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EDITOR: ROLEY FOLEY

What a year 2018 was...

Tough for most - lets hope that 2019 is a corker for

everyone!

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

don’t forget.”

“Pepe, since when deed you ever hear of a meerage

that smell like bacon? Ees no meerage, ees a bacon

tree!”

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...

Ees...

Ees...

Ees a ham bush....”

Have a great 2019 and we’ll see you out and about on

the trails.

CONTENTS: JANUARY 2019

THE TEAM:

EDITOR:

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Petrolheads launches:

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

concept.

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

looking for.

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

really excited.

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

brisket hoagie.

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

The Roof:

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

the Dakar”.

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

seasons!

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!

www.shercosouthafrica.co.za

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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

entire range.

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

around.

Cnr Malibongwe Drive & Tungsten

Rd, Strydom Commercial Park.

Randburg.

011 251 4000

www.linexyamaha.co.za

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Raceworx new

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

Roodepoort.

Phone: 011 027 9922

Motul concept store at

Holeshot Motorcycle:

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.

(011) 823-5830

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ACERBIS adventure Boots

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ACERBIS Adventure Jacket

R4510.00 Retail Ex Vat.

ACERBIS Adventure Pants

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Touratech Products

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.

(011) 234-5007

Crossplus passenger

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

stainless steel.

The crossplus passenger pegs double as a

multifunctional tool!

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 –

for details: peter@hardenduroworld.com

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

Waterproof

duffel bags by

GIVI:

Constructed with 100%

waterproof thermoplastic

polyurethane (TPU) with electrowelded

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

adventure….

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

Linex Yamaha.

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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

categories.

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

and KTM.

What does this all mean for Ducati

though?

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

industry.

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

identities.

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

motorcycles.

“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

are in.”

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

manufacturer conglomerates?

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

special place…


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

real pleasure.

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

first place…

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

Roof winner…

What a day of racing – the scene was set

for an epic final.


Final day:

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

spectacular skills…

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 lead.

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

world.

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.

Gold podium


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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

for lying!

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

face…

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.

com/dirtandtrail

Gold Top 5:

1: Wade Young Sherco

2: Travis Teasdale Beta

3: Kyle Flanagan Yamaha

4: Lloyd Kirk Yamaha

5: Dwayne Kleynhans KTM

Silver podium

Matthew Green

Silver Top 5:

1: Kayde Mante Yamaha

2: Warren Barwell KTM

3: Paul Grobler KTM

4: Kevin Peters KTM

5: Ryan Pelser KTM

Bronze podium

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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Lynton Poskett is a machine,,,

Calvin Hulme

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.

Mclarens racing:

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

friends…

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.

Kirsten

Landman.

On point.

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Schluter...


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Calvin Garvie rode gold on a KTM 500 and

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I N T E R N A T I O N A L F L A V O U R

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

goodies.

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

touristy things.

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

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On Safari

At the Lion park

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I N T E R N A T I O N A L F L A V O U R

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

Bronco.

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…

Ziplining at

canopy Tours.

The Morning show with

Greg Moloney.

Training day...

The girls at Terra Topia.

Georgia fresh off the flight at ERORA.

Brook and Andre

out for a ride...

First Regional

At the DB National

Whipple puts down rubber at ERORA.

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THE NEW

CROSBY 400

ADVENTURE

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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F I R S T R I D E : C R O S B Y 4 0 0

21 inch front

wheel, long travel

suspension.

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

standard.

Very cool

sounding twin

pipes.

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F I R S T R I D E : C R O S B Y 4 0 0

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

off-road?

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

all that.

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

dashboard.

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.

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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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THE 2018

HONDA QUEST

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

completed

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 1

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…

Day 2

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

prospect!

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.

Day 3

The route today was used for the Amageza

Rally.

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

reserves.

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.

Day 4

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

for wear.

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

same stretch.

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!

Day 5

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

National Park.

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.

Day 6

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

oppressive heat.

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.

Day 8

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

us busy.

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

highly recommended!)

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,

often more.

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.

Day 10

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

Adventures.”

Then, with all appropriate thanks

given, just like that he called on the

winning team;

Team 2: Mojaki Rammoneng and

Claude Deyzel.

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

Africa.

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The Tork Craft Global ASP

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

Darryl Hancock

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

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Waddington on a Maico and Lee Thompson.

RESULTS

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

Ryan Hunt

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

VMX

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

Gavin 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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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

target audience.

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

should be.

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.

Fiat Sandton

fiatchryslerfourways.co.za

(011) 707-4500

Clear concise.

The back seat is pretty roomy...


OUR BIKES

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

machine.

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

the XCX.

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.

The Route:

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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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!

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While Peter Schlueter was here

we took a little tour around JHB. it

always makes for cool photo’s...

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SPREADING THE

CHRISTMAS CHEER

THE SUNFIELDS RIDE 2018

www.adventurecompany.co.za


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

Christmas.

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

the birds.

Cool Huh!

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.

sunfieldhome.co.za

If you can help in any way – drop us a mail

foleyg@mweb.co.za 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

export markets.

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

motorcycle!

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

future.

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:

Email: xarncon@gmail.com

www.womsa2wheels.co.za

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 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.

More on that soon – and more details as we go along.

www.adventurecompany.co.za - (011) 979-5035

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