RideFast November 2018


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Full look at all the new bikes released from the INTERMOT Show -

including Suzuki’s new modern day version of the iconic Katana.

Marquez hits

Level 7

Marc Marquez wins 7th World title

Marc Marquez wins 7th World title

and 5th MotoGP crown in 6 attempts.

Bike of the Year

12 bikes put to the test to be crowned

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How good is Johnny Rea? I mean, that man is

simply untouchable in the WSBK championship.

I know people say that he is on the best bike and

the Kawasaki he rides in more like a MotoGP

bike blah, blah, blah.... The simple fact is he is

ridiculously fast and just in a league of his own.

He picked up his 4th World title in a row and has

now broke just about every record there is to

break. I just wish Kawasaki would make the step

back into MotoGP and take him with. They should

do it now while they have Rea at their disposal.

Think he belongs in MotoGP and would be able to

take the fi ght to Marquez in my eyes. Let’s hope it

happens one day, although the reality is it probably

won’t happen and Rea will go on to dominate

WSBK for many more years to come.

Speaking of dominating, Marquez is at it again

picking up his 7th title and 5th MotoGP in only 6

attempts. Just like Rea, he is on another level.

I simply love watching both men do what they do

best - RIDEFAST!

For 2019, WSBK looks set to switch to a three

race format. I think this could add a bit more

excitement, as long as they make the races a bit

shorter. Rea destroys the competition because

he is able to set his bike up better than most. He

can do fast lap after fast lap, even on worn tyres.

Shorter races will eliminate the need for a perfectly

setup bike to make the tyres last and just let the

riders get on with going as fast as they can. WSBK

bosses have thrown just about everything they

can at Rea to help slow him down and it has not

worked, so let’s see how this turns out.

In this issue we touch on both mens great

achievements and the records they have now


Interesting read about Rossi in our Paddock News

where he says he feels Marquez has nothing to

prove by moving to another brand, but I think that’s

just reverse psychology. He doesn’t want Marquez

breaking any more of his records.

Another interesting rumour is that Ducati are ready

to break the bank again on a Spanish rider, this

time on luring Marquez onto the big red machine

in 2020. I still believe Marquez will make a move

in the not too distant future and I still think it will be

to KTM if and when that package becomes a bit

more competitive.

Dani Pedrosa has now been confi rmed as the

offi cial test rider for KTM in 2019 and 2020 and

with Zarco also heading to the Austrian factory

team next season, we should get a better idea of

just how competitive that bike really is.

Speaking of MotoGP, I will be off to the fi nal round

at Valencia on the 17th of November, courtesy

of Michelin SA. They will be taking a few of their

top performing dealers as well as myself to help

capture the event and get some behind the scenes

info of the Michelin setup at a MotoGP event. Very

excited for that and have already put some plans

in motion to also try and meet up with a certain

Scorpion helmets rider and load my bags full of SA

rider memorabilia to bring back ready for a great

event we are hoping to host in early December.

Keep a look out on our Facebook page for more

info on that.

The event will be held at Ridgeway Racebar, who

are once again giving customers a chance to win

a brand new motorcycle, this time a new Triumph

Street Triple 765 RS. More info on that and some

other cool giveaways in our news section.

This is also the last month to get your entries in

to our exclusive Scorpion helmets competition,

where there are 9 new helmets up for grabs valued

at R50k. We have had some great entries so far,

so please keep them coming in. Winners will be

announced in our December issue.

We also have the discount vouchers page return

again for this issue. We had such a great response

last month that we decided to run them again, just

in time for you to get your Christmas shopping

done and dusted. Take a look at the last page of

this issue, that’s where you will fi nd the vouchers.

Everything from Rossi merch to riding kit, cut the

vouchers out, get in store and save money! We

really want the participating dealers to see that it

works so that we can continue offering you our

readers great deals.

October has been a great month and we’ve

managed to put together a great issue full of

diversity - from a Harley bike test to interesting

tech tips - we’ve got it all. We also have some new

faces testing bikes for us and a great readers ride

story, which I think came out great. Our readers

letters page is getting some great traction and

Motul have given us some awesome MotoGP

shirts to give to the winning letter every month so

send those letters to me at rob@ridefast.co.za.

We also feature the recent 2018 Pirelli Bike of the

Year test, which I attended this year. A great event

with some great bikes to choose from. Tough

choice, but at the end of the day there was always

going to be one clear winner! Go have a read.

There was only 1 bike missing on the list of entries

for me and that was Yamaha’s new MT07. A great

bike and not too sure why it did not make it on.

Until next month, ride safe and check out the RF

and my personal FB pages for some great pics

and vids from the Valencia MotoGP race.

Cheers, Rob Portman.




N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8



Suzuki reveal their new Katana

machine, paying tribute to the

iconic machine of days gone by.







2019 BIKES


Suzuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha and Indian all reveal

new models for 2019.



















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Suzuki pulls the covers off its

2019 Katana 3.0, a tribute to

the ultimate 80s sportsbike.

Suzuki’s cult classic Katana is back for 2019, a

throwback to what many consider the ultimate 1980s

sportsbike. There’s no pop-up headlight, but the new

Katana 3.0 is a very sexy machine that reminds us

that the 80s in now well into the retro zone.

How different the world was back in 1981. How

simple that world of curly-cord telephones looks to

us now, with the very first personal computers

only just beginning to hit the market and the

Atari 2600 ruling the video game world,

plugged into your parents’ cathode ray

tube television, which probably sat on

wooden legs with a doily on top of it.

When Suzuki first released the GSX1100

Katana, it looked like the motorcycle

equivalent of Twiki, the phallus-headed

robot companion of Buck Rogers in his


contemporary TV series. Silver, sleek,

angular, futuristic, and claiming to be the

fastest production bike in the world, the

Katana caught the motorcycling world’s

imagination like few bikes before or since.

It quickly became a cult classic. Some

of the 750cc ones even had pop-up

headlights like the ones on the Lambo

Countach. They were deadly cool, and

absolute icon of the 1980s.

To this day, a well-kept Katana will draw

more of a crowd at a biker meet than

anything this side of a Kawasaki H2.

And with the tail end of the retro craze

making 60s and 70s-style bikes all the

rage again, Suzuki has decided it’s ready

to release a new Katana for the late


And here it is. Based on Suzuki’s excellent

GSX-S1000F, the 2019 Katana doesn’t

go for the velocity crown its forebears held

nearly 40 years ago, or rock the pop-up

headlight. Instead, it’ll offer a similarly crazy

sporty road ride experience, with a suitably

retro set of bodywork atop to recall the

first-gen Katana’s ultimate 80s lines.

At a packed press conference at Intermot

Cologne, Suzuki’s top brass pulled the

covers off the new Italian-designed

Katana 3.0, talking about craftsmanship

and attention to detail on a level with the

old-school Samurai swords this thing

was named for. Like the GSX-S bikes, it’s

built around a 150-horsepower version of

the 2005-6 GSX-R1000 motor, still one

of the greatest and most revolutionary

motors in motorcycle history. Its torqey

power delivery compared to the raging

screamers of today’s superbike world

makes it an absolutely superb streetbike

engine with plenty of power everywhere

and a barnstorming top end rush.

The Katana’s weight comes in at 215

kg, which makes it just 1kg porkier than

the faired GSX-S1000F. It’ll be a demon

on the road. The bars are quite high,

making for a comfy ride, and the front

end looks badass with its double stacked

headlight, traditional black screen and full

colour TFT dash. The seat looks broad

and comfy, with room for a passenger,

and Suzuki says it’s re-routed the throttle

cables to help eliminate the snatchy onoff

power delivery that some complain

about on the Gixxess.

We think it looks absolutely terrific, and

takes the familiar Katana shape into a new

place for 2019. It looks as comfy, quick

and snappy as the GSX-S1000 bikes,

which we’re unashamedly crazy about.

The SA market will see only a few new

Katana’s arrive on Suzuki dealers floors,

but orders will be taken so get down to

your local dealer to enquire.

No word on pricing or when the new Katana

will be available in SA but the team at

KCR Motorcycles have taken a few orders

already so contact them on 011 975 5545.




Indian Motorcycle has unveiled the Indian FTR1200 street tracker,

which is based on the Indian FTR750 flat-track racer.

Indian Motorcycle has unveiled the Indian

FTR1200 street tracker, which is based

on the Indian FTR750 fl at-track racer. The

FTR1200 is the only production street

tracker available, and is powered by a new

1,203 cc, 60-degree, v-twin engine, which

looks similar to the Indian Scout engine,

but is actually a brand new motor. The

FTR1200 is the fi rst non-cruiser motorcycle

from Indian, and has been offered in two

variants. Both variants share the same

engine, chassis and design, but the higherspec

S variant gets a list of performance

parts and other bits.

The 1,203 cc engine is Indian’s fi rst highperformance

v-twin used on a non-cruiser

model, and makes 120 bhp at 8,250 rpm,

and peak torque of 115 Nm at 6,000

rpm. The v-twin is mated to a six-speed

close-ratio gearbox with a slip and assist

clutch. The FTR1200’s engine is said to be

much lighter than the Indian Scout engine,

and also has a higher compression ratio of

12.5:1, a lighter, low inertia crank, a larger

bore and uses magnesium cases to keep

the weight low, which, by the way, at 222

kg dry (221 kg for the standard variant),

can hardly be called lightweight.

The chassis is a steel trellis frame, and

braking is handled by Brembo M4.32

radia calipers in the front, gripping 320

mm discs, and a P34 caliper at the rear,

with standard ABS. The S variant gets

a 4.3-inch full-colour TFT screen, which

allows you to personalise the screen

style, choose between three riding modes

(Sport, Standard and Rain), traction control

and anti-wheelie settings. Bosch cornering

ABS is switchable on the S variant, and

the dash is also smartphone connectable

through Bluetooth. The S variant also gets

an IMU-powered traction control system

(with stability control and wheelie control),

and fully adjustable Sachs suspension.

The standard model gets an analogue

LCD single clock, Sachs suspension with

no adjustment for the fork available, but

the rear shock had adjustable preload and

rebound settings. The FTR1200 is available

in just one colour, and no riding modes.

ABS cannot be switched off on the base

model as well.

Looks really exciting and we hope to see

this new model makes its way into the SA

market early next year.

For more information on availability and

pricing call Indian motorcycles SA on 010

020 6195



The 2019 Suzuki GSX-R1000 and the GSX-

R1000R supersport has been unveiled at

the Intermot Motorcycle Show in Germany,

and the bike gets smart upgrades for the

new model year. The current generation

GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R first

unveiled in 2016, gets smart upgrades

for the new year with the company taking

customer feedback into account. Upgrades

include new cosmetic revisions and new

hardware onboard, while the changes on

the litre-class superbike is also in response

to the rule changes in World Superbike

Championship (WSBK).

The 2019 Suzuki GSX-R1000 and the

GSX-R1000R now come with an adjustable

swingarm pivot that help setup changes

for racers and track day enthusiasts alike.

Cosmetically, the bikes remain largely the

same but the bulky exhaust muffler has now

been finished in black instead of silver seen

on the current models. This helps reduce the

visual bulk as it merges with the rear tyre,

which stood out like an eye sore earlier.

Another big update is the new steel braided

hoses for the braking system. This should

help with the front brake fade and improve

lever feel for the brake, which has been

a common concern for the current GSX

customers. The upgrade though is only

restricted to the 2019 GSX-R1000R and not

the base GSX-R1000 that continues to get

rubber hoses.

Other upgrades on the 2019 Suzuki

GSX-R1000 include the up/down

quickshifter from the GSX-R1000R, making

it a standard feature. What’s also interesting

is that Suzuki will be the first one to offer the

quickshifter on the base variant of the GSX,

which other manufacturers do not offer at

this point. Lastly, the 2019 GSX models now

ride on Bridgestone RS11 tyres, replacing

the Bridgestone RS10 tyres.

Contact your local Suzuki dealer for details

on arrival and pricing.






















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KTM sharpens the sharpest of the hypertourers,

the 2019 Super Duke 1290 GT.

this thing is actively beautiful, it’s one of the

first motorcycle dashes that’s up to date with

the touchscreen world we live in today, and

it replaces one that was starting to look very

outdated and dot matrix in comparison.

KTM has done itself a disservice by not

including photos of this dash in the press kit,

so you’ll have to check it out in the flesh to

see what we mean, it’s a beauty. The new

dash also enables Bluetooth connectivity, so

you can manage calls and media through to

a connectivity-enabled helmet without lifting

your hands off the bars.

It’s a barrel-chested beast in the flesh, bulkier

than it looks in these press photos and

surprisingly wide at the front. But the dry

weight is a fairly nifty 209 kg, it’s kitted out

for proper 2-up comfort, and when it comes

to smashing big miles at hyper speed, and

owning every twisty piece of tarmac along

the way with utter sporting savagery, we

can’t think of anything we’d rather set out on.

The new GT will not be available on KTM

dealers floors in 2019, but rather as a special

order at your nearest official dealer.

To those who have everything, more will

be given – and so it is with the GT, which

was already the fastest and craziest touring

motorcycle on the market. For 2019 it gets

more horsepower, a bidirectional quickshifter,

updated electronics and creature comforts,

and frankly the best dash we’ve seen on two

wheels to date.

The outgoing Super Duke 1290 GT stands

apart from the pack at the crazy end of the

sports touring segment, a comfortable 10-12

horsepower up on the BMW S1000XR and

Ducati Multistrada 1260, which themselves

are brutally fast, with more power than you

could ever honestly claim to need on the

road. It’s a two-up touring comfort-focused

version of the lunatic Super Duke 1290 R

nakedbike, which remains to this day one of

the wildest and most exhilarating bikes we’ve

ever ridden.

For 2019, it gets a thoroughly superfluous

bonus two horsepower, taking it from 173

to 175. Curiously, peak torque drops from

144 to 141 Nm, but honestly, this is one of

those bikes where if you need more torque,

just turn the throttle a bit further. We have

fond memories of turning the throttle most of

the way in fourth gear on the naked model

and having the front wheel start rising up

of its own accord. It’s a fearsome motor

indeed, now bolstered with revised resonator

chambers, titanium inlet valves and reworked

fuel mapping.

2019 KTM Super Duke 1290 GT: now

standard with an up/down quickshifter

The addition of an up/down quickshifter is

always a welcome luxury, and the new GT is

also upgraded with KTM’s latest IMU-based

electronic wizardry. That includes lean anglesensitive

traction control and cornering ABS

systems, a programmable Track mode and

an updated semi-active damping system on

the bike’s already excellent WP suspension.

Other luxuries include updated cruise control,

keyless ignition, new barkbuster-style hand

guards over heated grips, a new headlight to

match the rest of the Duke family’s razorsharp

looks, an easier windshield adjuster

and color-matched panniers, each big

enough to hold a full-face helmet.

Probably the biggest difference to

most riders will be the dash, which

has been overhauled with a 6.5-inch

full colour TFT screen. It responds to

commands from thumb switches on

the left switchgrip. The design of


2019 KTM 1290


For 2019, the SD-R’s LC8 engine, which has a 13.6:1

compression ratio, gets lightweight titanium valves and

intake resonator chambers for smoother torque delivery

down low.

With a lightweight tubular chrome-moly steel trellis frame

and subframe and minimalist design, the 1290 Super

Duke R has a claimed dry weight of just 195kgs. It is

equipped with fully adjustable WP suspension, riding

modes, multi-mode cornering ABS (including Supermoto

mode) and traction control. The optional Performance

Pack adds Motor Slip Regulation and Quickshifter+,

and the optional Track Pack adds a Track mode, antiwheelie

off, TC slip adjust and launch control. Lightweight

cast wheels are shod with ultra-grippy Metzeler M7RR

supersport tyres.

Other standard features include cruise control, KTM My

Ride Bluetooth system, KTM Race On keyless system, a

multi-function, full-color TFT display and an LED headlight

and daytime running light. Pricing and availability are TBD.

Oh yes, and we love the new color schemes!

The new 2019 SD-R models will be arriving in SA soon so

contact your nearest KTM dealer for full details.

KTM are also currently running a great special on all 2018

SD-R models, where buyers get both the performance

and track packs, valued at R13,533.09 FREE of charge.

Now that’s a great deal, trust us, we know how good the

bike is with those packs installed…



Calling it an “affordable and accessible sport tourer”, Yamaha rolled

out its brand new 2019 Tracer 700 GT at Intermot 2018.

Essentially a tarted up Tracer 700, a bike which we love, the GT

model goes all in on creating a light, fun, and relatively long-legged

middleweight sport tourer.

At the new GT’s heart is Yamaha’s exceptional 689cc, watercooled,

crossplane twin. This mid-sized mill puts down around 74

horsepower and 50 feet of torque, which is pretty respectable in a

bike that weighs shy of 204 kilos. With the Tracer’s generous 17 litre

tank and the engine’s natural efficiency.

The GT features the base Tracer’s frame—which uses the engine

as a stressed member—and aluminum swingarm. The base bike’s

suspension has been specially tuned to provide better handling

for serious business sport touring. The GT has some respectable

brakes with dual-channel ABS, but unfortunately (or fortunately,

depending on your view of the situation) no traction control or userselectable

ride modes.

Along with the touring-tuned suspension, the GT gets a selection of

ergonomic and storage improvements to upgrade its touring bona

fides. The bike comes standard with a more supportive “comfort

seat” to coddle your backside on long trips, a taller windscreen,

knuckle guards mounted on the handlebars to keep the wind off your

hands, and a set of spacious hard bags for carrying your stuff. While

nothing’s been confirmed yet, Yamaha will probably offer a line of

touring accessories for the GT to upgrade its capabilities even further.

The Tracer 700 GT will be available in three colors—Phantom Blue,

Nimbus Gray, and Tech Black. It’s set to go on sale in Europe and

SA soon. Contact your local Yamaha dealer for more info.


The bike’s ergos have been changed,

too. The handlebar height was reduced

and the fuel tank cover was reshaped to

be lower and wider. Combined with a low

seat height, these ergonomic changes give

the rider a more stable, centered riding

position. Lights are LEDs all around, and

the bike got a new LCD instrument panel

with all the usual goodies.

The redesigned R3 looks great with

aggressive lines and clearly R1M styling

and it should make a great addition to the

lightweight sportbike market.

Pricing and availability in SA is still to be

determined. For more information, visit or

call your local Yamaha dealer.



Supersport 300 contender boasts

MotoGP-inspired design for the new year.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of

Yamaha’s incredible YZF-R1. Over the years

the R-series expanded and changed with

the times but always held on to its racederived

supersport roots. For 2019, Team

Blue is redesigning the R-series from the top

down—from the big daddy YZF-R1M all the

way down to the tiny YZF-R125. The latest

redesign to be announced is for the 2019

YZF-R3, and man, it looks fantastic.

The new R3 is powered by a 321cc

water-cooled, four-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve,



The new and improved Linex, that has been fulfilling

dreams for well over 40 years, is now bigger and

better than before! All aspects of the mega store

have received attention to make the customer

experience memorable. Be on the lookout for great

specials and cash giveaways in the next month. Visit

the store in the month of November to be entered

into a weekly draw to win a R4,000 instore voucher!

Also check out page 76 in this issue for a FREE

Discount Voucher to take in-store and get 10% off

your purchase of accessories and parts. Call 011 251

4000 or visit the new look shop at Cnr. Malibongwe

Drive & Tungsten Road, Commercial Park, Randburg.

fuel-injected twin mated to a six-speed

transmission. It’s a smooth, high-revving mill

with forged aluminum pistons and DiASiL

cylinders along with a number of other

improvements. The new engine sits in a

lightweight steel tube frame and the crankcase

acts as a stressed member. Suspension

consists of an asymmetrical swingarm sprung

by a monoshock and an all-new KYB inverted

fork up front. Ten-spoke aluminum wheels

and single disc brake systems fore and aft

complete the new running gear.





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MV Agusta kisses its iconic F4 superbike

goodbye with exclusive Claudio edition.

Another day, another special edition MV F4?

Not this time. This is it. The ultimate MV Agusta

superbike in both senses of the word. Named

for the company’s late President, a giant of

the motorcycle world, the F4 Claudio marks

the final chapter for a gorgeous bike that has

entranced riders for more than 20 years.

The combination of Claudio Castiglioni’s

passionate, “insistent” management

style and designer Massimo Tamburini’s

otherworldly mastery of form brought forth

some of the most beautiful and lauded

motorcycles in history.

The partnership began in 1985, when

Tamburini went to work for Cagiva, which

had been founded by Castiglioni’s father

back in 1950 and which owned the Ducati

brand at the time. But it took until 1994 for

the pair to unveil their first masterpiece. To

this day, many folks consider the Ducati 916

the best-looking production bike ever made.

When Cagiva sold Ducati shortly afterward,

the pair’s next bike provided some of the

916’s strongest competition for the title. The

MV Agusta F4 (first released as the F4 750

Serie Oro in 1999) was absolutely exquisite;

a track-focused sportsbike that looked

beautiful from a distance, but seemed to get

sexier the closer you got.

From the diamond-like headlight, to the

wickedly flared tank, to the hint of visible

trellis frame, to the signature slotted fairing

vents, the detailed bump stop, the sensuous

tail section, the star-shaped rear wheel on its


single-sided swingarm and the imposing

row of four organ-pipe exhausts under

the tail – one for each cylinder – the F4

was, and remains, the kind of bike people

are just as happy to put in a glass display

case as they are to ride the things.

Sometimes even happier; the F4 was

famously a hard taskmaster for riders

willing to take this work of art out on the

road. Performance was always extreme,

with Castiglioni’s first signature edition,

the 2006-edition 1,078cc CC bike, claiming

a whopping 200 hp at the crank in an era

where Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 was leading

the rest of the sportsbike world with just

160 ponies.

But the ergonomics were just as extreme

as the engines for anyone less lithe and

flexible than a racer. The F4 was a wristbusting

chiropractor’s dream that ran hot

and cranky any time it couldn’t stretch its

legs – and they were some very long legs.

Devotees – and those who loved this bike

truly were devotees – loved it all the more

for its foibles, throwing around words like

“character” and “Italian passion” as they

attempted to straighten their spines from a

few hours in the saddle.

And Tamburini’s obsession with making

every part of the bike a work of art could

bite you in other ways as well – as a friend

of mine discovered when he went to take

off the rear wheel of his rare F4 Nero, only

to discover that the sexy starburst wheel

nut holding it on was going to need a sexy

starburst US$50 tool to undo.

Nobody ever questioned that it was fast,

though. While Castiglioni’s resurrected

MV brand never had the budget to make

much of a noise in World Superbike racing

in its early years, its roadbikes were plain

bonkers. In 2007, MV stomped on the

fabled “gentleman’s agreement” between

Japanese brands to cap their bikes at

299 km/h (186 mph) by releasing a bike

named after its top speed: the F4 R 312

(312 km/h, 194 mph).

The venerable F4 has lasted 21 years as

a model line. MV has done a good job of

improving the underlying platform while

honouring Tamburini’s generational design

– a design that only perhaps Ducati’s V4

Panigale rivals for sheer hotness to this day.

Frequent special editions kept the shape

fresh with their own paint jobs and

specification levels, from the aforementioned

CC and Nero editions to bikes

honouring Agostini, Ayrton Senna, Lewis

Hamilton and Tamburinihimself. But the

company is now concentrating on its new

(and Euro-compliant) three-cylinder range

and kissing the F4 goodnight. It’s fitting

that the honor of the final special edition

will go to the man who resurrected the MV

marque – Claudio Castiglioni himself.

The details of this instantly collectible

classic, built on the current F4 RC

platform, are almost irrelevant, but here

they are: the F4 Claudio runs a 998cc

inline four engine making 205 hp in road

trim, and 212 hp in a track format that

includes twin underseat SC-Project race

exhausts and a dedicated ECU. It keeps

the variable-length air intake setup that

has made previous F4s such raging

beasts north of 10,000 rpm, and adds

an extra Custom mode to the switchable

engine mapping, and an up/down

electronic quickshifter to the removable


The AIM dash has a full datalogging system

built in for track use, with its own inbuilt

GPS for added accuracy. Hence, it runs

its own specific dash software, including a

Claudio-specific graphics scheme.

All the fairings are carbon fiber, with matt

and gloss finish pieces alternating to

make a bike as visually stunning as you’d

expect for this swansong. The wheels

are also carbon units by BST Rapid Teck,

while the triple clamps, levers, footrests,

fuel filler cap and that starburst wheel nut

are now machined aluminum alloy. The

color scheme features gold detailing on

silver and black, and it’s another absolute

masterpiece to look at. Mind you, I’m

starting to get the impression my fouryear-old

could paint this bike and make it

look terrific.

Claudio’s name appears in several spots on

the bike, and his blotted signature several

more. The suspension is top-shelf Ohlins

TTX gear, the brakes are Brembo’s equally

top shelf Stylema gear, and all in all it should

ride extremely well if you’re silly enough

ever to tank its considerable value as a

collector’s item by taking it out of the crate.

Only 100 will be made, and they’ll likely

be in hot demand for a stratospheric

price that reflects what they represent: a

timeless masterwork of the high-octane

motorcycle world and the fruit of a oncein-a-generation

pairing of great minds: the

late, great Massimo Tamburini and Claudio

Castiglioni, who are neck and neck,

elbows down, on the great racetrack in

the sky as we speak.



Kawasaki have now officially released the first

details of their 2019 ZX-6R, which features a raft

of new electronics, as well as reworked styling.



Trickbitz are running a once off promotion

special on the Bitubo rear shock. This is

a Sporting Mono Shock with adjustable

preload, rebound, compression and adjustable

length. It’s a single chamber pressurized gas

compensated (Nitrogen) shock absorber,

with oil/gas piston separator and remote

reservoir. The CLM 11 is the midway offering

for the Yamaha R3 and features a steel

body in a special anti-friction coating, 14mm

diameter rod with low friction bushes and a

CNC machined head made from 7075 Billet

Aluminum. It also features adjustable length to

modify the original balance.


• Spring preload with micrometric single

aluminium ring

• Rebound (7 clicks)

• Compression (20 clicks)

• Adjustable length (range 10mm)

Special price: R11500.00 including vat.

Call Trickbitz on 011 672 6599.

Retaining the firm’s 636cc inline-four engine,

which first appeared on the ZX-6R in 2002,

this latest Euro4 compliant version now

boasts a quick shifter for upshifts only, as

well as two riding modes.

Alongside this, the bike also enjoys a new

dash displaying a variety of functions,

including an economical riding indicator,

fuel gauge and remaining range function –

suggesting this is more than just a trackfocused

supersport screamer. This is further

qualified by the 12V power point for the

charging of electronic devices on the move.

Kawasaki are claiming no performance

figures yet, however have claimed an

‘improved power and torque feeling’.

To help keep things in line, the revised

middleweight also gets traction control and

ABS-equipped monobloc calipers and

large discs. Grippy Bridgestone Battlax

Hypersport S22 tyres come as standard

and upfront there are Showa BFF forks.

What’s more, Kawasaki are offering a range

of optional accessories including an Öhlins

steering damper, axle sliders and a colour

coded pillion seat cover.

Away from performance and handling, the

new ‘6R has been redressed in a set of

new fairings, complete with a set of twin

headlamps - styling very much from the Ninja

400. Placed just below a distinctive triangular

air vent nestled under the screen, it’s a styling

change that harks back to the Kawasaki ZX-

6Rs of the early noughties. A compact tail

unit completes the aggressive look.

The new green supersport machine will not

be coming to SA as a standard model, but

if you would like to buy one you can do so

by special order at any official Kawasaki

dealer. www.kawasaki.co.za



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RAD Moto is the massive KTM dealership pre-owned motorcycles. The workshop

based in Sandton just off the Rivonia road is well-known as one of the best in the

turn-off. They fi rst opened their doors back business and caters for any and all work.

in 2012 and have since built themselves The accessories and spares department is

up to be one of the leading KTM dealers in situated upstairs and is well stocked with

SA. There has been some changes made everything you could want for you or your

in 2018 with some new faces and a facelift

to the shop. The core of what has made KTM fan then you will drool at the range of

motorcycle and if you are a passionate

RAD Moto such a success over the years offi cial KTM Powerwear and Powerparts

is still very much in tact, but now, Miguel they have in stock.

Lage, a very passionate motorcycle man, Their is a great vibe from the minute you

is now in charge and there is a fresh new walk into the dealership and the staff are

look about the dealership.

both friendly and very knowledgeable so

Renovations have been done to make the you get the service you want and need.

new and used showrooms more spacious Address: 1 Wall street, Corner Rivonia and

and accessible, fully stocked with the latest Witkoppen Road, Sandton.

range of KTM bikes and some very neat Phone: 011 234 5007




Fire it Up, the massive motorcycle dealership in

Fourways, is once again giving customers the

change to win a motorcycle. This time, it’s a real

special bike - a Ducati Panigale 1299, equipped

with a Rapid Bike fuelling module valued at R200k.

All you have to do to enter is spend R5000 or more

on an invoice in store on accessories or parts and

you will immediately be entered. You also get an

entry if you buy or sell your bike through Fire it Up

or Bike Buyers. Better yet, take a selfie in store,

check in on Facebook and post the pic up tagging

Fire it Up in and you will get a bonus entry.

The comp started on the 1st of October and will run

until the 24th of December.

For more information feel free to contact anyone of

the sales team - 011 465 4591.




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 Zambezi drive.

(012) 751-0830


Mikes Bikes has moved into a bigger, brighter new shop on

Trichardt road in Boksburg. The new shop looks great and is

jammed packed with some very eye-catching stock - mostly

sportbikes, which is what we love most!

They recently had a party to celebrate the opening of the new

shop and we went along to take some snaps - Very cool lifestyle

spot! They also have some accessories on sale.

For Bike sales and Enquiries Contact Quinton on 079 077 2236,

or check out their Facebook page - Mikebikez82/



Situated at 534 Pretoria St in Pretoria, Silverton Midas has a

passion for motorcycling and therefore stock a great selection of

accessories as well as service parts. They also fit motorcycle tyres,

chains, sprockets, brake pads and batteries while you wait free of

charge when bought in-store. They have a comprehensive range

of guaranteed automotive accessories, tools and hardware. Added

to that is a wide range of camping, outdoor and lifestyle products.

Go visit them now and make sure to take along the FREE Discount

Voucher situated on page 76 in this issue. Call 012 804 8888.



Fresh after giving away a brand new Honda

CBR1000RR, Ridgeway Racebar are at it

again this time giving you the chance to win

a brand new Triumph Street Triple 765 RS.

Greg Moloney

did the live

draw for

the Honda


Having launched the concept of giving

away a Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

in May, Ridgeway Racebar were

inundated with entities, which were

a mere R350 bill at the very popular

Edenvale bar and restaurant. Over

9000 entries were collected in the short

space of time between launching and

drawing the winner. This took place at

one of their well supported MotoGP

events, which happen at every round

of the championship, but for the launch

the management went all out to ensure

the big crowd of over 3000 people

were catered for. More seating, a big

screen and satellite bars were set up

to cater for all the eager fans, who as

per the rules were there and had to be

there to be eligible for the prize.

After about 30 mins of drawing and

repeating they eventually got to the top

ten who were each then asked to draw

a key from a helmet. Each key had a

famous Honda racers number on it

and then in reverse order each fi nalist

was asked to go up and try start the

Blade. An ecstatic Mr Steve Roughton,

lucky number 7, eventually got it

started and was completely blown

away at his luck.

As an added bonus, as soon as the

winner was announced, the MC then

called the management of Triumph SA

to join him on stage and immediately

launched the second competition of

the year and let all who were there

know that Ridgeway Racebar and

Triumph SA were going to be going

R100 cheaper for this one and that

anyone who bought a meal or had a

bill of R250 would automatically be

given an entry to win a magnifi cent

Triumph Street Triple 765 RS. This will

be drawn on the 3rd of February 2019,

so best you get to Ridgeway soon and

get your entries in.

Just as with the Honda giveaway,

RideFast Magazine are proud to be

the offi cial media partners for the

Ridgeway Triumph giveaway.

The very happy Mr Steve

Roughton with his prize



Get down to Ridgeway Racebar between now

and the 3rd of February 2019, spend R250 or

more and get an entry into the competition to

win a brand new Triumph Street Triple 765 RS

worth R152, 000.

Terms & Conditions apply





Discover more: 011 437-4699



Coming off a great year of new tyre sales in

2018, Bridgestone keeps the momentum

going with three new tyre releases for 2019.

The Battlax Hypersport S22 is designed for

riders to experience the full extent of their

bike’s performance on the road. The S22 is a

completely new tyre with a new pattern design

and new compound providing an improvement

in both wet and dry handling and increased

adhesion over all temperatures. Dry Cornering

speed has been increased by 15%, with a 5%

lap time increase in wet conditions.

The Battlax Adventurecross AX41 is a

completely new, real trail off-road tyre

designed for adventure riding, allowing

adventure riders to enjoy any road surface

during any road conditions. Bridgestone

concentrated all their efforts, technology and

know how to make sure this new tyre provides

unmatched off-road traction, and they have

also developed AIW, Anti Irregular Wear

Technology, to combat the use of off-road

tyres on the road. This new technology utilizes

a high strength compound and state of the

art block design to ensure that road use does

not wear this tyre as quickly as traditional

adventure tyres.

The Battlax Adventurecross Scrambler AX41S

is a completely new tyre designed for Café

Racer crowd. Adopting the latest compound

technologies and utilizing a balanced

grip pattern to ensure optimal on-road

performance, it is primarily designed for use

on road-ridden custom built bikes to promote

the lifestyle and ensure safe and dependable


The new range will be available in SA early

2019, along with the highly anticipated new

R11 sport tyre.


The new “Petrol Heads Village” is now open

for business. Situated at the Buzz Shopping

Centre in Fourways, the new “Petrol Heads

Village” caters for everything a biker could

want or need and more.

Bruce De Kock, the man behind Bike Tyre

Warehouse, came up with the Bike Village

Concept where his vision was to get a group

of businesses together that are symbiotic

to each other due to the synergies between

them within the industry, which not only

benefi ts the businesses but the customers

who will have a one stop shop covering

all their requirements; tyres, accessories,

technical work shop and lifestyle related;

Vape Rite, Romans Tattoo artists etc. More

importantly, they are recognised as market

leaders in their singular fi elds of business.

The new Smokin Aces Saloon with a

concept Jack Daniels Cigar bar; Ice Cream

Parlour and Coffee Bar will add to the fl avour

and provide clients with a great place to

relax whilst they are having tyres fi tted etc.


Bike Tyre Warehouse has opened a

Boutique Fitment Centre as the fi rst Pirelli

Preferred Partner Store in Africa, not just

because they are the biggest buyer of

Pirelli rubber, but because they are rated as

one of the top technical service providers

globally according to Pirelli’s Test Division

in Italy, after their co-operation at the

international launch of the Diablo Rosso

Cora 2 at Kyalami, which was the fi rst

international Pirelli launch in Africa in the

history of the company.

The BTW Group are not just tyre fi tment

and retailers, the group are international

tyre traders and tyre developers, so

customers benefi t from their extensive

technical tyre knowledge.

Bruce De Kock: 073 777 9269.


Ryan Shapiro has been in the motorcycle

accessories game for a very long time and is

the man responsible for the Race Shop in the

Vaal as well as the Race Shop mobile store,

which can be found at most racing events

around the country. He is also the man

responsible for the accessories division at

CIT in Pretoria. Now, Ryan has joined up with

Bruce and has opened up another store in

the Petrol Heads Village, catering for all your

motorcycle accessory needs.

Ryan has this to say about the new Village;

“We’ve created something that appeals to

the Whole Family and caters to every motor

related enthusiast and more! Come and enjoy

good food, great products and shopping

Experience, along with honest advice and

specialised service - All in one neat HUB”.

Ryan Shapiro: 082 345 1399






New Bike Sales

The full Range of KTM motorcycles available

Used Bikes Sales

Quality Pre-loved motorcycles available


For all your protective clothing requirements

Our stock changes constantly - Trade ins welcome - In house finance


For all your professional KTM service and repair requirements

Corner Rivonia and Witkoppen Road, Witkoppen Rd, Sandton, 2157

Phone: 011 234 5007 Email: info@radmoto.co.za

Pics by Gerrit Erasmus and Daniella Kerby


There are not a lot of bike manufacturers

who will go all out to ensure that any one

can ride and at almost no cost on a world

class facility. Well, then clearly you guys

don’t know Suzuki Motorcycles South

Africa, cause not only did they book a world

class facility, in Red Star Raceway, but also

made each rider pay an astronomical price

to ride too. Really, who in their right mind

would consider paying R50 to spend the

day at this facility. Well, we’ll tell you, nearly

400 riders and oh, by the way, we forgot

to mention the day was also open to the

Suzuki Swift Sport Club and friends too,

so that meant both bikes and cars shared

the day with not one bit of moaning or


It was also not only open to Suzuki bikes

and cars but all makes and models and it

was quite awesome to see the riders going

back to registration and booking their road

cars and tow vehicles into the allocated car

sessions to get more time on track. There

was an additional cost to do this of course

and absolutely everyone who did this was

applauded once again at having to find

another one of those pink notes with R50

on it.

But then again it was all going to be split

between the two chosen Suzuki SA CSI

projects that they support, being Jacob’s

Vision and the SA Guide Dogs Association.

So when every one heard this they actually

dipped in a bit more and made straight up

donations to these very worthy causes.

There was only one negative aspect to this

truly special day for Suzuki and friends and

that was the case that at one point they

organizers and the circuit had to make a call

to stop entries on the day and unfortunately

disappoint some eager on the day entrants.

However, the day was very well advertised

on all forms of social media and so there

were only a few slots actually available for

on the day entries. Our suggestion to them,

which went down very well, was to possibly

do this event over two days in order to cater

for all the friends and loyal Suzuki fans and

therefore potentially grow it into something

massive in terms of brand building.

One other aspect this would assist with was

the potential for weather, which of course

was another factor, and naturally completely

out of the organizers hands. Rain did affect

the day, but considering it only really came

down hard after 14h30, most sessions

(A,B,C,D and cars) had ample time on track

to enjoy their rides and drives.

It was great to have the Red Star Raceway

instructors there on the day too and their

help with the big bunches, particularly in the

less experienced sessions, was invaluable.

We can’t wait to be there next year because

as stated if it’s as big, or bigger, not many

people who ride bikes whether they are

Suzuki’s or not, will miss this day. Stay

locked here in RideFast for early news of

dates for next year’s event.

KCR Motorcycles were there in full force offering their

customers drinks and boerie rolls and also the chance to

see some of their gorgeous custom creations up-close and

personal. Check out the feature we did on the Schwantz

replica later in this issue.




Zontes SA are getting ready to release their

X310 model into the SA market. It sure is an eyecatching

bike with loads of potential.

Zontes is a brand that was launched here in SA back in 2016 and

since then has taken the SA market by storm with its 310R model,

which is seriously good value for money. We tested one last year

and were pleasantly surprised with the performance and quality

of the 310R. Now, there is a new model ready to make its way

into the SA market. The X310 will be arriving in SA sometime in

December, ready to attack the market in 2019.

It’s got a water-cooled single-cylinder, 312cc engine – competing

directly against BMW’s G310 range – is reckoned to make 35hp,

which is fractionally more than the 34hp BMW manages.

There’s all the kit needed to be legal in Europe and SA, including a

Bosch ABS system and Euro4 emissions compliance and weight

is expected to be as little as 155kg.

The Zontes X310 is a definite head turner and we are excited to

get our hands on one to test, hopefully in our next issue.

The X310 will be available in Blue, Grey and White colours and will

be priced at around R69,900 incl vat.

Call or email Zontes SA for more details; 012 565 6730 /

0781793186. Email: info@zontes.co.za

Website: www.zontes.co.za


Brought to you by

WSBK: Three race schedule

to be introduced in 2019

World Superbike bosses have announced that next

year’s schedule will include three races at each round

as they look to increase interest in the series.

At the start of the 2016 season, series bosses ditched

the traditional two race format in favour of a split race

format featuring one race on Saturday and one race

on Sunday.

This format has been widely criticised over the past

two seasons and following feedback from a fan survey

earlier this race, race bosses decided it was time for

another change.

Keeping the opening race on Saturday afternoon, there

will be an additional sprint race at 11:00 on Sunday

mornings before the fi nal feature race at 14:00.

No further details have yet been revealed as to how

long the races might be, how many points they will be

worth or how the grids will be formed for either race

two or race three.

“To bring in a third ‘sprint race’ into the WorldSBK

format for 2019 is something we have been planning

for a long time now, so we are delighted to see the

plans coming together,” said series boss Daniel

Carrera. “We are committed to bringing exciting races

to the fans year on year, and we think the addition of a

sprint race will add to the WorldSBK experience. We

are continuing to work on the fi nal adjustments and

hope to bring more details in the near future.”

Carrasco makes history as first

female motorcycle world champion

Ana Carrasco (DS Junior Team) made history

after clinching the FIM Supersport 300 World

Championship (WorldSSP300) in the fi nal encounter

of the season at Magny Cours in France, becoming

the fi rst female motorcycle world champion.

In a fi ght that came down to the fi nal lap of the

race, the 21-year-old hung onto 13th position after

starting from P25, granting her the crown by a

slender one-point margin.

“Its unbelievable for me, we worked so hard to be

here,” Carrasco explained. “I can only say thank you

to all the Kawasaki team, I can only say thank you to

David Salom and all the team, they worked hard to

help me arrive here and also to my family because

they gave me everything this year, and my friends.

“I wanted to dedicate this title to Luis Salom,

we were good friends and the day we lost him I

promised myself to dedicate my fi rst title to him.”

Beginning her career in 2011, the Spaniard started

in the CEV 125 championship and her points

scoring performances saw her secure a seat in the

Moto3 World Championship for 2013. She made

the move over to WorldSSP300 in 2017, where she

has since been highly successful with three wins and

podiums, and the 2018 world title.






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Tom Sykes to lead

factory supported BMW

charge in 2019 WSBK

Former World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes, known for his long

relationship with Kawasaki, will be riding a BMW for Shaun Muir Racing

next year.

After scoring 34 wins for Kawasaki over the past nine years, including

winning the championship in 2013, Sykes and Kawasaki are parting

ways after this weekend’s race at Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

“It will certainly be an end of an era and it struck me that Losail would

be my last race weekend with Kawasaki when we raced in France

recently,” Sykes told WSBK. “We are certainly coming to the end of a

very good era and we have had a good run together.”

Sykes will team up with Markus Reiterbeger, who rode a BMW

S1000RR to a European Superstock 1000 championship this year.

Current SMR riders Eugene Laverty and Lorenzo Savadori will no

longer be racing for the team.

BMW has not competed with any real factory support in WSBK since

2012. But BMW Motorrad’s new director, Markus Schramm, has

committed to return to racing, at least in part, by providing factory

support to the SMR team for the 2019 season. This comes after

two unsuccessful years that SMR ran with Aprilia. The team will

race an all-new version of the S1000RR, its fi rst major update since

its introduction in 2009. Rumors abound about features such as a

counter-rotating crankshaft for the new Beemer, but BMW has only

made the vague statement that it will be more revolution than evolution.

Kawasaki has enjoyed WSBK domination for the last four seasons due

to the lack of other factory efforts, as well as Sykes’ racing skill. The

factory-backed SMR BMW effort, led by Sykes, as well as Ducati and

perhaps even Honda returning to the series, should bring back some

tight competition and give Kawasaki a good run for its money.

Brought to you by

Driver who killed Nicky

Hayden gets suspended

one year sentence

The man driving the car that hit and killed American professional

motorcycle racer Nicky Hayden last year was handed a one yearsuspended

sentence, had his driver license revoked and will be forced

to pay the costs of the trial.

The apparently mild punishment for the driver was partly the result of

an offi cial accident report which found the man to be only 30 percent

responsible for the fatal crash.

In Italy, anyone who causes the death of a person through negligence

as a result of violating road traffi c rules can be punished with one to

seven years of imprisonment, but any sentence lower than two years is

automatically suspended.

According to reports, citing an expert witness for the prosecution, the

man, who drove a Peugeot 206 at 70 km/h in a 50 km/h zone, could

have avoided the crash had he respected the speed limit.

On his part, the driver claimed Hayden passed through a stop sign and

suddenly appeared in front of him.

Nicky Hayden, nicknamed by fans The Kentucky Kid, was training on

his bicycle near Rimini, Italy in May last year when he got hit by a car.

The crash took place at a local intersection when the MotoGP rider

was struck by the Peugeot. He initially survived the accident, but he

sustained extensive injuries which caused his death fi ve days later.

During his racing career, which spanned from 2003 to 2017, Hayden

rode for Honda, Ducati and then Honda again, his most notable

achievement being the win of the 2006 MotoGP championship.

Before that, he won the 2002 AMA Superbike Championship, the

1999 AMA 600 Supersport Championship and was the 1999 AMA

Flat Track Rookie of the Year.

To honour the rider, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and

American Honda announced earlier this year they will be building two

custom motorcycles that will be touring the United States in 2019 at

various events and will be on display at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of

Fame. They would eventually be sold, with the money received for

them to go to the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation.



Brought to you by

L-R: South African riders Darryn Binder, 2016 Moto3

World Champion Brad Binder, new MotoGP Legend Kork

Ballington and Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta.

Kork Ballington becomes a MotoGP Legend

Four-time World Champion Kork Ballington

is now a MotoGP Legend. The South

African, who took the 250 and 350 World

Championships in both 1978 and 1979, was

inducted into the MotoGP Hall of Fame on

Friday at the Phillip Island race.

Ballington took his fi rst podium in 1976 when

he came second in the 250cc race at the

West German Grand Prix and he followed it

up – this time in the 350 World Championship

– with his fi rst win, taken at the Spanish

Grand Prix. 1977 saw more podiums and

wins – with his fi rst 250 victory coming at

Silverstone – before the South African made

his charge for the crowns.

He began 1978 off the podium in both

Championships before he made his fi rst visit to

the rostrum that season in the 350cc race at

the Salzburgring. Repeating the feat next time

out, the eventual Champion in both classes

then took both the 250 and 350 wins at the

Nations GP at Mugello, something he also did

in Finland and at Brno. Ballington took four 250

wins and six 350 wins on the way to winning

both titles that year.

1979 was a similar story as the South African

on the Kawasaki dominated. Seven 250 wins

– achieved three-in-a-row and then four-in-arow

– saw him defend the crown, and fi ve wins

in the 350 World Championship wrapped that

up title for the second year running, too.

Ballington decided to target the 250 and 500

Championships in 1980 and was runner up

in the lower category after another fi ve wins,

alongside taking some top ten results on the

500. That laid solid foundations and his fi rst

podiums in the premier class came the following

season in the Netherlands and Finland. A fi nal

year of competition in 1982 prefaced the fourtime

World Champion’s retirement.

Ballington was complimentary about his

compatriots’ feats: “It’s fabulous, we follow

what they do closely and jump up and cheer

for them. MotoGP is the greatest show on the

planet and it’s great to see them doing so well.”

“What an occasion! This is fantastic, I’m

deeply humbled for starters, and honoured,”

smiles Ballington. “I’m amongst friends again,

this is my fraternity, and to be put alongside

the other fantastic Legends is an honour and

a privilege.”

Quizzed on a stand out memory of his time

racing, Ballington goes right back to basics:

“My fi rst Grand Prix win was in Montjuic Park

in Barcelona in 1976, as a privateer against

the factory Yamahas, factory Harleys…my

brother and I just had our little 350 Yamaha

going so well that nobody could see me on

that day. It was a big stepping stone because

to win your fi rst Grand Prix sets you up to

win your second. I suddenly believed it and

realised I could do it – the consequent Grand

Prix wins then came a little bit easier. That’s a

stand out for me.”

Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta equally

expressed the honour he felt in inducting

Ballington into the Hall of Fame: “It’s an honour

today and I had the honour to see him racing.

He was racing at Jarama when I was the

director of the circuit and I remember it well.

For me he’s one of the mythical names in the

FIM Road Racing World Championship, it’s

also a great honour to have the fi rst South

African and African Champion here. For

everyone in the MotoGP family it’s a great

honour to nominate Kork here today.”

Ballington has now joined a long list of greats

that have been made MotoGP Legends that

includes Giacomo Agostini, Mick Doohan,

Geoff Duke, Wayne Gardner, Mike Hailwood,

Daijiro Kato, Eddie Lawson, Anton Mang,

Angel Nieto, Wayne Rainey, Phil Read, Jim

Redman, Kenny Roberts, Jarno Saarinen,

Kevin Schwantz, Barry Sheene, Marco

Simoncelli, Freddie Spencer, Casey Stoner,

John Surtees, Carlo Ubbiali, Alex Crivillé,

Franco Uncini, Marco Lucchinelli, Randy

Mamola and the late Nicky Hayden. Dani

Pedrosa will join the ranks at the season fi nale.



Marquez reveals journey to 5th

MotoGP crown while rumours

are Ducati want him in 2021

Marc Márquez has revealed the crucial

moments in the 2018 MotoGP World

Championship season thus far that helped him

seal his fi fth title in six years racing motorbikes

at the elite level.

The Spaniard has won seven world titles, if

you include his 2010 125cc and 2012 Moto2

triumphs, and needs two more to match Rossi

in the all-time 500cc/MotoGP standings and

three to match Giacomo Agostini.

Here are a selection of answers from an

exclusive Márquez interview in Japan:

Q: Who was the surprise rider of the

season for you? Who impressed you?

A: I already expected a really strong rivalry

with (Andrea) Dovizioso and he was very,

very fast but, maybe, the one that surprised

more in one part of the season was Jorge

Lorenzo because he was very, very strong in

the Mugello race. He surprised me because

last year he struggled a lot with Ducati and this

year he was very fast.

Q: What has been the defining moment

of 2018 so far?

A: Aragon because, the second part of the

season starting in Brno (Czech Republic GP),

Ducati riders were very, very strong, very fast

and winning all the races. They were catching

me step by step and it was important in

Aragon to stop that philosophy. That was

nice because I was able to win, increase my

advantage and get the confi dence again.

Q: How did 2018 compare to your 2017

title triumph?

A: 2017 was harder in terms of competition. I

started in a very good way this season. I got

an advantage and it is easier to manage your

confi dence but, in the last part of the 2017

season, we were fi ghting with Dovizioso and

it was much more stressful with so few points

between us.

Q: How do you handle the pressure?

What’s the best way to unwind?

A: I like to have the pressure because when

I have it, I work in a better way. I have extra

motivation and extra concentration. I like it. Of

course sometimes in a home GP, or something

like this, you try to forget and the best way to

forget this pressure is to ride the bike. Just

trust in your instincts, trust in your talent, keep

on riding and try to fi nd a fl owing mood.

Q: How do you handle always being the

leader of the pack, the man everyone

always wants to beat?

A: This is maybe the most diffi cult thing. To

always be the guy that everybody wants to

beat. For example, in some races I fi nish third

or out of the points, and people say, ‘Why do

you fi nish third?’ This kind of pressure is the

most diffi cult to control because you feel the

pressure from the fans and especially from

the press and the journalists. I know that each

weekend I need to fi ght for the victory because

otherwise people will ask, ‘What is going on?’

It is a good way also to understand that we are

there and we have the level.

Q: Records are there to be broken. Are

they in your mind or will you only think

about them once retired?

Honestly speaking, I never thought about

the records or I never will think about them. It

comes naturally if you work in a good way. You

Brought to you by

need to enjoy the moment and then everything

will arrive. Records are, of course, important

but the most important are the titles. Try to

fi ght every season for a new title.

Newly crowned five-time

MotoGP champion Marc

Marquez does not need to

switch manufacturers to

prove his greatness, says

Valentino Rossi.

Rossi famously switched over from Honda

to Yamaha for the 2004 season after winning

three premier class titles for the former brand,

and went on to rack up another four crowns

for his current employer.

The Italian is said to have felt undervalued by

Honda, which at the time believed its bike -

not Rossi - was responsible for its dominant

seasons in 2001, 2002 and 2003, prompting

him to leave.

But speaking ahead of the Australian Grand

Prix at Phillip Island, Rossi stressed that a midcareer

change was not essential for Marquez

to add to his growing legend.

“It’s something very personal,” said Rossi. “He

doesn’t have to change the bike. He has to

think, [but] if he feels good with Honda, he can

make all his career with Honda.

“It depends very much. It’s a very personal

choice, what you feel, what you fi nd, for fi nd

the motivation to race, but I think everybody

has his own way.”

Marquez signed a new two-year deal with

Honda earlier this year, which means he will

remain with the Asakadai-based manufacturer

until at least the end of the 2020 season.

Asked about comments made in the press by

HRC President Yoshishige Nomura this week

expressing his desire to keep Marquez for his

entire career, the Spaniard quipped: “We can

speak about it, no problem!”

He added: “Like I always said, I feel good

with HRC and when everything goes well,

this is important, and since I arrive in Honda

we are in one of our best moments, together

with the factory.

“Since then we can show our potential on the

track. I’m feeling good, so when everything is

fi ne, keep on the same way.”

Rumours have already circulated in the

Italian media in recent weeks that Ducati

is considering whether to make a bid for

Marquez’s services for 2021, after his current

Honda deal expires.

Andrea Dovizioso said last weekend in Japan

that the Bologna marque would be “stupid”

not to sound out Marquez.


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Saturday 13th October saw

Suzuki South Africa host a

trackday at RedStar Raceway.

As the RideFast team, we saw

this as the ideal opportunity to

not only ride the new Suzuki

GSXR 1000 provided to us by

Suzuki SA, but also sample the

all-new Dunlop Q4 superbike

tyre, which looks set to make

its way into the market for

2019 – “Bold Look, Bold

Performance for Bold Riders”.

Words Zoe Bosch Pics Gerrit Erasmus

The Dunlop Q4 is a road tyre, a semi-slick

created in such a manner to allow for more

aggressive street riding. However, this tyre was

specifi cally designed for track purposes. The

Q4 can almost be seen as an upgrade from

the Q3+, but not quite.

Dunlop has created a tyre to accommodate

track-level riding, providing greater

performance and more grip. This became

obvious to us during our fi rst session out on

track. It is a tyre that you can fi nd great comfort

in and that you can easily trust and not once

did it skip a beat. With a far bigger footprint

compared to the Q3+, a 62-degree lean angle

can be achieved. This made cornering simple

and it was incredibly fun being able to push the

tyre to this point.

As it still remains a road-legal tyre, with

careful engineering the tyre warms up quickly.

This allowed us to take the bike out on track

immediately without having to wait for tyre

warmers to generate the heat necessary. After

just a few corners, the tyres were warm and

the grip on the tyre was exceptional. Even

though it was a cold day and the track was

not warming up, we did not face any issues

in terms of grip. As a road rider, coming to the

track on occasion, this saves a lot of time in

terms of set-up, also due to the reason that

this tyre can be ridden with on track with road

tyre pressures. Unfortunately, the weather did

not play along with us on the day, so we could

not test the longevity of the tyres to their full

potential. However, after 7 completed sessions

with three different riders, the grip remained the

same throughout the sessions and tyre wear

looked exceptional to say the least.

The design of the Dunlop Q4 was driven by

Racing Technology, therefore it merely consists

of carbon black providing maximum grip. The

Carbon Fibre Technology (CFT) is seen as a

reinforcement element and has even been


used in the sidewalls, allowing for greater

stability, especially whilst taking a corner at low

lean angles and riders scraping their elbows.

Dunlop have a specific race tyre protocol

which was followed in the engineering and

design of the Q4, using Jointless Tread

(JLT). JLT means that the tyre has been

manufactured in such a way that the tyre tread

compound consists of one continuous strip,

rather than layers of compound overlapping

each other. This contributes to the tyre’s

stability, as well as reducing the flex. Not only

does this improve cornering, acceleration and

braking on the larger and consistent footprint

provided, but it is also lighter than the Q3+,

therefore allowing for more acceleration.

Myself and the other two riders, namely

Sean Powell and AJ Venter, all ended the day

with positive feedback on the Dunlop Q4.

Overall, I had great pleasure in testing this

tyre. I did not feel uneasy at any stage and

the bike felt like it was cornering on rails – a

match made in heaven. I believe that having

the correct tyre contributes towards any rider’s

riding ability. It’s all about trusting the tyre and

being able to feel comfortable with the tyres

you ride with, which also provides for a much

safer ride, be it on the road or even on track.

Riding a motorcycle requires you to be in the

right mind-set and the Dunlop Q4 has allowed

me to worry about one less thing and just

focus on the track. From a lady’s perspective,

I believe this is the ideal tyre to ride with for

anyone who looks for a high-performance

product, offering good grip, stability and

mileage out on the road and track.

Sean Powell, the national sales manager

of Dunlop, had the following to say on this

tyre: “The Dunlop Q4 is very exciting for us,

as it brings the road rider that much closer to

becoming a racer, giving fantastic feedback

and brilliant linear steering. The Intuitive Rider

Response profile works so well on this tyre. All

you need to do is look at the apex and the tyre

will do most of the work from there. The Q4

will make the perfect track-day tyre in South

Africa, at an affordable price, ensuring you get

the best bang for buck out of it.”

AJ Venter, our South African Isle of Man TT

rider, rode on the tyres in the slower sessions

with pillions. Due to this and the day coming to

an abrupt end due to the rain he wasn’t able

to test the tyre to its full potential. Despite all of

this, he said that he too was very impressed

with the tyre. AJ mentioned that the rear tyre

offered a lot of grip, to the point that it even

caused the bike to wheelie slightly when

coming out of the corners.

The main point of this test was to see how

the new Dunlop Q4 would work here in SA

and first impressions were really good, so we

think that the tyre will be making its way into

the SA market for 2019.

Massive thank you goes out to Suzuki South

Africa, not only for putting together such an

incredible and big event, but also for letting

us use their Suzuki GSXR1000 to test the

tyres. Also, a massive thank you to Dunlop, for

bringing in these great tyres just on time for this

track-day for us to test them.

The rear tyre wear after 30 laps around RSR set at 1.6 cold

“As it still remains a road-legal tyre,

with careful engineering the tyre

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take the bike out on track immediately

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It’s that time of the year again, where the latest,

greatest motorcycles do battle to be crowned the

prestigious Pirelli SA Bike of the Year.

The list started out as 21 bikes and a host of

SA’s best journos were asked to vote for their top

12 bikes, which would go into the final days test.

We were asked to meet at the IQ Business

Park in Sandton, where we were treated to a

very impressive breakfast spread before heading

out on the road ride onto the highway, up

Malibongwe drive, through Harties and ending up

at the Gerotech testing facility. So a good amount

of road and track riding to help get a feel for all

the machines selected.

This was the 6th running of the Pirelli

sponsored event and it once again featured a

good variety of the finest bikes available on the

market today.

From the all powerful Ducati Panigale V4, to

iconic classics such as the Honda Goldwing and

Kawasaki Z900RS, even a entry level adventure

bike made it into the mix. Europe and Japan’s

best machines were on display and it was going

to be a tough ask judging such an array of

awesome motorcycles.

This was my first time attending the event

and I was glad to see that only SA’s finest journos

made the cut. In the past there have been a few

seat fillers, which I never understood but this year,

just like the bikes, there was a good mixture of

modern and classic.

A jammed packed day of riding was had in

the searing South African heat. Not only were

the bikes put to the test but also the Pirelli rubber

fitted to each model and as expected, they

passed with flying colours. This was the first year

where not one crash was had, a testament to

how good the new Pirelli rubber is for sure as

there was some pretty tough roads and turns

thrown at us.

At the end of the day, each judge was asked

to send their top 6, with votes being added up

and winners announced at the awards evening

held at Katy’s Palace Bar in Kramerville. I scored

the bikes as I saw fitting and my top 6 turned

out to be just a tad different to that of the overall


In this article I take you through my top 6, as

well as touch on the bikes that didn’t make it into

my final 6.

In the overall standings the top three bikes

were worthy winners and not too far distant from

mine with the exception of the bike that finished

in 2nd place.




No, this is not a mistake and yes you are reading right.

An adventure bike has made it into my top 6. Trust me, I

was just surprised as you are.

The new Triumph Tiger 1200 did more than surprise

me on this test, it wowed me! Triumph have really taken

their build quality to another level. Their triple 1200cc

motor is fantastic in every way and the electronics

package is really high end. It’s a smooth, enjoyable ride

that is willing and wanting to take you wherever you

want to go. It impressed all on this test and at one stage

I honestly thought it would feature in the overall top

three, as most of the journos would just not stop talking

about it. It was a huge hit on this test and for good

reason. It even impressed out on the tight and twisty

handling track. It’s just a great all-round machine that is

reasonably priced at R248 000, but more importantly

well suited for the SA market. It’s so much more than just

an adventure bike.

Heading into this years test Kawasaki’s

old/new retro Z900RS was tipped by

many as a title contender. I could not

understand that. How in the hell could

an old-school retro bike with hardly any

electronic wizardry or modern day fl are

possible be considered as a “Bike of the

Year” contender?

Before this test I had not ridden the

Z900RS and not really had any desire

to if I’m being 100% honest. I’m 36

years old, so a bike like this with so

much history and heritage does not

really speak to me as some of the more

sporty, modern fl are bikes on this test.

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possible to see just what I was missing.

After only a few moments my eyes were

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surprised and excited. It shocked me


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Just like Rocky Balboa, the Z900RS

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looks. It handles better than some new

sportbike models available today, which

made it one of the more enjoyable bikes

on the handling track. A worthy and well

deserved top 5 fi nish in my books.

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This was by far the toughest decision I had to make on this test. Placing

the 765 RS in 4th place felt like a complete injustice. It’s a motorcycle that

has taken the Naked bike market by storm and deserves nothing less than

two thumbs up.

Again, the build quality from Triumph is sublime and puts it very much at

the top of its class in that respect. Compared to the new KTM 790 Duke,

it’s more refined and precise, but that’s ultimately what put it behind the

790 in my overall vote. It’s just too good and I know that sounds like a poor

break-up excuse, very much a case of ‘it’s not you, it’s me’. It’s like dating

the perfect supermodel and then leaving her because she is too perfect.

The 765 RS is the perfect partner, the perfect student who gets all A’s and

is every teachers pet. It’s a suit and tie bike with always polished shoes and

shirt that is always tucked in. While that’s what many want, sadly, I was

none of the above and will never be. I want a bit more hooligan, a bit more

naughty, a bit more shirt out, tie off and dirty shoes - something the 765 RS

just doesn’t have in its nature - that’s ultimately why it finished just outside

my top three and behind the 790 Duke.

Take nothing away from the 765 RS, as it is a sublime piece of kit and

one that all the other journos on the test enjoyed more so than the 790

Duke. And that made perfect sense to me. It’s a bike that the everyday

rider can enjoy and use to its full potential. From everyday commuting

to track shredding, it does it all smoothly and effortlessly, without any

intimidation. Most of the journos on this test don’t have the track and

racing experience I have, but plenty more miles out on the road, which

made the RS a top scorer in their books. In my books, the slightly more

aggressive, more intimidating KTM 790 Duke excites and intrigues my

personal riding tastes just that little bit more.

I am very excited to hear and see the new Triumph 765 engine in action

in next years Moto2 class. I think it’s going to really excite and make the

championship even more thrilling!


The big, yet small surprise package of them all - the new Kawasaki

Ninja 400 - has not only impressed on this test but any and all who have

swung a leg over it.

Designed to really just dominate the World Supersport 300

championship, which it did, the new Ninja 400 is a sportbike that caters

for the mass market. Everyone likes a bit of sportiness when riding a

bike and the Ninja 400 has it in abundance, while still maintaining a

good everyday commuting presence. The blend of sporty nature and

everyday ride is spot on. Around the handling track at Gerotech this bike

really stood out from the crowd. I had the most fun racing around on this

bike and truth be told was probably lapping faster on it than any other

bike on the test - yes, even the mighty V4.

Its ability to translate from comfortable, fuel economical road bike to

track weapon, still maintaining great fuel economy, is sensational. Power

delivery is so good, you would never think you were on a 400cc bike

when twisting that throttle open. It makes ample power in all the right

places - midrange is so impressive!

Braking, handling, styling, all very satisfying and I found myself looking

to climb on the Ninja 400 at every opportunity. Problem was, so did

everyone else...

A well worthy 3rd place, not only on my list but also on the overall

standings. What’s crazy to believe is that the Ninja 400 is priced at R79

900, which is a bit high for a 400cc bike, but considering the BMW

GS310 is nowhere near in the same league and priced higher at R80

400, it makes the green machine look like a steal.

Heading into this test I didn’t think the Ninja 400 stood much of a

chance getting into the top 5 never mind the top 3 and that wasn’t

because it’s a bad bike, but rather the competition it had. But the little

400 stood tall and made a big name for itself, well done Kawasaki!



It was so close between the Triumph 765 RS

and the KTM 790 Duke for top naked bike in

my overall list. Both bikes are exceptional, but

like I said, the KTM just excites me that little bit

more. The more aggressive, loud, raw Austrian

bullet ignites my senses in every way.


KTM’s decision to switch from a single to

parallel-twin powerplant was fully justified and

the result is what I would call a true naked bike.

Fairingless bikes are all about rawness, edge

and excitement and the new 790 Duke is all

that and more.

Enthusiastic power, willing electronics that

allow a bit of naughtiness without getting into

too much trouble, cutting-edge design that

stands out - a true ambassador to the Naked

streetbike segment.

Yes it’s not as refined or sophisticated as

others, mainly the Triumph 765, but again,

it’s the naughty kid at school that gets kicked

out of class more often than not and causes

mischief whenever possible. It doesn’t pretend

to be the all A’s student. It’s quite happy being

the bad-ass in school and that’s why it gets

most of the attention.

I do understand why the Triumph 765 RS

made it ahead of the KTM 790 in the overall

standings, but for the 790 to finish tie in 5th

place with the Honda Goldwing felt like a

bit of a slap in the face to me. But again, I

wasn’t looking too much into the build quality

and refinement as much as my compatriots,

I was more focussed on the ‘WOW’ and

thrilling factor. For sure there are one or two

imperfections on this bike that cost it overall,

but to me, I don’t see them as imperfections, I

see them as perfectly suited to a bike that does

not want to be perfect, but rather exciting!



A Bike of the Year test is not complete

without a lean, mean, thunderous superbike

machine and the best production one to date

was on this test and finished as the clear

winner in both my and the overall judges view.

One just has to read the impressive specs

sheet to know how good the new Ducati

Panigale V4 is. All that goodness translates

through your bones and veins from the minute

you fire up that new big powerful V4 motor.

Ducati have seriously, seriously raised the bar

with the V4, which is class leading in every


way. Power, weight, torque, styling, braking,

handling, you name it, it conquers it!

For me, it’s one of the comfiest superbikes

ever made. The wide bars mean a slightly less

aggressive riding position than most and you

sit a bit more in the bike as appose to over

the front, so you can enjoy the V4 a bit more

than other superbikes out on the road on long

distance rides. Even on this test, with some

slightly elder statesmen who are not as flexible

or agile as they used to be, enjoyed riding

the bike out on the road. You still get the odd

superbike pain in the shoulders and wrist, but

once that throttle is twisted and sound/power

kicks in, nothing else on the earth matters -

every emotion in your body is activated!

What boosted this particular V4 models ego

even more was the aftermarket official Akro

pipes which had been fitted to the Ducati SA

demo. Harties was blasted with a heavy metal

symphony that Metallica could only dream of

performing. Its 215hp V4 power source is a

beautiful mixture of thumping and screaming

acoustics that stretches the arms and tickles

the private parts.

Around the tight track it was way too much

bike for just about every journo on the test.

This had me a bit worried about where the

Panigale V4 would end up but I’m pleased to

say that it has not only finished on the top step

of my podium but also overall. I don’t think

there was ever going to be any other winner.

It deserves that top spot. It’s put Ducati back

on the map as a leading bike manufacturer

and has pushed the bar higher than it has ever

been in the production superbike category.



When I first handled the new Scorpion

EXO-2000 Air helmet in its striking Brutus

graphics, I didn’t guess it retails under

R8000. For the quality, features and finish

on this helmet, I assumed it was in the

R9-10k range. Yet here is a race-developed

lid that deserves plenty of attention. In fact,

it’s packaged with a free dark visor, Pinlock

and quilted carry bag, for which many

manufacturers would charge you extra.

Scorpion has worked with several

MotoGP riders to develop the EXO-2000

range and it shows. Starting with the

Thermodynamic Composite Technology

shell, they use five layers of interlaced

fibreglass, Aramid and organic poly-resin

fibres to create a strong yet light structure.

Fortunately, I haven’t been able to attest to its

strength but I can confirm that the teardrop

shape and neat rear spoiler meant I

didn’t experience any buffeting even

past 160kph.

Furthermore, the quiet neck

roll and snug fit, thanks to the

inflatable liner system, cut down

wind noise magnificently. The

Ellip-Tec ratchet system allows

for speedy visor changes

while also ensuring a great

seal, again cutting wind


The visor has a small

lever on the left side that

allows it to be locked shut

or lifted slightly to aid airflow.

Vents on the chin bar, forehead

and temples allow air into the helmet, to be

exhausted through the rear. Combined with

a moisture wicking liner, the EXO-2000 is

very comfortable to wear.

I love the concept of the inflatable liner

to provide a tight-fitting helmet at all times.

I was surprised when I had to take a size

medium helmet as I’m normally a small, but

the Scorpion’s fit is slightly more snug so

medium it was.

The new EXO-2000 Air really has

impressed me. It’s impressively quiet, has

no discernable turbulence, features some

great graphics at an affordable price tag for

MotoGP technology lid. I can’t recommend

the Scorpion EXO-2000 helmet enough. Try

before you buy to get the correct fit and you

won’t regret this purchase.

Price: R7500. Available at most dealers

Nation-wide now.



It just had to be the Panigale V4. Going into the

test just about all of the journos had agreed that

the new Ducati superbike would take the top

spot. The spec sheet alone made it the favourite.

Second and third spot was always going to be

the big question mark and the most surprising

bike to us all was for sure the Kawasaki Ninja

400. A worthy podium fi nisher in 3rd spot, the

Ninja 400 is an awesome machine that caters

to a wide-range of riders. Just ahead of it was

the Triumph Street Triple 765 RS, which actually

fi nished outside my top three, but only just. All

three bikes well worthy of their spots.

Overall top 6 finishers:

1st: Ducati Panigale V4

2nd: Triumph 765 RS

3rd: Kawasaki Ninja 400

4th: Triumph Tiger 1200

5th: KTM 790 Duke (tie)

5th: Honda Goldwing (tie)



The perfect bike for the next Matrix movie - the

701’s futuristic, artistic design is creatively

gorgeous and certainly has brought a breath of

fresh air to the market. It’s exciting times for the

Swedish manufacturer and the 701, as well as the

401 models, are really exciting motorcycles both

to look at and ride. On the tight handling track the

701 shone and was easy to enjoy. It’s a sprint bike

that loves quick bursts. It’s a unique bike to ride

there is no doubt about it!


A sporty bike that I really enjoy out on the road. It’s

punchy motor is up for any challenge and urged

along by a chassis that wants to do-it-all. The new

1260 S is a machine that combines sport, touring

and commuting. It does it all quite happily and as

ever the Italian flare shines through at just about

every part of the bike. Electronics are fantastic and

offer every kind of rider at every level a mode and

setup to feel comfortable. In the sports touring

segment it’s for sure one of the leaders of the pack!


This is the perfect platform for Kawasaki’s market

leading supercharged motor. Gorgeous, smooth

power spread throughout the rev range, so easy

to enjoy and appreciate out on the open road.

The whistle from the supercharged engine gets

me smiling every time! Comfort is up there with

the best in the business, with the bars and pegs

perfectly placed for the long haul. What lets the H2

SX down is the lack of quickshift and autoblip. That

addition would put it up one level.


I’m still a bit too young to really appreciate this big

iconic machine. I have never sampled the previous

version so can’t really say too much about it and

give the bike a fair judgment. Having said that, I

can appreciate the tech that has gone into this

bike. I mean it has an Air bag for goodness sakes.

Oh, and a radio. The automatic DCT box is nice but

still not for me. I like to be more in control. It’s a big,

comfy ride that I’m sure as I get older and wiser I

will come to enjoy, but for now, not my cup of tea.


Just like the Goldwing the BMW Bagger is made

for the long open road, which we did not really

have time to do on this test. The short bit of time

I had on it out on the road was, well, nice. It’s

big, heavy and a pain to get on and off the stand.

Yes, once you’re on it and on the road it’s comfy

and has plenty of power, but a bit of gym work is

needed to get it there. Again, I might still be a bit

too young to really appreciate what this bike is all

about. Give me another 10 years and I might...


An entry level adventure bike fitted with knobbly

tyres on an elite bike of the year test? Let’s just

say it was out of its depth. I can understand it as

a entry level adventure bike aimed at attracting

more first time riders into that market, but I see this

more as an adventure bike for ladies to be honest.

Although, having said that, even my average height

struggled to get on this bike, so maybe not. Build

quality is ok but not what one would expect from

BMW. The “Made in India” signs are very apparent.



#bucketlist road trip


Last month we recieved a letter from a reader who sent us a great article and pics of

her and her fiancés’ ride exploring SA. We said we would publish it, so here it is...

Words & Pics: Samantha Hall

During the month of August my fiancé,

Warren, and I did something that I consider

remarkable. Some might even say it was

a bit crazy. We were on a mission to travel

as much of SA as we could in three weeks.

5700km’s riding in 20 days around South

Africa; a 50 year old man on his Honda Africa

Twin and a 45 year old woman on her sports

bike. No support vehicle, no trailer, zero

mechanical skills between us, only two tog

bags for luggage. No matter the conditions,

no matter how tired we were, we rode. To

re-learn to love our country. To celebrate his

50th birthday. To prove that you can ride a

superbike long distance. And to prove that

a woman with less than two year’s riding

experience could do it.

My passion for motorbikes started many

years ago at the tender age of 16.I continued

this love throughout my adulthood, strictly

as a pillion though. In September 2016, age

43, I finally mustered the courage to learn to

ride. In November 2016 I purchased what I

considered the perfect starter bike for me; the

Honda NC750X DCT. My heart belonged to

another model, but this was the wiser choice.

It was unfortunate that while I was learning,

someone I cared deeply about rather unkindly

told me that I was a danger on a bike, that

I would get myself or someone else killed.

It dented my confidence hugely, but with

Warren’s support and encouragement I

persevered and grew as a rider, becoming

stronger and more confident in myself. Until

finally, in January this year, I bought the bike of

my dreams: a 2014 Triumph Daytona 675R.

Our idea to travel SA started as idle

chit-chat. A nice “one-day” thought… Until

it became a question of why not? And so,

the “Bucket List Road-trip” became a reality.

With that the planning started. What we

needed to take, how much it would cost,

how many days we could take as leave.

Having our vehicles serviced and checked

out before we left. (Life’s more fun when you

don’t have to worry about your machine.) We

didn’t want to plan our exact route or book

accommodation; we figured it would form

part of the adventure to make it up as we

went along. So it was that on the 28th July, at

9:30 a.m. we started our bikes, headed out of


Johannesburg via Centurion, out of the city, off to see our country.

Our first province we cut through was the North West. Through

Ventersdorp, Coligny and Lichtenburg to Sannieshof. Some good

roads, some bad. One particular road had me bouncing around on

the bike in a way that was particularly uncomfortable. Landscape

was much of the same; flat fields and mealie farms. Agri SA Coops

in every town. And trucks; lots and lots of them. Fortunately

our enthusiasm was high as this was day one, so we didn’t let this

detract us. At that point I was also in awe that I was actually doing

this. I might even have been a little scared, to be honest.

We headed through to the Northern Cape where all I had

believed of this province (i.e. that it was boring) was proved wrong.

First we crossed through the mining towns of Kuruman and Kathu

via an obligatory stop to Hotazel… A town with such a cool name.

(Not much else though.) We rode on what I regard as the worst

“tarred” road in South Africa; a shortcut from Hotazel to Kathu,

as recommended by someone we met. Someone who obviously

doesn’t ride bikes. Potholes as big as craters, with the rest of the

road made up of a patchwork of repairs that I swore were done by

the miners’ kids. Mounds of tar clumped about. With the added

danger of mine trucks rushing past us. 60km of this… I admit that

I was a rather anxious here, but I am certain I am of only a few

sports bike riders to have ever taken on that road without turning

back, which makes me proud. I guess I’m just tenacious like that…

We had an unplanned detour via Postmasburg thanks to Google

Maps, where there had just been a violent protest in the town.

Burning tyres, broken glass, and water from the police cannons all

over the road. It was the stuff of nightmares; the tension was still

in the air. In my nervous state I started thinking, if I had to make a

rapid U-turn or something to make a retreat would I, as a relatively

new rider, manage? Fortunately no harm came to us.

Thereafter the rest of the Northern Cape from Kathu to

Upington, Poffadder, Kakamas and Springbok is magical. Cutting

through the desert of the Karoo there is an almost spiritual feeling

you get. I think that for travellers in a car it might be quite dull. On a

bike you feel all the elements, the dryness, the wind. As if you are

actually part of the desert. It is calming and peaceful. It was on this

section of road where I had the first of many perfect rides on this

journey, one where I felt completely one with the Daytona. I also

finally pushed myself past the 210km/hr mark on the bike. That

certainly got my adrenaline going. Here on the N14 it is straight,

empty and incredibly well tarred. It was the perfect place for us to

test our speed skills. About 50km before Springbok the wind got

very blustery. I was able to tuck in like I was on track; poor Warren

didn’t have that advantage. Plus he had the luggage on his bike, so

his ride was challenging. On that day we rode a total of 480km; our

exhaustion levels were high by the time we stopped for the night.


We entered into what I regard as the most

glamourous province of them all; the Western

Cape. Beauty all around, every corner we

took. Home to numerous stunning mountain

passes, where I got a chance to practice my

(at that point) almost non-existent cornering

skills. By the time we left the Western Cape I

had crossed so many passes that any other

type of cornering felt almost too easy. Now

that’s what I call a superior form of a road

skills course! We visited Vredendal, pretty

with all its vineyards, and Vanrhynsdorp,

where we found surprisingly great samoosas.

In Vanrhynsdorp it was proven just how

mechanically unskilled we were…. The

Daytona wasn’t keen to start, as she was

really cold. It took Google and a frantic call to

my mechanic to figure out what was actually

a simple problem. Got me thinking though; if

we were to actually break down, how would

we manage?

We left the N7 behind and rode along the

coastal roads to Langebaan, where I got

attacked by a male ostrich in the West Coast

Nature Reserve. He was protecting his female

and chicks, and must have perceived the

Daytona as a threat. I was certain I was going

to get kicked off the bike. Many a swear word

was uttered in my helmet. There was also

one particularly badly repaired road that had

me thankful for the Ohlins on the Daytona. As

it was my umm… “swimsuit area” smacked

the tank more times than I cared for. Made

me very grateful I’m not a man… We went

through to Cape Town, where we visited the

obvious tourist spots: Table Mountain, V&A

Waterfront, Chapman’s Peak, Signal Hill, Hout

Bay and Ou Kaapse Weg with those hairpin

bends. Superb riding with superb views….

The weather in the Western Cape was

sometimes not in our favour and we were

pummelled by howling winds, freezing cold

pouring rain and eventually snow. We had

no choice but to continue riding though as

we had destinations to reach. It was rather

unpleasant in parts, almost had me wishing

for a support vehicle. Those times it would

probably have felt good to be in a heated

car, warm and dry, instead of wet, cold and

on a bike. That being said, the fact that we

didn’t give up on those days says a lot to

me. We traversed Stellenbosch, Franschoek

Pass, Hermanus, Gansbaai with its smelly

fish factory, Montagu with its great craft beer,

Stilbaai and Oudtshoorn, where I confess

I took some revenge by eating the local

meat… Ostrich steak, anyone?! While we

were waiting at a stop / go during roadworks,

we met a group of bikers on their GS1200’s.

It was rather maddening to see them (and

Warren on his Africa Twin) cruise through the

badly damaged section of road while I was

doing the sports bike version of tip-toeing.


Only consolation at that time was that at

least I could speed up on the fast straights

when the road improved. We rode through

Barrydale, Ladismith and Bredasdorp.

We rode through towns with names

such as Baardskeerdersbos, Suurbraak,

Riviersonderend and Buffeljagsrivier.

Sundays in our world mean bike races,

so we made a point of stopping at the

Botrivier Hotel’s bar to watch the MotoGP,

cheering on our personal favourite with a

draft, having animated discussions with the

local townsfolk. Using the gorgeous Route 62

we also made sure we went to the famous

Ronnie’s Sex Shop, where we got a chance

to meet the actual Ronnie. We also met a

man there who thought I was crazy to ride

a superbike as far as we planned. He said

that after more than 300km on his Ninja his

wrists hurt too much. I confess that I smiled

inside at that. We zigzagged our way through

the province, then through to George and

eventually the Garden Route. I had another of

those almost mythical moments where I was

not riding the Daytona – I was the Daytona!

This truly is a magical road, with coastal

views, stunning canyons, high bridges and

wind farms all about. With that much wind

around, I guess those made sense. Not so

comfortable on our bikes, but it was good to

see renewable energy in action.

We crossed over into the Eastern Cape,

which is a two-sided province. There is the

prettiness and modern lifestyle of places like

St Francis, Jeffreys Bay, Port Elizabeth and

East London. But also towns that are ugly,

downtrodden and sad. A province where a

public street forms part of the East London

Grand Prix Circuit. (A track I couldn’t resist

riding on). This is a province where some

drivers appear to have learned to drive by

playing GTA, and are blind to the presence

of motorbikes. A province where roadworks

are in full force, which makes riding a

serious challenge in parts. In a very strange

coincidence, we met up with one of those GS

riders from Oudtshoorn, again at a stop / go.

Small world.

We stopped overnight in Umtata, which

seems to have horribly disintegrated over

time. Here Google Maps took us right through

a township where there were no real roads in

sections, where we shared space with stray

dogs, goats and cows. It gave us a glimpse

of how some of the most unfortunate citizens

live. We were directed through a road that

was little more than dirt and rocks, with raw

sewage running across. Even Warren had

an interesting time dealing with the terrain,

and he was on the Twin. It was definitely not

superbike country, but I did the best I could

as slowly made my way through. We could

have had a meltdown at this point, but we

just laughed it off as part of the adventure.

Started calling the town Um-ta-ta, ala Jeff

Dunham. The locals seemed entertained by

the mlungus on their motorbikes though,

insisting we revved as we passed them. The

remainder of the Eastern Cape from Umtata,

Qumbu and Mount Frere seems to have been

neglected shamefully. Beautiful rural scenery,

but the towns were woeful.

The next province visited was Kwazulu-

Natal, land of “zero tolerance”, so we

made a mental note to keep a check on

our behaviour on the road. Well, at least

in those areas where the Metro might be

looking… The first town we passed through

was Kokstad, which is clean and neat. We

carried on, riding on great roads through


to Underberg, with stunning views of the

Drakensburg Mountains. More cornering,

more passes, which we both loved. It was

a good day’s riding. We stayed overnight

in Howick, which was quiet and restful. We

were starting to feel the physical effects of our

exertions so this was perfect for us. There,

a bar lady at the local pub gave us both a

shooter to toast our travels. The patrons in

the pub seemed very impressed with our

efforts, which was nice. The Midlands were

a little dry, as the rainy season hadn’t started

yet, but it was still quaint and pretty. We

visited the Mandela Capture site with that

amazing structure that forms his face as

you approach it. Serious credit to the artist.

Leading to the parking area is a long gravel

road. Showed me how I had improved as a

rider on my travels; I barely even noticed. We

decided to eschew freeways and stay on the

back roads, which was a great choice. Traffic

was quiet, roads were generally in a good

condition and the scenery is far superior to

what is seen as you buzz past on the N3.

Through Estcourt, Colenso, Ladysmith and

on to Newcastle where we stayed over. The

temperatures on this day had hit the 30+

degree mark, which was a shock to the

system after the cold in the Western Cape.

We were cooking in our leathers. Passed

many, many goats and cows in our travels

through the province, even having to do some

rapid stops when they crossed the road. Eyes

were on high alert at all times.

At this point we had to start our road

home. First we crossed the Lang’s Nek Pass;

the first pass where I felt complete confidence

in the corners. We went through Mpumalanga

back into Gauteng. Through Volksrus,

Standerton, Evander and Leandra. Very

similar views to the North West; large fields,

the odd mine, silos in the distance. One last

tough stretch as we rode the R50 between

Leandra and the R25 in Kempton Park.

Trucks have done some serious damage

here, leaving the roads uneven and bumpy.

It was downright dangerous in parts. Add

in the wind, the trucks slowing us down at

every turn and trucks causing huge vortices

of air as they passed on the opposing lane;

it was most unpleasant. But at least the

road was leading us home, to a hot shower

and clean clothes. To us not having to wear

jeans and biker boots for a change. Home to

family and friends, where we could regale our

stories from our epic journey. I must confess I

choked up a bit as I got to the street where I

live, thinking of what we had done.

What did we learn on our travels? We

realised just how much we love riding bikes,

even after that many kilometres. We learned

how our bikes handled a multitude of

conditions, and that the Daytona (and I) can

do far more than I expected... We needed to

pack far less than we thought you did. You

can go online and order laundry services

in major towns. Google Maps sometimes

gets it wrong; we treated this as a chance

to add to the adventure. It’s best to use a

reliable bookings app for accommodation at

the last minute, the one we used served us

well. We were open to new experiences. We

embraced the unexpected; it just added to

the fun… I learned so many new skills out

there on the road that I figure that maybe

it’s time I take the label “learner rider” off

myself. We learned that it’s good to be social,

meet new people, and chat to them. And to

forgive them when they direct us on a road

we had no business using on motorbikes.

And to always do journeys like this with

someone you can truly share the experience

and adventure with, someone who is

compatible in more ways than just riding.

Most importantly, we learned that despite

politicians, criminals and nay-sayers who tell a

different story, South Africa is a great country

filled with great people.



• Redstar Raceway

• Phakisa Freeway

• Aldo Scribante, Port Elizabeth

• East London Grand Prix Circuit

• Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit

Dates to be confirmed.

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piston rings have a problem

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Your motorcycle’s engine has piston

rings that are responsible for regulating

the oil consumption of your engine,

and controlling air pressure as well. If

your piston rings become worn out or

damaged, you will start encountering

a myriad of problems and issues every

now and then. If left unattended, it

will lead to several problems in your

motorcycle’s engine, and you will end

up going through an expensive engine

repair. So, it is better to look out for

the warning signs so that you can get

them resolved in time. In this article

we will try to find out how to tell if

motorcycle piston rings are bad.

The main responsibility of piston rings is

to control the engine oil consumption and

also control the air pressure for proper fuel

burning. If your motorcycle piston rings

become worn-out or damaged, it leads to

consequent high engine oil consumption,

which will increase day by day. If you resolve

the problems in due time, so that your costs

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could be damage your engine head and

block and also risk damaging other engine

parts. It would be better if you take action

from the beginning of the symptoms.

In this article we will take you through

symptoms to look out for if your motorcycle’s

piston and rings are worn out.

Symptoms of motorcycle

piston rings problem

If there is a problem with your piston rings,

you will often experience symptoms that you

would normally see with any other problem

with the low compression of your motorcycle.

While these symptoms may not be a sure

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be good indicators that you need to check

your piston rings for damage or wear. If this

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• Gray or white smoke from the

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burnt due to excessive heat.

• Excessive consumption of oil: If your

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• Low power once you accelerate: When

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will have to pay. It may range from R5000 to R30 000, because it is

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replace the piston rings, the professional will completely disassemble the

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Harley-Davidson might be thinking big, loose and crazy for its 2020 range, but it’s

saved a bit of candy for 2019 as well. In particular, the new FXDR 114 Softail power

cruiser with its long, low dragster looks and big, fat Milwaukee Eight motor.


Words & pics by Brian Cheyne

Brian Cheyne is a freelance journalist and

coffee lover based in Pretoria. He got his start in

journalism as a stand-in for the injured editor

of Ultimate Drive, and has since become a

regular contributor to that publication. He also

contributes to two regional papers and is the

motorcycle journalist for the Afrikaans online

platform Maroela Media.


Harley-Davidson is changing. You just have to look

at the model line-up that is planned for the next few

months and years to see that change. It was a bold

statement from H-D to bring 100 high-impact models

to market by 2027. To make that target they started with

a brand new Softail chassis that will form the basis of

many of the new models.

I attended the launch of the Softail range last year in

Spain, and while everyone was raving about the 114

cubic inches of badassery that is the Fatbob, I came

away with an affection for the Breakout. The forward

controls suited my 6 foot frame quite well. More

models were added using the Softail platform, but one

in particular caught my eye. The tenth Harley-Davidson

based on the Softail platform is called the FXDR. Styled

very much along the same lines as the Breakout, I could

not help but wonder what it would be like to ride it. As

it happened, I had a meeting at Harley two days after

the fi rst FXDR landed in South Africa. I only had about

two hours to spend with the bike, so I treated it like you

would a date.


I started reading up on the bike to best

prepare me for our brief encounter. I looked

at pictures and read the press releases and

things did not quite add up. The FXDR is

labeled a Power Cruiser, and even the press

video shows it being thrashed around a track.

However, you sit low in the bike with forward

controls and that is not conducive to fast sport

riding. I tried to ignore what other journalists

said about the bike and to give it a fair chance

at impressing me.

As with any date, looks do count for a few

points. Looking over the lines of the bike, the

114 ci Milwaukee-Eight engine takes center

stage. The exhaust is also a departure for

Harley, and the two-in-one unit looks the part.

There is an air-intake that sticks out on the right

side, proudly carrying the 114 nomenclature.

This particular model was finished in a dark

grey with orange accents and it made the right

first impression. The orange theme continues

to the spark-plug leads and the Harley

Davidson name on the rims.

The upside down front forks are still raked

out but not as much as the Breakout. The

front wheel is a 19” unit with a 5 spoke design.

Further changes include an aluminium

swingarm and slightly higher ground clearance.

Knocking on the front fender, you will no longer

hear the familiar metal sound, but rather a

lightweight composite material. Still, with all

the weight saving the FXDR is by no means

anorexic. Tipping the scales at just over 300kg,

it still is a hefty beast.

The FXDR took a lot of its styling cues from

the H-D dragsters, and the tail section is case

in point. It looks like something lifted from a

drag-bike and it only seats one. There is a

small cubby at the back should you want to

attach a pillion seat but I doubt the FXDR is

the type of bike you would want to pillion on.

When I got on the bike, it felt very similar

to the Breakout and the weight was not an

issue. I also noticed clip-on handlebars. That

must be a first for H-D. The Breakout had a

small LCD incorporated into the handlebars,

and on the FXDR that same unit does duty,

but sits in a small cluster. The headlight is

also borrowed from the Breakout. I punched

the starter, and the 114 labored into life and

settled into that familiar Harley vibe. I pointed

the FXDR out onto the road and at the very

first traffic circle, I already felt the difference

in handling. I wanted to head to a twisty

road, and settled on Du Toit’s kloof pass. To

get there though, I had to clear the Cape

Town traffic. The bike is narrow enough to

lane-split effectively and the dual front disks

came in handy on quite a few occasions.

City traffic was only bearable on the FXDR. I

kept bashing my knee against the air intake

and the heat from the engine was noticeable

when stationary. Once clear of the traffic, I

wanted things to be better, but again, those

forward controls is at odds with what this bike

wants to be. Your body acts like a parachute

and pushing above the speed limit becomes

hard work. With 162 Nm of torque available,

getting to that speed required no effort from

the FXDR, provided you could hold on.

When I got to the start of the pass, I

slowed the pace, feeling my way up the

bumpy road. That massive 240mm rear tyre

was intimidating, but it was not long before

I felt my heel touch the tarmac. I felt a lot

more comfortable on the FXDR than on the

Breakout. After a few corners I could touch

my heels at will, so I moved them up the

pegs but they were still grounding easily.

The bike felt planted, despite the oversized

rear tyre. Whatever Harley said they did to

improve the handling worked. Coming down

the pass, I wanted to push the bike harder

and further but as this was the first one in

the country, I was not going to throw it into a

ditch on our first date.

I reluctantly handed the keys back in Cape

Town and felt that a second date would

definitely be on the cards. If I could spend a

little more time with it, I know I will grow to love

it more than the Breakout. Harley-Davidson is

changing and if the FXDR is anything to go by,

I am looking forward to what the future holds.


KCR Motorcycle Fanatix are the kings at creating mouth-watering

custom sportbike masterpieces and they have been at it again.

Their latest creation is probably one of their most popular and

pays tribute to a legend in motorcycle Grand Prix racing.

Words Rob Portman Pics Gerrit Erasmus


Fifty four years ago a star was

born. Fast forward to 1993 and that

star turned into a legend. Yes, I am

indeed talking about American rider

Kevin Schwantz.

Alan Linley, owner of KCR

Motorcycles, is a die-hard Schwantz

fan and wanted to pay tribute to one

of his heroes by building a bike in

honour of the former 500cc World

Champion. Alan and his team took

the new top-of-the-line Suzuki

GSXR1000R and transformed the

already stunning stock machine

into a motorcycle racing fans dream


The colour scheme used was the

iconic Lucky Strike livery used by

Schwantz back in 1994. It has to be

one of the most recognized liveries in

the history of the sport and the KCR

team did an amazing job replicating

it. The paint work is exceptional and

hardly any decals were used believe

it or not - all hand painted!

The livery fits perfectly onto the

new Gixxer and helps show off the

gorgeous lines and curves of the litre


Naturally, a Yoshi pipe was fitted for

styling and performance purposes,

while locally made gold anodised bits

are splashed all over and really stand

out finishing off the bike to perfection.

The locally made rearsets also

look great and more importantly

they work. I managed to get out

on track and do a few laps on this

stunner at the recent Suzuki Day

held at Redstar Raceway. Apart

from looking good the bike felt

really good as well. Plenty of power

available on tap with electronics

ready and waiting to assist where

needed. The quickshift up and

down worked like a charm and grip

from the Bridgestone S21 tyres was

ample on the not-so-hot tar.

Overall KCR did a fantastic job

with this machine, which stole all

eyes on the day along with the

other creations they had on display.

They really are one of the best in the

country at building succulent custom

sportbikes with loads of flare.

Let them help transform your

bland into GRAND!

Call 011 975 5545 or visit them at

20 Albatros Road, Kempton Park.

KCR’s work is simply erotic. They are

masters at transforming motorcycles

from nice to extraordinary!









When I approached Rob about an upcoming Girls Only

overnight getaway to Kaapsche Hoop I was met with a look

of ill-concealed horror and fascination, before Rob gave

a nod and agreed to run a feature. Kawasaki SA came on

board, and I was given the H2SX to ride. Some would say a

brave choice for a girls’ outing… Words & pics by Mieke Oelofsen

ICE (In Case of Emergency) contacts were

compiled and other road riding tips were

exchanged on a WhatsApp group formed

especially for the event. Something about

shaving foam on visors which I’m sure

would’ve come in handy on previous ET trips,

but luckily the weather forecast for this trip

was clear. The ladies even scouted the best

places to buy rain suits (Builders Warehouse

won that) and who’s packing what in their

First Aid kits to ensure every known human

ailment was covered.

A few cancelations in the week leading

up to the event had me a bit worried about

the turnout, but the vacant spaces were

quickly filled, and accommodation bookings

transferred. Jokes – or so I thought – about

tequila shots flew around as the date drew

nearer, and since I didn’t attend many Girls’

Nights in Highschool I was left confused about

what to expect and which pajamas to pack.

On the day, since I was riding from the

farthest point North, I was to meet two of the

ladies one off-ramp away and guide them to

the meet-up point for the Pretoria riders at

08:45. A bit late to depart since we still have

quite a distance to cover, but us ladies need

our beauty sleep okay? From recent news

events the issue of safety when waiting on the

roadside was highlighted and so I decided to

ask The Singh to accompany me in the car

to the meet-up point. He had other ideas

though, and to everyone’s surprise had his

overnight bag packed and was coming along

for the trip. Whilst some weren’t too excited

about the prospect of having a guy tag along,

he did come in handy. See, chicks can be all

“Who run the world? GIRLS!”, but sometimes

it doesn’t hurt having a backup. And some

were just so happy to throw their strapped

luggage in the car at the first opportunity.

Unfortunately, the H2 SX does not come

standard with panniers, as I had hoped, but

who said girls can’t pack light? Like a trooper

my single bag was strapped to the bike for

the trip. The H2 SX proved comfortable at

cruising speed on the highway to Middelburg,

and barely broke a sweat to keep the pace of

140kmph. The riding position is somewhere

between sport and tourer, and my 165cm

frame was easily tucked behind the screen.

Riding with a medium tint visor I noticed that

the SX dash is not very bright, and seldom

spotted the information I wanted immediately.

The Pretoria and Johannesburg groups

joined up at the Middelburg Ultra City to

hugs and kisses all round. Some dashed

inside for a caffeine fix while others wolfed

down toasted sarmies. Soon we were all



called together for a group photo, which The

Singh offered to take (See? Another perk)

before it was time for Estelle, the leader of

the Litas JHB, to give a rider briefing. During

the planning phase it became apparent that

for some, the direct N4 route to Nelspruit

is not enough of a feast for the senses and

so a detour was proposed. While the one

group would make haste to Kaapsche Hoop,

the more adventurous ones would road

trip via Dullstroom, braving the potholes to

Lyndenburg and then Long Tom Pass. You

see it in your minds eye; the group of riders

would seamlessly split up as some took the

Belfast offramp and the others carried straight

on down the highway. Wrong. With women

it’s always more complicated than that. At

the turnoff we did a headcount and noticed

one rebel missing. All eyes turned to me

standing beside the H2, and so I geared up

and set off to Milly’s Farm Stall to collect our

lost rider. It also gave me some time to twist

the throttle.

And twist it I did. I immediately noticed

the gaping hole where a quickshifter just

smoothens a highspeed burn down the

freeway. At R260k you’d expect one to come

standard, right? The quiet, more demure

standard exhaust notes failed to hint at the

speed once I passed the 180kmph mark,

but the odd feeling of floating, and not in the

enjoyable lilo-on-the-pool kind of way, quickly

had me glancing down just as the digits

turned two-double-zero. The slightly longer

wheelbase and few extra kgs gained from the

redesigned chassis to accommodate a pillion

and luggage should offer improved stability,

but it seems my own 60kgs neutralizes that

and left me without the usual “Let’s do that

again” enthusiasm.

After getting back on the road and

surviving the first stretch of potholes, we

arrived at Pickles and Things in Dullstroom.

Lunch was a jovial affair, the reality of long(er)

distance road riding finally hitting home for the

newbies. Some even acquainted themselves

with a trip meter for the first time. Yet more

riders joined our wayward clan of rebels, and

after a few good giggles we were given stern

group riding instructions by our pack leader,

Nikki, who had travelled these same roads

recently and could vouch for the surface

condition. We snaked our way around

the pothole craters that littered the road to

Lydenburg, where we refuelled and headed

up Long Tom Pass.

At the highest point, we stopped on

the roadside to take photos and as I was

squinting to compose the H2 SX and view

beyond my peripheral caught what would be

Chopper Dropper’s first tumble after coming

to a complete stop. One mirror less – luckily

this Harley sommer has four – but with no

visible injuries we continued to our next stop;

The Hops Hollow Brewery for a round of


After the sharper turns of Long Tom,

I welcomed the twisties of the R37 to

Nelspruit, and since we were off the leash and


allowed to set our own pace I decided to give

the H2 a go on corners. It sure has enough

grunt, even in 5th gear, to easily roll on the

throttle and exit the turns. The brakes are

super effective when called upon, but I just

could not become confident in its handling.

The slightest bump in the road would set it

the bike off course and it proved a bit slow to

recompose itself after being unsettled. The

Pirelli rubber was a saving grace many times.

We arrived just before 6pm at the Silver

Mist Inn in Kaapsche Hoop – our home for

the night – after Chopper Dropper took yet

another tumble, this time into a ditch, but

remained posed for us to take a snapshot.

The road marshal took her turn and showed

us how to tuck and roll when her Triump Tiger

needed to rest a bit on the grass after the

long and arduous journey. With not much

time to make ourselves presentable, we

arrived at the Bohemian Groove Café full of

road dust and barely in time for dinner.

In his quote “The journey not the

arrival matters.” T.S Elliot touched on the

fundamental difference between travellers.

Some race to a destination and ignore the

scenery along the way, others stop to admire

the scenery along the way and consider it

part of a whole, recognizing the route to and

back home essential to the experience and

not a burden. It’s inevitable that a divide

would follow.

And so, a handful of us found ourselves

reminiscing on other bike trips by the

fireplace of a bar called Salvador in the main

street. With its pressed steel ceilings, the

atmosphere coaxes you to pour an amber

liquid on the rocks and let the crackling

flames warm you until the wee hours of the

morning. Much later, as we made our way

back up the hill to our rooms, the moon

lighting our way and our whispers drowning

out the crunching of gravel beneath our feet.

We cannot confirm that we witnessed or have

any information about the incident where an

unusually coloured GS had been wrapped

in 1 ply to disguise the presence of so many

female riders gathered together.

The next morning dawned bright and

sunny. Not sunny enough to wake all the

ladies in time for breakfast, but most made

it to the table with cups of steaming coffee

in hand. The Singh, by now more lad(y)like

than others, sat with one long limb draped

across the other and sipped his coffee. He

was once considered for the role of Regina

George in the movie Mean Girls, but you

wouldn’t quite understand why unless you

were there to see him blend into the allfemale


At 9am sharp (!) we were to assemble

at the windmill down the road for a final

group photo, with our luggage packed and

strapped and ready to trek home. Of course,

there were some of us who declined the

direct route, and so we had to wave farewell

to the ladies eager to reach home. But not

before a certain German dual-purpose spat

some fuel out and made everyone regret not

bringing a trailer along. Luckily, the problem

was spotted before the rider could toast her

marshmallow and another (wo)man who is

well acquainted with these machines was

called for his expert opinion. We still don’t

need men around though.



At the 1st fuel stop of the day in Nelspruit

The Singh shimmied into his onesie and

agreed to swop with me for the H2 SX. After

a taste for speed the previous day, two of

the ladies were adamant to break the sound

barrier on the ride back home. Except,

neither paid attention to the route and raced

off into the distance without any clue as to

where they were heading. When they finally

realized that there were no other motorcycles

in their mirrors they were almost in White

River, while the rest of us sat basking in the

morning sun next to the side of the R37. You

know those movies where the characters split

up and you’re yelling at them not to from your

couch, and shortly after they’re all eaten by

monsters? Well, we didn’t heed your warning

either. So, we sent the slow- ahem, faster

riders out ahead to the next rendezvous point,

and since The Singh knows the area as well

as a gangster knows his hood, we sent him

to find the lost ladies and bring them back

onto the path. Except we never considered

why they say, “Safety in numbers”.

Two good looking chicks, with a shiny

golden BMW and a motorcycle next to the

roadside? We were bound to attract unwanted

attention. And when the same vehicle drove

by for the third time and then – hearts skips a

beat – stops on the opposite side of the road

and stares at you with the intensity of a cheetah

sizing up a springbok, what do you do? Jy

maak dat jy wegkom, dis wat.

After regrouping with The Singh and the

two Exploring Doras, we set out to retrace

our steps up Long Tom Pass to Dullstroom,

where we stopped at Harrie’s Pancakes for

a snack. There’s nothing like bringing up the

rear and being to admire the skill with which

these lady riders handle their motorcycles

around the bends, overtaking cars and trucks

and then twisting the throttle to get ahead.

The twists and turns of ET can teach

finesse to any willing rider with a desire to

Ride Another Day, and with The Singh along

to share some knowledge from his lifetimes

of riding motorcycles, a few ladies grabbed

the opportunity to improve their riding

position, and safely utilize a little more of the

horsepower beneath them. Knees out, butt

cheeks off the seat and heads swivelling

through every corner, the ladies showed

some steel and an eagerness to learn.

Sorry boys, no backpacks here.

Too soon the turn to re-join the N4 was

right in front of us and I imagined a collective

sigh being made as we neared the point

where we would split again, and the end of

the weekend approached with the setting

sun. While the Babes Ride Out was loads

of fun, it also shed a lot of light on road

safety for female riders, whether alone or in

a group, and perhaps something we’ll cover

in a future article.



Used by most top MotoGP stars

as training bikes, the Ohvale

mini GP racing bikes have now

made their way into SA.

Words: Rob Portman Pics: Gerrit Erasmus

When researching material on the OHVALE

brand I cam across this from the crazy gang at

44Teeth over in the UK; “OHVALE sounds like

something that Linda Morselli would whisper into

the ears of Valentino Rossi during an erotic session

between the sheets. Maybe Marc Marquez was

shouting such expletives in the gravel traps of

Malaysia? However, OHVALE is also an Italian

brand of motorcycles currently setting trends,

attesting size doesn’t matter.” That made me laugh

so hard, I just had to share it with you.

On a serious note, these new little racers are

really high tech and have become the perfect

training tools for top riders all over the world.

Finally, the OHVALE bikes have arrived in SA and I

managed to get myself an exclusive ride on one.

Francois van der Merwe is the man behind

OHVALE SA and has brought in a few of these

high mini racers, which are really impressive. Not

only do they look good, but they are kitted out with

some of the best kit available. Arrow pipes, Domino

grips, no cheap parts on these bikes.

Claudio Pellizzon is the driving force behind the

project, a man with massive experience having

been a top Aprilia test rider for years. At first glance

the OHVALE GP-0 looks like a hell of a lot of fun,

no doubt you’d be hard pressed to find a person

on the planet to say otherwise. But, it’s more

than just another “fun mini bike”, OHVALE have

engineered a serious track bike. In Caio’s words:

“The GP-0 is a small bike but with the dynamic

behaviour of a bigger bike. The rider has the

feeling of a really good balance that allow to dare

to the limit of the tyres we are using now. The

braking capacity is perfect and this gives a perfect

sensation of bike control. You go into the curve

very quickly and with a good control of the bike.

Bending you can control the bike in a perfect way

as you are driving a bigger bike. And when you

accelerate going out of the curve the balance of

this bike allow to control it perfectly. You have the

feeling of controlling every sensation in riding.”

The GP-0 is based around a steel trellis frame,

with adjustable suspension and all the trimmings to

make it feel like a full size bike. The motor is a single

cylinder four stroke Honda derivative manufactured

by Japanese company Daytona and available in

displacements from 110cc to 150cc. There is also

the option of a single or four-speed gearbox.

OHVALE are certainly serious about getting the

maximum performance out of this bike - they’ve

even developed “the perfect tyre” for the GP-0’s

10” wheels. They say that customers are free

to mount whatever tyres they prefer, but in their

Left to right:

Dino Iozzo’s

custom designed

bike looks great.

Taric’s Red Bull

MotoGP replica

looks even better,

while Dorren’s

standard graphics

also look the part.


Doz Lourerio and Dino

training hard.

The perfect training tool

for young stars to help

hone their skills.

opinion there wasn’t anything existing in the market

that met their needs. The GP-0 branded tyres have

been developed to exploit the bike fully, offering

more grip and stability than other tyres they tested.

The GP-0 certainly looks the part of an incredibly

fun and capable track bike. Beyond the fun factor,

it’s also a great platform for learning. New racers

can take to the track on a light, nimble machine

with just enough power to plaster a firm grin on

your face without having to fear a high speed

get-off from getting a bit too throttle happy. It’s also

small enough to fit in the back of your car!

Climbing on the bike and it’s obviously tiny, but

the nice wide set bars mean that even my fat ass

can fit on. No electric start so you have to kick,

but it’s really easy to get going. I was impressed

with the power available and the way the throttle

responded. It didn’t feel cheap and as if it was

going to snap off at any second. A nice solid feel,

a theme throughout the entire bike.

If you imagine riding your favourite supersport

bike that’s been downscaled by 75% without

compromising performance, that pretty much

encapsulates the GP-0’s riding experience: the

brakes are monstrously powerful, it handles and

its 29bhp felt more like 290bhp amongst the

narrow confines of The Rock Raceway with a

lovely spread of power on tap. OHVALE claim

there’s a weight distribution of 53%/47% in

favour of the front-end, and that’s immediately

apparent. A culmination of 66kg and that steel

trellis frame providing oodles of racey chassis

stiffness equates to the GP-0 steering with mindblowing

pace. Being truly race-inspired, that

stiffness can often lead to twitchy manners and

proves it’s no cheap toy.

Joining me on the day was top SA riders ,

Dorren Lourerio and Dino Iozzo, who both race in

the World Supersport 300 championship. Young

SA star, Taric van der Merwe also joined with

his Red Bull inspired bike. All three riders using

their machines for training purposes and all-three

agreeing that it is the ideal training tool to help

improve skills and riding fitness.

The OHVALE GP-0 range is composed of four

versions: a 100cc automatic – 8hp estimated

– suitable for young children of 8 years old that

start their path; a 110cc 4 speed – 11hp – more

appropriate to 9 years old children; a 160cc speed

– 15hp – suitable from 10 years old children; and

finally one 190cc – 24hp – dedicated to children

from 12 years old and adults (that’s the ones we

had on test here).

They are available in standard graphics or one

can create their own custom design (like Dino’s).

MotoGP replicas’s, like Taric’s Red Bull design, are

also available to order but at an extra cost.

For more information on pricing and availability

check out the OHVALE SA Facebook page;


It’s no wonder Spanish and Italian kids are so fast,

they start racing these machines from age 6.



& Braces

Bikes, Brogues

Dapper; [dap-er] adjective

neat; trim; smart: He looked very dapper in his new suit.

In Afrikaans ‘dapper’ means brave. A word often used to

describe the men in our lives – dads, partners, brothers,

even gramps with his khakis. Words & pics by Mieke Oelofsen

After the success of the fi rst Distinguished

Gentleman’s Ride in 2012, founder Mark

Hawwa realized how the event could be

used to raise funds for and shed light on a

cause that is so often overlooked, because

we see the men in our lives mostly for their

heroic abilities. In support of the Movember

Foundation, the annual DGR with its title

sponsors – Zenith Watches and Triumph

Motorcycles – raise funds for research into

prostrate cancer and men’s mental health.

And what better way to bring motorcycling

communities together than a dress-up and

mass ride?

Held on the last Sunday of September, this

year a total of 115 000 riders in 648 cities

across the globe donned their fi nest suits,

polished their brogues to a high shine and set

out on classic custom motorcycles. More than

$6 Million were raised this year, surpassing the

goal amount. In South Africa, rides were held

in Cape Town, East London, Bloemfontein,

Pietermaritzburg, Durban and Johannesburg

with a total of 1580 riders (https://www.


participating. Our own Nick Akakios raised a

staggering $12,403 and became on of the top

10 riders for funds raised.

With my suspenders snapped in place, I

left a brisk and overcast Pretoria early on the

Sunday morning to assemble at the Vintage

and Veteran Club in Johannesburg. My ride

for the day, the Ducati Monster 821 offered

little in the form of wind protection and I

arrived with chattering teeth and desperate

for a cup of coffee. But alas, it was not to

be, as the coffee queue had not moved an

inch by the time the rider briefi ng was done,

and it was time for photos and the ride to

commence. The turnout of Café Racers,

Bobbers, Classics, Trackers, Sidecars and

the likes are what makes the event, although

a handful of equally well-dressed enthusiasts

on motorcycles not quite matching the criteria

were also present but relegated to the pack

of the pack.

At 9am all manner of motorcycle rumble

fi lled my ears as the riders started up their

pride and joy and set off down Glenhove road

towards Rosebank. Traffi c was restrained at

every intersection by the highly effi cient road

marshals, but from the waves and cheers

from drivers I’d say they didn’t mind the slight

inconvenience at all. Just imagine the sight

of hundreds of riders in check patterned

waistcoats, leather bomber jackets, Happy

Socks pulled up to mid-calf with a protruding

comb and enough tyre shine to eclipse the

sun. In the treelined streets people stepped

out onto the sidewalks still rubbing the sleep

from their eyes, as kids tugged eagerly on

nightgowns and pointed at the motorcycles

going past.

Dressed and behaving like gentlemen, the

riders followed along the route in an orderly

fashion to the regrouping point at Constitution

Hill for a group photo. A jump, a wave, big

smiles and louder shouts were captured

with the help of drones (whatever did we do



without them?) to be included in the global

wrap up video now up on The Distinguished

Gentleman’s Ride Facebook page.

For the last stretch of the ride we would

pass through Yeoville and Bellevue to the

delight of hundreds of cell phone wielding

spectators and roadside shop owners. Even

the minibus taxis adhered to the marshals’

requests and instead stopped to let the

seemingly never-ending flow of motorcyclists

continue uninterrupted. The inclines of

Munro drive would see a few riders parked

on the pavement to tinker on motorcycles as

it huffed and puffed its protests. Luckily, the

Ducati seemed well versed in slow riding, and

besides scorching my calves and inner thighs

– and not in a good way – the bumblebee

behaved itself all the way to Victoria Yards.

But as you leave behind the 8ft walls

and electric fencing of Houghton drive, only

dilapidated buildings bearing names like

Cortina Heights and streets littered with

garbage crowds your view. You can’t help but

feel your throat constrict. You descend the hill

and pull into a large warehouse which seems

to expand magically to make space for

every motorcycle that enters its belly; you’ve

reached the end destination.

As part of a social development project

with the aim to redefine the inner-city

landscape, Victoria Yards is a thriving ecosystem

where urban farming and artisans are

brought together. In the courtyard people

were milling about in the blazing sun, with

helmet hair sticking out in all directions.

(Obviously not for those with sneaky combs

in their socks) Delicious-looking baskets of

fish and chips were being munched, and

my mouth would’ve watered had I not been

semi-dehydrated. Except, the queue for the

bar seemed to go right around the world, and

the brogues on my feet were killing my toes.

The trash-panda tan the sun bestowed on

me would last a week after the event, but the

memories a lifetime.

Prizes were awarded for the outfits and

machines, and the air was light with banter as

new acquaintances and old friends enjoyed

the afternoon together. From far and wide, in

their Sunday best and for the love of men, we

were united for a cause.

Best you make that appointment with

the tailor, since the next Distinguished

Gentleman’s Ride date is set for September

29, 2019.

About the Ducati Monster 821:

In Bright Yellow it is sure to brighten your day.

With ABS and DTC (Ducati Traction Control)

to have your back, you can’t help but want

to buzzzz right through traffic jams. The

821 idles along on fumes, but if you’re really

using the 109hp, it becomes a fuel guzzling

…. Monster. If you find yourself staring and

thinking “That bike looks familiar” it’s probably

because you do, since it’s a modernized

version of the 1993 original. Complete with

the same tank fastening hook. With 3 riding

modes to choose from, you’ll find a throttle

response to suit your needs, be it a Sport(y)

run, a scenic Tour or an Urban crawl. Whilst

the brakes are a bit lacking (I was unable to

determine whether it’s only the Demo model)

the Monster’s scare factor is more that of

Sullivan than Randall. A nice set of aftermarket

pipes would help the scream along.


Calling all BMW sportbike

riders. The BMW RR Cup

is designed to cater for all

your racing dreams. It's

racing at a very affordable

price with great support

from BMW SA. We went

along to round 5 of the

championship to see for

ourselves how it all works.

Words Rob Portman Pics Gerrit Erasmus

If you were to go to a breakfast run spot on

any given Sunday, or trackday these days you

will see a host of BMW S1000RR machines.

Since it release back in 2010 it has been a fan

favourite litre superbike in the SA market. It’s

big power figures and very aiding electronics

package make it a very good choice for most

riders wanting a 1000cc superbike. Now,

there is a series where all BMW S1000RR and

S1000R owners can take there bikes and race

in a safe environment, around some of the

best circuits in SA - it’s the BMW RR Cup.

The BMW RR Cup is pretty self explanatory

- it’s a racing Cup Championship for any

and all BMW RR or even R riders, with race

prepped or street going bikes.

Clinton Pienaar is the man running the series

at present and so far this year has had over

25 individual riders take part in the series. He

invited us along to round 5, which was held at

Redstar Raceway, for us to see how it all works.

We accepted and all we needed now was

a rider and a bike, as Rob was busy with

commentating duties on the day so was not

able to ride. We roped in his brother, Shaun

Portman, who has many years of racing

experience and who we could trust and knew

would run up at the sharp end of the field.

Next up, we needed a bike. Sadly BMW SA

did not have any demo S1000RR or S1000R

models for us to use, as we wanted to show off

that one could indeed take their road machines

and go have fun and be competitive. Our next

option was to get a championship winning,

top-notch S1000RR racing machine, which we

managed to do.

We called Lance Isaacs and asked if we

could use his Supabets Gaming Group BMW

S1000RR racebike. He said yes and now we

could finally go racing.

The bike is prepped by one of the best techs

in the country. Dean Ferreira is the maestro


when it comes to prepping BMW S1000RR

machines. He has all the software and tools

needed to make them perform at their best.

This particular bike is fully kitted out with all

the latest and greatest gear, including a range

of Alpha Racing products, which Dean is the

importer of, the same products used by most

European Superstock teams, including the

2018 champion, Marcus Rieterberger. We

arrived at RSR nice and early and the process

of getting signed in was easy. Shaun had to

pay the small R1800 entry fee, along with R425

for a day license and medical cover from MSA

(motorsport SA), which is needed when racing

in this MSA sanctioned series.

Clinton and his team spare no expense when

it comes to safety. Fully trained marshals are

stationed at every turn, a well experienced Clerk

of the course and two ambulances on the day.

Once we fuelled the bike and set the tyre

pressures on the Pirelli Corsa cut slicks, it was

time to head out on track for the first of two

practice sessions. Pirelli tyres are the official tyre

supplier to the series and offer all competitors

great deals on tyres - another way of trying to

make it an affordable way to go racing.

Shaun completed both practice sessions,

using them to get to grips with the bike and

dust off the cobwebs having not raced a

superbike competitively in over 2 years.

Riders head into a superpole styled qualifying

session using their times from the combined

practice sessions. Shaun headed out in

3rd place behind Keith Agliotti and George

Hjiphilippou. Each riders basically gets 3 hot

laps to set a time for their grid spots.

Two races on the day means there is plenty

of riding to be had for not a lot of money.

Shaun managed to qualify in 4th place, trying

to save as much tyre as possible to be able to

attack in both 8 lap races. We fitted a Pirelli SC2

compound on the front and SC1 on the rear and

were amazed at the grip available and the tyre

wear on the day. In race one Shaun got a terrible

start and found himself fighting hard to get up

to the podium place battle. He did so before

running off at turn 6, managing to keep the bike

upright and get back on track to continue. He

chased down Keith Agliotti, who was suffering

with grip problems. He was not able to get close

and had to settle for 3rd place behind Keith

and overall winner George. Shaun did manage

to better his time from qualifying by almost a

second, posting a fastest time of 2,01.1.

Race two was much more exciting. Shaun

again got a terrible start and had to fight his

way up to Keith who was again in 2nd place.

George again got out front, but this time, Keith

are Shaun were a lot closer. They went on to

have a race long battle, with Shaun eventually

getting the better of Keith to pick up 2nd place.

George consolidated his lead and picked up the

double win and now has a healthy lead in the

overall standings.

Shaun again improved his time by another

second, getting down to a 2,00.3. The Pirelli

tyres were great and tyre wear was superb.

Overall the day was a huge success and very

well put together and run. It’s a great series with

loads of potential and has been well received

so far this season, attracting the likes of Harry

Timmerman on his unique BMW HP4 Race and

even a naked S1000R machine has entered

and won races so far this season, in the hands

of Kyran De Lange.

There are various classes within the series,

for age and lap time, so everyone who enters is

just about guaranteed a trophy.

The next round will take place at the Aldo

Scribante circuit in PE, followed by the final

round of the championship which will take place

at Kyalami on the 16th of December.

2019 is also looking very exciting with 7

rounds all-over the country already being

confirmed. For more information on the

championship, or to enter the PE and Kyalami

round, contact Michaela on 011 793 4255 or


Big thanks to Clinton Pienaar for inviting

us along and also to Lance Isaacs crowned

Bridgestone Thunderbike Champion, Lance

Isaacs, for letting us use his gorgeous BMW

S1000RR racebike.


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