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WIN A PAIR OF LEATT GOGGLES - PAGE 69
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BMW GS1250 LAUNCH / RETURN OF DR BIG
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
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EDITOR: ROLEY FOLEY
Welcome to Sean who joins us at Dirt And
Trail and RideFast Magazines.
It’s going to be fun!
An old man lay sprawled across three entire
seats in the movie theatre.
When the usher came by and noticed this,
he whispered to the old man,
“Sorry sir, but you’re only allowed one seat.”
The old man didn’t budge.
The usher became more impatient.
“Sir, if you don’t get up from there I’m going
to have to call the manager.”
Once again, the old man just muttered and
The usher marched briskly back up the
aisle and in a moment he returned with the
Together, the two of them tried repeatedly to
move the old dishevelled man, but with no
Finally, they summoned the police.
The offi cer surveyed the situation briefl y then
asked, “All right, buddy, what’s your name?”
“ Eric,” the old man moaned.
“Where you from, Eric?” asked the police
With a terrible strain in his voice and without
moving, Eric replied,
Have a great riding Month!
CONTENTS: APRIL 2019
Office no (011) 979-5035
16: COVER STORY: WORLD LAUNCH - KTM 790’S 28: TESTED: 2019 HONDA CRF250RX
38: FEATURE: INDIAN ADVENTURE 44: SA RACING: NATIONAL MX
CALL 011 979 5035 OR EMAIL
Digital or hard copy.
50: CUSTOM BUILD: CARBON HUSQVARNA 62: SA LAUNCH: BMW GS1250
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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
no 4 Fifth avenue
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
choice of MX GP World
Championship MX GP and
MX2 teams and riders.
formulated for high thermal stability, powerful and
predictable fade-free performance.
Compatible with OE standard brake discs and
specially designed racing discs.
The upgrade choice for
muddy, wet or sandy
formulated for extended
service intervals, high
performance and easy
performance developed in racing under severe
For your nearest stockist contact Bikewise on 011
566 0333 or email@example.com (Dealer enquiries
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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
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:
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
013 737 7301/2/3/4 or E-mail Reservations@
Once you have made your booking please E-mail
email@example.com 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
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
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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4 TYRES, 4 RIMS
ON THE ‘8-PIECE’
TYRE & RIM
DEALS ON TYRES ONLY!
BATT BLUE LABEL A033
• 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
• 26*9.00-14 & 26*11.00-14, R5,699.00
• 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.
DEALS ON TYRES ONLY!
BATT RACE SERIES 1 (A027)
• 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
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GOMOTO ATV 150 R24,499.00
GOMOTO ATV 250 R29,999.00
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PUMA 110 R10,999.00
CRX 110 R14,999.00
UTILITY ATV 250
(WITH TIPPING LOAD BIN)
FARM BOSS 2, 1000cc R179,999.00*
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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
Some of the key features listed below:
• Bulletproof Lens tested to Military Ballistic Impact
• 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
• 170° WideVision
• Dual Density Frame – Rigid Outer and Soft Inner
Velocity 6.5 Roll Off
Retail - R1349.00 incl vat
* includes Free set of Tear-offs
Velocity 6.5 Iriz
Retail – R1199.00 incl vat *
Retail - R1059.00 incl vat *
Featured Ruby Red
Forma Adv Tourer Lady - Rrp R3995
• Full-grain oil treated and suede
• Specific adv riding/touring
compound rubber sole.
• Reinforced front plate.
• Plastic gear pad protection.
• Lower buckle plastic protection.
• Padded front and rear collar for
• Personalized suede leather heat
• Double velcro and lower
adjustable/replaceable GH plastic
• Double rear reflective insert.
• Personalized Forma DryTex tubular
lining (waterproof and breathable).
• Shin and ankle TPU moulded
• Soft polymer padding with
• PP Mid Dual Flex with anti-shock
• Anti-bacterial replaceable footbed
with A.P.S. (Air Pump System).
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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
ALSO AVAILABLE WITH ROLL-OFFS
COSMOS RIDE 2019
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
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 Adventure Company hosts social rides like
these all over the show…
April 13th: Kliprivier day Ride in the South of JHB.
May the 24th: Natal Spa Dumbe ride -
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
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!
email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
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
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WORLD LAUNCH: KTM 790 ADVENTURE
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
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
Chaps and chops. This bike is a
revelation… a thought expressed by
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WORLD LAUNCH: KTM 790 ADVENTURE
most as we crested the peak to see the
Moroccan desert spread out before is in all
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
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
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
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
puncture. There is a lot to be said for
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tubeless tyres – a couple of plugs and we
hared off as if an army of Infidels were
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
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
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
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.
We asked and KTM listened. This is one of
the reasons that KTM is such a force to be
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
They just make so much sense. More on
Get to your dealer and take one for a spin.
We are pretty sure that these bikes will
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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….
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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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
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
The 250RX has a new front brake caliper, Renthal
Fatbars and black rims.
Honda has included 3 riding modes for you to
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.
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
We are tuff oakes here – so level one fast was
engaged – and the improvement was very
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
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.
This bike is quick, nimble and really good fun to ride.
Fast too – and one of the sexiest darn machines on
What’s not to like?
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• Valve Train: DOHC, four-valve; 33mm intake,
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• Transmission: Constant-mesh 5-speed
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• Seat Height: 96cm
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• Ground Clearance: 33cm
• Length: 218cm
• Height: 126cm
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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:
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
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
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
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
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 !!!
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.
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
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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...
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.
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
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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.
Quick puncture fix...
The Badam Caves - amazing. A Unesco protected site.
Our Mr Aprilia
Phil de Grichy
Please don’t break!
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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
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
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
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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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.
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,
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.
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
1st Stuart Laing
2nd Craig Kruger
3rd Brett Bircher
Jake van Schoor
1st Kayla Raaff
2nd Leah Heygate
3rd Natasha Rugani
85cc Pro Mini
1st Dylan Kirk
2nd Nate McLellan
3rd Blake Young
1st Barend du Toit
2nd Seth Young
3rd Seth Whittington
1st Neil van der Vyver
2nd Liam Botha
3rd Jordan van Wyk
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!
All the racing action brought to you by
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
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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:
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
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
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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
“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
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
“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, ”
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
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
“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
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
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.
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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
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
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
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.
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IF SUZUKI DEVELOPED THE V-STROM…
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 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
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
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.
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.
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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IN STORES EVERY MONTH
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WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE?
Eventually. At last. Wonderful.
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.
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
So when I say “I like what they have done”,
it means something. Not a case of just
In case you live under a rock and missed
the news, the GS is one of the most popular
DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE APRIL 2019 6 3
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
– but the 1250 GS’ Shiftcam variable
valve timing allows it to be harnessed
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
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
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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SA LAUNCH TEST: BMW GS1250
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
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
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
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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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•OUTER: Waxed cow-hide
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•Wrist cuff adjuster
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SA LAUNCH TEST: BMW GS1250
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
Adventure and great company with likeminded
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 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
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
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SA LAUNCH TEST: BMW GS1250
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
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
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
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.
R1250GS From R263000.00
R1250GS Adventure from R288000.00
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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
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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