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/// HONDA BACK IN ENDURO RACING

/// 5 GREAT ADVENTURE BIKES

/// LIFE WITH A TWO STROKE - THE YZ125X

/// RACING PEOPLE: LUKE WALKER

/// TRAVIS TEASDALE UPDATE

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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

did nothing.

The usher marched briskly back up the

aisle and in a moment he returned with the

manager.

Together, the two of them tried repeatedly to

move the old dishevelled man, but with no

success.

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

offi cer.

With a terrible strain in his voice and without

moving, Eric replied,

“The balcony”...

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

last year.

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

Teasdale.

“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

last year.”

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

programme.

“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

Pretoria east.

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:

Edenvale 011-027-0545/0547

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

Ohlins specialists

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

first time.

(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.

(011) 975-5545

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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.

(012) 271-0070

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

marque.

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


Toby Price

raced with a

buggered wrist.

It’s all about

preparation...

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

his machine.

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

champion Sunderland.

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

year earlier.

“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,

we’re pumped.”

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

early on:

“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

second place:

“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 -

Yamaha YXZ1000R

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

Yamaha Rally

Toby Price feeling

the heat.


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

much more...

Nicola Dutto

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

Lavigne.

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

teammates.

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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Anastasiya Nifontova -

the very first woman to

complete the event in the

Original by Motul class.

“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

the day.

“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.


CONGRATULATIONS

ROSS BRANCH!

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!

Trucks:

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,

by 16m11s.

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

standings.

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

trails.

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

racing.

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

superbikes.

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

it all.

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

rider training.

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,

Keegan Eich…

Great times lie ahead for sure! Watch this

space for more news as we go along.

Wing Umhlanga

East rand

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R A C E P E O P L E

LUKE WALKER

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,

2016.

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.

Luke

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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

Husqvarna brands.

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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JOSH SHEEHAN

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…

Choices choices…

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

motorcycle.

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

anywhere.

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

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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.

Ride prep:

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

technical terrain.

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

dropping scenarios..

Ride experiences:

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

soooo fast!”

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

can properly…

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

motorcycle.

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

long time.

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

that bike.

The joys of being a race dad…

Here are some details for the bits

on the bike:

• The bike came from Linex Yamaha: (011)

251-4000

• Dropped suspension: Shock logic 082

780 9020

• 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)

342-6422

• Cycra and Motul: Holeshot (011) 823-

5830

• Piston Kit and weighted flywheel from

Game Services (011) 425-7000

• Jetting and so-on Tarstone racing 074-

1935017


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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Pretoria East LANDLINE: 012 111 0190 / 012 809 1670


Budget

Riding on a

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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

both hands.

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.

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C U S T O M I S E D R I D E

THE TRICKEST

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

CR500 Beasty.

This is the kind of project we love. Mark

was simply asked to “Create something

unique.”

The Project.

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.

Chassis.

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

coating.

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

replaced.

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

kick in…

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

CRF250R.

The bikes old sub frame was not suitable

– so he designed and welded a new one from

scratch.

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

FMF factory.

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

the feature:

“Jy het raakgeskiet engelsman!

Kopskoot!”

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

Vereeniging. 082-333-5233

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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

for riding.

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

be done.

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

Needs

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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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

side Delmas.

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

seriously.

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

or school.

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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Triumph 1200 Explorer XCA;

Sean Says:

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

ground.

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.

Glenn says:

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…

Glenn says:

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

something like:

“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.

Our opinion:

If you want to gobble distance in absolute, civilised comfort,

then go and have a look at the Triumph.

www.triumph-motorcycles.co.za

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.

www.ktm.com

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.

www.suzuki.co.za

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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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

Trophy meneer?

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

getting in.

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

Polyurethane between

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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