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18 Dakar wins in a row by 8 heroic
riders on 1 bike brand: KTM.
/// CUSTOM CR500 AF
/// HONDA BACK IN ENDURO RACING
/// 5 GREAT ADVENTURE BIKES
/// LIFE WITH A TWO STROKE - THE YZ125X
/// RACING PEOPLE: LUKE WALKER
/// TRAVIS TEASDALE UPDATE
ALL THE OTHER DIRTY STUFF YOU LIKE
Photo: KTM Images / Marcin Kin
ROAD , TRACK , ADVENTURE
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EDITOR: ROLEY FOLEY
Welcome to Sean who joins us at Dirt And
Trail and RideFast Magazines.
It’s going to be fun!
An old man lay sprawled across three entire
seats in the movie theatre.
When the usher came by and noticed this,
he whispered to the old man,
“Sorry sir, but you’re only allowed one seat.”
The old man didn’t budge.
The usher became more impatient.
“Sir, if you don’t get up from there I’m going
to have to call the manager.”
Once again, the old man just muttered and
The usher marched briskly back up the
aisle and in a moment he returned with the
Together, the two of them tried repeatedly to
move the old dishevelled man, but with no
Finally, they summoned the police.
The offi cer surveyed the situation briefl y then
asked, “All right, buddy, what’s your name?”
“ Eric,” the old man moaned.
“Where you from, Eric?” asked the police
With a terrible strain in his voice and without
moving, Eric replied,
Have a great riding Month!
CONTENTS: FEBRUARY 2019
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Travis Teasedale signs Eurotek KTM deal to race WESS
Extreme Enduro specialist, Travis
Teasedale has been scoopedup
by British-based race team
Eurotek KTM for the 2019 season.
The South African rider has made
a name for himself racing big
events like ErzbergRodeo and
Romaniacs as well as the Roof of
Africa where he finished second
Teasdale has come from a factory
ride with Beta Racing, but it
seems the chance to compete
the full WESS championship and
measure himself against the likes
of Taddy Blazusiak, Billy Bolt
and Jonny Walker was the carrot
needed to jump onboard the
good ship Eurotek.
Speaking at round one of the
British Extreme Championship,
Travis explains the deal is all about
giving him the chance to race in
WESS: “Basically I got offered a
good deal by Eurotek KTM to race
the full WESS series. I only raced
a couple of the rounds in 2018
and really wanted to do the whole
championship because obviously
all the best riders are there.
Eurotek have offered me a deal
to do that which is really exciting.
“As part of the deal I will also
race the British Extreme series
(Travis finished fourth at round
one, January 13). That’s five
rounds in Britain and eight WESS
rounds in total.”
Like many of the South Africa
riders competing in Europe,
travelling backwards and forwards
to home is part and parcel of a
season’s racing. A busy calendar
in 2019 will see Teasdale race
back home for the P.Trimborn
Agency Racing Team who’ve
supported him for many years
but that will mean he drops some
of the non-championship races
in Europe: “In South Africa I’m
sponsored by PTA Racing Team
so I will race WESS, these (British
Extreme) races and fly back
and forth to do national races
back home with PTA.” Explains
“It’s quite a busy calendar with all
the races and flying back to South
Africa so we’ll concentrate on
those and not do all the races I did
Eurotek stepping up
As an established team in the
Extreme Enduro paddocks
supporting riders and transporting
bikes over many years to events
like Romaniacs and Sea To Sky,
as well as riding themselves,
Eurotek has a lot of experience.
After a season which more or less
appeared to mean Teasdale was
bringing his own crew to the races
with little support compared to his
rivals, jumping in the Eurotek team
will make life easier and allow
Travis to concentrate on the riding.
Eurotek KTM boss, Mark
Jackson, says the deal is a great
opportunity for the team and
Teasdale: “Yeah, it is really good to
have Travis onboard with Eurotek
and we think we can give him
everything he needs to compete
to be a contender in WESS. We’re
already committed to many of the
events with riders and our support
“The deal is basically down to us
but we are supported by KTM UK
and it is with their help that we
could put together a package for
Travis. We’re looking forward to it!”
The next outing for Teasdale and
Eurotek is the second British
Extreme round of the 2019 season
– as you read this, at Crown
Quarry, February 3.
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New Polaris & Linhai
dealer in Pretoria
MAINSU the new Polaris & Linhai dealer near Silverlakes
in Pretoria east. Now the name might sound a bit foreign
but it is just a condensation of their original name,
MApungubwe INdustrial SUpplies.
Boss man Fanie Swart has been around for longer
than he cares to remember and believes that excellent
customer service and brilliant after sales service is the
sustaining life blood of all successful businesses. Now
this is no ordinary Polaris and Linhai retailer, this is more
like a toy wonderland for all gadget enthusiasts. Not only
do they do full range of Polaris & Linhai new sales, parts
and service, they also do a bunch of well-established
a supported brands such as the EGO range of battery
powered mowers, weed whackers, chain saws as well
as Kubota big machines, BUNDU Power, NEWWAY,
Genntech, Kipor and AUSA generator sets from small
camping gens sets, (1 kva) to super big industrial
behemoths, (3,500 kva). Sales, turn key installations,
servicing and parts. They can generally service and repair
all well-known brands of generators.
Over and above all of this they can get you out of the
clutches of Eishkom and take you completely off grid with
some solar products, as well as a range called ‘PROBE’
which includes battery chargers, jump starter packs,
battery testers, LED work lights, power banks and etc.
This place is a real treasure chest of awesome products
that you need in your life.
Give them a call on 086 162 4678 or pop in and shake
Fanie’s hand, he is a very friendly and helpful bloke, at Six
Fountains Adventure Centre, c/o Solomon Mahlangu dr &
Bendeman blvd, Pretoria East, right there by the Makro in
Moto Mate Edenvale
You all know the store in Rivonia and in
Greenstone? Well the Greenstone store moved
to the main drag of Edenvale into a very wellknown
location on the corner of 9th & Van
Riebeeck avenue under the leadership of boss
lady Mpho and her 2 IC Freddy.
The staff are exceptionally friendly and service
driven. The shop is very well stocked and laid
out and easy to negotiate. They have a fully
kitted out and professionally staffed tyre bay
and fitment centre, so you can buy all your
bits & pieces and have them fitted at the same
time, do bear in mind that they specialize in
riding gear and accessories at this branch, so
they don’t carry a lot of spares or do any open
engine work, wet work or rebuilds.
If they don’t have what you are looking for in
stock, they will order it for you and call you
when it arrives.
Now to put the cherry on an already impressive
cake, Mpho does also have a second branch
under her very capable command inside Suzuki
East on the Golden Mile of North Rand rd
Boksburg that has a more technical workshop
at their disposal and offers a wider range of
parts as well as all the accessories and rider
gear you could ever need.
Give them a call on the following numbers:
or Boksburg 011-025-8272/011-027-1244.
Mpho and Freddy are always
happy and ready to help.
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KTM 390 Adventure bike seen
testing in India for the first time
To rival BMW G 310 GS & Kawasaki Versys X-300.
The all new KTM 390 Adventure has been spied testing for the
first time on the Indian roads, which is draped in camouflage. The
motorcycle was expected to make its public debut at 2018 EICMA
motorcycle show in Milan, however the company decided to keep
it under wraps much to everyone’s disappointment. A new set of
images have reignited interest amongst the public that are eagerly
waiting for the motorcycle.
The new images hints that the company could bring the motorcycle
in two variants wherein the first will be seen with alloy wheels whereas
the second could be seen with spoke rims. KTM 390 Adventure Set
to Enter India Next Year.
The upcoming KTM 390 Adventure motorcycle will be powered by
the same 373cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder unit that is already
seen on naked 390 Duke. The engine is capable of making 43bhp
of maximum power with peak torque of 37Nm. However, we might
see some revisions on the engine equipped on the 390 Adventure for
serving the purpose better.
When launched, the motorcycle will be pitted against the likes of
BMW G 310 GS and Kawasaki Versys X-300. We’re hoping to see the
390 Adventure hit our shores sometime this year…
GAME SERVICES out in Benoni
are your go to store for anything
OHLINS. Owner and well known
guru of most things motorcycles,
Ken Somerville is a magician with
all sorts, not only because he
is very knowledgeable and has
been on many, many suspension
courses but he’s been building
suspensions since grandma was
a pin up. He’s old school and
believes in integrity and good
service and doing the job right the
(011) 849 - 7000
KCR Motorcycles MX
& Enduro accessories
This very well-known shop in
Kempton Park is possibly more
famous for its Very Fast superbikes
and customs, but they also have
a well-stocked Off Road, MX &
enduro accessory and riding gear
department featuring all the top
and popular brands.
If they don’t have it in stock they
can get it fairly darn quickly.
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Shimwells – the Fuel
Injection pump specialists:
On a ride the other day, our trusty FX’s Fuel pump started
playing up after about 20000 odd kilometres of pumping.
We stripped the unit out in the middle of nowhere and it all
seemed to look very bright and clean and all that – but it was
running intermittently especially when the bike got hot…
We took the unit into Shimwells, where Zak stripped it right
down – explained the mechanisms and chucked the bits
into his sonic cleaner.
The fluid went black – evidence that over time the pump
has simply clogged up. Old age.
Zack has a universal pump in stock that he says fits most
brands – and it costs less than most genuine parts. He fitted
one to our bike – and it’s running like new.
Great service and an interesting lesson in mechanics too.
Friendly people with a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Shimwells Yamaha Boksburg (011) 011 362 2182
Bike Kings Accessory Store: Pretoria East
This huge accessory store based out in another very wellknown
location on Lynwood rd Pretoria east is run by the
very dynamic Louis Croukamp and from what we could see
is extremely well stocked with every conceivable brand in
riding gear, accessories, tyres and after market parts for just
about any motorcycle ever brought into South Africa. The
shop is very big, light and airy, the staff are super friendly and
helpful. They have a properly kitted out workshop, that can
do anything from fitments to basic services.
Louis, being the driven enterprising person he is also, with his
partners have two other branches, one at Red Star Raceway
and one in Cape Town. All the shops are well stocked and
professionally staffed with very knowledgeable guys and girls
who are always ready with a smile and the right advice.
Tankwa ADV suit from DMD
With this crazy heat we’re experiencing this
summer we needed something much cooler
to ride in so Sean picked up one of these suits
from DMD the other day. He’s only had it for a
few days and we am really impressed, the fit is
good and comfortable, quality seems good and
they are super cool to ride around and he says
that he feels completely safe in the kit and most
importantly of all ….. looks cool. We’ve only
had it a few days and will do some proper riding
and testing in the suit – once we get pants to fit
his long legs - and give a proper report back by
our next issue.
Tankwa Ventura Grey Jacket
- Combination of 600D Polyester, 500D Nylon
and ventilating 330D Mesh Polyester
- Extensive use of ventilated mesh panels
- Ventilating Mesh polyester lining, offers more
comfort when worn next to skin.
- Sandwich mesh protector pockets for softer feel
- CE-approved shoulder and elbow protectors
- Provisional back protector pocket including
soft perforated pad
- Twin inner layer in high abrasion risk areas at
shoulder and elbows
- Sleeve circumference adjusters
- Large number of storage pockets
- Adjustable cuff circumference
- Adjustable waist circumference
- Ergonomic low collar
- Zip to connect to matching pants
- Reflective print incorporated in the design
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Images by: KTM Images / Husqvarna Images / Red Bull Content Pool & others
Toby Price is “so damned
stoked” to finish the 41st
Dakar Rally with his second
title having feared not
making the second week
due to a fractured wrist.
Price broke the scaphoid in his right
hand in a training accident midway
through December but rode through
“pain and torture” for 10 stages to
deliver KTM its 18th straight Dakar
in a one-two-three for the Austrian
While he put on a brave face in
the days leading up to the first stage
on January 7, the Australian was
already suffering as soon as he got
going. He got lost on Stage 3 but
managed to stay near enough to the
overall lead, only to feel as though he
was “starting to fade” as the second
half of the event began after the rest
day.Still without a stage win to that
point, Price hit the front of the general
classification for the first time on Stage
8 and remained there until the end.
“It’s very crazy to sit here and say
that we won the Dakar rally with no
stage victories until today,” he said.
“I’m over the moon, I’m so damned
stoked. It’s been a long 10 days.
“Now I’ll just wait and see what
damage I’ve done to my wrist. At the
end of the day, the pain and torture
has been worth it. “I thought I would
only be able to do two stages and
then pull out and that would have
been me done, but the support from
everyone back home in Australia and
raced with a
It’s all about
then having some things go my way and a bit
of luck, it just worked out in the end.
“It’s been an unreal rally.”
Having described his wrist as being “on
fire” after Stage 8, the 31-year-old had an ever
more colourful turn of phrase to describe the
pain after winning Stage 10.
“Pretty much all I can say is that it feels like
there are about five people driving a knife in
my wrist now,” explained Price.
“It’s not very comfortable, it’s not very
enjoyable, but at the end of the day the victory
Honda is serious about Dakar, and
looked set to record their best
results until the Dakar beat them.
has paid off. I’ll forget about the pain now,
that’s for sure. The win takes away all the pain.
“For sure, if it wasn’t for this victory it
wouldn’t have been as sweet, but at the
end of the day I was just happy to make the
finishing line. I didn’t think I was even going to
be able to do that.”
Price started the final day with a 1:02s
margin over Pablo Quintanilla, but was
handed a big free kick when the Chilean
crashed his Husqvarna as a result of a hard
landing off a dune.
Quintanilla remounted and made the
finish despite injuring an ankle, but was
ultimately put back to fourth in the general
classification, in part due to Sam Sunderland
having a one-hour penalty from days ago
overturned. The Briton has was slammed
with a 60-minute penalty after being accused
of deliberately causing an electrical fault in
his navigation system. After winning stage
seven, Sunderland was supposed to open
the way but started fourth after the issue with
Hours after crossing the stage finish
six minutes behind Matthias Walkner,
Sunderland was slapped with the penalty
which effectively ruled him out of the intense
battle for the win he’d found himself in
with KTM team-mates Price, Walkner and
Husqvarna’s Pablo Quintanilla.
Sunderland’s leap onto the podium came
after his one-hour penalty was reversed.
As such, the 2016 champion Price was
joined on the podium by 2018 champion
Matthias Walkner in second position and 2017
He paid tribute to each of them, as
well as the hard-charging American Ricky
Brabec, whose Honda’s engine failed in
almost identical circumstances to those of a
“I’m not the new boss of the rally, that’s for
sure,” declared Price.
“There are so many guys that can win
this race and we had strong competitors like
Pablo and Ricky Brabec, Sam Sunderland,
Matthias Walkner… everyone is strong. You
can never count anybody out.
“Kevin Benavides did a great job and at the
end of the day we all fight to the finish line and
it’s been a hard rally.
“I just don’t like giving up, I don’t like
quitting, that’s for sure. That’s about it.
“I love being out on my bike and I love
riding and to be here with all the Dakar family
and the KTM team it’s amazing. So, yeah,
Price’s win comes 12 months after another
major effort to make the podium following his
recovery from a broken leg.
On that occasion, he started training only
six weeks before Dakar following the injury
sustained in the 2017 edition, but was still an
outside chance to win on the final day.
The Dakar was also a great success for
the factory Husqvarna team with its two
riders, Chilean Pablo Quintanilla and US
lad Andrew Short ending up fourth and fifth
overall as Quintanilla led the way on several
occasions and won stage 6 while running in
the top 3 for most of the race, while Short
steadily made his way up the rankings to his
best Dakar finish yet.
South African racers top rookies:
Unless you live in the stoneage, you’ll know that
South Africa had some talent across in Peru.
Botswana’s Ross Branch finished 13th
overall, while South Africa’s Kenny Gilbert rode
his Husqvarna to nineteenth overall and second
among the epic race’s two-wheeler rookies.
South Africa’s National Cross Country
Champion Ross Branch has been crowned
the fastest Rookie at the 2019 Dakar Rally in
Peru. After 10 of the most gruelling stages the
desert race has ever seen, Branch finished
amongst the world’s best in 13th overall.
Having replaced his entire engine on stage
two, navigated through unfamiliar South
American terrain like ‘fesh-fesh’, and acquired
new navigational skills unique to the Dakar;
the rider from Botswana crossed the finish line
on 17 January.
Branch has dreamed of conquering the
Dakar since he was six years old aftering
watching riders pass through Namibia, and
vowed that he would someday be one of
them. He has since spent the last 26 years
refining his skills as both a Motocross and
Cross Country rider.
While he is affectionately known as the
‘Kalahari Ferrari’, even those deserts couldn’t
So proud of both these
men - Kenny and Ross.
prepare Branch for the sheer enormity of the
dunes in Peru.
“The dunes are honestly like nothing I have
ever seen before. There were some scary
moments out there – I don’t think spectators
could ever fully comprehend how big they are
from TV,” said Branch.
We had a few chuckles following Ross’s
race – here is a comment that he posted quite
“I got a bit upset with myself during stage
6 - I went too hard in the beginning and made
some mistakes in the dunes. I eventually had
to sit down and give myself a good talking
to. I told myself that if I carried on like this the
only thing I’d become is a World Champion at
building sand castles...”
But he pulled through and came out as the
top rookie for this years event: His thoughts -
“We did it!”
“I honestly can’t put into words what this
moment means to me... riding across the
finish line of THE DAKAR RALLY as the first
rookie and provisionally 12th overall! It took
so much to get here but this moment makes
everything worth it!”
Husqvarna’s Kenny Gilbert took the
“So that’s Dakar 2019 finished!” an ecstatic
Kenny confirmed. “I actually cannot tell you
how I feel right now — it’s the most incredible
feeling of my life actually! “These last ten days
have been my best ever — highs and lows
— and some real lows — it was relentless,
but you know what, we did it! “All you guys,
my team, my sponsors, all the fans and my
supporters back home, I just can’t thank you
all enough for believing in me.”
Not an outright fan of dune riding, Kenny
took his time to ease into the rally, making
up what time he may have lost on the sand
with great pace on the road sections, which
he loved. Besides taking a few tumbles
along the way and once needing to patch
his Husqvarna up to reach the day’s finish
as a result, he had no real problems. Kenny
also soon came to grips with the extreme
demands of navigating his way through the
Dakar after a little initial frustration as he was
losing time trying to find wayward waypoints,
but his last few days went better and better in
spite of the massive human effort required.
“Now I just want to enjoy this unbelievable
feeling — I want to enjoy myself and we are
going to have some celebrations tonight for
sure! “I just can’t thank all of you enough — I
really appreciate everything so much.”
Spare a thought for Motuls Stuart Gregory
who almost made it…
Camelia Liparoti - Rosa Romero -
Kenny flying the flag.
Laia Sanz in the dunes.
Laia Sanz first lady home.
Bets on. Laia Sanz get a
kiss. Toby loses his mullet...
Franco Caimi - Yamalube
Toby Price feeling
We were following his whatsapp group – his
updates and news clips were amazing – and it gives
a much better idea of what this rally is really like. Not
only dunes. A single message came through. “My
dad just got a satellite phone call… Apparently there is
a problem – the bike won’t go.”
That was at 20h30. At 22.16 a message came
through from Stuart himself: “I’m out. Engine broke…”
devastating news after such a monumental effort.
He had a bit to smile about when he scooped a
free chopper ride back to the bivoac!
Another KTM Star Laia Sanz:
What an amazing rider. Her husband or boyfriend
must be the toughest oake on the planet! 11th overall
and first lady home.
“If one month ago you had told me that I would
finish 11th in the #Dakar2019, I couldn’t believe
it. I would never have imagined that I could get it
considering my poor training. I have suffered a lot to
be here.Congratulations to @KTM_Racing and @
tobyprice87.He’s from another planet”
The long-time friends made a bet before the
Peruvian rally that if Toby finished better than fifth he
could kiss Laia for five seconds and if the Spanish
rider finished better than 15th, she could chop off
Toby’s trademark mullet. Laia finished the stage 10
in 15th and overall was 11th, so Toby lost his mullet,
Laia got a kiss on the hand, we would have given her
Controversy: Nicola Dutto‘s disqualification…
The world fell in love with Nicola Dutto as he throttled
off into Peru’s Atacama desert to make history as the
first paraplegic rider to race in the Dakar. Days one-
through-three brought challenges for
the unconventional hero and his team
of “ghost riders” (one riding ahead to
choose lines, two following as spotters)
but they felt strong at the end of each
day and certain they would finish the
legendary 10-day rally.
Day four’s course from Arequipa
to Tacna was a marathon – 405
kilometers, much of it powdery dunes.
It was here the team suffered its first
major setback when Julián Villarrubia’s
bike lost power. Three hours were lost
getting the machine running again only
to have it fail again a few miles later.
At that point Nicola and his remaining
teammates Pablo Toral and Victor
Rivera decided to leave Julián and
continue on, despite the safety risk of
having only one rear spotter.
Not far down the route Victor’s
bike also began to run poorly creating
even greater concern. As the team
limped into the next checkpoint they
let officials know that Julián and his
bike would need to be recovered so
the disabled bike could be repaired.
Next, they asked the head official at
this checkpoint if it was possible that in
exchange for a time penalty they could
travel by highway to the night’s bivouac
– a safer option now that the team was
down one support rider.
And so began a cascade of
misinformation that would prematurely
end the race for Nicola and unleash a
firestorm of outrage against the Dakar
organization and its director, Etienne
According to Nicola, at that first
checkpoint the top official there called
to rally headquarters and confirmed
the team could indeed travel on
tar in exchange for a time penalty.
And so they proceeded on to the
next checkpoint where again they
asked the top official there the same
question. Once more calls were made
to headquarters and once more the
team was told they could continue to
the bivouac on the highway with only a
penalty, this last conversation, he says,
caught on videotape by one of Nicola’s
Following this instruction the team
arrived at the bivouac safely and began
their preparations for the next day,
excited that day five would mark the
halfway point in the famous rally.
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“We followed the direction of the marshals,” says Nicola in a video
posted by Vicair, one of his most passionate sponsors, “and when we
arrived at the bivouac the race director said we were out of the race
because we must follow all the tracks.”
This sudden judgement by Lavigne quickly triggered a global ruckus.
Nicola and his team, hungry to finish the rally they’d spent so much
time and money preparing for, were heartbroken. Also devastated were
the legions of fans worldwide who had been moved by the comeback
of Nicola and his quest — not only to make history in the Dakar — but
to clear a pathway of hope for other disabled riders.
To add insult to injury the organization declined to explain Nicola’s
disqualification, instead posting that his team had simply failed to start
“It’s a sad way to go out of the race because we are feeling strong,
I am feeling strong on the bike. I’m here and we [have demonstrated]
we can finish the Dakar ” said a melancholic Nicola from the bivouac in
Tacna, flanked by his likewise disgruntled teammates.
But above all else, Nicola wants to thank everyone who followed him,
who he says gave him the power to ride each day. Inspired by all the
support he hints he will be back, though never in the Dakar he insists.
“Maybe in another race, another project in the future.”
Until that day, we will remain inspired of this courageous rider, who so
galvanized the spirit of adventure riding without even finishing the race…
General classification: Bikes
1 Toby PRICE KTM 033:57:16
2 Matthias WALKNER KTM +00:09:13
3 Sam SUNDERLAND KTM +00:13:34
4 Pablo QUINTANILLA Husqvarna +00:20:46
5 Andrew SHORT Husqvarna +00:44:10
6 Xavier DE SOULTRAIT Yamaha +00:54:00
7 Jose Ignacio CORNEJO FLORIMO Honda +01:08:06
8 Luciano BENAVIDES KTM +01:09:10
9 Oriol MENA Speedbrain +02:08:41
10 Daniel NOSIGLIA JAGER Honda +02:31:53
Team Sherco TVS Rally
Factory’s fastest rider, Lorenzo
Santolino suffered from an
unfortunate crash, 33 kms into
stage 6 of the Dakar 2019.
KALAHARI FERARRI SHINES AT DAKAR 2019
Ross “Kalahari Ferarri” Branch made his first appearance at the Dakar and
managed to finish 13th overall and took the honour of being the first rookie
home. We would like to congratulate Ross on a job well done and thank him
for flying the KTM banner so high.
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Cars: SA flag flies high: South African built Toyota Hilux
takes the podium…
This year’s Dakar Rally was won in a South African built Toyota Hilux,
with Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar finishing the epic rally with a 46 minute
advantage after taking no risks on the final stage to Lima.
While this was Al-Attiyah’s third Dakar win it was a magical first victory
for the Proudly South African Toyota Gazoo Racing SA team.
Well done guys!
Russian Eduard Nikolaev secured his third successive Dakar title, and
fourth in total, in the truck category with Kamaz.
Quads: Yamaha takes the crown
Nicolas Cavigliasso capped off a near-perfect run in the 2019 Dakar Rally
by winning the final stage and sealing the quad title in dominant fashion.
With Sergey Karyakin and Ignacio Casale, quad champions of the past
two years, moving to the SxS category, Cavigliasso, who was second and
top rookie in 2018, became the favourite for the title. Cavigliasso delivered
on that promise, topping nine of the 10 stages - including the final 112 km
run, which he led by 5m22s over Alexandre Giroud.
On four occasions, he was over 10 minutes faster than the rest of the
pack, and even his smallest stage-winning margin was 3m55s, which
enabled him to eventually take the crown by 1h55m37s.
Jeremias Gonzalez, who denied Cavigliasso the Stage 3 victory and
was third on the final day, took the runner-up spot, having finished second
in four stages.
He beat Gustavo Gallego, who completed an all-Argentinian top three,
Yamaha once again dominated the category by locking out the
entire top five, which was completed by Frenchman Giroud and another
Argentine rider Manuel Andujar.
The best non-Yamahas were Kamil Wisniewski and Julio Estanguet on
Can-Ams in sixth and eighth respectively, sandwiching Luis Barahona, the
top rookie of 2019.
Carlos Alejandro and another rookie Emilio Choy rounded out the top
10 of the 15 finishers.
SxS: Bike convert Lopez secures first Dakar title
Francisco ‘Chaleco’ Lopez pulled off a comeback win in his first Dakar in
the SxS utility vehicle category.
Lopez, who stood on the Dakar podium in the bike class in 2010 and
2013, made his return to the event aboard a Can-Am Maverick UTV after
a four-year absence.
The Chilean first took the lead on the third stage, but then lost over an
hour and a half to his rivals before the rest day due to a combination of
mechanical and navigational issues.
But as all of the drivers again began to hit trouble, which included
a spectacular roll for ex-quad winner Sergey Karyakin, Lopez strung
together three consecutive stage wins to return to the summit of the class
He then saw out the marathon to finish over an hour clear of his
nearest rival, fellow ex-bike class podium finisher Gerard Farres.
Reigning champion Reinaldo Varela topped the two final stages but
was just short of snatching the runner-up spot from Farres.
What a race! What a global phenomenon. We look forward to see
what is going to happen with Dakar going forward.
Rumours are rife that it might just come back to Africa soon! Wouldn’t
that be something.
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Yup. You read that correctly. And
they have come in with some
pretty experienced guns blazing.
It’s taken a while though – we
went back about 10 issues ago
when we tested their 450RX – and
there we said – and I quote: Please
Honda – get some decent riders
onto these bikes – and GO RACING!
Well someone listened – and we’ll bet that
we’ll start seeing more Honda’s out on the
It all started when multiple national Enduro
champ Jade Gutzeit posted a pic on his
social media page – that got peeps talking
and speculating. When we came back to
work in January, there was a rumour that
Honda had also approached Brian Capper
– but that was all unconfirmed until just a
couple of days ago.
Two pretty big names racing for Red.
How cool is that? Having more brands
represented brings a bit more depth into our
We met the guys at the track on Malibongwe
Drive and took a few snappys – as you can
see they sure can pedal – and we had a little
chat about the plans for 2019…
It’s been a while since Jade has swung a leg
over a dirtbike - we played a bit of catchup
about what he’s been up to.
He says “I always vowed that when racing
just became about rands and cents, I’d
pack it in. And unfortunately, that’s what
happened. I raced the 2011/12 season and
got tired of chasing the buck. I also wasn’t
really enjoying my riding any more – and that
was when I decided that when I beat Chris
Birch, I’d hang up my helmet for a while.”
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HONDA BACK IN ENDURO RACING
As it happens, Jade beat Birchy that year in the national
enduro championship – and true to his word, he took a break.
“I discovered two other passtimes. I started cycling
with Cappy (BC) – and with so many superbikes visiting
our Dezzi raceway, I was soon tempted into trying out
No Jokes – I thought that I was FASSST – but man I was
like 30 sec onds per lap off the pace… challenge on – and
I think I actually got quite good at the Superbike thing. But
– inevitably, dirtbikes are in my blood – and late last year I
wanted to buy a bike.
I liked the look of the new Honda’s. I visited my local dealer
– Honda Wing Umhlanga – and they asked whether I’d
look at racing again. Back to my roots when I used to race
Honda for the Miller Moore outfit. Then BC got wind of
it – He had also been approached by the mob from Bikers
Warehouse – and the gears started to turn…”
“To be quite frank I was prepared to discuss the option if
it was hassle free deal – rock-up, race, go home. I did not
want the hassle of looking for sponsorship and all that –
been there, done that.”
“The other day – Brian called me to say – come and have a
chat and here I am. just feeling the water right now but this
could be something really cool ”
Jade is looking at racing the national Enduro Series, Roof
Of Africa, Regional harescrambles and the WFO events.
We quizzed Brian on the whole thing.
You all know Brian – and you’d have seen the feature we
published about him just a few months back.
He’s a veteran in this game with his trials shows and with all
the bike stuff that he gets up to, he has much experience
with team coordination and sponsorship and stuff like that.
He has secured some great sponsors for the team
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– Honda wing Umhlanga, and Bikers
Warehouse are the main driving force behind
He’s essentially been roped in as a brand
ambassador – a role that he has fulfilled with
other brands with much success.
He tells us that he’ll be doing selected races,
dependant on his shows.
EWXC, National Enduro, Nite-X and – this year
– a little bit of MX on the 450R.
Aside from that he’ll do his usual coaching and
The guys bring a great wealth of experience
and will be racing Honda’s 250RX. Jade will
also use the 450 R for training and regional
harescrambles. Brian will be on the 450R for MX.
Oh – and you’ll see more red.
The ever friendly, smiling Bruce Viljoen joins the
team, along with suspension specialist Hilton
Hayward and son of Omega fairings Thomas,
Great times lie ahead for sure! Watch this
space for more news as we go along.
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R A C E P E O P L E
You might have heard of young Luke Walker. He
stamped his authority in the Gold Roof last year
coming in 10th place overall.
This year he is competing in FIM Junior Super
Enduro World Championship. Here’s a brief
intro. we’ll catch up with him through the year.
I was raised in the city of Johannesburg and schooled at St Stithian’s
College. It wasn’t easy to find places to ride in such a built up city. I
had my few close riding buddies who would always make for a great
time. Whenever there was rain during the evening we’d all message
each other and make sure we go riding the next day. Drowning the
bikes and coming home in the dark was a good day!
Racing began when I was 13 years and got my first 85cc KTM two
stroke and so far I have achieved the following.
GOCC 125 Champion 2015.
5th Overall Bronze roof age 16, 2015.
4th Overall Silver roof Age 17, 2016.
1st Place National Enduro High-school Class Heidelberg Gauteng,
In 2017 my main priority was academics. After I completed my Matric
in 2017, I decided with the help pf my Dad to follow my dream and
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become a professional racer and now have
the dubious status of the poorest pro rider
in the world and but I wouldn’t swop what I
was doing for the world.
2018 was a big year for me. It kicked off
on a bad note as I broke my wrist and only
got back on the bike in time for the second
National enduro in PE. It was my first time
racing a 300 in the pro class E2. By the
end of the National enduro Championship I
placed 4th overall even after throwing away
a race. Placing 2nd overall at the IMPI
extreme enduro was a massive one for me.
In October 2018 I was fortunate enough to
be offered a ride with McLarens OFF Road
Racing and competed in the Roof of Africa
2018 in their colours where I placed 10th.
Not the result I wanted but for a 40 minute
mechanical issue it could have been
worse. (His bikes stator wires were ripped
out by shrubs on the route and he had to
to a quick fix on the side of the trail.)
What an awesome journey it has been
and it only gets better in 2019. I will be
competing FIM Junior Super Enduro World
Championship. Backed by McLarens
Racing, I’ve never been more excited to
race than now.
Let’s make SA proud.
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D E A L E R N E W S
Massive new premises have been built at the Corner of
Hendrik Potgieter Rd and Zandvliet Rd in Roodepoort.
ONE PREMIUM DESTINATION!
Lindsay and Francois Du Toit: The designers of the centre.
KTM Parts: Calvin and Garrick.
New and used motorcycle sales: Jannie, Leith, Dylan, Allan.
Front of Shop and accessory department: Jacques, Brent and Josh.
Two separate, premium dealerships in one
single, convenient location. It makes great sense
to us - and this store is quite amazing to see.
The new home of Raceworx KTM is now
completed, and fully operational, jampacked
with an extensive range of bikes,
PowerParts ,PowerWear, and accessories
on the floor. Stroll next door and you’ll
find the full selection of Husqvarna
Workshop: Johan, Frankie, Pritchard, Victor, Edgar, Tebogo.
motorcycles just waiting for a new home
from Husqvarna West.
They are currently busy with branding and
shopfitting - so we’ll showcase the new
Husqvarna dealership soon.
There is a new, fresh, open-viewed
workshop kitted out with all the tools
required to service both KTM and
New Husqvana’s waiting for a new home.
The accessories store upstairs is well
underway, and most brands and tyres will
be showcased there.
It’s an exciting time for both the KTM and
Husqvarna brands who have really come
out with very exciting models over the past
couple of years.
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FIRST MAN TO DO TRIPLE-BACKFLIP
Our kids have lived on hand me down
bikes since they were little – they
have worked their way up through
the ranks from a little Oset electric,
through a PW 50 auto, to semi auto
Honda 70’s, 80’s, 100, and then on to
Suzuki’s bulletproof DRZ125.
When our eldest hit the teen years we
were in a bit of a quandary about what
to buy him. An 85 is a good option –
but we needed to find something that
he would not outgrow too quickly we
are more of a social enduro family
than an MX lot, so we needed a good
fit for the transition. Something that
was the correct size and that would
not be too much of a handful…
What to buy a young adult that is a really
good rider? He liked the idea of a Freeride
– but that was too tall for him- and in our
and his opinion – he is too good a rider for
something like the four stroke CRF 230 or the
TTR – and we did not want him to get bored
with the bike that we decided on. The fourstroke
Honda 150 is simply too much bike -
and with the small wheels it is infinitely better
for use on the MX track than hauling down
riverbeds and up and down mountains. The
modern four stroke 250’s are really strong, tall
and quite a handful for a young rider, so they
were eliminated from the choices quite early
on. For us as parents it was important to
select a bike that would be easy to maintain
– and, more importantly that will last because
money does not grow on trees.
Looking back through the magazines
and all the tests that we have done over
the years, a few bikes came to the fore.
The 150 from Husqvarna and KTM,
Sherco’s 125 and then Yamaha’s YZ125X.
The hunt was on, calls were made to
all of our mates to finds a clean used
The KTM and Husqvarna 150’s are a
great choice for a young rider – but we
could not find anything in our budget. The
few that we did find in our price bracket
had obviously had hard lives and we did
not really want to buy a bike that needed
work. We could not find a used Sherco
We got lucky. Danny Mulder from
Linex Yamaha called to let us know that
a lady rider had just traded a very clean
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125X in on a used TTR230, just in time for his birthday.
Interestingly – the seller found that the 125 was a
bit too much – she needed a little four stroke for the
riding that she enjoys. The X was mint and absolutely
original. Granted the bike is a bit tall – but the fact that
a grown adult can ride and race a bike like this clinched
the deal. Another consideration is the fact that this
bike is based on the YZ125 – so parts and technical
knowledge are readily available. This is a bike like this
will stretch smiles for a good few years. The deal was
done. The first two stroke in our garage for almost 6
years. This means two stoke oil and mixing… a quick
visit to Holeshot Motorcycles and a huge decanter of
Motul 800 was added to the package.
Much excitement – the bike was smuggled home
and parked in the lounge much to Moms disgust,
waiting for a very lucky little man to wake up… And the
funniest thing was that when he stumbled out the next
morning to “clean the veranda”, he did not even cotton
on that the bike was his – or even query what a bike
was doing parked inside. Teenagers…
Anyway, big smiles when the penny dropped.
Tristan is not the tallest dude in town – so we
realized that we’d need to lower the bike a bit so that
he did not spend the first year falling over. A call to
Justin Waddington from Shocklogic saw the bike
collected and the rear shock was dropped just a little.
A quick procedure – and when he grows a bit, we are
assured that it is a simple matter to extend the shock
again. The bike did drop a bit, but there were still tippy
toes all over. Realizing that there would be tumbles, we
started looking for some protective gear for the bike…
The height of the
bike meant a bit of
scrumming at first...
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L I F E W I T H A T W O S T R O K E
Here is a tip. Aftermarket plastics are
relatively inexpensive. When you buy
a new or immaculate bike, take off the
standard plastics and stash them for
resale time. A call to the guys from Acerbis
secured a full set of YZ-X plastics.
Cycra brush guards were fitted. A bit
pricey perhaps, but the quality is spot-on,
we have crash tested the things for years
– you won’t be sorry. Finding engine and
chassis guards was a challenge because
there are not too many of these bikes
running around compared to some the
Austrian brands. The guys from Hyde in
Nelspruit sent us a bash guard – buts that
is all that they make for this bike.
We asked around and came across the
guys from Carbonteck. They make two or
3 bits for the bike – a pipe protector, clutch
cover and knuckle guard. They also had a
set of radiator braces for us. Nice!
We were in business, the parts were
ordered and couriered to us within a week.
Never believe it when the packaging says
simple one-man operation and assembly.
They are lying. A very pleasant afternoon
was spent in the garage fitting all the new
goodies… getting your kid to help and actually
swing the spanners teaches him or her about
motorcycles and general maintenance.
Because we are on the Highveld, we
figured that we’d best just get the jetting
checked out. We sent the bike to Bryan
from Tarstone racing and he leaned the
bike out for us for Highveld conditions. A
bike that runs rich tends to chew spark
plugs. Bryan is one of the good guys – he
took time to show Tristan how to mix his
fuel and gave him the prerequisite lecture
about never ever sharing fuel cans… More
on that a bit later.
Although the X is already geared for
enduro, he recommended that we get the
flywheel weighted for a bit more rolling
mass. For this, we sent the bike to Game
services in Benoni. A weighted flywheel on
a two-stroke slows the revs down, it most
noticeable in slow technical riding, you
will not need to “fan” the clutch as much
at low speeds and it give the bike a bit
more bottom end chugalug. In a nutshell
it makes the bike a lot more controllable in
Once all of this was done, Tristan rode
the bike home and the big smile said it all…
Pics left to right: 1: Note the war damage in the Cyra brush guards.
2: The Carbontek exhaust guard has saved a few shekels in damages...
3: The Carbontek goodies have saved the bike a few times.
4: the Carbontek stuff is quality fit and finish.
Side note: The protective stuff does cost a bit – but in the long term it is absolutely
worthwhile on any dirt bike. Always think about resale time. One crash on the
rocks and the pipe is dinged, your levers break – the ride is over.
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Rocks were challenging
for our short legged rider...
leading to some heart
Before we headed out on a big ride some
saddle time was spent at our local haunts
just to get him accustomed to the very
different two-stroke power curve. We are
pretty lucky in that we have acres of riding
terrain on our doorstep, so it was a quick
visit to our local track, and some farm
riding. The smile was wider than the sky –
after the old school bikes that he grew up
with, Tristan was blown away by the power
and speed of the X.
He is quite analytical having grown up
in a bike family and also made mention
of how light the bike feels and how well
it handles. “Dad! This bike has amazing
suspension! I didn’t know a bike could feel
like this – the brakes are fantastic – and it’s
And he is quite correct – this bike
with its MX pedigree is really light, nippy
and fast with awesome brakes and race
developed suspension. The good news is
that it’s even fun and easy for a fully grown
adult to ride.
Yamaha did some good Voodoo to their
YZ to make this bike more endure friendly:
An increased combustion chamber
capacity which lowers compression ratio,
moving the ratio from 8.6:1 to 7.4:1.
Further mods include a new CDI unit
with enduro setting and an optimised
YPVS (exhaust valve) timing to again
improve the flexibility of the engine during
the low RPM range.
Front and rear suspension becomes
more enduro specific (Different Spring Rate)
Wheels sizes are now 90/90 – 21 on the
front and 110/90 -18 (instead of 19 inch)
on the rear
Additional changes include, an O-Ring
chain, 50 tooth rear sprocket (up from 48)
and the inclusion of a side-stand... Nice!
The height of the bike was a challenge.
There was much unhappiness when the
bike fell over on stops – and the lack of
a happy button meant that he had to
learn how to kickstart quite quickly – not
a problem since all of his previous bikes
were also kick start.
The time came to tackle some bigger
rides – a trip out to the riverbeds in De
Wildt – JHB to Richards Bay in the dirt
were gobbled up with glee…
One issue. The lack of range on the
standard tank soon became an issue
for long outrides. A call to the guys from
Acerbis procured a long range tank – and
that has made a huge difference – you are
not always carrying extra fuel and worrying
about running out of gas.
Then it was time for a bit more tech
– a trip out to Fouriesburg for some rock
hopping on for the Maluti mountain ride…
he battled a bit. Getting used to the two
stroke power and the tallness of the bike
proved to be a bit tricky – quite a few
tumbles and moaning and groaning through
the rocks. This is how they learn. Chuck
them in the deep end – sink or swim.
Something weird happened. On the
way back into town after the ride – the bike
seized. Man were we bummed. We were
pedantic about oil mix and all sorts – how
could this happen?
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Guess what? In the mad rush at the
lunch stop, we suspect that we topped up
the bike from a similar looking fuel can…
with what we assume was four stroke fuel.
Another lesson learned – MARK your jerry
Anyway. Since then the bike has been
repaired – luckily it was not serious –
Game services had stock of a new piston
- and the barrel was not scored so it was a
quick, relatively inexpensive fix. But lesson
learned. We also decided to err on the side
of caution – rather than a 40:1 mixture, we
are running 33:1.
The bike still revs clean and runs really
lekker. At the Sunfields ride, Tristan really
put the bike through its paces – and bar a
flat tyre, she is perfect. A visit to the roof
Of Africa saw an incredible performance
from Wild Will on the 125x – and the bike
won the Silver class this year in the hands
of young Kayde Mante.
Enough proof for us that this is a great
There is a bit of good news. Over the
December break it seems that Tristan has
grown a bit. On the rides we’ve done so far
this year, the height of the bike is not such
a big issue any more – and the fact that
we can readjust to full size means that this
one is going to be in the family for a good
A great choice for a young rider. There
is only one small problem.
Our junior rider, who inherited the
DRZ125 is also getting a bit too fast for
The joys of being a race dad…
Here are some details for the bits
on the bike:
• The bike came from Linex Yamaha: (011)
• Dropped suspension: Shock logic 082
• We phoned Hyde direct for the skidplate:
084 460 8268
• Carbonteck: We got the goodies from
Shimwells Yamaha 011 362 2182
• Acerbis: Biking Accessories Pretoria (012)
• Cycra and Motul: Holeshot (011) 823-
• Piston Kit and weighted flywheel from
Game Services (011) 425-7000
• Jetting and so-on Tarstone racing 074-
TRAX TIPS & TRIX
This is a new monthly feature and we reckon that it’s a pretty darn fine idea. A technical-ish feature on a
month to month basis – tips and tricks and common sense bits and pieces to make your riding experience
just that much better by the pro’s at Trax KTM in Silverlakes… and if you can’t say Trax Tips And Trix 5
times fast, you’ve earned yourself a “Strafdop” after the next ride…
Part 1: The correct way to fit a front wheel on a KTM.
People often get this wrong. They overtighten the front end and this restricts movement on the front
suspension. It’s more common than you’d imagine. When you strip the wheel out – check the positioning of
all of the spacers so that you can re-fit them correctly.
A: With the wheel off, prop the bike with the front end in the air. If you
are out in the veld, find a rock or a stokkie or get a buddy to balance it
for you. Do not grab the front brake. Carefully separate the brake pads
so that the brake disc slips in easily.
C: Clean and put a light coat of
grease onto the front axle.
B: Clean the axle clamp and other components with
a dry lappie. If you are in a workshop, clean the brake
caliper and pads with brake cleaner.
D: Slide the wheel into place and
position the disc between the
brake pads. Remember to insert
the wheel spacers correctly – the
same way that they came out.
Slide the axle through the clamps.
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E: Lightly fasten one pinch bolt
on the right hand axle clamp to
prevent the axle from turning.
F: Install the axle nut. In a workshop
– torque the nut up to your owners
manual specification. In the bush
tighten but do not overtighten –
you’ll strip the threads.
G: Only then, can you torque
or tighten the left hand pinch
bolts to spec.
I: Spin the wheel and pump the front brake so that the forks can settle
into a straight position. If you do not have a stand, drop the bike down
and compress the forks so that they align correctly.
J: Tighten up or torque the right
hand pinch bolts according to
owners manual spec.
K: Pump the front brakes until
you get good, constant pressure.
H: Remember that right pinch bolt
that you tightened to hold the axle
fast? Loosen that.
L: Check the wheel for any play – left to right.
Note: If there is any play, repeat the process
from I to K. if there is still play, you might
need to get your bearings checked.
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Like most South Africans I lust
after all the fantastic new bikes on
the market, but also like a sizeable
portion of the populations I either
can’t afford a new bike or I just
don’t see my way clear to dragging
R250K plus of motorcycle through
the bush, so does that mean I am
excluded from riding?
Well, No! A little while I ago I bought myself
a pristine, and I mean properly pristine, BMW
R1150 GS for R42,000.00. The bike was so
tidy, (the seller had to point out the tiniest
of dents on the fuel tank to me otherwise I
wouldn’t have noticed it), that I didn’t even try
to negotiate price with him. Yes, during the
time I have owned the bike I have had to do
general maintenance like fork seals, rebuild
the rear shock, services, tyres and etc.
A few months ago my mate Peter bought
himself a stunning KTM 640 for R40,000.00.
A new bike would not have been cleaner or
in better condition mechanically. Peter is the
owner of Adventure MX out in Pretoria East,
along Lynwood road, and had maintained
the bike for the previous owner and when he
decided to sell the bike Peter grabbed it with
We decided to do one last ride for 2018
and headed out early-ish on the 16th of
December on the Zusterstroom trail to
Loskop dam. Now if you have issues with the
size of your ego and need to prove the size
of your manhood, this is not the trail for you.
It consists of really lekker dirt roads through
and over the kloofs, koppies and rivers in
and around Zusterstroom, Welgedacht and
Langkloof to Loskop dam.
We stopped for a quick snack of brown
bread and crisps sarmies at the Wilge River
crossing, a really lekker peaceful little lagoon
in the middle of nowhere and a cool place
for a quick goof to cool down and wash off
the trail dust, before carrying on to Loskop
dam for lunch. There are one or two sandy
sections, then a few rocky bits and the odd
tight turn to get the adrenalin pumping and
bring your focus back on to the trail when
you get lost in some of the most surprisingly
beautiful scenery of cliffs, caves, indigenous
forests, sprawling green and manicured farm
lands you can imagine. We eventually got
to Loskop dam at around lunchtime and
decided to try the restaurant at Forever
Resort on the dam, they insisted we pay full
day visitor rates and they only serve a full
buffet carvery, we just wanted something
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cold to drink and a burger, after looking in at a couple of
place we found a very lekker little place called ‘Mossienes
kwekery’, they are right on the river below the dam wall, the
water is so clear you can watch the fish swimming around
from your table on the deck under the ancient shady
trees. The menu is basic but good and very reasonably
priced, they do not have a liquor licence - we had a couple
of milkshakes and really good toasted sarmies before
heading back home.
The entire round trip was about 400kays with little
detours here and there to explore a bit and took us about 6
hours with stops and etc.
All the way, my GS, shod with road bias tyres, never
missed a beat, yes …. some of the sandy sections and
tighter corners tightened up my sphincter a bit when
I wasn’t concentrating, where Peters KTM, shod with
aggressive knobblies, did handle much better and he could
do faster speeds than me, but most of the time we could
run next to each other at an easy 80 to 100kmh over most
of the terrain. Admittedly my GS was better on the tar
sections and could run comfortably for long distances at
higher speeds and I could play in the twisty’s a bit.
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We both filled up in Bronkhorstspruit and did the entire
trip on one tank and still had fuel to spare when we got
home, so both bikes sipped fuel. I service my bike every
10,000km’s. The basic services I do myself for less than
R500.00, the bigger stuff I send to Peter, who is generous
with the vaseline when it comes to invoicing, so it doesn’t
hurt too much.
Being a shaft drive I don’t have the pain of chain and
sprockets which brings the running costs down even more.
I do spend a bit more money buying decent tyres, brake
pads and etc. because proper equipment works better and
last longer and works out cheaper per kilometre than the
cheap and nasty stuff in the long run.
So in conclusion, if you don’t mind riding an older bike
and are prepared to maintain it properly you can have
just as much fun as anybody, and if you, like me, are an
old school rider and find that all the electronic assistants
confusing and actually get in the way of your riding style
you’ll be much happier with the older bikes any way.
Buy a bike - cost effective stress relievers of note!
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C U S T O M I S E D R I D E
HONDA OF THEM ALL?
By now you’d know about
pro Dirt Bike out Vereeniging
way? We’ve featured quite a
few of the classic bikes that
Mark Rowntree and his team
have built in his custom shop
over the years. When he sent
us a blurry photo of this one
and asked if we’d like to do a
feature we jumped at it...
Mark in his happy place.
Mark is truly a talented craftsman. After the Groot trek from Jozi
out to V-Town on that delicious Triumph Adventure that we tested
elsewhere, we were greeted by a really unique, gleaming work of art
in the garage. Sometimes photo’s just don’t do a bike justice.
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Left: This is what the bike looked like to start off.
Top: This was the original triple clamp...
What is it?
This bike started its life as a 1997 CR250.
When the owner of the bike Tiaan Swart
bought it, it was complete… but it was a
bit of a basket case. Someone had also
replaced the stock 250 engine with a
This is the kind of project we love. Mark
was simply asked to “Create something
On closer inspection, Mark discovered
that this bike, although complete, had a lot
of wrong stuff fitted. The forks and front
brakes on this bike were modified – and
not in a good way. Mark was able to find
a donor scrappy that he could pinch forks
and brake components from – and then the
bike was stripped right down to spare parts
and the creative gears started to mesh.
The frame and swingarm was stripped
down and sandblasted. Closer inspection
revealed a few stress cracks on the
frame, so he gusseted (reinforced) and
repaired before sending it in for powder
Much elbow grease went in to polishing
up the swingarm.
Same thing with the wheels – the hubs
were stripped out and sent in for anodizing
– and Mark ordered new spokes and rims –
and rebuilt with all new bearings and seals.
The front wheel got a brand new oversized
Galfer rotor. The stock brake calipers were
polished, overhauled and reassembled.
Mark made up black braided brake lines
for the bike.
When he stripped out the front end,
he noticed that the triple clamps were
somewhat butchered and had been
welded in an exhaust shop. He made a
call to PSP’s Paul Symons, who CNC
machined a very trick looking, brand new
anodized unit for the bike.
The forks and rear shock were sent to
Ken at Game services for a full overhaul.
Anodised hubs, wheels oversize rotor from Galfer.
Custom built subframe and airbox.
Custom seat cover and Decals from Race Star.
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Factory finish on the pipe.
Hand made rotor cover.
Oversized disc brake.
Renthal Drive Train.
Hand made radiators.
Engine and carburetor:
The 500 two stroker was stripped right down,
casings sandblasted and powdercoated,
bearings, seals and gaskets replaced and a
new piston fitted. The carburetor was properly
overhauled and jetted and Mark fitted a set
of Boyesen reed valves. All perished rubbers
Once all of the bits came back, the chassis
was reassembled with brand new bearings,
new Renthal chain and sprockets and seals
from front to back… New cables and brake
lines were fitted.
He re-fitted the engine – but even that
needed a bunch of new brackets and things
to replace the old.
Now it was time for the creative juices to
Mark had an idea – but in order to make
everything fit – a lot of fabrication need
to happen. He had sourced a brand new
seat and a set of black plastics for a 2015
The bikes old sub frame was not suitable
– so he designed and welded a new one from
The stock tank and air box would simply
not fit ( and they looked quite crappy anyway),
so he made moulds and welded some new
ones out of alluminium.
The same applied with the big bulky
standard radiator. That was consigned to
the spares pile and two new radiators were
welded up in house. He managed to find
genuine Honda Louvres.
It was all coming along at a rate of knots
now – but he wanted to do something unique
with the exhaust system. An FMF fatty
was procured – along with two powercore
silencers – and guess what?
He modified them to fit, welded them up
and had them replated. Chaps and chapettes
– they look as though they come from the
The plastics and seat were sent to
Richies famous Racestar Graphics shop for
recovering and some Matte Silver decals –
and the result is – well you can see the result.
We sure hope that Honda engineers see
this bike – make a new model like this and
you should have customers queuing down
the road to take delivery.
No word yet on what this bike is intended
for – but we are pretty certain that you won’t
be seeing it at an MX track near you…
To quote Gerhard Bouwer a customer who
happened to kuier while we were busy with
“Jy het raakgeskiet engelsman!
Amazing machine – and with a bit of luck,
we’ll get to ride it soon.
Mark wants to extend his thanks to the
suppliers and guys who always help him out
with the projects:
• Trickbitz for the Galfer brake.
• Game services for all of the suspension work.
• PSP for the triple clamps.
• Honda Wing East Rand for all the help with
the Genuine Honda bits.
• SSI for the wheels.
• Pro-Tec coatings for the powdercoating work.
If you have a project bike in mind –
Mark is the man to talk to: Pro Dirt Bike
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This bike is sexy from any angle.
THE SECRET TO RIDING
FITNESS SUCCESS IN 2019
B y B a s e F i t – T h e A u t h o r i t y i n F i t n e s s f o r E n d u r o
Photo by Wasabi Foto
Ok let’s face it – we all ate too
many pies and Christmas Pud
over the Christmas season.
Revalving suspension is
expensive… rather get fit and lose
a few kilo’s. The guys from Basefit
have sent along a few pointers for
the 2019 season. Have fun!
You’ve all seen the stories of major fitness and
body transformations, and although they are
inspiring, they get frustrating when you realize
your own fitness is flat-lining. Unfortunately,
there is no magic trick, pill or well-kept secret,
the truth is they achieved their results through
determination, dedication, and drive. These
fitness success stories all share the following
traits, so if you’re looking to follow in their
footsteps apply the list below and get back
in shape and back on trach with your fitness
1: Overhaul Your Lifestyle.
It’s not about a small tweak here and there
to your schedule, but the way you go about
your everyday life that has to change. Correct
unhealthy eating habits, limit smoking and
drinking, incorporate effective fitness training
techniques, change your sleeping habits and
renew your mind set.
2: Be Single-Minded & Determined
The decision to make the above changes is
easy. It’s the follow through that takes a ton
of determination. You need to bring a strong,
determined attitude to every workout and
apply it at every meal. See it through from
getting to bed earlier, ensure your sleep is
quality and all the time not allowing yourself
to become discouraged.
3: Maintain a Positive Attitude
The better you feel about your body and
fitness, the more positive you’ll feel and the
more you’ll want to continue your fitness path.
To start the ball rolling you need to cultivate
that positive attitude from the beginning. Have
a ritual in place every morning where you
read through your fitness goals, perhaps look
at an old photo of yourself of how you want
to look again. When you write your goals
down include how you feel when you were at
your target fitness. Whenever you feel your
motivation waning, repeat the ritual.
4: Ensure your Support System is Strong
Everyone needs support. Fitness success
stories are inspired by friends, family, and
dedicated coaches pushing the person along
every step of the way, particularly in the early
stages. When you hit a discouraging plateau,
lean on the people around you to motivate
you to get back on track.
5: Take it Slow
Hitting the gym really hard from the beginning
can cause burn out and injuries. You need to
take it slow and be in it for the long haul. This
means cycling your fitness programs. And
the, even when you have achieved your goal,
remember there is there’s still maintenance to
6: Expect Challenges
Fitness is not a straight line moving steadily
upward all the time. Every success story has
some sort of setback. Gaining a bit of weight
or an injury along the way does not dictate
the full story or the end results. Embraced
the process and understand that you are not
necessarily going to see progress every single
day. The key is to just keep moving forward
one day at a time.
7: Become Aware of What Your Body
The more you workout, the more energy
you will need. The better you sleep the less
hungry you are. As you get fitter, the less
you want to be carrying around excess fat
and eating empty calories. Figure out how
many calories and nutrients you need to get
the most out of your workouts and thereby
improve your results.
8: Get Self-Motivated
Your support system will help get you started,
but as you see results self-motivation kicks
in. Eventually, you will be easily doing it for
your own well-being rather than being pushed
by friends and family. Once this happens, it’s
a huge sign that you have embraced a total
lifestyle change. Well done!
Over the last 9 years Base Fit has been
inspired to help clients country wide instil the
above-mentioned positive changes in their
lives, with huge success, especially for riding.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss your
fitness goals and you plan a way forward for
your riding fitness.
Mandy Thomas // Base Fit // mandy@basefit.
co.za // 082-461-1443
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IN STORES EVERY MONTH
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It’s a hard life, but somebody has to ride it.
We spent the preceding week anxiously
When we heard that Dunlop
and Suzuki South Africa
were hosting their annual
day Of The Champions at
the Redstar race track, we
coerced the Dunlop bunch
into parting with a few tickets.
We also borrowed two
adventure bikes – the Suzuki
V-Strom and Triumph’s new
1200 XCA for the adventure.
A couple of mates heard
about the ride and offered to
come along on their bikes as
backup. What a cool day it
was. Sean tells the story.
watching the heavens and shouting “Turn
that up!” in the office every time the weather
report came on the radio. It was our first
official ride and adventure bike test for the
year and we were planning on doing a 100%
dirt trail from our offices in Bredell, to the Day
of the Legends at Red Star Raceway other
None of us were sure of the route or
possible obstacles along the way and we
were going to be riding some pretty big
machinery which had us all contemplating out
insurance policies, medical aids and etc. quite
On the night before the ride I nearly
did a particularly good Mary Poppins
impersonation while helping RAD pack up
his brollies, tables and chairs just as the
mother of all storms was breaking around us,
a huge umbrella got caught up by the wind
as I grabbed hold of it, fortunately I’m quite a
weighty lump of lard and managed to keep
my feet on the ground and pack the brollie
away. However, this did not bode well for the
next days planned ride, the route was surely
going to be very wet, muddy and slippery so
there was much discussion about adding a
few tar sections into the mix to avoid some of
the rougher bits and what was the best rain
suit to get.
The next day the sun was out early,
the heat was nearing unbearable and the
humidity could drown you in your own sweat,
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and it wasn’t even 9 am yet. Once everybody arrived,
(Andy!), we set off on what was promising to be an exciting
ride. Our steeds for the official test were the new Triumph
1200 Explorer XCA and the recently upgraded Suzuki DL
1000 V-Strom, then a couple of our good mates and ex
race snakes, Jason Wessels on his hooligan machine KTM
990 Adventure in beautiful custom livery and Andrew Katay
arrived on an immaculate KTM 1290 Super Adventure, a
bigger hooligan machine but with slightly better manners
than the 990.
Banging along some pretty good trails in our back yard
enjoying the riding and forgetting about what lay ahead
we were quite abruptly and rudely interrupted by the first
of many thousand mud puddles and water traps that
soaked us down to our underpants and socks, but nobody
complained - all the bikes were more than capable of the
task at hand and we carried on like a bunch of naughty
kids bunking school on a Friday, like we all used to so we
could go ride our bikes while everybody else was at work
The route took us through beautiful farm lands, horse
ranches, holiday farms and nature reserves and finally
ended up at Red Star Raceway a good few hours later,
where we had a lekker Dagwood and chips and many
(non-alcoholic) refreshments, then shook hands with the
Binder brothers, Shez Morais, Clinton Seller, the LeRiche
boys and many more S.A. racing legends.
Then it was back on the bikes and straight down the
freeway home to see how the bikes did long-ish distance
on tar. The day ended with a couple of cold brews and wild
stories about the ride and how different each bike was and
what our favourites were.
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4 G R E A T B I K E S
Triumph 1200 Explorer XCA;
Initially I had a few misgivings about the big Triumph, I had
ridden earlier models of these bikes and they were brilliant
on road but quite cumbersome and quite top heavy in
really technical off road sections, thick sand and thick mud,
especially if your bum is generally always quite close to the
This new incarnation did not present me with any of
those problems, I very quickly worked out how to switch
off all the electronic nannies, (as much as they can be
switched off), and started gaining in riding confidence
reasonably quickly, I left a biggish gap to the riders ahead
to keep out of the dust so I could see any upcoming
obstacles. I managed to stall in the first mud puddle that
I didn’t see in time and was in the wrong gear to maintain
momentum, but every other water trap, mud puddle,
rutted surface’s and donga’s were traversed with the very
minimal of effort and plenty of grace and eloquence. I am
particularly useless in thick sand, (thick sand terrifies me
actually). I barely noticed the sand on the big Triumph
much to my unbridled joy. The ride home on the tar was
just as gorgeous, I got up to speed engaged the cruise
control and wafted home on cloud.
I spent the next few days in the saddle commuting
in and around Joey’s seeing clients and learned how to
use all the other functions on the bike, I really loved the
quick shifter when burning away from traffic lights or
down shifting into corners and really do miss it on my old
GS, the different riding modes, traction and ABS setting,
particularly in the rain.
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This is an amazing motorcycle, it is big and comfortable
to tour the long open roads, it is fairly light and nimble in
the dirt, and if you’re up for the workout it will do technicalish
stuff reasonably easily. Moderately more aggressive
tyre would have made it even more fun to ride in the dirt,
but the standard tyres held up well considering.
All the riders on the day ranged from a diminutive 1.7m
short to a gangly 2m tall in my boots and ergonomically
the bike suited all of us, everything was where you would
expect to find, I’m not going to bore you with all the
technical details, those you can read about below. Suffice
to say the bike is very good at everything and I am quite
smitten. I would turn down a long term demo.
When I hit the first unexpected giant puddle on this
buxom wench, I fully expected to be in big trouble. I could
almost see the notes flying out of my bank account to pay
for repairs – I mean to be absolutely fair, this bike is not
really designed for bogwheeling. To my immense relief, she
handled that with a minimum of fuss, shook off the water
and carried on as though nothing had happened. Then
there was the time that I hit a sweeping dirt turn waaay too
fast with some butt clenching results – but this big girl just
braked gently and turned beautifully.
At the launch we told you that this new model is a
revelation – and this ride reaffirmed our opinion. It is far
superior to the previous 1200 Explorer models.
Sean has pretty much said it all – as a tar tourer it is
a thing of wonder with great, smooth power, marvellous
comfort and suspension to match. I won’t try and BS you
into believing that I tried all of the electronics – these things
are packed with every conceivable electronic mergafter
known to man and are simply way too complicated for a
simple oake like me. But – if I wanted to buy a big bike to
cruise to The Cape and back with my skelm on the pillion
exploring every gravel road that I could find – This one
would be right near the top of the list.
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Suzuki DL 1000 V-Strom:
Maybe I did this bike a bit of an injustice by riding the big plush
bike first, because initially the V-Strom felt a bit hard and jarring in
the dirt, but after a few minutes I realised I was riding it significantly
faster and harder than the Triumph. Once I grasped that concept I
became a bit more open minded towards the “little” Suzuki. I say
‘little’ quite tongue in cheek because it is a very powerful 1000cc
superbike derived v-twin, but I feel, as a biking public we have
become quite self-conscious about our short comings that we
sometimes try to over compensate with bigger this and bigger that
and bigger the next thing instead of just appreciating and enjoying
a properly put together and excellently engineered bike.
The V-Strom kinda reminds me a bit of Connor McGregor, full of
controversy, smaller than most of it competitors with the heart of a
lion and packs of helluva punch, the Zuk is as tough as nails, this
particular one has had at least 17 decent tumbles that Suzuki SA
is aware of and probably a few more that they aren’t. It is definitely
small in stature and quite lean in the hips, but that makes it so
much easier to throw around in the dirt.
I won’t lie, it is more suited to the more average height person
but after a day playing silly buggers in the dirt and then a day or
two dodging Jo’burg traffic I never really felt the need for a bigger
bike, I was ever so grateful for its skinny contours in rush hour
traffic while lane splitting a bit quicker than I should have been.
There are no fancy i-Pods for dashboards, just good ol’
analogue displays that give you all the info you need, it has
traction control and ABS and the suspension travel is sufficient
for the average Joe Soap like me. Initially we thought that the DL
was a bit difficult in the sand but then worked out that some twat
had lowered the tyre pressures a bit too enthusiastically. Once
we pumped the tyres back to the manufacturer specifications it
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became a very well behaved in most riding conditions bar
a few crazy off road bits.
A bit more suspension travel coupled with more off
roady tyres will just make it even more fun to ride. If
you’re looking to get a really capable adventure bike at
a sensible price the V-Strom needs to be high on your
list, if not at the very top, especially if you just getting into
adventure biking and want a bike that is going to develop
your riding confidence rather than scare kak out of you…
It’s quite amazing that this bike feels small. 20 or so
years ago, the TL1000 was one of the biggest bad ass
superbikes out there – but after riding the other bikes
on the day – it really feels small and compact. Only the
old 990 can really compare size wise – but the Suzuki
appeals because of its lower seat height. This bike was
also designed for mostly Tar and relatively rough gravel –
not the slick, rough trails that we threw at it. But testimony
to the bike is how it took everything into it’s stride.
This bike started the conversation that went
“Imagine if Suzuki sent this bike into the R&D
department and built a proper fully blown race
adventurer.” By that we mean – a little Rallye fairing, an
18/21 inch wheel combo, bit more suspension travel and
a performance pipe – and - well that’s about all. It is such
a well - rounded, underrated motorcycle.
The smaller front wheel is not something that most
will notice – but on some of the really sandy stuff a bigger
front wheel would have been really lekker.
Powerful, comfortable, capable, compact, Fun to ride,
smooth – and as reliable as an anvil.
That’s the heritage that this V-Strom brings.
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The other two bikes along on the trail were not
intended for test – but we rode them anyway:
The 990 is something of a legendary bike – and they are
getting scarcer. We fully understand why this bike is so popular
– it is just about the closest thing you can find to a dirtbike.
Simple, raw, fast. So much fun – and even in this esteemed
company, the bike holds its own. They should sommer start
building them again.
The 1290 is big, bold, fast – ready to race and in your face!
It turns gentlemen into hooligans and stretches smiles for
kilometres. This is a lot of motorcycle for your money. Forget
about a sedate trip out to the Berg – you’ll rip it at every
opportunity – because why?
Because you can – that’s why!
Four completely different motorcycles. All really good in
their own right. Like anything in life you need to see what your
budget looks like – and what you want to do.
If you want to gobble distance in absolute, civilised comfort,
then go and have a look at the Triumph.
If you want to go very fast, have a lot of fun and venture
onto the roads less travelled – then the KTM 1290 is for you.
If you want a compact, unintimidating motorcycle, that is
not overly tall and is significantly more powerful than an 800. A
bike that you can use every day and take off for an adventure
on the weekend – the Zuk is an awesome choice.
And if you are in the market for something used that will put
a smile on your face every time you ride it – then you need to
go and ride a KTM990….
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F I R S T L O O K
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H E L P F U L H I N T S
CHOOSING THE CORRECT
BOOTS FOR YOUR NEXT RIDE
Buying boots can be a difficult
experience, especially when
you are confronted with the
huge variety of styles on the
market. The best advice is
to keep it simple by asking
yourself a few important
questions at the outset about
the type of rider you are, where
you will do most of your riding,
what you really expect from
a boot, how much you want
to spend and you’ll narrow
down the choices in no time to
something a little less daunting.
1 - Make sure they fit - Whether you are
buying hiking boots, running shoes, work
shoes and boots or motorcycle boots,
the most important thing to consider is
how they fit your feet. Every persons feet
come in all different shapes and sizes and
so do motorcycle boots. Sizing between
manufacturers can vary wildly depending on
where they are made and quality.
For example, some manufacturers make
slightly wider boots, some slightly narrower.
So forget about looks and features for
a moment and make sure the boots fit
comfortably. Also be aware that your feet will
swell up when they get hot and throughout
the day, so factor this in when thinking about
fit, it’s also a good idea to wear the socks
you ride in when trying new boots on.
2 - Riding style - By asking yourself what kind
of rider you are, you will be able to determine
the type of boot for you. Do you ride good
dirt roads only? Do you cover thousands
of miles on tours across Africa? Do you
commute to work by bike? Are you a GS
If you are in the market for an adventure
boot, let’s assume you are planning to ride
off-road at some point. This means you will
need enough protection to attack the trails
with confidence, safe in the knowledge your
feet, shins and ankles will be protected in the
event of a spill.
3 - Best motorcycle boots - Boots designed
for off-road riding should have a stronger
shin guard, more rigid ankle and stiffer sole
than those designed purely for road use, yet
should be a bit more flexible and comfortable
than full MX boots so they are easy to walk in.
These features should stop your ankle from
rolling on uneven ground and protect you if
your bike falls on your leg.
However, a stiff boot filled to the brim technical
protective features will likely sacrifice comfort. If
you are the type of adventure rider who sticks
mostly to roads and who likes to walk around
in their motorcycle gear while on tour, then you
may be better suited to a touring boot.
The sole will be more flexible and the boot will
likely be lighter, providing better comfort. And
while the levels of protection will not be as high
as an off-road orientated boot, a touring boot
will still look after your feet in the event of a spill.
4 – Waterproofing - The type of waterproofing
you need, if any, will depend on the kind of
riding you plan to do. Waterproof membranes
like Gore-Tex are great if you’re spending a
lot of miles on the road as they’ll stop the rain
However, they will also stop water getting
out, so if you’re ploughing through water
crossings where liquid pours in over the
top of your boot, you’ll have wet feet until
you can stop and empty it out. Waterproof
membranes also result in hotter boots, no
matter how breathable the manufacturers
claim they are. As a rule, if you’re riding a lot
on the road, it’s a good idea to have some
form of waterproofing especially summers up
in Gauteng and winters in the Cape.
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5 - Anatomy of a motorcycle boot
1. Height - The higher the boot the
heavier and, generally speaking, the
more uncomfortable it’s going to be.
On the flip side, high-rising boots
offer a lot more protection to the shins
from flying debris and, providing the
waterproof lining extends up the wall of
the boot, you’ll be able to go paddling in
deeper bogs and puddles without getting
your feet wet.
2. Shin guards and ankle inserts - These
will provide support and protection against
impacts from flying debris, or if you fall and
the bike lands on you. The more protection
your boot has, the less comfortable it’s going
to be, but it’s important to find the golden
middle ground for the type of riding you’re
going to be doing.
expect an increased
likelihood of blisters
when walking, and a
decrease in control
when on the bike.
5. Cushioning - Most
boots will feature
a layer of EVA or
the sole and footbed to
provide additional shock
absorption and help cut out
vibrations from the bike. You’ll
also find extra padding and
cushioning through the ankles
to provide extra comfort.
6. Midsole - The lateral stiffness and
flexibility of a boot is determined
by the type of midsole used in
construction. Sandwiched between the
footbed and sole unit, the more flexible the
midsole, the more comfortable the boot is in
use. However, if you’re paddling over uneven
terrain, or if you have an accident, a stiffer boot
will provide better protection from twists.
You can test the flexibility of a motorcycle
boot yourself by taking hold of the heel and
toe and twisting it in opposite directions. A
stiffer midsole won’t budge.
G. Sole - A deeper, more aggressive tread is
best if you intend on doing any off-roading, and
essential when taking on any snow or mud.
Equally, a smoother tread is better for riding on
the road, as there will be a larger surface area
in contact with the tarmac. Consider the sole of
your boots as if they’re tyres on a bike. If you’re
predominantly riding on road, you wouldn’t put
knobblies on your wheels, and vice-versa. The
sole can be glued or stitched to the upper, and
a combination of both is ideal.
H. Gear shifter pads - Most motorcycle boots
will have these, and for good reason. They
serve to protect the leather of your footwear
from abrasion caused by the gear lever
during up-shifts. They should be placed in the
correct position so that they sit underneath
the gear lever in use, and equally, don’t dig
into the top of your foot when you walk.
I. Toe box A toe box serves to protect the
leather of your footwear from abrasion
caused by the gear lever during up-shifts.
They should be placed in the correct position
so that they sit underneath the gear lever in
use, and equally, don’t dig into the top of your
foot when you walk.
3. Clasps/buckles - Adjustable, quickrelease
clasps can be a godsend when
they’re well built, or a frustrating pain
in the arse if their quality lets them
down. Should be easy to secure, and
positioned so as not to dig in.
Oxford sells a nifty gear shifter pad that fit
on ordinary shoes.
4. Heel cup - The heel cup, essentially,
is a piece of moulded plastic that has
been placed between the inner and
outer of the boot. Its job is to keep the
foot in place and prevent it from lifting
when walking. If it fails to do this then you can
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