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EDITOR: ROLEY FOLEY

December issue already... how is that

even possible...

Well - enjoy the Christmas break and

we’ll see you all in the new year.

An old, tired-looking dog wandered

into our yard. I could tell from his

collar and well-fed belly that he had a

home.

He followed me into the house, down

the hall, and fell asleep on the couch.

An hour later, he went to the door,

and I let him out.

The next day he was back, resumed

his position on the couch and slept

for an hour.

This continued for several days.

Curious, I pinned a note to his collar:

“Every afternoon your dog comes to

my house for a nap.”

The next day he arrived with a

different note pinned to his collar that

read:

“He lives in a house with four little,

loud children. He’s trying to catch up

on his sleep. Thank you for letting

him nap at your place. Can I come

with him tomorrow?”

CONTENTS: DECEMBER 2018

THE TEAM:

EDITOR:

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Richard Sutherland

Zygmund Brodalka

Byron Rudman

Sean Hendley

Tristan Foley

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ought to you by

Sunfields Christmas Ride 2018

This is one of those family events that you need to attend.

The guys from The Adventure Company host an annual ride

to give the residents at the Sunfield Home for the disabled

a hand. It’s a cool ride out in the country – and participants

are asked to bring along a Christmas gift for the home. Not

sweets and stuff – but basic necessities that most of us take

for granted. Even if you can’t make it to the ride – ask for

a list of stuff that they need. The Adventure co will arrange

that it gets delivered for you.

Sunday the 2nd December – Balfour

www.adventurecompany.co.za for details.

Sunfields: www.sunfieldhome.co.za

Meet The RAD KTM Team

JHB’s longest established KTM dealership has undergone

somewhat of a facelift.

Well known motorcycle enthusiast Miguel Lage has taken

the helm and has a very enthusiastic team of many familiar

faces steering the ship.

If you have never popped into the dealership just off

Witkoppen Road - we suggest that you do. There is such

a cool vibe - you are immersed in the world of orange from

the moment you mount the steps.

There is coffee and cappuccino on tap while you peruse the

delectable selection of new and used motorcycles. Take a

mosey up to the second floor and you’ll find a jaw dropping

variety of motorcycle riding gear - Road, Adventure and Dirt

with most of the popular brands in stock.

A massive parts department means that you’ll find

everything you need from tubes and tyres to plastics for

your favourite machine - and it’s all been renovated for a

great shopping experience.

Downstairs is a huge workshop with the expertise and

equipment on hand to keep your pride and joy in perfect

working order. They often host events and breakfast runs on

the weekends - give them a call for regular updates.

www.radmoto.co.za. Corner Rivonia and Witkoppen Road,

Witkoppen Rd, Rivonia, Sandton. Phone: 011 234 5007

Back row from left: Brandon Barnard, Fedrick Lunga (yes, it

is spelt correctly), Arnold Olivier, Ian Hudson, Johnny Fourie.

Middle row: Brad Wybrow, Miguel Lage, Nelson Nkuna.

Front Row: Gizmo Farrell, Michelle Wesson, Sam

Khatsutshelo, Keryn Ehlers.

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ought to you by

Petrol Heads Village “It’s a culture”

Last month we brought you some

news about this enthusiastic lot

in Fourways - a synergy among 3

great businesses.

This month we met all the boys,

had a chat and got a better idea

about their ideas for this Petrol

head lifestyle Village.

It’s a very cool concept - Take your

bike in for a new set of rubber at

the famous Bike Tyre Warehouse.

While that’s being done - take a

mosey around the Race Shop

accessory store. Purchase

something there - and you’ll get a

meal voucher for the Smokin Aces

eatery right next door.

Now this family friendly place

is something a bit unique. Paul

Whitaker, motorcycle enthusiast

and globe trotter is almost ready

to start serving - and it looks like

this eatery is going to be quite

something. “ Smokin Aces is a

fusion of Mexican and Southern

American smoke cuisine, not

your average run of the mill

steakhouse.”

They will be serving American Style

slow cooked, slow smoked, fall off

the bone dishes - and it all sounds

rather mouth-watering. A giant,

custom built smoker/rotisserie is

about to be installed and cuts of

meat will be slow smoked with

infusions of smoke from all over –

Hickory, Applewood, Jack Daniels

Barrel Wood... man sound great!

A simple menu will be on offer –

briskets, pulled pork, Tex Mex,

different, unique, good food – with

master smoke Ross Birken at the

handlebars. But wait – as they say

in the classics, there’s more!

Fancy an ice cream, milkshake

or waffle? There’s a gourmet

ice-cream parlour and coffee

bar – pecan pie, apple pie – you’ll

need to stiffen up your bikes

suspension a bit after all of this.

Fully licensed, with a very cool,

classic jack Daniels bar being

installed as we type. Jack Daniels

barrels, motorcycle memorabilia –

an Urban Industrial Retro feel. The

restaurant is the first phase – there

is more to come with an additional

motorcycle shop joining the fray.

The Smokin Aces Motorcycle

Dealership will soon be in place

with motorcycle man Fourie

Lamprecht at the helm. “You

can expect some pretty exotic

machines”, says Paul, “This really

is going to be something unique

– petrol heads are going to love it.

And everything is for sale!”

Here’s the best part. The centre

boasts almost unlimited parking

with safe parking – upstairs and

underground. One of South Africas

best-known accessory outfits, one

of South Africa’s most professional

tyre specialists and a very unique

eatery – all close to the start and

finish of most of JHB’s Breakfast

run routes. And for those of you

who like to get steamed up – you

can even stock up on your vapes

at The Vape Shop.

Meet for breakfast, muffins and

coffee and a pulled pork sarmie –

maybe fit a fresh set of tyres before

you head out – and lunch will be

ready on your way home.

It’s going to be great. Watch this

space for more news as they go

along.

The Buzz Shopping Centre, Corner

Witkoppen and Nerine, Fourways.

See you there soon!

Pic Ryan from Race Shop. Bruce

from Bike Tyre Warehouse, Paul

from Smokin Aces

Any queries:

Bruce 073 777 9269 Bike Tyre

Warehouse

Ryan 082 345 1399 Race Shop

Warren Davis 072 105 5314

Smokin Aces

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ought to you by

Argente Racing in Randburg now open

A few issues back, we brought

you the news about this brand

new motorcycle accessory store,

just down the road from Linex in

Malibongwe drive. Their doors

are open and the shop is fully

stocked – it looks fantastic!

They are running some fantastic

launch specials, so you best get

down there and have a looksee..

Friendly faces are on hand to

assist with anything you need

from rider apparel to lubricants

and tyres. They will be trading

through the Christmas season.

(062) 529-8086

(011) 068-8500

A great holiday Read: Woman Alone Around Africa

Johannesburg-born Jo Rust is

one of South Africa’s best

known women in adventure

travel. She is no stranger when

it comes to traveling roads less

traveled. She holds a number of

records, including – ‘fastest female

cyclist from Johannesburg to

Cape Town, solo’, ‘first person to

cycle around South Africa, solo’,

the first woman to ride around

Africa on a motorcycle, solo’. Last

mentioned being a journey that saw

her traversing 45 000 kilometers,

through 28 countries over a year

around the African continent.

She was the first ever female brand

ambassador for BMW Motorrad

South Africa and qualified as the

4th internationally accredited female

off-road instructor in the world.

The first in Africa. Jo is also the

founder of the International BMW

GS Girls and also the mastermind

and driving force behind the idea

of including a female team in the

international GS Trophy.

In 2011 she cycled from Cape Town

to just beyond a town called N’Zeto

in northern Angola before having to

return home as a result of an armed

robbery.

Jolandie, affectionately known as Jo

by most of her friends, then started

over on a motorcycle and recently

became the first woman in history

to have circumnavigated the entire

African continent, solo.

No back-up vehicles. No support

team! Just Jo on her trusty 2007

BMW F650GS Dakar – together

they traveled over 45 000 kilometers

through 28 countries over a period

of 18 months

As a true reference in adventure

riding and a true role model for

many motorcycle adventurers

around the world, she’s has

launched her first book. Our Kurt

Beine grabbed a copy.

“I recently had the honour of

attending Jo Rust’s book launch,

an in depth account of her solo

circumnavigation of Africa.

I met Jo before her adventure,

and read sporadic updates from

her while on the trip, but her book

has put a whole new spin on it. To

read Jo’s in depth account of her

trip and why she did it, the trials

and tribulations along the way,

the support she had from fellow

bikers along the way, the support

from the Angolan government, the

support from ordinary people along

the way, is an eye opener of epic

proportions.

I thought I knew Jo Rust, but

reading the book put a whole new

level of respect out there, she’s truly

an amazing woman!”

Highly recommended for a

Christmas read.

Grab a copy now, or order one off

Amazon, it is indeed a riveting book.

Well done to Jo, not just for doing

the trip, but for scribing such a

detailed rendition of the trip, it was

well worth the wait!

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Cool stocking fillers

A gift voucher from

Argente Racing

Not sure what to buy your nearest and dearest for

Christmas? Give these guys a call and they will send

along a voucher – so that the recipient can choose

what they REALLY NEED! Ask for Traci she’ll get you

sorted. (011) 086-8500

A Shoei Adventure

Helmet

You’ll never see these prices again and Shoei is a

premium brand so you know athat you are getting a

quality lid for sure. The recipient will owe you for sure!

A fantastic pressy! At dealers all over…

A set of Cycra

Hand guards

In a multitude of colours some of the best protection

available on the market – the rider will love you FOR

EVER! From Holeshot: (011) 823-5830

A set of Carbon

Teck goodies

Available for most makes and models, the Carbontek

protective dirtbike Range is really extensive and

beautifully crafted. Figure out what bike your nearest

and dearest owns, give them a call for stock and

costing, wrap it nicely and pop it all under the tree.

We have just fitted their products to our little Yamaha

125. Highly recommended – full feature in the January

issue. Oh and while you are there – take a look around

their new FOX department – lots of cool gifts just

waiting for your credit card!

From Trax KTM: (012) 111-0190

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Adventure Gear

These guys have a massive variety of adventure

gear upstairs. Go and have a looksee – most brands,

jackets, helmets, gloves – and of course, the full range

of Genuine KTM Powerwear… from RAD KTM (011)

234-5007

A set of Fox MX19

Entry level Boots

This great store in Table View has an amazing variety

of dirtbike stuff. Spoil her with a set of Fox MX19’s –

you’ll never be sorry…The Comp boot emphasizes

fit, coverage and rider control. With a new internal

lace system, which you pull and lock to tighten, you

get a precise fit around that critical heel pull area.

One lower Instinct buckle and two upper ActiveLock

straps provide the perfect balance of support,

flexibility, and ease of use. It has substantially more

coverage than its predecessors, with full TPU

plating on the shin plate, calf guard, heel cap, and

toe box. The side of the boot has been completely

redesigned, with rubber guards and broader surface

area, for increased grip on the bike. Plus, a rubber

outsole and an internal steel shank give the boot

exceptional grip and support on the footpegs.

From Go-MX, Cape Town go-mx.co.za

Some Top notch

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If you have not lifted your butt to go and have a look

– you really are missing out. You like Rossi? Well then

what you waiting for, Vinales, Cairoli, Marques… gift

ideas for the whole family from helmets to beach towels

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Cool stocking fillers

A pair of Oxford

Toledo Air Pants

Sporty pants designed for warm weather riding. When

it is warm, cooling is delivered through large mesh

outer front panels. Comfort is assured by stretch

panels (knee and waist) and grip panels in the seat.

Large adjustment panel on lower leg to facilitate

different boot styles. Reflective detailing for improved

visibility at night. Keep yourself cool this Christmas.

From Linex (011) 251 4000

One of Givi’s

Expandable Rucksack

with helmet holder

22 litres at your GIVI stockist. Forget the stocking –

you can fill this with pressies! Here’s a practical gift:

It’s made with polyester 600D PU. And has some

really cool features: Extractable rain-cover.Extractable

helmet holder. Inner pockets for documents/mobile

phone. Reinforcement in rigid plastic on the rear. Strap

to attach it to the waist and chest.

From Linex (011) 251 4000

A set of pro-Grip

Motorcycle Grips

Available for Dirtbikes, Quads, Adventure Bikes,

sleighs and even brooms, Pro-Grip has a massive

selection of rubber for every application!

An affordable pressy and always well received…

A Keiti Tank Pad

We have just fitted one on our 800XCX – top notch

quality and they have a massive range of very funky

designs. Also not too pricey imported by Trickbitz and

available at dealers all over…

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An engine overhaul

for my dirtbike

Bits from Game Services (011) 425-1081

This lot are the engine specialists in SA. Everything you

need from Valves, to conrods, piston to cam chains –

get your two-stroke a new valve – Not sure what she’ll

do with it, but she will love you for another year!! Piston

kits – all the top brands and expert advice under 1 roof!

Oh and they also stock all the specialized tools you

need to do the job. They are also suspension experts for

dirt and adventure… Race Tech Kits are just waiting for

you to deliver to the tree… Big brownie points for sure!

Some branding on

my bakkie!

We’ve just had our vehicles branded by the guys from

Tinkwix signage – great pricing and very happy with

the job. They do all sorts from cars and race vans, to

motorcycles and ATV’s great advertising. Get a pic of

santa onto your M6. You’ll love it!

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Some new rubber

Along with sprockets, brake pads, Chains, this busy

accessory store in the heart of Edenvale stocks and

supplies tyres for anything that rolls - Superbikes,

dirtbikes, Quads SXS’s you name it! If they don’t gots,

they’ll gets, so give em a call.

From WeSellParts (011) 088-9240

A pair of Intellilevers

from Renthal

Won’t break this Christmas…

We fitted a pair to our WR years ago and did not

manage to break them. When that bike sold they went

onto a KTM300 for a while – and even then Kyle could

not break them. That sold – and now it’s on or FX – and

hey presto – not broken even after a fair selection of

spectacular crashes… They might seem a bit pricey –

buy a great investment when you can’t afford to bust a

lever out on the trails… At dealers

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A V-Belt from Katay

Racing

Own a side by side or automatic quad? In addition to

the delectable Polaris Lineup (Nope they won’t fit inder

the tree, but if you have the budget your goose will love

you), the guys from Katay Racing stock a range of Vee

belts and mag wheels for your ATV or Side By Sides.

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A set of Billet lever

The ProX peeps in benoni stock all sorts of interesting

stuff like these billet lever sets available for most bikes.

Very pretty… from NS 2-stroke (011) 849-8495

Uswe Hydration pack

One of the world most advanced hydration pack

systems – the USWE system is a proper winner, tough,

durable – comfortable and no more flappin around on

the trail. From Race Shop; (012) 342-8571

Just 1 MX Helmet

This is one brand that has taken the South African

market by storm with their range of Funky designs, light

weight and safety features. Your dirtbike family member

will love you on each and every ride.

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The S10

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Communication

system by SCS

The gift that keeps giving. Chat on your phone, chat to

your mates, listen to rock and film the action….

We are busy using and testing one at the moment – it is

boppa’d onto our Arai – we’ve used it for the last week

or two – and will be doing more riding over the holidays.

It’s a fantastic design that incorporates the usual mic

and speaker system, so you can use your phone via

Bluetooth. The speakers deliver great quality audio so

you can tune into your cell phone and rock away to

ACDC. But wait! There’s more! The compact system

includes a video cam – so you can film your adventures

and relive them at home in high definition.

The cam links to an app on your cell phone – so you

can set up the angles and see what you are filming too.

Very cool tech this and a full review soon!

Available at selected dealers or at takealot.com.

A set of the latest SIDI

Crossfire 3 Boots

The legendary Crossfire line has evolved again. The

SIDI Crossfire 3 SRS Boots have been completely

redesigned, with only the acclaimed SIDI cam lock

buckles and straps carrying over from the Crossfire 2

SRS Boots. The inner gaiter has a larger circumference

than the Crossfire 2, accommodating an even wider

range of calf sizes and making for a tight seal around

the rider’s lower leg no matter what knee brace system

may be used. The upper inside of the gaiter features a

suede heat protection-grip panel for maximum grip. The

Dual Flex ankle has been redesigned to prevent motion

beyond anatomical limits that may cause injury, without

restricting dexterity for normal shifting and braking.

At your dealer!

Husqvarna team cap

Look like a factiry Husqvarna MX or enduro rider with

this official Powerwear team cap . Available at your

nearest Husqvarna dealer now, along with a wide range

of other team apparel.

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Yamaha Ténéré 700 Will Be a 2019

Model ETA December.

We have been waiting a very long time for the

Yamaha Ténéré 700, with the machine first debuting

as a concept in 2016. A no-show at the 2017 EICMA

show, the Yamaha T7 concept instead went on a

worldwide promotional tour.

So, surely we thought that the 2018 EICMA show

would announce the Yamaha Ténéré 700 as ready

to go…yes and no. The Yamaha Ténéré 700 is finally

coming as a production motorcycle…but not quite yet.

Expected as a late 2019 model here, off-roaders

eager for a middleweight adventure-touring bike will

have to wait another year.

We at least have some technical specs to chew over.

As you would expect, the 689cc parallel-twin motor

comes from the MT-07 platform, as such it makes

72hp (54kW), with 50 lbs•ft (68 Nm) of torque. In its

European trim, the 2020 Yamaha Ténéré 700 will tip

the scales at 450 lbs (205kg) when fuel 4.2 gallons

(16 liters) of fuel onboard.

Outfitted with a 21″ front wheel and an 18″ rear

wheel, the Yamaha Ténéré 700 looks the part for

the ADV segment, especially for those looking to go

off-road. The seat height is set at 34.6 inches, with

there being 9.5″ of ground clearance on the machine

(unladen).

That ground clearance comes from the 8.3″ of travel

on the fully adjustable 43mm front forks, along with

the 7.9″ of travel on the linkage-type rear shock,

which has preload and rebound adjustability.

The LCD dash is laid out like a rally guide book, and

the production machine will keep the very fetching

four LED headlight.

The early indication is that the 2020/2021 Yamaha

Ténéré 700 will be a strong ADV offering, once it

arrives. However, one has to wonder if Yamaha’s

delay in getting this bike to market is going to affect

its reception.

The proof will be in the pudding of course, and we

have yet to see pricing information, which could be a

huge factor in pitching this bike to picky adventuretouring

customers. As we are fond of saying, time

will tell.

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Great Gift Ideas from Oxford this festive season.

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KTM 790 Adventure Debuts in Two

Flavours of ADV

After a year of waiting, we finally see the production

version of the 2019 KTM 790 Adventure and the

2019 KTM 790 Adventure R motorcycles. Two flavors

of ADV bike, the 790 Adventure series is KTM’s way

of owning the dual-sport space.

In addition to the revised KTM 690 Enduro R for

the 2019 model year, KTM has created a path from

250cc to 1301cc for adventure and dual-sport riders,

with the KTM 790 Adventure being a critical bike in

that lineup.

Much has been said about this machine already, so

here are the basics to cutdown on the chatter: 94hp

(70 kW), 65 lbs•ft (88 Nm) of torque, 5.3 gallons (20

liters) of fuel, 448 lbs wet with fuel. Both variants of

the KTM 790 Adventure share these basic specs, but

the differ slightly in their purpose and equipment. The

base model is equipped with WP Suspension’s APEX

43mm fork suspension, which offers 7.87″ (200mm)

of travel. The WP rear shock also provides 7.87″

(200mm) of travel.

On the KTM 790 Adventure R though, the front forks

are the WP Suspension XPLOR pieces, with 9.5″

(240mm) of travel. Matching that, the rear shock also

has 9.5″ (240mm) of travel.

The KTM 790 Adventure R also has more of a rally

seat, whereas the base model has a traditional dual

seat, with the passenger sitting higher than the rider.

Both bikes have a wire-spoked wheels, 21″ in the

front and 18″ in the back, but they are shod in

different rubber, showing their intended uses. In

terms of electronics, again both bikes are equipped

with IMU-assisted cornering ABS and traction

control, the ABS can be turned off or it can operate

with the rear-wheel ABS disengaged.

There are also three riding modes standard on both

bikes, with a fourth “Rally” mode available on the

base model, which comes standard on the R bike.

The dash is handled by a 5″ TFT display.

The 799cc parallel-twin engine comes from the KTM

790 Duke, but it has been reworked to have an even

more broad power band, as such it loses about 10hp

from the sport bike model, but gains slightly in torque.

One of the most feature-packed bikes in the category,

the KTM 790 Adventure / KTM 790 Adventure R

promises good value. Here early next year…

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Honda CRF450L Rally Concept

Quietly Debuts in Italy

When the Honda CRF450 Rally debuted for rally raid competitors

in 2012, there was a cry for a production model of this Dakar-ready

dirt bike. It took a while, but Big Red finally answered…sort of.

The Honda CRF250L Rally wasn’t exactly the bike that we expect

to see in 2015, and it took over a year (and many, many teasings)

for the concept to become a reality for the 2017 model year.

The somewhat slow 250cc platform was an interesting choice for

Honda to make for its race-replica dirt bike, and thus the want for

a 450cc version continued. Now with the potent CRF450L coming

(we hope but nobody from Honda SA has told us), it looks like that

idea is starting to take shape…though, you would hardly know it

from the Japanese brand’s actions at EICMA.

This is because Big Red quietly debuted the Honda CRF450L

Rally concept at the Italian motorcycle show, with nary a press

release or mention. In fact, the only official mention we can find of

the dual-sport is one from the Honda Monster Energy Team, which

took a photo in front of the concept’s display.

Now officially a concept, four years later we finally see Honda

exploring the idea of giving us the bike we have wanted all along.

When will we see a proper Honda CRF450L Rally? Maybe never,

though we would be surprised if that was the case.

The 2020 model year is certainly possible, though it could take

until 2021, and the Euro5 emissions standards will certainly play a

role in that decision.

So far, the concept seems to remain faithful to the race bike’s

design and purpose, which is great. That being said though, if the

machine that debuted look like the Honda CB125X concept, we

certainly wouldn’t kick it out of bed.

The truth of the matter

is that Honda has built

an excellent platform

in the CRF450L

dual-sport, and the

possibilities for this

motorcycle certainly

abound in other format.

Let’s see where Honda

takes it next….

The Honda

CB125X Concept.

Oh boy we like!

Now if this was around when we were at

school…

We are not sure how big the market is

for a 125cc adventure-tourer, especially

in South Africa. Yet, we are very excited

about the Honda CB125X concept (along

with its fraternal twin, the Honda CB124M

concept).

Maybe the Honda CB125R platform is the

wrong starting point for this project, but we

like where the Honda Motor Europe R&D

team finished with this build.

The CB125X is a clean and attractive

motorcycle, and we would wheelie through

every river crossing we could find on this

small-displacement thumper.

Things might get closer to reality if the

Honda CB300R was used, instead of the

125cc platform, and we would be all about

a middleweight offering with this look and

feel to it.

Big Red still has plenty of time to make this

happen…just saying.

We are fans of the whole aesthetic that

Honda has built here with the CB125X, but

it is the slash-cut SC Project exhaust that

really helps does things visually for us, as

does the tidy and pointy tail section.

The bike looks like the smaller sibling to

the Honda Africa Twin, and it is amazing

to us that Honda hasn’t expanded its

ADV offering to include more machines.

The Africa Twin is a strong seller for the

Japanese brand, and clearly Honda has

the chops to execute in this market with

precision.

To that thought, we really hope that we see

the design of the Honda CB125X concept

find its way into production, perhaps in a

500cc-750cc application.

In other news, we hear the TransAlp name

is still available...

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C O V E R S T O R Y

KALAHARI FERRARI WINS

KALAHARI

RALLY 2018

It’s time for South Africa to host an

international format Cross Country Rally Raid

with international standards. South Africa

produces some of the most successful and

competitive rally cars, bikes and quads with

the small budgets in comparison to the world

rally community. Southern Africa (South

Africa, Botswana & Namibia) boasts some of

the best rally terrain in the world - so it only

made sense that South Africa move to the

next level of Rally by hosting an international

format rally.

With this in mind, the enthusiastic bunch

from Roberts Racing hosted the 2018

inaugural Kalahari Rally, a 6 Stage cross

country rally raid, starting and finishing in

the North West Province town of Mahikeng,

25 km from the Botswana border in the

Southern part of the Kalahari Desert. The

Kalahari Rally name was chosen because the

Kalahari Desert joins South Africa, Botswana

and Namibia, and has the potential of a multi

country rally in the future.

The Rally was a total of 2800km, with

exceptionally difficult navigation that tested

even experienced Dakar competitors’

navigation skills, creating a platform for an

average of 8-10 hours of riding on most

stages.

Terrain “Piste” was mostly hard pack

flowing tracks with soft sand and some farm

lands, however, what made the navigation

very tricky were the multiple tracks on many

stages, and some tricky navigation in the

mountain area.

The Northwest Province is flat type of

terrain, brought its own uniqueness to rally

stages, and creates its own unique degree of

difficulty that caught out many competitors.

Riders soon realised that they needed to

adapt their pace to their navigation level.

The very busy road book made for a much

slower average speed on the total rally, which

gave the average competitor, and newbies

to rally, the opportunity to do well and to

be competitive, not just on raw speed, but

crucially with navigation skills, what rally raid

is all about.

This was the perfect opportunity for rally

“newbie” Ross Branch of Botswana (2019

Dakar Entrant & KTM SA factory Pilot) to

settle in and hone his nav skills for Dakar next

month. He was kept honest at every stage by

UK based rider and multi Dakar Hero, Lyndon

Poskitt, who showed incredible pace and nav

skills on his trusty “Basil” 730 KTM Rally. He

went on to take the Malle Moto win.

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C O V E R S T O R Y

Ross Branch took the

overall win...

Ross eventually stamped his authority on raw pace,

and with minimal mistakes on navigation he took the

OVERALL SCRATCH (Auto, Moto, SXS, ATV) and the

Overall Moto Win for the 2018 event.

One of the great highlights of the event was Joe

Holmes. At 67yrs old, he completed every stage with

a kick start WR450, certainly the oldest and one of the

toughest on KR18!

The ATV category was won by a consistent ride from

Cape Town based Hamish Horrell who also has Dakar

aspirations. The Auto & Buggy Division was won by the

experienced Dakar crew of the Elf Renault Duster team

with Johan van Staden and Mike Lawrenson, who battled

with a consistent and rookie rally team of Marias and

Yolinda Fourie – Peace Haven Bat Spec who took the

Buggy Category win ahead of Dean Bradbury - Bradbury

Racing Bat Venom, also a rally rookie team for a welldeserved

2nd in the Buggy Category. While the Australian

Coconut Racing – Century CR6 of Luke Olholm and

Rodney Burke, pushed through some niggles at the start

of the rally to claw their way back to a 3rd in the Buggy

category and end strongly, with the stage 4 and Stage 5

Overall Auto Division Wins.

Here’s an insiders take on the event:

From the eyes of a tech support guy.

Peter McBride - Tonteldoos

Very early this year, Joe Holmes, walked into my pub for

a beer and mentioned that he wanted to do the Kalahari

Rally. Without much hesitation, and probably shouting

a little, I said “well if you need a support guy, I’ll come

along!” We shook hands in agreement, enthusiastically

discussed what we knew about the event (which was

nothing) then promptly forgot about it until about 6 weeks

before the start.

Neither of us had been anywhere near a navigational

rally before. (Joe has been to the buffalo rally in the 80’s

and I hit the impala once, but I don’t think that counts)

every Monday for the 6 weeks before the race we spent

Ross Riddle loading the

road book into Roger

Kane-Berman bike.

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C O V E R S T O R Y

time stripping and rebuilding Joe’s Rally bike. A crispy

clean Yamaha WR 450. Built by a previous owner into

rally spec it has all the “rally stuff “massive tanks. Road

book holder, ICO, GPS brackets and a fairing.

We tried to do as much research as we could online to

see what we would need, but when the time arrived, we

just packed every single tool we owned into Joe’s cruiser.

If we had more space we probably would have chucked

in the oxy acetylene bottles, bench grinder and the lathe.

But fortunately we just couldn’t fit them in. Finally we

set off to the Northwest province, more specifically the

Mafeking rugby club. Who were to play host to the event

every night except two. We arrived after a relaxed 600

kilometre drive and immediately took advantage of the

brilliant food available in the rugby club bar. (Seriously, if

you ever go to Mafeking, try the fillet with feta and bacon.

95 bucks of awesomeness).

Being a first time event. Almost everyone was finding

their feet. The Professional, smooth and thorough

scrutineering and documentation process settled any

doubts I had about just how well this show was going

to run. Of particular interest was the two trackers each

competitor had to run. The primary tracker unit was wired

into the bike by the organisation. The second, a portable

tracker was clipped onto each competitor’s camelback.

Both with SOS buttons that could immediately indicate a

medical emergency.

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C O V E R S T O R Y

Saturday night was the first riders briefing and Intense

concentration was the order of the day . The first item of

business was a 70 kilometre super special. A short stage

that would determine starting positions for the first day of

racing and a good shakedown for first time navigators to

get used to using a road book, and to take pressure off,

times would not count to the overall result.

The Riders were all given the first road book of the

event to mark and load into the road book holders. I

couldn’t help but draw a comparison to the diagrams and

markings on the road book and Egyptian hieroglyphics.

Both seemed equally confusing at first glance.

Fortunately some old friends ( Johan Janse Van

Rensburg, Jy’s n yster! ) gave Joe some information and

tips on how to interpret the instructions and he managed

to sort of wrap his head around it .

As the competitors lined up for the first stage, the

nerves kicked in hard. Organisers, riders and support

crew all pacing around hoping for the best. Not everyone

was feeling the pressure though. Ross Branch, fresh

from securing his third SA off Road Championship for

KTM, had not had a chance to navigate with a road book

at race pace before and was itching to get out there and

put the hammer down. Lyndon Poskitt a bit of a rally

celebrity and by far the most experienced racer in the

field was looking forward to racing on the only continent

he had not yet done a rally on during his travels. Brian

Bontekoning, SA off road Legend , was in his element.

Looking forward to a new challenge and hoping his

injured left wrist would hold up for the duration of the

event. He started and finished with a broken wrist. That is

old school hard core.

Cheerleaders all

along the way...

Bontekoning at the

end of it all.

Lyndon Poskitt getting

his hands dirty...

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2018 MXGP Championship


C O V E R S T O R Y

The next few days have kind of blurred into

one long rally stage in my mind. One night we

stayed in Barberspan and enjoyed fantastic

hospitality from the Barberspan Motor club.

Another night we were in Disaneng Dam

Resort. But it felt like I was just hammering

around the Kalahari in Joe’s cruiser. Chasing

fuel stops and stage start points. The support

crews all became one happy family after

about two days. Whenever a rider came into

a fuel point (a mandatory 15 minute decontrol

for safety ) everybody swarmed onto the bike

, ripping out the old road book, fitting new

ones, checking tyres, chains , brake pads .

Filling up bikes, riders and camelbaks with

petrol, sandwiches and all sorts of weird and

wonderful rehydrate combinations. The usual

competitive “us and them “atmosphere of

single day events was gone and forgotten.

The only Major frustration for the support

crews was not being able to help the guys

who entered the “Malle Moto” category. This

category has very strict rules. Only the rider

and other competitors may assist, they have

two boxes that they may use for all their rally

requirements. Oil, spares, spare kit, all of it.

Support crews may offer advice and hand

the competitor tools and spare parts. But if

anyone even touches the bike it’s an instant

Disqualification. Watching the guys work late

into the night on their bikes after a 12-14 hour

day on the bike is hard.

Our trusty WR 450 had two issues. The

electrical switch that fed power to all the

navigation equipment failed. The bike missed

and spluttered like it had water in the fuel.

But only after some sage advice from lifelong

Yamaha Fanatic Martin Lourens did we

discover the cause was electrical.

Spending time with old friends like Tom

Rensleigh and Andrew “ two Boy “ Shaw and

new friends from all over SA was the most fun

I have had in a while. For support crews it’s a

game of “ hurry up and wait “ you get to the

fuel points as fast as you can, then wait for

the bikes to come in. new friends became old

friends quickly and there was nonstop “ kak

praat “ mainly from me if I’m honest.

Tom, don’t forget to buy a truck for us to

race next year, it needs a microwave, fridge

and a Wi-Fi hook-up. Thanks my man.

On the last day, Two Boy and I were

waiting at the last fuel stop for Gavin Breckle

to come thru. Once we were sure he was

on his way we would go to the finish.

Watching the live tracker that was available

on kalaharirally.com we estimated he should

be with us in 5-10 minutes. Then the phone

rang. James Ballantyne, the Gent who had

come up from Cape Town to run support for

Hamish Horrell, got a call from Hamish. He

had come across Gavin who had just had a

very big crash and was unconscious. This is

where the exceptional organising of the event

really came into its own.

James found the marshal at the fuel point.

The marshall called it in to the race control.

Using the trackers of both competitors. Gavin

number 18 and Hamish number 22. They

gave the marshal exact directions to attend

to the crash - fortunately less than a kilometre

away. At the same time an ambulance

Joe holmes with his

Faithful WR...

late nights for some of

the riders...

Learning the roadbook

is daunting at first...

Nico Durandt in action.

Roger kayne Berman

checks the bike out...

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with an advanced life support medic was

dispatched. In under 5 minutes Gavin was

in an ambulance receiving good medical

care and was on his way to the hospital in

Mafeking where a race appointed doctor

was standing by to assist. Fortunately as I

write this, Gavin is recovering well in ICU in

Klerksdorp. Racing is dangerous. Crashes

happen. Having support like this is invaluable.

All the folks involved here need to take a bow.

Well done folks. Well done indeed.

And then…..just like that it was over. All

the bikes and cars gathered in Parc Ferme

, everybody who had fi nished sat wearily

under the stretch tent. The competitors who

had to pull out but stuck around for the fi nish

were front of the line to offer congratulations.

Everybody slowly made their way back to the

bivouac for prize giving. Braai s were lit. Not

too many beers were sunk and some earnest

and heartfelt speeches made. I’m sure the

trophies handed out will hold pride of place in

competitor’s trophy cabinets and bars.

So we look forward to 2019. Don’t kid

yourself, this rally is very, very demanding.

You will need to prepare for this just as

much as you need to prepare for The Roof.

Long hard days on bikes and you cannot

stop concentrating on the Navigating for a

minute. So get your Rally bikes prepped. Train

hard. Ride lots of sand. Prepare for every

eventuality and get as much off road race

time in as you can.

Good luck , God speed and see you all in

Mafeking in 2019.

The positive feedback from so many

follows on social media locally and worldwide,

as well as from competitor surveys, gave

KR18 so much insight as to where to improve

on the Kalahari Rally going forward.

This valuable insight will certainly guide

the planning for the next Kalahari Rally and to

assist the planning group how to improve the

Kalahari Rally going forward!

Watch this space!

A happy bunch of racers

The Subtech boys - at it again.

The Kalahari team...


F I R S T L O O K

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2019 YAMAHA

WR450F ON ITS WAY!

Yamaha’s all-new WR450F that has inherited much DNA from its sportier YZ450F

sibling for model year 2019 is on the way.

Yamaha practically invented the market for durable but hard-core enduro motorcycles

when it first brought the WR400F to market 20 years ago. That bike then became the

WR426F (We all remember trying to kick start those things!) in 2001 before growing to

its current 449cc capacity in 2003, when it gained a happy button.

In the ensuing years the WR forged a reputation for class leading durability and went

on to conquer the enduro sales charts in South Africa, year after year.

This new kid on the block has a lot to live up to.

Some techy stuff:

In 2010 the YZ450F reversed its engine with the inlet entering from the front and the

exhaust exiting from the rear of the rearward slanted cylinder block. For 2019 the

WR is the same but with intake/exhaust systems, fuel injection and ignition curves all

mapped for enduro grunt rather than a motocross style top end.

The WR has not waited to adopt the latest YZ technology.

Both the 2019 YZ450F and WR450F feature a new clutch with more heat resistant

plates and a lighter pull at the lever.

The five-speed gearbox is also shared with the 2019 YZ450F right down to identical

ratios. The dog gears have a revised shape for improved performance. For transit

sections it would certainly be nice to have a sixth cog but Yamaha are obviously

content that their wide spread of torque and smooth EFI response allows for a final

drive tall enough to keep engine rpm under control at speed.

The standard kick-start back-up has now become and optional extra while the

electric starting system has been improved and is claimed to require 60 per cent less

load to fire the WR into life than that found on the outgoing model.

Updated electronics:

A mapping switch allows the rider to select between two power delivery maps on the

fly while the smartphone Power Tuner app has been improved with WiFi connectivity

and more functionality.

The backbone of the new WR450F is identical to the current model YZ450F but is

tuned for a little more flex via lesser torque on the engine mount brackets.

WR450F also runs on the same KYB twin-chamber inverted forks as the YZ450F

but of course with more enduro specific valving. The diameter of the fork tubes are

1mm larger on the WR450F than found on the YZ450FX and a new leaf spring midspeed

valve is claimed to vastly improve finer control of the fork oil flow and thus

suspension response.

Likewise, the rear shock is also YZ sourced but with enduro valving while the spring is

of a higher fatigue strength than the previous model and the reservoir is increased by

30ml to help contain temperature spikes.

How much fuel does it carry?

One thing that has not gone up in spec’ as the WR has progressed through the

model years has been fuel capacity. The early models had 12-litre fuel tanks but that

went down to 10-litres in 2003, then 8-litres in 2010 before reducing again to 7.5-litres

in 2012.

The bike should be in South Africa this month. We’ll have a full local test soon.

www.yamaha.co.za for your nearest dealer.

If you add the race kit, you can use a free

smartphone app to change the bike’s

engine mapping to suit the specific track

and conditions you are riding. The Yamaha

Power Tuner app also logs race data and

monitors a range of other parameters such

as engine run time and service scheduling.

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WE ARE THE

CHAMPIONS!

15 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS ACHIEVED IN 2019.


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BILLY BOLT

2018 WESS CHAMPION


L O C A L B U I L D

We popped past Boeman Racing on the East Rand

the other day and came across this very interesting

looking Husqvarna TC 250 MX machine. It looked to

us as if it had just about every conceivable bit of bling

affixed and asked about it. It might be an older model

but it gives peeps a good idea about what is available…

If you can’t afford a brand new bike – a facelift makes

any used bike feel new all over again…

50 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2018


The Bones: 2016 Husqvarna TC250

• Suspension: Racetech internals – the

famous stuff from Game services. The

shocks have been set up for a rider of

around 98KG’s . Standard rear spring but

all of the internal valving front and rear has

been done.

• Game also supplied all of the Pivot Worx

replacement chassis bearing kits for the

bike. From wheel bearings to the linkage

kit. It all comes as a complete kit with all

required seals and spacers.

• Torc 1 levers and brake pedals are fitted.

Great value and they look trick. Anodized

black or blue with an adjustable gear lever

tip to your boot. The Brake pedal comes

complete with a brake snake.

• Enduro Engineering has supplied the

rear brake disc guard. Also mounted is the

EE front sprocket guard – protecting the

hydraulic slave cylinder from the chain.

• We love the Acerbis carbon look brake

and clutch reservoir covers.

• Polisport has supplied most of the bolton

plastic stuff – Upper fork wrap, clutch

cover, swingarm guard, chain guide, brush

guards, radiator louvres. A front disc guard

is on its way. Looks proper cool and offers

excellent protection.

• 14:48 Talon sprockets. DID 520 black and

gold anodised chain – Japanese quality.

• Kenda Rubber front and rear– some of the

best value on the market.

• The bike runs a standard Husky header

with an FMF slip-on. The pipe really wakes

the bike up a bit. Carbontech header

protector.

• Other bits like the colour coded plastic

spoke covers, rim tape, carburetor overflow

pipes have been fitted – all at Boesman

Racing.

• All lubricants by Liqui Moly – 80 weight

gear oil, fully synthetic two-stroke oil.

This bike was not built to race – it is a

weekend warriors bike built for fun – on an

affordable budget. Nice!

Boeman Racing: Jet Park 078-457-6808

Rebuilds, Customising, race preps all

dirtbikes and ATV’s.

DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2018 51


R E A D E R S R I D E

By Japie Schmidt

There are things that

money simply can’t buy

and the memory of it

becomes “MasterCard

Priceless” with stories

that will last a lifetime.

Bikers old-school

MasterCard moments

– most made before

MasterCard existed,

cannot be outdone! The

memories of freedom.

Cutting the curves of a

perfect road on a great

day with an awesome

bike. A crisp, fresh

mountain breeze in your

face and perhaps a nice

girl on the back just to

make it more perfect

and nostalgic.

That moment of freedom

and exhilaration as

experienced by many of

us over the years makes

you go back time after time like

a golfer or a hunter returning for

that perfect shot, sometimes

far and few apart but always

with the expectancy of getting it

better. I can recall riding the old

Eastern Transvaal for the first time

on a 81’ Honda CB900F when

R10.00 was enough to fill you up.

Returning over many years on a

Katana, CBX, RS Boxer, Mille’,

Harley, GS, KTM 990 among

others trying to have a “Déjà Vu”

moment, but somehow it is just

never ever the same again.

As a couple caught up in

the statement “Travelling is the

only thing that you can buy that

makes you richer”, our savings

disappear into traveling to a

new country every second year,

renting a bike and just riding for

days without end absorbing every

inch of road searching for that

moment that we shared between

Graskop and Hazyview on the old

22’ many, many years ago.

In Germany our weapon

or choice, a GT, for the British

Islands we couldn’t get a Tiger

and had to settle for a GS, in

the US we rode an Electra Glide

so needless to say – when we

started planning for Austria, or

Australia without kangaroo’s as

some call it, a KTM was the

only logical choice. It is therefore

with gratitude and appreciation

towards KTM South Africa,

and Riaan Neveling in particular

promoting his product that

opened a door to us riding the

KTM Flagship in its home country

with the undertaking that formal

feedback will be returned on

the Rider Communication and

Navigation Interface available on

the new models.

52 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2018


St Anton am Arlberg. The Arlberg Pass in the Eastern Alps

runs through famous St Anton am Arlberg. The Arlberg is the

border between Vorarlberg and Tyrol county in Austria.

DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2018 5 3


R E A D E R S R I D E

KTM handover

from Harald Stark

at Munderfing.

We arrived at the KTM factory in

Mattighoven and received the latest

KTM1290R Adventure prepared and

equipped with travelling luggage as

promised ready to “rock and roll”. We were

so impressed by the warm welcome and

friendliness of staff. It took some time and

great caution to reprogram the old memory

bank to “Keep Right”, and for the first few

hours to obey all the traffic and road signs

until we got the vibe from local bikers as to

what is allowed and what is overlooked by

authorities.

With the KTM App already installed on

an iPhone 7, – the set-up and pairing with

the bike and Senna S20 devices preinstalled

were seamless and no issues were

encountered. We routed the 44 kms back to

the hotel in the Salzburg old stadt without any

issues and communications were crystal clear

and flawless, a great relief on its own.

Packing for a three week bike trip is

always a challenge and what to take and

what not - but the KTM 1290 panniers made

the task really easy, underlining the fact that

we are sometimes just to spoiled for choice.

Two socks, underpants riding shirts and

casual plakkies and that was almost it. I knew

my wife was not going to spend many Euro’s

on souvenirs along the road, as there was

just no extra space . The utmost friendliness

and help we received from the hotel storing

our excess luggage cannot be ignored - they

were awesome.

With childlike excitement we rode out of

the city the next morning, the bike now fully

loaded with pillion and luggage felt light and

nimble, the most powerful adventure machine

in the world was almost just idling along at

80km/hr eagerly awaiting a flick of the wrist to

give it some wings.

It was almost intimidating the see

motorists obeying every traffic sign and make

way for you wherever we went and in some

instances showing approval for the brand

that we were on. As a reminder, KTM is still

celebrating their 18’th consecutive victory on

the 40’th edition of the Dakar with a Austrian

rider as the overall winner.

Between my wife and I, we spent around a

year pre-planning this adventure and making

sure that all areas were covered. In short, she

reads all the travelling books on a country

and spent her data and free-time doing

research while I do the same on Google Earth

and reading up on scenic routes or exciting

mountain passes, avoiding freeways as far

as possible. We then plot the “must go”

places with the “must do” routes on Garmin

Basecamp, break it up into ridable distances

and… that becomes the trip regardless of the

weather and the distance.

I used a Garman Montana 680 as my

primary navigation source for the trip.

This trip was all about the

orange bike, an awesome country,

breathtaking scenery, pristine

roads but for me the highlight –

the most helpful friendliest joyful

nation that I ever experienced

from border to border where

nothing is too much to ask,

cashers at tills and pay points that

don’t get upset if you don’t have

the right money, motorist that still

respect the rule of law, make-way

and wait for a motorcycle to pass,

it was just amazing to experience.

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Sankt Aegyd am Neuwalde/ Puchberg am Schneeberg.

Both the Schneeberg and Raxalpen mountain ranges

are popular with the Viennese for winter breaks and only

situated some 100km from the capital.

Badgastein, the most popular resort in Gasteinertal

is crossed by the Gasteiner Ache, which runs

through its centre in a series of attractive waterfalls.

Alberschwende. Refueling in

Alberschwende, in the district of Bregenz.

The Orange bike, believe me - she is

fast! Just one handfull and some other

well-known touring brands appear to be

either broken or perhaps out of fuel, and

let me tell you, Austria is not a straight

line race or a drag strip, the twisters just

keeps on and on without end.

It is the first trip ever that the back tyre

was round at the end without a flat spot

in the middle.

As we were given the R model and

not the Adventure S, all suspension

setting is manual and I had to work the

rear suspension a few times but never

really got it perfected but then again – the

bike wasn’t really build for riding some

of the best tar roads in the world, with a

pillion and lots of luggage but rather the

opposite. And then the rain came and

the temperature fell to 6-7 deg C… for

us It felt like winter but the locals weren’t

bothered – the one place where friendly

people don’t offer sympathy because

“shame you were riding in the wet”. I

was stunned at this point to find that the

bike was equipped with heated seats

Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg.

but not heated grips and the only logical

explanation is that Austrians have harder

hands than bums.

There are many strong

points for the 1290R but

the single most impressive

part for me was the rain or

wet weather handling and

performance, especially

the brakes and stability

through corners on a road

that doesn’t straighten out

because it is raining but the

curves just go on and on.

We all know that riding

in the rain always brings

that “oh crap” moment

out of you at some point.

On the trip, when the sun

disappeared I had my

bases covered.

Peggau. Scenery

driving through the

district of Peggau.

Salzburg from the

Hohensalzburg Fortress.

Schröcken. The view as we travel the

Hochtannbergpass between Schröcken

and Warth winding its scenic way along

the upper Bregenz Ach.

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The only real negative? It could use a more

comfortable seat. Although we are both used

to riding long distances, our max was limited

to 2 hours before stopping for a proper Coffee

and apple strudel.

This is just our experience comparing it to

previous trips on bikes with big panniers and

bigger seats from a country far away who’s

president spent more time on Twitter than the

average Sandton teenager.

Joining in with Brain Johnson “ACDC - I’ve

been around the world I’ve seen a million

girls” comes to mind, but then there are this

one special person. This, is Austria – the

exceptional beauty and scenery is not matched

by anything I have ever experienced. If your

GPS shows that you are 544m above sea

level and you have just seen a sign indicating

that the peak in the Alps is 2188 m, it roughly

means the mountain next to you is 1 ½ km’s

of naked granite. No picture can do it justice

but we have tried in any way – but it is just

breathtaking and you can look at it for hours.

The lakes, mountains, roads, people, cities,

fellow motorcycle riders, non-harassing cops

and the good food makes this possibly one of

the best motorcycle destinations on earth.

The Grossglockner High Alpine Road is

the highlight, a 46 km pass that you have

to travel in both directions making it almost

100kms of the best pass with the most u

bends that you will ever travel in your life – it

makes the Long Tom pass feels like the N12

to Stilfontein by comparison.

People always ask – how much did it

cost? My first reply is how much do you want

to spend and how prepared are you?

In short – flight tickets are what they are,

but if you book 12 months in advance and

likewise for accommodation, the better more

affordable is always full and booked out long

before the time. A rush trip will set you back

at least 35% more than a planned one. Beer

is always a bargain and you can comfortably

live from vendor stalls.

By comparison, an average 2 star B&B

or hotel (clean and neat with breakfast ) will

be around Euro E 140 – 160 depending on

the area and town, beer at E 3,60 for 500ml,

cappuccino E 2,50 to 3,25 and a burger or

rostbratwurst in the E 4,20 to 5,30 with some

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Fusch an der Grossglocknerstrasse.

Grosslockner Hochalpenstrasse: Traversing the Hohe Tauern national park is the

High Alpine Road, regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful mountain routes.

Built in 1935 along the old mountain passes between Bruck in Salzburg Land and

helligenblut in Carinthia. It is 47.8km long and forms part of a north-south route from

Bavaria to Italy. The highest point of the route is Hochtor at 2505m and the lowest is

Bruck at 755m. With the 1.5km rise in altitude, the flora also changes.

Hallstatt. Fairytale..

chips. Fuel comes to E 1,26 / litre and the KTM

gave us overall 18,5km/l over 3671km’s.

Our costs were lower in Austria than a

similar trip in the UK in 2013. Yes, it is slightly

more expensive than the East Rand, but I have

paid more in Randburg and Brooklyn Mall –

but then again, it is not about the money.

After riding this trip – our “Déja Vu” moment

was relived with a sense of completion. Down

memory lane we will always recall doing

Austria on a Big Orange KTM 1290R chasing

Multistrada’s and other brands for 16 days in

a row and leaving most of them behind, and

those who came past were either better riders

or bad losers.

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R E A D E R S R I D E

So let’s discuss the latest KTM My Ride app.

We used the Apple version of it. From a software

point it works very well and no technical errors

were ever experienced. Just to clarify – you do

not get a map on your KTM screen as some

people assume. Only the instructions are

displayed in detail on the left top of the screen

with some trip information below that - and audio

to your Bluetooth Headset.

The navigation work and map display remains

on your cell phone app and not the bike.

The app can be used in an online (using

data ) or offline where the maps needs to be

downloaded with Wi-Fi. We downloaded the

Austrian map beforehand but found the search

function difficult, not because it doesn’t work but

the limitation was the language barrier at large.

I used the English version but most of the POI’s

listed are in German and many word orders

are turned around, so it is difficult to find your

destination if the search function doesn’t pick

it up. The second barrier for me was the auto

routing function itself. The only way to route via a

specific scenic road is to add several via-points

to your route forcing the app to route on the road

of choice and if it doesn’t you have to choose

more waypoints.

The auto-recalculate that cannot be switched

off became annoying and we wished that Siri

would die a painful death screaming at you in

your helmet for every “Umleitung” or detour on

our side of the planet.

I also tried to import the routes from

Basecamp but the app doesn’t make

provision for .gpx imports in its present format.

In summary, the app works very well for

commuting in your mother tongue but is a

lot harder applying it for touring in a different

language. Having said that it doesn’t mean that

the Montana was much better, the difference

was just that the pre-planned routes could be

downloaded beforehand.

So – thank you Riaan and thank you KTM.

Another unforgettable memory.

Austria comes Highly recommended!

Innsbruck. From Innsbruck to

Hafelekar(2256m high).. by cablecar.

Patsch. Enjoying the view of the Sill Valley

and the famous Europabrücke as we travel

Romerstrasse on our way to Brenner.

Heiligenblut. Situated at the foot of the

Grossglockner, the highest mountain in

Austria, and of the Pasterze Glacier.

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F I R S T L O O K

Is this the new

The New RZR XP Turbo S

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Polaris keeps coming up with

some truly interesting and

exceptional machines – and to

be quite fair –we sometimes

can’t even keep up with all of

the models and descriptions.

The latest and most extreme in performance from this innovative

brand is the RZR XP Turbo S. It’s a two-seat platform that looks like a

redux of the classic RZR XP rolling chassis from the outside. This is a

case of beauty being more than skin-deep. Beauty starts with stronger

bones for the frame.

Polaris says “all-new frame,” though existing bodywork appears

to bolt up. As impressive as the styling changes, new front and rear

fascia, new dash layout, and the standard aluminum roof are, the S is

all about the legs!

HIGH AND WIDE

Once you’ve checked out those industry-fi rst ITP Coyote 32-inch tyres

and 15-inch wheels, you might notice that those massive meats are

not even close to hidden under the body. Instead of the standard 64-

inch width, the Turbo S is a full 72 inches wide. Changes to the width

and suspension boost the travel to 19 inches in the front and 21 inches

in the rear.

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F I R S T L O O K

Polaris includes a 25-inch front and rear “useable

travel” number in addition to claimed wheel travel.

Useable travel is measured from the skid plate to the

bottom of the tyres when the suspension is at full

extension. Useable travel includes the actual wheel travel,

tyre compression, and chassis and suspension flex.

Polaris is making the point that you still have frame/skid

plate clearance when the car is fully bottomed out.

That useable travel number and the 16 inches of

ground clearance do make a difference. On rocky, rootinfested

mountain trails, this one offers a very smooth ride.

SMART TOO

Suspension goodness doesn’t stop with the numbers.

Reinforced arched A-arms, radius rods and trailing

arms join with new, larger Fox 3.0 Internal Bypass Live

Valve shocks that are part of Polaris’ Dynamix smart

suspension system. The Dynamix Turbo came with 2.5

Fox shocks all around, and the S has those on the front

but gets the new 3.0s in the rear. Dynamix machines

combine the on-board GPS inputs from the Polaris Ride

Command system with a special computer processing

information from an accelerometer and a gyro to adjust

the suspension on the fly. We tested the last rendition of

this machine – and that was quite simply – amazing!

There are three selectable levels via a rocker switch on

the dashboard—comfort, sport and firm. Firm is almost

a Polaris inside joke. Firm maxxes all of the suspension

adjustments. In comfort and sport, you have a base

setting—sport is roughly 30 percent more damping force

than comfort—but over 33KPH, the computer senses

the attitude of the car. Once you pass 33, the outside

shocks stiffen when you turn, the rear shocks stiffen when

the throttle is wide open and the front shocks stiffen for

1.5 seconds when you brake. Any time all the wheels

leave the ground, the suspension goes full stiff. The

adjustments are perfectly seamless. The car just works.

You don’t feel the adjustments.

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F I R S T L O O K

Creature Comforts:

A refined cockpit is another feature of the Turbo S. It

has an entirely new dash, and it feels as if the steering

column and the new flat-bottom Sparco steering wheel

are mounted higher. We think that the seats—the same

as current Polaris products but with a new cover—are

mounted lower and leaned back a bit. The effect is a

comfortable cab where everything is easy to reach.

Other RZR models have come with a retracting seatbelt

system, but the Turbo S comes standard with actual

competition-type four-point harnesses. For those not

used to them, they are time-consuming to adjust for a

new driver or passenger, but the security is very nice.

We also found that many of the Ride Command

features are nice. It is handy to have the GPS screen

so easy to use. It is becoming second nature to set

waypoints. Ride Command does have music and GoPro

control capabilities, but you will need to add speakers for

music and an aerial for Radio 702.

Final Thoughts:

There are limited quantities of this RZR in SA at the

moment – and we cannot wait to test the latest offering.

Maraisburg is calling!

Dont tell anyone but - There is also some big news

coming on the racing front… watch this space…

Specifications:

Engine: ProStar Turbo H.O.; 4-stroke DOHC twin cylinder

Displacement: 925cc

Fuel system: EFI

Fuel capacity: 36 litres

Starting system: Electric

Final drive: Shaft

Suspension/wheel travel: Front High-clearance dual A-arm w/ stabilizer bar, 2.5” Fox Podium Internal

Bypass shocks w/ Live Valve (electronically controlled damping)/19”

Rear: Trailing arm w/ stabilizer bar, 3” Fox Podium Internal Bypass shocks with Live Valve (electronically

controlled damping)/21”

Tyres: Front ITP Coyote (8-ply rated), 32×10-15

Rear ITP Coyote (8-ply rated), 32×10-15

Brakes: Front Dual hydraulic disc w/ triple-bore front calipers

Rear Dual hydraulic disc w/ dual-bore rear calipers

Wheelbase: 90.0”

Length/width/height: 122”/72”/75”

Ground clearance: 16.5”

Curb weight: 780 KG’s

Colors: Indy Red, Polaris Blue

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D I R T Y S T U F F

SO YOU THINK THAT YOUR

DIRTBIKE IS FAST?

2 SUZUKI GSXR1000’S FOR THE DIRT

As a group, men come up with some

very creative and admittedly cool

ways to try to kill ourselves. However,

this particular little project just might

be the coolest and most creative way

for a guy to look death right in the eye

while grabbing a handful of throttle

and laughing all the way to the edge

of mortality.

Dirt bikes aren’t any more dangerous

than any other motorsport hobby. Sport

bikes could be described the same way:

inherently dangerous but not overly so.

People around the world ride both types of

bikes daily with zero issues or injuries. It’s

when we start pushing the boundaries of

what these machines are capable of, that

things tend to take a turn for the worse,

but that’s what we do as a species, finding

adrenaline highs high in the air above a

jump or between two cars at break-neck

speeds on the highway.

Here is an example of two types of bikes

melded together to create what would

have to be one of the most fun-to-ride

contraptions on the planet. It would also

fall near the top of the list of Toys Voted

“Most Likely To Kill You If You Take It For

Granted For Even A Split Second”, but

damn do we want to take it for a spin.

What you’re looking at are two Suzuki

GSX-R 1000’s that have been adapted for

the dirt… they have both had the front and

rear suspensions amputated and in their

place you’ll find dirt bike goodies.

The naked one is built by the Finnish

motorcycle group Stunt Freaks Team.

A few weeks ago, A Suzuki GSX-R1000

went off road racing and actually did a

good job!

This time it was Portuguese daredevil and

stunt rider Ricardo Domingos “Arrepiado”

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who made the headlines, when he decided to enter the famous

Baja Portalegre 500, racing a slightly modified Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Ricardo is a well-known stunt rider and he already had modified

the GSX-R1000 by adding a turbo kit to the inline-four-cylinder

engine to use it on his stunt shows, but last weekend he did what

many thought wouldn’t be possible and raced the GSX-R1000

off road.

The bike itself was mainly stock, and his team only changed

the suspension for off road duties, the visor was changed for a

smaller one and the usual clip-ons we see on superbikes were

changed to allow Ricardo to control the bike while riding standing

on the foot pegs. Of course the tyres were also different than the

road going version, with the team opting to go for full off road

tyres for better grip.

He and the Suzuki GSX-R1000 entered the Hobby class, and

surprised many fans and even his rivals when he finished the race

in 3h23s with an average speed of 61,62 km/h! That’s the time

Ricardo “Arrepiado” needed to complete the 221 km of his class

on the Baja Portalegre 500, held in Alentejo, Portugal.

Although he finished the race in 24th position out of 70

competitors, surprising all those who saw him speeding on the

mud and dirt, crossing the water like if he was riding a dirt bike,

not everything went well. When he was just 50 km from the end

of the Baja, the rear shock on the GSX-R1000 couldn’t handle the

effort, and gave up on him, so Ricardo had to slow down to make

it to the end.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, dirt bike suspended sport

bikes.

We don’t know the stats on dirt bike power levels, but we’d

guess that your typical 450 cranks out 60, maybe 75 horsepower.

Suzuki’s GSX-R makes approximately triple that, cranking out 162

horsepower.

Combine that with the bump-absorbing dirt bike suspension and

you have the recipe for a great time with a side of dangerous as

hell! But as you can see, it would be one of the most fun ways to

end up in hospital we’ve ever seen!

The best part is that it’s street legal, just add lights, mirrors and a

plate and such and you’re all set to hit the streets!

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FANTASTIC SOCIAL

OFFROAD RIDES!

Fantastic fun in the saddle. All of our events are fully catered –

so you won’t go hungry and we’ll show you guys parts of South

Africa that you’d never see otherwise! Medical crew at every

event and the trails are clearly marked so that you can ride at

your own pace.

Lots of optional technical sections chucked in for good

measure…

SUNDAY 2nd DECEMBER: Sunfields Ride, Balfour.

We’ll mark out a lekker route through the farmlands – bring

along some Christmas presents for the Sunfields home

for people with disabilities. We’ll sort the Christmas lunch.

Always lekker!

Weekend 25th January: Waterberg mountain Ride,

Naboomspruit. Too much fun! Fantastic weekend away

complete with hot pools and plenty for everyone to do.

Feb 16th: Parys farm Ride. One of the coolest day events –

everything your heart desires when it comes to dirtbiking!

March 2nd: Cosmos Ride East Rand. A great family ride- and

usually the Cosmos puts on a great show and if we have some

rain – its spectacular fun!

March 21st: Swazi Mangala. Two days across Swaziland.

Absolutely spectacular – WHAT A RIDE!

April 13th – day ride: Probably in the South of JHB… rocks,

rivers – farmlands. Always a lekker day out.

May 24th – Weekend away: Probably Dumbe mountain ride

out near Paulpietersberg.

June 21st – Long weekend – Tri Nations.

South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique – a firm favorite and an

AWESOME adventure!

Sept 21st – JHB 2 Richards bay in the dirt.

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If you have never been to witness

a Stofskop event - then next year

- you need to get off your asses,

onto your bikes and take a ride

out to the republic of Walkerville.

Words & Pics: Glenn Foley & ZCMC Media

This was the fi rst time that I was able to make it to

the event - after two years of Rob telling me how cool it

is. And he was quite right. Forget about the latest and

greatest seventeen zillion rand machine. Forget about

wannabe race stars all trying to look important.

This is the grass roots of why we all love bikes so

much. An army of old school and newer riders getting

together to have some friendly dices, on the most

ridiculous looking motorcycles in the most ridiculous

outfi ts.

Bikes from all generations were there - we saw a

very rare old Penton, a Classic Husky, BSA’s Triumphs -

mixed in with more modern Japanese machines.

And of those, there were plenty - from classic 500cc

2-stroke Honda’s to old school XL185’s - all tearing up

the track. There was even an old school “Help My Trap”

motorised Bicycle, which actually went faster when the

pilot was peddling... Man Alive what a JOL!

But wait! There’s more.

In the road bike department, we saw an 80’s GS850

dicing a Suzuki 500 slingshot fi tted with what looked

like a B200 delivery bike engine. There was even a

very svelte MV Agusta Brutale 800 doing some laps

in the Inappropriate Road Bikes class - doesn’t get

more inappropriate than that. We sure hope that his air

fi lter did the job - and the good news is that the rider

managed to stay upright throughout.

We saw some great crashes too - lets face it, that’s

the reason that most of us watch racing like this in the

fi rst place - The Vesparados - a motley collection of

Vespa scoots from - and ridden by all generations had

a great big pileup on the 2nd turn. No injuries - and they

staggered off to complete the dice!

Cole Aitken couldn’t help but get

it up when he saw the bras and

panties on the start line.

The Inappropriate Road bikes class had

some very inappropriate bikes in it.


The Inappropriate Road bikes class had

some very inappropriate bikes in it.

Pedal power

Arnold Olivier on his

custom SYM 300

Our Rob Portman was the

mic man for the day.

The Vesparados gate

crashed once again.

An AJS bike

from the 1940’s

The chap in the yellow

shirt was 72 years young

and took a tumble.

That rare Penton took a tumble in the

same turn when it’s 75 year old pilot was

clipped by a younger rider. But the medics

were on hand to patch up bodies and the

racing continued without any serious injury.

Half of an event like this is the

spectators. It was awesome to hook

up with old mates from the motorcycle

fraternity - and we were chuffed to see so

many dealers popping down to have a look

and let their few last few grey hairs down.

We saw Nick from The Traditional Motor

Co with some of his custom Triumph’s out

and about. RAD Moto’s Arnold Olivier came

to race on the ugliest Sym Scooter ever

built. Randburg motorcycles fi elded a weird

looking CB750 200 odd cc funny bike.

There was a team from Fast KTM - but

they were not on a fancy KTM at all. Dave

Gunning was in the mix on a ridiculously

tiny monkey bike...

Events like this are exactly what makes

people want to ride and race motorcycles.

Bench racing was the order of the day,

lots of laughs and great company. Ah and

did we mention that that very morning, the

Springboks pulled off a historic win over the

All Blacks IN New Zealand!

The highest score recorded in NZ by any

visiting side.

How much better could a day like

this be? It was awesome to see Motul

sponsoring this one - and they fi elded a full

team of lady racers and helpers- the Moto

Belles? With the Motul Big boss lady Mercia

Jansen leading the charge.

An actual motorcyclist in charge of a

motorcycle lubricant brand - and not just a

corporate bean-counter.

That is too cool.

Next year - we are racing. Between

RideFast and Dirt And Trail Magazine, we

are teaming up with Randburg Motorcycles

to build a top secret 400BHP machine.

As soon as we have the dates for next

years event, we’ll get them out. Roll on

Stofskop 2019! See you there.


S A L A U N C H

Small bikes.

Big Hearts.

The launch Of The New F850GS and F750GS.

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I’ve often wondered about who can

actually ride the BIG 1100cc and above

adventure bikes to their full potential off

road... and even on road for that matter. Few

can afford to drag a R250,000.00 plus bike

through the bush, thorns, over rocks and

through mud.

Yes… I know there are a handful of

talented people that can, and do actually

ride them like that – but they are a small

community.

I was quite excited to be invited to the

national launch of the all new BMW F850GS

and F750GS. Now you need to bear in mind,

I am a big guy, 1,97 meters tall in my socks

and I tip the scales at around 115kg’s, maybe

a bit more before my morning constitutional,

so why would I be excited about a mid-weight

adventure bike launch?

Well, because I believe that the BIG

capacity adventure bikes are getting out of

reach for many, purely based on price, fuel

consumption and useability. They are mostly

used for commuting to work on a Friday to

show off to the colleagues – and the odd long

distance holiday.

I fi rmly believe that the light to mid weight

market is the future of motorcycles and

current sales fi gures are slowly starting to

concur.

THE LAUNCH:

Day 1: We got bundled into one of the local

fl ying machines, (I am frikkin’ terrifi ed of fl ying),

and taken down to Cape Town, where I had

quite high hopes about the riding. We were

met by the nicest BMW staff and put up in the

really very nice Radison RED hotel at the V&A

Waterfront, and after a quick lunch we were

taken to the bikes.

We were told that the following mornings

ride was going to be mostly tar and if we

wanted to test the 850’s off road we should

grab them now as the afternoon ride was

going to be a bit of tar but mostly off-road and

sand dunes. Sadly for us – it didn’t happen.

We did the City & Suburban traffi c light and

traffi c jam tour of Cape Town with the last

45 mins being a mad dash up the coast to

the Atlantis dunes so that a couple of the

less experienced riders could weld the clutch

plates together - and the rest of us could get

a good cardio workout digging and dragging

our rides 50 meters in and then eventually

back out of the softest, deepest sand I have

ever seen in my life. Then we followed a SUV

back down the highway to a whole bunch

of new traffi c jams back to the hotel for a

press conference and a very lekker dinner

on the roof of the Radison RED. It boasts the

most spectacular views of the waterfront, the

mountain and the city.

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S A L A U N C H

On day 2, we had to swap out the more off road

oriented 850GS for the more road oriented 750GS to go

ride the passes in and around Franschhoek (with a quick

tea break at The Station Pub & Grill), the Wine lands,

Hermanus and back to Gordons Bay along Chapmans

Peak where we had a very sophisticated lunch at a

very larney restaurant on a wine farm. I have always

wanted to ride a bike in this part of our country, not only

is the scenery indescribably beautiful, but the roads are

in superb condition and extremely twisty, so it was an

absolute joy to ride these quite amazing machines in what

can only be described as a bucket list ride.

Much to my dismay, the crowd on the 850’s got to go

play in the dirt and forests around the wine farms, while

we were restricted to tarmac on the 750’s, which was

great fun in its own right on the bikes we were riding –

but this is – after all a more dirt oriented Adventure Bike

magazine…

After lunch a few of us had to bang it hard down the

freeway to make our fl ights back to JHB.

THE BIKES:

Both the F850GS & the F750GS have a really high quality

feel to them as we have come to expect from BMW and

are kitted out to the max. Both bikes are completely built

in the Loncin factory in China easily dispelling all the myths

that everything built in China is of poor quality. They are

gorgeous to look at, even if some of the colour schemes

and styling is reminiscent of other manufacturers.

The full specs are available at the end of this scribble,

but both bikes have on board computers with TFT

screens which are both easy to read at any speed in any

light and easy to operate and give you more information

than I knew I wanted to know, but actually do. They come

standard factory fi tted GOS brackets and have power

shifters, multiple riding modes – 4 on the 750 and 5 on

the 850, and you can feel a signifi cant difference between

each mode. They also have variable electronic suspension

settings which you can literally feel the bikes rise up or

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THE WILD IS WHERE

WE COME TO LIFE.

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S A L A U N C H

settle down a good few millimetres. They

have ABS and Traction control which can

be switched on and off at will and work

very well - and then my favourite feature,

they both have cruise control that is so

easy to use and makes the long open

road an exciting prospect, especially with

the all new motors which are way more

powerful than their diminutive capacity

might suggest and easily comparable to

most 1000cc and bigger competitors on

the market. This reiterates my opinion

that you don’t neccesarily need a big cc

adventure bike.

On both bikes, roll on power in 6th

gear from 120kmh to 160kmh is arm

stretchingly quick, so overtaking vehicles

is a breeze, cruising at 160kmh with

the cruise control on, is just so lekker. I

reached 195kmh on both bikes before

I ran out of straight clear road and they

were still accelerating when I shut off

the gas.

The all new chassis, suspension

and brakes are also something else to

behold. On a couple of occasions I got

myself into sphincter tightening situations,

being unfamiliar with the roads - and in

each one the bikes behaved way better

than expected and much more than I

could have hoped for, saving me some

serious hospital time and a huge amount

of embarrassment. Had I been on one

of the older generation bikes I would

have certainly crashed quite badly. With

the new chassis and the tank moved

up into the traditional position above the

motor the bike is incredibly comfortable,

especially for my lanky frame. All previous

incarnations of the 650, 700 & 800’s

have always felt a bit small for me to ride

comfortably at any speed for any length

of time, the all new F750 & 850GS’s are

really comfy and everything is where

you expect to find it and with the new

engines a long tour to anywhere is no

challenge.

RIDE IMPRESSIONS: F850GS

I can’t actually give any honest opinion

on the off road capabilities of this bike as

the route we were taken on was either

labouring from traffic light to traffic light in

the infamous Cape Town traffic jams or

we were buried scrotum deep in super

soft sand tugging hard on oxygen.

However, the lucky lot that did get

to do any actual off road riding on them

couldn’t stop singing the bikes praises, at

the rendezvous point for the tar and dirt

sections one rider jumped off clapping

his hands and dancing around shouting

“YES .. YES ..YES”, another rider, a very

competent owner of a GS1200 Rally said

the F850GS was so much better off road

than his 1200 Rally. I can only hope that

we get demo to a proper test in the near

future, (hopefully a long termer).

On road, the 850 performed well

even with the knobbly tyres. It was

comfortable, accelerated hard and long

and very quickly got way above any

posted legal speed limit in this country

in the shortest amount of time. Handling

in corners was confidence inspiring in

corners and had me pushing the limits

way more than was considered sane.

The brakes are very good - I nearly went

over the bars the first couple of pulls. Like

I said, ergonomically the bike suited my

almost 2 meter long frame and it seemed

to be more than suited to shorter riders

as well, quite a clever design trick from

BMW.

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S A L A U N C H

F750GS

Once again, the bike does not feel

uncomfortably small or under powered. It

accelerates as quickly as the 850, none of

us could feel any notable power difference

between the bikes even though there is on

paper. All the features are essentially the same

except standard front suspension verses

upside down forks on the 850 and remapped

fuelling system to soften the power output.

I could definitely feel the lower stance in

corners often dragging my boot on the

ground, but the 750 is incredibly stable in

any corner even under emergency braking

when I missed the sign board depicting a

hair pin bend and went barrelling in way too

fast. The brakes, suspension and chassis

are phenomenal, I misread a couple of the

other riders intentions, who I was unfamiliar

with, to overtake a truck and had to take

quite severe evasive action to avoid ploughing

into them or the back of the truck on one of

the passes. I managed to swerve extremely

hard under extreme braking without the 750

bucking or fighting me. We then went on to

some fairly high speed cornering along some

of the passes, a lot of which was done at way

above 160kmh.

Racing ….. yes literally racing back down

the freeway to the airport to catch our flights

on time. We were lane splitting at speeds

that would have gotten us an appearance

before the local magistrate and not once did

the 750 hesitate or miss a beat or feel even

slightly unstable. And these bikes just sound

so amazing!

WHAT I DON’T QUITE UNDERSTAND:

Why did they go from hydraulic clutch to a

cable clutch? That thing eventually became

really hard work on our City & Suburban traffic

jam tour.

The keyless system? That key is so easy

to lose or misplace while out on a ride, and

if you happen to be sitting within a close

enough proximity to your bike with your key in

your pocket, somebody can start it and ride

off with. Jeremy Clarkson proved that on Top

Gears American tour where he parked the

Dodge Richard Hammond was driving in the

middle of the street, while Richard had the

key in his pocket in the restaurant.

Why not just include the Garmin? The

cradle is already wired in.

Sadly... We missed this

section

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The pricing?

BMW has priced them in the late R180K to

R200K, cheaper than that, you can get a

well-known 1000cc Japanese adventurer

or at similar pricing you can get an Austrian

bike with a free Akarapovic pipe included in

the deal… I wonder if they are not shooting

themselves in the foot.

But they are great bikes. Highly

recommended and we look forward to riding

the 850 off-road soon.

www.bmw-motorrad.co.za for your

closest dealer

Highlights of the new BMW F

750 GS and F 850 GS:

• Powerful 2-cylinder in-line engine with a

displacement of 853 cc. F 750 GS: 57 kW

(77 HP) at 7500 rpm and 83 Nm at 6000

rpm. F 850 GS: 70 kW (95 hp) at 8250 rpm

and 92 Nm at 6250 rpm.

• Extremely powerful and emotional sound,

produced by a crankshaft journal offset of

90 degrees and firing interval of 270/450

degrees.

• New, robust steel bridge frame in

monocoque construction for increased riding

precision.

• New telescopic fork/upside-down

telescopic fork plus double-sided aluminium

swinging arm with central spring strut for

more sensitive response characteristics.

• ABS, ASC plus ‘Rain’ and ‘Road’ riding

modes included as standard.

• Pro riding modes with ABS Pro and

dynamic brake light, DTC and the new riding

modes ‘Dynamic’, ‘Enduro’ and ‘Enduro Pro’

(the latter only with the F 850 GS) available as

optional equipment ex works.

• ESA electronic suspension adjustment

available as optional equipment.

• A self-amplifying, anti-hopping clutch for a

discernible reduction in hand clutch operating

force.

• Full LED headlight incl. LED daytime running

light as optional equipment.

• Connectivity with multi-functional instrument

cluster and 6.5 inch full-colour TFT display

plus numerous features as optional

equipment.

• Intelligent emergency call function now

offered for the first time as optional equipment

for the middle class.

• Optimised offroad and travel ability plus

improved wind and weather protection.

• Sharper GS profile resulting from new

design.

• New colour concepts and style variations

Rallye and Exclusive.

• A range of optional equipment and

accessories that is unique in the middle class,

such as Keyless Ride, Gear shift assistant

• Pro, Dynamic ESA, eCall, Connectivity etc.

They treated a bunch of

hairy bikers to the very

upmarket Idiom restaurant.

Motorcycles... Pleasure

Sonderend...

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By Karen Sangster Pics by The Zygster

The WOMZA 2018 North vs South

& Interprovincial Challenge

One of the most popular annual motocross event in South

Africa took place, for the 6th year in succession, on 23rd

September in the city of Bloemfontein.

Riders from across the country flocked to participate in

what is a great team event.

Hosted by Bloemfontein Off-road Club (BORC) under the

banner of WOMZA, this event has become one of the

highlights on the South African motocross calendar.

This event is the brainchild of Mark Sangster, WOMZA

National MX Chairman, who, in 2012, accepted a challenge

from the then Northern Regions representative, Matthew

Phelps, who stated that the North, on its own, could beat

the whole of South Africa!

The event is a 3-part challenge – North (Gauteng) vs South

(the rest of South Africa), an Interprovincial challenge, and

an individual competition.

To date, each side has won three times…

This year, a record number of 50cc, 65cc and Senior

Support entries were received, and this bodes extremely

well for the future of motocross in the country. WOMZA has

a developmental approach to motocross, and their focus is

to promote the growth of clubs around the country, making

motocross affordable and accessible to all riders.

Race day dawned bright and clear, and despite the wind

picking up for a while, the weather was perfect for racing.

Practice got under way just after 7am, and although the

programme was packed, the day ran smoothly.

A vibrant and rowdy team march-past was held during the

lunch break, and once again the Eastern Cape put on an

energetic display and walked away with the Best Team

Spirit Award!

Dalton Venter

‘J Bomb’ Sangster

Jacques van der Merwe MX3

Jayden Ashwell

Jordan van Wyk 65cc

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Nate Mc Lellan Pro Mini

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The regional team managers went the extra

mile to deck their riders out in bright race jerseys. A

huge thank you to all the managers and regional reps

who put in so much effort to raise funds and organise

their teams. This year the Free State, Gauteng and

Eastern Cape teams were bursting at the seams, and

this paid off in terms of scoring!

There were some brilliant individual performances

again this year and some very close battles within

each class. A refreshing feature about this particular

event is that riders of varying abilities get to participate

against each other – a wonderful experience for many

who would not usually ride against so many others.

Top national riders race hard but there is an element of

fun as well, and this seems to bring the joy back into

riding for many.

The event also presents an opportunity for different

riders to showcase their riding ability and entertain the

throngs of spectators who come along to watch.

Due to the number of entries per class, certain races

began with split starts – something that worked

extremely well, and ensured the safety of all riders.

The officials, medics and marshals were on point

throughout the day, and thanks go to them for their

efforts.

For individual scores and positions, please go to ZA

Timing (official timekeepers on the day).

The Free State team came away victorious in the

Interprovincial competition under the captainship of

Tyson Engelbrecht, whilst the South team won the N

vs S competition by a country mile!

Of course, an event like this is successful because of

the wonderful support of sponsors. Besides the team

sponsors, sponsors of machinery and water trucks

(Razzmatazz), the printing of the race programme

(Konica Minolta), stands for the spectators (Siteform)

and innumerable others, mention must be made

of Gibson Tyres (Geoff and Steve Strydom) who

presented a back tyre to the winner in every class;

Mark Carty (Carty Racing) who generously donated

the prize money for the hole shot winners; Sunoco

(Ryan Shapiro) who provided items for the riders’

goody bags and also some awesome lucky draw

prizes and Dunlop caps; TRP who donated sets

of goggles as lucky draw prizes for each class; and

Bloemhof, who generously donated a weekend away

at De Oord for the winners of every class.

We look forward to the 7th annual North versus South

& Interprovincial Challenge to be held towards the

end of the year in 2019 (date to be announced soon),

where the teams will once again do battle to defend

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Kennys’ assault on Dakar – the prep work continues...

Racing in Portugal

A couple of months ago we featured Kennys race in Merzouga – a lead up to Dakar in 2019.

After Merzouga, Kenny realized that he needed more road book time and some pointers on navigation. To this

end, he booked a week with the Portugese outfit WIM academy for a 2 day race and more nav instruction.

He Says:

“If you have the budget to visit these guys I cannot

recommend them highly enough. Absolute professionals with

a wealth of Rallye experience. They are based in Odimera

on the outskirts of Lisbon. Of all of the European countries,

Portugal is one of the most affordable for South Africans –

and let me tell you – riding here is just like riding in Natal.”

“I arrived on a Monday, a couple of months after

Merzouga and hooked up with a Dutch guy I’d met at

Merzouga. On the Tuesday and Wednesday, we did a 400km

Roadbook course through the Portugese countryside. It’s the

same format as a rallye, but there is no pressure of racing

and there are no penalties if you go wrong. The terrain is

fast and flowing – loads of forest roads and we rode on the

beaches to experience the sand. It’s incredible!”

“Experts are on hand to assist and give you pointers.

It’s all about going as fast as you can - duplicating race

situations and becoming accustomed to making decisions

following waypoints. Saddle time is the only way to learn this

skill – it seems to me that this is the future of racing.”

Inside the WIM

Motors academey.

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Swapping the road

book for part 2...

“Day 3 was spent prepping bikes – Husky 450FE’s with

a Rally tower. Not much needed doing – routine tyres,

mousses, fluids, the usual to make sure that the bikes

were good for the race.”

“The next day, we headed up north. We’d booked to race

the R3 rally raid in Fafe, a two day nav rallye.”

“Very different to Merzuoga and Dakar I’d imagine, lots of

farm villages and forest terrain. Really, really beautiful. A bit

lower key than an event like Merzouga with most of Portugals

top riders taking part. It was a good turnout – 80 riders – all

navigation and perfect training leading up to Dakar.”

Racing in Portugal, there are lots of rules. This rally is a

lot more challenging than something like Merzouga in that

there are instructions literally every few hundred metres.

It’s not like racing flat out in the desert, it’s an urban enduro

where you have to obey the rules of the road and respect

the community and villages. If you buck the rules, your

GPS send a penalty straight through – and you cannot

argue it.

If you cut corners, organisers are alerted via GPS

immediately – no cheating, or mistakes are tolerated. They

are so aware of looking after their riding terrain and fair racing.

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Kenny says:

“ In some sections you have to keep an average speed

– so if you stop to repair your bike – you lose time – so if

your top speed limit is 50KPH – and you speed to catch up

they also nail you. I found it pretty interesting and I got a 7

minute penalty for riding too slowly in some places would

you believe…”

“The hardest part was navigating through the towns

and villages and maintaining your speeds. Its helluva

confusing all cobblestoned windy little roads, so you are

never 100 percent sure that you are going on the correct

trail indicated on the road book. It’s all about training. I

made 1 little mistake and the guy who started 5 minutes

behind me was right there when I found my way back on

track. Racing and concentrating on roadbook is a skill, it

just shows you – one small mistake can cost you a race.”

“It was a good experience and learning curve – well

organized. On day 1, I managed a 7th overall.”

“Day 2 it poured with rain – it was truly miserable as

only Europe can be. That presented a whole series of new

challenges. I was really happy, slow down to go faster – no

mistakes. The end result was that I made up a place – but

got that 7 minute penalty that finished me in 9th overall for

the weekend.”

“A great experience – and if you are interested in any

navigational stuff, I really recommend that you get in touch

with this outfit.”

www.wimmotorsacademy.com

Next up is a trip to the dunes in Namibia and Botswana

to ride with Ross Branch, Vince Crosby, Ryan Bland and

Stuart Gregory who are all participating in Dakar 2019.

More on that in next months issue.

We’ll watch Kenny’s progress, it’s going to be one heck

of a journey.

Undertaking the Dakar costs a lot – if you are in a

position to help with some sponsorship, please get in

touch. Kennysgilbert1@gmail.com

“The hardest part was

navigating through the towns

and villages and maintaining

your speeds. Its helluva

confusing all cobblestoned

windy little roads, so you are

never 100 percent sure that you

are going on the correct trail

indicated on the road book.”

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I N T E R N A T I O N A L N E W S

HUSQVARNA’S BILLY BOLT

ULTIMATE ENDURO CHAMPION 2018

After eight action-packed rounds of

multi-discipline Enduro racing, Billy

Bolt rode into the World Enduro Super

Series’ record books as the inaugural

ULTIMATE ENDURO CHAMPION.

Making his championship ambitions known early with victory at the

series opener Extreme XL Lagares in Portugal, the Rockstar Energy

Husqvarna Factory Racing rider unquestionably adapted well to the

many WESS challenges.

From Hard Enduro to Classic Enduro, Cross-Country and Beach

Racing, Bolt has proved a force to be reckoned with. And now,

following a strong result at Red Bull Knock Out in The Netherlands, he

has been crowned ULTIMATE ENDURO CHAMPION 2018

Congratulations Billy, how does it feel to be the ULTIMATE

ENDURO CHAMPION 2018?

Billy Bolt: “It’s a feeling that’s definitely going to take some time to sink

in, but it feels pretty good. When you think about how far we’ve come

this season, racing so many Enduro disciplines, to be on top after all of

that feels really good.”

Holding a 275-point lead in the championship coming into Red

Bull Knock Out, what was your tactic for the race?

“To be honest with so many riders out on track at the same time I knew

it would be carnage out there, so trying to focus too much on tactics

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would be impossible. The sand was so soft that the slower riders

were suffering from lap one. With a lot of Beach Racing specialists

here I knew challenging for the race podium wasn’t possible, but

I knew I still needed to push for a strong result and beat the guys

I was battling in the championship. I was aiming for top 15, so to

finish 12th and also beat Manni Lettenbichler and Josep Garcia

was a real plus, too.”

Overall, how did the race go for you?

“I got a decent start and managed to stay out of trouble up until

my first refueling. But afterwards I ended up having two big

crashes. I collided with some riders who got off line and ended up

tumbling down some big sand banks. I twisted up my bike in the

process and struggled a bit after that. I fought on for another five

laps before pitting again for fuel and to fix the issues. That settled

my head too – I regrouped and rode strong to the finish, despite a

badly beaten up track at that stage.”

In what’s been such a varied season of racing, what stands

out to you as a personal highlight?

“It’s difficult to pick just one because we’ve raced in so many

different types of races. Of course winning round one at Extreme

XL Lagares was a personal highlight. It was the championship

opener, with so many good riders fresh and ready for the season.

To beat them and take my first international victory was a huge

moment and that ultimately gave me a lot of confidence and

belief in myself for the remainder of the series. Another personal

highlight was finishing on the podium at my home round at the

Hawkstone Park Cross-Country. I feel like I showed there that I

can ride the faster stuff, too.”

Have you enjoyed the preparation between the races,

switching from one Enduro discipline to another?

“Yes, I have. But it’s definitely not been a one-man show. Of

course I’m the rider and I have to get the results, but it’s been

a huge team effort from everyone involved in Rockstar Energy

Husqvarna Factory Racing to come away as champions. We’ve

put in the long hours to get ready for each round. My mechanic

Lee, team manager Andi and everyone else in the team have

always pushed to be better and better all year and I 100 per cent

feel that’s why we’re champions today.”

Finally, as the ULTIMATE ENDURO CHAMPION 2018, are

you looking forward to testing your WESS prize?

“I can’t wait to sit in the driving seat and see what this KTM X-Bow

will do. It’s a beautiful car and I’m looking forward to getting out on

the road in it. It’s one heck of a trophy to win that’s for sure!”

With the 2018 World Enduro Super Series complete, stay tuned for

details of the 2019 calendar soon…

World Enduro Super Series Final Championship Standings

1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GBR) 4800pts

2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 4470pts

3. Nathan Watson (KTM – GBR) 4103pts

4. Josep Garcia (KTM – ESP) 4010pts

5. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 3675pts

6. Paul Bolton (KTM – GBR) 3377pts

7. Wade Young (Sherco – RSA) 3220pts

8. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GBR) 3010pts

9. Jonny Walker (KTM – GBR) 2900pts

10. Lars Enockl 2272pts

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T E C H T I P S

THE IMPORTANCE OF CLEANING AND

CHANGING YOUR AIR FILTER.

Air filter maintenance is just as critical as checking your oil level. We’ll explain why.

What does an air filter do?

Well – it filters a lot of stuff out of the incoming air so that

cleaner air gets to your injectors or carburetor.

What stuff is filtered?

Solid particles in exhaust fumes, micro particles in the

air and, of course dust.

What happens if you don’t filter that stuff? Won’t it

just detonate and pass out of the bikes exhaust?

Some of it will pass through for sure – but some of that

stubborn stuff gets into your carburetor or fuel injection

system and clogs things up. The bits that get past the

fuelling system go into your bikes cylinder head and

over time forms a nice kind of grinding paste which, over

time, will grind your four strokes valves down, bugger

your two-strokes rings and ultimately damage your

engine. This will cost you some shekels for sure.

Won’t my bike run better without a filter?

It can, but removing the filter opens a whole can of

tuning issues specifically on carbureted engines. If you

want your bike to run lekker without a filter – mindful of

the potential damage, you’ll need to jet the bike correctly

to compensate for the greater flow of air.

This is not recommended, but some performance bikes

and so on are run with Venturi inlets and no filters. A fuel

injected bike will basically self-compensate – but it’s not

recommended.

Run without a filter on any off-road machine and we

pretty much guarantee that you’ll destroy your engine.

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How do I know if my filter needs replacement?

In extreme cases, your bike will run roughly, use more

fuel because it is running richer and battle to start. But

by then – chances are your filter is already pretty shot or

clogged.

Inspect it every once in a while. New they are shiny

and clean. Check that there is no visible damage where

the dirty air can get past. It’s a lot like your favorite

underpants, they get dirty and holy and you can see the

dirt. Serviceable Dirtbike filters need regular cleaning

especially in the winter months when it is dry and dusty.

Paper filters like you find on some ATV’s and Adventure

bikes are not serviceable and will need to be replaced.

Left: Paper filters are not serviceable and need to be replaced.

Middle: Sponge filters commonly found in dirtbikes are generally washable and can be used again and again.

Right: Use a reputable foam filter oil.

How often do I need to check my filter?

That is directly relative to how often you ride. On a

dirtbike, it’s recommended that your service is cleaned

and oiled after every ride – especially in the dry months.

Unless you are doing a lot of off-road/gravel/dusty stuff,

Adventure bikes don’t take as much punishment. The

filters are generally replaced or serviced at every service

interval.

Ok so how do I get to the air filter?

This varies from bike to bike. Some, like our Triumph

XCX are flippen akward to get to, others are relatively

simple to access – especially dirtbike and most ATV’s

which are designed to be accessed frequently.

Check your workshop manual.

How to clean a foam filter:

Anyone can do it and there are loads of products

available at your dealer.

• Remove the filter.

• Wash the element in warm water with a solvent.

• Allow it to dry out properly.

• Oil it with a reputable foam filter oil.

• Grease the lip so that it keeps the muck out.

• Reinstall and make sure that the filter is sealed

correctly up against the plastic air box.

Tip: On multi day trips, we keep clean, pre-oiled

filters in a plastic bag to make change time quicker.

Air filters are relatively inexpensive, so it’s not a huge

cost and it saves a lot of PT.

A worn valve. This can be caused by a

dirty airfilter allowing particles though...

Its obvious to see when it is time to do

something on a paper filter.

Dirty Vs Clean... keep your clean one in a

bagready for service time.

Fins on the paper filters collapse over

time.

1. Remove the dirty airfilter and take it off the

plastic cage.

2. Wash the airfilter clean in warm, soapy water

and rinse it out. DO NOT USE THE WASHING

MACHINE... Allow it to dry properly.

3. Pop the dry filters into a plastic bag.

4. Pour in a generous amount of foam filter oil.

5. Squeeze the filters and make sure that there

is an even spread of oil right across the filters.

6. Grab a finger full of grease.

7. Put the filter back onto the cage and spread a

thin layer of grease around the lip of the filter.

8. Reinstall, making sure that it all lines up and

seals correctly. NB! Do not replace the filter

without oiling it. the oil traps the dust...

DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2018 9 1


Winner!!!

Wow! Awesome response from the

Adventure riders out there – but read the

fine print.

We said: The pics have to be interesting or

we’ll send em back…

Here are some of the top entries – We

cant publish them all we’d need another

8 page section...thank you for making the

effort but there can only be one….

Hannes Muller. You really captured the

meaning of Adventure! We have a panel of

8 very handsome, intelligent judges - and

we all agree!

Please give us a shout so that we can

arrange to get this amazing prize to you.

Thank you to Dunlop Tyres and Metalize

riding gear for the fantastic gear!

See you out there soon!

Metalize shorty

vented gloves

DUNLOP new TRAILSMART MAXX

80/20 dual sport tyres

Metalize 422 All-weather Adventure jacket

Metalize shorty

ADVENTURE BOOTS

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