, rider aids are a must.
Q: How does traction
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
control. How is this
different to ABS and
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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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
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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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
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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.
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
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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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
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 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
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
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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winded its way in and out of the main track.
Soon after them, the 65cc Juniors, 85cc
Pro Mini’s, Combined Old School,Hobby,
Experts and the Pro’s.
Once all had had their Non Timed
Practice,Timed Practice, where riders got
to do 1 fast lap out of three. The fastest lap
determined gate placement for Mains.
Between Timed Practice and Mains was
The Superpole was a 3 lap race made up
with the 7 fastest practice times recorded.
Blake Gutzeit of the Proudly Bidvest
Yamaha Team took the top step with a
brilliant time of 1:59.
As usual - the action thereafter was
amazing, crowds of people shouting and
screaming for their favourite riders. The
show the riders put on was incredible.
The final round of the Southern Africa
EnduroX Series will go back to the NiteX
Track for some next level excitement.
The 2019 season will be split between KZN
and Gauteng - North vs. South
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N I G H T E N D U R O
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
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
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
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
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
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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