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RideFast November 2018

November issue of SA's best sportbike magazine

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THE TEAM: EDITOR & DESIGN: Rob Portman 082 782 8240 ROB PORTMAN ADVERTISING: Rob Portman 082 782 8240 ACCOUNTS & SUBSCRIPTIONS: Anette 011 979 5035 CONTRIBUTORS: Sheridan Morais Brad Binder Darryn Binder Gerrit Erasmus GP Eugene Liebenberg Niel Philipson The Singh Mieke Oelofsen Greg Moloney Daniella Kerby Copyright © RideFast Magazine All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, articles, or other methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher. 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 accumulated. Interesting read about Rossi in our Paddock News where he says he feels Marquez has nothing to prove by moving to another brand, but I think that’s just reverse psychology. He doesn’t want Marquez breaking any more of his records. Another interesting rumour is that Ducati are ready to break the bank again on a Spanish rider, this time on luring Marquez onto the big red machine in 2020. I still believe Marquez will make a move in the not too distant future and I still think it will be to KTM if and when that package becomes a bit more competitive. Dani Pedrosa has now been confi rmed as the offi cial test rider for KTM in 2019 and 2020 and with Zarco also heading to the Austrian factory team next season, we should get a better idea of just how competitive that bike really is. Speaking of MotoGP, I will be off to the fi nal round at Valencia on the 17th of November, courtesy of Michelin SA. They will be taking a few of their top performing dealers as well as myself to help capture the event and get some behind the scenes info of the Michelin setup at a MotoGP event. Very excited for that and have already put some plans in motion to also try and meet up with a certain Scorpion helmets rider and load my bags full of SA rider memorabilia to bring back ready for a great event we are hoping to host in early December. Keep a look out on our Facebook page for more info on that. The event will be held at Ridgeway Racebar, who are once again giving customers a chance to win a brand new motorcycle, this time a new Triumph Street Triple 765 RS. More info on that and some other cool giveaways in our news section. This is also the last month to get your entries in to our exclusive Scorpion helmets competition, where there are 9 new helmets up for grabs valued at R50k. We have had some great entries so far, so please keep them coming in. Winners will be announced in our December issue. We also have the discount vouchers page return again for this issue. We had such a great response last month that we decided to run them again, just in time for you to get your Christmas shopping done and dusted. Take a look at the last page of this issue, that’s where you will fi nd the vouchers. Everything from Rossi merch to riding kit, cut the vouchers out, get in store and save money! We really want the participating dealers to see that it works so that we can continue offering you our readers great deals. October has been a great month and we’ve managed to put together a great issue full of diversity - from a Harley bike test to interesting tech tips - we’ve got it all. We also have some new faces testing bikes for us and a great readers ride story, which I think came out great. Our readers letters page is getting some great traction and Motul have given us some awesome MotoGP shirts to give to the winning letter every month so send those letters to me at 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. RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2018 1

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