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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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Suzuki reveal their new Katana
machine, paying tribute to the
iconic machine of days gone by.
2018 PIRELLI BOTY
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new models for 2019.
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A NEW CLASSIC
2019 SUZUKI KATANA
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
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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.
RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2018 9
THE WORLD’S HOTTEST INDIAN!
THE FTR1200 STREET TRACKER
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
UPDATES FOR GSX-R1000
MODELS IN 2019
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
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
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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R92 000.00 INCL VAT
A FACELIFT AND MORE
POWER FOR 2019 DUKE GT
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
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
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
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2019 KTM 1290
SUPER DUKE R
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
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
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…
NEW 2019 YAMAHA
TRACER 700 GT
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
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.
RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2018 13
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.
ALL-NEW AND ENHANCED
2019 YAMAHA YZF-R3
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,
LINEX GETS A
FRESH NEW LOOK
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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2019 MV AGUSTA F4
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
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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
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
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.
RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2018 17
2019 KAWASAKI ZX-6R
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.
BITUBO YAMAHA R3
REAR SHOCK SPECIAL
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
• 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
SOME COOL STUFF FOR
RK Quality colour coded chains.
Grab yourself a quality colour coded chain for
your pride and joy. Blue for the Yamaha, yellow
for Suzuki fans, orange for the KTM guys, red
for Honda, green for Kawasaki... Looks great
and RK is a Japanese chain so it will last.
Priced just over a grand and available at most
Match the chain with Pro-Grip grips.
Italian design and ergonomically designed for
time in the saddle.
Priced from around R200
and available at most
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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
WIN A DUCATI PANIGALE
1299 WITH FIRE IT UP!
AND BIKE BUYERS
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.
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NEW YAMAHA MOTORCYCLE
DEALERSHIP IN PRETORIA
Pretoria Yamaha has been there for a while quietly getting on with
the business of servicing and supplying Yamaha watercraft and
parts. Recently, they decided to add Yamaha motorcycles, ATV’s
and parts to their portfolio, so they really are a very cool Yamaha
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.
MIKES BIKES RELOCATES
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/
SILVERTON MIDAS - YOUR
FAVOURITE MIDAS STORE
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.
RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2018 21
RIDGEWAY RACEBAR HONDA GIVE AWAY
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.
did the live
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
WIN A BRAND NEW TRIUMPH
STREET TRIPLE 765 RS
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
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Discover more: 011 437-4699
NEW TYRES AT INTERMOT
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
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.
PETROL HEADS VILLAGE
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 FOURWAYS
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.
RACE SHOP FOURWAYS
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
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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: email@example.com
Pics by Gerrit Erasmus and Daniella Kerby
SUZUKI REDSTAR TRACKDAY
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
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.
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NEW ZONTES X310
ON ITS WAY TO SA
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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
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
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
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
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.
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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
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.
RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2018 31
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
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
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
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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THE NEW RANGE OF HYPERSPORT, SPORT
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TESTING RUBBER: DUNLOP Q4
EXCLUSIVE TEST: DUNLOP Q4
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”.
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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
38 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2018
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
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.”
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44 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2018
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
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
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.
RIDEFAST MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2018 45
2018 PIRELII SA BIKE OF THE YEAR
6TH: TRIUMPH TIGER 1200 XCa
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
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.
So, I was keen to get on it as soon as
possible to see just what I was missing.
After only a few moments my eyes were
blown wide open. Accelerating hard
for the fi rst time I could not help but get
surprised and excited. It shocked me
5TH: KAWASAKI Z900RS
with the amount of grunt it had. This
old boy was out to show a young bloke
like me that it’s so much more than a
modern day retro classic - and it did!
Very, very impressed and the Z900RS
quickly went from a ‘what’s the point’
bike in my eyes to a ‘I need to ask
Kawasaki for a long-term one’. I could
easily and happily see myself riding
around everyday on the Z900RS.
Just like Rocky Balboa, the Z900RS
still punches hard no matter how old it
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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4TH: TRIUMPH TRIPLE 765 RS
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!
3RD: KAWASAKI NINJA 400
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
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!
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2018 PIRELII SA BIKE OF THE YEAR
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.
2ND: KTM 790 DUKE
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
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!
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2018 PIRELII SA BIKE OF THE YEAR
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
1ST: DUCATI PANIGALE V4
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.
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REVIEW: SCORPION EX0-2000
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
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
2018 PIRELII SA BIKE OF THE YEAR
OVERALL TOP THREE
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)
HUSQVARNA VITPILEN 701
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!
DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1260 S
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!
KAWASAKI NINJA H2 SX
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.
HONDA GOLDWING DCT
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.
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A TOUR OF
#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
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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.
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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 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.
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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.
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
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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.
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A famous karate instructor,
Sensei Strugnell always said:
Man with no eyes cannot fight.
Well the same applies to riding a motorcycle.
If you cannot see, you cannot ride. We often
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up fl ipping your visor open and the rain stings
your eyes and your nose - making life rather
While shopping for your next helmet, you
may have seen the term “Pinlock ready” or
“Pinlock insert included.” Simply put, Pinlock
is the best anti-fog solution available today.
Anyone who has ridden with a full-face
helmet in cold or wet weather should know
how important it is to keep your visor fog-free.
Having condensation build up on your visor
is unavoidable, as we expel moisture with
every breath. Fogging can happen inside car
windows too, but cars have ventilation and
dehumidifying systems. For helmet visors,
the popular solutions are either an anti-fog
coating or a Pinlock insert.
WHAT IS A PINLOCK VISOR INSERT?
The Pinlock visor insert is a cellophane-like
sticker made out of a material that contains
moisture absorbing properties. The insert
reacts like a sponge and absorbs moisture
effectively. You stick it inside your motorcycle
The inner part of the Pinlock is lined with a
silicon bead, which creates a double glazed
window type of effect when the Pinlock
visor insert is attached to the helmet visor.
The pocket of air that is trapped in between
the visors acts as an insulator for the inside
temperatures in the motorcycle helmet.
Effi cient absorption properties combined with
the double glazed like feature, the Pinlock
visor insert is the most effective, durable and
affordable anti-fog solution on the market.
With the idea of creating a
versatile and interchangeable
anti-fog solution, they
collaborate closely with most
helmet manufacturers to
integrate the Pinlock Pins
system to their helmet visors,
which converts the visor to a
Pinlock ready visor, allowing
the Pinlock visor insert to
be installed or changed
The Pinlock Pins that are
integrated to Pinlock ready
visors are designed to be
eccentric, allowing riders to adjust the
tension of their Pinlock insert lenses, that
increases the grip of the silicone seal on the
Pinlock visor to the helmet visor.
Pinlock visor inserts are diversifi ed to 3
performance level variants, Pinlock 30, 70
and 120. The numbers are used to indicate
the levels of fog free clearance which the
lenses provide (not all levels are
available for all Pinlock ready visors
across all brands, speak to your
helmet importer for availability).
The Pinlock performance level
visors are offered in various colored
options, such as light smoke, dark
smoke, yellow and ProtecTINT.
For a broader and edge to edge anti-fog
coverage on helmet visors,
riders can opt for a 100%
Max Vision option.
interchangeability is only
specifi c to the model of the
face shield. For example,
it is not possible to install a
Pinlock visor made for an
HJC visor to another brand.
Some manufacturers offer
in the box along with an
insert, while some may offer
just the Pinlock-ready shield,
leaving the rider to buy the insert. Sometimes
manufacturers will sell the Pinlock-ready
shields separately, requiring the customer to
buy both parts and spend a bit more.
In terms of safety, Pinlock is something worth
At your nearest Powered by Autocycle dealer.
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How to tell if your Motorcycle’s
piston rings have a problem
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
will be lower, or if you avoid the problem you
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
sign of having bad piston rings, they can
be good indicators that you need to check
your piston rings for damage or wear. If this
is the case, you may need to replace them
immediately. Some of the symptoms to look
out for are:
• Gray or white smoke from the
motorcycle’s exhaust: Grey or
white smoke from you exhaust
system is a sure sign of burning
oil. This can happen when oil
leaks into your motorcycle’s
combustion chamber and it gets
burnt due to excessive heat.
• Excessive consumption of oil: If your
motorcycle’s piston rings are damaged or
worn-out, the oil can begin fl owing into your
bike’s combustion chamber, as a result of
which you’ll end up fi lling it with additional oil.
If you don’t check your oil level regularly you
could risk your motor seizing or blowing up in
a big way.
• Low power once you accelerate: When
your piston rings are bad, compression will
be deteriorated due to which you will have
low power in your motorcycle’s engine.
Because of this, you will have problems while
How to check piston rings of
If you suspect that your motorcycle piston
rings are bad, or if your motorcycle is showing
any of the symptoms mentioned here, a
If you ride your motorcycle too gently early on,
you may never get the piston rings seated. Then
Bad Things happen... like blowby and oil where it
Big-bore engines, especially V-twins are most
likely to suffer from blowby, especially if they are
ridden too gently during the early break-in period.
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professional mechanic would recommend running a compression test on
your motorcycle’s engine. Therefore, it’s best you take it to a professional
so it’s properly tested.
In this test, he will remove one of the spark plugs from your motorcycle’s
engine and he will try to start it with the compression gauge at the
cylinder from where he has removed the plug. You can even purchase
this compression gauge, in case you want to test it yourself. A certifi ed
mechanic may also decide to diagnose your motorcycle’s engine to test
for further issues.
What’s the solution?
If your motorcycle’s piston rings are bad, you will need to get them
replaced as soon as you spot the problem. The price that you will
have to pay will depend on a number of factors. The most important
is the make and model of your motorcycle. The type and condition of
your motorcycle’s engine will also determine the overall cost that you
will have to pay. It may range from R5000 to R30 000, because it is
a complicated task and an unprofessional person can hardly do it. To
replace the piston rings, the professional will completely disassemble the
motorcycle’s engine and recondition the cylinders. After replacing the
rings, all the parts have to be reassembled exactly as they were before.
Only experienced professionals can do this task, and they will require
several hours to do it successfully.
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There are so many reasons for your motorcycle piston rings to defect
earlier. If you maintain some basic rules your motorcycle will stay in good
health and give you better performance and save you time and money.
1. Change engine oil regularly.
2. Proper grade engine oil should be used - most manufacturers
recommended which brand works best for their bikes.
3. Always get repair work done by good qualifi ed mechanics.
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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.
WHO IS BRIAN?
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.
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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.
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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.
66 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2018
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
68 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2018
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
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!
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LADIES ON BIKES
A LITA ON A
A BABES RIDE OUT, CAREFULLY PLANNED
MONTHS IN ADVANCE AS IT BEFITS
WOMEN, BY THE LITAS JOHANNESBURG.
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
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THE LITAS DO SABIE
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
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
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
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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
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.
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LITAS DO SABIE
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.
For now – RAISE HELL BABES!
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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:
bike looks great.
Taric’s Red Bull
looks even better,
also look the part.
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Doz Lourerio and Dino
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.
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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
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
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
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DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN’S RIDE
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
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.
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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
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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
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
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