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EDITOR: ROLEY FOLEY
What a year 2018 was...
Tough for most - lets hope that 2019 is a corker for
The great news is that at the end of last year there was
quite a welcome upswing in motorcycle sales.
Guys it’s all of our duty to get people onto motorcycles.
Immerse them in the craft - take them to bike shops,
show them magazines, get them excited - this is
absolutely the greatest pastime of them all... just don’t
let your mom in law ride your bike! Here is one of my
favourite jokes of all time.
Two Mexican dirtbikers are stuck in the desert after
sneaking into the United States...
Wandering aimlessly, out of petrol and starving. They are
about to just lie down and wait for death, when all of a
sudden Luis says.........”Hey Pepe, do you smell what I
smell. Ees bacon, I theenk.”
“Si,Luis, eet sure smells like bacon.” With renewed hope
they struggle up the next sand dune, and there, in the
distance, is a huge tree loaded with bacon! There is
raw bacon, there is fried bacon, back bacon, double
smoked bacon...every imaginable kind of cured pork!
“Pepe, Pepe, we ees saved. Ees a bacon tree!”
“Luis, maybe ees a meerage? We ees in the desert
“Pepe, since when deed you ever hear of a meerage
that smell like bacon? Ees no meerage, ees a bacon
And with that, Luis staggers towards the tree. He gets
to within 5 meters, Pepe crawling close behind, when
suddenly a machine gun opens up, and Luis drops like
a wet sock. Mortally wounded, he warns Pepe with his
dying breath, “Pepe... go back man, you was right; ees
not a bacon tree!”
“Luis, Luis mi amigo... what ees it? “
“Pepe.. ees not a bacon tree. Ees...
Ees a ham bush....”
Have a great 2019 and we’ll see you out and about on
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We told you all about this lot in last
month issue – Sean Hendley went
along to the launch party…
Wow this is a concept I
really believe and support
wholeheartedly. I have always
been an advocate of the
Motorcycles mall/lifestyle centre
Think about it, when you are
looking for a new pair of jeans,
shoes and new shirt, you don’t
wander around from our end
corner shop to another, you cruise
down to your local mall where
there is a concentration of shops
selling what you are looking for
because you know if one or the
other shop doesn’t have your
size or fit or colour, another shop
will definitely have what you are
So when Bruce de Kok, (Bikewise
Tyre Warehouse boss), and
Ryan Shapiro, (Race Shop
boss), told me of their plans for a
PETROLHEADS village at the Buzz
shopping centre in Fourways I was
They had their grand opening on
Saturday the 1st of December
2018. There is a really top notch
Bike Tyre Warehouse outlet which
is supremely well stocked with all
the premium brands of bike tyres,
brake pads, chains and etc with
a fully kitted out state of the art
fitment centre and very well trained
experienced, knowledgeable and
professional staff always ready.
Then, Race Shop is a premium
boutique styled motorcycle
accessory store, stocked to the
rafters with all the popular brands.
The staff are well known, highly
regarded stalwarts of the industry
with at least a 50 years combined
industry experience between
them, if not more. Then you have
Graham at Romans Tattoo, making
sure you get your ink done the
right way. I was so thoroughly
amazed by the set up and
Grahams exuberance and passion
that I sommer got my first bit of ink
done…Move next door and you
have quite possibly the biggest
and best stocked Vape shops I
have ever seen, I’m not a smoker
or a vaper and know zero about it,
but this set up is mind blowing.
Then... Smokin’ Aces Cafe ...
What a mind bender, everything
is for sale, the bar, the stools, the
art work - frikkin’ everything, or
so I am told, but what a concept,
their official blurb says, “We are
an American style Diner, Smokehouse
and Saloon. Serving ‘Tex-
Mex’ style cuisine with a separate
ice cream parlor, coffee bar & cigar
saloon, and it truly is something to
behold - as is their pulled smoke
The day in general was
outstanding, live music from the
ever brilliant Black Water, (blues
rock to move your soul), and a bit
later on Backbone. Plenty of stalls,
excellent craft beer, Jack Daniels
girls, cool hot rods and bikes,
amazing specials on everything,
plenty of happy people, it was a
day to remember. Get down to The
Buzz shopping and experience the
Petrolheads Village for yourself.
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Motul and Stuart Gregory
Face the Ultimate Test at
the Dakar Rally 2019
You know all about Kenny G and Ross branch taking
on Dakar this year – here’s another guy who we met at
As you read, Macadamia nut farmer, off-road motorcycle
racer and Motul Powersport Ambassador Stuart Gregory
be ticking off the biggest – and most demanding – item on
his racing bucket list: the Dakar Rally 2019.
As part of his Dakar preparations, Stuart has already
competed in the 2018 Motul Roof of Africa in Lesotho.
After finishing in a very creditable 10th place in the Silver
Class, Stuart described this event – known as the Mother
of Hard Enduro – as “really physical, and great training for
Taking place entirely in Peru, the 2019 edition of the Dakar
takes on 10 stages and some 3 000km – 70% of it sand. It
begins in the Peruvian capital Lima on January 6th, and all
being well, Stuart will return there as a finisher in his class –
which would be an extraordinary achievement.
Not content with attempting the world’s most challenging
off-road race, Stuart has entered the most difficult class
of all, The Originals by Motul. This class has a well-earned
reputation as the purest way to participate in the Dakar.
Unlike riders in factory teams, or riders that have bought
assistance packages in private teams, Stuart will need to
be entirely self-reliant during the race.
When he returns to the bivouac after each stage,
sometimes late at night, Stuart will be required to manage
all maintenance and preparation work on his own.
However, he will have one ace up his sleeve – exactly the
kind of advantage that could make all the difference when
it comes to finishing this most challenging of events.
Looking ahead to the challenge facing Stuart, Mercia
Jansen, Motul Area Manager for Southern and Eastern
Africa, commented, “The Dakar Rally 2019 will be the
ultimate test of rider, motorcycle and products. Motul
is proud to supply Stuart Gregory with the motorcycle
lubricants and other products he needs to take on the
Dakar Rally 2019, and we are confident that both Stuart
and our products will at the highest level in Peru”.
Follow Stuart’s journey on http://www.nuts4dakar.co.za/
Visit https://www.dakar.com/en to dream, dare and live the
Dakar Rally 2019.
Upswing in bike sales
for the end of 2018:
Good news from the AMID guys is that towards
the end of 2018, there was a sudden surge in
motorcycle sales, particularly in the smaller cc/
commuter/ commercial/ scooter market. Entry
level motorcycling… great stuff roll on 2019!
Wade Young signs
another 3 season
contract with Sherco:
After three years of collaboration, Sherco
is pleased to announce that SHERCO and
WADE have reached an agreement and will
continue their common adventure!
Wade will be in “SHERCO BLUE” for the next 3
To celebrate, Wade won the last race of the
season last month, The Roof Of Africa.
Wade wonlast year, he was therefore a favorite
and he did not disappoint, ending his incredible
2018 season with another prestigious victory!
Recall that this season Wade won the Machete,
Romaniacs, Megawatt111, SeaToSky,
Wildwood Rock Extreme and the opening of the
French extreme series at Licq Atherey.
Now he has a short rest because the Ales’Trem
is happening this month!
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Linex Lifestyle Centre Re-Opening
We recently attended the Linex
Lifestyle Centre re-opening,
the biggest Yamaha dealer in
Gauteng. Linex has been in
business for over 30 years, has
been rated as the top Yamaha
Dealer for 16 years in a row. The
entire shop, still in the same place
in Randburg, has been totally
overhauled, the new spread is
very open with a huge circular
bar come customer hangout just
off centre, with all the amazing
products on display, superbikes,
dual sport bikes, MX and Enduro
bikes, quads and cruisers, the
Linex also stock a wide variety
of riding kit, helmets, gloves,
jackets, pants, boots of every
type.They stock Acerbis, Oxford
and a variety of other top brands.
Linex also had the very first bike
they sold on the floor, a brand
new Yamaha RD 400, with ZERO
km on the clock still.
Linex has now partnered with
Bidvest, making the Yamaha
brand even stronger. They have
full workshop facilities and staff
to take care of your every biking
whim. Downstairs they have a
huge range of Yamaha marine
products as before.
Pop in sometime and have a look
Cnr Malibongwe Drive & Tungsten
Rd, Strydom Commercial Park.
011 251 4000
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multifranchise now open:
It’s taken almost two years – but the new premises for
Raceworx KTM are now up and operational and the venue
is simply amazing. They are located up on a hill on the
Hendrik Potgieter road, Roodepoort, and we’ve watched
construction progress from the road. As we type they
have opened the first stage of the store – the KTM section.
Husqvarna West follows soon in its own showroom – and
there is a restaurant and massive accessory store opening
in the next few months. When we popped in it was all a
hustle and bustle so we took a few snaps and left them
in peace – but we’ll run a full feature soon. Amazing
dealership to see - world class – go and have a look.
Cnr Hendrik Potgieter Rd &, Zandvliet Rd, Wilgespruit
Phone: 011 027 9922
Motul concept store at
The busy Kawasaki, Sym and Husqvarna
dealership on the East Rand recently included a
Motul Concept store to their model lineup.
It is a cosy area in the shop with all of the
Motul products on display and up for sale, a
workbench with toolracks and a chill zone with
bar stools and table where you can relax, have
a coffee and wait for your new bike to be PDI’d
while you wait.
Very cool – go and have a looksee.
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at RAD KTM:
The busy KTM dealership in Witkoppen
road, Sandton has just opened a dedicated
section for the popular touratech range of
luggage and accessories. Naturally the focus
is on products that fit KTM Motorcycles –
but they do stock a variety of goods for most
of the brands.
footpegs and Multitool
Crossplus passenger footpegs provide a safe,
convenient, temporary place for a passenger/
injured rider/ photographer to place their feet
without interfering with the driver’s normal
operation of the bike. The rider still has full,
comfortable access to the shift and brake levers
while the passenger has a safe, convenient
platform for their feet.
Crossplus passenger footpegs install in just
seconds with one hand and without any tools.
They just snap on. Made of heavy duty hardox
material, that is used for making JCB diggers and
cranes. The screws, bolts and springs are made of
The crossplus passenger pegs double as a
They fit only the original, cross & hard enduro
footpegs and can basically be left on full time.
Can be fitted to most brands:
They are looking for importers into South Africa –
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Fox range at Trax
Motorcycles in Silverlakes.
When we popped into the busy Trax KTM dealership the
other day, we happened to catch the Fox rep taking orders.
They have added most of this very popular range of gear to
their product lineup – go and take a gander and have a cup
of coffee. Great peeps, great store.
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Shoei Neo Tech 2 flip-up helmet
with integrated comms system:
Here is something quite unique
from the Shoei stable: The
Neotec 2 blends the versatility
of an open-face helmet with
the safety of a full-face. The
helmet is top line with exhaust
outlets complement the upper
air intake vents for improved
air flow. Wind tunnel testing
optimized the Neotec 2’s
aerodynamics to perform in
a variety of riding positions.
The integrated shell spoiler is
repositioned to better reduce
lift and drag at speed, while
the Aero Deflector along
the chin bar adds stability.
A micro ratchet chin strap
makes securing the helmet
and removing the helmet quick
and easy. Noise Isolator cheek
duffel bags by
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seams, Givi Dry Bags
guarantee they’ll keep your gear
dry despite the worst weather
conditions. Peace of mind goes a
long way on the road and keeping
your gear safe and dry in a Givi
Dry Bag gives you one less thing
to worry about on your next
Available at dealers…
pads improve the seal along
the neck opening of the helmet
to keep turbulent air out. The
360 Pivot Locking System
secures the chin bar in the
down locked position and a
multi-piece EPS liner made out
of varying densities of foam
absorbs impact energy.
But here is what makes this
flip up lid quite unique: The
Shoei Neotec 2 is designed
to integrate with the Sena
SRL Communication System
for a clean and low profile
installation. Cool Huh?.
Available with the Sena
headsets from dealers like
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KTM wants to buy Ducati…
The future of Ducati seems to be
always up in the air, especially with
Volkswagen AG’s constant backand-forth
when it comes to selling
the motorcycle brand.
The German’s latest attempt to
sell Ducati may have faltered in
the boardroom, but there is new
reason to believe that acquisition
talks could be started for Ducati,
as KTM CEO Stefan Pierer has
expressed interest in owning the
Italian motorcycle company.
Talking to German-language
publication Speedweek, Pierer
expressed his interest in adding
Ducati to his stable of motorcycle
marques, and floated some ideas
on how Ducati could fit into KTM’s
overall two-wheeled strategy.
His thoughts are…interesting, to
say the least.
The conversation stems from
Pierer’s desire to make KTM into
the third-largest motorcycle brand
in the world by 2020, behind
Honda and Yamaha. Editor’s note:
we assume this to mean thirdlargest
in the big displacement
With over 265,000 motorcycles
sold each year now, KTM has
been one of the few brands to
sustain its growth through the
recession and onward. In the
US market, for instance, KTM is
one of only a handful of brands
showing sales growth – at our last
count, by a margin of 30%.
This growth doesn’t include the
success that KTM has seen from
the Husqvarna brand, which itself
has seen a phoenix’s rising while
under the management of Pierer
What does this all mean for Ducati
For sure, KTM would be a home
for Ducati that understands the
motorcycle business, and having
an owner that wasn’t thinking of
Ducati as a financial instrument is
probably a wise course for a brand
that works in the motorcycle
Will desmodromic engines be
on KTMs, will v-twin engines be
replaced on Ducatis? It is hard to
see how KTM , Husqvarna, and
Ducati can all share a platform
without losing their individual
The overlap between KTM
and Ducati might be too large
of pill to swallow as well, with
both companies focusing on
their racing heritage to move
“Ducati is the Ferrari of the
motorcycle industry,” continued
Pierer with Speedweek. “Of
course, having such a brand in
our group would be interesting.
It is not a question of price, but
it is about the topic: When does
everyone realize the situation they
The situation that Pierer is referring
to is the changing global climate,
and the ever increasing challenges
that OEMs face when it comes to
emission and noise standards.
Pierer is also referring to the
motorcycle industry’s new map,
which no longer favours the
western markets, and instead
turns towards the rising sales in
India, China, and Southeast Asia
(to name a few locales).
The question then becomes, how
does a brand like Ducati face
these new realities, and for Pierer,
how does he manage KTM and
Husqvarna for this brave new
world for motorcycles?
Is the answer large motorcycle
Only time will tell. Until then, we
are sure there are some interesting
conversations are happenin in
VW’s boardroom right now….
Things are also happening with
Ducati in South Africa. More news
on that. Soon.
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2018 ROOF OF AFRICA
A South African Affair.
Many of you were concerned that there
were no top European riders coming out for
the Roof this year. Guess what? We did not
need them. Our local boys – who happen to
be some of the world top extreme enduro
riders put on a show that literally blew
everyone away in what was, arguably the best
Roof Of Africa in years.
It all started at the new “Round the houses”
section at the Maseru Mall, where race fans
were treated to a Smorgasbord of action as
competitors clambered over rocks and pipes
and all kinds of manmade obstacles. The tyre
pit claimed a victim or two – but it really did set
a very festive tone for the race.
The fans loved it – we got to see the big
guys in action – doing stuff that us normal
wobblers only wish that we could… chatting
to the racers and overseas visitors during the
event, we asked everyone for opinions on the
new format. Most were positive – a few felt
that the traditional tar dice was a better option.
For the spectators – it was AWESOME! And
in typical Lesotho fashion, weather changed
from scorching hot to windy and rain which
made it all the more interesting.
The freestyle boys wowed the crowds with
their stunts in between moto’s and the ever
professional Brian Capper put on a great
show! This is all about grass roots – bringing
motorcyles to people who would not usually
experience something like this.
The 60 km trek from Maseru out to the
time trial and start fi nish for the weekend is a
fantastic ride through the mountains – best
enjoyed on adventure bikes of course!
We roped in the services of an Africa Twin
courtesy of Honda Wing Zambesi – and
our trusty Triumph Tiger XCX. If you own an
adventure bike – get your butts to the next
Roof – it is, undoubtedly the best way to get
around. Travelling to the service points takes in
some amazing vista’s – Lesotho is truly a very
The bLU cRU Yamaha Team worked hard until midnight to ensure every single
Yamaha rider had a fresh bike for the next day of racing. This is a free service offered
to all Yamaha riders.
Happy Sherco peeps.
The start finish this year was in a new
spot – easily accessible by road with plenty
of parking – and some pretty cool views. We
reckon that Bushmans was a better spot to
watch the guys wrestling with boulders, but
this spot was way more practical for catering
to the hordes of spectators and race fans that
came along. Clean, neat loo’s, people keeping
things tidy, music, boerie rolls…. Very festive –
and on the tar, so you could just buzz up and
down the road to get to the viewing points,
service pits and all sorts. Well thought out – a
The time trial was pretty spectacular
– largely thanks to a great big African
thunderstorm that swept through. Howling
winds, rain and hail… spare a thought for the
guys caught out in that lot – hail has a nasty
habit of landing right on the tip of your nose
every time – and it was a bedraggled bunch
that made their way back to the finish. This is
where the round the houses comes into play
– we saw bronze riders heading out quite late
in the afternoon – and this means that some
only got in really, really late. This is Roof Of
Africa – and as Alfie Cox always says – “You
don’t come here for a haircut!”
It’s difficult not to chat about the top riders
all the time – we fully appreciate the fact that
the bronze and silver guys make up the bulk
of the Roof – and they spend far more saddle
time out there than the top guys – but, most
of us do look up to the guys who really lead
the pack. Travis Teasdale posted the best
times for the day – he flippen flew! Close
on his heels was the unflutterable Wade
Young. Running in third was KTM’s Dwayne
Kleinhans, just back from injury… The scene
was set for an amazing showdown.
On day two, racers were up bright
and breezy… and the race was on!
Unfortunately Travis was suffering from
Maluti guts along with a few of the other
riders. This impacted the outcome on the
day. Include the rains and the swollen rivers
– it was a race made in heaven.
Day two saw a few casualties –
Husqvarna’s star William Oosthuisen had a
big off and suffered concussion. That put him
out. KTM’s Scotty B who was ill for the whole
week before The Roof succumbed and pulled
out. This left Dwayno and Matthew Green
to fly the flag for the Austrian manufacturers.
The Yamaha boys pulled a fast one – Kyle
Flanagan and Lloyd Kirk put on an amazing
show… Hollleee Cow these guys are talented!
Yamaha also snuck one in when silver
rider, young Kayde Mante crossed the line in
Wade Young showed his skills – he arrived
almost half an hour before Travis came in. He
in turn was followed a little bit later by KTM’s
Kleynhans, the Yamaha guys, and the brilliant
Matthew Green. An unstoppable force in hard
Enduro, we figured that we already had a
What a day of racing – the scene was set
for an epic final.
We all thought that Wades lead was
unassailable – and that the race was over. Our
team clambered up a mountain really early in
an attempt to witness some of the action. We
had such a cool vista – we could see where
the guys came over the mountain to refuel
before they came up the footpath where we
were sitting. Once the chopper makes an
appearance, you know that the leaders are
close and sure enough Wade popped up
over the hill and charged down to the DSP.
Remember – the day before? He had almost
half an hours lead. About two minutes later
– along came Teasdale. About five minutes
later, along came the next three gold riders…
We suddenly had a very exciting race to
watch… You have to be there to understand
just how good these guys are. Seemingly
impossible step ups become flat freeways
as the guys launched up and over. Really
And so fast. Unbelievable!
We opted to chase ahead – last year our
lot missed the finish – we did not want a
re-run and we hopped on the bikes to get to
the start finish. En-route, we saw the coolest
spectator point – a beautiful river, serous
rocks and a really steep climb. We had to
stop. Too cool a spot not to. We watched
Wade and Travis come through - Travis a
mere thirty seconds behind Wade…. Holeee
Cow! Race on!
When Wade has to
push you just know...
About 20 KM’s for the riders to the start fi nish.
8km’s for us. We parked and rushed like crazy
to the Motul Tent to see if anyone was in. The
mountain was lined with crowds waiting to see
who’d take it. Got into position for the best spot.
A full half hour went by – testimony to how tough
the Roof was this year. A Yellow and Blue Speck
arrived at the road crossing. Sherco was still in
The crowd went wild! Wade charged up the
hill – looking as if he’d just been for a quick
mosey across the garden. Travis followed shortly
afterwards – It’s quite easy to understand why
these guys are rated amongst the best in the
Who was next?
Two blue riders appeared – Kirk and Flanagan fl at
out, 250x’s screaming, followed closely by KTM’s
Kleynhans. Flanagan just pipped Kirk - Damn… what
a race! What a fi nish, excitement like you’ve never
seen. A few minutes later a speck appeared on the
horizon… 17 year old Matthew Green came up the hill
like Flash Gordon on his 150. A second Husqvarna
ridden by Calvin Hulme appeared in the park Ferme’
in 7th position.
3 KTM’s fi lled the top ten spots, Altie was next,
followed by Chayse Orsmond and Luke Walker… one
of the Roofs senior champs having his heels nipped
by the lighties.
This sport is in great shape – so many youngsters
are coming through. Brilliant to see.
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We spent quite some time right
there – chatting to competitors,
listening to the war stories and
sharing the enthusiasm. Finishing The
Roof, in any class is one heck of an
achievement. Chatting to some of the
bronze riders who have done silver
before – it was clear that bronze was
a lot tougher this year – some say
even tougher than previous silvers
– so – if you guys thought that you
were the only ones battling – Nope! It
was everyone. At a few of the passes
we encountered wide eyed riders
would ask – How far! Standard reply
– you are almost there.
Thankfully they never saw us at
the end they would have beaten us
Everyone complimented the
routes – tough, demanding – but
that’s what Roof should be like.
Many of the riders commented on
the amount of markers on trail. Good
stuff! No glitches that we know of.
The weather swelled the rivers – a
few guys went for a swim or two. The
rocky passes were tough and in your
The Motul Roof Of Africa is just
that. Hard Enduro.
Compliments all round. A great
race this year. Well done to all!
We’ve published as many pics as
space allows – and the moment we
get a gap, we’ll pop more up onto
our social media page: facebook.
Gold Top 5:
1: Wade Young Sherco
2: Travis Teasdale Beta
3: Kyle Flanagan Yamaha
4: Lloyd Kirk Yamaha
5: Dwayne Kleynhans KTM
Silver Top 5:
1: Kayde Mante Yamaha
2: Warren Barwell KTM
3: Paul Grobler KTM
4: Kevin Peters KTM
5: Ryan Pelser KTM
Bronze Top 5:
1: Matthew Burger Husqvarna
2: Hannes Saaijman KTM
3: Nuno Pereira KTM
4: Matthew Boy Yamaha
5: Stefan Tolmay KTM
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Elise Olivier Bronze finisher
Alfie and the Bulawayo Brigade. 1 broken
arm... back soon for sure.
A couple of comments from the race:
Ladies: Kirsten Landman: 25th gold
Thanks so much to my great team Brother
Leader Tread KTM for the support all year
and especially the biggest of them all the Roof
of Africa! This was a tough Roof. I enjoyed it.
Back where it should be!
Elise Olivier Bronze finisher:
So many thoughts. But for now. Thanks to
each and every message. Thanks to each
and every one of you who followed on live
tracking. This has been one massive journey,
and could not have done it alone. I will share
some in the coming weeks probably. Reliving
every moment. As for now. My memory foam
mattress is hugging my battered and bruised
body. Recovery time. And then, we celebrate.
Barend Erasmus: Gold finisher
2018 Roof was proper, Gold loops was
definitely what is expected of it. Well done to
the organizers. P18 was as good as I could
get myself up to, but just lekker to ride bike.
Thank you to all the wonderful people that
made it possible.
Warren Barwell: Silver second
What a way to end the season off with a 2nd
at Roof Of Africa in the Silver class against
some very talented youngsters. Kayde Mante
and Paul Grobler it was an honor to share the
podium with you boys.
We are extremely happy with the McLarens
Off-Racing Team’s performance at the Roof
Of Africa- Mother of Hard Enduro this past
weekend. Well done to Luke Walker who
placed 5th on the road and 10th overall!
Piwe Zulu: Yamaha Silver
Motul Roof of Africa 2018 done and Dusted I
would like to thank Herbalife Blu cru Yamaha
and the Yamaha crew for working so hard
at pits a Big thank you to my family and
Peter Schluter: Hard Enduro World Magazine
This was my 5th time spectating and
reporting at the Roof Of Africa. 100 percent
two thumbs up! Friendly people. Lesotho, you
are amazing! Great race this year.
The guys from Herbalife
get Germaned... Peter
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E2 Enduro Champions
1st - Blake Gutzeit (Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha)
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1st – Kyle Purchase (Alfi e Cox Racing KTM)
Masters Enduro Champion
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Calvin Garvie rode gold on a KTM 500 and
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Denzil Torlage congratulates a finisher...
Altie with some fans...
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All the ladies at the training day
INTERNATIONAL MX LADIES
Last month, two international
lady MX racers, in the form of the
USA’s Brook Whipple, and the UK’s
Georgia Patterson were in JHB to
check out the SAWMX scene and our
ladies MX scene. Makes sense really
because we have great riders, great
tracks – and balmy African weather.
This was the brainchild of Big5ventures, Andre David
who wanted to showcase some South African racing to
the overseas market – in the hope that the visitors will
encourage other international riders to come and visit. Andre
found Brook on Instagram – she is a top 10 contender in the
US ladies champs – dropped her an invitation – and with
assistance of Thor’s Ryan Williams they got her across the
pond. Honda Wing Zambezi loaned her a Honda CRF for
the duration of her stay.
Coincidentally, Brook also appears in the Thor Catalogue, so
there was a cool tie in… Our local Thor importer, TRP came
to the party with Thor gear, race entries and some Pro Taper
When Andre was in the UK, he used to work with Georgia
Pattersons brother. Georgia runs between 7th and tenth
in the British ladies championship. She was the first to
volunteer to come over. Summit Racing provided her with a
husky to race during her stay.
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I N T E R N A T I O N A L F L A V O U R
Locally there was huge support for the girls.
Andre, himself a veteran MX man who has done most of his racing
in the UK – on anything that he could get his hands on. He and his
Mrs, Camper vanned their way across the UK from race to race
– against some respectable names like Neville Bradshaw, Ken de
Dycker, Josh Coppins and Paul Cooper to name a few.
Sensibly, he made the decision to come back and make a home
in SA. Better weather you see. He does not really race much now,
but he trains MX (including ladies MX champ, Kayla Raaff), rents
out MX bikes and runs a specialized MX workshop in Centurion.
He really went all out entertaining our visitors, along with the
D-Force team to spoil the girls with visits to some of the local
game parks, zip lining in the Magaliesberg - and all the usual
But this was about racing…
They had 3 weekends.
Brook landed on Tuesday, dealt with jet lag and went riding the
following Thursday. Georgia landed on Friday, the day before the
regional, and was whipped straight out to ERORA to put in a few laps.
Race wise, Brook won the first regional race with Kayla Raaff all
over her. Brook sat out the second race. Georgia came in 4th in
the first race – and in the 2nd race she got taken out at the start
and ended up around 7th or so.
With Boog at Honda Zambesi
Getting some grippy
Dunlop tyres from
At the Lion park
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They were meant to race a leg of the Inland series, but that was,
unfortunately rained out. So the next race was the national at Dirt
Brook qualified 3rd, Georgia qualified around 7th. The race did
not go so well for the visitors – Brook came in second in the first
moto and disaster struck when her bike would not run in the
2nd moto… The kill switch got flooded when the bike was washed
between races. Bad luck…
Georgia finished 7th in her first moto also with some bad luck
where the water struck again causing a misfire on her machine.
Luckilly this was rectified and she came home in 5th second moto.
Overall Georgia finished 5th and Brook 11th.
Some feedback from the girls…
Both commented on how dry and hard packed our tracks are.
Both commented on how difficult throttle control is because of the
slippery nature of our surfaces.
They also feel that our tracks are pretty technical compared to the
track abroad. They both say that the jumps here are short, kicker
jumps – something that they need to get used to. Their jumps in
the US and the UK are bigger - but with smoother landings.
The girls, along with Big5ventures and the D-Force girls hosted a
MX training day at Terra Topia, with 16 riders in attendance from
all classes from 50 right up to the bigger guns. A roaring success
with big smiles all round.
It’s great to get visitors like this. It looks as if they had a great time
– and hopefully, they will spread the gospel of South African ladies
MX abroad and get more riders interested in visiting South Africa…
More info: www.big5ventures.co.za
Big thanks to Honda wing Zambezi, TRP Distributors, Summit
Racing, HRP and Dunlop SA and Langston Racing – and of
course, the girls from D-Force for making this all happen…
The Morning show with
The girls at Terra Topia.
Georgia fresh off the flight at ERORA.
Brook and Andre
out for a ride...
At the DB National
Whipple puts down rubber at ERORA.
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A couple of years ago, we bumped into this
brand at one of the motorcycle shows. At
that stage, they only had a range of retro
looking road bikes – and we asked if we
could please run a feature in our RideFast
Road bike magazine. We never heard from
them again – until last week when we were
invited to ride this one…
The reason that we did not hear back from the Crosby lot
was because they were doing some extensive testing and
development on the bikes before they went to market. They
did not want to sell a bike that might not be suitable for South
Africa – and while they were busy doing that, the manufacturer
introduced this little adventure machine.
What is it?
Crosby has been in the country for 4 years. V-custom Cycles, the
Harley and other bike custom shop in Centurion started with the
Crosby TT400 and Now the Adventure Models. They are built by
a Chinese manufacturer, Shinneray , who also build the Yamaha
SR & Honda XR based engines which power these bikes.
In Europe the brand is known as ‘Mash’ and is very popular.
This lot figured that Mash would make us SA guys think about
Potatoes all the time – thus the name Crosby was born. For
our younger magazine buyers - Crosby, Stills Nash and young
(CSN) is a vocal folk rock supergroup in the US. Their music is
very chilled and smooth – just like this bike. We can’t confirm it
– but maybe they were the inspiration for this brands name.
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21 inch front
wheel, long travel
This one really looks the part, it comes standard with
the panniers and headlamp protectors, is fitted with
proper spoked wheel – 18 and 21” and proper long travel
suspension. To us it looks like the engine is a derivative of
the old air cooled Honda XR400R – and if that is the case – it
should be reliable as the mud is slippery.
Modern tacho - speedo.
Where we took it:
Uncle Pat, the man behind the brand asked us to give it a
proper wringing. He is quite confident – “It’s been dropped
by some of the other guys – but we’d better see a wheelie in
your magazine! Please ride it as hard as you like and let us
know what you think.”
Our Kurt Beine and Peter Schleuter were recruited to
collect the Crosby from their shop on a sweltering afternoon.
They wended their way on the bike from Centurion to our
offices via all of the back roads. When they arrived – we
asked for an opinion. “Pretty impressed was the reply – but
those mirrors really need to go.”
We then used the bike to call on dealers.
They are quite correct – the mirrors an easy to fix issue –
they are simply mounted too narrow so they are rendered
useless on the road. Wider bars or a better mirror bend will
sort this. Buts it’s not a biggy. We fully expected the bike to
shake rattle and roll, but everything is bolted down tight -so
you don’t get any untoward rattles – even at top speeds (
just on 135kph with is fat Ed in the saddle). Smooth too – no
vibrations through the handlebars or engine buzz through the
seat and pegs.
The bike is really, really cool to ride. Comfortable, small,
narrow and nippy. It’s powerful enough for Joburg traffic
Cool panniers and
they dont shake
rattle and roll.
Crash bars are
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and it happily roars along the freeway at
the legal speed limit.
It is not overly tall, so you don’t sukkel to
get your feet down. The bike feels light - and
most importantly, is really good fun to ride.
One thing we did notice:
Then indicators are kind of dull – usually
indicative of low charging. We are not
trying to nitpick but electrics are important.
We had no issues starting the bike with the
electric start for the duration – the battery
stayed charged and all that - but maybe a
brighter bulb or similar is needed for JHB
traffic. We did not get a chance to ride the
bike at night so we can’t comment on the
brightness of the headlight at this point.
The bikes have to be roadworthied before
sale – so if has to be within spec.
So far so good – but what’s it like
We tore off into the blue yonder and rode
the bike as fast as it would go. That long
travel suspension is really impressive –
despite some big hits, we did not manage
to bottom the bike out – or get out of
shape. We were super impressed that the
panniers stayed in place despite the abuse
– and – once again no rattles or shakes
as sometimes happens with entry level
bikes. We cautiously entered the little river
crossing on our trail to get a photo. Peter
says “Are your feet wet?” Yes… “OK,
can you do that a bit faster.” That was
all it took – pretty soon we were hooning
around, soaked to the skin with big grins
plastered on our face…
The little Crosby never skipped a beat.
It never bogged or spluttered – and we
reckon that most riders would not ever
really ride this bike like that.
The suspension and handling is very
good so you can pin it with confidence
without worrying about headshakes and
This is a very well thought out, fun to
ride little commuter/adventure machine.
Crosby. Not a familiar brand in South
Africa – but if they continue to produce
bikes like this, it might just become a bit
better known. Watch this space – in the
new year a longer adventure test is on the
cards – we’ll load her up and head out
somewhere into the beautiful beyond…
2nd Opinion by Kurt Beine:
Crosby 400 Adventure
A new addition to the South African
adventure market, the Crosby 400
Adventure, for just over R69K you get
a very willing 400cc single cylinder fully
kitted out adventure bike, it has ABS,
switchable for offroad use, 21” front wheel,
engine guard, crashbars, a nice screen, full
aluminium panniers and a comprehensive
Styling is good, twin exhausts,
protection decals in all the right places, a
mesh headlight protector, a comfortable
sitting position, out on the road the
Crosby Adventure handles well, out on the
highway it will see around 140 kph, but it
is more at home in suburban use, and very
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competent off the beaten track, adjustable suspension
copes well with fairly rough terrain, sitting or standing I
found it quite competent. My time with the Crosby was
short, but I think for the price, this package is incredible.
To tootle to varsity and back, or work and back on a fuel
budget, the Crosby will be inexpensive to run, the fuel
injected 400cc motor is very economical, then pack your
panniers for an adventure weekend or longer, and hit
the road, this bike is a very affordable all - rounder, the
understressed motor is super reliable, wind protection is
good, the saddle, although firm was quite comfortable.
Pop down to V-Customs in Centurion and take one for a
test ride. R69000.00 - V-Custom Cycles
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Basic carburetor maintenance
The fuel systems on older carburetted
bikes require maintenance. This includes
tending to the fuel tap, fuel filters, fuel
lines, and the carburettor(s). This month’s
tip walks you though the process of
cleaning a carburettor. The carburettor
here is from a single cylinder dirtbike –
but please remember that whether you
ride a Goldwing, or a Pre-Sling GSXR, the
principles and procedures are basically
exactly the same.
1. Drain the carburettor and remove it from
the bike. This might require displacing or
removing the air box. Take note of hose and
cable routing. Look for dry, stiff, or cracked
flanges/rubbers on the intake and the airbox,
and replace anything that looks suspicious.
2. Clean any grime from the exterior of the
carburetor with a soft brush and Spanjaard
carburetor cleaner then remove the screws that
secure the float bowl to the bottom of the carb.
If the float bowl is stuck in place, give it a firm
tap with the handle of your screwdriver. DO NOT
strip the screw heads it turns into a nightmare.
It’s important to take note how you strip and make sure
that the needles, jets etc go back into the same bowl…
Work in a clean, clear area.
We do recommend that your dealer takes care of this, but
very often you encounter an issue and are not always able
to get to the shop.
3. The float bowl often contains gunk and
scale. Clean out the bowl with a brush or by
scraping the deposits with a pick or small
screwdriver. Aluminium is soft – don’t scrape
too hard. Really thick or stubborn deposits
could require submersion – leave it to soak
for a bit.
4. Gently remove the float by pulling the hinge
pin. Inspect the float needle and shake the
float—any liquid inside is evidence of a leak and
necessitates replacement. This is very rare.
Inspect the slide piston for wear, and on constantvelocity
carbs check the rubber diaphragm for
tears or damage, and replace if necessary.
Quick tip - make sure that you
have the correct tool on hand.
Work in a clean, open space.
5. Remove the jets. The main jet is in the
center and the pilot jet (sometimes a nonremovable
fixed unit) is the smaller one next
to it. Seat the air screw—noting the number of
turns to closed—and then remove it.
6. Spray Spanjaard carb cleaner through the jets
and the orifices they screw into.
7. The bores of the jets and all emulsion
holes must be clear. Remove any stubborn
obstructions with an appropriate item. A bristle
from a brass brush is ideal for this purpose.
Do not use drill bits to clean jets.
8. Give all the parts a final rinse with Spanjaard
carb cleaner and reassemble the carburetor.
Make sure to reset the air screw to its original
position. Reinstall, add fuel, and go for a ride!
Along with a very efficient carburettor cleaning spray, spanjaard
manufactures chemicals for every motorcycle applicatioin.
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This one came around with very little fanfare –
and before we could think or blink it was all over.
It was a success and it seems that the guys had a
lot of fun. On September the 17th, the following
was posted on the Honda notice boards:
“We are looking for true adventure riders of
Southern Africa. Men and women of courage
who are adventurous, don’t shy away from
physical and mental challenges, take the
initiative and function as part of a team.”
Quest is not a race or a rally, it is an
adventure expedition, designed to test
human endurance and adaptability. Finalists
will be tested on their adventure motorcycle
riding, mechanical skills, as well as their
endurance, courage, and resilience against
the African terrain.
By September the 19th, entries were
closed and a month later it was all over with
1800 odd kilometres of Africa Twin heaven
Andrew Johnstone was along for the ride.
He sent along a kind of day-by-day blog…
we’ll look out for this again next year.
Day one was planned to be an easy entry
into the joys of Richterveld desert riding.
Easy gravel to for the first half to find their
feet so to speak, then a reasonably short
section of the fabled Namaqwa Eco trail to
make friends with the sandy remote jeep
trails next to the Orange River.
The challenging trail is a mix of rocky
tracks and sandy river beds witnessed by
the massive desert mountains that flank
the River as it winds its way towards the
ocean along the border of South Africa and
Namibia.For many this is a first for many
things; deserts, sand, over 40degree heat
and powerful big adventure bikes.
Some found the introduction a steep
learning curve. Being a desert there is little
respite from the sun, so the day was cooled
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by a dip in the cool waters of the Orange river.
Tomorrow is the meat of the trail with many long sandy sections
and steep rocky climbs to get to the next section. But it was not
over: That evening was a thorough adventure of another sort - a
massive wind tore through the camp just as supper was being
made and continued right through the night; Nature, not content to
offer up the wonderful treasures of the desert sand trails, saw fit to
liberally sprinkle more sand on all of us…
The Namaqua Eco Trail often features in the top 3 Desert
Adventures for both 4x4’s and Dual Sport bikes in South Africa.
Far less bikes take on the challenge simply because deep sand
is not so easy, and fewer still would even consider it on a big
Litre Class Adventure machine like the Honda Africa Twin. But,
as Honda Quest is all about finding the ultimate Adventurer, sand
skills are a must and where better to test them?
In the early morning, the teams were riding well with the “sand
monster” claiming only the odd tip over from time to time. (Sand
Monster = a term many used to personify the fears many have
with sand riding). It was just before midday that the first major
test appeared; Several kilometers of dry riverbed that snaked its
way up a canyon section. The starkly beautiful walls trapped and
reflected the heat of the midday sun making it a doubly formidable
challenge. Any mistakes were punished by the heat and the
watchful eyes of the instructors. An added degree of difficulty was
that for it to be considered a clean run - the contestants had to
stay in the much more difficult 4x4 track, rather than the easier
method of riding on virgin sand.
What followed was 60km of rocky climbs and sandy riverbeds
all presented in the iconic vistas of the Orange River and
Richtersveld Mountains. A few found their limits, yet soldiered
on, not willing to throw in the towel and jump into the Cruiser,
effectively ending their and their partners Honda Quest. Quite
a few of the riders had very little sand experience and with the
odd helping hand as well as some judicious advice can now call
themselves veterans of the Namakwa Eco Trail.
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Once into the camp on the banks of
the Orange River at Oewerbos, they still
weren’t finished for the day. The next
challenge was a 7km paddle. Whilst
refreshing after the heat, as if they’d not
already done enough, their arms were
given another workout.
Prior to arrival at The Quest, competitors
were given unique and diverse topics of
interest, all relevant to the sections of
the routes we would be travelling. Every
evening one or two of them would be
required to present a 10 minute talk on
their topic…, even after such a tough day.
Sleep came easily after that!!!!
Tomorrow they will be riding the Western
side of the Richtersveld, a far more rocky
It isn’t getting any easier. Barend
Fouche, Head of Motocylce Division,
Southern Africa announced that in his
opinion, this year’s Honda Quest was a lot
more intense and challenging than 2017’s.
He should know, he’s been in the vehicles
following all the action on both.
The route today was used for the Amageza
It runs through little used sections of the
Western side of the Richtersveld and is
arguably even more remote than on day 2.
Before the route proper, there was the
opportunity to reflect on things and have
a quiet moment in a balancing stone
garden - A local take on the old tradition
of cairn building where the contestants
were invited to leave a rock in memory of
something that needed to be left there.
Reflections over, the serious business of
navigating the technical sandy riverbeds,
long rocky tracks and steep off camber
rutted climbs was the order of the day.
There were many spills and opportunity
to test the sturdy Rumbux bashplates and
engine guards. Many contestants, now
over the adrenaline fueled beginnings of
the contest were having to draw on deep
Although technically all the teams are
in a competition against each other, there
is a very firm greater team spirit building.
Helping all to get through was the priority.
The last 80km was a fast flowing jeep
track, a welcome respite from the pace of
the previous two days where the average
overall speed was just over 20kph.
Honda Quest is now 3 days in with 7 to
go… to top it, another terrific unseasonal
storm blew into the overnight camp, just
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outside Springbok, leaving many with
precious little sleep.
The routine has become the norm;
many are from city backgrounds where
the challenge of Quest has taken some
getting used to. Added to this, the last
3 days have left more of a mark on
some than others. Very few, if any, can
still claim a clean score sheet regarding
trips to Mother Earth. Fortunately, the
Africa Twin is made of sterner stuff as
only two hand guards are a little worse
The route started east down
Spektakel Pass whilst thunder clouds
and lightning threatened. Hardy from
Specialised Adventures had threaded
together a tricky but scenic route
through many private properties
that the local farmers had graciously
opened their gates for. Fortunately, the
stormy cloudy weather was a blessing
as just the week before, the recce team
had experienced 45 degrees in the
It was apparent that the contestants
were well and truly bonded with their
steeds as there was little trouble now
to be had from tricky off camber rock
climbs or deep sand tracks. Just
past Tweerivier the group entered the
little known Kheis trail; a stunning
path that winds its way through the
mountains between Kamieskroon and
Garies. The whole route prompted one
very experienced Adventure Riding
contestant to quip, “That’s the best day
of Adventure Riding I have ever done!”
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With another long satisfying day in the saddle and two
evenings of sleep deprivation from stormy weather, the teams
were given the night off from the planned presentations and
tests.Tomorrow marks only the midway point of the contest.
There’s still a long way to go and much to see!
Liaisons, are a necessary part of Adventuring; In the Northern
and Western Cape, we are blessed with many truly wondrous
places to see, however, it does take some large distances on
occasion to join them together.
Today was the longest single stretch for Honda Quest 2018
at just over 400 kilometers of gravel. Not very technical or
difficult, but nothing to sneeze at and challenging nonetheless.
The competitors are scored on a wide variety of aspects
on Honda Quest, one of which is the ability to ride safely and
efficiently in a large group on gravel. To move 14 competitors,
4 instructors (themselves all contestants from the previous
year) - all on Africa Twins – over 400km takes a large amount of
concentration, co-ordination and trust to get right. Following in
their dust were 5 support vehicles.
We left Uitspan, a rustic farm camp towards Loeriesfontein
in the Great Karoo via the great gravel roads that criss-cross
that large expanse of the Great Karoo. Then onto Calvina for
a quick snack and a call home to tell loved ones that all’s well.
Lastly it was the iconic Gannaga Pass, as the sun was sinking
to drink in the great expanse of the Tankwa Karoo that spreads
out before it. To make home in Perdekloof in the Tankwa Karoo
If one thing has been a constant it’s the wind. Although not
nearly as ferocious as in previous night’s, we were grateful
to be protected somewhat by the camp in the valley called
Perdekloof in the Tankwa Karoo National Park.
Team dynamics play a huge roll in Honda Quest and to this
end, the contestants have been making use of “Lumina Spark”,
a behavioral psychometric – an adventure of a personal sort.
(You’ll need to look it up – we have never heard of it). ed
Setting off, the first climb for the day was Ouberg Pass
offering a view far across the Tankwa Karoo. It was an
opportunity for reflection and appreciation for some of the
spaces we are privileged with in South Africa. A quick stop in
Sutherland for fuel and again to connect with loved ones and
maybe to reassure the work colleagues that they haven’t been
captured by Adventure forever and will be coming back!
Then, with lunch near Karelskraal Pass a spanner was
tossed into the mix; each of the contestants were temporarily
re-assigned a new team mate to ride with for the rest of the
day. The tricky part was, that this new partnership was going to
have to be forged whilst navigating tight off-the-beaten paths
and back roads. It takes quite a bit of trust to ride on ones
shoulder at the best of times, especially on more tricky routes.
The rest of the route through Goodluck then towards
the Karoo proper via Ouberg Pass, lead to a world that has
a unique energy and in the late afternoon sun felt ancient
and powerful.We stayed at Boplaas Guest Farm for two
nights. Rest day, time to service bikes, wash the travel out of
ourselves and clothes and to reflect.
Honda Quest took a well-earned breather.
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Day 7 (Rest Day) & Day 8
“Rest Day” is a little misleading as
there are still chores to be done; most
importantly, as all the bikes were brand
new at the start, the critical 1000km
service has to be performed. All the
contestants, whilst on Bootcamp,
were given training by a Honda master
mechanic to complete the task.
Besides the servicing and washing, a
planned afternoon ride up very technical
climb to the top of a local lookout point
was abandoned due to the extreme heat
– in the high 40’s! Even catching a late
afternoon snooze instead was a tough
ask – there wasn’t much escaping the
Later, the contestants were asked to
present their nominations for a worthy
Humanitarian Project. The money they
pledged was matched tenfold by Hardy de
Kock from Specialised Adventures.
Mojaki Rammoneng from Team 2 was
the deserved winner for a worthy project
that provides Sanitary Pads for school
girls who don’t have access to them. The
problem forces many girls to miss school
over an embarrassment.
Essentially, the day was sold as a quick
paced liaison to the Cederberg via the
Tankwa. The reality was far more fun and
spectacular. From the guest farm, a quick
technical trail saw some having to pick
their bikes up from a quick tumble. From
there, the back roads to Merweville and
onto Rammelkop pass to Sutherland kept
We experienced quite a few punctures
through no fault of our own – the tubes
clearly had a small defect. The net result
was a competition between the instructors
and competitors where whomever had
the most punctures by the end of the trip
would be buying the beer. It wasn’t looking
good for the instructors; 5 of the first 6
belonged to them.
Once off the mountains behind
Sutherland and onto the Tankwa Karoo
proper, it was a quick enjoyable ride to
the Tankwa Padstal, an Iconic little stop
with a great history that is very welcoming
of Adventure Riders. (Their ginger beer is
Riding into the setting sun, we at
last entered the Oasis called Die Mond.
A quiet, picturesque small spring fed
lake that our tired and dirty bodies were
immediately dumped into. It was a proper
Quest day that delivered far more than
expected. It was mostly an early evening
for all as the next day was to be the sting
in the tail!
Day 9: Sting in the tail!!
Today was the Postal Route from
the Tankwa side. A challenging route
especially for big bikes.
Honda Quests final full day was to be
worthy of being called a Quest day. At just
over 130km, one of the shorter days but it
had everything on offer – thick sand, steep
rocky climbs, river crossings, magnificent
vistas and drama.
Setting off after a last swim from Die
Mond, we made our way north to cross
the upper Doring river. A few took an
early bath crossing the slippery rocks.
Temperatures already high were still
climbing as we made our way through the
tough sandy stretches and up Karretjies
Pass. One bike going up is not much of an
issue, but the track was quite tough once
the first 5 or so bikes were through. Once
all were through safely, temperatures of 48
degrees were seen.
With this level of heat and exertion,
actively managing dehydration and heat
stress is critical. On the whole trip with the
high temperatures, the contestants were
drinking on average at least 6 liters a day,
There were two biggish falls and many
punctures (again, a defective tube issue and
not the riders fault) but nothing the teams
couldn’t shake off or deal with. Just before
Eselbank a refreshing dip into the waterfall
of a tributary to the Keurbosfontein River
was welcomed and needed.
With the setting sun, we rode into
Kromrivier campsite to be welcomed by
Barend Fouche’ and Cassels Madingwane
of Honda SA and the Specialised Team.
We got ready for the last day.
The day broke clear and warm and with
almost no wind for a change!
Today would be the shortest and
easiest of Honda Quest but no less nerve
wracking. The finalists would know who
had won only once they arrived for the
victory ceremony back where it all began
at Kaleo Guest Farm.
It was an emotional entry to the grounds
that seemed such a long way off from
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Bootcamp only a month ago. After a short
round of introductions the serious and most
important bit began.
Barend Fouche’ from Honda SA was
then up. He made the point that the
competitors have now just joined a very
select group who can call themselves
Honda Quest Finishers. He had this to
say about the role Honda Quest serves,
“The core part of our business is to
sell motorcycles, so besides changing
14 people’s lives, why do we do it? The
simple answer is to help us introduce or
convert people to the Honda Africa Twins.
The Honda Quest generates interest
and excitement through having you
guys live a dream. Your journey has
and will continue to touch, move and
inspire people to go out there and make
a difference in their lives. I look forward
to you continuing to help me get more
people onto our bikes and living their
Then, with all appropriate thanks
given, just like that he called on the
Team 2: Mojaki Rammoneng and
It was an emotional and unanimous
decision. They richly deserved to be the
winners and for their efforts, they both
get to keep the very bikes they rode the
competition on. What an amazing prize.
Spirit of Quest
Being a competition, Mojaki and Claude
were deserved winners. However, every
other team in their own way contributed
to the collective success of getting
through the 10 days safely and with a
great sense of accomplishment.
One team in particular were deemed
to be the recipients of the Team Spirit
award. Team 7: Rickus Vermeulen &
Pierre Breytenbach. From the start
not only were they great competitors,
but blessed with an endless supply of
anecdotes and amusing observations,
they filled the role of cheerleaders and
were often at the centre of things with a
good word of support for all.
They showed the way in overcoming
adversity with self-deprecating humour
and raised the collective group moral
when times were particularly tough. An
unlikely couple at first; an Actor from
the big city and a famer from the south
of Namibia, they ended the competition
clearly loved by all and with a deep sense
of camaraderie between them.
Roll on Honda Quest 2019
Above: The 7 teams and 14 riders who took part in the
2018 Honda Quest challenge.
Team 1: 1) Pieter Laubscher 2) André le Roes
Team 2: 3) Claude Deyzel 4) Richard Mojaki Rammoneng
Team 3: 5) Denzil Lawrie 6) Jonathan Tee
Team 4: 7) Stephan van der Merwe 8) Jana Botha
Team 5: 9) Hannes Dippenaar 10) Jesse Hardy
Team 6: 11) Jodan Alberts 12) André Labuschagne
Team 7: 13) Rickus Vermeulen 14) Pierre Breytenbach
Below: The winning team of Claude Deyzel and Richard
Mojaki Rammoneng with the crew from Honda South
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Legends Motocross Challenge.
Terra Topia 25th Nov 2018…
Terra Topia impressed fans and riders with a well-prepared
track and a meticulously organised venue. Racing was close
in all classes. The short sprint style races kept fans engaged
however punished riders who made mistakes in the short
heats. It was a real treat to see so many old faces and a mix
of vintage to modern bikes and riders racing together.
The days sponsors Tork Craft and Global ASP agreed that
the organizers had done a fine job for their event. “It’s great
working with the likes of Dave and Rob from Terra Topia,
who are both MX riders, they know what riders, sponsors
and spectators want,” said Multiple SA National Champion
Ryan Hunt. “They prepared a super track that allowed new
and old riders to be challenged safely and to have some
fun, “Many of the Vets had their sons racing on the day,
both sponsors Hunt and Williams had their sons competing
on the day.
UK based champ Neville Bradshaw, Global ASP Yamaha,
flew out specially for the ride. This was the rider everyone
wanted to see and race against. He raced an event the
day before and crashed badly, but dirt bikers are a tough
breed and he was there on Sunday mixing it up in the very
competitive 125 2- Stroke class & the 2 vs 4 stroke challenge
on a new Yamaha 125 & 450F.
The best racing of the day came from the125 Challenge race
where Kerim Fitzgerald took overall honours followed by Ricky
Raaff Husqvarna. Bradshaw surprised everyone finishing 3rd.
Leading SA rider Ryan Hunt took the holeshot in both heats
ending 4th overall, with fifth going to Jordan Venter.
In the 2 vs 4 stroke challenge it was a win for the 2-strokes
by Ricky Raff on his Husky 125-machine followed closely by
the 4-stroke of Bradshaw in the first heat, showing that 2-
strokes are still fast. Neville responded in the 2nd heat with
a win giving him 1st overall for the day. Cameron Odendaal
followed by Tyron Beverly finished 4th & 5th.
Andre David dominated the Legends 40+ class taking the
overall honours from Guy Henley and Chris Nel. Kerim
Fitzgerald took the overall place in the Legends Heroes 30+
class from Ryan Fredrich’s and Cameron Odendaal.
The surprisingly quick Legends & Heroes over 50 & 60’s
class had some very talented riders. Overall going to
Frenchman Michel Casanova Honda CR followed by Tony
Riddell Husqvarna FX. Tony now over 50 is still seen riding
regularly and training younger riders at Terra Topia. Third
overall went to Rodney Odendaal and forth to another
multiple SA champion and springbok Brett Redman the son
of multiple world road race champion Jim Redman, Paulo Do
Couto took the 5th spot overall on his 2015 YZF Yamaha.
Ryan Hunt Tork Craft Hole
Shots heat one
Brett Redman Springbok and
multiple SA /Int, MX Champion
Ryan Williams Global ASP
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The vintage bike VMX class win went to Darryl
Hancock Honda CR500 AF, followed by Marco De
Nobrega, Bruce Thomas, Gareth Ireland, Justin
Waddington on a Maico and Lee Thompson.
Legends Heroes 30+
1. Kerim Fitzgerald
2. Ryan Fredrich’s Honda CR
3. Cameron Odendaal
4. Kevin Moran Kawasaki KX 450
5. Peet Pienaar Yamaha YZF450
Kerim Fitzgerald 108 Ryan Hunt 777
and Neville Bradshaw 272 off the
start line in the 125/150 class
Legends Heroes 40+
1. Andre David’s
2. Guy Henley
3. Chris Nel KTM
4. Darryl Hancock Honda CR500 AF
5. Bruce Heine
Tony Riddell 2nd overall
in the over 50/60’s
Legends Heroes 50 & 60+
1. Michel Casanova Honda CR
2. Tony Riddell Husqvarna FX
3. Rodney Odendaal
4. Brett Redman
5. Paulo Do Couto YZF 2015
1. Darryl Hancock VMX Honda CR500 AF
2. Marco De Nobrega VMX
3. Bruce Thomas VMX
4. Gareth Ireland VMX Twin/S 1980 Husqvarna OR 390
5. Justin Waddington VMX Maico
2- Stroke 125 /150 Challenge
1. Kerim Fitzgerald
2. Ricky Raaff Husqvarna 2018
3 Neville Bradshaw Global ASP Yamaha
4. Ryan Hunt Tork Craft Husqvarna TC
5. Jordan Venter
6. Grant Frerichs Yamaha YZ125
7. Jordan Kelsey Yamaha YZ125
8. Ryan Williams Global ASP
Neville Bradshaw 272 in
125 /150 start
2 vs 4-Stroke Challenge
1. Neville Bradshaw Yamaha YZ450F
2. Ricky Raaff
3. Cameron Odendaal
4. Jordan Venter
5. Tyron Beverly
6. Kevin Moran
Andre David 555 overall winner
of the over 40’s class
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4 W H E E L S F E A T U R E
A bigger dirtbike like the terra fits easily out back. Get it...
THE FIAT FULLBACK
We loaded the trailer full of bikes, loaded this Fiat Fullback with DC 2,4 D-iD 4×4 LX AT
all of our parts and gear - and took off on the JHB to Richards Bay
trip. Mom drove it up gravel roads to rescue riders and deliver
parts and we loaded up all the bikes to come back home again.
It’s a very capable comfortable, practical vehicle. Here’s the skinny:
A bakkie feature in a dirtbike mag?
Sure! We all load and tow so why not?
Vehicle manufacturers should make more
use of lifestyle magazines like this for sure!!
Our readers and riders are your direct
Our intention was to actually use the vehicle
stand alone on some of the visits to farmers
and landowners in proper 4x4 conditions –
but - we only got it the day before the event,
we were unable to test it in any real off-road
conditions, but rather as a commuter,
towing / passenger vehicle.
It did the job and is a marvelously
comfortable bakkie to drive.
This one is a rebadge of the latestgeneration
Mitsubishi Triton. It feels
pretty nimble compared to some of the
other bakkies we’ve used and it’s not
too surprising when you consider that
it weighs some 280 kg less than the
equivalent Ford Ranger and is 170 kg
lighter than the Toyota Hilux. The overall
dimensions of these bakkies are similar.
Fiat recently decided to outfit it with
the new, 2,4-litre Mitsubishi turbodiesel
engine. Now we have owned several
Mitsubishi’s so we know for sure that
reliability is not something that you need to
concern yourself with on this engine.
The Fullback is properly modern and
features auto locking/unlocking, electric
driver’s seat adjustment, rear-view camera,
touchscreen and steering wheel audio
controls plus cruise control. The steering
wheel is adjustable for both rake and reach.
This cabbie has a really good, modern
sound system – but it only works when you
have the key in the ignition. Bit strange.
Final drive choices are made via a simple
rotary switch and your options are rearwheel
drive; all-wheel drive in high range;
and all-wheel drive with low range.
It might not have a few features that its
competitors have, but then again, real men
prefer their bakkies without lots of noisy
reminders for unfastened seat belts – and
– although someone pointed out that the
Fullback does not have keyless ignition –
we kinda like using the key otherwise we
lose the bloody thing. It’s happened on
some of the bikes we’ve ridden – keyless
The friendly guys from Fiat Sandton.
Modern dash and controls all easy to actuate.
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is in our opinion, a pain in the butt.
But then maybe we are a bit old fashioned.
Sitting behind the handlebars, (fitted with
neat, modern controls for the sound system
and Bluetooth cell phone setup), the driving
position gives a good view through the
windscreen and the very adjustable leatherupholstered
seats are lekker comfy.
Rear-seat leg room, as in most modern
double cabs, is more generous than older
designs like our old faithfull, rattly Nissan
harbody. Our Kids were in awe of the space.
This better, roomier, more comfortable design
reflects this type of vehicle’s increasing
popularity as family wheels.
The 2,4 D-iD engine 9 we hear that it is
a fairly new addition to the Fiat lineup) is
smooth and powerful with minimal turbo
lag and good mid-range torque and towing
power. Really quiet too like a modern diesel
It’s mated to a five-speed auto transmission
also really smooth and lekker- lekker. We
found it a tad slower on acceleration than
our VW 2.5 Transporter – but we really only
noticed that because we drive the Vee Dub
all over the place. The steering is precise
and direct, with good feel for a vehicle
like this. The ride is perhaps, a bit firmer
than something like the Amarok or Ranger
(We have driven both of those so we can
compare), but we like firmer suspension for
the stuff that we do. It has to be a workhorse
as well as a get-around-town vehicle.
The Fullbacks load-carrying abilities are
impressive. We filled the bay with all our
gear, hitched a trailer, and hit the road… The
payload is 950 kg but the towing capacity is
not listed. When we got down to The Bay,
we loaded up the trailer with all the bikes and
headed back up to JHB. When we returned
the Fiat, we loaded our Terra Adventure bike
on the back and it fitted perfectly. It’s great
to be able to load a bike onto a double cab
without a hassle.
Without a load, we filled the 70 litre tank – just
on a grand three months ago and we got just
on 800KM’s to a tank.
With the full load, 4 bikes, all our gear and
four bodies in the car, towing at normal
speeds from Richards bay up, we had to
refuel at just over 500 KM’s.
The Fullback is a lekker package, comfortable
and powerful enough with great handling for
a big double cab. We enjoyed it very muchly
and might even ask the bank manager for
some money so that we can buy the demo…
Thanks Fiat Sandton for the loan! Next year –
come and join us for the ride!
This one costs R509 900 new.
The back seat is pretty roomy...
FOR THE ROOF
We took along two of our favourite bikes for this years Roof Of Africa.
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Honda Wing Zambesi kindly loaned Peter
Schlueter the unique Honda Africa Twin DCT
and we could not wipe the grin off his face
for the whole weekend. He’s been up to
cover The Roof four or five times now and
this was the first time that he actually had the
opportunity to ride. In typical German fashion
he kept on saying - “Fantashtiesh” and “Zer
Gut!” as we tried to keep him on the LEFT
hand side of the road.
Incidentally - we got stuck in traffic a
few times on his visit thanks to our rather
unique system of load shedding. We heard
him muttering “catastroph” a few times.
He reckons that in Munich if something like
this happened, the masses would take to
the streets. Catastrophe, understatement
of the century!
It was his first ride in a DCT too and he
kept on about modern technology and
stuff that we couldn’t really understand -
but he grinned the whole time which was
cool. That Honda has so many electronic
features that we kept googling (Read data
charges), to adjust and set and experiment
with all of the modes and settings. The
bike is big, fast, comfortable, perfect for a
trip just like this one.
Our more British Triumph also came
along, it’s not the very latest version -
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just on a year old now with 10000 odd
kilometres on the clock - and it has
run flawlessly throughout its tenure at
our offices. 800cc’s of triple cylinder
creamy smooth pleasure, the 800XCX is
a wonderful, comfortable, unintimidating
It is physically smaller than the Africa
twin so it appeals to a wide range of
adventure riders. Although the AT is faster
(200cc’s bigger), the Triumph was never
out of the comfort zone or left lagging
behind. It easily cruises at speeds well in
excess of the national speed limit and is
really nippy and fun to ride.
Both bikes are just peachy on the good
gravel - the Honda has the edge when
the going gets rough - If you read this
mag regularly, you’ll know that the gravel
characteristics of the Honda is what sold
us on this bike in the first place. Thanks to
its smaller size, the Triumph is quite easy
to manhandle through the rough stuff -
and the inclusion of WP suspension on
this bike was a quantum leap forward for
On the road, the Honda has the edge in
speed and power. Both are comfortable,
but the Triumph takes the trophy there,
especially over long distances.
Fuel range on both bikes is just more
than 300 KM’s to a tank.
Our plan was to leave early and take in the
Golden Gate road, Clarens and all that.
We ran a bit late thanks to the load
shedding, so we opted for the direct route
from our offices near JHB Int Airport, out
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2000 Solomon Mahlangu Dr, Faerie Glen, Pretoria East, 2000
past Carnival City onto the Durban Freeway.
We cut off past Frankfort - navigated the really
crappy potholed road to Bethlehem. From there
it is Nirvana. Fouriesburg, Ladybrand, Maseru. A
very cool ride - 3 and a bit hours of smiles.
Thanks to the thunderstorms we took the
same route home again - but we had time to stop
off at the Fouriesburg Country Inn for one of their
famous Belgian waffles.
Just do it. Too lekker.
There are plenty of low smileage used bikes
like these knocking around and they are well
worth consideration if you are looking for
something like this - or you can go and grab a
new one. Remember that the current XCX is even
higher spec and more modern - and they have
changed the gearbox a bit for more bottom end
torque for dirt conditions.
Great bikes. Go and ride them!
Honda Wing Zambesi: (012) 5239500
Triumph motorcycles SA: (011) 444-4441
While Peter Schlueter was here
we took a little tour around JHB. it
always makes for cool photo’s...
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IN STORES EVERY MONTH
THE SUNFIELDS RIDE 2018
There is a home for the physically
and mentally disabled out in the small
community of Balfour. A few years ago, The
Adventure Company stumbled across them
while marking their Quads 4 Quads event.
They saw that the home needed a hand –
and for the last five or six years they have
hosted a ride every December and, through
the generosity of riders from all over and
the friendly farmers in the area, they donate
desperately needed goods just in time for
This year was exceptional – with bakkie
loads of stuff donated and delivered – and
riders who could not come along donating
funds to the home.
A cool project is underway from funds
raised – and riders will be trading helmets
and handlebars for gumboots and shovels
– and in January a team will be joining us
and heading back to the home to set up a
small egg farm for the home.
It’s about sustainability, small scale to
start – the home can use or sell the eggs
to generate income for Sunfields – and the
residents can interact by keeping an eye on
If you can help, they are going to need
chicken feed and all sorts…. Get in touch.
Thanks to all involved – especially in tough
times like this!
For more info on the home: www.
If you can help in any way – drop us a mail
firstname.lastname@example.org It’s a very cool project!
C L A S S I C S T O R Y
THE HUSQVARNA SILVER ARROW
A LONG TIME BEFORE MOST OF US WERE EVEN BORN
In all of Husqvarna’s history, probably one
of the most important developments was
the Silver Arrow, Silverpilen. At the time,
this 175 cc 2-stroke, three-speed machine
paved the way for the company’s future
success. Husqvarna won 13 individual
world championship titles in motocross
and many enduro victories from this
lightweight machine. The hit started in
1955 when the classic bike was born...
By: Kenneth Olausson
A far cry from the current batch of Husqvarna Pilens, the
Silverpilen was a 175 cc ‘lightweight’ motorcycle with a
2-stroke engine and a three-speed gearbox, manufactured
until 1965. There were 11,300 units made. We believe that
the Husqvarna factory benefitted over almost twenty years
from income and developments that could be traced back
to the Silver Arrow. A common joke was that the weapons
factory reloaded its guns from releasing a silver-plated
arrow to shooting a silver bullet through the air. All in all,
11,300 units were produced between 1955 and 1965 in the
province of Smaland, before sales then stopped.
At the time, it was well-known that this newcomer was a
true novelty amongst the finest market products available
in the middle of the fifties. ‘Viking steel bites’ was often
heard in the discussions of field experts. So, let’s look at
the hard, technical facts of this machine. There were several
technical updates that made this power plant both quicker
and more modern. Both the cylinder and the top-end were
made from aluminium, increasing heat dissipation, while the
cylinder walls were fabricated in hard-chrome steel. Both
cylinders and pistons came from the German manufacturer
Kolbenschmidt. Maximum power from the engine was
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measured at a ‘stunning’ nine horsepower at 6,000 rpm. The
cylinder measurements were 60 millimetres in diameter and
the stroke was at 61.5 mm, which gives us exactly 173.8
cc. A German Bing twin-port carburettor was incorporated
in the engine design. This unusual Bing product for the 282
model, was a two-in-one concept with double throttle-slides
in one carburettor body. One throttle rose before the other,
which made for smoother riding. The gearbox had three
positions and all-in-all, this beast was capable of doing 100
km/h, which at the time was pretty quick.
According to standards, the lightweight tubular frame was
a simple but elegant stamped-steel product where the
engine helped to make the bike stable as a part of the build.
The ‘rubber band’ suspension was acceptable at the time,
but only gave a little riding comfort. Demands were not so
advanced in the fifties and the factory soon produced better
rubber for their front fork suspension. Streamlining was
part of the styling concept and Husqvarna wanted no less,
of course. Both the front forks with leading link and rubber
links and the head-lamp suited well into this modern, up-todate
design. The single-exhaust system however trimmed
more weight. Later, there was a Sports model, which used
double-exhaust pipes. Immediately though, the weight
crept over 75 kilos, but this was of minor importance for the
The bike was launched in 1955. From the media, the
motorcycle was considered to be a rocket toy with an
uncertain future. But it soon turned out that this mischievous
bike was a hit for the new generation. Besides rock ‘n’
roll, young people also liked the 2-stroke music and the
Silver Arrow became ‘The Graduate’ into the big world. The
teenage dream was the big leap from a moped to a grownup
After a couple of years on the market it became clear that
the existing 175 cc power plant needed development.
Increasing the capacity to 200 cc this newcomer was soon
nicknamed the ‘Golden Arrow’. The designers counted on
15 horsepower under continuous load while the machine
was only ten kilograms heavier than its predecessor.
This made a subtle advantage on the market, but the
Golden Arrow - manufactured between 1957-59 - was
never accepted by the public so a mere 1,250 units were
manufactured before Husqvarna skipped this model entirely.
The Silver Arrow was a tremendous success for the Swedish
motorcycle industry. Husqvarna established an international
name, although exports of this particular model were limited.
There you go – Kids tell your teachers you’d rather study
this stuff in history…
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G A U T E N G G O E S R A C I N G
Dads and lads.
THE INLAND MX CLUB CHAMPS
It is impossible for us to feature
every single discipline, but this is
one series that has elevated the
love of MX to another level…
2018 saw 9 races at 3 tracks across Gauteng – and every
race was packed with lovers of the game.
The tracks are well spread too which makes access a
pleasure – in the Far East is the ERORA track run by the
Arnold family. In the South, is the Smoking Pistons setup run
by Brad Mostert and his team. In the West is the famous Dirt
Bronco track run by Eddie Wagenaar and his enthusiastic
bunch – all track owners who formed the inland committee,
along with the very enthusiastic Anthony Chica (Now in the
USA), with the idea of growing MX from grass roots level.
The biggest score is junior racing that saw an average of
80 junior (50cc/65cc) riders at just about every event. This
industry needs this – the juniors are the feeders for the
We’d like to say that this is seriously social racing – but once
the flag drops, that’s never the case. Bar bashing, tumbles
and serious action is the order of each race – perhaps not
quite as hectic as the national series, but the guys and girls
do race their hearts out.
Lot’s is in the pipeline for the 2019 series.
For more info on this great series:
Below are all the champs for 2018 – roll on 2019!
Next event 19 January at ERORA - National qualifier for
North vs South.
It’s going to be great.
Pics by all sorts of people including Dirt Life photography
thank you very much!
Happy Smiles at Dirt Bronco
Wayne,and victor with future mx champs.
Trophies galore... courtesy of TRP.
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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
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.
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
Sept 21st – JHB 2 Richards bay in the dirt.
More on that soon – and more details as we go along.
www.adventurecompany.co.za - (011) 979-5035