Dirt and Trail April 2019

RobRidefast

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APRIL 2019

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ADVENTURE

NEW KTM 790 ADVENTURE’S TESTED IN MOROCCO.

WIN A PAIR OF LEATT GOGGLES - PAGE 69

NATIONAL MOTOCROSS / NATIONAL OFFROAD

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BMW GS1250 LAUNCH / RETURN OF DR BIG

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Official Dealer

2019 YZ250F

JUST ARRIVED!

2019 YAMAHA YZ250F

For 2019 season Yamaha introduce the all-new YZ250F, the most sophisticated model in its class. Featuring

a newly designed high-performance electric start engine and an agile new chassis, this state of the art 250cc

4-stroke opens up a new era in wireless connectivity and trackside tuneability with its Yamaha Power Tuner

smartphone app.

New 2019 models now available at LINEX

10 hours of race prep plus a Linex riding jersey free with every new motocross and enduro bike

Terms and conditions apply.

2019 Yamaha YZ85

NEW MODEL

2019 Yamaha YZ250F

NEW MODEL

2019 Yamaha YZ450F

NEW MODEL

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Address: Cnr Malibongwe Dr & Tungsten Rd, Strijdom Park, Randburg


K&N Style Filters

Available sizes 28, 35, 39, 42, 48,

52, 54 and 60mm R125.00

8000Ma

Jump Starter & Power Bank R1299.00

18L / min

RAC610 Inflator R449.00 RTG5 Gauge R249.00

Bike and ATV Covers

Available sizes S - XL

From R270.00

Ring Globes

H7 150% Power R330.00

H4 150% Power R290.00

EMGO Top Box

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SMART CHARGER 1 AMP DFC150 R599.00

SMART CHARGER 3.5 AMP DFC530 R899.00

SMART CHARGER 4 AMP PSA004 R999.00

SMART CHARGER 8 AMP PSA008 R1349.00

SMART CHARGER 4 AMP PSD004 R1199.00

SMART CHARGER 8 AMP PSD008 R1499.00

Rim Locks Front and Rear

From R48.00

R110.00 R465.00

Tubeless Puncture Kits

License Disc Holders

R168.00

Bar Ends

R100.00

Hand Guards

Various Colours available

ABS Plastic R470.00

Alloy R990.00

Scooter V Belts

From R110.00

Tyre Levers

From R95.00

Jerry Cans

From R450.00

Fork Boots

from R120.00

PBA DEALER LISTING

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50081406/L CARB CLEANER 400ML 50.00

50201414/L TERMINAL PROTECT RED 50.00

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50320400/L BRK,CLTCH,CHAIN CLEANER 44.00

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50500193/L CHAIN LUBE 400ML 69.00

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51528262/L PETROL INJECTOR CLEANER 10.00

53203200/L AIR FILTER SPRAY 55.00

53203500/L AIR FILTER OIL 500ML 55.00

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56000003/L FORK OIL SYN 2.5W 135.00

56000400/L MOUSSE LUBRICANT 100.00

GAUTENG

ZEEMANS GAUTENG MOTORCYCLES 011 435 7177

BIKING ZEEMANS ACCESSORIES MOTORCYCLES 012 011 435 342 7177 7474

FAST BIKING KTM ACCESSORIES 011 012 867 342 0092 7474

GAME FAST KTM MOTOR SERVICES 011 849 867 7000 0092

MOTO-MATE GAME MOTOR RIVONIA SERVICES 011 234 849 5275 7000

MOTO-MATE EDENVALE RIVONIA 011 234 027 5275 0545

MOTO-MATE JUST BIKING EDENVALE 016 011 027 421 0545 1153

KCR JUST MOTORCYCLE BIKING FANATIX 011 016 975 421 5405 1153

PRIMROSE KCR MOTORCYCLE MOTORCYCLES FANATIX 011 828 975 9091 5405

RANDBURG OFF-ROAD CYCLES MOTORCYCLES 011 012 792 333 6829 6443

PRIMROSE MOTORCYCLES 011 828 9091

RANDBURG MOTORCYCLES

MPUMALANGA

BIKE MPUMALANGA CITY

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013 244 2143

BIKE CITY 013 244 2143

NORTHWEST

BIKERS NORTHWEST PARADISE 018 297 4700

INSANE BIKERS PARADISE BIKERS 014 018 594 297 2111 4700

MOTOS INSANE @ BIKERS KLERKSDORP 018 014 468 594 1800 2111

WATER MOTOS RITE @ KLERKSDORP MOTORCYCLES 018 771 468 5050 1800

LIMPOPO WATER RITE MOTORCYCLES 018 771 5050

K.R.MOTORCYCLES LIMPOPO

015 297 3291

KZN K.R.MOTORCYCLES 015 297 3291

KZN PERRY’S M/CYCLES BALITO 031 110 0056

ROCKET PERRY’S RACING M/CYCLES PINETOWN BALITO 031 702 110 2606 0056

ROCKET RACING PINETOWN MARITZBURG 031 033 702 264 2606 3240

ROCKET RBS YAMAHA RACING MARITZBURG 033 031 264 701 3240 1311

UMPLEBY

RBS YAMAHA

SUZUKI 031

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UMPLEBY SUZUKI 031 303 8323

RIDE HIGH WITH YAMAHA 035 789 1851

RIDE PERRY HIGH M/CYCLES WITH YAMAHA GLEN ANIL 035 031 789 566 1851 7411

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TRAC-MAC PAARDEN-EILAND BELVILLE 021 510 945 2258 3724

TRAC-MAC WYNBURG

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NEVES TRAC-MAC MOTORCYCLE WYNBURG WORLD CC 021 930 761 5917 4220

WICKED MIKE HOPKINS CYCLES MOTORCYCLES 021 510 461 2968 5167

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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: APRIL 2019

THE TEAM:

EDITOR:

Glenn Foley

foleyg@mweb.co.za

DESIGN:

Rob Portman

rob@ridefast.co.za

ADVERTISING:

Sinead Foley

foleyg@mweb.co.za

Sean Hendley

dirtandtrail.ridefastsales@

gmail.com

ACCOUNTS &

SUBSCRIPTIONS:

Anette

anette.acc@mweb.co.za

Office no (011) 979-5035

(011) 979-0053

CONTRIBUTORS:

Kurt Beine

Richard Sutherland

Zygmund Brodalka

Byron Rudman

Kyle Lawrenson

Tristan Foley

Mike Wessels

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TO SUBSCRIBE

CALL 011 979 5035 OR EMAIL

anette.acc@mweb.co.za

Digital or hard copy.

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Piston and Gasket Sets

Cranks, Conrods and Camshafts

Cylinder Kits, Rebores, Main Bearings and Clutch Plates

VALVES,STEM SEALS AND SPRINGS

Email:G124@mweb.co.za

no 4 Fifth avenue

Northmead

Benoni

011 425 1081/4


Why SBS brake pads?

Well, firstly pricing is not an issue at around R320.00

including VAT r.r.p., you can get cheaper, but they’re

cheaper for a reason.

Longevity, they last really well in most conditions with

the correct application.

Feeling and feed back in mud, water, dust, sand is

very good with correct application.

Because of technically very advanced manufacturing

processes at over 900 degrees Fahrenheit -

overheating, delamination and brake fade are not an

issue.

RSI SINTER

Performance upgrade

choice of MX GP World

Championship MX GP and

MX2 teams and riders.

Sintered compound

formulated for high thermal stability, powerful and

predictable fade-free performance.

Compatible with OE standard brake discs and

specially designed racing discs.

SI SINTER

The upgrade choice for

muddy, wet or sandy

conditions.

Sintered compound

formulated for extended

service intervals, high

performance and easy

modulation.

Class-leading smooth

performance developed in racing under severe

conditions.

For your nearest stockist contact Bikewise on 011

566 0333 or bikewise@kmsa.co.za (Dealer enquiries

welcome).

Honda Wing Menlyn

Albie Eagar and his team, over and above selling

plenty Honda’s into the market from their dealership

close to Menlyn Mall, have quietly been getting

bums in saddles and training new riders for years on

superbikes.

They run a monthly track day at Zwartkops race track

on the western side of Pretoria, with highly qualified

and passionate instructors giving each student rider

individual and personalised attention and guidance

within groups of riders at the same skill level as

themselves.

Novice rider groups first do a classroom session for

an hour or so before being taken out onto track to

put the theory into practice. Once out on track, all the

instructors and marshals are in comms via two way

radios and enforce strict discipline on the track to

keep everybody safe and having fun. Nothing is more

off putting to a novice rider than being bullied on

track by more experienced riders.

During the track sessions, students initially follow

their instructor while he/she demonstrates the theory.

The instructors then drop behind the student riders to

observe and then give them feedback once in the pits

on how to build up their confidence, improve their

riding skills and enjoyment of riding.

Pricing for these track days is not expensive at

R550.00 per rider for the day, here are the dates for

the rest of 2019 – all at Zwartkops:

• 7 April

• 26 May

• 9 June

• 21 July

• 18 August

• 22 September

• 13 October

• 3 November

• 1 December

Give them a call on (012) 470 – 9200 or drop them

a mail at albiee@cmh.co.za and if you’re in the area

stop in for a cup of coffee at cnr. January Masilela

and Garsfontien rd’s Menlyn. They have some really

good specials (as advertised in this magazine), are

always well stocked and ready with a friendly smile.

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Kirsten Landman’s Dakar aspirations

“Undoubtably South Africa & Africa’s top female hard

enduro rider, has not only conquered 5 of the worlds

toughest extreme Enduro races but she is about to

take on the toughest & ultimate motorsport endurance

challenge of them all… THE DAKAR RALLY 2020.

If anything, Kirsten has made her country proud by

taking the female side of extreme sport by storm and

is about to do it again.

Kirsten Landman, 27, is a professional Offroad & Hard

Enduro rider from Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. She

has been riding since the age of 8 & launched her

professional career in 2015.

Kirsten has achieved her South African Springbok

colours whilst competing at the top level of her sport

all over the world & most times being the only lady

to do so at events such as Roof of Africa, Redbull

Romaniacs, Sea To Sky, Redbull Megawatt and

Redbull Braveman

Kirsten will be heading off to her Dakar qualifying

Rally on 26 March 2019 where she will be racing at

the Merzouga Rally. The race starts on 31 March – 5

April, and in order to qualify for the Dakar, Kirsten just

needs to finish this 6 day Rally in the Desert Dunes of

Morocco.

Kirsten can’t do this alone, with the support of you,

through fundraising efforts, spreading the word and

showing your support you can help Kirsten get to the

Dakar Rally.

To track Kirstens progress and join in on this adventure

in getting the first African woman to Dakar 2020 , you

can keep her where abouts and see whats up next by

following her social media sites:

Instagram: @kirstlandman

Facebook athlete page: Kirsten Landman/@kirst117

For more details about Kirsten Landman, her

achievements and the #firstafricanwoman Dakar 2020

please visit her website:www.kirstenlandman.com.

Suzuki Weekend Away 2019

Suzuki’s 8th Annual Weekend Away will take place

between the 5th July to the 07thJuly 2019 at Hotel

Numbi & Garden Suites in Mpumalanga.

All Bike makes are welcome and bookings are done

directly with Hotel Numbi & Garden Suites.

When booking quote Reservation number 225917

Cost : R795 per person sharing per night (R3180.00

per couple for the weekend)

R995.00 per single occupancy room per night

(R1990.00 per single room for the weekend)

Rate: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Included

Contact: Michelle Conlon (Reservations) during

business hours.

013 737 7301/2/3/4 or E-mail Reservations@

hotelnumbi.co.za.

Once you have made your booking please E-mail

mbalin@suzukiauto.co.za with your Name, T-shirt size

and reservation number.

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Batt ATV tyres

Batt Tyres have expanded their ranges on the

popular Batt Race Series 1 and A033 to include

the following new sizes.

Batt Race Series 1 – Sizes: 19*7.00-8; 20*7.00-

8; 18*10.50-8 & 23*11.00-9 all are 6ply; DOT-

USA; E4 rated.

A033 Series – Sizes: 23*8.00-11; 24*8.00-11;

24*9.00-11; 25*8.00-11; 25*10.00-11; 25*11.00-

12; 25*12.00-9; 28*9.00-14; 28*11.00-14;

30*10.00-14 6ply & 8 ply DOT-USA; E4 rated.

We now have the widest size ranges to offer in

the two most popular tread patterns.

Call Bruce 073 777 9269 or email bruce@

battholdings.com / www.battholdings.com

Bike Tyre Warehouse – Fourways Michelin

Fun Day Saturday 27th April (Public Holiday)

BTW having launched the Michelin Power RS &

Anakee Wild at the Kyalami Bike show over two

consecutive years will now be launching the much

anticipated new dual purpose Anakee Adventure

tyre OEM fitment on the newly launched BMW 1250

adventure.

Bike Tyre Warehouse always puts on great brand

events; with guaranteed crazy tyre deals on the day;

fun prizes; Michelin goodies; with qualified technical

personnel on hand to answer any all your technical

queries; braai packs & cold beer; live music and great

company.

So if you into adventure riding or are a Michelin loyalist

or are just curious about the brand pop in the day

kicks off from 9am – 17pm.

Bike Tyre Warehouse will be fitting tyres throughout the

day & a lucky draw could earn you a set of the new

Anakee Adventure tyres.

One TIP don’t wash your dualie as the dirtiest dualie

on the day gets you a free Bikini Babe Bike Wash.

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• 24*8.00-12 & 24*10.00-11, R4,199.00

• 24*8.00-12 & 24*11.00-10, R4,199.00

• 25*8.00-12 & 25*10.00-12, R4,199.00

• 26*8.00-12 & 26*10.00-12, R4,599.00

• 26*9.00-12 & 26*11.00-12, R4,599.00

• 27*9.00-12 & 27*12.00-12, R5,250.00

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• 27*9.00-14 & 27*11.00-14, R5,699.00

• 29*9.00-14 & 29*11.00-14, R5,699.00

BATT RACE SERIES 1 (A027)

TYRE COMBO SIZE OPTIONS:

• 21*7.00-10 & 20*10.00-9

• 21*7.00-10 & 20*11.00-9

• 21*7.00-10 & 20*11.00-8

Indestructible T6061 aluminium CNC Wheels,

• 22*7.00-10 & 22*10.00-9

dual-bolt hole pattern, super-tough 5mm hub

• 22*7.00-10 & 22*11.00-9

wall thickness and rolled lip for extra strength.

WHEEL SIZE OPTIONS:

FRONT: • 10x5.5 • 8H/144/156

• ET 3B+5N • T6061 • 5MM

REAR: • 9x8 • 4H/110 &115

• ET 3B + 5N • T6061V • 5MM

FREE BATT-Tech Digital Tyre Guage with

every combo purchase worth R199.00.

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• 21*7.00-10 & 20*10.00-9, R2,699.00

• 21*7.00-10 & 20*11.00-9, R2,699.00

• 21*7.00-10 & 20*11.00-8, R2,699.00

• 21*7.00-10 & 20*11.00-9, R2,699.00

• 22*7.00-10 & 22*10.00-9, R2,999.00

• 22*7.00-10 & 22*11.00-9, R2,999.00

• 23*7.00-10 & 22*10.00-9, R2,999.00

• 22*7.00-10 & 22*10.00-10, R2,999.00

• 23*7.00-10 & 23*11.00-9, R3,099.00

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Raceworx KTM grand opening

The well-known KTM dealer out on the west rand has

built a behemoth, (4,500 square meters in total), of a

dealership with all the latest and greatest technology

for the optimum customer experience and service.

Just off Hendrik Potgieter avenue in Little Falls,

Roodepoort. We were invited along to their grand

opening a few weeks ago. It was quite an event to

behold, all the usual suspects were in attendance.

Plenty of Freestyle MX on display, plus plenty of

other great entertainment, including a human drum

machine/beat box, with plenty of great food available

and cheap drinks which were very welcome in the

crazy heat on the day. All in all it was a great Grand

Opening!!!

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MIXING BUSINESS

WITH PLEASURE

GOMOTO ATV 150 R24,499.00

GOMOTO ATV 250 R29,999.00

Pics from ATV Adventurer, Botswana

Tel: +267 72 886 403 • www.atvadventurer.co.bw

From monkey-business for kids on our 110 junior ATVs

to serious business such as ATV tours, farm-work, security

patrols, golf course maintenance, construction sites, forestry,

game ranging, mines, airports, harbours, large factories,

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All models feature fuel-efficient low-maintenance

4-stroke motors and offer value for money like no

other brand, available and backed up by over 80

authorised dealers nationwide.

For more information, contact Dirk on

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PUMA 110 R10,999.00

CRX 110 R14,999.00

UTILITY ATV 250

R52,999.00

(WITH TIPPING LOAD BIN)

FARM BOSS 2, 1000cc R179,999.00*

(2 & 4WD, HIGH & LOW RANGE, DIFF LOCK, TIPPING LOAD BIN)

For the full scooter, motorcycle, ATV and commercial range visit: www.samotorcycles.co.za

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New Leatt Velocity 6.5 Goggles

We are very excited to announce the release of the

all new Leatt Velocity 6.5 Goggle range, available

globally from March 7th 2019 in 3 models and 17

colourways.

Some of the key features listed below:

• Bulletproof Lens tested to Military Ballistic Impact

Standards

• One lens fits the entire range, including Roll Offs

• Easy clip-in/out lens

• Dual pane permanent Anti Fog Lens as standard

• Lenses available from 20-83% Visible Light

Transmission (VLT)

• 170° WideVision

• Dual Density Frame – Rigid Outer and Soft Inner

Velocity 6.5 Roll Off

Retail - R1349.00 incl vat

Featured Ink/Yellow

* includes Free set of Tear-offs

Velocity 6.5 Iriz

Retail – R1199.00 incl vat *

Featured Orange/Ink

Velocity 6.5

Retail - R1059.00 incl vat *

Featured Ruby Red

Forma Adv Tourer Lady - Rrp R3995

Outer:

• Full-grain oil treated and suede

leather upper.

• Specific adv riding/touring

compound rubber sole.

• Reinforced front plate.

• Plastic gear pad protection.

• Lower buckle plastic protection.

• Padded front and rear collar for

added comfort.

• Personalized suede leather heat

protector.

• Double velcro and lower

adjustable/replaceable GH plastic

buckle closure.

• Double rear reflective insert.

Inner:

• Personalized Forma DryTex tubular

lining (waterproof and breathable).

• Shin and ankle TPU moulded

plastic protections.

• Soft polymer padding with

memory foam.

• PP Mid Dual Flex with anti-shock

EVA midsole.

• Anti-bacterial replaceable footbed

with A.P.S. (Air Pump System).

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MILITARY SPEC

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ANTI-FOG,

DUAL LENS

THRILL

THRILL

BULLETPROOF

THRILL

GPX MOTO GOGGLES

BE THE EYE OF THE STORM!

Developed with WideVision anti-glare,

anti-fog tech, Leatt bulletproof Goggles

are made to military specification to

look the Thrill right in the eye without

backing down!

ALSO AVAILABLE WITH ROLL-OFFS

LEATT.COM


Joburg GETS

COSMOS RIDE 2019

www.adventurecompany.co.za


The year always starts with a bang on the annual

Cosmos ride which has been an annual fixture

for more than ten years. Riders were treated to

a smorgastbord of happy trails on a lekker long

outride.

Peeps of all shapes and sizes arrived on bikes,

quads and buggies of all shapes and sizes to enjoy

the day out in the Highveld sunshine. The pics tell

the story.

The Adventure Company hosts social rides like

these all over the show…

www.adventurecompany.co.za

April 13th: Kliprivier day Ride in the South of JHB.

May the 24th: Natal Spa Dumbe ride -

Paulpietersberg.

A great family hotel - really lekker for the non riders.

Riders you are in for a treat, rivers, forests

mountains, too, too lekker!

June 21st is Tri Nations time! One of the most

popular rides of the year! We already have a lot of

people coming so if you are coming drop anette an

email so we can book you a spot!

Jhb 2 Richards bay (Q4Q) - Kicks off 21st

September: Lands in Richards Bay on the 24th.

Four days of amazing riding, such a cool adventure

raising funds for QASA.

Technical sections: Last year we made the ride quite

a bit tougher. The tough sections stay –

BUT: For 2019, we have found a route that avoids

the technical section at the halfway mark - so

this year - technical riders you are in for a treat

- chilled riders, you’ll have an alternative - all

marked. Bookings and the event proposal for any

fund raising goes out in the next week or two. All

Welcome!

26th October: Donga dash day ride in Greylingstad.

We should avoid flooding and we have extra farms

to ride in the mountains. It’s going to be GR8!

In November we’ll host a day ride on Saturday the

9th – Cullinan.

Then it’s time for the Sunfields Ride – we’ll send

details on that as soon as it’s all confirmed and sorted.

Any queries please get in touch!

foleyg@mweb.co.za / anette.acc@mweb.co.za

www.adventurecompany.co.za


MOROCCAN

WORLD

LAUNCH

TEST

ADVENTURE

NEW KTM 790 ADVENTURE’S TESTED IN MOROCCO.

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The sun has just set on

another perfect motorcycle

day. Perfect. Motorcycles are,

for sure, the greatest machines

on the planet and we were in

Morocco to experience KTM’s

very latest adventure offerings,

the KTM 790 and the 790

Adventure R.

50 odd hours of travel (Yup, SA to Doha

to Casablaca to Erfoud, with stopovers

and even a lost aeroplane and a 4 hour

sleepover in the Cheerio Hotel…), but noones

complaining – the trip was absolutely

worthwhile.

If you ever visit this part of the world, don’t

just rush off to the tourist destinations. We

spent more than a day exploring the city of

Casablanca. It’s a massive city with such a

rich history – the markets are so cool, the

people are friendly and helpful – and the food

on the streets is amazing. It also boasts one

of the biggest mosques in the world on the

beachfront. Man it is amazing to see.

Erfoud is a spot, smack bang in the middle

of the desert – and the Chergui Hotel was

our destination to meet the Katooms.

The shuttle to the hotel gave us a small idea

of what we were in for as the Morrocan

desert landscape whizzed past our windows.

Morocco is so vast, an amazing experience,

we need to get back there some time.

But this story is about the bikes. One of

the most anticipated models that we have

seen in years – and – in this guys humble

opinion – a brand new class of Adventure

motorcycle.

Two models:

True to form, KTM gives you this bike in two

models, the more street oriented, slightly

smaller, lower 790 and then you get the R,

which is slightly taller and boasts more Offroad

suspension.

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Tech details

If you are not keen on all of the technical

features, please skip to the next paragraph:.

Suffice it to say that these are thoroughly

modern motorcycles, both fitted with every

conceivable electronic mergafter known to

man.

Software & Electronics

When you find yourself in a tricky situation,

ABS, MTC and ride modes are there to

assist in a variety of conditions. MTC

(Motorcycle Traction Control) is KTM’s lean

angle sensitive traction control system that

reacts immediately if the rotational speed

of the rear wheel is disproportionate to the

riding situation. Rally mode allows a more

direct control over the various functions,

allowing the rider to determine the character

of the bike more freely. The rider can more

precisely fine-tune the slip adjust to match

the condition of the surface, the skill level of

the rider and the requirements of the ride.

The Ride-By-Wire system electronically

translates the throttle commands of the

rider into optimum throttle valve positions

for the current riding situation.

We spent a full day on each bike and

we need to doff our helmets to whoever

designed the routes – they were absolutely

perfect for these two very different bikes…

Day 1 – KTM 790 Adventure.

20 litre fuel tank.

21 inch front. 18 rear. Large touring

screen. Lower seat height. More basic

suspension. Not adjustable up front.

Avon tyres 70/30.

100km dirt. 300 odd tar.

Tar roads took us out into the desert on the

790. But not for long. We were soon on the

gravel and into the desert. The guys led

us up some pretty gnarly, rocky mountain

passes (yup there are lots of rocks out

there), and we were all really impressed that

everyone made it to the top without mishap.

The low centre of gravity and low saddle

height combined with excellent torque

allowed the more cautious to go slowly,

while the faster guys thought they were on

MX bikes.

Chaps and chops. This bike is a

revelation… a thought expressed by

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most as we crested the peak to see the

Moroccan desert spread out before is in all

her glory.

A visit to a ruined, what we think is a fort

saw lots of silly buggers for photographs.

So cool. An amazing place. Pretty soon

we were inundated with street urchins

trying to bum a Durum or two. A hard life

– how people make a living in this barren

landscape is a mystery to us.

Our route led out along some fantastic

flowing trails and back onto the tar. We

rode through lots of small towns – on the

right (as in incorrect) side of the road. That’s

an experience in itself as you dodge horse

carts, bicycles and maniacal scoots. It’s a bit

like playing chicken – but everyone gets on

with it and people are surprisingly courteous.

On these streets we did get the opportunity,

to test the big beefy brakes – several times

and suffice it to say that there were no

mishaps – the brakes are spot-on.

The tar roads are slippery thanks to all the

sand that blows across – so you often get a

little wake up as you open the throttle and

the backside steps out – but it’s all quite

controllable – and there is something to be

said for ABS, traction control and electronic

assistance.

Lunch was amazing – at the base of a

mighty gorge that follows a river up the

mountains. You are surrounded by cliffs and

rock faces. Breathtaking.

The road winds its way up some

spectacular passes, and we had the

opportunity to really ride the bikes and get a

feel for them.

Compact, tight, nimble, powerful. They

handle everything you can throw at them

and our more road-oriented testers only

had compliments. Most of them spent half

the day on the back wheel…

As a mostly off-road rider, I loved every

second of the bike – it makes riding

effortless and so much fun. Very different to

a conventional 800cc adventure bike – more

compact, nimble – and so much fun.

It’s got legs too – don’t be fooled by the fact

that KTM has fitted a parallel twin rather than

a V – it sounds and goes just like a KTM.

Grin inducing power from zero right up to

the 200 odd KPH top-end. And you’ll be

comfy sitting at 160 all day – 7500 odd

RPM – redline is 12000.

The screen offers fair protection at speed

and the bike is ergonomically – very comfy

for long hauls. The saddle is wide and firm,

but it works well – and if your ass gets sore,

just slow down and stand up for a bit…

And that’s what most riders are looking for.

A smaller adventure with decent power and

speed - that is also comfortable.

For the last stretch we were send on a

loooong straight road back to camp –

probably around 80KM s of fast tar. Boring

as mud – but perfect for the purpose of this

ride. We picked up that we’d like to adjust

the suspension a little bit – a few potholes

sneaked up and the back seemed to

bottom a bit.

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At refuel time we’d already covered in

excess of 300kms – so the range is there –

and the TFT screen lets you know exactly

when your fuel is starting to run low.

400kms later, we arrived back at the hotel

to tall tales of heroism and riding prowess.

What a cool day we had – this is a great

bike and we’ll certainly be spending more

time in this saddle.

The 790 Adventure R:

21 inch front wheel 18 rear.

Short screen. Continental Twinduro

ADV tyres that we were all very gratefull

for. More aggressive tread pattern.

Adjustable suspension. 20 litre tank.

Complete with Akrapovic slip ons. Nice!

50km tar – if that, 250 km proper dirt.

For day 2, we were joined by Dakar hero

Ross Branch. Such an unassuming guy –

and it was interesting to chat to him about

the bike as we rode. He was in Morocco

preparing for the Merzouga Rally and it was

his first time on this one. You can check out

our social media pages for the chat we had

with him about the bike.

Guys if you, like us spend more time in

the dirt than you do on the tar – then this

is the one. Longer travel, better adjustable

suspension makes a big difference. And

if you ride tar – it is just as good as the

adventure, just not as aggressive and

maybe a bit taller..

Day two’s route was a lot more “Hard

Core”, typical rallye terrain – endless rocky

plains, sandy riverbeds, mountainous trails

and faint footpaths through the desert.

Here’s the skinny:

This is the most dirt capable adventure bike

that this rider has ever ridden.

A real dirtbike is better in the dirt – and

some adventure bikes might be better on

the road – but as a blend of the two – the

790 Adventure R – in our opinion is one

heck of an act to follow. A whole new class

of adventure machine.

The route directors hurled everything at us

– it really was a proper route – fantastic with

regular stops to check out the camels, ruins

and even an old prison that was hewn into

the rock by Portugese settlers in bygone

days. Amazing.

And a lot of the riding we were treated to

was just perfect for the average dirtbiker.

At one of our stops, we were approached

by a dude on a little Honda – we thought

we were in trouble for scattering his herd of

camels – but it turned out that he needed

some help.

In broken French, English and sign

language we gathered that he needed

some fuel. We drained a bit from the 790 by

removing the fuel hose at the bottom of the

tank and sent him on his way. Big smiles

and a new friend was made.

A short while later our trip was interrupted

when one of the bikes suffered a rear

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tubeless tyres – a couple of plugs and we

hared off as if an army of Infidels were

chasing us.

There were many occasions when we all

thankful that we were not on bigger bikes.

This thing is just so nimble and forgiving.

The specs say that it weighs in at 200 KG’s

but - and this might sound cliché but when

it gets going it genuinely does not feel its

weight. The suspension is excellent and

there were a few times that we probably

should have crashed… and we didn’t.

You can check the paragraph for all of the

electronic stuff that KTM includes in the price

and it all works. And it stays in the setting

you select when you switch off. Except…

After lunch we were given the opportunity

to ride some of the fantastic sand dunes

in the area. Kinda a “Hey Wow” section

where you can imagine that you are Sam

Sunderland or Mr Coma as you head out

into the endless shifting sand.

Rally mode basically tames the engine a

bit for rally type riding, you have the ability

to disengage traction control – which is

fantastic for the sandy conditions we were

exploring, and while you are at it you need

to try out the Slip mode… read above. The

moment you get stuck and stall or turn the

bike off, the traction control re-engages.

Don from the

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begs for

forgivness after

crashing the R.

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The controls are logical and simple to

switch off again – but unfortunately this

rider kept forgetting this – and on the

Mergousa sand dunes spent most of his

time trying to figure out why the bike would

not get going… Bit of a pain so make

a note. KTM does have an inexpensive

dongle that you can plug in to solve this

so not a biggy. Merely a pain if you are not

concentrating.

We appreciated the bikes smaller size and

weight every time we laid it on its side to dig

it out of the sand

This day is probably one of the most

memorable we’ve spent on an adventure

bike. Not only because of the place were

were riding – but also because the bike is

quite simply amazing.

This is high praise – if you re an experienced

hardcore adventurer, you are going to love

it. If you are a relative newcomer to the

game – this bike makes you look so good.

Just ask anyone who rode it.

Who are these bikes for?

Big adventure bike lovers – 1000cc and up

will possibly stick with their bigger, more

bulky machines. Most peeps who enjoy the

big bikes spend time on good gravel and

the endless tar roads that SA has on offer.

THE 790 ADVENTURE is a great all

round motorcycle with fantastic manners

road or gravel and a lower seat height.

It is enormously capable in all kinds of

conditions.

THE 790 ADVENTURE R is made for

everyone but dirt bikers will love it the most.

It is custom built for people who want the

speed and comfort for a long journey, but

who also like a bit of a challenging ride.

We’d fit the screen fron the Adventure and

take off on the next adventure.

Conclusions:

We asked and KTM listened. This is one of

the reasons that KTM is such a force to be

reckoned with.

We fear that these bikes might just cause

the demise of a few of the other models

that are currently available. This is a new

class of adventure – they boast most of the

skills that a single offers, with significantly

faster, smoother, more useable power. They

are more comfy than most of the singles

that we have ridden over the years. Your

days of towing the bike to the ride are over

you can ride to the desert and then head off

into the wilds.

They have similar power to many of the mid

range adventures on the market but have

the frame of a much smaller, more compact

motorcycle.

They just make so much sense. More on

them soon.

Get to your dealer and take one for a spin.

We are pretty sure that these bikes will

impress you.

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FACTOR

HONDA’S NEW 250RX

It has taken a long time for Honda to update

their off-road/enduro models – and they

have entered the fray with quite a bang with

the new 450 and 250RX.

This was followed with the announcement

2 issues back that some very well-known

names will be racing the new bike this year.

We welcomed and tested the CRF450RX back in 2017, and

then the completely new dual-cam CRF250R motocrosser

motorcycle for 2018.

However, we had to wait patiently for the off-road CRF250RX

to hit the dirt. We borrowed the 250 for almost a full week –

and really got to know it….

Happy trails:

We spent time in all sorts of places from the rocks to fast

flowing trails and muddy river crossings, to – the MX track. All

in – probably about 200kms was spent in the saddle across

four or five different rides

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HONDA CRF250RX

The bones:

The 250RX is a derivative of their 250R. Happily

they have kept the styling almost identical – and if

this were a beauty pageant – we’d all have to vote

that the RX range is the beauty queen. These bikes

are flippen gorgeous with their subtle graphics and

sharp styling – and there is something just so lekker

about twin exhaust pipes.

The 250 mirrors the CRF450RX, with the revisions

of an 18-inch rear wheel, 8.5litre tank and softer

Showa suspension that adapts it for enduro and off

road use.

The bike inherits the CRF250R upgrades for 2019:

They tell us that the bottom and mid-range torque

output gets a major boost thanks to 2mm smaller

throttle body, plus revised cam intake and exhaust

profiles.

The 250RX has a new front brake caliper, Renthal

Fatbars and black rims.

Honda has included 3 riding modes for you to

choose from:

Level 3 – 8,250rpm, for muddy conditions/beginner

Level 2 – 8,500rpm, dry conditions/basic

Level 1 – 9,500rpm, dry conditions/expert.

The obvious thing to do is to compare this bike with

the other four-stroke 250 enduro machines that

have been around for a while now. And we roped in

a selection of different riders with different skill sets

to take a whirl.

The ride:

When the bike arrived, we adjusted all the levers

and things for our fit, hopped on and headed for

our local track. Initial impressions were that the bike

felt a bit underwhelming – and it took a few laps

to cotton on to the fact that we had not tried that

magic switch. It arrived in level 3 – which as you can

see is the go slow mode – so that all made sense.

The three handlebar-mounted selectable EFI

maps drastically change the character of the

CRF250RX. The Standard map works exceptionally

well for putting the power to the ground when

chicaning through bossies on sandy single-track.

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The Aggressive map is lively and fun, yet still

effective at putting the power to the ground without

upsetting the bike. The Smooth map slows the

roll-on of the power to create an extremely friendly

delivery that promotes the feeling of flow while

connecting different sections of trail. The maps are

so distinct that you instantly know which one you

are in, putting you in control of the power-delivery

experience.

We are tuff oakes here – so level one fast was

engaged – and the improvement was very

noticeable...

Suddenly it had a bit more power and revs like

few other 250 enduro bikes can. It became easier

to scramble up and down the rocks – and honing

around the tracks and trails became huge fun.

Three things really stand out on this bike:

• She handles like a dream, soft or hard pack,

fast or slow, she turns on a penny and the

standard suspension felt really good.

• Few bikes that we have ridden rev like this one

does – and the more you rev it, the better it gets.

• It feels tiny – smaller and more compact than

most of the other dirtbikes on the market.

• The bike feels really light.

Out on the trails that we rode, this bike was so

much fun to ride. The Dunlop Geomax tyres are

good for pretty much any terrain – we rode hard

pack, a couple of rocky sections and some proper

snotty mud – and came away grinning.

The bike is not overly tall, so a normal sized rider

won’t battle at all. We also found the ground

clearance fine for the average step downs and stuff

that we rode.

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We even managed to ride into a rather deep mud

puddle. The mud was well up to the riders knees –

and the Honda didn’t stutter or suck in any water.

Lots of body English and we managed to ride out

the other side. The tank feels quite wide but in a

nice way – you can grip easily with your knees –

especially when you are heading down a hill.

The brakes stop the bike easily and offer excellent

feedback.

One observation:

To us, the bike still feels pretty motocrossy. We

did experience a few stalls on some of the gnarly

sections – and that can be disconcerting when you

are trying to negotiate an escape. If you are looking

at riding more technical trails, we felt that the bike

could do with a bit more bottom end chugalug. To

this end, and having chatted to the guys who are

racing them, we’d get the flywheel weighted a bit,

maybe got down a tooth on the front sprocket.

Once the revs kick in it rips! We found that in fifth

gear, flat out the bike still revs hard – Honda could

easily have given this one a sixth gear

We’d fit a fan. Brush guards – absolutely. Sump

guard – for sure.

Then you are ready for anything.

Conclusions:

This bike is quick, nimble and really good fun to ride.

Fast too – and one of the sexiest darn machines on

the planet.

What’s not to like?

Go and check one out at your nearest Honda dealer.

Specifications

• ENGINE

• 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder fourstroke

• Bore And Stroke: 79.0mm x 50.9mm

• Induction: Programmed Fuel-Injection

system (PGM-FI); 44mm throttle bore

• Starter: Electric with lithium-ironphosphate

battery

• Valve Train: DOHC, four-valve; 33mm intake,

titanium; 26mm exhaust, titanium

• Transmission: Constant-mesh 5-speed

return; manual

• Final Drive: 520 Chain; 13T/48T

• Front Suspension: 49mm fully adjustable

leading-axle inverted telescopic Showa

coil-spring fork

• Rear Suspension: Pro-Link system; fully

adjustable Showa single shock

• Front Brake: Single 260mm hydraulic disc

• Rear Brake: Single 240mm hydraulic disc

• DIMENSIONS

• Wheelbase: 148.5cm

• Seat Height: 96cm

• Curb Weight: 110.6 kg (Includes all

standard equipment, required fluids and a

full tank of fuel–ready to ride)

• Fuel Capacity: 8.5 litres

• Ground Clearance: 33cm

• Length: 218cm

• Height: 126cm

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READERS RIDE

INDIAN ADVENTURE

One of our good friends

“Mr Aprilia”, Phil de

Gruchy took himself off on

a ten day ride in India with

the Vintage Rides Outfit.

He took lots of snaps –

and came back with lots

of memories and the

recommendation that you

do it yourself sometime.

Here is his story:

ADVENTURE

I’d given a lot of thought recently to buying

an “adventure bike” and by the number of

flashy KTM and BMW’s around, it looks as

though sports bikes are now in the minority

on our roads and that many converts to off

road riding on “adventure riding” are to be

seen everywhere.

These new breed of bikes are generally

heavy, big and cumbersome and most

guys who have been riding proper off road

for years are perhaps more aware of the

limitations of these behemoths than the road

bike riders who buy them as weekend toys.

However, the idea of exploring the “The

road less travelled” is certainly appealing

as our network of roads in S.A are

deteriorating , due to neglect by Sanral and

municipalities and can make riding fast on

sports bikes an interesting pursuit.

My Definition of “adventure” is not limited to

riding on flat gravelled dust roads for hours

to visit some little dorp in the middle of the

Karoo (tweebuffelsfontain) and post pictures

on Facebook.

I wanted something more, I wanted a real

challenge, a real life changing experience

and so I decided that I’d ride a 1950’s

designed Royal Enfield 500cc single

cylinder through southern India and in the

company of other like-minded riders.

This was to be “the road less travelled” on a

grand scale.

I visited www.vintagerides.com and saw

that they plan trips to many exotic places

around the world but for me Goa province

in Southern India was the Nirvana on my

bucket list.

ABOUT INDIA:

India is a land of contrasts. It’s a country

so different in culture and outlook from our

western first world experiences. An ancient

land of natural wonders, history, religion

and ancient temples.

India today has a population of 1.7 Billion

- most of whom live in extreme poverty in

rural areas in filth and squalor where even

basic education and being able to read and

write in their own language are not provided

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A - the old quarter is

around the corner from...

B - the new quarter

to the people. But, on the other hand you have the super rich in

the rapidly developing modern cities of Delhi, Mombai and Kalikat

and this “Trickle down” effect of wealth creation is bringing change

slowly to those millions who live in poverty in the far reaches of

India. New super highways, bridges, canals for life giving water and

a massive public works program .

India is a super-giant on the rise !!!

THE RIDE

Our ride was to be 1500km over 8 days, starting and ending in the

City of Panjib which was the capital of the vast Portuguese colony

of Goa, dating back to the year of 1505 when the colonials arrived

with their muskets , cannons , and bibles and brought Christianity.

The cultural and architectural influence over 500 years of Portugese

rule in the province is evident, and thereis a little known fact that

Goa province was never annexed by the British during their rule.

GOA only returned to Indian rule in 1961, which is why most locals

are Roman Catholic and not Hindi.

TRAFFIC

Nothing can really prepare you for bike riding in India, especially the

insane chaos of riding in the towns and cities. Drivers and riders

never experience “road rage” for instance for the simple reason

that no one adheres to any compliance to the rules of the road.

Indians drive on the left hand side of the road as we do in S.A but

that appears optional for the most part, overtaking can be done

at any time - even on blind corners with oncoming traffic without

hesitation. Traffic lights and stop signs do not exist as no road user

would comply.

SO WHY WASTE MONEY?

Add to this the challenge of cows, dogs, pigs etc standing or lying

in the middle of the road just to make it more interesting and you

have an idea of the survival challenges you must endure in India.

The tar roads, especially the few that exist in rural areas are just a

patchwork of repaired potholes going back 50 years or more. If you

think road surfaces in S.A are bad now? just wait another 10 years

and you get the picture and on a 190kg vintage bike with 50mm of

suspension travel , and it certainly was a teeth rattling bone jarring

ride every day

We met Mo-hatma Ghandi. Dirt poor but the

people are friendly and always neatly turned out.

Ancient swimming baths...

THE JOURNEY

Winter temperatures in South India are between 32 – 36c and it is

hot and dusty, so with the bad roads, bad drivers whats so great

about India then?

Undoubtably, the wonderful friendly people who welcome us with

warm smiles and hospitality everywhere we went. The beautiful

women dressed in colourful traditional saries, eating the inviting

street food of India and nobody got sick.

Visiting 1500 year old temples at the UNESCO world heritage sites

of Hampi all over.

Playing boy racer on the modern resurfaced twisting mountain

roads that go on for 100km’s winding up and down through

coconut and banana plantations. Endless fields of rice paddies,

and the incredible beaches of Goa.

That’s what.

SAFETY, SECURITY AND CULTURE.

English is spoken by just about everyone. There is no crime or

violence and we could leave our helmets and jackets on the

bikes while going walkabout . Even ignition keys were left in - and

nothing is stolen.

At no time in India (even walking busy streets at night) did we

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feel threatened, nor did the ladies in our

group who often walked around at night

unescorted which is of course so unusual

by comparison to the restricted life and

daily threats of violence and robbery we

face in SA.

The people of India have a respect and

tolerance for each other and for all living

creatures which is not prevalent in present

day African cultures unfortunately.

South African’s are under siege and we have

subtly adapted to our environment and it

only becomes self-evident when you visit a

country like India where tolerance freedom

and personal safety are a given. India has

27 Official languages and absolute religious

freedom. It matters not if you are Hindi,

Tamil, Muslim or Christian, and while the

caste system still exists as does arranged

marriages, the new India endeavours to stop

all types of discrimination based on colour,

creed on gender.

“Racism” between groups based on skin

colour or ethnicity does not exist in India,

and is indeed not evident or relevant - and

remember that this country has also had

a “colonial” past for hundreds of years of

British, Dutch and Portuguese rule. These

foreigners however are recognised and

respected even today as having contributed

much to India’s development infrastructure

and heritage .

Dried fish for sale at the

river - amazing that there are

still fish in there - the plastic

pollution is terrible.

An idea of the roads we travelled straight

up a mountain, switchbacks with vehicles

coming in the opposite direction.

Bicycles and Ice

creams for sale...

The Mahut gives his

wheels a quick wash...

Indian Road Block.

Canons at the monastery of St Francis

of Assisi to keep the girls out...

Not the one

in Sandton.

42 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE APRIL 2019


READERS RIDE: INDIA ON ENFIELDS

MOTORCYCLES:

New motorcycle sales in India in 2018 were just over 20 million.

Compare that to South African motorcycle sales for the same

period of 18500 units and with nearly a million of those being

Royal Enfields of an ancient design and construction with a few

mods like disc brakes and electric start. Enfields are definitely

fashionably “retro” being manufactured to this day in Chennai

since 1962 and although being a bit of an “old girl” she never

missed a beat and was happy chugging along at 80km/hr all

day while on my journey across India. Owning an Enfield in India

is far more prestigious than owning a Chinese, Japanese or

European brand. KTM and BMW both have factories in india but

I saw very few of either brand – the bikes cost a bit more and will

filter through eventually.

Petrol costs about the same as it does here – in fact the cost of

living is very similar to what it is in South Africa.

All bikes sold in India have to have a Sari Protector so that the

ladies do not catch their Sari’s in the rear wheel. Interesting.

It is estimated that 160 million vehicles are in use daily which

is truly staggering, however as crazy as it seems after 8 days

on the road you drive just like the locals, most of whom talk

and text in the traffic while riding and 3 to 4 people on a bike

is relatively common everywhere and in 1500kms we never

witnessed a single accident.

Riding a a motorcycle in the more remote parts of India as we

did was definitely not a walk in the park. Vintage Rides group

did, on many occasions have serious challenges on these old

bikes and that meant that a reasonable amount of previous of

off road riding experience was advantageous to say the least,

and spending 10 or more hours on the road and trail every

day, facing the same mental and physical challenges definitely

evokes a camraderie amongst riders who have experienced the

joys and daily hardships with you over long days in the saddle.

When we finally reached the beautiful beaches of Goa after 8

long days of riding we celebrated the end of this great adventure

by riding on the beach splashing through the incoming waves

and taking copious pictures and video’s – we had all made it

back and survived to tell the tale of this great experience, this

was more than a holiday, this was a life changing adventure that

none of us would ever forget.

“Cha Cha” - That’s Uncle in Hindi - Phil de Gruchy.

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Quick puncture fix...

The Badam Caves - amazing. A Unesco protected site.

Our Mr Aprilia

Phil de Grichy

lookin cool...

Please don’t break!

DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE APRIL 2019 43


MX 1 start with Maddy Malan (57) and David Goosen (21)

SA NATIONAL MX ROUND ONE

2019 SA Motocross

Nationals Kick off

at Rover in Port

Elizabeth

Lloyd Vercuill MX 1

Rover Raceway in Port Elizabeth hosted Round

1 of the 2019 TRP Distributors South African

National Motocross Championship. Sandy

conditions and longer race formats were

thrown into the mix and really challenged the

riders for the start of the season.

Lloyd Vercueil posted the fastest qualifying time in the MX1

Class, and then continued his early morning pace into Heat 1 to

win by 22 seconds.

Maddy Malan, who pushed to pass Vercueil during the heat,

overshot a jump and ended up crashing. Malan remounted in

time to hold on for 2nd place ahead of 3rd place finisher Royce

Griffin.

Hard charging Tristan Purdon and Kerim Fitz-Gerald made up the

top 5 in Heat 1.

In Heat 2 it was all Malan as he set the pace and took the overall

win for the day.

A slow puncture that eventually resulted in a collapsed back

wheel saw Vercueil cross the line in 5th, just enough to hold onto

2nd overall.

Tristan Purdon and David Goosen, both returning from injury,

put on a battle for 2nd and 3rd and finished in those positions

respectively. Purdon rounded off the podium in 3rd.

Cameron Durow, raced in the MX2 Class for the first time and

surprised everyone when he ran away with the win in Heat 1 and

finished 2nd in Heat 2 to take the overall for the day.

Anthony Raynard put in a great effort in Heat 1 to come from the

back of the pack and finish behind Durow in 2nd – a 4th place in

Heat 2 would see Raynard take the 2nd place for the day.

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Cameron

Durow 125

High School

Anthony Raynard MX2 Brett Bircher MX 3

Husqvarna’s Nick Adams suffered a few

crashes in Heat 1 and finished 12th but a

convincing win in Heat 2 proved that he’s a

rider that will be in the championship hunt.

Kerim Fitz-Gerald went 3 for 3 to take the

final step of the overall podium.

Cameron Durow raced back-to-back, also

competing in the 125 High School Class,

and also taking the overall with a 2 – 1

finish. A brilliant achievement for the day.

Rover Results:

MX1

1st Maddy Malan

2nd Lloyd Vercueil

3rd Tristan Purdon

4th Royce Griffin

5th David Goosen

Camden McLellan took the win in Heat 1

and 2nd in Heat 2 for the 2nd overall.

Dalton Venter rounded off the podium with

his 3rd and 4th place finishes.

The MX3 Class missed injured champion

Ian Topliss but never fails to deliver great

racing with Stuart Laing taking the overall

win ahead of Craig Kruger and Brett Bircher.

In the Ladies MX, 50cc, 65cc and 85cc JNR

races, it was double wins for Kayla Raaf,

Dalton Venter

125cc High

School

Ethan Williamson, Niel van der Vyver and

Barend du Toit.

In the 85 Pro Mini class Dylan Kirk took the

win ahead of Nate McLellan.

The season’s action stays coastal and

sandy as the next round takes place at

Zone 7 in Cape Town on 30th of March. The

Cape tends to bring big crowds, and if so

they will also be as highly entertained as the

crowd at Rover on Saturday.

MX2

1st Cameron Durow

2nd Anthony Raynard

3rd Kerim Fitz-Gerald

4th Nick Adams

5th Joshua Mlimi

125 High School

1st Cameron Durow

2nd Camden McLellan

3rd Dalton Venter

4th Aviv Orland

5th Ethan Hoffman

MX3

1st Stuart Laing

2nd Craig Kruger

3rd Brett Bircher

Jake van Schoor

50cc Pro

David Goosen

MX1

Kerim Fitz-

Gerald MX1

Ladies MX

1st Kayla Raaff

2nd Leah Heygate

3rd Natasha Rugani

Kayla Raaff

Ladies Class

85cc Pro Mini

1st Dylan Kirk

2nd Nate McLellan

3rd Blake Young

Tristan Purdon

MX1

85cc Junior

1st Barend du Toit

2nd Seth Young

3rd Seth Whittington

65cc

1st Neil van der Vyver

2nd Liam Botha

3rd Jordan van Wyk

50cc

1st Ethan Williamson

2nd Jake van Schoor

3rd Keenan Strauss

Nathan Maybery who sacrificed his ride

in the first Moto to his team mate Dalton

Venter so that he could finish a 3rd

overall for the day.True Sportmanship!

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LOCAL LAUNCH

KYMCO LAUNCHES IN SA

In last month’s mag you would

have seen our pre-launch story on

the Kymco range of quads back in

South Africa backed by Tuning Fork

(Pty) Ltd, (Basically Bidvest). Well,

they had the official launch a week

or two later for the entire range

of Side X Sides, quads, scooters

and Maxi scooters and they really

pushed the boat out.

Testers were put up at the swanky

Kloofzicht Lodge in the Cradle of

Humankind for a day of marvelous fun on

the new machines.

It’s a beautiful part of Gauteng with some

really nice riding for scoots and dirtbikes in

the area. The day started with a quick press

conference and then we were split up into 2

groups, half to go out on the scooters and

the others taken by shuttle to Hobby Park

4x4 trail to ride the Side x Sides and quads.

We went out on the scooters first and were

very imopressed, they have a very wide

product range and they seem to be quite

competitively priced, but you will have to

grab our sister magazine Ridefast to read a

detailed report on them.

A bit of insight into Kymco

The press conference was quite an

interesting eye opener. Kymco was started

in 1964 in partnership and collaboration

with Honda to do product development

etc. and they still have affiliations to

Honda to this day. They also currently

manufacture a lot of parts for major brands

like Kawasaki and BMW as well as do a

huge amount of development on electric

vehicles and bikes. They have some very

progressive technology in this particular

field of expertise, in fact the BMW i3 electric

hybrid car is almost solely manufactured by

Kymco barring a few odds and ends here

and there., I can’t comment on the BMW i8

electric sports car though as nobody was

prepared to answer that particular question.

So why does any of this matter? Well it

speaks to the backing behind the Kymco

brand internationally and the quality of

the product. This is not some ‘fly by night’

el cheapo brand, here today and gone

tomorrow. This is a properly substantial and

deeply rooted brand and company with a

long history as is their South African importer

and distributor, Tuning Fork (Pty) Ltd is

owned by the Bidvest group and that should

say all that needs to be said about that.

An interesting philosophy on pricing

Peter Wilkins, one of the big Induna’s at

Tuning Fork, says that pricing is very sharp -

particularly on parts and service items. They

have put in some serious thought into their

OE parts pricing as well as parts availability.

This is good news for the consumer and the

dealer network alike. It means not only will

the Kymco product be competitively priced

on initial purchase but cost of ownership

should be easy on the pocket making it

a very attractive option to the commuting

market and leisure market alike.

The high quality of the product just

reinforces that even more. So all in all, it

sounds like a sound business plan and if

you are in the market for side x side, quad,

scooter or maxi scooter, you should check

this brand out.

In the future, they might look at Kymco’s

range of electric bikes sometime in the

future and believe you me, we want them

to bring them in, the videos we saw were of

fast, gorgeous bikes with quick change and

fast charging battery systems. We’re in lust

and hope that it happens...

Riding the Side x Sides and Quads

To be honest I can’t really say too much

more about my ride impressions than I

did in last month’s write up, besides who

wants to read my drivel when a picture says

a thousand words. I had the most fun in

the Kymco UVX700 side x side, one of my

mates from another magazine had the very

questionable privilege of being my co-pilot

46 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE APRIL 2019


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LOCAL LAUNCH: KYMCO IN SA

for a couple of laps around the test

track and between stifled squeals of

terror managed to comment on how

comfortable and spacious the big SXS

was for two big South African boytjies

and how well it handled the rough stuff

at a fair pace without bulleting us out

of the cockpit.

The track marshalls insisted that

we tackle some of the more serious

obstacles at walking pace in 4wd lorange,

but when they weren’t looking

we easily barrelled over them in 2wd

hi-range a bit faster than our hosts

would have appreciated and both

the 700 and 450 Side x Sides easily

handled the ‘abuse’ we put it through

none the worse for wear and felt they

could have easily handled much more

than what we were throwing them at.

Because I was frolicking around too

much with the side x sides I ran out of

time and did not ride the quads, but

our illustrious editor did manage to

get them out on the track and has the

following to say about all of them:

Glenn says:

Kymco has proved itself to be a quality

brand - and it seems as though, bar

modern electronics the product has

not changed too much over the years.

I took all of the side By’s and quads

for a good whirl around the track and

they feel great with a solid ride, decent

power and handling . Best of all - no

shakes, rattles or rolls. We are pretty

confident that the brand will do well in

SA, they have a machine for just about

everyone.

More news on this brand in future

issues - and we’re pretty sure we’ll

start seeing more of these on the trails.

www.kymco.co.za for your nearest

stockist.

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LOCAL IS LEKKER

CARBON DELIGHT

WORLD FIRST - FULL CARBON 701 RALLY / ENDURO

Pics : Jason Lowe (RACE!)

RACE! has been well known for not only importing world famous motorcycle

brands but also for some of their out of this world builds.

In 2018 the team at RACE! met with Fred Fensham from Husqvarna South

Africa where Fred immediately fell in love with their work. Shortly thereafter

Fred supplied RACE! with a brand new Husqvarna 701 Enduro, hoping they

can create something new, unique and never seen before.

The R&D immediately started, sleepless nights, countless hours of labour and

research, the idea - the world’s first FULL CARBON 701 RALLY / ENDURO.

With a full carbon RALLY / DAKAR style body, specially developed CARBON

long range tanks, a bunch of various aftermarket parts (available from RACE!)

this is the result.

A big thanks to the following who made this build possible – Marco Casciani

(RACE!) Ashlay Sauren (RACE!) Conrad Hochreuther (RACE!) Fred Fensham

(Husqvarna) Thomas Eich( Omega Fibreglass) Richard van der Westhuizen

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LOCAL IS LEKKER

Parts List: Lightech Swing Arm Spools M10 Cp Swingarm Spools •

Lightech Indicators • Domino Grips • Front Tower Visible Carbon • Bash Plate

Visible Carbon • Front Fender Visible Carbon • Side • Fairing Panels Visible

Carbon • Protection Kit Visible Carbon • Rear Side Panels Visible Carbon

• Tail Piece Visible Carbon • Hand Guards Visible Carbon • Black Wrap On

Forks • Garmin Zumo 595Lm Gps • Ram X Grip W/Toughclaw • Husqvarna

Bleeder Valve • Husqvarna Deflector Black • Husqvarna Oil Plug • Husqvarna

Handle Bar End • Husqvarna Fuel Cap 1,00 • Husqvarna Rear Slide Pads •

Husqvarna Handbrake Cylinder Cover • Husqvarna Rear Brake Reservoir Cap

• Husqvarna Rear Brake Disc Protector • Husqvarna Stand Plate • Husqvarna

Gear Lever Pedal • Husqvarna Pivot Pegz Footpeg Set • Husqvarna Chain

Did 118 Links • Husqvarna Lift Stand • Husqvarna Mud Grips • Husqvarna

Grip Donuts Set • Husqvarna Sprocket Blue • Husqvarna Step Plate Brake

Lever • Husqvarna Oil Filter Cover • Husqvarna Usb Power Outlet Kit • Arrow

Exhaust 701 Stainless Steel Collectors • Arrow Exhaust 701 Stainless Steel

Link Pipe • Arrow Exhaust 701 Titanium Race Tech Silencer

DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE APRIL 2019 51


NATIONAL OFFROAD: ROUND 1

Wade Young takes first win

The year kicked off with quite a bang on

the farm Sutherland in Jolivet on Saturday the

9th of March in somewhat cool and overcast

weather. So, ideal weather to race, keeping

the racer nice and cool. Jolivet is always

beautiful racing, with the organiser laying out

a 50 km loop between the sugar cane fields,

the trees and past the dams, with great views

of the mountains and hills. With plenty of mud,

water and lush greenery hiding the lurkers

to keep the riders focused. As usual mostly

everybody had a great time.

The feedback from competitors, crew and

spectators was very positive:

“Today’s track was awesome, so much

work went in from markers to track setters,

marshals the ladies at the food table,

excellent Barman that I taught how to pour

a Steelworks, the quenching of the nondrinkers,

the ladies at the tables running

the show and great shoutout to all the

competitors”

“Awesome race and well-marked and the

security was great and the marshals were on

par. Thanx for a great first-time experience.

The mud made it tuff but I still enjoyed the

race... Very well organized!”


And we’re pretty sure everyone that was

their definitely agrees and is looking forward to

the next race.

180 competitors entered to do battle, and

battle they did. With lots of mud and water

keeping the track lekker slick and the racers

honest. Rocks and logs were slick from the

ambient moisture, giving a lot of the riders

a serious work out trying to negotiate the

obstacles. Branches hung low with moisture

on the leave giving anybody passing to closely

a cool refreshing spray, and after a few hours

in the saddle the front runners started crossing

the finish line, while the rest of the field

continued to do battle against each other, the

elements and the course.

Wade Young took the chequered flag in the

OR1 class on his Sherco Racing Powered by

Motul, Sherco 300, Travis Teasedale followed

him home in second place on his KTM 300.

Gareth Cole came in 3rd overall, but 1st in

OR2 for KTM Durban, on his KTM 250. Young

Bradley Cox did 4th overall and first in OR3 for

Brother Leader Tread KTM on his 200 KTM.

Kenny Gilbert managed 5th overall and 3rd

on OR1 on his Pepson Plastics Husqvarna

Racing bike, Ross Branch notched up 6th

place and 4th in OR1 on his Brother Leader

Tread KTM.


As riders began to chip away at the 250km’s

presented, the route became increasingly rutted and

tested the endurance of every man and his machine.

After a grueling day in the saddle, Branch and

Mahoney finished fourth and fifth in the OR1 Class

respectively.

“What an awesome race, the route was perfect!

I learnt a lot at this event and it was nice to see

where my pace is at. There are definitely things I

need to work on – fitness is one of them. The KTM

500 EXC-F is a big bike to handle, and after this I

have a better idea about what kind of setup I need, ”

enthused Mahoney.

It was a significant event for leading lady rider

Kirsten Landman. With her focus on a much

bigger 2020 Dakar Rally goal, Landman joined her

teammates and made the bold decision to sign up

for the OR1 Class this season.

After close to six hours, she managed to finish

the race in 11th overall and get some valuable

experience on the KTM 450 EXC.

“It was a home race for me, and I really enjoyed

it. The slippery terrain was vicious, but it made the

race tighter and just slowed everything down! Racing

with guys like Ross and Kenny really pushes me to

improve my riding. I got some really good experience

on the bigger bike today and learnt a lot racing with

riders of such a high calibre,” explained Landman.

The Natal event marked Gilbert’s return to racing

since his grueling ten-day desert venture for the

2019 Dakar Rally. After coming painfully close


to winning the National championship last

season, Gilbert commented:

“It’s good to be back – especially with a

race like this. I really enjoy how tight the trails

are in Natal! I came so close to winning the

championship last year, so I’m determined to

maximise every point I can get this season.”

It was also a significant race for PEPSON

PLASTICS HUSQVARNA RACING teammate

Taki Bogiages.

The rider suffered a major setback at the

end of the 2018 when he crashed at a local

cross country race in Gauteng. After four

months of intensive rehab, the 22-year old

was elated to reclaim his place at the start

line. While an 8th place overall is a slow start

to the season for Bogiages by his own high

standards, he was relieved have even finished

the event.

“Today was my first time racing again – I’ve

been dreaming about this day since I got

injured and worked really hard to get here.

I got the finish line with the best result that

I possibly could. I’m not used to racing so

hard yet, but I’m really positive about what lies

ahead and can’t wait to be back where I want

to be,” said Bogiages.


STARTING THEM YOUNG

SCHOOL TAKES INITIATIVE WITH

ENDURO CLUB

Words and pics by Brian Cheyne

Don’t you also get the feeling that

kids nowadays have it way too

easy? How many times do you start

a sentence with: “Back in my day”?

Well, back in my school days we had

rugby forced upon us, just because

there was not much else to choose

from. Nowadays there is swimming,

mountain biking and even flying

lessons depending on the school

you attend. Hoërskool Oos-Moot in

Pretoria however started something

completely different: an Enduro

motorcycle club! They joined

forces with Mamarock Enduro club

enabling children to experience

riding an off-road motorcycle in a

supervised environment.

Mamarock is an Enduro club for dirtbike

lovers. It is situated near Mamelodi in

Pretoria. The club’s vision is to have a

safe place where the riding community

can ride, hang out, belong and have fun.

The club offers: Enduro X, kids track, out

rides, clubhouse, pool, bike wash and

safe parking. They work closely with the

community in Mamelodi to encourage

children to get involved in the sport.

As part of the initiative from Mamarock, they

offered to sponsor the school children with

training. I attended their first get-together

and I was pleasantly surprised to see that

entire families came out and enjoyed the

day. There were three distinct groups:

experienced riders, beginner riders and kids

that have never been on a motorcycle. The

experienced riders disappeared in a cloud

of dust and went riding on the track. They

were accompanied by one of Mamarock’s

riders. Mamarock’s Robert Cobb took the

beginners to one side and demonstrated

a few skills to the wide-eyed riders. They

could practice their newfound skills on

the smaller tracks. A few nervous mothers

looked on, but from the beaming faces in

the helmets I could see these kids were

having a ball.

While all this was happening, four nervous

youngsters were standing in a huddle. None

of them had ever been on a bike before.

One of Pretoria’s newest bike stores,

Bike-Kings, came to the party with crates

of donated kit and the four students could

pick protective clothing and helmets. This

was theirs to keep. With lots of patience,

Robert set about showing these kids the

basics. Seeing them set off on their first

tentative ride was amazing.

Robert was particularly proud of the fact

that on this day almost 20 kids were outside

and not sitting at home, staring at a screen.

The school already held their first mini race

and the club is certainly going from strength

to strength. This is where we need to

develop the sport and cultivate future riders.

56 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE APRIL 2019


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DR

In last Months issue, we

did a lekker feature on

Suzuki’s 1000cc V-Strom.

We can’t help but wonder

whether the guys have

more plans for this great

bike… And we aren’t the

only ones it seems.

In 2017 German firm Hessler built a

special edition of Suzuki’s great (if

slightly vanilla) V-Strom 1000, and

dubbed it ‘Desert Express’ – the

tagline attributed to the original

DR750S ‘DR-BIG’ back in 1988.

On the road:

Real life mimicking art is a trick

Suzuki pulled last year when they

BIG

IF SUZUKI DEVELOPED THE V-STROM…

revealed the official return of the

Katana a year after Italian Rodolfo

Frascoli and Engines Engineering

revealed their Katana 3.0 retro

interpretation of the famous 1981

superbike.

The production Katana, based on

the firm’s current GSX-S1000 (just

like the concept) that’s new for this

year is suspiciously similar. Whether

the chicken is laying, or hatching

from, the egg is less clear – while

the net result is the same.

The Dr Big:

Originally a 750, the DR grew to

800 in 1990, and it seems only fair

to continue the capacity growth

to base a new model the 1000cc

Strom.

And the rumours emanating from

Japan are that there will be a new

model – intended as a homage

to that now legendary 1980s

behemoth – to be revealed at the

end of 2019 as a 2020 model.

With Suzuki’s recent form for

conjuring production bikes out of

thin air that look shockingly similar

to special custom builds created

a year or two earlier by third party

specialists, it’s fair to assume that

the new Desert Express (yes, we

think the name is sticking too),

might look remarkably similar to

the Hessler creation you see here,

which in turn looks a lot like a Dr

Big 1200 S render drawn by serial

bike design dreamer Oberdan Bezzi

back in 2016.

58 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE APRIL 2019


The original Dr Big. We

rode one of em long ago.

DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE APRIL 2019 5 9


IF SUZUKI DEVELOPED THE V-STROM…

Gaston Rahier

at Dakar.

Gaston Rahier.

So how will the new Desert Express be different

to a standard V-Strom 1000?

We expect beefier adjustable suspension, a 21in front rim

and 18in rear, serious bash plate and crash protection, a

more rallye-style seat, spoked rims and aggressive rubber –

all combined with retro themed decals and colour schemes.

The Oberdan-

Bezzi render

Go BIG!

The DR BIG was a gargantuan edifice of a Dakar-aping

super-enduro, produced for all those who wanted to

pretend they were Dakar legend Gaston Rahier aboard his

Dakar DR-Z. A new version will have no such provenance,

but could tap into the emerging retro-adventure

market. Something that Suzuki really needs in the SA

market.

One becomes two

While the original DR BIG boasted a massive 727cc air/oilcooled

single (later growing to 779cc), the V-Strom version

will undoubtedly use the current 1037cc V-twin engine,

which develops 99bhp and 74.5lbft torque.

The Hessler V

-Strom-1000

Terrain buster

The new bike is expected to wear longer-travel, more

off-road capable, fully adjustable suspension, with a 21in

front wheel and 18in rear to allow serious off-road rubber

choices – and give it more rolling ability over tough terrain.

Getting tough

As well as standing taller, the new DR will need to toughen

up, with a serious bash plate, crash bars, brushguards,

and tough paint finishes and seat material to withstand the

abuse it’ll get in rush-hour Joburg on a Monday morning.

Can’t wait?

Of course, Hessler has already built their vision of the

future, and if you can’t wait for Suzuki to roll out a

production version, you can build your own with Hessler’s

range of transformative parts.

But watch this space… where there is smoke there’s

usually fire! Exciting stuff that we hope comes to pass…

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THE NEW

GS1250

WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE?

Eventually. At last. Wonderful.

Marvelous.

BMW has taken their bestselling

bike – and given it a

real personality. And we got to

ride it in both renditions – on

a really great adventure ride

down Natal side.

Glenn tells the story…

Nope – I’m not a blogger. I’m not a social

media expert or an Instagram Rockstar.

But I do have lots of consistent years of

riding experience in the motorcycle trade.

Riding, testing and publishing with six

major publications for more than 20 years.

This means that I have probably had the

privilege of riding more than most’s fair

share of bikes of all shapes and sizes

through the years.

Yup. Probably.

And if memory serves, I’ve ridden all of the

GS’s from the very start of the lineup, the

venerable GS1100 air cooled right up to the

latest offering...

So when I say “I like what they have done”,

it means something. Not a case of just

polishing marbles.

In case you live under a rock and missed

the news, the GS is one of the most popular

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SA LAUNCH TEST: BMW GS1250

bikes of the last decade, topping sales

in SA since 2004. And it was still the

best-selling 125cc plus motorcycle in

SA – even though its last proper revamp

was in 2013 (adding water-cooling to

an engine and electronics overhaul).

Last year, combined R1200 GS and GS

Adventure sales were nearly 30,000 units;

that’s over six per cent of all bikes sold in

Europe. One in four of the top ten bikes

sold was a GS or GSA.

Most manufacturers would be doing

summersaults with those figures for

a brand new model, let alone what is

essentially a five year-old bike.

Clearly, whatever the GS has been doing

right, it’s been doing right for 14 years. And

any attempt to make it better must

surely risk making it worse.

So the gauntlet was thrown down for

2019. BMW mechanics and designers

were instructed to take the best, most

popular bike of the last decade and a

half, and make it even better and even more

popular. And definitely not bugger it up.

Enter the new, 2019, BMW R1250 GS.

To achieve this, the clever peeps at BMW

took aim at the engine and the GS and the

GSA have the same engines so we’ll chat

about that for a bit. And the changes are

significant – so we have to talk about it.

If you are not keen on techy stuff – skip

down to the ride impressions.

Last year’s 1200 GS was 1170cc. The

new 1250 GS is actually 1254cc, so the

new motor is actually 84cc bigger – and

the 7.2 per cent extra lung capacity means a

healthy increase all round.

Peak torque jumps 14 lb.ft to 106 lb.ft, but at

250rpm lower than before, while peak power

climbs 11bhp to 134bhp at the same revs.

BMW has achieved the relatively

large increase in performance, without

compromising the GS’s bottom-end friendly

power delivery, by lengthening stroke as

well as widening bores.

From 101 x 73mm to 102.5 x 76mm.

In layman’s terms, longer stroke favours

peak torque at lower rpm and wider

bores favour peak power at higher rpm

(mainly for mechanical reasons). By

maintaining the relationship between the

two, BMW has kept the 1250 GS’ power

delivery spread across the same rev range

as the 1200 – only it feels as though there

is a lot more of it (in fact BMW have slightly

reduced the 1250’s bore/stroke ratio and

made it the least oversquare GS since

the R100GS in 1986). It’s also got the

highest mean piston speed.

So bigger, deeper holes in the

cylinders produce more power and torque

The new cams are

a big part of the

improved power.

– but the 1250 GS’ Shiftcam variable

valve timing allows it to be harnessed

more efficiently.

There’s no step in the revs, no surging, no

change in engine note or character, and no

detectable hint you’ve anything other than

conventional valve-gear downstairs.

If you didn’t know the new 1250 had

variable valves, and you couldn’t decode

the word ‘Shiftcam’ embossed on each

cylinder head cover, you’d never guess. It’s

a completely transparent device.

We’ll, say this again: The new engine is full

of personality.

Brakes and Electronics:

Keen-eyed Bee Em Fans will have spotted

the 1250 GS’ front calipers say ‘BMW’

instead of ‘Brembo’. This is because

they’re now made by Hayes in the US,

who are better known for mountain

bike brake systems (although they

make a few aeroplane bits, motorcycle

brake calipers and parts).

Otherwise, the 1250’s brakes are as per

the 1200 – but the electronics differ. The

1250 has a new trick BMW call Dynamic

Brake Control, which closes throttle

valves automatically when it detects hard

braking – this is to mitigate whiskey throttle

– slamming brakes and opening throttle

simultaneously.

BMW offers you five different riding modes

for various application cases such as onroad,

wet road or off-road for the first time on

the R 1200 GS as a factory-installed optional

accessory. This has three different e-gas

settings, three different ABS settings and

four ASC settings. These can be selected

by pressing the “Mode” button on the right

handlebar, which remains actuated until

the desired riding mode is selected in the

instrument cluster display. If you pull the

clutch lever when the throttle grip is closed

and bring the throttle twist grip to idle

position, your request is confirmed while

riding and the mode is switched over. When

the motorcycle is restarted, the last setting

selected is always retained. Now that’s cool –

no need to fiddle every time you go for a ride.

And then there is the little plug under the

seat for Enduro Pro mode. Experienced

riders, do us all a favour, plug that in and

forget about it. Just ride.

To quote BMW, “This riding mode,

with spontaneous engine response

characteristics is designed for use with

lugged tyres. At the same time, the ABS

function is deactivated at the rear when

the footbrake lever is engaged; Dynamic

ESA is coordinated to traction and optimal

power characteristics. ASC is coordinated

to professional Enduro use and allows

significantly greater slip.” Basically, this

mode disengages the rear ABS, softens

up the front ABS and gives the bike such a

lekker power curve…

Include all of the very latest fandagled

electronic stuff – all very high tech state

of the art – Electronic suspension, ABS,

Traction Control, hill assist… ummm…

The previously optional TFT screen is now

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The Ride:

We all assembled bleary eyed at the

start point at a venue in Umhlanga for a

quick chat and a nibble. BMW gave us a

presentation on what the bike is all about –

lots of electronic wizardry and the previously

mentioned updated camshaft setup.

We were then asked to choose a bike –

Adventure or standard – and follow our

fearless leader Aldo for the next two days.

My bike was the Adventure – beautiful in

its white and blue livery – big, bold and in

your face!

I’ve always liked the Adventure. The meaty

tank and all the extras just seem to make

sense on a bike like this – and it’s so

comfortable. We all roared out of the hotels

basement heading for… well – we were not

entirely sure… Our route took us to a traffic

light perched at the top of a steep slope.

Hmmm ok let’s try the anti-roll back brake

assist. A charm on any Big Bertha like this,

no need to hold the brake, just apply stop

and the bike’s electronics takes over the

rest making sure that you don’t reverse into

the fire hydrant.

The bikes were shod in trail rubber –

Michelin Anakee Wild’s on the standards

and Metzeler Karoo 3’s on the Adventures.

Both tyres were a great choice for this ride –

but towards the end on the return tar roads,

they got quite noisy. We were, however very

grateful for them on the gravel trails and

roads that we traversed. And we found both

choices excellent on the tar.

We trundled through streets of Durban – in

the snotty rain – and then the sun came

out and we were treated to a glorious ride

all the way up into the Natal Midlands.

Our routes took on sweeping tar roads,

great forest sections through the Karkloof

plantations – right up to the Drakensburg

Sun for the overnight.

You can even pack

the hairdryer...

standard across all R1250 GS models, from

base upwards. With a plethora of menu’s,

cruise control and much more - even a

hooter! You can check all of that out at your

local BMW dealership

Cool Huh?

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Tankwa Adventure Suit review

We have had a particularly warm summer so far and my normal jackets

were absolute murder in this heat. We approached the nice guys at

DMD and they did us a lekker deal on a full TANKWA air flow suit. I have

done a couple thousand kays now with the jacket and a couple hundred

with the pants, (mainly because I wear jeans on the bike when I am

calling on dealers).

I am very impressed, wearing the jacket is like having an air conditioner on

the bike. The material is designed in such a way that it causes the air flow

to cross over the wearer in thin jets in multi directions so that even a slight

breeze while at a traffic light keeps the rider cool. I was standing talking to

a mate on a particularly hot day in Pretoria when a slight breeze came up.

It felt to me like somebody switched on an aircon. I have done a couple of

off- road adventure rides as well as a lot of road bike riding in this jacket

and I do love it in warm weather, but not so much in cooler weather and

rain, in fact it’s kinda miserable if you don’t have your rain suit or thermal

liner because it lets everything through. I got caught in a heck of a rainstorm

last Friday afternoon and had forgotten to pack my rain suit. I got soaked

right down past my underpants and with the flow of air over me, while

riding a faringless bike, I was moderately frozen as well.

On the upside, the pockets are all very well waterproofed, I had my cell

phones and wallet in my pockets and was a bit panicked about them

getting water damaged but could do nothing about it in rush hour traffic

on the N1. When I got home I immediately checked them and everything

was still bone dry after about 30 minutes of riding in a monsoon like down

pour. That perked up my mood quite a bit. Well done to the designers for

thinking about that, so when I go splashing through mud puddles and

rivers on an adventure bike I don’t have to put everything in a plastic bag

in my back pack or top box, very convenient.

All in all, I really like the jacket, it fits exceptionally well and is very

comfortable. It doesn’t flap about in the breeze (the fit is quite tailored

and has adjusters to stop flapping) and works very well at keeping you

cool while riding. The jacket has back protector pad, shoulder pads and

elbow pads. All the stitching is doubled up, so it’s unlikely that I’ll have

burst seams and the like. Thus safety and protection does seem to be

good, hopefully I’ll never have the opportunity to test the crash protection

capabilities of the jacket. The pants on the other hand …. I’m not so

sure of, mainly because I’m more used to jeans when riding, I wear my

TANKWA pants over a pair of cargo shorts, so I can wander around

in shorts at the lunch stops etc., and they were comfortable enough,

but the knee pads bugged me a bit, nothing serious but enough to be

distracting. However, my mate Kurt, who eats, sleeps, drinks, dances,

swims, showers and occasionally rides in these type of pants, (I’m pretty

sure he doesn’t own any other trousers, and possibly got married in a pair

of adventure pants and riding boots), assures me that they most definitely

work very well and are the most comfy adventure pants he has ever

worn. His only gripe is that they are not orange like his toaster. The pants

match the jacket in protection and quality of seams etc., and have a zip to

secure it to the jacket.

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And what was really cool is the fact that

we rode with a great bunch of peeps. And

that’s what motorcycling is actually all

about.

Adventure and great company with likeminded

motorcycle people.

Day 1 - The Adventure:

Crash bars, spot lights big tank…

Guys. There is no getting around the fact

that this is an enormous motorcycle. But

the fact that it is so big also means that

they can pack it with tech. Ride it for its

intended purpose and you’ll understand

why it is such a popular bike. Few other

machines are this comfortable for traversing

the planet

The GS 1250 Adventure is fast, powerful,

comfortable and a pleasure to ride.

Fun too. And that’s the most significant

change over the previous model. We are

not trying to insult the previous model

in any way – it has proved to be a very

popular motorcycle, but the motor feels so

much livelier all the way from the bottom

right through to the top. This bike is not

built to break land speed records but it

does accelerate from zero to two hundred

plus in just a few smiles – a great engine

for a big chassis.

Handling and suspension – really plush and

comfortable – and we cannot complain

about the bikes new braking capabilities.

This bike is great – it runs so deceptively

smoothly that chances are excellent that

you’ll take chances. We could not fault it on

the tar – even with the more trail inspired

rubber fitted. That seat is literally a Gomma

Gomma – we wish that other manufacturers

would pay attention. The screen offers

excellent wind protection – pop the goose

on the back and take off.

In the gravel you need to bear the weight

and girth of this bike in mind. It goes as

fast as you are prepared to ride and is

exceptionally forgiving. But she is big and

heavy – so – especially if you are moving

from supes to adventure bikes – just bear

it in mind and take it easy. People coming

from a dirtbike background will need to get

used to the sheer size – but if you consider

the girth – the GS is pretty incredible on all

of the sweeping gravel that we rode.

Dropped the bike. Yup! Rookie mistake.

I parked on an off camber section in the

forest – got off to take some pics and have

a chinwag… climbed on again – kicked up

the sidestand… And the Adventure took

me over sideways. No chance of stopping

it – like an anchor, it just rolled over with this

oake ending up flat on his arse. That’s really

what amazes me when I see what some

peeps do on these bikes… when they do

The Adventure is a

beautiful tourer...

BMW took the opportunity to introduce us

to their new scoot, the C400X. Full feature in

RideFast Magazine soon.

decide to fall over or worse…. Hollee cow

you’d better hit the gym.

But no harm, no permanent damage, sore

bum, injured pride, tail between the legs…

always park on a flat surface.

And then the race was on to the

Drakensburg Sun for the overnight.

Fantastic sweeping gravel in Gods own

country. What a lekker ride!

300 KM’s for the day and we all arrived still

fairly fresh after an epic day in the saddle.

Thanks Aldo. Great ride.

That evening, Motorrad took the opportunity

to introduce us to BMW’s latest scooter,

the C400X. We’ll feature that in RideFast

magazine as soon as we get to ride it.

Day 2 - The GS:

After spending the day in the saddle of

the GS, most of us were of the opinion

that this will be the pick of the two – but

historically, the Adventure seems to outsell

the standard.

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Heading across

the tugela...

While the new R1250 GS’

engine gets all the attention, the

new bike’s chassis is... basically the

same as the 1200’s. So that’s good,

then. Same Telelever front end,

same Paralever shaft drive, same

frame, tank, seat, and same semiactive

suspension options. Weight is

up 5kg at a claimed 249kg wet.

The GS feels, more slender and

nimbler. Not usually descriptions

reserved for the GS range – but when

you ride the two models back to back,

you’ll catch our drift. And it’s just as

comfortable and spacious as the

Adventure.

We were told that the return route was

to be mostly tar – but much to our

joy, that was a lie. Once again it was a

case of fantastic small tar roads, then

rolling gravel. Exactly what this bike is

designed for. Something quite funny

happened – we were cruising along

the Currys Pass road outside Howick

when a tanker came from the opposite

direction. It was leaking something

onto the road… that turned out to be

sewerage – we followed the stench

for about 10kms… and the bikes and

chase cars smelt pretty interesting

by the time we got to our lunch stop.

Nobody got the details from the truck

though.

Pity. One way to empty the truck.

I was quite happy to be on the GS

because Aldo led us down a more

technical trail than the previous day

– interspersed with puddles and rock

faces and all sorts of lekker stuff.

The slightly lighter bike was easier

to manage –it made life pretty easy

actually.

Initially, I was not totally happy with

the front suspension on the GS – the

bike was hitting quite hard on the

ruts and small lips of exposed rocks

and the arms were getting quite sore

from the pummeling. I mentioned this

to Leonard van Greunen, one of our

shepherds. No problem. Push this

button, push that button – you can feel

the suspension adjusting itself. The

result was a much better ride. Set the

bike up to what you need via a few

buttons. Electronic wizardry and this

GS remembers the setting that you

choose for next time.

“By the way” says Leonard, “Have you

tried enduro pro? What? No?”

Ok sorted - seat off – plug in the

mergafter under the seat – and the

bike was transformed.

Like we said earlier – experienced

riders, pop in enduro Pro plug and

forget about it. Just ride the bike like

that. It’s great in all terrain. Road too.

You can do this... but it

usually ends badly...

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SA LAUNCH TEST: BMW GS1250

After a lunch at the beautiful Karkloof Spa and game

reserve – look it up and take off for a weekend – one

of SA’s best kept secrets, it was time to head back to

Durbs. At this stage we would have been happy to hop

on to the freeway – full bellies and 35 plus degree heat is

not conducive to extra exploring – but our route took us

along the back roads through Eskort and onwards.

The trouble with these roads – Natal loves these little

speed humps as you approach the villages. We are

pretty sure that they are designed to effectively slow

Taxi’s down… and if you are not awake on the bike, you

sure will be when you hit one.

Oceans of school kids waved happily as we made our

way down the mountains to the seaside. We live in a

beautiful country, best explored by motorcycle.

Regrouping at the Hotel where we first started – the

tales got taller and taller. Notes were swapped,

observations and opinions traded. What a cool ride.

What a cool launch.

What cool motorcycles the new GS1250’s are. And that

my friends is the truth.

Go and ride one you’ll see for yourself.

We have requested that when a bike becomes available,

they allow us to borrow it – and we’d like to do a back to

back comparison with the previous model.

Hopefully we’ll bring you that quite soon.

For your nearest BMW dealer check the BMW details

elsewhere in this here magazine.

Pricing:

R1250GS From R263000.00

R1250GS Adventure from R288000.00

A quick stop in

the forest...

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TRAX TIPS & TRIX

IT’S A SAG STORY

For optimum handling characteristics while riding

and to avoid unnecessary damage to the suspension,

swingarm and etc., the suspension components

must always be calibrated to the weight of the rider.

A standard 2019 KTM 300 TPI, as illustrated in this

article, comes with a suspension set up and springs

for a rider weighing in at around 75 - 85 kg’s with full

protective gear. If the riders weight is slightly above

or below this it can be compensated by adjusting the

spring preload.

In the case of large weight difference the springs

need to be replaced with heavier duty springs and

the pre-load on the shock adjusted accordingly.

(Available from TRAX KTM)

THE FIRST BASIC STEP IN SUSPENSION SETUP IS

SETTING THE SAG!

(Too much or too little sag will a negative effect

on the handling of the bike and the suspension

performance and life)

1: STATIC SAG: Lift the motorcycle off the ground

with a bike stand, the rear wheel & suspension

must be unloaded.

2: Measure the distance between the top of the

axle (marked) and the sag mark on the rear

fender, this will be value A.

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3: Remove the motorcycle from the stand. Get someone to hold it upright, off the side stand and

measure the distance between the top of the axle and the sag mark on the rear fender again, this will

be value B.

Static sag is Value A minus Value B: This should be 35 mm (2019 KTM 300 TPI) If the sag is less

or more than 35 mm adjust the spring preload.

RIDER SAG: With one person holding the motorcycle upright the rider with full protective gear must

sit on the motorcycle with their feet on footrests. Measure the distance between the top of the axle

and the sag mark on the rear fender again, this will be value C.

Rider sag is Value A minus Value C: This should be 110 mm (2019 KTM 300 TPI) If the sag is less

or more, adjust the spring preload accordingly. Springs for lighter or heavier riders and basic

suspension setup available from TRAX KTM.

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