Dirt and Trail November 2018

RobRidefast

November 2018 issue of SA's best adventure and offroad magazine!

Ride More Stress Less

November 2018

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FIRST RIDE

DUCATI

1260 MULTISTRADA

IN THIS ISSUE

FULL FEATURE

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EDITOR: ROLEY FOLEY

What a year it has

been to date. So

much going on in the

bike trade - and next

month it’s Christmas

time would you

believe!

Make sure that

you spend your

Christmas bonus

in a motorcycle

dealership - You

have earned that

right.

This month we say Cheers to young Kyle

lawrenson who is moving along to bigger, better

things.

He’s been a part of our family since he was at high

school and we sure are going to miss him.

Good luck buddy!

If you are looking for tools - he is the new man to

call and we are pretty sure that it wont take much

to get him into the saddle for a ride review here and

there.

Motorcycles have a way oif getting into your blood.

Ride safe! See you out there.

CONTENTS: NOVEMBER 2018

THE TEAM:

EDITOR:

Glenn Foley

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DESIGN:

Rob Portman

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ought to you by

Limited edition Jeffrey Herlings KTM 450 SX-F released

KTM has released a special edition of their 450

SX-F motocross bike in honour of Jeffrey Herlings.

The 2018 FIM MXGP Motocross World Champion

took victory at his home race in Assen to seal the

championship, and KTM wants to celebrate….

The limited edition version will hit international

dealers in January 2019 and has a host of upgrades

including an Akrapovič Slip-on silencer, Hinson

factory clutch cover and fuel tank. The Herlings

replica is truly ready to race with Factory wheels, a

composite skid plate, and race graphics.

“I was so pumped when I was told there would be a

KTM 450 SX-F Herlings Replica,” said Herlings. “I’ve

been with KTM all the way through my career, and

we’ve worked through the hard times and celebrated

a lot together – we are a family, not just in the

paddock, but back in Austria too, so this bike is really

special to me.”

Herlings has dominated this year’s championship,

winning 31 of the 38 races so far. As we type, his

teammate, Tony Cairoli is in second with a race to

go, too.

“Following on from the Cairoli Replica we released

some years ago, we wanted to honour Jeffrey’s

achievements with his own,” said Joachim Sauer,

KTM Senior Product Manager Offroad.

“This model has a special specification with Herlings’

design and is a great package for riders looking for

the ultimate ready to race machine.”

Pretty pretty! Chat to your dealer…

Price Correction: YZ250F

Sorry guys a gremlin crept in last month

in the new Yamaha Motocrossers price

– the price listed is in fact for the YZ85…

Sorry the real price for the new 250 is

R102.950 Christmas comes but once a

year…

At a Yamaha dealer near you.

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ought to you by

NSC Cylinder News:

Don’t replace – replate!

NSC Electroplating is the longest established Nicasil

businesses in South Africa…

What is Nicasil?

Nicasil is a silicon carbide/nickel mixture that is electrically

deposited in a layer a couple thousandths of an inch thick

onto an aluminum cylinder casting. It takes the place of

steel liners or the old fashioned cast iron sleeves. It’s much

harder than steel so it wears much more slowly, it retains oil

on it’s surface better than steel, and it transfers heat from

the piston and rings to the cylinder casting much more

efficiently than a steel sleeve.

Hard-coated cylinders also have a major advantage of

cylinders with steel liners as far as expansion rates are

concerned. Because aluminum transfers heat much more

rapidly than steel, and because aluminum expands to a

greater degree than steel when heated, an aluminum piston

will expand faster and farther than a steel sleeve during

warm-up and when under heavy loads, possibly resulting in

a seizure. But with Nicasil, because the plating is only about

.002” thick, and because it’s not solid like a sleeve, the

cylinder and the piston will expand at the same rate and by

the same amount, greatly reducing the chances of a seizure

and allowing the engine to run tighter clearances for quieter

operation and more power.

There are also many different names and formulations for

cylinder hard-coatings. Nikasil is actually a brand name for

a nickel silicon carbide formula developed by Mahle in the

‘60s. Anyway so now you know.

Locally Rob Jarvis is the Nikasil expertable – and should you

have a problem where you need to get your barrel repaired

– these are the guys to call. They do have quite a few

exchange units in stock. Trade also welcome!

info@cylinders.co.za

Answer AR-1 Helmet

The Answer Racing AR-1 Helmet is of a lightweight construction while passing two of the toughest safety

standards by exceeding D.O.T. and ECE . A dual-density EPS liner helps to absorb both large and small impacts

while a highly developed ventilation system consisting of two large intake ports and four large exhaust ports help

keep you cool in the hottest conditions. and they look really cool.!

Features:

• Shell made of injection molded Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene

(ABS)

• Sculptured, dual-density, EPS impact absorbing liner

• Removable/washable liner is made with moisture wicking

fabrics

• Flexible rubber nose piece helps deflect roost

• Two large front air intakes and four rear exhaust vents help keep

you cool

• Meets or exceeds both ECE 22-05 and D.O.T. FMVSS 218

safety standards

• Weight: 3.15 lbs/1428 g (size large)

www.DMD.co.za for your closest stockist.

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Photo: ZCMC

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your nearest dealer or 011 462 7796. T‘s and C‘s apply.


ought to you by

Not bikes for now, but something close to our hearts:

Do your bit for Rhino Conservation. Take your family

on an anti-poaching weekend.

Hi Glenn

We have a farm up in Limpopo Province with Rhino

that we protect. We are very passionate about our

animals.

So we offer “Adventure with a cause” weekends.

You can see some photos on our facebook page.

Basically we pay for the food, ammo and fuel for

the weekend (Accommodation is sponsored by the

lodge) and the balance goes directly to paying the

antipoaching contractor.

(For transparency sake it works out to about R500

per person as costs and the balance goes 100% to

rhino conservation). None of us take any salary or

renumeration.

We also hand out a certificate to say thank you, on

the last morning at breakfast.

Plus there is no middle man - the rhino are my

babies and I need to take care of them. I am

struggling to pay for the anti-poaching and the feed.

So having these groups help me protect them and

in the same breath the people getting involved see

exactly where the money goes to.

R1950.00 per person - 3 star Lodge (4 x chalets)

R1750.00 per person - eco lodge (3 x rooms)

R1450.00 per person - army tents (Sharing)

R1000.00 per person - Own tent.

Rates are per person for two nights/ 3 days.

Includes accommodation / all meals / activities (rhino

monitoring, fence patrols, basic survival, introduction

on tracking (to detect poachers), observation lane,

target shooting in our river bush lane and we have an

obstacle course for the fitter folks…

083 448 5820

www.insimbilegacyprojects.co.za or www.

rhinoconnect.co.za

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ARE YOU ROOF OF AFRICA READY?

2018 CHAMPIONS ON METZELER

E1 Enduro Champions

1st – Kyle Flanagan (Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha)

E2 Enduro Champions

1st - Blake Gutzeit (Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha)

High School Enduro Champions

1st – Kyle Purchase (Alfie Cox Racing KTM)

Masters Enduro Champion

1st - Denzil Torlarge (Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha)

DEALER ENQUIRIES 011 437 4699


ought to you by

Motorcycle Lifestyle Store

inside World of Yamaha:

There is a new lifestyle store inside the Yamaha South

Africa head office building. It’s VERY cool with lots of

out of the ordinary motorcycle goodies available…

They stock the full VR46 Range – so if you are a Rossi,

Cairoli, Marquez or Vinales fan, you can get all kinds

of memorabilia from massive beach towels to a Tee or

a keyring. Also on the shelves are top quality goodies

from Acerbis, Shoei, Pro Grip – and you can get lubed

with the Motul lineup.

A huge selection of goods to browse, great for killing a

few hours.

Go and have a looksee – take a gander at the new

Yamaha’s, maybe play the piano in their music section

and grab a bite to eat at the coffee shop…

The people in the store: Brandon Du Bruyn, Ntlhari

Mathebula and Sasha Glodek.

Open weekdays 9-5 and on Saturdays – 9-2.

19 eastern service road, Kelvin 2054, just off the M1

near Marboro Drive.

(011) 259-7604

Mikes Bikes relocates

Mikes Bikes in Boksburg is predominantly road oriented, but

we did see quite a few adventure bikes on the floor. The busy

used bike sales shop has moved to really cool new premises

in Trichardt road in Boksburg. They had a party to celebrate –

we went along to take some snaps… Very cool lifestyle spot

– more in the November issue of Ridefast magazine…

For Bike sales and Enquiries Contact Quinton 079 077 2236

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ought to you by

Team Race Shop Fourways: Martin, Carla, Evelyn,

Dean, Ryan, Sante, Dion, Dave.

Race Shop now

open in Fourways.

The very busy Ryan Shapiro has opened

another branch of his race Shop in the Buzz

Shopping Centre in Witkoppen road, Fourways.

When we were there, they are still waiting

for Telkom to sort phone lines… so it’s been

a bit challenging. They stock most popular

accessory brands and there is a Bike Tyre

Warehouse tyre bay and fitment centre in

the shop. They have a very friendly bunch of

well-known faces on hand to look after you.

Lots more on the cards like a proper restaurant

tagged on… watch this space for more info.

The contact for now: Ryan 082-345-1399 more

details soon.

Leatt’s latest Neck Brace:

Light and packed with Leatt Lab® innovation, the awardwinning

3.5 Neck Brace is bio-designed to reduce risk of

serious neck injury by up to 47%. Available Junior size as

well as adult sizes S/M, L/XL and now also in XXL, it can be

worn both over or under your jacket.

RRP: R3269.00 incl vat. Makes good sense to us!

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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ought to you by

New Yamaha Motorcycle

Dealership in Pretoria

Pretoria Yamaha has been there for a while quietly getting on with

the business of servicing and supplying Yamaha watercraft and

parts. Recently, they decided to add Yamaha motorcycles, ATV’s and

parts to their portfolio, so they really are a very cool Yamaha Lifestyle

store. They have a small, well stocked accessory division and a fully

equipped workshop. Here are a few pics from their launch a few weeks

ago, great bunch of peeps!

Marine, Power products, Golf carts, motorcycles.

The team: From left to right - Koos Meno, Emmanuel Mabunda , Hein

Muller, Arno Reitz – Owner, Tima Reitz, Anli Oosthuizen, Marinda Eloff,

Emile Smith, And in the front Sam Masombuka

You’ll find them at 57 Lavender Road, just off Zambesi drive.

(012) 751-0830

Motonetix Motorcycles

Midrand undergoing

massive re-vamp:

Big things are happening at busy store in Midrand.

A revamp is in progress – and the new premises

will include a full accessory bar and superbike

workshop in addition to the current showroom and

manufacturing workshop for ATV’s and SXS’s. Big

news is that the very experienced Rual de Vos has

joined the team. In addition to the Japanese models,

he has spent a lot of time on the bench with most of

the exotic bikes like Beta, MV, Aprilia, Guzzi and soon

so he has been abroad on all the courses and has

the know-how.

Also opening soon is the bikewash, car wash, coffee

shop… watch this space and more news soon.

Caption: Sales: Brendon Benade’. Workshop, Rual de

Vos. Resident racer and cheque signer, Werner Mostert.

www.motonetix.co.za. 060610-7996

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ARE YOU ON THE BEST

ENDURO BIKE

CHAMPIONSHIP

WINNING

FOUR-STROKE

Yamaha YZ250FX

Rider: Kyle Flanagan

IN THE COUNTRY?

CHAMPIONSHIP

WINNING

TWO-STROKE

Yamaha YZ250X

Rider: Blake Gutzeit

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CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING MACHINES AVAILABLE AT YOUR LOCAL YAMAHA DEALER

www.yamaha.co.za · +27 11 259 7600 · Facebook: Yamaha Southern Africa · Instagram: @yamahasouthafrica · YouTube: YamahaMoto_SA


ought to you by

2019: Year of the true adventurers?

At the launch of the new R1250GS, BMW said that

unlike previous years the GS Adventure version

will be on sale almost straight away, too. With the

F850GS Adventure also believed to be imminent,

that means BMW will be bringing us two seriously

capable off-roaders in one year. They’re not the

only ones either; in fact it looks like 2019 could be a

bumper year for the super off-roaders.

Ducati are expected to pull a similar move as anyone

currently buying the Multistrada Enduro or Enduro

Pro is getting the old engine, rather than the new

1260. Meanwhile it’s still strongly denied that the firm

will create an Enduro version of their 950, which is a

real shame, especially in light of the imminent arrival

of more sub-1000cc adventurers.

KTM have the potential for a huge year. The muchpreviewed

790 Adventure is a dead cert, with factory

leaks revealing that a range-topping 790 Adventure

R will also be launched simultaneously. We’ve also

seen spy shots of a 1090 replacement (dubbed the

1150) which we expect to see at the end of 2019 as

a 2020 model, while a new 690 Enduro – complete

with the twin-balanced engine from the Husky 701 –

looks set for a January launch.

Following on from the Dakar theme, Yamaha is

expected to finally release their MT-07 derived

Ténéré 700…

Slightly more leftfield is the October launch of

Triumph’s new Scrambler 1200. Expected to arrive

in spec levels, we imagine that we’ll see it the real

deal sometime next year. Rumours also abound

that Royal Enfield is poised to fit their new 650 twin

in the Himalayan, bringing yet another take on the

adventure bike to global market.

Where once the superbike world was the cutting

edge of innovation, now the adventure bike seems

to be where it’s at.

But these things aren’t heavy old touring bikes with

some off-road dress up parts, all these bikes should

be well at home in the mud…

It’s going to be fun! Watch this space

Intermot: KTM release 450 Rally Replica

This is the bike that Ross Branch is using during

Dakar 2019…

There are adventure bikes, and then there are rally

bikes that are so in-your- face exceptional that

they can’t even tell the difference between smooth

tarmac and a boulder field. The new KTM 450 Rally

Replica is firmly in the second camp.

KTM has given it more power through its

redesigned cylinder head. There’s also a brand-new

chassis and swingarm, with revised linkage and a

new shock absorber for improved drive in the dirt.

KTM 450 Rally Replica stats

• Engine: 449cc single

• Performance: TBC

• Weight: 145kg (est)

• Seat height: 980mm (est)

• Price: ummm check with your dealer.

“The all-new KTM 450 Rally Replica is based on our

already-successful factory machine that we began

racing at the end of last year,” said KTM Factory

Rally Team Leader, Stefan Huber.

“We looked for an improvement in handling, a

lower weight, as well as a bike that also meets the

demands of the conditions and intensity that we

now find at Dakar.”

Ross Branch on the

2019 Dakar Bike

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ought to you by

Triumphs dirtier 1200 Scrambler Imminent

Triumph has released a fifth teaser video giving hints

about their all-new 1200cc Scrambler ahead of the

big-bore retro’s full unveiling at a special Triumph

launch event on October 24.

The latest video clip focuses on the incoming bike’s

off-road credentials. Triumph says that the bike

is for ‘genuine adventure’ and ‘full on scrambling’

between shots of the bike being ridden in off-road

environments. Their current offering is very much a

road machine.

Previous videos on Triumph’s YouTube channel have

shed increasing light on what can be expected at the

official reveal.Details such as a neat single headlight

cluster, complete with the signiture centralised

Triumph logo, as well as twin-pipe side-mounted

exhaust and golden fork legs (most probably an

upside down set-up), the video ends with a silhouette

of the full bike have been revealed previously.

The Scrambler is set to be the latest in a line of retros

powered by Triumph’s 1200cc parallel-twin engine.

Introduced in 2016, the twin now powers the Triumph

Bonneville, Thruxton and Bobber and, while Triumph

already have the 900cc Street Scrambler, this looks

like being a more high-performance proposition

both on and off road. With the

mid-capacity Street Scrambler in

the range it makes sense for the

Scrambler to have more power.

There are a number of variants of

the 1200cc motor when it comes

to power output, but it should have

at least the Bobber’s high-torque

derivative, so you’re looking at a bike

with at least 76bhp and 78ftlb on tap.

Bikes that we have been spied

testing have had high-end

suspension, some featuring Öhlins

forks with what looks around 200mm

of travel. Extra off-road kudos comes

with the addition of a 21in front

wheel and a 17in rear, allowing the

fitment of proper knobbly tyres. The

bike caught in our spy shots also

has fearsome Brembo monoblocks,

indicating there could be a two-bike

line-up… All sounds pretty cool to us!

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Four fresh 800s give the original muddy funkster a

new lease of life.

Ducati charged into the retro scene when they

thudded into view with their air-cooled 803cc

Scrambler family back in 2015. The “cute” mix of

peppy-but-flexible engine, attractive but quirky

styling and that undeniably Italian flair all conspired

to make it an instant global winner – perhaps with the

exception of the Urban Enduro, which faltered rather

than flew.

The Desert Sled that followed has been a great

success for Ducati.

For 2019 the whole family – comprising Icon, Full

Throttle, Café Racer and Desert Sled – get a host of

relatively minor shared updates. The most obvious

is the new DRL headlight that looks sharper, cleaner

and more modern – and which Ducati claim works

even better for daytime visibility, too.

The new LED indicators are now auto-off, preventing

that all-too common signalling faux pas, and the

switchgear has been redesigned to work better

beneath your fingers, and allow easier navigation

through the updated LCD clock unit, which now

includes fuel level and gear indicators. There’s also

media connectivity that now lets you hook up to

listen to music, take incoming phone calls, or talk

with a pillion via intercom.

The family also gets the latest version of Bosch’s

ABS system coupled to an IMU that means the

Scramblers now have cornering ABS, but Ducati

have still stopped short of adding traction control to

the package, which does seem like an odd omission

in 2019.

The clutch cable has given way to a new hydraulic

set-up for a softer and more progressive feel at the

lever, and both clutch and brake levers are now

span adjustable. The throttle action has softened

marginally too, thanks to a more relaxed action at

the grip that means you need to twist it more for the

same effect.

The prettiest of the new versions is the Café Racer,

despite having a blue seat. Beyond the shared

changes, it also gets new 17” spoked wheels

wearing Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres, and a fantastic

new retro paintjob and blue frame thjat Ducati say is

a nod to the original 900SS, while the number 54 is a

nod to factory rider Bruno Spaggiari.

Pretty Pretty – let’s see if Ducati SA includes us in any

more Ducati stuff.

Above: The new Cafe Racer.

Above right: The Desert Sled

remains largely unchanged beyond

the full complement of shared

updates, a classy new colour option

and a new 860mm seat.

Right: The Full Throttle gets a new

two-tone yellow and black paintjob

in homage to the American Super

Hooligan racer Frankie Garcia, a flat

track inspired rear-end, new seat,

number boards, low-slung bar

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European assault

Harley-Davidson got everyone’s eyebrows dancing

recently with their bold new Harley Pan America

adventure bike and naked Streetfighter – but while

both will be brave attacks on new markets for the US

giant, H-D Vice President Marc McAllister says they

have the expertise to pull it off.

He told us: “Our product development power gives

us the ability to understand what the product needs

to be technically and engineer a very capable

motorcycle.”

Targeting the European adventure bike market is

incredibly important for Harley, due to declining sales

in the US and competition from the likes of Indian.

McAllister believes the adventure class in Europe,

which saw 160,000 bikes sold last year, offers the

firm a real growth opportunity.

He said: “We want to grow our international audience

to 50% of our business [it is currently 40%] and

these bikes are part of the portfolio that will do it.

These bikes gives us access to new segments and

new riders that will certainly help.”

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change in brand direction that some have suggested:

Moto Guzzi’s V85 TT

Moto Guzzi has unveiled the production version of the

V85 Tutto Terreno (all-terrain) adventure bike they first

showed as a concept in 2017 at Intermot, in Cologne.

The V85TT boasts all the usual adventure touring

mod-cons such as a 21-litre fuel tank good for

around 400KM’s and an adjustable screen.

But despite its retro style, there’s still lots of tech

under the hood. It comes with traction control and

ABS, both of which are altered depending on riding

mode (Road, Rain or Off-Road).

Plus, it’s all controlled through a full-colour TFT dash,

which shows fuel level, speed, revs, gear, temperature

and cruise control settings. The dash is also home to

the firm’s in-built Bluetooth multimedia system.

Although the V85 shares the same bore architecture

as the V9, it’s a completely different engine. There’s

a new crankshaft mated to new, stiffer conrods

and shorter piston skirts resulting in a 30% drop in

rotating mass.

It also has a semi-dry crankcase, with a scavenging

oil pump, which helps keep the engine cool and

negates the need for an oil-cooler. And although

still only two valves per cylinder, new titanium intake

valves have allowed Guzzi to fit a more radical cam

which, combined with a new 52mm throttle body,

boosts power to around 79bhp.

Although still a big air-cooled transverse V-twin, Guzzi

“We’ve had leanings in the off-road space for years

– 50 or 60 years ago we were doing epic things

with our military bikes off-road. We need to meet

customer’s tastes and tastes are leaning towards

adventure.

“We are looking forward to conquest sales. A lot of

riders see Harley-Davidson as aspirational and as far

as the technical capabilities of the vehicles – we are

confident that we will be superior in those segments

as we go to market. We are not afraid of the technical

competition.”

A BMW GS rival with the technology to beat it at its

own game on an off-road? It’s a very bold claim for

a firm that has never been a player in the sector. The

proof will be in the riding.

Let’s watch this space. Exciting times for sure!

say they’re minor tweaks away from meeting Euro5.

There are external changes, too. The crankcases

are stiffer to allow use as a stressed member and

the gearbox has been adjusted to be smoother

running, including a synchroniser that eliminates the

jolt when you engage first gear. It sticks, however,

with Guzzi’s tried-and-tested shaft drive but is

70mm longer than the V7.

Ready for adventure

Naturally there are lots of changes elsewhere, too.

The chassis and suspension have been designed to

give reasonable ground clearance for off-road while

also maintaining a low seat height and, although the

suspension is fairly basic, it is preload adjustable.

The bike also has 19in/17in wheels, for light off-road,

although its spoked rims necessitate inner tubes.

Sadly, our local Guzzi distributor has closed down –

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15 YEARS IN THE DIRT!

Raising funds for qasa

An epic 4 day adventure raising funds for the QuadPara Association Of South Africa…

This annual event is a firm favourite on the riding calendar. One of the riders from

Team Sixpack took some time out to send us his views. It’s a cool story, have a read…

JHB 2 Richards bay

In the Dirt

Two girls, two bikes and 900km

of dirt, dreams and dust.

By Sophia Dower

Many years ago, one very ordinary

weekday morning, a colleague

at work asked me to proofread a

business proposal. It entailed an

extraordinary idea to persuade a

hundred off-road bikers to ride from

Johannesburg to Durban, in order to

raise R100 000 for the Quadriplegic

Association of South Africa. I duly

read the proposal and gave it back

with some red-pen edits and an

enthusiastic promise to join this epic

adventure if they ever got it off the

ground.

It took 15 years before I got around

to registering. (What can I say; I am

the master of procrastination.) One

night in June this year, after a few

glasses of “brave” and watching bike

stunts on YouTube, I saw a Facebook

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post promoting the 15 th Quad4Quads

run – with a new route and new destination.

This time I didn’t hesitate. I

clicked, paid and pushed send. And

then promptly panicked.

I hadn’t ridden in more than a year.

My partner John, had passed away

unexpectedly the previous December,

and since then my much-loved

CRF230 had been tucked away in a

shed, so neglected that you couldn’t

see the red for the dust. I wasn’t sure

where my gear was, let alone if it still

fitted.

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“You’ll be fine!” lied Anette cheerfully, in response

to my angst-filled email. “You can ride

with my kids,” joked Glenn. “I’ll show you the

short cuts,” said Corinne, looking justifiably

concerned.

Fast forward a few weeks, and I found myself

biting the dust in Cullinan on a practice ride. I

not only got lost (yes, inside the marked Rhino

Park track) but I also wound up riding part of

route 2 the wrong way round, wondering how

on earth I’d find my way back to the car park,

let alone Richards Bay.

Fortunately, there was another equally nervous

CRF230 rider, Leandi Bernadt, who had

also signed up to ride Quad4Quads on her

own, so the team at The Adventure Company

hooked us up. I thought Leandi could be the

spotter and ensure we didn’t miss markers.

She thought she could use my bike for spares


Eventually the big day arrived and we hit

Carnival City for the Friday registration.

Leandi and I were planning to meet (for the

first time) to compare notes. But I got lost in

the car park, and she forgot about our plans

and drove straight home to Sasolburg. Not a

strong start.

It rained all night, but the next day dawned

clear and fresh, and Carnival City was buzzing

with bikes, back-up teams and excited riders.

As I jammed on my helmet, muffling the noise

of the music, speeches and revving, I thought

to myself, “This is it. You are actually doing it”.

I thought about John and the rides and adventures

we’d had together, and how I’d packed

his old bike clothes with mine that morning

(for good luck, I guess). Then Leandi pulled up

next to me, the bikes began to move and we

were off.

Day 1: Carnival City to Standerton

“This will be an easy 150km,” said Glen at the

briefing. Er. Not quite. But it was great: apart

from missing the very first markers and having

to double back before we had even started,

we were soon navigating the fields, hills and a

rather intimidating muddy river crossing, with

nary a wobble! Leandi and I chugged along

at a ladylike speed, admiring the views as we

headed towards our lunch spot at Fortuna.

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and who hadn’t. The rain had kept the dust

down and the mud up, and there were several

impressive wipeouts, including one guy who

rode up and down the same stretch, insisting

we’d missed the lunch spot. A few hundred

metres later, he did a spectacular 360-degree

flip (masterfully captured on someone’s

GoPro) but stood up afterwards without a

scratch.

After lunch, we found ourselves speeding

alongside a railway track, enjoying the dips

and curves and having a blast as train drivers

hooted in response to our waves.

So much fun, we were having, that I failed to

notice that one of the dips was badly eroded,

leaving a rather large concrete “step” just

begging for a bike wheel … I saw it a split

second too late and had just enough time

to think “f…!” before I hit it head on. I shot

forward, chest hitting the handlebars and my

legs and torso flying in the air, parallel to the

bike – a proper Travis Pastrana stunt move!

Fortunately, the bike landed dead straight, still

accelerating. I plopped unceremoniously back

into the saddle and shot up the track. Leandi

was still laughing when we stopped about 20

minutes later.

The day was a fabulous ride, but further than

we had thought. We stopped in the tiny town

of Val at the “MoegGeploegKroeg” for a cold

coke. Leandi and I were doing our best “cool

biker chick” impressions when a flank of Harley

Davidsons pulled up. Suddenly, the town

was a surreal crowd of roaring bikes, mud and

magic. And then, just as quickly, everyone

disappeared, and we headed off again.

Less than a kilometer down the road, Leandi

pulled me over to say that my rear tyre was

flat. Not just flat, but flat to the point of the

knobblies being ripped off. Fortunately, The

Adventure Company has a few nice boys with

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night.

Leandi: “I was so nervous about that first

river crossing. I went right, then changed

my mind and went left, then back again.

While I was manoeuvring, about a thousand

other riders crossed. I could see Sophia

on the other side looking for a comfortable

spot to sit and wait for me. You could have

taken out the tea set, that’s how long I took

to decide which route to take. But I made it!

Later, somewhere in the middle of nothingness,

Sophia and I were the only riders in

sight. With the veld on the right, and the

railway line on the left, it felt like we were

on a real African adventure. A train came

towards us, I waved and the driver hooted.

So cool. Riding into Standerton that afternoon,

I felt like a proper outlaw!”

Day 2: Standerton to Wakkerstroom

A spectacular sunrise brought the promise

of another clear day and exquisite landscapes

as we headed out towards what

must be one of the prettiest parts of our

country.

I’ve ridden in Wakkerstroom before, and

there are entire mountains of rocks that

still have pieces of my DNA (skin, blood

and mostly tears) squished all over them.

Remembering Glenn’s briefing the night before,

I’d had a clandestine conversation with

a secret source who scribbled a map on the

back of an envelope, which would enable

me and Leandi to scoot around the bottom

of the mountain that faced everyone after

lunch, looping us quickly back onto the

main route, with no one the wiser.

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

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

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But karma is a fickle beast. And she was

waiting for us, just before the lunch stop. We

came round a bend only to hit a bottleneck

of bikes waiting to wind their way down a

slope of the angriest, pointiest looking rocks

imaginable. I swear I heard them laughing at

me. Watching other riders slide down a hill

is painful. Our sheer terror must have been

vibrating right through our helmets, because

two gentlemen (also waiting on the side)

offered to help. With silent screams and a

whole lot of patience from our newfound

friends, we got down to the bottom, feeling

suitably contrite.

However, karma wasn’t done with us yet.

Many steep, swerving gravel uphills lay

ahead on the way to Snake Valley, with

Leandi taking the lead. We’d realised earlier

that her electric starter wasn’t working, so

we could only stop on the downhills, and she

couldn’t afford to stall on the ups. My speed

(or lack thereof) was becoming a concern, so

she roared up the next hill, while I slid gracelessly

round the bend only to land flat on my

rear. Much as I love my Honda, she was getting

rather heavy to pick up, and the day was

getting hotter. After getting one hip under

the bike and with a whole lot of ugly grunting,

I got her upright, only to realise that the

shiny little silver thing on the ground was

half of my brake lever. WTF?! Alas, I was so

busy swearing that I let go of the bike, which

promptly fell over the other way.

I would have cried, except I think I was too

dehydrated.

Finally I got back on, gave the bike a good

rev and shot up the mountain in first gear,

bouncing off a rock at the top and earning

myself what would later turn into a bruise on

my thigh the size of bloody China (the bruise,

that is, not my thigh.) As I crawled the rest

of the way over the crest, Leandi leapt out of

the bushes with her phone to take a photo. I

was not amused.

There were more, rather traumatic descents

ahead, but other riders were catching up and

the pressure was on. So we pulled up our

big girl panties and flew off on a long, dusty

stretch of smooth dirt road, surrounded by

pristine farms, streams and fat shiny cows.

Somewhere up the mountain,


I had managed to bend my handlebars, so I looked

(and felt) as though I was riding sideways. That, plus

the fact that we were both singing in our helmets,

must have been quite a sight.

We stopped under a tree on a long flat stretch for

an impromptu picnic of energy goo, water and fresh

air, completely forgetting about that small issue

with Leandi’s electric starter. That is how, at about

3pm in the afternoon, I found myself huffing and

puffing, pushing her CRF through a flat, lumpy grass

field while she bounced up and down trying to get

it started. After walking back almost a kilometer to

my own bike, we realized that our campsite was just

around the corner.

We crawled in - broken brake lever, bent handlebars

and all - only to be met by those nice boys with big

spanners, who proceeded to doctor my bike back

to health. It was a very festive evening, with great

food, lots of laughing and much admiration of my

injury of war, the China-sized bruise.

Leandi: “The strangest part of this trip was the

starting times. You start … whenever. Just after

7am but before 10am, and whenever-you’re-ready

kind of thing. I was very sceptical about Sophia’s

proposed detour – so afraid to miss out – but I was

so thankful for that map in the end. The next river

crossing looked easy but we both nearly lost our

bikes in the deep end. Somewhere along a cattle

trail I fell over. I threw a panicked look over my


shoulder but managed to jump back on

before Sophia caught up.”

Day 3: Wakkerstroom to Vryheid

This was magnificent – a happy blur of

hills, farms, more green fields, breathtaking

views and fabulous riding alongside the

railway lines. More hoots from the train

drivers, laughing local kids leaping out of

bushes shouting “sweets, sweets!” and

some spectacular, gusty mountain switchbacks.

At one point, I crawled around a

corner into a dip with drop-offs on either

side, only to see two big KTMs had gone

off the edge (one each side). Leandi said

afterwards that she’d meant to run back to

the bend to warn me to slow down, but to

be honest, she could have changed clothes

and serviced her bike in the time it took

me to get around the corner. It took three

guys to lift each bike out, so we grabbed

the gap and tried to put a bit of distance

between them and us.

It was at some point after lunch, I think,

that I pulled what Leandi later dubbed my

“hero move”. It was on one of those steep

rocky climbs - the “not-first-gear-but-youforgot”

type - with an obvious line that

I didn’t quite follow. I flew up the slope,

frantically bellowing “You’ve got this!

You’ve got this!” when all of a sudden, I

felt my back wheel bounce against a rock

and everything slowed down.

When you are flying in slow motion

through the air and you see the bottom

of your front wheel in line with your face,

then you KNOW you’ve done a spectacular

wheelie. When you see the bottom of your

back wheel, however, you KNOW things

are not going to end well. My poor sweet

CRF bounced twice before I landed in a

messy heap next to it. Fortunately, one of

the nice boys with big spanners appeared

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at my side to help (but not before a short

burst of mockery and laughter). He proceeded

to cajole me up and over the hill as I

swore, spat and sniveled into my helmet. It

was more fun than it sounds, I promise.

Leandi, still stuck halfway up the mountain

trying not to stall her bike, was so overawed

by my spectacular stunt that she asked the

boy with the spanner to help her too … And

then it was all over, and we were back on

the dirt, flying along with the wind and blue

mountain views.

In short, day 3 was 200km of amazing. Riding

across the countryside, it struck me how

incredibly beautiful South Africa really is. We

were exploring, properly, and seeing parts of

our land that you simply could not see any

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almost 200 of us were spread out over the countryside,

sharing this awesome adventure together and loving every

inch of it.

Leandi: “There were some good technical bits on day 3 –

but on the one climb, I hit a rock, bounced left, then right,

then left again and fell over into the sidewall of the road.

I had to keep the throttle open (there’s no way to start the

bike on an uphill) and then Sophia flew past and I managed

to jump back on. The climb got steeper and more

technical, and that is when she made her hero move. I was

stunned and did not know what to do. Nevertheless, we

got through it just fine. It was as though my bike was saying

to me ‘see, I can do this, trust me!’ Riding after lunch

on the coolest twisty district roads was amazing. I felt as

though I was doing the Dakar… there is something magical

in seeing a dust cloud far up ahead and realising it is

someone who’s riding the same dream as you.”

Day 4: Vryheid to Richards Bay

The night before our final day of riding was interesting.

Many dirty riders hunting for showers; people frantically

washing their Q4Q 2018 shirts so that we could all wear

them to the finish; a noisy auction and prize giving; and a

briefing that promised yet another bone-shaking day of

countryside, rivers, rocks, dune forest and, eventually, the

beach. Rocks are not my strong point, but neither is sand,

so it was with some trepidation that I woke up the next

morning.

Leandi and I were both a bit nervous about the distance:

300km to the finish. Our startling lack of fitness, but good

fortune with our seemingly unbreakable bikes, meant that

we needed to start early and create a bit of a dust gap

in order to reach the finish before it got dark. So off we

went. By this stage, we were both walking like cowboys,

but not even the hard seats of the CRFs were enough to

dampen our spirits.

The riding was epic - a bit of everything, plus some. We

got to the first fuel stop and then the lunch spot ridiculously

early, filled our tanks, gulped down the food and

jumped straight back on. As sore as we were, we were

loving our bikes and starting to feel as though we could

ride forever.

Between the sunshine, breezes and hills were the most

magnificent train bridges - huge archways of concrete

that we rode under, stopping briefly at one of the rivers to

swim. We floated in the water unable to get the silly grins

off our faces. Just when we thought it could not get better,

we reached “The Tunnel”. This blacker-than-black gaping

chasm in the mountainside is a two kilometer-long railway

tunnel with no discernible light at the end of it. About a

third of the way in, when I thought that it couldn’t possi-

The Garden shop and Mayford Seeds donated

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ly get any darker, it did. We had no idea what direction

we were going in, and were crawling along until one of

the enormous side-by-sides came roaring in with trucksize

headlights, giving us just enough visibility to be able

to fly out the tunnel at a respectable speed. I felt like

batman!

Leandi: “The roads next to the railway lines were awesome.

Up and down valleys with beautiful bridges everywhere.

The river swim was such a highlight. Randomly

stopping next to the road and finding a river to splash

in is such an ‘adventurer’ thing to do. Day 4 was a long,

long, day, but I wished it could go on forever.”

The finish line

Superheroes and unintended wheelies aside, there are

not enough pages, words, photographs or hours round

a campfire to describe this trip properly. Ultimately,

Quad4Quads is an incredible realisation of a good idea

that grew into something great, and which, every year,

changes the lives of both its beneficiaries and the people

who ride for them. It is a mad mix of adventure, challenge

and friendship with good people who love bikes

and who want you to enjoy them as much as they do.

For me, it was an incredibly personal adventure. Over

the four days and 900km, I had thought a lot about John,

and the fact that we’d always intended to do this ride

together.

I thought about the day we first met, and how I persuaded

him to buy a quad. I thought about the day I introduced

him to The Adventure Company team (my litmus

test for any man I date) and about the time we did TriNations

together and he crashed, only to spend the rest of

the trip in Richards Bay Hospital. I thought about the day

he bought me my Honda – and the time we re-rode (and

finished) the TriNations.

And of course, I thought about the day he passed away.

I had expected this trip would be tough for me, but I underestimated

the strength and support that came from

being with some of my oldest, most important friends,

and doing a ride that combined two of John’s greatest

loves – charity, and adventure.

As Leandi said, this was a hell of a trip, but by the end of

it, we wished we could carry on forever.

As we rode into Richards Bay together at the end of day

4, the enormity of the ride, the distance, the money being

raised, and the fact that we were about to achieve it

all, weighed very heavily.

Hearing the whoops of joy and seeing air punches from

riders coming past us, and then remembering that I was

finishing this epic adventure without the man I loved by

my side, was heartbreaking.

But in the end there was also something else: There was

seeing my friends waiting for us at the end. There was

seeing the Quad4Quads banner, getting the medal and

being photographed. There was falling into the pool with

my gear on, celebrating as each rider finished, and chugging

back a few beers. And there was feeling alive – properly

alive – for the first time in ages.

What breaks some people heals others, and that is what

epic adventures are all about. I’m very grateful that this

one was mine.

If Quad4Quads isn’t already on your bucket list, then it

is time you put it there.

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HISTORIC WHITEWASH CROSS

COUNTRY WINS FOR KTM

The National Cross Country

season finale unfolded in

Carletonville and proved to be

a ground-breaking occasion for

KTM. The orange brand made

history by winning every National

title and the 2018 Manufacturers

Award.

Taking centre stage was Brother

Leader Tread KTM’s Ross Branch,

who claimed the prestigious

overall and OR1 title for the third

consecutive time.

It was a hard-fought victory for the

motorsport star who entered the

event just a point ahead of arch rival

Husqvarna’s Kenny Gilbert.

From the moment the pair took off

from the start line it was a bar-to-bar

battle where Branch managed to

take the lead in the early stages of

the race. After a testing 300 km’s in

the saddle, Branch stormed to cross

the fi nal chequered fl ag of the season

with an impressive three minute lead.

It was a heart-warming scene as fans

surrounded the rider in orange shirts

that had especially been designed

for the occasion before he had even

wrapped up the championship.

The local support comes at a time

when the rider needs it most as he

prepares for the 2019 Dakar Rally.

“It’s been a long, tiring year! I needed

this Championship - it was on my

bucket list before I head off to Dakar.

I couldn’t do any of it without my

team and supporters, and hope to

make them proud when I head to

Peru next year,” said Branch.

After one of the most nail-biting

seasons of his career, Branch

commended Gilbert on his fi ght:

“Racing with Kenny has been tough

– he’d win one then I’d win one. We

were basically tie coming into this

event, and it came down to whoever

got fi rst today. He’s an amazing

athlete, so hats off to him.”

The second championship title

for Brother Leader Tread KTM

came from OR3’s Jarryd Coetzee.

As spectators celebrated the

spectacular fi nish, many were

unaware of the immense effort it had

taken the rider to even get to the

start line this season.

With perseverance and a strong

commitment to his rehab

programme, Coetzee has spent

the past two years overcoming a

severe knee injury. While at times the

possibility of returning to competitive

racing form seemed highly unlikely,

Coetzee pulled off the most exciting

come back of his career.

It was an emotional moment as he

switched off his bike at the fi nish

line on Saturday, and he kept his

helmet on for a few minutes to gain

composure before commenting:

“It’s been nine years since my fi rst

The Pretty one is

Taki’s goose.

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national title, and two years on the sideline –

that felt like awfully long time with a lot of effort

and emotion. There have been so many ups

and a whole lot of downs to get to this point,

but I fi nally have the championship – I couldn’t

be happier!”

Adding yet another reason for Brother Leader

Lead KTM to celebrate was a third National title

from Juan ‘Bollie’ van Rooyen.

The Senior rider snatched up the championship

for the fi fth consecutive time in his career, and

the 2018 title certainly took the biggest fi ght.

Van Rooyen entered the event with a slender

lead, and needed to fi nish ahead of Wade

Blaauw to secure the championship.

“I came into the last round knowing that if I

didn’t win this race, I’d lose the Championship.

There was a lot of pressure, and this kind of

terrain didn’t suit my style of riding. But I put

in the work, the bike was awesome, and I

managed to pull off the win!” said van Rooyen.

Rounding out the victorious orange streak

was the Masters title from Pieter Holl, Gareth

Cole of KTM Durban taking the OR2 title

and Nardus Rabe from Roost KTM taking the

High School title.

A beaming KTM South Africa Managing

Director, Franziska Brandl, gave a parting shot

as the memorable event drew to a close:

“Wow, what a nail-biting season this has

been and I couldn’t be prouder today! Going

home with every single championship and the

Manufacturers Award is much more than we

could have asked for. The future of our sport is

really bright – in orange I would say!”

A Bitter-Sweet Season Finale For

Husqvarna

It was a bitter-sweet end to the National Cross

Country Championship for PEPSON PLASTICS

HUSQVARNA RACING.

As one of the top racing teams on the national

circuit, two championships were on the line as

star riders Kenny Gilbert and Taki Bogiages put

up one last fi ght on Saturday for the OR1 and

OR2 title respectively.

Despite an impressive win from Bogiages and

a hard-fought fi nish in second from Gilbert, it

was just not to be.

Crossing the fi nal chequered fl ag of the season

to add to the list of second’s was 55-year old

Iain Pepper in the Masters Class.

Looking past the disappointment of narrowly

missing two national titles, Husqvarna Brand

Manager Fred Fensham summed it up

perfectly:

“It’s always diffi cult to wrap up a season when

the championships you wanted didn’t come

your way. But at the end of the day, we are

unbelievably proud of what we created – three

second places in three premier classes. King

Kenny raced his heart out as always, the

new-recruit Taki Bogiages showed immense

promise, and at 55-years old Iain Pepper

showed a highly competitive streak – watch

this space!”

Gilbert will now turn his focus to preparing for

the ultimate test of man and machine – the

2019 Dakar Rally.

In just over two months the Cross Country

legend will set off to soar the South African fl ag

with the very best riders in this sport.

The bar-to-bar battle with rival Ross Branch

this season will certainly have built a solid

foundation for Gilbert as he prepares for one of

the toughest motorsport events in the world.

“I gave this season 100% - unfortunately we

came up second but that’s just the way it is.

Now it’s time to move forward and put my

head down training for the Dakar!” said Gilbert.

Bogiages left the Carletonville event in good

spirits. It was a massive year for the 22-

year old as he realised dream of racing as a

sponsored athlete.

He put things into context on Saturday as he

took his helmet off at the fi nish line:

“I pushed really hard for this Championship,

and did everything I could possibly do today.

At the start of the season I was still a privateer

before I managed to pick up this Husqvarna

ride – it was totally unexpected. I got to show

my team what I was capable of this season,

and the second place has left me hungry for

my fi rst National title. All that’s left to say is that

come 2019, I’m going to be pushing for that

victory from the get-go!” Sadly this might have

changed a bit, taki was injured in a club race a

couple of weeks ago and has hurt his back. All

of us at Dirt And trail magazine are rooting for

his recovery.

Rounding things off was a satisfi ed Pepper.

Despite a hard crash in the weeks leading

up to the season fi nale, the rider managed to

achieve exactly what he had set out to do.

“I had my eyes on that second spot, and after

barely getting on the bike because of my injury

I just hoped my fi tness would be able to carry

me through. I felt very tired today, but managed

to fi nish the season like I’d hoped. I’m very

proud of the team – but excited to take it one

step further next year!” said Pepper.

Fantastic racing for 2018.

Let’s hope that 2019 see’s more importers

getting involved in the national offroad series.

Mizz KTM with OR3

champ Jarryd Coetzee

What a year it’s been for

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What a huge difference! This bike is just so much better! More

refined... This is what they should have done the first time round.

Those are just a few of the comments passed by our testers earlier

this week when they got to swing their leg over Honda’s latest

motocrosser. How did Big Red do it? Lets take a look.

Lets go back a bit. Earlier this year (2018), we fi nally

got to test the gorgeous (yup, in our opinion, Honda

has some of the sexiest bikes out there), 2018 model.

After launching a well-received, completely new platform

in 2017, the 2018 model boasted a number of key

refi nements.

That bike was, in fact released locally in 2017.

Complicated? Yup, but Honda imported the bikes in such

limited quantities that there were virtually no units available

for the motorcycle media to test. We scratched about for

that feature and had a read. That was actually the fi rst

Honda MX’r that we’d ridden in more than 2 years.

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Can you believe? True I tell ya!

So we did not really have a yardstick with

which to compare the newest bike but it was

Honda’s fi rst MX’r to include a magic happy

button.

This time round, the folks from Honda Wing

Zambezi got wind of the test and brought

along their 2018 so that we could do a real

comparison - and try to fi gure out the direction

that Honda has taken. This is, absolutely the

best way to do a feature because you are not

relying on memory, but you have a tangible

comparative tool to use.

The venue we chose was the Legends

MX track out near Cullinan. The reason that

we selected this track is because it is one of

the longest in the Gauteng area and is well

suited to shifting through the gears big bore

machines. We roped in two of our testers in

the form of our regular Mike Maverick and

the talented Dylan Smith to run the bike for

us - and through the day, we were joined by

the very experienced Leonard Peterson who

will be racing the new bike for Honda Wing

Zambezi next year.

The bike:

Aside from the obvious cosmetic upgrades

- Black anodized wheels, Renthal fat bars,

Honda has actually developed what is pretty

much a brand new bike for 2019.

The 2018 engine had a well-rounded

output delivery, with a signifi cant emphasis

on the mid-range, that proved to be very

popular with our lot. Building on the strong

foundation they had already established,

Honda has updated the cylinder head design

with specifi c focus near the exhaust ports to

improve effi ciency and increase power. To aid

in the exhaust movement beyond the cylinder,

Honda utilized the space gained by eliminating

the kick starter, incorporating a larger pipe

diameter at the branching location for better

fl ow. Last year, both pipes were 31.8mm. For

2019, the right pipe is now 35mm while the left

pipe is 43mm. In addition, the total tube length

(from exhaust port to muffl er) has increased by

98mm on the right and 187mm on the left. It

looks noticeably different.

Back to the engine internals, a revised

clutch lifter and pressure plate allow optimum oil

supply to the clutch plates and friction discs for

enhanced durability. There is a new scavenge

pump design featuring two 12mm pumps,

replacing a single 16mm pump for increased

lubrication and reduced friction in the engine,

improving peak performance and enhancing the

over-rev. An all-new piston oil jet use fi ve nozzle

holes and a refi ned pattern to improve cooling

effi ciency and reduce knocking.

The ECU settings have all been updated

including the Standard, Smooth, and

Aggressive modes. In fact, The HRC launch

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control system even offers three different starting

maps for optimal performance over varied starting

conditions. In addition, a new shift sensor has

been incorporated which establishes a specific

ignition map for each gear to improve performance

throughout the power curve.

The new air filter has more than double the

surface area, and flows much more air as a result;

revised PGM-F1 settings make use of the improved

air flow, and the system now injects fuel twice per

cycle. In step with the improved engine output, a

bigger radiator grill makes the front just slightly wider

. A gear position sensor allows the use of three

specific ignition maps for 1st and 2nd, 3rd and 4th,

and 5th. The tech on this thing is quite something!

The aluminium twin-spar frame is essentially

unchanged but made slightly lighter, as has the

swingarm. A new front brake caliper also shaves

more vital weight. Revised oil and spring/damping

settings for the 49mm Showa USD fork enhance

reaction, complemented by a ‘Super Finish’

process for the rear shock’s damper, plus revised

Pro-Link ratio.

Significant attention was focused on the controls

of the new Honda, especially on the front-end. For

starters, Honda mounted a new Renthal Fatbar

which offers more give and rider comfort than its

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17/18 predecessor. The bars are actually

positioned 15mm lower than last year, offering

a different riding position and lighter feel in

the steering. The top triple clamp now affords

four different mounting positions, with the

ability to move the bars up to 26mm from

front to back. The new front number plate is

designed to accommodate the bars mounted

in any of the four available positions. To aid in

harnessing the power of the CRF, a lighter front

brake caliper (inspired by the race team) has

been installed and utilizes a pair of 30mm and

27mm pistons, versus identical 27mm pistons

from prior years. The front brake hose has also

been revised with reduced expansion for more

precise braking action and feel.

Rounding out the list of updates for 2019,

the new footpegs are designed to shed mud

more effi ciently and are 20% lighter, the lower

fork protectors offer more coverage for better

protection, the new graphics are integrated into

the plastic to resist peeling and abrasion, and

new black rims offer a sharp “Factory” look.

Phwoar a lot to absorb. But has it all

worked?

Our riders all gave it a resounding

affi rmative. At any test like this, we make the

riders go out on the old - and then on the new

and we do not allow each to hear what the

other says. So a quick lap on the 18 - trade for

the 19 and they come in for comment.

Ergonomically, all agree that the bike feels

signifi cantly taller and a lot beefi er than last

years model - but in a good way.

All commented that you need a different

riding style for the ‘19 over the 18. Leonard

commented that he’d like to spend a bit of

time setting up the front end.

Initially, Mike and Dylan commented that

the power felt a bit stronger than on last years

model. Leonard came along - and said that

the bike felt basically the same - but it lays

the power down better. All agree that the

‘19 is plenty fast enough and is absolutely

competitive.

The biggest single factor that each rider

commented on. The 2019’s handling has

improved drastically. The ‘18 is quite a nervous

bike to ride - a tad unpredictable in the corners

and the back end tends to swap out a bit. The

‘19 puts down the 450 power just so much

better. it turns better, it handles better...

The 19 bike just feels so positive and stable

- it’s like a different machine.

And here is something interesting. The

guys at Zambezi have done some set-up work

on the ‘18. The ‘19 is out of the box and it felt

signifi cantly better planted.

One moan - the clutch is pretty stiff for a

modern bike - and the riders did experience

some fade as it got hot, which required setting

via the quick-adjust wheel. This is defi nitely

somewhere the Honda may require some

attention.

last one. The 2019 is shod in Dunlops very

latest MX3 Geomax tyres.

The guys give em two thumbs up.

Conclusions:

It is great to see manufacturers like Honda

back on the national MX circuit. They have a

great bike, that is now even more competitive.

watch this space, MX is alive and kicking

in South Africa - our lot reckon that in the

correct hands, this Honda might just be a

gamechanger...

At a Honda dealer near you.

Thanks to Honda Wing Zambesi for bringing

along the 2018: (012) 523-

9500

SPECS:

Engine Description: 449.7cc Liquid-cooled

4-stroke single cylinder uni-cam

Seat Height: 960 mm

Wheelbase: 1482 mm

Fuel tank: 6.3 litres

Dry Weight: 112.3 kg

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F I R S T R I D E

FULLY

CHARGED

DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1260 S

Words: Dries van der Walt / Pics: Brian Cheyne

When I tested the Ducati Multistrada 950 last year, I came to the

conclusion that I preferred it over the more advanced, but bigger

and heavier 1200 Multi. When I got the opportunity to test the 2018

Multistrada 1260 S, I had expected it to be even less to my taste than

the 1200 – after all, engine capacity has increased, and if anything, the

electronic have become even more complex. But the new ‘Strada had a

surprise in store for me.

Visually, the Multistrada 1260 hasn’t strayed too far from the

appearance established by its predecessors – you are not likely to

mistake it for anything else at a casual glance. But fi ner touches, such as

new side fairing panels, lend the front end a neater, sleeker look. Another

new addition is the rear grab handle derived from the Multistrada 1200

Enduro, designed to accommodate Touratech aluminium panniers.

In the ergonomics department, the underseat profi les have been

redesigned for seat height adjustment, which means the days of leaning

the bike over or standing on tippy-toes at a traffi c light is a thing of the

past. Seat height on the test bike was such that I was able to plant both

feet fi rmly on the ground. This is bound to give shorter riders a great deal

more confi dence when riding the ‘Strada in town.

On the business end is a high-visibility LCD instrument panel with a

revised information layout and simplifi ed menu management. Accessing

the menus using the left switchgear is intuitive, and after spending some

time with the bike, I became comfortable enough navigating through

its functionality on the roll with just one or two quick glances at the

panel. This is partly due to the fact that the panel also offers improved

readability in direct sunlight, as well as improved graphic layout to make

navigation through the menus quite simple.

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In addition, Riding Modes are displayed in

different colours so they are easier to identify:

Sport mode is shown in red, Touring mode

with white in night mode and black in day

mode, Urban mode in grey and Enduro in

brown. The panel displays comprehensive

information, including speed, RPM, selected

gear, total mileage, two trip meters, engine

coolant temperature, fuel gauge, dashboard

clock, the selected Riding Mode, remaining

fuel range, current fuel consumption, average

fuel consumption, average speed, air

temperature, travelling time and an icy road

surface warning.

With the bike stationary it is possible to

access a settings menu through which you

can enable and adjust functions such as

traction and wheelie control, and the 3-level

Cornering ABS function. It is also possible to

select load settings to correspond with the

current riding confi guration: rider only, rider

with luggage, rider with passenger or rider with

passenger and luggage.

I received the bike with the rider mode set

to Touring, and after a few kilometres I felt that

the suspension was way too soft for my liking

with the bike wallowing disturbingly during fast

cornering. Simply switching to Sport mode

tightened up the suspension nicely in addition

to sharpening the throttle response, and turned

the ‘Strada into a proper adventure sport bike

capable of hanging out in the twisties with the

best of them.

The chassis design features a frontal trellis

frame and two lateral subframes closed off by

a rear load-bearing element made of glassreinforced

plastic for maximum torsional rigidity.

The single-sided swing arm is a one-piece

die-cast part, with fabricated and welded core

sections, and provides maximum strength in a

hollow and lightweight component. Length has

been increased for both the swing arm and

wheelbase, and the front-end geometry has

been revised for greater stability, even when

riding two-up with everything but the kitchen

sink in the side panniers.

Ducati says the bike

sets the benchmark in

motorcycle electronics

thanks to its Bosch

IMU inertial platform.

The IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit)

controls the cornering ABS and wheelie control

(DWC). Both DWC and DTC feature ridersettable

8-level sensitivity and can be disabled.

As the name change suggests, the new

Multistrada features the 1,262cm³ Testastretta

DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) engine,

which comes straight off the XDiavel. The

engine is Euro 4 approved and offers ample

low-to-mid range torque. Ducati says that

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riders spend the bulk of their riding time.

Torque delivery is not the only thing that

makes the ‘Strada easy to ride in traffic: the

new ride-by-wire system gives smoother

throttle control, with the bike responding

instantly to even miniscule throttle opening

changes. The up-and-down quick shifter

is also noticeably smoother and more

accurate, making it one of the few quick

shifters that I haven’t absolutely hated during

normal riding. Of course, nothing is perfect,

and the price the quick shifter levies is how

challenging finding neutral when stationery

can be.

A Bluetooth module is included as

standard on the S version only. This can

connect the bike to a smartphone for basic

functions such as receiving incoming calls,

notification of text messages, or playing

music via the handlebar controls. Ducati

also offers a smartphone app called Ducati

Link, which, when connected via Bluetooth,

enables the rider’s smartphone to record

bike data, such as lean angle, current,

average and maximum speed and power,

fuel consumption, etc.

In addition to bike data and rider

performance, the application records the

route travelled, which can be shared with

other app subscribers. A new feature of the

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Also included is an “Alert and Info Service”

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Engine Description: 1262 cc Ducati

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Variable Timing, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valves

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Maximum Power: 158 HP @ 9500 rpm

Maximum Torque: 129.5 NM @ 7500 rpm

Seat Height: 825-845 mm

Wheelbase: 1585 mm

Fuel tank: 20 litres

Dry Weight: 209 kg

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F I R S T R I D E

THEN FUTURE IS LOOKIN BRIGHT!

E-TREK 9KW

When Dylan Smith called the other day to ask if we’d be interested

in reviewing the latest offering from French Manufacturer, Electric

Motion, we jumped at the opportunity. More and more we hear

the cry for cleaner energy, Economical efficiency – and although,

we personally still love the smell of two stroke in the morning – we

do love the new technology.

This is the E-Trek 9kw. A full size dirt machine

complete with Trail Tyres, a 21 inch front and an 18”

rear. It comes with disc Brakes front and rear and a

chain fi nal drive.

Power is delivered to the rear wheel by a 20kw

rechargeable, brushless DC motor that delivers an

impressive 43 Newton metres of torque.

All of this is powered by a monster lipo (Lithium

Polymer) 51.8V, battery – that supplies (And we

tested it) roughly 2 hours of smileage in sports mode.

All of this is bolted into a slender, compact full size

chassis, complete with all the things that dirt guys

and girls like. Fat bars, Inverted forks, disc brakes,

complete with braided brake lines, a slender gripper

seat and wide footpegs for sure footing. It even

comes with a small race display that indicates your

speed, battery life and trip meter.

They also, thoughtfully give the rider three choices

of ride mode – or the e-map. 1 is for street – a

slightly more sedate pace – and pretty tame for

everyday use. Standard is a bit more nippy with the

same 65kph top speed. Sport is hold on to your

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underpants and she clocks out at a max speed

of 95KPH on the speedo. We fi ddled with the

switch while we rode – swapping between the

modes – and you do instantly feel the difference.

Like any bike – performance matches economy

and in sports mode, your battery life is a bit less

than when you would ride in street or standard.

All of these elements combine to make a very

light, nimble motorcycle.

We took the bike on some of our favorite trails,

smooth fl owing stuff, a large hill or two and our li’l

motocross quarry out back.

Madness sings that song – “oh what fun we

had – but at the time it feels so bad…” man

that describes this bike to the nines. We fl ayed

it through some urban parking lots – without

setting off any car alarms or being chased by

“Tannies” or security guards. All because they

did not actually know that we were there. We

even took a little shortcut around the golf course

at Serengeti Estate and nobody even knew that

we were there. We did dodge the greens and the

sand bunkers – we know how touchy you golfers

are… this bike is absolutely silent – so if you want

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to sneak out to visit your girl in the middle of the night – Mom

and Dad won’t hear you leaving…

And wait for it – this bike is homologated – and classed as a 125

– so you can ride it on the road.’Strue! how cool is that – and

you’ll never have to ask for fuel bucks – you just need to find

yourself a wall socket – 2 hours of charging while you are in class

and the afternoon becomes one fat adventure.

Maintenance?

No Oil, No Fuel, you’ll need to check your chain, brake pads and

tyres. Literally, that’s it.

Makes awesome sense to us! Silent fun – no worries or moans

from the neighbours – and from what we have seen, the tech is

getting better and better. Oh yes – and it comes with a hooter –

so when you hear that – get your 450 out the way – there’s an

E-Trek coming through…

Watch this space. Lots of R & D is going into this specific bike.

We’ll have another feature soon.

Some of the benefits of an Electric bike:

• At the flick of a switch the power is that of a conventional 125,

250 or 300 moto trials bike.

• In muddy conditions, at the flick of a handlebar switch the

power can be reduced.

• Zero pollution.

• No fire risk if riding off road in high fire season.

• No kick starting, just turn on the power and go.

• No gear changing to worry about.

• No need to use a clutch.

• No engine noise.

• Virtually no maintenance.

• Back yard friendly.

• When going downhill the recharge button allows the battery to

be recharged.

• Frame: Perimetric 25CD4S

• Front Suspension: Inverted, adjustable compression

• Front Travel: 180mm

• Rear Suspension: Ollé R16V

• Front brake: CBS brake System Disk 260mm 2pistons

• Rear brake: CBS brake System Disk 220mm 1piston

• Rims: Morad 90/90 R21 Michelin & 120/80 R18 Michelin Black

Dimensions

• Wheel base: 1390 mm

• Length: 2220 mm

• Width: 800 mm

• Seat height: 850 mm

• Ground clearance: 280 mm

• Footpegs Height: 350 mm

• Weight: 98 kg

• Charging time: 3h45 min or 1h45 min*** with the booster

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About the rider:

Dylan Smith runs a MX rider academy all over Gauteng. He is a

freelance tester for various media outlets and is part of the Group

73 aviation, stunt and film team.

The pretty one in the pic is his little girl Dakota…

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NATIONAL ENDURO: ROUND 6 & 7

Nail-biting final round of SA National Enduro

Yamaha takes the championship.

The last two rounds of the 2018

National Enduro Championship

were held on the 6th and 7th

October in Mpumalanga. With all

championships yet to be decided,

we knew we were in for a nail

biting two days of racing.

The club had set out a demanding course

that would test the full ability of each rider. The

full line up of Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha riders

were in championship contention and knew

exactly where they needed to finish keeping

the title hopes alive.

Blake Gutzeit – Blake got off to a lightning

start and took the lead on the first lap having

started in second position. He carried this

momentum to the finish to win the E2 class

as well as take the overall victory. With this

win in the bag, Blake took over the lead in

the championship over stablemate, Lloyd

Kirk, who only managed to finish in fourth

position 38 minutes behind Blake. This meant

that Blake only had to beat Lloyd at the final

round the next day to become the 2018 E2

champion.

Kyle Flanagan, Fresh from his World Enduro

Grand Prix races, was ready for battle. He

was trailing Husky’s William Oosthuizen in the

championship by 10 points, and knew that

he had to dig deep if he wanted to take his

first National title. The only way for Kyle to

win, was to make no mistakes and win both

rounds. He started round six with a blistering

pace and caught teammate, Blake Gutzeit

by the end of lap one. With each lap, he

extended his lead over his championship rival,

taking the win in the E1 class by 13 minutes.

He closed the championship gap down to just

five points going into the final round.

With only one point between Bruce

May and Warren Barwell in the senior

championship, this race was going to be

exciting. The days racing proved to be very


tough for Bruce, and despite all of his efforts

to try take the win, he claimed second position

in the end, just 9 minutes behind race winner

and championship rival, Warren Barwell. This

set Bruce back to a six-point deficit. It would

have to be all or nothing on the final day.

Denzil Torlage, the most experienced rider

in the Bidvest camp, and the most consistent

rider all year, came into round six with a

comfortable lead in the championship. He

started strong and got into a good rhythm to

finish in second position. This meant Denzil

had to finish in the points on the final day to

win the title.

Yamaha managed to clinch the

manufacturers win at Round 6.

ROUND SEVEN

A different course awaited the riders for

the second day and final round of the

2018 National Enduro Season. With all

Championships still uncertain, you could cut

the tension with a knife at the start of the days

racing. The Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha Team

were nervous but very excited to get going.

Blake Gutzeit knew what had to be done,

and he picked up from where he left off, and

chased down the leaders very focussed and

determined. On lap two, he took the lead and

put his head down to pull a gap. Knowing

that anything could happen, at any time, he

took his final lap with caution, and with Lloyd

Kirk, his closest championship rival sitting in

third position on corrected time, he had done

enough crossing the finish line and claimed

his first ever SA National Title in the E2 open

category.

It was all or nothing for Flanagan at the final

round. Five points down in the championship,

Kyle had to win the race to have a chance at

the title. If Kyle won it and William Oosthuizen

finished in second position, they would both

be equal on points, but Kyle would win on

merit due to more race wins in the 2018

season. The race started slow when he was

held up by7 back by back-markers, which

resulted him losing time. Going into the final

lap, William was 51 seconds ahead ... This

gap seemed to be an impossible task for

Kyle to close down, as William had been very

consistent all race long. Coming into the final

kilometre of the race, Kyle made no mistakes

and caught right up to Blake and William

at a river section. Kyle and William came

across the finish line together with an electric

crowd waiting to see who would be crowned

champion.

Kyle Flanagan had done enough and

closed the gap down enough to lead William

on corrected time, giving Kyle his first ever

National E1 Championship win. He fell to the

floor in disbelief and celebrated with his family

and team.

Sitting six points back, Bruce May knew he

had to win the race to give himself the best

chance at the title. He got off to a lightning

start and pulled a 13-minute gap over Warren

Barwell. Bruce gave it everything he had and

won the race, but Barwell had done enough

to take the championship by a single point

over Bruce with his second place finish.

Denzil Torlage – Knowing that he only had

to finish the race, Denzil mentioned to the

team; “To finish in first, first you must finish”

and he set off. Riding a very consistent and

strong race, Denzil finished the race in third

position and had done enough to become the

2018 National Masters Champion.

Yamaha had once again won the

manufacturers award at the final round of the

championship.

Husqvarna closes with a big fight:

For PEPSON PLASTICS HUSQVARNA

RACING, the double-header season finale

proved to be the most nail-biting events of

the season when the E1 Championship was

decided by less than a minute.

Husqvarna’s 2018 recruit William

Oosthuizen was only points away from


securing the coveted title, but needed to win

at least one of the two days of racing ahead of

rival Kyle Flanagan.

A second place finish on Saturday meant

that the final round of the series would

determine the overall winner. After an intense

day of blazing through some brutal terrain,

Oosthuizen crossed the finish line only

seconds ahead of Flanagan, but a 45 second

lead was needed to take the overall win on

corrected time.

Despite the disappointment, a second

overall in the premier class is more than the

20-year old could have dreamed of before the

start of the season. Oosthuizen’s riding career

accelerated dramatically this year when he got

the call to Husqvarna to sign up with his first

professional racing team.

Oosthuizen commented:

“I fought with Kyle until the very end, and

I gave everything I had. This was my first

season of really pushing to take the victory,

and I couldn’t be more proud with how

everything turned out. The opportunity to

race for Husqvarna has given me immense

motivation to pursue the dreams I have as an

enduro rider,”.

Snatching up another spot on the podium

for PEPSON PLASTICS HUSQVARNA was

Matt Green, who finished third behind his

teammate overall.

Matt Green during Round 6 of

the National Enduro season

finale double-header event.

At just 17-years old, the rider made the step

up to the E1 Class this year after winning the

High School Championship.

What was predicted to be a ‘learning curve’

for Green quickly became a stand-out season

where the rising talent proved to be more than

capable of running with South Africa’s best.

His National podium finish came just after

the rider made headlines with an exceptional

performance at the iconic Red Bull Sea to

Sky, where he finished 5th behind the world’s

enduro giants in the Gold Class.

“It was a big decision to make to step up

to the E1 Class, but it’s the best thing I ever

did. I’ve grown so much this season, and

I’ve enjoyed every step of the way. To come

away with third overall in E1 and a solid

international finish was big for me! Now onto

some final preparations before the Roof of

Africa,” said Green.

As the event drew to a close, Husqvarna

South Africa Brand Manager Fred Fensham

wraps up what has been a truly memorable

season for the brand:


“It’s unbelievable that an entire season came

down to just seconds. William did an incredible

job and I’m immensely proud of him. And to

have our young Matt also pull off a podium

finish, after running off the podium most of the

season, is more than I could have asked for. I

can’t wait to see what the 2019 season holds!”

This from KTM:

With Dwayne Kleynhans sidelined due to injury

and Kirsten Landman pulling out of the event

because of a bad case of flu, it was up to

Scott Bouverie to soar the orange flag for the

Orange Army.

Fresh off his return to racing after

undergoing a shoulder operation earlier this

year, the rider took his place at the start line to

prove his status as one of South Africa’s top

enduro talents.

“There’s a lot to work towards again – Roof

is coming up soon and I want to do really well

this year. I also want to show the guys what

I’m still capable of after being off for so long,”

said a determined Bouverie.

After two hard days in the saddle, the rider

made it clear that he is well on his way to an

epic comeback with a second place finish in

both rounds.

With stiff competition from the likes of

Blake Gutzeit and Lloyd Kirk and some brutal

Bronkhorstpruit terrain to conquer, the podium

spot was a hard-fought achievement for

Bouverie.

“I had a solid weekend of racing and

pushed really hard, so happy to get the results

I hoped for. This is just what I needed as

we head into Roof, where I think my riding

Scott Bouverie

blazes his way

through a river

crossing at the

GXCC National

Enduro.

will start peaking again. The main goal for

next season is to win the championship, so

setting a good foundation before then is really

important,” he added.

KTM Managing Director Franziska Brandl

wraps up what has been a testing season for

the Brother Leader tread KTM team:

“It’s been a season of ups and downs, but

what’s important is to see the riders come back

stronger. After four months of recovery, Scott

Bouverie put himself to the test by signing up

for this double-header event and he really made

us proud! We look ahead to the Roof of Africa

now - our final event of the year that will really

separate the men from the boys.”

The next big South African event is The

Motul Roof Of Africa.

We look forward to seeing you all there…

William Oosthuizen and Matt Green,

South Africa’s rising enduro talents.


By Michelle Smith

National Mx final 2018:All the champs are crowned!

Historic Double for Husqvarna...

Caleb crowned MX1 and MX2

Champion

That’s all we are going to say. Motocross

in South Africa is very possibly in the

best shape that we’ve seen for almost

two decades. We have to congratulate

MXSA for hosting some amazing racing.

Caleb Tennant flying the

Husky Flag to the Podium

For 2018, the national boys and girls

put on such a fantastic show - and the

final meeting at the Dirt Bronco track

near Krugersdorp was, absolutely the

culmination of a year of hard racing from

everyone. More than 140 competitors

descended on the venue, despite severe

weather warnings, to claim the last point s

in their chase for the Championships.

The race day produced another kind of

thunderstorm though, as the weather

itself played along, but instead as the

Championship contenders produced some

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To the victor goes the spoils - and this year

was Husqvarna’s turn as, despite some serious

attention from some of South Africa’s top

talents, Caleb Tennant cemented his result at

the final to underpin Husqvarna’s domination

for the year. He is South Africa’s MX1 and MX2

champ for 2018. He has been crowned both

MX1 and MX2 national champion!

Tennant arrived at Dirt Bronco fresh off

representing South Africa at the Motocross

des Nations in the United States and promptly

wrapped up the MX1 title in the first heat,

before riding a controlled race to wrap up

the MX1 title with fourth in the final. “I can’t

believe it, but we’ve done it!” Caleb confirmed.

“It’s been such a tough season and to win

both premier South African motocross

championships feels incredible!

Kayla Raaff taking the

Ladies Championship

South Africa has a new National 125cc

Champion. 15 year old “J-Bomb” Justin

Sangster clinched the title for KTM in some of

the most exciting racing we’ve seen all year.

Meet your new South African Pro Mini

Champion. The Mlimi family is synonymous

with MX in South Africa - and this year,

younger brother Jonathan has come to the

front by killing it in the 85cc Senior class on his

KTM screamer. Watch this space – this is one

very talented rider.

The Junior Championship red plate holder for

the season Troy Muraour walked away with his

well -earned Championship.

In MX3 – one of the best known names in MX

Circles, the very fast Yamaha mounted Ian

Topliss took the title for 2018.

The Fairest Capes KTM mounted “Terrible

Twins”, Lucca and Andrea Mynhardt stormed

to national glory by taking the national titles in

the 65 and 50cc classes respectively.

The Ladies championship went to the

effervescent 15 year old Kayla Raaff – you

would have seen the feature that we did on the

D-Force girls a month back – a great bunch of

girls and we are very happy for them.

Guys and gals. MX has never looked healthier!

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Results for the days racing:

50cc

1: Jack Pullen Husqvarna

2: Aiden Henley KTM

3: Louis Mostert Husqvarna

65cc

1: Barend du Toit KTM

2: Emmanuel Bako

3: Lucca Mynardt KTM

85cc Juniors

1: Emmanuel Bako

2: Wesley McGavin

3: Luke John Grundy

National pro mini:

1: Blake Young

2: Dylan Kirk.

3: Jonathan Mlimi

125cc High school:

1: Cameron Durow.

2: Dalton Venter

3: Camden Mclellan

MX1:

1: Tristan Purdon Yamaha

2: David Goosen Yamaha

3: Jayden Ashwell KTM

David Goosen 2nd Overall

MX1 for the day

MX2:

1: Tristan Purdon Yamaha

2: Maddy Malan Husqvarna

3: Anthony Raynard KTM

MX3:

1: Ian Topliss Yamaha

2: Dewald van den Berg Husky

3: Brett Bircher KTM

National ladies:

1: Kayla Raaff KTM

2: Megan Jonker Honda

3: Yanke Pieterse Yamaha

Ian Topliss claiming the

MX3 Championship

National MX 2 Stroke:

1: Matthew Hills Yamaha

2: Justin Bauer Yamaha

3: Joshua Dadda

National senior Support:

1: Alec Combrink Husky.

2: Chad Tyler Honda.

3: Sheldon Watkins KTM.

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EUROPES MOST FUN

A tourists Perpective, By ace

photog, Kevin Scott. Loads

of our South African racers

were there to compete… our

very own Sherco mounted

Wade Young took top

honours followed by Mario

Roman and Alfredo Gomez…

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This from Kevin:

I was blessed to be able to travel to Turkey for

this year’s Sea to Sky Hard Enduro that was

held 26-29 September. This was my first trip

to Turkey and I was not sure what to expect

when landing at one of the biggest airport in

the world. For me it was a nerve wrecking

experience, not sure where to go, and then I

thought: would my bags and camera arrive at

the other end of my trip.

Luckily it was not that bad, and I could relax…

there were easy to follow instructions and

helpful people to steer me in the right direction.

I had my luggage in no time and could

proceed.

I travelled another 65km by taxi and arrived

in a little town called Kemer in the province of

Antalya on the Turkish Riviera. Great hotel,

Day one of Sea to Sky: The beach race:

Riders were released one at a time at 15 sec

intervals. They had one chance in setting

up the fastest lap time they could manage.

Obstacles were set up along the beach front

and when the tide came in some obstacles

were flooded. This caused a lot of problems

and had to be repaired before the race could

proceed. After the obstacles were repaired

a second hot lap was set. The combination

of sand and pebbles made it difficult for the

riders. 15 minutes and one lap were all it took

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to establish the starting positions for the forest

race…. But it was easier said than done.

Imagine 50 riders running 10 meters then

jumping onto their bikes and racing down the

prologue. Here was your shot to avoid the

mess that was to follow it all dependent on the

whole shot. It was carnage at the log obstacle,

riders where force into the logs on a corner

forcing riders to fight their way through. riders

were riding over each other. The rock garden

had the same effect on some riders, hitting it

hard and it looked like a game of ping pong.

Day two: The Forest race:

This race started in Göynük a town in the

district of Kemer, and finished off at signal hill

about two and half hours away. This was not a

good day for Travis Teasdale and Wade Young

our local riders that participated. Both got lost

following a route marked for the Mountain

race. Realising their predicament they retraced

their way back onto the correct route. This

mistake cost them to drop back in the starting

line for the Canyon race. Barend Erasmus,

our Lowveld Enduro rider, had a bad crash

somewhere along this route. He was taken to

a medical centre to be examined. Luckily they

found nothing serious wrong with him and he

could proceed with the race.

I walked down this signal hill to take photos.

The terrain was rocky and had some step ups

and one or two tricky climbs. But riders could

relax in some sections giving them a breather in

between the more challenging section, which

was the last two hundred meters to the finish.

Day three: The Canyon Race:

Racing time would be an hour and a half to

complete this stage. The start was the best

place to take nice shots of the riders. It started

with coming down a steep hill into a river, then

over big boulders and out into the canyon.

Watching Go pro footage, they followed a lot of

hiking trails. The trails were scatted with rocks

and in some places the trails ran along rock

faces and a drop off into the canyon bottom.

The finish for the Canyon race was in an old

building dump. No more than 50 meters away

was a dry river bed with the mountains in the

back ground… as a photographer I am always

looking for a great shot and this scene was

perfect to finish off this stage

Day four: The Mountain race.

Day 4 had a beach start, with 10 riders in each

line up, they raced down the beach to the

first corner, well over 800 meters away. The

following group of riders set off two minutes

later. We then headed to SPP3 which was

the start of day three. The riders raced off the

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mountain and into the river where the track

was marked with signs of river crossings,

steep hill climbs and a very dusty climb before

they disappeared again, racing away.

Standing on the beach my eyes drifted to the

top of Mount Olympus which was covered in a

thick blanket of clouds. That was where these

hooligans will finish I thought. I really hoped

that the sun would burst through those clouds

to take advantage of the extra light when

taking photos. Not waiting any longer, I headed

off to Mount Olympus to take more pictures.

We then moved to the cable station and it did

not look good at all, misty and cold. But we

went up anyway. Luckily, I took advice from

the locals, and that was to take a jacket and

beanie with me, it was freezing up there. The

cable station was nice and warm but once

you walked outside you were hit by a wind

blowing at 40 knots. I moved back inside for

a coffee and to warm up and spoke to a few

photographers and asked them how you take

photos in a white wall of mist. I stepped out for

a second time, walking onto the path the guys

would come up with, it looked very bleak. With

the strong wind blowing, it opened the mist

for us. I sat on my rock perched waiting for

the boys, it did not take long for Wade Young

to show up. I stayed there and saw ten more

riders come past before the weather turned

bad and we had to head back inside.

I would absolutelly recommend this enduro

race to any rider, it is said to be a fun enduro

race, both to watch and for riders, or if you are

planning a holiday, tourists from all over the

world are discovering the fabulous mix of great

beaches and traditional Turkish culture.

My trip was made possible by sponsors, and

to get me to my destination I had to look at

the most economical method of transportation

and accommodation.

I booked a flight with Emirates, and boy was

this the long way to my destination! One first

flies to Dubai which is an 8hour flight, then

there is a stopover of 4 hours. The next flight is

a 4hour flight to Istanbul. You have to prepare

yourself for 24 hours of flying & stop overs.

A tip for travellers is to wear a belt with a plastic

buckle and to declare that you are carrying a

laptop with you. Otherwise you will be told to

unpack your bags and remove your belt before

they let you into the terminal. Also make sure

your carryon luggage is light, containing only

your passport, wallet, tickets, headphones,

Visa and a book to read. Keeping it light gives

you more freedom to move around on long

stop overs.

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Another tip is to buy yourself a few Euro’s before leaving

home: this can be used for taxi fare and something to eat.

I landed in Antalya just before midnight and still had to

travel 65km to get to my hotel. The trip by taxi cost me 50

Euro’s. Antalya has a population of 2 million people, it is the

fastest growing city in Turkey.

I booked in at the Orange County Hotel in Kemer a seaside

resort, It is a 4star hotel. I booked a sea & land view and

all meals, soft drinks and alcohol was included in the

accommodation fee. The room has a bar fringe stocked

with soft drinks that are replaced daily. The staff is friendly

and I enjoyed my stay.

Kemer is like our Margate, full of holiday makers, here they

are mostly Russians. And the best of all is you can walk

around, ride bicycle or rent a scooter any time day or night.

You can also book a cable car tour, do river rafting, scuba

diving or go in a hot air balloon.

Tourists from all over the world are discovering the fabulous

mix of great beaches and traditional Turkish culture.

So yes! If you can visit Turkey I highly recommend it.

Thank you to my sponsors:

Peter Lordon, Lowveld Enduro Club, Season in Africa,

Mechiv Racing, Bandit Signs, Hyde Guards, Shield

Chemicals, Xhale Xtreme, Wayne Leigh, Achim Bergman

and Rocco Burger.

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S A F F E R S I N A U S

TRIALS DOWN UNDER

Saffers at the Australian Trials Championship

The le Riche brothers have just returned from Australia

where they competed in one round of the Victorian State

trials Championship – and then in the Australian national

Championship.

These guys are multiple South African Trials champs –

Brent holds 15 SA champ titles Vs his brother Bruce’s 3.

In the US, in 2005 Bruce finished 2nd in the US

championship in a class of 12 Pro riders and more than

200 national competitors.

Brent came in 4th overall in 2004 – so these guys have

been around the Trials log a few times.

More than 10 years on, marriage, 2 kids and 3

businesses, they decided to compete in international

competition in Aus again – just to prove that you are

never too old – and they came in 5th and 6th respectively

against a world class field.

120 trials competitors lined up to compete – to give

an idea – in SA we have maybe 45 riders competing in

nationals. This excludes the mad bunch who take part in

the sidecar trials championship (Yup!).

The guys popped into the offices to tell us all about it –

and its sounds like it was quite an adventure…

Let’s explain – Australia is so massive that they host their

national over two days – and the Vic State is actually

really a warmup for the main event.

The Victorian leg was held in the small goldmining town

of Ballarat – which is about an hour north of Melbourne.

The weather was proper crappy – much like the UK, cold,

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damp, blustery… our bikes only arrived the day before we

rode – they were supplied by Scorpa – a branch of Sherco.

At home they ride Beta and TRS, so there was virtually no

time to acclimate to the new bikes. The bikes were brand

new – no time for run-in, it was kind of hop – on and man up.

“The Aussies are just so welcoming – polar opposite to

what we expected after donnering them in the rugby. We

even had a few apologies for the cricket debacle last year

– so that kind of took the wind out of our sails a bit.”

The course and international way of running comps is

a bit different to what we are used to. 3 laps– 12 to 15

sections in a lap. The markings differ a bit to what we are

used to locally – and something really weird to us was the

fact that for the first 2 laps, you can hop on at any point of

the course.

So just like putt putt, you can start on the 9th hole – move

to 3 and then go 7. Very strange.

“The toughest thing for us is the fact that there is a

90 second time limit on each section irrespective of

the technicality. So you rush your butt off through the

tougher stuff and on the easier sections you sometimes

have time left – but you can never really take your time,

build confidence and flow like we do here.”

“These unusual conditions caused a mistake – and we

both accidentally skipped the easiest section on our last

lap – we both thought that we’d done it, because of the

two previous laps – so we were penalized 5 points each…

Very costly – and we came in 3rd and 4th where we would

have been 2nd and 4th.”

Anyway – a learning curve.

You want us to ride over what...

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The week was spent moving through to

Bendigo an hour and a half away – and

getting ready for the national competition.

They didn’t really have time for the whole

tourist thing, made lots of friends, and

on the Wednesday drove down to the

Centre of Melbourne where they have

the Oakleigh motorcycle club and trials

course. When they heard the brothers were

from SA, they gave them the keys to the

kingdom, made them honorary members

and let them play to their hearts content.

It’s an old dump site that has been

converted – a great day was spent, setting

up and sorting the bikes.

“What cool people! Thank you guys!”

Back to the track – Thursday and Friday

were official practice days. Friday, practice

day/scrutineering/ section walk where

they were introduced to their “minders”.

A minder is appointed to each national

rider. They are the trials equivalent to golfs

Caddy. His or her job is to shepherd you

through each section. They keep an eye

on your time (Which we really appreciated),

they tell you where your tyres are, carry

your juice, tools etc and stand on the

Gibralter rocks to catch your bike if you

have a mishap.

Very handy and they were super slick.

On competition day, there is a carnival

atmosphere – the place was packed with

hordes of spectators turning up to watch

the fun. Food stalls, bike displays – a much

vaster setup than what we see at home.

Very well organized, great vibe.

The format runs as follows. 4 laps for the

championship. Two a day with 15 sections

per lap. Once again – on the first lap you are

allowed to hop on anywhere. “We are still

confused on this rule – it is dangerous – you

can go backwards on a loop. Crazy stuff.”

Anyway… The first days section suited

Bruce a lot more than Brent. More indoor,

precise, technical sections with no margins

for error. You need to keep your wits about

you and hit your marks (predetermined

lines). A great learning day with a great

level of competition –Bruce came away

feeling quite confident, 5th overall, Brent

was not so happy in sixth – things did not

go quite according to plan…

“The skill displayed by the international

guys is very impressive. With their bigger

pool of riders, they have really talented

riders and it was great to really be tested

on the international stage.”

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The winner of the event, Kyle Middleton,

really is in a class of his own with five

Australian championships in the bag – but

from second through to sixth it really is

anyone’s game. Fantastic competitors.

Day 2 was a different ballgame – more

open air stuff – 3rd gear, steeper terrain,

huge boulders and Brent was grinning at

the start. He had a fair start, but his final lap

was very competitive and pushed him to

fourth on the day… but the previous days

mistakes cost and he finished 6th overall.

Bruce started his day with four maximum

fines… eish! He heard his dads voice – you

fall, you learning - he slowly found his pace

but it was a battle – he ended 6th on the

day. His first day helped – and he came in

5th overall.

What a cool experience. Probably one

of the top international events that the le

Riche brothers have competed in. They

hope to make their way back there next

year - this years event was a really good

learning curve – and they both feel that

up and coming riders need to start on the

international format now if they going to be

competitive…

This from the boys:

“Big thanks to the guys who made it all

possible – Monster Energy and Insurance

Zone racing, without you guys we could

never do what we do.”

You can catch these guys at one of their

shows, we’ll do a story on that soon www.

lerichracing.com or come and say “howzit”

at The Roof later this year.

They are competing on a Montesa four

stoke and they are attempting to become

the first trials guys to finish gold.

See you in the mountains!

The tumble costs 5 points.

The brothers with their trophies

and Peter Wines, chairman of

the Oakleigh motorcycle club.

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